25 Random Things


I don’t share photos of myself on here very often, but since today is my birthday, it felt fitting to do a more personal type of post. I thought about sharing a list of my goals and plans for the next year, but honestly I don’t really know what they are. I just want to play it by ear, and see where the year takes me...without trying to force anything or stress myself out too much. I have a tendency to compare myself with others who are my age, and to my own expectations of where I thought I would be by this time--and sometimes, that can be motivating! But this year, I want to cut myself some slack. I’m 25 today, and maybe I don’t have as much figured out as I thought I would by this age…but that’s okay. I don’t have any kids (and don’t plan to for a few more years). I’m not quite sure what I’m doing with my career, and we definitely won’t be ready to buy a house for at least another year. But I’m happy overall with my life and the direction it’s going in, and I have faith that we’ll look back later and realize that everything happened in just the right time and the right way. So I’m not making a list of goals or plans this year. I’m just going to enjoy my birthday and see where this year goes! 25, it’s a big one…halfway to 50, and a quarter of a century. Ohhhh, man.

25 random things // At Home in Love

Since it’s my 25th birthday, I decided to share 25 random things that you might not know about me. In no particular order, and for no particular reason, here they are!

1. I’m half Chinese. Can you tell? My mom is Chinese and my dad is totally white. My mom tried to teach us Chinese when I was growing up--I even went to Chinese school on Saturdays for several years--but none of it stuck. I can’t speak it at all! Kind of sad, I know.

2. I love playing games. Most weekends, we get together with friends and play games at least once. I like any and all games, but I actually really enjoy strategy games that others *might* classify as nerdy. Two of my recent favorites are Lords of Waterdeep and Firefly. If you like Settlers of Catan, you should give them a try!! Don’t judge a game by it's box...

3. I’m the oldest of three kids. I have a younger brother, Leon, who is in California at a Bible school, and a younger sister, Megan, who is in high school.

4. I loooove popcorn. With lots of butter and salt. Not the microwave kind, the kind you make in a popcorn popper and drizzle with melted butter yourself. Before I got married, I used to make a huge bowl of popcorn and eat that for dinner sometimes. Now, Ben won’t let me. He says it’s not very healthy (men…what do they know?).

5. I also love going to movies. Growing up, we never ever went to the movie theater. I think that’s part of the reason why it always feels like such a treat to me. So a movie at the theater plus a big tub of buttered popcorn? Heaven on earth. In fact, that’s probably what we’ll do for my birthday tonight. Any suggestions for what we should see?

6. I’m really picky. I don’t like sour cream, mayonnaise, eggs, ranch dressing, or cheese. I also used to hate tomatoes, brussel sprouts, kale, and asparagus…but now I can eat all of those. So I’m doing better with vegetables! I still order pizza without cheese, though, and the thought of a quiche or an omelet pretty much makes me want to gag.

7. But ice cream is my favorite. When I first moved to Seattle for college and did my own grocery shopping, I used to buy this one ice cream from Safeway that had ribbons of peanut butter in it and chunks of toffee and peanut butter cups. SO GOOD. I gained a freshman fifteen just from that ice cream--I’d polish off an entire carton in one night. And not just once, I did that regularly. I literally lost 10 lbs in a month when I stopped eating ice cream. I still buy it sometimes, but I can’t have it in the freezer at all the time, because I have no self control. I will finish it.

8. I’m really scared of spiders. I like the house we live in for the most part, but last year, we got a lot of spiders here (it’s a daylight basement, so right on the ground level). Our lease is up at the end of this month, and part of the reason I’m not sure if I want to renew it is the spiders. Seriously. If we can find an apartment that’s on the fourth floor or something, where the spiders aren’t likely to come, I’ll feel so much better. Speaking of which, does anyone in the Seattle area know of a great place to rent (preferably not more than $1300/month)? Let me know. It’s so funny, because I saw so many places with “For Rent” signs before, but now that our lease is almost up I feel like I can’t find anything good.

9. I’m super awkward in front of the camera. You can probably tell from the photo above, and from the fact that I rarely post pictures of myself on this blog. I never know what to do with my hands, or my face (should I smile? should I look casual? what should I look at?!), etc. But I want to be able to share more about my personal life on here, so I’m going to try to get more comfortable with having photos taken of me.

10. My favorite scent is lemon. My second favorite is lavender!

11. By day, I work as an assistant buyer. I don’t really talk about my “real job” on here very much, but in case you ever wondered, I work as an assistant buyer at zulily. I’m in the toy department…it’s pretty fun most of the time, but also crazy busy.

12. My middle name is Rebecca. 

13. My favorite colors are pink, mint green, robin’s egg blue, and yellow. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile! I always gravitate to those colors.

14. I have a hard time keeping my hands still. I always have to be doing something with them--doodling, cracking my knuckles, writing things down, or doing something on my phone.

15. I get my hair cut once, maybe twice, a year. I’ve never dyed it, so I don’t have roots to take care of. And I don’t really like myself with short hair. So I pretty much keep it the same all the time, and just get it cut when I start noticing a lot of split ends.

16. I’m a major cheapskate. I can’t buy anything online without checking first for a coupon code, and I looove thrift stores. In fact, a couple years ago when Ben asked what I wanted to do for my birthday I said I wanted to go thrifting. Haha!

17. I believe that bacon makes anything better. Burgers, waffles, maple bars….just about anything. I even wrote a post about it (a long time ago) here.

18. My favorite time of the year is summer. I’m excited that it’s just around the bend! I love backyard barbecues, iced drinks, going to the beach, and laying outside with a book. And most of all, I love the sun.

19. I’ve never broken a bone. It's probably because I’m a pretty cautious person. My mom said that when I was a baby, she never worried about me crawling into the street or anything. She’d just put a blanket down on the yard and set me on it. I’d go to the edge of the blanket, touch the grass, and then head back to the middle of the blanket…I was a little scaredy-cat. Ever since he heard that story, Ben calls me “blanket child” whenever I’m being unadventurous.

20. My favorite flowers are peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones. I’ve posted about more of my favorite flowers here.

21. Eventually, I want to have four kids. Who knows if this will actually happen (we’ve got to have one first, after all!) But I like the idea of having a big family, and a house full of noise and commotion and laughter.

22. But I’m not a big pet person. Sorry if that makes me sound terrible. If my kids really want a dog or a bunny one day, maybe we’ll get one. But for me personally, I’m not interested in spending a bunch of time taking care of an animal. And I’m allergic to cats!

23. I’m addicted to Pinterest and Instagram. And I’m also getting more into Twitter lately! Follow along, if you’d like--just click the little social media icons at the top of my sidebar and say hello.

24. I’m an introvert. I’ve never gone to any blogger conferences and I’ve barely met any other bloggers in Seattle. I’m definitely a homebody too--I’d rather stay at home with a movie, a bowl of ice cream, and my hubby than go out to a fancy dinner and a big party where I don’t know anyone.

25. I love cheesy jokes. Puns and plays on words are my fave. I have one for you guys: Why do you never hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? Because it has a silent p! Ahahaha. I know, groan. Anyone have a cheesy joke for me?

Whew! That was kind of hard. 25 turned out to be a bigger list than I realized it would be. Do you have any questions for me, or things you’d like to know? Feel free to leave a comment! I also wrote a post with some other facts about myself here, and I have an FAQ page here.

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  1. Posted by Courtney Shelton on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Wooooooooo!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AILEEN!! :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Thanks, Courtney!!!!
  2. Posted by kelsey on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    happiest bday!!!! i am SO with you on so many of these. and i'm turning 25 in about 3 months! i definitely rarely cut my hair, and don't get anything drastic done to it. and totally get the blogger introvertedness. i really dislike getting out into large group of people i don't know!
    ladies in navy
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      I think a lot of bloggers are the same way. That's why we hide behind a screen, haha!
  3. Posted by Dianna on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy Birthday fellow Taurus!!!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Thank you Dianna!
  4. Posted by Rachel T on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    This was so fun to read Aileen!! Happy bday!!! :) And now you can officially rent a rental car too! ;) That is super hilarious about Ben calling you a "blanket child" :D very cute!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Thanks Rachel! I know, yay for rental cars! Haha.
  5. Posted by Jaylene on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy birthday! This was super fun to read -- I love learning random details of people's lives. :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Me too! Thanks, Jaylene.
  6. Posted by Audrey - This Little Street on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    So fun - i had no idea you worked at Zulily! Happy birthday Aileen :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      I don't think I've mentioned it on here you shop there? Thanks for the birthday wishes!
  7. Posted by Gloria on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy birthday, Aileen!! It's so much fun to learn a little more about you - I must admit I cracked up at the pterodactyl joke :-)
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

      Aww yay, I'm glad you liked it. Haha!
  8. Posted by Audrey - This Little Street on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    yes i do!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Yay! I hope you've had good experiences :)
  9. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    LOVED your list. There were about 4 that were things I didn't know. My favorite, the blanket child! I could have guessed that though ;). Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and another great year.
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Thank you, Debbie!!!
  10. Posted by Melody on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy Birthday!

    If you ever travel to New Zealand you should have another try of cheese and sour cream! I think it's significantly nicer!

    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

      Thanks, Melody! I totally want to go to New Zealand within the next couple years. I'll give your cheese & sour cream a try :)
  11. Posted by Hannah on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy Birthday Aileen! I only knew a few of those! And, I could completely relate to the movie one! I'm excited for your coming 25-year-old adventures!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

      Thank you Hannah! I'm excited for many more adventures this year too.
  12. Posted by Kiki on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

    Happy Birthday! I love getting to know bloggers better and I think this is a really fun way to celebrate your birthday online. I mean, what better than for letting us get to know you better, right? :) Anyway, so glad to have met a fellow homebody, introvert, lover of games, and lover of my favorite flowers, too!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

      Thank you Kiki!! Glad you enjoyed it.
  13. Posted by Rachel | The Crafted Life on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

    I know this is a bit late, but happy birthday girl! No cheese on your pizza, but at least you like it with your jokes :)

    Hope you had a wonderful day!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

      Thanks, Rachel!! Haha, yes indeed. My cheesy jokes definitely make up for my cheeseless pizza, right?!
  14. Posted by Hope on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

    <3 :)
  15. Posted by Kerry on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

    So fun Aileen! Many similarities between us, and I just celebrated my bday too! Just fast forward your life fifteen years with five kids and we could practically be twins : )
    But I do like mayo, and ranch dressing, hee hee

    Happy birthday!
  16. Posted by Eleni | My Paradissi on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

    Happy belated birthday girl!
    So fun to learn all these things about you! I feel we have a lot in common :)
    Anyway, have a great time in your mini trip!
  17. Posted by Winter White on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

    I'm bad with the comparing myself to others as well, especially when it comes to blogging. But so happy that I'm not the only one. Everyone has their vices I guess and there's no right way to live at that's the way I tell myself ;) Great blog thank you for sharing!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

      Aww, thank you for your comment! I’m really trying to cut myself slack with that whole comparing thing…but the green-eyed monster is an ugly and persistent thing.
  18. Posted by Lauren on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

    Ok, once again, I feel like I'm starting to stalk you like I did at first on Pintrerst (insert horror face emoticon!) That said...LOVE all these. You are super cute in front of the camera, and if you ever want a photographer/fellow blogger to take some fun pics I'm all over it (obviously for free if you are ok with my nugget coming along), BECAUSE I'm a total introvert too!! I RARELY comment on the bazillion blogs/Instagram accounts I follow, because I feel like a big nerd. I only feel comfortable blogging, because not many people really follow me haha. Btw, we could totally talk DIY and thrifting all day long! The only differences we really have is that I love pets, have to color my hair every month to cover %&#$ gray, and really anything else that gets changed when you have kids :) Like...5 of them ;)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

      Haha, thank you!!! You’re so sweet.
  19. Posted by Shirley K on Friday, September 4th, 2015

    I realize this post is from last year . . . but I'm just poking around. My daughter is half-Chinese too. It's super hard to learn Chinese here because you have to use it regularly to really learn it. I was born/grew up in the US, so even though I'm full Chinese, Mandarin is not what I consider to be my first language. But anyway, I liked this post!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, September 4th, 2015

      Aww, thanks for the comment! It totally is sooo hard to learn, and so easy to lose. Glad you liked the post!