No Foolin’

OK time to update these and let ya’ll know which one of these was a hoax…it was No. 2! I’ve never broken a bone in my life and I’ve never ridden a mechanical bull. I’m sure I could have been talked into it in my 20s, but I’m not so sure now. I mean I chickened out of doing the zip line at Sandestin during our spring break trip. Oh where oh where has my fearless mojo gone?

I’m quickly closing in on my 3 1/2 year blogiversary and I thought I’d copy shamelessly steal this idea from Classy Chaos since I’ve got a little bit of writer’s block and I’ve never actually written one of those 100 Things About Me posts. (Because honestly? It might lull you to sleep.)

Here is a little trivia about me. One of these facts is an April Fool’s falsie. Can you guess which one?

I interned at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in college. TRUE! I worked there the summer after my sophomore year of college at Western Kentucky University. This was in 1989 and on slow days I would cut out labels for slides to be inserted in press kits. Yes photo SLIDES. This was back in the pre-digital photo era when we put together press kits with parchment paper (kidding) and we still used typewriters. I didn’t have an e-mail account and I’m not sure I yet had a cell phone.

I broke my collar bone riding a mechanical bull. FALSE!

I’ve danced on the bar at Bar Nashville after a winning Tennessee Titans game. TRUE! This was pre-kids and there were a ton of people at Bar Nashville celebrating. They’d given out giant foam swords at the Titans game and my girlfriend and I got on the bar while everyone was caught up in the win.

I’ve sat next to the Playgirl Man of the Year on a flight from Nashville to Houston. TRUE! I was working in the branding and media services department for a life insurance company that was bought out by AIG and was flying out to AIG (no kidding) in Houston to interview for a management position back here in Nashville, which I did not get. But I did get an autographed copy of Playgirl magazine.

I’ve had my picture taken with Bob Dole. TRUE! While working for the News and Public Affairs department at Vanderbilt University (I worked there from 1991 to 1998) I covered a press conference on campus for Bob Dole. As he walked through the audience he stopped to shake hands and a photographer from The Tennessean snapped my picture shaking his hand.

I’ve conducted a phone interview with the former CEO of Pepsi. TRUE! I work for a small niche business publishing company and interviewed Steve Reinemund over the phone about Pepsi’s diversity efforts.

I dropped out the second day of sorority rush in college. TRUE! I was in a high school sorority, but I dropped out of college rush. My sisters were Tri Delts but we didn’t have Tri Delts at WKU and I ended up making a ton of friends through my dorm and through writing for the college paper.

It took us one month of casually trying to get pregnant with Miss A. TRUE! To quote from one of my favorite movies, Raising Arizona, apparently I’m as fertile as the Tennessee Valley.

I have a weird phobia about opening cans of biscuits. TRUE! Just ask my husband. I’m weird. I also can’t open a bottle of champagne for the same reason.

I’ve never set foot in an Ikea, Trader Joe’s or Urban Outfitters. TRUE! I’m so non urban and hip. I do love me some TJ Maxx and Target, though. Trader Joe’s and Urban Outfitters recently opened in Nashville so maybe I’ll visit them. Some day.

I have a faux Vera Bradley-esque bag I bought at Dollar General. TRUE! It’s a tote bag, really, but it looks amazingly like the peacock blue/turquoise Vera Bradley bags.

My childhood nickname was Pooh Bear. TRUE! My sister recently outed me on this fact on my Facebook wall.

Have fun guessing!


  1. OHmommy says:

    Fun! This is SO much fun.

    I am guessing you were totally a sorority girl. Yes? You could not have dropped out. But then again who hasn’t been to an Ikea and Trader Joes. If that one is true… we must go on a fieldtrip.

  2. Amy says:

    I don’t seem to recall any broken bones…although I might not put the mechanical bull riding past you!!

  3. Coma Girl says:

    “I have a weird phobia about opening cans of biscuits.”

    That’s the false one. C’mon, who doesn’t love that excitement of the “POP!” Now I have a craving for crescent rolls. Yum.

  4. Blonde Mom says:

    I will give ya’ll one hint. I was not in a college sorority. I did drop out of rush, although I was in a high school sorority in 11th and 12th grade (I think maybe it is a Southern small town thing?) My sisters, though, were both Tri Delts at Rhode College in Memphis…at that time it was Southwestern at Memphis. I ended up getting really involved in the newspaper staff at Western and making a ton of friends in my dorm so I never did pledge a sorority.

  5. EG says:

    I’m thinking you would’ve mentioned the collarbone thing if you’d done that, so I don’t think you did that.

    BTW, you were my gateway drug into the world of blogs, or, Mommy Blogs. I impulsively bought a cloth swim diaper at Target and was second guessing myself so I googled for a review of it, and found you.

  6. Cassie says:

    Just had to de-lurk to say that I am also from a small, southern town (in NC) and we also had high school sororities! Very “Dazed and Confused.” I really thought we were the only one. Never thought it was weird til I went to college and no one there had ever heard of such a thing. Haha. Glad to know we’re not alone!
    Love the blog!

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