25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

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Happy Monday everyone!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.

Saturday I helped my good friend Marilyn celebrate her birthday.


And Sunday I went to a party for the Food Blog Forum in Asheville.


And today I’m looking forward to learning a lot of tips to improve the food portion of Running in a Skirt at the Food Blog Forum!  What a great couple of days.

For today’s post I thought I’d do an old school-like blog post.  Many of you may know me a little bit from the news, but I thought it would fun for us all to get to know each other even better.  I’ll go first and then in the comments section you pick 1-5 numbers and tell me about yourself.

This is inspired by Julie @ PeanutButterFingers and Tina @ CarrotsnCake.

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when… I am exploring someplace new.


2. …Especially if it… involves good food, good views and good company.  I have a severe case of wanderlust.


3. I’ve always wanted to… go to the Galapagos Islands.

4. My family and I… don’t see each other as often as I would like, but are still very close.


5. I was a terrible… modern dance student.  I excelled at ballet and tap, and even minored in dance in college.   I took ballet for the entire minor with the exception of one required modern class.  I really didn’t do well in it at all and I never warmed up to all the moves standing on your hands and on the floor.

6. My first job was… JC Penney Teen Board.  I did fashion shows in the mall.  My second job was a character and parade dancer at Disney.  I was most frequently Pluto.  I’ve always had off beat jobs.

7. I could probably eat ice cream or Mexican food everyday. Breakfast burrito for breakfast, Quesadilla for lunch, Enchiladas for dinner and ice cream for dessert. I’m not kidding.

Speaking of Enchiladas… I think it is time to make these roasted vegetable ones again…


8. I wish I could… sing.  I have the boots and heart of country music star, but am completely tone deaf.

9. I was born on the same day as… Demi Lovato, Amy Adams & Connie Chung.  Talk about good company!

10. My all-time favorite film is… Gone with the Wind AND Top Gun.  I do have a dachshund named Rhett AND see #15


11. I do a pretty mean… running man and roger rabbit.

12. I’m still mad… I didn’t visit Sarah in Paris in college when she was studying abroad.

13. I met my husband… at a friends party in Asheville.  Our mutual friends arranged for us to meet!  They could be professional match makers.


14. I always knew I wanted… a gaggle of dachshunds. But now I sort of feel like our
little family is at a two dogs limit.


15. I’m not afraid to… fly!  See below


16. I make the best… Vegetarian Chili (I desperately need to put better pictures in this post, but regardless it is one of my most popular food posts AND a family requested favorite.)

17. I have almost absolutely no… patience for people who treat animals poorly.

18. I always cry when… I think about something happening to Rhett and Reina.  They are both getting a little older (Rhett-13, Reina-9) and I really need them to have long, long lives.

19. I’m an Asheville girl to the core now, but I still have some flip flop, beach & heat loving Floridian in me.


20. I spent 2 years living in Macon, Georgia working at a Fox affiliate before moving to Asheville.

21. I wish my Mom could still help me make big decisions.   Although I sometimes look to the sky and ask her what she thinks.


22. At 5, I was deeply in love with ballet and strawberry shortcake.

23. I believe if people remembered that everyone is fighting some sort of battle, the world would be a better place.   Offering a little bit of grace can go a long way.

24. I can’t stand… big crowds.  I used to love them but as I’ve gotten older they make me crazy nervous.

25. Whenever Full House is on, I’ll watch it.

Your turn! 

Pick a couple numbers and tell me about you…


  1. GiGi Eats April 26, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply


    And # 1 & # 2 are definitely my happy moments too!! Oh and congrats on you and your husband NOT meeting on an on-line website or dating app 😉 lol! I feel like THOSE THINGS are becoming more the norm now – how the times have changed lol!

  2. […] stumbled upon an old post of Julie’s earlier this week, I soon discovered that we both have a serious desire/love/obsession with owning […]

  3. Dani @ Dani California Cooks March 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    OMG. I want at LEAST 2-3 dachsunds!! A woman after my own heart!

  4. Paula Brewer June 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    14 – I have a gaggle of doxies …….so I might be (my husband said that there is no might be) crazy!

    • JulieWunder June 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Oh!!! I’m so jealous!! Dachshunds are even cuter in multiples!!!

  5. Annette @ sweating through life June 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    This was so fun to read! I’ve noticed too that the older I get, the less I like crowds and loud noises…

  6. Kelly Shaver June 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I too love my dachsund Bella! I love all animals and will soon be raising chickens for eggs and goats for milk/cheese! I watched you in Asheville (relocated to Fl) and am glad I can see you doing something off the beaten path. Keep it up chick! Great job!

  7. Mary Beth Jackson May 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    cute post!
    My first job was the Maas Brothers teen board in Lakeland- very similar.
    Some friends from church introduced my hubby and I. and I have always wanted a great Dane 🙂

  8. Betty Hicks September 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Julie I love your Blog!It is so interesting. I think you should do a book. I know I would love to read it. Miss you on WLOS but so glad you are doing so well. Love you can’t wait for the next blog!

  9. Bill W. August 27, 2014 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Hey girl. Missing you @ WLOS! Anyway, The one thing I would have to say about me is that I am an extreme pizza fanatic even though I\m seriously trying to cut back. As for the pets, I currently own 5 Chihuahuas including a chih-weiner one Chihuahua-terrier mix and 1 fox. I lost my cat sometime back and don’t really know if I’m game for another one just yet as he was with me for 8 years.

  10. Tamela August 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I have a Shepard mix named Nala who I love with all my animal loving heart.
    My oldest is a Senior Airman in the USAF and my heart aches for him.
    God is the center of my life

  11. Myra August 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    First of all I love your blog because I loved watching you on WLOS and 2nd because I would love to leave my job, do what I love, and create a blog just like you!

    #1 I am happiest when I am playing the piano, have my family nearby, worshiping my Lord whether at church or in my car listening to 106.9 and of course riding the motorcycle with my boyfriend.

    #8 I wish I could (like I said earlier) leave my job, live a true healthy lifestyle, play the piano all the time, and maybe even create a blog. I have to work to pay the bills, but it sure would make my life happier!

    %26 I would like to ask you about where you worship and if so, what are your beliefs and how has it made you stronger and affected your immediate decisions and life?

  12. Vickie Heflin August 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I have been married to my husband Bucky for 37 years
    And have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter 16 years
    Old and moved back to Asheville in 2012.

  13. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie August 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I’m gonna have to steal this! It’s so fun! I’m with you on #17 all day long! Nothing makes me more upset.

  14. Cathy B. August 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I have been married to my husband for 38 years. I have two sons and four grandchildren(3 boys and 1 girl). I love my family and I love to have them for supper or just a cookout. I love the outdoors and would live on the lake if I could afford the house, lol. I love to garden and especially my dogs.

  15. Robin August 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    1. I love to travel. I have been around this great country growing up.. Every summer my family would pick somewhere to go to and visit… We started coming to NC when I was young. (from Miami,Fla).. Then when I got older we went out west.. My last trip was to Mexico in 1970 (I think) In 1969 we went to Alaska.. My mom and sister and I travelled across this country visisting sites we havn’t seen before.. We pick up my Dad in Seatle Washington.. Then went on to Alaska.
    3. I have always wanted to go to England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland.. With doing Geneaglogy, I want to see where my family lived at one time..
    4. My mom lives here, but I don’t get to see my brother and sister very much as they live in Fla.
    5. I was a terrible at trying to learn to play the guitar.. Never did learn it.. Also tried to learn driving a stick shift car.. Never did learn how to do it…
    6. My first job was babysitting, then I worked in a Cafeteria, then worked at an answering service for doctors, moved here then worked at the Grove Park Inn..
    7.I could probably eat chocolate, Ice Cream
    8. I wish I could sing also..
    10. My all-time favorite film is too many of them that I love..
    16. I make the best… anything I bake is good..lol.. But I do make a great chocolate cheesecake..
    17. I too have almost absolutely no patience for people who treat animals poorly or children..
    18. I always cry when I think of my long last Buttons (Chihuahua). Had to put her to sleep almost 5 yrs ago..

  16. Janet G Burch August 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I love music and singing, I was a First – Suprano in the youth choir of the church I attended in HS. I entered a talent contest in my 9th grade year, everybody that heard me were saying I was robbed if first place because the guy who did the magic act wasn’t that good, but he won.
    I love living in these mountains, and if someone took me away and said I could never come back, they’d best just shoot me and put me out of my misery. I’m a mountain girl forever.
    I will be “talking” with you occasionally, I’m not a big poster. I have a blog too it’s: http//:myvariousjourneys.blogspot.com
    Come check it out.

  17. Dan Steadman August 18, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    3. I have always wanted to go to Seattle, WA
    9. I was born on the same day as…my dad, Candace Cameron Bure, Merle Haggard, Sterling Sharpe, and Houdini
    25. Whenever Everybody Loves Raymond is on I’ll watch it…funny how art imitates life.
    1. I am happiest during a long hike when on top of the mountain or on a ridge
    11. I do a pretty mean President Clinton impersonation
    22. At five I wanted to be Ryne Sandberg and play second base for the Cubs one day

  18. Madeline St Onge August 18, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

    17. I too have no patience for any who mistreats animals, I mean from a tiny kitty to a huge bear, lets leave the wild life alone.
    18. I cry when I think of my kids living so far away and because of health reasons have not seen them in 6 years
    21. I wish my mom and dad were both still with me, miss them a lot

  19. Lynn Humphreys August 18, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I also LOVE Mexican food, and you can get the best in Texas!
    I love and miss my mom SO much! I lost her last year at age 97.
    You look just like your mom!

    • Jean August 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Yes she sure looks like her Mom…………..

      • JulieWunder August 19, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

        Thanks 🙂 People always got our names confused because we looked so much alike. It is crazy to compare pictures around the same age.

  20. Candi Dragonetti August 18, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    1) I am the happiest when I volunteer at Sarge’s every Saturday.
    2)My first job was at S&H Green Stamp redemption center in Coral Gables, FL.
    3)I wish I could play an instrument but I can not, for the life of me, read music notes.
    4) I do a pretty mean imitation of Stevie Nicks.
    5) I too, can not stand large crowds. I get claustrophobic.

  21. Cinthia Milner August 18, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

    This was a fun post, so here goes.

    1. I’m happiest anywhere in the world. Traveling makes me feel like a teenager again, with Mom and Dad being the responsible adults and me just hanging out. Wherever I go, that feeling comes back.

    2. I’m a native of WNC, and have tried to move so many times, thinking I should just because. Once I sat on the steps of my house with everything packed and new job ready in a different town. After an hour of sitting there, I called the job and said no. I’ve accepted that here I am, and glad for it.

    3. I work outside and LOVE IT. I’m a horticulturist.

    4. I eat Key Lime pie for dinner almost every night.

    5. I believe in the better “word” when playing Scrabble, not necessarily the better move/word points. Consequently, I lose Scrabble a lot.

    Thanks everyone’s comments are so cool.

    • JulieWunder August 19, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Key Lime Pie! yummy. I love your scrabble rules. You should totally win.

  22. Judy Henderson August 18, 2014 at 7:35 am - Reply

    22 I fell in love with ballet too. I take class twice a week from Marilyn Cloutier (see Asheville Citizen Times article from Section D on July 22nd). You should visit Sylva and take class with us. It’s Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45. Student ages range from 11 to 75. It is so much fun!

  23. David B Teague August 18, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I was a University professor (math, then CS) for 38 years, and am retired. Now I’m happiest when I am playing double bass in the Blue Ridge Orchestra (the best kept musical secret in Asheville: 72 pieces, full symphony conducted by Dr. Milt Crotts), in the BRO Chamber Orchestra, and in other chamber groups, most often with Ron Lambe at St Matthias First Sunday performances.
    Thank you for the time you spent with us at WLOS, and for sharing your live with us from your web site.

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Oh wow! I bet you play some amazing music!
      Thank you for the kind words.

  24. Deanna August 18, 2014 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I’m happiest when working on the novel I’m writing. I could eat chocolate every day. And I make the BEST brownies! (Surprised?)

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Me too…. chocolate… just a little bite helps.

  25. James Cannon August 18, 2014 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I was a Prison Chaplain for many years. Rev. Frank Shirley from Craggy Correctional was my mentor. He was a great man and is remembered by many.

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Oh wow. What an interesting role. I bet you helped a lot of people.

  26. Beverly Harris August 18, 2014 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I’m happiest when I am with my grandchildren and daughters for a visit.
    My first job was – at the age of 13-a waitress at Lewis’s Fish Camp in Swannanoa. Met some life long friends there and loved it..

  27. Lisa B August 18, 2014 at 5:57 am - Reply

    OK Julie, I’m game to break the ice!

    13–I met my husband when I was working fast food management and he was a faithful customer. I sold him a cheeseburger in May of 1989, and he paid with a diamond in December of the same year!

    25–I always cry when…..I remember our son’s senior recognition night in the fall of 2009 and his high school graduation in June of 2010. Seems like only yesterday, yet now he is on the Dean’s List at AB Tech!

    • JulieWunder August 18, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

      AWWWW!!! Love over cheeseburgers! I love it! Congrats to your son. You should be very proud.

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