Last year, Jenny Cupido and I connected via the blogosphere, and I’m so glad we did, as I love her blog. She asked me and a handful of other blogger friends to participate in a blog hop (started here) where we share 10 facts that our readers may not know already. You’ll find all of the participants linked at the bottom of the post. I’m honored to participate in this fun series. Some of my readers have been friends for years and years and may know all ten facts, but others may be surprised about some of these tidbits. I’d love to know if you learn anything new!
1. I have traveled to 6 out of the 7 continents – I still need to visit Antarctica, and while I’m excited to go, I don’t think it’ll happen for a number of years. If you like tracking your travels, you should get an account on Wolpy (unfortunately, the Wolpy map doesn’t show the mapped cities in mobile view). I’ve traveled to a number of cities, but only lived in Scotland, Texas and Paris (for a summer). I speak conversational French, but definitely need to brush up before our trip in May! The world is enormous and when you see it all mapped, it makes you realize there is so many places you still have to go to. Thank goodness for Bucket Lists.
2. I’ve never shared this on Snapshots & My Thoughts before, but my husband, Sasha, was on Season 5 of the Bachelorette with Jillian Harris. We still give him a hard time for it now – I’m so glad that she stopped giving him roses! It’s funny because we watched a lot of Love It or List It Too (for which she’s a host) while in Durango, and now I absolutely love Jillian. I like to think I’m his unicorn! Sasha and I met while working for the same global consulting firm. We were both on a project in Oklahoma City – I love how our paths aligned. We also went to the same high school… only we were 7 years apart!
3. I interned at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I went to the premiere of Up (and cried) and Inglorious Bastards, and I met and chatted to Justin Long for over an hour. I also talked to Dileep Rao, as he was friends with Ed (second from right), whom I also met at the festival. I lost my cool when I was asked to help photographers get access to a private balcony to ensure they got good photos of Brad and Angelina. Ugh, take me back!
4. I was born in Scotland (in a tiny village called Catterline) and moved to Texas when I was 8 years old. We were supposed to move back a number of times, but it never happened. My two sisters, my parents and I are the only people on either side of the family to live outside of the UK. My sweet husband wore a kilt at our wedding to honor the Scottish tradition. You can see more of our wedding photos here and here.
5. Ailee (like Haley without the H) is spelled Eilidh on my birth certificate. Eilidh is pronounced the same way as Ailee, but is the Gaelic spelling. In 7th grade, I changed it unofficially to Ailee, and then when I became a US citizen in 2012, I changed it legally to Ailee Eilidh Semple. So my first and middle name were essentially the same! Then in 2013, when I got married, I became Ailee Semple Petrovic. So many changes!
6. I’ve been a vegetarian since the day I ‘graduated’ from 5th grade. I wanted to become one earlier (like most of my aunts and uncles), but my parents made me wait until I was in middle school. I haven’t had a single piece of meat since 1999! I stopped eating eggs in high school, but still love cheese.
7. I have a serious phobia of needles. I fainted every single time I had blood drawn while pregnant, which is pretty darn often. I should probably go to see someone about this fear before we start trying for another baby! It’s not fun. I do have a tendency to faint though, as I fainted during our wedding ceremony! I was back at the altar after 30 minutes, but had to sit down as I still didn’t feel 100%. That explains why my hair is super frizzy in so many of our wedding photos – but I don’t mind, as there’s a good story behind it!
8. I am obsessed with Cirque du Soleil and have been to 8 shows (in Portland, Minneapolis, Vegas, Austin and multiple in Houston). I was an intense cheerleader in high school (competitive and for my school), and I think that I now live vicariously through the acrobats doing all of their flips and contortion acts.
9. I cannot stand watching TV (excluding the news) or movies. I fall asleep during the latter, and cannot be bothered with the former (literally 0 hours per week – with the exception of our time in Durango, when we watched more TV in two months than we have together in four and a half years combined). Of course, there are four exceptions: Anchorman, Zoolander, Notting Hill and It’s Complicated. I think that my lack of TV makes me very behind with pop culture – which is why I read People Magazine to keep up to date!
10. I adore Justin Timberlake. I’ve been to two *NSYNC concerts and four solo concerts (three in Houston and one in Miami). The only other musicians we listen to a the house on repeat are Jason Mraz, Ben Rector and James Morrison. We love those four so much!
Make sure to go to She Lives Free next week to read about Sybil’s 10 facts!
Blog Hop Participants
Jenny – Jenny Cupido // Jo – Real Married Life // Stasia – Our Life on a Budget // Michelle – Mummy From the Heart // Sarah Ann – Faith Along the Way // Ailee – Snapshots and my Thoughts // Sybil – She Lives Free // Johanna – Our Joyful Home // Kate – Making Space // Rachel – Dreaming of the Country