There! - I broke the ice and got all of my weirdness out in the open so we can continue on like old friends because, you know, the weirdness is gone... right?
The internet can be overwhelming at times. Faces without names and names without faces. In hopes of breaking down the barrier a bit, I'd like to introduce myself to whomever ventures to my blog and finds what I have to say mildly interesting, because, let's be honest, no one is THAT interesting.
My name is Dani (short for Danielle, but I've never been a big fan of my full name, for no particular reason, so Dani it is).
I'm your typical, run-of-the-mill, twenty-something millennial with a bag full of dreams and a heart full of wonder...
Okay, I can't even type that with a straight face. Literally nothing about me is typical except for my obsession with coffee and all things related to fall. And don't worry, I'm not one of those "I'm as unique as a snowflake" people either. I think I am what everyone wants to be - myself - and there's no one else like me simply because I am who I am, everyone else is who they are.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let me tell you a little more about me, because I know you're dying to know all of the juicy details of my little life (please note my immense sarcasm here).
Where to start? Do I jump right in with the typical "I'm interested in blah blah hobby... I currently work at blah blah company... I'm married to blah blah person with blah blah number of kids..." because half of those aren't true and the rest really doesn't matter. How about we start at the beginning... that seems like the proper way to go...
May 17, 199-something - BORN - hello world!
May 17, 199-something - Turn 1 - whew... this is going to take a while isn't it? Let's skip ahead a bit, shall we?!
May - a lovely month. My birth month. Yet it's one of the most fickle months in Ohio. Rain, snow, sleet, sunshine, rain, snow, 90 degrees, 30 degrees, OHIO. Wouldn't change it if I could.
Spring - My favorite pastime is looking at all of the pretty flowers growing & blooming in between sneezes (did I mention I have allergies?)... SPRING is a time of de-cluttering - the sign of good things to come - a change of pace - a warming of the soul - a closing of my airways... - the reopening of windows - the sunshine on my face - starting the day off with a parka but wearing shorts because at some point it will reach 50 degrees - Ohio life - Ohio weather - wonderful.
Summer - Spending the days in my aunt and uncle's pool, looking up to my big sister and older cousins - Nintendo 64 (Mario Kart BATTLE Champion, thank you very much) - Walking the plank (another pool-time treasure brought upon the youngest child in the family, ME) - Zoo trips - Road trips (we drove everywhere) - Hilton Head, SC... the greatest place in the world - We vacationed there every summer, for two weeks, with my dad's side of the family. Just me, my big sis, my dad, my aunt, my uncle and my grandparents. Even though I was stung by jelly-fish 13+ times over the years, there is no other place I'd rather be than on that island - All day to pretend and play with my big sister... the BEST.
Fall - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! (yeah... I liked school. A lot. But mostly all the new supplies; I loved the smell of freshly sharpened pencils - still do.) - READING, yep, I loved books too (NERD ALERT...) I proudly read every book and every series I could get my hands on (surprisingly, I did not read the Harry Potter series until adulthood and before you go shaming me, don't worry, I'm plenty ashamed and disgusted with myself over this faux-pas for the both of us!).
Winter - SNOWBOARDING! (Ski club member - every year - cheyaa dude) - I was probably 6 or 7 when I was introduced to skiing. My father started me out with skis on my feet so I could get the feel of things. I went down the bunny hill once, sat down, and refused to go back up unless I had a board strapped to my feet (stubbornness may or may not be a strong trait of the Taurus). I wore a helmet, and I was fearless. - Igloo building (which involved a lot of crying when the snow wouldn't pack properly, or my igloo inevitably caved in). - Sickness, but that's for another time - Hot chocolate - indoor showers for our golden retriever (miss you Chuck) - Accidentally getting locked outside my house at 7am in a thin nightgown (that's what I get for being a responsible 9-year-old who let her dog out to pee!) - Christmas Eve driving around looking at everyone's Christmas lights with my Mom and sister. - New Year's Eve staying up to watch the ball drop, giddy with the thought of staying up all night.
Seasons are a funny thing; they come and go and mark the time passing around us. Sometimes we don't even notice them. But it's important to notice. Not to judge, but to notice. Observe. Open your eyes and truly see what's going on around you.
Well, that's probably way too much information already and we could continue to go in depth on just my childhood so I think I'll stop here while I'm hopefully still ahead and haven't driven all of you potential readers away ☺
Thanks for reading (if you made it this far, let me know and I'll give you a cookie next time we meet),