19 Random Things About Me

Natasha in Peru

Since today is my birthday, I thought I would take a moment to tell you a little bit about myself. I always wanted to do one of those 25 random things about me notes on facebook, but I never got around to it, so, better late than never! I love getting to know my readers, so feel free to leave a comment with a random or interesting fact about yourself.

1. I was born on February 19th, 1982. That falls right on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces, but I’m a Pisces in every way. And I only sort of believe in that stuff.

2. I am a coffee addict. I buy espresso beans from a local coffee shop, grind them fresh everyday, and make a 1 shot, 6 ounce cappuccino with organic 2% milk every morning.

3. I’m a certified scuba diver.

4. I have 2 cats that I love dearly, but I’m a dog person at heart. I hope to adopt one in the near future.

5. Layer cakes are my favorite desserts to make. I find the process of baking, frosting, and decorating them to be therapeutic. That being said, the dessert I crave the most (and make the most often) is chocolate chip cookies. Does that count as 2 things?

6. I’m a night owl, and the only time I will voluntarily get up early is when I have jet lag.

7. I have never liked milk, and the only time I will ever drink it is in my coffee or with warm chocolate chip cookies. I rarely put it on my cereal, and I will absolutely never drink cereal milk.

8. I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. As much as I love sugary treats, I also love broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.

9. By day, I’m a musician. It’s not the most lucrative job in the world, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

10. I love British period dramas. I’ve read all the Jane Austen novels, I have a crush on Mr Darcy, and I’m completely obsessed with Downton Abbey.

11. I’m still trying to get my students to teach me how to use Twitter, and I totally don’t get the hash tag thing.  #iamreallyold

12. I’ve been playing tennis since I was a kid, and even though I’m still not especially good at it, I love to play. I’m currently on a women’s doubles team called the Lob Stars.

13. I am a pescetarian, which basically means I’m a vegetarian who occasionally eats seafood. I’ve tried to convince myself that it was because seafood is more sustainable, but really, it’s just because I haven’t found the discipline to give up sushi.

14. The only soda I like is Cherry Coke, and I will only drink it at the movie theater. With buttery popcorn. And Buncha Crunch.

15. I’m not much of a girly girl. I still don’t know how to put on makeup, I can’t walk in high heels to save my life, and I don’t like shopping (unless you count grocery shopping).

16. After grad school, my friend Cat and I wanted to take an international trip. We chose the location by the cheapest plane ticket we could find, and ended up having the trip of a lifetime in Peru.

17. My secret dream is to be a ballerina. I think ballet is an amazing form of art, but I’m way too old and not coordinated enough to take ballet, so I live vicariously through movies and documentaries about ballet dancing. I have seen Center Stage at least 50 times.

18. I turn into a whiny baby when I’m cold. I grew up in Indiana, so I’m happy to be living in a warmer climate now.

19.  When I was a kid, the only acceptable cake for me was chocolate. Now that I’m older, I have a new respect for vanilla, and this is the first year that one of my birthday cakes (I always make 2) will be vanilla. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you!




  1. ” I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. As much as I love sugary treats, I also love broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.” – YES! That is me exactly! You’d never know behind all of the sugar on my blog but I eat veggies (a lot of them, all kinds) every single day. especially brussels sprouts 😉
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted…skinny chocolate peanut butter swirl cupcakes.My Profile

    1. Aren’t brussels sprouts the best? I could eat a pan of roasted brussels sprouts in one sitting!

  2. Happy Birthday :) I hope you have a lovely day. I also love making layer cakes, don’t like milk, and can’t stand the cold weather. Can’t wait to move somewhere warmer. I love posts like this. It’s always fun to get to know the blogger behind the blog.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Lemon Gingerbread Muffins #MuffinMondayMy Profile

    1. Thanks for the wishes, Laura!

  3. Happy Birthday Natasha! Nice to read a bit about you :)

    You born on 1892?? Now, you really are old!! 😉 😀
    Sonia recently posted…Aloo Gobi Matar RecipeMy Profile

    1. Oops, good catch, Sonia! I meant 1982. I’m not 121! :)

  4. Happy, Happy Birthday, Natasha! Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself, I don’t like milk either~
    Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

    1. Thank you, Mary!

  5. How fun – thanks for sharing all these fun facts about yourself! What instrument do you play as part of your day job? I’m a flutist and have a flute performance minor and love meeting musicians! Happy belated birthday!
    Eva @ Eva Bakes recently posted…Salted caramel apple pieMy Profile

    1. Thanks, Eva! That’s so cool that you are a flutist. I’m an oboist. It’s always nice to meet a fellow musician food blogger!

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