5 Things No One Knows About Me

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On Monday mornings, I usually struggle to come up with a concept for my first post of the week. Today I got off easy because I had a great $25 Fandango Bucks giveaway to post, but I still wanted to write an actual post…so I headed over to Eclectic Six to find out what their Monday Mojo prompt was – and it’s a fun one!

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I hate sunscreen. 

I like to tan. A lot. I know, it’s horrible and skin cancer is very dangerous. I hate using sunscreen, and don’t even get me started on sunblock. I’m one of those old school girls that likes to lay out and actually try to get a tan. Don’t get me wrong, I do actually use sunscreen, but I don’t use it all over my body. I wear SPF 70 on my face, SPF 30 on my upper back, chest and shoulders, and I use SPF 4 or 2 on my arms and stomach, and I use tanning oil (I looooove my Hawaiian Tropic) on my legs.

I’ve done this my entire adult life.

So far, so good…no skin cancer yet. But let’s get real; I am a smoker and have been off and on (mostly on) for 18 years. If I am going to get cancer, it’s probably not going to be anything as simple as skin cancer.

2. I’m part Cuban. 

I hate telling people that I am part Cuban because they automatically assume that I speak Spanish and love to dance to salsa.

Um…not so much. My grandmother came from Cuba when she was about 5 or 6. Her mother passed away, her father was no longer in the picture and she was raised by a Korean foster family. None of my aunts and uncles speak Spanish, none of the family listens to Spanish music, we don’t know anyone in Cuba and while I love me some a ros con pollo, please don’t ask me how to make it because my American version kind of sucks.

The only thing stereo-typically Cuban about me is…that I live in Miami.

3. I once kissed my cousin. 

When I was 16, I met a cousin that I hadn’t seen since we were so young that we didn’t actually remember each other. He was handsome, and totally sweet – AND ADOPTED. We had a total crush on each other and kissed.

The family went nuts and we were forbidden to see each other or speak again…

I really didn’t understand what the big deal was, he wasn’t even related to me…and then my mom finally told me that he actually was adopted by my great uncle from my cousin. Yeah, so he was actually really still a cousin.

I had no idea, but of course he knew he was really my cousin when he kissed me. He was technically my third cousin, but still, that’s pretty gross.


4. I never bid through eBay…

I always use AuctionSniper.com. It’s awesome. I honestly can’t believe that the entire world doesn’t use it; it’s one of the best kept secrets of the internet. It’s simple, you buy credits for about a quarter an auction, and enter the item number you want with the most you’re willing to bid. Auction Sniper watches the bid for you and bids at the last minute (you choose how much time before the auction ends you want to bid, I choose 5 seconds). It prevents auctions from going up too much and I’ve been able to snag some great deals on things I really wanted at the last second – within my price range.

5. I used to hate dogs. 

You would be surprised to learn that I used to hate dogs. No, hate is not a strong enough word – I LOATHED dogs.

Why? Because they always bit me. Growing up, we always had a dog, but it was always an outside dog that was pretty much ignored except for at meal time. My family was more into cats. Dogs were drawn to biting me for some reason. When I was 14, my friend and I were walking around the block and she was holding my pet bunny. A chow chow came out of our neighbor’s gate and walked past her to bite my ass. Seriously, what stupid dog walks past a bunny to bite someone else?! (Sidenote: when you’re 14 and a dog bites your ass and you have to have the wound cleaned by a totally hot doctor, it’s really, really embarrassing)

My hatred of dogs disappated a few years later when a member of my parent’s church gave me my first dog – an Alaskan Malamute. I fell in love with the breed and ended up buying two Alaskan Malamutes years later, when I married my husband and had my own backyard. We now have three dogs: an Alaskan Malamute (the boy ran away but we still have the girl), and my sweet little Shelties.

I now LOVE dogs.

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  1. says

    I am laughing my head off at this. Sorry, but it’s just too funny. YOU are hilarious Jenn. 😀 (Sorry, I think I spelled your name wrong in my e-mail.) At least you can tan though, I remain a pale sickly looking ghost. Ugh.

  2. says

    YAY on #1 as I now know who will be perfectly happy tanning with me at Brandcation!

    I too kissed a cousin – though we didnt DISCOVER we were cousins until later.. and in one of THE most mortifying fashions.

    I am more and more convinced we were separated at birth. ROFL

  3. Zinedine says

    I also hated dogs, but I’m not sure if they did hated me more…for all the nasty things I gave them to eat :)

  4. says

    Interesting facts! :)

    Thanks for the info about AuctionSniper.com. I’ve heard so many horror stories regarding eBay. So, I’m too afraid to use it.

  5. says

    I too hate sunscreen, but I make sure my kids wear it because the little one is translucent. I never wore it growing up, and I guess old habits die hard. Although I did have one doc suggest that we go out for 15 min a day without it to get vitamin D from the sun because we’re deficient, and being lactose intolerant, that’s a good way to get it that absorbs better than supplements. I guess the 15 min of sun exposure outweighs the risk of rickets.

  6. says

    These are good, Jenn! I just burn in the sun but I surprisingly don’t wear sunscreen either. I think you wear more than I do. LOL And my Dh will be happy to hear about this auction sniper thing! I can’t tell you how many times he’s pissed and moaned about losing an auction at the last minute! LOL Now he’ll know the secret.

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