4. I don’t know how to swim. I’ve always been afraid of the water ever since a traumatic childhood experience. I was so traumatized and am still afraid to even talk about this event to others. It triggers me, and I don’t want to relive this traumatic event over again. I have always wanted to try swimming I even tried swimming lessons when I was about 8 and it was still traumatizing for me. I hope someday I’ll be able to get over my fear and conquer my phobia of swimming.
5. I’m afraid to be left home alone ever since kid me watched Home Alone the movie. That movie scared the heck out of me and I couldn’t imagine it not scaring any other child. To this day I still I freak out even if it is for a split second. Fun fact: every time I am home alone I have all the blinds closed, windows closed and locked, all the lights are on, the front door is locked at all times, and when I go to the bathroom I check behind the shower curtain to make sure there isn’t a serial killer waiting behind it. I don’t know whether if you can call me a baby, paranoid, or just a dork. I guess that is up to you to decide haha! Hopefully I’m not the only one who does that. Fingers are crossed and my toes too!
6. I am a HUGE planner. If you were to step into my apartment you’d count about 6 different planners (all for different purposes). I love to plan and to always be organized. My grandparents always taught me that, “proper preparation prevents poor performance”. That quote was engrained in me since I was a child and I choose to carry it with me always. I loved being taught this lesson because it has prepared me for life even with all the obstacles.
7. I am also a HUGE clean freak. I’m constantly always cleaning or redecorating our apartment home or just anything that is out of place or bothering me haha!! I can’t stand any kind of dirt or a mess. I’m always rearranging Luke’s toys and putting them in the proper spot all the time. He’s like a little kid at times, but I love it. It gives me something fun to do in the home. Gianni my partner, is your typical guy and I mean that ever so lovingly haha, but I think it is safe to say that he is quite happy that I have an OCD when it comes to cleaning. I try my hardest to have him always come home to a clean home ever since we moved in together about three years ago. I’m not implying that he doesn’t help around the house because he does, but I also like to keep our apartment decorated a certain way and style which kind of leads on to my next thing about me.
8. I wasn’t your typical child and teen who watched cartoons, Nickelodeon or Disney channel. Instead, I was either constantly practicing sports, training, or playing games throughout the week and weekend. We even traveled to play in softball tournaments from the age of 9 to about 15 years old. So, you can say I didn’t have much time to watch TV, but when I did I watched HGTV which is a home and garden tv channel, Project Runway or Food Channel. I’ve always had an interest in interior design and fashion. Do you remember getting asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” when you were a child. If you were to ask 10-year-old Aimee’ at that time, I would have stated an interior decorator and social worker. I wanted to do both! I even showed an expressed interest into the college called Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising also known as FIDM in San Francisco, California. I even took an interior design class in high school and created my very own portfolio. I wonder if I still have it? I’m sure I do (I keep about every memento which is kind of a problem I have haha) I just need to search through some things. However, after this life altering event in my life, some part of me wished I pursued my childhood passion of becoming an interior decorator too.
9. I did track and field my sophomore year of high school. It was my first time ever playing this sport and competing in shot-put, discus, and I even tried triple jump. I always loved to run especially long distance. The reason why I did track and field was because my younger brother who was a freshman at the time and was diagnosed with autism wanted to tryout for long distance running (one of the many things we have in common haha) and he was beyond terrified and nervous, so I thought I’d try out with it him to help him out and watch over him while they went on competitions. The school we attended track and field team was quite large, traveled frequently, and competed a lot. They were a ranked track and field team, so I definitely wanted to make sure my little brother was safe and I’m not saying our school team wasn’t, but I just wanted to keep a close eye on him and also watch him while cheering him on from the sidelines. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I made! Even though I had to give up softball for a year it was well worth it!Watching that smile appear across his face once he hit touched the finish line was the best feeling in the world! Seeing him compete and run was so inspiring, brave, and courageous! He definitely taught me so much! My younger brother was diagnosed with autism and also had a foot disease as a child, so him being able to run especially long distance was miraculous and beyond inspiring. For the first few years of his life he had to wear a foot brace and had difficulty walking and doing activities other children would do. It was very discouraging for him at times, but he pushed through this and the pain and was able to achieve something no one thought was possible. I couldn’t be more grateful to have experienced and watched him compete with other students in our Northern California region. One of the best things I will forever cherish and never forget. I’ll definitely have to scrounge through some old photos and try to find a picture of my brother and I in our track uniforms to show everyone! Hopefully I can find one!
10. I think it would be fun to open a cupcake bakery some day later on in the future. I love to bake and feel like my most self when I’m in the kitchen. I’ve always been in the kitchen helping and cooking since I was a kid. I like being able to make people smile and be happy and I thought food was a way to do that haha! I loved baking cookies and sweets and delivering them to a nursing home around Christmas time. I loved being able to see people smile. Another picture I am going to have to try to search through and find to show you all.
11. I ALWAYS had bangs throughout my childhood and adolescent childhood. It took me a year to grow my bangs out. I didn’t decide to do that until I was in the eighth grade. The reason why was so I can get side bangs as well as to get an A-Line haircut and hot pink highlights to match my eighth grade graduation dress. I definitely need to try to find a better to picture to show you all! I am also currently debating on whether or not I should get bangs again. What do you all think? Let me know before I decide to just go for it and then possibly end up regretting it haha!
12. I have this weird OCD or problem with everything and I mean EVERYTHING being an even number. I’m talking about the television volume, music volume, cookies, candy pieces, and pretty much any thing you can count always always always has to be an even number. I count everything in pairs. I just don’t like anything being left out even if it is just by one difference. I know it may sound a bit ridiculous, but I definitely do feel bad. I even count my goldfish crackers, grapes, and anything else that is countable haha! I think the big reason behind my OCD problem with even numbers might have to do with the fact that I was a middle child growing up and being the odd person in the family was always quite difficult and a struggle, so I hate being left out, odd numbers, and leaving others out too. Being a middle child growing up has definitely ensured me that I want an even amount of children once I have my own family. I know I may be weird, but I hope there are other people out there who are obsessed with even numbers just as much as me.