Today marks the third anniversary of my 29th birthday (see what I did there?), and while it will likely be a pretty typical day for us I thought it would be fun to share 32 facts about me. Plus, these kind of posts are my favorite, and since it's my birthday, why not?!
1. My full name is Desirée Joy Macke. Often I'm called Des or D.
2. I'm surprised at how often my last name is mispronounced. So often I hear it pronounced Mac (like the truck). But the "e" isn't silent, so it's pronounced mack-EE.
3. I was born and raised in Iowa, but lived in two different towns. Growing up I always thought I wanted to leave. Now, nothing is better than going home.
4. I've known my best friend literally my entire life. We went to the same baby sitter as infants. Hi, Amy!
5. My first car was a 1997 teal, two door Chevy Cavalier. It didn't have power locks or windows, but it had a sunroof. I freaking loved that car.
6. In school I played volleyball and softball. Softball was by far my favorite (I was the 2nd basemen).
7. Hindsight - I should have run cross country in high school. But, back then I thought I hated running. It wasn't until much later that I learned I just hated running short distances (ie. sprints).
8. I participated on a swim team for eight years. My favorite stroke was butterfly.
9. I attended Iowa State University (GO CYCLONES) for 4.5 years, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications, with an emphasis in television broadcast. I minored in Sociology.
10. Aside from an internship and this blog, I haven't really done anything with my degree.
11. Growing up I always thought I was going to be a veterinarian. Then I took biology and chemistry. Nope.
12. My dad has worked in the radio industry my entire life. In high school I worked for him as an evening and weekend announcer. It was a huge influence in my decision to go into journalism.
13. For 12 years I participated on a synchronized swimming team.
14. It wasn't until I was 24 that I discovered my love for running longer distances.
15. My first road race was a half marathon. I figured go big or go home. After I crossed the finish line I was exhausted and hooked.
16. 16 is my favorite number.
17. In college I held multiple jobs: water aerobics instructor, pool manager, lifeguard, environmental specialist (just a fancy term for janitor - it was the least glamorous job of all time), and veterinary kennel attendant.
18. Before I married Scott I never thought I would have kids.
19. Now, my kids are my world.
20. Scott and I met playing on an intramural softball team for the city we worked for (he was a police officer, I was the aquatics coordinator).
21. When I was 27 I was in a pretty wicked car accident. The accident wasn't my fault...
22. Said car accident resulted in my first stitches and broken bones.
23. Thanks to that accident I now have two metal plates and 12 screws in my right arm.
24. When I first moved to L.A. I taught private swimming lessons in people's personal backyard pools. I occasionally lifeguarded as well. At one private pool party I worked Molly Ringwald was in attendance and blew my whistle to get her daughter's attention. I still have that whistle.
25. Since living in L.A. the only other celeb sightings I've seen are David Spade, Daniel Tosh, Jere Burns, and Neal McDonough. Scott once saw Mark Whalberg at a Mass that I didn't attend (I'm still kicking myself for that one).
26. I'm a huge Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan.
27. Never in a million years did I think I would be a domestic engineer (most call it SAHM). While I don't plan to do this forever I'm truly amazed at how much joy I've gotten from such an important role.
28. I have one younger brother - Tyler. He's 27 and he's single (hey ladies!).
29. My favorite songs of all time are classic oldies: Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones and Tiny Dancer by Elton John.
30. Though I'm a born and raised Iowan I don't eat beef or pork. But, give me all the sweet corn.
31. I had no idea blogging would introduce me to some of the greatest ladies I know. Many I've never met in real life, but still consider some of my closest friends.
32. 31 was great, but I'm pretty sure 32 will be the best year, yet!
Cheers to this year and all it has to offer!