Ten Randoms

Aloha Kakahiaka! 

Last week the LovelyLici, a fellow island-girl blogger, tagged me in a fun random post. Smile

Get ready for it, here are ten completely random facts about me:

1. I am completely obsessed with my husband. 

I know that people love their partners, but I like, looove Ben.  He is unlike anyone I’ve ever met – kind, loving, patient, witty, brilliant, full of heart, naturally good at everything.  He makes me want to be the best person I can possibly be.  And being with him makes me happy every single day.


[you spin me right round, baby]

2. I love shopping [for groceries]!

In fact, I live for Saturday mornings and farmer’s markets.  Clothes and shoe shopping, on the other hand, has never been something I’ve enjoyed – probably because I was always too big to fit the cute clothes.  Nowadays, I still spend more money online buying protein powders and random memoirs than I do on clothing.

3. I’m totally methodical.

I always employ the same methods when it comes to tasks I often do.  I always wash dishes in the same order [utensils, cups, flat dishes (plates, cutting boards, lids), bowls (from small to large), then randoms].  I always brush my teeth from bottom [inside, outside] to top.  I always wash my body from left to right, in a clockwork fashion [left arm, left leg, right leg, right arm, torso].  I know.  Insanity.IMG_6664

4. I am horrible with my telephone.

I used to be pretty good about answering my phone when people called, but after spending the better part of a year without a cell phone while I was in Aotearoa/New Zealand, something changed.  I don’t like dropping what I’m doing; it makes me feel pulled from the present moment.  The problem is, I rarely make the time to call people back [which is probably why my dad leaves me messages saying things like, “I hope you’re doing okay…”].

I also totally don’t understand the capabilities of my smart phone. I have a camera and a computer… why am I carrying around an all-in-one that doesn’t always call when I ask it to?  I want my simple numbers-only phone back!

5. Sometimes I do things just because they scare the bejeezus out of me. 

I want to know what I’m capable of.  As it turns out, I am capable of much more than I ever imagined. Winking smileIMG_6211

6. I have no problem doing things solo.

Movies, lunches, hiking, beach sessions… I’m totally fine sitting by myself and enjoying my own company.  [If you’ve never done any of these things solo, I encourage you to!]


7. I used to be very musically talented, but I haven’t played a single chord in years.

When I was a kid, my grandpa used music as a means of communication.  He was an extremely gifted saxophone + violin player, and he wanted to pass down his gifts.  He didn’t speak much english, so he and I would sit together on the wooden steps behind his house and sing the music notes he had hand-written onto the back of old Cinnamon Toast Crunch boxes [he was big on recycling].  He soon had me squeaking out horrible pitches on his recorder.

When I was still in elementary school, I asked my mom if she could take me to piano lessons.  As a single mom, I don’t know how she could possibly afford it, but she made it happen.  We could not, however, afford an actual piano, so for the first year of my lessons, I practiced on a tiny plastic piano toy that only had a two-octave range.  I was eternally grateful for the beat-up player piano my grandma bought a year later.

In middle school, I started playing the flute, and by high school I was also playing the bass guitar for our jazz ensemble.

And then came college, where I played the flute for a semester and then gave up.  I sometimes sit down at friends’ pianos for a few notes, but I really miss that connection and creativity.


8. I often feel overwhelmed with life’s possibilities. 

Write a book, start my own practice as a therapist, open a healing/retreat center, sell high-quality jewelry, offer healthy cooking classes, be a stay-at-home-Mom, travel the world… There are so many things I want to do in this life.


9. When I get excited about something, I go overboard until I’m sick of it. 

I’ll listen to a new album on repeat for weeks until I know every single word, then I’ll put it aside because if-I-hear-that-damn-album-one-more-time-I’ll-scream!  Same goes for yummy recipes: I ate so much swiss chard when I first found out about it that I had to go on a chard-detox for months afterward.

10. I am so in love with life!.

Truly, I have everything I could ever ask for and am so grateful for every single day.


Alright, I’m pretty sure that’s enough randomness from me for today.

Share some randoms with me!  Whatever you’ve got, I’m sure it can’t top my crazies. Winking smile

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6 thoughts on “Ten Randoms

  1. lovelylici1986 says:

    YAY! I’m glad you got to do it.
    Grocery is probably the online thing I like physically shopping for, and I wish we had a farmers’ market here. I also love doing things by myself. In university, I often went to see movies by myself, and went dancing by myself when no one else wanted to. I don’t need company for many things. 🙂
    Btw, you have super pretty pictures!

  2. Katie says:

    What a great post! I totally felt myself identifying with so many of the things you wrote… I too used to play music all the time (piano, clarinet, sax, what up) and I reeeeeally miss playing in a band. I loved it so much.

    When I came back from italy sophomore year of college, I totally was terrible with my phone since I hadn’t had one in a month. I also wanted to walk EVERYWHERE and refused to drive. (I to this day have just a text/calling phone, no smart phone for me. Mainly because I drop my phone ALL the time, and refuse to buy mucho dinero for something i’d break.)

    I love how in love and happy you are in your relationship. I loooove my man as well. My friend and I will watch wedding shows and she’ll say “why do they all say they’re marrying their best friend? That can’t be true.” But I sit there and think, oh my gosh it’s so much more than being a best friend. When you find that person, they become everything.

    • greenplatedinners says:

      “When you find that person, they become everything.” Oh Katie, that is exactly it! You totally gave me chicken skin. As beautiful as it is to read that sentence, it is so much more powerful to experience it first hand. You amaze me!

  3. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    Love this blog! We have a lot in common I think. I agree with all of them but number 5. If something scares me, I avoid it. LoL! You are just so happy and bubbly and I love that!!! I try to be that way too. Life is wonderful and it is good to remember that!

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