25 Random Things About Melissa

  1. My hippie parents wanted to name me April Dawn, but I tricked them and was born in March.
  2. My favorite food is crab. I also have soft spots in my heart for cheese, sushi, gelato, and all Mexican food.
  3. I studied abroad 5 times while attending college, spending time in South Africa, France, New Zealand, Nicaragua, and Italy. I almost didn’t come home from Italy because I loved it there so much.
  4. I studied tap, jazz, and ballet from the age of 2 to 14.
  5. I am a Gold Award recipient and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
  6. I hate cotton balls. The creaking feeling that you get when you squish one between your fingers gives me goosebumps and the chills.
  7. I broke the lower tip of my tibia in the same spot on two separate occasions when I was in middle school. The first time, I was playing street hockey and the second time, I was playing volleyball.
  8. My first paying job was on the transplant line at a greenhouse, giving me a lot of respect for those workers who stand and crouch over the line in the stifling heat.
  9. I pooped my pants at the mall once for no good reason other than that my body felt like embarrassing me.
  10. I have a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology and have had mice, gerbils, hamsters, rats, degus, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, birds (parakeets, quaker parrots, chickens, ducks, geese), fish, shrimp, starfish, crawfish, hermit crabs, frogs, snakes, an axolotl, and a tarantula as pets in the past.
  11. I was a pescatarian for 9 years. I quit in South Africa when I was offered exotic meats like wildebeest, kudu, and warthog.
  12. I’m deadly accurate with throwing knives and axes.
  13. My husbeast and I met online through PlentyOfFish.
  14. I have never been to Disney World and I’m good with that. I would love to see Disney on Ice though!
  15. My name, Melissa, means “honeybee” in Greek.
  16. I live with several chronic health conditions, including diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, and bipolar disorder.
  17. One of my favorite roles in life is being “Auntie M” to my nieces and nephews.
  18. I still haven’t figured out how to whistle.
  19. The husbeast says that I sound like Marge Simpson when I’m mad.
  20. A good 90% of my formal American Tribal Style® belly dance training has been completed live in-person with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, Megha Gavin, and other FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Instructors.
  21. I geek out on belly dance, veterinary medicine, genealogy, anatomy and physiology, and geology.
  22. I wanted to play the saxophone when I was young but I struggled with reading music.
  23. I always stop to help turtles across the road.
  24. I would like to take a pottery class someday.
  25. I slept on the floor under my bed for a good chunk of my middle school years.

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