Thank You 1000 Followers — and 13 Random Facts About Me

So, I finally did it. After nearly a year of blogging, I reached 1000 followers. Of course, it’s not really thanks to me, but thanks to 1000 lovely people for giving me, a sort of new blogger, a chance. This is for everyone who is so nice enough to take even five minutes out of their day to read what I have to say. So, this post is for everyone who follows my blog, Crispy Confessions. I am so thankful to each and everyone of you for following along, reading what I have to say, and most importantly, sticking around. Honestly, a year ago, even five years ago, I would never have thought I would have reached this incredible milestone. And yet, here I am.

How will you celebrate this important milestone?, you may ask. Other than the internal congratulatory cheers, not to mention the frantic jumping jacks taking place in my head, I will probably just celebrate with a cup of coffee while settling down to write this blog post. But, this one will be a special one in that it is 13 random facts about me. And why 13 you ask? Well, you’ll have to scroll down to find out why.

A laptop, a cup of coffee, and a small yellow plant are visible on a brown wooden surface, next to the title of the blog post.
1000 Follower & 13 Random Facts About Me

13 is my favorite number

Thirteen is my absolute favorite number of all time. If you ever ask me to choose a number between one and fifty, thirteen would be one of the numbers I would choose. I also love saying the number thirteen and the way that it rolls off the tongue. Further, I loved being thirteen, which marked the end of childhood and beginning of adolescence) and wouldn’t mind reliving that year again, though sans braces of course.

Two row of numbers. First row shows 1 to 8 and second row shows 9 to 16. There is clearly another row but has been cut off. The numbers can be lifted like a door to reveal something underneath. Over the rows of the numbers are four miniature houses, which are lit up.
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I was born on Friday the 13th

Another reason why thirteen is my absolute favorite number is because it is my birth date. I was born on Friday the 13th. Of course, I was very nearly born on Thursday the 12th, but apparently I wanted to take my time, because who wants to be born on Thursday the 12th (no offense)? Friday the 13th sounds so much more mysterious, cool, and interesting. People have made movies and written books about Friday the 13th. People are often unfortunately spooked whenever Friday the 13th rolls around. On the other hand, I am always ardently excited at the prospect of a month that contains Friday the 13th, because it is always a lucky one for me.

I like to reread old favorites a little too much

I have a habit, one that I am slightly ashamed to admit, of rereading books that I enjoy. I have read The Diary of Anne Frank more times than I can count simply because I love it so much. I have also read the Harry Potter books repeatedly because I have an obsession with the world of Harry Potter, almost wanting to literally fall into the pages and experience life as a Hogwarts witch. There are a few more books that I love reading again and again. Whenever I do read a book again and again, it’s like revisiting an old friend. It’s comforting. I could read a new book, but when faced with a choice between something that is new and unfamiliar and something that is old and comfortable, I will always choose the latter.

Looking over the shoulder of a person in shadow as they read a book.
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I’m not good at perpendicular parking

I feel like I am in the minority when I admit this, but I am not very good at perpendicular parking. When I first learned how to drive, I couldn’t get the hang of it. I can manage to park in between the lines, but usually I end up parking crooked, or being just a tad too close one of the white lines.

View of a row of 11 cars parked next to each other in a huge, spacious parking lot. There is a view of the mountains in the distance.
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I love spicy food

I have always loved spicy food for as long as I can remember. I grew up eating homecooked Korean food, and the majority of Korean food is pretty spicy. I used to always beg my mom to add one more spoonful of the Korean gochujang to make it even more spicy. Spicy food is just delicious to me, plain and simple.

An aerial view of a Korean meal with a spicy Korean seafood stew and three side dishes: seaweed, kimchi, and yellow pickled radish.
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I prefer not to read instructions

When faced with the prospect of having to build furniture or something, I actually prefer not to read instructions. I get so impatient at having to take the time to read a boring looking instruction manual. Instead, I’d rather just jump right in and get to it. However, after a couple of trials of utilizing this method, I have found out that it is the wrong way to do things. Most of the time when I jump right in without reading the instructions, I end up not assembling the product correctly. So, much as I detest it, I skim the instruction manual. That way I can “read” as quickly as possible so that I can jump right in and get started.

An instruction booklet is open showing the instructions for assembling a small nightstand. There is a hammer, some nails, and some screwdrivers on the booklet.
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I can’t read a map

I am so thankful that we all have GPS technology on our smartphones. If we didn’t, then I would have gotten lost numerous times. I can’t read a map to save my life and I depend on the GPS on my phone like a lifesaver. If I were suddenly dropped into the 90s with nothing but a map, then I would be absolutely, irrevocably lost. Thank goodness for modern technology.

Looking over the shoulder of a woman who is sitting in the front passenger seat, holding and pointing at a large paper map.
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I haven’t ridden a bike in eleven years

The last time I rode a bike was in 2010. I haven’t ridden a bike since then. I am pretty sure that I can, but as time passes, I become less confident of my abilities. I would love to buy a bike but don’t have anywhere to store it in my apartment home.

A woman wearing a white jacket standing next to a blue bike.
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I love playing board and card games

This love of playing board and card games probably came from my paternal side of the family. I have many memories of playing chess with my dad (I only won one time against him). I also have memories of playing checkers with him, which I never liked to play. I always enjoyed playing backgammon more though, probably because I usually came out of it the victor. I also love playing scrabble, dominoes, Uno, and spades. This love of playing board and card games is what I hope to pass down to my children.

A close up of a chess board with only one piece standing: the black king. A few of the white pieces have fallen on the board.
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My favorite color is red

My absolute favorite color is red. Whenever I see red, I find myself being very attracted to it. Red is the color of strawberries (my favorite fruit). Red is also the color of love and my birth stone. Red is the color of the leaves when they begin to fall from the trees during my favorite season. Red is the color of Mars, which I would love to visit one day. Red is pretty amazing.

A top down view of strawberries, which are in a white bowl.
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I prefer to keep my feet on stable ground

As someone who is both terrified of heights and clumsy, I prefer to keep my feet on stable ground. Despite learning how to ride a bike, you will most likely not find me on a skateboard. I am terrified of things that move underneath me. I much prefer just to keep my feet on the firm ground.

A pair of feet and legs are the only part of the body visible. The feet, clad in black sneakers, are on a slightly rocky road, walking in the middle of nowhere. Some big rocks or mountain are on both sides of this road.
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I am probably tone deaf

I like listening to music, but I cannot maintain a beat to save my life. I also can’t remember the words to a song (unless I listen to it fifty million times). I can’t sing along to a song and match the beat or the music. I can’t change the tone of my voice to match the pitch of the song. It’s not fun to not be very musically inclined, but I am usually satisfied with just listening to music from the sidelines.

A close up of a keyboard piano. There is a page of music notes laying on top of the keyboard.
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I am an only child

I am an only child. When I was younger, I enjoyed being an only child for the constant attention. But it was lonely to be an only child. Now, I wish that I had a sibling to talk to about shared childhood memories, or, you know, a built-in lifelong best friend who also happens to share 50% of DNA.

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

34 thoughts on “Thank You 1000 Followers — and 13 Random Facts About Me

  1. Congrats, dear lady, on reaching 1000! Keeping your tone conciliatory and your subjects relatively non-controversial have been keys. Your ability to discuss being a hapa mom and issues in our culture without becoming negative or getting into arguments is amazing. โค๏ธ&๐Ÿ™, c.a.
    As for one thing about me, I have had three “careers” starting with social work after my first college graduation (21 years old), after eight years, changing to Medical Technology with a second degree (31 years old), and finally becoming a residential contractor after a couple strokes (at 50 years old). So three lives in one! Now retiring at 70.
    Keep blogging, dear friend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Awesome, red is such a beautiful color! If I could, I would probably have red everything… except for my hair lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Was great to know more about you. Congratulations for 1k followers; i bet it sounds great than saying 1000 followers. Many more to come, happy blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Jenny! Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes that is one thing that I dread about getting back on a bike — how my body will react to it.

  3. Iโ€™m not good at parking straight either, so we have that in common. Also, Iโ€™ve reread Harry Potter more times than I have any other books! Iโ€™ll add to your numbers by following. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post.

    1. Hey! Glad that I’m not the only one! And yes the Harry Potter books are pretty awesome. I’m honestly amazing that I still love them as much as I loved them when they first came out.
      Thank you so much for reading & following <3

  4. Congratulations Helen! Thatโ€™s great! Also, I too stink at perpendicular parking. Im always backing in and out until its perfect lol. Thanks for sharing these cool facts! โ˜บ๏ธ

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