25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (Probably)

If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty much an open book. I’m happy with myself and who I am. I’m pretty darn self-reflective, and I learn fast from my mistakes. I’m working on being truly proud of my accomplishments. 


Here are 25 things about me you may not know. And a bonus- a link to my all-time favorite song. Here goes!

  1. My favorite drink is water. I drink a gallon a day. A close second is Diet Dr. Pepper. Then beer- preferably Imperial.
  2. I was the drum major for the marching band in high school. I was also on the dance team. There was one football game I remember where I had my dance outfit under my drum major uniform. I directed the band, peeled off the top layer of clothing and raced back to the field to dance
  3. I love Nebraska! I went to UNL and played pit percussion on the drumline. I was a fixture on Huskervision, and people around campus would often recognize me from the band. 
  4. I didn’t start speaking Spanish until I was 20. I became fluent in 5 months. 
  5. When I was 19, someone sent me to war-torn Guatemala as the chaperone of high schoolers for a service trip to build houses. That’s where I fell in love with Latin America.  
  6. In my former life, I was a public school teacher- and I consistently made the most impact academically with African American and Latino 10th and 11th-grade boys.
  7. I started a program in high schools for Native Spanish speakers to learn to read and write their native language- and had the highest AP Spanish test scores in Denver Public Schools. 
  8. I can’t go more than a few days without dancing. Zumba, salsa dancing, or just a spontaneous dance party.
  9. I am a huge Belieber- Yes, Justin Bieber. 
  10. I rarely, if ever watch tv.
  11. I pretty much only speak Spanish to my daughters even though it’s not my native language. 
  12. I still purchase and listen to CDs. (Anyone else?)
  13. I love to read and talk about books. I just finished my 70th book this year. If you are a bibliophile too, please find me on Goodreads!
  14. I started my love affair with travel thanks to my mom, who took me to England and Scotland when I graduated high school.
  15. I have marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin Ireland.
  16. I am extremely flexible, I can still do the splits in jeans.
  17. My favorite album of all time is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I saw her perform live (Outkast opened!) in 1999 here in Denver. I was in the front row.
  18. I also fast food. I even stood in line to get free Chick-Fil-a for a year- and I got it!
  19. Speaking of food, I love Casa Bonita. And yes, I’ve seen the South Park episode.
  20. My first car was a 1952 Ford Fairlane named Lucy. I rebuilt her engine with my dad the winter before I turned 16.
  21. I feel most at home at the beach. Preferably at sunset.
  22. I love to drive- especially steep roads or in foreign countries. I have no fear behind the wheel.
  23. I love to photobomb people and I think it’s hilarious when they do it back.
  24. I will jump through almost any hoop to fly Southwest Airlines
  25. I adore a good jigsaw puzzle.

Want to know more?  Find me on Instagram, or drop me an email at puravidamoms @ gmail.com

Finally- my favorite song. I could listen to it over and over forever and never get tired of it. 

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    Stephanie Paolucci
    November 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you and your family found St. E’s!

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