More about us!
I recently asked Instagram for some more blog content ideas, and I got a great suggestion from @daintywander to share a little bit more about myself and Andrew! I have no idea why I didn’t consider sharing more before. I think I just assumed that people would rather hear about travel stuff, but I totally get it.
A little background on us: Andrew and I live in Birmingham, AL. I grew up here and he grew up in Mobile. We met on Bumble. Typical millennials, right? But, we ended up as just friends for a little over a year before we actually started dating. I often say that being just friends for that long was a dumb idea, because it’s worked out so well! I guess another reason that I haven’t shared much about our relationship is because I’m always afraid to be too gushy out in the open. I remember being single and being annoyed with people who constantly bragged about their relationships. But, to a certain extent, I understand why you would want to share awesome things happening in your life. I should try to be more open to that.
Travel is something that we both always wanted to do individually. Before our relationship, Andrew had done some international travel with friends in Japan and Iceland. I had never been out of the U.S., but I thought about travel all the time. The biggest barrier for me has always been cost, but I've been lucky enough to get a job that allows me to budget for it now. Another issue for me was finding someone to travel with. I admire solo travelers so much, but I just don't think I have the personality for it. I am incredibly shy and I think I would just end up staying in my hotel rooms and avoiding things if I were alone. Having a partner who is just as enthusiastic about travel as I am has been the best!
I work as a web communications specialist for UAB, a local university in Birmingham. Basically, I manage a website and handle any kind of communication or announcements going out on the website for my department. I love it!
Andrew is a mobile app developer. He works for a company based out of D.C., but day-to-day he actually works remote at home. I am very jealous of this.
We have three cats, Penny, Daphne and Margo. Penny and Daphne were Andrew’s cats before the relationship and Margo was mine. We are still working on meshing the fam. Margo is a huge jerk and is making it difficult. But also, she is my little perfect angel demon baby and I love her.
We have an amazing set of friends in Birmingham and we love hanging out with them all the time. We are actually going to London with some in a few months! I cannot wait! We just finished a very productive planning session this past weekend. I'll be doing a post about that in the next couple weeks or so.
Being in Birmingham, craft beer is a huge deal, so that has become a fun hobby. Also, one of my best friends is none other than Erica Techo of Girl Meets Beer Birmingham , so I learn a lot about it from her.
Outside of travel, we are both true crime nerds. Murderinos, if you will. We also love horror films, most of them anyway. As long as it actually has a good story and isn’t totally focused on gore, I’m in. Recently, we watched Goodnight Mommy and it was wild.
I am actually a life-long movie nerd. I have always been obsessed with them. My first love was The Wizard of Oz, but I had a lot of obsessions growing up. I think I mentioned a few in my International Travel Wish List post. In high school and college, I was very into old Hollywood films. I am to this day striving to be Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis every day. Movies have always been a huge source of inspiration for me. Whether it’s work or travel or even my own personality.
I also love to read and write, obviously. I went to the University of Alabama and graduated with a Journalism degree. Some might think that was an unwise choice, but it’s worked out for me so far. I do agree that it is hard out there for actual journalists. I only worked as an actual reporter for about a year and a half before moving on to communications. And this was pre-2016 election, so I can only imagine how hard it is now. I have a ton of respect for it. My favorite recent read is Little Weirds by Jenny Slate. It's adorable and funny.
I enjoy being healthy (for the most part). Since Andrew is a vegetarian, I have become an imperfect vegetarian as a result. I rarely eat meat at home now. Going out is still a different story, though. I like going to the gym, but I wouldn’t call myself a gym rat either. It’s an ever-developing hobby.
Additional random hobbies: singing, guitar, ice skating, hiking, walking, tv watching, cooking (not baking, I hate baking), board games, couch potatoing (I understand that you’re not supposed to admit this, but I’m doing it anyway)
Things I’m hoping to get into soon: Vegetable gardening, coding (nothing too detailed, just some basic stuff that I’m hoping will make my job easier), cross-stitching
I hope you enjoyed this slightly more personal post! I’m going to be asking for more content ideas from time to time. I think it’s a great opportunity to give what you want you want as readers!
Thanks for reading!