Random things about me

Today’s Daily Health challenge is to get to know things about someone you are already very close to… random little things you might not know but that will help you feel even closer to that person by knowing.

So it got me thinking… What are some random things people might not know about me. And off I went… random things you might not care anything about but find interesting nonetheless…

1. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook my senior year. I got a crash course in using the school cameras before being let loose with one.

2. That’s still the most photography training I’ve ever had.

128: I see through the lens

3. I have to at least wear foundation when I leave the house.  Even if its just to get gas, I’ll grab my makeup kit before leaving to freshen up.

4. I used to sneak food into class in school. Everything from power bars to pastries to candy to sandwiches. I only got busted once.

5. I hate driving cars. I’ve driven trucks so long that cars wig me out. (Thankfully, we really do legitimately need a pick-up truck to haul gear.)

6. I didn’t learn how to ride a bicycle until around junior high age.

7. I hate green peas alone, but I’ll eat them in foods like casseroles or cold salads.

8. Similarly,  I hate coconut, but recently I have been on a coconut rum kick.

9. I almost always have painted toenails. If they aren’t painted, they will be within 24 hours.

Red toenails

10. I hold myself more accountable than anyone else can. Example: if the books are off at work, I’ll lay awake stressing over it for days trying to figure out if its my fault.

11. I sleep in the middle of the bed in a cocoon of pillows when my husband is on the road.

12. I love silver jewelry. I only own a handful of pieces of what look “gold.”  Only two pair of earrings and a few necklaces.

13. My favorite piece of yellow gold jewelry is my Aggie ring.

14. My wedding set is white gold.

15. When someone asks me “what part of Texas are you from?” I say, “South of Waco.” Everyone has known of Waco since 1993.

Texas flag

16. I was once approached by a modeling company to come to an open call in San Antonio. I didn’t go (it didn’t fit my personality, though I was super flattered!), but now and then I wonder what would have happened if I had gone. It’s not a regret by any means! It’s simply a path not taken.

17. I like a clean house, but I don’t mind a cluttered office.  Much to my husband’s dismay.

18. I briefly considered majoring in psychology.

19. I love to cook but absolutely hate doing dishes.

20. I really love knowing more about others… won’t you share something random about yourself with me?

Weekly Winners (August 6 – 10)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


This week, I purchased a domain name for my photography. Denise Mattox Photography is still searching for a site host, but the domain name has been purchased. As such, my watermark for photos is changing. Hopefully there will at least be a place-marker site up soon.

Bike race
Went to a bike race this week… it was a fun challenge to figure out my camera settings for that sort of event.

273: Biking
This guy is why I was there… a friend whose been on me to come take photos for at least six weeks.

From the backseat of a motorcycle
Beautiful skies.

From the backseat of a motorcycle
Tennessee countryside views.

Hello there...
Okay, I think I am finding my favorite “reflection shot” is in the rear-view mirror of our truck.

Bridgestone Arena
I love this part of Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville Neon

National Underground
My favorite “new” neon in Nashville. I just love their logo.

275: Candy
Adults in a candy store.


Remembering in-depth conversations

Sometimes, when I look at Facebook, I find myself remembering in-depth conversations with friends from way back when.

Take today. I was just perusing my “hometown-based” friends filter (seriously, if you’re a casual Facebooker and get frustrated keeping up with friends, try filters; they’re awesome) and with every face, so familiar yet aged 15 years+, I found myself remembering conversations. Some in the dark of a “yella-dog” (school bus) on the way home from a football game. Some in the school parking lot. Others through the tears of broken hearts.

We’ve all grown so much since then… since when we thought these dramas would end our worlds.

Some are married with kids. Others happily single. All with those conversations long-forgotten.

Sometimes, like today, I long to have another in-depth conversation with these old friends. How are they? Tell me about your life. Tell me all about what’s happened with you since those long-ago conversations.

Facebook only shows us what we all want others to see. It doesn’t share a person’s heart. It doesn’t share their thoughts and hopes. It doesn’t truly share the things only a long one-on-one conversation can share.

Just because these friends have long-ago left my life, they’ve never left my heart. Maybe they’ve changed a lot. Maybe today we WOULDN’T be friends. But I still remember them. I still remember who they were. And they all touched my life, and I still hope the best for them.

So here is to all the old friends… the ones you still love every day, even if you may never see them again in your life.


The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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