True Life

December 13th, 2012 | Posted by Erica House in Life

I realized the other day after I left a comment on another bloggers post that you all have no idea how truly bizarre I am. She mentioned having a Criminal Minds marathon and I shared that I started watching that show on Netflix last summer and became so obsessed I enrolled to get a second Masters degree in Criminal Justice. I took 2 graduate courses that Fall (in addition to working 30 hours in advising, teaching 2 classes and working as a TA). Needless to say I never completed that degree when I realized I needed to pay off one before getting another.

Who starts a graduate program based on a fictional television show?

I sometimes feel that I don’t share as much about my life and personality as other bloggers do. So, without further adieu, and in absolutely no rational order, here are some other random facts about me which may give you insight into the wonderfully quirky person you see today.

I almost died once. I developed Epiglottitis when I was 4 and had to be put into an induced coma for over a week. I actually turned 5 while I was in the coma – bummer birthday. For whatever reason my epiglottis started to swell up and they had to put a tube down my throat to keep me from suffocating. It’s a ridiculously rare disease and the cause of George Washington’s death. I remember being in the coma, trying desperately to move my fintertips and feeling the tears falling down my face. After I came to I stayed in the hospital for a few more days. I remember wetting the bed while I was sleeping and a nice nurse took care of it and gave me ice cream. I was so out of it I didn’t find out until a few years ago that the nice ‘nurse’ was Mom!


My hair has been every color under the sun. Jet black when I worked at the tanning salon and people always asked me if I was Native American. Bleach blonde once I started dating the hair stylist. Pink, black and blonde when I evidently wanted to look like a stripper. My hair is naturally curly  like in the bottom photo but the Florida humidity forces me to keep it straight most often. I used to volunteer at an elementary school and the kids called me Rapunzel.


I almost died, again. In 5th grade my Mother, brother and I flew out to California to visit family. My father stayed behind to work and on our trip home we boarded one of those ‘puddle jumper’ planes that was supposed to take us from Texas to Florida. The weather was so  bad in Texas every flight had been canceled but ours. Once in the air the plane was tossing and turning so much the attendant trying to serve drinks to keep everyone calm was literally bouncing off either side of the cabin. At one point I went to the bathroom and was flung from the seat into the sink when we hit turbulence. It was also then that I realized I had my first period. I came out and told my Mom that I thought ‘it’ started and she looked at me (ghostly white in the face from thinking we were all going to die) and said “You’ve got to be shitting me.”

The airport we were supposed to land at wouldn’t let us since we were a ‘liability’ and we started circling around waiting for clearance when the plane started running low on fuel. Eventually, we ended up hundreds of miles north of where we were supposed to land and my Mom vividly remembers seeing the pilot get out of the plane and kiss the ground. The airline gave us a free limo ride the next day.


We split the limo with two older ladies who were on our flight. One was a teacher and asked me what I liked to doodle in class since she predicted she could tell my personality based on my answer. When I told her ‘stars’ she said it meant I was ambitious, a dreamer. When I was 19 I got my one and only tattoo on a first date with some military guy. A tiny star on my foot.

I have many other incredible stories to share, but I’ll save those for Volume 2!

Has anyone else had a near death experience? Females feel free to share your ‘first’ story so I don’t look like a total lunatic for putting mine online!

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24 Responses

  • MizFit says:

    oh my goodness.
    Id never realized how staid and calm my life (and hair) is.


    • Erica House says:

      Lol, this is just the tip of the iceberg … I’ve started a running list of other random stories I hope to tell! Turns out ‘True Life’ may become a series on this blog :)

  • I laughed at your hair evolution as mine has seen quite a few changes as well! (cuts and colors!) I am finally at my natural color but you never know what the future holds! haha

    • Erica House says:

      Aside from the small segment of hot pink I’m finally back to my natural as well. I stopped coloring it a few years ago when I was sick of being blonde and it took SO long to grow out and all be one color again. I swore I’d never do it again but I’m getting itch for a change :) I’ll likely cut a few inches off before I do anything with color though!

  • Cassandra says:

    I love this entry! Looking forward to Volume 2 of random facts. I don’t have any exciting near death or “first” stories, but one of my favorite random stories to tell is somewhat related to Criminal Minds. I used to work at a conference center and one day, Matthew Gray Gubler from CM, rolls up. His mom was a guest at our center that week. I randomly ended up playing a game of bocce ball with him. He was funny and super chill…except for his *really* competitive side – he kept calling me and my friend “sons of bitches” when he got his bum handed to him in bocce. And the next day he was off again back to his Hollywood actor life. So random!

    • Erica House says:

      LOL. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be called a ‘son of a bitch’ by him. That is truly bizarre … maybe he just had some extra steam to let off from living the hot shot movie star life ;)

  • Jenna says:

    You looked so much better in the picture on the top right with the blonde and pink hair. Better as in healthier! Whatever weight you were at in that photo looks good on you.

    • Erica House says:

      I think it also has to do with the fact I was 5 years younger in that photo :) But, thank you! I’m actually working on putting a few pounds on now so I can build more muscle and I hope that it fills me out a bit more in the face again (and other areas!)

  • Erika says:

    After years of hair coloring I finally stopped 2 years ago. It’s all finally back to my natural color and is much happier at me.

    I almost died when I was 8 and my appendix ruptured. I ended up having 2 surgeries to remove all the infection (and have 3 scars from it) and was in the hospital for 28 days – got out on Christmas Eve!

    Huh – is it weird that I can remember my first “it” story? I really can’t.

    • Erica House says:

      28 days in the hospital! I think that is double what my stay was. I also was to young to remember a lot of it but I’m sure your memories are quite vivid. We talk about puberty in class and most of my students can remember their ‘first’, but definitely not uncommon to not remember it at all!

  • Interesting stories and I am glad you shared them…sounds like you have had an interesting life so far…;)

  • Heather says:

    Getting your first period while almost dying on a plane has got to be the biggest proof that life is unfair. I know it’s not funny, but I couldn’t help but that at that part. I mean, what does a girl do in that situation! That’s just crazy! Thanks for sharing these tidbits :)

    • Erica House says:

      Lol, I think I was like most girls and *really* looked forward to it happening since it meant you were a ‘real’ teenager so that was actually a highlight of the trip!

  • Vicki says:

    While I haven’t almost died, I did get my period for the first time on the first day of 6th grade, which was also my first day in Middle School. Annnnnd I was wearing white pants. UGH. Welcome to womanhood.

  • Vicki says:

    I don’t think so….or if they did nobody said anything to me! I did have some sort of shirt I was able to wrap around my waist though.

  • Ummmm…. first what? JK

    I like the blonde… but I like the dark as well.

    You better call your parents and tell them thank you… you scare them too much. LOL.

  • jen says:

    love all the different hair colors! :)

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! If I recall correctly you had some highlights done not so long ago? I’m thinking of trying to do some myself over the holiday break. I predict it will end very badly.

  • Lisa Dorough - former psych student :) says: