Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Well, I definitely was in the minority yesterday with my wish for school today.  Unsurprisingly my wish didn’t come true – most of the school districts in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area, as well as the federal government, are closed today.  Oh well, as much as I wish that we were in school, I’m quite comfortable in my pajamas and enjoying the scenery!


The snow stared falling around 6 a.m. and we’re supposed to get 3-6 inches, more than we’ve seen in the past 2 years!  Although it’s not tons of snow, it’s coming down quickly and it’s during one of the least opportune times…  Morning rush hour.  If you’re familiar with the DMV area you know that traffic is treacherous and there are lots of bad drivers.  I’m not kidding when I say that driving on a sunny day is just as risky as driving on a snowy day – people are blinded by the light.

Today’s agenda most likely will be similar to yesterday’s: eating, cleaning, pinning, baking, a workout, napping, and enjoying the beautiful scenery.  Ryan went to work because he has surgery tomorrow morning and won’t be able to work the rest of the week.



A couple of weeks ago I was asked to complete this HLB (healthy living blog) survey.  I’m not sure if/when they plan to share my responses, but I thought it would be fun to share them here too for new readers – hey elf buddies :)

1. What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

Name :: Allison

Blog Name :: Life’s a Bowl

Blog Title Meaning :: I’ve always loved reading quotes and think that they’re a great source of inspiration and motivation.  When I was younger I have a vague memory of someone telling me that “Life is just a bowl of cherries.”  I don’t remember who said it, but my best guess is that it was a bartender or waiter.  As a child I had a tendency to drink a lot, a lot of Shirley Temples with extra cherries, so I frequently made friends with the waitstaff at restaurants and social events.

The quote stuck with me but it wasn’t until college when I looked up the meaning – an expression used to say that life is pleasant and carefree.


2. What’s one goal you’re working towards right now (career, personal, health)?

Physical :: This past spring I ran my first half marathon and then 2 more.  It’s hard to put my emotions and thoughts into words, but the whole experience – the training, the race, the support – was so exhilarating!  After the third half I decided to take a couple of months off from running and focus on strength training.  The change in routine has been good but I’m very eager to sign up for spring races!

Personal :: Switching careers definitely has it’s perks and pitfalls.  I’m thankful to have the opportunity to do both, event planning and teaching, but the inconsistent schedule is like a roller coaster…  Some days my to-do list is a mile long, other days it’s blank.  Fingers crossed that my schedule gets more consistent in the near future.

3. What daily health to-do is easiest for you to complete?  Which is the one you struggle with every single day?

Easiest to Complete :: A workout – it’s the one time of day where I can completely check out and let my mind wander.

Hardest to Complete ::  Drinking enough water – unless I have a water bottle sitting in front of my face I probably will forget to hydrate.


4. Spread some blog love – which HLB do you read every single post from?

I read about 10 blogs on a daily basis, plus many more if I have the time.  Downloading the Feedly app to my phone has been a blessing and a curse – I like having the ability to read blogs whenever I’m waiting at an appointment or while I’m riding the bike at the gym, but it’s difficult to leave comments.  I wish I could figure out how to save my contact information (name, email address, blog URL) so I didn’t have to re-enter it every time.

5. How would you describe your blogging style?

I never know how to answer this question because I talk about a handful of things – food, fitness, family and friends, health updates, and a whole bunch of other random things.  One thing that stays consistent is my honesty.  I wear my heart on my sleeve so I’m very easy to read.

6. What is your tagline and why?

“Taking a bite out of life one day at a time…”  I’ve recently noticed that a handful of bloggers use this tagline, oh well.  I bet if you asked all of us that use it what it means we’d all have different answers.

I always try to squeeze as much as possible into my schedule and don’t like to rest until everything has been completed…  But I’ve gotten better thanks to Ryan.  I’ll never forget the first time that we met with our priest – she knew me since I was an infant (I was in the same play group as her son), but she was meeting Ryan for the first time.  She asked us how we’d describe our relationship and without hesitation Ryan blurted out “She speeds me up and I slow her down.”  He couldn’t have been more correct!  Over the years Ryan has helped me to realize that I don’t have to do things to feel accomplished, an accomplishment is any form of success.

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7. What is something you’ve learned recently that you found interesting?

The interview with’s CEO Jeff Bezos on “60 Minutes.”  He announced that we could see delivery drones by 2015 – that’s crazy, I can’t even imagine it!  Although, I did think that we’d be living like the Jetsons or Zenon by now when I was younger…

8. What are some of your favorite blogging tools?

PicMonkey is my favorite online photo editor and Rhonna Designs is my favorite photo editing app.  Instagram and Pinterest are my favorite social media platforms.  I write my blog posts in WordPress, but I’d love to find an alternative.

9. What is your healthy eating philosophy?

Everything in moderation.


10. What is something about you that would shock us?

A lot of people know that I’m tall but when they meet me for the first time they’re surprised just how tall I am, I’m 5’11”.  In elementary school our PE teacher called my best friend and me “The Twin Towers,” ha!

Question:  How did you create your blog title?

Question:  What’s something about yourself that would shock someone you met for the first time?

— Allison


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  1. Great post! I am in DC and we didn’t close so I made my way into work. I wish I was home in my jammies!! Love that quote :)

  2. ….yup, you just shocked me with the 5’11 thing. I never would have guessed you were that tall!

  3. I love how you came up with your blog name! I’m a big fan of Shirley Temples- it’s the only drink I’ll drink that has soda in it anymore. Growing up it was always my special drink on Christmas eve and I always ordered it at restaurants. Also, the picture for moderation- perfection 😉

  4. I am tall too, about 5’9, and people are always shocked by this! I hated it when I was in middle school and was taller than all the boys but now I love it.

  5. You are 5’11”?? Whoa! I never would have guessed that from your pictures. I definitely would be surprised if I met you in person too ;).

  6. Awesome survey, hun (although I am sorry about the snow day…we got hit this morning with two inches or so and the roads were a mess, but it’s sunny now…hope it isn’t as bad as they’re expecting for you!). My blog title came from an old high school nickname and the fact that I’m chasing my dreams as I figure out what I want from life, thus Chasing Chels :) And I think something that would shock people is also my height, too…I’m 5’10.5″ which always throws people when they meet me for the first time haha

  7. Love knowing all this! I created my blog title (A Runnaroundd Life) on a whim — on the day I wrote my first post — and it kind of just worked.

  8. I would never have guessed you were that tall! I love it!!

    My blog name was after a lot of deliberating, and not just loving running (my first options) but just staying fit, but I believe in moderation and enjoying the sweets. Sometimes I want to change it, but it is a huge hassle haha

    If someone met me they probably wouldn’t be shocked by much ahha I am boringgg

  9. Aw so fun to get to know you better Allison! My Mom actually came up with my blog name. Maven is usually considered a know-it-all so I was moderately offended but mostly I knew she was right 😉

  10. Great post!! I chose my name because I am trying to balance my running and the busy life I “run” in between the miles I log!! What people would be surprised to know about me is that I am really introverted, so big groups of people, and meeting people I don’t know make me uncomfortable.

    • Great blog title! I think that people often assume that if you have a blog you’re a very extroverted, share-aholic person… Although, I guess I am that kind of person 😛

  11. I loved this post, I had no idea you were part of the tall girl club! I’m 5’9” 😀 Also, I love the definition of life is a bowl of cherries, so perfect! Stay warm cutie!

  12. I’m sorry that you had another snow day – only because I know it was a “big day” for you! Hope the R&R made up for it!! Good luck to Ryan in surgery tomorrow!

    • Thanks Megan! The snow days were a bit of a buzz kill because I’m so eager to be in the classroom, but now I just have more to look forward to tomorrow and Friday 😀

  13. OMG I LOVE THAT – Hold the pits!!!!!! YES! So creative. And WHAT!! You’re 5’11” HOLY MOLY – I am dwarf status compared to you!

    • Haha I’m loving reading everyone’s reactions to my height – a handful of tall girls and a bunch of shorties 😛 I think we should all do a height-related post one day.

  14. Great to get to know you more better! That snow looks amazing- but I’m guessing its nice to look at and that’s it.

    You have me craving cherries now. Lucky it’s in season 😉

    • I actually am loving everything snow this year – watching it fall, looking at it, walking in it, taking pictures… I wish we had a hill to sled down!

  15. i was definitely surprised by how tall you are. i’m such a shrimp next to you! i love that story about you and ryan because i really think it does sum you guys up so well. geez, i miss ya!

  16. Great post! I love your blog name! I came up with mine because… I’m a bit nutty sometimes & I LOVE nut butter. 😉 And well, the health part… going to school to become an RD, plus healthy lifestyle…
    Wow, I had no idea you were so tall!! You’d definitely tower over me… I’m only 5’6.5″!

  17. I use Windows Live Writer to write my posts and I LOVE it. You can connect your blog to it so all you have to do is hit publish and you’re good to go! I realize that if you have a Mac this probably doesn’t help you, but if you’re a PC user definitely check it out!

  18. very fun post! fun to read your responses and learn more about you! :)
    never would have guessed you were 5’11”!

  19. Great post. I always like to find out how a blogger came up with their name and tagline. I have my first half marathon coming up in January and I can’t wait.


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