12 Random Facts

A few weeks ago Candice tagged me for The Versatile Blogger Award and a few days later I read Janetha’s 20 Questions and wanted to do them myself.  This week I was tagged by Kelly from Foodie Fresh to participate in “12 Random Facts”…  Bring on more randomness!

The rules:

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 12 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  4. Create 12 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 12 (or so) people.

12 random facts about me…

1.  My favorite numbers are 20 and 44…

2.  When I was younger, I was embarrassed of my size 10 foot and thought that smaller feet were more “lady-like” so I would always squeeze my feet into smaller sized shoes.  It wasn’t until I started playing competitive sports and running and getting blue toenails did I start buying shoes that actually fit my feet.  Now I’m rocking size 10’s and sometimes will even buy a size bigger [better for running]!

3.  I am allergic to bumble bees, iguanas, and licorice- they’re all completely random, I know…

4.  I don’t know how to apply eyeliner!

5.  I have a love-hate relationship with running.

6.  I was adopted at birth.  My birth parents were very young when they had me so they made the smart decision to find me a better home.  I could not be more thankful for their decision and for the family that I was adopted into.  My parents have continuously provided me with so much love and support throughout my childhood, adolescence, and now as an adult!

7.  September has always been my favorite month [birthday month] and it’s about to be even better 😀

8.  In elementary school, I did ballet and figure skating- I dressed up as a dog and a lobster for a ballet recital and I dressed up as a lion for a figure skating show!  Those were short-lived [yet hilarious] experiences…  Ballet and figure skating require a certain amount elegance and gracefulness that I never have had!

9.  My first concert was to see N’Sync and it was their first concert in DC!

10.  The first time I broke a bone was in kindergarten…  I ran down a wet hill [immediately after our teacher told the class to walk] during recess and I slipped and broke my wrist.  I don’t remember if it hurt or not, all I remember is that I was psyched to ride in an ambulance and to get a hot pink cast!

11.  I wasn’t allowed to watch “Doug” or “The Rugrats” in elementary school.

12.  I am probably 1 in a million, but I really disliked the Super Bowl half-time show this year.

12 questions from Kelly…

1.  Who was your first kiss and how old were you?  My first kiss was in kindergarten in the coat-closet!

2.  If you could be in the Olympics, what sport would you choose?  I played competitive sports throughout high school so I should say one of those but I’ve always enjoyed watching the Olympic gymnasts- the flips and spins and splits they can do are absolutely amazing!

3.  How did you find out that Santa isn’t real?  I don’t remember how old I was but I think I caught on when a few of my friends at school mentioned spying on their parents putting the presents under the tree…

4.  If you had to eat one breakfast for the rest of your life, what would you choose?  A creamy cup of coffee and some type of bowl- cereal, waffle, yogurt…

5.  If you could rename yourself, what name would you choose (it can’t be your actual name)?  Brittany or Emily because I’ve always thought they look beautiful when written in cursive.

6.  Are you a dog person or a cat person and why?  Dog person- they have a more spunky and upbeat personality than cats [and they don’t poop in your house haha]!

7.  What’s your favorite book of all time?  After reading so many [boring and dull] required books for school, I’ve lost my desire to read for fun [other than magazines].  I really need to start using my Nook more often…

8.  What song most reminds you of high school?

9.  Fill in the blank.  I can’t face the day without [talking to the ones I love].

10.  Choose one: Valentine’s Day is a fun way to celebrate love OR Valentine’s Day is totally overrated.  A fun way to celebrate love!

11.  Currently, what is your favorite television show?  Modern Family, it’s hilarious!

12.  How long does your makeup routine take?  5-10 minutes during unless there’s a special occasion then maybe a little longer…

12 new questions from me…

1.  Chocolate or vanilla?

2.  When you were younger, what was your dream job?

3.  If you won $1,000,000, what would you buy or do with it?

4.  What is your all time favorite movie?

5.  How old were you when you got your first cell phone?

6.  Have you ever broken a bone or had to get stitches?

7.  How many kids do you want?

8.  What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?

9.  What outfit do you feel most beautiful in?  Most comfortable in?

10.  If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would you choose?

11.  Coffee or tea?

12.  What’s your favorite sport to watch live or on TV?

And now I’m tagging…

1.  Ali from Live Laugh Eat

2.  Cait from cait’s plate

3.  Colleen from The Lunchbox Diaries

4.  Gliding Calm

5.  Gracie from girl meets life.

6.  Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl

7.  Janetha from meals & moves

8.  Joelle from On A Pink Typewriter

9.  Kailey from SnackFace

10.  Meg from A Dash of Meg

11.  Monica from Run Eat Repeat

12.  Sara from Nourish and Flourish


Daily Memorable Moment February 8:  We’ve chosen a date and we’ve reserved a venue for our wedding!!!

Question:  If you won $1,000,000, what would you buy or do with it?

Question:  What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?

— Life's a Bowl


What I’m Loving Wednesday 1.25.12

cowgirl boots

[someday i’ll get a real pair, but for now i’ll just thank Mr. Steve Madden]


[i tried to look like an ape, Ryan said i just look angry ha]

peanut butter wafflewiches

[Kashi blueberry frozen waffles + TJ’s all-natural chunky peanut butter]

Coach notebooks

[a Christmas present from my momma]

bookmarking a handful of tasty [blogger] recipes

Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto with Quinoa Pasta from Iowa Girl Eats

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter from cait’s plate

Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Dashing Dish

Pancake Tacos from Kath Eats Real Food

Chicken Pot Pie Soup from skinnytaste

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from meals & moves

snackified lunches

[aka the lazy girl lunch]

sleepy puppies

[clothes are more than just for wearing]

the Colbie Caillat Pandora radio station


effortless dinners

[veggie packed salad with breaded chicken nuggets]

[toasty garlic-parm bread]

running outside

[welcome back Springuary]

saving monies at the grocery store

[almost $20]

cottage cheese concoctions

cottage cheese + cocoa powder + Stevia + PB Puffins + Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips

Ryan agreeing to run “Love the Run You’re With 5K” with me


Daily Memorable Moment January 25:  Running 4 miles outside [in shorts] at the end of January!

Question:  What are you loving this week?

Question:  Share any recipes that I can add to my “must make” list!

— Life's a Bowl


20 Questions {Survey}

The past two mornings I’ve skipped my daily Sbucks cappuccino in an effort to save some monies.  To be honest, I’m kind of missing chatting with the baristas and sipping on a cup of piping hot, frothy milk but I know in the long run my bank account will thank me.  I calculated it and I spend approximately a whopping $26 every week at Sbucks [oye, that’s gotta change]…


To fill the cappuccino void, I’ve been putting my Keurig to good use and making creamy coffees [approximately a 2:1 ratio of coffee and Silk Light Vanilla] to-go.  This morning’s fuel was an apple and a PB&J bagel sandwich- such a classic, so simple, and so satisfying!  Lunch was a bunch of snacky foods [veggies, fruit, string cheese, ham deli meat, crackers, a Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Granola Thin] because I wasn’t in the mood to make a real meal last night.


Last Friday Janetha from meals & moves answered 20 questions and I couldn’t help but want to do it myself…  But I gotta admit, I had a really difficult time answering some of the questions and most likely will think of something I wanna add or change 10 minutes after I click “Publish” [haha]!

1.  What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?

~Sleeping in till 7AM…  I know, it’s not THAT late but it’s an hour or two later than my usual weekday wake-up time!

~Making a hearty bfast

~Doing something with my friends/ family that requires minimal thinking [going to a movie, shopping, sightseeing, etc.]

~Going out for a dinner date

~Saving all of the to-do’s for Sunday

2.  List your top three favorite TV shows.

~The Today Show

~The Real Housewives

~Modern Family

3.  Would you rather be in pictures or take them?

Take them because I’m having tons of fun playing around with my newish camera [a bday present from my momma]…  Be in them to have lifelong memories!

4.  Why do you blog?

I started reading blogs junior year in college.  I enjoyed reading about other people’s interesting daily do’s, eats, and finds and felt inspired to some of my own.  Since starting my blog, it’s become more of like my personal [yet public] online diary…

5.  Share five websites that you visit regularly…



~Google Reader


~Blackboard to access school-related resources

6.  If you could have lunch with one person from your Twitter list who would it be?

Hm, I don’t have a Twitter account?  But if I could have lunch with anyone, I think I’d choose Oprah.

7.  List a few of your favorite snacks.




~Protein bars [Cliff Mojo, Luna]

8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what kind?

Yup, Charlie and he’s a toy poodle…

9.  Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?




10.  What’s your favorite drink?

Flavored seltzer water

11.  Do you enjoy cooking?

Totally and I enjoy grocery shopping and eating too!  Thankfully, the three all compliment each other 😉

12.  Do you have children?

Nope, not yet, but I’d like 3 in the future…

13.  What are your favorite hobbies?

~Working out





14.  Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?

OUTGOING!  Can ya tell?

15.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

My health.  The past few years have been a struggle physically and mentally and I’m hoping that 2012 will bring me good fortune…

16.  Who is your favorite actor/actress?

Actor:  Steve Martin

Actress:  Jennifer Aniston and Rachel McAdams

17.  What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?

I ran 1.5 miles!  It’s not much but it’s more than I’ve run in the past 3 weeks since having bronchitis…


18.  Do you live near your family or far from them?

My momma and dad live less than 10 minutes away which is super convenient, but my extended family is scattered all throughout the east coast so time spent all together is rare.

19.  List three of your talents.

~I can pinch using my big toe and second toe.

~I can needlepoint.

~I am good at building things.

20.  What is your greatest attribute?

I said being organized, Ryan said caring- isn’t he sweet [*sigh*]…


Ryan worked from home today because he had a morning dental appointment he was home to greet me after work.  I felt exhausted all day so I decided to take a day off from the gym and opted to go for a little family walk.  It was Charlie’s first walk out of the neighborhood and he had a blast- smelling every square inch of pavement, picking up anything small enough to fit into his itty-bitty mouth, and racing against Ryan [quite the sight]!

Ryan made a fire, I made us some dinner, and we’re planning to play The Game of Life and to watch the second season of Modern Family…  The perfect way to welcome the weekend :)

P.S.  After wearing boots Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I felt compelled to finish off the week wearing, boots [with the fur]- casual Friday = comfort…

“I’m not striving to perform perfectly; I’m just looking for harmony.”

~ Ellen Gibson

Daily Memorable Moments

January 19:  Falling asleep on the couch with Charlie sleeping next to me.  It was a picture perfect moment.

January 20:  Going on our first family walk and watching Ryan and Charlie race!

Question:  Have you done any of the things I did today?

Question:  Classic PB&J?  PB and banana?  PB and honey?

— Life's a Bowl