Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Random Things About Me

Today's post is full of random things about me.  It's also an ode to my current motto, "Better late than never". This post is a shout out to two great bloggers.   Leslie @ The Martin Manifest for passing along the Sunshine Award to me, and Nadia @ The View is Beautiful for passing along the Liebster Award.  If you haven't heard of either of these two awards before, the premise is the same.  You share 11 random facts about yourself, you answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you, you nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

I originally accepted the Liebster award back in the Spring (you can check out my answers here), and didn't think it fair to technically participate again, but I still wanted to be apart of what these great bloggers had passed along to me in my own way, and since they came up with great questions, today is filled with more random information then you probably ever wanted to know about yours truly.

The Facts
1.  I have owned my house for 6 years, that is the longest I have lived anywhere since I left for college at the age of 18.
2.  I have had pet cats all of my life, dogs for part of it, and I can't wait to have a dog of my own someday.

3.  Some people eat to live, I live to eat.  I seriously love food.
4.  Speaking of my love for food, there has been nothing more dangerous then all these frozen yogurt places popping up everywhere.  I make weekly visits, I'm not going to lie.
5.  On most days it looks like a tornado went through my house, no joke.

6.  I feel the most happy and content when I am on my own timeline, not someone else.
7.  I took 6 years of French and can barely mutter a full sentence.
8.  I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I know it's good for me, and I love being outdoors, but I'm generally cursing every minute of it until it's over.  It's just not easy for me.

9.  I follow the rules, pretty much always (you can ask my husband).
10.  I got my ears pierced when I was 7, and I remember negotiating with my mom for it when I was in the bathtub.
11.  I love strolling through antique stores, I just think the stuff from back then is so much cooler than the stuff that they make now days.

Leslie's Questions
1.  What's the biggest lesson you've learned from blogging?
I still feel like I have so much to learn, and that I can't have possibly been doing this for long enough.  I always feel like I don't spend enough time figuring out what I am "supposed" to be doing, so I guess that would be the biggest lesson, there isn't necessarily a "supposed" to, it's what's right for you and your intentions behind your blog.

2.  What year {age} of your life thus far has been your favorite?  Why?
I'm going to go with 20, I was a senior in college, with life ahead of me.  It was the first time in my life I didn't have school in my foreseeable future, and though I wasn't sure of what lay ahead, I felt confident in the moment.  I had a grown up apartment, and I finally felt like I was starting life as an adult.

3.  Where is the best place you've ever traveled for vacation?
So far my favorite has been San Fransisco.  It was one of the stops on our honeymoon and I absolutely loved the city and would go back in a heartbeat.

4.  What is your favorite iPhone/Android app?
Pinterest, it's how I unwind and shut my brain off every night.

5.  What is your favorite online boutique?
I can't say that I have one.  I do a lot of browsing, but then I feel like I do all my online ordering from stores I know that I can return to in person.  What are your favorites?  Point me in the right direction!

6.  If you could live the life of any TV character, who would it be?
As I thought about this every character from any of the shows I watch has had something terrible happen to them.  My first instinct would be one of the characters from Mad Men because I love that era, though which character, I'm not sure because they all have their little quirks.

7.  What was your first job?
Technically I suppose it would be babysitter, that's the first thing I did where I earned money.  My first official job was being a life guard at our school pool.

8.  What skill would you like to learn?
I would love to learn how to play tennis.

9.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
Manners, and many people's general lack of them.

10.  Who is the most influential person in your life?
I can't say I have had one most influential person throughout, I feel like it is always changing, depending on what I need at that time in my life. 

11.  If you had $1,000 you could only spend on yourself, what would you buy?
Not that much, because I like nice things!  At this given moment I would probably pamper myself with a spa day, because I've never had the luxury of having an entire spa day.  And then with what was left I would update my fall wardrobe, boots and jackets, and of course the perfect cognac bag that I am still on the hunt for!

Nadia's Questions
1.  Are you a texter or a caller?
Neither really.  I'm not a big phone person period.  But if I need to get a hold of you, most likely I'll send a text.

2.  How long have you known your closest friend?
About 8 years. 

3.  What is one product that you recommend to everyone?
Right now it's anything by The Honest Company.  I've been loving everything I order from them, and I love the principal and philosophy behind it.

4.  Are you an online or in store shopper?
Definitely in store.  I love being able to browse, and touch, and feel and try things on.  For me it's all about the fit, which can be so much harder online, especially if it's a new brand or store.

5.  What is your most worn item of clothing?
My Limited exact stretch pants, they have been my go to work pants for the last several years.  The last few months I've been wearing the heck out of my skinnies, love them.

6.  What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, because to me it isn't just a holiday, it's a season, and I love that.  The decorations, and music, and cookies, and the fact that people are generally in a better spirit.

7.  What is one material possession you couldn't live without?
I think this is the first time I could answer this question with; I think I could honestly live without everything if I had to.

8.  What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Completing and graduating college in 3 years, and standing on my own two feet since then!

9.  Are you a hot or cold beverage person?
Hot, but really that just happened this year.  Previously I always changed with the seasons, but apparently not anymore.

10.  What color do you think suits you best?
Right now I'm loving orchid, it's a great color that goes well in any season and in most any situation.

11.  What has been your biggest learning experience since starting your blog?
See the answer to Leslie's Question #1.

If you made it to the end, congratulations!  Hope you enjoyed learning a little (ok a lot) of random things about me, thanks for sticking around!


  1. Love Love Love this! Speaking of #BetterLateThanNever, I'm going to do my "10 Happy Things" TONIGHT! :) You graduated from college when you were 20?!!? Did you take like 30 hours/semester or what? That's awesome...but I LOVED all four years of college life, so I would have been sad to graduate early. I've found 2 things we're opposite on: I'm definitely an online shopper and I only like cold beverages (can't even do room temperature). Keep me posted on your search for the perfect cognac bag! XOXO

  2. I love love love this! I am a rule follower, too! And I also have a love/hate with running. And trust me, when there was a frozen yogurt place right across from where we lived, I ate there weekly (if not daily....)

  3. Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a tornado home!! Loved learning more about you!

  4. I loved learning more about you! I totally feel you on the running thing. Everyone always says you learn to love it the more you do it, but I just can't seem to make it to that point. I do it because I should but I never enjoy it! Those pants sound awesome, I'm always in the market for some comfy work pants! Definitely adding Limited to my list of place to shop when I'm next in the US :)

  5. I feel the same way about running! I've been improving. It's taking a really long time. I think it will be worth it even though it often feels like it's just so hard!

  6. Oh, I totally think it gets you in great shape! It still doesn't stop me from feeling like I'm going to die every time i do it! :) No pain no gain, right?!

  7. I love those pants, they are by far the best dress pants I have ever invested in, I think I have at least 6 different pairs of them in my closet right now! There are certain things I've learned to love about running, the being outside part and the when it's over part, I just haven't learned to love the actual running part!

  8. Always a tornado, at least that's what it feels like!

  9. Living across from a frozen yogurt place, dangerous!! Though ours is pretty close, and I'm not any better! I justify it by telling myself it's good for me ;) it's yogurt after all!

  10. Yeah I'm crazy, some how I figured out when I was a freshman that I could complete all my courses in 3 years, plus it helped that most of the good friends I made freshman year were all a year ahead of me. My major didn't have a large class so it was easy to connect with people of different years right off the bat. So I did it, I did take a bazillion credit hours, and I turned 21 like a month after I graduated.. My switch to warm drinks has been so recent, it's weird, all of a sudden I'd prefer room temperature water over ice water 95% of the time. I hope to find that bag this fall, keep me posted if you find one in our normal peoples price range!

  11. Ughhhhh running honestly I wish I had the love for it that some people do.....usually I'm just trying to convince myself not to look down at my phone to see how far I've gone!

  12. Ummm, right?! 10 minutes has never felt so long! The worst part is I have paths now were I know the mile markers, which in a way almost makes it like torture.