A to Z

Happy Friday, friends!

My friend Abby tagged me in her A to Z post yesterday (and you know how I love blog surveys), so I decided to take part this morning. Feel free to play along in the comments section””I love learning new things about you guys!

A. Attached or single?

Attached. Married for 5 years. Together for almost 10 years.

Nick & Elizabeth's wedding

B. Best friend?



C. Cake or pie?

Cake. Duh.


D. Day of choice?

Friday. It’s the start of the weekend!

E. Essential item?

Beauty: Kiehls Abyssine Cream+

Clothing: It’s a toss up between Rainbow flip flops and 7 for All Mankind jeans

Workout: Headbands! My favorites are BIC Bands and JUNK bands.

F. Favorite color?


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G. Gummy bears or worms?


H. Home town?

Littleton, Massachusetts, which was named one of The Best Towns to Raise Kids by Bloomberg Businessweek.

I. Favorite indulgence?

Massages. I love them and get one every month.

J. January or July?

July. I love summer. So does Murphy.

happy summer pug

K. Kids?

Mal and I plan to have them someday, but not for a little while.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

A pug. They are the best little creatures.


M. Marriage date?

July 12, 2008

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N. Number of brothers/sisters?

1 sister, 1 stepsister, 1 half-sister, 1 half-brother

O. Oranges or Apples?

Tough decision, but I’m going to go with oranges. There’s nothing better than a fresh, juicy orange.

P. Phobias?

Drowning/being eaten by a shark. I’m not a fan of deep water. I also can’t swim very well.

Q. Quotes?

I love quotes. In fact, I love them so much, I have a whole book devoted to them as well as a Pinterest board. Here are some of my favorites:

“Good things happen to people who work hard.”

“You are stronger than you think you are.”

“We all have two choices: we can make a living or we can design a life.”

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

R. Reasons to smile?

I have lots of them:

I’ve been off steroids for 11 days now.

I’m going to the CrossFit Games next week.

I’m planning to have a cocktail at the beach later today.

Matthew, my nephew!


As his dad says, “He’s going to grow into those paws!” Haha!

S. Season of choice?

Fall in New England is my favorite thing ever.

T. Tag 5 People.

I’m just going to tag one because I know how much she loves surveys, and I know she’ll want to do this one: Julie.

U. Unknown fact about me?

Even in the summer, I wear sweatpants to bed. For some reason, I don’t like wearing shorts and having my bare legs touch each other. I know. I am super weird. And sometimes really hot at night.

V. Vegetable?

I love all of them, except water chestnuts because they are the worst.

W. Worst habit?

I can’t relax. I always need to be doing something, and it drives Mal nuts. Ha!

X. X-Ray or ultrasound?

Ultrasound. They’re way cooler and give you a lot more info.

Y. Your favorite food?

Cake followed by cupcakes followed by cake pops.


Z. Zodiac sign?

Gemini. I’m totally a Gemini.

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All six of us get along great!

Questions of the Day

Day of choice? Essential item? January or July? Phobias? Quotes? Reasons to smile? Unknown fact about you? Worst habit?

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  1. Day of choice? Saturday

    Essential item? Fructis Curl Spray Gel. I look like a flat, wet dog without it…like right now.

    January or July? Um, October? But if you’re forcing me to choose, January. I’d rather layer up than sweat like a pig.

    Reasons to smile? My Mr. He’ll do anything to make me smile which is pretty awesome.

    Worst habit? Interrupting. It’s not because I’m rude but because I have the attention span of a gnat and if I don’t get it out, I’ll totally forget. I’m working on it.

  2. No wonder I feel like we are kindred spirits each time I read your blog! I’m a Gemini as well! 🙂 Haha.

    PS – I was JUST thinking of your last quote in your Quotes survey section this morning!! One of my favorites as well.

  3. July is way better than January… I’m off work, time for vacations and summer is just the best! Day of choice is Saturday…. there is usually something fun going on and if not, I love to just relax with the family. Matthew sure is a cutie!!

  4. Saturday, Buxom lip gloss, July, Spiders and heights, reasons to smile – too many 🙂 Unknown fact – I used to hate running and physical activity. Worst habit? Worrying too much.
    Quote – Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy 🙂

  5. I have to wear pants to bed also! I also get really uncomfortable sleeping if my knees are touching (maybe they are too bony, I don’t know!) The one exception can be if I have JUST shaved my legs. I also have to wear socks. I can’t even walk in barefeet around my apartment. I can empathize with your overheating-while-sleeping dilemma. 🙂

    Your nephew is adorable!

  6. Ha ha I actually sleep with two comforters year round- and place one between my legs so they don’t touch! So you are definitely not weird! Day of choice- Friday! Start of the weekend baby! And reasons to smile- getting pedicures with my momma tomorrow 🙂 TGIF!

  7. Day of choice: December 25 of any year. It counts, I swear.
    Essential item: my iPhone and/or iPad. Something I can read blogs on or get on Pinterest.
    January or July: mmm…both.
    Phobias: being buried alive, and cockroaches.
    Reasons to smile: my two Cairn Terriers, Mr. Gatsby and Hattie Mae.
    Unknown fact: I can shake my eyeballs…it’s bizarre.
    Worst habit: going to bed without washing my face.

  8. Oh that pug and nephew – Delish!

    Fun Friday game! Here’s mine!
    Day of choice? Thursday – have always loved Thursday afternoons, you have the whole weekend ahead of you and the annoying part of the week is done.

    Essential item?
    books, and flip flops in the summer..and air conditioning

    January or July?
    Oh 1milliontrillionbillion percent January. I HATE the heat and am totally miserable right now – I go through what people go through in winter now – seasonal depression.

    Being left alone in the world, fires – I have a long, deep phobia of fires

    Forget regret or life is yours to miss – Rent

    Reasons to smile?
    Being somewhat newly in love (and the ‘me’ before this relationship would have punched me in the face for that answer), the fact that my business is going really well, and the fact that I have the best, most amazing 2 little kitties in the world. And fuffiest.

    Unknown fact about you?
    This is not unknown to people who know me well, but I don’t, and will never want kids. I like kids but I”ve never wanted them and I’m so happy to be perfectly comfortable in that desicion.

    And something more random..my fire phobia, and once, when I was younger, on vacation at a resort with my family, I snuck away, secretly entered a talent show, sang Papa Don’t Preach all by myself, and won an apron. This was entirely out of pity because I can NOT sing, and I had no one cheering for me. I was around 8.

    Worst habit?
    stress eating for sure, also picking my fingers and talking too much.
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  9. haha! Can relate to so many! I CAN NOT relax. An old roomate put a sign on my door that said “Warning: Relaxing Stresses me out” and also CAN NOT let me legs touch at night, or while driving in the car…no idea why! I just started sleeping with a pillow between my legs because of this beastly heat…it kind of works if you are up to try it 🙂 happy Friday! Fridays are the BEST!

  10. Day: Its a toss up between Friday and Sunday.. swinging towards Sunday as I just LOVE lazy morning breakfasts with my man 🙂

    Essential item: My imagination. Life is always extra fun with my bonkers world!

    January or July: January definitely – I love the feeling of a fresh new year of possibilities ahead! The weather, not so much. Living in England in January is not fun!

    Worst Habit: Putting myself down when I don’t achieve things first time round. I need to realise I am only human and we all have ups and downs 🙂

    Happy Friday!

    Reasons to smile: Family, Friends, my man and going back to University in September to do an MSc in Clinical Nutrition! (and planning on starting a blog!)

  11. * Not sure why a random ‘Happy Friday!’ made it in the middle of my post above?? I’ll go with it though 😉

  12. Day of choice? HUMP DAY!
    Essential item? Anastasia tinted Brow Gel
    January or July? July all the way!
    Reasons to smile? My 13-month old baby girl.
    Worst habit? Staring at people and not realizing it. I am so nosy (my daughter does it too!) and when I hear people talking about something or if they are doing something a little weird I sometimes I actually stare at them without realizing I am doing it! My husband gets so embarrassed when we are out.

  13. Friday! Even though it is a work day, I know that Friday night and the weekend will be here soon!

    Essential Item: Nail clippers…I really can’t go anywhere without them. You never know when you will get a hang nail or hang skin and that’s the worst! LOL, it’s weired, I know.

    July! It’s my day month (my bday is tomorrow) and it’s the month we go on vacation.

    Phobias: I’m with you on drowning…particularly being stuck in a car that is going underwater.

    Reasons to smile: Bday tomorrow, vacation starts tomorrow, Annabelle is 6 months old and gets more awesome everyday!

    Unknown fact: I never missed a college class in all 4 years. 🙂 Nerd alert!

  14. Ok – I can’t stand my bare legs touching in the middle of the night either. I seriously thought I was the only weirdo with that issue! Ha! I do ok as long as my legs are super smooth, so in the summer I have to make sure I shave every day. I sound even weirder now that I typed all that out….

  15. These posts are always fun to read.
    I love the Fall time too, it’s just so gorgeous that time of year.
    And I love the quotes you chose too.
    Matthew is so gosh darn cute!

  16. Day of choice? Wednesday, I think it comes from when I was a kid as it was only a halfday of school.
    Essential item? Lipbalm
    January or July? Neither but I usually prefer colder months
    Reasons to smile? I ran 10 miles this week for the first time!
    Worst habit? wanting to do everything myself
    Quote: “your mind will quit a thousand times before your body does” (my running mantra)

  17. Congrats on being off steroids for 11 days!! 🙂

    Day of choice? Saturday.
    Essential item? My phone!
    January or July? July.
    Phobias? Drowning. I won’t go in water above five feet because I still want to be able to touch the ground.
    Reasons to smile? It’s Friday!
    Worst habit? I worry about & overthink things way too much. I also get too jealous at times, which my boyfriend hates lol.

  18. Yay for an 18% off sale!!! Finally the kick in the pants I needed to try out this gold! 😉 oh, and have you seen the recipes on her site? The carrot cake bars, sweet potato brownies, and honey mustard chicken look incredible!!

    Day of choice? Friday or Monday (both typically off)
    Essential item? My phone, bottle of water, and a hair tie. Random, right?
    January or July? July!! my birthday is the 26th!!
    Phobias? Snakes, palmetto bugs, and drowning.
    Quotes? Um…too long to list, but I always say “oh never mind, I know what I mean!” Drives my husband crazy.
    Reasons to smile? My husband, internship is over, studying for my RD exam, and my bday is in 1 week!!
    Unknown fact about you? Ha, wouldn’t you like to know…..
    Worst habit? I can’t sit still. I need to be doing somthing or in motion.We will be watching a movie and I have to get up and move around. Theaters definitely are a must if i am going to commit to a whole movie.

  19. I love Mal’s Oregon hat! I was born and raised there and it really is one of my favorite places on earth. Even with all the rain.

  20. This was so much fun to read!
    ”¢ January over July without a doubt. I’m dying over here with this heat wave in the Big Apple. It truly does feel like the melting pot of the world. LOL!

    ”¢ My phobias…I have this fear of my wheels falling off my Jeep while driving it. Mostly when I’m doing longer (like 4-6 hour) road trips alone. I also have a phobia of pull-over sports bras! I always feel like I’ll be trapped in it after it’s all sweaty and someone will have to cut me out of it. I wish I could find one to ease me out of this phobia =)

    Ӣ My labradoodle Duncan makes me smile.

    ”¢ Favorite quote: When one door closes another opens, but it’s a bitch in the hallway.

  21. Up until a few weeks ago I could proudly say that I’d never had an x-ray. I’ve still never had a broken bone (thankfully) but I had to have a gastric emptying study done via x-ray… What we do for our health! 🙂

    “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is such a good thing to keep in mind. I try to remember that everyday.

  22. I am a sucker for blog surveys. So fun!
    My day of choice is Saturday– I love having a relaxing day to myself. Essential item= my agenda… so old school. Phobia? Oddly, same as you… I am terrified of deep water and shark week on Discovery literally makes me cry. I am trying to be brave enough to try paddle boarding because it looks so fun!

  23. Such a cute post….your nephew is adorable!!!

    I have to agree, Fall in PA is my absolute favorite season! While I love summer, I usually am so excited for it to be over 🙂

    Happy weekend!!

  24. I love this survey! I did it a few weeks ago and it was really fun! I think I had that same dress you are wearing in your birthday picture from when you were a kid! Haha! The 80s….

    So cool to learn more about you! 🙂

  25. Phobia: snakes
    Worst habit: eating straight from the jar/box/container, interrupting in conversations
    Reason to smile: dinner date with the husband tonight, my cat Buster

  26. What a great Friday post I love these!

    Day of choice? Definitely Friday, So HAPPY FRIDAY!


    “Say what you want,
    Say what you mean,
    Question yourself, are you really what you seem
    Say who you are,
    Say what you mean
    Question yourself, are you really what you dream” From my favorite Dispatch song!

  27. Day of choice? Thursday. Not really sure why 😉
    Essential item? My iPhone. I feel naked without it #youngadultprobs
    January or July? July!
    Phobias? Snakes, sharks, and being murdered
    Quotes? “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
    Reasons to smile? Getting ENGAGED and starting to plan a wedding!
    Unknown fact about you? I don’t like melons of any kind
    Worst habit? checking my phone every 5 minutes. I don’t even realize I’m doing it!

  28. Day of choice? Sunday
    Essential item? My iPhone
    January or July? July most def.
    Phobias? Crickets 😡
    Quotes? Trust your Struggle
    Reasons to smile? It’s Friday and I’m feeling ok today!
    Unknown fact about you? I’m addicted to tattoos!
    Worst habit? Overanalyzing situations

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