25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

You know what hurts a lot?

Stubbing your toes. I get bruises, cuts, bumps, and scrapes all the time, but nothing hurts quite like when your poor little piggies get assaulted by a coffee table’s leg.

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I bring that up because I just collapsed on the couch wailing at the world after stubbing my toe, while my brother and dad were watching the Democratic National Convention. They didn’t pay any attention to me, so I’m pleading for belated consolation.

On a happier note, today I’m doing a light-hearted survey that I found on Hayley’s blog a while ago. I’ve had deep thoughts for the past few posts, so this is a little break for me (and you). And who doesn’t love a good survey!?

25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Emphasis on “probably”, because Lord knows that I share about 90% of my life and thoughts on this blog.

1. I’m happiest when I’m praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament…

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photo credit to my friend, Bobby

 2. especially if it’s on retreat. Truly a glimpse of Heaven.

3. I’ve always wanted to lay outside somewhere quiet and dark and stare at the stars with someone I love. Also to see the Northern Lights.

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via Michael Shainblum Photography

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via Michael Shainblum Photography ➔ visit this guy’s Instagram!! I’m obsessed.

4. My family and I have a tradition of “the family hug”, in which we say “one, two, three, SQUEEZE”, subsequently squeezing each other in a four-way hug. Repeat for a total of three squeezes and then kiss one another on the cheek.

5. I was a terrible thrower. Still can’t really aim/follow through with any sort of projectile object.

6. My first job was searching and entering addresses into a spreadsheet for my dad.

7. I could probably eat (besides peanut butter and bananas) a sandwich every day.

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8. I wish I could bring all my Boston friends to Dublin with me this fall. </3

9. I was born on the same day as Brooke Shields.

10. My all time favorite films are Anne of Green Gables, The Help, and The Princess Diaries.

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11. I do a pretty mean British accent (but not on the spot, so don’t ask me to do it if you see me in person).

12. I’m still mad that I didn’t keep up my rigorous stretching after figure skating and high school dance.

13. I met my husband…  Did I!?

14. I always knew I wanted to pursue a job related to human movement. I wanted to be a dance choreographer (among other things) before gaining interest in physical therapy.

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15. I’m not afraid to be vulnerable. I wasn’t always unafraid of vulnerability though! I credit a lot of good people at college for changing me.

16. I make the best overnight oats, yogurt bowls, and avocado egg toast (because I can’t actually come up with my own recipes for much).

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17. I have absolutely no patience for rudeness toward anyone who is genuinely trying his/her best to provide good customer service.

18. I always cry when there is a sky full of stars (cue Coldplay).

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via Michael Shainblum Photography (but I’ve never seen a sky full of stars like THIS)

19. I’m overwhelmed by the possible ways by which I can finish this sentence.

20. I spent 2 years playing lead roles in my middle school musicals. I was Molly in Annie, Jr. in 7th grade and Jasmine in Aladdin, Jr in 8th grade.

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too small to fill out the scandalous “belly shirt” = wrinkly Jasmine

 21. I wish that every person had sufficient and convenient access to fresh water. (Ya know what, I’ll say what Hayley said: “I wish…everyone in the world had enough food, water, and shelter. And love.”)

22. At age 5, I was deeply in love with my Sailor Moon CD. I would sing and dance to the songs in my parents’ gigantic bathroom in Kansas, and Ben would film me. Video evidence is strictly confidential.

23. I believe if people took time to learn the complete truth before making judgements, the world would be a better place. Seeking truth will lead to Truth (aka God), and there would be a greater sense of understanding and peace in the world.

24. I can’t stand port-a-potties. I choose the woods over a port-a-potty any day.

25. Whenever “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by JT or “Let It Go” by James Bay is on the radio, I listen (changed this one, because I don’t really watch TV, but I listen to music like it’s my job).


And this isn’t a fun post without some recent food photos!

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peanut butter banana soft serve with Pop on Sunday night

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Sunday lunch: lettuce wraps with steamed lemongrass salmon, Thai basil, cilantro, fresh backyard mint, and sriracha

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Tuesday breakfast: leftover banana pancakes with butter and blueberries + two eggs scrambled with lots of veggies

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Monday dinner a la Madre: honey sriracha chicken drumsticks (she used this spice blend!) + sautéed mushrooms and onions over greens (+ unpictured salad roll)

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Wednesday breakfast: blueberry muffin overnight oats inspired by Fit Foodie Finds’ recipe

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the best

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tried this new bar

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it looks more gross than my cuticles, but it tastes fine

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and lastly, here is Ben doing post-dislocation shoulder exercises using bananas #TheWorldisYourGym

Happy pre-Friday already!

So tell me:

You’ve always wanted to…

You do a pretty mean…

You can’t stand…

Or any of the other questions you want to answer!

Five Minute Friday #14: Fill in the Blanks

This is going to be the most cop-out post ever—photos, teeny captions, and five minute Friday vlog. Hope you’re all doing well!

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the world is colorful again!

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moving and grooving at the Catholic Center spring formal last Friday

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accidentally patriotic

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Saturday morning — almond butter AND peanut butter

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Boston is pretty sometimes

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one of those #hangry lunches

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embarrassed, but not enough to change anything

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fangirling over my friends’ a cappella skills

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late night food bucket list run with Rachel (“I’d put in the leg work for ice cream” ← love that chick)

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their famous cake batter cookies ‘n’ cream (+ mint oreo, my fave)

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carbs getting their own plate

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bloobs 

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100 burpees as my body slowly shuts down this week

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more beautiful weather

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BREAKFAST

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nourishment

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banana cake on one night

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 and banana bread on another

And here’s this week’s vlog with a little survey and a little catchup.

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Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Eat some ice cream for me.

So tell me:

How has your week been?

What would you try at least once?

Best thing you ate this week?

Have you ever gotten a hug/call/affirmation right when you needed it most?

Weekend Confessions + Vlog with Rachel

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Confession #1: I miss blogging more often, and I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting very much lately!

Confession #2: I also don’t feel that guilty for not posting, because school is happenin’ and so is friend time. I love blogging, but it can be hard to choose screen time over a night out with friends, ya know?

Confession #3: I wore shorts and a tank top on November 5th in Boston, Massachusetts. HAHA. I was wearing my marshmallow coat three weeks ago. What are seasons?

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like, MAYBE, who knows now?

Confession #4: Rachel and I decided to have best friend day on Saturday and made sure the whole world knew about it on Snapchat.

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Confession #5: We could not stop saying “mmm” and “WOW” and “I can’t even” while eating this sandwich from Cutty’s (on our food bucket list!).

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It’s called the “Roast Beef 1000” (slow-roasted beef, thousand island sauce, frizzled onions, and sharp cheddar on a brioche bun). Yeah.

We also both ordered the vegetable of the day, which was hot ‘n’ sour brussels sprouts. Also “mmmmm”-worthy.

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Guy Fieri was there!

Confession #6: We were so inspired by the brussels sprouts from lunch that we bought two bags of brussels sprouts from the grocery store, roasted them in the communal kitchen after dinner, and ate a whole tray of them within 15 minutes of them coming out of the oven.

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sort of based on Arman’s balsamic brussels

Confession #7: Before our brussels extravaganza, Rachel and I were workout buddies. Except that we didn’t work out together.

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We ran to the workout pad that I always go to, and while she continued running, I stopped and did six rounds of this workout until she ran back.

Confession #8: I’ve finished 5 large (32+ ounce) jars of peanut butter this semester. It’s fine.

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My sixth jar may or may not last until Thanksgiving. I’m erring on the side of not.

Confession #9: I put Sriracha on everything.

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Soon I’ll be mixing it with peanut butter.

Confession #10: Rachel and I filmed a VLOG! You’ve seen a couple vlogs with Daliza, my best friend from home, so I thought it would be fun to film one with best friend who I met at college 🙂

This is a “best friend tag” vlog. Basically, how well do we know each other? Quirks? What’s annoying about the other? Who do we have a CRUSH ON!?

Here’s the link in case the embedded video isn’t working (and if you still want to watch it). In case my fellow bloggers want to play along with their BFF or significant other, here are the questions!

How and when did you two meet?

Who is your best friend’s hero?

If your best friend could go any place on earth, where would it be and why?

What is the name of your crush?

What is your best friend’s biggest fear?

If your best friend was deserted on an island, what three items would he/she want to have?

What part of your best friend’s body is his/her favorite?

What are two things about you that your best friend doesn’t know?

How would you describe your best friend’s ideal spouse?

What is a weird quirk about your best friend?

What are three things you would never fail to find in your best friend’s refrigerator?

What is your favorite memory together?

What is one thing about your best friend that annoys you?

Does your best friend have any nicknames?

What would your best friend do if he/she won the lottery?

Can you describe your best friend in one word?

What would your best friend say he/she admires most in you?

Sorry it’s kinda long. Just promise me you’ll watch Rachel’s face at 4:09.

She’s gonna kill me.

Hope you all have a fabulous week! Tell your good friends/family members that you love them.

So tell me:

What is one “confession” you have from the weekend?

Have you ever eaten a whole pan/pot of something in one sitting?

What is the best thing you’ve eaten recently?

If you were deserted on an island, which three items would you want to have?

 

 

A to Z Survey

I’m hopping on the survey train!

It was bound to happen, because who doesn’t love a good survey? I get to talk about me, myself, and I.

But first, fajitas. I made this recipe for chicken fajitas last night, and I’d say that it’s one of my favorite summer dinners so far!

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The cast iron skillet creates that sizzly crust on the chicken and that super heated char on the peppers and onions. Flavahhhhh.

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Served over greens with avocado. We didn’t have any tortillas, but the carbs were made up with copious amounts of Popcorners. #cantstopwontstop

Alrighty, let’s dive into this A to Z Survey that started at one of my favorite blogs ever— Peanut Butter Fingers!

A — Age: 19

B – Biggest Fear: Being too far out in the ocean + all bugs

C – Current Time: 9:58 PM

D – Drink You Had Last: Water

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My dad

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F – Favorite Song: Tie between Oceans by Hillsong United and Dear No One by Tori Kelly

G – Grossest Memory: A stomach flu breakout at our house during Christmas/New Year of 2008. I was scarred for a very long time.

H – Hometown: Westchester, New York (following 5 years in Los Angeles, California and 3 years in Overland Park, Kansas)

I – In Love With: Jesus Christ ♥

J – Jealous Of: People who live in the beautiful mountains (*cough* Jo)

K – Kindest Person You Know: I have to choose three because there’s already an epic photo of them lying down in the middle of the street The Notebook style. My friends PJ, Emma, and Fiona— the sweetest souls.

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L – Longest Relationship: Been single all my life!

M – Middle Name: Mary

N – Number of Siblings: Uno— brother Ben!

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O – One Wish: To do God’s will, not my own.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: The secretary at the doctor’s office.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “Did you have peanut butter this morning?” and “How’s college?”

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R – Reason To Smile: God gave me so many wonderful people who support and love me unconditionally.

S – Song You Last Sang: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

T – Time You Woke Up: 6 AM

U – Underwear Color: Super pale pink, on the brink of gray

V – Vacation Destination: Missing San Francisco. Want to visit Alberta. Going to Seattle next month!

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Golden Gate Bridge 2011. LOL.

W – Worst Habit: Leaving the house at the very last possible second.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Teeth at the dentist + ankle when I sprained it, like, eleven years ago.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Um.

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Z — Zodiac Sign: Gemini

That was fun! The underwear one stumped me the most.

Hope you all have a fierce and ferocious day!

So tell me: 

Biggest fear…

Jealous of…

Worst habit…

Any of them!

Would You Rather {Vlog!}

Hello!

I hope you all had a great Monday. Mine was relatively chill, especially since I did this 50 min. yoga video! My quads were smoked from Sunday, so it was nice to take it easy and stretch it out. I also walked a couple miles around my neighborhood.

Daliza and I got ice cream at a new local creamery too 🙂

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They look the same, but mine (right) was cookies and cream, and hers (left) was mint chocolate chip. Both delicious.

As promised, I have a fun vlog for you all today! Hooray for me not being able to look at the camera lens for more than 5 seconds!

I watched Clare’s Would You Rather vlog a few weeks back, and I knew I wanted to answer the questions in a vlog as well. So here are my answers!

{Here’s the link if you can’t see the video above: http://youtu.be/X5NHHVz4kcc}

Would You Rather….

  • Speak another language or get a higher degree?
  • Have a beautiful singing voice or be a fantastic dancer?
  • Be a CEO of a huge company or run your own small business?
  • Fly like a bird or teleport?
  • Eat only sweet food or only salty food for the rest of your life?
  • Do yoga or lift weights?
  • Be a SUPER fast runner be SUPER strong?
  • Have 8 kids or no kids?
  • Have a small, older home with character or design a big brand new home?
  • Watch the Today Show or Good Morning America?
  • Watch only sports or watch only BRAVO?
  • Cook a romantic dinner at home or go to the nicest restaurant in town?
  • Drink beer or wine?
  • Eat cookies or eat cake?
  • Have only brothers or have only sisters?
  • Go to Africa or Asia?
  • Eat sweet potato fries or regular fries?
  • Own an SUV or a sports car?
  • Have a personal chef or a personal trainer?
  • Sleep for 9 hours every night but no coffee, or sleep for 6 hours a night and have coffee?
  • Read a book or watch a movie?
  • Live on the east coast or west coast?
  • Have your toenails painted or your fingernails painted?
  • Go to the beach or the mountains?

Join the fun and answer these questions in a post (better yet, a vlog!) or answer some in the comments!