I just had an amazing run. I was flying down the sidewalk at dusk, feeling like my pre-pregnancy self, thinking I was within seconds of my normal pace. Until I looked at my watch and remembered I’m hauling around a giant belly, my feet are swollen and my pace was within seconds…of my normal pregnancy pace.
Plus the minute I finished the five miles and lost the breeze (that I was obviously creating by running SO fast), I was consumed by the awful Charleston humidity. In an effort to cool down, I thought I’d do something different and something better for me than watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend and eating the rest of the household ice cream.
I found this quiz on one of my daily blogs, My Healthyish Life–who found it on Peanut Butter Fingers–and thought it was actually really fun to read, and even more fun to think about my own answers. So here goes:
What brings you greatest joy? I’d hope all parents would answer this the same–their children! My baby is my joy, and just spending time with her and watching her grow is enough. Plus, a great run or a great race. Really, nothing can beat the feeling of a great, sweaty long run and a huge plate of food after. (I can just see most people shaking their heads no right now).
What are your vices? Macaroni and cheese. If it’s there, I’ll eat it all. And buying “second lunch” at Whole Foods. Really, it’s Whole Foods fault for being so close to my work.
What is on your night stand? About three half empty glasses of water, a coaster, my computer, a lamp and a stack of half read books, including The Water Crisis, Killing Reagan, a baby name book and Tribe. I’ll get to them.
Do you have a secret talent? I’m really good at firsts. If there’s a game challenge, like throw something in the hole, get a hole in one, throw the bottle cap into the narrow opening of a change jar from across the room (true story) I’ll get it, first try. Then I’ll never get it again.
What should everyone try at least once in their life? This one is actually hard for me, because something that I’m so passionate about, like running, makes people run far, far away.
What makes you laugh? My husband makes me laugh, and our wars and tricks we play on each other make me laugh. The Mindy Project…it’s embarrassing how hard I’ll laugh when I’m watching that at the gym. Modern Family. Parks and Recreation. Obviously TV shows. My friend Eleanor’s text messages. Doing “remember when’s” with one of my longest-best friends Becky. Our remember when’s can be as lame as “remember when we ate that whole extra large pizza….” and I’m on the ground.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I don’t like heights, I don’t even like to climb stairs. I get instant vertigo.
What is on your bucket list? Qualify for Boston at Mountains to Beach in the spring! That’s pretty specific. Run a hundred miler (preferably with John). Write a novel (I love to write, I get lost in my own stories). Raise good children. That’s more of a goal I guess.
What is on your feet right now? My second favorite pair of socks, my almost four-year-old Lululemon running socks that say “Faster than the” on the left and “Stink” on the right. They don’t make them anymore. These poor socks have run hundreds of miles with me and many races. And they still feel just like new.
How did you make your first dollar? When we were 7, my second cousin and I decided to be ‘bartenders’ at Thanksgiving at my great-grandpa’s house in Reno, Nevada. One of our relatives (I honestly don’t know who it was) was a little…overserved that night, and paid us about $10 each throughout the night to mix him ‘drinks.’ I still remember counting and recounting my dollars and storing them in my fish wallet.
What superstition do you believe in? I always flip pennies so the next person finds one heads up. But I’m too OCD to have superstitions. Everything is a superstition.
What sport did you play in High School (if any)? I was on the dance team and ran cross country and track. I hated cross country because 3.1 miles was TOO FAR. 800 was my race of choice. Perspective sure has changed.
What items in your closet do you wear the most? Definitely my chambray shirts. I have four of them. They’re easy and classic and instantly make you look slightly less disheveled–which I always am.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received? This one is hard too. John is the master of gift giving, and I think one of the best gifts I’ve ever received was fiber art made by my aunt and her twin sister. They’re real artists and their work is phenomenal. It meant so much to me that my husband thought of it, and then that they made us such a beautiful piece.
What’s on your kitchen counter? Squash. An empty cookie jar. A million cookbooks. A red kitchen-aid mixer. Kuerig. Wine rack. Paper towels. Crumbs. A bottle dryer. A girl from college came to visit once and said my counter was cluttered. She was really condescending about it.
What would you never leave home without? Four different kinds of chapstick’s, a snack, water, gear for my daughter for every scenario and my wallet, in case I need more snacks. I’m not a huge phone junkie.
What’s your favorite question? And how would you answer?