Friend Makin’ Mondays: Personal Quirks and Habits.

Happy Monday! I’ve got a lot going on this week and am getting ready for my friend Amanda to visit! So my self imposed dry lifestyle will likely END once she gets here. It’s okay, it was the goal I had set. It’s hard to build muscle and keep my nutrition in order when I am drinking.

This is me and Amanda last year during my summer trip to Maine.  It was so humid and hot! This was the last time we were together.  Soon to be reunited!

This is me and Amanda last year during my summer trip to Maine. It was so humid and hot! This was the last time we were together. Soon to be reunited!

I liked this set of questions because I do consider myself pretty quirky. A couple were tough! I hope you enjoy reading them. If you haven’t taken part in Friend Makin’ Mondays, here’s what you do. Copy the questions and answer them on your own blog. Then, link your post on All The Weigh so we can all read our answers.

Personal Quirks and Habits

1. Share one unique character trait that sets you apart from your friends. I remember EVERYTHING. And I’m constantly recalling old conversations, reminding my friends of the dumb stuff they did. No one can get away from their past with me around to retell it to you.

2. List at least two pet peeves that always aggravate you. I’m not the grammar police. But I AM the science patrol. When people call an intestinal virus “stomach flu”, it pretty much is like fingernails on a chalkboard. An entirely different pet peeve is heavy, thick lower eye liner. You just have to put a little pit to enhance the last line, ladies. We don’t live in ancient Egypt where we have to protect our eyes from the sun.

3. Is there a word or phrase that you say so regularly that people expect to hear it from you? I’m from Maine, so I drop wicked occasionally. My SoCal friends love that. For awhile “Oh dear” was a constant part of my vocabulary; to the point where I thought my husband was going to implode. I picked it up from a coworker.

4. Are you a risk taker, or do you typically play it safe? Maybe a little of both? I’m at heart, a rule follower and a goody two shoes. But when it comes to staying within those constraints, I’m pretty fearless. (Unless it’s heights or spiders.)

5. Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed? Oh dear. (SEE?) I was the quiet girl, I had acquaintances, and a handful of friends. I was very good at school, but I struggled with going to class. I definitely think I suffered from depression for many, many years. I completely changes in college. I’m way more outgoing. I have many, many friends and it’s easy for me to relate to people. I’m more confident, I’m assertive, and I don’t stay in the corner anymore.

6. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re glad you did? I quit my job, packed up my apartment of 5 years, and followed the guy I had been dating down to Atlanta, even though I didn’t have an engagement ring, or a job. It was the right decision. Being with him makes me a better version of myself, and we’re now married and equal partners in our lives. I needed to shake up my life at that point. My job was stagnant, my Master’s degree was at a permanent impasse, and my friends lives were going in different directions from mine.

7. Do you ever talk to yourself? If so, share an example. I talk to myself occasionally, I talk to my cat all the time. My Grammy always said it meant you had money in the bank. If I’m doing something dumb, or if I’m stressed, I’ll have a talk with myself in the mirror. I work out of my home a lot.

8. Share something you did that unexpectedly helped shape your life. I allowed myself to make some pretty bad decisions. Things I KNEW were wrong at the time, but I did them anyway. I was involved with 2 men in particular, one in college, one after college, who were definitely “bad boys.” They had values and behaviors contrary to my own and dating them pretty much made my parents absolutely furious. It was the rebellion that I needed to experience, after being the most well mannered kid. Both of them made me see a different point of view in life and challenged my own thoughts and ideals that I had. The break ups were devastating, but the lessons I learned made me grow in a way I never could without them.

9. Do you follow a strict routine, or are you a free spirit? Are you somewhere in between? I’m more of a free spirit, which drives my friends completely nuts. I try and schedule important things, but I think the best part of life is the experiences you have in between the things you think are important.

10. Share something about yourself that you hope will inspire others. I’m 36 years old. I have my fair share of issues about my body image, my self-esteem, boundaries, lots of stuff from childhood, etc. I did some intensive therapy once a week over a year ago. I came in pretty broken and left stronger that I could ever imagine. When you need help, ask for it. If you need to see someone to talk to, there is no shame. No one has a perfect life and everyone feels the way you feel sometimes. You need to take any and all necessary steps to make yourself feel better.

Double layer socks are the bomb diggity.

Sunday was another 5K. This was the Cardiff Kook Run. The Cardiff Kook is a fun statue of a surfer that the locals mostly hate. I think he’s fun, but apparently he’s not in the correct stance or something and that ruffles the feathers of purists. Anyway, he’s a local icon and he gets decorated nightly in costumes.

I had done NOTHING for training. I got sick at the end of January. I think it was Flu B, but since I no longer work in medical diagnostics, I didn’t have tests kicking around with which to test myself. (But, I used to!) I was really ill for a week, but improving – so I didn’t bother seeing the doctor. For a week after that I’ve been better, but not 100%. I’m still coughing and I’m still REALLY tired. I gave it a good try though!

I wore my new running shoes. I did see a podiatrist about new custom insoles, but they aren’t ready yet. I wore the new socks I picked up as well. And, I got new blisters. Again, the balls of both feet, and this time it was the left side that popped in the middle of things. It didn’t hurt as bad as last time. I knew that I should have prepared better and picked up some double layered socks.

The good news is, it was a fun race. I passed a lot of people, and not that many passed me. I was impressed at how well controlled I was running down hill. My husband was my pacing coach, since he has the fancy Garmin. Readers, I love my husband, but if I could have hit him during the race, I just might have. His method of motivation was to annoy the crap out of me.

I love a 5k with finisher's bling.  Even if I hold it backward for the photo op.

I love a 5k with finisher’s bling. Even if I hold it backward for the photo op.

I hit a PR, but I didn’t meet the goal I had set. Still, for no preparation and new blisters? Not that bad!

Oh, and that very day I DID pick up those double layered socks. And I wore them today. And they are magical.

Friend Makin’ Monday: Five Things

It’s still barely Monday here in San Diego, so I’m getting it in under the wire. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. I had what I think was a strain of Flu B for the past 2 weeks. Flu B is generally not in the vaccine we get every year and isn’t as deadly as Flu A, but is still annoying and lingering. I’m feeling better, but not up to 100% yet.

ANYWAY, I love participating in Friend Makin’ Mondays. Here’s the deal. Answer these questions on your own blog, then post a link over at All The Weigh. That way, the super cool people over there can come visit your blog.

So here are some things you probably didn’t know about me, even if you know me in the flesh.
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Five things

1. Share five things you hope to do before you die.
* Design a future home, from the beginning to end of new construction.
* Make my own wine.
* Swim with dolphins in the wild.
* Learn how to sing.
* Make an impact on the world that will carry on after I’m gone.

2. List five things you love about yourself.
* I love my freckles. Although I’m a natural brunette, my grandmother’s generation are all redheads, and I have the coloring. She taught me to love my freckles.
* I have a crazy memory. It’s not eidetic, but I have great sound recall and can visualize past events really well. My friends sometimes hate it.
* I’m tragically loyal to the people I love.
* I’m really, really strong.
* I see people’s potential. Even when they don’t see it themselves.

3. Share the five coolest things that you’ve done in 2013.
* I’ve finished 3 5k’s already, including beating my PR.
* I became President of my sorority’s alumnae group.
* I took a bunch of kids to Disneyland on my Silver Pass.
* I embarrassed by husband by getting Hello Kitty floor mats for my car.
* I had dinner with a former boss who was in town. She was a great inspiration for 20-something me when I worked for her. It was great to reconnect and get re-inspired.

4. List five things that you always have in your kitchen.
* Real butter. I can’t abide by the fake stuff. I say, use the real thing, in moderation.
* Dishes. I’ll be honest. I always have dirty dishes to do.
* Soy milk. I’m lactose intolerant. Real milk is out of the question now.
* Avocado oil. A new find. Flavorful, healthy, and has a great heat tolerance for cooking.
* Almonds. We have more cans of almonds than we should have. Such a yummy snack.

5. Share five places you would like to go on vacation.
* Hawaii. It’s the most popular vacation destination for the West Coast.
* Australia. Not keen about the huge spiders, but I miss Edmund McCombs and I’ve always wanted to see the country.
* Ireland. It’s where I’m from, sort of, give or take some potato famine, religious conversion, and migration.
* Japan. We’ve been planning a trip with friends for awhile now. It’s going to happen!
* Ibiza. I love 90’s club music and I’ve always been obsessed. It’s probably not as cool now, but I still want to go.

6. List five celebrities/public figures you’d like to meet.
* The Dali Lama
* Wil Wheaton
* Oprah
* Khloe Kardashian Odom
* Hillary Clinton

7. List five bands or artists you’d like to see perform live.
* U2
* Pearl Jam
* 311
* Spice Girls
* NIN
(Can you tell I loved the 90’s?)

8. List five TV shows that you don’t want to miss.
* The Vampire Diaries
* Once Upon a Time
* Archer
* Big Bang Theory
* Lost Girl

9. Share five things you wanted to do as a child.
* Become a scientist (It isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!)
* Move to California (DONE)
* Grow my hair out REALLY long. (Again, that’s a bad idea, KidLaurie.)
* Make friends with a whale.
* Write a book.

10. Share five things you hope to do in 2013.
* Travel home to see friends and family
* Finish 13.1
* Finish a sprint triathlon. (See: purpose of this blog and my nonsense.)
* Keep shrinking
* Launch my business.