An Award…For Me?

A huge THANK YOU to my fellow Chicago blogger Sara at Lake Shore Runner for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award. I feel like my blogging has been a little bit more blah lately and was pleasantly surprised to see my name on her list of nominees.  I even double checked it to make sure that I hadn’t misread it.  I love a survey and awards…they always bring a little zeal to the blog!


So what is this wonderful award?

The Versatile Blogger Award is for those blogs that bring something special to your life.  In picking your nominees, you are to consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

Who me?

Why, Thank You!  The rules are that I answer Sara’s 10 questions and then nominate 10 other bloggers with a new set of questions.  Easy enough…right?  And something to start thinking about in between Blackhawks periods Monday night, when I probably should have been getting ready for bed, and finish tonight when I should have been doing paperwork but instead decided to drink some wine.


And here we go…

1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm…this one was really tough because I feel I’m pretty real and upfront about me.  But, most people who know me are surprised to learn that I was super shy as a kid.  Like seriously afraid to arrive to a group party, clung to my mom, kind of shy (Mom, feel free to add something).  How I got over it…no idea!  I went to kindergarten and haven’t stopped talking since.


2. Have you ever met someone famous?

I don’t think so…I did see Joakim Noah from the Bulls at LaGuardia last year, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually met someone famous.

3. What’s something you hope will never come back in style?

Perms and feathered bangs…need I saw more?!


4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list?

There are so many to choose from!  I’d love to sun bathe in the Polynesian Islands and eat my way through Europe (I’m thinking Greece and Italy).  Plus, I dream of following the Tour De France through France one year and doing yoga in Bali.  So the answer is…all of the above!  I have been to a few bucket list places.  I was so lucky to visit Israel a few years back and travel Australia with my brother.


Bondi Beach

5. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Emma Stone…plus I think we’d totally be friends IRL.  (No I don’t think we look alike, but we are both super awesome and cool!)

6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Funny because I actually answer this question more often then most professionals my age.  The joys of working with kids, singing Frozen songs at work, and having to be totally up to date on EVERYTHING Disney.  My number one favorite is Cinderella.  My aunt had cable and used to record movies and mail them to us from New York.  I remember that Cinderella was on a tape with a few other movies and it was by far my favorite.

7. What would you sing at karaoke night?

You would be very unlucky to find yourself at a bar where I was singing karaoke.  It would most likely mean that I had been over-served and need to go home. Because…I am tone deaf and a terrible singer!  I was in choir in junior high and they told me I could stay in choir but I just couldn’t sing.  That being said, I ironically sing almost daily at my job.  I do a mean rendition of ‘5 Little Speckled Frogs’ and always love ‘Old MacDonald’ with the animal sounds. 

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So if you made me sing karaoke and I couldn’t go to my favorite childhood work songs, it would most likely be ‘I will Survive’ or Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’.  And when I’m done, please call me a cab!

8. Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?

As cheesy as it sounds, it’s totally my fiancé.  The two of us always have a BLAST together, whether we are exploring San Francisco or playing games during a Wisconsin Staycation.  I know that he will always make me laugh and that we’d be able to make coconut water out of coconuts.  It’d be okay if Cooper came too!


9. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Bad drivers!!!  Ugh, I hate getting stuck behind a slow person in the left lane.  My heart starts racing just thinking about it!

10. What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet?



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Bendiful Blog

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To answer these questions…

1. What is your favorite characteristic about yourself?

2. What are you most excited to do this summer?

3. What advise would you give your 10 year old self?

4. Favorite ice cream flavor?

5. What sports team do you cheer for?

6. What movie/book do you wish had a sequel?

7. What non-typical house pet would you own?

8. Desktop, tablet, phone, or laptop?

9. Do you have any superstitions?

10. What was your first blog post about?


Answer any question on this page!

7 thoughts on “An Award…For Me?

  1. Love the photos! I think that you were always going to end up yourself, not shy. When you were little, you would enter a room sitting on my foot and I would walk you in, facing backwards clinging to my leg. I am NOT shy and wondered how it could be that I had a shy daughter. A friend said to me she is she and you are you and you need to let her be her. One of those best pieces of advice ever. I stopped thinking that you should be outgoing, and your natural self came through. Love you buckets! you are right about kindergarten. On the first day I was ready with cookies and a craft project to greet you after school and go over the day with you. You ran in, grabbed your snack, and said heading out to play, see you later. the rest as they say, is history!

  2. WAHOOOO, I love that perm and feathered bangs look. Please just bring it back anyway. Thank you for the award, my answers are….

    1. My ability to stay calm under pressure, most of the time.


    3. Enjoy life over everything else.

    4. I like vanilla, SIMPLY because it’s so versatile and then I can add ALL THE THINGS.

    5. None….

    6. Whoa, good question. Too much thinking involved for this at 6am.

    7. I’m sort of anti pets for things that aren’t “supposed” to be pets. If the world was perfect and my non domesticated pet was totally happy in my house I would have..a dragon.

    8. Laptop

    9. Negative.

    10. Introducing the world to my awkwardness.

  3. I had the same Cabbage Patch dolls! A stable for every girl who grew up in the ’80s, right?! 🙂 Thanks for the nomination, too! I’m SO far behind on blogging (dang you, ironman training!), so I can’t promise to write a post, but I really appreciate it! 🙂

    • No problem Erin! Its been so fun to see all of your training pics. So glad that you are enjoying all of the swimbikerun. Love that you have such an amazing community!

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