Happy Monday! And Happy last week of July. Normal parts of the country are morning this. I am celebrating. It is so. Freaking. Hot. Especially since the jist of our weekend was spent outdoor cutting down cacti/brush and painting/building furniture!
Since I've last been on here - we have moved. And have we ever been busy!! But we are absolutely loving the new nest!! More to come on that. In the meantime, to "warm" myself back up to blogging - I'm joining in on this fun little post.
Getting To Know Me Through 17 Questions, which I borrowed from my sister Lisa.
1. What brings your the greatest joy?
I'd have to say being outdoors in nature. Especially with Ryan. And spending time with my family.
2. What are your vices?
Cheese and crackers - especially sharp cheddar. That is my go-to snack. And now that I work at home, I'm guilty of just having that for lunch sometimes. Which is terrible! I used to pack healthy salads - but now it's so easy to just slice a few pieces of cheese, have an apple, and pick away while I work.
There could be worse vices, however.
3. What is on your nightstand.
Just my glasses. Ever since we had our house on the market - and our rule was to have no thing on the counters....I am a little anal about having NOTHING on the counters/nightstand if possible!
4. What is your secret talent?
Playing the xylophone? That is the only one I can think of. I did a solo my senior year on it - and felt pretty awesome.
5. What is your greatest indulgence?
Starbucks. I get it about 1-2 times/week. But I only do it if I'm reached a certain benchmark the day before at work and on the way home from my run.
6. What should everyone try at least once in their life?
I know I couldn't get many to do this. But I say a backpacking trip. It's very humbling to realize you are responsible for all the work behind all your resources - and your whole life is carried on your back. You also feel so immersed in nature. I always return from a backpacking trip feeling incredibly refreshed and grateful.
7. What makes you laugh?
A lot of things. I would say I probably laugh about something every hour of the day! If you can't laugh at yourself and the things around you, life would get pretty heavy sometimes.
8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I worked as a hotel maid for 2 weeks. It was the worst job of my life. Worst 2 weeks of my life. And I like cleaning!
9. What is on your bucket list?
Doing a mission trip in India. Why India? It's a long story - but I learned about a village that really touched my heart when I was at church a few years ago. If I can't make India work - then I will go anywhere.
10. What is on your feet right now?
My old pair of Mizunos, as I'm getting ready to head to the gym for spin class soon!
11. How did you make your 1st dollar?
Babysitting. At age 10. That is insane when I think about it!
12. What superstition do you believe in?
I don't believe in any superstitions.
13. What items in your closet do you wear the most?
This time of year - shorts from Old Navy and a matching tank top from Target (I have quite the collection). We are on like a 40-day streak of +100 degrees, and I don't have to wear real clothes to work anymore! :)
But I refuse to wear PJ's or workout clothes while I'm working. Because I don't want to become a slob.
14. What is the best gift you've ever received?
That is tough! I am surrounded by so many loving and gracious people in my life - I've received a lot of great gifts. I'd have to say the one that takes the cake is Last year Ryan's Anniversary gift to me was a 1 hour facial, 1 hour massage, and a scuba excusion. One of my favorite days ever!!!! And it was all a surprise :)
15. What is on your liquor shelf?
I'd say we have a pretty much full-stocked bar since we like to entertain. But what we have accessible is vodka for me and Jack Daniels for Ryan - as those are our drinks of choice ;). I'm not a big hard-liquor drinker, however.
16. What is on your kitchen counter?
Coffee pot, banana "rack", coffee cannister, knife block, and a bowl of apples/lemons/limes. I try to keep as little as possible on the counters so it's easier to clean.
17. What would you never leave home without?
Phone and a big bottle of water.