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Getting To Know Me Survey

I realize many of my readers may be new and didn’t read ALL THE SURVEYS I’ve done over the past five years (I used to do them all the time!). These are a fun way for you to know who I am behind the screen and not just the big things I share on my blog. That’s also partially why I started Thursday Thoughts, but… today is Wednesday. I found this survey on Clare’s blog and thought it would be fun to give it a go! Aaaaaand now I have this song stuck in my head…

Getting To Know Me Survey

1. What brings you the greatest joy? Whoa, starting this off with a big one, aren’t we? Complete honesty? Dogs. Haha, but beyond that, I think what brings me joy is the same as so many other people: genuine human connection.


2. What are your vices? I actually googled the word “vice” to make sure this wasn’t just referring to things like alcohol, drugs, and food… Just FYI, a vice (n.) is immoral or wicked behavior. I’m not really sure I do anything “wicked…” but perhaps immoral. Jealousy? This question is just getting weird…

3. What is on your nightstand? Chapstick, water, two hair ties, and my kindle!

4. Do you have a secret talent? I can do The Cup Song from Pitch Perfect!

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Probably books. Although I do have Kindle Unlimited and I read free books on there a LOT, books are not something I hesitate to spend money on.

Sarah's Scribbles

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? Moving somewhere new alone or traveling alone! You get to know yourself really well and become confident in many new ways.

7. What makes you laugh? I make myself laugh. All. Day. Long.


8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  Older blog readers know this, but just about anyone I’ve met in the past two years doesn’t know I studied marine biology and then went to law school (still a licensed attorney in IL!).

9. What is on your bucket list? There are a lot of things I would love to do someday, like traveling certain places, riding in a hot air balloon, skydiving, etc. The one I have been working on for YEARS is traveling to all 50 states! And no, airports don’t count!

10. What is on your feet right now? Nothing! I walk around the house (and even go outside) with bare feet most of the time.

11. How did you make your first dollar? Hmm, well I probably made a dollar from lemonade stands when I was a kid but beyond that, I did a lot of babysitting when I was in High School!


12. What superstition do you believe in? I knock on wood all the time, but I don’t honestly believe it makes a difference. More of a “can’t hurt”  and out-of-habit kind of thing.

13.What items in your closet do you wear the most?  Norts. Every day, all day. It’s like being back in school again 😀 I live my life in these shorts.

Norts Collage

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? It’s not a gift in the traditional sense, but I’d say my parents helping me out through law school, after law school, and now letting me stay in their home. Good people.

15. What is on your liquor shelf? I definitely don’t have one right now but in general, I actually don’t keep alcohol in my apartment because I don’t drink it often by myself. If I know I’ll need alcohol for something coming up, I’ll buy it then.


16. What is on your kitchen counter? Again, not my kitchen counter, but there are a few decorative items, a NutriBullet, a Keurig, a toaster oven, soap, lotion, a bowl of apples, and a random tablespoon sitting out that I need to clean and put away.

17.What would you never leave home without? Definitely my cell phone and other than that probably sunglasses! Of course, if I’m driving I’ll have keys and my water bottle, but if I’m off for a walk then I’ll leave those behind!

Your turn!

What would you never leave home without? 

What’s on your bucket list? 

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? 

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Happy Friday everyone!!! I saw this survey on both Tina and Julie’s blog, so I thought I would join in for an easy Friday read today! And really, who doesn’t want to know more about ME?? Right?? No? Well read anyway, or just answer the questions in the comments so I can learn more about you!



25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when… I’m laughing with friends or family.

2. …Especially if it…  is because I said something hilarious (which is pretty often…)


3. I’ve always wanted to… be a mom.


5. I was a terrible… athlete. Seriously, I was horrible at every single sport.

6. My first job was… babysitting. Does that count? If not it was shelving books at a research library in KCMO.

7. I could probably eat M&Ms everyday. Every. Single. Day. I was considering pizza as well…

8. I stole… a pack of Double Mint gum. When I was about 4, from a liquor store (yes, I’m a WILD WOMAN). It was gross and I threw it away. Never confessed to my mom.

9. I was born on the same day as… John Adams (president) and Matthew Morrison

10. My all-time favorite film is… Ever After.

11. I do a pretty mean… dance move.


12. I’m still mad… I didn’t study abroad – Same as Julie’s!

13. I met my husband…  this one is rude.

14. I always knew I wanted… A HUSBAND. Hahahahaha see what I did there?

15. I’m not afraid to… look awkward. I do it pretty much 24/7 anyway.

16. I make the best… Oatmeal!!!!

17. I have almost no… husbands. HA just kidding. We know the answer isn’t sense of humor! Umm… I have almost no ability to clean. It’s really quite embarrassing…

 18. I always cry when… I see other people crying from something awful. Especially in movies or TV… it just gets me.

19. I’m (now) a legal adult, but I will always feel like a child. Yes, I’m 26 but I often look around and think – shouldn’t someone else be in charge of this?? I’m not old enough.

20. I spent 12 years… at the same school. Actually 16 years! I went to the same school from early years (pre-preschool) to 12th grade!

 21. I wish my folks… would sell their house! I know, so weird that I WANT them to sell the house that I grew up in! But I know it will make their lives a lot easier once it’s done.

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with the same boy everyone else was in love with in my grade and dressing up as Jasmine from Aladdin.

23. I believe if everyone cared more about helping others than themselves, the world would be a better place.

24. I can’t stand… slow walkers. You might think this is weird, but if you had to walk the crowded sidewalks of downtown Chicago every day, you’d understand.

25. Whenever Gilmore Girls is on, I’ll watch it.


Your Turn!

At 5, I was deeply in love with ___ and _______.

I’m happiest when…

I have almost no…

I’m (now) a _____but I _____.


or answer any of the above!

29 TMI Blog Questions

I saw this questionnaire on Carrots N Cake yesterday and I thought it had some entertaining questions. I’d love for you all to answer some in the comments!


1. What are you wearing?

Black wide legged work pants, a colorful tank top and a champagne colored cardigan. And tan ballet flats.

2. Ever been in love?

Nope. Unless you count my BFF, Molly!

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3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Kinda. I broke up with a guy I dated in college and he reacted like a 14 year old girl. It was not pleasant.

4. How tall are you?

5’6.75″ (those 3/4 are important!)


5. How much do you weigh?

Not a number I care to know!

6. Any tattoos?

Nope. My mother will be happy.

7. Any piercings?


8. Favorite song?

I don’t think I have a particular favorite song, it tends to change pretty frequently. Right now it’s “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who. Although I’ve listened to it about 50 times in the past three days, so we’ll see how long that lasts.

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Taller than me? Come on, you know it’s true. Someone who doesn’t take themselves too, too seriously and of course he’d have to think I’m funny.

10. Favorite quote?

Oh gosh, I don’t think I have one favorite quote, too many to choose from! I used my Pinterest boards for inspiration and picked on from my faith board and one from my life quotes board:


So true....

11. Favorite actor?

Julia Roberts!

12. Loud music or soft?

Well this is a weird question. Loud if I’m dancing, soft if I’m working or talking to people.

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

Well, I used to hang out in my closet (it was carpeted and comforting). But now that I’ve moved, I guess my bed or my couch?

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Including a shower, 20-30 minutes.

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15. Ever been in a physical fight?

Uhhh… I don’t think so. I probably fought with my brothers but other than a few whacks here and there I don’t think we really “threw down.”

16. Turn on?

Manners, good grammar, thoughtful, open to new things.

17. Turn off?

Too stubborn, conceited, crude.

18. Fears?

Being in a large body of water. I can manage it, but I get anxious that something is going to come up and grab me. However, if I fell off, for example, a small fishing boat in the middle of the ocean or even Lake Michigan, I would have a panic attack.


19. Last thing that made you cry?

I had a very frustrating morning on Monday and after running back to the yoga studio in the rain before work to get my lunch that I left in the locker room, I found the door was locked to the studio. I ended up sitting on the stairs going up to the studio and having a good cry for a minute. Not so much because of my lunch, but I think that was kind of the last straw. Rough day.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

Uuuuhhhhh. Probably when my Dad dropped me off at the airport almost two weeks ago.

21. Meaning behind your YouTube Name?

It was my AOL screen name when I first got an account back in the late 90s and I still use it for random things because I know I’ll remember it.

Monday, October 22, 2001 (Image #11)

So sophisticated.

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

My friend, Benny.

23. Favorite food?

Frosting. But only the types that taste more like buttercream. There’s some other kind, I have no idea what it’s made from, but it’s on Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cakes and it’s disgusting.

24. Place you want to visit?

Well thanks to Janae, I want to go to Thailand and thanks to Ashley, I want to go to Germany. Specifically this castle:


25. Do you have a crush?


26. Last time you kissed someone?

Really? I’m not answering that.

27. Last time you were insulted?

Yesterday I noticed in my stats that I had a lot of clicks coming from GOMI so I clicked on the link and apparently someone thinks I am “severely disordered.” That made me laugh.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My Kappa Delta Crest ring.

29. Who should answer these questions next?



Pick a few and answer – I want to hear what you have to say!


Happy Wednesday! Today I have another currently post for you all to see what’s going on in my daily life. I have done one since December, so I thought it was about time!

Loving: My overnight oats for breakfast! I mix it up every once in a while (last week for two days I scrambled some eggs with cut up pieces of sweet potato), but I always look forward to eating my oats when I get to work. I love the combo of almond butter and coconut oil on top, and this week I added a tablespoon of Ovaltine (yes, random purchase) that gives it a really good flavor.

overnight oats

Reading: Well you all know I recently read and loved The Night Circus, but now I’m reading Hidden by Catherine McKenzie. I’m about 3/4 through and not sure how I feel about the book so far. It’s an interesting story that’s kept my attention but I definitely cant’ say I love it.


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Watching: America’s Next Top Model… I don’t know why I love this show so much but I do. Once I get started binge watching a show I just can’t stop!

Anticipating: The Palmetto 200 relay next weekend!!! WOOOHOOOO!!! I leave on Thursday morning to head to Charleston and I can’t wait for the race and to catch up with some of my Charlestonian friends!

Listening to: I need some new music! I’m still listening to my same Pump It Up Workout Playlist, but I need to mix things up. I also listen to KLove radio (they have an online player) a lot. Oh, and Harry Potter Audiobooks, of course…

Working on: my life? Haha figuring out what I want to do/getting a real job…

Wishing: That this “warm weather” could stay here permanently! Keeping my fingers crossed that our days of freezing cold are behind us! Dreaming big over here…


Sipping on: Post-workout green smoothie! I was inspired by Robyn to add in a smoothie after my workouts, especially strength training days. Great way to tide me over until breakfast too!

green smoothie



Your turn! Answer any of the above! 


Ask Me Anything

Hey everyone!

Chicago is basically a white winterland, a very, very freezing cold white winterland, which has me wanting to nothing but curl up with a good book!

winter 2


winter 3

While I’m off reading, I thought today you all might want to participate in my “Ask Me Anything” post.

Ever wondered something about me? About what I’ve done, what I do, what I like, what I don’t like? What products I use, what products I don’t like, what I think about something, what advice I might have on something? Go crazy!

The form is completely anonymous (I don’t see your email address or anything) so you can ask whatever you’d like without me knowing who you are.


Stay warm today!