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22Feb/171

The people you most admire

I have a lot to update you on, but for today, I thought I would share this. I am doing writing prompts three times a week and while I don't intend on sharing what I write for every single one (HAIL NAW), I liked this and wanted to post it.

I admire anyone who is out doing the damn thing.

I admire people who have so many projects going on—not because they want to “do it all,” but because they’re passionate about a lot of things—and still make the time to do those things, plus do all their other daily life bullshit.

I admire people who take risks (onstage and off) and who aren’t afraid to fail or look stupid.

I admire people who stand up for others, unwavering.

I admire people who don’t care what people think of them—really don’t care—but aren’t an asshole about it.

I admire people who can take a joke.

I admire people who can tell a joke.

I admire people who can do a handstand.

I admire people who get into child’s pose because fuck a handstand.

I admire people who outsource work they can’t or don’t want to do—childcare, house cleaning, grocery pickup/delivery. (Because even if you’ve got a lot going on and you’re still managing the daily life bullshit mentioned above, vacuuming is fucking stupid.)

I admire hip-shooters who write that snarky email right away—because I always want to do that but wisely don’t, so it’s fun to watch someone else do it.

I admire people who aren’t too old to do/learn anything.

I don’t admire (it can’t all be Pollyanna) people who say things like, “I could never do that!” YES YOU COULD.

I don’t admire people who don’t spell check emails before sending them.

I don’t admire people who get cranky when they’re hungry but then don’t apologize for being an asshole once they’ve eaten.

I don’t admire people who do those multi-level marketing rings you see on Facebook. You are not a “full time work from home stay at home mom.” PICK A LANE.

I don’t admire hetero people who still try to make LGBTQ rights about them by saying things like, “The bible doesn’t approve” or, “I love the sinner but not the sin” or, “I’m fine with it, I just don’t want to hear about it.” Since when did any of this become about you? Focus on yourself.

I don’t admire when people make things about them that aren’t about them. (AHEM SEE ABOVE.)

Who do you admire?

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16Jan/172

Stuff to do in 2017

I am usually not one for making New Year's resolutions. A lot of times it's "do less of xyz" or "stop doing xyz" and no thanks, I do not live my life by 'cannots.' (Unless that cannot is, like, meth.) But, in looking back, I realize that when I have made a commitment to something, I have often stuck with it. For example, one year I decided I was going to floss every night. This was like 15 years ago and guess what? I still floss every night. So, I figure there's probably nothing wrong with making some choices for my overall well-being. Here they are:

Bring a snack to school pickup for LG
Homegirl can be cranky after school and it occurred to me when she was in daycare over the winter break and was SO NICE when I picked her up after lunch that DUH, she is just hangry after school. I figure if I just shove food in her immediately when I see her, then we'll all be happy.

Take LG somewhere after school once-ish a week
Currently, we come home from school and LG unpacks her stuff and then retreats to watch PBS Kids while I work. On Wednesdays, she does gymnastics, but the other days of the week are activity-less. I don't feel bad about her watching tv (she learns a lot from PBS Kids, no really, she does), but there's probably also some value in going and doing something. It will all depend on my work schedule, but I am hoping we can implement this most weeks. I'm thinking library in the winter and when the weather gets nicer, then we can go to the park.

Continue with the yoga
I set out to "do more yoga" in October and have been keeping up with that. Since I am now a member of my yoga place, that makes it even easier. I can sign into classes through the app and then sneak in through the backdoor and I never have to talk to anyone. It's great. My general goal has been a minimum of two classes a week/eight classes a month.

Run more
While 625 seems like a lot of miles completed in 2016, the truth is it was a lot of walking. Summer here was disgusting--so humid and gross--and winter was too icy for running, so I ended up slogging or gingerly tiptoeing through a lot of walks. It was fine, but I'd like to get back to actual running when I'm not yoga-ing.

Read more and READ MORE
I read nine books last year, which is...not a lot. I want to read more this year and in addition, I want to READ MORE than just the same old authors. I get stuck in ruts with the same authors I always know I'll enjoy, which is okay for a little bit, but I would like to give some new authors a chance. I have the following books queued up at the library:

  • A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (I love, love, loved Rules of Civility, so I am hoping this one doesn't disappoint)
  • The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  • Superficial, by Andy Cohen
  • Winter Storms, by Elin Hilderbrand (I CANNOT QUIT ALL MY FAVORITES)
  • The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz
  • Not that Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham (I will spare you the "LEAVE LENA DUNHAM ALONE!" tirade I went on on Twitter the other day)

Say yes to more fun things Chris suggests (get your mind out of the gutter)
Chris is our resident spontaneous fun person, whereas I would stay home all weekend and read books or lay around watching tv. On the day before New Year's Eve, he suggested we go into Chicago for the night and normally I'd come up with some reason not to, but I didn't and we had so much fun. More fun!

Write a cookbook!
More to come on this as we progress, but Chris and I are going to write a cookbook! This weekend we planned what will most likely make it into the cookbook (it was harder than you'd think to come up with meals that are truly "ours" and not adaptations from others). Next up is scheduling everything for us to cook throughout the year so that we can test and nail down the recipes. We also need to buy a kitchen scale and, dream of dreams, a second dishwasher like Queen Ina Garten. Anyway! Follow the hashtag #sundaykindofdinners for updates, etc.

3Jan/172

2016 review

I guess I'm a little late with this one, but oh well, I DID IT. Here's how 2016 shaped up. (I am kind of with my girl over at Life of a Doctor's Wife--it might be time to update some of these questions.)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to improv camp! Went on a week-long family vacation. (Related: Went to New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.) Went to Michigan! Went to Wisconsin! Went to (brunch in) Indiana! Went to Mt. Hood! Went to a lot of new places!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I might for 2017, check back here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. (I always feel like I must be forgetting someone. I hope not!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn't have in 2016?
Clarity/direction around what I'm doing with regard to comedy.

7. What dates from 2016 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8th was a real shit day and YOU KNOW WHY.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I sent my little infant baby off to kindergarten. Towards the end of the year, I made a commitment to do more yoga, and I did something like 30 classes in three months. My teacher said she could tell my practice was improving and that I was getting stronger. I walked/ran 625 miles, the most I've done since I started keeping track in 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do, instead of just doing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. I am fairly certain I didn't get sick once--a far cry from 2013, where I was sick CONSTANTLY. Of course, for the last three months, I've been waiting for the winter cold to make its appearance, so that's fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything related to our family vacation.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of us who stood up for what we believed in.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
YOU KNOW.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, travel, cocktails, dinners out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Family vacation! Improv camp!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
That dance dance dance song by Justin Timberlake.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Maybe a little sadder.
B) Fatter. Who even cares.
C) About the same? Maybe a little richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read books.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drank booze.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual. (I kept this answer from last year because as I said, it's the usual. We're pretty predicable.)

21. Did you fall in love with 2016?
NOPE.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, all the Housewives, Gilmore Girls (old school and reboot), The Americans, Billions, The Night Of (so good, so sad), Shameless, Stranger Things, Ladies of London, The Affair, Homeland.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE. I HATED HIM LAST YEAR TOO.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Bullet, by Mary Louise Kelly.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maren Morris!

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
Comedy comedy comedy.

28. What was your favorite film of 2016?
I do not think I watched a new movie except for Moana on Christmas Eve. So Moana.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my actual birthday, we went to dinner here in town and then the next day we went to Chicago and went out to dinner there. I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Work from home running and yoga clothes shower at 4pm and put jammies on chic.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, my friends, my family, avoiding the news.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
DISGUSTING FLOPPY HAIR.

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Even though I haven't seen them much recently, I did meet fun new improv friends here in Chicago.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't get too comfortable and don't believe what the pollsters tell you.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Last year I quoted Tracy Chapman and I'm doing it again this year. "Don't you know / They're talkin' about a revolution"

9Mar/16Off

Not bright

The people who work at my local coffee shop are not very bright. Well, there are two in particular who, when I walk in and see that either of them is working the counter, make me groan in my head.

The first time I was like, Oh, this person's not too bright was when I ordered my usual tea, called kokomate, and they put it in as a kokomate latte (which I didn't notice or I'd have said something and while I'm sure was delicious, was not what I'd ordered). I said, "Oh, I just wanted a regular tea, not a latte," so they remade my drink, but did not offer to refund me the difference in cost from a regular hot tea versus a latte. I thought about saying something, but ever since I got charged $1,300 for a Christmas tree, I've been wary of peoples' ability to properly run a credit card machine, and so I didn't bother.

The second time I experienced this not-brightness, a different person was taking our order and while we were ordering three meals (including a PB&J sans J (which still ultimately came out with J), three drinks, and a pound of beans ground to a particular size), the not-brightness is unrelated to all that. I have one of those frequent flier cards for coffee beans, which states that you get a free half-pound for every half-pound purchased. Since we were ordering a whole pound, we should have gotten two punches, but we only got one. Chris said to the person, "Oh, you forgot a punch!" and the person read the card, and while a little confused, did seem to confirm what we understood, which is that each punch is for a half-pound, and also seemed to understand that we did buy a full pound, but was still like, "Ugh, I'll just punch it," in this trying-to-get-rid-of-these-annoying-customers kind of way. Ultimately it felt as though this person thought THEY were doing US some kind of big favor, when no. That's not it.

Then yesterday LG and I went there for lunch. She ordered a PB&J (with J this time--she likes J this week, apparently!) and with any kind of sandwich, including the PB&J, comes a bag of chips and a pickle. After the person rang us up and charged my card, they asked if I still wanted the chips and pickle with the PB&J. "Uhh, yeah..." I mean, I get that a pickle is a weird combo with a PB&J, but the chips are the real fancy kind and if the price of a sandwich includes chips, then, UHH YEAH I WANT THE CHIPS. The fuck kind of question is that.

See? Not bright.

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30Dec/15Off

2015

2015 was a year. A year, it was.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Performed weekly with an improv team. Lived in the Midwest.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I am not making any for 2016.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. (CRYFACE EMOJI.)

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you didn't have in 2015?
(Haha, last year I said, "A finished kitchen." Since we sold our house, now I don't give a fuuuuuuq about my kitchen.) Anyway, I would like a goddamn vacation.

7. What dates from 2015 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
September 15, the date our shit was packed up and headed off to Illinois. September 19, the date we left California for Illinois.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Being asked to perform weekly on an improv team, finding a job I really liked, being a very supportive spouse.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I failed at anything.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I can't really think of anything that I bought that was that great. Champagne?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Chris got promoted! He's a badass. LG continued to be chill and took all the big changes in stride. I was, once again, a very supportive spouse.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
After marriage equality, when people continued to passive-aggressively quote Bible scripture on Facebook as if to make some stupid point...STOP IT. The only point you're making is that you're a bigot. Go away.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage/rent, daycare, food, booze.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Being asked to be on an improv team!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
"Changes," by Langhorne Slim and The Law. I heard this in my last yoga class in California the week we moved and I cried and then I couldn't find the song anywhere and then a few weeks ago, I randomly heard it during an Auto Trader commercial and I was like, There's that song! And also I need to send my yoga teacher a Christmas letter! Life works in funny ways sometimes.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Same.
B) Same.
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Improv or anything else comedy-related. Stand-up, sketch, etc.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Ate fried food.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual.

21. Did you fall in love with 2015?
Nah.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
All the Real Housewives, as usual; The Affair; Homeland; The Americans; Better Call Saul; The West Wing; Vanderpump Rules.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope.

24. What was the best book you read?
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I recently downloaded Grace Potter. I dig it.

26. What did you want and get?
More comedy!

27. What did you want and not get?
A family vacation!

28. What was your favorite film of 2015?
Haha, "film." I don't think I saw any movies this year, except the Peanuts Movie, which was really quite stupid, and Inside Out, which was not stupid, but which made me cry.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Diego--alone!--and hung out with friends and went to the bar where we met. I turned 32.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was a pretty legit year, so I can't say there's more I would have wanted. Don't be greedy.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2015?
All I can think of is that most recently, it's puffy coats.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, podcasts.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
There are too many shootings in this country and I don't know how to solve it, but it needs solving because what the fuck is going on?

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad. They came to almost every improv show and I loved seeing their faces front row center every Wednesday.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
My bosses; my old cubicle-neighbor, who has turned into a real friend; and improv people.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Just say yes--adventure is a good thing! Be loyal to your family--ride or die.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Gimme one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around..." (LG and I have been listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman.)

13Nov/15Off

Greetings…

...from the Midwest! Hi, yes, we moved to Illinois. I figure you already know this because you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter and/or you're my mom or grandma. If none of those apply, then what a surprise for you! Anyway, so we're here now and seem to be surviving just fine. I found a school for LG and am looking into my options for comedy (which are great if you're IN Chicago, but less-great if you're in the suburbs, which we are.) It has not snowed, but my weather app shows a snowflake for next Saturday, so that may be my first opportunity to bust out my fancy Sorel boots and Lands' End down coat. I am sure they'll get five minutes of play before I go back inside the house like a normal person. Meanwhile, I tell everyone I meet who mentions the mild weather we've been having, "Yes, I am here from California and I brought it with me you're welcome." Just trying to endear myself to the locals. People here are very nice, which makes me highly suspicious (WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?) but I am trying to go with it. Luckily last night, I had the opportunity to call our old eye doctor in California and yell at him (long story), so I am feeling much more myself.

In makeup news, I bought Benefit's They're Real! mascara for not the first time a few months ago and...did they change the formula? Because it suuuuuuuuucked. It's not waterproof, yet it would. not. come. off. EVER. I felt like it was ruining my eyelashes, like one day I'd wake up and they'd just be these little mascara-covered stubs. I threw it away and wen't back to L'Oreal Voluminous and am much happier.

I also picked up Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil (in Berry Misbehaved) and I quite enjoy it. My new thing for winter, I think, will be buying brightly-colored lipsticks. And also maybe snow-shoeing.

Alright, I have to get the little one off to school. Stay warm, my friends.

1May/15Off

What’s up

You know I'm a sucker for a prompt/answering questions...Thanks MamaBub for this!

What we're eating this week
Tacos, pizza, brats (super healthy stuff, guys), cobb salad, sambal chicken skewers (except with pork), buffalo turkey lettuce wraps, and lots of other vegetables and salad. 'Tis the season for salads and grilling. I also bought more strawberries and heavy whipping cream and angel food cake, so that's happening this weekend.

What I’m reminiscing about
Our Hawaii trip from last year! Man, that was fun.

What I’m loving
Orphan Black! Everyone go watch this now. So good, and not just because the main character is named Sarah.

What I’ve been up to
We planted the garden a few weeks ago, hallelujah! We also participated in the MS Walk last weekend and got recognized as the third top fundraising team, BOOM. Other than that, I've just been working out (trying new things like barre, woof that was hard), hanging out with LG ($5 bounce house holla!), improv-ing, playdating with EBJ and Katie, cooking, eating, reading. The usual.

What I’m dreading
I'll agree with MamaBub on this one--the HEAT. Ugh. We just got our AC fixed, though (it broke last July), so hallelujah on that point, too.

What I’m working on
Finding a job.

What I’m excited about
It feels like it should be sad to not have a thing I am excited about, but truly, I am excited for a chill weekend hanging out with my two faves.

What I’m watching/reading
Watching: Orphan Black (obvs), Outlander, RHONY, Mad Men, and I must admit, I am right this second watching Botched on E! It's...pretty fucking good. Reading: The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty.

What I’m listening to
You know I love my podcasts. I listed to a Fresh Air interview today with two of the women who'd been kidnapped by Ariel Castro. How they lived through that and then are living after that is beyond me. Amazing women.

What I’m wearing
Leggings, t-shirt, glasses. The height of style and beauty, right here.

What I’m doing this weekend
The farmers' market in our town opens tomorrow, so we're planning to bike to that. Yoga on Sunday morning. That's it. Weekends are for resting. And eating.

What I’m looking forward to next month
My dad is taking improv 101 and his graduation class is in a few weeks. Definitely looking forward to that!

19Mar/15Off

I mustache you a question

Stolen from Hillary. Feel free to steal for all your blogging needs. (I just went to comment on some blogs and it seems that none of us have been posting much, so get on it. I'm talking to you Holly, MamaBub, Raven, et. al. XOXO.)

The highlight of my week... Installing new lights in our kitchen, FINALLY. It makes me happy whenever I go in there. Also, today's playdate with EBJ and K Dubs was pretty fun, especially when Katie tried to hug LG goodbye and LG ran away from her. The manners on this kid, honestly.

The low point of my week... Waking up this morning with a raging headache. Lack of sleep hangovers are some serious bullshit.

The best book/article I read... I've been reading Yes Please (Amy Poehler) and enjoying it quite a bit. Yesterday afternoon I'd read the part about how the Upright Citizen's Brigade theatre's theme is "Don't Think" and last night at improv I saw a shirt on someone that just said Don't Think on the back and I was like, Hey, I know what that means!

My favorite photo I took...
New lights!
New lights!

This week's workouts... Consisted of a lot of walking to the dreaded playground.

The best money I spent... I checked my bank account this morning and found that the winery charged us for our next wine shipment, so even if it's not in my hands yet, it's still a good purchase. Also, new lights for the kitchen!

My plans this weekend... Tomorrow LG goes to school, which means my weekend officially begins. I'll go to yoga in the morning and we'll probably make pizza for dinner. Saturday morning, I am going to a yoga class featuring a DJ, which should be fun. Sunday is brunch/lunch with the ladies. Monday funday (Chris's day off and LG's other school day, so an extension of the weekend) is still up in the air. Hopefully something fun with my bae. (I just said bae, how hip am I, guys?)

What about you all--what's new?

10Feb/15Off

Insert tattoo here

So I've always liked entertaining people, but besides my small role in the junior high play or spontaneously belting out, "GOOD MORNING, BAAAAAALTIMOOOOOORE!" in my kitchen, I really have not spent much time focusing myself on "the arts" or "honing my craft" or anything like that. (Because I am not artsy. Because I do not actually have a craft to hone. These are the lies we tell ourselves.)

Almost eight years ago I started this blog because, as I said, I really liked entertaining people and I also liked writing and I found I could do both here. My readers were, and still are, limited to pretty much family, close friends, and some of my aunt's coworkers. Readers didn't really matter---I just really liked this place where I could be brutally honest (embarrassingly so, sometimes) and I think people enjoyed reading one person's account of how she (and possibly they) really felt about the topic at hand. Occasionally this blog is serious, but mostly I just aim to make people laugh. This is me in real life, too. Serious when I have to be, but mostly not.

My dad (hands down the funniest person I have ever known, ever) has been telling me for years that I needed to do something with the blog material. Like standup comedy. And I knew that! He was right! As he said, "You've written it all down already! You already have a tight 5!" But even though it was all written down, I just could not put together how I was supposed to do this. Like, mentally, I couldn't figure it out. It wasn't a fear of being on stage or speaking in front of a group (TWO THINGS I LOVE EVERYONE LOOK AT MEEEEEE.) I can't really explain it except to say it just wasn't computing for me.

In late September, I somehow found myself watching a video online of an improv show that I had actually already seen once before, when it first aired on tv a few months prior. But seeing it that second time, it computed. I needed to take an improv class. I did a quick Google and found two options for comedy schools nearby, then went with the one that got better reviews on Yelp. The class started the following week.

For the next eight weeks, I got up in front of my class and told embarrassing stories and acted like ridiculous characters. I learned the fundamentals of improv and had a lot of fun. And then I signed up for the next level class. I told more stories and learned a lot more (A LOT MORE.)

The night of our last class, I asked my classmates what class they were planning to take next. I wasn't sure what I was planning to do...Sketch writing class, standup class? As we were wrapping up, our teacher said that some of us would get the invite to play on the developmental team, which performs every Wednesday, and that some would not, but to not feel bad if you didn't get chosen. Keep working at it, etc.

This developmental team was not on my radar.

The next day as I was reading the class descriptions for sketch writing or standup, I got an email inviting me to play on the developmental team. As someone who cries maybe twice a year, I actually started to tear up. I was so honored and excited and surprised to have been chosen.

For years I've been trying to figure out, within my own mind, how to make this thing I love happen. Well, as Scheana from Vanderpump Rules so delightfully reminds us with her forearm tattoo, IT'S ALL HAPPENING.

Every week I get to go and act like a loon in front of strangers (and sometimes not---hi, Mom and Dad!) and practice and get better and make people laugh. And best of all, it's a relief. It's a relief for me to feel like I'm finally on the path to where I'm supposed to go with this.
Improv-ing!

6Jan/15Off

Survey says

I was tagged by my girl K, so here we go.

1) What is my current health-related goal?
I was just thinking about this the other night. In 2013, I ran 388 miles (just shy of my goal of 400.) Last year, I made it to my goal of 500 miles. 500 miles was a pretty good challenge. I felt like there were times when I ran (especially towards the end) because I had to run, to meet the goal, and that sort of defeats the purpose of running for me. I don't like doing something because I have to do it, you know? Anyway, I am thinking maybe I'll just try to exceed 500 miles (which could mean 550 or 501) and try to sign up for more races. NOT half-marathons or marathons, but, like, 10Ks and stuff. I also want to do yoga more than just on Sundays at my studio.

2) What is my biggest irrational fear?
K said clowns and while clowns are pretty much the reason I am not watching this season's American Horror Story, I am not actually very fearful of them. I think they're creepy as fuck, don't get me wrong, but I don't have nightmares about clowns. I do have nightmares about intruders breaking into my house, but that's not super irrational, is it?

3) Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
I do! I waited to wrap everything this year until Christmas Eve and I'm thinking next year I'll ration the wrapping out a little more so I can get several days' worth of wrapping fun.

4) What is my favorite cross-training activity?
I'm terrible at cross-training, so I guess I'd have to say yoga (there are pushups!)

5) If you came to visit me, what would we do?
I would take you to Napa for wine/champagne tasting and lunch. If you're here for a few days, I'd take you to my favorite brunch place and then a beer tasting.

6) I have two weeks off work and two round trip plane tickets to anywhere. Where would I go and who would I take?
I'd go to Israel and I'd bring Chris and LG (I guess we'd have to buy her ticket on our own in this scenario.)

7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to me during a run or a race?
I don't think too many embarrassing things have happened on a run...Just the usual biffing it on the ground and hoping no one saw.

8) Three best days of my life? Or at least the top three that come to mind.
The day Chris proposed, the day LG was born, and the day I got my own washer and dryer.

9) Okay, so I HAVE to eat a fast food meal. Which restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
In 'n Out. If I'm getting really wild, I'll get the Double Double animal style, fries, and a vanilla/strawberry shake.

10) Have I ever met a celebrity?
I've met the President and I've met Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that's it. I typically don't count political people as celebrities (although I don't count Arnold as a political person, so...)

11) Share a pic of myself in non-workout clothes.

Look! It's the whole family! (Christmas 2014)

12) If I could choose to have a “do over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I can't really think of anything I would like to do that I haven't done in some capacity or am not going to do someday. I've always thought it would be awesome to work in the White House (and I'm currently watching The West Wing from the beginning, so my C.J. Cregg obsession is high), but I have basically done that (on a much, MUCH smaller scale, obviously.) I also want to work in show business. I'm not quite sure how/when that'll happen, but I'm putting it out there.

13) If I won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do I think I would react?
I would probably act all verklempt and then I'd grab a mic and make a big speech and I'd probably conjure up some tears during the National Anthem.

14) What do I want for Christmas?
I wanted a Clarisonic and I got one. I wanted gold earrings and I got them. I also got a whole Teavana set-up, which has been AWESOME. As far as non-gifts, I wanted a nice meal with my family (check and check.)

15) What skill do I lack?
None. (Is being humble a skill?)

And now I tag Caitlin, DaisyJD, and Hillary2Ls.