Monday, October 28, 2013

A Sunshine Post

Andrea at Morning Runner Girl nominated me for the Sunshine Award! I know I've done this before, but her questions were just too fun not to answer.

(If you're looking for a blog that's honest, upbeat, and need to go read hers. Immediately.)

1. What is the craziest thing you have done?

Okay, maybe not crazy, but definitely something that took a lot of guts...going on my Birthright trip to Israel two summers ago. It was something I had wanted to do but kept putting off, and it was the most rewarding, eye-opening, and moving experience. I'm so, so glad I took the leap and did it.
Riding a camel in the Bedouin camp.
We hiked up Masada for sunrise.

2. Hot weather or Cold weather?

Cold! Of course, it's all relative It's hot 90% of the year here, so "cold" to me is now anything below 70 degrees. If we're talking snow, I'd have to take hot weather!

3. Wine or Beer?

Wine, hands down. (Most beer isn't gluten free, so that's an easy answer.) I prefer Merlot these days.
The winery in Malibu was one of the highlights of my CA trip this summer!

4. What do you do when you first wake up in the morning?

Wash my face. I have mild OCD when it comes to bathroom activities and the order in which I have to accomplish them. I could be running an hour behind schedule and I'm still going to stop and wash my face.

 5. What is your favorite thing about the city you live in?

We are really blessed to have so many track clubs nearby, so there are always races within a 30-minute drive.

6. What’s one thing that can immediately brighten your day?

When I genuinely make Matt laugh. I'm not really that funny, so when I do something that can cause a real belly-laugh, I'm in heaven. Also, receiving notes and letters from students. They make everything worth it.
Just some of the notes I received at the end of last year. Seriously made my entire summer.

7. What is one book that you can read over and over again?

I reread the Harry Potter series every summer...all 7 books. I always get something new from it. The story itself is beautifully written, and there's so much nuance and allegory...I could teach an entire year's curriculum with just that series!

8. Have you met anyone famous?

 I've met Sugar Ray (the band, not the boxer) and O-Town (remember them? It was in an airport on my way to Alaska in 10th grade). I think there was one other, but I can't remember...

9. What is your worst habit?

I am a slob. I leave wrappers all over the place. (This was Matt's biggest gripe when we first moved in together. Eventually I moved on to wrapper-less gum, and that helped haha.)

10. What is the best Halloween costume you have ever worn?

Isn't Steph the cutest clock ever?
  I think this needs no explanation. I was born to be obsessed with HP.

Answer any of the questions above!


Kimbo said...

Haha "I'm not really that funny." - I think you're funny!

VITA Train for Life said...

I love that you had the perfect picture for WINE and the camel shot is also awesome!! I checked out Morning Runner Girl as well. Thanks for that!! Always love reading new running blogs!!

Kim said...

Wow - riding a camel?! Nice!
And, I prefer wine, too (although I still like beer on occasion!).

Courteney O said...

Favorite thing about my city? We have access to the water and hiking trails within 20 minutes of each other.

Kristina @ Blog About Running said...

We are so much alike (aside from the fact that you can run much faster and SUP and etc etc)!

I'm very unfunny so whenever I make Adam genuinely laugh I get so excited. I love when he says "baby, that was actually really funny!" I think he must give me a lot of pity laughs :) I am also a slob and it drives Adam nuts. He is constantly reminding me that I should move my cups from the coffee table to the sink because ... that's apparently what you're supposed to do. Who knew?!

CheapRunnerMichelle said...

Wine or Beer?...I*'ll go with Mojitio :)

Girl Goes Running said...

Oh my goodness, your trip to Israel looks awesome! How much fun did you have riding a camel!?!? My city is a big running city. There are virtually runners everywhere!!!

You are so much like me: Notes from students put everything into perspective. :)

Ali K. said...

lol you're sweet :o) My humor is entirely accidental!

Ali K. said...

I know, it's like that pic was just waiting to be used!

Ali K. said...

It was definitely a terrifying and awesome experience!

Ali K. said...

Ooh, that IS nice!!

Ali K. said...

The amount of dishes I let pile up is nothing compared to my shoes. These days they are ALL OVER the house. Matt waits for them to build up, then counts how many pairs he finds at the end of the week. My record is 11 pairs. You'd think I'd learn eventually!

PS - Give yourself more time...I ran at your pace not that long ago!

Ali K. said...

Mmm, especially with coconut rum!

Ali K. said...

Riding the camel was honestly a little terrifying. They're WAY taller than they look, and mine had a limp so I was so scared I was going to fall off. But it was also really, really cool.

emma @ a mom runs this town said...

Wine... I knew I liked you for a reason. Riding a camel... you go girl. I've gotten on a mechanical bull before!?

Ali K. said...

Wine is the great friendship-maker! I think I rode a mechanical bull once in college at VERY low speeds...but it's hard to remember haha!

Liz Bierly said...

I love Harry Potter too :) I read the entire series in one day and it was amazing! (I've read it 7x or more in total - best books EVER)

Ali K. said...

Wow the entire series in one day?! How is that even possible...I feel like that's over 5000 pages!!!

Run like a G! said...

It sounds like you had an awesome "Birthright" trip :)
I freakin' LOVE HP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I completely agree with you...I have read the series like 10X and I always find something new as well!

Ali K. said...

I think for people of a certain age, HP will always be a staple to come back to. I'm trying to convince my grandpa to read it.