I was tagged by Christa over at Livin’ a Little Life!
Here are the rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Post 11 things about yourself
3. Answer the questions that the tagger posted
4. Tag 11 people
1. I am NOT Filipino, Hispanic, or Hawaiian. These are all common misconceptions whenever someone looks at me or finds out that I was born in Hawaii. I am 50% Chinese, 25% Guamanian (from Guam), and 25% European Caucasian Mix.
2. I played Center and 1st Home for my High School’s Lacrosse Team. I always had goals taken away from me because my stick crossed the line (lame I know).
3. I LOVE to bake. I will find an excuse to bake for any occasion—and even if there isn’t one, I will probably be baking something. Don’t show me a recipe WITH a picture if you don’t want me in the kitchen making it.
4. I lived in Hawai’i for 4 years when I was in elementary school. I went to the beach 4 times—once a year for our annual church picnic. My mom was born and raised in Hawai’i and hated the beach. Let’s just say—I’m still VERY bitter about this.
5. I had to wear an eye patch and a cast (at different times) all under the age of 1. My dad smashed my middle finger as thin as paper by closing the recliner on my hand (oops!). So I was in a cast for a little while. Then as soon as I got my cast off, I scratched my eye since I usually sucked my pointer/middle finger (yes, I’m odd)—and I thought I had my cast still on and missed…caught my eye. Oh—and we were living in Panama at the time, so I’m pretty sure my parents got questioned about child abuse.
6. I’m a sucker for the darkest of dark chocolate. I love nibbling away at each piece as if I’m a little mouse.
7. Although I say that I want to go sky diving, I am completely and 100% petrified of it to the point that I will scare the bejesus out of me and never end up going.
8. I am 4328904382057% afraid of house flies and anything that buzzes. The sound alone has me screaming, running, and cringing in fear. In college, house flies somehow managed to get stuck between my blinds and my window almost every night. I’m not sure how, considering I had curtains and blinds that were always shut—and there were no holes in my window screen.
9. My hero is my dear friend, Keith Seeber, who passed away at the young age of 20. He lived every day to the fullest and would go out of his way to help anyone, including those who did not deserve an millisecond of his time. He considered every person a friend and did not have any enemies. I feel completely blessed to have known him and I know he is watching over each one of us and ensuring that we all live life to the fullest, with no regrets.
10. I have been coined “the upside down thermometer” when I drink (or more commonly, I suffer from the Asian Glow). Like most Asians, I lack the enzyme that helps to break down the alcohol. A friend noticed that I turn red from my chest up and gave me the drunk nickname. The more I drink, the higher the line gets.
11. If and when I get married, I want to elope. No offense to my friends or family, but I really don’t want the stress of having to plan a wedding or having to spend that kind of money. Yes, I know I am being selfish. I’ve never dreamed of having a glamorous wedding or wearing a voluminous white dress. I’m sure if/when the time comes, I may change my mind. But this is how I’ve felt for a while now.
Answers to Christa’s questions
1. Do you prefer sweet or salty? I am 100% a sweets person. I love candy and baked goodies. But when it comes to drinks, I have to water it down. I hate feeling like I’m drinking sugary syrup (oh and I only like a little syrup on my pancakes/waffles/French toast). I’m not much of a fan of salt—I try to cook without it and let whoever is eating my concoctions add their own. I believe that a lot of the food we purchase already has enough sodium in it that adding additional salt is just making it a little more unhealthy.
2. Do you make your bed everyday? If I’m the only one sleeping in the bed, then I do make my bed. Riley usually takes up 75% of the bed anyway, so making my bed doesn’t take much effort. But if my boyfriend is in bed (or Riley has decided he wasn’t comfortable), I don’t make it. Usually by that point, the sheets are all undone and the blankets are all over the place—it’s not worth my time. But a made bed makes me happy—especially crawling into at night.
3. What is your dream job? I would love to be a teacher. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and to work one-on-one with students, who actually want to learn. But my dream dream job? To be a cohost with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb on the 4th Hour of the Today Show. They have so much fun on that show—and Hoda is a HOKIE! She spoke at my graduation and absolutely fell in love with her. Move over Sara Haines, Kim is coming!
4. Do you wash your workout clothes after every workout? Umm…does this question mean do I only wear my workout clothes once before washing? YES. Rewearing workout clothes grosses me out. I don’t wash them as soon as I workout—but I do wait a week or so for a pile of workout clothes to accumulate before doing a load of laundry. I have a TON of workout clothes because of this.
5. What is the oldest thing you have in your wardrobe that you still wear and how old is it? The oldest thing I have in my closet is my Delia’s Peacoat I got my sophomore year in high school (10 years ago—eek!). My boyfriend noticed that my peacoat was wayyy too big (always buying a size up as a child just incase!) and old…so he bought me a nice Thinsulate Peacoat from J. Crew for Christmas. I love it. But I still wear my Delia’s jacket if I need to layer up on my walks with Rileyboo.
6. Do you use LOL? NO! I go “haha” or “hehe” instead. I might have used “LOL” when I was in middle school—but I feel like I can express myself so much more with a “ha ha (sarcastic)”, “hahahaha (really funny)”, or “hehe (sneakily)”.
7. Do you think talking on the phone in the grocery store is rude? I think it depends. If they are keeping to themselves and not being obnoxious WHILE shopping—then I don’t mind. But as soon as they get in line at the checkout counter (especially the self-checkout lines), the phone needs to go away. I worked the checkout register at the dining hall in college—and I HATED it when customers would come through on their phones, not paying attention to anything you are saying. I secretly wanted to charge them extra for stuff since they weren’t paying attention to what I was ringing up. It’s courtesy to give someone your full attention if they are serving you.
8. What do you think about not allowing headphones to be worn during races? I’m on the fence about this one. I find it quite annoying when I’m in a congested area and I’m trying to pass someone with earphones in. I say “behind you!” or “to your left!”—with no response, only to find out that they didn’t hear me because they were in the zone with their music. But I know that some people do need to be “in the zone” while running to encourage them to push through all the mental/physical pains that come with racing. I run with Yurbuds, which are designed to allow a person’s voice to be heard over your music (or something like that)—and when I am listening to music, I usually keep it at a volume that allows me to comfortably “zone out” with the music but still hear those around me. I understand that the “no headphones” rule is for safety. I don’t think it’s necessary in larger races—but definitely required in smaller races.
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Would you stay where you are?
10. Do you like to sign up for giveaways on blogs? Yes! I have won several giveaways and have had the opportunity to host a couple on my own blog. I love giveaways when they are accompanied by a product review. I love learning about new products through honest reviews and having the opportunity to try them out for free (if you win!). I have found some great new blogs that I follow because of their giveaways.
11. What food could you never give up? Bread! I love all types of bread—dinner rolls, fruit breads, muffins, flat breads, pita breads—yum yum yum! They are so versatile that they can be eaten for all meals of the day (and since I am a huge carb burner—I need all the carbs I can get!).
Questions for my readers (since all of you have already been tagged)!
1. Do you watch Reality TV shows?
2. What are you OCD about?
3. How do you deal with stress?
3. How do you deal with stress?
4. If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 5 items would you have?
5. If you could marry a celebrity, who would it be?
6. Why do you exercise?
7. What motivates you?
8. Is there any food that you haven’t tried yet but want to?
9. What is the one food that completely grosses you out?
10. If you could be on a game show, what show would you be on?
11. If you could go back in time, what would you change?