Category Archives: About Me

TBB Asks!

Okay okay, so I’m a day behind with this, but can I blame it on pregnancy brain? I’ve got to keep using this excuse for as long as possible! Anyhoo, here are my answers to The Blended Blog’s summertime questions!

1. Pool, Lake or Ocean?

For swimming in: pool. For relaxing beside: lake or ocean.

2. Camping, Cottage or Hotel?

Hotel–I need my comfy sleep!

3. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Peanut butter cup!

4. PJ’s, Nightgown, T-Shirt and Shorts or Birthday Suit?

All of the above EXCEPT birthday suit (I am a lady, after all 😉 )

5. Favorite Summer Beverage?

Sweet tea! I can’t wait to dive into some of that post-pregnancy!

6. Would You Rather Be Hot or Cold?

Probably hot, but only if I could be holding a nice, cold beverage.

7. Sandals with Heels or Flats?

Flats for sure (I’m clumsy).

8. Shorts or Skirts?

Skirts! I feel like I look funny in shorts–not too proud of my thighs.

9. Sit in the Sun or in the Shade?

With how quickly I burn, I’ve gotta say shade.

10. Water, Tea or Soda?

If it’s sweet tea, then DEFINITELY tea!

11. Favorite Summer Fruit or Vegetable?


12. Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunset (who wants to be up for a sunrise?)

13. Bike Ride or Walk?

I had a bit of a traumatic fall off of a bike several years ago and haven’t been back on one since…so I would have to choose walking.

14. Winery or Brewery?

Neither really…but if I were to go and hang out with the hubs, then I’d say brewery.

15. Garden or No Garden?

Most years, I say GARDEN! But last year I was planning a wedding and this year I’ve been growing a baby, so the garden will have to wait until next summer.

16. Big Summer Concert or Music in the Park?

Hmmm…it depends on who it is…I’d probably have to go with big concert!

17. Fave Cookout Food?

Corn on the cob!

18. Dine Indoors or Patio?

As long as it’s not too buggy, I love eating on the patio!

19. Favorite Summer Destination?

Bethany Beach! Someone get me to some ocean PLEASE!

20. Big Theme Park or Local Carnival?

I’m a sucker for a big theme park (Disney all the way, baby!)

21. Drinks Blended or On the Rocks?

Not much of a drinker, but when I do, it’s on the rocks.

22. Popsicle Flavor of Choice?

Cherry or Grape!

23. Hot Dog or Hamburger?






Answering The Blended Blog’s Questions!

Happy Wednesday all! Today I’m linking up with The Blended Blog to answer her questionnaire and teach any new readers (or veteran readers) a little more about myself!

1. Favorite Animal

Red pandas!!!

2. Wine or Beer?

I rarely drink, but when I do, it’s beer over wine.

3. Socks on or off while sleeping?

Almost always off, unless it’s REALLY cold!

4. One-piece or Two-piece swimsuit?

Typically I’m a two-piece gal, and it’s usually a tankini.

5. Cooking at home or eating out?

I’m trying to cook more at home, but I’d much rather go out to eat.

6. Pepsi or Coke?

Honestly, I can’t tell the difference.

7. Regular or Electric Toothbrush?

Regular, but I’d love an electric one!

8. Candy or chocolate?

It really depends on the day. Some days I crave a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but other days, all I want are gummi bears!

9. Coffee or tea?



10. Music or Talk Radio?

I love music, but since I have a long commute, I need talk radio to keep me awake.

11. Chick flick, action movie or documentary?

Chick flick, all the way!

12. Regular or mechanical pencil?

Regular, for sure. I find that mechanical pencils ALWAYS break.

13. Swimming or Laying Out?

Laying out with a People magazine and a bag of Twizzlers!

14. Dog or Cat?

Cats are cute, but I have to choose dogs.

15. What do you drive? SUV, Van or Sedan?

I proudly now own an SUV!

16. Early bird catches the worm or night owl?

Early bird, but not by choice.

17. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

100% Pizza.

18. While sleeping: phone in room by your side or on the other side of the room?

should put it on the other side of the room, but I have no self-control and so it’s right next to me.

19. Singing in the shower: yes or no?

If no one is home, then yes 😉

20. Oreo cookies: eat whole, take apart and/or dunk in milk?

Typically I eat them whole.

How would you answer some of these questions?


Three Things!

I have to thank my girl Jacqui from Drink the Day for the template for today’s post! I had so much fun reading hers the other day, and I just had to try it for myeslf! So, for your entertainment and enjoyment, here are some things you may or may not know about me, group into threes!

Three Things I’d Never Give Up

Pizza, Tacos, and Naps

Three Favorite Vegetables

Green peppers, pickles and cucumbers (which I know are just non-pickled pickles, but oh well!)

Three Shows I Watched Faithfully from Beginning to End

FriendsScrubsParks and Recreation! I also have watched ALMOST every episode of The Office, but I’ve never been able to get through the lice episode because it gives me the heebie jeebies.

Three Places I’d Like to Visit in the U.S.

Charleston, Austin and Las Vegas!

Three Places I’d Like to Visit Outside of the U.S.

Italy, Tokyo, and Paris

Three Things I Always Have with Me

My phone, my wallet and my foundation

Three Things That are (Almost) Always in My Car

An extra pair of shoes, my owner’s manual, receipts on the floor

My Three Most Recent Calls Were From

My mom, the vet and telemarketers

Three Things That Make Me Laugh

Elliot in the MorningParks and Recreation, and my mom 🙂

Three Things That Make Me Cry

This is Us (all the frickin time), Grey’s Anatomy (on occasion), and super random things because of pregnancy hormones!

Have a great Thursday!


The Perks to Being an Early Riser

Y’all, I love to sleep in. There is nothing I love more than lazy weekend mornings when I can wake up, read for a bit and then drift back to sleep.

But recently, I knew that I had to make a change on weekday mornings. I have the tendency to wake up during the night (either by my own accord or from hearing my husband or dogs), and there are times when I would wake up a half hour before my alarm and then reset the time. Sleepy Lauren justified it, but then I’d be running around like a crazy person and then get stuck in traffic.


So I bought an alarm clock that sits on the opposite side of the room (instead of using my phone), and I started setting the alarm for half an hour earlier. Here’s what has changed since I started this routine:

When I’m Up, I’m Up

Once I’ve turned off the alarm and walked across the room to do so, I don’t feel the need to get back into bed. When I used to change the alarm time or hit snooze, I always felt like I wanted to snuggle back under the covers. Now when I’m up, I’m up!

Taking My Time

Instead of running out the room and taking the world’s fastest shower, I’ve been able to appreciate the warm water and come out feeling more refreshed. In addition, even though I usually pick out my outfits the night before, if I change my mind about what I want to wear to work, then I have time to look for another option.

Breakfast Anyone?

Most mornings I eat breakfast at work, but if I have the hankering for some Panera on the way to the office, I have time to stop and grab a bagel! This is especially true since the traffic is much lighter just a half an hour earlier in the morning!

Don’t get me wrong–if I can sleep in on weekends, I TOTALLY do, but this new weekday routine is working out really well!


How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now

Why yes, that IS another Hamilton quote!


I kind of like the idea of having a theme for my blog titles. I wonder what I’ll do next month… Anyway, back to the topic at hand. According to the glorious Facebook, there are many many people who thought that 2016 was just the worst, and they don’t have the highest hopes for the upcoming year. As I read these posts, I thought about how much better it is for your body and soul to focus on the positive things happening in our lives. Sure, not everything can be perfect, and sometimes some truly awful things happen. But after a friend of mind suffered from a horrible medical emergency last week, she said that she just felt lucky to be alive. And so here are some of the things that make me feel lucky:

My Family

Some people really don’t get along well with their families, and that makes me sad for them. My mom and I are ridiculously close, and anytime my brother comes to town, I spend almost the entire time laughing. And then there’s the little family that I live with: my precious husband and our adorable pups. Corny as it may sound, I do tear up a little bit thinking about how lucky I am to be married to the love of my life.

My Rights

When Eliza sings “How lucky we are to be alive right now,” she is talking about the excitement going on with the revolution. However, later in the show, Aaron Burr encourages the women onstage, “Tell your husbands ‘Vote for Burr!'” Because the women couldn’t vote themselves. Wow. It’s so hard to believe that it wasn’t always our given right to play a part in our democratic process. I’m so lucky to live in a time when I don’t have to rely on my husband to vote on our behalf.

Modern Medicine

In the past few weeks, several of my friends have reported that their babies have come down with a case of RSV, all of them having to be rushed to the hospital. It blows my mind to think that if they lived even 50 years ago, these babies might not have recovered. We are so lucky for all of the medical breakthroughs available and that more and more are coming about each day.


Okay, the first three were pretty serious topics, so here’s my latest bit of luck. I saw Hamilton on Broadway last week!!! I was a little worried that it could never live up to the hype, but boy oh boy, it lived up to it and then some! It was one of the most marvelous shows I’ve ever seen, and everyone around me was crying after the final song.

What do you feel lucky about right now?


36 Odd Things About Me


I had a whole other post planned for today, but every once in a while, Facebook will lead me to just the right subject! Want to know a little more about me? Here’s 36 odd things you might not have known!

Do You Like Blue Cheese Dressing?

Nope. Actually except for the RARE occasion when I’ll have some ranch, I typically don’t use dressing. It blows people’s minds.

Have You Ever Smoked Cigarettes?

Never! I’ve got clean and happy lungs!

Do You Own a Gun?

Nope. Frankly, they scare me, and I would be way too nervous holding one.

What Flavor of Kool-Aid is Your Favorite?

I’m a classic cherry gal.

Do You Get Nervous Before Doctor’s Appointments?

Oh heck yes. I’m scared of needles and blood, so if an appointment is going to deal with either of those things, then I’m just miserable.

What Do You Think of Hot Dogs?

They’re best when topped with chili!

Favorite Christmas Movie?

A Muppet Christmas Carol!!!! By FAR!!!

What Do You Prefer To Drink in the Morning?

I’ll let Lorelai Gilmore answer this one:


Can You Do Push-Ups?

Sort of? Kind of? Okay, no.

What’s Your Favorite Piece of Jewelry?

My engagement and wedding rings <3

Favorite Hobby?

Going to the theatre or playing board games.

Do You Have A.D.D.?

No, I’m pretty focused 🙂

Do You Wear Glasses?

Sometimes, but I don’t really need them. I wish I needed them more though because I love them!

Who Was Your Childhood Idol?

Probably Paula Abdul lol. I mean, my mom is always my idol, but I think Paula was a close second 😉

Name Three Thoughts At This Moment

  1. Oh Kanye…what’s going on, man?
  2. I wonder if chocolate chip marshmallows are only a thing at Panera…
  3. Is it Christmas yet?

Name 2 Beverages You Regularly Drink

Coffee and Water

Current Worry?

That I won’t get my dress to the dry cleaners tomorrow in time, and then I’ll have to figure out something else to wear to this weekend’s wedding.

Current Hate Right Now

Closed-minded individuals.

Favorite Meal

Pizza pizza pizza!

How Did You Bring in the New Year?

With my now-husband’s family, playing board games and eating chips and guacamole!

Where Would You Like to Visit?

Italy for sure, and I’d also love to go back to Disney World!

Do You Own Slippers?

I own WAY too many pairs of slippers, including a pair of puppy ones that I bought in Asheville!

What Color Shirt Are Your Wearing?


Do You Like Sleeping on Satin Sheets?

I love the Egyptian Cotton ones we have now!

Can You Whistle?

Sometimes, but it ain’t pretty.

Where Are You Now?

In my fabulous bed!

Would You Be a Pirate?

I’d like to say yes, but that’s a LONG time at sea…

What Do You Sing in the Shower?

Usually Broadway tunes. Lately, it’s been a lot of Hamilton.


Favorite Girl’s Name


Favorite Boy’s Name


What’s in Your Pocket Right Now?

Yoga pants don’t have pockets!

Last Thing That Made You Laugh?

Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock


What Vehicle Do You Drive?

A Nissan Versa Note, named Lil Red!

Worst Injury You’ve Ever Had?

Bruising my tailbone on some ice.

How Many TVs Do You Have in Your House?

1 real television, and 2 computer monitors that are used as televisions.

Favorite Disney Movie?

Beauty and the Beast, no question.


How would you answer these questions?

Linking up with Jordyn and Kristin for Tutu Tuesdays!



Three Songs That Define My Life

With the wedding coming up this weekend, I’m doing my best to think of blog posts, but my mind is filled with, well, wedding stuff. Thank GOODNESS Alyssa started her Back to Blogging Non-Challenge Challenge, which has given me some excellent ideas for prompts! Today I’m going with her first prompt: 3 songs that define my life!


“Somewhere” from West Side Story


My favorite Broadway musical is West Side Story, and I saw it for the first time when I was in the tenth grade. My high school put on a production of this timeless classic, and I immediately fell in love with the music, especially the song “Somewhere.” At the time, I was head over heels for a boy in my grade, but we ran in different circles. Just as I was beginning to find myself become SLIGHTLY more popular (like he was), we moved to Baltimore. In the song “Somewhere,” the actress sings “There’s a place for us…someday, somehow, somewhere.” At the time, I related this to my high school crush, but as I got older, I felt that it referred to my future love…coming someday, somewhere.

“Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls


Yes, another Broadway song. I first came across this song in college, when I worked on a production of Guys and Dolls for a local dinner theatre. The song is all about how Adelaide’s boyfriend won’t commit to marrying her, and her anxiety about it gives her “psychosomatic symptoms, difficult to endure” because of it. Let’s get real for a second: this happens to me all the time. When I get anxious, I truly feel as though I’m getting sick or something is wrong with me. Psychosomatic symptoms are frickin real and frickin scary. Luckily for me, sometimes just remembering this song really helps with the symptoms and reminds me that I’m just being anxious.

“I See the Light” from Tangled


About 4 and a half years ago, I went to C’s graduation party. After the party, I was watching Tangled with two of my friends and heard the song “I See the Light.” This song made me think of C and how I was finally “seeing the light”–now that I was looking at him with clear eyes, I knew that I was falling for him. This is why I’m walking down the aisle to this song at our wedding in 5 days 🙂

What songs define your life? I’m linking up with Alyssa!




Staying Peculiar: Strange Things About Me

Happy Tuesday! If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you may have come across the hashtag #StayPeculiar. This is an advertisement for the new movie Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but it also made me stop and think about my own peculiarities. I, for one, believe that we should all embrace the things that make us unique. So here are a few of mine:

No Cheese, Please


I don’t like cheese. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I only like cheese if it’s melted, but if you start to sprinkle unmelted cheese on a taco or add a slice of cheddar to a sandwich, I will do all I can to remove that bit of dairy from my meal.

I’m Afraid to Ride a Bike


Yes, I know how to ride a bike. It took me a long time to learn how to ride because I was scared that I would fall, but once I learned how to do it, I loved it! That is, until about 7 years ago when I was riding on a trail and someone did not properly signal that they were trying to get around me, and we crashed into each other. The man muttered some choice words to me and pedaled off, unharmed. I, however, had to walk my bike back to my car, as my entire leg was scraped up and bleeding. So, yes, I’m now too scared to ride a bike.

I Do a Mean Cartman


That’s me: a 36 year-old woman who knows all the words to one of Cartman’s most inappropriate songs from Southpark. And yes, I prefer to sing the song in Cartman’s voice.

What makes you peculiar?


My 3 Fictional Characters

Happy Monday everyone! Last week, did you see all the people (including myself) who posted the 3 fictional characters who most reminded them of themselves? Well, it really made me stop and think…which fictional characters are the most like me? I finally narrowed it down to 3 television characters, and I’m happy to report that my friend Dana commented with “Nailed it.”


Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother


Ted represents my romantic side. He knows that there’s one true love for him, and he can’t wait to get married and have kids. Up until I met C, I very much had a Ted Mosby-esque outlook on life, knowing that if I just waited, the right person would come along. Thanks for giving me hope, Ted.

Most relatable Ted Mosby quote: “Love is the best thing we do.”

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation


Leslie represents my ambitious do-gooder side. She works her hardest for the city of Pawnee, Indiana, just as I’m about to do for occupational therapy patients for the State of Maryland in my new job. She’s also a fiercely loyal friend, and, well, has her clumsy moments. Thanks for keeping me focused, Leslie.

Most relatable Leslie Knope quote: “Hobbies? Organizing my agenda. Wait. That doesn’t sound fun. Jammin’ on my planner!”

Phoebe Buffay from Friends


Phoebe represents my silly side. I may be an uber-planner who stresses out with things are out of sorts, but I do love a good laugh and allowing myself to be nutty. Phoebe also isn’t afraid to dance or sing in public, whether she’s asked to or not…I may have done both of these things. Thanks for keeping me sane, Phoebe.

Most relatable Phoebe Buffay quote: “You want to hear something weird?” “Always!”

Who are the fictional characters that are most like you? Do you think mine fit well?


Being a Bad Blogger (By the Numbers)

Happy Monday everyone! I apologize PROFUSELY for being a bad blogger this past week. Okay, maybe not a BAD blogger, but definitely a sporadic one. I thought that the best way to explain my absence would be to use numbers…so here we go.

36: The Age I Am Now


Yes, last Tuesday, on September 6, I turned 36 years old. Kind of hard to believe, since I still feel like a hormonal teenager a lot of the time, but I since 3 and 6 are my two lucky numbers, this has to mean a good year is on the horizon, right?

4: The Number of Evenings in a Row Where We Had Plans

Between the annual Labor Day Crab Feast, two birthday dinners and our weekly trivia night, I spent so many evenings out last week. Was it totally worth it? Yes. Was I exhausted Thursday night? Double yes.

5: The Number of Weeks Until the Wedding


Actually, it’s less than 5. I feel like we have so much ready, but then things come up like, “Did we get a pen for the guest book?” But I could not be more excited!

8: The Number of Minutes Late I Was for the Dentist


Even though my dentist’s office is amazing (massage chair, anyone?), I am not a fan of GOING to the dentist. So I think that I wasn’t preparing myself properly for being on time for my appointment. When I looked at the clock, I realized that I had 15 minutes to be there…and the dentist’s office is about 20 minutes from my house. And the gas light went on in my car. And I got stuck behind a huge truck. But I somehow made it within the 10-minute window, after which I would have needed to reschedule or wait around. Oh and no cavities!

72×84: The Size of Our New Bed

We’re moving on up to a California King Bed! Currently, the 6′ 5″ C tries to fit into our double bed. Not only do his feet hang off the end of the bed, but I am often confined to a sliver of space at the edge of the bed if he curls his knees up or stretches out even slightly. We knew we wanted a bigger bed…and we decided to go for the biggest! We’re having a shop in Quarryville, PA make it for us, and we should be sleeping in great comfort starting in about 8 to 10 weeks!

2: The Number of Weeks Left At My Current Job


That’s right…I have a new job! To say that I’m shocked by this is an understatement. I applied a long time ago under the impression that there would be tons of applicants and my chances were ridiculously slim. And yet…I start on the 28th! I’ll really miss working with one of my best gals Macy, but I know that we’ll still talk almost everyday, and she’ll be by my side on my wedding day in less than 5 weeks!

So that’s what’s been keeping me busy…what’s new with you?