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Spill It Sundays: All About Birthdays

I’m linking up with Arman today for a special edition of his Spill It Sundays series – the birthday edition – dedicated to the best twerker I know, the big man himself. Happy Birthday Arman! I hope that you get down to some Juicy J and eat only sugar all day. But now let’s focus on me. 😉

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1. When is your birthday
I was born on St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a pretty sweet ass day to be born, if you ask me. I talk about my most recent birthday celebrations here and here.

2. What would your ideal birthday ‘day’ look like?
Hmmm well ideally I’d want to eat a whole chocolate cake with vanilla frosting on it. That would probably make me sick, though, so I guess my perfect birthday would look something like: hot yoga class in the morning, chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, cake and baby carrots for lunch, a nice dinner out (at some trendy restaurant because I’m sooooo hip) and then out to a bar for like, one glass of good wine because my next birthday is 23 and that requires more class. If I met a Pittsburgh Penguin and he fell in love with me that day too, I wouldn’t mind. 

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3. When was your most memorable birthday?
My parents threw some awesome birthdays for me. The best one was when the coordinated two of our relatives to dress up as Belle and the Beast and act like they came out of the woods across the street from their castle. I flipped out. I think I mentioned that + other cool birthday parties in this post.

4. When was your worst birthday?
Honestly? I don’t remember ever having a really terrible birthday. I’m sure I had a bad one in there somewhere, probably in high school and something stupid and dramatic happened.

5. What is the best birthday present you’ve received?
My car! My aunt is so generous and wonderful. I wouldn’t have my 1989 Toyota Camry (named Norm) without her. He’s lasted more than five years, but I’ll have to be retiring him soon. I’ll try to get a pic of him up here sometime.

6. What is the worst birthday present you’ve ever received?
I truly do appreciate every thought and gift I’ve gotten throughout my life – I’m a lucky girl. But my pet peeve for presents, I must admit, is when people buy me clothes that either 1) are completely not my style or 2) don’t fit AT ALL. I’d rather get a gift card. The thought is still behind it, in my opinion.

7. What is a health related gift on your wish list?
Bah! I don’t even know. Maybe just like a kettlebell? And a few sets of free weights. It’d make home workouts more effective.

8. What is a food related gift on your wishlist?
Mom and Dad (and Adam!) have been killin’ it with food presents as of late (see Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2013), but next on my list is a juicer (I think). I want to be able to make my own in the mornings!

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9. What is your birthday cake of choice?
Chocolate with vanilla frosting!

Question of the Day:
>> Answer one of the ?s above!

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Happy Mother’s Day + Spill It Sundays Angela Edition

Today I’m wishing the happiest of Mother’s Days to the most deserving woman I know.

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I love you mom! Wouldn’t be here without you. xo

It’s also MY edition of Arman’s Spill It Sundays series! I was so excited when he asked me to come up with some questions. I made some normal and some kind of wacky because, you know, I’m nutty for life. I hope you play along, too. Here goes!

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1. If your tastebuds could only decipher one flavor for the rest of your life, which would you choose?  i.e. Salt, sweet, spice, sour
I think I’d choose spice. I really enjoy sweets, obviously, but I get sick of sweet after a while. There are so many versions of spicy that I think I could handle only tasting that forever. I would just need to drink a lot of water.

2. What sports did you play as a child, if any?
I played soccer and softball. Oh, and basketball for a short time. I was terrible at that. I really enjoyed softball (slow pitch) and was the pitcher on the team for a while until this one mega scary team played us and hit all of their balls right at me. I was scarred for life. 

3. Who would you want to be handcuffed to for a day?
I wouldn’t mind being handcuffed to Jennifer Lawrence. I think I’ve said it on here before but I’m convinced she and I would be great friends. Either her or Arman I guess :p

4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? What’s the strangest thing you want to try to eat?
I don’t know if this is strange per say but once I ate an entire habenero pepper. It was torturous but it makes for a really good story. These kids back in high school were obsessed with seeing how many of those really, really hot peppers people could handle, and they came over to my table and dared me to eat just one, so I did. Popped the whole thing in my mouth. I had to drink two cartons of milk (ew, and it didn’t help) and I was red-faced for the entire next class period. 

Something weird I want to eat is… shark.

5. Lions, tigers or bears? (Oh my)
Tigers. They have nice stripes.

6. What is your favorite restaurant you’ve ever been to?
Purple Chopstix in Athens, OH! I’ve been there a few times and it never disappoints. I’m going to miss it so much. The decor is kooky, and the food is fabulous. It’s not really Asian which everyone assumes from the name, though. It’s a good mix of random dishes like curry and pasta.

7. If you were forming a band, what would your band’s name be, and what kind of music would you play?
Well, when I was little my friend and I wanted to form a girl band called Bubblegum, so I’m going to stick by that 90s dream.

8. What is the best compliment you’ve received?
In my 11th grade English class I got a 100 percent on our research paper, and the teacher said she’d only ever given out one other 100 in her time there. I was pumped because English is my jam. I took that as a big compliment.

9. Describe your personal style (for clothing or decor) and why you like it.
My style changes all the time but I’m feeling a pull back toward my boho-ier days. I want all the floral and tribal things and also fringe and flowy tops. I like decor to be similar in fashion and kind of neutral with pops of color. I guess that’s how I like my clothing, too. I think it’s understated, which I enjoy.

10. What is one thing you absolutely want to do this summer?
Make mountain pies over a campfire. The two slices of bread with toppings in the center toasted… hopefully you know what those are, or you’re missing out!

That’s a wrap for Spill It Sundays Angela Edition! Happy Sunday and Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there.

Question of the Day:
>> Answer one of the ?s above!

Carbs, Carbs, Carbs [Spill It Sundays #12]

Heyyyy Sunday! How ya doin’? Today we’re talking carbs for Arman’s Spill It Sunday link-up. Let’s get to it!

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What’s your all-time favorite carb-based dish?
Hmmmm I’m going to be boing and say spaghetti. It’s what I’ve been craving lately every time I go to an Italian restaurant!

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What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries! Although it could be a toss up between that and watermelon. I had a serious watermelon moment last summer that will probably resurface in a few months.

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What is your favorite grain?
Rolled oats!

What is your favorite starchy vegetable?
Pumpkin! I LOVE pumpkin. Typical.

Which carb receives unfair flack? Which carb is overrated?
Lately I’ve been seeing people hate on spaghetti squash, which is totally unfair. Personally, it does satisfy my my need for pasta when I don’t want real noodles – and I just told you spaghetti was my fave carb-based dish. So there hataaaas. We’re all diff!

Okay and not that I don’t love kabocha – because I do – but what I think is overrated about it is that you have to search for it like it’s the magical leprechaun stash or something, which is so annoying. I mean it’s good, but jeez.

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What is your perception of this macronutrient?
So, if I’m going to be honest, I’m still working on and evolving my perception of carbs. I was one of the people who fell into the “low-carb everything carbs are bad and the devil and they will kill you” trend. I’ve said that before, and I’ve said that I know better now. Carbs don’t just equal bread, etc., but it’s still hard for me to sometimes tell myself that I need these denser carbs to survive. I’m just being honest, here. If I feel bloated or crappy I automatically assume it’s the carbs, when in reality it probably is not. But that’s just a by product of stupid media assumptions. And I shouldn’t worry if I want pancakes. Those aren’t the devil, either.

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I have to also say that it really irks me when I hear people say, “I’m cutting out carbs.” Uhhhh okay. Vegetables are carbs. And you’re about to go down a salad. Full of carbs. So no, you’re not cutting them out, you never will completely. I wish I could just shout it to the world so that not everyone makes the same mistake as I did.

What benefits do carbs play in your personal eating habits?
I do eat carbs – every day. Veggies, fruit, grains, all of that. I’ve been trying to work on making sure to have one dense carb at every meal. However, I am still kind of picky when it comes to what grains I will eat. I have a terrible stigma against white rice, and I limit my white potato consumption. It’s dumb, I know. I have no reason to fear the white potato. I’m trying to get over it. Frankly, with the rice thing, I just like brown better.

Also, I’ve been using pasta made from brown rice and quinoa instead of wheat for the past few months. I like the way it makes me feel better than wheat pasta. And Ezekiel bread is another carby food that is having a major moment for me now. YUM.

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And that’s a… wrap (hehe carb puns). I’ll talk to you tomorrow!

Questions of the Day:
>> What is your perception of carbs?
>> Favorite carb-based meal?