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The 11 Question Survey

Hey guys! Reporting from a very quiet (too quiet) library, on another gloomy and rainy day. Blech. The college term just ended which means the students are on break for a week, which means a very long and mind-numbingly boring next seven work days for your truly. Double blech. The good news is I can now have epic dance parties behind my desk without getting any of those questioning impressed looks that I usually get from my students whenever I pull out my running man.

Or I could just pull a *Costanza.

The more that I think about it, George really was a genius well ahead of his time.

I thought I would switch things up a bit today and have a little fun. I’m a huge sucker for all things survey, so when I saw this one that my girl Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers posted a while back, I knew I had to do it too! I always love sharing little bits and pieces about me, and learning more about you as well! So please feel free to play along, leaving answers to any or all of these 11 questions in the comments below!

The 11 Question Survey

1. In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?

I actually was having this conversation with my friend Chris (my fellow Milwaukee Brewers fan[atic]) and decided that it would probably be a tossup between Black Widow by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora or Centuries by Fall Out Boy.

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

The best thing that happened to me last weekend was being able to spend time with my sister. We didn’t do anything to terribly exciting; I helped her practice for an interview she had on Monday (which she killed beeteedubs! Proud sister right here!) and then a Target run, but just being able to hang out with her is pretty incredible. I forgot how much I missed her when she was living in Georgia. I mean, yes, half of my closet has mysteriously gone missing, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. No, but seriously. Lindsay, if you’re reading this, I want my sweatshirt back.

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3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

Since Field of Dreams is my all-time favorite movie, I think I would go with either playing the role of either Annie or Karin. I know it’s not necessarily a staring role, but to star alongside Kevin Kostner and James Earl Jones, in any capacity?! Heaven. (actually, it’s Iowa.)

4. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?

Emma Stone. Funny, humble, and incredibly talented. LOVE her!

5. What is your favorite quote?

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7. What was your first concert?

The first concert I ever went to was Hanson. I was thirteen and obsessed with Zach, the youngest of the brothers who was also the drummer and had the most envious of hair. Confession: I’m still obsessed with Hanson, Zach, and his incredible hair.

8. What Internet website do you visit the most?

I’m a bit of a Twitter fiend but also love visiting Hellogiggles. 🙂

9. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

Today it would definitely be Sleepy (*see Costanzaing above), but on most days, I would consider myself Happy. I try to keep a positive attitude about pretty much everything and instill that same joy in others. Life is way too short to be the Grumpy of the group.

10. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

Good Gobstoppers, this is a hard one. I think I would have the most epic of brinners ever: Pancakes, French toast, waffles and scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, a bowl of Frosted Flakes the size of Texas, a cold glass of chocolate milk and for dessert (because every breakfast should have dessert), a vat of Culver’s frozen custard with chocolate chip cookie dough on top. Crap. Now I want waffles.

11. What is the background of your computer?

The background of my computer is one of my favorite pictures of my main man Thunder and I. Every time I look at it, my heart explodes into a million smiles. 🙂

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Questions of the day: Now it’s your turn…

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Thoughts on a [Cheesey] Thursday

1. So we’re in day 3 of the Polar Vortex. Here in Denver today when I woke up, the actual temperature was -13 and the wind chill was a balmy -26. Just a couple of things:

  • Apparently toilet water can freeze. Crap. (Pun intended)
  • You know it’s cold when the snow under your tires squeaks like fresh cheese curds.
  • Mmmmm. Cheese curds.
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It sure is pretty; I’ll give you that Polar Vortex.

2. Speaking of the Polar Vortex, my buddy Al Roker over at the Weather Channel is currently in his 12th hour of 36, vying for the record of longest weather report. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love me some Roker, but setting a record for longest weather report? I think I’d be more excited if he was reporting the weather WHILE setting the record for the most fire batons juggled. Or for eating 30 hotdogs in under a minute. Just saying.

3. Am I the only one who turns into a complete hermit crab during the winter? Once I’m home, whether it’s from work or running errands during the day, and feel the warmth of my apartment, my sweatpants, blanket fort and a good book/Netflix beckon me to call it a day and stay in. And really, who am I to protest? The last thing I want to do is leave the cozy confines of hot chocolate and reruns of The Office to face the blistering cold outside. Wham, bam, no thank you ma’am. #hibernationstation

4. That moment when you have to sneeze but can’t, but then you think you’re about to finally sneeze and don’t, but instead make that “scrunched up, almost half-sneezed-but-not-quite-haha-sucker” face. During a work meeting. Yeah, that’s awesome.

5. I’m bringing the scrunchie back. I’ve just decided.

6. If anyone would like to bring me a grilled cheese and Oreo Concrete shake from Culver’s, say, two minutes ago, I will love you forever.

Just look at all that cheese porn.

Just look at all that cheese porn.

7. Kim K’s backside. Discuss.

Stay warm, guys!

But I’m serious about that grilled cheese.

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Happy Wednesday!

Since we’re almost over the hump of the week, I thought I would do something a little bit different today. This is one of those super-random blog posts that I figured might be fun and also spark some great comments from you guys since I always love learning more about you!

The questionnaire provides 25 prompts to reveal “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me,” and while longtime readers probably already do know some of these things, there are a few random nuggets thrown in that may reveal some new stuff. Feel free to play along in the comments section of this post and have fun with it!

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. I’m happiest when…1.) I’m hanging out with my family and friends 2.) I’m reading a great book 3.) I’ve made someone laugh or smile
  2. …Especially if it involves…1.) The Milwaukee Brewers, 2.) Great food 3.) Doing absolutely nothing together10367122_10100433488439342_1590496733671690307_n
  3. I’ve always wanted to…visit Italy. It’s at the tippy-top of my bucket list which will hopefully (hopefully) be crossed off very soon. Mi amore 🙂
  4. My family and I…are some pretty crazy characters who support and love each other unconditionally. And always, always have a lot of belly laughs and fun together.
  5. I was a terrible…go-kart driver. When I was 13, my family took a trip to Estes Park and one day, we all decided to go go-karting. I decided to be little miss speed demon and while on my last run of the track, I slammed (SLAMMED!) into the side barricade, sending the protective tires and hay bales in every which way. The go-kart track attendant was more than a little PO’d at yours truly, but in my defense, I was only trying to turn around so that I wouldn’t get yelled at for going around the track one last time. And that’s what those tires and hay bales are there for any way, right?
  6. My first job was…working at a shoe warehouse. It was hot. It was sticky. And it was A LOT of work. But I still tried to put my best foot forward (I mean, you didn’t think I would let that pun-derful opportunity slip me by, did you?)
  7. I could probably eat ice cream every day. There should not be a “probably” in this equation.10329189_10100403469467602_7814414441383554681_n
  8. I stole…candy once from the grocery store. I was five and didn’t quite grasp the concept of the “fill your bag with candy from these large bins, weigh and then pay later.” I still feel guilty every time I eat a gummy worm.
  9. I was born on the same say as…Melissa Joan Hart (aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Siri Cruise.
  10. My all-time favorite film is…a toss-up between Field of Dreams and Father of the Bride.
  11. I do a mean…Kermit the Frog impression.
  12. I’m still mad…that the Brewers didn’t make it to the World Series back in 2011. But this year is THE year. I can feel it.
  13. I met my husband…in college. Actually, I’m single as a Pringle, but just between you and me (it’s in the vault?), there is someone who I have secretly crushed on ever since college, someone who I love dearly and is my best friend. Someone who I could definitely see as my husband one day.
  14. I always knew I wanted…to become a librarian (or work with books in some capacity). Bookworm to the nth degree.
  15. I’m not afraid to…jump out of a perfectly good airplane.1461043_10100295367444922_1481298755_n
  16. I make the best…Chocolate-chip cookies. Ask anyone. I’ve got references.
  17. I have almost…no dance ability whatsoever. I mean, I can dance. If this is what you call dancing.
  18. I always cry when…I see those holiday Hallmark commercials. The family all coming together over turkey and pie…just bring me the tissues already!
  19. I’m (now) a…Coloradan, but I will always be a Wisconsonite at heart. mountains
  20. I’ve lived in…Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and now Colorado.
  21. I wish my folks…didn’t live half-way across the country.
  22. At 5, I was deeply in love with…The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and jelly shoes.
  23. I believe that if everyone exercised a little bit more kindness, the world would be a better place.bekindtoothers
  24. I can’t stand…the smell of tuna. Or the taste. Blech.
  25. Whenever Seinfeld is on, I’ll watch it. Best. Show. Everrrrrrr.

Okay, friends. Your turn.

Answer one or all of the following prompts from the survey (or choose your own!)

I’m happiest when…

I was born the same day as…

At five, I was deeply in love with…

I could eat_ _ _ _ every day

I make the best…

Somethin’s a brewin’

Hey guys!

So sorry for my absence for the past few weeks!

You will never EVER guess what happened to me!

So I was hiking in the woods a few weeks ago when out of the corner of my eye I stumbled upon something so shiny, so beautiful that I had to stop and take a look. There, basking under the glow of the hot Georgia sun was the beautiful wrapper of an unopened Snickers bar. It would be chocolate abuse NOT to rescue it from it getting ultimately eaten by a bear, right? Or worse, not getting enjoyed at all but left to melt to chocolate and caramel and nougaty mush!

Oh the horror!

That’s exactly what I thought.

So I rescued it.

Little did I know that the piece de resistance happened to be sitting in a hidden well.

Yes. You heard me. A well. As in water. As in fall in and “Crap!”

And fall in I did.

“Crap.”

Apparently Lassie has been caught up in this Candy Crush craze as much as my mom and everyone sane enough to spend 23 out of their 24 hours a day ‘clearing the jellies’.

This very caught-up-ness in Candy was the reason why I was not rescued for two weeks.

TWO WEEKS!

Thanks a lot, Lassie.

It’s okay though. I was able to MacGyver myself a nice little blanket out of some old moss, I had plenty of enough water to drink (one perk of being trapped in a well) and I even discovered that ants do taste a lot like chicken.

Who’d a thunk?!

You want to know another crazy story?

I made that all up (except for the part of saving a Snickers bar from destruction. That I totally did! Ain’t nobody gonna destroy a Snickers bar better than this girl!–And I just gave myself a headache from using double negatives. )

The reason for my absence was that I spent the last two weeks on vacation. The fam and I went up to our cabin in northern Wisconsin and did absolutely nothing. And it was wonderful.

Well, I should clarify.

I kayaked every morning (even on the mornings when it was a balmy 45 degrees out. Gotta love Wisconsin!). P.S. I really want a kayak. Like, really really. If anyone knows of a good place to buy them for cheap, or has one that they want to sell or get rid of, hit a girl up!2

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Had mad Cribbage wars with my dad (I don’t want to brag, but there may have been some major skunkage on my part).4

I went shopping with the moms (Maxed out my credit card on Brewer gear and these funky bookends made of actual books! I mean…how cute are these?!)8

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I ate. And ate. And ate. And just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, I ate.5

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Get in mah belly.

Get in mah belly.

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I stayed up late. And slept in late. And wasn’t bothered with emails or work or school for 14 whole days.

It. was. wonderful.

And if that wasn’t great enough news for ya…

I am driving 13 hours back up to Wisconsin tomorrow to begin my summer internship at the Milwaukee Public Library.

WHAT?!

I am too excited for words and have a feeling I am not going to get an ounce of sleep because of it.

Brewer games, Summerfest, bonfires, random road trips and Milwaukee adventures, Kopp’s Custard, seeing all of my WI homies (you know who you are), and anything and everything that comes my way.

Ohhhh yeahhhhh.

This summer is going to be one for the books!

I will be sure to keep you updated on all the crazy awesome times that are sure to come along the way (that is if I can tear Lassie away from her candy obsession).

Have a great rest of your Monday friends and I will see you in Milwaukee 🙂

 

 

 

 

Milwaukee Madness

Oh yeahhhhh.

This happened.

I have arrived! Mecca.

I have arrived! Mecca.

I got to see my sista from anotha mista, Jana G! Easily the best part of my trip.

I got to see my sista from anotha mista, Jana G! Easily the best part of my trip.

Pregaming with my girl Amanda. Cold shmold! We're WI chicks!

Pregaming with my girl Amanda. Cold shmold! We’re WI chicks!

Another year, another opening day with this guy ;)

Another year, another opening day with this guy 😉 Tradition at it’s finest (and funnest)!

Honey I shrunk the Brewer fans?

Honey I shrunk the Brewer fans?

Nothing I'd rather do more...

Nothing I’d rather do more…

And they're off! The cherizo took home the win just in case you were wondering. Don't worry guys; you don't think I'd leave you in suspense, now did you? ;)

And they’re off! The cherizo took home the win just in case you were wondering. Don’t worry guys; you don’t think I’d leave you in suspense, now did you? 😉

Speaking of taking home the win, the Brewers beat the Rockies in a walk-off draw in the tenth inning! Go crew!!There may or may not have been some high-fiving, fist-pumping and screams of excitement from these two gals ;)

Speaking of taking home the win, the Brewers beat the Rockies in a walk-off draw in the tenth inning! Go crew!!
There may or may not have been some high-fiving, fist-pumping and screams of excitement from these two gals 😉

And of course a trip to Milwaukee wouldn’t be complete without a trip (or three) to Culver’s.

Nomonomnomnom.

Get in mah belly.

Get in mah belly.

"Is this heaven? No, it's Culver's."

“Is this heaven? No, it’s Culver’s.”

It was real. It was great. It was really great.

Until May, my sweet, sweet Milwaukee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet and Salty Sodi[yum]

There was a time when I had convinced myself that I had the body of a 95-year-old portly man.

Accordingly, I made an earnest effort to stay away from foods with too much cholesterol, sodium, etc. Because, ya know, I obvies had to take care of my high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Except I didn’t. Not at all, in fact.

Every time I would go to the doctors for a check up and to get blood work done, my results almost always came back negativo on both of those counts-I actually had low blood pressure and low sodium levels. Go figure.

I guess that’s what staying away from any processed foods and eating an abundance of fruits, veggies, and boring, boring, Boring with a capital B food will do to you.

Of course, eating such “natural” foods is “healthy” in theory, but what is that I’m always telling you, friends?

Moderation. Moderation. Moderation.

No, a diet consisting primarily of frozen meals and fatty meats isn’t ideal. The same goes for hitting up the local McD’s or T-Bell for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although trust me, if I had my way, I could LIVE at Culver’s! Butterburgers and fries and shakes oh my!)

But neither is a diet consisting primarily of all natural unprocessed raw foods. I serve as the perfect example of that. My blood work actually showed that I had become “unhealthy” by being “too healthy”. Sweet salty irony, huh?

As a result of my sodium deficiency, my doctor asked me to increase my salt intake a tad. Initially I wasn’t as excited as I would have been if, say, my sugar levels were low. Cupcake diet? I’m down. But sodium? Meh. My avid sweet tooth wasn’t thrilled.

That was, until I gave salt a fair chance. I started to incorporate little by little plenty of sodi[yummy] foods.

Cheetos are like two treats in one. You eat them and then you get to lick your delicious orange and powdery fingers! What’s better than that?

I do like my weiners.

It’s a sad day in the Wendi house when I lick that last ounce of white chocolate peanut butter out of the jar. That is why I PREVENT this from happening by always having a stock of at least 4 jars in the pantry. Best. EVER!

Trail mix maddness 🙂

White chocolate covered pretzels. Ob.Sessed

And you know what?

I couldn’t believe how much I had been depriving my taste buds like crazy with all of the brown rice, unseasoned chicken, reduced sodium soups, crackers, chips and cookies I had been using. Sounds tasty, right? Yeah…not so much. And for what? To combat high cholesterol and high blood pressure? How can I combat something I don’t have?

I think I tend to do this a lot. I take preventative measures to avoid negative outcomes rather than just letting life happen. Low sugar and low sodium products are intended for people who are can’t tolerate them or need to eliminate them from their diet, not for people to consume in order to avoid maybe possibly by chance having slightly high sodium levels or cholesterol.

And what if I did? What if I went overboard on that whole “sodium reintegration” thing and ended up having high sodium levels?

{ Not likely, but we’re speaking in theory. }

Then what?

Oh, okay. I reduce my sodium intake a bit.

Because, guess what? Nothing in life is permanent.

We always have the flexibility to make changes or alterations to work in accordance with our current state. If it’s extra hot outside one day, perhaps we need to drink more water than we would if, say, it were 20 degrees cooler. That’s life. Living in the present and doing what our bodies need at that point. Not drinking 5 gallons of water every day to avoid potential deydration on a really hot afternoon.

When I was in high school and college, I was so obsessed with burying my head in my text books, camping out at the library doing my classwork (that wasn’t even assigned yet!) just in case my professor did indeed give us that term paper to write or research project to complete so I would be prepared. I would be ahead of the game. How nerdy is that?! The nerdiest!! The irony in this was that by taking super silly class preventative measures, being the uber student, it really was, in turn, preventing me from having any fun.

These are kind of poor examples, but do you get where I’m doing with this?

Basically, live in the moment.

Do what you want.

Live your life.

And if, in turn, problems arise – cross that bridge when you come to it. But don’t avoid the bridge all together. Where’s the fun in that?

Hot Pockets…I never thought I could blabber so much about salt, of all things.

Hope you have a great Tuesday guys.

And remember.

Try to stop worrying about the future (so much), and instead live in the moment.

Live in your todays, not your tomorrows.

I will if you will 🙂

Questions of the day:

What are your thoughts on preventative measures?

Are there any specific food groups or ‘additive’ that you tend to shy away from for no other reason than you think they’re bad for you?

 

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