Five Things aka I’m Not Dead!

So, uh…HI!

I have somehow have managed NOT to write a blog post in over a month.  I also bought bright pink skinny jeans yesterday (Gap clearance!).  I don’t even know myself anymore.

I do promise that I’m doing well (and that I’m not pregnant), but “adventure” as opposed to “computer” has been the word of the summer.

Adventures like riding a bike for the first time in 15 years on a Bike and Brews tour!

I HAVE been working on a post about my training for that crazy uphill 17.1 mile race I’m doing in 5 weeks, but it isn’t finished yet.  However, I figured I should produce something before I disappear from existence completely.  A little “fluffy” if you will.

photo (4)PROOF!

Luckily, a few weeks ago, I was tagged by Danielle to do this Five Things survey.  I mean, it isn’t much (and I only say the word “marathon” once), but I do love me some surveys. So, here is my Five Things Friday.

5 Things I have a passion for:

1. My  husband and my family

2. Treating people with developmental disabilities with dignity and respect

3. Promoting healthy habits (good nutrition, physical activity) in children (SAYS THE LADY WITH NO CHILDREN)

4. Books in actual paper form (although I did download my first eBook and felt very, very dirty)

5. Funding Arts in Education (choir kids need support too!)

 5 Things I would like to do before I die:

1. Run the Great Wall of China Marathon (I will settle for just seeing the Great Wall of China)

2. Get a Pilot’s License

3. Ride a Vespa around Rome (preferably behind Gregory Peck)

4. Go on a safari in Africa

5. Donate enough money to my college to get a building named after me.  (“Where are you living this year?” “Oh, I’m in Amy Hall.”)

I mean, could life be any more perfect?

5 Things I say a lot:

1. “California” (usually in a sentence such as, “Oh, I lived in California!” anytime someone mentions the state)

2. YAY! (in reference to anything I find remotely exciting)

3. “Hmmm…I don’t know…” (in response to anything I don’t know. Which is a lot).

4.  “That’s yucky.” (referring to anything…well…yucky).

5. OH MY GOD (can really be applied to anything).

5 books or magazines I’ve read lately:

1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life

2. Souls of Black Folk

3. Marathon and Beyond (magazine)

4. Wine Spectator (magazine)

5. Once a Runner

5 Favorite Movies:

1. Breakfast  at Tiffany’s

2. Sabrina

3. Roman Holiday…apparently I like Audrey Hepburn

4. It’s a Wonderful Life

5. Love Actually  (I have easily seen this movie 50 times…5 of those times during December finals week my freshman year of college)

5 places I would love to travel to: (I haven’t done a lot of traveling)

1. Florence, Italy (and Rome, and Tuscany, and Venice)

2. Paris, France (and all wineries in France)

3.  Thailand

4. Egypt

5. Machu Picchu

*SLIGHTLY RELATED: There is a Mermaid School in the Philippines! While I don’t think it makes it onto my top 5 places to travel, it makes my heart happy just to know that such a place exists.  I want to be a mermaid (guess I should learn to swim first though…)

I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful weekend! 

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9 thoughts on “Five Things aka I’m Not Dead!

  1. YAY for adventure!
    “4. Books in actual paper form (although I did download my first eBook and felt very, very dirty)” — yup, but the feeling does go away eventually 🙂

  2. I too have an ambition to get my pilots license! I also have an unabashed love for Audrey Hepburn and let’s face it, Gregory Peck as well. I am formulating a plan to tour Italy on a Vespa…this will become a reality.

    Glad to see you back, hope all is well and trading computer time for adventure sounds very lopsided in your favor…good call!

    • We’ve been having a fantastic summer, that’s for sure! We actually just got back from a kayaking/trail running camping trip this weekend!

      GET THE PILOT LICENSE and then you can fly all of us (along with your Vespa) to Rome! Although, my sister was there last week, and it looks a little less Vespa friendly than Roman Holiday might suggest.

  3. Yay, you did it! But high five to living life too, more important than blogging.

    I love how you immediately write that you’re not pregnant, made me laugh. I also am a fan of real books, I refuse to give into this Kindle nonsense! Paris is fantastic, I want to go back, and that mermaid school is pretty neat.

    • It might be my imagination, but I feel like any time I feel sick or miss a workout or decline a glass of wine (or disappear from blogging), I immediately have to explain that it isn’t because I’m pregnant, because that is the first thing people ask!

      And my sister was in Paris last week. It looked tres magnifique!

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