Ok, so, I’ve talked a bit on the subject before, but summer is really not my season. I don’t do well in suffocating humidity, I’m not a strong swimmer, the list goes on. Usually when people get all bummed this time of year because summer is ending, I don’t want to seem like some sort of summer-hater, so I go along with the conversation, nodding politely as they verbally mourn the final days of the season… but on the inside I’m actually, ridiculously, thrilled.

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And I have a theory that there are more out there just like me, who have been silenced by all the summer-lovers. So to all you fall-preferers, this list is for you.

Top 8 Reasons I’m Jazzed Summer Is Over

8. Fall clothing! More specifically, long pants and layers. Personally, I look better in more clothes than less. As does 98% of the general population, in my humble opinion.

7. Pumpkin flavored things everything! Oh, what’s that you got there… Pancakes? Coffee? Spaghetti? Ice cream? For the next 6-8 weeks it’s going to be pum-cakes, pumpkinffee, spumpkin-ghetti and pumpkin ice cream, respectively.

6. I have an excuse to do nothing! Quick confession: sometimes I absolutely love doing nothing. Do you know how hard that is in the summer when everyone’s all: “but the weather is perfect, we can’t just waste perfect days like this indoors doing nothing”. We can in fall though!

5. Pretty boots! (Sarah knows what I’m talking about)

4. Equality! So, I currently make my way to an office every day for work. Which is cool all year round except in the summertime when all the students and teachers and Europeans get like 3 months off and I feel like everybody is having fun without me. In the fall though, everybody has to get back to work, and I once again feel that all is fair in the world muahaha :)

3. It gets dark earlier! I love going to bed early and it’s just impossible in the summer. Trying to fall asleep when it’s still light outside is like trying to make ‘fetch’ happen. It’s not going to happen.

stop trying to make fetch happen

2. FALL TV- Scandal returns!! Get psyched Olivia Pope fans!

1. No more sweating like a beast while I’m standing still.

So, who’s with me?

What’s your favorite part about fall?

Do you watch Scandal? What show are you excited about?

So, this week is going to be survey week! (Actually today and yesterday are survey posts, I’m not sure about the next couple days yet… So, let me rephrase…) Today and yesterday are survey days!

Arman @ The Big Man’s World recently tagged me to do the following Top 5 survey that’s been floating around the HLB universe (blogoverse?). And this made me extremely happy because it’s no secret I love doing surveys 😀

So, lets get on with it, shall we?

Last 5 People I Talked To On The Phone:

Well, I’m not a big “phone person”, but here’s my list:

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1-3. So, I talk to my mom a lot.

4. That 617 number is the number Eric and I had to call when we got stuck in a garage, and had to request that they kindly let us out.

5. Pinsuda is my best friend from college.

Last 5 Meals I Ate:

1. Breakfast

2. Dinner

3. Lunch

4. Breakfast

5. Dinner

Last 5 Places I’ve Traveled:

1. Cambridge, MA, last weekend

2. In various social circles, always.

3. To my wits end, often.

3. An ego trip (although I don’t recommend going unless you have a stomach for humble pie), mid-aughts

4. On the basketball court, resulted in a penalty, 8th grade, 1996

Next 5 places I Will Go:

Well, according to a very wise Dr…

oh the places you'll go cover

1. “You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

2. “Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. ”


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oh the places you'll go quote 2

5. “So…
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”

Last 5 Workouts:

1. Bar Method

2. 3-mile hike/ run…

saturday hike

3 – 5. More Bar Methods

5 Things Making Me Happy Right Now:

1. Awesome people in my real life

2. Awesome people in my blog life

3. Froyo

4. This gala apple I’m eating. It’s the perfect ratio of tart crispness to sweetness.

5. The caesar dressing I spilled on my white pants at lunch isn’t thaaaat noticable #classygirlproblems


Now, I’m supposed to tag 5 more people but, you guys, I CAN’T CHOOSE. If you’d like to do it, please do! It’s really fun. I highly suggest it. For now though, pick a category and tell me your top 5 in the comments!

Also, any tips for getting caesar dressing out of fabric?

Also also, are you a phone person? (I’m more of a text/ gchat/ email person)



So, Holly @ Eat Great Be Great nominated me for the Sunshine Award!!


The award is given to bloggers who brighten your day. And this award brightened MY day, so thank you soo much Holly!

The Rules:

1.  Include award logo in a post or on your blog (see above).
2.  Link to the person who nominated you. (The beautiful Holly)
3.  Answer 10 questions about yourself. (See below)
4.  Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated. (Done and done.)

So without further ado, let’s get to Holly’s questions:

1.  Any pets? 

Only of the Peeves variety.

2.  Favorite flavor of ice cream?

After sampling just about every brand this summer, I can confidently say: JP Licks Mint Chocolate Chip hard frozen yogurt with chocolate sprinkles.

3.  Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Personally, I prefer to bake, not fry…

4.  What’s your favorite form of exercise?

Bar Method! See this post for details.

5.  What is your Zodiac sign?


6.  What’s your favorite vegetable?


Pizza is a Vegetable

7.  What are five things you can’t live without?

Eric’s jokes, family, coffee, iphone, laptop

8.  What’s your favorite thing about blogging?


9.  Who is your favorite actor?

Benedict Cumberbatch. But ask me again tomorrow and I might say someone else. It all comes down to the last show I got into, which was Sherlock. Plus, I’m just fickle like that. (See: Question #5)

10. Favorite place to relax?

In my bed.

Now, I would like to nominate ALL of the blogs I read, but I can only choose 10. And since this award has really been making the rounds lately, I’m not going to renominate any that Holly nor Amanda nominated (even though y’all are certainly worthy of two.) Rules are rules.

Nominees in alphabetical order are:

  1. Abby @ Change of Pace
  2. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
  3. Carlotta @ Ask Lotta
  4. Katherine @ Peanut Butter Lover
  5. Khushboo @ Kthadani.com
  6. Kim @ Day With KT
  7. Michelle @ 3 Cheap Runners
  8. Nicole @ Work In Sweats Mama
  9. Sarah @ Sweet Miles
  10. Tara @ Food and Other Things


  1. What is your favorite dessert?
  2. If you could only go to one website for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. If you could live in any time period, when would it be?
  4. Whats your favorite motivational quote (more than one is acceptable, if you can’t choose)
  5. Whats your favorite type of food to get when you eat out?
  6. Describe yourself in 2 words.
  7. How many different states (or countries or territories or provinces) have you lived in?
  8. Who is your favorite athlete?
  9. Would you rather read or watch TV?
  10. What type of shoes do you have on your feet right now

Your turn! Pick a question and answer in the comments!

Are you as particular about any food as I am about froyo? (Please say yes…)


So last week we covered the Top 8 Signs You’re an Introverted Exerciser. Today we’re going to continue our psychology series and cover the other, more social personality type, the extroverted exerciser.

And just to review what we mean by extrovert vs introvert, we have us a picture chart:


Top 8 Signs You’re an Extroverted Exerciser

8. Talking to someone while you run is a must. If your running buddy flakes out, you’ve been known to make calls to friends from your run. These friends no longer find it weird when you say “hello!” completely out of breath and then launch into a story between gasps for air.

7. The girl on the elliptical next to you knows all about that insensitive comment your boyfriend said right before you left for the gym, which you now feel much better about, after having talked it out.

6. In a group exercise environment, you somehow manage to make conversation with everyone and nobody in particular at the same time.

5. The thought of working out alone in your basement makes you sleepy.

4. Your daily workout, aka your “me-time,” usually involves one or two other people.

3. If you do a workout and nobody is there to react to it on Twitter, Facebook, the blogosphere or Instagram, did it really happen? You’re not sure…

2. Your idea of quiet, introspective meditation is talking to someone in a whisper.

1. The line between working out and socializing is- wait, what line? There is no line.

So which are you, introverted? Extroverted? A little of both?

Are you one way in real life and a different way when it comes to exercising?

Where do you pull your energy from? From within? From outside factors?