Recently I was thinking about my lack of trips on the horizon, and I realized hey, I don’t have to travel internationally when I can travel internetally.

Just like international tourism, internetal tourism involves going to sites and looking at things. However, internetal tourists don’t have to put on pants.

no pants new girl

Wondering which type of tourist you are? Let’s find out.

A. When it comes to pulling out your phone, do you prefer to do it:

  1.  During dinner to show your friends pictures of your recent trip to Hong Kong
  2.  During disputes to show your friends that according to Google, their side is wrong

B. When it comes to complaining about your connections, which of the following words typically precedes “connections”:

  1. Flight
  2. Wifi

C. When it comes to regaling your friends with exotic stories, do you normally talk about:

  1. Your last visit to the Sub-Saharan Desert
  2. Your last visit to that super weird subreddit

D. When you pick up new phrases, these are usually in the form of:

  1. Foreign languages
  2. Memes

read all the memes

E. When you say “I’ll write” you mean:

  1. A postcard containing just one sentence, something like: “Wish you were here.”
  2. An email containing no text just a Buzzfeed link, with the subject: “Aww baby pig friends with baby deer”

F. When you worry about your financial safety, your biggest threat is:

  1. Your cash being stolen by child pickpockets with small hands
  2. All your personal information stolen by teenage hackers over wireless LANs

G. When you say you’re going on Safari, you mean:

  1. In Africa, with all the animals and khaki clothes
  2. On your iphone or computer (because you need to open a browser other than Chrome)

If you answered mostly 1s, you are an international tourist.

If you answered mostly 2s, you are an internetal tourist and you are just like me.




What sites do you spend most of your time on– ancient, archaeological, or web? (Web. Blogs and Buzzfeed)

Do you have any trips coming up? Where are you going? (Trader Joes. Yes it counts.)

Did you just get back from a trip? Where did you go? (Ego trip, briefly. Yes it counts.)


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:

phone list 1

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. ”


oh the places you'll go quote 1


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 @
  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 the amaaaazing Sarah at Sweet Miles nominated me for the Liebster Award, and I’m SO honored to receive it!!

Even though it’s not my first nomination, I’ve just learned that every nomination feels fracking* awesome!!

*Battlestar Galactica reference anyone? Anyone at all? Or, wait speaking of Battlestar Galactica, has anyone seen that Portlandia episode where they keep watching Battlestar Galactica? Anyone? No? Ok, moving on.

Anyways, I’m not going to go full Liebster on you all today, I’m just going to answer Sarah’s survey questions, because they’re GREAT questions and because I love surveys.

Here we go:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I love writing. And also because Eric dared me to (truth) and I do not back down from dares (totally false, I back down all the time)

2. What is your favorite part about blogging?

While I obviously love the writing part, I have to say my favorite part of the whole blogging experience has turned out to be getting to know the other bloggers :)

3. When you’re not blogging, what can you be found doing?

Working, bar methoding, watching too much tv, but mainly, just hanging out with Eric…


hanging out at oscars

hanging out 8

hanging out 4

4. What is your favorite way to get your work out on?

With a bar!

And yes I mean that two-fold: 1. Bar Method, and 2. the other “bar” method- ie. lifting a glass of wine to and from my mouth repeatedly. I find that it is a good warm up for dancing around the room for the rest of the night.

5. What motivates you to stay healthy and active?

My deep inner desire to live forever, and my deep inner desire to look good in jeans.

6. What are you most proud of in your life, thus far?

Wow, what a good question. Hmm… this is quite difficult to answer because I’m the type of person who celebrates the small victories. Like for example, today I am most proud that I didn’t eat that 2nd muffin after I ate my first, even though I was hungry enough to. I’m not sure I could hold your attention if I got into a lifetime of stuff like that.

7. What goals do you have for yourself to accomplish by the end of the year?

  1. By 2014 I would like to have a steady income from writing.
  2. Not lose sight of goal #1.

8. What’s one thing you wish you could say to your younger self?

Stop thinking you’re not photogenic- even the worst photo you ever took at the age of 22 is still better than most of the photos you take at 30.

9. What is your favorite go-to recipe?

  • Start with a base of frozen yogurt.
  • Add coconut flakes, mochi and mango.
  • Eat before it melts.

10. What is the funniest thing you’ve heard today?

Anthony Weiner hired a new campaign manager (hint: it’s his weiner because “he was already making most of the major decisions, anyway”):

Thanks Sarah! These questions were so much fun to answer!

Now your turn- pick 1 (or as many as you like) and answer in the comments!

Or if you’d like me to pick one for you – what motivates you to stay healthy and active?