Monthly Archives: April 2012

Up Close and Personal

Hello! I borrowed this survey from Emily, who borrowed it from Aubrey, who I believe is the creator of the most recent survey going around in the blog world. This survey is more unique than the other surveys because the questions are deeper than the usual what’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes/granola/Chobani etc…. And what better way to share my true personality than an up close and personal question and answer session? Refill your coffee mug and get comfy, this may take awhile!

10 Questions About My Personality

1. When a cashier in the checkout line at the grocery store is being a grump for no reason, how do you typically react?

Often, cashiers don’t say anything to me before they start checking me out. I have always blamed it on that I look young so they think that it doesn’t matter. However, who doesn’t appreciate being acknowledge? If a cashier doesn’t say anything, how are you today? Etc., I say it to them first instead. Lots of times they seem surprised when this happens. I work as a waitress, so I understand that sometimes people just aren’t feeling the most social. I feel like it puts a positive spin on a sometimes awkward situation.

2. Are you the type that likes going out with your girlfriends or staying in?

I think I like the idea of going out dancing etc., but the whole up late and feeling crappy the next day usually hold me back from following through with it. Plus, I have never been into that ‘scene.’ I’d much rather stay in with a bunch of people-much more relaxing and no worries about getting home.

3. Do you sob and get emotional watching romance movies?

Kristen Bell once explained her emotions as a scale of 1-10. If she is between a 5 and a 7 she’s great, but anything above or below means she’s crying. This totally fits me. Too happy, too sad, the waterworks begin (although I have to say its more tears running down my face rather than full out sobbing)! I handle my emotions better on some days than others, but I definitely working this aspect of myself!

FYI: Kristen explains emotions. I find this video hysterical…mostly because it’s the story of my life.

4. What stresses you out the most?

Not knowing what is going to happen. Whether its today, next week, or next year, I need to know who, what, when, and why. I am working on being more spontaneous, but I have noticed that the more stress factors that have in my life, the less likely I am able to just go with the flow. Type A much??

5. What do you think people think of you?

People most likely think that I am a nice, quiet, do gooder. Ugh. The people who actually know me know that I do like to talk and can be very goofy (is there a better word for this?). People have a tendency to think I am in a bad mood, but that’s because I don’t walk around with a huge grin on my face for nothing. I also tend to show my emotions on my face without realizing it-not always a good thing!

6. When you overindulge do you hit the gym to burn it all off, or just accept the indulgence and follow your same routine?

I might go for an extra walk/run, but usually I just accept the indulgence and plan on using it as extra energy for an awesome workout! Life is all about moderation!

7. Are you easily annoyed?

Normally, I would say no. I try not to let little things bother me and on my best days I can usually laugh annoyances off easily. Except for in the morning. I don’t like to talk to anyone in the morning. I like my quiet time then.

8. What do you think is your biggest personality flaw?

I can be a control freak. There I said it. For as long as I can remember, I have always needed to have some sense of control over whatever situation I am in. As the older sibling, I was constantly bossing my brother around when we were little. I cringe at these memories. And feel guilty. There’s another flaw-guilt! This mostly comes from wanting everything to be perfect. My school and college experiences were very stressful because of this ‘perfectionism’ trait. Some people talk about wanting to go back, but ohmygosh no thank you!! The whole completing work and people grading it with little to no feedback or guidance is just way too much for me. I was a very successful student, but I definitely stressed myself out to the extreme.

9. What is one thing you don’t think people see enough of when it comes to your personality?

I love to talk to people and make crazy jokes….but I find it hard to share this side of myself with people. Especially if they have already made the assumption that I am quiet. Hatethatword.

10. Can you feel relaxed in a busy crowd or messy room?

I definitely don’t like busy crowds. I am very aware of my personal space, and I get anxious/uncomfortable when people ignore this! Messy rooms don’t bother me as much-they have more of an effect when I am stressed.

What I learned from this: stress is not good for me! It seems to bring out all of the negative emotions and responses.

Do you handle stress well? What do you do to ‘manage’ it?


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National Scrabble Day

Happy National Scrabble Day! Not sure how I know this…I think I found out while reading the [poor excuse for a daily] newspaper. Scrabble may be one of my favorite games…after Apples to Apples. Omg..dork much? I am not a fan of regular board games…so so boring…I don’t like to wait for it to be my turn. And I forget who’s turn it is so…yeah, you can only imagine.

But Scrabble!?! Coming up with super awesome words that have outrageous scores? Totally my thing! And Words with Friends…a whole new world for me! I have been demanding that we play Scrabble on National Scrabble Day for approximately….3 weeks?? Ihavenolife.

My other brainstorm? Paleo Friendly Pizza on National Scrabble Day! Plus, it’s Friday and what doesn’t say Friday like yummy, cheesy, pizza (andhardcider)?

Paleo Friendly Pizza:

For the Crust: I used Robb Wolf’s recipe, but you could also try one of these recipes. Or a cauliflower crust. Options people!

Toppings: Anything goes here. I chose tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, ham, spinach and mushrooms. I am sure that you can be way more creative that, but I highly recommend the caramelized onions!

Also, if you are still trying to decide on a crust, Robb Wolf’s recipe is slightly sweeter than a traditional crust. I enjoyed it, but I think it would be better suited for a breakfast pizza. Which is on my mental list of recipes to make.

Now if someone asks you what your plans are for Friday night you can say: making Paleo Pizza and playing Scrabble! Bonus points if you actually admit that you are looking forward to playing Scrabble!

What’s your favorite non-traditional pizza topping?

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Italian Chicken and Spinach (In the Crockpot)

How’s that for a title eh? This is a super easy recipe (another one that doesn’t require following the directions exactly). I call it ‘Italian,’ but I am sure a true representative of the Italian heritage would not agree with this statement. In my world, anything with crushed tomatoes, sauce (or gravy as my Italian roommate used to call it), and seasonings that come out of the Italian seasoning shaker is ‘Italian.’ I always feel so long winded…anyways. This recipe is super easy and makes a ton so it is great for dinner and then lunches all week long!

The Italian Party

The best part about this recipe is that you can throw it all in the crock pot and go about your day. Leaves more time for the important stuff, like reading blogs, cleaning, and working.

All mixed up in the crock pot

Italian Chicken and Spinach
3-5 lb chicken breast
16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
16 oz jar of spaghetti/tomato sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen spinach (if using frozen, be sure to drain it!)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Italian seasonings
Sprinkle of garlic powder

1. Trim the chicken breasts and place in the crockpot.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the chicken is covered.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. (Or until the chicken is cooked through.)
4. Enjoy as is or over your favorite noodles, rice, or my favorite, CRICE!

The finished product: it may not be beautiful, but is nutritious and tasty! You may also need to drain the extra broth (as you can see on my plate). I think it would have helped if I had thawed and drained my spinach. Whoops.

What does a recipe require for you to call it ‘Italian’?

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