A to Z

So, I wasn’t exactly tagged to do this A to Z thing, but thought it was a fun idea when I read it over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake a few weeks ago. I’ve had it in the works ever since, but then forgot about it and was reminded again when I saw it over at Beautifully Nutty. Anyway, it’s a little change of pace, but hopefully at least a little entertaining! Cheers!

A. Attached or single?

Attached, married for a little over 2 months and together for about 5 years.

Just married. (Photo credit: Matt Gonzalez Photography).
Just married. (Photo credit: Matt Gonzalez Photography).
Summer in Michigan 2008, the year I moved to Portland. Late night pontoon ride.
Summer in Michigan 2008, the year I moved to PDX.

B. Best friend?

Jesse.

Who wouldn't want to be best friends with this guy? Circa summer 2008.
Who wouldn’t want to be best friends with this guy? Circa summer 2008.
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(Photo credit: Matt Gonzalez Photography).

C. Cake or pie?

Make It Paleo’s, grain-free coconut cake. I make it with raw honey instead of maple syrup and use a dairy-free lemon coconut frosting instead of the option they suggest in the book. It is straight up divine. You can check out my variation here.

Coconut cake with lemon coconut frosting.
Coconut cake with lemon coconut frosting.

D. Day of choice?

Saturday — it’s the only full day that Jesse has off. I just recently started working Saturday mornings out at CPC (by choice), but it’s only a couple hours out of my day, and then I have the whole rest of the day to do whatever. Saturdays have a special vibe to them that I dig.

E. Essential item?

Taken two days ago at my Recreate Fitness, where I train and now work. 11 months in on the SCD.
Lululemon cool racerback tank and wunder under crops, as pictured on me here.

F. Favorite color?

Blue, and it has been since I was a little kid.

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Well, neither because I don’t eat that stuff! I honestly don’t even remember the last time gummy candy touched my lips. As a kid I liked both a lot — probably the worms a little more because they could be savored longer — eaten in two bites instead of one. I really liked the bears though too and wasn’t partial to one over the other.

H. Home town?

Alpena, Michigan.

(Photo credit: advancedwildlifedesigns.com)
(Photo credit: advancedwildlifedesigns.com)

I. Favorite indulgence?

Homemade coconut milk ice cream or the grain-free coconut cake I mentioned above. A nice dry white wine or hard cider too. If I’m in Hawaii though, it’s definitely a Mai Thai cocktail.

Mai Thai!
Mai Thai!
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Yum, remember my vanilla hazelnut coconut milk ice cream?

J. January or July?

Definitely July because I love the summer! Coming off of all the holidays in January is hard and makes me feel a little blue. Plus, it’s wintery, wet and cold. Rainy season at its peak.

K. Kids?

Someday, Jesse and I plan to have one, but not for a little while. Maybe in about 5 years.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Our kitties, Mila and Dutch.

This picture of Mila makes me just want to squeeze her! So cute!
This photo of Mila makes me just want to squeeze her!
Dutch inside his favorite box, only now, it's a bit more shredded up in the bottom.
Dutch in his favorite box.

M. Marriage date?

June 8, 2013. Our reception is coming up in a few weeks — September 7, back in Michigan.

N. Number of siblings?

2 sisters, both older (Ashley 5 years older, Amanda 3 years older).

My sisters and me showing off some handmade outfits a family member made for us. I wasn't too thrilled, but Ashely (in the middle) sure was!
My sisters and me showing off some handmade outfits a relative made for us. I remember not liking this outfit at all! I think I was 3 or 4 years old here.
Here's another goodie -- Christmas Day 1988 or 89, the year Ashley got a hair crimper.
Here’s another goodie — Christmas Day 1988 or 89, the year Ashley got a hair crimper.
My sisters and me, circa May 2008. This is the day I graduated with my BA from Michigan State.
My sisters and me, circa May 2008. This is the day I graduated with my BA from Michigan State.

O. Oranges or apples?

Apples, hands down, especially pink ladies and honey crisp. I can’t wait for apple season!

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P. Phobias?

Spiders and deep, dark open waters.

Q. Quotes?

Oh, there’s many that I like, but here are a couple favorites:

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -M. Gandhi

“Happiness is a byproduct of a greater frequency.” Unknown, but heard my yoga teacher say it before

R. Reasons to smile?

I could list a lot, but here a few: My upcoming trip to Michigan in a few weeks (for our wedding reception), a trip to Hawaii in less than three months, having cool jobs and being called Mrs. Fairbanks.

A picture of Waikiki Beach on our trip this past December.
A shot of Waikiki Beach on our trip this past December.

S. Season of choice?

Summer and fall.

T. Tag 5 people?

I’m only tagging a couple that I think may do this (and you’re not obligated, by any means!): Naz at Cinnamon Eats and Ashley at Craving4more.

U. Unknown fact about me?

I used to have my tongue pierced. I did it on my 18th birthday and mom wasn’t very happy because I didn’t tell her I was doing it (sorry, mom!). I took it out when I was 21 because I was over it and didn’t want it anymore.

V. Vegetable?

I love ’em, especially the green leafy ones!

W. Worst habit?

Picking the calluses on my hands and wasting time on the computer.

X. X-ray or ultrasound?

Well, I’ve only ever had an x-ray, so I don’t know what an ultrasound is like. I think looking at bone x-rays is pretty darn cool though.

Y. Your favorite food?

Hard to choose just one, but probably eggs. They always satisfy.

Eggs covered with hot water and ready for the lid.
Remember my egg fiasco in Hawaii? I still figured out how to get my fix though.

Z. Zodiac sign?

Pisces!

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11 thoughts on “A to Z

  1. Craving4More August 14, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    I love this!! I can’t wait to do it myself in a few weeks. Thanks for tagging me 🙂
    I so enjoy learning new and interesting things about folks – I can’t believe you had your tongue pierced!!

    • paleoinpdx August 14, 2013 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks, I look forward to reading yours! I know…it is funny that I had my tongue pierced. That was a whole other time in my life!

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 15, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Uhhhh I totally LOVE this too 🙂 so thanks for tagging me! Think I’ll actually do it today since I didn’t have any other blog post planned out 😀 Will have to dig around for some suitable photos to use 🙂 Btw it was great finding out more about you AND looks like we have a few more things in common but I’ll leave it until I do mine for you to see what they are hehe.

    • paleoinpdx August 15, 2013 / 8:39 am

      I look forward to reading it! Have fun 😉

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