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Hi-ya Friends!  Happy Friday!!

I am taking this “Friday Ramblings” post as an opportunity to answer the questions from the Liebster Award that Sarah @ Health Craved oh-so-kindly nominated me for. Thank you, Sarah!

Here Are The Rules:

    • Tell us 11 random things about yourself. Answer the questions that the person who tagged you asks. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
    • Tag 11 blogs and link them to your post.
    • Contact them and let them know they have been tagged.

11 things about me:

1. I am adopted. This is a very long story, but my mom and my biological mom (BM) knew each other. My BM asked my now-parents to adopt me, and without hesitation, they said YES. I am very fortunate.

2. I am the youngest of 4 children (I am the only adopted one) and my siblings range from 7-11 years older than me, and I have 4 nieces and one nephew. 2 of them are now in HIGH SCHOOL.. omg I can’t even take it, ha.

My Sisters, Jodi & Brandy

My Brother, Jason

My 4 nieces & 1 nephew: Shawna, Amber, Gigi, Jewel, and Logan; Christmas 2011

3.  I am pretty religious about getting my hair high-lighted every 8 weeks. Love that blonde, ya know? ha.

4. I have never broken a bone.  {watch me jinx this now}

5. In middle school, before I had braces, I had such huge front teeth, the boys made fun of me and called me “Eva the Beeva”.. TERRIBLE, lol! And I was chubby and pimply, not a good combo!

This isn’t me (duh), but this is sorta how I looked, lol.

6. I love to dance and I LOVE to teach Zumba. It has been the biggest passion in my life to date. I guess you all couldn’t tell, huh? I even dressed up as a Zumba Instructor for Halloween last year. So creative, yeah?

Halloween 2011

7. I love my day job as an Accountant. I work in a fascinating shipping industry (think big oil tanker ships in the ocean) & how I met Nick 😉

8. I don’t like cherries. The one fruit I really have no desire for.

9. I may be 28, but Thursday nights are STILL my favorite night to go out

10. I went to college only 20 minutes away from my home town, but still lived on campus for 3 years. I wanted the entire college experience!

11. My grandmother (aka, my Nonie) spoiled me rotten as a kid; I had every color pair of shoes to match every pair of pants I had, and every hair ribbon to match. I was stylin’. I once went to Florida when I was 9 years old to visit my aunt and uncle that lived there for 3 weeks, and I cried because I was leaving Nonie, not my own parents,  ha.  {RIP, nonie}

Questions From Sarah:

1. How did you get into blogging?

I love to eat well and work out, so a lot of my friends told me I should “blog about it”. so I did! I recently hired Zesty Blog Consulting to re-do the entire thing. I am not tech-saavy and I suck at being creative, so this was worth the expense. Stay tuned 🙂

2. What is your favorite way to exercise?

ZUMBA – surprised? I do love to do weights, though, too.

 3. What is your least favorite way to exercise?

Hmm.. running at a steady state. I can do super intense intervals, but I loathe doing the distance/steady-pace thing.

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty food?

Salty. Chips of all kinds. I honestly do not have a sweet tooth.

 5. Would you rather go to the beach or go skiing?

BEACH. And as much as people think I have coordination because I teach Zumba, I really don’t think skiing is my calling. I did it once when I was 13, and I wasn’t terrible, but definitely not good. I was also unbelievably sore the next day.

 6. How do you relax after a long day?

Does alcohol count? Ha. I love a glass of red wine (or white, I don’t discriminate) and TV with Nick.

 7. What is one of your biggest fears?

SNAKES. Omg, I can’t even see a picture of one.

 8. What’s your favorite Olympic sport to watch?

Gymnastics – although I didn’t see much of it this year.

 9. Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to?

I wish I had something cool to answer for this. I absolutely loved Nantucket last summer. I love the cape! But I really suck at the traveling department

 10. What’s your favorite recipe?

This is hard to answer. I love overnight oats..does that count? Ha. I love any recipe that involves fish.. honey mustard & balsamic glazed salmon is definitely my best recipe to date. (I am basing this solely on Nick’s reaction, FYI :))

 11.  What’s your favorite holiday?

So cliché, but I guess Christmas? I love the Christmas season and love how my Italian mama cooks everything from soup to nuts! And seeing my nieces and nephews still enjoy it, although they are so old now 😦

My 11 Questions For You:

1. Why are you blogging?

2. What is your favorite color?

3. What 3 words best describe you?

4. What do you do in your free time?

5. What is your favorite sport?

6. If you could only pick one work out, what would it be?

7. Dog or cat lover?

8. What food do you absolutely hate?

9. What is your favorite quality in a fitness instructor or personal trainer?

10. Favorite alcohol drink?

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Blogs I Nominate:

1. Laura @ Beanie Bumbles

2. Anne at Love Mint Chocolate Chip

3. Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

4. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige

5. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

6. Katie @ Wish and Whimsy

7. Lisa @ Lisa Lately

8. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

9. Sara @ Sara Smiles

10. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

11. Cait @ Cait Plus Ate

This was a lot of fun to do. Thanks again Sarah!

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HAPPY WEEKEND!