Friday Things + Beautiful Blogger Award

Happy Friday! Before I get down to business about this Blogger Award, I’ve got some Friday things to share. Usually when I run out of things to blog about during the week, I link up a bunch of cool stuff and call it “Friday Faves”, but today’s list is a pretty mixed bag – it’s got both the good and the bad. So without further ado…

1) I have one more tale to end the blanket-of-leaves saga! After I posted about us getting slighted by whoever does the sidewalk cleaning ’round here on Wednesday, we got a bit more rainy and windy weather. But to my surprise, I awoke to this on Thursday morning:


The sidewalk is cleared! Whether it was the City of Sacramento that did it, or the guy who lives downstairs, I guess we’ll never know. But entering and exiting my apartment is slightly less hazardous now! Hooray!

2) As I mentioned on Wednesday I’ve got some tests comin’ up on Monday. Well, in order to make my prep easier, I’m on a insoluble-fiber-free diet. This is pretty much the opposite of what I usually try to include in my diet! I am all about whole grains and veggies. UGH!


Obviously cheese isn’t a source of fiber, but for some reason the instructions my doctor gave me said not to eat it 😦 So I’ve been sticking to bland foods –> Yogurt, pureed butternut squash soup, white bread, etc. Last night I made chicken with cream of mushroom soup over rice, which is a meal we begged my mom to make for us all the time as kids…serious comfort food right there!

3) Cloudy/rainy days —> Seriously cool sunsets!

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4) I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Actually, I was nominated for two awards. Carly nominated me for the BB Award and Emily sent me a nod for the Liebster Award. Because the Beautiful Blogger award requires a little less work, I am choosing to pass it along to 7 other bloggers…but I am still going to answer 7 of the questions Emily chose as part of her Liebster Award questionnaire!

First things first, a huge thank you to Carly for thinking of me. The day that she nominated me was the day I drafted my kinda bummy blog post…getting this nomination was a huge mood booster! Carly was one of the first bloggers I started following when I was trying to find fellow bloggers close to my age with similar interests. Carly’s blog Snack Therapy has continued to be one of my favorites – she’s got a great blog voice and adds so much humor to everything she writes! So thank you again Carly, and on we go:


Beautiful Blogger Award Rules:

The idea behind the Beautiful Blogger Award is to recognize some of the bloggers we follow for their hard work and inspiration.

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about myself

1. I was born in San Francisco, and until earlier this year, I had a brick with my name and birthday on the SF side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Apparently it’s gone now 😦 Womp womp. Must find new way to keep my name immortal!

2. I have never dyed my hair (except with red food coloring in middle school for Crazy Hair Day) and I have donated two ponytails to Locks of Love. Kinda funny to think that two kids are walking around with my naturally blonde hair on their heads!

3. I have visited 16 countries: US, Mexico, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Monaco (technically a principality) and Italy. The question is: where should I go next?!

4. In middle school, I developed acid reflux because my self-chosen lunches consisted of pepperoni pizza, Hot Cheetos, and Pepsi. I would say that I’m angry at my former self for starting me down a path of gastrointestinal issues, but hey man. Former self only weighed like 110 pounds, she could do whatever she wanted! I would’ve done the same thing! (Wait……. I did.)

5. I’m named after my two grandfathers’ mothers: Katherine for my mom’s Italian grandmother, and Rose for my dad’s grandmother Rose, who was known for her beautiful singing voice.

6. I love trivia. Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, pub trivia, you name it.

7. My drinks of choice are red wine, whiskey gin and/or ginger-based cocktails, and IPAs! But if you’d asked me 2 years ago, the answer would have been white wine, vodka, and lagers, so who knows how long this will last 🙂

7 Questions from Emily at “Have Your Cake And…”!  {from the Liebster Award – Thanks Emily!}

1) Would you rather spend your money on food or clothes? I would totally rather spend it on clothes, but it never turns out that way! Most of my money goes to groceries, drinks, & the occasional restaurant meal!

2) What’s your favorite holiday cookie? I pretty much love ANYTHING with peppermint and chocolate together. And I love making and decorating sugar cookies!

3) When you’re angry or upset, how do you calm yourself down? Taking a shower, if possible. Haha. The steam is relaxing, it’s good quality alone time, and is a perfect place to think. I ALWAYS feel better after a shower!

4) How many alarms do you set to wake up? Just one. I always snooze at least once, and sometimes twice.

5) Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate all the way, no question.

6) Do you prefer flying or driving? Usually flying, actually. I don’t like the actual act of flying, but for some reason I love airports!

7) How many cups of coffee/tea do you drink in a day? I drink 1 cup of tea, but I refill it

Now it is my turn to nominate some fellow bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

1. Emily at Have Your Cake And…  I was totally already going to nominate her for this before she had nominated me for the Liebster! I love Emily’s food philosophy and Food Bucket List… I need to make one of my own!
2. Olivia at Beautiful photos, beautiful writing, AND a beautiful girl! Olivia has it all.
3. Alisha at Alisha’s Appetite I’ve only been following her blog for a short time but it’s quickly becoming a fave! Everything Alisha makes looks delicious, and we share a love of hot sauce/sriracha!
4. Theresa at A Spoonful of Sunshine Carly also nominated Theresa and it is totally fitting. Theresa finds the coolest products and recipes, but if we’re being honest here I mostly stalk her blog for glimpses of life at my alma mater, UCSB, where she goes to school! 🙂
5. Megan at Braise the Roof Megan is one of my favorite bloggers. She’s a fellow francophile, has a healthy appetite, and was Honey Bee Bee for Halloween. I mean COME ON.
6. Adrienne at Cultured Chaos I’ve thrown Adrienne a shout out before, and I’ll do it again. We studied together in France and, as a result, share a love of French cuisine. She also contributes to!
7. Kaitlin at California Endless Summer Kaitlin is another college student I stalk when I want to remember the glory days 🙂 She is truly adventurous in the kitchen AND otherwise – she recently ran a half marathon!

Have a great weekend! Wish me luck!

12 thoughts on “Friday Things + Beautiful Blogger Award

  1. yooou are the sweetest!! we like to play blogger-tag 😉 so sorry that you cant indulge in fibrous-things for the time being, but i must say cream-of-whatever-chicken and rice was totally a childhood food for me too! hah

  2. Thanks for the sweet shout out! I feel like this post summed up my life this week– avoiding huge piles of leaves, absorbing amazing stormy sunsets, and trying to take care of my health. Hope your tests go well!

  3. Thank you so much! I love learning about people through the questions 🙂 it’s also neat to find new blogs to follow!

    I hope you reflux has improved!! 🙂

    “Keep Calm and Carry On”

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