11 things

Yesterday, Rachel over at Healthy Chicks tagged me in a fun little blogger game. While I'm not usually into stuff like this (I know, everyone says that), this one is just a really fun way to get to know bloggers! And I hope it tells you some stuff you'd like to know about me, outside of who I am as a blogger. I threw in a couple of old photos, just to make it a little cuter. ;-) So yup...I'm doing it. If I tag you, puh-lease don't feel obligated to do it too...it just means I wanna read more about you.

There are six "rules".

1. Post these rules.
2. Post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post (i.e., Rachel's for me).
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them.
6. No saying, "If you are reading this, you're tagged."

I shortened the rules just an eensy bit. Hope the blog police don't come after me...

11 random things about me...

1. I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep at night because I'm thinking about new recipes for my blog.
2. I have three chipped teeth, all on the bottom in the front. I don't remember how one happened. I remember quite clearly that the other two happened during an unfortunate accident when my siblings and I were practicing dramatic fainting on the couch.
3. I'm going to go take a nap after this, because I was up half the night thinking about my blog.
4. I often break my own health "rules". For example, I'm skipping the gym today for my nap. Life happens.
5. I wanted to be a marine biologist from about the age of 5 until about the age of 13. It is still a life goal to swim with otters. I still sleep with my stuffed otter. Uh oh...too many random things for one number?
6. I taught in a tough school district for a year, and learned way more than I ever could have taught...including how to take care of myself.
7. It took me a long time to admit that my favorite color is purple, because I didn't want to be a girl whose favorite color was purple.
8. I was the drum major of my high school marching band, and it was the highlight of my public school career.
9. I assumed J was a jerk before I met him, because I totally judged him by his appearance (hello, cute-face-athletic-build-and-baseball-cap meets former-high-school-drum-major).
10. I'm an ethnic mutt (Irish, Slovakian, French, German, Swedish, American Indian, English, and Italian), but participate almost exclusively in German and Slovakian traditions.
11. I love it when people call me "Clairie".

Rachel's questions for me...

1. Who's your #1 role model and why?

Ok, I know this is going to sound cliché. But it's really my mom. We're very alike, so I can see the things I might become in her, and that makes me proud. I admire her ability to stand up for, and speak about the truths she holds dear. She has always put her children first. In fact, both my parents are amazing role models for parenting skills.

2. If you were planning a dinner party TONIGHT, what would you prepare for your guests?

So you already know I'm about to go take a nap. Which means the menu would be simple, made from what's already in the house. Looks like it'd be white wine glazed tofu served over quinoa and lentils, seasoned with lemon and garlic. I'd saute chayote squash and onions as a side and serve silken tofu chocolate pudding for dessert.

3. What's your sign and do you believe in horoscope/zodiac kinda stuff?

I'm on the cusp between scorpio and libra, which means I usually read both horoscopes and pick the one I like better. I can't really say I don't believe in it. I'm very open minded! But I definitely don't seek it out and don't let it affect the way I live my life or the way I feel about myself or my future.

4. What is a deal-breaker for you when it comes to relationships or dating?

Lack of respect. Sure, J and I tease each other, but one of the things I really value in him is that he values me. I hope that doesn't sound self-centered, but as equal partners in a relationship, I am so glad that he respects my opinions, my intellect, my feelings (irrational though they sometimes are), and me as a whole person.

5. Are you reading any good books right now? If so, what? If not, what's the last GREATEST book you've read?

I'm currently reading A Naked Singularity and Democracy and Education. Both are really good, but very intense. You've been warned! I just finished reading The Help and I highly, highly recommend it. It's the best, most engrossing book I've read in a long time. But I'm not sure there's anyone left who hasn't read it.

6. What's something strange you simply can't live without - be it a beauty product, a food you crave, etc.?

This is a tough one. Strange and essential? I guess I'd have to say coconut oil. I use it in almost all my sweet treats, as a moisturizer, to remove makeup...it's not strange by itself, but once you start thinking about all the ways you can use it, it's crazy!

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

That would make me 35. Married, with kids (preferably two...twins). I would love to have a flexible part-time career, so I could nurture my own interests while primarily being a mom. Ideally, that career would have me involved in low income public schools, empowering kids to make better wellness decisions. And we'd be living in or near a city somewhere, with a little house and a big garden.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I'd probably want to take the opportunity to go somewhere new. At the moment, a week in Ireland in the country sounds amazing. Long walks and lots of photography every day, whole foods at every meal, and plenty of farm animals to snuggle with.

9. What's your favorite hobby, aside from blogging?

Eep! Just one? Cooking. But also reading and crocheting. Sorry...cheating again.

10. Are you shy when you first meet people or a bubbly, social butterfly?

I'm definitely introverted, and I often feel uncomfortable and anxious and awkward when meeting new people. I try not to overthink it though, so I think I usually do a pretty good job of acting like a normal social person. Right?!

11. Best way to blow off stress = ______

A good run. I'm not a runner, but if I'm stressed, there is nothing quite as amazing as running it out. I'm usually more motivated to do it, and the endorphins leave me feeling like a new person.

My 11 questions...

1. What's your favorite way to take advantage of a sunny day?
2. Do you have a reliable "wing it" meal that you depend on?
3. How do you take your coffee?
4. What is your absolute favorite book from your childhood?
5. When do you feel most at peace?
6. Flats or heels?
7. What's one habit you wish you had?
8. Do you hold on to a lot of guilt? Is there anything that is guaranteed to make you feel guilty?
9. If you had the opportunity to be a professional blogger, would you take it?
10. Best way to turn around a bad day?
11. What's the last time you can remember laughing so hard you cried?

I'm tagging Anna, Danielle, Smita, Jennifer, Jenna, Julie, and Megan!


  1. Replies
    1. I miss you and can't wait to see you next weekend. I almost tagged you in this, but I already know everything about you. ;-)


  2. Clair, I LOVED LOVED LOVED reading this. So much fun and I love learning new things about people.

    We have sooooo much in common, it's actually really funny. For instance, my boyfriend's name is Jason and I call him "J" too when I refer to him to others, or just to shorten his name. I DEFINITELY woke up at 5 a.m. last night and started jotting down ideas for my business so totally know about the late night thinking sorta thing, AND my favorite color is purple. Always has been.

    Your dinner you'd make for an event sounds delish. Have a lovely weekend :)

  3. first of all, YOU ARE ADORABLE. both as a child and as a former drum major and as a human being as whole. i loved this. and um, could i be invited to that dinner party? it sounds like a dream.

  4. Your dinner sounds like Top Chef: Vegetarian. I love you!!!

  5. STOP IT.

    You were insanely cute. I can't even handle it.

    I really loved reading this.

    I might actually do one. But I'm thinking maybe VLOG style. Would that be against the rules? Whatever, I make my own rules.


    1. DO THE VLOG. DO THE VLOG. DO THE VLOG. (I'm chanting if you can't tell)

  6. your dinner party sounds awesome. i would definitely come! :)

  7. I loved reading this! I wanted to be a marine biologist too...I started my freshman year of college as a marine biology major. I had a moment where I was like "wait a minute, what am I going to do with this degree"!

    1. Wow, how funny! I still sometimes wonder what would have happened...

  8. Basically you're just completely adorable. But I already knew that.

    I love that your favorite color is purple. And that you didn't admit to it for a long time because you didn't want to be that girl. So dang cute!!

  9. I'm on the cusp too!! Leo and Virgo. No one believes me. Every time I say I'm both signs someone ALWAYS pipes up whatever date they just read in Cosmo and declares me one OR the other, but every magazine/newspaper/website has different horoscope dates (I'm Aug 23)!

    1. Right?! I get that all the time too. People are just jealous. Being on the cusp is awesome.


Thanks for making me smile. =)