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by Courtney on February 9, 2012

When I was in high school, I was a total sucker for those HUGE email surveys that would end up in my inbox, which I would then, inevitably, spend wayyy too much time procrastinating with my homework and instead, fill them out to the best of my ability.

Well, as it turns out, I’m still a sucker for surveys, and I still enjoy procrastinating…except now, it’s with house work, not homework. Bahaha. So last week, I was tagged in a couple of different surveys but just haven’t had the time to keep up. The last one I saw I had been tagged in over the weekend was from Chelsey, and it seemed to have some fun questions, so I figured I’d give it a go. I’m sure you’ve probably seen at least one of your favorite bloggers partake in this little survey by now, so here’s another one!

Here’s how it works:

  1. List 11 random things about myself
  2. Answer the 11 questions Chelsey asked me
  3. Come up with 11 questions to ask other bloggers
  4. Tag 11 other bloggers to do this next

My Random 11 Things

1. I always eat the lettuce first in my salads. I just love it when I’m left with a huge bowl full of chopped up veggies and toppings.

2. I’m a New York State High School Bowling Champion. In 2001, my junior year in high school, my team won the state championship in East Islip, NY. One of the proudest days of my life, without a doubt.

3. Continuing with the bowling theme…I’ve bowled on TV before! My dad and I were partnered together in a doubles tournament and we actually ended up having to bowl against one of my good childhood friends. My dad and I won, but we agreed before the match to split the winnings 50-50.

4. I’m always cold – ALWAYS. (same as Chelsey!)

5. My family nickname is “Cuppy” – when I was a little girl, I couldn’t pronounce “Courtney,” so I often referred to myself in the third person as “Cuppy.” Apparently, phrases such as “Cuppy do it!” were heard quite frequently. Cuppy has since evolved into Coopy, Coopster, and Coopinator, mostly thanks to my brother.

6. Shortly after starting college in 2002, my grandfather passed away. It was my first experience with death with a close family member and it really took a toll on me. About a week later, I had a dream and my grandfather was speaking to me. I couldn’t talk about it for days because it was such a profound moment, but in my dream, he told me he had to come back to tell me that he was okay, he was in a much better place, and that he just felt that I needed to know. I was never really sure whether or not I believed in that sort of thing being possible, but I will continue to swear to this day that he really did come back to me in my dream. Words still just can’t describe that moment and the emotions that go with it.

7. I have a collection of Ernie dolls. As a little girl, Ernie was my absolute favorite character on Sesame Street. I easily have 12-15 different Ernie dolls at my parents’ house, but the original is still here with me. Don’t ever trash talk Ernie in front of me.

8. In second grade, I went through a seriously obsessive stage where anything I did on the left side HAD to be done on my right. If I had to tie my left shoe, and I would un-tie and re-tie my right one.

9. I cannot, for the life of me, salt my own ear of corn on the cob. I have no shame.

10. I would move to North Carolina in an instant if Jay and I had at least one close set of friends say they’d go with us. Otherwise, we’re too scared/nervous to take the leap.

11. I haven’t mentioned it up until now, but Jay and I are leaving late next week to go on a week-long vacation to Mexico with six of our closest friends. To say I’m excited is an understatement!

Alrighty, now…

Questions I Have to Answer

1. Chocolate or Vanilla? – Vanilla
2. What would you do with 1 million dollars? – Pay off my student loans, pay off our mortgage, invest, donate to the Childhood Obesity Foundation, and go shopping, of course.
3. Where is your favorite place to buy groceries? – Trader Joe’s, but since I don’t have one close enough to me, it’d have to be Price Chopper.
4. What is your biggest fear? – That I’ll let “comfortable” prevent me from doing more of the things I really want to do in life (i.e., #10 above).
5. What is the last book you read? – Working Out Sucks
6. Favorite movie? – I always hate this question because there’s so many movies I like! A classic that never gets old for me is Ace Ventura Pet Detective: When Nature Calls. My brother and I can basically recite the entire movie.
7. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? – Personal training, blogging, and being a kick-ass mom.
8. Romantic or comedy movie? – Comedy, or how about a romantic comedy??
9. Last dream you remember? – I’m not totally sure, but I’m pretty sure it involved softball and cotton candy…?
10. Have you ever been in a car accident? – Yup. I almost totaled my beloved Cavalier, too. Luckily, the car had more damage than me and I was just a little shaken up.
11. What is the longest friendship you have ever had? – I’ve been friends with my Bestest, Heather, ever since we first met at Kindergarten orientation. So that’d have to be about, umm, 23 years now.

And finally…

A New Set of Questions

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  2. What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
  3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  4. Gum or mints?
  5. Favorite dessert?
  6. Do you have tattoos or piercings?
  7. Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife?
  8. What’s your worst habit?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  10. What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
  11. If you had to change your name, what would it be?

So technically, the next step is supposed to be to tag 11 other bloggers, but since this thing has already made its way around quite a bit, I’m gonna switch it up. Instead, feel free to answer any (or ALL!) of the new set of questions below.

Let’s see what new stuff we can find out about each other. Winking smile

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1 Josie @ happycorrdora.com February 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thats cool about the bowling. My Dad and I have a family championship with a trophy and everything :)

I am always cold… I am a vanilla girl…and a morning person :)
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2 Rachael @ Ready to Get Sweaty February 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I am so going to use this as tomorrow’s post. Thanks, Courtney!
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3 Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) February 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I would rather be a night owl but my job requires morning person
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? My Scarf – I live in Michigan
What is your biggest pet peeve? people who use incorrect grammar but claim they know all the rules
Gum or mints? mints
Favorite dessert? german chocolate cake
Do you have tattoos or piercings? ear pierced and a celtic knot tattoo on my right shoulder
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? I dont know what I believe but there has to be something.
What’s your worst habit? I procrastinate really bad
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Middle of nowhere in Scotland
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? not having to pay bills
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Maybe Alissa.

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4 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m so jealous that you are going to Mexico next week! I need a vacation so badly. You are going to have so much fun! :)
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5 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I am always cold too! It can become problematic since my boyfriend is always hot! HaHa! I am going to use your questions in a blog post tomorrow! Thanks!
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6 Stacey February 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? morning!
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? sweatshirt
What is your biggest pet peeve? messy papers
Gum or mints? gum
Favorite dessert? choc vitamuff w/ pb
Do you have tattoos or piercings? yes and yes
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? no and no
What’s your worst habit? OCD
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? florida
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? freedom
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Heather

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7 Jessie @RunforFroYo February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This is fun!
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Def a morning person. I’m in bed by 9:30 if I can be!
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? A Cardigan- I am also ALWAYS cold
What is your biggest pet peeve? Being late, or people who talk SO loud on their cellphone in a public place!
Gum or mints? gum
Favorite dessert? Frozen Yogurt!
Do you have tattoos or piercings? ears pierced
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? I believe in heaven!
What’s your worst habit? I chew on my cuticles
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Florence, Italy or Austin, TX
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? having someone else do my laundry, no worries
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Caroline
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8 Khushboo February 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I was actually just thinking about my pet peeves today and a biggie for me is put-on accents, especially British accents…drives me loco!
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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Neither. I am a 3 o’clock in the afternoon person, lol.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? I have this high-waisted black skirt from Zara that I probably wear twice a week. The zipper is getting a little funky and I am terrified of the day it actually breaks.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Slow walkers. I actually wrote an entire post about it, lol.
Gum or mints? Gum–it lasts longer!
Favorite dessert? Either my grandma’s cookies (she is a baking rock star) or a warm apple crostada with vanilla ice cream!
Do you have tattoos or piercings? Just normal ear piercings. One set.
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? Not sure if I believe in ghosts, but I do believe in the afterlife.
What’s your worst habit? I pick at my cuticles to the point where they bleed. It’s not even a nervous tick. I do it when I’m bored.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Spain.
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? I miss not having big things to worry about. And all of my family being together. My brother is across the country and I’m away at school. It’s always very special when we all end up in the same place.
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Vivien! It’s actually my fake name that I use at bars! lol
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10 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

“Vivien! It’s actually my fake name that I use at bars!” <– LOL!!!

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11 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I am definitely a morning person, my fav dessert is a warm brownie with ice cream, and what I miss most about childhood is having no financial responsibilities! Sigh, must have been nice! ;-)
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12 Lindsey February 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Morning person 110% percent! I am almost always up by 6am and am yawning by 9pm :)
Right now I cannot live without my skinny jeans. But in general my University sweatpants. If I am at home I am in them.
Lifesaver wintergreen mints! I would eat a bag in a day if I allowed myself to…
I have my ear pieced and my belly button – which I had done at 15, so 12 years now. I am thinking its almost time to part with it but scared to!
Yes I believe in ghosts and after life…
I love where I live. BUT I do not like our long and cold winters… I would love to live south in Arizona for at least a few months of the winter.
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13 BakingSuit February 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl through and through. I can manage mornings, but I do my best work at night.

What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
That’s a tough one. I’m not specifically attached to any one article. Right now I’m in my purple Crush tshirt a lot these days.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who whine about what’s wrong in their lives but don’t do anything to change it.

Gum or mints?
Gum

Favorite dessert?
My apple pie or molasses cookies. This changes often though.

Do you have tattoos or piercings?
Both and I’ll likely be getting a new tattoo soon.

Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife?
Yes. I believe you’re here until your business is finished, even if it’s not physically.

What’s your worst habit?
Biting the skin off my lips, picking at my face.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Boston

What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
Having enough time to devour books!

If you had to change your name, what would it be?
Xenia (Ech-Zen-Ya)

I’ll answer the rest for Saturday :)
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14 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

So jealous of your Mexico vacation! We went to Mexico last year to an all inclusive and I kept saying how much fun it would be with friends! But alas, they all have babies and NO ONE wants (or can) travel anymore for vacations like that. Slightly annoying when you’re the only one without the kids! ;)
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15 Jessie February 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Oh, I love survey questions – just can’t keep away from answering them :)

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Can I be an afternoon person? I’m not good at mornings but I can’t really do late nights anymore either. I guess if I had to choose, I’m more of a night owl.

What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? I’m really not attached to any of my clothes because I’m trying to lose a lot of weight and hopefully those clothes won’t fit anymore! My Aaron Rodgers jersey (that’s WAY TOO SMALL – children’s size!) is something I can’t get rid of though. And sure enough, I didn’t wear it during the playoff game that they lost this year :( (ha!)

What is your biggest pet peeve? People that can’t clean up after themselves in the kitchen. Drives me nuts – people EAT / COOK in there. Maybe it’s because I live with boys ;)

Gum or mints? I don’t really have either but some mints are ok.

Favorite dessert? anything chocolate

Do you have tattoos or piercings? 1 tattoo of a heart made out of a treble and bass clef (music nerd!) and piercings include 4 in my ears and my belly button

Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? I don’t really know if I believe in ghosts mostly because I’d be terrified all the time if I did ;) I do believe in an afterlife, though.

What’s your worst habit? Biting my nails, worrying too much, making excuses

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? San Francisco, CA

What is one thing you miss about being a kid? Not having student loans!!

If you had to change your name, what would it be? I actually like my name.. but my favorite girl name is Emma so maybe that :)

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16 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ughhh…student loans. I hear ya!

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17 Carolyn @HealthierGirl February 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Definitely morning – I fade by early evening.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? Yoga pants – OF COURSE!
What is your biggest pet peeve? This may sound weird but I am a bit scared of germs. So, I hate it when people sneeze near me.
Gum or mints? Gum
Favorite dessert? Do I really have to pick? I guess I’d say a white cake with white frosting… although, those oreo bars that I found on your site are definitely a very very close second. I’ve made them twice already and they are simply to die for.
Do you have tattoos or piercings? I used to have a pierced nose.
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? Sort of. I like to think that my father is looking out for me.
What’s your worst habit? My short attention span…. can be really rude to others.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Vermont.
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? I think I miss the freedom – while I love some of my responsibilities I also sometimes wish I had a few less.
If you had to change your name, what would it be? I think I like my name. :)
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18 Whitney February 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I’m from NC! Which part would you want to move to?! And when do you think you will become a kick-ass mom?? I feel like your time is soon… so many other bloggers that are preggo or just had babies!! :)

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19 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

We have a few different places that we’d like, so I’m not really sure? Haha, as far as a kick-ass mom…nothing right away, but not too far away either :)

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20 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! February 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Aw love this! I especially loved your comment about moving to NC. you would LOVE it here. We moved about 7 months ago (from Alaska) but it has been absolutely marvelous, it does stink not having any friends nearby but I am hoping soon enough we will have made some new friends!
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21 Raney @ Raney Days February 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I am aaaalways cold, too! It’s so annoying, but I think I’d prefer it over being always hot. Oh my gosh, so jealous you’re going on vacay! Enjoy your trip!

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22 Lauren @ Call Me Mrs. Rapp February 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

*Are you a morning person or a night owl? – - Used to be a night owl, but teaching first grade – and doing it well – means I need an early bed time!
*What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? – - my corso como black leather quilted boots…I wear them almost daily.
*What is your biggest pet peeve? – - When people say “what?” or “huh?” if they don’t hear you instead of “pardon” or “excuse me” (more so in formal settings than casual at home).
*Gum or mints? – - Altoids!
*Favorite dessert? – - Creme brulee
*Do you have tattoos or piercings? – - ears pierced, used to have belly button ring, but I think it’s closed now
*Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? – - no to ghosts; yes to afterlife
*What’s your worst habit? – - cracking my knuckles…or pretending to listen when I’m not
*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? – - Monaco (no taxes and beautiful weather!)
*What is one thing you miss about being a kid? – - nap time
*If you had to change your name, what would it be? – - Elizabeth, which is my middle name and will probably be my future daughter’s name
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23 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

No taxes in Monaco AND beautiful weather? Sign me UP! :)

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24 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family February 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My favorite piece of clothing is by far my rainbow flip flops. I wear them everyday and luckily this winter I haven’t had to put them away since its been so warm here in NC! NC does have beautiful weathers, you should move here :)
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25 Casey @ OatsAndNanners February 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

OH where in Mexico are you going?! I’m leaving for President’s Day week and I’m SOOOO excited… I expect to see tons of pictures of guac and fish tacos, Courtney :)
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26 Casey @ OatsAndNanners February 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Sorry forgot to clarify – I’m going to Cabo San Lucas!
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27 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m going to Riviera Maya :)

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28 Ashlee February 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I may have to do a blog entry on this :) I love the random facts.

-Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning Person – I don’t like getting up, but I like to get my day started early rather than late
-What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? My UAlbany comfy sweatshirt!
-What is your biggest pet peeve? Not being able to hear the blinker in a car
-Gum or mints? Gum
-Favorite dessert? Vanilla Ice Cream with Buttersctoch, peanuts, & whipped cream
-Do you have tattoos or piercings? I have 2 holes in each ear and my belly button pierced – I have 1 tattoo on the right front hip – a moon with stars
-Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? I believe in both – I had a similar experience as you Courtney – My dad passed away in December and after finding out in the early morning hours I was finally able to fall asleep for a little while and I dream my dad came to me and reassured me he was ok and that he loved me.
-What’s your worst habit? Nail Biting
-If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I would have to say the Carolinas
-What is one thing you miss about being a kid? No responsibility
-If you had to change your name, what would it be? I like my name…
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29 Lindsay February 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I don’t know you, but I just had to chime in to say I’m definitely rocking a comfy UAlbany sweatshirt right now! Too funny.

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30 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

oh man, i can totally relate to being cold all the time!! good thing my husband is always warm – i call him my personal body heater. :)

as for a few Q & A’s just for fun…
i used to be a big night owl, but as i’ve gotten older i’ve come to appreciate early mornings even more. now i feel like a grandma and get tired at 9 pm. ;)
i definitely prefer gum, but should probably have mints more often because i have a little TMJ.
my favorite dessert is a choc chip pizookie (underbaked deep dish cookie) w/ ice cream on top or a freshly baked homemade brownie!
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31 Jess February 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

How fun! I actually have been reading your blog for ages but I never, ever have commented before. Today I’m feeling chatty!

- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I don’t know. I go through phases…I used to be a night owl for years, then last year I used to get up super early. Now that I have a regular 8-5 job, I think I’d prefer to stay up late. :)

- What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
My LL Bean boots! Those count, right? Cold, snowy Northeast winters (and now Ohio winters) make these absolutely crucial.

- What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t use their inside voices. I kid you not! That phrase popped into my head again today (after not having heard it since elementary school) and it perfectly fits my pet peeve.

- Gum or mints?
Hmm. Gum!

- Favorite dessert?
Pecan pie. YUM!

- Do you have tattoos or piercings?
Just one hole in each ear.

- Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife?
Yes to ghosts, undecided on the afterlife.

- What’s your worst habit?
I never floss. :(

- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Boston, MA!

- What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
No worries at all.

- If you had to change your name, what would it be?
Not sure. I’ve never been a particular fan of my name (and I *hate* being called Jessica), but it’s me! When I was little I liked Emily. And my name in Spanish class was Veronika – weird, right?
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32 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

Haha, so glad you were feeling chatty today, Jess! :)

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33 Emilie February 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Trust me if you lived here in Australia at the moment, you would not be cold. It is so HOT here.

Gum or Mints – Gum all the way :D
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34 Lindsay February 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning person all the way.

What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
Black yoga pants!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People eating (or drinking) too loudly. A close second is when people flat-out lack common sense.

Gum or mints?
Gum.

Favorite dessert?
A chewy brownie.

Do you have tattoos or piercings?
My ears are pierced one time and that is all.

Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife?
That kind of stuff freaks me way out so I try not to give it much thought.

What’s your worst habit?
Putting off looking for a real job.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
After moving away from everything I ever knew at 18, I’ve come to realize I’d like to live where my friends and family are.

What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
Not having to pay bills.

If you had to change your name, what would it be?
Something pretty and feminine, but nothing in particular.

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35 Ruthie Hart February 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I love that you collect Ernie dolls!!!!!! Our puppy’s name is Ernie :-)
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36 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Your lettuce/salad fact is hilarious, but I have to say I love the veggie goodness that is always left too!
My new husband and I took a leap and moved to NYC from Colorado (you probs know this about me by now) but I have to say we are soooo glad we did. Sometimes you just have to go in with both feet first and I am POSITIVE you would make some new great friends.
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37 Rachael February 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Trader Joes is coming to Albany, the store is going to be on Wolf Road! I’m not sure when it is opening, but I thought you would be happy to now that it is on the way!

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38 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

YES, I did hear that! It can’t come soon enough! haha

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39 Cristina February 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hey Courtney!
I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, I think this may be the first comment i’ve left. I actually graduated from East Islip High School in 2002! I had a friend on the bowling team who you definitely beat…so funny!
Love your blog, you motivate me to get my bootie to the gym everyday! :)

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40 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

No kidding?!? That is too funny…talk about a small world!
Thanks so much for reading, Cristina :)

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41 Shannon February 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

1. I think I’m more of a morning person than a night owl. I crash when the clock strikes midnight. However, I don’t like getting up too early- 6:30 to 7 am is more realistic as the earliest time that I can get up.
2. My American Eagle sweatshirt that I got for Christmas; it’s so comfortable. If shoes count, my Dearfoams slippers- so soft and heaven like for my feet. :)
3. A big pet peeve of mine is when someone sits behind me and taps their feet on the back of the chair, causing the desk to shake and then I get a migraine for the rest of the night because of the movement. :(
4. None
5. Anything with chocolate- I love chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate pudding, chocolate lava cakes, etc. Saturday, I went to Friendly’s and had a build-your-own sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That was a great dinner and dessert. :)
6. Noooooooooooooooooooooo, and I’m not planning on it. They gross me out.
7. Sort of; not a big believer but somewhat of one.
8. Procrastination
9. Manhattan or Italy or Puerto Rico
10. Blowing bubbles
11. I’m not sure; I never thought about changing my name. I like my name.
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42 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine February 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Ah I love these surveys too! That is SO exciting about your vacation I bet you are ridiculously excited! NC is pretty awesome, I highly recommend it.
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43 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I have one tattoo — three pink stars on my foot!
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44 Lizzie February 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi Courtney!
I’m a new blog reader and for someone who has read healthy living blogs for years now, yours is one of my new faves! I can’t resist a survey either so my answers are below :)

1.Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning
2.What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? A sleep shirt that I’ve had since I was 9
3.What is your biggest pet peeve? Someone clipping their toenails in my presence
4.Gum or mints? Gum
5.Favorite dessert? Carrot Cake
6.Do you have tattoos or piercings? Only my ears double pierced
7.Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? Ghosts! I have a sick obsession with all things that are haunted.
8.What’s your worst habit? Making plans & backing out at the last minute
9.If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I would love to live in Southern Cali one day
10.What is one thing you miss about being a kid? Not having any real responsibilities
11.If you had to change your name, what would it be? I was almost Isabelle and I would have loved that!

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45 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

Ahhhh, thank you Lizzie!! :-D

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46 Mandee February 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

A New Set of Questions

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I am a night owl trying to be a morning person… I don’t like to wake up early but I do it anyway!
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? Fringe boots
What is your biggest pet peeve? Someone walking RIGHT behind me, breathing down my neck
Gum or mints? Gum
Favorite dessert? Pinkberry and my hostess cupcakes
Do you have tattoos or piercings? Ears pierced
What’s your worst habit? Being lateeee
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Santa Monica, CA
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? No worries
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Mandee Somerhalder ;)
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47 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

I’m also definitely not a natural morning person, but I force it because I love the mornings!

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48 Jenna February 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

My husband (fiancé at the time) moved from PA to North Carolina right after college. We were both lucky and found teaching jobs down here! We did not know anyone but each other and it has by far been the best decision we have ever made! We just bought our first home and it’s great because people are always wanting to visit! It’s not as scary as it seems, I promise!

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49 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

That is encouraging! :)

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50 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ February 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I always eat the lettuce first too! i thought i was so weird but its like I am saving for the best for last because i love the proteins or other veggies i chose so much! i liked learning more about you :-)
enjoy mexico!!!

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51 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thanks, CJ!
(P.S. – Those are my initials – Courtney Jane – and my grandpa always used to call me CJ growing up) :)

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52 Sherri February 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Neither, I’m an afternoon/early evening person.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? Grey hoodie
What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad drivers
Gum or mints? Gum
Favorite dessert? German chocolate cake
Do you have tattoos or piercings? Yes. 4 tattoos working on getting #5.
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? Absolutely. My grandfather whom I was very close with passed away 15 years ago and every once in a while I smell him.
What’s your worst habit? Rolling my eyes
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Hawaii
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? No stress (I loved school)
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Olivia

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53 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Have fun on that vacation – Mexico definitely sounds amazing right now :-)

I’m definitely a morning person, my favorite dessert is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and if I could live anywhere it would be Colorado!
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54 Kristin February 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hey Courtney!
I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but don’t comment. I absolutely LOVE it, though! I couldn’t resist this survey. I remember those crowding my email inbox in high school as well!

1.Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning!
2.What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? A sleep shirt that was my Aunt’s before she passed away. It is extremely comfortable, and reminds me of her whenever I wear it.
3.What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don’t clear the time on the microwave…I’m not sure why that bothers me so much!
4.Gum or mints? Gum. I chew close to a pack a day!
5.Favorite dessert? Carrot Cake
6.Do you have tattoos or piercings? Only my ears
7.Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? Definitely the afterlife…and I believe in friendly ghosts! :)
8.What’s your worst habit? Letting my laundry sit for a week before I fold it
9.If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I’m not certain; I’m very content with where I’m at for the moment!
10.What is one thing you miss about being a kid? Going to school. Although, now I’m a high school teacher so I go to school everyday anyway :)
11.If you had to change your name, what would it be? Hmm…good question. When I was younger, I wanted it to be “Kelly.” I had a major Saved by the Bell obsession.

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55 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hey Kristin! Thanks for coming out to say “Hi!” :)
P.S. – I, too, was obsessed with Kelly from Saved By The Bell!

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56 Jen O. February 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl?: I’m a night owl, without a doubt! But oddly enough, if I can manage to wake up early and be lively, I love the mornings.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? Hoodies! I’m always cold too!
What is your biggest pet peeve?: People eating with their mouth open! Drives me nuts…
Gum or mints?: Gum usually but sometimes mints are tasty too,
Favorite dessert?: O_O I don’t know that I can only pick one. Haha. I would have to say cookies and cream pie or fro-yo.
Do you have tattoos or piercings?: I don’t have either. Not even my ears.
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife?: I believe in both. It’s fun to research on the stuff.
What’s your worst habit?: Probably procrastinating.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?: Either Upper Michigan or somewhere warm, like Arizona or California.
What is one thing you miss about being a kid?: Not having to pay bills and deal with every day stresses.
If you had to change your name, what would it be?: I love the name Josephine.

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57 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I am always cold too- I keep a space heater on me at all times when I’m at my desk at work. And…my sister experienced number 6 after our grandpa died. I believe in those things :).
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58 Mariana February 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? Running shoes
What is your biggest pet peeve? People who shouts when they are speaking on the phone
Gum or mints? Gum
Favorite dessert? Cupcakes
Do you have tattoos or piercings? Ears pierced
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? No
What’s your worst habit? I drink a lot of diet coke
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? San Diego
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? No worries
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Ana

I am glad you are visiting Mexico. I am sure you will have an awsome time here. :)
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59 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Ahhh, you’re from Mexico? That’s awesome! I’m heading to Riviera Maya…never been before!

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60 Mariana February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

Yes! I live in Mexico City. Mayan Riviera is lovely; You will have lots of fun, and the weather will be perfect (around 82°F)

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61 Nikki S February 10, 2012 at 2:57 am

Come on down to NC!

you would definitely be warmer down here!

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62 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

Ahhhhh, warmth! How I miss it :(

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63 Sabine February 10, 2012 at 4:37 am

What a fun survey :) !

1. Morning person or night owl? Night owl trough and trough, unfortunately
2. One piece of clothing you can’t live without? Jeans!!!
3. Biggest pet peeve? The wrong use of the apostrophe in the german language. Most germans use it the english way nowadays, like in: Courtney’s blog. But in german it should be Courtneys blog, no apostrophe, and I hate it that a lot of germans don’t know the difference. (I both love english and my native language but I don’t like it when germans mix it up.)
4. Gum or mints? Neither. I choose chocolate :)
5. Favorite dessert? I love all things sweet, so that could be ice cream, pudding, everything :) . Most of the time I (sensibly) eat one or two pieces of dark chocolate nowadays.
6. Tattoos or piercings? Wearing earrings
7. Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? After all the things I heard and read I believe that the soul continues to exist after our bodies can’t do that anymore. I loved the story about your Grandpa! My boyfriend -who rarely remembers dreams- dreamed about his father saying good-bye to him, minutes before we woke up to the sound of the telephone. His mum was calling saying that his father passed away about half an hour or so ago (he had cancer, so we knew it would happen :( ).
8. Your worst habit? Worrying too much, being too pessimistic (I’m working on that … lightheartedly :) .)
9. Where would you live? I would like to live in Canada or the United States for a little while, but eventually I would always return home, to Germany
10. What is one thing you miss about being a kid? Being care-free (or at least having worries that could be cured in minutes, most of the time)
11. If you had to change your name, what would it be? I didn’t like my name as a child but now I do. No changes. Only my last name will change some day :) .

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64 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

Love your answer to #4 ;)

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65 Brittany February 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

I haven’t done one of these surveys in such a long time. I was recently tagged so I think I might do it this weekend. I love hearing about your bowling championship. It’s a good reminder never to go bowling with you. ;)

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66 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hahaha ;)

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67 Jill February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hey Courtney!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and luv it!!!! But today i just had to comment because guess where i am from ?? EAST ISLIP!!! happy to say that the girls bowling team is still awesome (and so is the guys!!) my sons varsity golf coach, Mr Cooley, was the coach for the bowling team too but has now retired…. i was wondering who coached you back then…. also any favorite teachers from EI that you recall ??? Keep up the good work with your blogging and that cody is so freakin cute !!!!

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68 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hey Jill! I actually didn’t go to school in East Islip…that’s just where we had to travel for the championship. :)
I was from the little ‘ol town of East Greenbush, up here near Albany, so I have no idea who any of the teachers are, LOL!

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69 Jill February 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

oooo my bad… i think i got toooo excited when i saw my town in your blog ….. lol

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70 Allison February 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

AHH!! Where are you going in Mexico? I am also going to Mexico late next week!
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71 Courtney February 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Haha, no way! I’m going to Riviera Maya – you?

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72 Allison February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Riviera Maya! Apparently riviera Maya is playa del carmen!
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73 Amanda February 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

I always eat the lettuce in my salads first too! Save the best for last, right?? ;)

Not that you asked, but I’ve made a couple of pretty big moves in my life – once right after college, I moved to Atlanta (I’m from Texas) without knowing a single soul. And after 5 years there, I got bored and decided to move to NYC. I knew a couple of people but no close friends. Found a roommate on Craigslist, sold all my stuff, and did it.

I think this makes me look more adventurous than I really am. Of course there are pros and cons (hello travel budget being spent on visiting family), but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world. I highly encourage doing it! I think it would be such a wonderful bonding experience for you two also. You learn so much about yourself!

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74 Kelsey February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? night owl, but I wish I was a morning person.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? nike tempos and sweatpants, oh and hoodies!
What is your biggest pet peeve? when people complain about something they can change but they don’t do anything to fix it
Gum or mints? depends, I like mints though
Favorite dessert? sugar cookies or red velvet cake
Do you have tattoos or piercings? ears are pierced twice in both ears, I want a tattoo, but I’m a chicken!
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? hmm not sure, I think i would believe in spirits/angels/ghosts as all being the same thing.
What’s your worst habit? late a lot :(
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? hm. I’d have a winter house in the Florida Keys or maybe near San Francisco
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? not having to pay bills!
If you had to change your name, what would it be? Hm. 6th grade me would have said Candy (wtf, right?) but I like my name now! I wouldn’t change it.
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75 heather February 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

ehhh…why not, lol.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? night owl.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without? olllld cut-off ramones shirt.
What is your biggest pet peeve? when other people are mean for no reason. no one likes a sour person.
Gum or mints? gum, unless the mints are mentos. Fresh maker!
Favorite dessert? i really like carrot cake.
Do you have tattoos or piercings? oh Lord…i have twenty earrings between both ears, a *tiny* nose stud, and three tattoos.
Do you believe in ghosts and/or the afterlife? yeah.
What’s your worst habit? i can be impatient and impulsive.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? washington DC, in a colonial row home.
What is one thing you miss about being a kid? spending $$$$ without thinking!
If you had to change your name, what would it be? i can never decide. i think heather is ok, but not on me.

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