A-Z Survey

Hey guys and dolls! Happy daylight savings – did you remember to turn your clocks forward??

You know, I almost get disappointed when I have to miss out on an hour of sleep, but then as soon as I think about the fact that it’s going to be light until 7:00pm, all negative thoughts go out the window. Let there be light!

So yesterday, I pretty much took the day off from blogging; I had to work a short shift in the morning, spent the afternoon with some of my girlfriends, and came home and crashed on the couch for the evening with an annoying headache.

But while I was relaxing and catching up on my Google Reader, I came across this fun little A-Z survey on Janetha’s blog and I immediately loved the layout and concept of it. Sometimes surveys can take too long to answer and make me have to think too hard. But, oddly enough, I was able to cruise through pretty much all of the questions on this one and found it rather fun.

SO…here we go!

A is for age: I just turned the ripe ‘ol age of 28 a little over a month ago. Gosh, I love birthdays.

B is for breakfast today: Anyone have any guesses? I’ll give ya a hint…it’s the same breakfast I’ve had for the past three days.

C is for currently craving: The other day, I made the mistake of browsing Pinterest while I was hungry and wound up making a batch of these…


They’re incredible, decadent, and dangerous…and I cannot stop nibbling on them. I promise, I’ll be sharing with you soon.

D is for dinner tonight: No idea. Hopefully a trip to the grocery store later this afternoon will spark an idea for me.

E is for favorite type of exercise: I love supersets and circuits – they keep things fast-paced, are super effective, and allow me to incorporate my beloved weights that I can’t seem to get enough of lately. You can check out some of my favorites here!

F is for an irrational fear: I’m not sure if any of my fears are necessarily irrational – I have fears of failure, having my house broken into, and death by drowning – aren’t they rational? I’m also sort of afraid of worms…okay, that’s irrational. There we go.

G is for gross food: Olives. I just can’t.

H is for hometown: This question always makes me second guess myself…is my hometown where I was born or where I grew up? Either way, I’ll answer both: I was born in Troy, NY and I grew up through my school age years in East Greenbush, NY.

I is for something important: Family & Friends. Without them, I wouldn’t be nearly the person I am today.

J is for current favorite jam: I’m gonna take this question as a food-related one, even though I know it’s probably referring to music, but since food is sort of my thang…Polaner Raspberry All Fruit Spread. Always a favorite. You guys already know my favorite music jam. Winking smile

K is for kids: None yet…just of the furry variety.


But the non-furry variety is in the future for sure.

L is for current location: Upstate, NY, at my house, in my office. How’s that for specific!

M is for the most recent way you spent money: I spent a $1.30 to rent Footloose from Redbox last night.

Being a former dancer myself, I’m always game for any movies that involve dancing, but usually try to wait for when I have an opportunity to watch ‘em by myself (Jay is not a fan). Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one myself – it was pretty cheesy.

N is for something you need: Currently, I could use a personal financial advisor, a house cleaner, and a skinny caramel macchiato from Starbucks. That’s not asking for too much, right?

O is for occupation: Former teacher turned Personal Trainer, baby. Winking smile

P is for pet peeve: Not returning phone calls and the smacking sound that some people make with their lips when the chew. Ughh, I can’t stand that one!

Q is for a quote: I’ve got a couple favorites…


R is for random fact about you:  I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth in less than 10 seconds.

What can I say…it’s a gift.

S is for favorite healthy snack:  How in the world do I choose? There’s so many! But some favorites as of late would be: Chobani with fresh berries, banana with peanut butter, Wasa Crackers with The Laughing Cow cheese and strawberries, apple slices with Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter, baby carrots with hummus…I could go on all day.

T is for favorite treat: Ice cream. No doubt about it.

U is for something that makes you unique: Believe it or not, this was the toughest question for me and the one that I saved for last. That makes me sort of sad – I want to be unique!

V is for favorite vegetable: Oooo, tough one! I love ‘em all, but I’ll go with a longtime favorite of mine: carrots. I once went through a phase where I ate so many carrots that my skin turned orange. I kid you not!

W is for today’s workout: Just finished this one, actually! I started with an easy, 20 minute warm-up on the treadmill, followed by my 25 Minute Full Body Blast. Whew!

X is for X-rays you’ve had: I’m pretty sure the only x-rays I’ve had have been on my teeth…and then I paid a small fortune for them. Notabigfanofthedentist.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Spending quality time scrapbooking with some of my closest girlfriends for Rachel’s Wedding and Kathryn’s wedding.


I can’t wait for this summer. Smile

Z is for your time zone: This is an interesting question I’ve never seen before, but Eastern!


Now it’s your turn! Here’s five questions for YOU to answer:

  • A is for age:
  • D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…)
  • J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…)
  • P is for pet peeve:
  • T is for favorite treat:

Or, feel free to answer any of the other questions above instead!


  1. says

    Age – 29
    Dinner – not sure yet… I’m looking for ideas too!
    Jam – not a big jam fan. I just double up on the PB 😉
    Pet Peeve – I have so (too) many. When people chew gum with their mouths open I go INSANE.
    Treat – Ice cream. Coffee ice cream with chocolate sprinkles!!
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  2. says

    A is for age: last month of being 29 :(
    D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…) I think a pasta bake of some sort.
    J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…) I’m going with music and I’ve had “I can see clearly now..” in my head for 3 days. GET IT OUT!
    P is for pet peeve: oh so many of these…how about men who leave toilet seats up!
    T is for favorite treat: chocolate. always.

    Oh, and I totally HATE worms too. ew, ew, ew.
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  3. says

    i just did this survey today too! i love surveys… i’m just a nerd like that i guess. 😉 i answered the “jam” question in regards to food as well. i just realized that i think janetha’s answer was related to music, but oh well. haha.
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  4. Elizabeth says

    Age: 17 … 18 in a month though!
    Dinner: chicken kiev with vegetables
    Jam: homemade strawberry
    Pet Peeve: people being late
    Treat: chocolate … in any variety 😉

  5. Carissa says

    Age… Eeeee 27!
    Dinner – i think a low carb tortilla with pb and raw veggies. I have a 4 hour drive home after work.
    Peeve- stop lights that turn and stop you when no cars are coming.
    Treat- wine and chocolate
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  6. says

    Courtney-the unique question is always hard for me to… sad. I bet if we asked someone they would be able to tell us what they think. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize these things about ourselves, but others see it. :)

  7. says

    A is for age: 31 – wow, its only been a little over a month so I’m still getting used to that 😉
    D is for dinner tonight: I have some eggs to use so I’m thinking french toast
    J is for current favorite jam: Strawberry
    P is for pet peeve: Slow walkers/drivers
    T is for favorite treat: Ice Cream!!
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  8. says

    Age- 27.
    D-For dinner tonight we are hosting my Grandma’s 75th birthday party. On the menu is veggie lasagna, meat lasagna, watercress, beet and orange salad, garlic toast and of course cake!
    J- Yup thought of food first! I will say my favorite way to eat jam – PB&J of course!
    P- People that are late – yup, I am one of those people 😉
    T – Favorite treat – Fro-Yo if it is accessible (it isn’t in my city) or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
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  9. says

    How fun!? I’ll play!

    A is for age: 29
    D is for dinner tonight: chicken cacciatore
    J is for current favorite jam: blackberry
    P is for pet peeve: nail biters, get your fingers out of your mouth people
    T is for favorite treat: chocolate mousse…I just had an amazing one last night

  10. Colette says

    A is for age: 23
    D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…) Buffalo tofu and kale chips…yum :)
    J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…) I thought food first too! My favorite is organic black currant no sugar added or blueberry preserves
    P is for pet peeve: Not using a turn signal when changing lanes (or turning, for that matter)
    T is for favorite treat: Dark chocolate covered anything (nuts, fruit, cookies, etc.)

  11. Holly says

    Random question not related to the post – but I need advice ASAP! I’m in the market for a treadmill, and want to spend $650 max (if possible). What kind should I get? Any kinds to steer clear of? THANK YOU!!!

    • Courtney says

      Oh man, I’m not totally sure. We bought ours new (NordicTrack) from Sears, and it was over $650. We love that brand though! Maybe try Craigslist?

  12. says

    Love these…I enjoy getting to know more about you! My fiance’s hands are fairly orange because he eats so many carrots and sweet potatoes haha.
    Age: 23
    Dinner: well, I’m flying home today and I think my mom, bro, and I are going out to eat after they pick me up from the airport- so it better be tasty :)
    Fav jam: I totally thought of food haha…I love all natural grape spreads- Polaner is the best!
    Pet peeve: people who leave big messes in the kitchen (ie: one of my roommates loves to leave pb or some condiment caked to the counter- gross!)
    Treat: ice cream for sure!!
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  13. says

    A is for age: 21
    D is for dinner tonight: I’m getting some Italian food with the family.
    J is for current favorite jam: Totally thought of food first. We are food bloggers, after all! lol I think of apricot jam first. Because it is delicious.
    P is for pet peeve: When cookies spread into each other while they bake. Then you have a bunch of strangely shaped cookies :(
    T is for favorite treat: Pistachios or blueberries–maybe both together!
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  14. says

    A is for age: 28
    D is for dinner tonight: A vegetable pot pie made with Irish Ale (posting recipe later today!)
    J is for current favorite jam: Jam 1- Still kinda loving pumpkin and apple butter. Jam 2- Gotye featuring Kimbra ( Somebody that I used to know)
    P is for pet peeve: Rude people (Its just not necessary).
    T is for favorite treat: Cinnamon popcorn drizzled with maple syrup
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  15. says

    A is for age- 15
    D is for dinner tonight- Hmmmmmm…. I don’t know. Depending on what my sister and mother are buying at the store this very instant.
    J is for current favorite jam- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO is a GREAT dance song. Singing wise- Gavin DeGraw’s ‘Not Over You’.
    P is for pet peeve- when people park super close into their mall parking space, then when you drive by, you think “Oh- there’s a parking space right there!”….and then you see the car further in the space. That bugs me SO much! :(
    T is for favorite treat- Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy ice cream or a Friendly’s Happy Ending Hot Fudge sundae or Chocolate Cream Pie from Grandma’s. I could go on and on and on on this one!
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  16. Cassandra Bishop says

    A is for age: 20
    D is for dinner tonight: Turkey Burger with sweet potato fries yummm
    J is for current favorite jam: Mom’s homemade strawberry!! – I’ve never bought a jar before, just a quick run to my parent’s and I’m set!
    P is for pet peeve: People telling me I’m crabby when I know I’m crabby – it just makes it worse!
    T is for favorite treat: Any mixture of chocolate and peanut butter maybe a little scoop of ice cream with said mixture :)

  17. Lauren B. says

    Age: 31
    Dinner tonight: I’m thinking of a repeat of last night’s dinner- shrimp and veggie stirfry!
    Jam: I totally thought about food first- Crofter’s super fruit spreads!
    Pet peeve: people being discourteous. Period.
    Treat: frozen yogurt with Heath bar or Reese’s cup…or warm chocolate chip cookies! This one was hard to choose!

  18. Kristen says

    A is for age: 26
    D is for dinner tonight: My homemade paella–my specialty! :)
    J is for current favorite jam: food-strawberry; music- “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye and “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
    P is for pet peeve: the sound of people eating, slow walkers
    T is for favorite treat: Making homemade chocolate chip cookies and eating both the dough and the cookies right out of the oven…but mostly just the dough;)

  19. Alexa says

    A is for age: 16
    D is for dinner tonight: not sure yet! maybe a turkey and veggie wrap :)
    J is for current favorite jam: anything grape or strawberry! though i do love pineapple pear preserves from my great aunt :)
    P is for pet peeve: people who scrape their silverware on a glass plate. hate that noise.
    T is for favorite treat: ice cream!

  20. says


    A is for age: 28
    D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…) No idea yet – maybe using up a coupon for TGIFridays?
    J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…) Going the music route, definitely Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” LOVE that song!!
    P is for pet peeve: Whistling nonstop near someone ear when said person is obviously trying to read – happened to me for months last year when I drove my mom to PT and waited for her in the lobby area.
    T is for favorite treat: Ice cream!
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  21. says

    A: 21
    D: homemade veggie pizza!
    J: I definitely think of food too! Raspberry Polaner is what’s in my fridge right now–I love it on an english muffin with an egg between
    P: can’t stand when people are rude or disrespectful
    T: dark chocolate!!
    This is fun, might have to take it for my blog : )

  22. April Miller-Rose says

    A is for age: 20…21 In 12 days 😀
    D is for dinner tonight: Homemade pasta with ground turkey! Having supper made for me tonight :)
    J is for current favorite jam: Rasberry jam is my Love <3 I know this isnt a "jam" but i LOVE apple butter.
    P is for pet peeve: Traffic! Construction Traffic to be specific.
    T is for favorite treat: Cinnamon buns…weakness is more like it:P

  23. Erin says

    A – 27
    D- Not sure yet! Going to my parents’ house so we’ll see what’s cooking!
    J- I love Polaner too! I like the raspberry sugar free kind with fiber
    P-People tailgating me when I’m driving slow in SNOW
    T-I love soft serve frozen yogurt and bakery frosting! I throw the cake part away and just eat the frosting hehe

  24. says

    Age: 28 … same as you! :)
    Dinner: Probably something small because I had a big lunch. Perhaps PB&J with some carrots and strawberries on the side??
    Jam: I’ll go for the music version of this. Ever time I hear “sexy and I know it,” I can’t help but “wiggle wiggle wiggle” a little haha! 😉
    Pet Peeve: People who talk during a movie, church, etc. Shhh!! 😉
    Treat: Ice cream. Or even better … ice cream on top of a warm cookie or brownie! 😉
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  25. Kaelin says

    A is for age: 27
    D is for dinner tonight: Mushroom ravioli with turkey meatballs (1st attempt at this)
    J is for current favorite jam: I canned fresh strawberry jam last summer, its my fav!
    P is for pet peeve: I have a million – loud eaters, not using turn signals, cars not getting over when I am running on the road….
    T is for favorite treat: ice cream w/cake! The combo is amazing to me!!
    U is for unique – I am a left handed, redheaded, only child, with a uncommon first name and extremely uncommon last name (Schildmier). How’s that for unique??

    PS – I was in the need for a quick cookie recipe yesterday and whipped up your cake mix cookies! Thank you!!! They were a huge hit!

  26. Aimee M says

    A is for age: 22
    D is for dinner tonight: Eggplant parm and stuffed artichokes!
    J is for current favorite jam: Polaner Seedless Raspberry
    P is for pet peeve: People who drive under the speed limit
    T is for favorite treat: Warm brownie with ice cream = heaven

  27. says

    A is for age: 32
    D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…) of we were bad tonight beer and hot dogs
    J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…) Homemade Strawberry Jam!
    P is for pet peeve: Two faced people!
    T is for favorite treat: Hershey’s chocolate eggs
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  28. says

    A is for age: 25
    D is for dinner tonight: Baby Spinach Salad w/ fruit, chicken, feta, and pecans!
    J is for current favorite jam: I think of music :) Don’t eat a lot of jam.. my favorite jam is Kelly Clarkson Stronger
    P is for pet peeve: Being Late,and too many cooks in the kitchen
    T is for favorite treat: I would say frozen yogurt, but that’s a daily occurrence. Probably ice cream w/ a brownie. YUM!!

  29. says

    A: 30
    D: chicken orzo salad – one of my fave cooking light recipes
    J: I’m actually not a fan of jam, so I’ll go with music. I am currently loving “Wild Ones” by Flo-rida and Sia.
    P: slow drivers and people who smack
    T: Oh, there are so many…reese’s peanut butter cups, cookie dough, cupcake, iced cookie
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  30. says

    Cody is so adorable! (It’s so weird to say that because my best friend’s name is actually Cody, haha.) When will he post again? 😉

    A is for age: 23
    D is for dinner tonight: Not sure yet. Our pantry and fridge are pretty barren since we were out of town this weekend, so possibly carryout!
    J is for current favorite jam: Triple berry fruits from Wegmans! My favorite. My mom just mailed me one of these since I don’t have a Wegmans here in central Ohio. #rochesterftw
    P is for pet peeve: Procrastination and tardiness.
    T is for favorite treat: French fries!
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  31. Karleen says

    A is for age: 26
    D is for dinner tonight: (maybe I’ll get some ideas…) hmmmm, I’m supposed to go out to dinner with a friend but have re-commited to healthy eating (after having a crazy, hectic week last week moving and not planning out my meals). so i’m thinking either getting a dyi salad from Whole Foods Market near my house or Sushi…? we shall she what’s she’s up for
    J is for current favorite jam: (I want to know who else thinks of food first…): well I can think of a peanut butter….Better N Peanut Butter. Sooo good! If you haven’t tried it yet, google it. Only a couple stores carry it and they have their own website.
    P is for pet peeve: people who don’t leave voicemails! I know it sounds crazy but I believe there’s reason why someone should get upset for not calling them back when they don’t leave a voicemail! lol sometimes I forget that someone called me cuz the “missed call” notification removes itself after i check it but then I forget to call them when I actually have time to!
    T is for favorite treat: I have to go with Ice Cream too:/ FRO-YO is even better. I’m craving Yogurtland and Golden Spoon lately

    ***If that isn’t enough explanation, I don’t know what is!! haha I had a long lunch hour today with nothing to so I felt like being extra descriptive:)


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