Sunshine

The wonderful Caitlin nominated me for the Sunshine Award a little while ago, and as an award that’s meant to brighten the day of its recipients, I’d definitely say it accomplished its purpose. It’s been quite some time since I’ve done any survey-esque posts, so let’s get to it!

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About the award:
The award is circulated to those bloggers to let them know that their posts brighten your day.
The Rules:
1.  Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
2.  Link to the person who nominated you – Caitlin @ Chasing Chels.
3.  Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4.  Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.
Questions:
1.) What is the last book you read?
One Day by David Nicholls. Which apparently is also a movie. As someone who’s seen about three movies in her life (okay, not entirely true, but trust me: you can throw out almost any movie title and chances are I haven’t seen it), I had no idea that it had been adapted for film until about twenty seconds ago.
I picked this book up on a whim at the library, and it ended up being quite coincidental. The book follows the lives and friendship of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew on 23 consecutive July 15s (hence the “One Day,” since each chapter takes place on July 15). I found the book on July 16 of this year, and after having an incident in a friendship in my own life happen on July 15 of all days, it seemed like an appropriate book for me. It was actually a really uncanny read, because so many of the things that happened on July 15 in the first few years of the book sounded exactly like situations I could see myself in in relation to the friendship that endured its own July 15 incident (sorry, this is all very awkwardly worded). Anyway, I felt at times like I was getting a peek into my own future, which was weird and encouraging and strange and comforting all at the same time. I enjoyed the book right up until what, for all intents and purposes, was the ending, which I found to be so cheap and such a copout that it really left a bad taste in my mouth in regards to the book in general. If you will allow me to indulge my BA in English for a moment: the short story, in its infancy, tended to be criticized for being extremely plot-driven. For most of my education, I found this criticism to be unfair. Plot-driven stories that ended with such an unexpected twist always left me saying, “WHAT?!?!” and I loved it. After reading One Day, though, I have to say I understand where this criticism comes from. Especially in the case of One Day, I felt like Nicholls hit a certain page limit or word count, said, “Yep, I’m done with this,” and then added a twist to make the story end immediately. NOT a fan. Not a fan at all.
2.) What is your favorite song to run or work out to?
Um…the song of traffic in Chicago? Does that count? Haha. I don’t run with music for a variety of reasons, ranging from safety to comfort to personal preference, and in my five years of using iTunes, I have made exactly one playlist ever. So workout music, or at least workout specific music? Not really my thing. I only listen to music when I strength train, and then I either have my phone on shuffle or put on whatever Songza playlist happens to sound good at the time. This is a terrible answer. Haha. I do get really excited when I hear songs we danced to in hip hop, though, which include:
“Where Have You Been?” Rihanna
“Take it to the Head” DJ Kahled
“Crazy in Love” Beyonce
“Titanium” David Guetta ft. Sia (definitely one of my favorites)
“Whip My Hair” Willow Smith
“Poison” Bell Biv DeVoe
“How Many Drinks” (remix) Drake ft. Kendrick Lamar
“Gangster Party” 2Pac
“Clique” Kanye West
“The Joker” Caleb Mak
“In the Music” The Roots
“Let the Groove Get In” Justin Timberlake
3.) What is your favorite Poptart flavor?
Oh gosh. I honestly don’t even remember the last time I had a PopTart. Probably in high school. I think I really liked the s’mores ones, though. Mmm chocolate.
4.) Who is your role model?
You know, I honestly don’t have one, at least not really. I mean, I guess I could say my parents if you want an answer, but I don’t know. I feel like that overstates the relationship I have for my parents. Which is not to say that I don’t respect or dearly love my parents, because I do, and if I’m ever a parent I’d like to treat my children, more or less, the way my parents treat me and my siblings (minus the blatant, obvious coddling of my younger brother, who gets away with murder compared to what this stifled oldest child had to deal with. Not that I’m bitter or anything 😉 ), but I guess when I hear “role model” I tend to think of someone you idolize, someone who strikes you as the ideal, perfect person, and I don’t really idolize my parents like that. THIS IS ANOTHER TERRIBLE ANSWER. Just stop reading now. I’m failing at all of this.
5.) What is your favorite sports team?
I guess the University of Michigan? Again, I feel like labeling them my “favorite” overstates things. I might just be overthinking all of these questions haha. I mean, I’m a Michigan fan, for sure, and I love watching their football games, but it’s not something I’m OMGSOPASSIONATE about (unlike my brother. Saturday afternoons in the fall in my home were miserable when I was growing up because of the fits he would throw whenever anything did not go Michigan’s way).
6.) What is your favorite dish to cook or bake?
Oooh, this is a tricky one. Anything the people I’m serving like. I’m a people pleaser when it comes to food, so ultimately I’m just looking for compliments to make the people I’m cooking for happy. Baking is my love language. To be honest, though, I always feel kind of stupid when people compliment me on my cooking/baking, because 99.9% of the time, I feel like I don’t deserve the compliments at all. If I didn’t create the recipe–which 99.9% of the time, I didn’t–I don’t feel like I’m the one who deserves credit for the food, since all I did was follow directions correctly, which does not strike me as much of a skill.
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Those blueberry lemon cheesecake bars were quite popular with the company I baked them for.
7.) How many places have you lived?
I guess it depends how you want to count it. I lived in the same house my entire life until I went to college, though I did switch bedrooms three times in that house. My college town was not the same as my hometown, so I lived there during the school year for four years in two different dorms, one house, and one apartment. Then after college I moved to Chicago, and I’ve been in the same apartment for the past 14 months. I actually also lived in Chicago for four months during my junior year of college as well, so I guess I’ve technically lived in Chicago twice.
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8.) If you got a pet, what kind of animal would it be and what would you name it?
A dog FOR SURE. I honestly think about this on a daily basis. I’d like to adopt a dog sometime in the next 3-5 years. Assuming I’m still in Chicago, I’ll probably get a little guy, because I don’t think it’s particularly fair to keep a big dog in a small apartment (I’ll also have to move in order to have a dog, because my current building doesn’t allow them, and unless something major changes in my life [read: a serious boyfriend], I imagine in 3-5 years I’ll probably be in a studio, maybe maybe maybe in a one-bed if I ended up getting a significant raise AND found a cheap one-bed, but either way it’ll probably be a small space, and it probably won’t have much of a–if any–yard). Not like a Yorkie or anything else with major ‘tude, but maybe a dachshund (alksjdfhas) or a pug or a small terrier (like my Bestest Fwend at home, who is a rat terrier. And my Bestest Fwend). As for names, I’d probably keep whatever name it came with since I plan to adopt, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up referring to my dog as “Best Fwend.” That’s what happened with my dog at home, to the point where he responds to that like he responds to his real name, and I actually feel weird calling my dog by his real name because I’ve gotten so used to calling him Bestest Fwend. Oh, my life.
9.) Where is your favorite place on Earth?
WHY SO MANY HARD QUESTIONS?! Haha. I’ve never been good at picking favorites. Camp is one of my favorite places on earth. Montrose Harbor in Chicago. The student newspaper office at my college. My high school gym and my college’s field house. Iona, Scotland. Seattle. The list goes on and on…

^^ Iona, Scotland.
10.) What are the names of three of your favorite blogs?
Sally’s Baking Addiction (for the many compliments I have received as a result of this blog. See #6)
How Sweet It Is (because I have a major blog crush on Jessica and all the food she makes)
Daily Garnish (because have you SEEN Cullen? Also allows me to pretend I’m in Seattle)
I’m now supposed to nominate 10 other people, which is one of my least favorite things to do because it makes me feel awkward. So I’m just going to go ahead and go through my comments, and the most 10 most recent commenters at the time I wrote this post are the ones getting nominated (unless they had already nominated me…no need to get into that vicious cycle haha). Apologies if you’ve already been nominated:
Also you are under NO obligation to do this if you don’t want to. Or if you do want to do it and I didn’t nominate you, by all means, consider yourself nominated. I’m not picky. Here are 10 questions anyone who feels called to is more than welcome to answer (or not answer):
1. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were little?
2. What’s your writing utensil of choice?
3. If you need to ask someone a question and that person is not within earshot (i.e.: talking isn’t an option), are you most likely to text them, call them, instant message them (either through gchat or otherwise), or e-mail them?
4. What was your preferred study location in college? (Or now, if you’re currently in school)
5. What’s your stupid human trick? (i.e.: ear wiggling, tongue rolling, etc.)
6. How many e-mail accounts do you have active right now?
7. What did you have for lunch yesterday?
8. What’s your favorite type of weather?
9. Have you ever met anyone famous? And if so, who?
10. What’s your ideal mode of transportation?
Go crazy, kids.
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14 thoughts on “Sunshine

  1. Your photo of Chicago/the bean is fabulous! I love it! The story of your dog’s name is great and I bet happens fairly often. At some point we started calling Sonic “Bubba” and now just “Bubs” and he responds to his nickname faster than his real name… I also respond to baking compliments like you do. I often send leftover baked goods to Ian’s office and his coworkers have told him I should open a bakery which is sweet but not practical. I don’t think it’d be legit for me to open a bakery and then use cookbooks and blogs to make the goodies.

  2. Yay 🙂 I’m glad you did this! I hated one day after that ending. I liked it up to that point, and then I was like WTF??? Definitely not a fav! I’m pretty jealous that you’ve been to Scotland, too…definitely another top place I want to go 🙂

  3. Get a dog! I have a mini doxie named Sasha and she is the sweetest thing ever (she’s curled up in my lap as I type this). Dogs are expensive and it’s definitely a lifestyle change but I seriously can not imagine my life without her. 🙂

  4. Ooh yay! I’m excited to do this survey! I don’t think I’ve ever done one on my blog?!
    I was reading your description of that book and I was thinking to myself, “This sounds very familiar!” When you mentioned the end just cut off, I realized I definitely had read it and thought the same thing! Welp I’m tired of writing now so I’ll just end the book here!
    I think it’s totally okay to accept compliments on things you bake or cook. Recipe creation (especially baking) is time-consuming and takes trial-and-error and who really has time for that (umm, stay at home bloggers I guess). It still takes skill to bake things and follow recipes!
    And just because college football starts this weekend GO HAWKS! hehe

    • Wonderful! Welcome to the great world of survey answering…aka the easiest blog post you’ll probably ever write. Haha.

      And thank you for your validation that baking is actually a skill. I do wish I had time to make up my own recipes, but since that is definitely NOT the case, I’m happy to use what other people put in front of me 🙂

      GO BLUE. All day. Or at least, from now until November/possibly January 🙂

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