The Liebster Award

Hiya, friends—Happy Saturday!  I’ve been sitting on this post for a while—both Meghan and Haley nominated me for the Liebster Award—so since I’m shopping with my mom and sisters today, now is the perfect time to share the survey.


First, I have to share 11 random facts.

1.  I have the best family ever.  My parents, sisters, and I are very close, and we see my mom’s side of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins—sees each other almost every weekend.


On Sunday, there’s a huge Italian feast with pasta, pizza, homemade meatballs, all the classics.

2.  Twins definitely run in my family.  My younger sisters are twins, and so are my aunts. (Actually, one of my aunts married a twin!) Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of my sisters or I have twins.

3.  I’m always cold, and I have no idea why.

4.  My powers of persuasion are unparalleled.  As a high school senior, I essentially talked my way out of taking both math and physics, and as a first-year college student, I cut a deal with my Russian professor so I wouldn’t have to take the oral portion of the final exam.  Some of my best work occurred last year when I convinced my Economics prof to curve our midterm exam and make our final exam a take-home “essay.” (As a Writing and Rhetoric major, I do not consider a two-page response an essay.) Maybe this explains why I like rhetoric so much?  Ha!

5.  My morning routine includes turning on the coffee maker, brushing my teeth, and making my bed (in that exact order); I can’t function without making my bed.

6.  If you can make me laugh, then we’re going to be best friends.

7.  During 7th grade, my family lived with my grandparents for a year because we renovated our house.  The project was supposed to take a few months, but it ended up lasting nearly one year!  Even though it was tough making the 25-minute commute from their house to school (and to sports practices and games and …), it was definitely a year I’ll never forget.  How many people can say they lived with their grandparents?

8.  I can’t fall asleep without put on ChapStick and hand cream, specifically Crabtree and Evelyn’s Avocado, Olive and Basil.

9.  I had braces from the end of third grade until the middle of sixth, so I also wear a retainer every night.  So cool, I know.

10.  Two things you can always find on me include my water bottle and a banana/bag of almonds.  Never know when hunger will strike!

11.  Coffee cures everything.


Next, I have to answer the questions Meghan and Haley asked.

1.  What was your favorite subject in school?  Your least favorite?

English, although I enjoyed French and Spanish, too.  Actually, I even received the foreign language award at graduation.


And as you can tell from above, math was definitely my least favorite.

2.  What’s your dream job?

My immediate dream job would be writing and/or managing a diet and fitness publication (a la Lucy Danziger), and down the road, I can also see myself going to grad school, getting my masters and PhD, and becoming a college professor.  Talking about writing and rhetoric all day sounds pretty baller!

3.  Is there a time in your life you wish you could go back to?

Some days, I do miss playing high school basketball and hanging out at Camp Hoho going to college, but I wouldn’t go back.

4.  Where’s your favorite place to shop?

For “normal” clothes, my go-to stores include Gap, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and DSW Shoes.  For athletic apparel, I obviously love Fleet Feet and Syracuse Bicycle, and I also like JackRabbit Sports and Paragon Sports.

5.  If you could write a novel, what genre would you write?  Why?

Literary fiction—I’ve met a lot of interesting people who would make great “characters.”  And although it isn’t a novel, a memoir would be a lot of fun to write.

6.  Name three favorite foods.

Salmon, Greek yogurt, and (dark) chocolate.

7.  What’s one food you hated as a child that you now love?

Hmmm … I used to hate tomatoes; I don’t love them now, though, but I do tolerate them.  I’m also starting to appreciate sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash.

8. How many different places have you lived?

Cazenovia, NY (hometown); Canastota, NY (with my grandparents during our house renovation); Geneva, NY (during college); London, England (during my semester abroad); and now, New York, NY!

9. Who is your role model?

I’m very fortunate to have inspirational friends and family members, plus a couple college professors.  I think inspiration—and role models—can be found anywhere; you just have to look.

10.  Why do you blog?

Because it’s fun!  I love writing and interacting with likeminded people, so blogging about healthy living everyday can’t be beat.

11.  What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of from 2012?

Completing my Honors project and graduating from college. (Was that really this year?  It seems like ages ago!)


(Although finishing my first triathlon would be a close number two.)

Your turn:  What was your favorite subject in school?  What are your three favorite foods?  And since the new year is quickly approaching, what 2012 accomplishment are you most proud of?

21 responses to “The Liebster Award

  1. I adore you, Carrie my dear! And your blog is so much fun to read. I am so proud of you!!

  2. Love these posts! Your persuasion accomplishments literally made my jaw drop. Can you come and persuade some of my profs, too??

    • Ha! The key is to get to know them outside of the classroom (by going to office hours and department events), so they get to know you as a person. Then it’s easier to get them to empathize with you.

  3. I always love reading this type of posts. It’s fun to get to know your favs on a non-athletic level. Even though you love salmon (eeeeeew!) your still a girl after my own heart with the water and carrying food. Hunger is pretty dang unpredictable…Just like the metro. I hope you write a book some day; I’d totally buy it.

    Oh, and I lived with my grandparents for a few months after moving back from Germany. I was just a young kid but I have some pretty precious memories.

    • It’s funny–whenever I make it a point to bring food with me, I’m not usually hungry, but the one time I don’t bring something is when I’m starving!

      Living with grandparents is a very special thing, especially in this day and age. My mom basically lived around the block from her grandparents when she grew up, and I feel very lucky that my mom’s parents are only two towns away. When we lived there for one year, I used to watch Syracuse basketball games with my grandma and grandpa (surprise, surprise!), and my grandma would always braid my hair. Very precious memories. 🙂

  4. Always great to learn more about you, Carrie. But have to say, it feels good to say that none of these shock me, they all seem very “you”. 😉

  5. coffee does cure anything! I always love learning more about you!

  6. So….we’re best friends?? 😉 and so cool how many twins are in your family! We have none!

  7. Three favorite foods, hmm… probably sweet potatoes, cookies, and guacamole!

  8. Favorite Food: Nut Butters, Bagels & Green Vegetables 😉

    I can’t start my day unless I know my bed is made!!

  9. That’s so cool that twins run in your family! I always kind of wanted to be a twin, I think as a result of growing up during the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen age. Coffee definitely cures everything. And I can’t believe you convinced your professors to curve your midterm etc. I wish I was in your class!

    • Oh man, I loved the MK&A craze! One of my best friends (and cousin!) is named MK, so sometimes people would give her a hard time (“Oh, where’s Ashley?” and stuff like that.) I was all over MK&A’s Walmart line of clothes, accessories, perfume, you name it!

  10. Aww… I love this post! My family always does spaghetti and meatballs on Sundays, too. 🙂 And I can totally identify with needing to make the bed every morning. It is absolutely essential.

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