Monday, July 23, 2012

FMM: Seven

My weekend went really well.  Last night was book club at our house and it was nice.  I wasn't wild about all of the recipes I tried but oh well.  My next-door neighbor came over after lunch on Sunday and spent the afternoon cooking with me, which made it much more fun. 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Friend Makin’ Mondays

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?  Being lazy!  My ideal Sunday afternoon would begin after I get home from lunch/brunch with husband or running friends after my long Sunday run.  Then I'd love to be able to sit around the house and watch Lifetime or something, napping, getting organized for Monday, and making an exciting home-made Sunday night dinner. 

What is your favorite color?  Blue I guess.  I've never had a very strong color preference.  I also like red and purple. 

Have you ever been to Europe?  Many, many times.  I went for the first time in high school, lived there when I studied abroad in college, and then went back about 5-10 times before I met my husband in 2005.  Now we go together to Italy about every other year, but he goes more often.   We got engaged and then married in Italy and someday we want to move there -- maybe after my husband retires and I'll maybe be able to figure out a way to work remotely.  I feel like I've been to most countries in Europe, so I thought I'd look that up and see if I'm right.   Here's a list of all countries in Europe, alphabetically (and whether I've been there):


Albania -- no

Andorra -- no

Armenia -- no

Austria -- yes

Azerbaijan -- no


Belarus -- no

Belgium -- yes

Bosnia & Herzegovina -- yes, with hubby but pre-blog

Bulgaria -- no


Croatia -- yes

Cyprus -- no

Czech Republic -- yes


Denmark -- yes


Estonia -- no


Finland -- yes

France -- yes (last year's trip is on the blog in May 2011)


Georgia -- no

Germany -- yes (and planning to go again in 2013)

Greece -- yes solo and yes on our honeymoon


Hungary -- yes (and I highly recommend Malev if you're looking for a Hungarian airline to fly)


Iceland -- yes

Ireland -- no

Italy -- yes!! 


Kosovo -- no


Latvia -- no

Liechtenstein -- no (maybe I can do this one in 2013 with Germany and Italy?)

Lithuania -- no

Luxembourg -- yes


Macedonia -- no

Malta -- yes, with hubby but pre-blog

Moldova -- no

Monaco -- yes

Montenegro -- no


The Netherlands -- yes

Norway -- no


Poland -- yes

Portugal -- no


Romania -- no

Russia -- yes (and discussed at length on the blog in April 2010)


San Marino -- yes

Serbia -- yes

Slovakia -- no

Slovenia -- yes

Spain -- yes

Sweden -- yes (on the blog in April 2010)

Switzerland -- yes


Turkey -- yes, for our honeymoon


Ukraine -- no (big regret, invited to a wedding there but didin't go, should have)

United Kingdom -- yes (just England and Scotland)


Vatican City (Holy See) -- yes

So that means I've been to 28 countries in Europe and haven't been to 22.  Guess that proves me wrong, I haven't seen as much as I'd thought.  Well, I've got Western Europe covered for sure!  Definitely want to see those other 22. 

Do you wear glasses or contacts?  Yes.  Today, glasses, but if I work out in the morning, I wear contacts for that, and then contacts the rest of the day.  And I work out at least six days a week, so I'm almost always wearing contacts.  Today is a glasses day though -- I slept in since I worked out Sat and Sun, and since I was up late for book club last night. 

How often do you brush your teeth?  Once a day always, sometimes (not very often) again at night.  My husband brushes at the very least twice a day, usually more.  So it's kind of ironic that I have really good teeth (and also they've always been almost perfectly straight), and his teeth give him all kinds of trouble. 

Share a guilty pleasure.  Lazy days while my husband works.  He usually works on Sundays, so this happens frequently.  I love coming home to an empty house after a long run (it's the last time I want to hug someone, or carry on a big conversation).  I get to make my own breakfast and then shower at my leisure (depending how sweaty I am).  Then I love a day of bad tv, catching up on reading, taking naps, etc.  Most Sundays though, in addition to being lazy, I do our laundry and clean up the house a bit. 

What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?  I guess this question means last week -- it's a toss-up between something that was way past due at work and I finally finished and submitted, and yesterday's long run.  Yesterday was the first 16 mile training run and I was nervous about it (very unlike me).  I actually predicted to hubby on Saturday night that it was going to be my absolute worst training run of the season.  I was worried because it was significantly warmer than it has been for our last few long runs, it was going to be the furthest I'd run since March, and I was a little worried I hadn't gotten in enough water on Friday and Saturday.  But against those odds, it went really well.  Started off a little slow, but by mile 3, we were on cruise control.  Hitting every mile within a 10-second range.  Insanely steady.  I slowed down more over the last mile, but overall, it went very well (and the slow down was only about 30 seconds). 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions. Don’t forget to link up in the comments. Until then, Happy Monday!


  1. stopping in from FFM! So nicely jealous of your time in Europe! One day I will get there... until then I live vicariously thru others who have been!

  2. Here from FMM. You've traveled to my top three European destinations! Awesome. I would love to be able to travel that much. And I love that you listed all the countries out. I would never have thought to do something like that. Have a great day!

  3. great answers, i used to run but a blown out knee stopped that so now i do yoga and bellydancing. about 3.5 mph is the best i can muster but i'm grateful for that! thanks for stopping by have a GLORIOUS week!

  4. I am just in awe of your travels. I love traveling and have lived for a length outside of the country, but I'm not as well traveled as I would like to be. I always enjoy hearing about others' travels. Glad to hear your run turned out well. Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes? I have predicted really bad runs based on a feeling hours before only to have them turn out well.

  5. I am so jealous of all the countries you've visited!!!

  6. I love that you listed out all the countries. All the easier to make a fun Travel Bucket List. I'm sorry to hear that your recipes weren't as good as you'd hoped, but I bet your guests had a great time, anyway.

  7. I am so jealous of all the places you've been! Since I've been old enough to remember, I spend one night in Vegas (I live in California) and 3 nights in Oregon. Otherwise, I've been absolutely nowhere. :(