Monday, August 26, 2013

FMM: Questions and Answers

We had a 5 day weekend focused on a road trip to Kansas City for my 20 year high school reunion.  It was the most fun weekend I've had in ages.  I spent a lot of time with some of my favorite people in the world, including some that I hadn't seen in way too many years.  My high school class was about 330 people, and about 110 registered to attend, plus many brought spouses.  Of course there were dozens of friends who came to mind who weren't there, but I had so much fun hanging out with those who were there.  I'll have to do a separate post about it! 

Now it’s time for FMM since it's Monday and I'm dragging my feet on getting the business of law underway...

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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!

Questions and Answers
1. What is a typical weekday like for you? 

A "typical" weekday is hard since my days aren't all the same, so like Kenlie, I'll pick a typical Tuesday as well.  I stir around 3:30 when hubby gets up to go running (he starts work early on Tuesdays and has to get up at an ungodly hour to get in a pre-work run), but I go back to sleep until 4:45 when my alarm goes off.  My local bestie picks me up at 4:57 and we drive to the running store (we car pool, and I drive on Thursdays).  I go run with my friends, usually between 8 and 10 miles, frequently with some marathon pace or tempo work on Tuesdays.  Then I stretch for a while and ride home with my bestie.  I make a smoothie, watch the news, and sometimes do some organizing.  Then I leave the house by 7:45 or so (that's a lie, but that's the goal, it's usually closer to 8 when I leave), and I run at a very leisurely pace the 3.75 miles to my office.  I boot up my computer, look at a few emails, get organized, then go downstairs to the gym where I shower and get ready for work.  I'm back at my desk and working by about 9:30 usually.  I usually have a snack (2 tortilla rolls filled with spinach and blue cheese) around 10:30, then I usually make lunch around 1:30 (frozen meal with a side of frozen peas).  I work, work, work.  Reviewing pleadings, reviewing invoices, drafting reports, responding to emails and phone calls, taking notes on my cases, drafting correspondence, etc.  Mid-afternoon I usually eat a bag of grapes and by 4:30, my accounting buddy is texting me to see what time we're leaving the office that night.  I usually ask for 8:00, she asks for 5:00, and we compromise on about 6:30.  I change into my running clothes and head downstairs to wait for her while she goes to leave her purse and work clothes in her car.  Then we run/walk along my commute home.  She usually stays with me about 1.75-2 miles, then she u-turns to go back to the office, and then she drives home.  I pick up the pace and run the last 1.75-2 miles alone.  Hubby usually beats me home on Tuesdays, so he's working on making salads when I get in the door.  I'm usually pouring sweat and insanely thirsty.  I slowly catch my breath, and we sit down to dinner (usually something leftover or microwaved, plus salads).  We often watch a 30 minute show off the DVR during dinner -- lately, House Hunters International, or one of the Fox cartoons.  Then we clean up the kitchen and go to bed, ideally by about 8:30 because that early alarm comes again on Wednesdays...

2. Name one song that never fails to make you happy and one song that you always listen to when you’re sad.

"Hangin' Tough" by NKOTB always makes me smile.  "Janie's Got a Gun" seems to work when I'm down, but I'm not really a big music person.  I'm generally a very happy person, so if someone dies or something else makes me sad, I don't think I'd think to put on music. 

3. Did you watch the VMA’s last night? 

No, we were driving back from Kansas City.  Due to some post-official-reunion festivities, the breakfast we had planned with a few good high school friends got pushed back from 9:00 until 10:30.  So we met at the local Cracker Barrel and stayed too long, putting off the inevitable goodbyes.  We left KC around 12:45, and we stopped for a "real" dinner, and got caught in traffic for a big building that was on fire near the highway in Norman, OK, and we had to stop at the grocery store for spinach, bananas and grapes to get us through the next few days, so we didn't get to bed until after 10, which meant the 5:30 boot camp this morning was extra hard! 

4. Share at least two [talents] that you possess.

I'm a very good proofreader (though you wouln't know it from this blog) and I'm pretty good at puzzles and logic problems. 

5. Share one thing that you wish you had the confidence to do.

Running regularly without a shirt (I've chronicled my experience with that here). 

6. Tell us about one insecurity that people might be surprised that you have.

I worry I'm not smart enough.  You'd think Phi Beta Kappa and a top ten law school would fix that, but nope.  I noticed it this weekend particularly with my high school friends, feeling like I was behind the curve, etc. 

7. If you could be the CEO of any company, which one would you choose to lead?

I've never had a desire to be the CEO of anything -- maybe McDonald's and I could completely change the entire thing?  Make it all vegetarian and all healthy and all organic?  Haha, that probably wouldn't work with their business model. 

8. List at least three hobbies that make you happy.

Obviously running is my favorite hobby!  Cooking and doing jigsaw puzzles are other current hobbies that make me very happy. 

9. Is there someone in your life that you wish you could say “I love you” to?

Not really.  I mean, there are plenty of people that I feel like I love but I don't tell them.  For example, I feel like I love my boss -- in a completely not romantic or even personal way, but he's a great boss, he is an integral part of my happiness at work, he's a good leader and a nice guy.  But yeah, saying I love you to him would not be good.  And the same is true for some co-workers, some friends from high school, etc., it's some kind of not romantic love, but not appropriate to say it.  But for my regular friends, my family, and of course my husband, I say it all the time. 

10. Share one cool thing that happened over the weekend.

I went to my 20th high school reunion in a dress that was slightly outside my comfort zone.  I asked hubby if it was "too slutty" given that it had a side slit, and he's like, there's no such thing as too slutty for a 20th reunion, you're not going to this event to network!  It was funny.  I wore it and it was fine -- a tasteful dress, not too high a slit, and I had so much fun and felt totally comfortable in it. 

Here's a picture of the dress, it's by Missioni (for the record, it looked nothing like this on me, and of course it was not even close to that short on me since I'm only about 5'5" and the model is probably 5'10"):

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions. Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!


  1. Cute dress! Glad you had a good time at your reunion.

    When I was in high school, I took a class that talked about the 4 different kinds of love... romantic love (eros), love you have for family (storge), love at more of an affection or appreciation level (phileo), and unconditional love (agape). I went to Catholic school, so in that class, the agape love was referred to as the love of God. Anyway, you could tell your boss your phileo him! ;)

  2. That is a crazy Tuesday Sched! and that dress looks hot! ;)
    I'm a day late with my FMM, but here it is.