21 Question Survey

Hi everyone! How's your week going so far?  I can't believe it's the final week of March, and I'm really excited because April is going to be a HUGE month for me.  It's been really crazy around here lately, and I had originally planned on sharing a new recipe today.  

Unfortunately, I had the post all drafted out and went to take pictures (last minute of course because I've been rushing around like a crazy person) and they did not turn out well at all.  I'm going to try again today and hope that I can share the recipe tomorrow because it's a really good one!  

In the meantime, I'm happy to be doing a fun survey today.  I was tagged by Emma and JW, and loved the fun questions!  I hope you enjoy, and I tag all of the bloggers out there to do this survey next!

Are you named after anyone?

Nope!  I do have an interesting story about my middle name.  When my mom was born, nothing sounded good with her first and last name, so my grandparents left out the middle name.  My mom passed that down to my sister and me, and neither of us have a middle name either!  So, I guess you could say my middle name is "named" after my mom!

When was the last time you cried?

I don't really cry very often, especially out of sadness or negative emotion.  I mostly shed a tear (just a single tear) when I hear a beautiful song or watch an emotional scene of a movie.  A few weeks ago when La'Porsha sang No More Drama on American Idol- I just busted out in tears.  It was an incredible performances that ended in everyone bawling their eyes out.  

Do you have kids?

Nope!  Dan and I both want to focus on getting married first ;)

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I think about this question a lot.  I always want to have the qualities that I look for in a friend- interesting, kind, trustworthy, honest, generous, funny.  I hope that I am some of those things!

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

I'm not sure if I would say a lot...it gets me in trouble sometimes so I try to dial it back!

Will you ever bungee jump?

Already did!

What’s your favorite cereal?

To be honest, I'm not a big cereal eater.  I don't even know the last time I bought cereal!  Whoops!

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

How they greet me.  I feel like you can tell a lot about someone by the way that they greet you- by their handshake, smile, eye contact, etc.  In college, we learned a lot about how to make a great first impression before even saying a word, so now I notice that about other people!

What’s your eye color?

I think they're blue, Dan thinks they're green, and they change shade depending on the weather and what I'm wearing.

Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy for sure.  I always wished that I could handle scary movies but I get way too scared.  It's kind of sad!

Favorite smells?

Coffee, Marshmallow, Fire, Bath and Body Works Candles

Summer or winter?

Summer all the way.

Computer or television?

If Hulu and Netflix are counted for television, I pick that.  I work on a computer all day, so when I'm out of work I don't want to look at a computer any more!  I like to just relax and have something playing in the background while I cook or work out.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I think Sweden?  You can check out everywhere that I've been on my travel page!

Do you have any special talents?

I'm good at picking up instruments quickly.  I've played the violin and saxophone, but can also play the trumpet, guitar, piano, clarinet, and viola.  I'm not good at all of them, but I can at least pick them up and play!

Where were you born?

Pittsburgh!  Born and raised!

What are your hobbies?

Running, cooking, arts and crafts, traveling, reading, anything outdoors.

Do you have any pets?

Yes!  Selma, the (other) love of my life.

Favorite movie?

To be honest, I'm not a big movie person.  I don't really understand the point of re-watching them and don't really own many!  I do watch Spirit of the Marathon before every single race that I run though, so I guess that's my pick.

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, one sister named Kirsten who's two years older than me.  She also went to Penn State and moved to California for a few years.  Last year she moved back to Pittsburgh with her husband!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If money were no object, I would want to be a world traveler and write travel guides on every country in the world.  Or be a musician that gets to travel the world playing in amazing locations.  Or a world-class chef who gets flown around the world to cook for important people and events.  Basically, I just want to get paid to travel!

Ok- your turn!  Answer a few questions :)
Thank you to Emma and JW for tagging me!


  1. I love a good survey post! I played a flute for a few years in elementary school. I forgot about that!

  2. We have so much in common, and the things that we don't have in common would work out for us: I would eat your cereal, you could take me on grand adventures and organize my life....

  3. I knew you were in marching band but I had no idea that you could play so many instruments! You are so talented!

  4. I was named after my great grandFATHER. Jessie is my legal name, not short for Jessica. So, pretty much my whole life people assume I'm a dude until they meet me. I have issues all the time at hotels or car rental places, they assume I'm a guy & it's always a hassle when I shop up & am not a guy.

    1. That's a cool story! And I like the name Jessie...I wouldn't assume it was a guy if I saw that name!

  5. What a great post!! I didn't know you had bungee jumped. LOVE that picture!! And wow! I'm so impressed with your musical talent! I think that helps explain a little why you are such a big AI fan!

    1. Thanks Gina :) I can't sing at all but I love music!

  6. I was a multi-instrumentalist as well :) I played violin and clarinet in school, and I dabbled in piano a bit as well. Now I don't play any, which is sad. I gave them up in college because I was too busy to commit to all the practice. Oh, what could have been...

    I'm not a movie person either! People always look at me so weird when I don't get random movie references. For some reason I just don't have the attention span for movies.

    1. That's so cool! I haven't played in a year, so I'm looking forward to owning a house so I can start playing again :) I miss it so much!

  7. I love this survey, because it gives us a chance to get to know you even more. I totally agree with you on the first impression thing with the handshake, eye contact etc!

    It doesn't look like you're harnessed to anything in that bungee pic. It's like you're just holding onto that big pillow thing!

    1. Maybe I'm not wearing a harness ;) You'll never know!

  8. I love this survey! I also would love to get paid for traveling.. that would be the best job ever! And Bath & Body Works candles are my absolute favorite:)

  9. I wish I could get myself to bungee jump but I just can't haha, it's too scary!

  10. What is the thing you are holding on to on our bungee picture? that looks very scary!

    very cool Stuff!!

    1. It was pretty much just a big pillow that I was clipped to! Haha they just told me to hug it and jump when I was ready!

  11. What a fun survey! My eyes do the same color thing - blue or more greenish depending on what colors of clothing and make up I'm wearing.

  12. I just stumbled upon your blog through Hanna :) What kind of pup is Selma? She looks very similar to my girl!

    1. Thanks for visiting Courtney! She's a lab/beagle mix :)

  13. I have the opposite of your lack of middle name and must have one for you ;P I have two middle names (so my initials spell KISS) and my family are always asking if Jesse and I will give our future kids two middle names as well. I say no because I've never been able to fit my whole name on forms - and now I have a hyphenated last name too so I have five names :P

    1. That's so cool! So many names :) I'm keeping my last name after I get married so I'll always have two haha!

  14. I love surveys like this! I love that you have the "same" middle name as your mom and sister. I gave both of my boys middle names with meaning - Ryan has the same middle name as Alex's father, and Owen has my dad's middle name. Plus, Ryan is Alex and my brother's middle name. I love names with meaning, ha!

  15. aww that's so cool about your middle name! or lack of one lol.

    i'm not sure if i could bungee jump. i reckon i could jump out of a plane, but bungee jumping scares the bajeezus out of me.

    1. I want to do both! Just to say I tried it haha. It really was scary to free fall like that!

  16. Selma is such a cutie! I love the smell of coffee too!

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  17. I also played the violin! :) I'm sure you were/are much better than me. I used to drive my cat crazy with all the squeakiness! Also, I 100% perfect happy endings to scary movies. I get WAY too scared!

    1. Oh my gosh I definitely went through that as well. With violin it takes a lot of screeching before you get the pretty sound!


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