Be prepared for a major Irina overload in this post today. Last week I was nominated by Katie, Miss Polkadot, and Shannon for the Liebster Award and I’m excited to finally share my survey with you all!
Here’s What You Must Do:
~ Write 11 random facts about yourself.
~ Answer the 11 interview questions you’ve been given by the person who nominated you.
~ Create 11 new questions.
~ Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
~ Go and tell the person who nominated you, along with the people you’ve nominated about your post.
11 Random Facts:
1.) I had a blonde phase back in junior high…literally! I was obsessed with highlights and eventually my hair was basically blonde with a few brown streaks. I decided I had enough of the blonde and colored my hair brownish-black freshman year of high school. Thanks to all the chemicals my hair basically turned green under flourescant lights until I finally found a great hair dye that fixed the problem and matched my natural hair almost perfectly (AKA no ugly roots!). It took four years for my hair to completely grow out…right in time for prom!
2.) Gross alert! I had surgery on my big toenails in high school. One side of my toenails grew outwards (instead of straight up) and I experienced a lot of pain when I started wearing heels. The surgery seriously changed my life in a subtle but noticeable way, and I even went back to get surgery on my other toenail so that they would look identical.
3.) My parents took my sister and I all around the U.S when we were young. We were poor but my parents managed to save enough money as they wanted us to experience places like Disney World and national parks before we got too old to enjoy them through a child’s eyes. This meant we had to drive to many of these places because we couldn’t afford flights, and so my childhood was filled with many family road trips to places like Florida, South Carolina, Canada, and Wyoming. I’m so grateful for this!
(my sis and I at Niagara Falls many years ago…)
4.) My sister and I got caught in a riptide the summer of 2011 during our family trip to Ocean City, Maryland. It was literally one of the scariest moments of my life. I still get a bit anxious even thinking about it.
5.) I have no idea what I want to do in my life. I vigorously and successfully studied Civil Engineering in college and ultimately decided that it wasn’t for me thanks to a summer internship before junior year. I still graduated with the Engineering degree but I am currently not working as an engineer.
6.) I’ve lost two iPhone 4 phones. Don’t ask…Apple products and I simply don’t get along well…
7.) I have a ridiculously obsessive personality. I’m also very crafty and that’s a dangerous combo! In other words, as soon I as I become obsessed with a certain craft (whether it be sewing, making bracelets, anything) I go all out. All.out.
(handmade headbands by me!)
8.) I got my first credit card only a little over a year ago. My parents never believed in living on credit so I only used a debit card until October 2011. My very first purchase using that wonderful piece of plastic? See photo below!
(still haven’t read it though…)
9.) I had to be taken to the emergency room once to get stiches. I either hit my leg on the corner of a bed frame or a wooden table corner. The truth is still unknown to this day but I have the scar to prove it!
10.) I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little. I love space. Read more about my childhood ambitions in this post!
11.) I have an obsession with miniature things like toys, dishes, and cookware. My friends make fun of me and always call my family the miniature family because we all buy small items!
Questions From Katie, Miss Polkadot, and Shannon:
I decided to a few questions each from Katie, Miss Polkadot, and Shannon instead of bombarding you with 33 answers.
1.) What’s your favorite holiday splurge?
Hmm does this refer to food? Shopping? Pampering? I definitely like to splurge on shopping but I always feel guilty when purchasing something for myself during the holidays. Anyone else?
2.) How do you hold yourself accountable for workouts?
Um unfortunately I don’t at the moment, but in all honesty the best motivator for me is a splurge on running clothes (*cough* Lululemon *cough*). Hey, if you spend the $$$ on a product you are basically forced to use it, right? I also tend to use race registration as my running motivation!
3.) What made you start blogging?
The first blog I came across was Angela’s at Oh She Glows. I instantly fell in love with the incredible online community that revolved around healthy lifestyles that matched the one I already embraced for years. After spending a few weeks exploring the blog world, I took the plunge and created my own space in the cyber world!
4.) What keeps you blogging?
At times I find blogging to be more of a strain than a stress-reliever, but then I find myself running back to this wonderful little corner of the internet. My blog is like my online diary, just a bit more filtered. I love connecting with people all around the world! That’s what it comes down to – the amazing blogging community!
5.) Favorite restaurant?
Hmm I’m not sure I have one, but lately I’ve been loving Hannah’s Bretzel for a quick and healthy lunch. My food cravings change daily and it’s hard to pin-point a favorite.
6.) Do you have a favorite subject in school? What is it?
I was always a math & science girl in school. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I kind of rocked at those subjects. My two favorite classes in college were Physics (electromagnetics was the best out of the four I had to take) and Differential Equations. Oh how I miss using the left side of my brain!
7.) What TV shows are you currently loving?
Oh my gosh where do I even begin. I think I watch much more TV than I would like to admit, but I certainly go through periods (i.e. days) where I spend hours catching up on my favorite shows. Some favorites include: Dexter, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl (R.I.P.), House of Lies, and Vampire Diaries. #dontjudgemeplease
8.) If you could switch places right now where would you go?
Basically either New York City or anywhere in Western Europe.
9.) What is one of your quirky habits?
I’ve been told I’m very quirky in general, but one of my oddest habits is smelling books. I have a very specific favorite smell, and it’s only present in new books. The smell of paper mixed with ink makes me go gaga in the best way possible
10.) Which nicknames do you have?
I don’t really have any nicknames, but my sister loves to call me “malyavka” (child) because I’m younger than her and “kruchok” (hook) because I always slouch.
11.) What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
Three things instantly come to mind: cook/bake, shop, or lounge around in bed all day. Wow I’m such a female…
My 11 Questions:
1.) What is the worst kitchen disaster you’ve ever had?
2.) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
3.) What’s your favorite store to shop at?
4.) What would you do if you won the lottery and had unlimited money?
5.) What’s your favorite kitchen utensil/gadget?
6.) What was the last vacation you took?
7.) What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?
8.) What is your favorite beauty product? Share your secrets!
9.) What is your dream job?
10.) If you could have one magical power, what would it be?
11.) Quick – what are the three most important things in your life? List them off without thinking!
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Lindsay @ Running The Windy City
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