Oops, I Did It Again

If you're some kind of maniac and hate Q&A posts, you're excused from reading the rest of this post. I still LYLAS.

If you're like me, stick around! I know I probably sound like a broken record to some at this point, but I've gotten myself another Liebster Award and, with it, the chance to share some more trivia about the gal behind this ol' blog.

Big, huge thanks to Nadia for the nomination and fun questions! If you don't know her yet, go check out The View is Beautiful.

Now, in my post last week where I accepted another Liebster, I dodged the first half that wanted me to share 11 facts about myself. I figure enough time has elapsed that I can go ahead with them this time around. I know there are a couple new readers around here too, so maybe it's a good time. I'll try to keep it brief:

11 Pieces of Delightful Alyssa Trivia

1. I'm an Aries and I have it tattooed on my right collarbone.
2. I'm training for my first "big race," a half marathon this October. The day of the race will be exactly 10 months from the day of my very first run.
3. I remember and commemorate minutiae like that.
4. I am a writer by day; I work for an educational publisher and write for (mainly) K-12 teachers and other faculty.
5. I have 11 tattoos in total. For now.
6. I'm born and raised in NJ and can't imagine calling anyplace else home.
7. I recently learned that I am 5'4", thus invalidating my answer anytime I was asked about my height in the last five or so years. I thought I was 5'2".
8. I am a feminist and I don't think it's a dirty, radical, or combative word.
9. I haven't left the U.S. in six years, if I remember correctly. Gawd. It's on the list for 2015 to change this at LEAST once.
10. My favorite color is red. It used to be pink. Like, when I was in middle school. My mom still won't stop buying me pink things. It's not my "signature color," mom. Sigh.
11. For someone who runs a blog that's basically about herself, I'm having an obscenely hard time coming up with #11.

11 Very Important Answers to Questions About Me

1. Are you a texter or a caller?
Texter most of the time, caller if it's easier to get a quick answer by calling, but above all I'd prefer to text to make plans to actually see each other and talk face-to-face.

2. How long have you known your closest friend?
I've known my two best since college. One since first day freshman year (7 years), the other since the summer between sophomore and junior years (5 years).

3. What is one product that you recommend to everyone?
Anything from Yes To. I use Yes to Carrots shampoo, conditioner, and facial cleanser; Yes to Tomatoes facial cleanser (I double-cleans at the end of the day); Yes to Grapefruit serum and eye cream; Yes to Blueberries serum and eye roller (alternating with grapefruit); and Yes to Cucumbers wipes. I swear by it all.

4. Are you an online or in store shopper?
I used to be way more impulsive a shopper; I would buy anything in-store. Since becoming a budgeter and not an idiot, I tend to look online and then buy in store. I hate going into stores blind and without some idea of competitor prices.

5. What is your most worn item of clothing?
Yoga pants/leggings.

6. What is your favourite holiday?
Christmas. It makes winter bearable and I love spending so much time with my whole family.

7. What is one material possession you couldn't live without?
If I'm being totally honest, I'll say my Macbook. On it is everything important I've ever written, photos of friends and family. It's my link to the world beyond my reach and from where I've actually accomplished a whole bunch. Plus I dropped a whole lot of money on it and it felt really good to be in a place in my life where I was able to do that, so it's a nice reminder of my having "made it" to a certain point.

8. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
This is tough. I was the first in my family to graduate college, and that felt incredible. Moving out on my own and being fully financially independent at a much younger age than many members of my generation was a big one too, so I'll say that. Professionally, landing the job I have now was a great accomplishment, but it's not the ultimate goal so I'll save it for now.

9. Are you a hot or cold beverage person?
I only really drink water, coffee, and tea. Iced tea once in a while, water at room temperature, and hot coffee and tea even on a 100-degree day.

10. What colour do you think suits you best?
I listed the facts above before reviewing the questions, my bad. I'll say red, because I don't think a single person who's ever met me would say I'm anything less than intense. Also because red = fire = fire sign = Aries = see #1 above.

11. What has been your biggest learning since starting your blog?
I really don't know, because I started blogging back in 2007 or 2008. Obviously blogging has changed a lot, and just learning how to do it, how to commit to it, how to gain and respect readers, etc. was a huge learning in and of itself. Starting this current blog was a different experience because it was a different kind of blog, and I actually tried to extend my reach with it a little bit. The whole entire thing has been a big learning experience, and I hope I keep on learning as this blog grows. One of the coolest things has been meeting people from all over, and learning about life from their experiences. Can I say that? I'm saying that.

As for nominations, I resent rules and the like, which I mentioned here. So rather than hand-picking a select few blogs/bloggers who may or may not be up for a Liebster post, here's an open nomination for anyone (if you like rules, anyone with fewer than 200 followers) out there. I mean, who doesn't love a Q&A post? If you're reading this, consider yourself awarded. Now answer these questions and share the link so I can learn everything there is to know about you.
1. What's the best/most interesting that's happened to you since you started blogging?
2. What was the hardest post to write?
3. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Do they read it?
4. Are you where you thought you would be today five years ago?
5. What is one thing you hope happens, either in your life or the world, in the next five years?
6. What is currently keeping you up at night?
7. What's the most daring thing you've done this year?
8. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
9. What is your most prized (material) possession?
10. Share a YouTube video that always makes you laugh.
11. Are there any words that you try to live by? Please share!
Vodka and Soda
Linking up with Kathy. Love you like XO.


  1. I wear leggings all day, everyday. I don't even care ;)

    And I hate texting/calling. I am very short and sweet and at times I end up leaving a conversation hanging... I don't know why but I just can't stand it.

  2. My sister ran a half marathon this weekend. Since she reads my blog , if she allows Ill post about it! The girl rocks! Love your answers babe :)

  3. I love how you look best in red because you're an aries. :)

  4. I'm an Aries too :) And you should do a post about the meaning behind all your tattoos!

  5. not gonna lie, i had to google 'LYLAS'
    I kinda creepily enjoyed learning more about you. no shame in this game. aw 5'4 you're such a shorty ;) I am 5'9 lol. we are going to look kind of odd together.
    I am all about texting, I call KC obviously but other people.. I'm just super awkward on the phone.
    Christmas is my fave holiday... but not anymore. I liked it because summer + family. Now I dislike it because winter + away from family. sobs.
    I dig that you like red. I feel like red does NOT look good on me, though neither does pink. and hey, my mum still buys me disney pajamas and tinkerbell stuff because when I was 11 I was obsessed with tink. I am totally using that as a confession one day.
    and ok ok you've twisted my hand, i am going to do this q&a post because why the heck not.

  6. I wouldn't ever expect 11 tattoos on you, but that's really cool! I would much rather text than call and sometimes avoid calls for that reason lol!

  7. My computer is my prized possession as well! Seriously, what would I do without this thing! I like your idea of open Liebster nominations. I've had this award come my way a few times and as grateful as I am to recognized by fellow bloggers, sometimes the timing just doesn't work out. Fortunately, today this was the perfect kick in the butt to get myself back into the blogging groove after vacation last week. If you're interested, I've got answers to your questions scheduled for tomorrow morning.

  8. You are going to do great at your race!!!!!

  9. Love that you remember minutiae like your first run/first half marathon. Seriously, that kind of shit is what keeps me going!

  10. I am so with you, I could drink hot tea all day every day. Congrats on all your accomplishments, I'd add running to that list if I were you, because you are a tank girl!!

  11. Good luck with the half! I was just thinking the other day that starting in October I should start training for a 10k or a half. I've already done a few 5s & now I want to move up.


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