I borrowed this from Becca Dorr, but I thought it was a good way to catch up from the holiday weekend.  That was filled with way too  much eating, and way too much stuffing.

ANTICIPATING 2016.  We’re not far off, and I just am ready to make some things happen on some things that have been stagnant.  Or not stagnant, but things I’m ready to move on.  I’m still working on our house, need to hang things, and change colors around, and I’m just ready for it.

CLEANING my innards!  I ate way too much gross stuff for Thanksgiving, and it was good, but it also feels good to eat a salad and drink a few smoothies.  I’m not used to eating that much, and at that frequency.

DREADING cold weather.  I know it’s coming.  I’m not sure I’m ready.  In fact, I know I’m not ready.

DRINKING Michelob Ultra.  Everyone makes fun of me, but I got into it when I was back at camp in Pennsylvania, and started to enjoy the taste.  That and vodka are my two nostalgic, Pennsylvania drinks.

FEELING kinda fat.  Thank you, Thanksgiving.  Lots of green things this week.

LISTENING to Khloe Kardashian read off the back of a Jif label.  #KUWTK

PLAYING “Love Yourself – Justin Bieber” on repeat.  That song is gorgeous, and I hear that Ed Sheeren wrote it.  Me and my friend Mollie have done some wild speculation on who it could be about.  Hailee Steinfeld is the frontrunner, and she said something sort of weird at the AMAs last week.

READING ok, technically listening, but I am listening to Aziz Ansari’s book.  I’ve always been into his humor.  I find it interesting because I met my husband prior to Tinder and online dating being a thing, so I never had that experience of dating in the modern age.  But I did have the experience of sort of texting…and waiting, or flirting via Facebook chat, or being on the other end of trying to ignore someone.  So I find his take really interesting.

RECOVERING from food-fest 2k15.  I know I’ve referenced this a lot, but I really don’t feel great.  I hate overdoing it.

TRYING to plan workouts and food for this week.

WAITING for my big student loan payment to come out :/ I will be so glad when I’m done with that mess.  I feel like I’m in prison paying these loans.

WALKING the dang poodle to the door so she will go to the bathroom outside instead of in the house, which she likes to do when it rains outside.

WEARING nasty workout clothes.  I did a two-fer today – went for a hike with a friend this morning, then a short track workout this evening, so I  kept the clothes on and I totally reek.

What are you reading this week?

Get to know me better!

I’ve never really met this chick, but cutie-pie over at Two-Thirds Hazel always has the best quizzes and prompts.  She posted this the other day, so I grabbed it up – feel free to laugh J Then grab these up and do these yourself!

  1. Something you will…

refuse to do for the rest of your life: Hm.  It’s hard to never say never, but I think I won’t drive a minivan.  My parents had one, but driving a minivan isn’t really me.  Also, I will never use the derogatory f-word that is used against gay people.  That word makes me feel sick.  Sorry to get heavy so quickly!

always do forever: I will always make weird voices to my pets and talk to them.  I tell Coco all the time that “Mama loves you,” and that “You da best dog in the whole world,” in this weird doggy baby voice.  I can’t help it, pets just turn me weird.


  1. Something you think is… 

certifiably disgusting: When people like snarf their snot.  I get it, you have some congestion up in your sinuses.  But that is absolutely disgusting, and I actually feel really nauseated when I hear people doing that like in a meeting or something.  Absolutely disgusting.

absolutely amazing: There is just so much.  I’m not super religious, but the way that God, that the Universe, has always taken care of me?  Amazing.  There have been things that have happened to me that I don’t always understand at the time, but when all is said and done, I’m amazed. Everything in my life, even the hard stuff, seems to have happened for a reason.  That amazes me.

  1. A compliment you’ve been given that’s made you…

feel on top of the world:  Someone told me the other day that I make them feel really special when I ask them questions about their life.  I make it a point to do that and to pay attention to the answers because I’m genuinely interested, but it was cool that someone noticed.  Also, folks have told me I’m creative before and I’m like…me?  But I’m definitely cool with that.

pretty upset: Eh. This gross guy once said “Is this the YMCA or Hugh Hefner’s house!” upon seeing me one day at work.  I was disgusted.  Who told that guy that sort of “compliment” was okay.  How would he feel if someone spoke to his mother/sister/cousin/daughter that way?

  1. A name you…

hate: I’m not sure.

love: Hm. I have always loved the name Poppy.  Poppy Elizabeth.  I’m not sure why.

  1. Something people say about you that you…

know is entirely false: I think sometimes folks think I’m dumb.  I sort of sound like Hilary Banks (Fresh Prince) when I talk, but I’m really sharp.  No one had told me I’m dumb, but sometimes, I sense that because I really like to watch reality TV and love pop culture, that my intelligence is sometimes in question.

think is on point: My sisters say I’m the Kourtney of the bunch.  I get it.  I can be into some strange things.  Kombucha, soda water, and my salads.  I get how that can strike folks as a little odd.

  1. A taste you…

can’t stand: Mushrooms.  Broccoli.  The gourds.  Hot onions.

can’t get enough of: Franks Red Hot Extra Hot hot sauce.  I love anything hot.  Mmm.

  1. A song you always…

turn off immediately:  Friggin anything by Nickelback.  What a terrible sound they have!

belt out the lyrics to: Jealous – Nick Jonas.  I sound damn good at it too!

  1. Animal you…

fear: I hate little roachy things.

need in your life right this instant: None.  Absolutely not a one.  We have too many damned pets in this house, and I am not looking to increase that number anytime soon.  Not cool.

  1. Something you…

will never ever eat:  Mushrooms.  Because they taste like shit and can be slimy.

 would eat for every meal if you were given the chance: Mexican?  Or Asian food.  I love sushi (Japan), egg drop soup (China), and making my own pad thai (Thailand!).

  1. To enhance your looks you…

would love to, but would probably never resort to:  I don’t think I would do anything.  Maybe I would get under my eyes filled if they got baggy?  But I’m relying heavily on Roc Retinol and water to keep the bags at bay.

just stick to: BB Cream, mascara, eyeliner, and a spritz of perfume.

Feel free to steal it!!  

ow was your weekend?

39 Questions – Totally Stolen

Total disclaimer:  I stole this from Snack Therapy last week.  So read this, then feel free to steal it because it reminds me of that sort of LiveJournal (is that still a thing?) sort of old-school blogging.  I love it I love it.  So here goes!

1. Were you named after anyone?

Yes.  I am my parents first, and they named me after this Stevie Wonder single.


My name is actually Cheri Armour, and one of the rough things about getting married is deciding whether to change my beautiful last name that my parents gave me or not.  Ah.  I’ve got a ton of time to decide, right?

2. When was the last time you cried?

It kind of makes me cry to think about it.  But the last time I really cried was when my grandmother died.  I cried for real when it was time to lay her to rest.  And it was really hard.  Let’s move along.

3. Do you like your handwriting?

Yeah duh.  I write like a total girl.  Wanna see?


4. What is your favorite lunch meat?

I’m a vegetarian.  So none, please 🙂

5. Do you have kids?

No.  But I think I’d like some.  I think I’d be a good mom.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

Yes.  I think I always try to do the right thing.  I value that in other people.  I hope they value that in me.  And I really love my friends.  I hope they can see that.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Absolutely yes.  That’s truly how I used to deal with my problems.  I do it now because it’s like a second language.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?

I do!  I used to get sore throats a lot, but honestly, since I’ve started running, it’s not really been a thing as much.

9. Would you bungee jump?

Absolutely not.  I’m terrified of heights.  I’m embarrassed at how scared I am of heights.

10 What is your favorite cereal?

I am so boring.  I don’t really eat cereal.  But when I was a kid?


pbcrunchAnd this.


These are both things that I enjoyed with my mom as a kid, and I’d probably start crying if I took a bite of either of these two now.  It just reminds me of really happy stuff.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?



I mostly wear running shoes and it’s expensive to just mush them off, and it’s really bad for the tendons in your ankles to mush them off.

12. Do you think you are strong?

Yes.  I’m a little girl.  But I’m so so strong.

13. What is your favorite ice cream?

I’m pretty lactose intolerant, so I try to stay away from ice cream.  I love fro yo, and over the holidays I discovered pumpkin cheesecake fro yo from this place called like Yogen Fruz?  Does that sound like a real place or did I make that up?

14. What is the first thing you notice about other people?

Are they nice to other people?  Do they treat waitstaff and their mom and their siblings kindly?  They do?  Okay, we can be friends 🙂

15. Red or pink?

Red on my nails please.

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?

I hate that I lose things.  I cannot express to you how much I hate losing stuff.

17. Any tattoos?

Wouldn’t you like to know…..

But yes.  I have footprints on my back in honor of my singing group, and a little baby turtle.  I would like to get some huge colorful pieces after I get married.

18. Do you have any hobbies?

I run.  I run so much.  I love it.  I told someone today that I feel more like myself when I’m running like 30ish miles a week at least.  I blog.  And I sing.  Really well actually.  I made the X-Factor one time.  I told that story once.

19. What color shoes are you wearing?

Sock colored.  I’m wearing some SmartWool socks.

20. What was the last thing you ate?

Apricot Slice, courtesy of a Kiwi friend who came over for Super Bowl Sunday,  It tastes like something we eat in Haiti.

21. What are you listening to right now?

Anything by my woman crush.  Here’s my favorite Demi Lovato song now 🙂

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

You know I own like 20 high-end nail polishes right?  Don’t bother asking me that now.  I’m wearing yellow now, though 🙂

23. Favorite smells?

I love the way my dog smells. That’s gross, but she’s so comforting.  She sleeps on the edge of my bed, and I wake up sometimes and peek down to check on how she’s doing.  And she she has not pooped on the floor in like a whole day 🙂

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My sister, Deb.  She’s two years younger than I am, but I’m pretty good friends with all of my siblings.

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Bora Bora.  I saw it on KUWTK, if you don’t know what that acronym is, BYE.  Kidding, kinda.

26. Favorite sport to watch?

Girl, bye.

27. Hair color?



Loc colored.  Very brown.  Lighter brown on the ends from working at summer camps.

28. Eye colors?

Brown!  So dark.

29. Do you wear contacts?

Yes.  I wear Dailies, and I really need Lasik because I’m getting blinder by the second.

30. Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy endings.  I hated The Breakup.

31. Last movie you watched?

Hm.  I watched Girls Season 1 all weekend.

32. What color shirt are you wearing?

A black race top from the Shamrock Marathon, the first marathon I ever did.  I almost forgot I had it on, and this sweet girl at run club was like “OMG are you from Virginia?!”  No cause I got the worst and only speeding ticket ever there when I was like 19.  SO NO.  I am not from the state which got me grounded for an entire semester.  Thank you though.

33. Summer or winter?

Summer.  I live for little tiny jean shorts.

34. Hugs or kisses?


35. Computer or television?

Telly baby!  I love Bravo, HLN, and E!  I won’t try and make any apologies for that.

36. What book are you reading right now?

Hanson’s Marathon Method.  Pretending to read it.  Blogging instead.

37. What’s on your mouse pad?

Bye Ashy gif

38. What color is your house?

This like weird brown color.

39. What color is your car?

Champagne darlings!

What was your favorite question of the stolen survey?  Now answer it!

Old School Blogging #OSBlog 5 Things…

I totally love this idea, and I’ve stolen this from a few bloggers.  PLEASE, please, feel free to steal this, blog on it, or even answer some of the questions here in the comments.  You know I live for your comments right?  They’re like delicious treats!  But I stole this from Miss Elaine, who did this particular one back in July.

Five Things I Have a Passion For

1.  My growing family.  This year, I’m getting married, I have adopted a little orange cat, and a little dog.  I’m so in love and so crazy about the idea of creating my own family.
2.  Writing.  This blog.  I’d love to go full-time with this one day, sooner rather than later.
3.  Running.  My gosh, I love what running has done for me.  You know this.  
4.  Exercise.   Not just the running kind, but swimming, hiking, yoga, and all the stuff I do when I’m not running. 
5.  Nail polish.  #sorrynotsorry.
6.  Can I do 6?  I love my shows.  Mostly Bravo, but I adore my shows.

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die
1.  Write a book about weight loss and healthy living for black women.
2. Buy a house (with my husband) in a city with wooden floors, a backyard, a porch, and beautiful colors on the walls.
3. Run an ultra marathon.  I can’t believe I’m saying (or writing that) out loud.
4. Pay off these student loans. I want 0 debt. None.
5. Learn Spanish.  Austin is doing his Rosetta Stone now.  I want to learn it so that the both of us can travel with little difficulties.

Five Things I Say A Lot
1. Literally…
2. I love you babe!
3. Babe!
4.  Beautiful! (This usually applies to motivation for my fitness classes.)
5. I’m dying/I’m dead.  (I’m dramatic).

Five Books and/or Magazines I Have Read Lately

1. Dean Karnazes wrote 2, and I read them both. Ultramarathon Man and Run. Both good, both inspiring.
2. Most Talkative by Andy Cohen of Bravo. I didn’t stop laughing.
3. Fitness Magazine! Alexa somehow snagged a subscription and forwarded it along to me!
4. Cosmo. Because Ariana Grande was on the cover and she’s adorable,
5. I started reading this month’s Glamour because Shakira was on the cover

Five Favorite Movies
1. The Sex and the City Movie (Oh my gosh, when Steve tells Miranda he cheated on her).
2. Knocked Up
3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
4. Taken
5.  And most recently, The Flight with Denzel Washington.  Denzel can do no wrong, and this movie is no exception.

Five Places I Would Love to Travel
1. Haiti
2. Trinidad
3. Bora Bora.  I’m really hoping we can travel here for our honeymoon.
4.  France
5. Just South America in general.

So your turn.  What 5 songs can you not live without right now?  

Here’s mine.


Pharrell has been a big winner as of late, and this “happy” song is no exception.  🙂