High Fives For Friday

Date: July 29, 2016 at 6:28 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 18

Happy Friday!

This week has been…weird? I’ve been in a funk. Nothing is wrong, I’ve just been cranky and unmotivated and blah-ish. So in the spirit of my blah-ness, here is a mindless post about nothing. Because sometimes, answering arbitrary questions about my favorite things makes me less blah. And because it’s good to get to know each other — so you should play, too! High five!



Five names I go by:

  1. Alison (my family calls me this)
  2. Ali (everyone else calls me this)
  3. Al (my college roommate, Dee, calls me this)
  4. Feller (college and November Project people generally use this)
  5. Auntie Ali (Tyler and Abby call me this, and it’s my favorite of all the nicknames)
Actually, that day Tyler called me Cinderella, I think. I was fine with the name change.

Actually, that day Tyler called me Cinderella, I think. I was fine with the name change.

Five jobs I’ve had:

  1. Shop Hand at R.C. Brayshaw & Company printing company (I bound books all day — spiral-bound books, by hand — and I loved it)
  2. “Brand Rep” at Abercrombie & Fitch at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, NH
  3. Waitress at Side Street Grille in Hamden, CT
  4. Web Editor, Associate Editor, Deputy Editor, Deputy Editor in Chief & Editor in Chief at Dance Spirit
  5. Freelance Writer & Editor!

Five (JK, way more) places I’ve lived:

  1. Norristown, PA (where I was born and lived for nine whole months)
  2. Contoocook, NH (three different houses; this is where I grew up and where my parents still live)
  3. Five different places at Quinnipiac University (four dorm rooms and one crazy house)
  4. Australia (at Bond University, where I studied abroad)
  5. In a house in Connecticut before I moved to NYC (not important)
  6. Five different apartments in NYC (Spanish Harlem, Midtown West, and three different apartments on the Upper East Side)
  7. West New York, NJ!
Home sweet home.

Home sweet home.

Five things I love to eat:

  1. The lemon pasta from Supper in NYC
  2. The chocolate soufflé from California Grill at the Contemporary Resort in Florida
  3. The muesli and yogurt at Saruni Ocean in Kenya
  4. Annie’s macaroni and cheese with some broccoli thrown in for health
  5. My mom’s grilled cheese sandwiches

Five favorite drinks:

  1. Water
  2. Champagne
  3. Mimosas
  4. Apple cider
  5. Mojitos

Five things I do every day:

  1. Brush my teeth
  2. Talk to my mom, either on the phone or via text
  3. Take Ellie for walks
  4. Constantly think about what my next meal will be
  5. Ask Brian how late he’ll be at work
Out for a walk with my best bae.

Out for a walk with my best bae.

Five (OK, eight) people I’d like to invite to a dinner party:

  1. Ellen DeGeneres
  2. Michelle Obama
  3. Céline Dion
  4. Lin-Manuel Miranda
  5. Amy Poehler
  6. Tina Fey
  7. Brian
  8. Tyler

My five favorite days:

  1. The day I ran my first marathon
  2. The day Brian and I got engaged
  3. The day Brian and I got married
  4. The day Brian surprised me by taking me to Giraffe Manor
  5. The day we got Ellie
This was a good day.

This was a good day.

Five things I love watching on TV:

  1. Friends reruns
  2. Pitch Perfect 2 every night on HBO
  3. The Today show, but I miss Natalie Morales being on it
  4. Scandal, even though it’s insane
  5. Glee, which I miss sometimes

Five things that are making me happy right now:

  1. Ellie sleeping at my feet
  2. The fact that I finally finished unpacking most of the apartment this week
  3. My mom is coming to visit in two weeks
  4. Having a pool
  5. The fact that I met Céline Dion last week, and yes I am still riding that high
Sixth best day ever, probably.

Sixth best day ever, probably.

Hopefully you learned something new today! I’m in less of a funk now!

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. From any category. Or do ’em all!

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