Back-to-Blogging Party Post

And I’m back! Are you still here? Hope so!

Thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, and e-mailed when I announced my unexpected break from blogging. I know many of you are wondering what happened, but I’m not ready to discuss that yet. The past two weeks have been very difficult for me and for those close to me, but I have faith that everything will be OK.

So, I’m calling this a party post because I have a lot of fun things to talk about! Such as the winners of my CalNaturale Svelte giveaway. I apologize for the late announcement, but late is better than never, right? What’s a party post without prizes!?

So, without further ado, here are the winners (chosen by the random integer generator):

The 12-pack variety case goes to Christi Traster who said: I’m pregnant with baby #3 and am always looking for ways to get extra protein – and for things that I can grab on the fly! I would love to try them all – but cappuccino sounds the yummiest to me!

And the two runners-up, who will each receive a four-pack of Svelte, are:

Brooke Griffin who said: Oh my goodness, I’m so glad to see these being discovered! I pick up some of the vanilla ones whenever I can afford to stop by Wholefoods and I’m absolutely in love with them! They are sooo delicious, fresh, and I love that such a high protein drink has so much fiber! That’s a major plus for me. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to find the Vanilla ones. I’d love to try the chocolate or coffee ones too!

And, Lindsay, who said: These little guys look so tasty! I so want to try the French Vanilla flavor. I am on the go a lot with my job, so grabbing one and heading out the door would be ideal!

Congratulations, ladies! Please e-mail your contact information to rebecca [at] roseyrebecca [dot] com

Today I received a blog award from the beautiful Caroline of  the Chocolate and Carrots blog:

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Here are the rules that go along with receiving such a brilliant award:

Write a post and link it back to the person who awarded you

Share seven things about yourself

Award up to 10 recently discovered great bloggers

• Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

So, seven things about myself, eh? I seem to remember writing a post with ten random facts about myself back in August, so I have to be careful not to repeat myself, because that would be boring. Here goes nothing:

Fact One: I am a pizza snob.

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I grew up 40 minutes outside NYC, with my father and two brothers, who are even bigger pizza snobs (my mother doesn’t care as much. She worries more about books). My family has traveled miles and miles for good pizza. I can tell you if a slice is going to be good just by looking at it. I am not the kind of snob who refuses to eat crappy pizza at a party. I just know the difference. (Note: Two weekends ago, I ate three slices of the pizza you see above- it was that good)

Fact Two: My brother, Adam, is 10 years older than me. He started teaching English at my high school when I was a freshman. My first locker was right next to his classroom, and he used to write me late passes all the time. (He’s all the way to right in the picture below)

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My other brother, David (all the way to the left), is six years older than me. He just turned 30 on the 10th.

Fact Three: I had my first sip of alcohol on my 21st birthday. I had no desire to drink before that. My first drink was a Malibu Bay Breeze. It was made by a bartender at a club called Cabaloosa’s in New Paltz, NY. It was 80’s night, and Cyndi Lauper was blaring through the speakers.

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21 was the year of mixed drinks, 22 was the year I started liking beer. I didn’t like wine until I was 23. Now, it’s my drink of choice. I’d choose red wine over a Malibu bay breeze any day.

Fact Four: Speaking of the age 23, I turn 24 in one month and three days. Bakeries should start preparing cupcakes now. I plan to eat 57 (plus one for good luck).

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Fact Five: I’ve been with Jeff since I was 18. He was two months away from 21 when I met him, making him nearly three years older than me. We will have been together five and a half years on March 16. We’ve lived together for two.

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On Valentine’s Day in 2006, he took me to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. We ate at Carmine’s afterward—one my of my favorite restaurants in the city. I proceeded to fall down the stairs of the subway entrance in Times Square. It was the best Valentine’s Day ever. I’m not kidding. 

Fact Six: I am very shy in person. Always have been, but I try not to be, which makes me a little socially awkward. In groups, I’m more of a listener than a talker, unless I am 100% comfortable with everyone there. I’m usually very quiet.

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Fact Seven: My two favorite workouts? Weight training and spinning. Hands down. I know a lot of people would say running, but I’m just not one of them. I’m ok with that. 🙂

OK, now it’s time to nominate 10 great, recently-discovered bloggers for the award. Well, I haven’t really discovered any new blogs lately—I’m out of the loop, recommendations welcome— but, here are five of my very favorite bloggers:

Feel free to leave blog suggestions in the comment section! I need em! 

Also, would love to hear seven random facts about you. Play along!

Have a great Friday! <3

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Crazy Blog Reading Lady

I spent last night with my good friend, google reader. I had about 70 posts to catch up on. I made sure I was wearing the proper blog reading attire (i.e. sweats and a big comfy sweatshirt) and then  jumped on the couch with my laptop. First, however,  I took this ridiculous blog reading picture in the mirror

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Notice that I’m pointing to you, as in I’m a crazy blog reading lady and I’m coming to stalk your blog. If I didn’t leave you a comment, chances are I don’t have you on my reader. Let me know and I’ll add you. 🙂 I love reading blogs!

Moving right along, Breakfast this morning was bliss:

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I was planning on making oatmeal but I obviously changed my mind because the above definitely does not look like a big bowl of oats. I was out of bananas and blueberries and oats just would not have been fun with the absence of those ingredients.  Instead, I shook up my standard egg in the hole.

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I used two pieces of holey bread instead of one and heated two slices of Candian bacon. Then, I put one slice of the bread in a pan and put the bacon on either side of the hole. I topped that piece with the other piece of bread and cracked the egg down the middle into both holes.

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OMG Yum! How’s that for an amazing weekend breakfast!? I topped it with a bit of shredded cheddar, black pepper, and hot sauce (duh!). It was heaven on a plate. I promise. Try it!

Last night, my mom grilled up some Chipotle Chicken for dinner. It was awesome! She also made a Couscous & Garbanzo Bean Salad, Sweet & Regular Potato Home fries, and Ratatouille. It was an amazing Friday Night Dinner

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For dessert, I had 1/4 of an Alternative Baking Company Espresso Chip Cookie

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This morning I am heading to a Vinyassa Yoga Class at the gym near my parents’ house.  I’ll be back later with a lunch post and then I’m going to dinner and a show with Jeff’s family!! YAY!!

Hope you all have an amazing Saturday!!

How do you keep up with blog reading?

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