Saturday, November 27, 2010

aaaand, we're back

the best for last
the best view-from-above shot, that is.

en route to NC

because not everything is coming up roses. for example, i could have done without several souvenirs i accidentally brought home from FL, including:

- 3 mosquito bites (in #*@&! november? yeah, i guess so.)

- a raging case of conjunctivitis

you can see how thrilled i am to be sporting the coke bottles

- an attitude (sorry, josh!)

i'm happy to report that at least #3 is improving.

so what??
complaining into the internet is lame, so i would rather dedicate the rest of today's post to fulfilling heather's desert island request from last week! the lovely lady presented these 7 thought-provoking questions to 7 chosen desert island friends (quite an honor!). here are my answers . . . just a week late.

1. Why did you start your blog?

back in 2004, i was in medical school, and against my will i was sent to a small town outside of lumberton to do an outpatient pediatrics rotation. i thought starting a website to chronicle the experience would be a fun diversion, and i named my site "lost and all alone." things have changed a lot since then . . . hopefully for the better?

2. If you had any physical ability in the world, what race or event would you do?

i would be an olympic gymnast! i always wanted to fly around like that, but never could get past the back handspring (and now i can't even do those anymore -- at least without fracturing anything).

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

honestly, i'd probably stay HERE! i really love chapel hill and the triangle in general. i am happy about our plans to eventually settle in miami beach, though, too.

4. What would you do with a million dollars? You are not allowed to save it or pass it out to all your friends.

first, i would go shopping -- what not to wear style! then i would organize a big family trip somewhere -- or perhaps buy a vacation property somewhere so that a trip could be hosted annually. then, i would give nice healthy chunks to family members that need it. finally, i would buy a beautiful house in miami beach and fill it with sleek and modern furniture. and THEN -- i would definitely be out of money. sigh.

5. What would you do if you played hooky from work/school for a week?

i would go completely apartment therapy on our little space, and i would relax and read books and watch movies and work out. ahhh, i'm just going to have to do a compressed version over the next two days . . .

6. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

too easy, heather. too easy . . .

7. You get to spend the day with a famous person. Who would it be & why?

i think it would be really interesting to meet haruki murakami, and get him to expound on the secret meanings within the wind-up bird chronicle. or ooh, perhaps gretchen rubin! it would be fun to have her over for dinner. we could talk, umm . . . happiness.

all right! now i get to pick 7 of you to join ME on a desert island romp.

i've never actually been to a desert island - st. maarten will have to suffice

diana, aimée, jess, chelsea, lin, allie, and meg, will you join me?

your questions are as follows:

1. which would you rather have: the ability to fly, or the power of invisibility?

2. what was your favorite dish at thanksgiving this year?

3. what is your favorite movie of all time?

4. if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere, where would you go? (no fair saying 'a trip around the world!')

5. describe your favorite pair of shoes ever (mine = ridiculous red high tops i owned sometime during the late-80s)

6. no internet or no TV: which would you pick?

7. what is your favorite season? (for bonus points (coconuts? bananas? whatever is available on our island), rank all 4 in order!)

have fun! and pass it on, because sometimes there are days like these when a meme is just the thing. of course, anyone else reading this can feel free to jump in as well.



workout: 47 minute run in the miami heat. i have no idea how far (i need to replace the batteries and recalibrate my polar). josh kept saying it wasn't that bad but my purple face suggested otherwise.


  1. Anonymous6:10 PM

    omg i SO would be an olympic gymnast too! sadly they told me when i was in kindergarten that i should not continue because i was too tall for it. *sigh* hahahah.

  2. Anonymous7:03 PM


    So sorry to hear about the conjunctivitis. I used to ALWAYS get conjunctivitis when I traveled particularly for a conference and then I would have to do my presentation with my unfashionable glasses and a goopy red eye--ah...great professional image. I got so paranoid that I always would travel with the medication. Now...not sure how I kicked it but I religiously turn off the overhead air on the plane and clean all surfaces and my hands like crazy. I know the majority are supposedly viral.....Hope you feel better.

  3. Ugh, conjunctivitis! The bad attitude is at least partially justified, then. AND thanks for the shout out, love :)

  4. Oh no! I'm sorry about the conjunctivitis...but I'm glad the attitude is ebbing away. ;-)

    I think I would rather be a martial artist! Because they kick butt while looking cool, but gymnasts have bad knees.

  5. Haha you are a simple woman. English muffins and Chapel Hill forever?

    I hope your eyes get better soon!

  6. I would love to join you! SO fun :)
    Hope your pink eye is getting better. I had it last year in both eyes. Ugh.

  7. If we were all on a desert island, it would be like HLS all over again, roomie! ;) Thanks for picking me!

  8. Conjunctivitis and mosquito bites are not fun! And I'd love to join you on a desert island romp! I would be the captain of the power walkers :-P