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Couples In Love Survey and 24 Hours of Awesomeness

Valentine’s Day may have been Tuesday, but I didn’t see this adorable couples’ survey until then, so I thought it would be perfect for today! Also, I had 24 hours of awesomeness that I had to share with you!

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24 hours of Awesomeness (Valentine’s Day and the Morning After)

We’ll start here with a quick recap of the majority of my Valentine’s Day and the next morning (so, 24 hours of awesomeness, from 10 AM Tuesday to 10 AM Wednesday! A quick reminder that Alex took this week off (we opted not to travel for his vacation), thus making these 24 hours possible!

I came home from training clients to find that Alex had been busy while I was gone! It was totally unexpected, but a perfect way for him to let me know that he knows me so well: Simple, inexpensive but beautiful flowers, two of my favorite “treat” drinks, chocolate, sweet mint Orbit, and Tic Tacs! Be still, my heart!


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We wanted to go somewhere new to walk Ridley, so we took her over to where I ran with Team Challenge on my birthday last year and walked her along Lake Michigan up to Montrose Harbor. She went bananas with all the smells, but at least there wasn’t goose poop for her to consume. Goose poop is her crack. Seriously. 

The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky, and the air crisp. If the weather that we have been having this February is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

This is my perfect lunch/afternoon set up: a) Lunch with Alex in a sunny apartment, b) a brief nap in the sun on the couch with Alex and Ridley (it couldn’t be helped), c) a sunny walk to a cafe to do work, d) 2 hours of SOLID productivity, e) a little shopping for Alex’s present (I got him fun socks) and samples from the grocery store (on the hunt for avocados that didn’t cost an arm and a leg).

By the time that I got home, it was time to get to cooking, and I created perhaps the most delicious and filling meal I’ve cooked in a long time: Garlic and herb pork tenderloin, roasted Brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and shallots, and my famous cornbread muffins (with pepperjack shredded into the batter for Alex’s), a bottle of Malbec (given to me by one of my clients for Christmas), and numerous Russell Stover’s chocolates (that he had given to me that morning). We also played some Rummy, and I had more wine than I usually do, but #worthit 😀

The rest of the night was spent in each other’s company and cuddling and watching The Moaning of Life with the puppster on the coach. And a solid night of sleep followed!! YAAAAAS

I got oatmeal x2 the next morning: blueberry 3 minute egg white baked oats before taking Ridley out to the park to run around and go for a walk, then after a perfect 6 miles with Alex along the lake. It was gorgeous and bright and sunny and even though I had a wipe out on a hidden patch of ice (seriously, not 2 seconds after Alex said,”The ice is gone!” My response? Splat. “Nope, ice is not gone!”), I would take that run over and over again. I’m going to have a bad bruise, but luckily I slide, which distributed the fall, and I was wearing tights, so I don’t have road rash. 

After a hot shower, my 24 hours of awesomeness concluded with fresh coffee and another round of my 3 minute egg white oats, this time with strawberries and peanut butter.

Happiness is… ^^^^^^^^^^^

Ok, enough sappiness let’s keep the sappiness going. Survey time!

Couples in Love Survey

I saw this survey on Heather’s and Joanna’s Blogs and I loved it!

Who’s oldest?  Alex is! He is a year and 2 weeks older.

Who was interested first?  Alex. Funny story: We met at the beginning of the summer, but he was hiding from one of my friends and trying to avoid her (honestly, rightfully so), so I spent the night talking to one of his (now our) best friends! Later on in the summer, our mutual friend who had hosted the party texted me at 4 AM and told me that he thought I was cute. I was quasi-seeing someone at the time, but I was open to it, and after some determined FB messaging, we started hanging out. 

Same high school? Nope! We met at the University of Virginia!

Most sensitive?  We are both sensitive in our own ways. I’m more particular, plus I’ve got the whole depression/anxiety thing, but he is more sentimental and emotion on his sleeve.

Worst temper? Just guess. DO IT. 

More social? He is basically the social director of the residency. I am like… erm, come over here and we’ll have a one-on-one. Or we can just sit here in silence.

Hardest working? That’s not a fair question. I think we are both pretty hard working. He more classically (in terms of work and the “grind”), me more when I focus and lock on to something.

More sarcastic? Again. Guess.

Who makes the most mess? We both make our own types of mess! I have things that kind of go everywhere. I cover surfaces, and I am really good at doing so. I’ve made him more messy over the years. He used to be very tidy. But I like things to be clean. We balance each other out. But I make him clean the bathroom. 

Wakes up first?  Raises hand.

Bigger family?  We both have one sibling, both come from families where one side has very few relatives and the other has A BAJILLION. 

Who cooks the most? He used to cook, but now he is really good at ready made things. Also, I can be a control freak in the kitchen.


Who cries the most? Alex is quicker to cry at emotional moments. I cry during anxiety attacks and in frustration (also in hunger, and I”m not kidding).

Better Singer? Me. He will agree.

Hogs the remote?  I let him have it.

Better driver?  We are very different drivers. I am much more aggressive, he is much more straightline.


Better cook? Me.

Most patient?  Him. But I do have a lot of patience when you least expect it.

This Couples in Love Survey shows how much better of a person Alex is! LOL #love #socute Click To Tweet

How would you spend 24 hours of awesomeness?

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  • Reply jill conyers

    Love this! I may have to borrow the idea for an anniversary post. Off to find that egg white oat recipe. I’ve been missing out!
    jill conyers recently posted…8 Signs You Might Be Overtraining and You Need To RestMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 5:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go for it! And yes, yes you do!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    What a fun survey! It’s always so interesting to see how people meet. I’m actually kind of obsessed about it.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…I Lost 80 Pounds, This Is How I Keep The Weight OffMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 5:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! I love finding that out!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply kate

    I would answer the cry question the exact same way! It’s incredible how two beings compliment each other so well despite the differences.
    kate recently posted…A brief rant about health headlinesMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 5:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I honestly wouldn’t want another one of me lol

      February 17, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply jennifer

    FUn to find out those things! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day
    jennifer recently posted…Wondering What Type of Race You Should Run?My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We definitely did!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Haha your twitter message made me laugh. Love that you guys have this week together!!
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…My Problem with “Never Miss a Monday”My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well… it is the truth

      February 17, 2017 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Sounds alot like my relationships – haha I lack the patience and can be the control freak. He is by far the messier one though – we’re working on that 🙂
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…8 Things From the Week and Last Long Run Before AustinMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That can’t help the patience, lol

      February 17, 2017 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    What a lovely Valentine’s Day! Love what you said about sitting in silence. hahaha soooo me! 😀 I’m definitely the cook but he makes a mean pancakes and eggs!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…An Unexpected MondayMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wouldn’t really trust Alex with eggs. or pancakes. or much of anything

      February 17, 2017 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    How much fun! I’ll go with who makes the most messes… and the answer is THE DOGS!!! LOL!! The Hubs is VERY methodical and really doesn’t make many messes expect when he cooks and then it’s a disaster and drives me cra cra. I don’t really make messes either, but I do have the tendency to pile stuff up. In my mind it’s not a mess but it’s my way of putting off dealing with whatever is in the pile. haha! Fun survey! I might have to borrow it!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Creamy Cauliflower Mac & CheeseMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s the accountant in him!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Jamie

    We are couple doppelgängers! Minus the sentimentality (all me). Isn’t 24 hrs with your spouse golden? You also just made me want to play rummy and eat cornbread. I think both might have to happen tonight. Love you and your whimsical self. ❤
    Jamie recently posted…Roll with It…Adaptive LivingMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that we would have so much fun together–just us or with our guys. Double date? With rummy and cornbread??!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply kat

    First off – peach cobbler tea? What in the what?! I need that in my life.
    Secondly, this survey is too cute! I may have to steal it, err I mean borrow it 😉
    kat recently posted…TOL #121 Birthday ShenanigansMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Steal away! And get some of that tea…

      February 17, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Emily

    I love seeing your honest answers to the Couple’s survey; it’s so fun! 🙂 And that Valentine’s Day looks just delightful Susie. <3
    Emily recently posted…Saying ‘No’ to the Food Police! (Podcast #4) – Nicole’s StoryMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was just that–delightful!

      February 17, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Cora

    What an awesome 24 hours is right. Glad you got in a beautiful run, some doggy lovin, cuddling, chocolate and winnneeee. And time with your Valentine, of course.
    Right now I think Dan and my balance of control freak is me: 9 Him: 1. I’ll work on that one, if he works at putting the seat down and learning the act of simple white lies. He makes better eggs, though.
    Cora recently posted…Questions for Bloggers and ReadersMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahaha sounds to me like you guys will figure it out

      February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I am very good at making “ready made things” too. LOL. As in, dinner has been made by someone else and I’m eating it.
    Suzy recently posted…OverboardMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 10:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, I’ll count that!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Love this, and love the survey. I am having writers block so may have to steal it. I’d spend 24 hours of awesomeness on the beach, of course.
    Michelle recently posted…He’s home!!My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 11:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Of course you would! I bet your 24 hours of awesomeness can be found int he past few weeks!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    So glad you’ve gotten in some quality time together! Sounds like an amazing few days.
    Random things that stuck with me: That is my favorite Bai and I can’t remember the last time I had it. Needs to change! I keep seeing little patches of dampness on Lakefront Trail and it puts me on high alert juuust in case there’s ice. Apparently, for good reason. Hunger and anxiety are my two biggest tear triggers.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Thinking Out Loud #82My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is on sale right now GET IT! And that last sentence is yet another reason that we are friends.

      February 17, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    Hahaha awe, I loved learning more about you guys. You’re right. Alex is me and Nick is you. Does he happen to be a Cancer by chance!? I’m a sensitive Cancer and Nick is an aggressive Aries.
    Jo @ Living MInt Green recently posted…Celebrating the day of LOVE + a cute survey about usMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nope. We are both Aries! Just the opposite sides of Aries.

      February 17, 2017 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So adorable! I cook more because I can be a control freak in cooking also, but Ryan’s a really good cook as well. Ollie makes the most mess – Ryan and I just clean up after him.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Dig DeepMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can Ryan teach Alex some things?? And I hear you there…

      February 17, 2017 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    What a great day (ice spill aside). I love this little survey, too! Might have to steal it.
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Austin Races To Check Off The Bucket ListMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    What a fun survey! Looks like you had a great day, minus the fall!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Cardio and Strength Interval WorkoutMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely did… if only I hadn’t slipped

      February 17, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I’ll choose the temper… question… and make you guess. 😉

    I love your Valentine’s Day! Thoughtful gifts are the best.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Seeing Red on Valentine’s Day [WIAW]My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha hmmmm I wonder…

      February 17, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Madhuri

    This survey is so much fun! It was nice to get to know more about you and Alex. Low key heartfelt surprises are the best!
    Madhuri recently posted…It’s alright to pause…My Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      that’s all that I ask out of life!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Noooooo to the wipe out! That would TOTALLY be my luck.

    Once I was at a meeting and totally wiped out on this stupid rug they had on their polished concrete floor studio. I literally took one step on it and it flew out from under me and I went flying and I was like “hahahaaaaaaaaa, silly me” (internally crying because I was dying of pain, haha!)

    “Now he is really good at ready made things” << tooooo funny! 😛 Jesse isn't really even good at that. I do all the cooking because otherwise we'd be eating the same thing on repeat all the time.. and that same thing would probably just be steak.
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Piggy Puns, Massage Fails and Creepy StatuesMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you would be like ARE WE DONE WITH THE RED MEAT YET? And ooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww

      February 17, 2017 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    I love this survey! It’s funny actually that both david and I were interested in each other at the same time. We met at a friends birthday party – talked the whole time, swapped numbers, chatted on MSN messenger all summer (ah those were the days) and when we met again a few months later we started dating… And the rest is history! Almost 12 years ago now!
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…Friday Favourites + Episode 15 of the CTRG Podcast!My Profile

    February 17, 2017 at 1:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg that is awesome. Truly love at first sight!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply

    Ha ha! I’m going to have to get Lynne to do this survey. And I absolutely love your garlic and herb pork tenderloin with roasted Brussels sprouts not to mention those with turkey bacon and shallots. I just wish I could get Lynne to like pork. Can I come over and you can make that for me? I’ll do the dishes! 🙂 recently posted…Baked Potato With Coronation TurkeyMy Profile

    February 17, 2017 at 1:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You got it! It would be my pleasure!!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    ouch on the falling but I am glad you had an awesome day. I love that Alex got you simple little things you like. That is the perfect gift. Doesn’t have to be fancy.

    February 17, 2017 at 4:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I’m not fancy at all. So this was perfect!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Amber Vesey

    i loved reading about you and alex – so cute, especially how well he knows you with your v-day gifts! I enjoy pork, have a hard time digesting if i eat too much….
    Amber Vesey recently posted…Eats   and   exercise   gets   a   makeoverMy Profile

    February 19, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is why you get the good stuff. I like pork, but tenderloin is my fave!

      February 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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