Behind the Blog: Cynthia

Time for round #3 of Behind the Blog!

Sit back, relax, and let’s meet Cynthia :)



1.       What’s your name and blog address?  I’m Cynthia at

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2.       How long have you been blogging?  I started blogging as a
journal last April but then really started in July to enjoy it in my
current format.

3.       What do you love / hate about blogging?  I love that I can
just be me and enjoy sharing who I am and what I do for my health
without being seen as crazy.  I hate the pressure I sometimes put on
myself to get a post up everyday and when I get anxious when I can’t
get back to it.

4.       What’s your favorite color?  I love yellow and green.  I
can’t pick just one.  They both look great with my hair and most of
the shirts I own are in these two colors.

5.       Favorite movie?  As Good As It Gets.  Who doesn’t love Jack
Nicholson telling Helen Hunt "You make me want to be a better man."
Don’t we all want someone to tell us that.

As Good As It Gets

6.       Favorite book?  There is a monster at the end of this book.
Old school Grover with all his anxieties and fears about the monster
and it is lovable furry him.  I still have my copy from childhood.  If
you want an adult answer I’d have to say We Were the Mulvaneys.  So
complex and I couldn’t put it down even though I had to study for a


7.       Favorite food?  Sushi.  I’m addicted and it is my favorite
girls’ night out date night.


8.       Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla unless it is dark belgian
chocolate.  I don’t like american chocolate.  Too waxy.  I grew up on
the good stuff in Germany.

9.       Favorite tv show NOW and when you were growing up?  Right now
I hate to admit my favorite show is LOST because although it is so
good I have no idea what is going on.  I’m watching it right now and I
have a headache.  I need to go back and rewatch it sometime to get it
all.  Thanks to Brandi for getting me onto this addiction.
As a kid my favorite show was this crazy German variety show that is
kind of like Sabado Gigante on Telemundo.  It had cartoons and games
and everything and I couldn’t wait for it to come on each week.  I
missed it so much when we moved back to the states that I really
didn’t watch a lot of TV except old game shows and Murder She Wrote
with my grandma ;-)

10.   Do you like playing sports? Watching sports?  I don’t play well
with others.  I love to run and bike but I am not talented enough to
play a real sport with other people.  But I’m addicted to watching
some on TV.  I’ll watch any NFL game during the season and I have to
love my Red Sox.  I watch more sports than my Hunni :-)


11.   Are you a coffee or tea person? Or neither?  Both.  I love tea
all the time and have a collection of tea that I drink constantly.
But I love good coffee, usually flavored, with some milk and only once
a day so I’m not wired to the hilt.  I used to hate coffee but now it
is my daily pick me up.  But both tea and coffee have to be the good
stuff.  No Lipton or Folgers for me.

12.   Do you have tattoos or piercings?  Yes and Yes.  In college I
had my belly button pierced until I was hospitalized and had to take
it out.  I actually repierced it but had to be rehospitalized and
never put it back.  I wanted to get my eyebrow done at the time but it
wouldn’t have looked good for a teacher.  I have multiple holes in my
ears that I rarely wear earrings in because of my job.  But I do like
to wear my wedding earrings or hoops when I dress up.
And I have one tattoo on my left hip of a filagree cross and the
Hebrew word for redeemed.  It is a reminder to me of my faith and the
healing God has given me.  I spent hours in the seminary library
researching the right words and planning it.  I love that it is
representative of me.

13.   Do you have any special talents?  If you mean things like
rolling my tongue I can do that.  But I am a pretty good quilter and
enjoy making them for wedding gifts and baby showers.  I also speak
fluent Spanish and pick up tons of other languages easily like Korean,
Chinese, Tagalic, Japanese, French, and Portuguese.


14.   If you could go anywhere in the world TOMORROW, where would you go?I would go back to Spain.  I miss it so much and the joys I had
there.  I want to take Hunni there some day and show him "mi pais".
It is my home away from home.

15.   Last thing you ate?  My version of apple crisp.  Two diced
apples microwaved with cinnamon.  Drizzled on crunchy raw almond
butter and a bit of some cereal or granola.  Today was cheerios.  My
favorite dessert for almost everyday. And I added some dark chocolate
powder today to make it interesting :-)


16.   When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a teacher.  And I actually was one for 2 years
before going back to seminary.  I used to set my dolls up as my
students and my mom bought me a chalk board to teach with.  I studied
Spanish Education and
taught Middle/High School for 2 years in a rural
school district.  I actually taught both Spanish and French since I
had some french classes in college.  Teenagers are interesting
especially in Spanish.

17.   What was your favorite subject in school?  I loved Math.  It
made so much sense and I actually took Calculus in college and thought
about minoring in Math.  But languages ruled out because I could use
it as an excuse to read all the time on the quad "for class."

18.   What games did you play when you were younger?  We had family
game night so we played all sorts of board games but my favorite was
SORRY because I always kicked my brother’s butt.  Outdoor games were a
blast too but most of them were ones we made up as kids and never
really had any rules to them.

19.   Favorite restaurant?  I’m a big local restaurant fan.  Where I
live locally I love a cute little coffee shop called Brewhaha that has
whole wheat pancakes the size of the plate with real Massachusetts
Maple Syrup or all sorts of fun vegetarian and vegan options.  If I
have to eat at a chain restaurant I love Panera because they have
great healthy options and I can get a good piece of sugary junk food
if I want too :-D

20.   Favorite store?  TARGET!!! I go there almost every day just to
look around with my cup of Starbucks in my hand…told you I like good
coffee.  Most of my clothes are from there and I just enjoy browsing
the aisle.  But I recently found I love all the funky stuff in
Anthropologie and enjoy looking at all the unique little things you
can’t really find many other places.

21.   Favorite animal?  River Otter.  Random I know.  But in 9th grade
we had to do a zoology project on an animal at the Philadelphia Zoo
(my mom lives outside Philly) and we spent the entire day in the
drizzly rain watching these little guys slide around their exhibit and
eat and just show off.  They were so funny it made me forget that it
was raining.


22.   Favorite thing to cook/make?  I love making home made baked
goods.  Because I have such bad IBS symptoms I can’t eat normal baked
goods from the store or a bakery.  If I make them myself I can be sure
that I won’t get sick eating them.  And they taste so much better than
the stuff I can buy.  I just don’t make them too often because I have
portion control issues since they are so good :-) (and I obviously
have a smiley problem too)

23.   Most embarrassing guilty pleasure? Reality TV!  I will watch it
all and actually enjoy it.  And I’m a pastor.  But it is such an
escape from reality I enjoy getting involved in the drama of the Real
Housewives and seeing all the crazy things the Top Models do.

24.   Do you have any nicknames?  My dad calls me CC Lee, Missy and
Pumpkin.  Hunni calls me Hunnibunny and Girl.  A few friends call me
all sorts of variations of my name like Cyn, Cynth, Syd.  I even
answer to Lu because it is short for Lieutenant which is my work


25.   List one thing the “blog world” doesn’t know about you but should!

I think the blog world should know that I have super powers…not
really.  :-D I really think they should know that I’ve never lived in
one place for more than 5 years my entire life and I don’t really ever
intend to.  I grew up in a military family who moved every 3 years,
then I live with my mom until college for a few years and have moved
every couple of years since then.  So if you ever here me talk you
won’t be able to place my accent.  I have a bit of southern twang,
some proper british-isms from my European education and random bits
and pieces from all over.  I’m just a big conglomeration and that
makes me me.


  1. Great to “meet” you, Cynthia! I can’t wait to check out your blog! Your interview was great! :)

  2. i love shopping and browsing stores with a coffee.. the combo goes so well together! Yay for cynthia! <3

  3. I love this! What a great idea! :-)

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