Friday, November 9, 2012

I won a lobster!

I won an award! YAY! Angela Ryan at Not Appropriate for All Audiences has bestowed the mysterious Liebster award upon me.

The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. A few months ago I didn't qualify, but in September I decided to make my blog completely anonymous, which meant starting all over. It's been more difficult than I expected to regain a readership and I often feel discouraged and want to quit. So I really appreciate Angela's encouragement in giving me this award - thank you!

So what the hell is a Liebster anyway? When I googled it, I got results ranging from "My darling!" to "Sorry, we couldn't find what you were looking for. Did you mean lobster?" According to Angela, liebster is a german word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Aw. The award is basically intended as a "Welcome to the party! We're glad to see you!" badge.

Of course any award worth its salt comes with rules, so here they are:

1) Each recipient must post 11 random facts about themselves.
2) Each recipient must answer the 11 questions the awarder has given to you, the awardee.
3) You, now the awarder, create 11 questions for your nominees, who are now the awardees.
4) Choose 11 awardees, link to their website, and notify them.
5) No award-backs. 

PART 1: An exercise in narcissism

I'm going to shamelessly rip these off from my past blog posts and award acceptance speeches. My apologies if you've seen them before.

1) I get equal enjoyment from a serious philosophical discussion of the themes in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as I do from a Britney Spears concert. This means I often feel like some kind of cultural double agent, since the types of people I encounter in both situations don't tend to like each other much.

2) One time I bought so many boxes of ice cream bars (because they were on sale for $3, regularly $8) that I couldn't fit them all in my freezer, and I had to bury some of them outside in the snow for a few days until I'd eaten enough to clear a space for them.

3) I love living in Canada. I could adjust to life in say, Hawaii, but I'm someone who has a strong connection to home and its memories, and I like to feel rooted. If we moved somewhere else, I think I'd always feel homesick underneath whatever adventures we were having in the new place.

4) I like to eat potato chips only if they're all curled up, and will search through the whole bag for the ones that are "just right." My husband thinks this is very odd behaviour, but I recently found a Facebook page called "I Prefer the Potato Chips Curled Up," so obviously I'm not alone.

5) There's nothing I enjoy more than a solid 24 hours without having to talk to anyone. I need and crave solitude and quiet to a level that's difficult to explain, and the constant deprivation of both has been the hardest part of motherhood so far.

6) In junior high, I actually wrote in my diary about the stress of watching Brenda and Jagger's romantic trials on General Hospital. That should tell you something (disturbing) about how invested I get in fictional characters. I still haven't gotten over the fact Buffy and Angel didn't get together in the end (although at least no one died, permanently at least). I also haven't quite grasped that Christian Grey doesn't exist and if he did, he's taken.

7) I love cat shows. I don't just wander up and down the aisles either - I sit in the front row of the judging and take a great interest in the judge's examination of the cat and description of the breed standards. Yes, they call me crazy cat lady.

8) When I was 10, I organized all my books into alphabetical order, drew a grid on my dad's dot matrix printer paper, and listed all of them. Then I made little individual library cards and a fee schedule and went around the neighborhood promoting my new library. Take that, Napoleon Dynamite - let your nerd flag fly!

9) Bidding on ebay annoys the hell out of me. I think what bothers me the most is people waiting until the very last second and "stealing" the item. It seems so dishonest. Put your max bid in, leave it alone and then whoever really wanted it the most gets it. None of this shifty swiping the auction at the last second so no one else has time to respond.

10) I have a weird obsession with plucking J.'s grey hairs, which he tolerates grudgingly, although he won't let me pluck his facial hair. I had to restrain myself from cleaning up two year old S.'s strays by reminding myself that pulling hairs out does hurt and I would never do anything to hurt my little bean. I still try not to look at her eyebrows too closely though.

11) I'm developing a disturbing addiction to Wal-Mart. It's so shameful, like picking your bum in public. But the stuff is really good value. I just pretend the other patrons aren't there, although it's difficult with their loud, poor grammar...sigh.

PART 2: Angela's 10 questions for me (she decided to skip the 11th)

1) As I love books, you could have predicted this one, what's your favourite book and why?

This is hard because I've read so many amazing books that I can't remember them all, and because my favourite book depends on my mood. I have over 800 books, about 80% of which are fiction. A few favourites come to mind, defined as books I've read at least three or more times. I'm not going to tell you why they're favourites, because that would be a whole other post per book, particularly in the case of Ms. James' novels.

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Daughter of the Empire series by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler
Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E. L. James

2) What other bloggers (if any) do you currently follow? Please leave links.

Way too many to list here, and yes I read them all. If I stop reading, I stop following. Check out the "My Favourite Yawpers" section at the bottom of my blog for links to the 25 most current posts from blogs that I follow.

3) What are three reasons you think my blog is super fucking awesome (because of course you do)?

Because you just said "fucking."

Because you called out a gangsta rapper to his face.

Because you're as passionate about the joy in your life as the sorrow.

4) Do you believe in love at first sight? If so, would you also be willing to admit that you are highly delusional?

No. I believe in lust at first sight.

5) If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would spend your money on?

A trip back to Kauai, Hawaii, where J. and I spent our honeymoon.

6) Have you ever had a cool celebrity encounter? Please describe.

Not even close. I don't think I've missed out on anything.

7) Okay: What's your porn star name? Name of first pet + the road you grew up on.

Midnight Wilson. I like it - exotic and mundane all wrapped up in one weird package.

8) List 3-5 songs that have been on heavy rotation on your playlist lately.

Till I Collapse - Eminem
We Found Love - Rihanna f. Calvin Harris
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence

Rain Over Me - Pitbull f. Marc Anthony
One More Night - Maroon 5
9) Do you believe in miracles?
I'd like to.
10) If I sent you my address, would you please mail me a pair of underwear to make up for those disappointing chain letters?


PART 3: The nominees and my questions for them.

My questions for the nominees are taken from the book Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell. For anyone reading, feel free to comment on one/all of these too.

1) If you could win any competition in the world, what would it be for?

2) If you could eliminate one habit you have, what would you stop doing?

3) If a photograph of you were to be used in an ad, which part would you want used, and for what product or service?

4) If you had to have one piece of music softly playing in your mind for the rest of your life, what would you want it to be?

5) If you had to be the underwear of something famous, who would you choose to wear you?

6) If you could have the world's largest collection of one thing, what would it be?

7) If you could have stopped aging at any point in your life up to the present, how old would you want to remain?

8) If you had to eliminate one of the four seasons permanently, which one would go?

9) If you could have a romance with any fictional character, who would it be?

10) If you could destroy a single CD that your mate plays, what it would it be?

11) If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

I only nominated people who haven't already received this award. Not everyone enjoys memes like I do, so I don't expect everyone on this list to pick up their award. That doesn't matter - these are funny, thoughtful, sarcastic, inspiring, honest blogs that I love reading and I'm happy to share them. In alphabetical order, here they are:

A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall

Crazy with a Side of Vanilla

Everyday Adventures

German Village Mom

Mama Mzungu

Much Malarkey Manor

Shouldn't Life Be More Than This?

Simply she goes

Way too much aubrey

Writing Down the Bones

5 Things About Nothing Important


  1. Congratulations on your lobster! Your blog deserved this as well as many more crustaceans.

  2. Very cool on getting an award. I can not even imagine getting 200 followers! PLEASE :D

    1. Blog hopping is a good way to meet new people. Or check out the badges in people's sidebars to find communities you might like - my favourite is Yeah Write.

      I feel your pain though. It's hard for me to remember how I gained 220 followers before I moved my blog. I was featured on some communities and other people's blogs and it just sort of happened.

      It's been harder to get established this time, but in the end I would rather have genuine readers commenting and having interesting conversations than a lot of followers who don't actually read. Something to keep in mind while blog hopping ;)

  3. Congratulations on your award. Fun answers! Sounds like you are passionate about ice cream bars--perhaps an ice cream freezer should be in your future.

    1. We have a deep freezer now and this incident was part of the reason why. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Thanks for the nod and great list! And I think the intellectual types are being more open about their pop culture/gossip news leanings, which is refreshing for all us split personality-types. You are not alone! : )

    1. Good to know there are other split personalities out there :) I always have trouble filling out those blog category lists, because I'm all over the place. But those are my favourite blogs to read too. I guess I get bored easily with any one topic.

  5. Thank you so much! That was so nice of you to include me. And great questions :)

    I agree completely with number 5 of your facts. I literally and physically NEED to have time alone. I love people, but they take so much energy from me, and I can only recharge by being alone.

    And number 8! I love that so much!

    1. Yes! Your comment about loving people is so hard to explain to others. It's not that I don't enjoy having company - I would be really lonely if I couldn't have any interaction with other people. It's just that I need some time to myself every day to recharge too.

      Number 8... what can I say? It was the accountant in me coming out.

  6. Thank you for the nomination! I was tagging you when I found out :) Hilarious that you asked about a circus act. I have tried the trapeze and loved it! And I would totally get rid of winter. I hate being cold. Nice porn star name! Mine would be Zack Longbranch. Too bad I'm not a guy. That name would be killer.

    1. Zack Longbranch! HAHA! That is hilarious. I was just catching up on your posts - it's so funny that we were tagging each other at the same time. Great minds think alike :)

  7. "I've been told I'm too quiet and too loud. Sullen and excessively jovial. Closed-minded and unprincipled. Warm and aloof. Does anyone really know or understand anyone else?"

    My goodness, girl! You are a walking contradiction! :D I am as well. I can have 2 completely different opinions on the same subject and often do.
    I enjoyed reading and getting to know you more. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm following back!

    1. I think a lot of people are more complicated that we realize. I have a big mouth, so my contradictions are pretty obvious.

      Thanks for joining up!

  8. Congrats on yr award and thanks fr folloeing my blog. Im following back as i like what im reading. Ur write really well. Hope to know each other better. Mandy @ PS did u know i have an intl skincare set giveaway on my blog? Not sure if u saw :)

  9. hi sweetie, funny post! Hi I discovered you from #10 I love my post bloghop and am now following. i'd love you to follow my too xxx

    1. Thanks! Am following you already :)

  10. oh PS if you like I can help you adjust your side bars so your buttons aren't hanging off? (tell me to mind my own business if you like I wont be offended) xxx Rose

    1. Not offended at all - I often post about my hopelessness at anything IT-related. I've tried to expand the sidebars before, but the buttons just seem to get bigger along with the sidebar and I can't find anywhere to break the ratio link.

  11. Newest follower here! I found you through the Friday blog hop. Cute blog, I can't wait to read more! Congrats on your award :)

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

  12. Congrats on the Lobster! I love getting to know people better with these award questions. Will have to remember snow as a backup for ice cream. We used it or beer. I was GH obsessed too. My chips have to be the large, perfect flat ones!

    1. Thanks! I would never have thought of beer as a backup for ice cream. It's a good thing it was winter or I would have been stuck. Just the thought of all that ice cream being wasted is so sad.

      We would have a great time sharing a bag of chips, wouldn't we?

  13. Yayyy!! Of course you won an award. You deserve it. Congrats!! And also, you would totally miss home if you ever moved away. I've now lived in the US longer than I did in Canada and I still miss it. A lot. It will always be home.

    1. Thanks so much. I also wonder if it would be so different in the States, but then I see things like how people behaved during the election that just happened, and how people identify with their college sports teams, and I think, wow, it really is a different culture.

  14. I loved this -- especially the ice cream bars! Great post! I did an update and linked you back in here: You are wonderful!

  15. Funny. The ice cream bars...and I totally relate to the book and characters...I mean I had a hard time with letting Katnis & Peeta along with all the others go after I had finished the Hunger Games triology. :)

    1. That's what made it so difficult to read George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, although I persevered. He kept killing off my favourite characters.

  16. Congratulations on the award!!! Love your blog. Glad I found you through the Weekend Blog Hop!

    Michele @ Better Organized Living

  17. Thanks for following Carole's Chatter. I am happily following you right back.

  18. You are amazing - I've never met anyone who - only Prefered the Potato Chips Curled Up - nice to met you - I like them too but not solely.

    1. The crunch is so much more satisfying when they're curled up. Yum!

  19. congrats on the award!!! :) Great 'getting to know you'!!!


  20. Congratulations! From what I've seen, it's well deserved!


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