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.
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.
PART 3: The nominees and my questions for them.
My questions for the nominees are taken from the book If...by 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
German Village Mom
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