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A Liebster Award? Why, Thank you!

As I opened up my blog tonight to pen today’s post, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kate at Cape Cod Scribe had nominated me for a Liebster Award!

leibster awarad

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

I am really thrilled to be nominated because I always love finding new blogs and so not only will I hopefully have a few new dear readers, I will be able to find some new and exciting blogs to check out as well from my list of fellow nominees!

Like most blogger awards, there are some rules:

* Answer the 11 questions provided
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer
* Link back to the one who nominated you
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post
* Go to their page and tell them
* No tag backs!

Seems simple enough.  Let’s tackle the questions that were presented to me…

1. Beach, pool, or no way you get near water? Beach.  Whether it’s a lake or the ocean, I love the beach.  I could spend all day in the water.

2. We have a jumping bridge and the water is roughly a bone-chilling 60-degrees. Do you brave the water and jump with the teens or do you justify a reason for staying dry?  Jump.  Life is too short to not jump at least once with your kids.  Plus, it will earn you some serious street cred with their friends.  I have jumped off probably the very bridge in this question many times as a teenager…wonder if I’ll jump when the Daughter is a teenager?

3. Best thing you read recently: To Kill a Mockingbird.  I never had to read it in school so I picked it up.  Now, it is in the top 10 of all time list.

4. Character you wanted to see run over by a bus: TV Character?  Right now, Geoffrey from Game of Thrones. The little shit has had it coming for a very long time.  Book Character? Quentin Coldwater from The Magicians.  He was SOOOOO whiny and annoying and apathetic and self-centered and aggravating…I can go on if you like but, I hope that you catch my drift.

5. Speaking of buses, did you ride one as a kid or bum a ride off of someone, parents included: I rode the bus from kindergarten to my sophomore year in high school when I got a ride from a junior I knew.  Then my junior year, until I got my own license and car, I got a ride from Joe who also drove Adam and Christine…I will never forget that accident we got into on the way to school and when we were late they kept us because they thought we were just trying to skip first period…

6. First vehicle and why: A Pontiac Le Mans.  It was, oddly enough, the same color as the font this is written in.  Electric blue…  It was my first car because it’s what my mother gave me.   It was a $500 clunker, aka the perfect first car, and it was mine from 1997 to 1999 when I was hit by a woman who was having a stroke and it was totaled…poor Le Mans.  So many memories come from that little blue egg car…

7. A TV show that your tried out and were shocked to ADORE:  I don’t know if adore is quite the right word.  Can you adore Norman Bates?  I don’t think so.  I really did enjoy Bates Motel.  I was afraid it was going to take the quintessential Hitchcock film and ruin it but I have to admit, I am very pleased with how they have produced this show.  The acting is good.  The suspense is definitely there.  This new view of Norman is intriguing.  If you haven’t seen it, give it a shot…if you can handle that kind of television.

8. Do you Rock n Roll when you write? I used to Rock n Roll when I write but I found I would get distracted and practice for karaoke rather than write.  That was when I gave house trance music a try.  That is, for me, the perfect writing music. Pandora and Spotify both offer great streaming channels that help me get on a roll and I love them both for it. 

9. What made you start a blog? My words needed to come out.  I needed to write.  I missed writing college papers.  I had thoughts, stories, and just things I thought I should put into the internet for posterity sake.  Well, everything but that last one really.  I just needed a place to empty my head that wasn’t really a journal but allowed my writing muscle to get some exercise. 

10. One place that you would drop everything to visit if the trip was 100% paid for: Australia or New Zealand.  Both look beautiful in pictures.  Both are ridiculously hard (read that Expensive) for me to get to at this point in my life.  That’s not to say that I will never get there, it just will take some time.  But if anyone wants to fund a trip for me to see the “Land Down Under,”  I may consider any and all offers…

11. What you were doing one hour ago (this is a PG-13 blog! *cough cough*): Watching/listening to Roble and Company while I checked my Facebook, email, and updated the Daughter’s My Little Pony game on my iPad and iPhone.  I like to multi-task.

Now for the 11 questions for the nominees:

1) If you could learn another language, what language would you want to learn and why?

2) Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny?

3) What is your favorite board game?

4) Did you write an online review (good or bad) of the last hotel you visited?

5) What was your favorite story book as a child?

6) What is your favorite fruit?

7) Do you consider yourself to have a green thumb?

8) What is one craft you have attempted but just couldn’t get the hang of?

9) What is one of your guilty pleasures?

10) Early Bird or Night Owl?

11) Do you think you could go a week without the internet?

And….The Nominees are –


Far From Done

Dresses & Me

A Lovely Project

Crafting My Life Away

Allen Fiction

Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please

Stacy Sews and Schools


Readful Things Blog


It was hard for me to find blogs that I follow that had less than 200 followers so a few are over that number…but they are all pretty amazing blogs that are well worth checking out. Just be aware that some of them have a biting sense of sarcasm, one that I think in my head but often am too afraid to put out there on the internet.

So, dear readers, I hope you have enjoyed this little Q & A session and thank you again for the award!  Congrats to all the newly named nominees!! I can’t wait to read your answers!!!



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Me? Full of Sunshine?

I was recently nominated for a Sunshine Blog Award by Jerimi over at My Antidepresant Life.  At first my reaction was that she probably only read the first few more recent posts and must not have read my whining, needy, I’m fat and trying to lose weight posts.  Apparently though I was wrong.  “The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blogworld.”  I guess I inspire at least one person and that is wicked awesome! So thank you Jerimi for the nomination and thank you even more for reading my little piece of the blogosphere!

I discovered that there are some rules that go with this award so here are the ones I was able to find on the internet as well as posted in the blog that nominated me:

Sunshine Blog award

In addition to these rules, according to the blogger who nominated me, I am to answer the questions that are posted in the nominating blog post.  So, here we go:

Who is your favorite philosopher?

Winnie the Pooh or Calvin and Hobbes.  Both have such wonderful insights on life and are actually based on real philosophers.  I also have a special spot in my heart for the Monty Python’s Bruce sketch.  That single song helped me keep my philosophers straight for the two years I had to take Providence College’s Development of Western Civilization course….

Calvin on life

What is your favorite number?

8.  It’s just nice.

What is your favorite animal?
Anyone who knows me knows that the answer is and will always be penguins.  Even before the super awesome March of the Penguins, I have loved these flightless black and white (and one species of blue) birds.



What are your Facebook and Twitter?

Facebook is pretty private (I think and pray).  I like to keep that just for people I really know.  Twitter is just one of those things I know how to use but just don’t enjoy.  I use it for things like FourSquare, GetGlue, and publicizing my blog.  Anyone can find me there…

What is your favorite time of day?

I love the night.  Late night.  Like between 9pm and midnight.  I am the most productive then.  It’s quiet and in the summer, those night time hours have the best starlight.

What is your favorite holiday?

If we’re talking big ones, Halloween.  If we’re talking lesser known ones, International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

What is your favorite physical activity?

Swimming.  I feel so free when I’m swimming.  I love the water and I love being in the water.  I jump in, without testing the water temp, and just love to go!  I could spend my entire time at the beach or pool in the water…forget the sunbathing…

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Dr Pepper.  It’s so good.  Who cares if you don’t really know what makes that particular combination of flavors, be it carbonated prune juice or fire retardant…it’s good.


What is your favorite flower?

Hmm…this one is always tough for me.  I love a lot of flowers.  I guess at the top of my list are Lilacs.  They smell so good and really make me so incredibly happy.  I also love Lily-of-the-Valley.

Flowers Lilac.Lily

What is your passion?

My passion is writing.  I really want to eventually figure out how to make a living writing.  I’m getting there with small steps.  I love it and life’s little instructions say “Do something you love and you’ll find a way to make money doing it.”  I’m trying!

My Nominations:

It’s Mission Slimpossible!


Sew Delicious

Bucket List Publications

Rosa Rants

All of the above inspire me for different reasons.  Two are very motivational in my own weight loss journey and help me realize I’m not alone in fighting the good fight.

One inspires me to keep writing.

One inspires me to travel more and worry less.

One inspires me to keep giving my sewing machine regular workouts.

Keep blogging please!  I love reading them!




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