The Liebster

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Andrea from About 100%  had nominated me - little ole me! - for the prestigious blogging award known as The Liebster.

"I'd like to thank the academy, and all the little people I stepped on on my way to the top, and my third grade teacher for never giving up on me, and my family and friends and even that one mean girl from high school who I still hate TO THIS DAY but without her in all her meany-pants meanness I wouldn't be the disturbed, troubled soul I am today and I wouldn't be able to turn out such refreshing, relevant content on an semi-annual basis like I do now." 

Anyway, like all fame this award comes with a price, and that price is that you have to follow these very simple rules:

11 random facts about me:

1. I was a cheerleader for six years and I also played basketball for four years when I was in elementary school.  I was really terrible at both.  One year I tried to quit basketball but I couldn't because then my tiny elementary school would not have had enough girls for a team.

2. Although I don't consider myself to be overly emotional at ALL there are two songs that make me cry every single time I hear them - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Willie Nelson, and He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones.  Yep, I'm a flaming redneck.  Deal with it.

 3. I dislike writing with pens.  Pencils are always preferred.  Mechanical ones are the best.  .9 lead (that's the really fat kind) is divine. 

4. I secretly (and not so secretly) dream of somehow obtaining enough money that I could buy enough land to live far, far away from the rest of the world.  My family could come though.  I like them all pretty well.

5. I currently have seven different to do lists/calendar systems, but they still fail me somehow.  Some are paper, some are electronic, and all of them fall short of my expectations.  

6. There are eight days until Christmas and I have not wrapped a single thing, which is so unlike me I cannot even describe it.  For many years I would have everything purchased and wrapped before Thanksgiving.  The fact that I'm not freaking out about this is baffling.

7.  All of my shoes come from the little girls' department.  I wear a size 3. It makes it exceptionally difficult to find really cute dress up shoes, but I can rock my light up Skechers like nobody's business.  Another bonus? Kids' shoes are usually half the price (or less) of their adult counterparts.

8. I hate talking on the phone.  Hate.  HATE.  If the phone rings and it's not a number I recognize, I will not answer it.  EVER.  I have even considered switching dentists and pediatricians for the the boys even though I like mine just fine because I would really love to have one who makes appointments online.  The day we took the landline out of our house was seriously one of my favorite days ever.

9. My dream job would be some sort of combination of reading books, writing about books, editing books, and researching random things.  They all kind of go together, right? I'm an excellent reader, a passable writer, an ok editor (except of my own work, for some reason) and an inspired researcher of random things.  Do NOT underestimate my ability to find shit out.

10. I walk faster than anyone else. I get twitchy and impatient when I get behind someone who is walking slowly. My husband fusses at me when we are out together because even though he's a foot taller than me, he has a hard time keeping up with me.

11. I drive like a little old lady. I usually go about 2 miles under the speed limit, and I like to get in the lane I will need to turn from and stay there as early as possible. I also loathe making left turns. It just feels unnatural.  Also, I will go through great lengths to avoid crossing two lanes of traffic at once.  And by "go to great lengths" I mean I won't do it. So there.  You can't make me.

11 questions from Andrea:  

1. What embarrasses you?

Um, pretty much everything.  I'm kind of an old prude at heart.  Also, I'm terribly socially awkward so I often walk away from an encounter wondering "What the HELL did I just say?"  and then I get embarrassed all over again.  I'm blessed with the "flushed face" gene, which means that every single time I get embarrassed, which is quite often, my face turns to roughly the color of a tomato.

2. How much do you swear around your kids, if you have kids?  If you don’t have kids, how much do you swear in general?

Too damn much.  I really try to watch what I say around them but sometimes life gets the best of me and I say things I know I shouldn't say.  I also think I probably curse too much on this blog, but there are times when a rousing "gol' dang it" just does not convey how strongly I feel about something.

3. Do you speak a foreign language?  Why or why not?

Between high school and college, I had a total of 6 years of French.  I was never a great speaker (stupid country accent) but I was conversant. I can't really follow spoken conversations any more, but I'm surprised by how well I can still read it. 

4. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?  It’s okay if you say “right where I am now.”  I won’t judge you for being boring.

My hubby and I play the "if we were rich" game sometimes, and my dream place would be on a really big piece of land, far away from the rest of civilization.  I'm not terribly picky about the where so much as the how, but I really kinda like 'Merica, so long as it was somewhere with a mild climate.

5. Outside of your family and yourself, what is your biggest love?

Books.  Reading.  Words.  

6. What is one thing you are terrible at?

I can only choose one?  There are so many...  Ok.  I already told you about being a terrible driver, so even though that's the first thing that came to mind, I'll give you another.  I'm really, really clumsy.  I'm bad at walking across flat surfaces.  I fall down.  A lot.

7. Your dream job.

Great minds and all that.  I already answered this one in number 9 above. 

8. What is your biggest sociopolitical concern?

I want to say something really smart here, and there are a million thoughts in my head about this.  I could probably write a book about my (mainly uninformed) opinions of the welfare system, the government's regulations of food, gun control, and a dozen more, but I think I'll go somewhere wildly unpopular and say that as a country, we are failing our kids. Kids are going hungry, kids are not receiving quality educations, kids are not being taught to think for themselves, kids are being taught to expect to be rewarded for showing up.   Today's kids are going to be ill prepared to be tomorrow's leaders, and that is a scary, scary thing.

9.  Where and when would you go if you could travel through time?

There are so many things it would be fabulous to witness, but I have a special interest in the settling of the American west.  Those folks were tough as nails and endured unspeakable hardships, but they kept going.  I admire that kind of spirit so much, and I'd love to see it in action.

10. Are you adventuresome?

In a word - no. 

11. Creatively, what are you best at?  What are you worst at?

I'm creative with my words.  I'm creative at solving problems.  I am crafty and creative with things around the house.  I'm a fabulously creative cook. However, this skill does not translate AT ALL to dressing myself.  I see people who look put together all the time with their scarves and accessories and stuff, and I'm so envious, but I'm really unable to do it myself.

11 Questions from me to you:

1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

2. What's the one thing you wish you could change about yourself?

3. Someone hands you a million dollars and says you can spend it on anything except you and your immediate family.  What do you do with the money?

4. You're about to walk the green mile - what's your last meal?

5. What's the first thing you think of when you wake up every morning?

6. What is the one thing you think should be taught in school that isn't already?

7. What are five words other people use to describe you?

8. If you could know in advance the exact day of your death, would you?

9. Pirates or Ninjas.  Discuss.

10. If your life were made into a movie, what actor would play you? Why?

11. What's the most recent thing you did for the first time?

11 bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award:

And the award goes to...

All of you!!!

Let's be real here.  I only have about a dozen regular readers and it would be so terribly rude to exclude just one, so if you are reading this - YOU WIN!!! If you do decide to participate, let me know so I can come and learn all about you! 

Thanks again Andrea!  This was fun! (And kind of hard.)
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