Well Whaddaya Know, Someone Likes Me!

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I was nominated for a Liebster Award by L. Clauss over at The Collection Cup. I was quite surprised! Also, this was great timing, as I’ve been sitting here racking my brain, trying to come up with something worthy of today’s post. Yay for easy writing prompts! Here goes:

This is a fun award given to bloggers by bloggers to help build community and get to know each other. It is also a great way to help your readers learn more about you. Here are the rules…

1.  Copy and paste the award on your blog. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Nominate blogs with 200 or less followers who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

11 Questions from my presenter:

1. What is your favorite hobby?

Does sleeping count as a hobby? No? Ok, hmm, well, I do love to read. A lot. I’m also really enjoying dabbling with learning to sew.

2. Where would you like to live and why? 

I love it here in the Pacific Northwest. Really and truly. If I could live anywhere, it would be a house with a huge yard (at least a full acre) but within walking distance of grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants…basically a Walk Score of 75 or higher. And somehow this would all be in a city like Seattle, only with really great public schools and housing prices and a cost of living equivalent to Boise, Idaho. That’s not too much to ask, right?

3. What is your favorite childhood memory? 

Ooh, I like this question. It’s actually a memory from when I was about two years old (crazy, right?). I was at daycare, in the back room where the toddlers and babies were. I was in a crib and had just woken up from a nap. Standing next to the crib was one of the caregivers and my mom, talking to each other. My mom was wearing her brown leather coat and her blonde hair was poofy from the ever-popular perm of that time period (’80’s! Woot!). I stood up and she reached in and picked me up. There is a scent associated with this memory. Maybe it was a perfume my mom or the caregiver was wearing, or a mix of scents from the room, I’m not sure. It’s a a bit like lavender, a bit like baby powder. I have smelled it a few times on random people throughout my life and it is my favorite smell in the whole world because it instantly evokes this memory. The scent and the memory together remind me of the strong feelings of contentment, love, safety and comfort I felt in that moment.

4. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Take a vacation, buy a house, set up college funds for the kids, set aside a big chunk for retirement for Zach and I and hire a part-time nanny to come one or two days a week just so that I can finally get some chores and errands done. I know, I’m so imaginative and exciting.

5. How many siblings do you have?

Two. I’m the youngest.

6. What is your favorite food?

Chocolate. Duh.

7. What is your favorite holiday? 

I hugely love pretty much all holidays. My mom always made every holiday extra special, even the religious ones (we were not a religious family).

8. What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

People who are inconsiderate of others. This is a huge net that catches a whole bunch of things that all boil down to the same basic concept: respect for others (or the lack thereof).

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

New Zealand.

10. What inspired you to start blogging?

After Zoey was born this narrative started in my head about all the things I wanted to say and share and remember each day. They feeling kept growing and, after Eleanor was born, I finally decided to give it a try. I just felt the need to put all this life down into words and share it. I want to write about motherhood and their childhoods as it really happens: not editing out the bad parts in an effort to sound upbeat, positive and inspirational all the time, but also not whining, complaining or seeking flattery or reassurance. Just real and honest. With a good dose of sarcastic humor, of course. The blogger that played the biggest role in inspiring what kind of blog I wanted to have was Amy Storch over at Amalah.

11. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Mother of four (I hope!). Either back at work full-time or thinking about going back soon. Living in another state (terrifying!). Spending all my free time chauffering the kids around in a mini-van that I shall refer to as my rocket ship and doing things like sewing Halloween costumes and Girl Scout badges or building blanket forts in the living room.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I am socially inept. Truly. If you know me, you know this is true. But I like to think it’s a lovable sort of inept.

2. I truly enjoy taking care of others, as a nurse, mother, wife and daughter. However, if it’s just me I have to care for, well, then I’m pretty much just a lazy lump 87% of the time.

3. I am nocturnal by nature. I loved working night shift as a nurse and look forward to doing it again someday.

4. I don’t like to exercise. Ever.

5. I eat junk food in appalling amounts. I may look relatively thin and fit but, combined with #4,  I’m pretty sure on the inside my body looks like that of an 87 year old 400 pound woman who spends 18 hours a day on the couch.

6. I hate most pictures of myself. While I can be happy with my reflection in the mirror, an inanimate representation of me is rarely ever flattering. There’s the one eye that always looks droopy and half-closed, the post-baby-still-breastfeeding double chin and belly pooch, the random weird facial expressions. Let’s just say I’m not photogenic.

7. Almost every day I do at least one thing that makes me feel like a complete jerk of a mother, but I try to balance it out with good moments too.

8. I have a fear that some day my kids will look back on their childhood and remember a mother who was always tired, cranky, overly-critical and basically no fun at all.

9. I cannot drive a stick shift. Like, maybe if someone’s life depended on it and there were no hills and no stoplights or stop signs and nothing distracting me then maybe I could do it, but otherwise no. This is not for a lack of trying. It’s a lack of coordination.

10. My mom used to call me “the walking accident waiting to happen.” See aforementioned lack of coordination.

11. I had a really hard time coming up with 11 things anyone would possibly care to know about me.

11 Questions For My Nominees:

1. What one change would you like to see most in the world?

2. What is a culture you admire and why?

3. What is your favorite childhood memory?

4. What first inspired you to start blogging?

5. What impact has blogging had on your life?

6. What is the most profound thing you have ever done?

7. If you had one super power, what would you want it to be?

8. How do you spend your free time?

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

10. What personal goal do you doubt you will ever achieve but still strive for?

11. How do you imagine your life will be differhttps://momsasaurus.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=710&action=edit&message=10ent in two years?

My Nominees:

1. Adventures With The Pooh. Love her honest, kindhearted, unapologetic mommy-blog writing style.

2. Carrie over at Domestic Endeavors Another witty mommy blogging with honesty and humor.

3. My friend Monica over at Ribbons For Grace. She’s done some great stuff over there in the past to help raise money for Charity:water.

One thought on “Well Whaddaya Know, Someone Likes Me!

  1. If you ever discover the great home on an acre, in a great Seattle-like city, but with pricing like Boise, let me know, k? And, if it makes you feel better, I also have the jerk mom moments! =) Thank you so much for the nomination! I loved reading more about you!

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