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It’s time for a little bloggy love.
Over the past while, I have been honoured to be nominated for six blog awards. And – after the initial warm fuzzy and thank you – I have been terribly remiss in responding.
Honestly? It is slightly due to the fact that I was in the camp of mixed feelings about these.
But, it’s a new year. And, in the world of “getting over myself”, I’ve had a change of heart.
Because one of the main – and truly enriching parts – of blogging – is the other bloggers that you meet. I’ve met and discovered some wonderful bloggers – and I’d like to say thank you – in a small way – for how much they have enriched my experience.
So here goes!
Since I began blogging this time around (I’ve done it twice before too), I’ve been nominated for five Liebster Awards – most recently this past Sunday from Fi over at Fi’s Mutterings and Mumblings and then the day before that from the lovely Jillian over at Jillian Paige Blogs.
Just before Christmas, the forever motivating Regina from Vintage1973 also nominated me for one. Then, back in November, Lizzi from Considerings was kind enough to recognize some of the newbies – including yours truly – who participate in her wonderful Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop; and finally in early September, Audrey Dawn from Oldest Daughter & Red-Headed Sister nominated me for my first Liebster.
Then, two weeks ago, Beth nominated me for a Sunshine award!
Sincere thank yous to all of you for thinking of my blog and feeling it was worthy of recognition. I truly appreciate it. If you aren’t familiar with them, please go visit these blogs – I enjoy reading them all!
Then check out all my pretty things!
So back to the change of heart on the awards front.
Over the holidays I’d been mulling over a way to do some sort of nice Blog Roll page, listing my favourite bloggers, when Regina’s nomination arrived. In her post, she also very helpfully linked to this awesome post by Lorraine Reguly explaining some of the history of the award.
With her help, I give you:
Liebster Award – A Brief History
The Liebster is a blog award, given to bloggers by other bloggers. Specifically, the intention is to give it to new, or less followed bloggers (generally under either 100 or 200 followers; but sometimes as high as under 1000 or 3000 followers) to recognize them and welcome them to the blogosphere. Other awards are a part of the “meme“ as well, including the “Sunshine Blog Award”.
The word “liebster” is German, and has several definitions, but basically means dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, valued … (you get the point).
Variations to the “rules” for accepting the award (as well as the appearance of the award) have been made over time, but generally it appears to be:
- Link back to the one who brung ya to the dance (ie: the blogger who nominated you);
- Post the award to your site somewhere;
- Answer your nominator’s (generally but not always) 11 questions;
- Nominate 5-11 bloggers and notify them; and,
- Pose (generally but not always) 11 questions for them to answer.
If you receive a nomination, you must pay it forward, in order to accept it.
This is the part that use to turn me off. I mean, I’m the girl in late ’90s e-world who wouldn’t even hit forward to save poor Balshika Rammuasenne II from rare and deadly kidney diseases, poor scores on final exams and extreme virginity; or to get that $1000 from Bill Gates.
So why the change of heart? Lorraine’s post was generally persuasive, but the idea that won me over: The idea is to recognize and promote bloggers – while getting some promotion yourself. So, it’s about expanding the blog community: sharing the blogs you enjoy with other blogs you enjoy.
So in that spirit, I’m accepting all these awards. I’ll answer each of the question sets in turn below, but in case you can’t make it through all of that, here are my nominees and the questions I have for those who wish to accept. Regardless of your view on awards, my aim in nominating you is simply to say, I enjoy your blog. Please keep doing what you’re doing. As a note – I didn’t nominate anyone who had nominated me – but I obviously think all of those blogs are amazing as well! Just sayin’.
My Liebster Nominees – the new (to me) blogs I’m enjoying: Track Pants and a Tot; Be Inspired, Be Inspiring; Part Time Monster; Life of K; Complexity Through Joy; Mumzilla’s World; Stiletto Momma; and The Muddle-Headed Mamma.
My Sunshine Nominees – blogs/bloggers I continue to enjoy: Aussa Lorens; My Skewed View; Finding Ninee; Donetta’s World; Suzie81’s Blog; Left Brain Buddha; Friendly Fairy Tales; Cross Stitch Bobobitch; Twinkle Toes and Ninja Boy; and Beautiful Dysfunction.
If you wish to accept, here are your
1. Why do you blog?
2. If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be?
3. Favourite movie?
4. Do you like to dance?
5. What is your ideal evening out of the house?
6. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? If yes, have you kept it?
7. Favourite quote?
8. Rich and okay or poor and truly happy?
9. Do you believe that work-life balance exists?
10. Chips, candy or what’s your poison?
Okay! So let’s do this chronologically!
Liebster #1: Courtesy of Oldest Daughter and Red-Headed Sister
Awarded: September 1, 2013
About her and her blog: A mix of personal reflection, poetry and writing, she writes with an honesty I admire and appreciate. I love this quote from her “About Me” page.
Under her rules, she asks 10 Questions. Here they are:
1. If your request had been approved to change your height tomorrow, from tall to short or short to tall, what would your first task be with your new height?
Huh. I like my height so I’m good. When I was 11, I went to Science North in Sudbury and they told me I’d only be 4’11. And I CRIED. Because I wanted to be 5’6. Like the Sweet Valley Twins. I ended up 5’7. So I figure I’m pretty close to my 11-year-old ideal; suck it Science North; and my life should be perfect (right?).
2. City Mouse or Farm Mouse?
City mouse. Pfft.
3. If you had upstairs neighbors who were driving you crazy with their music, which item would you use to get even? – a. broomstick b. catapult and bowling ball c. a knock at the door and bottle of wine
c. I’m a fan of “killing with kindness” in the face of issues like that.
4. You’re awarded a 7 day stay in a luxury treehouse or a beach resort, which would you choose?
5. Mustang or Camero?
At this stage? Anything that runs…
6. Singing lullabies to children or pushing a wheelchair for the elderly?
Lullabies with the hopes they’ll repay the favour by doing the other for me in future if needed 🙂
7. Cooking with Paula Dean or Working with Matt Lauer?
8. If the cast of The Big Bang Theory knocked on your door right now, which one of them would you have to resist punching in the mouth? Why? a. Leonard b. Sheldon c. Penny d. Howard e. Raj f. Amy g. Bernadette h. Other
I don’t watch this show. And odds are, if I didn’t know they were coming, we wouldn’t answer the door for fear someone wanted to sell us a water heater contract.
9. Super Mario 3 or Tetris?
10. Assume nothing happened last weekend and it was a quiet few nights at home. What do you wish would have happened?
Exactly that! A few quiet nights sounds wonderful!
Liebster #2: Courtesy of Lizzi over at Considerings
Awarded: November 12, 2013
About her and her blog: Lizzi is, by far, one of the most positive and caring people I’ve met so far blogging. As mentioned, she hosts a weekly blog hop to encourage people to find ten things from the week to be thankful about, which helps you to focus on the positive. And she loves Tigger. Tiggers!
Here’s what her inquiring mind wanted to know:
1. What did you want to be when you were grown-up?
Naturally, I wanted to be a mid-level federal public servant with the ability to affect positive change on Area of Management 4 of Treasury Board Secretariat’s Management Accountability Framework (aka AOM4 of TBS’s MAF). Given I successfully accomplished that in 2009, I’ve been adrift since then for lack of professional goal. So I thought I’d try blogging.
If that hadn’t panned out, I wanted to be a baker (’cause of the hat); marine biologist (because of the scuba diving) and journalist (because I’d get to write).
2. If you could take any qualification in the world, what would it be, and why?
I’d have gone to law school.
3. What’s the most tired you’ve ever been?
While trying to figure out breastfeeding in the first three weeks after giving birth to my first daughter. IT. WAS. AWFUL. After three lactation consultants and trying to inject milk into my baby’s mouth through a syringe via nipple shield let’s just say I finally figured out I don’t come from a long line of wet nurses and called it quits.
4. What was your last ‘kairos moment’?
I agree you simply can’t seize and love and appreciate every moment. But I think these are the little moments: every Tuesday night when I take my daughters swimming; when I take the time for me to go the gym; when I spend a bit of extra time on the bedtime story. I try to do – and relish – these small moments as often as my television viewing and blogging schedule permits.
5. What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Alpen cereal and yogurt.
6. What is the most perfect number?
7. The last time you got given a present, what was the occasion?
8. Which book do you keep coming back to?
This one is embarrassing. VC Andrews Petals on the Wind. Pure escapist rot. And an awesome “she had it coming” revenge plot. Lost count of how many times I’ve read it. I’ve even found the clever but true spoof review sites.
9. What advice would you like to give the ‘you’ of ten years ago?
Go to law school.
10. What part of ‘now’ would you like to remind the ‘you’ in ten years’ time about?
Raising young kids is wonderful – but a lot of hard work. So please try not to run up to every young parent you see and tell them to “enjoy every moment!”.
11. What was the last thing which made you catch your breath in awe?
Watching the joy my two girls had in bed one night playing with the toy unicorn that projects stars onto the ceiling. So much beauty in simple things when you remember to take the time.
Liebster #3: Courtesy of Regina at Vintage1973
Awarded: December 2013
About Regina and her Blog: She blogs about her faith, life at 40, her family, and books and movies. Well written and thoughtful- AND her photos are beautiful.
1. Of the Avengers, which is your fave?
My 4-year-old daughter sporatically loves Spiderman over all things “girly” which I think rocks (she’s in a daycare with all boys except for her little sis). And so we’ve watched various versions of Spiderman on Netflix. She also plays “Ironman” with the action figures the other boys bring to daycare. I love that her childhood isn’t all Barbie. But for the record? I think history shows that Barbie can hold her own and be whatever she wants to be. So if she wanted? She could TOTALLY be an Avenger.
And there’s always someone on the Interwebs to agree with me!
2. Short hair or long hair?
Long, for me. Short for my husband. Seriously. He went the other way for a while. Short.
3. What is the healthiest food you eat on a regular basis?
4. What was the best girly movie of 2013?
Huh? I have to be current? No clue. I don’t think I even went to a movie last year.
5. What state would you most like to visit?
6. Do you speak any other languages?
French fluently. Some Spanish.
7. In what area are you your most creative self?
On my blog.
8. New Red Dawn movie or the original; which do you prefer and why?
I’ve seen neither. Regina, I feel I’m letting you down. Do I still get the Liebster?
9. Best book you’ve read.
I really like compilation essay books. Two of my favourites are from a bit over ten years ago because they provided many of those “A-hah!” moments. The first is The Bitch in the House – 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage – edited by Cathi Hanauer. The other is the response compilation by her husband called The Bastard on the Couch – 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom – edited by Daniel Jones.
10. What is a fashion necessity for you, something you hardly ever leave home without?
I’m not huge on fashion – but have long hair and never leave home without a hair elastic. Does that count?
11. How do you de-stress?
A glass of wine after a long day is divine!
Time for a break?
Because, wow! To quote Buffy, if I knew I was gonna go on this long, I probably would’ve brought some water. Uh, if you need to grab something, or go to the bathroom or whatever, I’ll just wait for you here.
Okay! Back at it!
Liebster #4: Courtesy of Jillian at Jillian Paige Blogs
Awarded: January 11, 2014
About Jillian and her blog: A fellow weekly participant over at Jen’s Twisted Mixed Tape Tuesday, I love learning new things about music from her.
What Jillian is dieing to know:
1. What book are you reading right now? Give a 1 sentence review.
James Patterson’s Jack and Jill. Fun, forgettable, pulp fiction.
2. If you could binge watch any TV show, what would it be?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer of course!
3. When and why did you start blogging?
This is round three. This time, in June 2013. Because I like writing. So: blog hobby.
4. What would you do with 1 million dollars?
Boring stuff: pay off debts; replace our cars; be mortgage-free. Then I’d travel a bit; and give some money to Kristi’s dream school and a few other charities I care about. I blogged a bit about that here.
5. Share a quote you live by.
Love many; trust few; always paddle your own canoe. That was the quote in my high school year book. I figure over the years you really just become more “you”. It’s still accurate. I remember googling it a few years ago and discovering it was a misquote – but can’t find that link now…
Also always a fan of: Hate you; hate Kansas; taking the dog – Dorothy.
6. Do you believe in ghosts? Aliens? Why or why not?
Yes to both. Because it’s scary – and limiting – to think we, now, are all there is.
7. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?
Pretty much here. With older kids. And either mortgage free or with a larger house. I mostly like my life.
8. What are your five favorite songs right now?
Check out my post from Tuesday.
9. What is your favorite color?
I’ve come full circle on pink. I also like green. Not together.
10. Who is your favorite Disney character?
Ursula. Best villain ever.
Liebster #5: Courtesy of Fi at Fi’s Mutterings and Mumblings
Awarded: January 12, 2014
About Fi’s Blog: She had me at swimming – but she also runs and likes Disney which makes me like her even more.
I don’t get Fi’s bling until I answer the following:
1. What do you do to relax?
Wine. The world is better with wine. The end.
2. Do you do exercise? If so, what is your favourite exercise?
Yes. I used to be a competitive swimmer. I now run.
3. What is your dream holiday?
Beach; all-inclusive; and someone to watch my kids. Who isn’t me or my husband.
4. What is your favourite recipe? If you don’t cook, what would you like to be able to cook?
I’m with Garfield: lasagna!
5. What is your favourite food or meal?
6. What are 3 tv programmes you don’t like to miss?
The Good Wife, Nashville and Criminal Minds.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words
Kind, funny, giving.
8. What makes you laugh?
My kids; life; pretty much anything. Except Seinfeld. I NEVER got that.
9. What was your least favourite subject at school?
Physics. I buddied up with the smart guys for lab and drew the diagrams. Yay group work!
10. Where do you write your blog?
Mostly in my basement. Which is also the kids playroom, so sometimes it’s with them watching TV in the background. But mostly not. Because that’s super distracting (I mean, because I’m busy being Awesome Enjoying EVERY MOMENT Engaged Mom and they don’t watch TV and I don’t blog until they are in bed – tired from a day filled with crafts, homemade meals, and truly stimulating educational fun).
And last, but in no way least, a little sunshine….
Sunshine Award: Courtesy of Beth at Writer B is Me
Awarded: January 3, 2014
About Beth and her blog: What to say? At an undisclosed date in the future, we’re gonna quit our “day jobs” and track down Mary Poppins for Aussa. Beth’s awesomely funny. She’s survived bear attacks! Go read her.
1. If you could go back in time ten years and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?
2. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
3. If you were to take me on a date, where would we go and why?
Oooh! I’d take some of my million dollars from one of my previously listed Liebster’s up above and we’d jet into Paris – because I remember you want to see France. We’d see a few sites; hit the Moulin Rouge and then out for drinks – because I think you’d be a fun girl to go drinking with. And as all the avid readers of this post (anyone? Anyone left?) know from some of the above answers, I like wine.
4. Above all else, what are you afraid of?
Letting those I love down.
5. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
6. What has been your favorite age to be and why?
Nineteen. My first year of university really was my “coming into my own” year. It made me realize high school was really just high school; people are just people; and I am the best “me” when I’m just “me”. Every now and then I forget that and I shouldn’t.
7. Coffee or tea?
Coffee. In. Large. Amounts.
And done! No I bid you to go out and be excellent to one another in the blogosphere!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS soooooooooooo much, and I’m SO happy that you found a Tigger .gif of ‘us’. And don’t worry, you’re not Eyoreish at all. I love your answers, especially your kairos moments and the times which made you catch your breath in awe.
Thanks for breaking these up with pictures. Such a good way of doing it. I stayed to the end. And hey, you DO write. And you haven’t failed yet. So there’s that 😀
Wow! Thank you for reading through to the end. As for the pictures – fed nicely with some of my bloggy goals to use more – so I’ve now incorporated gifs! I also joined Tumblr – because apparently that will help in finding them, and now I have to figure out how that works….
As for the Tigger pic – when I saw it I thought of you – so I’m glad you like it! As for writing – yeah – I could do it better – but for now – this works 🙂
And belatedly – thank you again for the award (from November 😉
You’re very welcome.
I went to Niece’s 4th Birthday party today, and my Sis played the Tigger song for musical statues, and I bounced around the room, thinking of your .gif and my Tigger suit and felt quite happy for a while 😀
I didn’t know Tumblr did that. That’s cool. I get too confused with all this creative commons stuff though. Easier to draw my own, use my own photos or (occasionally now) steal them.
Okay, that’s awesome. I have a visual of you now hopping around with a bunch of 4-year-olds 🙂
I just discovered all the Tumblr gifs recently – I’d been wondering how people did that on their blogs. I have no clue about the creative commons stuff on them though. I credited one the first time I used one (on my about me page) – but then I signed up for a Tumblr account and figured out that didn’t actually mean the person whose account had it owned it (ie: kinda like Pinterest, everybody just seems to collect “stuff”). I’m going to play around with it a bit more – either way, there’s some fun stuff there.
Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister said:
Oh my gosh! This is awesome, Louise. Thanks for recognizing my blog in your post.
Congratulations on your awards! I love your answers to my questions. LOL I’m a bit of a farm mouse stuck in the city, but I play really well with city mice. So glad we’re friends.
I in no way meant to disrespect the country mice of the world. My husband is one. I have visions of retirement in the middle of nowhere. I mean, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature. I GET the appeal – I just don’t know that I could be so far removed from the conveniences of life…
Thanks again so much for the award. I wanted to thank you properly – so I’m glad you liked it 🙂 After making you wait, I figured I had to up the ante a bit…. 😉
Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister said:
LOL…no disrespect taken. LOL I’ve grown so used to the conveniences of life that even the quietness of the country can stir up fear.
Well, it was appreciated and you deserve them all.
I remember being on vacation once and my parents calling me Ursula when I was being a brat and being super offended. With that said, she is also my favorite Disney villain followed by the Queen of Hearts who scared my brother when we met her.
Haha! Okay – when I was in Grade 6 we had to give speeches about “If you could be anyone, who would you be” This was the late 80s, so all the girls talked about wanting to be Debbie Gibson or Tiffany and all the boys wanted to be Wayne Gretsky. Me? I wanted to be the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland so I could play croquet with all the birthday lawn flamingos and chop the heads off of all the people who were annoying or mean to me.
So she was my first favorite – but that was pre-Ursula. Now? Ursula all the way!
Lorraine Marie Reguly said:
I’d appreciate it if you could change the spelling of my name to the correct one.
And congratulations on your award! 🙂
Agh! I’ve been drafting this one for almost a month and proofread SO many times – sorry about that and done! My journalism prof would have failed me on this post for that!
Thank you for your post on awards – it was very convincing!
Lorraine Marie Reguly said:
That’s the thing with fact-checking; you have to be precise. Names are often spelled incorrectly and weird names like mine are often the victim.
Nice to see you made the correction!
The next time you are enjoying a bowl of chocolate-chip cookie dough ice cream, think of me. It’s my favourite, too. 😉
Of course! I was embarrassed to have made the error. It’s been a bad week for me on that front – I suspect I’m a bit stressed and overtired and trying to do too much generally – but it’s no excuse.
I’ll be aiming to get back on the editing straight and narrow next week 😉
You. Thank you so so so so so sooooo much for the award. I love it and you’ve made me realize that I should do a post recognizing the bloggers who have given me awards, because you are right – it’s so amazing and wonderful to be recognized and to recognize others. I have had a draft post for months. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in that so here’s a huge thank you. Seriously. Thank you. Also, you can speak fluent French?? I’m impressed. I got a C- in French 4 (high school) and never really tried after that. I also worked for a French company so go figure….
So glad you happy to receive it! Your draft post sounds much like mine – not months in my case – but it’s been in draft since before New Years, so that’s ALMOST a month.
As for French – not very uncommon here in Ottawa – it’s a bilingual city and I did French Immersion all through school (so 50/50). It’s still hard sometimes to keep it up if you don’t use it though. So I married a French guy and we’re sending our kids to French school – which four months into kindergarten feels a BIT like going to school all over again for me as I worry my messages to teachers are going to scrutinized for grammar and polluting English home influence 😉
HA to polluting English but seriously I think it’s awesome that you’re sending your kids to a French school. And hubba hubba to marrying a french guy 😉
This is wonderful. I, too, felt like not accepting too many awards because it seemed a bit tedious. But when I seen you had nominated me, it really made my night. Thank you so much. So, it is 19 days into the New Year, and I accept your nomination with much gratitude and shall spread the love. xo
So glad – I know they can be a bit of work – but I was still really pleased each time I was nominated – so I wanted to pay it forward 🙂
Wow! I read it right to the end. There are lots of bits I want to comment on, wait a minute, or 5, while I go back up and check…
You haven’t watched Big Bang Theory? Check it out. Seriously. I only just caught on to it last year when it’s been on for what? 5 or 6 seasons? I was instantly hooked. That may be because I can recognise many of the characters in my son and the children at work.
Love the Buffy break, and all the other picture breaks.
Thank you for the descriptions of the bloggers who awarded you, I’m going to check them out now because of those descriptions.
Thank you for answering my questions. I’m with you on physics, I failed it at GCSE not once but twice! Although for me, Chemistry was worse. Criminal Minds is on my not to miss list too. Haven’t watched the latest season yet though as it only just started in the UK and I have to record it for my husband while he is away.
Senior high school chemistry was actually the class that made me realize I shouldn’t go into sciences. I’m from a family of engineers, and it was sort of expected that that’s what you do. Chemistry made me realize my mind just doesn’t “work” that way. I did okay – but it was an awful lot of work. And I figured if high school was challenging, university science would be horrible.
As for Big Bang Theory – I know I probably would enjoy it – but there’s really only so much time in the day so I figure I should only “invest” in so many TV shows…
I got to the end this time (ok, I confess, I quailed at the length last night, but I was propping my eyes open with toothpicks), and now I need some wine. It might be brainwashing (how many times did you mention wine?) I can have wine with pancakes, can’t I? LOL Seriously, wow. Go to law school. It was fun!! And you get to write a lot. I prefer this kind of writing, though, so much less stress and criticism. LOL What is Red Dawn and why was it remade? I’ve been too busy with my kids to watch much these days, although I’m proud to say I did not miss anything by Peter Jackson. Oh, Sir Peter Jackson, sorry. Anyway, I think if you lived next door, we’d be buds, and could hang out drinking wine and laughing. Sigh, you are far, far away, but if you ever come to New England, look me up, girlfriend (although you will have to explain your job title, I didn’t understand it, I’ll need a manual). And thanks for the sunshine. Cheers, Brenda
I agree! I think we’d be great friends if you lived nearby! And I’m so impressed you made it through (wine helps – I’ve never had it with pancakes, but do report back if you try it and let me know what you think).
You went to law school? Sigh. I remember considering it and then deciding I didn’t want to be a lawyer, so a straight MA would be better. Looking back I should have realized the degree had many other applications… oh well. I can be one of those annoying older people who now gives advice to our co-op students at work based on my life not lived (because I remember thinking those adults were AWESOME when I was younger).
My job title – and what I do – is clearer now – but I specifically remember that job for my complete inability to describe it to anyone outside of Government.
I haven’t worked in the law since my second was born, and he’s 9. I would go back, but I’m a bit obsessive, and I’m afraid I would miss my kids growing up. Law school was great fun, though. Cheers, Brenda
I’d love to be able to stay home with my kids. It’s funny – I thought I’d hate maternity leave and feel bored, or under-stimulated, or in desperate need to talk to adults. Nope. I could have kept it up for at least a few more years! Another life maybe – all that to say – how wonderful that you can stay home with your children.
I did start to want my own thing after a while, then I got pregnant with my third, sick as a dog, caring for a baby girl and two young boys, and boom, ruptured a disk, needed surgery, long recovery. Still recovering, really, three years later. I’d never be able to sit at a desk for hours on end. I have to use my laptop here, there and everywhere. But I need my own thing, so I started writing my stories down. Writing has always been a big part of my life. Now I write for myself and my kids, and who wouldn’t love that? 🙂 I’d like to be able to make money at it, though…
Nicola Young said:
So glad I found this post. I just got nominated for the Liebster Award and I was unsure whether to follow it through. It seemed a bit like a chain letter to me, but I am beginning to see that it is a bit of fun and a good ‘get to know you’ exercise. Thanks.
Thanks for the visit! I’d say it’s a lot like a chain letter – but a nice one. It’s certainly a good way to acknowledge the blogs you enjoy – and share a bit about yourself – so I took it that way – and won’t worry if those I nominate “accept” or not.
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I love our date! I had to say that first cuz I just read it and it’s on my brain. I love that you remembered I wanted to see Paris! And WINE. Yes.
…but…but…but you didn’t get Seinfeld????? Okay. I guess I can let that slide…because PARIS. Plus you speak fluent French….coolest thing ever.
Law School, eh? Wow. My BFF has that same regret/wish. I know you both would be amazing lawyers.
CONGRATS on all your awards, btw!!! Good on you! You SO deserve each and every one, and I love that I get to go stalk some new bloggers. You’re awesomesauce, Louise. Can’t wait to find Mary Poppins with you for Aussa. 😉
Seinfeld – I love a good social observation about the mundane realities of life as much as the next girl – but he was just so whiny!
If you’d like – I’ll provide a more fulsome critique of that and other shows once we get to Paris. I’ll also do it in French – so you can simultaneously think that’s cool and not be able to disagree. While this is happening, the locals will be looking at me oddly trying to figure out where the accent is from. They might pull their friends over to listen, because Canadian French is “just so cute!” Seriously, I was at a wedding in France two summers ago (my friend moved there – I don’t generally jet set quite that much) and apparently the only accent cuter than mine was from “that guy over there!” They would all then excitedly point to my husband – the only actual francophone Canadian at the wedding.
Thanks for the kind words – you are equally awesomesauce 😉
Aussa Lorens said:
Dang, this was action packed! And I’m honored to be included 🙂 Though… I can’t believe Ursula is your favorite Disney character… scary, so scary. Of course… I’m not sure who my favorite would be. She is pretty fabulous with her floaty white hair though. I have a thing for white hair.
Sure she’s scary – but SOOOO much fun.
As for the award – glad you like it! I had hoped that such a small, undiscovered blogger like yourself would appreciate the recognition from me. I mean, I ALMOST have 100 followers now! 😉
Thanks again – I really enjoy the back and forth with you!
Aussa Lorens said:
Haha! You WOULD think scary and fun were a great mixture! Okay, okay… I’d have to agree!
And! I enjoy the back and forth too. I am pretty sure you were one of the first people to ever start following me 🙂 Awww, nostalgia 😉
Anytime you want to awkward tweet, you just let me know 😉
Aussa Lorens said:
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Thank you so much! This is awesome of you and you know (here’s a little secret – Lizzi nominated me for a Sunshine Award and I never did do it) so I know how it is and I promise this time to get to it, because you are right.
I guess I got jaded or something.
But it’s nice to be reminded that someone actually reads my blog and genuinely likes it. And it would be nice to return the favor 🙂
Ah! Leave it to Lizzi to spread the Sunshine first!
As for getting a bit jaded – you’ve been at this longer than me, but I suspect that’s pretty normal for any of the bloggers out there with staying power. I figure engagement with the whole blogging thing likely goes in waves – and you’ve had the hacker issues which I think would turn even the best of us off.
So glad that you liked the award! And I suspect there are a number of us who genuinely like your blog 🙂
Yeah, oh well, right? 😉
*blushing* I’m touched I was nominated! I I will be sure to answer all the questions on my mommy/foodie hybrid blog.
Wonderful! Thanks for accepting! I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for it. I took a quick look at your food blog and pondered trying the spinach quesadillas…. We don’t have a Panini machine … although I realize that isn’t a deal breaker … They looked yummy!
You are a fabulous blogger. I just KNOW we’d be fast friends in the real-o-sphere. You did a nice job of spinning this into something positive. While grateful for being nominated, REALLY GRATEFUL, I will pass on responding in the future. OR maybe I’ll find a new creative way to respond. Thank you for the fun. Read through and loved learning even more about you.
And NOPE you did not fail me in anyway. You did make me laugh though. Thank you for that (it’s something I always count on when reading your blog).
Okay – first time I’ve ever heard the term “real-o-sphere”. I am certainly going to find a way to incorporate that into daily conversation 🙂
As for the awards post – I just wanted to make sure I thanked you proper for the Liebster. Love that I got to meet you virtually – and yes, I suspect we’d be friends in the real-o-sphere. See? I just used it!
Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma said:
First up, thank you so so much for this nomination. It is so lovely to be thought of and mentioned in your post and being nominated for an arard like this really is such a lovely part of blogging. As I mentioned before, I did a big post like this one when I got nominated by a few other bloggers for a Leibster a while back, so I don’t know if I’ll pass this one on again because, to be honest, I think some of the people I nominated didn’t actually want the award and I felt a bit glum about it afterwards. I really stretched myself to find 11 bloggers to nominate it to and at the time I really hadn’t connected with a lot of people in the blogosphere. Anyway, I love how you’ve structured this post by putting your nominees and questions at the top and your answers underneath. I did it the other way round and, on reflection, your way is much better and I really wish I’d done that myself! I am definitely with you there as the ‘girl in the late ’90s who wouldn’t even hit forward’ LOL, but it looks like we’ve both come out of our comfort zone a bit since then! I’m also with you on wine, lasagne and hating physics! That’s so cool that you were a competitive swimmer. I’m pretty much the slowest swimmer in Australia. I’d be surprised if I could swim 50m these days. I’d probably swallow half the pool and drown before I got to the end. I was also interested to read that you speak French fluently and some Spanish because I am really interested in languages too. I could talk about them all day – I find them fascinating! I’m so glad that I have found your blog through TToT and other blog hops, Louise, because I really like your writing style and appreciate your own thoughtful comments on my blog so much. Thanks again ann have a wonderful week 🙂
I always love your comments – and the back and forth with you – because there’s always so much in there!
As for not passing it along – no worries – and sorry to hear that you had a bit of a downer experience with it when you did it. That sucks – rather like when you throw comments out into the blogosphere and don’t get them back 😦 I think it’s a bit of a gamble how people will take things like this (but I can’t imagine that everyone you nominated weren’t happy to get noticed – even if they didn’t get around to properly thanking you).
As for the languages thing – I’ll be reading your Italian lessons series with interest if you do that. I live in this naïve world where I think because I know French I should be able to “pick up” other romance languages. Three years of Spanish classes should have dissuaded me of that by now, but hope springs eternal!
Look at you rocking all those GIFS like a pro 😉
Thank you for the nomination. I’m new to this, so I don’t know if I did it right, or whatever… but yay =)
I had an awesome bloggy mentor who shared her skills with me – that’s why they worked out so well 😉 But thanks! I was pretty pleased on that bit too 🙂
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