Second Liebster Award

I have been fortunate enough to be nominated for the Liebster Award before and this week I was nominated again by Karina at Mom in the USA. She was kind enough to simplify the rules so here they are as she posted them:

Rules for the nominees:
Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Tell 5 things about yourself.
Answer 11 questions posed by the nominating blogger.
Nominate 5 new up and coming bloggers.
Ask those bloggers 5 questions that they will answer.

Pretty easy, eh?
So, thank you, Karina! I hope everyone who checks out this post also checks out her blog!

So five things,

1. I'm wearing  a very uncomfortable plastic ring that my daughter got in a "paint your own jewelry" kit and decided I should wear tonight. It is making it very hard for me to use my left hand for typing. I really should take it off, but I always feel that when she gives me these rings, even on a temporary basis, it is an honor and I should wear it for at least an hour.
2. I miss Oregon and its Cowboy Hipsters a lot. I miss the weather. I miss the scenery. I miss the mountains. I miss my family. I'm sure Florida has its perks (the only one that comes to mind is the beaches), but Oregon is home.
3. I've been crocheting for over fifteen years. I started sometime in middle school. Whenever someone comments on how good I am at it and how they aren't any good at it, I have to point out that when I was a beginner I wasn't very good either, but fifteen years of doing anything turns one into an amateur expert (yeah, I know that's an oxymoron).
4. I'm a lousy driver. I hate driving. I wish I could just teleport everywhere. If I had a superpower it would probably be teleportation. That or retractable claws. I really want retractable claws.
5. I love my computer games. I still get sentimental thinking about the Myst series, especially Riven. That was an awesome game.

So now for the 11 questions from the nominator:
What is the cheesiest thing that makes you laugh? Charlie the Unicorn; we're on a bridge, Charlie!
If you were coming to my house for Sunday dinner, what's an item you'd want on the menu? Dessert. That's an item, right? Something with cheese and cheese like cheese stuffed pasta with cheese on top.
What is your favorite beauty product? Hard to say. I have this leave in conditioner spray that smells nice and I really like any cleanser that smells like green tea (I've used various ones), but the one I don't feel completely dressed without just my basic Covergirl tinted moisturizer.
Are you a saver or a spender? Consciously, I'm a saver. Large purchases make me anxious. Subconsciously I'm a spender and generally most of my expenses are small "fritter away" impulse buys.
Name something you recently purchased that was made in the USA. Pretty much all of my recent purchases have been presents for other people so I don't have them to check where they were made. Saying a food item feels like a cop out. I did have some products from Winkflash made recently. I believe those are done in the states.
Age gracefully or refuse to age (nip/tuck)? These are the only two options? I have a feeling my immaturity will keep me young.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse and if so what? Not really a favorite as in one that I have embroidered on things. Psalms 37:4 has always seemed relevant to me, though.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
What are you looking forward to most this holiday season? Claire-Bear, our younger daughter, will be 11 months for Christmas and she just noticed the presents under the tree for the first time tonight. She approached them curiously and tried to pull one out from under the tree to examine. I'm really looking forward to showing her how to rip apart the paper.
What is/are your New Year's resolutions? I don't have anything that I have enough will power to accomplish at this point or that isn't too vague like being generally less lazy. I should probably give myself a goal to complete the sequel to my NaNoWriMo novel. Yeah, I will do that.
What sort of music do you listen to? I'm weird in that I do not consciously desire music. I have songs I like and sometimes one will get stuck in my head and I'll play it to get it out, but I have to make an effort to remember to put on Christmas music so other than the car radio being tuned to a Christian music station, I don't really listen to music at all.
Do you have a favorite charity? If so what is it or who/what does it serve? I'm torn between World Vision and Show Hope. World Vision is a child sponsorship program which most people will have heard of. Show Hope is devoted to orphan care and helps families with fees and other adoption expenses.

So now for nominations!

I would like to nominate
Vanessa @ Here Comes the Human; she just posted a bunch of adorable Christmas baby photos.
Stephanie @ A Geek In Glasses for her creative crafts.
Dixie and Dottie @ Dixie and Dottie for their exciting and festive Christmas link ups.
Liz @ Howling at the Moon because her posts often make me long to take up sewing.
Natalie at A Happy Hobbit Home for having the best blog name ever!

So now I get to pose 5 questions for you ladies! (Omgosh, I don't think I'm following a single male blogger. . . that is so. . .sexist of me. . . anyone have any good recommendations?). I'm not going to answer my own questions so you can just copy and paste the text and be lazy like I like to be. If anyone is curious about my answer to any particular question, just ask away and I'll answer in the comments because comments are cool.

1. Comments are cool. Fezzes are cool. Bow ties are really cool. What do you consider to be cool?

2. Favorite flavor? (Of what?) Everything!

3. Cat person, dog person, or are you a sole-less individual who doesn't like pets at all like my sister? (She isn't soul-less because she has a soul. She is sole-less because I just devised an evil plot to punish her for not liking pets that involves her shoe collection. . .don't tell her!)

4. I love my pets but not the pet hair. The German Shedder (they say he's a shepherd but I don't see any sheep here. I do see a lot of hair.) is especially bad. In order for the baby not to look like a fur covered swiffer sweeper pad after every crawl session I have to sweep up a ton of dog hair . . . and she still gathers hair like a lint roller. What chores do you put up with for the sake of something or someone you love?

5. What are you thankful for now, in this moment? I will answer this one.

At this moment I am thankful most of all for my husband. Sometimes I hit a hard wall of realization about exactly how hard I am for him to put up with and I am so grateful with what a good husband he is in spite of the fact that my complete lack of standards clashes so terribly with his perfectionist nature. He has to hold so much together because I'm off in my own world and often I don't even realize how much work he is doing to make up for things I just don't think to do.

Anyway, thanks again, Karina, for the nomination and I hope all of you get a chance to check out the blogs I have linked tonight and that those bloggers get a chance to respond!


  1. Wow! Thanks so much for nominating us! We are so thrilled and honored! We'll post this soon! Thanks so much! :)

  2. Thanks a lot for nominating me. I will work on this as soon as I can! Love the questions!

  3. Hi Heidi,
    HIL..AR...IOUS! See, this is why I nominated you! That was a hilarious post! German Shedder? That's funny. Those bad boys do shed like it's nobody's business. Thank you for sharing this.



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