Liebster Award Again! Third time is the charm?

Okay, so looking back that title sounds a little bit like I'm annoyed rather than grateful and that is NOT the impression I wish to give, but I still kind of like the title because while not annoyed, I am amused at how often this particular award comes around and how much work it is finding people to nominate, not because I don't know a lot of good bloggers, but because they have to have under 200 followers.  I don't always find 11 that actually qualify. By the way, is it just me or is the logo for the award (underneath) kind of pulsing? Either it is an optical illusion or I'm really tired . . . or both. . .oh gosh, I'm losing it.

These awards are almost like tag games, actually, which kind of makes them fun. For the Liebster you must do the following:

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about 
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then
    create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the
    award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to
    pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
This time I was nominated by Vicky at The Greek Housewife. Go on over and check out her blog which often has some interesting cultural perspective.

Okay, 11 random facts without repeating myself. My brain is so out of it right now. . .
1. I hate talking on phones. I used to work in a call center and phones to me feel like work. 
2. I also hate texting. The character limit is not conducive to complete sentences and it is really hard to use correct punctuation with those phones. It's like an English language train wreck waiting to happen. All communication that is not face to face should either be via email or snail mail. 
3. I love getting mail. I don't really care what it is. Even junk mail I open to check and see if it is blank on one side so I can use it to write shopping lists.
4. On that note, the saving junk mail scrap paper note, I am also hording used dryer sheets. I don't know why but I always have loved the things. They are so lacy looking and smell nice. . .I use them to stuff crocheted toys. 
5. I haven't cut my hair since I got pregnant with Claire so almost two years now. It is the longest I've had my hair in ages. I generally keep it short though I did temporarily grow it out for my wedding but cut it again a few months afterward. 
6. I'm definitely a cat person but I spend much more time with my husband's dog than I do my poor cat Carlton who is often put upon by said dog and in hiding.
7. Carlton is the second pet I have named after a character from Psych. I named one of my sister's kittens Shawn Spencer after the lead character in that show which is my all time favorite. 
8. I'm trying to be better at Bible studying. I am most interested in /stimulated by studies that actually have a question unanswered, something that is up for debate, rather than that gives me everything wrapped up in a pretty package. I want to be able to think about it.  I grew up on C . S. Lewis and while I am decidedly an emotional rather than logical being, I am a bit addicted to seeing all theology as an exercise in logic as well as worship. It's just the way I seem to be able to best relate to ideas. 
9. I've been having to take breaks from wearing my wedding ring because the skin beneath it gets dry and cracked. My hands are dry in general right now (Mommy-hood involves a lot of hand washing) but under my ring it gets painful. I feel weird going without my ring, especially with Matt out of state.
10. My husband actually hasn't worn his wedding ring in years and I really don't mind. I guess I trust him and he's just not a jewelry kind of guy.
11. With Matt gone my favorite activity is torturing myself. For instance I sat up reading old love letters I found that I had sent him during his deployments and musing on how much I love and have always loved him and how much I wish he were here RIGHT NOW! 

And finally these were Vicky's 11 questions to her nominees : 
  1. If you had 3 hours to yourself (no husband, no kids, no chores) what would you do?  Ideally I'd get some writing done or actually read something but most likely I'd end up looking at cat pictures and that would be it.
  2. What is the best life advice you can give to your followers?  Don't worry. Be happy. Seriously, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" (Matt 6:27) I can't remember a time I worried when the worry itself didn't turn out to be worse than whatever it was I eventually had to stop worrying about and face.
  3. What is your goal for this year? To teach my daughter to read.
  4. If they made a movie of your life, who would you pick to play you? For the sake of the unexpected I want to be motion captured as a large cat. Well, maybe that is not completely unexpected. Somewhat more seriously, I've been told I look like three celebrities by random people: Felicia Day, Emily Deschanel, and Amy Adams, and if I could get either Felicia Day or Allison Scagliotti (from Warehouse 13, I've cut my hair to look like hers before) to go dark blonde, those two would be my top choices . . . probably Allison first. Or maybe Anna Belknap who plays Lindsay on CSI:NY. I've also cut my hair like her before.
  5. What is your favorite quote? The mind is not a vessel to be filled by a fire to be kindled. (Plutarch) either that or, "Hey! Who deleted my pool table?" (Tom Paris)
  6. Describe your ideal Valentine's day! Having my husband home would be a good start. . . The rest would probably be X Rated and I probably shouldn't go there.
  7. What is the best song to describe your mood today? Something about being tired? I don't really know a ton of songs.(I just had a cup of coffee and now I think it should be the Llama Song. . .LLAMA LLAMA DUCK!)
  8. Apart from blogging how do you spend your free time? I play World of Warcraft. 
  9. What is your favorite memory? Again, probably X rated. I'm sorry, but honestly, I have a really dirty mind for someone who saved sex for marriage and has only ever been with one man. I keep it under wraps for the most part, but I'm too tired to care right now.
  10. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? (Except for being a mom or dad!) Writer. Like real, actually read by people, novelist writer. My second choice is a proofreader or copy editor. I love tweaking punctuation for fun. 
  11. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money, and why? I don't get why people don't just put it in the bank and retire early. I mean, I can't imagine anything I would want more than the ability not to have to really work. Oh or hire a maid.

    So 11 questions for my nominees. . .I probably should try and clear my head before doing this. 

    1. Girls go for guys with skills be it hacking skills or Nunchuck skills but girls have skills too! What skills do you have? Do any involve baking? Will you bring me some cookies?

    2. What skill have you never mastered that you would love to try? 

    3. Favorite book?

    4. Favorite historical figure (yeah, I'm making these pretty simple but I'm tired . . . all the time).

    5. When was the last time you felt well rested?

    6. What is one thing you have built or made that you are really proud of (for this discussion, kids don't count)?

    7. What modern fads/habits do you not understand? Or are intentionally avoiding?

    8. What fictional character do you most identify with?

    9. What fictional character do you aspire to be more like?

    10. Take a mental vacation. Where do you go? What's for dinner? Is there chocolate? Coffee?

    11. What super power do you want? What super power do you have? (two in one)          


    I always have a hard time coming up with 11 because of the "with under 200 followers" rule. Sometimes I cheat. 

    Here Comes the Human

    Traveling Cats

    Life With Joys
    First Comes Love

    It's Your Life

    One Part Joy-One Part Circus

    Road to 31
    I know I'm supposed to do eleven, not eight, but I am not going to. What are you going to do about it?

      If you have under 200 followers and would like to be involved, go ahead and tag yourself and let me know in the comments when you have made the post. 
    Thanks again for the nomination,



  1. Sweet!! I got awarded! LOL! This is my fourth time... I think I should be in a hurry to get past 200, just so I don't get nominated again! HAHAHA (I actually ignored the last nomination... oops.) I love your questions and I love that you only nominated 8 ... I'm changing the rules. Who's gonna stop me? You only have to nominate 6. so you are an overachiever! Seriously, thank you. I will let you know when I publish my post!

  2. Thanks so much for the award! I promise to get the answers posted soon. I think I got three different awards in the past two weeks. So awesome!

    1. It's funny how with most awards you have to work to get them, but with blog awards you have to work WHEN you get them.


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