Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I got a Liebster Award!! What does that even mean?!

This week's blog is going to be a little different. Yesterday, I received a lovely surprise. My darling blogger pal, The Ginger BlogMan nominated me for the Liebster Award! 

Isn't it wonderful?!?!?

I got an award! I can't believe it! I am so happy! Wait... what is a Liebster Award? I had to google it and here is what I found: 
The Liebster Award's origins are a bit of a mystery. Bloggers nominate other bloggers that have 200 or less followers. It's basically a "Hey, that's a sweet little blog you've got there. Here's an award!" You can't just accept the award. You have to play by the (ever changing) rules and pay it forward. Then you can put the award on your blog for all to see. Pretty sweet, no?
So here are the rules:
  1. The nominee must list 11 fun facts about him or herself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for your new nominees.
  4. Nominate 11 new bloggers and send them a link to your post.
It's like a chain letter but without all the hexes if you don't play along. 

So let's begin.

11 Super Interesting Facts about Yours Truly:

  1. I do not like chatting on the phone. I can't focus on the conversation with my monkey kids running around and making noise. There is a 95% chance I won't answer your call. It's not you, it's me.
  2. I am a sensitive gal. I have lots of feelings. I cry at sentimental car commercials. I'm a hot mess around the holidays. I have never seen "The Notebook" because if normal people bawl their eyes out when watching this movie, I'd be on placed on suicide watch.
  3. I wish I had a British accent. I think I could pull it off. Hell, if Madonna can do it, why can't I?
  4. A good back rub or hair brushing is the fastest way to my heart. I'm convinced that I was a big, fluffy Persian cat in a previous life.
  5. I have freakishly large hands and long fingers for a girl. My hands are bigger than the 6'3 Hub's hands. I'm only 5'6.
  6. I have a superhuman sense of smell.
  7. I can always find Waldo. 
  8. I once wiped a baby squirrel's butt.
  9. I don't like to eat meat off the bone. Biology classes ruined it for me.
  10. Cockroaches are the most terrifying thing ever. If I see one, I will run away.
  11. Oh hell, she's getting all sensitive here... I love blogging. When I graduated from college with a BA in Creative Writing, I believed I would be the next bestselling fiction author. After years of none of that happening, I finally discovered the incredible joy of telling my true life stories. I love writing them down. I love sharing them with you. I get a real kick when you take the time to comment on my blog. I am grateful for every page view, every share, every like, every retweet. The blog community is enormous and ever growing, but getting this award makes me feel like I am really part of it now. It's like moving up from eating lunch in the high school bathroom stall to getting a seat at a table in the cafeteria. 

My 11 questions to answer from The Ginger BlogMan:

  1. What is your preferred method of birth control? A long day of running after my kids seems to do the trick. (You dirty little monkey!)
  2.  If you could have any super power what would it be and why? I would want the ability to clone or replicate myself. My clones would do all the laborious household tasks while I sat in a lounge chair and drank margaritas. 
  3. What is your favourite music album of all time? "Under the Table and Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band. 
  4. Do redheads have souls? Yes... I'm *almost* sure of it. 
  5. If you were on death-row (I'm sorry about this) what would you order as your last meal? They don't offer custom ordered last meals in the States due to extravagant requests, but if that were still an option, I would order lobster bisque, biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, hot Irish Soda bread with tons of butter, a case of the Sam Adams Autumn brew collection, a plate of sushi, and a mint Kondike ice cream bar... because whatever I did to get on death row was probably for a Kondike Bar. 
  6. PC or Mac? Mac, baby! 
  7. Who is the most influential person in your life and why? I have many influential people in my life but I'd have to say at this point, it's a "what," not a "who." Right now, there's a pair of pre-baby jeans in my closet influencing me to avoid everything on my death-row last meal list. 
  8. What is your favorite cartoon as an adult? Phineas and Ferb. Because of them, I now know the tip of a shoelace is called an "aglet." 
  9. Do you have any regrets? I regret all those years of trying to be "normal" and fit in with the crowd. I also regret that third cup of coffee this morning. I swear my eyes are vibrating.
  10.  Would you like to own a monkey butler (assuming no animal rights were violated, leave me be PETA)? Why do you think I had kids? They usually don't shed and they're housebroken. Finally. 
  11. How do you feel right now? Like Sally Field winning an Oscar.

You like me! You really like me!

My Super Awesome Questions for the Next Nominees:

  1. Why did you start a blog?
  2. How would you describe yourself in a personal ad in the paper?
  3. Do you have an unusual talent?
  4. What was your best Halloween costume ever?
  5. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  6. What is your astrological sign? Is it true what they say?
  7. What scares the hell out of you?
  8. What was your worst injury as a child?
  9. What is your favorite smell?
  10. What is your least favorite movie genre?
  11. Why is a raven like a writing desk?

And The Liebster Award Goes To: (In alphabetical order)**

  1. Dipso Facto Scapegoat Ink
  2. Do I Have To?
  3. Father In Training
  4. Goodrow Gang
  5. Hand Make My Life http://www/
  6. Herding Cats
  7. Karen's Blog
  8. Life, Darling
  9. Our Journey
  10. Princess and the Pi
  11. The Poopy Scoop
**This was the hard part of the rules. The award is supposed to go to blogger with less than 200 followers but, on many of these, the followers were not shown or I just couldn't find your count. So I guessed. Like I said before, the rules are ever changing. It used to be 5 people and 5 questions. Now it is up to 11. Next year, I'm sure it'll be more. Basically, I nominated your blog because I really enjoy your stories and I wanted to share this lovely award with you. Yay us!!! 


  1. I think anytime anyone gets an award it is a BIG deal! It is a form of recognition that is well deserve. Very proud of you and love your blogs.. keep them coming

    1. Dear Anon,
      Thank you!
      Don't tell anyone but I might have pretended I was on the red carpet on the way to an awards ceremony all day yesterday.
      Thank you for reading!

  2. Yay, I love it T, thanks for playing along. Love your answers and love all you questions too. Awesomesauce

    1. Dear GBM,
      Thank you so much for the honor! I had so much fun with this and you got me off the hook from having to come up with this week's blog topic! You're the best!!!

  3. Congratulations on your Liebster! I love both the name and the adorable accompanying graphic.

    I TOTALLY feel you on your super interesting facts numbers 1 and 5. Texting saved my life, literally. And my huge man-hands are a constant impediment to my feeling graceful while dancing.

    (And we should not be strangers any longer. Want to grab lunch soon? No need for detailed social plans here - you can email me at

    1. Dear CA,
      Thank you! We do have much in common and I miss your face. Let's grab lunch and compare man-hands! It will be oh so lovely to see you again!
      Much love,

  4. You are awesome - that's why you got nominated and received the award! Yey you!!! You are the cheesiest and you rock!

    1. Dear Heather P,
      AWWWW! Thanks my cheesy friend! You're awesome and rock, too!


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