I feel like people change up the rules on these things all the time, but in the version of the Liebster award that she has granted me, the rules of acceptance are kind of a doozy. You could be here a while, but I’ll do my best to live up to expectations, and I’m sure you’ll all do your best to stick around to the bitter end!
1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger
Did that. Thanks again, Cindy!
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself
I’m pretty sure I say this every time I do one of these, but I’m also pretty sure that I’m going to run out of random facts you haven’t heard before. However, I promise I’m not going to go back and see what I’ve already told you, and any redundancy is purely accidental. Here goes:
a. I like to listen to the local NPR folk station.
b. TheBro and I are four years apart, and I’m the elder, but because he got married first and has three kids, sometimes people think that he’s older instead.
c. I have had my heart broken and suspect I have broken one myself. This is neither a matter of pride or bitterness, but simply fact–if an idiom like “broken heart” can be considered fact.
d. I am watching Deep Space Nine with my Paul as I write this.
e. I am in Boondocks, New England, without an internet connection and with a pack of teens and adults for our annual Conference, as this post publishes.
f. Even though it’s kind of a cheesy show, I have become such a Warehouse 13 junkie a couple of nights ago I dreamed an entire episode that has never aired–complete with “Previously on Warehouse 13” and preview teasers. I kind of want to propose it to them.
g. I dislike most games, from card games to bowling, because I am very competitive yet I never win. You haven’t seen grumpy until you’ve seen me a quarter of the way through a game.
h. You would think I would be good at Scrabble, but I’m not.
i. I used to write doggerel off the cuff for our random impromptu college shenanigans.
j. “J” is my favourite letter–for obvious reasons.
k. Below please find one of my new favourite photos, taken by Alicia.
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger that nominated you has created for you.
a. If you could be anywhere ELSE on Earth other than where you are right now, where would it be? London
b. What is your favorite season, and why? Autumn. I live in New England. It’s required. Or inevitable.
c. What do you like most about your best friend? Lots of things it wouldn’t be appropriate to mention in a blog, but also: it’s pretty nice of him to listen to all my stories and read them here, too. Also, he often makes me laugh hysterically right before we fall asleep.
d. Do you own any pets? Yes. (See above. Also, Rosie the cat and assorted fish.)
e. What do you like about blogging? Telling stories. I also love interacting with The Readership–and reading your blogs as well.
f. If you could have a super power, what would you like? It’s not very original, but it would be flying. I’m not one of those people who has frequent flying dreams–I’ve only ever had one, but it was awesome.
g. What is your all-time favorite movie? I don’t think I can claim just one, but The Mission is pretty great.
h. What song has been stuck in your head lately? The Bunny Song (original, as opposed to the new and UNimproved version)
i. What’s your favorite holiday? Easter
j. How old were you the first time you wrote a story/poem/song/blog? I think I was writing “poems” at three.
k. Who inspires you as a writer? See the Wordy Wednesday “Under the Influence” posts. In short: CS Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle, and Chaim Potok.
4. Nominate 11 new bloggers
The ladies at A Melange of Contradictory Tendencies
Fashion and Fun After Fifty (I’m not 50, but . . . barring any unforeseen early termination, I will be.)
Ben’s Bitter Blog (He says it’s bitter, but there’s some “liebe” in there if you look.)
5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer:
a. How many siblings do you have, and where do you fit in the birth order?
b. Do you have fangs?
c. If you could no longer live where you currently reside, but you could choose anywhere else, where would it be?
d. If you could time travel, would you go forward or back? (If you can time travel, we need to talk.)
e. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
f. What’s your favourite colour? (Be women’s clothing catalogue specific.)
g. Do you believe in “the one”? Explain.
h. Everybody knows real readers have multiple favourite books. Name three. (We’ll understand that you even have more than that.)
i. Do you have a lifelong childhood friend?
j. How many fingers am I holding up?
k. Have you read Trees in the Pavement yet?
6. Let all the bloggers know that they have been nominated; but you cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.
I can’t? That’s a shame. Then again, you’re probably random-facted and questioned, out, too, aren’t you, Cindy the Dreamer? Thanks again for the award!