Thursday, February 14, 2013

I would like to thank the Academy...

Wait - wrong award.  
However, this week I was in fact awarded, not 1, but 2 Liebster Awards!  I was nominated by April at Hearts on Guard and also by Darla at Mom's World.  Thank you ladies for the nominations!
I stole the description of what a Liebster Award was from April:
Sounds pretty fancy schmancy, but basically it's a way to show newbie bloggers some love :) Liebster is German, meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.  It's bestowed on new and upcoming blogs who have fewer than 200 followers.
I started my blog back in September 2008 as a way to journal, write, and vent my frustrations.  At the time I wasn't married nor did I have any children.  Eventually, my "busy" life got in the way and while I still read blogs and kept up with my close friends, I stopped blogging myself.  After I had my son, I found myself subscribing to more and more blogs.  Finally, I decided to start posting again.  And here we are present day, winning 2 newbie blogger awards!
So how does this award thingy work? Here are the rules...
1. You must post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions provided by your nominator.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post. (I actually just hit 200 on Thursday, but I was nominated in advance of this so I'm still accepting my award!  HA!)
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
5. Tag back is not required, but leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster Award post so I can learn more about you :)

11 22 Random Facts 

(Since I was nominated twice, I decided to supply double the facts!)

1. I figure skated competitively for 13 years and eventually taught lessons. Boy do I miss those days...and those legs.

2. My brother is my best friend. No matter what, hes always there for me and understands me in a way that some of my very close friends never will.

3. I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis at 14. I've had 4 surgeries, but it keeps spreading. I've been dealing with this for over 10 years and I'm at the point that I wish they would just take everything out. 2 more years...wish granted.

4. I'm addicted to teen-fiction-vampire-romance novels.

5. When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer and write books. I'm a very creative writer and love to write whenever I get the chance.

6. Speaking of writing, I am published. My college english/writing teacher published one of my homework assignments. A paper that I wrote for an assignment in a college writing class...a paper that I wrote at 2 am drunk as a skunk. It was a comparative essay titled... Santa Claus vs. The Easter Bunny.

7. In H.S., my best friend Val called me "dumbass" on the way to the dance for leaving the homecoming tickets at home. Guess it kind of stuck, because to this day, she still calls me dumbass....and so does her husband.

8. I'm a pretty good dart player. I've played in leagues since I was 17. I used to be better than I am now...could be better than I am now, but enjoy it more as a hobby than anything.

9. I love Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley. The good ones always die so young.

10. One of my favorite movies is Gone with the Wind. My grandma and I watched it as a little many little girls do you know that could sit through a movie that long? Other favorites is the Cutting Edge, Dirty Dancing, North & South, and Pearl Harbor. I could watch those again and again.

11. I'm married to the guy that I was infatuated with in high school. But he was off limits back then because he dated a friend of mine. I think after 10 years, its ok for me to date a guy that a friend dated briefly in HS.

12. I love cars. But now that I'm a mom - there is not a muscle car in my future any time soon! Maybe one day - although I'm sure we will have a Harley before a Nova...

13. I want to learn how to play the piano. I took lessons as a kid, but hated it. Now I'm at an age to appreciate it.

14. I have a bucket list...a list of things I want to do before I "kick the bucket". I've had this list since I was in high school...although over the years, some things have been marked off and others added. I've never showed it to anyone, nor will I.

15. I am an organized mess. From the looks of things, you would think that I'm a slob, but I'm actually very organized.

16. It is my generation to have triplets. Which thankfully, did not happen!

17. I HATE onions. Its actually the smell I can't stand...but therefore, I cannot eat them. I also hate mushy foods, i.e bananas, beans,etc. etc.

18. I share a birthday with Neil Diamond, Mary Lou Retton, and the great John Belushi.

19. I took swing dancing lessons. I'm not saying I'm good at this type of dancing, but I got some moves...

20. I hate shopping. I'm really not a girly girl. I prefer to shop online...

21. I tried to enlist in the military out of high school...but they wouldn't take be because of my health issues.

22. I can drink gallons of iced tea. It is one of my favorite drinks. No wonder I can't sleep at night!!

Questions from April

1. What is your biggest fear?
Drowning...and a titanic-like experience.
2. How many children do you want to have?
At one point, I wanted 2, a boy and a girl, but after my pregnancy and labor/delivery with Drew, I think I may limit it back to one and done!
3. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veternarian.  Until I found up I had to stick my arm up a cows butt, then I decided I wanted to be a writer.
4. What is your favorite book, and how many times have you read it?
I've read so many books over the years.  I don't know that I have a favorite.  If you go with how many times I've read a book, that would have to be Bubbles, Bubbles - I read that to my son every night.  In fact, I've read it so many times I can recite it from start to finish without the book even being in front of me.
5. If you could honeymoon anywhere, where would you choose?
I already took a honeymoon to Punta Cana, if I could go anywhere again, I would choose Tahiti, Greece, Tuscany, Turks & Caicos...the list could go on forever....
6. What would be your dream career?
I would love to be self employed.  And some day I think I will be.  I just have to find my niche that will match my salary I make working for the "man"
7. What is your usual order at Starbucks (or other coffee shop)?
Mocha Frapachino (cold) or peppermint mocha (hot)
8. Favorite restaurant?
I do not have a favorite.  However, I do like crab legs.  So if they are served at a reasonable and customary price, your my new fav.
9. What is number one on your bucket list?
Please see above...I will not tell you my bucket list.  Its for my eyes only.  ;-)
10. If you could have a super power, what would you choose?
Is magic a super power?  I want to be like Mary Poppins where everything puts itself away.
11. Are you a stomach, back, or side sleeper? Or do you mix it up?
Pre-baby I was a stomach sleeper.  Now I'm a back/side sleeper.

Questions from Darla

1.  What is your favorite movie?
Probably Gone with the Wind.  I love that movie!
2.  Do you have any special talents?
I don't know that I would call it a talent, but I can pop my hip in and out of socket.
3.  When did you start your blog and why?
Funny, I had already answered this at the top!  
I started my blog back in September 2008 as a way to journal, write, and vent my frustrations.  At the time I wasn't married nor did I have any children.  Eventually, my "busy" life got in the way and while I still read blogs and kept up with my close friends, I stopped blogging myself.  After I had my son, I found myself subscribing to more and more blogs.  Finally, I decided to start posting again.  And here we are present day, winning 2 newbie blogger awards!
4.  If you only had one food you could survive on, what would it be and why?
Pizza - I could eat pizza daily.
5.  Do you play video games?  If so, what is your favorite game?
Not really, but occasionally, (really when I was pregnant and about to pop) I would play Tiger Woods on XBOX with the hubby.  I do like rock band/guitar hero though!!
6.  Where is one place in the United States you would like to visit and why?
I would like to go to New York.  I've never been there and would love to experience it just once.
7.  If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Of Course!
8.  Would you ever bungee jump or skydive?
Bungee Jump, maybe.  Sky Dive?  Why would I jump out of a perfectly good airplane?!?!
9.  What did you watch on TV last night?
I watched Thomas the Train, Calliou, Driver Dan, & CSI
10. What do you think of Valentine's Day?
Hallmark Holiday
11. What is your favorite vegetable?
Corn on the Cob

11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
  2. SUV or Minivan?  Why?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. Are you a fan of reality TV?  If so, what is your favorite show?
  5. Favorite cocktail?
  6. What is your favorite trait about yourself?
  7. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
  8. What song could you listen to on repeat right now?
  9. If your life could be described on a soundtrack, what are 3 songs that would be included?
  10. What celebrity do you get mistaken for?
  11. Who is your celebrity crush?
Last but Not Least....

My Nominees

  1. Alex @ Good Girl Gone Wife
  2. Jules @ My Mom's a Whack Job
  3. Sarah @ Hot Mess Mommie
  4. Cynthia @ Living in Neverland
  5. Tania @ The Mama Mantras
  6. Becca @ Beginning with Becca
  7. Marci @ Marce Lips
  8. Melissa @ The Real McCoys
  9. Aleisha @ Britches & Boots
  10. Jenn @ My Daily Jenn-ism
  11. Jamie @ Things in You

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  1. I still have not seen Gone with the Wind... I really need to get on the ball!
    Congrats on your noms!!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  2. Awesome! Loved learning so much about you :) So... are you a Vampire Diaries fan??? ;) It's my guilty pleasure -- speaking of which, I need to catch up on last night's episode after I finish packing a box or two...

  3. Hey, new follower from the Aloha Friday Blog Hop. Nice learning so much about you, it's fun! Can't wait to read more. :)


  4. Congrats on both of your nominations :)

    I wanted to invite you to our weekly Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs Friday nights till the end of Monday, come link up if you get a chance this weekend :)

  5. I love the Liebster award posts because you really get such an insight into the blogger that you don't normally get!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am already following you! Have a lovely rest-of-weekend!! :)


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  6. Ahhhh.... thank you!!! I love these awards and reading all the answers. So how do you think your life would have been had you joined the military? Funny how life figures itself out!

    Also, I am with you on the job. As soon as I can figure out what I can do to make good money for myself, I am all over it. One day!

  7. I love the Liebster Award! I got nominated a few months back, and it's such a great way for your followers to get to know you and for you to get to know the people you nominated.
    I'm over here from the Aloha Blog Hop and am following via GFC. I hope you'll stop by my blog as well. Looking forward to more posts!
    Have a lovely weekend!