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The Weekend of the Liebster

In the past, I have not always participated in blogging “awards.”  However, two of my fellow bloggers were kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster recently and I feel a mere (genuine though it may be) “thank you” doesn’t suffice.


So, what is a Liebster?  Well, it’s not a trophy that I can put on my mantle, unlike the cookie contest and 5K trophies that sit with pride under my TV.  (Ironic, yes?)  However, trophy or no, this one is an awfully big honor.  Let’s face it, it’s no great accomplishment to bring home 2nd in your age division for the 5K when there are, um, two women in your age division running.  But the Liebster is recognition from my fellow bloggers and, in this great big blogging world, it really is something to be noticed.  And so I am truly honored and I offer my most heartfelt thanks for the nominations.  Please check out the following blogs from my nominators, you’ll be glad you did.

Not Pretending (To Be Sane) and Postcards From My Guilt Trip

Now, the way this works is this.  I have 11 questions to answer, so you can all learn a little more about me.  (As if I don’t ramble on enough.)  In turn, I will provide 11 new questions for my nominees and notify them that they’ve been nominated.  Easy peasy!  You will notice that I’m answering two sets of eleven questions, that is because I am lazy and accepting this award twice in one post.  Please don’t think that lessens my appreciation, I’m just naturally a multi-tasker.

Questions from Amy at Postcards:

1)      If you had to pick one song to play on a continuous loop in your casket for all of eternity, what would it be?

Well, presuming that I am dead, it won’t matter much to me.  For the benefit of those visiting my grave, I would choose Dead by They Might be Giants.  For irony’s sake.

2)      Favorite food?

All of it.  I love all food, but if I really, truly have to choose, it would be my husband’s beef chimichangas.  I mean the ones he makes, not that I’m stealing them off his plate.  I would steal them off his plate, though.

3)      Best vacation ever?

Last summer at a tiny little island town that reminded me of Jaws, with fewer man-eating, vengeful sharks.  It was peaceful and quiet and it charmed the hell out of me.

4)      Screw, Marry, Kill… Gilbert Godfrey, Weird Al Yankovic, and Mike Tyson

I might consider marrying Weird Al.  He’s funny and I’m sure he’s loaded, so it could work.  As for the other two, I’d kill them both and take a vow of celibacy.

5)      What is your favorite swear word?

Ass.  It’s so versatile.  Dumbass, smartass, ass clown, ass hat, ass face, kick your ass, kiss my ass…well, you get the picture.

6)      What famous character in a book, movie, or tv show is most similar to you?

Clark Griswold.  I tend to get a little intense, especially where vacations and holidays are concerned.

7)      Any tattoos?

Flowers on my back, SpongeBob on my stomach, Green Bay Packers on my shoulder and a duplication of the engraving on my engagement ring on my ankle.  This is how I break my parents’ hearts.

8)      Hall pass or celebrity crush that you would totally sleep with if the opportunity presented itself?

Scott Conant.  TOTALLY.

9)      Most embarrassing moment?

I don’t know about most embarrassing, but the most recent was when I tore a big ol’ hole in the seat of my pants (right across the ass cheek) at work.  Yay, me.

10)   Last meal?

Just give me a buffet of everything and I’ll eat until I throw up.  It’s the last one, why the heck not?

11)   Why do you write?

I frequently tell my children that everyone has a specific skill set and it’s important to use it and develop it.  Writing is what I have.  I am happier and more at peace when I can get all the crazy out of my head by writing it down.

Questions from Jodi Lea at Not Pretending:

1. How old were you when you had your first romantic kiss?

I was twelve when I had my first kiss, but I would not call it “romantic” per se.  A boy kissed me when we went outside to clean the erasers at school.  Not the stuff of movies, I’ll tell you.

2. What was your favorite TV show – at age 12 and now?

I may have been a little younger than 12, but I had a mad obsession with L.A. Law.  Today it’s a toss-up between Parks and Rec, Psych and any competition show the Food Network has to offer.

3. Ever hit a skunk on the road? Tell us about it (or a comparable experience).

I’ve never hit one, but I do have a skunk story.  One weekend when we were out of town, my redneck neighbor saw a skunk run under our storage building.  He chased it, shot it and threw the corpse in the woods across the street from our houses.  I’ll let your imagination run wild with the aroma our neighborhood took on in the warm days that followed.  To this day I can’t fathom his thought process.

4. Your best vacation, ever – Describe it.

As I mentioned before, it was our beach vacation at a quiet island.  I can’t stand busy vacations and I adore the beach.  A quiet beach, local ice cream shops and quaint downtown shops in walking distance.  It was awesome.

5. Football, Basketball or Baseball? Why?

Football.  I don’t really know why, I just don’t like the other ones.  I think maybe football appeals to my violent nature.

6. Describe something you do better than everyone you know.

This is hard.  I do a lot of things well, but better than everyone?  I don’t know.  I can make a mean chocolate chip cookie.

7. Do you agree with the Academy’s Oscar choices?  Which movie would you choose for Best Picture?

I have no idea.  The last time I watched a movie, it was Back to the Future, because my kids had never seen it.  I rarely watch movies.  I can’t get invested into many things for that length of time, and it’s hard for me to sit still.  Seeing movies in theaters is a special kind of torture for me.  So for Best Picture?  Back to the Future.

8. Hairy chested men or smooth? (For the guy’s – blondes or brunettes?)

If I can’t choose any middle ground, I’d lean toward smooth.  I like my men to not look like they’re wearing a sweater when they take their shirts off.

9. Are you a lover or a fighter?

Fighter.  I’m contrary, irritable and have incredibly high standards that no one can actually meet.  I try to temper my temper (ha) with humor so the people can bear to be around me.

10. Name something you had to learn the hard way.

How to relax.  I’m uptight and I spent most of my life taking things too seriously.  There was no defining moment, but as I get older, I realize more and more that I just need to relax and laugh a lot more.  Hubs and the kids keep me grounded and remind me to reign in the crazy.

11. Name a good book you’ve read recently.

To Kill a Mockingbird.  Somehow this one slipped through all the education required reading (controversial, yes, I know) and I just never got to it.  Thanks to my dad for suggesting it to me because it was so, so good.

Now, I shall choose my nominees, ever so slightly drunk with power.  I think I read somewhere that the Liebster is actually meant for bloggers with under a certain number of followers, but I’m disregarding that and just choosing blogs that I enjoy and want to share with my readers.  (If I have previously nominated any of your for an award, there’s no pressure.  It’s just that I love you.)

The Chatter Blog

Travel. Garden. Eat.

Confessions of a Professional Mom

Grandma Says..


Motherhood Is An Art

It’s Been A Slice!

This is the Corner We Pee In

Woman Gone Mad

Poop On My Hands

Ah Dad…

Questions for My Nominees:
1. Beef or chicken.  Why?

2. What is the thing that you’re the most proud of accomplishing?

3. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited, or the place you’d most like to visit?

4. Do you cook?  Why or why not?

5. What is your favorite thing you’ve ever written?  Was is received the way you expect and/or hoped?

6. Your very favorite pick-me-up song?

7. Do you opt for convenience or sustainability?  Aka: paper plates or extra dishes to wash?  (ps, there are no wrong answers, cause I do both)

8. What is one word that you always misspell?

9. What is your stance on raisins?  Healthy treat or unwelcome chewy devil?

10. Do you find spontaneity exciting or unsettling?

11. What is your favorite beverage?

And there we go.  The single longest post I have ever written, even counting my outraged rant at my crappy home health company.  Also, I screwed up ever single link I put in this post and had to do them all over again.  Because I’m an idiot.  Anyway.  One more big round of thanks for Amy and Jodi Lea for giving me the opportunity.  Now, go read these awesome blogs!

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  1. March 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for the nomination! I really appreciate it! Green Bay Packers tattoo??? That’s awesome! I live in Green Bay!

    • March 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Oh, I am so envious…except for all the very, very cold and snowy winters. I couldn’t deal with that.

  2. March 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and your great answers! 🙂

    • March 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      It’s well-deserved love. 🙂

      • March 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        *blush*feet shuffle*awwwwwww!

  3. March 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats, Shel! Love how you worked in your favorite swear word in your response to #9 in the first set of questions 🙂 — — I will not tell this household of Vikings fans about your tattoo (I swear my boys could say “Packers Suck” long before they could form full sentences, thanks to my obnoxious, Vikes-loving husband — when I got him a pair of tickets to the Vikes-Packers game at Lambeau for our 10th wedding anniversary, I told him to take someone who cared, which was not me — now that’s love!). So glad you discovered To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s one I have to read again periodically. And . . . thanks for giving a nod to Travel. Garden. Eat. — I will ponder the questions you so thoughfully posed and try to answer them as articulately and entertainingly as you did yours!

    • March 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Oh my goodness….Vikings fans. Sigh. Although I should mention as an interesting side note to my tat, Hubs has a Detroit Lion on his arm. We might be the only NFC North divided home living in Southern Virginia. I’ll look forward to reading your responses!

  4. March 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Hi There. Not sure if it too late to respond. But here you go! Thanks so much for thinking of me.

    Questions for My Nominees:
    1. Beef or chicken. Why?
    Neither. I am a vegetarian. Yucky meat!
    2. What is the thing that you’re the most proud of accomplishing?
    Most proud accomplishment is my 2 lovely children and the fact that I haven’t killed my husband after 19 years of being with him.

    3. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited, or the place you’d most like to visit?
    I am a super boring person. So the interesting place I have ever visited has to be the place I live in…. haha. I live in a pretty interesting town. Lots of wack jobs here!

    4. Do you cook? Why or why not?
    Do you count heating as cooking? If so, then yes, I am a fabulous cook. If not, then, well I am not a cook. I order take out really well though!

    5. What is your favorite thing you’ve ever written? Was is received the way you expect and/or hoped?
    My favorite thing I have ever written has to be my post on yoga etiquette. People love to read about how you have embarrassed someone or have embarrassed yourself.

    6. Your very favorite pick-me-up song?
    Gotta be Lady Gaga Telephone. I can rock that song on my way to work.

    7. Do you opt for convenience or sustainability? Aka: paper plates or extra dishes to wash? (ps, there are no wrong answers, cause I do both)

    8. What is one word that you always misspell?
    I can not spell “piece”. So lame. I always spell it “peice”. “I after E, except after C”. But not in this case.

    9. What is your stance on raisins? Healthy treat or unwelcome chewy devil?
    Rasins…. Lots of sugar. But tasty. Looks like bugs…

    10. Do you find spontaneity exciting or unsettling?
    Spontaneity makes me extremely anxious. Hell, look at my blog…. it is all about my controling OCD.

    11. What is your favorite beverage? Love coffee… but currently trying to quit. Which is contributing to my extreme moodiness.

    • March 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Thank you for your answers! I’m with you on the spontaneity…makes my stomach hurt. Just give me my routine any day! Thanks for taking the time to answer and keep up the great writing!

  5. March 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, I am honoured to be on any list, unless its the FBI’s most wanted…Hope I’m not on that one yet. To quote chatter master: “THANKS FOR THE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!”and watch this space for my replies on your questions. Well, actually watch my space as that would be the topic for my next post tomorrow. But seriously the nomination is greatly appreciated.

    • March 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

      I am headed over to check out your latest posts now… 🙂

  6. March 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

    This is fabulous — thanks so much for the nomination. I’ll get working on my answers ASAP.

    • March 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

      I’m headed over to check out your latest, like I do every weekend. I’m like a stalker, but not in a creepy way, I promise. 🙂

  7. March 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Came here via ‘Ah dad’ and have really enjoyed finding new blogs, so thanks for the nominations just because they are a fun mix!

    • March 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Thank you for coming by!

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