Liebster

A few days ago, Nora left a comment telling me that she had nominated me for a Liebster Award.  The Liebster is an award that bloggers give to other bloggers, specifically to new bloggers or bloggers writing small blogs.  The best thing about the award, besides the fact that it encourages blogosphere camaraderie, is that there’s a pay it forward aspect: the nominator provides a list of questions that the nominee must answer, and then the nominee in turn writes a list of new questions and tags (nominates) a few more bloggers.

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I’m honored to be nominated (Thank you, Nora!), and know of some great blogs that deserve their own nominations. So without further ado:

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I didn’t expect this question to be so difficult to answer, but it really is.  There are so many places I want to see, and so many things I want to do, that it’s hard to think in terms of where I want to settle down.  I like mountains, I like trees, I like water, and I like small communities.  A place that fits those criteria would be fine.  Eventually.

What is one thing you miss about being a kid?

My ego misses the attention that is given to children, attention that’s effortlessly garnered: when you’re a child, you’re special just because you’re young.  When you’re adult, you have to work harder to be viewed as a person of significance.  You have to have done something.  It’s not enough to simply be.  Some days I welcome the challenge, other days I prefer to watch three hours of Looney Tunes in protest.

Who is your favorite actor or actress?

I have a lot of favorites: Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, James McAvoy, the entire cast of Mad Men

I actually cry watching Academy Awards acceptance speeches.  That’s how much I love these people.

And none of them know my name.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

In a card I received for my high school graduation, a family friend wrote, “You can do anything for a year.”

This advice made little sense to me until I graduated from college and was struck with the overwhelming desire to get to my final destination quickly.  I was focused on jumping into the “right” career, and being in the “right” place that would set me on track to the “right” future.  And when I couldn’t decide what those “right” things were, I became frustrated.

I forgot that it’s okay to follow a short-term dream, or to do something you love even if you know you can’t do it forever.  I forgot that it’s okay to struggle a little bit.  And that floundering is absolutely acceptable.  Then the genius of “You can do anything for a year” hit me.

Sometimes I’m bad at being in my twenties.  I think perhaps I’ll be better at forty.

Are there any foods you’ve never had but would like to?

Tiramisu.  It doesn’t involve much chocolate, which is probably why I haven’t made an active effort to taste it in the past.

What is one possession or object that makes you happy?

My books make me intensely happy.  I feel like a rich lady when I stare at my bookshelf.

Do you believe in soul mates?

I want to, but I’m sadly not very good at believing in things without empirical proof.  I sincerely hope I receive such proof some day.

What countries have you traveled to?

Canada (before passports were required), Italy, England, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium.

What are you scared of?

People worry me the most.  We’re capable of the worst.  Bears are a close second, though.

What is your favorite meal of the day?

I like breakfast best because it comes with a ritual: mix up my oatmeal, put on the tea kettle, settle down with bowl and mug to read the news of the day on Mac…

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dogs forever and always, although I’ve warmed up to cats somewhat after a summer of catsitting.

I watched the National Dog Show the other night and could hardly contain my delight.

Do you believe in luck?

I do, but I consider luck to be a random happening rather than a state of being.  I don’t think luck can be influenced by human will or action.

Here are the blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award:

1. In the Bellow and Uproar/Between the Pages (two blogs, one writer)

2. Rebecca Harwell

3. T-Peng Variety

4. A Prairie Populist

Nominees, here are your questions:

1. Which book/movie character do you identify with the most?

2.  Describe the best day of your life thus far.

3.  Do you consider yourself to be an extrovert or an introvert?

4.  What were you like when you were a kid?

5.  What’s one book you think everyone should read?

6.  What are you afraid of?

7.  What makes you laugh?

8.  What’s your (realistic or unrealistic) dream job?

9.  Where would you like to travel?

10.  Why did you decide to start a blog?

11.  Post the funniest meme you’ve ever seen.  (Okay, that was more of a command than a question.  Sorry.  But still post the meme, please?)

It’s on, nominees!

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