I am ecstatic to announce that my good friend (and fellow blogger), Dory from Doyle Dispatch, has nominated me for the Liebster Award! I have been following Dory’s blog for a while…and she doesn’t know this, but she’s part of the reason I started blogging. I loved the content she was putting out and seeing how she was connecting and interacting with other people and really wanted to be part of that! So thank you, Dory, for being my introduction to the blogging world! I have fallen in love with blogging, and I’m not sure it’s something I’d be doing otherwise.
As some background, the Liebster Award is awarded by one blogger to another as a way to help blogs with great content but lower numbers of followers get their names out there. It’s a great way to pay it forward and help your blogging reach grow! The award also comes with a series of questions (supplied by the nominator) for each nominee to answer. It is really a neat idea!
So here are Dory’s questions and my answers:
1. What is your biggest frustration with other people’s grammar?
Oh gosh this is a tough one since I’m somewhat of a grammar nut. Probably my biggest pet peeve is when people end sentences with “at” such as “Where is the car at?” It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me, and it takes all of my effort to not reply, “Between the A and the T” (a retort I learned from my parents…thanks for that, mom). For the sake of my sanity, people, just leave off the “at”- you don’t need it!!
2. Germophobe or germophile?
I certainly would NOT classify myself as a germophobe, but I’m not sure I’m a full on germophile. I don’t use hand sanitizer (don’t like it), and I don’t bathe my son every night. But I also cringe when he tries to gnaw on the shopping cart or the edge of a restaurant table. I am a bit more lax at home (“You dropped a grape? That’s ok… I’ll just pick off the dog hair, and viola! Good as new!”) than I am when we’re out (“You dropped a grape? That’s ok- I’ll get you a new one.”), but that said- there’s a lot I let slide in all situations. I think it’s safe to say that I’m OK with a little bit of dirt, grime, and germs (hey, he’s a kid, and he’s in daycare, so it’s almost a losing battle), but I’m not going to sit by while he attempts to eat off the floor of a restaurant.
3. Glue gun or sewing?
Depends on whether I have procrastinated! I always prefer sewing, but I don’t always get my projects in order with sufficient forethought and planning…so things that would ideally be sewn are sometimes pinned or stapled or taped or yes, even glued with the glue gun. I am proud to say, however, that Ian’s halloween costume last year was sewn, and so was everything I made for his nursery!
4. What was your favorite grade in school and why?
I’m assuming you don’t mean college? Because, if that’s an option, then I’d go with that, hands down! Otherwise…probably 8th grade. I absolutely LOVED middle school (yeah, I realize that’s abnormal), and in 8th grade you are at the top of the food chain and it’s your chance to rule the school before entering the big, bad world of high school.
5. If you could do anything other than your current job, what would it be?
I’d love to write for a living. I’ve always wanted to write a novel or book, but I’d also be happy just blogging or contributing content to other sites, magazines, etc. Writing is so relaxing for me, and it’s something that you can do whenever- I love that freedom.
6. If money were no object, where would you live?
If you asked me this before Ian was born, I’d probably say something “cool” like Europe. But, after having Ian, I have a strong desire to be close to family. So if money were no object, I’d live wherever I had to in order to be closer to my parents, my in-laws, and my siblings. Right now that’s Virginia Beach, and that’d be just fine with me!
7. Describe your dream house.
Something with a HUGE kitchen. In our current house, our kitchen isn’t tiny, but it’s also not overly large. I find myself constantly needing and wishing for more counter space. So I’ve always said that when we move into our forever home, it needs to have a monster kitchen. I’d also love to have at least 2 acres. We have a little over a half acre now, and I can’t imagine living anywhere with a smaller lot… I absolutely LOVE having a backyard with enough space for us to live and Ian to be a kid. The only other must-have is a 3 car garage and a separate detached garage. My husband has a car building hobby, so I’d love to have a place for him to keep his project car and tools that doesn’t interfere with my ability to keep my car in the garage year round!
8. What is one thing on Pinterest that you would absolutely love to make/own/do?
I’m a pinterest-addict. I pin so much stuff, and I think I only act on 1% of those pins. It’s terrible. My boards are overflowing with stuff I’d love to do, so it’s impossible to pick just one thing.
9. Where is your favorite local place to shop?
I don’t know if this counts since it’s not really shopping (we don’t do a ton of shopping anyway), but we have a favorite local place to eat! It’s called Aladdin’s and has amazing Mediterranean food. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is great. The whole family (even Ian) loves to go there.
10. What is your worst habit?
I don’t know if it’s my worst, but one that really annoys me that I just can’t seem to kick is biting my nails. If I’m watching a movie or reading a great book, I tend to gnaw on my nails. The only thing that helps is if they are painted- but I hardly ever have them painted, so I inevitably end up with jagged or uneven nails.
11. What book, TV, or movie character fits you to a T?
Wow…this is hard. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book or watched a movie where I thought, “hey! That is so me!” So I guess I haven’t found her yet, or I’m deluded? LOL
Now I’m passing it on and paying it forward. Here are my nominees:
And here are my questions:
1. What’s your favorite food and why?
2. What’s the last book you read, and would you recommend it?
3. Cat person or dog person?
4. Dodgeball or 4-Square?
5. If you could remodel any room in your house/apartment/etc which would you remodel and how?
6. Do you read the book before watching the movie?
7. Biggest driving pet peeve?
8. If you were granted one wish, what would you request?
9. What’s your funniest joke?
10. What’s one thing that surprised you (pleasantly or unpleasantly) about parenthood? What have you learned from it?
11. What’s something you want other bloggers/readers to know about you/your blog?
I hope you all accept your nominations and keep the Liebster Award going! I can’t wait to see your posts, read your answers to my questions, and check out the blogs you nominate! Once your post goes live, I’d love it if you’d copy the link into the comments here!
Congrats to the new Liebster Award recipients! Thank you, Dory, for passing it on to me!