— Jenny Neill

The Liebster: The Nomination Is The Award

The ever-hilarious Irene of Left of Plumb nominated me for a Liebster Award. What the heck is it? Great question. Liebster is German for dearest and a five-minute search of the interwebs reveals that this award has been around for some time now. I have not unearthed the origins of this meme and see no harm in playing along. (Though, dear readers, I do have some words of warning about these exercises to share.) Thanks, Irene. I accept.

Liebster Award

This award badge found at Tiny n Fit.

Think Before You Meme
Like any social activity we engage in for entertainment, there are real dangers in overindulging in internet chain letters, quizzes, and memes. Most who play along do so for a few laughs. Innocent fun, right? Even if your best pal or latest new internet crush only wants to get a good giggle out of you, others who see what you reveal about yourself may not have such good intentions. Online “personality” quizzes are often seeded with the same types of questions large financial institutions use as security checks. Fortunately, with the Liebster, the winning blogger chooses what facts to reveal about themselves. But enough of my paranoia, let’s get to the fun part.

Some Random Facts about Myself
1. My first (non-babysitting) job was cleaning house for a man who has a nuclear plant named after him.
2. I won top prize in a poster contest for a “stop smoking” campaign. I was in grade school at the time.
3. My family makes fun of me for overusing the word “so” in conversation.
4. Based on listening to my own voice in interview transcripts, I bet they switch to making fun of me for saying “sort of” soon.
5. Every time I move or change jobs, I meet another woman whose birthday is within days of mine who does or will play an important role in my life.
6. I named a cat after a character in the King Arthur legend.
7. I’ve always wished I had a natural talent for singing. (Trust me, I don’t.)
8. I lived, for a brief time, in a haunted house in Boston.

My Answers for Irene
1. What is the oddest thing about your body?
Jeez, Irene. Start off with an easy one, why don’t you? I’ve been the same height since I was in the sixth grade.

2. Who is at the top of your hall pass list?
I know some of you aren’t going to believe me. See, I don’t have a hall pass list. In fact, I would have to make one up to answer this question.

3. What is your favorite movie?
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

4. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

5. Do you love what you do for a living?

6. If you had a full day completely to yourself, what would you do with it?
Sleep in. Read a book. Take a walk by the water. Write. Drink wine.

7. Are you a hugger?
Often, yes.

8. Buy it or make it?
Furniture: Buy. Dinner: Make.

9. Sweet or salty?

10. If your life were a movie, would it be comedy, drama, romance or inspirational?
Inspirational dramedy.

11. If you could get on a plane right now, where would you go?
New Zealand. Ask me again in three months? Probably Italy.

My Nominees
Reel Life With Jane
Richard S Keller
Sassy Style Sleuth
Sonya at This Designer Loves

My Questions for My Nominees
1. What was your favorite creepy crawly creature when you were eight years old?
2. What is some thing or scene that always makes you laugh?
3. Pet: Cat, dog, iguanas, or other?
4. Who is your favorite band right now?
5. How do you get your exercise?

Now, bloggers, it’s your turn! Here’s what you do:
1. Add the award icon to your blog!
2. Link to your nominator to say thank you.
3. Each blogger should post 5-7 facts about themselves.
4. Answer the questions I have asked you. Then create 5-7 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Choose some up-and-coming bloggers who are as yet “undiscovered.” Go to their blogs, and tell them about the award.