Liebster Award

So, fellow blogger Melissa Caudill over at Missy’s Public Junk nominated me for a Liebster Award!

Cornfused? So was I. (Find out more here.)

Apparently this award is sort of a grassroots thing us little bloggers (as in people who have five followers – hi mom!) do for each other just to show some support and love for one and other as well help pass the word about great blogs. I’m really flattered that she nominated me!

In order to accept this nomination I have to do a few things:

  1. answer the questions Melissa tossed out in her nomination
  2. nominate a few of my favorite blogs
  3. ask my nominees 10 new questions

So, here goes…

My Answers to Melissa’s Questions:

{Please note, these answers are the ones given right now, right in this moment in my life. Ask tomorrow and the answer might be different…}

  1. How old were you when you first realized that you were a writer?
    I really got bitten by the writing bug in sixth grade. Our teacher was big on writing (journals, poetry, short stories, etc.) and I loved it. But I remember thinking I wanted to be an author in the fifth grade. Along with a fighter pilot and a lawyer. Ah, kids.
  2. If you had to choose one person in your life who was your biggest inspiration – good or bad – who would that person be?
    For reals? Can I skip this one? I have so many…
    In this season in my life, I would have to say my mom. For most of my childhood she was a stay-at-home mom when that was somewhat looked down upon. All of my friend’s moms worked and because of that, I knew how lucky we were to have her taking on that role. She’s not infallible, no one is, but she always did her best and she always, to this day, put her kids first. She’s an amazing person and I’m lucky to have her for a mom and a friend.
  3. What do you consider your biggest vice?
    Lately I would have to say gummy bears. I buy a carton of pre-packaged gnarly bear-ness every weekend and within days (mere days) they are gone. Pure chemical crap devoured. It needs to stop.
  4. Your biggest virtue?
    Lately I would have to say my ability to keep my chin up when the punches keep coming. This is a lesson I fully embodied years ago during a trip to Vegas. (Sometimes good things come out of trips to Vegas. Odd, but true.) I’ll share the story on here sometime when I’m feeling up for public ridicule.
  5. What do you consider your biggest passion (non-human passion, that is.  If you’re a parent, the standard answer is your children, I get it.  But I mean, what is your biggest passion)?
    Why so deep, Melissa? Sheesh. Okay, I guess I would have to say my biggest passion right now is taking care of myself. Heck, we all know I’ve got the free time, right? And I know that down the road taking care of myself will fall to the wayside (or be harder to find the time, money, motivation for), so I’m doing it now. Sounds selfish? Whatever. 
  6. What’s your favorite quote?  And why?
    “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
    I love this quote because it so adequately describes how I feel on those first warm days of spring when I’m ready to shake off winter, but not ready for the heat of summer.
  7. What’s your favorite book?  And why?
    Lonesome Dove is my favorite book. It’s the characters I love. Specifically August McCrae. He started my love for a man in cowboy boots, there’s no question.
  8. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
    I think it’s a bunch of memories wrapped into one that all relate to my dad teaching me how to play softball. But the one that really sticks out, well…you’ll have to wait for it because now I’m inspired to blog about it! Yay for inspiration!
  9. Have you ever been published?  Do you want to be?
    I’ve been published in several local magazines and newspapers. There’s a rush to seeing your name in print, for sure.
  10. How often do you write?  Do you wish you had time to write more, or do you feel like you spend too much time writing as it is?
    Well, my writing is pretty much what you see here on this blog. I don’t do much writing outside of this space. Although, I did start an online, private (suckers) journal as a place to put all of the stuff I want to get out but would rather crawl on crushed glass than share here. I feel like I write as much as I want/need to right now. Sometimes, I feel obligated to blog because I know my five readers (hi, again, mom!) are waiting with baited breath (har), and sometimes I feel like an open well. It just depends.

My nominees are:

{Please note, some of these folks may not be the small fries I think they are – I have no clue what their site stats are. So no offense meant if you’re nominated and thinking, “Girl, please! I have 2,000 readers a day!” And I hope to nominate more down the road. But it seems I’m not very good at reading small blogs. I feel ashamed. I do.}

  1. Ovariation. I love, love, love her sense of humor and the way she uses words. I’m also nominating her in hopes that it might inspire her to write more. I miss reading your posts, Rachel!
  2. Clare, you there? If you want to read some straight-up, honest stuff, this is the blog for you. Her bravery and vulnerability is inspiring.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?
  2. Is there something you hated to eat as a kid that you love as an adult?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. What keeps you from blogging about the really difficult stuff in life? Or do you just say, “screw it!” and do it anyway?
  5. Have you ever received backlash from something you put on your blog? How did you handle it?
  6. If you were on death row, what would be your final meal?
  7. What’s one character trait you wish you had, but just can’t seem to muster?
  8. Is there something coming down the pipe in your life that you’re dreading? Or, better yet, really excited about? What is it? (Inquiring minds want to know…)
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve and how do you react to it?
  10. Do you believe in reincarnation? If so, what do you hope to come back as in your next life?
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  1. Sean C.

     /  September 24, 2013

    Congratulations and well deserved Annie!

  2. Nice Annie. I love your honest and open hearted style of writing, spiked with a good dose of cowgirl spunk and a little self effacing humor. It is refreshing and real. I can’t wait for your acceptance speech and am seriously wondering what designer you’ll be wearing on the red carpet before the Liebster Awards event. Even if you don’t win, remember it’s the nomination that counts… grrrrood luck Annie, Spanky

  3. How did I miss this one?
    #2 – you made it my hearts desire.
    Congrats on the nomination – you should win. Of course.
    You are a Glowworm.


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