Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Liebster

Guess who just got her first ever blog award?

This girl! 

(If this isn't proof I've got a healthy sense of humor, I'm not sure what is.)

I call this picture Cave Zombies, even though we're not all broken and dead looking yet. Think of it like this: We've just been bitten on our ankles and died quickly from Zombie infection, and are now holding back a postmortem sneeze, and hungry for that first cannibalistic morsel, from left to right.

Thank you Erica of Yeah, I'm a Nerd blog fame for this super sweet acknowledgement, which I humbly accept. Erica is an avid hiker and runner, an advocate for the woman's ability to pee while standing, and has a healthy respect for zombies. I already loved this girl for awarding me an awesome new pStyle during her giveaway and now she's gone and given my writing ego a boost, so let's just say Erica has officially gotten herself a new stalker. You should check her out and stalk her, as well. She's got a great writing style and fantastic sense of humor and frankly, if you're not reading her (or my 3 Liebster winners below) you are missing out on something special, my friend.

So without further ado, here it is...

Because I'm too lazy and otherwise focused on writing a novel in a month, I cheated and just read Erica's explanation of the history of the Liebster Award and the requirements that come with receiving this prestigious award for up-and-coming blogs of 200 followers or less, and I'm going to go ahead and follow her lead. Here it goes.

Eleven Things About Me
Flowing in these veins I've got Scottish, Irish, English and Cherokee blood, which explains my light skin, eyes, and hair, as well as my artistic streak, as far as I'm concerned; I'm a Floridian by birth but am growing more and more rootless the longer I live outside the United States, and this is slowly becoming okay with me; My favorite color is red, but the deep, dark, blood kind of red; I love '80s music partly because my kind of rhythmless dorky dancing seems to go hand-in-hand with the classics of my childhood; I hate glitter because it gets everywhere and I have a strong aversion to tiny, sticky things that won't. come. off. my. skin. (Sorry, my Lawsbian comrades.); I bungy jumped off the Kawarau Bridge outside of Queenstown, NZ and loved it; I zip-lined from the top of the Atomium in Brussels (an enormous version of an atom 335 feet tall built for the 1958 World's Fair in Belgium); I love dogs; my imaginary friend during childhood was an animated Skunk, appropriately named Skunky; back in my school days I looked forward to every fall because it meant new school supplies; and I'm a writer.

Eleven Questions from Erica
1. If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza, because it's diverse and I will never not love pizza. Plus you can eat pizza for any meal, hot or cold. Oh, nobody asked why? Fine, bonus information for you.

2. In the case of a zombie apocalypse, if one of the people most dear to you turned into a zombie, would you put them out of their misery, lock them up in hopes for a cure, or set them free to feed on brains? (Or if you have another alternative, what would you do?)

I would chain him up in a shed behind the house a'la Shaun of the Dead and continue to hang out with him at a safe distance. I'd also feed him all the jerks he wanted, provided they were already dead when I found them. 

3. When living with a spouse or partner, what are your thoughts about using the restroom with the door open?

In real life I always close the door if he's home, but pretend I'm capable of welcoming him in during such business to gross him out when  necessary. This comes in handy when he's intentionally driving me crazy, because all I have to do is run into the bathroom and drop my pants and he runs in the other direction. 

4. Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog to give myself a place to ramble about life and explore my own writing, while trying to learn a little self-discipline. 

5. Who is your favorite super hero?

This is hard...I'll go with Iron Man because of my life-long crush on Robert Downey, Jr.

6. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?

If I was guaranteed to belong to someone like me or Ellen, who loves and pampers her dogs, I'd go with any kind of dog. If not, a mockingbird because I've always wanted to fly (hence all the jumping from the tops of high structures), and the mockingbird is Florida's state bird.

7. What are your feelings on Hot Cheetos and Takis?

This is one of those times that living outside of the States puts me at a sad disadvantage when it comes to what's popular at any given time. Sure I can read news online, but I usually don't. If you're referring to the individual snacks, then I'm sure they're great for people who like setting their mouths on fire for fun, but I prefer to still have feeling in my tongue post-snack. In other words, I'm a huge baby when it comes to hot and spicy, so these aren't my choice, though I've never tried (or heard of) Takis. If you're referring to the rap song I just found a thousand times over when I consulted Dr. Google, then I think it's a fun little bit of silliness that was totally worth the minute and a half I watched of it.

8. Toilet paper hanging over or under?

Is this a serious question? Over, of course. I wasn't raised in a barn.

9. Do you believe in ghosts?  Why or why not?

I want to, but have yet to be convinced. Why? Because I want to believe in more than I see.

10. If you could leave today and go anywhere in the world for a week-long trip, where would you go? (money and life won’t get in your way, so dream as big as you’d like)

Honestly? I'm amazingly fortunate when it comes to travel, so my answer to this one is easy: I'd go home. In this case, home means the States, more specifically Florida (because I'm sure I could convince Mom and Dad to come down from NC to see me if I camped out at my brother or sister's house). I miss my family more than I let myself acknowledge most days and more time to pretend I don't live across an ocean is always fine by me.

11. Mac or PC and why?

Mac, but only because that's what I've got.

Eleven Questions for my Liebster Award Winners
1. If money was no object, what would you spend your life doing?
2. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
3. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
4. Beach or the mountains?
5. What's your all-time favorite movie? (Top 3 is acceptable if it's too hard to choose one.)
6. Do you have a favorite book? If not, your favorite author will do.
7. Are you a cuddly sleeper, or do you need your space?
8. What is your favorite time of day, and why?
9. What's your weakness, salty or sweet?
10. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
11. Who's your biggest celebrity crush right now?
(I know that last one is cheap. Sue me.)

And now for my Liebster Award Winners...

As a self-proclaimed lover of shiny objects, Lesley uses her blog to shine a light on the brighter side of things. Strolling through her posts will bring smiles, chuckles, warm fuzzies, and nods of appreciation. She's a writer of both non-fiction and children's books, and lends her witticisms to her posts for her readers to look upon and admire.     

This American-born lady has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti, veterinarian, and now a proud mother of five. She lived as a transplant in Germany, and now in Australia where she continues her quest to figure out what she's doing. She writes about her own struggles with understanding the Universe and her place in it, as well as her children and the adventure that is raising them, weaving in the wisdom she's picked up along the way to keep her readers coming back. No longer just a Mommy blog, this writer gets into commentaries about the education system across continents and the shared experience of being human and flawed that we all share, but struggle to overcome no matter where we are in the world.

Katy is an artist living in Oregon who has spent the last few years finding her own spirit through her art. She's a photographer, a mother, and a dreamer who isn't afraid to chase after the whimsy that keeps life magical. Some of her posts are peeks into her soul, and some are fun photographical glimpses into a weekend festivity, but they all succeed in sharing pieces of herself in a beautiful and honest light. When you visit Katy's space, you feel like you've gotten to know her a little and the feeling is something special.

Dear Liebster Award recipients,
Please accept this nod of appreciation from me and complete the following steps:
1. Thank the person who gave the award to you.
2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog.
3. Post 11 things about yourself.
4. Answer the 11 questions posed to you by the person giving you the award.
5. Create 11 questions for those you choose to nominate for the award.
6. Nominate 3-5 up-and-coming blogs (with 200 subscribers or less) for the Liebster Award. For this, let them know and send them a link to your post.

No tag backs.
And congratulations on being inspiring. Keep it going, ladies.


  1. Congratulations, Lindsey!!
    And, the cave zombies picture is FAB.

  2. Thank you for the kind words about me!! Your answers were great! I purposely left the Hot Cheetos and Takis question vague to see what sort of answers would pop up, so kudos to you for answering it both ways! (And I'm kinda pleased that I introduced you to the rap...those little kids are so cute. They reminded me of my students when I used to teach.)

    P.S. I'm not a big fan of glitter either! haha Oh the Lawsbian shame!

  3. Your answers were so close to what mine would have been, I think we may have been Siamese twins separated at birth. If you were a zombie, I would be honoured to let you have the first nibble of my brain. I am sure after one bite, you would say "Oh hell no, this brain is worthy of a knife and fork! It has the subtle undertones of pizza!" (Like you, I too think pizza is the best food on the planet.)I know you're thinking I must be a real idiot when it comes to zombies. Zombies Gorge and devour. But you would be different. You would have class, and manners. You would, no doubt, be queen zombie. If I were a zombie, the first person I would “convert” would be Robert Downey Jr. And although his brain might be a bit bland tasting from all the drug abuse, I wouldn’t care. His good looks more than make up for it. After he became a zombie, I’d make him wear the iron man suit… but only for me. In the bedroom. Yes, Zombies still wanna have fun. After Robert, I would eat Ellen. (Wait, that’s not what I meant.) I would make it a zombie law that you can’t eat dogs. Cats, yes. Dogs, no. Glitter could be a new form of capital punishment. … “No, hang me! Give me the chair! Just PLEASE! NOT THE GLITTER!!!” Hot Cheetos? Are they battering and deep frying them now over there in America like they are Twinkies and Snickers? Takis… I won’t google it, since you already took the time to. It was a rap song, and not a spicy snack, right? As for the toilet paper question, I think you and I should go toilet paper their front lawn trees just for asking. (And we’ll do it under, just to bug the crap out of them. No pun intended.)
    You absolutely rock, Lindsey! Keep writing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Woo! For some reason I heard that in my head said all in one breath! Thanks, Liz :) I don't doubt we're related in some way, and I whole heartedly agree about the no eating dogs part. I hope you're still writing, too, even though you continue to hide :( It looks like the Group is switching hands again, and it maaaaaay be my hands come January...not sure yet. If I bribe you will you come back???

    2. At 10am? Sure! Just let me know ahead of time so I can order it the night before and save some for you :)

  4. Linz,
    I finally am on the net:) First off congrats you so deserve a blog award!!! You keep it real here! secondly so with you on robert downey jr. yay yay.
    and lastly thank you for sending one my way I am so honored!
    xo katy