Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I beat Meryl!
I was nominated, y'all!
And when I win (I'm channeling the whole The Secret manifest destiny for you. Oh wait. Or it's just destiny manifesting... #marriedtoahistoryteacher), I will thank my supporters for the virtual Liebster badge that I will forevemore use as a weapon against self-doubt.
But seriously. There's no winning (from what I gather). Amy from Anthologie was super sweet to consider me for a Liebster award. It comes at a crossroads, as just like Jodi Foster, I've been toying with retiring (from blogging).
And by toying, I mean wondering what happened to my mojo and peeling off the layers of envy I get while I read all the other fantabulous viral mommy blogs that started way after my emergence in 2007, and threatening to close up shop. But then I remember my mission statement. Wait, you haven't read it? I promise it is coming through copy review by the EOW.
I had never heard of a Liebster Award before. Although, I had never heard of Gangnam style until well after the singer PSY was accused of Anti-Americanism and David Gregory's version of the dance on the Today show stopped trending on Twitter. So...yeah...I'm not really up on the times.
Amy posted a great breakdown of the award:
What is a Liebster award? A Liebster award is given to blogs with less than 300 followers as a way of making them more well-known. The rules for the acceptance are:
1) Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
2) Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back
3) Answer the 10 questions posed by the blogger who nominated you
4) Select 3 – 5 bloggers for the award
5) Pose 10 new questions to the new nominees
6) Post the award on your blog
Here are my questions from Amy:
1) Why did you start blogging?
Because I thought I was dying from pregnancy in 2007 and needed to talk about it. No, seriously.
2) What are your blogging goals?
My ultimate goal is to stay connected with family and friends who do not live close. Following a close second, is documenting these precious early years of my life as a mother. Finally, it's my way of trying to connect to other people. In my dream world, I'd quit my day job, become a professional photographer, and blog about it all day after spending my mornings with my kids, running, and eating copious amounts of avocado. Shoot for the stars, because even if you miss, you hit the moon on the ride back...err, it's something like that. (Y'all know I don't quote. I "paraphrase.")
3) What is your favorite article of clothing?
Yoga pants and unitards. (Okay, I just had to add the last one in the 11th hour before I know this is scheduled to post...Amy will understand.)
4) What is your favorite blog that you read?
Not fair; that's like Sophie's Choice! Honestly, I enjoy reading blogs of those with whom I have a personal relationship with (I think we call those "friends?"). You know, not the ones I stalk.
5) Facebook or Twitter?
Snail mail. (Okay, okay, Facebook).
6) What is something that currently challenges you?
Tying my shoes. Having patience. Feeling like I am doing a good job as a mom.
7) Paper calendar or electronic?
No question: paper
8) What is your favorite cosmetic?
BareMinerals pressed bronzer. It's amazing.
9) As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In kindergarten, I wanted to be a bus driver. My parents then gave me the salary scale and knew at a young age I couldn't drive stick or parallel park, so I started looking more toward actor or doctor. You know, saving lives or playing someone on TV who saves lives.
10) What is one of your goals for 2013?
Honestly, run a half marathon PR after I have this baby. Realistically? Run 13.1 miles without walking. Oh, and reducing envy.
And now I present to you my nominations! This was hard because pretty much all of the blogs I follow have 400+ followers. So these may, in fact, have far more than 300 readers, but I went by any official "members" posted on your sidebar, or just selected you because I like you and you *don't* have any "members" posted so I convinced myself you qualify.
1) Imagine Our Life Stephanie and I were "due date buddies" on a mothering.com message board back in 2009. Okay, let me tell you that this girl has got some sick (as in amazing, not norovirus) skills with felt. She makes the most amazing "quiet book" pages and scenes. If she ever comes out with a book to sell, I'm selling my first born to get the funds to buy one.
2) Our Casual Friday Kelley is actual a pretty new addition to my Google Reader, but seems to have had the same mission with her blogging roots: "I started this blog back when I was newly pregnant with my little baby guy, Brixton, in a sad attempt to connect to a cold, dark world. You see, I live in the Chicago area, but our family and friends are scattered all throughout this nation/planet, so starting a blog just made sense." I love her posts, her perspective, her style...and the fact that she is going to be all "who the heck are you, and what did you just nominate me for?" Surprise!
3) This Place is Now a Home I know...the chances of Kate's blog having less than 300 readers is laughable, but she doesn't have an obvious readership count on the site...so...tag! You're it! You may know Kate from Pinterest and her awesome Popcorn Costume...or her famous pregnancy test reveal. I know Kate through another Kate. And she just brings sunshine to my Google Reader. She is also a working mother, just trying to make sense of it all...with an amazingly cute kid and some pretty awesome posts. I do vow to meet her in person one day.
Here are my questions:
1) What is the hardest thing about blogging?
2) What's your biggest vice?
3) Sweet or savory?
4) What time to you get up in the morning (follow-up for bonus points: what do you eat for breakfast?)
5) What is a totally embarrassing story that you are willing to share?
6) Would you rather lose the ability to use your arms or your legs? (Anyone else play this game as a kid? Okay, that's not an extra question...)
7) What is your biggest fear?
8) Mac or PC?
9) What is your favorite part of your body?
10) What would you like your child(ren) to remember about you when they grow up?
From the sleep deprived brain of Ali at 1:32 PM