It was forever and a day ago when I was nominated for the “Liebster” blog award by these two very lovely ladies: Madison at Eating 4 Balance and Caren at Voodies. Thank you both for this wonderful award; I bow before you.
I’ve been told (or really I read somewhere) “Liebster” is German for sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcoming.
I’m not sure any of those words actually describe me, although I can be kind and sometimes endearing, in an annoying sibling kind of way. Lovely and pleasant, on the other hand…well those are a rarity, unless I’m on my very best behavior.
Here are the rules:
- Write 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
- Create 11 new questions
- Nominate 11 bloggers
- Thank the person who nominated you, and tell the people you’ve nominated
So many rules can only mean this is going to be a long post with far too much random information about me, so I’m only going to answer 5.5 questions each from Madison and Caren, and I’m going to choose the questions because that seems fair and objective. Here we go.
11 Random Facts About Moi
- I took French in school, so sometimes I like to throw in some Frenchie phrases, like croissants and pastries. I love calling a cigarette a fag (the only time this is an acceptable word) and singing “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir.” The Hubby prefers the last one.
- I’m not the warm and fuzzy type. Never have been, never will be (unless you count my 2013 resolution to be more romantic). At work, my coworkers have been sending me emotional YouTube videos, trying to get me to cry. So far, they have been unsuccessful. If they only knew So You Think You Can Dance and The Biggest Loser get me every time.…..shhh, don’t tell.
- I’ve been hennaed before. It was cool. Given a chance, I’d do it again.
- Speaking of body ink, I have three tattoos and I got each and every one before the legal age of eighteen. There’s a reason they have an age limit. Sadly, I circumvented it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against tattoos, but I would (hopefully) make better choices now, than I did at sixteen….hopefully.
- While I’ve told my entire family and some of my very closest friends, I haven’t told all of my friends about my blog. They are not foodies nor exercise buffs, and I worry if I were to go on a McDonald’s rant (it’s been way too long), they would take it personal. They might also think I’m a freak and not in a fun circus kind of way.
- When I was a kid and even through college, my food couldn’t touch. No joke, if the broccoli touched the mashed potatoes, I would literally eat around the parts touching one another. My parents are astounded I write about food now, and with weird food issues like that, can you blame them? Which is the real reason Laura’s Strange But Good combos scare the crap out of me (not literally, unless they are really high in fiber).
- As far back as I can remember, I had long hair. Then, one particularly stressful summer, I lost my vanity (that’s how you know it was bad), and I begged my hairdresser to chop it all off (remember that day – love ya, Barb) and haven’t looked back since. Ignore the weird dude in the background; I don’t know him.
- Grammatical errors irk me, although I try to shrug them off, especially since I know I’m capable of making them myself. Also, I realize the Spellcheck feature of WordPress is pretty lousy, since it actually tries to correct good verbiage. Here’s one trick for the road and apropos for food bloggers: Dessert has two S’s because you always want more of it.
- I love to read and back in the day, when I had free time, I’d tear through a couple of books a week. I’d read pretty much anything too, so long as it was well written or had a really engaging plot (50 Shades was the exception, but it had other, ahem, shall we say, perks).
- When I give my nose a good blow (not that kind; I don’t mess with chemicals), it sounds like a gaggle of geese getting ready for take off. When people jump, and they do jump, I blow harder just to scare them a little more. Take that.
- As I’ve matured (snort), I’ve learned the things I used to sweat in my twenties don’t even phase me anymore. Stick with it ladies; the thirties are actually pretty sweet (minus a couple of aging issues) because you grow more comfortable and more confident with yourself.
1. What is your favorite brand and style of jeans? My favorite type of jeans are the ones that fit my ass (or really my ass-less-ness). I tend to avoid boot cut though because on short people (read moi and see number 1 above), they make our legs look like an hourglass figure as opposed to our torso. Awkward.
2. What is your favorite “secret” guilty pleasure tv show? The Housewives of every County. It’s smutty, has no purpose or nutritional value (like soda pop), but I can’t stay away.
3. If you could have one thing for free, no matter how big or small, what would you pick? I’m not sure if this counts as a “thing,” but I’d have to go with Awareness. Awareness about our food culture, nutrition and obesity, in general. For me, this means educating people to what’s in our food supply, updating laws to regulate certain practices (especially those focused only on the bottom line, at the cost of our food), giving bigger subsidies to farmers who produce local organic produce than to those who grow corn for the sole purpose of fattening cattle, changing the food we provide in the majority of our school systems, adapting the way we market food, managing the cost of good produce and making it readily available to all. Whew, that’s a mouthful and a big thing (ignoring the obviously that’s what she said joke; oops, I did it again).
4. Do you get dressed up even when you stay at home for the day? No, even though I have professed my vanity in the past, I don’t get dressed up when I’m hanging at home. Staying in the house means living in sweats and a sports bra, if I even put one on. My Hubby’s a lucky guy.
5. How many blogs do you read on a daily basis? Far too many (think somewhere in the range of 30 to 40-ish), which is why I no longer have time to read real books. You bloggers are just too enticing though.
6. What’s your favorite type of cuisine? I’d have to say American, but only because for too many years I was afraid to try new foods. Now that I’m starting to try other things, I can say I love Indian, Ethiopian, and Latin American cuisine. So many vegetarian options + great flavor profiles (fancy food phrases, look out) = ideal for me.
7. Why did you start blogging? I did an entire post on the topic, but it’s closely related to the above mentioned awareness and my love of writing, which includes but is not limited to, making people laugh. Laugh, damn you, laugh!
8. What do you think is worth spending good money on? Food, glorious food because it’s what we put into our body on a daily basis. Yep, the bulk of my disposable income goes to my grocery bills. Sadly, quality food costs a pretty penny. If you truly knew the alternative, you’d might shell out the money too.
9. Is that your “natural” hair color? I can’t even remember what my natural hair color looks like, so I’m going to go with a big fat No here.
10. Favorite day of the week and why? Saturday because I don’t have to work the next day, I can usually sleep in, and it’s a day I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. Case in point, this past Saturday, I slept in, cooked, grocery shopped and completed my day by eating a large and in charge (or delicious) Buckeye Bar (think Reese peanut butter cups, but better…much, much better)
11. Pets? Do you have some and what are they? I have three putty dats, which is definitely in the crazy cat lady range, but some things can’t be helped. They like hanging in the kitchen just as much as me.
Create 11 New Questions
I think it’s silly to create 11 new questions when such beautiful ones exist above. Nor do I think it’s time efficient, so if you want to participate, you can answer the same questions posed to me.
Nominate 11 Bloggers (or Twelve Because That’s What I Did)
Here they are, in no particular order (who am I kidding, they are in alpha order because that’s how they should be).
- Ali On The Run
- Blissful Britt
- Blueberry Smiles
- Farm Fresh Feasts
- Forgotten Beast
- Gastronomical Sovereignty
- In Her Chucks
- Jessie Loves To Run
- Luv What You Do
- Shut Up & Cook
- Sprint 2 The Table
I’m enthralled with each of these lovely ladies for very different reasons: great food, similar philosophy, beautiful photography, mouth-watering recipes, amazing support, raw vulnerability, and/or fabulous and witty writing.
That’s all for now folks. Go forth and prosper, but before you do….
Your turn: Answer any or all of the questions above. Or share some random facts about you?