The Liebster Award – Third time’s a charm?

Liebster AwardWow! I have now been nominated for the Leibster award three times! This must be some sort of record 🙂 This time Andrea at Review Books and More was nice enough to nominate me. Thanks Andrea!

For those who don’t know, the award is a way to recognize up and coming bloggers and encourage people to visit new/interesting blogs. First, I must answer the following questions…

1. What is your favorite font? 

Hmmm. I know it’s weird for a writer not to have a favorite font, but I’ve never really thought about it. I’ll say … Garamond

2. What is the first book you remember reading?

Gosh, um… Not a hundred percent sure. The first books I read on a regular basis were a part of the Sweet Valley High series with Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Oh, yes, those were the good old days…

3. What is the first book you fell in love with and never wanted to end?

I remember being really attached to Where the Red Fern Grows.

4. How much time do you spend on the computer a day for work? 

Right now, I probably spend about 3 to 4 hours for my consulting work. When I had my 9 to 5 job, I probably spent 7 hours for work.

5. How much time do you spend on the computer a day for other reasons? 

I’d say around 5 hours – blogging, research, Pinterest, looking at cute cat pictures…

6. Do you have an animal companion? What type of animal and name?

Three cats: MoJo, Lindie and Olive. One squirrel who thinks he owns all the almonds in my house: I call him Uppity, because he’s too good for peanuts.

7. What is the motto of your life?

Find what you’re passionate about and go for it. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

8. What do you want for Christmas? 

A Kindle and a magic elf that will edit all my novels and clean my house while I’m sleeping.

9. Do you like cheese? (Really, I just wanted to ask something silly).

Cheese used to be my favorite food–I put it on everything, but I’ve cut dairy out my diet. I feel much better now and I don’t really miss it!

10. Name one person you admire.

Anyone who has the guts to step away from a job/situation that is comfortable and go for their dreams.

And now, the other blogs I nominate for the award: 

The Wordsmith’s Review

Monsters and Musings

Love from Tara

The Walking Brain Dead

I have done some research and found that the origins of the Liebster are a little foggy and the rules have changed over time, with different versions of the award floating around out there. Some have you just list random facts about yourself, some have you only nominate 5 other bloggers, etc. So, for those of you that I’ve nominated feel free to accept or decline the award, participation is optional and nominate as many bloggers as you like.

Okay, so here are the rules: 

-Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
-Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
-Nominate up to 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
-Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
-Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Here are my 10 questions:

1. Spicy food: yummy or heartburn in the making?

2. Have you ever stayed in a hostel? How about a bed and breakfast?

3. Do you still own any stuffed animals?

4. Mittens or gloves? Or neither?

5. If you could change one thing about the way you look, what would it be? Or would you change anything?

6. What is your biggest fear, that is also somewhat irrational?

7.  Have you ever cheated at a board game?

8. Where do you eat most of your meals? On the couch? At the dining room table? Standing in the kitchen? In a comfy diner booth?

9. Is there a food that you just can’t stand?

10. Have you ever bought anything you saw on an infomercial?

Thanks and have fun!

Less Wordy Wednesday – First comes love, then comes the house remodel

Six years ago, on September 30th, my boyfriend at the time surprised me with a late morning hike and a new diamond ring. Yes, that was the day my husband and I got engaged. Those of you who read my guest post on Not Pretending (to be sane) will be surprised that I remembered my upcoming anniversary. I’m surprised too. I never remember such things.  I have to keep checking my phone to figure out the date. Maybe it’s the blogging. It keeps me more organized or something.

So I decided to post a couple of pics from that special day:

An amazing view...

An beautiful view…

A super cute marmot witness

A super cute marmot witness…

And a yummy dinner to cap off the day.

And a yummy dinner to cap off the day.

About a month later, we went all crazy and decided to test our relationship, see if we could push it to the brink of imploding. We decided to do something that would take love, commitment, perseverance, and a sense of humor. Something that would require an offensive amount of paint chips and me to wield a sledgehammer.

We plunked down our downpayment and became the proud owners of a dump–a 1950’s foreclosed ranch that needed help. Lots of it. Like strip it to the bones and just start over, help. And since that anniversary is also coming up (see how good I am with the anniversaries all of a sudden), I’m going to start posting pics of our remodel on a monthly basis. Because some of it was kinda crazy, some of it kinda scary and some of it kinda funny. But it all worked out in the end.

Here is a sampler of one of my remodel pics:

This is what our bathroom looked like. We were living there at the time. Hey, at least we had a tub!

This is what our bathroom used to look like. We were living there at the time… Hey, at least we had a tub!

Am I a kale hating, rifle shooting, former turtle owner?

Do I have a custom made hula hoop?  (photo courtesy of Flare via Flickr)

Do I have a custom made hula hoop?
(photo courtesy of Flare via Flickr)

The sneaky Natalie at Fruit and Family recently posted 25 facts about herself. Twenty of them were true and five of them were made up. She then asked her readers to guess which were the fake “facts” and I will say it was much harder than you would think! Was she really a runner up in Miss World Canada and a nunchuck expert?? I can’t wait to find out.

She also invited me to do the same on my blog, so here are my 25 facts. Can you pick out the five lies?? Leave your best guesses in the comment section below.

1. I hate kale

2. I’ve been married more than once

3. I never wear shorts

4. My first concert was Madonna

5. I had a pet turtle when I was eight

6. I’ve shot a rifle and I’m actually really good

7. In college, I minored in anatomy and neurobiology

8. I’ve intubated a patient

9. I was a cackling witch in a haunted house once

10. But haunted houses actually terrify me, so I don’t go in them anymore

11. Sometimes one of my cats gets sick on the rug, and I just walk by and pretend I don’t see it

12. There was a five year period where I didn’t read any books

13. I’m a Vampire Diaries junkie

14. I dressed as a mermaid for Mardi Gras last year

15. I have a custom made hula hoop

16. If my husband didn’t do laundry, I wouldn’t have clean clothes

17. I’ve had surgery four times

18. And I’m missing quite a few organs: one kidney, one ovary, an appendix and a thyroid

19. My writing has been published in the Denver newspaper

20. I was so afraid of the movie Paranormal Activity that I had trouble sleeping for a year after seeing it

21. I discovered bed bugs in a hotel once

22. I’ve never seen the northern lights

23. My first cat’s name was Slinky Salad Pebbles Flintstone

24. I’ve only played Blackjack once while in Vegas and I won

25. I like Katy Perry and Pink. You can make fun of me now…

I will post the answers in a week or so. And anyone out there can join in the fun. Just leave a link to your 25 facts in the comments and we can all guess whether you really swam with sharks or ate five pies in one sitting.