Last week, for the first time, I participated in a blog link up. It was hosted by one of my favorite special needs blogs, Love That Max. I shared a link to “This is Owey. Owey was born Sick” and then spent one of Owen’s nap times reading posts by many special needs blogs that were new to me. I have many new blogs in my Google Reader list. ANRC also had visits from other bloggers and a few were very encouraging. One was so encouraging that she nominated me for a Liebster Award. A great big thank you to Joy at I Can Say Mama, for the nomination.
I did a little digging around the interweb and the best summary of the history of the Liebster Award was this post from Sopphy Says. The nuts and bolt of it is, the Liebster Award is a way for small bloggers to encourage each other and introduce each other by 1) Graciously accepting the award and 2) Passing it along.
As time has gone on, the rules have evolved in what it means to receive the honor and I’ll hold up my end of the bargain by playing along. Here are the Liebster Award Rules as Joy passed them along to me:
1. You must thank the person who gave you this award
2. You must display the Liebster heart on your blog
3. You should nominate 3-5 up-and-coming blogs (some say 200 is small, others say 3000 is small)
4. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
5. Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
6. Create 11 questions for those you nominate to answer
7. Notify your nominees and provide a link back to your post.
8. Don’t give the award back to the blog that gave it to you.
Whew, it’s a lot of work to be honored! So here goes, eleven things about me:
- I believe there are writers that blog and bloggers that write. I think I fall into the latter, but I’d love to be able to get to the former.
- Before kids, I vacuumed in perfectly straight lines and cleaned my house, top to bottom almost every week. I don’t do that anymore.
- I never make the bed unless the sheets were just washed.
- Had I been a boy, my parents were going to name me Thatcher.
- I could easily live without the TV.
- My only exceptions to the TV rule; Green Bay Packer Games and Downton Abbey.
- The biggest thing I miss about life pre-kids is traveling. I love going to foreign countries and learning about their cultures and discovering their food. One of my favorite gems…Bulgaria. The food is amazing and the country is beautiful!!
- I procrastinate. On everything. It really is a wonder that I get 4-5 blog posts out most weeks.
- I’m obsessive about how my jeans fit. I only allow myself one pair per year, but I will pay for the perfect pair.
- I’m 6th generation Wisconsin born on my dad’s side of the family and at least 5th on my mom’s side. From my mom’s maternal side, I’ve gotten as far back as the early 1700’s and they were still US born. My American roots run deep!
- My first job was as an Assistant Merchandiser for Jockey men’s underwear. I’ve seen lots and lots of men in their underwear. I’ve even helped the models change into them at fashion shows. Not a bad gig for a woman in her early 20’s.
Here are the eleven questions that Joy asked of her nominees.
1. What household task do you hate the most? Putting clothes away. On the most part, I get them washed and folded, but getting them from the couch to the drawer is hard for me to do.
2. Which positive event or situation from your childhood do you remember the most? My grandparents lived with us from the time I was 2 through 5. I am a natural-born night owl, just like my Grandma Karyl. So, at 8:00 my parents would put me to bed and I’d lay in bed and talk to myself and sing at the top of my lungs. My parents would go to bed at 10:00 and then I’d “sneak” down and hang out with Grandma. I use “sneak” in quotes because I remember her playing the piano and me singing along. We didn’t exactly live in a mansion, so I’m sure my parents were aware that I was awake.
3. If you had a time machine to go back in time, would you change anything in your life? What would it be? I hate that I have a yes to this, but I do. I’d have insisted on including a Perinatologist through my pregnancy with Owen.
4. Do you do any sports? I kept the bench warm for the basketball team for a couple of years. I’m 5’10”, so with basketball shoes on was legally able to round-up to 6′ on the team roster. However, I didn’t start playing until 9th Grade and wasn’t overly dedicated so my biggest contribution to the team was making the average height look more impressive.
5. Which famous person would you choose to have dinner with? I’m going to assume I can go with a living or passed person and will chose Jane Austen. It’s fascinating to me that this woman who was engaged at a young age and then forced to break it off for society reasons went on to spend the rest of her life alone and writing romance novels about people loving outside of their society. Plus, I love her approach to writing character qualities – she writes insults like no other. So subtle that if you’re not careful, you’re probably going to miss them. Of sir Walter Elliot she wrote, “Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did…” In Sense and Sensibility a favorite is about Mr. John Dashwood, “He was not ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted and rather selfish is to be ill-disposed…: I have a feeling, Jane Austen was a feisty woman and I admire feisty women.
6. Name three things (not persons!) you cannot live without. iPhone, Computer and pastries (anything pumpkin, custard filled donuts, apple fritters).
7. Something you would love to be able to do but never learnt or are not talented enough for? Music. Man, do I wish I could sing or play an instrument. I’m really musically challenged. I cannot find the beat to music. I can’t clap to it and when I took piano lessons as a kid and the teacher would use the metronome, I had no idea how it was supposed to be helping me. I can still read the right hand of piano music, but I wouldn’t say I can play.
8. What is your most favourite song of all times? I will have to go with “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music. I still love watching Maria and the Von Trapps and watched it, I’m sure, to ad nauseam for my family. Actually, the only song I can still play from memory on the piano is another (notably more simple) Sound of Music tune, “Do-Re-Mi”.
9. What would you do if you won $1MM in the lottery? I would start a trust for each of my kids’ education, do some remodeling to our house and yard and start a foundation that works with siblings of those with special needs. These siblings have their own unique special needs that often aren’t met and, in my opinion, often discounted by others.
10. Your favourite meal? Sushi, edemame and a cosmo (or 2) finished off with tres leches.
11. What do you see when you look out of the window right now? I’m writing this Tuesday night from a neighborhood cafe. The window is behind me, but if I crank my neck, I see the road, a few parked cars and houses above the bank across the street. Also, this cafe still has its Christmas lights up. It’s new, so I haven’t figured out if that’s just their decor of if they are a little behind on taking down their decorations.
Now for the best part, I get to nominate some new Liebster Award winners. Please check out their sites and leave a comment that you were there.
Jana at Keeping up with the Kimmels: A story of micro preemie twins due to twin to twin transfer. Cohen is adorable and doing well. Carter lived only 20 minutes and it’s in his memory that his parents became big supporters of the Teeny Tears foundation which donates beautiful, preemie-sized, bereavement diapers to hospitals. Jana’s currently 20 weeks pregnant! I think you’ll love her honesty and I know she’d love more people praying and cheering her through this pregnancy.
K at Transcending CP: I just found this blog at the link up last week. Oh my goodness, it is good! K is an 18-year-old triplet with CP. She’s honest, thoughtful, insightful and a really, exceptionally talented writer. K is also a great role model for all of our special needs children. Start reading and you will not stop.
Danielle at Happy Being Trevy: I’ve been following this blog for a few weeks. Danielle’s son, Trevy, has catastrophic epilepsy. She will make you laugh and sometimes slip a tear and she’ll always be honest and full of hope. Trevy is amazing – you’ll be a better person knowing his story.
Jana, K and Danielle, Here are the 11 questions, if you chose to accept the Liebster Award.
- What made you start a blog?
- What is your favorite season?
- If you could have one of your wishes granted, what would it be?
- Who has been one of your biggest supporters in life, how have they supported you?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What do you want to be when you grow up? (Assuming none of us think we’re grown up yet).
- What do you think is your best quality?
- If you could help the world understand one thing about special needs, what would you want them to know?
- What is your favorite book?
- What are three things that make you smile?
- If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be?