Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Liebs.

A few days ago, I received an email from Angela, a fellow blogger, letting me know that she was nominating me for a Liebster Award on one of her posts. I've seen these around, and had even been nominated once before (but it was during a super crazy-busy time, so I never went through with it); however, I hadn't really taken the time to look into what it entailed.

Before you get all crazy-excited, there's not a real award. Nobody's whisking me away to some exotic location, shaking my hand, and giving me a shiny new paperweight or anything (which is good, because aside from the "exotic location," I'm not really into that idea). It's basically a way to get to know more about the gals (and guys) behind the small blogs you love while promoting them to your readers. The fact that someone wants to know more about me and my silly little day-to-day is really flattering, so I'm going to participate. I snagged this little blurb from Angela's post:

"Each nominee is tasked with choosing 11 more bloggers to nominate for the award.
Then you have to list 11 random facts about yourself, write 11 random questions for your nominees and answer the 11 questions given to you when you were nominated.

Pretty straightforward. Here goes:

11 Facts:

1.  When I was little, I was obsessed with unicorns...and I might have a bit of a soft spot for them still. ;)

2. I legitimately want a pet red fox. I already have the name picked out and everything. They are the cutest, sweetest, funniest animals. Love love love.  

3. I don't have a favorite color. It changes constantly. 

4. I can do a dead-on impression of Fran Drescher from "The Nanny." DEAD ON.

5. I hate playing board games. I always put way too much pressure on myself if it's a game of skill, and if it's a game of luck, I get frustrated that my skill is worthless. If it's a combination, it's even worse, because I don't know how much control I have. Can you tell I over-think things? And I have control issues? Maybe a little? 

6. I loved the Roald Dahl book Matilda as a kid, and because of it, I was secretly convinced that I could be telekinetic if I was smart enough and tried hard enough. I never managed to get anything to move, though. ;) 

7.  I never believed in ghosts until some extremely strange, inexplicable things started happening in a house I lived in. Ever since, I've been really fascinated with the paranormal, and have even been on a few ghost hunts....with my own equipment. This very well might be the nerdiest thing about me. 

8. I was an English major before I started studying psychology, and I very nearly majored in history.  

9. I am the worst about starting too many things at once. I can't tell you how many half-finished projects I have sitting around the apartment right now because I start one, and then think of another one that I'm more excited about. 

10. If I could have any job in the world, I would be the curator of a museum at an English historical site.  

11. I am really really really bad at coming up with 11 random facts about myself. Really bad.

Angela's Questions: 

1. What is your favorite book that you’ve read recently? I've been super into reading British history books lately, as nerdy as that is. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but I'm currently reading "The Princes in the Tower" by Alison Weir. I'm loving it so far, particularly because it's about King Richard III, and I've been gobbling up every bit of information I can about him since his body was discovered under a parking lot a few months ago. England is prepping right now for his "proper burial" to the tune of $1.5 million. Sorry about the geek-tangent there. 

2. What is your favorite TV show? I'm equally obsessed with Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Law & Order: SVU, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Little Britain (even though it's not on the air anymore. Le sigh.) I've probably forgotten one, too.....

3. Favorite flavor of ice cream? Lavender. All day long. Especially when dropped in cream soda and drizzled with honey. Mmm.


4. What do you order at Starbucks? (Or any coffee shop for that matter.) Usually just an iced coffee. I'm pretty boring. In the fall, I'm all about some Pumpkin Spice Lattes, though, and sometimes I order black tea lemonades, just for a change. 

5. Most inspiring song you’ve heard lately? Say what you want, but I find a lot of inspiration in Mumford & Sons. I've said before that M&S is my worship music, and that's really true for me. There's a song that I have an old bootleg copy of (it's now on their live "Deluxe Companion" album) called "Hold On to What You Believe" that I've had on repeat lately. Their version of "Come Thou Fount"--my favorite hymn--is perfection, too. 

6. Favorite Bible verse or quote that is hitting home right now? Psalm 46:5 "God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved..." and Deuteronomy 31:8 ""The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you..." I've been thinking a lot about the presence of God lately, and feeling it in a way I haven't in a very long time, honestly. Grateful. 


7. Something you would purchase right now if money was not an issue? A vacation in England. Actually, citizenship in England. (Can you buy that?)

8. Something new you learned recently? So much British history, you guys. SO MUCH.

9. Favorite dinner meal? Roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions! Mmm!

10. Must-have beauty product? Does chapstick count as a beauty product? 

11. 3 words that describe you? "Old-soul", "freespirited", and "loyal." At least, I hope that describes me pretty well. If not, I have some things to work on.

11 Blogs....sort of: 

After literally hours trying to decide which other bloggers should have this award, I'm no closer to narrowing it down. My problem is that there are too many blogs I enjoy reading (seriously, you should see my Bloglovin. It's crazy); I've started to post a blog roll on my blog, and it was just too much. TOO MUCH. Anyway, so I've decided to flip things around a bit for this section, and ask you the questions. Didn't see that coming, didja? If you want to play along, feel free to post your answers in the comments or make your own post and leave a link to your blog below. I'm sincerely looking forward to finding out more about you, sweet reader.

11 Questions for You:

1) If you had to move from your current country, but could live anywhere else in the world, where would you go?

2) What is your favorite childhood memory?

3) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

4) You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life. Which one do you pick?

5) If you could time-travel to any point in history, what period would you visit?

6) You're given an unlimited budget and unleashed in any store you choose. Where do you have your shopping spree?

7) What is your favorite place you've ever been?

8) How do you unwind after a long, stressful day?

9) What song never fails to make you smile?

10) If you could magically be granted any talent, what would you choose to have?

11) What is the best advice you've ever received?


  1. Love your answers to these!! A fox would be such an ideal pet, you should totally get one! And I'm so with you on the vacation to England. I would love that :)

    1. I've been so obsessed with this England trip planning. It's 2-3 years away at best, and I already have the itinerary set and I'm working on the budget. It's ridiculous. I guess that's what happens when I get excited....

  2. Woohoooo! So glad you did this!! I also want to plan a trip to England. My husband reallllly wants to attend a Chelsea game one day, so it's bound to happen. I'd also love to see this Fran Drescher impression... vlog perhaps?! :) haha

    Just to answer one of your questions... the movie I've watched probably a million times that never gets old to me... How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Not sure why I love it so much but I do.

    1. How fun! I have a friend who went to a Chelsea game in St. Louis when they did a US tour. She loved it! I'm a Manchester United fan myself. :)

      I have a feeling that my Fran Drescher impression will never see the light of day....I hope. ;)


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