Liebster Award Part 2 ~ My Nominees and Questions

Like I said, I’m new to the blogging world, so it was very hard for me to come up with 11 blogs to nominate (and how do you know if they have fewer than 200 followers?!). But I tried. I really wanted to nominate a few blogs that weren’t about ME/CFS, but, since that has been all-consuming this year, those are mostly the blogs that I have read. So, here goes:

  1. Sam and ME
  2. Emotional Umbrella
  3. Dreams At Stake
  4. Chronically Living
  5. Living in Dreamland
  6. Get Up. Dress Up. Turn Up.
  7. Best Foot Forward
  8. No Poster Girl
  9. MeaningfulSuffering
  10. restaurantbastards
  11. Christie Voos (shout out!)

And now for my questions:

  1. Finish this sentence: “One day I will…”
  2. What sound or noise do you hate?
  3. What is your favourite animal?
  4. What is your perfect birthday meal?
  5. What part of your body do you like the most?
  6. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  7. What three people, dead or alive, would you like to have at a dinner party?
  8. Where do you want to be or how do you see your life 20 years from now?
  9. What is your biggest vice?
  10. Name one book and/or movie that made a difference in your life.
  11. Finish this sentence: “I am thankful for…”

Apologies for the truncated posts ~ I published this before I had finished it!


Liebster Award Part 1 ~ 11 Things About Myself

I’m afraid I have to fulfill the Liebster Award criteria in increments since I’m not having the best week. So, here’s the first part.

List 11 things about yourself:

1. I was born in Japan.

2. I spent the majority of my formative years in Dublin, Ireland and pine for that city every single day.

3. I’ve been in 27 countries. One of those was an airplane stop (El Salvador) and some of those were only for a day or two (Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco), but I am so grateful that I traveled where I did while I could. Highlights: Soviet Union, Austria, France, Costa Rica, Morocco.

4. My friends and I were mugged when we were in Morocco. He said, “If I had a black heart, I would kill you and take your money. But, I have a white heart, so I just ask you to give it to me.”

5. Surprisingly, I think the thing I miss most about my pre-M.E. life is laughing. I would laugh so much at work. I miss the banter of those crazy personalities. No matter how bad my day was, I loved my co-workers fiercely. We accepted each other fundamentally, even when we argued… and we always wound up laughing. It’s hard to find opportunities for laughter when you are housebound with no social interaction.

6. I love good movies, books and food in a way that is…voracious. I crave the experiences, revel in the moments and treasure the memories.

7. I used to write poetry. A lot.

8. I cannot abide illogical arguments and will debate to a fault. I want everyone to be fair, just, logical and see all sides~ even if they don’t agree with them.

9. I have two (small, pathetic) tattoos. One done in my teen years with my best friends E. and K. and one done with a needle and Indian ink in a dorm room in college.

10. I was given a brand new Harley Davidson motorbike, plus helmet and leathers by one of my customers when I was a server (no strings attached, I swear!).

11. I have number obsessions. 519 has been following me around for years (and May 19th wound up being the day of my father-in-law’s funeral as well as the first day of my non-working life). 28 has always been significant ~ to the point that I had to sit my fairly-new boyfriend down on the eve of my 28th birthday and explain that I was worried this might be the year I would die (I know, morbid). Interestingly, ten days later, I was in the emergency room with my first case of anaphylactic shock. Even more interesting, I never, ever put that together until right this minute when I looked at my health records. That really was the beginning of the end of my health. My records say: 1977-78: chronic cough; 1987: tonsillectomy; 2001: anaphylaxsis… and then, every year, thereafter, there is something significant.

Liebster Award?!

My cyber-buddy Reva from Living in Dreamland nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thanks, Reva! It’s doubly exciting since you’re not a family member and you live half-way around the world. The internet is pretty amazing that way. From what I understand, Liebster Awards are given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers by other bloggers that think they deserve some recognition. I don’t think this is anything formal, it seems to be like an blog-chain letter. There are four steps a nominee takes to receive this award:

  1. List 11 things about yourself.
  2. Answer your nominator’s 11 questions.
  3. Choose up to 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers and ask them 11 of your own questions.
  4. Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

Numbers 3 and 4 will be difficult because I am new to the blogging world (do I remember people calling it the “blogosphere”?), so I’m not sure I’ve even read 11 blogs. Numbers 1 and 2 I can’t manage right now, but I’ll try later or tomorrow.

That cheered me up no end, Reva. It brought me out of my funk a bit. I’m grateful for the blogosphere. 🙂