Liebster and Sunshine Awards

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Danielle Shipley of Ever on Word recently nominated me for the Liebster and Sunshine awards. I still have several other awards to claim and write up posts for, so this is a start! To prevent the post from being even longer, I’ll post my nominees and questions another day.

Rules for the Liebster Award, for those with under 200 followers:

* Answer the 11 questions provided.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to the one who nominated you.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!

Danielle’s questions:

1. If you were cursed to take on an animal form every night, which do you think the spell-caster would choose for you, and why?

A tarantula, since they can hide easily, are very sneaky when they need to be, and can do a lot more than might be assumed given their small size. They perform a valuable, unsung service of keeping the bug population down.

2. Which song reminiscent of moonlight on water do you enjoy more: Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata, or Debussy’s “Clair de Lune?

Beethoven.

3. Name the fairytale nearest to the story of your life.

The Ugly Duckling.

4. You feel sick. ): Would you rather see a doctor about it, or tough it out alone?

Unless it lasts for more than a few days, or there’s something really freaky like a bump on my skin, I’d go it alone.

5. Who is your favorite “Swan(n)” – Emma Swan (“Once Upon a Time”), Bella Swan (“Twilight”), Elizabeth Swann (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), or [other]?

The Dying Swan, a 1917 Russian film directed by Yevgeniy Bauer and starring ballerina Vera Karalli.

6. Who is your favorite prince? (Real, fictional, the “Purple Rain” artist who partied like it was 1999… whatever.)

One of my favorite princes (technically a grand duke) is Dmitriy Pavlovich Romanov, 1891-1941. He was quite an eligible bachelor and ladies’ man, and one of the lucky Romanovs to survive the Revolution, as he was exiled to Persia for his role in Rasputin’s murder. One of his many lovers was Coco Chanel. His late son Paul was the mayor of Palm Beach, Florida. Rather unusual for the era, Dmitriy was born at only seven months but survived without any apparent longterm health problems.

7. Who is your favorite “the”? Just kidding. X) If you had to go on a two-week walking trip with someone – any someone – who would you want it to be, and why?

It would be really groovy to hang out with Buddha for two weeks. Though he lived thousands of years ago, so many of his teachings and ideas sound so modern and progressive, like supporting women’s rights and the have-nots. He wasn’t an untouchable, unreachable spiritual master, but one of the people.

8. Are you the cool, rational type, or emotional and instinctual?

Lately I’m more rational, though I still like to use gut feelings about things.

9. How far would you go to make a person fall in love with you?

In the early days of my relationship with my ex-“fiancé,” I was seriously considering paying at least $200 for some powerful love/voodoo spell binding him to me forever. Thank God I’m away from that walking DSM and his overbearing Harpy mommy who thinks Sssserrrrr-YYYYYYOOOO-zhaaaaa!!!! is still 3 years old.

10. Describe your early childhood home.

We lived in a bunch of places when I was growing up. I was always jealous of my peers who were lucky enough to own their own homes. The earliest place I have concrete, not just vague, memories of is our apartment at Williamsburg Village in Albany/Guilderland, by the big green water tower. We lived on the second floor, and had our own balcony. In 2009, I briefly lived in this apartment complex as an adult. It’s got lots of space, but definitely wasn’t as big as it seemed in my childhood memories! We also had a communal basement, something this apartment complex no longer has.

11. What does “happily ever after” mean to you?

Someone who’s been through a lot of struggles and sacrifices finally settling down to normalcy and peace. It doesn’t mean a family, relationship, or individual will have a perfect life ever after, but it’ll be much calmer and happier. Real happy endings never come on silver platters with neat hospital corners.

Sunshine

Sunshine Award rules:

  1. Post the sunshine award logo
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate ten other blogs(or sites) and inform them of the award

Favorite color: Purple!

Favorite animal: I used to want to be a vet, so I love pretty much all animals except squirrels! As a Sagittarius, I have a particular fondness for horses. I also love herps (reptiles and amphibians). No actual pet herps yet, but I do have like 4 stuffed turtles (half at home, half in the car), and about as many stuffed frogs. I’m overdue to stitch up a tear in my giant stuffed frog Simon’s right side.

Favorite number: Eleven.

Favorite non-alcoholic beverage: Pineapple juice

Favorite alcoholic beverage: I really like Sam Adams beer. I’m half-German; loving beer is in my blood!

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook.

Passions: Writing, reading, silent film, classic rock and vinyl records, history.

Giving or receiving gifts: Giving.

Favorite city: Of the cities I’ve been to, I think my favorite is Jerusalem. It’s a big city, but I’ve found it more like Boston than New York in how it’s organized and how friendly people are.

Favorite TV shows: Jerry Springer and Maury. They’ve both been guilty pleasures since ’99. My parents, esp. my mother, still can’t believe what a huge fan I am of these shows. I’d actually pay good money if a boxed set came out of Jerry’s classic years of about 1996-2002!

One Lovely Blog Award

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Back in May, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Jim Wright, whose blog I found during the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Unfortunately, I had so many posts scheduled in my queue that I wasn’t able to post about it right away. I also decided to stop posting so frequently (though that still hasn’t exactly done wonders for increasing my traffic and percentage of comments per hits). Now I’m going to accept it, and give it to some fellow GUTGAA participants. The rules are to share seven things about oneself and to bestow the award on fifteen other people.

Seven things about myself:

1. I didn’t have chickenpox till I was 14 (February ’94), just one year before the vaccine became available in the States. I’d trade my natural immunity in in a heartbeat if it would mean being spared those two weeks of agony. Anyone who tries to claim that chickenpox is just some minor, fluffy disease has never met someone like me. Last summer, one of my four-year-old campers actually noticed the little white scars on my left forearm and asked what they were.

2. I learnt how to type when I was eight years old, with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, on my family’s dear ’84 Mac. Before long I was a pro and typing up to 90 wpm. I was typing expertly when just about all of my classmates were still doing the search and peck method.

3. I pretty much graduated to adult novels at 14, when I discovered Hermann Hesse, and didn’t really read much of my generation’s teen lit from that point on. I was one of those super-advanced readers who always read several grade levels up, who genuinely enjoyed 99% of the required reading in English and who finished way ahead of the rest of the class, who always preferred thick, juicy novels even in elementary school.

4. I’ve always dreamt about someday having my own little farm, with some crops, bees, chickens, ducks, and goats (not for meat). I’d feel so at home on a kibbutz or moshav if I ever make aliyah.

5. This month makes it 19 years since I began typing in Palatino, the font I’ve religiously used ever since. I will use the similar-looking Bookman as a backup if Palatino isn’t available, and I use Edwardian Script for fancy stuff like title pages and something like a wedding invitation in a book. I’m so used to Palatino that I cringe when I convert a document out of MacWriteII or ClarisWorks and it’s set in that butt-ugly, tiny, generic Times New Roman. I can’t put it back into Palatino soon enough!

6. I didn’t feel a thing when I had my left nostril pierced in June 2003, not even a prick when the needle went in. And I was able to have it left in during all of my surgeries.

7. I’ve had countless dreams over the years about being pregnant and having a boy first, and the boy is always named Samuel, the name I’ve had my heart set on for my future firstborn son since I was at least 12 years old. I no longer want 8 kids, but if I have at least one child, my Samuel, I’ll feel satisfied. Those dreams always feel like such a good omen, that even though I’ve been childfree way longer than I ever thought I’d be, even though I’m now past my fertility peak, there’s a little boy named Samuel William waiting to be my child.

I’m going to give the award to fellow GUTGAA participants:

1. Jessica Becker books

2. Rebecca Enzor

3. Briana Woods-Conklin

4. Alexia Chamberlynn

5. Stephanie Scott

6. Kimberly Gabriel

7. J.A. Bennett

8. Lauren M. Barrett

9. Tara Tyler

10. Suzi @ Literary Engineer

11. Heather Harris-Brady

12. Clare Dugmore

And I’ll also give the award to some people I’ve discovered during other blogfests:

13. Katy Upperman

14. Elodie

15. Rachel McClellan