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!
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.
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 Award rules:
- Post the sunshine award logo
- Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator
- Answer the questions
- 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!