The Liebster Award

I’m back.

Several weeks (ahem…months) ago, a college friend and fellow blogger, Britni @ Moustaches on Strings, nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Since I’m guest posting on another friend’s blog next week, I figured I’d better get back into the blogging game so I have something presentable to show when readers (hopefully) click my link!  I had a lot of fun answering Britni’s questions.  Read on to learn more about this cool “award.”)

The Liebster Award is an award distributed by bloggers for blogs with under 200 followers.  Supposedly, it started in Germany, as a way for readers and bloggers to discover new blogs to follow.  It connects the blogging community and helps web surfers expand their horizons!

The Rules:
1. Choose 11 other up-and-coming bloggers and link to them in your Liebster post.
2. Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger set for you, then create 11 different ones for the bloggers you will choose.
3. Let those bloggers know you nominated them.
4. No tag backs. No mulligans. No puppy guarding. Okay, just don’t tag the person who nominated you.
5. Display the Liebster logo. 

WIthout further ado…here are the questions that Britni gave me to answer:

1. Crumple or fold? (toilet paper, that is.)  Crumple.  I strongly believe this results in more folds per square inch, and therefore, more layers of toilet paper, and THEREFORE, more bang for your buck.

2. How do you feel about people who chew on ice?  I think I might be ambivalent.  I don’t care for people who chew on huge pieces of ice (think the “cubed” setting on refrigerator ice machines), but I myself have been known to chew smaller ice occasionally (think the “crushed” setting). Generally I just prefer to let it melt and have, as the dear Michael Ulmer taught me to call it, “Second Drink.”

3. How do we know each other?  Britni lived just down the hall from me…on the second floor of Frees Hall at Doane College.  We were English majors and boy-crazy at the same time (still are, both of those things).  Though we don’t talk too often, I know she’s my hippie, grammar-loving friend who will always be game for a chat!

4. N*SYNC or Backstreet Boys? Why?  First, the fact that I corrected the location of the asterisk on N*SYNC before I answered this should tell you something.  A younger, less worldly me might have answered Backstreet Boys, but let’s be real.  I had dolls.  I had wall posters.  I had wallet-sized posters.  I had every fun fact from Tiger Beat and J-14 memorized.  And when it came time to give CDs to the thrift store the summer before college…out the door went the Backstreet Boys.  I still listen to the N*SYNC Christmas album in my car every winter.  Last, but not least, the highlight of my adult life thus far was when Lance Bass tweeted me “xoxo.”  Life. Made.

Image5. What is one book that changed your life? How?  Wow.  I think this is the hardest question you could give me.  I could write pages and pages of books that have changed me.  I think, to keep it short, I will choose my favorite book: The Barn by Avi.  Though it is short and simple, and categorized as a young adult novel,  The Barn taught me important lessons about family, hard work, and appreciating what I have.  I still remember getting a copy as a gift.  I had read it so many times and checked it out so often from the library (several times literally checking it in, then asking them to check it right back out if it wasn’t on hold).  Then, on Christmas that year, I unwrapped a brand new, hardcover version with a simple note from my dad on the inside cover: “The book you love, for the girl we love.”  My father, who always teased me about buying books because “Why do you need to read them more than once?” had purchased this for me, and had acknowledged that you could “love” a book.  The gift changed my life almost as much as the story itself.

6. How is your life different than what you had imagined it would be at age 11?  In too many ways to count!  I’m in a completely different career field.  I have absolutely no interest in being a lawyer.  I’m not married and have no children (go ahead, tease me for that). I am not living in Boston (and don’t plan to anytime soon).  I live in Kansas instead, a place I had only been to one time and considered the land of only Dorothy and Toto.

7. Is there one piece of jewelry that you always wear?  There are two: first, my mother’s ring, which her parents gave her for her high school graduate and which she gave me for mine.  Second, my watch.  It’s not an heirloom, but I do love it.  It was a gift and it’s from Fossil.  I couldn’t live with just telling the time off my cell phone.

8.  Why aren’t tattoos/facial piercings acceptable in the majority of professional workplaces?  I couldn’t exactly answer.  There are different rules at different places, and I’m sure different justifications.  For as much as I am pro-self expression, I’m surprised I’m against visible tattoos and excessive piercings in the workplace.  Here’s my personal viewpoint:  in any workplace, we should strive to maintain focus on the work we do and the product/service/thing we produce or provide.  ALL forms of external expression that are excessive (this includes inappropriate or too casual dress, visible tattoos, excessive piercings, out of control hair, etc) can be a distraction to the people we work with as well as the people we serve.  I guess this would justify why tattoos are okay while working at a tattoo parlor, or unique hairstyles are welcome as a hairstylist.  I don’t know, take this with a grain of salt, because I’m uncertain!

9.  Could you survive without sunglasses? Obviously I’m being dramatic. How would forgetting your sunglasses at home impact your day?  Since I wear glasses over contacts 99% of the time, and my sunglasses are prescription, my day would be negatively impacted. (This is less so when I’m at my desk at work, and more when I’m out and about during the day.)  Sometimes, I wear my sunglasses and forget my regular glasses…so I’m the person at Target wearing her sunglasses around, trying to read the overhead signs to find what I need.

10.  What language do you love to listen to, but don’t understand or speak any yourself? Why?  Italian.  Oh, it’s so beautiful and romantic-sounding.  This is partially because I don’t understand any of it, so it sounds extra exotic (I’m a French speaker myself).  But it is also partially because I had an unhealthy obsession with the Lizzie McGuire movie as a teenager, in which she falls in love with an Italian celebrity and lives out her dream of performing in front of thousands of people while impersonating an Italian pop star.

11.  What is your favorite color combination?  This changes every few months! What usually sticks around, though, is my love for neutrals with dusty, antiqued colors as an accent.  I’m also a fan of a good metallic (gold only please, no silver).  And lately, my favorite combo to dress in is a coral pink with mint green.  I chose this palette because it has a little bit of everything I like (plus tea, which I love!).

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AND NOW, THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR…

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THE LIEBSTER NOMINEES FROM POINT OF FOCUS!

(Rumour on the interwebs has it that the original award only requires nomination of 3-6 bloggers, so that’s how many I’m going to do! I hope you’ll click their links and follow them.  These people have great things to say!  And for those tagged who haven’t posted in awhile…I hope this inspires you as it did me.)

1.  Grace and Peace

2.  A God-Fashioned Life

3.  College Forever

4. Life Scribbler

5. Minus the Linus

6. Bubble Wrapped Blog

Here are my questions for you, nominees:

1. If you could go back and do college over again, what would you major in?

2.  Who is your favorite TV character, and why?

3.  You get one question to ask to one famous person who is no longer living. Who is the person, and what is the question?

4.  What accessory can you “not live without?”

5.  Paper or plastic?

6.  Describe a favorite memory you have with a friend.  

7.  What is your favorite beverage?

8.  What smell reminds you of home?

9.  Coffee or tea? Why? (I really need to know. I can’t decide.)

10.  What is your favorite word?

I can’t wait to read your posts and watch your followers grow!

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This Weekend I…

This weekend, I…decided to start doing a weekend recap! I can’t take credit for the handy idea. It comes from three other lovely ladies. Please check out their links at the bottom of this post! I love the idea of doing a weekend recap. I’ve been sporadic about blogging due to my busy schedule, but I’d like to make it a regular hobby, and a weekend recap seems like the perfect way to make sure I post regularly.

This weekend, I…started off Saturday by meeting Laura for coffee.  I was first inspired by her dedication to health, fitness, and her own weight loss journey, which she’s chronicled on her blog here.  But now that we are blog/Twitter/Instagram buddies (and since enjoying some great conversation over coffee), I’ve learned so much more about her! She’s a strong, faith-minded, fashionable young married woman, and her adventures are certainly worth keeping up with!

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This weekend, I…enjoyed Mexican food and shopping with our favorite couple friends! I wish Mr. Photographer could have beenthere.  We love spending time with these two.  They helped me pick out a new dress for a friend’s wedding in two weeks! Can’t believe March crept up on me so quickly.  But it means our Spring Break trip to see my parents in Minnesota isn’t that far away! I can’t wait!  I also met up with these two for a final weekend party at the Orange Leaf (frozen yogurt place) on Sunday evening. Yum!

Aren’t they a stylish pair?

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New dress…I love that it’s so versatile! I plan on dressing it up and down often.

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This weekend, I…started getting caught up on one of my favorite shows–Glee! I just started the most recent season.  I know, I know, I’m way behind. But I always have class on the night it airs! Man, did it ever make for a wonderful day! Now, if I could tear myself away and focus on schoolwork… (Schoolwork? What’s that?)

This weekend, I…learned I am another pound closer to my weight loss goal.  I’ve only lost 7 pounds since I started in January, but I keep reminding myself that each one of those counts!  Sure, I’d like to be losing faster, but it’s nice to know that even when I “slip up,” I’m still slipping up within reason, and I’m still losing weight, slowly but surely. Gotta keep my eye on the prize!

This weekend, I…celebrated (from afar) one and a half years with the love of my life. While I wish we could have been together, he always manages to make me feel like he’s never more than an arm’s length away.

And there we have it! I have a feeling next weekend won’t be quite so eventful…more like working ahead on homework so I can actually enjoy our Spring Break trip!

What are you looking forward to?

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P.S. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful blogs of my first ever link-up buddies! Thanks for the idea, ladies!

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Syndal @ Synfully Delicious

Sarah @ Life of Love

Laura @ The Luckiest In Love