Celebrate! I have been nominated by a fellow blogster (my niece) for the Liebster Blog Award! It is a good thing to get me back to my blog.
I must fulfill the requirements of this award.
1. Post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator posted for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
4. Choose 11 blogs (oops!) that you love (with 200 followers or less) and link them to your post. I don’t have that many. Sorry. I nominated tw0 out of my favorite five.
5. No tag back. Leave a comment acknowledging the award, but you can’t nominate the person who nominated you.
Part 1: Eleven Random Things About Me
1. My favorite food is oatmeal, steel-cut and served with butter, cinnamon, and a wee bit of turbinado sugar.
2. I draw. It is one of my passions. I like to trace the living forms of people’s faces; I feel close to their souls when I draw them. For a blog that I wrote about drawing, go here.
My last drawing was of my daughter
3. I am athletic. This is not to imply that I am in prime physical condition, but I could be easily. I enjoying hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, running, and walking. I bitch and moan for the first 30 minutes of the activity, but once I get past the pain, I could go forever it seems.
4. Even though I am 4’11″ and petite, I feel big inside. Indeed, I feel bigger than most people I meet.
5. I recycle because, mainly, I feel guilty for having so much when so many all over the world are cold, thirsty, and hungry. I can’t stand the idea that we waste so much here–everything is wasted. How dare we?
6. My favorite color is now purple, but for 30 years it was green. When I was in second grade, it bothered me that I didn’t have one favorite, so after I thought about it, I realized that I really liked all of them for different reasons. I wanted my favorite color to please God, so looking around, I realized that God must love green for he made so much of it. As a result, I chose green as my favorite. Amethyst, with a close second of green (think of Asters), is my favorite color–not too many people claim that as their favorite.
7. I am never bored.
8. In my elementary years, I spent as much time as I could inside my head. For entertainment, I would squeeze my eyes shut and then watch the swirls of whatever was behind my eyelids. I thought it was like a movie because at times, I could see images. At other times, I would pretend that I was giving a speech in front of millions of people. I couldn’t stop my lips from moving, so I had to be sure that I was alone to avoid teasing.
9. The second toes on my feet are long–freakishly long. My grandmother always said that they were “boss toes.” I like that.
10. I suffer from fibromyalgia, IBS, dry eyes, psoriasis, food allergies, and Reynaud’s phenomenon. I don’t know the underlying cause, and the mystery irks me. I also don’t like it that I can’t eat cake, pudding, steak, and other foods without problems, but I deal with it.
11. I plan to retire in nine years.
Part 2: The Nominator’s Questions
1. Since this is a blogging award, what are the reasons you started your blogging adventure?
I created the blog to impress my co-teacher, Mrs. Schyck. She introduced me to Facebook, iTunes, and other modern computer-based activities, and I couldn’t stand feeling older than she just because I didn’t blog. Another reason was to practice writing short pieces. My students, eighth graders, deserved an English teacher who was willing to write with them as well as for them.
2. Who/where/what do you want to be one year from now?
I want to be a better teacher, mother, wife, friend, artist, writer, and citizen than I am today with people that I love close to the mountains of Appalachia.
3. How do you “get away from it all” and relax when you need to?
I get outside. If I can be outside, I feel comforted. If I can’t, I write.
4. What is one bad habit you have that affects the people you love?
I start things that I don’t finish.
5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so, what?
6. If you were doing the job you dreamed of doing when you were 17, what job would you be doing?
I would be an officer in the Air Force working in intelligence and surveillance.
7. If you could choose one place in the whole world to live for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Eastatoe Valley, South Carolina or Cades’ Cove, Tennessee
8. Do you have something in your life that deserves less of your attention? If so, what?
9. What is your favorite line from a song or movie?
: Shh! We’re hiding. Be quiet everyone. That includes me. Shh! Who’s making that noise? Oh, it’s me again…
10. What book(s) are you reading right now?
I have just finished Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanna Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, The Most Powerful Indian Tribe of American History, by S. C. Gwynne. This was a great book because it detailed the most exciting and interesting period of American History, the 1800′s on the western frontier. I also love stories of Indians. My current book is The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher. Even though I am not a big fan of fiction, sometimes I need to step out of the box to view life from a distance. It gives me a mind-broadening perspective.
11. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I finally let go of trying to live the life that other people wanted for me and began to live the life that I have instead.
Part 3: My Eleven Questions for You
1. Why do you blog?
2. What do you want your blog to accomplish?
3. Tell me your top 11 favorites.
4. If tomorrow was your last day on earth, what legacy would you wish to leave?
5. Given one hour of time with no other obligations, how would you spend it?
6. Finish this: God is….
7. If you could live anywhere you wished, where would it be? Briefly describe a morning there.
8. How many languages do you speak? If you could speak another language, what would it be?
9. What is your favorite song, poem, or expression (from a movie or a proverb)?
10. Where do you go when you need peace?
11. What are you reading now?
Part 4: My Favorite Blogs and My Nominees*
1. * Walhus’ Blog This blog belongs to my German friend, Michael Baumeister who works very hard for human rights in education for all students in Germany. This work comes from his heart which has always been tender.
2. The General Specific is my niece’s blog. Amber is very blessed and shares her blessings here. She also does a fantastic job of taking us through life as a Marine wife. I can’t nominate her because she nominated me.
3. Momastery is a wonderful blog about life from a lovely woman’s perspective. I can’t nominate her because her blog already has thousands of followers, but I want everyone to read it.
4. Classroom as Microcosm This is my favorite educational blog written by a teacher in Canada who also teaches writing and reading, but to young adults. Another blog that I can’t nominate because it has too many followers.
5. * State of the Mind: Ultimate Freedom This blog is hosted by a college student who does all the outdoor things that I love. Although I have just started following him, I have enjoyed reading his latest post.