I was nominated for the Liebster Award a while back by my friend Sarah, from Sarahdipity, and then again recently by my friend Christos, of Miliking Meanderings. It seems I didn’t quite do everything properly! In short, the award to encourage more traffic for bloggers with less than 1000 followers. I did not know at the time that I was also required to give 11 random facts about myself and to list the rules of the Liebster Award on my page. I have answered the 11 questions from Christos and I will leave eleven new questions at the end of this blog for any followers of my blog, (I follow all those who follow me), to answer. Christos, Jacqueline and Sarah are welcome to accept another nomination if they so choose.
Thank you to Christos for nominating me and here are my answers to his eleven questions:
1.What is your first solid memory? Crossing the road to the park from our first house and a car whizzing past and Mum screaming out my name. I was about four. I was completely fine but I think I gave Mum a good scare.
2. How old were you when you met a current friend that you’ve had for the longest time? What has kept you friends? I can’t remember when I first met Clare but we went to primary school together, she lived closeby and her family was very involved in the Parish, so I would see her at church on the weekends too. We haven’t seen a whole lot of each other over the years but that hasn’t changed our friendship. We both have children now and are not too far away from each other still. I’ll never forget how she came and helped me out when I had my first baby. She is such a lovely lady. I think we will always be friends.
3. If you could fly off to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why? Somewhere warm and rich with history would be nice. Maybe back to Europe, as my only travels there were fairly quick and during Winter. At one stage I went to Japan about six times over the course of ten years, so I’m a little homesick for Japan too and its amazing food.
4. What is your favourite quote? Hmmm… “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”. I also like, “You need sunshine and rain to make a rainbow”.
5. What is your most embarassing moment? Oh, there are far too many! I’ve had some cracker lines when teaching though, and very much unwittingly. I was teaching the grammar pattern for “like” to my Year 8 Japanese class and as usual used my dog as the subject. “What does Charlie like?”, I said and then thought of him playing catch with tennis balls. “Charlie likes balls”. The kids thought that was hilarious. The other great one was when I was reprimanding my noisy students because the Year 11s doing School Assessed Tasks in the adjoining room. “There are Year 11s having Sacs in the next room!”
6. What is the best meal you’ve had this year? This is difficult as I have had many amazing meals. Hubby and I went to Nobu at Crown on our kid-free night a couple of months ago and had a sensational ten course meal. This included a few sashimi courses, as well as duck, beef and an amazingly rich pear dish for dessert. I also had a beautiful three course meal in Mooloolaba at the Boat Shed restaurant: scallops with pumpkin mash, Barramundi for main and a tasting plate of Sticky Date pudding, a white chocolate fruit pudding and Cherry Ripe icecream for dessert. My mother-in-law also regularly makes delicious three course meals which rival any restaurant.
7. What do you daydream about? Too many things probably. The future, the past, planning my week out, ideas for blogs or novels, what activities to do with my children each day. Given the time, I could honestly daydream the day away.
8. What has been the most touching movie you have ever seen? I love the French movie The Intouchables, the German film Mostly Martha, and any Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation. It’s not very hard to make me cry in movies.
9. What has been your most memorable sporting moment? Haha. Haven’t been very sporty for a while. At school I did cross country with a friend although I wasn’t an amazing runner and she was always representing the State in something or other. I was so pleased to come a close fourth in the 1500 metres in Year 12 behind three girls who were all good athletes. I played netball from Year 3 and, after a few years break in my late teens, I loved being part of a team with my work girls (many of whom had never played before). One of us would cook a meal each week to share before the game and though we weren’t winners often on the court (hence the name, Bottom of the Barrel), we did have a lot of laughs. 🙂
10. If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be? I would really love to meet my Opa Damen. It would be interesting to hear his story and see how this man shaped the lives of many people close to me.
11. What makes my heart sing? This is a great question, for which I have many answers! My kids doing something kind or saying something sweet without any prompt; a song sung by a beautiful voice; when I can’t stop laughing; having something nice done for me or doing something nice for someone; having someone really understand me and accept me just as I am without judgement; having a good meal and chat with my close friends and family; sharing a kiss or hug with the people I love most in the world.
11 Random Facts About Myself
1. I struggle to get through the day without a cup of tea. It’s like a big warm hug and a pep me up at the same time.
2. I have a scar on the back of my left hand from when a camp chair collapsed and pinched it when I was 5
3. I would rather see a spider in my house than a snail or slug. And I never kill spiders. I’m tempted with slugs.
4. After watching my husband participate in (AFL) Dreamteam, Supercoach and Sportal every year and having to sit through every match to see how many points his players got, I decided to join in. It actually got me much more interested in the game, and excited when I beat my hubby or any of his friends. 🙂
5. I’ve studied Japanese and German but also dabbled in Dutch, Swedish and tried to teach myself French. I’d love to learn French properly and Arabic as well, just for something different.
6. I’ve just tuned my guitar after it being packed away for years. The kids were very excited.
7. I missed out on winning my Year 5 Class Spelling Bee because I spelled “London” wrong. I am scarred for life.
8. I loved going to university because pretty much every person was a nerd and you could sit by yourself and not be judged. And there was a Chocolate Society-what’s not to love?!
9. I lived in Japan for 6 months after I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree and taught at an English conversation school in Ube, Japan. It was the first time I had lived away from home but I made some amazing friends.
10. If I went on the Einstein Factor (ABC series in Australia), my topic would be either Pride and Prejudice, the Star Wars Trilogy or Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels.
11. My first celebrity crush was Harrison Ford.
In order to pass the Leibster award I am required to nominate between five and eleven other bloggers who have less than 1000 subscribers and ask them eleven questions as well. I have already nominated Christos, Jacqueline and Sarah and am not sure how many followers the blogs I follow have, so I encourage those applicable (and any eligible blogger reading this for that matter) to answer the following questions if you wish.
Questions to answer:
1. Who was your first celebrity crush?
2. What are some nicknames you’ve been called over the years?
3. Describe your perfect day.
4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
5. What was the first tape/CD(/record!) you ever owned?
6. Who inspires you and why?
7. What are three things you can’t live without?
8. What’s on the menu for dinner for you tonight and who’s cooking?
9. Favourite quote from a movie?
10. I’m stealing this from Christos: What makes your heart sing?
11. Why did you start blogging?
The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. list these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste them from here.)
Once you have written your post, and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
I would like to add that you can nominate someone who already has been given this award, as long as they have less than 1000 followers/subscribers. The idea behind this award is to recognize new bloggers and help promote them! The benefit is that you get from doing this is that you get some promotion, too! (Think about it, if they are obligated to link to you, then whomever lands on their site could also click the link and land on yours. If you multiply the number of people who can potentially see and land on your blog, you can clearly see that you will get more readers, more business and reach more people. This is just another way to help get your blog “out there”!) Also, I have created a place for you to post links to your blog, too. You can do this by visiting Post Your Links Here To Promote Yourself and Your Blog!
*NOTE TO NEWCOMERS: I appreciate you using this post to help you in your quest for understanding more about this award. I put a lot of time into creating this post (and I mean A LOT!), and one way you can show your appreciation to me is to share a link to my poetry blog, Poetry Perfected, since it is new and has very few readers! Please find the link to it on my poetry page. Please share it, I beg you! Thanks so much! (You can use whatever sharing buttons you have accounts at; the more the merrier! If you let me know in the comment section that you shared it, I’ll repay the favour! Thanks again!) ALSO NOTE: You have my full permission to use whatever information you have found in this post on your blog as long as you link back to my blog! You might find this post helpful, too: How To Add Images (Awards) To Your Sidebar.