Liebster Award!

Monday, September 16, 2013

I always have the hardest time getting back into a routine after we've been on vacation. It really doesn't help that we've had several rainy days in the last week and all I want to do is read books and crochet like an old woman when the weather is dreary (which Evie really doesn't approve of - she's a mover and a shaker). Anyway, I know it's been quiet around here, so I was really excited and surprised to check in today and see a comment from Lena over at Root and Blossom saying she nominated me for a Liebster Award. Although the details bring me back to the days of Myspace and chain emails, I thought it would still be fun for me to participate. I don't talk about myself much, so the questions and facts might interest some of you (or you're all just thinking 'Who cares? Where are the cute pictures of your kid?!). Anyway, here are the rules:

- Thank your nominator by linking back to them.
- Answer the eleven question posted by your nominator.
- Make a list of eleven facts about you.
- Nominate any number of up and coming bloggers (with fewer than 200 followers).
- Provide a list of questions for your nominees to answer.
- Publish your post and contact the bloggers you nominated.

Here are the questions asked by Lena:
1. What's the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
I'm not very picky when it comes to food (other than it has to taste good), so I probably have a longer list than most people. My stepmother is Jewish and took our family to a Kosher restaurant on vacation one time. It's normal for them to serve beef tongue, which I was really turned off by at first, but I ended up tasting it and it wasn't so bad. Other than that, calamari (squid), alligator, and salmon eggs (at a sushi restaurant) are probably next in line.
2. If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
This really hasn't been such a great week and neither was the last one, but I'm a pretty firm believer in moving forward instead of looking back. I think the only thing that I'm constantly beating myself up about is losing my temper with my kid or debating about whether I've been giving her enough attention.
3. Which kitchen appliance could you not live without?
I know this is such a cliche answer, but my KitchenAide mixer is probably my favorite gift I've ever received. It was one of those things that I put on my wedding registry and crossed my fingers, hoping that some family member with a heart of gold would send it my way, but it didn't happen, so Alex surprised me with one on the Valentine's Day right after Ev was born. I really love to cook, period, but breads and desserts are at the top of the list so the mixer gets used a lot. I think second place would go to the blender because we make a lot of smoothies.
4. Name a gift you will never forget.
On our third dating anniversary, in a tiny Italian restaurant in our hometown, surrounded by candlelight and plastic red checkered tablecloths, Alex gave me a promise ring - but it didn't come with the traditional and confusing 'I promise to marry you' (because in my book that's an engagement ring, hello). He promised to always love me, even if we weren't together, so basically it was a super friendship ring. We had invested so much into each other and decided that if we were to ever go our separate ways, we would still make an effort to be friends. I still have it packed away somewhere, waiting for Ev to wear someday.
5. What is your earliest memory?
I remember pushing a chair up to my sister's fish tank with a box of food coloring, watching all of the colors swirl through the water and eventually turn the water black. I think I was 2 or 3 at the time, and my sister still hasn't let me live it down.
6. Pearls or diamonds or neither?
I'm definitely a pearls kind of woman.
7. What is your favorite clothing brand?
I don't really have a brand that I'm loyal to. I like to pick up random pieces as I find them. I'm usually drawn to earth tones, pink, purple, and teal. I'm also really loving the floral trend. Like anything else, major brands have floral'ed everything and I would usually be tired of it, but I just can't be. The lace trend will never get old for me either.
8. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
Celebrations are usually simple for us, unless it's Christmas, so birthdays involve dinner and maybe a hike and a gift or two.
9. Do you like salty or sweet foods?
I have the worst sweet tooth. Alex makes fun of me because I still ask for dessert every night like a kid.
10. What is your biggest dream/goal/aspiration?
I'm a dreamer (my biggest struggle is living in the now), so I don't think I'll be able to stick to just one. The first and major goal in my life is to be a good mother, which is really the center for all of the dreams that I have. I want everything I want and work to make my dreams happen for Ev. I have two major dreams that are always on my mind - to live in New York City and to support my family with my own small business. We have just gotten to a point in our lives where we can start making these things happen, so they've been in my back pocket until now.
11. Do you like coffee or tea?
This is a hard one for me! I go through phases where I prefer one over the other. I'm definitely a coffee snob. I don't drink coffee at restaurants. It has to be quality coffee made in a French press with lots of cream, no sugar. Whereas, I enjoy any kind of tea, but my favorite is a black tea with lots of cream and sugar.

. . . and here are the 11 random facts about me:
1. There are a few really specific things that I get insanely nervous about - popping balloons, getting shocked from static, and murky water. I basically have an internal nervous breakdown when I'm in the same room with anyone playing with a balloon (which makes kid parties my favorite) and I was that bossy kid that was always yelling at her friends to take their socks off before getting on the trampoline because I didn't want to get shocked (actually I really didn't like even getting on the trampoline because the metal frame would always shock you when you got off, but I didn't want anyone to know how weird I was about it). Alex knows that he's allowed to tease me about those two, but the third one is off limits. While we were dating, he thought it would be funny to try to throw me into the lake. I tried my best not to cry because I didn't want to embarrass myself, but he learned never to try that again after I told him I would probably hyperventilate and drown if he did. So I don't swim in oceans or lakes and I really don't even like swimming in a pool by myself. If we're being completely honest, puddles even freak me out a bit.
2. I was in a sorority in college (Alpha Gamma Delta), which is probably why I'm a pearls kind of girl. That's their official stone.
3. I hardly ever wear makeup and haven't bought any in years. I graduated in 2008 and still have toner, eyeshadow, and lip gloss I remember buying in high school.
4. I went into college as a nursing major and was miserable. I finished out one semester and switched my major to Art. My nursing advisor told me I would regret it. She said that everyone she had seen switch majors had eventually come back to nursing. I always wished I had run into her at some point after that just so I could have told her she was wrong. I've never regretted choosing to do what I love.
5. My husband and I met in middle school and got married when we were both 19. Hardly anyone approved, but we couldn't wait any longer.
6. I have always loved reading, even when friends in school though it wasn't cool. Even now, I'm always reading two or three books at a time and I always have one in the diaper bag when we go out.
7. We don't have cable or satellite. We were really broke when we got married (We actually came back from our honeymoon with like $80 in our bank account and neither of us had jobs.) and after we lived without it for so long, it just wasn't something we wanted to spend money on.
8. I don't really have a fear of needles, unless I think about huge ones in my spine, so an epidural was out of the question when I was in labor with Ev. I gave birth to her super hippie style in a tub full of water with 'Hey Jude' playing in the background and not once did I regret my decision.
9. I was a cheerleader in high school and it was a lot of fun, but I was really bad at it. I'm not even kidding. I could tumble and do jumps and even handle stunts just fine, but this girl does not have a dancing bone in her body and no coordination, so you can't even imagine the embarrassment that I was to cheerleaders everywhere.
10. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in a small town in Alabama called Cullman. At one point, I did have a pretty strong Southern accent, but thank goodness, I think I've lived outside of the South long enough to have mostly gotten rid of it.
11. I took voice lessons when I was younger and still really love to sing. For a short time, I dreamed of being on Broadway. I was in a local pageant when I was 17 and sang 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly' from My Fair Lady. I got 2nd alternate, but was pulled aside by the woman in charge and read an email from the judges that said I won the talent portion in their book and to never stop singing. That was one of the most memorable times in my life when I felt like I was actually good at something.

And here are the questions for my nominee:
1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
2. Where were you born, where do you live, and where would you live if you could pick any location in the world?
3. What kind of hopes/goals do you have for your blog?
4. What is your biggest dream/goal/aspiration?
5. What is your favorite book or favorite author?
6. Where do you turn for inspiration or a pick-me-up when you're having a bad day?
7. Where is your 'go-to' place to shop online?
8. Has your life turned out the way you had imagined it would so far?
9. What is your biggest personal struggle?
10. Do you believe in fate and/or true love?
11. What was your favorite movie from your childhood?

I nominate Amy over at Diddle Diddle Dumpling.


  1. I love learning more about you Andrea! For some reason I just feel like we'd click if we were 'real' friends, especially after reading and seeing the things we have in common. Maybe not to the same degree as you, but I am also freaked out by large bodies of water. I always want to be able to see the shoreline. My parents want us to go on a cruise with them but I'm afraid I'd have a really hard time emotionally with being out at sea, ugh it makes me queasy just thinking about it too much!

    Also I love pearls, took voice lessons and love singing, had a natural birth (partially because the thought of an epidural scared me more than the pain of childbirth) and we don't have cable or satellite either!

    1. Ha, I feel the same way - hope we get to meet in real life someday. I told my husband we should move to Alaska the other day, because it seems like a place we would feel at home and he was like, "What?! It's cold there." But he hates the snow and I LOVE it. I don't enjoy being cold much, but the snow usually makes up for it.
      Ships are cool with me, but small boats and canoes wig me out. I've been working on my water fear though. I actually made myself get my diving certification to try and get over it and it helped a lot. I was still thinking "I can't believe I'm doing this. I hate this. Something is going to swim up and eat me. This is stupid." the entire time, but I didn't drown or hyperventilate and it was fun actually being able to breathe underwater and swim with fish.

  2. Totally agree about chain e-mails and myspace but I'm glad you when ahead and answered the questions too! I really enjoyed learning more about you. I hope your weeks turn around!

    XO/Lena @ Root&Blossom



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