I woke up this morning, head rather befuddled from a cacophany of severely weird dreams to find I had been nominated for a Liebster Award from a blog I had only recently started to follow (and hence they started to follow me too.) The blog in question is The Flibberatic Skreebles. I started to follow it as I was interested in genealogy and photography – two things this blogger likes too. He is currently doing the Zero to Hero Challenge which has been interesting to follow. (I am just too lazy to do it myself so it’s like living out the dreams you never could do through your child, or in this case, someone elses blog.)
So what is a Liebster Award? It sounds shiny.
Apparantly the Liebster Award is a way to encourage bloggers to interact with each other and try to draw attention to newer blogs (like mine) with not a huge following to help them get seen more. Originally intended to nominate blogs with under 3000 followers, these days its a more NORMAL 300. The nominator creates a blog post in which they answer 10 questions set by their nominator and then nominate 10 other blogs for the award and set 10 different questions for them to answer. Then the new recipients each do the same, like a chain letter of blogospheric proportions.
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. (It’d also be great if you linked back to this post and leave a nice little pingback in the comments!)
2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. Nominate 10 of your favourite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.
4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
My Ten Questions Posed to Me …
1. Do you have any scars? If so, how did you get them?
I have plenty, they are all pretty small though.
One about 1cm long on the top of my left hand (where the muscle bulges out when you push your thumb into your hand) got that from a mystery cut. Heading out to the airport at some ungodly hour as a child and noticed my hand was bleeding a lot.
One small bit on my middle finger on my right hand where someone threw a stick at my face and I managed to put my hand up in time so it hit my finger and flew over my head.
Several chicken pox scars and a BCG scar on my left arm.
One on the big toe of my right foot where aged about 12 I cut a wart off it myself with a razor blade.
One under my chin from falling off a skateboard aged about 8. Thankfully only butterfly stitches.
And my most recent one on my right knee from falling over in a car park.
2. If you could be any fish, what would you choose and why?
Mmmm. I know a Dolphin is a mammal so I can’t really choose that. Same with Whale. Maybe something more sinister like the Angler Fish, lure them in with a pretty light and then gobble them up. Although this sock version is slightly less harrowing.
3. How often do you see your best friend?
Mmm not often enough, considering we live in the same town as each other. We used to see each other pretty much every day when we worked together but we ended up working at different places so it then ended up that we would have to actually make the effort to see each other. We occasionally bump into each other in Sainsbury’s though.
4. What is your favourite song right now?
I think I have about three at the moment. One is the current UK #1 Happy by Pharrell Williams – just makes me want to jig about like a loon. The other is Of the Night by Bastille – a cover of a 90s dance track Rhythm of the Night. And lastly a Radio 1 Live Lounge cover song – Tessellate by Mumford & Sons (originally done by Alt-J.)
5. If you could meet anybody else in the world and spend a day with them, who would it be and why?
Good question. I don’t think it would be anyone famous, I don’t think I would like to spend a whole day with someone famous. Although, thinking about it a bit more, maybe a comedian, someone like Dave Gorman or Miles Jupp (mainly Miles Jupp as I have a bit of a posh crush on him.)
6. How did you discover your favourite author?
I have a few favourite authors. My very first favourite author was Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series of books about mice (and other assorted animals) who lived in an Abbey and warrior badgers who lived in a volcano and posh fighting hares and west country moles, all fighting against rats, weasels and stoats and the like. I came across the books at my primary school as one of my best friends had read the first book, then another and I had to wait my turn to get my hands on a copy and devoured it and was always overjoyed when another one came out. The author originally wrote the first book Redwall to read to children at a school for the blind. He never intended it to be published but a friend sneakily did it and it was a hit. Sadly the author died a couple of years ago so there will be no more, but he wrote about 19 books in the series and other little books to go with them as well as other books not in the series. I loved them so much that I have collectors editions, signed copies, proof editions…
My other favourite author is Carol Ann Duffy – the current Poet Laureate. I first got into her poetry after my boyfriend (who then became my husband) sent me one of her poems in an email which was very apt to our situation at the time, it made my eyes water and my bottom lip wobble. My best friend read it out at our wedding. I really like her book covers, the more recent ones, book covers I like to look at and stroke.
And lastly – Paul Magrs, particularly for his Brenda and Effie books – a tale about the Bride of Frankensteins Monster and an old witch (who are just really two old biddies) living in Whitby and protecting us all from the evils drawn to the Bitches Maw under the Abbey. Just nice amusing books to read which I really enjoy. The first one in the series is Never the Bride.
7. What is your gift to the world?
Dry wit and a love of Wonder Woman pants? My ability to laugh in the face of adversity and spot a Wolf Fleece from a quarter of a mile away? No idea.
8. What prompted your last bout of uncontrollable laughter?
It has been a wee while since I have had one of those. Usually it is something my best friend and I are yabbering about. Often starts with something silly that I might spray drink out my nose and mouth while laughing and then just keeps going. I think the best one was being sat at the back of the bus hysterically laughing about something (no idea what) and an old man asking my best friend if I was OK. “Yeah, she does this all the time.”
9. Which fictional character do you most identify with and why?
Here is where I am supposed to say Lois Lane, hence the name of my blog. But I am not a journalist for the Daily Planet (or any other topical newspaper.) Also I think I would recognise the fact that the man I fancied was the same man I worked with who was just wearing glasses and didn’t have his pants on over his trousers. To answer the question, probably Colin the Cat from the book Colin and the Snoozebox by Leigh Hodgkinson. Yes this is a childrens book, I picked it up about a year ago from the library sale for about 20p. <Spoiler Alert> Colin decides to go to sleep in a box which is then posted to all different places with people going ‘Oh, this isn’t what I wanted – bog off’ type thing, until he gets sent to the house of Grandma Flapjack who adores him. I think most of my life I have been in that box being sent around where people didn’t want me. So it’s nice to finally be cosy and loved with my Grandma Flapjack (i.e. my husband.)
10. What or where makes you feel … awe?
Several things, I am always in awe when I see how people can overcome adversity, like watching programmes like Comic Relief and Children in Need when you see the stories behind the fundraising, of people who have to deal with so much and yet still have a smile on their faces. I went to the Grand Canyon when I was about 12 or 13. I don’t think I truly appreciated the vastness of it, I was probably a bit sulky at the time (sorry Mum & Dad). But I do recall supressing a wow when I saw it (didn’t really like showing emotions in front of my family too much – and still don’t.) I was also too scared to go close to the edge. On the way there we stopped off at the Petrified Forest and saw a couple getting married stood out on the top of one of this immense shafts of fossilised wood. They were taken there by helicopter. It was a bit sickening, I kept thinking about one of them falling off and plummeting to their death on their happy day. The other thing is seeing a murmuration of starlings. I’ve seen them on TV, I’ve seen the odd mini one here and there but I really want to see a massive one, just takes my breath away and makes me quite teary.
So now – time for my nominations and my questions!
I’ve not long been blogging so I’ve not really spent a huge amount of time looking at other blogs but recently I have come across these lovely ones!
The Invisible Life I was originally drawn to this blog from a simple post about genealogy.
Kingdom of Appetency (I may be cheating a bit here as it is another blog by the person who nominated me but it is still very good and I like it and you should take a look too! It is full of lovely food…mmmm food!)
Discombobulation Abounds (a fantastic name for a blog in my book)
A Year of Envelopes Great drawings on envelopes – trust me – you’ll like it.
Therunninglesbian Rather amusing and it talks about boobs (so if you don’t like boobs then probably not for you.)
Letsgotakepictures A brand new photography blog with some great candid shots. My father would probably like this a lot.
The Little Miss Victor Meldrew I am particularly taken with how expensive Freddo bars are these days.
Rochyroad Super new and super dope (I am now using the slang of the youth!)
Wandering Through My Roots A nice genealogy blog posting pages of a diary. A nice insight into the reality of daily lives from the 1940s.
Pastsmith Another genealogy blog – the newest post really rang true with me at the moment as I seem to have a lot of people copying stuff from my tree on Ancestry without actually checking if it is the same family as theirs and then get in a strop with me when I tell them it’s not correct.
Now my 10 questions!…
1. Who is your favourite superhero and why?
2. What event in your life would you like to re-live?
3. What was your favourite book as a child?
4. What is your favourite picture you have on the wall in your home?
5. Do you own a wolf fleece?
6. What is your favourite food/meal?
7. Are you a tinsel or no tinsel person when it comes to your Christmas Tree?
8. Who moved my cheese?
9. Do you have any irrational fears?
10. If you could meet anyone in your family tree who would it be and why?
So now you are furnished with all you need… go forth and blogiply or something.