Just about the time I found myself a little stumped for a topic to write about next, a new friend over at Twinkle Toes and Ninja Boy nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. Since this post will be devoted to accepting the award, I’m merrily* off the hook.
Haven’t heard of the Liebster? I hadn’t either. But it’s a for-real award designed to promote blogs with modest followings. I’m honored by the nomination and will now attempt to satisfy the Liebster Award guideines, as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
I followed a link to Twinkle Toes and Ninja Boy several months ago while visiting a site on living with bipolar disorder. My interest in mental health issues was what initially attracted me, but the honesty and love communicated by this blogger kept me coming back again and again. I’ve been following her for a few months now. Thank you, TTNB.
2. Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
[Ta-da! A stylized sunflower… or a St. Patty’s Day inspired logo… you pick!]
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
If you could be any animal, what would you be? I am, have been, and will continue to be, an otter.
- Invite three people to dinner, living or dead – who are they? Fred Rogers, Mary McLeod Bethune, Joan of Arc.
- What’s the best Christmas gift you could get? Theater tickets (right after world peace).
- What is your favorite blog entry you’ve written (please, post a link for us to read)? Run, run, run, run, Run Away.
- Who is your greatest inspiration? My muse of the past 8 years, Yvonne.
- Most embarrassing moment (that you are willing to share). Oh my, which one? Maybe in high school when I started playing a well-rehearsed eight measure flute solo as an introduction to a choir song in concert and froze under the stage lights about two bars into it. I relived the embarrassment a second time at the annual banquet when a recording of the concert was played.
- Name one thing that you wish you had done in your life thus far. Learned to play piano.
- What’s your favorite food? Can’t answer with a single food: family style.
- Cheesecake or Cake? Cake.
- Favorite Olympic sport? Sprints.
- If you could ask your great grandparents one thing, what would it be? What it was like to watch the introduction of the automobile into American society.
- How did you pick your blog name? “Zero to Sixty” came to me one day shortly after my sixtieth birthday while sitting on my front porch; Mark supplied the ‘in Five” (see below).
- Do you blog anonymously or as yourself? Heh heh, it’s me.
- If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live? I’m a Heartland kid, through and through — right here.
- What is the most beautiful man-made object in the world? Not a fair question, actually, but I’ll say the rebuilt Jaguar Mark IX my soon-to-be husband bought when he graduated from college. Too bad for me that he had to sell it before we married. Sigh.
- What is the most interesting course you ever took in school? Journalism, music theory (I know, that’s two).
- What is your favorite saying or quotation? “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman, escaped slave, Civil War soldier and abolitionist, 1820-1913.
- If you could have 50 pounds of anything, other than money, what would you want to have? Those cool super balls that light up when you bounce them — I’d give them to the kids and be a Pied Piper in the neighborhood. That, or the fabulous scented soap rose petals my husband gave me several Valentines Days ago (created to melt and foam up under the tub faucet for your bubble bath). Luscious.
- If you had to wear a button with a maximum of six words on it describing your outlook on life, what would your button say? LAUGH OFTEN. LOVE UNABASHEDLY. HOPE ALWAYS.
- What/where was your favorite vacation and why? 25th anniversary in Maui.
- What is one job that no one could pay you enough to do? Surgeon.
- If you could only see ONE color, rather than a wide range of colors, then what color would you want to continue seeing? That deep pink you see in sunsets.
[Hey, that was 22, not 11.]
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
- I really enjoy that moment my head first rests on the pillow at night.
- I really wanted a Darth Vader helmet for Mother’s Day several years ago, but my kids wouldn’t buy me one.
- I once had about 75 houseplants at the same time. It’s way fewer now that I live with cats.
- I’d like to say thanks to the person who dreamed up the Reuben sandwich.
- I have three delightful daughters-in-law.
- I have a large collection of refrigerator magnets from around the US that now lives on the side of a filing cabinet in my office.
- I’ve only seen one show on Broadway: Annie.
- Cruise control is the only thing standing between me and a whole bunch of speeding tickets.
- I have survived three hard drive crashes: two were fatal; one recovered after a week in the ICU.
- My first crush was in kindergarten.
- I have never broken a bone.
5. Nominate 5 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
- Aggaspletch. Most recently my writing buddy, Mark (of “Hey, Mark…” fame), has been counting down his top 100 favorite songs. He has an amazing music collection.
- Edge of Story. In celebration of stories and storytelling.
- Butterfly Mind. Andrea is currently “reading” her way through the 50 states – an intriguing project.
- Auer Life. A light-hearted, yet thoughtful collection of family “ups and downs (and sometimes sideways moves) of life. How we struggle and grow, live and laugh, discover new things and get over ourselves.”
- umanbn. Wonderful sketches and paintings by Mark (a different Mark); delightful European flavor.
[My sincere apologies to any of the above bloggers if they have more than the requisite number of followers. It wasn’t meant as an insult, but rather a compliment — I am recommending these blogs.]
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
- Who taught you to drive?
- Have you ever won anything (you’d like to tell about)?
- Besides sight, which sense would you most hate to lose?
- Who is the one person that if they read your blog you’d faint?
- What was your favorite year in school (K-12 or college)? Why?
- What is something you’re proud you had the guts to do?
- Paris or Venice?
- Would you bungee jump?
- Favorite novel.
- Early bird or night owl?
- What is one thing you’d change in the world if you had a magic wand?
7. List these rules in your post.
You can copy this post right into your own post if you want to play along.
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!
* Merrily — a word I pretty much only sing in the round Row, Row, Row Your Boat; a perfectly good word, so I was glad to have occasion to utilize it otherwise.