Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Liebster For Me and Now For You!

 So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn't that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it's a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.
This means someone, Caley, believes I'm an up-and-coming kind of girl. And that encourages my, sometimes, faint heart. 

Did I mention it's Caley's birthday? Yep, and that's how I'm finally coming around to this! 

 Happy Birthday beautiful girl! 

Once you have been nominated for this award, there are a few rules that you have to follow:
  1. You're required to answer 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you has set.
  2. You then need to state 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. You then need to mention other bloggers/blogs that inspire you or that you enjoy reading and nominate them.
  4. Once you have nominated other bloggers, you then need to set your own 11 questions for them.
  5. Once you have been nominated, thank the person that nominated you and post a link back to their blog if you feel so inclined.
Caley's Questions for ME! 

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in college after stalking a couple of family friends' blogs for a while. I decided, I like to write, I feel like I have interesting things to say. What the hell? Why not start a darn blog? So, we are here. 

2. Who are your 3 favorite blogs, and why?

Brittany, herself. Seriously, this woman doesn't know me in an everyday way, but she gets me. And I love it. Plus, she makes me laugh and it comes from deep inside my gut. 

Don't Quote the Raven. She's not only completely hot and hilarious, but she's got beliefs. And she owns them. It's so admirable. 

Bloom. Oh, Nicole. Her heart for God is beautiful and encouraging on days when I'm wanting to be nothing but grouchy. 

3. What is your honest opinion - good and bad - about my own blog?

The good: You. Seriously, you're authentic, genuine, and so good about connecting with others. Not all who blog can do so. 

The bad: South Africa is so damn far away and you make it look so good. Girl, I'd hop on a jet plane if I had a month off of work and some jet fuel to get me there. 

4. What are your 3 hobbies?

Obviously, I want to list blogging, but you know that, so don't count it as one of the three. First, running. Second, reading. Third, whittling small figures out of butter cubes.

Are you reading this really? Nope, because you didn't just get hung up on the butter cubes. And it's a lie. A bold-faced lie. But really, third, mixing cocktails and hanging out in my bikini poolside.

5. Name a song that best describes you.

Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton

6. Describe your first love - partner, family, friends, pets.

Obviously, my Popsicle. Because, what girl doesn't love her father upon exiting the womb?

Otherwise than than, Arthur. The faithful black lab that my parents bought when he and I were just six weeks old. Yes, a puppy and a baby simultaneously. They called us "The Twins" even though he was black as midnight and I a toe-headed blonde. He was dear, sweet, and the perfect bit of trouble too. 

7. What is your favorite girls' name and boys' name?

Oh, names. Trey Aldo for a boy. Pretty sure that'll be my son's name. (Jason actually likes this one too!)

Girls' names... We don't agree much there. I love Ruby, Hazel, Lucy, all the retro-chic names. Jason says they belong to old ladies and our babies don't deserve that. So, the jury remains out! 

P.S. I know this didn't ask what I'm going to name my kids, but I answered it like that anyway. Clarification: NO THOMAS BABIES ARE ON THE WAY. 

8. Describe your ideal evening.

Two good books -one for me and one for Mr. T-, a beer for him, a glass of red wine for her, and our comfy, cozy bed. We're old souls deep inside and love to find ourselves reading side by side before our slumber each night. 

9. What is your view on sex before marriage (eeek, out of the comfort zone here!)?

My view is we didn't go there until we were married. And it worked for us that way. I'd recommend it, I think it makes relationships more simple, but no less emotionally bonded. I know what the bible says about sex, but I believe that waiting is good for more than just Christians. 

10. Do you think we would be real life friends, and why?

Sure. Why not? You've got a cute kiddo, you're a babe-alicious blonde, and your love for God inspires me. Yes, let's be friends. (Does being Facebook friends make us real life?) 

11. Name your favorite holiday destination, and why.

Cancun. All inclusive bars, the beach with warm ocean water lapping on the shore, and all the memories of the trip there where we were engaged... Adios America, Viva La Mexico! 

And now my 11 facts about me (some you may have heard many times before!):

1. I cannot sleep without a blanket covering my ears. I don't know why, but I've decided it's impossible.
I grew up in an Evangelical church environment, for years I was terrified of God and hell. That's no way to live.
3. My dad taught me to drive a classic John Deere tractor on my 14th birthday and it's my secret talent. 
4. I love tattoos. Partly because they are rooted in memories with my dad, partly because they're beautiful, permanent, and art. 
5. I hate the texture of mushrooms.
6. I had two imaginary friends as a kid. Tyler and another boy (whose name I forget). They ran by the car when we drove places. That's the extent of our memories. 
7. My butt chin is my favorite part of my body. 
8. Both of my arms are double jointed. Push-ups look weird when I do them. 
9. My hometown is on a fault line in California so I grew up with earthquakes. There's something about them that reminds me of how powerful God is and, instead of being terrified of them, I enjoy. (Weird?) 
10. Louis Armstrong and Tracy Chapman have voices I cannot get enough of... Thus, you can bet their music will be mixed into every playlist I've made. 
11. Colored paper clips make me happy. 

I am awarding the following talented ladies and their blogs for this award:

And my 11 questions for my mentionables:
1. Your all time favorite book... And why? 

2. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If you did, tell us about said friend. 
3. What song is you? 
4. If you had to live in a decade other than the current one, which would you choose?
5. Beauty product you can’t live without.
6. Are you a morning person or a night owl? 
7. What is your favorite season of the year?
8. Your favorite meal. 
9. Three favorite online shopping websites.
10. Which Justice League hero are you? 
11. Post it notes or push pinned papers? 

Can't wait to read everyone else's answers!
Go ahead, visit all them dolls. 
And, if you're not listed above, but want to participate, just do it.


  1. Found your blog from The Florkens twitter. I can tell I'm gonna love your blog already: Blake shelton; John Deere; wino; tattoos ... Can't wait to follow along!!

    xo Laura Beth

  2. okay, gotta say, don't normally do these... mostly because i don't know enough starting up bloggers! (minnesota isn't a hotbed for blogging...something about the scandinavian tendency towards privacy i imagine). but i will do this one, and check out the other ladies!


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