Liebster Award (x2)
The lovely Mrs Mum NZ recently nominated me for a Liebster Award, which is given from one blogger to another to find out more about new blogs and the people behind them. This reminded me that the equally lovely tippytups also nominated me for this award WEEKS AGO. I drafted a post in Word answering her questions and forgot to publish it. FFS.
Anyway, here are answers to both sets of questions that these bloggers proposed, so now you get to find out way too much about me all at once.
Questions from tippytups:
1. What is your favourite season and why?
Autumn. The weather can be a bit s**t but you kind of expect it, unlike spring and summer, which often also have s**t weather even though they’re supposed to be sunny and warm. Plus autumn is so colourful and smells great, all crisp air and leaves.
2. What is your favourite book?
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I read this book as part of a living writers course in college and it hit me – THIS is how I want to write.
Sedaris came to speak to our class and afterwards signed my book, “To a patriot in Pennsylvania” because I was wearing a red turtleneck and blue jeans. I lent this book to my brother, who lent it to his girlfriend, who later broke up with him and kept the book. I bought another copy at one of his readings in Edinburgh a few years ago and very awkwardly told him that he’d signed a copy of the book for me 10 years ago. He signed my new book, “We meet again, Enchantress.”
Basically, I want him to be my gay boyfriend.
3. Favourite place you’ve visited and why?
Puerto Rico, where my husband is from, is my home away from home. I love it – palm trees, the merengue, the mofongo, the sound of the coquí chirping at night, the way it’s the perfect mash-up of Latin and American culture.
4. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
Living in a proper house with a garden. Writing. Eating cheese. Drinking wine. Playing with the Popple, who will be an actual small person who can talk and stuff, which is CRAZY.
5. What is your biggest fear?
Something bad happening to someone I love.
6. What is your favourite thing about yourself and why?
I’m super efficient. Give me a task on Monday and tell me you need it done by Friday, and I’ll have it done by Wednesday. Getting work done quickly means I have more time for fun stuff, like reading, listening to NPR and baking.
7. Given the choice, what holiday would you prefer – city break, beach or adventure holiday?
City break where I spend my days wandering aimlessly down back alleys and eating at little hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show? (C’mon, be honest!)
Pretty Little Liars. I watched 6 seasons in 5 weeks in the Popple’s early days.
9. What was the first song you ever bought?
The first record I remember owning is Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. In my defence, I was seven. Also in my defence, “Black Cat” is an awesome song.
10. Have your learnt anything from blogging? If so what?
I’ve learned that I’m pretty bad at blogging, except for the writing part. That I can do. But the social media, the self-promotion, having a proper design so the blog looks all professional and that? Terrible. Given that I worked in digital marketing before going on maternity leave, you’d think I’d be better at that stuff. And I could do it, I guess, if I had the time – but taking care of the Popple is a full-time job. I write my blogs as quicky as I can while she naps. I’m lucky that most of it comes out in English.
11. What is your favourite quote?
“What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.” – Dan Quayle
Questions from Mrs Mum NZ:
1. What is your happiest memory?
Meeting the Popple, because I’d been waiting for her for 9 months, and also because labour was FINALLY over. Seriously, labour is the worst.
2. What are you most proud of? (Except your children)
My willingness to try new things on my own – studying abroad, joining a roller derby team, taking up high intensity interval training, going to ALL THE BABY CLASSES. Meeting new people terrifies me, but the idea of not expanding my horizons terrifies me more.
3. What one person (alive or dead) would you invite around for dinner and why? David Sedaris, my writing hero, even though I’d probably be super-awkward about it.
4. If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
Pay off my student loans. Pay off my husband’s student loans. Buy a nice house for us to live in with the Popple. Travel everywhere. Give loads to charities that support mums and babies, because I know how hard it can be and I’m one of the lucky ones.
5. What is your favourite meal, including drink and dessert?
CHEESE, a nice crusty bread, olives, olive oil for dipping, grapes and wine. I’d probably be pretty full after all that, but I could probably manage to fit in a few chocolate truffles afterwards.
6. Do you have any hidden talents?
I can step. Not stepping like Irish step dancing, but the kind practiced by African-American fraternities and sororities.
(I am, I should point out, extremely white, but so were most of the people on my uni’s step team.)
Anyway, stepping is when you use footsteps and claps to turn your body into a percussive instrument. It’s pretty awesome, though not so much when you drink too much gin and decide to show off your skills in your friend’s third floor flat, therefore pissing off all her neighbours.
7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility, so I could be a fly-on-the-wall anywhere I wanted. I love people watching, and being invisible would allow me to do it in a not-so-creepy way.
8. What inspired you to start blogging?
I’ve always been a writer, and I’ve had a few blogs since blogs became a thing. I knew that when I had the Popple, I’d want to write about that too. Plus it keeps my brain active while I’m on maternity leave.
9. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Efficient. Anxious. Hungry.
10. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you be and why?
A cat, because they get to spend most of their day eating and sleeping in sunbeams, and the rest of the time thinking up creative ways to destroy things.
11. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be? Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. (See questions above.)
11 random facts about me
- I can recite the alphabet backwards really quickly (which is completely f***ing useless, but a good party trick).
- I once had my own newspaper column, where I wrote about my experiences as an American living in Glasgow.
- I’ve been a vegetarian (except for a brief flirtation with pescatarianism) for 18 years.
- I have scoliosis, which means my left shoulder blade is slightly higher than my right, giving me a mini-hunchback.
- I drink sparkling water obsessively.
- I’m married to an archaeologist, so I know way more about early medieval Britain than I really want to.
- I really like the movie Sister Act 2. Not ironically.
- I’ve only called in sick to work once in the past eight years, and it was because I ate too much the night before.
- I only got my first proper smart phone just over a year ago. I was WAY behind the curve on that one.
- I had short hair for about 16 years before I eventually grew it out while I was pregnant.
- I once stuck a peanut up my nose when I was a child, and I don’t remember it ever coming out.
The Liebster Award rules
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
- Show the award on your blog or in your post.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Write 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
- Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
- Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.
- What is your dream job?
- If you could pick one song to be your theme song, what would it be?
- What is your favourite cheese?
- If you could go back and change one thing about your past, what would it be?
- I’m buying this round – what are you having?
- What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
- What is your favourite word?
- Who would play you in the film of your life story?
- What was the last book that you read?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- What new skill would you most like to learn and why?