With Sincerest Thanks!

Liebster Award

I offer up sincere thanks to Donna McMillen of Word and Other Arts for nominating me for a Liebster Award! I’m especially honored since Donna is such a good writer with a lovely blog herself.



  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

She has posed some interesting questions for me to answer, so here goes!

1.Where would you like to go on your dream vacation? My absolute dream vacation is to England. I’m an Anglophile. I want to see London, and it had better be raining and foggy! I also want to go to the Cotswolds, where I want better weather.

2. What is your preferred genre of music? This is the toughest question on the set! I love music. I play the abstract musicpiano, and I wanted to be a singer, in fact. I studied voice in college, and I’ve preformed in many public venues, from small and intimate to a 3000 seat theatre (yes, it was full). Right now, I’m listening mainly to vocal jazz: artists like Caro Emerald, Madeline Peyroux,  and Pink Martini. I also like rock, Western swing, classic country, classical, Broadway, and well, you get the idea: I love music. About the only type of music I really hate is modern country. In fact, I ranted a bit about why I loathe it so in a post about likes and dislikes. I’m not a fan of rap, but at least I understand it.

3. What is your favorite meal? This one’s also a bit difficult because I also love to eat. I lean toward Italian food when choosing a place to eat out. But if I had to choose only one thing to eat for the next year, it would be a tomato sandwich. Now, those tomatoes would have to be perfectly garden-ripe heirloom tomatoes, but that is my go-to food all summer long.

intertwined hearts4. What happened during the happiest day that you can remember? Seeing this question really brought home that I have really had a blessed life because so many memories rushed to my mind. One that particularly stands out is a date that I had with my husband before we were married. We went to a park and played on the swings and looked at the river, and just spent quiet time together. It sounds simple, but I treasure that memory.

5. What do you do for fun? I listen to music, sing, play piano, read, watch television, and learn new things. I’m working on French right now through a combination of learning the song “Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler” by Pink Martini and refreshing my K-8 French.

6. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? That’s also a difficult question. I started blogging in order to become more familiar with the technology so that I could incorporate it into the classes I teach and to re-connect with myself as a writer. Once I started, I fell in love! I love the connection with the blogging community; I love how I am growing in so many ways; and I love the opportunities I see. So, what is my ultimate goal? I’m not sure yet. I do want to continue to grow myself as I blog and to reach an international audience as I have fun and share my thoughts.

genie's lamp7. If a genie came to you and said “Your wish is my command!” you would wish for . . .? I’m afraid I will sound a little materialistic here, but I’m going to be 100% honest. I’d like to say I’d wish for world peace or to end all disease, but the first thing that came to mind was enough money for me and my husband to stop working so that we could pursue the things we really want to do (me: music; him: writing), and to pay off the debts for all of our family members. If I were wealthy, I would also like to fund several educational projects.

8. What was/is your favorite subject in school? “English!” cries the English teacher. I also loved history once I got to college.

9. Besides blogging, what is your favorite hobby? Singing! and discovering new artists.

old books10. Do you prefer to read books or magazines? I love books! I rarely read official magazines; I’m far more likely to read articles on blogs or other websites that to get an actual magazine. My favorite genre is mystery, and I lean toward British mysteries. I also enjoy science fiction and young adult novels.

sleeping face11. What’s the last thing you think about before you go to bed at night? I go to sleep listening to an audiobook every single night, so whatever I’m listening to is the last thing I think about. My mind is always running like a hamster on a wheel. Before I discovered audiobooks, my mind jumped from idea to idea, worry to worry, thought to thought endlessly. Becoming engrossed in an audiobook is not just a distraction; it recalls for me how my mother read me to sleep every night as a child. So, now at 49 years old, I again enjoy being read to sleep. Some of my favorite narrators are Simon Vance, R.C. Bray, and Wil Wheaton (yes, that Wil Wheaton). And, I get nothing for this, but the best place to get audiobooks is Audible, and on there, I am shaliali, if you’re interested in reading any of my reviews (wink, wink).

My Nominees

One of the most wonderful things I’ve learned since I started blogging is the overwhelming number of high quality blogs! Until I became a blogger myself, I was aware of some of the Big Names, but I was missing the heart and soul of the blogosphere. Here are my nominees for the award.

The Earl of Southampton’s Cat– This site’s whimsy calls out to me! Here, you can read a first-feline account of an adventuring cat.

How to Be 50– I’ve really connected with Charlotte Latvala over at How to be 50; I love her wit and whimsy! Even if you’re not 50 (or won’t admit to it), you can still enjoy her fun outlook on life!

Nonstop Teacher e-dventures– Azhar Youssef describes her site as “a place to share what I learn with others.” As a teacher who is working to incorporate more technology into my teaching, I’ve found this to be a great site. As a new blogger, I’ve found this to be a great site. It’s a great site!

Lula Harp– Gayle has described her blog as “one girl’s journey into cooking, crafting and self discovery,” and as I mentioned, I love to eat. If you’re like me and you also like to cook, you should check out her recipes. I’m going to be trying out her gnocchi recipe soon. I love gnocchi, but have never ventured into making it, but I’m going to try! Gayle, I did see that you have already been recognized with a Liebster once, but your site is really amazing, and I truly find it inspiring!

Get Your Lens On– Wow! There are some wonderful images on this site! It’s a feast for your eyes! The essays are insightful and uplifting, too. Be sure to check this beautiful site out!

Questions for my Nominees

  1. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
  2. What is your earliest memory?
  3. What accomplishment are you most pleased about?
  4. Do you prefer nighttime or daytime and why?
  5. What season do you prefer and why?
  6. What modern convenience could you simply not do without?
  7. What is your favorite holiday?
  8. If you could meet any historical figure who would it be?
  9. Who is your secret celebrity crush? (Yes, I know it won’t be so secret any more! I’ll fess up first: I don’t think I could breathe if I was in a room with George Clooney! hubba hubba!)
  10. What talent do you wish you had?
  11. Finally, stealing from my own nominator…What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?

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