Woo-hoo! Someone thinks me worthy of an award! I always like getting nominated for blog awards because it often steers my posts into something a little more personal and different to my usual content. The Liebster Award is no exception!
Thanks to Mitten’s Kittens for the nomination!
The rules for the Liebster are to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers so that new bloggers can see how awesome they are!
Mitten’s Kittens asked the following questions (which are pretty good I think!):
1. What food can you not stand that other people enjoy?
Shellfish. Especially Mussels. I always drool over images of dishes with mussels in – seafood pasta looks lovely – but I just can’t eat it without feeling ill. I’ve tried them lots of times, but I still hate the taste. Which is a shame, because my partner adores it!
2. The best book you’ve read?
This is a tough one. I’ve got lots of favourites: Life of Pi, The Thorn Birds, Little Women, The Time Traveler’s Wife…I don’t think I could really settle on just one. If I had to choose one that I would keep in my handbag for emergencies, probably The Alchemist because when I first read it I felt like it changed my whole outlook on life.
3. What social injustice makes you the maddest?
Money. It’s fairly petty, but I find that people who have richer parents than me often take things for granted a lot. They don’t seem to comprehend the difficulties of not being able to afford holidays or weddings or houses. I don’t mind if you earn those extra funds, but those who get given it without working for it tend to really piss me off.
4. If you could change 1 thing about how society is run, what would it be?
Licensing for the privilege of having children. I’m not kidding. People should have to pass tests to have children. I know plenty of people who can not have children naturally who have to jump through some pathetic hoops to be able to adopt kids whose birth parents just couldn’t cope with the responsibility of children. It might also help sort out some of the benefits issues in this country too. But then, I’m realistic enough to realise it would probably cause a hell of a lot more problems as well: hence why I’d never want to run the country!
5. Would you rather be a famous rock star, or actor?
Rock Star, definitely. Actors have to pretend to be someone else and work for a living. Rock Stars can just do what they love every day and bask in the glory of it.
6. Do you enjoy the theatre?
Yes. Though I certainly don’t go enough.
7. Are you still friends with your childhood best friend?
Sadly not. Unless you count on Facebook, which I don’t think really defines friendship. I’m still really close to my best friend from college over ten years ago though.
8. Where would you like to visit?
Everywhere would be nice. But I’m not a backpacker. I’d like to visit all the major cities in America, Europe, Asia and Australia and New Zealand but I would want to do it in style. I get too stressed about money already, not being able to afford to travel the way I’d like is something I’ve accepted.
9. Would you trust your siblings to name your children for you if they had to?
Probably. But I’m not going to have children so it’s not an issue. Interestingly, I’m fairly confident my siblings would not let me name their children. I always joke that if I did have a child I’d name it Agamemnon (mainly so social services would be concerned enough to take it away from me).
10. Do ancient cultures interest you?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Egyptology so I’d have to answer this with a resounding YES! Ancient cultures fascinate me, especially ones where their political system is no where near as complicated as more recent periods in history. I despise politics.
11. How do you like to spend your Sunday?
It varies. Mostly I like to sleep in for a while, relax, write, read or grab a coffee with friends. I also walk my dog, but that doesn’t just happen on Sundays.
So, now for 11 questions for any nominees:
1. What’s your most significant childhood memory?
2. What is the one thing you want to do most before you die?
3. Do you have a favourite magazine?
4. What do you think is the best thing about having children?
5. What’s the worst thing about having children?
6. What do you do in order to relax?
7. Is there someone you really hate – and why?
8. If you could live anywhere else, where would this be?
9. Is there a particular job that you wish you could excel at?
10. Are you a cat or dog person?
11. How would you define love?
And finally, those nominees are:
- Marilyn Davies over at Mindful Splatter
- Wendy Clarke at Wendy’s Writing Now
- The wonderful blogger at Write Away
- Dawn Chapman of Kanundra’s Blog
- The romantic fictioneer: Alison Stanley