Back in the days when I used to take the Metro, I’d emerge from the stop near my office and see a bunch of WaPo Express employees handing out free papers. There was one guy in particular, though, who always made me smile. As far as I could tell, he only worked on Tuesdays — because every time I came up the escalator on a Tuesday morning, I could hear his voice booming “HAPPY TUESDAY! HAVE A GREAT DAY! HAAAAAAAPPY TUUUUUESDAAAAAY!”
I gotta say: I’ve never especially liked Tuesdays, but this guy always made them a bit brighter. Even though I no longer endure the misery that is the Metro, I still find myself saying “HAPPY TUESDAY!” in my head each week.
The Liebster Award works thusly:
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger(s).
- Share 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
- List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (as best as you can tell based on the info provided!). They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
- Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.
So, with all that in mind, let’s get this party started!
11 Random facts about yours truly:
1) One more for the grandma-status column: I can feel weather changes in my bones. Whenever the weather starts getting cold, drizzly, or just generally gross, my knees and hips start aching. I know this particular mutant skill should only be relegated to old people who wear overalls and straw hats and say things like “Sorm’s a-rollin’ in. I can feel it in my bones,” but this pink jacket-wearing 30-something is totally impeding on their territory.
2) I love art, but I veeery nearly failed art history in college. I was fascinated by the class, but as luck would have it, my brain outright rejects rote memorization. More specifically, it refuses to retain any information I try to cram into it by such means. I aced every paper — if I was able to write an in-depth analysis of a few pieces, I was golden — but I spectacularly flopped on all the tests that required us to memorize hundreds of works of art. The professor, God bless her, took pity on me and gave me points for trying so hard on the final exam. I wound up with a C in that class, which was the first and only time in my life I’ve been ok with getting a C. This was my face during pretty much every art history exam:
3) Speaking of art, my all-time favorite artists are Monet and Matisse. I love my Impressionists and my Fauvists! (See? I didn’t almost tank art history for lack of interest or effort!)
4) I love nearly every kind of music, but I have a not-so-secret love of both country music and 80’s big hair bands. I’ve been known to listen to Garth Brooks and Def Leppard within a few minutes of each other, which I know is unbelievably weird. But hey, I’m nothing if not eclectic.
5) The only kinds of music I don’t like are show tunes and opera — but even then, there are some exceptions. Most notably, I love Carmina Burana and I’ve been known to sing the occasional song from Fiddler on the Roof.
6) Speaking of Fiddler on the Roof and all things Jewish, I’m what my Jewish friends call an Honorary Member of the Tribe: I speak Hebrew, I know a ridiculous amount about Jewish holidays and religious traditions, I’ve lived in Israel…and yet my ethnic and religious heritage are about as shiksa-y as a gal can get. Truth is stranger than fiction, y’all.
7) I’m scared of the dark. (Always have been, always will be.) If I wake up and can’t see anything, it throws me into a state of abject terror. Do I insist on having night lights throughout my home? Yes. Do many people think this means that I’ve failed at adulthood? Yes. Does that deter me? No.
8) I think pinatas are one of the awesomest things on Earth.
9) I also think this about avocados. If you were to fill a pinata with avocadoes, it’d be the funnest possible way to make guacamole, and then I’d be an exceedingly happy camper.
10) The first time I remember being aware — acutely aware, in fact — of my hair influencing how I look was sometime when I was about 3 years old. What happened, you ask?
Well. My mom, for reasons that she now fully admits were ill-conceived, decided to give me a bowl haircut. Now, bowl haircuts looked bad on boys circa 1984, but they looked really, really bad on girls who happened to have a lot of very thick hair. I vividly remember looking in the mirror and bursting into tears because my new haircut made me look like a boy. I wept bitterly for days afterwards, and I was angry about that incident for years. (I’d also like to destroy all photographic evidence of that hideous haircut. Thirty years later, it still horrifies me.)
11) For the last day, I’ve been constantly thinking of the GF cinnamon bun featured on Sara’s blog. I’m not kidding. I need one of those things, ASAP.
On to Liv’s questions:
- If you could be a fly on the wall for any significant historical moment, which would it be and why? I’m a history nerd, y’all — so my answer to this is a tough one. However, because the validity of the Battle of Troy is disputed, I’d have to go with that.
- What was your favorite class in high school? It’s a tie between international politics and senior year AP English.
- What is your favorite time of day? Morning, preferably around 8 a.m.
- If you could be an animal, which would you be? A cheetah! I’d love to run like the wind, and I love the big cats. 🙂
- Do you have a least favorite word? What is it? Nibbles. It grosses me out.
- What TV show are you obsessed with right now? We’re obsessed with Breaking Bad, but I also love The Americans, The Soup, True Blood, and Fashion Police.
- If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Durrrrr…I’m not sure. Fro yo?
- North or South? South…west. I can’t do the southeast – I know a lot of people love it there, but it always wigs me out.
- What is one goal on your “Life’s To Do list?” See a volcano erupt!
- What is your favorite way to celebrate a birthday? With a glass of sangria, a good dinner, and some ice cream…and presents. I might be an adult, but I still love presents.
- Who do you most admire? I know it sounds cliche, but I deeply admire my parents. They’ve set a wonderful example of what a healthy, happy marriage looks like, and they’ve both been willing to take big risks in order to be true to themselves and follow their dreams.
This is the part where I’m going to break the rules a little bit: instead of nominating specific blogs, I’m going to simply say that I love – and therefore nominate – the blogs of all the folks who read and comment here. Y’all rock my world!
And, in that same spirit, I love learning new and random things about you lovely people. If you’re so inclined, I’d be thrilled to see y’all list some random facts that give us readers some insight into who you are as a person, not just who you are as a blogger. You all strike me as being incredibly cool people, and I’d love to learn more about you!
Soooo…consider yourselves nominated, and have a HAAAAAAAPY TUEEEESDAAAAAAY! 🙂
(Side note: If you’d rather not do the whole award post, no worries – but I’d love to hear a random factoid about you in the comments!)