Friday, August 15, 2014

Liebster Award - 2014

Today, I'm taking a break from the graduation / wedding week series.

A friend and fellow Air Force wife I have "met" through blogging recently nominated me for a Liebster Award... my first thought? SWEET! I can answer the questions and not think of a topic for a new blog post! So, Melissa, thank you for that! Check out her blog at A Pearl and Her Pilot.

The rules of the award state:
1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
 2. Answer the 11 questions created by the person who nominated you.
 3. Create your own set of questions for the people you are going to nominate.
 4. Choose 11 people (who have under 200 followers) to nominate, and link them to your blog.
 5. Let the people you've nominated let them know they've been tagged. No tag backs!
11 facts about myself
#1: I am currently unemployed (after moving across the country with my husband) - but that'll be a whole different post some other day.
#2.  But my Etsy shop seems to be taking off... little by little! (Check it out here: Two Cats Decorations)
#3. I still listen to my favorite morning radio show from Colorado Springs. I listened to these DJs for four years as I drove to work in the early mornings, and I feel like I know them. Weird? Maybe. But it's also great that I can listen to them all the way from Ohio! Thanks, TuneIn! 
#4. One of my cats, Gilligan, has had a hernia since he was a kitten. It causes him to throw up every day, and I adopted him seven years ago knowing that. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for that, but he is seriously my baby. 
#5. I didn't have a job until I was in college. I started tutoring in the writing center on my campus during my sophomore year at UCM. I helped people write and edit their papers for class.
#6. I used to think I could be a veterinarian. I even went into college with that dream. I majored in biology and minored in chemistry... for one year. And despite doing well, I hated it and changed my major to English.
#7. I traveled out of the country for the first time this summer. I was 26 when we left, and I was terrified, but it was a great experience seeing other cultures. I'll post about that soon too! 
#8. I am struggling to be the best wife I can be. I know I've only been married for 2.5 months, but it's tough to make dinner every night, keep the house clean, pre-set the coffee maker before bed, and pack a lunch for Dan. I know it's not completely my responsibility, but since I'm not working right now, I feel like I need to do those things... but it's tough to remember to make his lunch all the time... and I've had a couple dinner fails as well. 
#9. I am obsessed with candy. It's an awful habit, but if I somehow end up in one of those bulk candy stores in a mall, game over. I buy SO much. Sometimes, I eat it all right away. Other times, I hoard it until I REALLY want it. I guess it's a good thing I run.
#10. Moving to Colorado after college was the most spontaneous thing I have ever done... and it was planned for six months ahead of time. I just don't like doing things on a whim.
#11. I am usually a really good judge of character. I know if someone is a good person or not right away. If not, I try to keep a good distance, but my friends and family have never understood. Until time passes and they realize I was right from the very beginning. I don't know what it is exactly, but it comes in handy. 
11 Questions From Melissa
1. Beaches or Mountains? 
MOUNTAINS for sure! I hate water and fish and everything else in there! But I could play on the mountains all day long. 

2. Why did you decide to become a blogger?
I have a lot going on in my head, and it's a way for me to get it all out in a (somewhat) logical fashion. I also created a challenge for myself and blogged (on a different blog called Always Write 2012) EVERY SINGLE DAY for the entire year of 2012. 

3. Whats the bravest thing you've ever done? 
This probably goes along with one of my 11 facts, but I moved to Colorado right after college after assuming that I'd live in Kansas City my entire life. I had help from people, but it was still scary! 

4. What did you have for dinner last night?
I made jalapeƱo popper grilled cheese sandwiches and roasted cream of tomato soup! It was a really good meal, and I'll definitely try it again! 

5. Why did you name your blog what you did?
This one's easy: because it was made to chronicle our lives as we move around and Dan progresses through the Air Force. I feel a name change coming soon, though, perhaps. We'll see.

6. How did your parents come up with you name? 
They were looking through their high school yearbook (yes, they met there) and saw a girl with long, dark hair named Janelle that they didn't know. Here I am - and with long, dark hair! :)

7. If you could have one superpower what would it be?
I would want to be able to teleport wherever I want, whenever I want. I have wished for this even since watching the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in the early '90s. A girl can dream, right?

8. What is the best tip about blogging that you would pass on to a new blogger?
Be connected! Don't just post on your own blog... actually interact with other bloggers, and make connections! It's a lot more fun that way!

9. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
While I'm inclined to pick my father because he's been gone for over eight years, and let's be real; that's who I would ACTUALLY choose... my answer for the sake of this question would be Lucille Ball. I have always felt like we would get along great. I grew up watching I Love Lucy on rerun, and she is the funniest. 

10. What is your favorite recipe on Pinterest?
Oh, gosh. I have so many. I think I'll go with the Tangerine Butter Cookies I made last year for Christmas. They were a huge hit, and they weren't too difficult for me to make. Here's the pin:

11. What is your favorite workout?
I'm boring, and I like running long distances... I ran my first marathon earlier this year! I've been running for as long as I can remember, so it's just what I know.

My 11 Questions For You:
1. What is the significance of your blog?
2. Do you have goals for your blog, or do you just post on a whim?
3. What is your favorite type of cookie? (bonus points for recipe!)
4. Do you prefer baking or cooking?
5. What is the place you dream about living in?
6. What is the best book you've ever read?
7. Do you enjoy DIY projects, or would you rather buy finished products?
8. What was your favorite vacation destination?
9. Are you one of those people who is always early, on time, or late?
10. How did you pick what you wanted to study in school?
11. Do you like sleeping in, or would you prefer to get up early to accomplish things?
My Nominees!
Lizzie at Seis Matters
Michelle at Anything for 10
Bailey at Becoming Bailey
Rachel at My Wholesome Home

Rachel at The Ross Family

Michele at Verbose Michele

Ashley at American Honey

Thanks again for the nomination, Melissa!

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