I got an email a little bit ago. It was from Joanne of Joanne Inspired (isn’t that an adorable name?), and she just told me that she had given me the Liebster Award! It is an award given to blogs with fewer than 500 followers and is designed to help recognize and promote lesser-known blogs.
What the wha!
She chose me?!
I’m not sure I didn’t faint for a couple of seconds when I read that. I mean, I have been so busy and neglected my blog for almost three months while work and family obligations, not to mention that pesky dissertation I have to write, have consumed me. This is a shot in the blog arm if there ever was one! Thank you, thank you, Joanne!
The rules for accepting the award say that I should post five random facts about myself and answer the questions Joanne proposed and then share the award with other bloggers.
Here are random facts about myself:
1. My first professional job was coordinating developmental education. I took it because it seemed like a good “foot in the door” to securing a job teaching English at a community college. Seventeen years later, I am the vice president of the college and have never had a full-time job teaching English. I do, however, get to teach part-time.
2. I love french fries. I should marry them. If there was only one food on the planet and it was french fries, I would be perfectly fine with that.
3. I have been in school for all but seven years of my life. I don’t know how not to be a student.
4. I have never cooked a whole meal in my life. I once fried an egg, put it on a styrofoam plate, and watched it melt the plate and fall to the floor. And that was probably my best cooking day ever.
5. I wrote my master’s thesis on Anne Tyler’s body of work and never, ever tire of re-reading her books.
So here are Joanne’s questions . . .
1. Why did you start your blog?
My husband is incredibly generous and has done an amazing job of renovating our home. I wanted a way to share his work and have a chance to talk about the spaces he has created for me. I found that blogging about our home also allows me a chance to talk about life in general.
2. Who has been the biggest influence in your life in terms of creativity?
My whole family. My husband is an incredible woodworker, and he taught me the value of taking my time and doing things right. He never takes short cuts or does anything half way, and as a result, his work is solid and lovely.
My mother is the best storyteller I’ve ever known, and she made me love stories, which turned into a passion for reading and writing.
My daughter made me fearless. She just finds something she likes and recreates it with her own signature style. Her ability to love her own creations gave me courage to try and tenacity when I fail. Her passion for creating is incredible. She’s a science teacher, not an artist, by vocation, but you should see her classroom! (She made this adorable pin cushion for me.)
My son is a musician. He taught himself to play the guitar and ukelele, and I’ve never known anyone with as much raw talent for music as he has. He saved money and took a year and a half off from work to work on his craft, and now he plays in a band in Dallas/Fort Worth. He turned me on to the value of YouTube as a teaching tool.
3. What was your favorite DIY home improvement?
Oooh, this is really tough. I think my closet and my craft room are dead even. I mean, the two things I love, shopping and sewing, are all tied up in those two spaces. Plus, they were created by my husband just for me, so they both have a sentimental value to me.
4. What is your favorite post you have written?
My favorite post is the one about taking our honors students to see To Kill a Mockingbird. It doesn’t fit in with the home dec theme of my blog, but it is probably the most reflective post of who I really am.
I can’t believe I get paid to go to college and hang out with these kids every day. No matter what else is going on in my life, when I step into the classroom, I get an hour and fifteen minutes off the beaten path where life is always good.
5. What is your favorite color to incorporate in home decor/design and why?
My favorite color has always been pink. But . . . I don’t decorate with pink because it is too feminine and can be too cloying at times. Blue is my favorite color for decorating and is part of my home in almost every room. It can feel rich and leathery or light and airy, but it always makes me feel cozy and calm.
6. What’s the one place in the world you would love to visit or return to?
Florence. I want to see The David. I want to stand at the feet of the statue and feel the vibrations of its power.
7. What is a favorite childhood memory?
I had a wonderful childhood with a great family, so it’s really hard to choose, but I think one of my things was in high school.
I was the feature editor for our high-school paper, and I did a layout on what it mean to be a Rebel (our mascot) that talked about how you could tell the sophomores, who walked in clusters, and the juniors, who walked in pairs, apart from the seniors, who had the confidence to walk the halls alone, but at the end of the day, we were all the same. We were all Rebels.
The principal read that piece to the entire school one day during announcements! It was so thrilling. Except that I was sick that day and had to hear about it second hand. LOL
8. What is one thing you’d put on your bucket list?
I want to publish a novel. I have one in progress that is about people who live on the same street on the weekend that JFK was killed. I have six of the stories finished, but it had to be put on hold when I started my doc program.
9. If money were no object, what renovation/design project would you tackle immediately?
I would love to open up our kitchen. We have a separate dining room, and the wall between the two is load bearing, so it is going to take some planning. However, everyone wants to hang out in the kitchen when they visit, and there isn’t enough room.
I have chosen the following blogs to recognize with the Liebster Award:
Teach Your Ass Off
D.D.’s Cottage and Design
Start @ Home
A Little Lagniappe
If you’d like to accept the award, here are my questions for you:
1. How would you describe your style as it is reflected in your blog?
2. What is your favorite thing about your blog that you hope others can appreciate?
3. Who would you be most thrilled to have following your blog and why?
4. What is your profession (and I include anyone who works at raising a family!), and how is it related to your blog?
5. If you could take any class you wanted for free, what would you learn how to do or how to do better?
6. What is your signature piece of clothing? Why is it your signature?
7. Who (band, artist, lecturer, etc.) would you most like to see on stage?
8. If you had to choose one character from a book that you feel is most like you, who would it be and why?
9. What is the most creative thing you’ve ever done?
10. If you were to start another blog in addition to this blog, what would it be called? What would be the focus?
I’ve copied the rules from Joanne Inspired to make sure I get them just right.
“Official” Liebster Award Rules: Once a blogger is nominated, and they choose to ACCEPT the award, they should:
1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you
2. Upload the Liebster award badge to your blog
3. Post 5 facts about yourself and answer the 5-10 questions from the person who nominated you
4. Nominate and add a link to 5-10 blogs with fewer than 500 followers
5. Notify the nominees by email or leave a comment on their blog, include 5-10 questions