Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Liebster Award

Now I have to admit that within the world of blogging, where there are so many wonderful bloggers who can turn having a cup of tea into comedy genius, I do sit somewhat on the serious, sometimes borderline melancholic side (though I always try to end on an up –noticed that?). So I’m going to flip this one and start it on an up. Hey, we may even finish on one too. How I spoil you.

I’m feeling all a bit warm and fuzzy with this one. You see, my blog has been nominated for The Liebster Award by the rather fabulous Complicated Gorgeousness. This award is aimed to help promote small blogs and to bring a new audience to them. There isn’t an actual award as such – it’s more of a blogger to blogger game of appreciation ‘it’. Each time a blog is nominated, they must nominate five other bloggers and so on and so forth. 

There are however, some rather entertaining rules to accepting this:

1) I must thank and link back to the blog that has nominated me.  Complicated Gorgeousness – I owe you a Mars bar. Maybe even a Galaxy Caramel
2) I must answer eleven questions set by that blogger – you may get downgraded to a Dairy Milk if these are tricky.
3) I must reveal 11 random facts about myself
4) I must nominate 5-11 blogs
5) I must set them eleven questions
6) I must tell them that I have nominated them

So, here are my answers:

1) If someone gave you a free holiday, where would you go?
I have to say New Zealand for this one. My husband and I spent a year there about nine years ago. I loved the landscape, the laid back attitude and the Kiwi sense of humour. We had next to no money and travelled around doing whatever work we could find. I wouldn’t change that experience for the world, but I would love to go back and see what it’s like to stay somewhere other than hostels and travel in a car that’s less than twenty years old and has a hope of making it through an MOT. Never was there a sadder sight than us walking forlornly home from the garage, down the side of a motorway whilst clutching a pair of number plates. That was all that was left of our much loved 1983 Nissan Bluebird ‘Roger’.

2) What is better, Christmas or birthdays?
I am afraid I am one of those people who you want to punch for singing Christmas songs in October. I love it. I mean REALLY love it. I think it is mostly because I have the mind-set of a small child/magpie when it comes to shiny stuff. Nothing makes me happier than satisfyingly reflective foil wrapping paper or twinkly fairy lights. I love all the build-up really. Starbucks must rub their hands together in glee at people like me, who excitedly accept an absurd price hike for adding some flavouring to a coffee, putting it in a red cup and declaring it ‘festive’. I love the smell of cinnamon, spices and proper Christmas trees. I love the fact that you can spend an entire month doing things that you probably shouldn’t on the basis that, ‘it’s Chrissssssstmas!’ (said Noddy Holder style, of course.) I love that you can eat foods you would never normally touch and suddenly think it’s a good idea to try random festive drinks like Cherry brandy or Amarula cream. Only you don’t have any, so you end up trying some left over Christmas cake brandy with cherry coke or a bit of dangerously close to out of date Baileys (just me?). So, in summary, I like Christmas. Could’ve answered that in one word really.

3) If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?
I was going to get all out there and say a bird or a fish. But, the natural world is far too much like hard work and it seems foolish to abandon my position at the top of the food chain. So, instead I will stick in human form and go for a job ambition. I would love to be a quirky novelist. You know the type – living in a rambly house on top of a hill, working on an old typewriter, with a large array of colourful headscarves and a parrot named Hector. Only I can’t spell, I’m a bit scared of birds (since, The Birds) and I am rather partial to my pushchair/wheelchair dependant child. So I’ll settle for a decent laptop that doesn’t crash every few minutes (unlike this one, grr) and a rambly house on some nice flat ground. Oh, and the ability to produce fascinating prose and develop interesting plots would help. Or, failing that, the ability to write a controversial but hugely popular trashy novel series – I’m that fickle.

4) What is your favourite dinner?
I genuinely don’t know on this one. I am fairly erratic in my food choices. Whilst being an annoying vegetarian- but- eats-seafood type, I like trying new things. If anyone would like to cook me something to help me establish an answer to this question, you are very welcome.

5) Which celebrity manages to push all your buttons in the wrong way?
Now I’m not really sure they class as celebrities, but I am very freaked out by the puppets. I think it is because they are so rubbery. And the way they kind of hop. It’s all a bit horror film in the making. I can imagine waking up at 3am to find them sat at the end of my bed, menacingly chanting loan APR rates…

6) X Factor, or Strictly Come Dancing and why?

I kind of hate myself for it, but I am partial to a bit of X-Factor. I know it’s all commercialisation of music, Simon Cowell’s demon pop domination yada yada yada. But it’s also often pretty entertaining and I love a good rags to riches story. That’s my issue with Strictly, riches to riches doesn’t do it for me.

7) Who should have been your husband (but they didn’t know it)
I should probably earn some brownie points and answer by saying that no one could possible replace my husband.  But that's not very exciting. Hmm…I’m going to have to go with a comedian. Which would probably be deeply disappointing, as they would inevitably turn out to be an off stage manic depressive. But I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say someone funny. I want to say Russell Howard, but he seems a little young for me (although I think we are actually around the same age, he just seems like he should be wearing long shorts and a school cap). So I am going to go with Tim Minchin. Although I bet he would steal my eyeliner (and I am partial to my eyeliner – unsupervised usage on a night out has led to an appearance akin to a panda leaving a boxing ring). Perhaps we could bond over the No7 counter whilst reaching for the last smoky powder pencil.

8) Describe a perfect day
Happy child, friends, good food, nice wine, decent weather, some form of evening and overnight baby-sitting service, lots of sleep.

9) If you could travel back in time to any decade, for any event, what would it be?
I would be fascinated to have a wander around London during the Elizabethan era. Just a brief wander though. The whole brutality/lack of sanitation/general fondness for beheading doesn’t make it an appealing long term destination.

10) Where do you stand on beefburgers?
I try to avoid that eventuality at all costs, though I did once slip over on a kebab in Nottingham.

11) What two words best describe you?
Often confused.

Eleven facts about me:

1) I have an irrational fear of belly buttons
2) I don’t like full fat milk or cream – it’s too close to the cow
3) I was once dared to go to an open audition for a play and ended up being cast
4) I have a Blue Peter badge
5) I can’t tie bows properly (and refuse to learn now – I get by just fine with the two loop approach thank you very much)
6) My geography is shocking. I mean really embarrassingly poor. To be honest, I don’t know where I am a fairly large percentage of the time.
7) If I am having a dull day, I like to talk to myself in French – it makes me feel all continental. But given that I only ever did GSCE French, it mostly involves asking myself the way to the swimming pool.
8) Despite always picking literature throughout my education, I…shock, horror….don’t like Jane Austin. In any format – written or televised. I know, I know - saying that as a Brit is like a form of literary treason. I promise I have tried. I really, really have. If she’d spiced it up a bit with a murder or a multi character sword fight, maybe I could get on board.
9) I have fainted consistently at every blood test I have ever had (how nurses LOVE me. Particularly when the waiting room is nice and full.)
10) I can’t cope with the brutality of nature and spend a large proportion of my time chasing cats away from the baby frogs in our garden and rescuing snails from precarious positions.
11) I once cheated when asked to give 11 facts about myself and only gave 10.

The blogs I would like to nominate are:

1) Abstract Lucas
2) Overcoming Movement Disorder
3) Sun, Moon and Stars
4) The Boy with Five Names
5) Life With Tyler

My questions to the blogs I have nominated:

1) If you could put anyone in charge of the country for one week, who would it be?
2) Of all the blog posts you have written, which is your favourite and why?
3) What is your earliest memory?
4) If you could ban a word or phrase from ever being used again, what would it be?
5) Where is your favourite place in the country you live?
6) If you were staying in a posh hotel, which newspaper would you ask for in the morning and which newspaper would you actually like? (much respect to you if they are one and the same.)
7) If you could have any job, what would it be?
8) What’s the worst piece of advice you have ever been given?
9) What’s the best mistake you’ve made?
10) Who inspires you?
11) What song do you secretly sing along to when it comes on the radio?

Over to you…


  1. I always wanted a Blue Peter Badge! I'm very flattered Sarah, and am looking forward to answering your questions...still jealous though...
    Take care

    1. I look forward to reading your answers - a much deserved nomination!

      Yeah, I was quite proud of my Blue Peter badge, until I bragged to a ten year old, who promptly told me he had different colours.

  2. Sarah, thank you for the nomination! I am honored. I am on a bit of a blogging hiatus, but I will answer 2 of your easier questions: Who inspires me? My son, Bertrand. What's the best mistake I've made? My daughter, Victoria. :) I am sorry that I can't post more at this time, but please feel free to email at any time! Little J has a new fan in me. :) Warmest regards!

    1. Thanks Cristina and thanks for your answers :-) Yours was the first blog I read when Js movement disorder began, so very honoured you have responded. Best wishes.