Liebster is a German word that means dearest, and this award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who you think deserves more recognition. I was nominated by the lovely Sass and Spice a couple of weeks ago now, and I’ve been so bad at getting around to doing it.
I love the idea of finding more about bloggers this way.
Here are the rules:
- List 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 questions which are given to you by your nominator
- Ask 11 new questions for all the bloggers that you nominate to win the award
- Nominate 9 bloggers with less than 200 followers to win the award
- Go to each of the blogger’s pages to let them know about their nomination
- Thank the blogger who nominated you by mentioning them and link back to their blog
Here we go, 11 random facts about me:
ONE. A weird one, but I can’t bring myself to walk in between two similar inanimate things. Yes that’s right. It’s really odd. Unless it will endanger my life or the lives of others, I won’t walk in between two inanimate objects. Two poles, two signposts. I’m not OCD – Although I’ve been labelled OCPD. I just prefer not to walk in between things. :S
TWO. Leading on from that – I won’t open umbrellas indoors. Nor will I walk under a ladder. Which makes me think that this behaviour is more superstitious than anything else. I don’t think anything bad will happen if I do, but yes. Haha!
THREE. I’m into old people hobbies – i.e. crafting, knitting, sewing, gardening. I don’t quite know how to crochet just yet, but I definitely will learn. One day. I love making my own birthday/special event cards and sending it via snail mail to its recipient.
FOUR. Both my first name and second name mean ‘Christmas’ – but I was born in April. I think my parents just liked the names more than anything. I’m not really sure why my names have a great affiliation with Christmas.
FIVE. Growing up I never had a favourite colour. I latched onto blue because it was what all the cool kids were doing in primary school, but deep down I knew it really wasn’t my colour. I grew up and realised I loved purple. And now I have purple everything. Well, a bit of an exaggeration but I do like purple (within reason).
SIX. I secretly like trashy TV shows. I’ve gotten the boy watching Keeping up with the Kardashians. There’s nothing like mindless entertainment to play in the background while you do your household chores.
SEVEN. A little embarrassing but my friends know not to make me laugh whilst I am drinking a beverage. I had an unfortunate encounter during high school with chocolate milk coming out of my nose. I was really surprised at how much it hurt :S So it makes me think soft drink would be 10000 times worse?
EIGHT. I’m still into Hello Kitty. And Sailor Moon. I went through a phase last year where I had to watch all the episodes of Sailor Moon in order. I have a couple of SM paraphernalia. Also a Hello Kitty clock, money bank and other random bits and pieces around the house.
NINE. I published a paper during my university years. I based it on my thesis topic, and I ended up travelling to Cairns in tropical Northern Queensland to present it at a conference. It was pretty nerve racking, but overall an amazing experience. I got to do a bit of scuba diving on the side as well.
TEN. I was supposed to be left handed. My mother believed left-handedness to be the sign of the devil, so she often swapped the pen from the left to the right. I brush my teeth and my hair with my left hand as they were self-taught tasks.
ELEVEN. My party trick is doing a clover shape with my tongue. There was a family gathering where I was entertaining the kids, and managed to teach my nieces how to do this. Which probably isn’t really a good thing. But hey, they were proud of themselves once they knew they could do it.
And now, the 11 questions for me:
ONE. How tall are you?
I’m pretty short actually. I’m about 150cm tall, and this isn’t part of the original question but my shoe size hovers between a 5 and a 5.5.
TWO. What’s your ideal holiday?
Hmm, probably going to a city with a lot of history and just exploring. A foodie holiday would be a bonus. I’d love to go around Asia and eat my way through it all!
THREE. What is your favourite dish to cook?
I’m definitely a meat and potato type of girl – I love making steak in garlic/diane sauce with shoestring fries and fresh herbs throughout. Second to that would be gnocchi.
FOUR. Describe your usual Saturday night.
Cooking dinner at home. Watching my stories. I’m boring and old fashioned.
FIVE. What is your most treasured piece of clothing/jewellery and why?
At the moment it’s probably my Ryan Storer ear cuff. It’s so pretty and sparkly. But yes, this would change month to month. I like me some variety.
SIX. Style wise, who is your icon?
I quite like the style of theclotheshorse. I don’t think I have one particular icon, but I like to draw inspiration from a couple of pretty ladies.
SEVEN. How would you describe your home interior?
Victorian – the dark woods, embellished gold, with a few low-brow art prints thrown around for some prettiness.
EIGHT. What would you do if you suddenly won $10 million dollars?
That’s hard. I’m not really sure. I’d probably invest half in stocks, then buy a house, then help pay off the parents debt, and. I don’t know! Def donate some to charity too.
NINE. How would your friends describe you?
I’d say loud. Which is funny because people at work would probably describe me as quiet.
TEN. How do you stay healthy?
I’m pretty lazy so I don’t exercise a whole lot. I do a daily brisk 30 minute walk from work, but besides that and (trying) to watch what I eat, I embarrassingly don’t do very much else!
ELEVEN. What was one of your resolutions for 2013?
To blog more. Which I think I’m somewhat failing at. But trying!
My nominees (a small selection of the lovely ladies I follow in no particular order):
- Zygomatic Fiend
- Jadore Lamour
- Food Porn Nation
- My Cats Say Meow
- Curious Charlie
- A Shoe Affair
- A Matter of Instinct
Questions for the nominees:
- Do you have a signature scent/perfume and if so, is there an interesting story behind it?
- If I were to buy you a drink, what would it be?
- What was your dream job growing up?
- What talent do you wish you had?
- What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
- What do you do to relax after a busy day?
- Name three things you regret doing.
- What are the top 5 most played songs on your music player?
- What are you afraid of most?
- What five people would you want with you in an apocalypse?
- What are some goofy rituals you and/or your friends have?
I’d love to hear the answers from anyone else interested in doing it! Remember to leave me a comment if/when you choose to fill out the questions so I can take a look!