It looks like I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger thing. I am not much of an award person, I guess, not that I am ungrateful, I just forget I was nominated and when I remember I am too embarrassed to respond. 😬 I am so taken aback by the nomination from a bright ray of sunshine herself, Laura from All the Shoes I Wear. Do yourself a favor and check her blog out. One of the most fascinating and fun blogs I make a point to visit every day.
The Sunshine Blogger Award
What It Is….The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, optimistic and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. -THANK YOU SO MUCH LAURA!
Purportedly, the original award has a different “rule” then what Laura presented, so I figure since I am responding to her award, I will comply! 😛
Answer the 11 (5) questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 (5) other bloggers and ask them 11 (5) new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site
The answers to the questions asked of me:
1. What would be the title of this chapter of your life?
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
2. What is your most favorite keepsake and why?
I actually have two, one from the first quarter and one from the second quarter, of my life. The first is two anniversary clocks from Germany. They both come from my Grandma’s (my moms mom and my dads mom.). I got each one following after they passed. They mean so much because as a kid, whenever we visited I would end up always sleeping in the room that they were in. They both have the same chimes except the tone on one is a little higher and when I hear the chimes I think of it the same as when a bell rings an angel gets its wings. The chimes (when I hear them) allow me to remember them both.
The second quarter is a piece of art that a student drew for me that is a symbol of my cancer journey. That piece of art actually became a part of me, physically, as I made it a tattoo. It’s designs each represent something that gave me strength and kept me focused. It was a beautiful gesture very well thought out and executed.
3. What is your best holiday memory?
My fave holiday memory is one that is a family tradition stemming from clever since I can remember. Every Christmas morning, we were forced to stay upstairs or out of the room where Santa came. It was a cruel start to a wonderful day. My parents would purposely antagonize us playing with the “presents” Santa left out leaving us to guess what it could be based on each other’s Santa’s list. We were required to close eyes, or blindfolded, walk into the room listen to instructions and directions as to where each Santa’s gifts were put. The countdown to opening eyes was excruciating as more antagonizing tricks were played. I can still recall that pure excitement and joy that led up to that moment. The tradition continued up until I moved out. The Christmases following would be enjoyed even more so as I watched the same thing happen to my nephews and nieces as they were led through the process. When I had my own, you can bet your sweet ass I continued it on, and as long as they are here for Christmas, will continue at least until O have Grandkids and will watch in delight as my own kids pass it on. With my own kids came the realization of how much my parents did behind the scenes. From the time Santa left the unsorted, boxed up gifts to the time of the reveal. Christmas Eve goes late into the morning as the gifts were assembled and laid out. I feel for him to because I realized that the gifts I received, especially when I was a child, had so many more parts and steps to build. And being only 1 of 4, I can only imagine what he went through. Especially because the things my kids would get rarely ever came disassembled. And their wish lists rarely contained large difficult to assemble toys. No I would be up late because I would have more time to play!
4. Describe the place you currently sit at to write every day and the place you wish you could sit at to write every day?
On the majority of days, I write as I sit in my corner of the couch. With the TV on and many interruptions it’s no wonder why it usually takes me an hour or two longer than it should. I do wish I was sitting in a log cabin, on a mountain, overlooking a large body of water, in a recliner/ chair that is designed specifically for working on your laptop. (I have yet to find one) Either on a balcony or in an office dressed with panoramic windows. Free from any distractions except for the view and the click of my typewriter.
5. If you have a book you re-read often, what is it? If not, what’s your favorite book?
I am a huge audiobook “reader”. On the majority of the 30 min drives to and from work it is what I listen to. So in that regard I have to say I have “reread” is my favorite would be Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie. I love fictional books based on history and really enjoy non-fictional books that read like a fictional work. Nicholas and Alexandra falls into that latter category. And it’s made so much riveting because it’s true. It also actually one that I have/am basing a possible musical script on. No it’s not an Anastasia story it is focused on the love story between the two. That part of the tragic telling of the story is rarely ever given attention and it has everything.
I probably wrote way more than necessary but, oh well.
Here are my 5 Questions:
- Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up? If not, what did you always want to be “when you grew up?” Was there a reason why?
- What is/was a relationship deal breaker for you? Why? Is that the same for friendships?
- What’s something you can’t go a day without doing?
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
- What scene in a movie has evoked the most feelings out of you?
And the nominees are (which is not easy at all since most of you all already got this recently or you are an award free site or have mentioned that you aren’t a fan):