Sara over at Sunshine and Pretty Things passed an early Valentine along to me a few days ago and I've finally gotten the opportunity to thank her. Thank you, Sara! You are an absolute doll. The Valentine I speak of is this sweet little Liebster badge packed full of a mutual respect and support for not-so-known bloggers. No matter your following, your voice, or your passions... every spirit matters. We blog because we have something to say and ultimately strive to be connected. The Liebster Award serves to recognize that, and I think it's pretty darn neat.
11 Facts About Me:
01. I put on flannel pants the second I walked in the door yesterday and I don't plan on taking them off until late tomorrow. Perhaps, they'll be the cure to this nasty virus that found me.
02. I adore Kansas City, but have dreams of living in New York City... or a cabin off-the-grid with chickens and fainting goats. Total dichotomies, I know... but really, watch the fainting goat video.
03. I played the bassoon and alto saxophone from the 5th grade though HS graduation. Not to mention, I played the piano for a few years in grade school. I knew my recital song by heart, but got stage fright and froze after a chord or two. I stood up and told the audience, "I'm too nervous" before stepping off stage. Talk about making your parents proud. That marked the death of any desire I had to play piano.
04. I'm harboring an illegal feline in my apartment. I'm not so sure what the penalty for this infraction is, but we all know I'm not fazed by innocuous mischief. (Jaime, I hope you don't read this!)
05. I have an obsession with gift wrap and greeting cards. They say you should strive to make a living with what you love. ... I don't mean stocking the party supply shelves at Target.
06. I went to college on a full tuition academic scholarship... I'm a nanny. I'm comforted in this quote: "The planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it. - David Orr
07. I hope to one day write a children's book.
08. I could survive on bread, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Maybe I'll start. With that being said...
09. Ice cream and french fries (in any form) are my weaknesses. I'm eating homemade banana ice cream right now. Frozen bananas + milk. Isn't nature fantastic?
10. I know that Phil and I will get married some day, but there's no rush. I love where we've been, where we are now, and I want to savor every stage in life. Weddings are once in a lifetime. It'll happen... and I'm thrilled by the prospect.
11. Two days ago was my 1 year blogging anniversary! I totally forgot. Nuts! (Read #9 below) I had a Xanga account waaaaay back when.
11 Questions from Sara:
01. What song best represents your outlook on life? Well, shoot. I'll have to get back to you on that one.
02. If you could be fluent in any language, what would it be? Mandarin, or any language written in symbols as opposed to our 26-letter English alphabet. Mind blown.
03. Who is your style icon? I don't keep up with pop culture well enough to pin my style inspirations on one particular icon. As far as describing my style, I'm eclectic and inconsistent. I like my clothing loose but balanced. I value vintage... a shirt worn by my slender grandpa, a belt branded with my dad's initials, a headscarf my mom can recall wearing at an exact moment in time; a moment in her college bookstore when she thrived in her anonymity and self-realization. That stuff matters to me.
04. Which would you rather possess: the ability to fly or the ability to become invisible? Fly. Let's be smart about this! I could use this superpower as a mode of transportation. Plus, I could fly out of sight- there, I'm invisible too. Really though, I'm not sure I feel comfortable creeping around all invisible-like.
05. What are your top three favorite movies? This is an impossible question. There are truly so many amazing films out there. While we're on it, Philly and I watched Headhunters last night. I thought it was smart and very well done. It's embarrassing how many times I've seen Mrs. Doubtfire.
06. If you could live in any decade (20s, 40s, 60s, etc.), what would it be? Is it cheating to say 20's, because that naturally offers me the 40s, 60s, etc? The 20's regardless, it'd be most different from today.
07. Other than your blog, what is your favorite social media outlet? Instagram, hands down. I'm 1sarahdactyl, by the way. ;) I never say never, but you'll never hear a Tweet from me.
08. Who are you closest to in your family and why? Probably my mom. I talk to at least one or both of my parents daily, depending on who answers the phone. My sister and I are close, but I'd say my brother and I are more similar in the ways we view/behave around people. I would not be the person I am today without having been raised alongside Michael and Katie.
09. What hobby do you wish you had more time for? Blogging, for sure. I hope to one day be more consistent about documenting my life in this small space of our cyber world.
10. What is one of your happiest childhood memories? Gosh, this is tough. I'm so very blessed to be able to say that I had a pretty darn excellent childhood. To answer the question... Any time that my family was all in one place. Road trips where the five of us were packed into our hideous '93 Astro van felt the best. There's really no beating bonds you've shared from the beginning of time.11. If you could have dinner with any person in the world, living or dead, who would you choose and why? This might be a cop out, as there are/were billions of interesting people in the world. I would choose my Dad's ma. I got a lot from her, genetically (migraines, young gray hairs, temperament). She passed when I was in my early teens, that awkward stage before you've come into your own and you've no indication yet of how incredibly far from yourself you really are. Of course I loved her then, but I really believe that if she knew me now, we'd get along swimmingly.
Talk about Wordy Wednesday! Thanks again, Sara. :]