Monday, March 11, 2013

The Liebster

Yesterday, I received a lovely comment on my blog from Murees Dupé at the Daily Drama of an Aspiring Writer telling me she presented me with the Liebster Award.  Thank you again, Murees.

But to be honest, when I saw all the rules involved with this award, I was a bit taken aback. Eleven questions to answer.  Eleven random facts to come up with. Eleven new questions to create. And eleven recipients, each with less than 200 followers, to select.
Actually, it was that last one that took the most time. I had to visit all the blogs I follow, checking the number of followers (which, by the way, not every blog displays) to determine which were eligible.  Was this really worth the trouble?
But then I realized the purpose of this award is to recognize and hopefully generate a little traffic for blogs that don't have a lot of followers. Well, that would be me, and a lot of other bloggers like me. So...into the breech and all that. 

Liebster Award Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator; list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers, who have blogs with 200 followers or less, whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on the blogs letting the owners know they have been chosen. (No tag backs.)

4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog.
Eleven Questions from Murees to me:

  1. What is the worst job you ever had? - Stocker at K-Mart - my first job.
  2. What is your favorite snack? - Ice cream or warm toast with peanut butter (it's a tie).
  3. What is your favorite TV series? Currently, Castle.
  4. Who would you like to meet? (Person could be dead or alive) Jesus Christ.
  5. If you could be any animal, which would it be? Any one of my dogs - they're spoiled rotten.
  6. What are you most grateful for? That my four grandkids are healthy and happy and all live near by.
  7. What do you hate? Hate.
  8. Do you include exercise into your daily routine? Not as much as I should.
  9. Do you like animals? Yes. All kinds.
  10. What is your favorite season? Autumn.
  11. What is your favorite food? See number 2.
Eleven Random facts about myself:
  1. I love food.
  2. During the past decade I have lost, regained, and lost enough weight to build a whole other person. This fact relates directly to fact number one.
  3. Every dog my husband and I have had came to us from a shelter or an unwanted litter, not counting the stray our eldest son foisted off on us. 
  4. My hair started to turn gray when my eldest son was a teenager. I believe there is a direct connection there, as well.
  5. I have lived on both U.S. coasts and played in both oceans.
  6. I love searching tide pools for whatever the ocean has left behind.
  7. I miss living near the ocean.
  8. Every time I'm in Boston, I climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. The first time I go to Boston and can't do this, I'll have to admit I'm old.
  9. I may never visit Boston again.
  10. Fact number nine is false. I will always return to Boston. It's the home of my beloved Red Sox.
  11. October 2004 was one of the greatest times of my life. (Can you tell me why?)
Eleven Questions for my recipients to answer:

Okay, this should be easy.  But no one-word answers. Details or explanations required.

What is your favorite...
  1. in your house?
  2. ...flavor of ice cream?
  4. ...vacation spot?
  5. ...genre for reading?
  6. ...breed of dog?
  7. ...time of the day?
  8. ...sports team (any sport)?
  9. from your childhood?
  10. ...sleepwear?
  11. ...year in your life so far (not counting this one)?

Here are my eleven choices for the Liebster Award:
Donna B. Nichol at My Write Spot 
Lesley Diehlat at Another Draught 
Kimber Leszczuk at Anxiety-SIS-Order (this is a blatant attempt to get Kimber blogging again)
CD Sutton at My Words and Me 
Mike Keyton at Record of a baffled spirit 
Edith Maxwell at Edith Maxwell - Mystery Author 
Kaye George on Travels with Kaye (Kaye is on hiatus right now)
Linda Jackson at Writers Do Laundry, Too

I  have one request of my eleven award recipients. Even if you chose not to accept this award - meaning if you'd rather not do the questions, random facts, etc. - please take the time to visit at least a few of the other blogs listed here. We're all looking for readers and you might find a blog or two you really love.

Of course, the same goes for anyone else who comes by.  Take a minute and check out a blog or two you haven't visited before. You never know who you'll find.

Did you figure out the reason for my Random Fact number 11? 

Thought for the Day:

Kids in the back seat cause accidents. 
Accidents in the back seat cause kids.


Kimber Leszczuk. said...

If I had read this earlier in the day LOL....okay ...thank you. I will read the other blogs this week and put my response up on the weekend.... (ACCOUNTABILITY)

LD Masterson said...

Kim - Great. It will be fun to see your blog active again.

Maria Zannini said...

Re: favorite year

Since you're such a Red Sox, I mean fan, I'm going to assume they won a World Series or something.

Either that or you found a great new restaurant. :P

Stacy McKitrick said...

#11 - Yep, Sox won the series. I remember the ending of a movie had to be changed because of that, too (starred Drew Barrymore). Also, wasn't that the year Stephen King attended EVERY game because of a book he was writing? Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

You took some of my candidates! LOL

I will try my best. 11 blogs with less than 200 followers. That could take some time to hunt down. =)

jan said...

This looks like such fun! Thanks for the invite. However, this is my agenda for the next three months:
drafting out the final chapters of my second novel, the book launch for "Empower!--Women's Stories of Btreakthrough, Triumph and Discovery" (look for it on Amazon in April), the Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh, and (big and...) my daughter is getting married! Hopefully, I'll catch up with you after that! Thanks again.

Julie Flanders said...

October 2004 was one of the greatest times for my many Massachusetts relatives too! A good month for Red Sox fans. :D

You've now got me hungry for warm peanut butter toast. Love it.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the thought of the day :)

2004? No idea unless it was when your first grandchild arrived or maybe that was the year the Red Sox won the World Series?

You did a great job with this award.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, LD, thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry I didn't have the eleven-eleven-eleven up. As you say, this is a really nice award, but rather daunting. Try a little later this week.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - We refer to ourselves as the Red Sox Nation. But "nut" works, too. Yes, that was the year the Sox broke the 86 year curse and won the series.

Stacy - I believe you're right on all three.

Mary - I had trouble, too. If you have to, just go with fewer.

Jan - Hey, whenever you have time is great.

Julie - It was a very good year. 2007 wasn't bad either.

Carol - Nope, all four grandkids were already born when the Sox won the series in 04. Even better, my Mom lived to see it happen. (And thanks.)

Elizabeth - Thanks for returning the visit. The award was a bit of work. Stop back by on Friday - I'm going to talk about blog awards in general.

Anonymous said...

This post is just full of fun stuff. I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats warm toast and peanut butter as a snack and sometimes breakfast.

I enjoyed reading all your random facts, but the quote at the end is just hilarious.

And thanks for the award. I will visit the other blogs as you have suggested. :)

Lesley Diehl said...

Tthanks for nominating me. I will try to visit some of the blogs you mention, but I'm sorry I can't complete or compete in this award. I'm promoting two new books and writing a third. My time is pretty tied up right now. Thanks again for thinking of me.


LD Masterson said...

Linda J - You're welcome. Thanks for coming by.

Lesley - I figured not everyone would be able to complete all the task but I did want to encourage people to visit some new blogs. Thanks.

Mike Keyton said...

Hi Linda,

sorry for the delay - and thank you. I've checked out my peer group here and I will respond this week or next. I can't guarantee finding another eleven though

Kaye George said...

Wow, I'm pumped about this! We just returned last night and I'm off to the grocery store because hubby can't wait another minute. But I'll look in to this thoroughly this afternoon! Thanks!!!