Awards Season

I was very recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog award and the Liebster award by the extremely talented and wonderful Aubrey Leaman and I’ve finally gotten around to fulfilling my award obligations. I enjoy these kinds of posts because I’m weird like that, and I love sharing absurd facts.

For the One Lovely Blog award, I’m supposed to present 7 facts about myself, and for the Liebster, there’s 11 questions to answer, so here we go!

  1. I have never learned to ride a bicycle. It’s true! I tend to get funny looks whenever that comes up in conversation (which is almost never, thankfully). I also don’t have a driving license and hate flying. I’ve got vehicular issues.

  3. I’m a Grammar Nazi. And a Spelling Nazi. And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to start sentences with conjunctions, so don’t you dare defy me!

  5. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8. Too much time with my face practically glued to the TV screen, despite repeated warnings.

  7. When I was very young, I shoved my finger into a table fan. Why? I don’t know. I have the vaguest memory of my mom telling me not to and my hand hovering near it, but I don’t remember the incident itself. I do have a nifty scar, though.

  9. I love doing mental math. Sometimes, when I’m bored, I’ll try to add, subtract or multiply large numbers. Don’t do much division, though. Not sure why. I was also very stoked when I figured out the numerical patterns in multiplication tables and square roots. I also read dictionaries in my spare time as a child.

  11. People breaking into song drives me nuts. It’s why I generally can’t stand musicals. Sing-a-longs during long drives are my personal hell. That being said, I love music. A nice instrumental piece relaxes me. Singing, not so much, unless the singer has a truly phenomenal voice.

  13. When I was young, I wanted to be a voice actor for cartoons and animated movies. I thought it was the best job in the world. Come to think of it, I still do.

And that’s a fact! Or seven.

On to the questions:

  1. If you could have dinner with any superhero, who would you pick and why?The most obvious answer is Batman, but he’d probably just yammer on about the Riddler’s latest puzzle or run off mid-meal to punch Two-Face in the teeth. I’d actually go with one of the sidekicks. Probably Batgirl (the original). She’s the commissioner’s daughter, a computer whiz, and probably has some interesting stories about the Gotham Police department and the Bat. Plus, she just seems cool.

  3. What is your favorite sport?Haha, next question. Alright, I did like playing basketball well into college. I wasn’t very good at it, but I enjoyed it. I also discovered a love of golf in college, but I would hesitate to call it a sport. It’s an activity.

  5. If you tripped in front of millions of people, what would you do?Pretend it was intentional, or act like it was the ground’s fault for tripping me and run the hell away.

  7. What is a subject that you find really interesting in theory but would actually probably hate doing in real life?Archaeology. Discovering hidden aspects of our history and the history of the world is pretty fascinating. It sheds light on the past, which in turn illuminates the present and the future. Wouldn’t really want to spend my time digging through dirt and rocks, though.

  9. Pink or blue?Gray. Ha.

    Blue. It’s always blue.


  11. What is your favorite board/other game?Oh, so many…

    Clue is always a favorite, because I love a good mystery.Also, there are tiny weapons! How cool is that?!
    Any other game? We could talk about video games, but I guarantee you’ll get bored before I do.


  13. If you could claim a celebrity as your sibling, who would you pick?I’m not sure I’d want a celebrity as a sibling. That’s a long shadow to walk under. And I’m sure the paparazzi will be in love with me because I’m so-and-so’s brother. No thank you.

  15. If you could time travel to any time and place in the universe, when/where would you go?There are just so many wonderful and amazing possibilities out there. But really, I’d like to go back to my house, before my mom got cancer.

  17. What do you feel is the most underrated book?I don’t think I’ve come across any, to be honest. Overrated? Plenty. But I can’t think of a book that I would consider underrated.

  19. GPS or physical maps?Physical maps. GPS makes things easier, I suppose, but there’s a puzzle-solving element to physical maps that I just love. Unless I’m hopeless lost.

  21. Favorite type of music, artist, or song?My musical taste is split between classical music, orchestral movie soundtracks and 80’s pop. I am nothing if not eclectic.

And there we are. Once Trivial Pursuit: Artman Edition is released, champions will you all be.

As per the rules, I have to nominate some bloggers. But I’m going to be a rebel, so I basically nominate anyone who reads this. I’ve come up with a list of questions below, and you may answer them if you so choose. This is basically a fun little exercise in getting to know people and learning bizarre factoids. You can make a post about it or just answer in the comments. Or neither, really. All choices are valid here. Alright, enough rambling.

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your favorite condiment?
  2. What was your favorite toy as a child? What made it special?
  3. How would you define ‘happiness’?
  4. If you could use one sound to describe your personality, what would it be?
  5. Is one truly the loneliest number? Why or why not?
  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, on any subject?
  7. What song can you listen to endlessly?
  8. Bar fight or dance off?
  9. If you had a Mr. Hyde-like alternate personality, what would they be like?
  10. If you were to become ruler of the entire planet, what’s the first decree you’d issue?
  11. Favorite toothpaste flavor?

And last, but not least, the rules:

  1. Link back the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Display the Liebster award logo in your post.
  4. Nominate other bloggers.
  5. Create 11 questions for the nominees.
  6. Notify all nominees via social media or blogs.

Similar rules for the other award. List 7 facts. Display the award badge. All that jazz.




Liebster Award, Part Deux

Another nomination for the Liebster Award, this time from Hayley over at Dear Dad. She was on my list of nominees, so definitely check her out. She’s a bright young voice that should be heard.

All of my biggest favorites were nominated in the last post, so I won’t be listing any more nominees, but I will gladly answer the questions posed to me. So, without further ado,

1. What is your favourite colour? Do you associate that colour with anything in particular?

My favorite color is blue; I generally prefer darker or more muted shades. It doesn’t hold any particular significance as such, I just like the way it looks.

2. What is your most embarrassing moment? The one your friends and family like to remind you of!

Oh boy, there’s certainly plenty of those. The one (well, two) that tend to come up now and again are the one time I got drunk at a party, attempted to do push-ups, and ended up bouncing my chin off the floor. I spent the rest of the party with a big plaster on my chin.

That same night, I was told (jokingly) to go walk in the snow by a close buddy, so I bounded out the door and started stomping around in my bare feet until my incredulous friend called me back in.

There’s actually quite a bit of backstory to both these incidents, but this doesn’t seem the right time for it. Let’s just say I wasn’t trying to do push-ups just for the hell of it. 🙂

3. If you could change one thing from the past, what would it be? Or do you prefer to live with no regrets?

I’d love to live with no regrets. I absolutely would. Unfortunately, regret might be my greatest wealth. Things I wished I’d said, feelings I wish I’d expressed, and so many things I wish I hadn’t done or said.

The one thing I’d want to change is my mother’s cancer. I wish she’d never had it. I wish I could have done more for her, or could at the least have made her passing easier than it was. That’s a pretty deep hole to go down, though, so I’ll stop there.

4. What is the funniest joke you’ve heard in a while? (Don’t worry if nobody else finds it funny – as long as it makes you laugh!)

A man comes across a disheveled old man on the street, furiously scribbling away in a book. Curious, he asks him what he’s writing.

“I’m writing a 200-page book called How the Horse Walks,” the old man replies cheerfully.

“How the Horse Walks?” the man says. “Well, that sounds interesting. Mind if I see it?”

He takes the book from the old man and looks through it. On the first page, in large, looping letters, are the words ‘How the Horse Walks.”

And the other 199 pages? “Clippity clop clippity clop clippity clop.”

5. What is one of your first memories from your childhood? It can be the simplest memory, or one which stands out for a particular reason.

One of the earliest memories I can recall, very vaguely, is my mother telling me not to put my finger into a table fan. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Still have all 10 of ’em, though!

6. How would you like to be remembered?

As someone worth remembering. Someone kinda and generous and funny. I’m actually curious how the people I’ve met do remember me.

7. What is the most inspirational book you have read (fiction or non fiction) – or the one that has left the biggest impression on you?

The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi. Why? Well, that might be the subject of a separate post by itself…

8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

To not obsess over things I can’t control. Wish I could follow it, though.

9. What makes you literally laugh out loud? (and I mean full on belly laughs!)

Slapstick humor. Especially people walking into doors or walls. In movies, that is. It’s funny in real life as long as nobody gets hurt.

10. Finish this sentence: “I wish…

For more than I could possibly receive.
Thanks again to Hayley! Do check out her blog!

Liebster Award

Well, this is exciting. Another month, another blog award nomination.

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Lenee, aka awritershelper, over at Scribbles to Compositions. Thank you, Lenee! That was quite awesome of you! I’m generally a fan of awesome people. She’s got quite a few stories to tell, so do give her a read!

Now I get to nominate 10 bloggers of my choice, so here we go, in no particular order:

1. Beyond Beirut

2. Bali Info Blog

3. Adoption =

4. Lovely Reflections

5. Smiley Like I Mean It

6. The Neurotic Logic

7. Lone

8. Dear Dad

9. All That Chatter

10. Rantings of A Third Kind

As per the rules of the award, every nominee poses 10 questions to whoever they choose to nominate, so here are awritershelper’s questions:

1. List 5 things you thought of to write about as you read through this blog post.

I was actually trying to come up with some blog post ideas earlier today. One of the first things that came to mind was, obviously, the response to the nomination. I also thought about covering my general experience on a random day of the week, or another chapter from my past. A short story idea for my fiction blog whizzed by, and a post about being a dog person.

2. What was one of your parent’s favorite songs?

Boy, that’s a tough one. My parents listened to Indian music, specifically Hindi and Bengali songs. My mother was very fond of Indian classical music, which she taught professionally. I can’t think of a song right now, but they loved anything by a singer named Kishore Kumar, who is essentially a legend in the Indian music industry, and was massively popular from the 50’s till about the 80’s.

3. Do you like fruit pulp in your juice?

No. I just like juice in my juice. The tiniest hint of pulp, perhaps. I also prefer smooth peanut butter to chunky.

4. What do you think of when I say, “wooden spoon?”

Mixing cake batter. Granted, I use a silicon spatula for that, but for some reason, that’s the image wooden spoon brings to mind. Or mixing pasta sauce. Good thing I’m writing this up after lunch.

5. Have you stood on top of a mountain and watched the sunrise?

Sadly, I’ve never stood on top of a mountain. Then again, I’m not too great with heights, so maybe that’s a good thing. Seen a few sunrises, though, and they were amazing.

6. Have you seen something unexplainable, like a UFO or Sasquatch?

Hmmm…no, can’t say I’ve ever seen anything that bizarre. I once experienced what I believed to be an encounter with a ghost, where I woke up in the middle of the night and felt myself being choked by some invisible force, unable to move my limbs or even cry for help. I’ve since discovered that it’s a condition called sleep paralysis, so mystery solved.

7. Which sports team is your favorite?

Not really much of a sports person, really, so I have no answer to this. But my closest friends are Steelers fans, so Go Steelers!

8. Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker?

I don’t drive, so no. If I did drive though, I’m not sure if I’d want to play a game of ‘Harmless of Serial Killer?’

9. Which movie star would you want to portray you on the big screen?

George Clooney. Because he’s great at comedy and went prematurely grey, as I seem to be doing. Or Peter Dinklage. Because Peter Dinklage is always awesome.

10. There appears to be no 10th question, so I’ll make one up. Ummm…if you could go back in time and meet Abraham Lincoln, what would you say to him?

“Hi, Mr. President. Nice hat.”

So there you have it.

And now it’s my turn! So, my fellow nominees, riddle me this:

1. What’s the last thing you think about before going to bed?

2. What’s your favorite word, in any language? It could even be a made up word, like flurble, for example. No, I don’t know what it means.

3. Would you want to live forever? Why, or why not?

4. Describe your childhood pet (or the one you wish you had).

5. What minor thing bothers you more than it should?

6. What food will you absolutely not eat? And I don’t mean due to allergies or any other conditions, just food you plain don’t like.

7. What does the word ‘comfort’ mean to you?

8. What makes you smile, no matter how grumpy you’re feeling?

9. What personality trait or quirk of yours do people notice the most?

10. Is it really better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? Also, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? (Ok, ignore that second question)

Well, that pretty much covers it. Oh, one more thing. As a nominee of the Liebster Award, you’re expected to follow these rules:

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

– Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

– Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.