Thank you so much to Katie at The Lactating Catholic for nominating me for Liebster Award.
Katie's blog is one of those I started following because I (sorta) know Katie in real life. I don't really know-know her, but we have a ton of mutual friends and once met at a mutual friend's wedding several years ago (not sure if she remembers that, but I do). Plus, I knew her husband when I was college, through the Youth 2000 retreats. So, that's enough to say I "know" her, right?
So, that's why I started reading her, but I kept reading her because her blog is witty and funny and sweet and poignant and brutally honest. Plus, she's an actress and has been in a few community plays (along with her older daughters and even her husband), which is kinda cool....but also annoying because when she's busy with a play, she's too busy to blog and I miss her posts.
Anyway, thanks for the nomination! If you don't know, a Liebster Award is basically a blogging game where you answer a bunch of questions and then make up a bunch of questions for other people to answer. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and learn a bit more about your favorite blogger.
So here are Katie's questions.
1. What made you decide to begin blogging?
I like to write and I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head. I genuinely enjoy blogging and putting my thoughts onto
paper computer screen. Plus, I've made a lot of cool bloggy friends, so that's always super fun. I started the One Catholic Mama blog way back in 2008 after John was born. I posted on it sporadically for about a year and then that was it. Hardly anyone read it...I did basically nothing to promote it, I tried to be totally anonymous...no pictures, no real names....basically no fun. I think my husband was the only one who ever read it.
Then in 2012, I was getting ready to write our Christmas letter and was looking for a way to include the letter with pictures throughout. Pictures can take awhile to load via email, so I suddenly remembered my blog again (after not thinking about it for like three years) and decided to host my Christmas letter on my blog. And, I had so much fun writing it that I decided to take up blogging, but this time I dropped all pretense of anonymity and started including lots of pictures and real names and promoting it. It's still pretty small, but it's a lot more fun. And, I really love writing and blogging, which is why I keep at it.
2. If you could switch places with someone for a day, who would it be?
My kids....because I'd love to know what it's like to be a kid in my family with me and my husband as parents. Weird...no?
3. Where would you most like to travel?
I'm not super into traveling...but I'd love to go to Italy and Rome and Prince Edward Island, Canada (yes, those are totally unrelated).
4. What is your all-time favorite blog post (leave a link)?
I answered this in my post on Sunday with this link.
But, I also really love this one.
Actually, I love almost all my posts, which is why I post them.
So, I hope you don't mind if I post one more.
5. What is your favorite book or movie and why?
I can't really say I have a favorite book or movie. I don't spend a lot of time watching movies and even less times re-reading old books. I guess I would say Piercing the Darkness, This Present Darkness and The Prophet by Frank Peretti. They are just awesome books and I love them.
6. Who do you consider a role model?
Gosh, these are tough questions. I guess Mary. She's the only one perfect enough for the job.
7. If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
A horse. Actually, first I would buy a small house with a stable and pasture and then I'd buy two horses, because it's always more fun to go riding with a friend.
8. What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I love walking/hiking in the woods. And writing/blogging. And hanging out with friends. And horseback riding, but since having kids I do that, like never.
9. What's the worst job you ever had?
Probably working for the meanest veterinarian in the world who used to yell at all his employees and was always stressed and never happy. He basically turned me off from ever wanting to be a vet.
10.What is your favorite meal, or what is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
I haven't eaten anything too weird. And, my favorite meal is bagels with cream cheese and lox and onions and lettuce and tomato. So, so, so so good. And, so, so, so, so unfortunate that I really shouldn't eat gluten. Occasionally I splurge on Gluten-free bagels and lox.
11. What is one thing you would change about your life?
Well, I wish we weren't so financially stressed. I never used to consider myself financially stressed. Even when we were in law school, things were easier than they are now. And, I wish we had more friends where we live right now....although I guess that is okay because it's looking increasingly likely that we'll be moving in about 4 months anyway to a place where we will have family around and hopefully more friends. Hopefully we'll also be a bit less financially stressed as the cost of living is cheaper.
And here are my questions.
1. Describe your perfect day.
2. What type of house do you live in (ie. ranch-style, two story, newer, older, condo, apartment, country city, townhouse, etc).
3. Do you know your neighbors and are you friends with them?
4. Did you go to college? What for?
5. Name one weird thing about your house?
6. Have you ever had a serious illness or disease?
7. Ever almost died?
8. On a lighter note, do you prefer silence or the noise of something (TV, radio, music)?
9. What color are your walls?
10. Do you like where you live?
11. What type of clothing do you typically wear? Bonus points if you include a picture!
I'm tagging the following people. Please forgive me if you've already been tagged. And, please answer them...or not if blogging games aren't your thing (you won't hurt my feelings, I promise).
Christine Gibson at her blog that doesn't have a title (as far as I can see) but is hilariously funny.