To Give And To Receive…A Liebster Award!

Thanks very much to Tales of A Twin Mombie (love the new name, by the way!) for nominating me for a Liebster Award! For those of you not on WordPress, the Liebster Award is about sharing our favorite blogs to help others discover them. So I have 10 questions to answer, and then nominate 5 of my favorite reads to answer 10 questions that I come up with.

So here goes, my 10 questions answered!

1. What led you to start your blog and how long have you been blogging?

My first blog was on MySpace, and then I took a long break. In March of 2012 I began a blog for work, about home improvement and home services. If you have a question about a heater, I’m your girl (with some help from the husband when I get in over my head haha!) I began this blog in August 2013 for a couple of reasons – one, so that my grandmother can keep up with PJ’s adventures and two, because when PJ was in the NICU there were topics that I had a hard time finding resources for online and I wanted to talk about them in case other people had the same problems. The biggest one was the challenge of teaching a preemie to breastfeed – most information about breastfeeding issues relates to newborns, not 2 month old babies that had to start on a feeding tube and a bottle. Now that we’re past that stage, it’s for the fun of figuring out what he is thinking and writing about it!

2. What did you accomplish in 2013 that you feel the most proud about?

Hands down, being successful in that tube to bottle to breastfeeding transition. The first day that he really got it was one of the best I’ve ever had.

3. If you could recommend a MUST READ, what would it be and why?

There are a lot of books that I come back to often, and it’s so hard to pick just one. But I’m going to go with Jane Eyre, because reading it again last year made me realize what a badass feminist she was, way before there was even a phrase for being a badass feminist. It’s pretty great.

4. When you are feeling stressed out, what is something that almost always works to calm you?

This may be a cheat to get around the one-book question above, but reading anything by Agatha Christie while drinking tea, especially if it’s raining, takes me straight to a happy place.

5. What TV character do you identify the most with and why?

I’m going to say Claire Dunphy from Modern Family. She means well and tries really hard, and sometimes she pulls it off, and other times she’s just awkward in the cute and quirky way that I always hope my awkwardness comes off as. Is there such a thing as aspirational awkwardness? Also, we both have husbands with big hearts and habits that drive us crazy, but we wouldn’t trade them in even for a really cute fireman.

6. If you had to give yourself a superhero name, what would it be and why?

I hate those name calculators because I always end up with dumb ones. Most recently, Green Pizza. Next!

7. What do you admire the most about your husband?

I love that he goes out of his way to help people who need him, even when it’s not convenient for him. There’s hardly a weekend that goes by without, “So and so needs me, they’ve got a problem with their whoosiewhatsit. Do you mind if I run down and take a look at it?” It’s definitely an example I want PJ to follow growing up.

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Something you shouldn’t indulge but just have to sometimes?

Netflix binges. If I get a hooked on a show, I just can’t stop until I’ve seen them ALL. This actually came in handy over the summer with the NICU and teaching PJ to breastfeed – spending all that time stuck in a chair, you have to do something! It was Grey’s Anatomy and Doctor Who for me.

9. What’s your occupation? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not?

I am a marketing coordinator, and I specialize in social media marketing. I love my job. People look at me funny when I try to explain what I do, but trust me, “working on Facebook” is very little Candy Crush, and a whole lot of data and analysis. Including work and personal accounts, I write for three blogs, manage  four Facebook pages, three Twitter accounts, two Google+, Pinterest, and a LinkedIn Page, and spend a lot of time digging deep into Google Analytics. And the rest of my working time I manage TV, radio, billboard, and print advertising. It’s a really big plate, but it’s a lot of fun and I’m always learning new things.

10. Three favorite online shopping websites?

With all the time that I spend on social media, I’m not actually a big online shopper. I research products online, but tend to buy in person. But I have recently started ordering my groceries from Peapod.com which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone with young children or any other reason that grocery shopping is a pain. I shop online, and they bring everything right to my kitchen table, easy peasy.

My five nominees for this award are:

The Culture Monk: Kenneth writes about social justice issues with a lot of insight and compassion. I’ve learned a lot from him about how people outside my own personal circle live, and I always look forward to his posts. Plus, he has an endearing obsession with good coffee.

Cabernet & Breastmilk: Another blogger I have learned a lot from! She writes a parenting blog in “Lesson” formats that have made me smile, nod, and bookmark for future reference. If you have a little one, are wondering what to expect, or want to take a trip down memory lane, check her out.

Making It With Danielle: I confess, I first started following this blog thinking it was my crafty neighbor Dani! I figured out pretty quickly that it wasn’t, but was glad for my mistake because this Danielle also posts an interesting mix of projects and recipes (one of which I actually made for neighbor Danielle, bringing it all full circle).

The Dreaded Odyssey: The actual blog of my crafty neighbor Dani. I’m hoping this award encourages her to write more often, because I love her posts! She wrote one about her contributions to the Neverland nursery, which is of course one of my personal favorites.

Tales of A Twin Mombie: I’m not sure if this is allowed, to renominate the person who nominated me, but this is a blog that I never miss a post of so it feels wrong to leave it out! We connected as moms of preemies, and I love the way she writes about her two little men who are seriously adorable.

So here are my 10 questions:

1 – Chocolate or vanilla? Defend your choice in 10 words or less.

2 – If you could wake up tomorrow fluent in a new language, which one would you pick and why?

3 – Pick someone famous to be your new BFF. Who and why?

4 – What’s something stupid that never fails to make you laugh?

5 – Worst thing you ever had to eat?

6 – Your blog pulls a “Julie & Julia” and gets mega-famous. Woo hoo! Who do you cast to play you in the movie?

7 – What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial this year?

8 – You become dictator for a day. What pet peeve do you outlaw, and what would be the punishment?

9 – If you could eat unlimited amounts of any one thing without getting fat or sick from it, what would you pick?

10 – Name something perfectly ordinary that totally creeps you out.

Ping back to this post please so I can see your responses!

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