The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets and Cinderzena @ Cinderzenablogs for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. It was very sweet of you!


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1.Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2.Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
3.Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
4.Share 7 facts about yourself!

 


 

Facts About Me

1.I’ve been 5’7-1/2″ tall since I was in the 5th grade. I was the tallest in my class until junior high when the boys grew.

2.I’ve reached the point in my life where more of my friends are getting divorced than getting married. It kind of sucks.

3.I just bought tickets to my high school reunion this summer, but I still haven’t decided whether I’m going or not.

4.I have one child. No, I’m not going to have anymore. It was on purpose. 🙂

5.I’ve been known to sing along to songs when I’m in the car by myself. I don’t care who might see me.

6.I used to have my belly button pierced. I miss it.

7.I may or may not have a butterfly tattoo. I refuse to confirm or deny.


 

Nominations

Claire @ Art and Soul

Giselle @ Utopian Boulevard

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Chelsea @ Books for Thought

Sarina @ Cookie Break

Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles

Jamila @ Heartscent Reads

Maria @ Big City Bookworm

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Michelle @ Chelles Life In Books

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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This is tag is a mean reminder that rain has been forecasted for the entire week in not-so-sunny Seattle. 😦 It’s a bummer because we had three sunny, springlike days last week. I’m ready for more sun, less rain in my future. Anyways. Rain or shine, thank you to the lovely Arec @ Rainy Thursdays for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. So sweet of you!


 Rules for this award:

  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

 

Arec’s Questions:

1.Disney or Dreamworks?

Both! (I can do that, right?)

2.Do you consider yourself a feminist?

According to Wikipedia, Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women.[1][2]This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.” 

I totally support the rights and equality of women, so I must be a feminist. I’m not out there campaigning for women, though. So maybe I’m not really sure how to answer this question.

3.Book adaptation or movie adaptation?

Book. Well, as long as the book comes first. If it was written after the movie, then forget it.

4.Do you do anything else while you are reading?

Sometimes I have music going or I am eating lunch/dinner or I am watching TV or reading on the treadmill. Depends on the day.

5.How often do you write review for books you haven’t actually finished?

Never. Well, unless it’s a DNF and I feel the need to say why for other readers.

6.If you can have one thing in the world, regardless of price, etc. what would it be?

Ooo! This is a hard one. The first thing that came to mind was a body like Britney Spears back in the day. Lol. But I like chocolate and tacos.

7.What do you think about women who don’t want to have children?

I think it’s great that they know themselves well enough to know having children isn’t for them. Having kids is hard. You have to devote part of yourself and your life to someone else for at least 18 years. That’s a big commitment. If someone doesn’t want to make it, then they shouldn’t be judged. There are a lot of people out there (men and women both) who have kids and shouldn’t.

Now, I have to admit I feel a little sad for people who choose not to have kids. There are a lot of rewarding things about having kids. I can’t imagine life now without my daughter. I think they’re missing out a little, but at the same time, being a mother or father isn’t for everyone.

8.Do you have an special talents?

I can tap dance.

9.Name one time where you have been scared out of you mind.

One time when my husband was in the hospital and they weren’t sure what was wrong with him. (Hereditary high blood pressure)

10.Do you believe in soulmates?

I don’t know. Maybe? I like to think you meet the right person at the right time in your life. Like, if I would have met my husband at 18 instead of 23, I’m not sure it would have worked out for either of us. (I can say that because I actually knew of him when I was in my teenage years.) And even though I dated some crappy people in my late teens and early twenties, without them and the experiences we had, I wouldn’t have been who I was when I met my husband. I think he’s the perfect person for me. So in that way, I think he’s my soulmate. I like to think we complete each other.

11.What is the one thing you cannot leave your house without (no cellphones please!)

A jacket with a hood. You never know when it’s going to rain in the Pacific Northwest and true Washingtonians don’t do umbrellas.


My Questions:

  1. What was the last book that shocked you?
  2. Favorite boy band?
  3. What song are you playing on repeat lately?
  4. What book are most anxiously waiting for?
  5. What is your favorite kind of potato chip?
  6. Who is the first person you would call after meeting your favorite author?
  7. What was the last book you read that you absolutely loved?
  8. If you could have any job, what would it be?
  9. Who is your favorite TV character?
  10. What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
  11. Do you believe in ghosts? UFOs? Aliens?

The Nominations:

If you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to do it, feel free to ignore. 😉

Chelsea @ Books for Thought

Sarina @ Cookie Break

Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles

Jamila @ Heartscent Reads

Maria @ Big City Bookworm

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa

Caroline @ A Novel Romance

Melissa @ In A Bookish World


 

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by the lovely Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, you should! You can read some interesting facts about her in her One Lovely Blog Award post here. Thank you for the nomination, Lila!

 


 

RULES:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 10 – 15 or so other bloggers

 

FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. My first car was a silver Plymouth Acclaim. It’s the same thing as a Dodge Spirit. Very uncool. I really wanted a Honda Civic or Prelude.
  2. The first thing my college roommate asked me when we met was if I was going to rush a sorority…because I was blonde. I think she was hoping for the room to herself. We’re still friends.
  3. I hate flying on airplanes. I have to constantly remind myself that my best friend used to be a flight attendant and flew multiple times a day with no problems.
  4. I should be cleaning my house right now because I’m throwing a birthday party for my daughter tomorrow, but I’m internetting instead.
  5. I love photos. I put up as many as I can around my house. I think I might be officially out of wall space to add more. I love looking at the smiling faces of people I love and remembering amazing moments.
  6. I’m addicted to listening to Sam Hunt right now. I can’t get enough of his country-rap style. It reminds me a lot of Ed Sheeran. I’m also obsessed with his music.
  7. The household chore I dislike the most is loading/unloading the dishwasher. I feel like I do it everyday. Laundry is a close second. The folding/hanging up part sucks.

NOMINATIONS:

I’m going to go ahead and tag some newer to me bloggers. I’ve been enjoying reading their posts. If you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to do it, feel free to ignore. 😉

Chelsea @ Books for Thought

Sarina @ Cookie Break

Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles

Jamila @ Heartscent Reads

Maria @ Big City Bookworm

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa

Jacob @ That’s So Jacob

Caroline @ A Novel Romance

Melissa @ In A Bookish World

T.K. @ Read It or Not Reviews

 

 

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award (The one where I don’t tag anyone.)

Hi, guys! I’m back again with another award tag. I’ve done this one a couple of times already, so I’m not going to take anyone this time. I’m just going to say thank you to the amazing The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for nominating me and answer their questions. 🙂 You can read their award post here.

Here we go!


 

The Rules:

I’m going to include the rules in case anyone wants to do their own post and nominate their favorite blogs. I crossed out the ones I’m not following. Sorry, Siblinghood!

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

 

The Bookkeeper’s Secrets’ Questions for Me:

1)What’s the first item on your bucket list?

I don’t really have a bucket list. If I found out I was going to die soon, I would probably try to write a bunch of letters to my daughter (she’s 7) for the important events in her life. And then I’d get drunk and go dancing.

2)What is your bookish dream?

To be paid to read would be awesome.

3)Coke or pepsi?

Neither. I don’t drink pop. That stuff is baaaad for you. Although, I have to admit a rootbeer is yummy every once in a while.

4)What is your favorite underhyped book?

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. READ.IT.PEOPLE!!!!!!!

5)You’re stranded on a desert island. Which book character do you want with you?

Katniss Everdeen. Girl has skills. She’s already proven she can live through the Hunger Games.

6)What’s the last thing that made you really smile in genuine joy?

My daughter makes me smile every time I look at her, but I did have a ton of fun last Saturday night at a 40th birthday party. I know I was all smiles.

Oh, and today my daughter told me this joke that made me smile:

Her: Do you want to hear a joke about pizza?

Me: Sure!

Her: It’s cheesy!

7)What’s your patronus? Why?

Can it be a bookworm?

8)What’s the dorkiest thing you’ve ever done?

I once accidentally drove the wrong way down a one way street and yelled, “I love me!” Luckily, it was a Sunday morning and no one was coming at me.

9)Would you rather be a queen or a king?

A queen? Hopefully, I would avoid all the tough decisions and stuff that the king has to deal with.

10)Do you like hedgehogs?

Sure, why not. They’re cute.

Infinity Dreams Award: Valentine’s Edition

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Thank you to Arec @ Rainy Thursdays for nominating me for The Infinity Dreams Award. You can find Arec’s post for the award here.

Since tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day, I decided to make this a Valentine’s Edition of The Infinity Dreams Award. All my facts/answers will be love or romance related.


The Rules:

  • Thank and Link the blog that nominated you
  • Tell us 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them

11 Romance Related Facts About Me:

1)My first boyfriend’s name was when I was 14. He once gave me a charm necklace for Valentine’s Day. I was “going out” with him for eighth and ninth grade. (Am I the only one who remembers it being called “going out”?) I might have broken his heart at the beginning of our sophomore year of high school.

2)I’ve had my heart broken 3 times. First, when I was 16. It was a short summer romance.

3)My second broken heart was at 18. The guy’s name was Cash. (No, I’m not kidding. That was actually his real name.) When he broke up with me, he told me I was marriage material and he was just looking for a good time. (Um…okay?)

4)The third guy to break my heart broke it when I was 20…and 21…and 22. I let him break it off and on a lot. He did give me roses and a box of chocolate for the first Valentine’s Day after I met him, which is funny because it was like a week after we met. Maybe that should have been a clue of what was to come.

5)I haven’t had my heart broken since I was 22. It helps that I started dating my husband when I was 23.

6)We dated 6 years before we got married. Our wedding anniversary is 3 days after Valentine’s Day, so my husband usually gives me flowers for the combined holidays.

7)As you can tell, I have a good memory. I am able to remember all sorts of things my husband can’t. He likes to tell me thing so that I can remember them for him.

8)The first dance song at my wedding was When You Say Nothing At All by Allison Krauss. I think it’s such a sweet song and her voice is so airy and pretty. Plus, it fits how I feel about my hubby. He’s freakin’ awesome.

“When You Say Nothing At All”

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don’t say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud
But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd
Old Mr. Webster could never define
What’s being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

9)I love love songs — ones from the 80’s and 90’s are my favorite. I would have picked one for the first dance at my wedding, but I couldn’t find the right one so I went with country.

10)I think Valentine’s Day is too commercialized, but I still get my kiddo a Valentine’s gift every year. She loves it.


Arec’s Questions:

Oromance related. ;)Sorry for adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to your questions, but like I said, Valentine’s Edition!

1)Do you remember the book that really got you into reading?

Nora Robert’s romance The Villa was the first book that really got my interested in reading as an adult.

2)Are you also a writer or do you enjoy reading just someone else’s stories?

I wish I was a romance writer, but I’m not. 😦 I’m stuck reading other people’s stories.

3)Why did you start your blog?

To share my love of reading romances with others.

4)Do you listen to audio books?

I used to listen to romances and other genres when I commuted 45 minutes to and from work every day. Now, not so much.

5)What is the one genre you will never touch?

Ugh. It’s not that I won’t touch it, but I do not like student-teacher romances.

6)How do you feel about the book blogging community?

I love it!

7) Do you remember Goodreads book swap program?

No. I bet they swapped romance books, huh?

8)What other hobbies do you have besides reading and blogging?

I’m pretty boring. I have a few TV shows I like to watch — romantic comedies are my favorite. I like to ride my beach cruiser with my family. Camping. Boating.

9)What would your dream job be?

Reading romances for a living. Wouldn’t we all love to be paid to read?

10)Do you have an special talents?

I can tap dance. I’m sure I could do it to a love song.


11 Bloggers I Nominate To Answer My Lovely Questions:

Michelle @ Chelles Blog

Imogene @ Amidst the Pages

The Orang-utan Librarian

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl

Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower

Claire @ Art and Soul

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Rachael @ bookspieandcoffee


My “Lovely” Questions:

1)What is your favorite love song?

2)What is your favorite romance novel?

3)Would you rather read a Young Adult, New Adult or Adult romance novel?

4)Would you rather listen to love songs by Marvin Gaye or Charlie Puth’s love song about Marvin Gaye?

5)Who is your least favorite fictional love triangle?

6)What romance novel do you wish they would make a movie version of?

7)What is your favorite romantic comedy movie?

8)Who is your favorite romantic comedy actor?

9)Who is your favorite romantic comedy actress?

10)Would you rather get chocolate or flowers for Valentine’s Day?

11)Historical or contemporary romance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liebster Award (How Many Times Am I Allowed To Accept?)

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I know what you’re thinking. Haven’t you been nominated and accepted the Liebster Award like 4 times already? Yes. Yes, I have.

I can’t help it. I can’t not accept a nomination from a friendly blogger — especially when it comes with fun, weird questions to answer. I’m a sucker for random questions! So, here we go again.

A BIG thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for nominating me!


 

What you have to do when you accept the Liebster Nomination:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions of your own.

 

The Orang-utan Librarian’s Super Fun Questions:

1)I’m stealing Nut Free Nerd’s Question- put your music on shuffle- what comes up?

Oh! It’s an oldie, but goodie! Yay!

2)What’s your favourite Disney song?

Umm…I can tell you what it’s not. Let It Go from Frozen. I’ve heard it WAY too much since that movie came out. Blame it on my 7-year-old.

3)Who’s your favourite Disney villain?

Cruella De Vil. She looks all sort of crazy.

4)What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

I don’t know what the all time weirdest book I’ve ever read is, but the most current weirdest book is F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher.

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5)Who’s your oddest book crush?

Garrett Graham from Elle Kennedy’s The Deal. I honestly didn’t realize how weird it was to crush on this guy until Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts pointed out Garrett’s downfalls to me. Thanks, Joey! 😉

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6)What’s the best excuse you’ve ever given?

The best excuse…I don’t know if I should admit this or not. It’s not one excuse but many, and it wasn’t one I made for myself. My best friend used to call me from Washington when I was going to college in Arizona to have me help her come up with lies  excuses. Evidently, I can come up with some very real sounding excuses. We always thought it was funny because I’m not one to lie and my excuses were the most believable.

7)What’s the worst job interview question you’ve ever had? If you’ve never had a job interview- what’s the most random question you’ve ever been asked? (not including this one)

It’s been (gasp) 15 years since I last interviewed for a job, so my memory is a little rusty. The only question I can even remember was being asked what the National School Lunch Program’s free and reduced lunch qualifications are based on. I pulled the answer out of nowhere and got it right.

8)What is your favorite sport? (either to watch or play)

Play: basketball.

Watch: my daughter’s soccer and basketball games and the Seattle Supersonics basketball games. (BRING BACK THE SONICS!!!!!) Oh! And I can’t forget my Seahawks. Go HAWKS!!!

9)What’s the best bad thing you’ve ever eaten? (aka a desert that was so disgustingly bad that you felt guilty but delighted about having eaten it)

Can I just go with the last best bad thing I’ve eaten? I went to a 40th birthday party last night. They had these super yummy cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake in Tacoma. It was to die for!

10)Write a poem detailing your love for your favourite food.

Peanut! Peanut butter! And Jelly! Peanut! Peanut butter! And Jelly!….

Yes, I know that’s a kid’s camp song. I just couldn’t come up with anything on my own. Lol. And I do love me a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Kid for life.

11)Okay, at the risk of making this all about food, would you rather only ever be able to eat your favorite food for the rest of your life or eat whatever you want *except* your favourite food?

Eat whatever I want. I can always find a new favorite food.


 

You’re awesome, so you’re nominated:

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Claire @ Art and Soul

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Sky @ Bookish Night

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

(I know most of you guys have probably already done this one. Sorry, not sorry. 😉 You are more than welcome to ignore it. I won’t be mad.)

And even if I didn’t nominate you this time, you’re still awesome!


 

My Questions:

1)What is the weirdest thing you and your best friend have ever done together?

2)What is your favorite song from the 1980’s?

3)If you wrote a memoir about yourself, what would the name of it be?

4)Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift – Who would you back in a catfight?

5)Dancer or wallflower?

6)If you could be one book character, who would it be?

7)Come up with a pop star alias for yourself.

8)What is your biggest grammatical error pet peeve?

9)If you could go live in a country other than your home country, what would it be and where exactly in that country?

10)What’s your favorite song right now?

11)What’s your least favorite book genre?

 

 

 

The Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for The Liebster Award in the past, but I was recently nominated again by Caron @ Diminishing Thoughts. I always find it fun to answer other blogger’s random questions, so I decided to go ahead and accept the nomination again.

Thank you, Caron! It was an honor to be nominated by you. 🙂


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The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.  
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions of your own.

 


 

Caron’s Questions:

1. What inspires you?

So many things inspire me: music, art, a book with an inspirational message, quotes, my friends, people who do amazing and selfless things.

2. Who’s your favorite character in a book (not necessarily your favorite book)?

Hmm…This past year it’s been Kate from Bright Side. (It’s one of those books with an inspirational message.) I’m still waiting for another character to come along and affect me the same way.

3. What got you started on reading?

My mom. She was a grade school teacher for 30+ years. She taught me the importance of reading in life.

4. Who is your bookish role model (author/blogger/etc)?

I don’t know if I have just one. There are so many authors who inspire me with their creativity and beautiful writing ability. I wish I could be so creative! As for blogger, I like to think every one of you inspires me. Each of you have a little trait that I wish I had.

5. If your favourite book were a sandwich, what sandwich would it be (name your favourite book too)?

I hate it when people make me choose my favorite book because it changes yearly. If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m going to pick Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. The sandwich would be called Cook’s Surprise because it’s all about the surprise twists and turns with this book.

6. If you could choose one book world to live in, what would it be?

I would definitely want to live in Kate and Gus’ Bright Side world. I love their laid back attitudes and lifestyle.

7. Favourite TV show based off a book (or vice versa)?

I don’t have one. I don’t think I watch a TV show based off a book right now. I do want to check out Shadowhunters and The Magician at some point, though.

8. What is your favorite genre?

Romance. If I had to narrow it down even further, I’d say New Adult.

9. Bookstore or library?

Honestly, bookstore. But realistically, library.

10. What was the last book you read?

Appealed by Emma Chase

11. Preferred reading spot and/or position?

The recliner in my family room. So comfy!


Who gets to answer my questions:

I’m going to pick some bloggers I have recently started following for this award…

Kelly @ The Bookshelf Blog

Brittany @ The Dream Carrier

Charlotte @ Upon My Desk

Claire @ Blankslaters

Sara Beth @ Life, Love and Writing 

Louise @ Louise Loves Books

CK @ CK’s Reading Corner 

Chelsie @ Chelsie’s Book Addiction

Liz @ Cover to Cover

Ali @ Arctic Books

Marlee @ A Little Book Corner


My Questions For You:

1. Have you ever named a child, pet, car or anything else after a book character? If so, what was the name and from which book? If not, do you want to?

2. If your favorite book was being made into a movie, who would you cast as the characters?

3. If you could co-author a book with someone, who would it be? What would your book be about?

4. Would you rather read your favorite book over and over again or read as many “2 star” books as you want?

5. What is the book you learned the most from?

6. If you could rename yourself, what you name you?

7. What celebrity do people say you look like?

8. If you could relive any time period in your life, what would it be?

9. If you could be a part of any fictional family, whose would it be?

10. Do you like participating in book tags and awards? Why or why not?

11. Tell me the most interesting thing about yourself.