Leibster Award

by humanmama on April 26, 2013

The Liebster Award is a blogger-to-blogger award where you answer their 11 questions, and then make up 11 of your own. Honored to be nominated by Jaci, fellow mommy and writer over at Selftalk(in)sanity, I am honored to be thought of! What are your answers to the questions below? Reply to this post–I’d love to read them.

1. Do you love to win or hate to lose?

Hm. I’m not really much into either. I love to be gardening. I feel like I lost most when I spend the entire day inside cleaning when my kids are playing outside and then when they come in for dinner and trash the house again I think, “why wasn’t I just playing outside with them for the last three hours?”

I guess I’m more of a “hate to lose” kind of person.

2. Why do you blog?

To spread the word that parenting isn’t easy for anyone and that pretty much every great mother you see that you envy is just guessing. Just in case you thought you were alone in your cluelessness.

Also, so my kids can see in the future how sane and cool I was before they slowly and systematically drove me crazy.

3. What’s one thing you wish was different about the world?

Oh man. Just one thing? If I have to pick JUST ONE THING it would be that people could see the lovely, kind, whole, and beautiful soul of everyone else. I think that would really clear up a lot of things. How could you hate another person, group of people, village, country, state, religion, gender, or person of any kind if you could see their soul? And remember they are a living being with a family and friends and maybe just lonely in this world? This sentiment alone makes it extremely hard for me to watch the news or listen to NPR, because it’s almost like I can experience the suffering of all of the people in the world when I learn about it. How could you troll the internet looking for mean things to write to people? You couldn’t. How could you blow up people in Boston? You couldn’t. How could you hurt, or be hateful to anyone ever again? Answer: you couldn’t. And, if everyone could feel that, how could there ever be another war?

Of course, news channels would really be hurtin’ for  news. But maybe they could report on the lovely things people do!!

4. What’s your favorite quality about yourself?

I’m pretty damn funny. If there’s anyone who can pull a group of not-talking-awkward-silence-people together, it’s this girl.

5. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Oh gosh. Maybe Jesus? Just to see about all the hype? Or–wait–Eve. And I’d say “WAAAAIT! Let Adam eat that while I cook you these amazing brownies instead.” And thus, we’d be saved from pain in childbirth.

6. If you could live anywhere, no extenuating circumstances holding you back, where would it be and why?

Somewhere tropical. Fiji and/or Hawaii come to mind. The French Polynesians.

7. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time? …if you have free time :)

In any spare moment, even late at night, you might find me out in the yard making it more awesome.

8. Would you want to be famous, why or why not?

In high school I used to say “I’m going to be famous someday,” and people would say “for what?” And I would reply: “Not sure yet.”
I still feel this way.

9. If you could reincarnate as an animal, what would you be?

Every animal I think of has dust mites or something gross. Maybe bird. (Mites and eating worms. But you can fly.)

10. What’s your idea of a dream vacation?

See #6. Tropics. Somewhere in a magnificent villa where you can take your breakfast outside (a breakfast which was of course cooked for me, not by me). And then, if this is truly a dream, I’d be flown there–alone–first for 3 days, followed by my husband for two, then the kids would come with a nanny and we could stay for another two weeks.

11. What’s something you try your best to avoid?

Judging others. I’m not great at it–I’m pretty sure it’s human nature–but I try really hard not to judge others. I read about it in some book once. It said if you’re stoning someone for something terrible they’ve done, you can only do it if you’ve never, ever done something terrible. And thus: no one can throw a stone because everyone has done terrible things. Again, human nature. So let’s just forgive and see the great, lovely, perfect soul that everyone was meant to have. Really! It would be an END to road rage, I’ll tell you that.

And THAT? That would be NEWS.




I’ll be sending 11 questions over to Dana VanderLugt to see what she has to say. Thanks again to Jaci at Selftalk(in)sanity!!

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Jaci April 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Love it! We have similar hearts and views if how we’d like the world to be :) I knew I liked ya!! And I’ll take your dream vacation too!!


aj May 5, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Jac!! We can go away together…sigh…!


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