Wednesday, December 19, 2012

You Really Like Me - An Award

A crazy thing happened a couple weeks ago--two bloggers nominated me for an award. I don't think I've been awarded anything since high school, and those were all a variety of Biggest Nerd Award, so this was pretty nifty in my little corner of the world. According to what these generous ladies told me, liebster is a German word meaning dearest, beloved or favorite, and the Liebster Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers and is intended to showcase exceptional blogs.  I'm feeling all blush-y. 

One of the nominations came from Karen at Dogs Don't Eat Pizza. Karen and I have been friends since college and started blogging at about the same time, so she might have felt obligated to say something nice. She said of Flotsam of the Mind: "Written by one of my best friends and favorite people. She and I are pretty much the same person, we've figured out. She has a great writing style, amazing photographs and fun crafting ideas."

More amazingly, the other nomination came from someone I do not know. That really floored me (thank you, Cris!). Cris at Crazed Fitness said of this blog: "I love her spin on life.  It's funny and true.."

Wow. [Insert Sally Field "you really like me!" reference.] 

Here were the instructions that came with the nomination:1. Add the award icon to your blog.2. Link to your nominator to say thank you. 3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, & create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

I'm going to cheat a little. I've already given you twelve random facts about me in the About section of this blog, so you can read those here. To make up for cheating on the first part, I'll answer both Karen's and Cris's questions. Deep breath. Here goes....

Answers to questions from Karen at Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to improve my writing skills.

2. What is the most important thing you've learned since you've started blogging?

I learned that there is so much to learn, and I enjoy doing it. Not only have I focused on the writing required, but I've learned bits about design, marketing, and coding.

3. What are you most proud of in your life?

Tough one. I think I'd have to say that I'm most proud that I am capable and independent. I can get things done (often without help).

4. If you could start blogging all over again, would you change anything and what would it be?

I would have liked to have a better page design and photographs in the beginning, but I didn't know enough to do that at the time. It's still a work in progress.

5. Dog person or cat person?

Neither. If I could find a pet that didn't shed, didn't need to be walked or have me carry its feces around in a bag, took care of itself like a cat but loved me like a dog, then I might consider getting a pet. 

6. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received (about blogging or otherwise)?

From my mom, regarding my relationship with a certain boy whom I eventually married: "If it's meant to be, it will be." I thought it was completely pointless and annoying at the time, but she was right.

7. What is your favorite food?

Ice cream.

8. What is your favorite movie?

Gone With the Wind. 

9. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Pete's Italian Roast. Black. One Oxo travel mug each morning.

10. How would your friends describe you?

I think I'll leave that to my friends.

11. What do you enjoy in your free time?

Photography, swimming, reading.

Answers to questions from Cris at Crazed Fitness

1.  What is your other job, when not blogging?

Mom. I used to be a corporate lawyer.

2.  If you could live anywhere in the world, cost being no object, where would you live and why?

I don't have a specific geographic location in mind--either a house with lots of windows on the beach where it is warm year-round or in a house with a wrap-around porch on a lake (again, where it is warm). Warm is the objective.

3.  What got you started blogging?

See #1 above.

4.  What topics, if any, are off-limits for your blog?

Although I talk quite a bit about parenting and my issues with it, I do not include my children's names, photos, or any personal information about them. 

5.  Who is your favorite author and why?

I don't think I could begin to narrow it to one. I love Anna Quindlen's non-fiction, because she says what I would say in the way I would say it if I had her talent. I love Stephen King and have read nearly everything he's written; mock if you must, but he can write dialogue like nobody else. I love Anne Lamott's take on most things.  In college, I was a huge Faulkner fan, although I confess I'd really have to work at that these days. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner is one of my favorite novels. 

6.  What is your favorite style(s) of music?

Country, 80s, classic rock.

7.  Do you listen to music during your day?

Constantly. In the car, Sirius/XM or my iPod. In the kitchen, Pandora.

8.  What is your favorite hobby?

See #11 above.

9.  What inspires you?

Can I pass on one? I might have to think too hard on that one.

10.  What is one goal you have for 2013 that you will do anything to make happen?

I want to continue to improve my photography.

11.  If you had to capture who you are in either a picture or 20 words or less, what would it look like or say?

Although I am so much more, many days it feels like this. This is me as The Laundry Fairy.

woman wearing wings in laundry basket

Here's where they probably are going to revoke this swell little award nomination. Of the many blogs I follow--which focus primarily upon books, photography, DIY, parenting, and humor--none meet the requirements of less than 200 followers. I am still new to the blogging game, don't yet have a community of bloggers that I hang with, and learn of most blogs when they win a blog award or are mentioned on another blog I follow. Needless to say, I will not be endearing myself to the blogging community by failing to pay it forward.  Potential blogger friends:  I would if I could. 

If, after learning more about me, you have blogs you follow that you think I might like, please let me know in the comments. If there is something you're just dying to know about me that hasn't been answered, put your request in the comments. If you're tired of hearing all about me, I understand.  I'll stop talking now.


  1. The laundry fairy pic is one of my favorite pics ever. Excellent post - thank you!

  2. And no, I did not feel obligated to say anything nice. I was honest.

  3. Great blog Cynthia. Love your posts

  4. "How would your friends describe you?

    "I think I'll leave that to my friends."

    This, and the photo, is why I am fond of your blog.

  5. (And of course the notion that I now should have a blog or band called Jetsam of the Soul.)

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