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Liebster Award March 27, 2015

The Liebster Award

I was proud to be nominated for a Liebster award by Emily from Mom on the Move.  The Liebster award was created to help people discover new, interesting bloggers that you might not have found otherwise.  Once nominated, nominees answer questions from their nominator, the nominate new nominees, name new questions for the new nominees, and then get really really tired of typing the word “nominee” and variations thereon.

That said, here’s my answers to the questions Emily asked me:

  1. Why did you start blogging?  In short, it is much, much cheaper than therapy, and more effective as well.
  2. If you could meet any person in history, who would it be?  Mark Twain.  I love Mark Twain.  I love his humor, his ideas, his sense of adventure, and his moustache.
  3. If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?  A book contract with a six figure advance.
  4. What is your favorite movie and why? The Princess Bride.  I’ve seen this movie approximately seventy zillion times, and it never fails to be entertaining, funny, hopeful, charming, timeless, and fun.  Children and adults love it equally.  It is the most quotable movie I’ve ever seen.  At least once a week I say, “I do not think that word means what you think it means,” “Have fun storming the castle!” and “Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”
  5. Name three places you’d like to visit.  (1)Australia – I’ve always wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef, though those deadly little octopi with the purple rings scare me a good bit.  (2) Italy – I want to see all that fabulous art up close and personal.  (3)  Hawai’i – I want to play in the ocean and see a volcano.  And drink rum drinks in a pineapple.
  6. Where is your favorite place to vacation?  I’m really a homebody, and since I’ve had kids most of our vacations involve going to visit relatives for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and maybe taking an extra day on a school related trip.  Our vacation money goes into a house on Lake Oconee where I can go on vacation and still be at home.  I know it is my own crud in the shower, and my toothbrush is already in the bathroom.
  7. If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?  I’m assuming this is one of those nine figure lotteries and not a $15.00 scratch off.  That said, I would start a charity that would give micro-loans to folks who just need a kick start to get their lives in order – the first and last month’s rent for a family that needs independent living.  A retainer for a lawyer for someone in an abusive relationship who needs to get divorced.  A used car or a cell phone for someone who can’t get a job without one.  I would make sure that the Boys & Girls Club in my community had a trust fund.  I would open a non-self-sustainable bookstore in which only books which the staff reads and likes are for sale, with an emphasis on independent publishers.  Plus, I’d hire someone to clean my house and mow my lawn and do my laundry and drive my car (I hate driving!) and I’d build a library and a music room in my house.  This is really a big question.
  8. What is your favorite thing to do to relax.  No question.  To read.
  9. [oooooohhh!  Emily didn’t give a ‘nine’!]
  10. What is your favorite meal to cook?   Lemon chicken.
  11. If you could pick a different occupation what would it be and why?  I am currently a lawyer, which does allow for a good bit of creativity, but I would want to do something more creative.  I think I would have liked advertising.  Or maybe being an editor.  Or a best selling author.

My nominees are:

  1. Colleen Walsh Fong of Copywrites.
  2. Danielle Masterson of Danielle Masterson Books.
  3. Mary Patterson Thornburg.
  4. Amy O. of Allspice and Acrylics.
  5. Brian Moloney of The Freelance Retort.
  6. Suzen Pettit of Omaginarium.
  7. Johnny Robish.
  8. Greg Van Antwerp of The Urban Archaeologist.
  9. Linda Schaub of Reflections and Recollections.
  10. Jeanne Claire Probst.

I tried to make up questions that wouldn’t be impossible to answer but would make for entertaining answers.  I apologize in advance to my nominees if they are too offbeat.  My questions are:

  1. What makes you laugh the most?
  2. If you find yourself with an unscheduled hour, what would you do with it?
  3. If you knew you only had one last meal, what would it be?
  4. Coffee or tea?
  5. What book are you reading right now?
  6. If you could sum up your blog in a Haiku, what would it be?
  7. What author inspires you the most?
  8. What decade do you think you would feel most comfortable living in?
  9. Camping: communing with nature or total uncomfortable bug-fest?
  10. If you could pick one age to be and stay for the next twenty years, what would it be and why?
  11. If you could spend ten minutes with High School You, what would you do/say?

I’m looking forward to their answers.  Please check out all my nominees’ pages, as well as Mom on the Run who nominated me!  Sign up for all their email lists and follow them on social media.  They appreciate it more than you know!   
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  1. Linda Schaub

    I tried to make up questions that wouldn’t be impossible to answer but would make for entertaining answers. I apologize in advance to my nominees if they are too offbeat. My questions are:
    **********************************************************************************************************
    1. What makes you laugh the most?
    Answer: I guess I am a bit of an oddball since in 2010 I cancelled my cable and unplugged the VCR/DVD player so I haven’t even rented a movie in over 5 years. I’ve not been to the show since 1992. I work out of my home, so there are no conversations ‘round the water cooler nor small talk on the elevator or bus. So, I have to entertain myself or rely on funny e-mails or Facebook shares. . I guess I spend alot of time online and I do laugh out loud at some of those outrageous e-cards that people share on Facebook, mostly because people really do think like that. I also laugh at the funny animal e-mails, but then I’m an animal lover – always have been.

    2. If you find yourself with an unscheduled hour, what would you do with it?
    Answer: I would probably organize my document that I electronically jot down all my ideas or encounters from my walks for future blogs. It is a hodge-podge of evergreen ideas right now, that needs sorting out and is about 75 or so pages long. .

    3. If you knew you only had one last meal, what would it be?
    Answer: Well, this will sound really crazy I suppose. I must be missing some cooking and housecleaning genes because I am a lame cook and a poor housekeeper. My mother was a wonderful cook but I have no desire to learn or make a big mess. I’ve given up sweets and treats, fried foods and fast food – now that doesn’t leave me a whole lot of exciting things to eat anymore. So, occasionally while eating my hum drum meals, I ruminate and salivate on past favorite meals … but the one thing I would want for my last meal would be a Long John Silver’s combo … all that grease, all that fried food. I’d love to be eating some of those hushpuppies right now.

    4. Coffee or tea?
    Answer: Coffee definitely. I’ve given up all the fancy creamers though. I hate tea, especially green tea, no matter how good they say it is for you. Ugh..

    5. What book are you reading right now?
    Answer: I’m bad as I haven’t read a book in ages. I keep seeing Danielle Masterson’s 15 in 15 and chastise myself as there are paperbacks galore in tubs in the basement. My mom and I bought them together and she finished them and they are waiting for me when I retire. When I took the bus I was an avid reader and shared books with co-workers. In those days I’d stay up late into the night to finish a Danielle Steel novel. Now, I’d probably last 2 pages and the book would fall out of my hands and I’d be asleep. The last book I read was “Cold Mountain” I believe.

    6. If you could sum up your blog in a Haiku, what would it be?
    Answer:
    A walk in the Park
    A shared vignette from long ago
    Miles and smiles galore.

    7. What author inspires you the most?
    Answer: I’ve only read one of Mitch Albom’s books but I listen to his radio program every day. I am constantly inspired by his good deeds and I follow him on Facebook where he often shares passages from his many novels. More people should be like him, but of course we all don’t have his resources to help the needy. I similarly like Mark Twain’s wit, but enjoy Will Rogers down-home wisdom.

    8. What decade do you think you would feel most comfortable living in?
    Answer: The 50s definitely. During high school and college we were all single and hung out – two of our friends were brothers and they each had their own band. One had an orchestra-type band that did alot of weddings and the other had a 50s band … same guys in each group … they just had different gigs. We always went to the local gigs dressed in 50s attire. It was alot of fun. I would have liked to be Richie Cunningham’s main squeeze – he was more my type than “The Fonz”.

    9. Camping: communing with nature or total uncomfortable bug-fest?
    Answer: I detest bugs!! Scared stiff of them and I am paralyzed by fear when I have a bug encounter in the house. I have been known to stand staring at a spider or a centipede that just sits there and won’t move with my heart pounding. I am afraid to swat it or stomp it as it moves faster than me. When I was a kid my father wanted to go camping, so he rented a tent and off we went – him, my mom and me for a long weekend. The tent had a hole, it rained the first two nights and we got soaking wet. No regular bathrooms at the camp site – a wooden shed with two holes or go out in the bushes. No way!! As for my walks in the Park, I love going there – it is my infusion of nature and a trip to the Park sets my day off right.

    10. If you could pick one age to be and stay for the next twenty years, what would it be and why?
    Answer: I would say 30. I had youth on my side. I felt like I had endless energy. I was travelling alot back then, very interested in photography and had more hobbies. I always travelled alone and hooked up with a travel group and met many nice people and kept in touch with them after tours or cruises. We’d exchange pictures after our trips. I’d immediately start planning my next trip after I got home, assembled my pictures and the “trip glow” wore off. But I am comfortable with myself now and I don’t miss the rigors of travel, nor would I go to the locales I went before – too dangerous these days.

    11. If you could spend ten minutes with High School You, what would you do/say?
    Answer: #1 – “So, you don’t get asked to the prom and it falls on your birthday – is that REALLY the worst thing in the world that could ever happen to you?” #2 – “Sure, you love animals and your parents said they’d put you through college to be a vet, but do you really think with your bleeding heart you’d be able to handle when you couldn’t help them and had to put them down – I don’t think so.”

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  2. Lori Duff

    Great answers, Linda! FYI, my full name is Lori Beth, as was Richie Cunningham’s main squeeze on the show. There were many years in school hallways where I heard, “How’s Richie?”

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  3. Linda Schaub

    Thanks Lori – I will take that into consideration about posing questions on my site, though I know all but one of my subscribers on WordPress, and none of them are bloggers. That is funny about you and Lori Beth. I loved that show and the movie “Grease” … if I couldn’t be born in the 50s, then I’d settle for being a prairie woman. “Little House on the Prairie” comes to mind, and I think you wrote about this show shortly after I joined the Patch group. I really should start reading more … what I was going to mention was, that as a literature minor in college and throughout the high school and college years, there became no joy in reading the classics because you had to analyze and re-analyze them. I enjoyed “Sons and Lovers” but after having to write about all the underlying symbolism, etc. on at least three or four different occasions, it took the sheer joy out of reading any of the classics. I figure when I retire, I’ll go to the library, check out all of the classics, some which I have entirely missed, and re-read others for the simple pleasure of enjoying these favorites. I looked around your website last night, and was reading your comments about Dave Barry. Interestingly, I mentioned Mitch Albom as an inspirational author. I try to listen to the show M-F from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Besides being a sports writer at the “Free Press” Mitch Albom is a featured columnist in that paper every Sunday … sometimes he touches on sports in that particular column, not always. He and several of his writing buddies, among them Dave Barry, Stephen King and Scott Turow, have collaborated for years in a rock band, called “The Rock Bottom Remainders”. He often has Dave Barry on his show or on fundraising marathons to help the homeless here in Detroit, Dave Barry will call in or fly in to be there personally. He spoke at length on air about his latest book that you mentioned … it sounded hilarious.

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  1. Linda Schaub

    I tried to make up questions that wouldn’t be impossible to answer but would make for entertaining answers. I apologize in advance to my nominees if they are too offbeat. My questions are:
    **********************************************************************************************************
    1. What makes you laugh the most?
    Answer: I guess I am a bit of an oddball since in 2010 I cancelled my cable and unplugged the VCR/DVD player so I haven’t even rented a movie in over 5 years. I’ve not been to the show since 1992. I work out of my home, so there are no conversations ‘round the water cooler nor small talk on the elevator or bus. So, I have to entertain myself or rely on funny e-mails or Facebook shares. . I guess I spend alot of time online and I do laugh out loud at some of those outrageous e-cards that people share on Facebook, mostly because people really do think like that. I also laugh at the funny animal e-mails, but then I’m an animal lover – always have been.

    2. If you find yourself with an unscheduled hour, what would you do with it?
    Answer: I would probably organize my document that I electronically jot down all my ideas or encounters from my walks for future blogs. It is a hodge-podge of evergreen ideas right now, that needs sorting out and is about 75 or so pages long. .

    3. If you knew you only had one last meal, what would it be?
    Answer: Well, this will sound really crazy I suppose. I must be missing some cooking and housecleaning genes because I am a lame cook and a poor housekeeper. My mother was a wonderful cook but I have no desire to learn or make a big mess. I’ve given up sweets and treats, fried foods and fast food – now that doesn’t leave me a whole lot of exciting things to eat anymore. So, occasionally while eating my hum drum meals, I ruminate and salivate on past favorite meals … but the one thing I would want for my last meal would be a Long John Silver’s combo … all that grease, all that fried food. I’d love to be eating some of those hushpuppies right now.

    4. Coffee or tea?
    Answer: Coffee definitely. I’ve given up all the fancy creamers though. I hate tea, especially green tea, no matter how good they say it is for you. Ugh..

    5. What book are you reading right now?
    Answer: I’m bad as I haven’t read a book in ages. I keep seeing Danielle Masterson’s 15 in 15 and chastise myself as there are paperbacks galore in tubs in the basement. My mom and I bought them together and she finished them and they are waiting for me when I retire. When I took the bus I was an avid reader and shared books with co-workers. In those days I’d stay up late into the night to finish a Danielle Steel novel. Now, I’d probably last 2 pages and the book would fall out of my hands and I’d be asleep. The last book I read was “Cold Mountain” I believe.

    6. If you could sum up your blog in a Haiku, what would it be?
    Answer:
    A walk in the Park
    A shared vignette from long ago
    Miles and smiles galore.

    7. What author inspires you the most?
    Answer: I’ve only read one of Mitch Albom’s books but I listen to his radio program every day. I am constantly inspired by his good deeds and I follow him on Facebook where he often shares passages from his many novels. More people should be like him, but of course we all don’t have his resources to help the needy. I similarly like Mark Twain’s wit, but enjoy Will Rogers down-home wisdom.

    8. What decade do you think you would feel most comfortable living in?
    Answer: The 50s definitely. During high school and college we were all single and hung out – two of our friends were brothers and they each had their own band. One had an orchestra-type band that did alot of weddings and the other had a 50s band … same guys in each group … they just had different gigs. We always went to the local gigs dressed in 50s attire. It was alot of fun. I would have liked to be Richie Cunningham’s main squeeze – he was more my type than “The Fonz”.

    9. Camping: communing with nature or total uncomfortable bug-fest?
    Answer: I detest bugs!! Scared stiff of them and I am paralyzed by fear when I have a bug encounter in the house. I have been known to stand staring at a spider or a centipede that just sits there and won’t move with my heart pounding. I am afraid to swat it or stomp it as it moves faster than me. When I was a kid my father wanted to go camping, so he rented a tent and off we went – him, my mom and me for a long weekend. The tent had a hole, it rained the first two nights and we got soaking wet. No regular bathrooms at the camp site – a wooden shed with two holes or go out in the bushes. No way!! As for my walks in the Park, I love going there – it is my infusion of nature and a trip to the Park sets my day off right.

    10. If you could pick one age to be and stay for the next twenty years, what would it be and why?
    Answer: I would say 30. I had youth on my side. I felt like I had endless energy. I was travelling alot back then, very interested in photography and had more hobbies. I always travelled alone and hooked up with a travel group and met many nice people and kept in touch with them after tours or cruises. We’d exchange pictures after our trips. I’d immediately start planning my next trip after I got home, assembled my pictures and the “trip glow” wore off. But I am comfortable with myself now and I don’t miss the rigors of travel, nor would I go to the locales I went before – too dangerous these days.

    11. If you could spend ten minutes with High School You, what would you do/say?
    Answer: #1 – “So, you don’t get asked to the prom and it falls on your birthday – is that REALLY the worst thing in the world that could ever happen to you?” #2 – “Sure, you love animals and your parents said they’d put you through college to be a vet, but do you really think with your bleeding heart you’d be able to handle when you couldn’t help them and had to put them down – I don’t think so.”

    Reply

  2. Lori Duff

    Great answers, Linda! FYI, my full name is Lori Beth, as was Richie Cunningham’s main squeeze on the show. There were many years in school hallways where I heard, “How’s Richie?”

    Reply

  3. Linda Schaub

    Thanks Lori – I will take that into consideration about posing questions on my site, though I know all but one of my subscribers on WordPress, and none of them are bloggers. That is funny about you and Lori Beth. I loved that show and the movie “Grease” … if I couldn’t be born in the 50s, then I’d settle for being a prairie woman. “Little House on the Prairie” comes to mind, and I think you wrote about this show shortly after I joined the Patch group. I really should start reading more … what I was going to mention was, that as a literature minor in college and throughout the high school and college years, there became no joy in reading the classics because you had to analyze and re-analyze them. I enjoyed “Sons and Lovers” but after having to write about all the underlying symbolism, etc. on at least three or four different occasions, it took the sheer joy out of reading any of the classics. I figure when I retire, I’ll go to the library, check out all of the classics, some which I have entirely missed, and re-read others for the simple pleasure of enjoying these favorites. I looked around your website last night, and was reading your comments about Dave Barry. Interestingly, I mentioned Mitch Albom as an inspirational author. I try to listen to the show M-F from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Besides being a sports writer at the “Free Press” Mitch Albom is a featured columnist in that paper every Sunday … sometimes he touches on sports in that particular column, not always. He and several of his writing buddies, among them Dave Barry, Stephen King and Scott Turow, have collaborated for years in a rock band, called “The Rock Bottom Remainders”. He often has Dave Barry on his show or on fundraising marathons to help the homeless here in Detroit, Dave Barry will call in or fly in to be there personally. He spoke at length on air about his latest book that you mentioned … it sounded hilarious.

    Reply

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