My First Liebster Award

Last Thursday I received a super sweet Tweet from my blogging buddy Jen over at Boys will be Boys, letting me know that she had nominated me for my very first Liebster Award! To say I was tickled pink is an understatement. A big understatement. As in, I grinned from ear to ear and totally happy danced my ass around our bedroom. But the truth of the matter is that I was SERIOUSLY slacking in terms of returning the favor and passing along this wonderful award to another one of my bloggy faves. Life just got in the way and other scheduled posts hogged my blog. However, on Tuesday I was handed the boot up the bum I so desperately needed as the unbelievably adorable Amanda (GREAT name, girlfriend!) from everyday b&b sent me the sweetest email letting me know that she too nominated me for the award. So, as you can imagine, I happy danced my ass around our bedroom once again and set to work composing this post!

Girls, I don't think you know how much I appreciate that you've nominating me for this. To know that there are other's out there who genuinely enjoy my mundane and sometimes inappropriate ramblings about my less than exciting life is hugely gratifying. I started this blog as a way for my friends and family back home in the states to follow along with mine and Carl's crazy life in England. It was a creative outlet for me to vent, talk too much, laugh, pick fun at and ponder life's crazy curve-balls. I never in a million years thought I would make so many fantastic friends and discover a true passion for writing. I've grown to absolutely adore blogging and the opportunity to share my thoughts, feelings and adventures with all of you has been so therapeutic and fun. I can't wait to continue documenting mine and Carl's adventures - moving back to the states, getting my first teaching job, our big Vermont wedding, the experience of buying our first house, having our first child - and share them with all of you.

Okay, so now that I've got my sapptastic rant out of the way, you're all probably wondering what the hell a Liebster award is...  
The award is given to upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome!
And this, my love bugs, is how the Liebster Award works:
1. Each nominee must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you and create 11 questions for bloggers you've tagged.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs.

So, first things first. Here are the 11 random facts about me (I've stolen 5 of these from a post I was recently tagged in on Instagram)
1. I contracted Transverse Myelitis and was paralyzed for a week when I was 11.
2. My favorite part of summer is sitting on the back deck with my Mom and sister watching the thunderstorms roll in.
3. I'm absolutely PETRIFIED of grates at the bottom of pools, sensors and jelly fish. 
4. I love willow trees and the first thing I'll do when Carl and I buy our first house is plant one in our back lawn.
5. As a child I used to dream of being a famous TV chef. I even created my very own imaginary show called 'Coffee on Coffee' and my sister (who was my sous chef) and I used to stand on chairs at the kitchen counter and pretend were being filmed.
6. I have an unhealthy obsession with scarves and necklaces.
7. The first time Carl kissed me I was stopped at a red light, forgot about my foot on the break and crashed my car into the one stopped in front of us.
8. I dip almost everything I eat in ketchup or ranch dressing.
9. I can't get a pedicure without my ticklish reflexes causing me to drop kick the poor nail technician. It's embarrassing.
10. Carl and I have to kiss each other 5 times every night before we can fall asleep.
11. My all time favorite season is Fall. I love every single thing about it.

As I was nominated by two lovely ladies, I've chosen to answer half of Jen's and half of Amanda's. Buckle up, here we go into the land of Information Overload. 
1. What is your favorite holiday?
I'm one of those people who is obsessed with all holidays. I absolutely love decorating the house and have been known to go overboard on many, many, many occasions. And I know I'll be one of those mommy's who doesn't know when to stop froofing for birthday celebrations. I can't help it. But in all honesty I think my favorite holiday is Christmas. I start watching Christmas movies in July and I genuinely get depressed when I have to pack the tree away in January (yes, I leave it up until after New Years Eve). 
2. Morning person or night owl?
Definitely a morning person. I LOVE waking up early, especially in the summer. One of my favorite jobs was in a bakery when I had to get up for work at 4. I love the smell of the morning, the early sunshine and the quietness.  In all honesty I dread when it gets dark. It always makes me feel blah.
3. What is your perfect date night?
I love when Carl and I go out to dinner together (a nice Italian restaurant) and then to the movies. Boring, I know. I'm just not a big fan of drunken nights out until 2am as I always feel like I've wasted the entirety of the next day.  
4.What is something you'd like to accomplish in the future.
Oh, I have so so so many goals. I'm one of those people who is always striving to achieve something, I need to keep myself motivated and driven otherwise I get miserable. For the foreseeable future I'd like to obtain my first teaching job/class and run a drama project at my school, buy our first house, run a half marathon, have a baby (or 3) and go on a road trip down Route 66 with the hubby.
5. What is something we don't know about you?
I HATE HATE HATE fighting/arguments, and if I ever get into a very heated conflict I shake and am liable to have an anxiety attack. Nevertheless I'm opinionated, blunt and don't let people walk all over me. I know how to stick up for myself but firmly believe in the age old motto of 'treat others how you'd like to be treated.' Rude, arrogant and inconsiderate people enrage me. Haha!
6. What was your favorite boy band from your teen years? 
Oh I was obsessed with The Backstreet Boys. OBSESSED! They were the very first concert I went to. I believe it was for my 14th birthday. Mom and Dad took my sister and I and I'll never forget my Dad's disgust as they started stripping their shirts off on stage. He stood their shouting "What the hell is this? The Chippendales?! Jesus!"
7. If you had to eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh God, that's such a hard question. I'm a food fatty and I really think I'd suffer mental problems if I was only allowed to eat one thing every day for the rest of my life. However, I'd have to say my favorite food at the moment is vegetable risotto. In fact, I had it last night for dinner.  Haha! But I am a die hard Nutella freak. I'd lick it off a dog turd if I had to. Okay, so that's a lie because that's absolutely disgusting.  
8. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I physically shake with disgusted/anger when people chew with their mouth's open. I don't want to hear their food slopping around in their mouth as it makes me gag. I also can't stand when people don't hold doors open for others, or when  morons pull out in front of me and then go ridiculously slow. 
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Carl and I both love Southern Connecticut, in the suburbs of New York City. And we'll live there one day too. You just watch :)
10. What is your favorite TV show?
I have two. F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Sex and the City. I own every single episode of both and know most of them word for word. 
11. Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
I love every single Disney character ever invented because I am truly obsessed with all things Disney. Always have been, always will be. As a child my favorite was Ariel (The Little Mermaid to those of you who have been living in a bear cave all your lives). I had The Little Mermaid dresses, sandals, cups, shampoos, bed sheets...hell I WAS The Little Mermaid for Halloween one year. She was my idol. But throughout my early teens into my adulthood I was and still am infatuated with Peter Pan. If there were such a place as Never Neverland, I'd become a permanent resident and change my name to Cupcake Obsessed Small Girl.  But as I've yet to find a boat, train or plane with Never Neverland as the destination, I'll settle on the movie and pay homage to my fantasy by decorating my child's nursery with a Peter shadow.

So now it's my turn! And the lucky nominees are...
'The Management' from A Prince and Prozac
Lindsey from Sassy Ms. Ginger
Lauren from  The Lucky Layman's 
Congratulations! You ladies are some of my favorite blogs to read! Pat yourselves on the back!
And in honor of my adoration, I've come up with these 11 questions for you to answer! 

1. What are 3 words you can't stand? (Nina, try and tame yourself here) 
2. How many countries have you traveled to? What were they? Why?
3. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
4. Do you have any odd habits? What are they?
5. What's your favorite childhood food/recipe? (please share it if you can!)
6. Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what are their names?
7. What are 3 things that are ALWAYS inside your purse?
8. Who is your favorite comedian?
9. What is your favorite smell?
10. What are your nicknames and who calls you by those names?
11. Who is your favorite band/singer?

Can't wait to read your posts and learn more about you, ladies!
Enjoy the rest of your Thursday, love bugs!


  1. What an AWESOME post! :) If we ever had a chance to have dinner together I'm pretty sure the resturant would run out of ranch dressing because I too dip everything I can in it! And don't get me started on people who don't hold doors for others, drives me nuts!

  2. Your pedicure comment made me laugh! I feel the same way. This was a great post-- you seem like such a sweet girl!

  3. "I'd lick it off a dog turd if I had to! Okay... That's a lie..." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh my gosh. I don't really know any comedians, so just know when I answer these questions I'm considering you one and listing you as my favorite! Thanks for nominating me girlfriend!

    Have a lovely day! Xoxo :)

  4. I learn something new about you every time I read a post of yours! And you are so hilarious!

  5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I promise to post very soon!

    & I love your first kiss story, hilarious!

  6. I've just installed iStripper, so I can have the best virtual strippers on my desktop.


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