Friday, December 21

liebster award!

Thank you to Meg over at Borrowed Heaven, for nominating me for the Leibster Award!
borrowed heaven

Funnily enough, "liebster" is a German word pertaining to the idea of: "sweetheart, darling, beloved, dearest." The definition is applicable to the intention of this award, which is to support and shed more light on small blogs with less than 200 followers. When you are done reading this post, please take the time to visit a few of the blogs that I am listing below, and show them some love!

If you receive the award, there are a few rules to follow…

*Each blogger nominated must make their own blog post with 11 things about themselves
*Then answer the 11 questions the tagger has asked
*Blogger must then create 11 questions of their own to ask the bloggers they decide to nominate
*They must choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate and link them on their blog post
*Bloggers must be notified of their award!
*No tag backs!

11 Things About Me:

1. Mother to one or three, depending on who you ask! :)
2. I am planning to open my own business on Etsy or some other site, selling my felt food and stuffed animals! I hope to get it up and running this year, though it will be quite an undertaking, especially considering that each piece is hand-sewn!
3. I'm very grateful that I don't mind repetition. When Iris decides she loves a movie, it is the ONLY movie she will watch for a period of about two weeks. Her current favorite is Pinocchio, which we have watched every single day this week. She always laughs hysterically at the scenes including Figaro.
4. I am very indecisive about just about everything unless I feel strongly about a subject. For example, while shopping online for a puzzle for Iris, I spent about 10 minutes trying to decide between a kitty puzzle and a train one. I drive myself nuts with this!
5. My most recent tattoo, made in October, turned out a lot differently than I had planned in my mind. My artist's vision was very different from my own but instead of nit-picking and making him redraw the entire thing, I just went with it. The entire process of getting the tattoo and of living with it as a new part of my body for the first few weeks was a journey that surprised the hell out of me. I went through every conceivable emotion about it, and now have settled into acceptance and appreciation for it. While it's very different from what I had in mind, it turned out to be exactly what I needed.
6. After Marius patiently taught me to play videogames, I discovered that I loved playing PS3 and got rather good at it! My favorite game is a relatively old one for PS2 , Dark Kingdom - it's the first I ever played with Marius and replayed about 10 times.
7. A new thing I've learned about myself lately is that I must be "getting old!" I made sugar cookie dough a couple of weeks ago and took a small bite of it. I had no inclination to eat more, in fact I found it rather revolting. Odd, considering I used to covet the stuff and sneak little bits here and there while my mother made it. "Stop that! I need to bake some of this dough!" she would warn. Well, don't worry Mom it only took about 20 years, but it'll never happen again, haha!
8. I use men's deodorant. Old Spice to be exact.
9. Not counting airports, I have traveled to and/or lived in 7 foreign countries - Mexico, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.
10. I don't like when people dress in costumes that cover their face. I have strong facial recognition skills and am usually very good at reading expressions and microexpressions. Thus when I can't see someone's face, it makes me wary of their intentions since I can't easily predict their behavior.
11. I have webcam sessions with Iris where I take dozens of pictures just of whatever we're doing at that moment. I love looking back at the ones I took when she was a tiny baby. Now that she's older she's a ham for the camera and loves to see herself on video!

Meg's 11 Questions:
1. What are you most looking forward to this holiday season? All of the things! I'll be making my family's traditional Christmas cookies in a few days, something I will post about soon. On Christmas Eve it's been a tradition on my side of the family to prepare and eat Asian food - dumplings, lotus soup, and other more complex dishes - not sure where that one came from.  The last couple of years we ordered out for Chinese. This year, we may do Turkish, since Turkish restaurants are everywhere in Germany. On Christmas Day, it's morning coffee while the children open their stockings on the groggy parent's bed. Then we head downstairs and eat smoked salmon on toast and drink champagne during present opening, which stretches out all morning long as we revel in it! I have great childhood memories of this and I love continuing these traditions with my own little family!
2. Why do you blog? I blog to keep a record of stories and memories of my little girl, my thoughts on parenting and occasionally random things that strike my interest. In part, I do it for our relatives and friends, since we live so far from most of them. I've been a slacker recently with posting and really need to get back on the bandwagon!
3. Do you have any piercings or tattoos? I have 4 lobe and one cartilage piercing in my ears and my navel is pierced. I have three tattoos - one small symbol on my left wrist, a Latin phrase on my stomach and my newest piece covers the entire front of my right thigh. We have to travel to Berlin some time in the next couple of years for me to get it finished. I have another new one scheduled for early February!
4. Where will you be 5 or 10 years from now? Wherever the military decides to put us!
5. Where is one place you would love to visit? There are many places... but I'd love to live in Asia because things are so drastically different. Maybe South Korea, Thailand or Japan.
6. Summer or winter - Why? I love the winter because one can always put more layers on to stay warm... but if you're too hot in the summer there's not much to be done about it and I find that rather miserable. I like my winter clothing, hot drinks, snow, comfort foods and holidays!
7. If there was one crazy thing you wish you could do in your life, what would it be? If I could do another crazy thing, I would love to go skydiving.
8. Favorite dessert? I love rhubarb pie, all types of cake with homemade frosting (I think the store-bought stuff is gross), mint chocolate chip ice cream, Crème brûlée, and I could go on...
9. Any guilty pleasures? Pleasure does not cause me guilt (assuming it fits into my personal code of ethics.) Though I may hide the fact that I occasionally take a swig out of the maple syrup bottle...
10. Favorite original diy/craft/recipe? My mother's rhubarb pie is my favorite (highly coveted and secret) recipe. In regards to crafts, my favorite are the ones I create - original, hand-sewn felt animals and play-food.
11. What's your typical daily online routine? I usually browse Facebook, G+, blogger, Tumblr, etc while I drink my coffee in the morning and Iris plays quietly. Then I am on and off a few times during the day usually to email back and forth with Marius. Then again in the evening. One of my goals this coming year is to progressively spend less time on the computer, or at least be more productive while online!

My 11 questions:
1. What is your earliest memory?
2. What makes you feel most at home?
3. What types of things do you do for personal-time away from daily schedules and demands?
4. How did you do in school? Did you enjoy it?
5. If you had to eat one meal and drink one drink for an entire year, what would they be?
6. If you had to live the rest of your life in the body of an animal, which would it be?
7. Do you donate money to charity? Why or why not?
8. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
9. How does your life now compare to how you imagined it would be as a kid?
10. Do you prefer country or city living? Why?

I don't follow 11 people who have less then 200 followers, so I will only tag those I can:
Patty at Make It Cozee
Meg at most.peculiar.thing
Susan at An Air Force Wife Just Trying to Get By...
Melissa at The Alchemist
Kelly at The Teeny Tiny Mommy


  1. That picture is hilarious! I love EVE! So you like maple syrup, hmmm.. :D

  2. That photo is epic. I love it. You haven’t sent a picture of your tattoo now that it’s healed. I’d love to see it again. I like that you said Marius patiently taught you to play video games. Haha! I would be lost, then get frustrated, then get bored. You wear old spice deodorant?! I had no idea. My grandpa used to wear the cologne. Rest assured, I’ve never thought you smelled like my grandpa. He’s dead, so it would be one of those moments like… Grandpa? I can smell you… Are you here with me now? Do you have a message? Do you like my friend Adria? Please don’t follow me home, it’s creepy.
    It seems like you did a pretty good job of sticking to your family’s traditions. That’s pretty neat. And you mentioned that blasted rhubarb pie TWICE in this one. I swear you’re trying to torment me. You made up for it by mentioning the strange syrup obsession though.