I was nominated for a Sunshine Award by Kim from Infertile Myrtle. I hadn’t heard of this award until very recently, but it is a way of recognizing bloggers who brighten your day. Knowing that other people read and enjoy my blog brightens my day, so to be nominated by someone is humbling. Here are the rules:
1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post
2. Link to the person who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award
5. Link your nominees and let them know they’ve been nominated
And it seems that each nominee also poses 10 questions for their own nominees, although apparently it’s not an official rule.
Here are Kim’s questions:
What do you do for work?
I am a school psychologist. So the vast majority of my work involves psycho-educational assessment (IQ, achievement, social-emotional, and behavioral testing and interviewing). Learning disabilities and ADHD are my specialties.
What made you want to start a blog & what motivates you to write?
I was a handful of months into TTC (5 I think) and I was getting frustrated. I know that 5 months of trying is nothing, but I had a feeling that something was wrong. In reality it was probably more my anxious nature than a premonition, but it did turn out that I have Diminished Ovarian Reserve. The blog was an outlet for all my frustration and emotional pain and it was such a help because I connected with others who understood and read the stories of many other women who were at various stages in their journey toward motherhood. Their strength and vulnerability were inspiring and helped me not to feel so alone.
I also enjoy writing. I used to write fiction when I was much younger. Mainly short stories and poetry. But I had gotten out of the habit when the responsibilities and routines of adult life got in the way. Even though I write lengthy reports for my clients, it’s not exactly the creative outlet I once enjoyed. Writing the blog provided some of that.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I have to admit that I am a TV junkie. I like WAY too many shows. J and I also really enjoy movies, so we often spend our weekend evenings doing that. I love reading as well and sometimes get into baking moods. I enjoy scrapbooking, but I don’t have the patience to make the super elaborate layouts that hard core scrapbookers do. Hanging out with friends and games nights are also great!
What is the last movie you saw in the theaters? Did you like it?
To celebrate my birthday, we saw Elysium. I liked it, but not as much as I had expected to. It was a really fun day though.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Rudeness and cruelty. When you’re out in public and someone is being rude to the cashier or server or they act like the world owes them everything. I especially hate when they are obviously passing these traits on to their children (I once saw a mother encouraging her young son to pluck a peacock’s feather off its body at the zoo). I have caught myself feeling entitled in certain ways or at certain times, but I believe in treating people (and animals) politely and compassionately.
If you could create a holiday, when would it be and what would it signify/celebrate?
Oh god, I’ve never thought of this before. After wracking my brain, everything I came up with had to do with some sort of minority or “special interest” group, so as cheesy as it may sound: Diversity Day – a day to celebrate the strengths in people’s differences.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Probably all the young adult TV shows and books I enjoy (CW shows, Degrassi, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.). I feel that I should be beyond these shows and books by my age, but I get wrapped up in the teen drama and romance.
What is the strangest talent you possess?
I’ve always felt like my feet have good dexterity – I have often used my toes to pick up things or push the buttons on the family tv (not the remote) when I was growing up which was positioned pretty low.
What is your favorite meal to order at a diner?
Chicken fingers and fries, hands down. They are my go to more often than not.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you buy?
A beautiful dream home on the waterfront in Halifax so we could be much closer to family and close friends, but without the worries of finding work or comparable salaries (both of which are much harder in the Maritimes). And a Mercedes GLK :)
Two of the blogs I read have already been nominated, and several of the blogs I used to read are pretty dormant these days. So my nominees are:
- Made in Toronto
- One Percent Chance
- Cirque de Baby
- Mommy Odyssey
Here are my questions:
- Why do you blog, and do you think you’ll keep blogging for a while?
- What is your favorite quote?
- What is your favorite way to de-stress?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What are some characteristics that are important to you in a good friend?
- Who is your celebrity crush?
- What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned this year?
- What’s the best show on TV right now?
- What unusual celebrity baby name do you secretly love?
- If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you buy?