Monday, May 6, 2013

Liebster Award and Trivia about Me

1. I would never write that I like to take long walks on the beach in my online dating profile, because there's nothing romantic about the possibility of getting stung by a jellyfish or getting attacked by a shark.

2. I could never get plastic surgery, because even though some people get it and still look natural, I'm afraid that I'll end up looking like Joan Rivers.

3. If there were no cute guys with big muscles at my gym, I'd suddenly feel a lot less motivated to exercise.

4. I'm willing to spend a lot of time working, but there are days where I'm not willing to spend more than a few (or any) seconds brushing my hair.

5. I'd be willing to eat more vegetables if they could be covered with chocolate and still taste good.

6. I don't know how to put on makeup without looking like I put it on during a blackout.

7. I don't understand why Law and Order and 30 Rock got cancelled but Storage Wars and American Hoggers keep getting renewed.

(Side note: I was supposed to come up with eleven facts about myself, but my eyes are tired from watching a bunch of Youtube videos of standup comedians and bloopers from The Office. Another fact about me: I procrastinate too much.)

Fellow blogger Nicki Elson gave me the Liebster Award. Thanks Nicki!

She also said that people who receive this award have to write down eleven facts about themselves and then answer her questions. Here are her questions and my responses:
1. Les Mis or Sweeney Todd? Neither. I like Grease, because there aren't any cannibals or rebels in it.

2.  If you were a comic book superhero, what would your name be? Super Neurotic Workaholic

3. What are the toppings on your dream hamburger? Onions. After I eat the burger, I'd go and breathe on all the annoying people.

4. What city do you most want to visit? New York

5. Favorite city that you have visited: Barcelona

6. Which Disney character is most like you? None, but the Sesame Street characters that are most like me are Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, because I love cookies and I'd be a lot less grouchy if my loud neighbors would move away.

7. Would you rather write a book that's a best-seller or a book that's highly acclaimed? I should say I'd prefer one that the critics like, but I also want a lot of money so that I can buy a lot of cookies.

8. What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to grammatical mistakes in a published book? Spelling errors.

9. If you could live permanently in any decade, what would it be? This decade, except I'd pass a law that makes it illegal for people to use their cell phones excessively, so that the cell phones would somehow throw water ballons at them every time they start talking on their phones during movies or texting during class.

10. Who's your favorite fictional romantic couple? Why is it that I immediately thought of Oedipus, who married Jocasta, not knowing that she was actually his mother? Freud would probably have a field day with that one.

Now I'm supposed to pass the award to other bloggers and have them list eleven facts about themselves and answer questions. If I nominate you and you don't respond, no biggie. It's not like I'll morph into Oscar the Grouch or breathe onions on you. And you can still have the award even if you don't answer the questions, but you can't tag me back.

Here are my questions:
1. What's your favorite cancelled television show?
2. Which show do you wish would get cancelled?
3. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
4. If you could relive high school, would you?
5. Why would you want/not want to relive high school?
6. If you could meet the characters of any book, which book would it be?
7. What do you like best about writing/blogging?
8. How would you like to spend your summer vacation? 

Here are the bloggers I'm passing the award to (I didn't pick eleven partly because I realized that at least half the bloggers I follow no longer blog.)
1. Livia at Leave it to Livia
2. Peggy Eddleman at Will Write for Cookies
3. Misha Gericke at Taking Charge of My Life
4. New York Cliche
5. Deniz Bevan at The Girdle of Melian
6. Emily R. King
7. Annalisa Crawford at Wake up, eat, write, sleep

I know I was supposed to come up with more questions, but those were all I could come up with. Also, I want to watch Dwight Schrute freak out on Youtube a few more times.

Even if I didn't tag you, I'm interested in hearing your responses to any of my or Nicki's questions. For example, who's your favorite fictional romantic couple? If you could meet the characters of any book, which book would it be?


  1. Thanks so much for nominating my blog! I'll be answering your questions some time this week. :-)

    1. Hi Misha,
      You're welcome! I look forward to reading your answers!

  2. lol at your #1. I'm pretty sure a shark won't attack on you the beach, lady! :P

    1. Hi Gia,
      You never know! Have you ever seen the movie Jaws?

  3. I knew I'd have fun reading your answers. :) And after reading your #4 fact, I so wish you could see my hair right now...and yes, it will still look exactly like this 6 hours from now.

    I really, really like the question about which fictional characters we'd like to meet. Even though, erm, I'm stymied right now about who I'd pick... Also the questions about the TV shows. Favorite cancelled TV show: Arrested Development. Shows I wish would be cancelled - all the reality crap that relies on the main "characters" being freaks.

    Hope Dwight continues to please! And thanks for playing along.

    1. Hi Nicki,
      Thanks again for the award! I kind of think that if I worked in an office, I'd be like the female version of Dwight, because I think it's important to enforce the rules. I don't like most of the reality shows either because of how they portray the people's differences. On the other hand, I think that some of the people on that show "perform" for the camera; that is, I think they often act out on purpose.

  4. Hmmmm, favorite fictional couple would probably be Jamie and Claire from the Outlander series. Love them.

    1. Hi Hannah,
      I haven't heard of that series, but even so, it would be cool to meet those fictional couples in real life. If I couldn't meet Oedipus and Jocasta, I'd want to meet Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

  5. Love your answers and I'm all about not brushing my hair too!

    1. Hi Johanna,
      I wish I was rich enough to hire a stylist to do my hair every day. Then I could look like a movie star. :) (Of course, I'd probably have to get better clothes, too.)

  6. Your Sesame Street characters slay me. Thanks for thinking of me! I appreciate the award.

    1. Hi Emily,
      You're welcome! And maybe I should put a picture of Oscar the Grouch in my window along with a big sign that says, "Loud people make me mad." Maybe then my neighbors will get the hint.

  7. Thanks for passing the award to me. I've had it several times before but the award badge has changed and it's so gorgeous that I have to have it on my blog - so I will be accepting it, in part... (There are no more interesting facts about me, everyone knows everything already!!)

    PS. I think I'm going to have to introduce you to some nicer beaches - no jellyfish or sharks around my way :-)

    1. Hi Annalisa,
      Oops, sorry, I didn't know you already had the award! But yes, take the badge anyway, because it's pretty.
      I haven't been to a real beach in a long time. I'm also afraid that if I lie down on the sand I'll get bitten by a crab or something.

  8. holy cow! your liebster answers are way funnier than mine!! congrats on the award

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thanks! I've been having blogger's block for a while, so the award was a good writing prompt.

  9. One of my favorite fictional romantic couples is Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series!!! I'm re-reading the books again this year and it's so clear (even from the very beginning) that they were MEANT for each other :) :)

    1. Hi Julie,
      Sorry I forgot to respond to your comment earlier! I didn't see it until now. Anyway, I like Ron and Hermione too, though I always thought that Hermione would be good with Harry too. I heard that the actor who played Harry had a crush on the actress who played Hermione when they first met, but they ended up just being friends.

  10. Hahaha! You are hilarious! I loved your answers! And thanks so much for passing it along to me. :D

    1. Hi Peggy,
      Thanks! I like making lists like this one partly because I don't have a Twitter page; if I did I'd be Tweeting stuff like this. And you're welcome for the award!

  11. Thanks so much for the award! I'd like to visit NYC too :-)

    1. Hi Deniz,
      You're welcome! I want to go to NYC partly because a lot of good novels are set there. And also because that's where Sex and the City was set. :)

  12. thanks so much for the award! I can answer the questions here!
    1. Freaks and Geeks
    2. Glee
    3. Judy Blume
    4. Knowing what I know now? Maybe.
    5. I didnt have a great high school experience- if I could relive it and make it better, than why not? If we're talking reliving verbatim- oh hell no.
    7. Expressing myself in a superior manner than when I speak.
    8. Exploring Europe. Too bad that's definitely not happening.

    1. Hi New York Cliche,
      I love Judy Blume; I still have a couple of her YA books. I always felt that she still understood exactly what it was like to be in middle school/junior high, even though she was decades older when she wrote those books.
      The last time I went to Europe was in college one summer, and it was wonderful. You should try going someday; there are hostels you can stay in that aren't very expensive, and there are good deals on tickets too.

  13. I loved #9! I would so enforce that with my students. I mean I love my cell phone, but good grief, you'd think the kids would drop dead if they let them go :P

    1. Hi Catherine,
      I know, right? I have to keep reminding my students not to use their cell phones in class. I think that class discussions would be a lot better if I could ban cell phones from the classroom altogether.

  14. Exactly. I recently implemented the policy that if they have their phones out during class, I count them absent. So far in my summer class I've had no problems (of course it's only been a week). But I really agree they should be banned from the classroom altogether.