An award nomination already? For me? Wow!

28 Nov

I must be on a roll because I’ve received word from Sadder But Wiser Girl that I’ve been nominated for an award called the Liebster Award, one given to bloggers by bloggers! After losing my job Monday and walking the unemployment line Tuesday, I’m seriously psyched about this and the stringer gig. I surely hope the upward spiral continues. OK, so here’s a little bit about the Liebster Award, and here’s some of what I have to do to get it. I’ll cut and paste from Sadder But Wiser here…

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a way of acknowledging each other and is for blogs with 200 or less followers. This is also a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers! When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you. You pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions. You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!

So here are the 11 random facts about myself…

1. I’m nuts about sweaters. Pullovers, cardigans… I love ’em! I especially love cardigans. A good sweater can be dressed up and dressed down. You can seriously economize when it comes to your wardrobe because of that. It’s a serious wardrobe staple that makes me sad when summer comes and I have to put them away. I picked up three new (or new-to-me, in one case) sweaters this weekend alone, thanks to a consignment store sale and a Black Friday sale that made it all possible. The one from the consignment store had the original tags on it. Score!

2. I’m an aspiring novelist. It’s no wonder I have carpal tunnel syndrome. I write my guts out. If I’m not blogging or reading (or looking for a job), I’m usually writing on my manuscript. I’ve been trying to write a novel for the past 13 years, but I finally have an idea that may get off the ground. I already have more written on this novel than any past attempt — by four times, actually. What’s it about, you ask? You’ll have to stay tuned for when it gets bigger than “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” combined 😛

3. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I am obsessed with Halloween. Every year, I try to outdo the costume from before last, and being the Flat Broke Diva that I am, I always try to economize by coming up with a costume for which I can use parts of my already existing wardrobe. In 2008, I was Sarah Palin. I just pitched together one of my business suits, made my hair poofy, and wore the glasses that I normally wore anyway. All I bought for that costume was a Palin button from the McCain campaign and an Alaska flag pin. The whole getup cost me about $10, if that. Reactions? The costume was a HIT.

4. I live in the middle of a bad Tracey Chapman song. I live in a slum apartment that has walls and floors thinner than paper. I spend my days listening to neighbors fight, have sex, attempt to rap, and deal with their screeching children. I have my own washer and dryer to use here, but I have to go outside and to the basement to use it. I don’t want my throat cut, so I have to wait until daylight comes to do laundry. It really sucks now that it gets dark at 5 p.m.

5. My cat is a vampire. I just took in a new kitty about a month ago, and he’s an extremely loving cat. However, his idea of being loving means either climbing up on my shoulder and kneading my neck with his claws or climbing onto my computer chair and climbing down to the back of my neck — as I suspect he’s trying to do at this moment. I already have one big gash on the back of my neck that kept me from buying this $8 shirt because the shirt was basically a boatneck. I also have bunches of smaller puncture wounds and the like on me. I look like I live with Bill or Eric. I would prefer Eric 🙂

6. Tina Fey is my icon. I AM Liz Lemon. My life is a “30 Rock” episode. I used to have Tina Fey’s picture on my Gravatar because she’s one of my biggest idols. I love her wit, her snarkiness, her intelligence — it’s just amazing. Also, she created a character who really speaks to me with Liz Lemon on “30 Rock”. Liz is me — constantly balancing a career (if I’m employed) while trying to have some semblance of a personal life — and handling all the craziness that ensue with both. Even though Liz, up until last season, hadn’t been exactly the luckiest woman on Earth in the love department, she’s had the chance to date characters played by Jason Sudeikis AND Jon Hamm. Who wouldn’t want to put up with Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Jack Donaghy, et. al., just for the chance at that? By the way, “Bossypants” is one of the greatest books EVER.

7. I hold out before jumping on “the bus”. Whenever a new trend in books comes along, I always try to act like one of the cool kids and not read them — at first. I especially do this when it comes to things popular amongst teenagers. I try to stay true to my thirty-something self and be an old fogey. But friends and pure curiosity always get the best of me. That’s how I wound up reading the Twilight Saga in about two weeks (Two weeks? That long? Yeah folks, I had a job then.). I was in line with the 13-year-olds when “New Moon” premiered. I’ve had to rely on matinees for the rest of the series’ movies. In just a few weeks time, I’ve also finished two of the three “Hunger Games” books. “Mockingjay” awaits on my coffee table. I’ve halfway finished the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and I have a signed copy of “Dead Until Dark”. The Stephanie Plum series had been out since 1994, but I didn’t begin reading the series that is my absolute favorite until 2009. That leads to my next item…

8. I AM Stephanie Plum. I have a dual identity, you see. I’m both Liz and Stephanie. Why Stephanie? She winds up in the most bizarre situations. She’s a clutz. She screws up everything she attempts to do. She pairs up with the craziest of people as sidekicks. When she has a love life, it gets complicated and quickly. She’s gone through cars like Spinal Tap goes through drummers. The only thing that Ms. Plum and I don’t have in common is that she is being fought for by two HOT guys — a cop named Joe Morelli and a fellow bounty hunter named Ranger. If it were me, the two would be fighting over which one has to take me.

9. I’m more loyal than a German Shepherd. One of my best friends and I have been that way for more than 30 years. Our mothers sat together in our old church while they were pregnant with us. We go back THAT far. My other closest friends and I have been together for more than 10 years, for the most part. Even my newer friends, though, know I’ll practically fight the Hunger Games for their sakes.

10. I’m obsessed with “The Sims”. One of my closest friends and a blogger for Reality Nation and I got hooked on the first version of The Sims when I was an undergraduate more than 10 years ago. Yeah, I’m old. I loved, and still love to this day, creating dysfunctional families from hell and making their lives miserable. We created a dysfunctional family that included a lesbian couple, a redneck in a leisure suit named Vic, a gay guy named Denny, Kari, the tramp in an evening gown, a little mean girl named Rudy, and a little boy named Seth who was neat enough to clean up after everyone. They all lived in a house beside a graveyard. Given we were novice Sims players, we didn’t know that items depreciated. So when their toilet clogged and no one could fix it, we sold their toilet — and couldn’t afford a new one. Peeing all over the place ensued. The kids were shipped off to military school. Vic and Kari had a smackdown, and Kari left the family for good. The ghosts from the graveyard made people’s lives hell. Vic rejected Denny and wound up dying in what I believed was a kitchen fire. I’m pretty sure the lesbians starved because we ran out of money. That’s what made Denny, the last gay man standing survive until he starved too. I missed out on The Sims 2 because I couldn’t find a version cheaper than what the Mac store had. But now that The Sims 3 is on a Win/Mac platform, I can bargain shop for it and all the expansion packs! Yay! The Gravatar I use now is my “simself”.

11. My hands are ALWAYS cold. It can be 90 degrees outside, and you can put your hands on me and feel instant relief. Everyone who shakes my hand feels an instant chill. I guess I’m meant to be a superheroine who has freezing people as her secret weapon. Oops. I spilled the secret!

Now to answer Sadder But Wiser Girl’s questions…..

-What is the neatest place you have ever visited and why?

It definitely has to be Louisiana. When I was a reporter, I traveled the entire Louisiana coastline as an embed with the National Guard during the Katrina/Rita aftermaths. The people there are so wonderful and so fascinating. They greeted us with homemade gumbo at night and homemade peaches and cream oatmeal the next morning. I’m hooked on both to this day. “Gumbo”, for some of them, is a verb. I encountered people in the bayous who still only speak French, part of a generations-long struggle to hang onto their French culture. People there had, had their homes practically eaten by the Gulf, but they were determined to salvage what they had and carry on. I’ll never forget them for as long as I live.

-Favorite kind of pet?

Oh, I’m definitely a cat person! Yes, my little one is a vampire, but he’s my vampire. He not only goes in a litter box like most good kitties do, but he also makes sure to rake up any that spill from the box to the side. The only cat litter granule cleanup I have to do is sweeping up around the side of the box. Oh yeah, I have to scoop poo too. But at least I don’t have to take him outside in the middle of the night.

-If you could only eat one food for a whole year, what would it be?

Oh, that’s an easy one! Fettuccine alfredo all the way!

-Who is (or was) your celebrity crush?

Jerry Cantrell, will you please marry me and take me away from this unemployment misery? I’d love to just be a kept woman and play guitar with you all day! There’s also my “girl crush”, Tina Fey.

-What genre of movie do you enjoy the most?

Comedy all the way. I love to laugh and escape reality as much as possible.

-If there was one thing that you could do that you can’t right now, what would it be and why?

I would want to pay off my student loans and credit cards! Why? I’m buried alive in debt and the thought of dying in it absolutely eats me up. I would like to leave something behind for whomever is left behind when I die. I know. So uplifting and funny, right? Why can’t I? Because I didn’t have the funds to do that even when I DID have an income!

-Do you have a hobby that you enjoy?

Besides writing, I LOVE to play my guitars. I earned my most recent guitar by losing 60 of the 110 pounds I recently lost. There’s just this awesome feeling that can’t really be explained or experienced in other ways when I finally nail a song, a solo, or just some measure I’ve been having fits with. It also makes me closer to becoming the female Jerry Cantrell that I want to be 🙂

-If you could invite influential, famous, or just people you admire over for dinner, who would you invite?

Oh, and there are no limits on this list? Hahahaha! I’m going to go nuts on this one: All of the guys in Alice in Chains, Tina Fey, the awesome professors I had in graduate school, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, Jack McBrayer, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Rodham Clinton…. Man, this is one awesome dinner that brings together some strange bedfellows. I wonder what some of the conversations between Jerry Cantrell and Hillary Clinton would be like?

-What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and cream!

-If you were given $10,000 and were told you had to give away half of it to help someone, who would you give it to?

A very close friend of mine who has really pulled me through this unemployment/job/personal life struggle more than deserves it for the wedding she’s planning and/or to have one killer honeymoon afterward. I hope she’s reading this!

-What led you to start blogging?

Wow. I’d be here all night if I told you guys the full story. At the time I FIRST started FBB more than two years ago, I wanted more creative freedom and the chance to write and publish without a filter. It’s just that I also wanted to do something to reach out to others, too. I had always been a bargain freak who had lived through some of the leanest times. I was living through lean times, then, with constantly being furloughed at my job. So what can cure misery? Making fun of misery! Instead of crying about being broke, I wanted to laugh about it and have others laugh with me. I also wanted to share advice and experiences I had in surviving and thriving in poverty. It can be done.

So I’m supposed to pass this along to 11 blogs and can’t mention the blogger who nominated me. Here’s the problem: I don’t know enough active bloggers yet to do this! I’m just getting back on my feet! I’m so sorry!!!

Current music: Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way”

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