Liebster Blog Award

LIEBSTER
A grateful thank you to Covert Novelist for nominating me for this delightful award. It was a surprise, but a very welcome one. 

The rules of this award:
1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award. Thank you to Covert Novelist!
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My questions for you are as follows:

1.  Your greatest achievement to date is . . .

marrying my husband. ( I asked and that’s what he said!) It is pretty true; he’s a great guy. Seriously, though, I just won a teacher/leadership award and a nice cash prize, so that’s pretty cool.

2.  Your most amusing moment to date is . . .

getting trapped in my bedroom because I had jammed a bed through the door and it got stuck. I’m pretty independent and had decided to redecorate an move furniture without asking for my then boyfriend’s help. Instead of taking the bed apart, I hefted and pulled and tugged and pushed and get it firmly lodged in the door. Thank goodness I had my cell with me. I called my boyfriend (now husband) and he came over to help me out of the room. I still haven’t lived that one down and it’s been 12 years.

3.  You create time for one special thing for you and it is . . .

reading. I devour books but sometimes life and kids don’t get that I need to read. I hide in the bathroom and lock the door if needed to finish reading a chapter or six.

4.  Your most “scandalous” moment in time was  . . .

Umm, I was a bit of a wild child during the latter years in college so there have been a few scandalous moments. There was a party called “Dressed to get Laid” (yes, it’s as bad as it sounds), and I dressed in a very conservative, yet form fitting dress and then plastered my phone number on my derriere. So maybe not the most scandalous but definitely the most scandalous I am willing to share!

5. If you could go back in time who would you be?

Jane Austen. I’d want to know if Fitzwilliam Darcy was based on a real man. Then I would find that man and see if he was as captivating as his character.

6.  Your most touching and amazing moment to date is . . .

My most touching moment, hmm. One night, my husband came home, put on some slow tunes and we danced in the living room. I always remember that night because my husband does not dance but for that night with me, he did.

7.  Where do you go to unwind?

Home. It doesn’t matter where, I like being home. We also just built our home, so it’s a pretty sweet house.

8.  What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Blogging is a great way to express and connect. I like meeting new people and seeing what they have to say. I enjoy dialogues and finding people who maybe not agree with me but who are willing to discuss and learn.

9.  What is something silly you love about yourself?

Sometimes I have trouble finding English words because I spend much of my day in Spanish. I’ll come home and tell the kids to put the dishes in the garbage can that washes or to throw their clothes away when I mean to put them in their hampers.

10.  Do you work, and if so, is it something you love?

 

I am an ESL teacher and teach grades 6-12. I fell into this job by chance and after 14 years have fallen in love with it. It’s challenging, rewarding and so enjoyable. My students have become like family. Best job ever.

11.  What is one life experience you learned that changed your life?

My first marriage was horrid and the worst experience in my life; however, it did change me. I learned how strong and capable I am, how valuable I am and how I deserve someone who respects me.

 

Thank you for those questions!

Eleven random facts about me:

  1. I speak 3 languages: Spanish, French and English.
  2. I hate flying in airplanes, but I love traveling.
  3. Once, I escaped from a French mortuary. At 2 in the morning no less.
  4. I almost fell out of a train (it was slowing down and we were gathering to get out) until some random dude grabbed me by the rear and pulled me in. I’ve been eternally grateful to random dude for years.
  5. I have had almost all my non-essential organs removed from my body, not because I wanted to, mind you, and since 2005, I’ve had a surgery ever other year for the last 12 years. I’m hoping this year to break the cycle.
  6. I met a stranger, who was an alum of my alma mater, at the base of a mountain in Switzerland. Once he found out where I went to school, he offered me a ride up the mountain. We had hot chocolate in a chalet and drove back down that afternoon.
  7.  I didn’t break my first bone until I was 32. It hurt. Alot.
  8. I was born a red-head and went golden blonde at age 4. By the time I was 16, I was a strawberry blonde until I had my first child. Then I went red until my second child when I become a blonde again. Swear to God. No hair dye involved.
  9. During my sophomore year of high school, I played Stupifying Jones from L’il Abner; I was dressed in high heels, a feather boa and a nightie. I cringe every time I think of it. A sexy nightie on a 16 year old? What were they thinking?
  10. I was catcalled for the first time when I was 11. Not a great memory but memorable for its awfulness.
  11. My celebrity freebie list includes: Mathew MacFayden, Colin Firth, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner and Sam Heughan. Le sigh.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers. They have unique perspectives on the subjects about which they write and I enjoy reading their blogs. Stop on over and see what they are up to!

https://5bayby14u.wordpress.com/

https://bikeclimbrunswimrunyoga.wordpress.com/

https://unapologeticbookaddict.wordpress.com/

https://atangleofwebs.wordpress.com/

https://edenisebillups.wordpress.com/

https://greendogchronicles.com/

https://www.mumsthewordblog.com/

https://dinamicdynasty.wordpress.com/

https://ubiquitousburrito.wordpress.com/

https://themusingmonkey.wordpress.com/

https://artiche.wordpress.com/

 

My questions for you are as follows:

  1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?
  2. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
  3. If you could take someone with you in your travels, who would it be?
  4. If you could give someone $1 million dollars who would you give it to?
  5. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  6. Given the choice of anyone living or dead, who would you choose to have dinner with and why?
  7. Give some advice to other bloggers or other blog starters.
  8. What is the most scandalous thing you have ever done?
  9. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  10. If you could do any career in the world, what would you do?
  11. If you could live one day over again, what would it be and why?

 

17 thoughts on “Liebster Blog Award

  1. Reblogged this on Covert Novelist and commented:
    Sarah your a complete delight. I love that you take time to chat, whether long or short, as you have such a busy life. I love your humour, your writing skills are par excellent! I enjoy spending time with you. Thank you for including me in your busy routine.

    1. You’re welcome! My skills have improved from reading blogs like yours and seeing how other’s tackle the same words, ideas or themes. It’s nice to have a writing community.

  2. You are quite incredible, Sara, I feel doubly honoured at the vulnerability in touching on the depth (you only hint at) but which, when you read between the lines, come to understand. You write about your life with humour so sweet and so amusing and involving. Astounding when you realise the depth of other’s profoundly stunning revelations and strength to overcome life’s obsticles. I’m so proud to know you. I wish you mega success in life, love, happiness as you deserve it and more.

    1. I never used to talk about my past (or even hint at it) but I found the more I kept silent, the more powerful a hold it had on me. Blogging, meeting awesome people like you, reading other’s blogs and hearing about their joys and triumphs has brought a measure of peace, and in peace, there is hope. Thank you for sharing in my journey and allowing me to accompany you on yours!

      1. Awe, Sara, your incredible. I can only imagine how difficult your life has been, and I humbly thank you for sharing. It’s true, in reality, the more you hold it in, the worse it is on your body. Sadly, our body holds more memories than even our mind. Have you ever tried “body work”? I swear by it.

      2. Life hasn’t been all that bad. Certainly, my present has been filled with joy and contentment, and my unique experiences have prepared me to work with people who have lived through far worse than I. You are right; the body remembers. I haven’t hard of body work, though. Do you mind telling me about it?

      3. It’s the beginning of “chiropractic study”. The person doing the work (I can’t come up with a name for him or her) works from head to toe and presses on usually tiny lumps in your body your unaware of. Pain is stored in spots in our body (memories usually) and when gently held, they release and along with it, pain, memories. You can feel lightheaded when it’s worked well. Sometimes we resist and don’t let it work, but it’s all the worked for me. My memories and pain were buried so deep talking wasn’t doing anything. I started doing body work and found someone who genuinely cared, it wasn’t about the money…and I began to release stored pent up memories and pain. I learned as did my son (who is brilliant at this) and have helped many going through troubled times. Between us, we saved my daughter’s life. Doctor’s were at a standstill, didn’t know what to do if anything. Together we did body work and ultimately a miracle according to doctors because the “garbage” was released and she survived. Obviously something I recommend. Not sure how it works in the states, I know it’s regulated. It’s similar I suppose as placing warm stones on your body, or massage which release tension and deep seated emotion. It brings a balance to the yin and yang bringing both halves of your inner being together which have been fragmented due to loss or abuse, whatever it stemmed from. Car accident, falling, whatever caused the disruption to the flow from head to foot causing a block which is unseen. You know when you bump yourself really hard and that spot hurts? Instead of ignoring it, gently hold your fingers on that bump, the pain won’t be stored in your body. It’s similar in this way. I’ll think on it more, see if I can give you a better description I’m going on what it did for me, my children and others I know of.

      4. I’d believe the healing power of hands. Many religions believe that laying on hands and praying help to heal. I do go to chiropractor and massage. We just for a hot stone place so maybe I’ll try that. Thank you for sharing about this and your own struggles. Humans are such resilient creatures. You, too, have experienced deep pain but have found a way to turn that into something positive.

      5. Thank you, Sara, indeed, it was as lives go, horrific, but thankfully I made it through. Certainly nothing I would have wished for, but the hand I was dealt. Surprisingly I didn’t end up like most people that have gone through what I have…drugs, prostitution, etc.

      6. I wished I could find another as good as Peter was. He was so giving and caring and such an amazing person. It wasn’t about money. It costs $500.00 a session to learn, and he taught me, for free as well as my son.

      7. That’s it in a nutshell. His movie, can’t remember the name, about two young students he was trying to stop going to war and who enlisted and died broke my heart. Tom Cruise was in it. He was the senator with the brilliant quote unquote idea.

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