Liebster Award – Thank You!

Thank you SO much to learningneverstops over at Understanding and Embracing Diversity for the Liebster Award Nomination!  I am new to his blog, but it has lots of good stuff, so please go check out his site!


By now, you probably know that awards come with rules, so that we can spread the love.  Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

1.Thank the Liebster-winning Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.  Thanks again! (see above)

2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked, and create 11 questions for your nominees. (see below)

3.  Nominate 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (see further below)

4.  Display the Liebster Award logo. (see above – isn’t it cute?)

11 Facts about myself (tired of hearing about me, yet?)

1.  I am a Libra, and I really don’t think that means anything, but I do seem to have an overdeveloped sense of justice…

2.  I loved being an only child, and I love having an only child.

3.  I love Swamp People.  I have a wee crush on Troy. ❤

4.  I believe that peanut butter, linens and towels are three things on which you should never skimp.

5.  My favorite type of wine is a nice German Reisling.

6.  If I had it to do over again, I would have played French Horn instead of the flute.

7.  I loathe peep-toe shoes.  I mean, they look nice on other people, but not on me, so they need to go away now.

8.  I have lived in the same state for 33 years.

9.  I have never broken a bone (great, now I just jinxed myself).

10.  One of my favorite authors is Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

11.  One of my favorite all-time movies is Amelie.

Questions from learningneverstops:

1.  How would you define yourself?  That’s a toughie.  I play many roles, but hopefully I am defined by my actions, which are usually kind, fair, efficient, motivated, loving, capable, determined, clever, and somewhat humorous.

2.  Who is the most important person in your life?  Not a toughie.  My son.  The Man is a very, very close second, though.

3.  What made you happy today?  Watching my son as he was able to give up some of his toys.

4.  What goes through your head when you wake up in the morning?  My list of things to do for the day.

5.  Are we lucky to be living in this time?  How so?  I think so.  It is so easy to be educated, and so easy to spread awareness.  The means are there, we just have to be able to inspire the motivation to do something about it.

6.  If asked to give three wishes (one for yourself; one for your family; one for the world), what would yours be?  Wish for myself: to find meaningful work when this career is at its end. Wish for my family: to adjust to change as easily as possible. Wish for the world: for the people of this world to realize their potential for good and act upon it.

7.  Why do you blog?  I blog because I have stories to share, and I know that other people’s stories have helped me in rough times.

8.  Is 2013 shaping up to be what you’ve expected?  Yes, I think so.  At least so far!  Still anticipating so much!

9.  What would you like to know about Autism?  How to make more connections for understanding between NTs (like me), and auties (like my son).

10.  How can people’s awareness of Autism be increased?  One person at a time, building relationships with those in the autism community.

11.  What is the best article you have read on my blog? I like your pieces on Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory because it is one of The Man’s favorite shows, and as he has grown to know and understand The Boy, even he has pointed these out to me.  It is a great platform for building understanding with the NT world!

My 11 Questions for you:

1.  If you could go back in time to witness an event, what would it be?

2.  What is one thing you have always wanted to learn (or learn how to do)?

3.  If you visit any place in the world for the day, where would you go?

4.  Guilty pleasure food?

5.  Favorite season and why?

6.  Cherished accomplishment from childhood?

7.  Favorite type of reading material?

8.  Have you ever done something anonymously?  What was it, and why?

9.  What was a favorite vacation you have taken?

10.  Name a word you hate the sound of.

11.  Do you collect anything?

My 11 Nominees are:

1.  Postcards from the edge of the Spectrum

2.  Little Bird’s Dad

3.  A Quiet Week in the House

4.  Tickled Red

5.  Autismum

6.  Gingerheaddad

7.  Loving Martians

8.  Coffee With A Side Of Autism

9.  Huggable Baker

10.  one in four thousand

11.  Cracks in the Armour

Liebster Award

Well, Thank You! to Joy at I Can Say Mama for nominating me for the Liebster award!




I am so honored!!  Awards are fun, but they can be a blessing in disguise because they tend to be a lot of work…  Here are the rules:

1. You must thank the person who gave you this award (Thanks, Joy!)
2. You must display the Liebster heart on your blog
3. You should nominate 3-5 or 11 (there are different rules out there) up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 subscribers
4. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
5. Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
6. Create 11 questions for those you nominate to answer
7. Notify your nominees and provide a link back to your post
8. Don’t give the award back to the blog that gave it to you

#1 and #2 are above, and #3 will be below, so #4…

1. I owned a Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox in elementary school.

2.  My dad sang, my mom was in the band, my grandma was in the band, my grandpa played guitar, my great-uncle played banjo, and my other grandpa was a huge opera fan.  Guess that’s why I’m into music.

3.  I hate the word “moist”.  And lately “pastries” is bugging me, too.

4.  I love it when something I read makes me laugh out loud.  David Sedaris is one of the only authors who can do this.

5.  I don’t watch TV.  Not because I think it’s bad for you (although it does tend to control people’s lives).  It’s because my TV is in the basement and I hate being cold.

6.  I have really sensitive skin that makes it look like I have a hickey when I scratch my neck, or have an earring post that is too long.  This is fun when you teach at a middle school.

7.  I loved being pregnant.  Except for the having to puke for the first three months.  Other than that it really was amazing.

8.  I love to read.  Especially murder mysteries.  Especially Scandinavian murder mysteries.

9.  I know I mentioned it already, but I really, really hate being cold.

10. My guilty pleasure food-wise is cookies.  I rarely eat just one.

11.  I’ve had really long hair, and really short hair, and have settled on short hair because long hair is too much work.

And now, as if you wanted to know even more about me, Joy’s questions for me:

1. What household task do you hate the most?  My least favorite chore is cleaning the toilet.  Especially with boys in the house.  My second least favorite is doing dishes.
2. Which positive event or situation from your childhood do you remember the most?  I remember going to McDonald’s for lunch on my birthday with my teacher – she and another teacher drove a few of us (!) and we got to ride in the way-back of a station wagon.  It was awesome. (This is not a “most anything” memory – just a good one.)
3. If you had a time machine to go back in time, would you change anything in your life? What would it be?  I don’t think so.  Everything that has passed has brought me to where I am today, and I am quite happy.
4. Do you do any sports?  I played a little volleyball over the years in school, and coached it, as well.
5. Which famous person would you choose to have dinner with?  Maybe Barack Obama.  Maybe the Dalai Lama. (Hey! That rhymes!)
6. Name three things (not persons!) you cannot live without.  My world would be a sadder place right now without my fireplace, sweet tea, and my Kitchenaid mixer.
7. Something you would love to be able to do but never learned or are not talented enough for?  I still want to learn to speak Italian.  Just haven’t had the time.
8. What is your most favourite song of all time?  Being a musician, this is tough.  One of my favorites right now (makes me cry every freakin’ time) is “A Little Bit of Everything” by Dawes.
9. What would you do if you won 1 million Dollars in the lottery?  Save and invest enough for us to be comfortable for the rest of our lives and donate the rest to charity.  And buy myself a really nice camera.
10. Your favourite meal?  Steak.  Always has been, always will be.
11. What do you see when you look out of the window right now?  Snow (ugh.)

Questions for my nominees:

1.  What do you wish you could do better?

2.  Who are you most like in your family?

3.  What’s the first thing on your to-do list right now?

4.  What’s for dinner tonight?

5.  What major goal have you accomplished in your life?

6.  Is there something that you quit doing that you wish you hadn’t?  What was it?

7.  Who was your favorite teacher in elementary school?

8.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

9.  What is your favorite tool in your house (could be anything you use to accomplish a task)?

10.  What would you do with a free hour in your day?

11.  Favorite spot on Earth?

I nominate these great people for The Liebster Award (and I apologize if you have over 200 followers – I still think you are awesome!):

Momma Sunshine from Sunshine on My Shoulder

Debi from Spirit of Autism

Forgotten from Fairy Tale Forgotten

Missy from Aggravation Station

Miss Riki from Refreshingly Riki