Liebster Award

I received a fun comment from my friend Laura, who graciously nominated me for a “Liebster Award.” As stated on her blog,

”Liebster” is a German word meaning “sweetheart, beloved person, darling.”

Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog | List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you.  Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers.  Comment on their blogs informing them of their Liebster Award nomination.

I had to smile at this because it occurred to me that of all the blogs I read/follow, only about 5 belong to family or real friends I actually contact once in a while. Everyone else is on Facebook, and I’m not. The only thing that bothers me about that is that my news can be read by them, but I can’t read theirs unless we (gasp) actually talk to or e-mail each other.  So I can qualify for part of the award, and that’s fine with me because it’s all in good fun anyway. Thank you, Laura, for thinking of me. 🙂

So, 11 random facts about Yours Truly….

1) I’m not German. That’s right, despite my blog name, I’m not German at all that I know of. I’m about 1/4th Slovenian, 1/4th Romanian, 1/8th Swedish, and a bunch of other nationalities I guess, consequent of part of my family having been in America since 1720. My husband, however, is 3/4ths German.

2) I don’t wear a wristwatch.

3) I also don’t wear makeup, per my husband’s request. He once asked me why I tried to impress him by putting artificial products on my face, especially when he didn’t like kissing lipstick and thought (still does) that I’m beautiful without it. I couldn’t argue with that. My concession is natural lip balm. However, I haven’t decided fully about whether I’ll color my hair someday. Miraculously, I haven’t grayed yet (I thought for sure when Rascal was 2 that he’d grey me by the time I was 30).

4) I like 32 better than 22.

5) Because I’m still very much expecting, a random pregnancy fact: It bugs me if I don’t have a baby name chosen by 20 weeks. I guess having two mid-2nd-trimester births has a bit to do with that. The rest is my natural quirkiness.

6) I’m sanguine-choleric.

7) I wanted to be a nun when I was 8, but only for a few months, and only because I thought I’d be as beautiful as Ingrid Bergman in The Bells of St. Marys, complete with flowing veil.

8) I credit St. Joseph for bringing my husband and I together, and Jane Austen for helping me realize it. Now isn’t that an interesting mix? I’ll have to post about it someday.

9) My “Austen-character quiz” says I’m Anne Elliott but all my friends who’ve taken it are Elinor Dashwoods, with one or two Elizabeth Bennets thrown in. Clearly I like to surround myself with sensible, witty friends. 😉

10) I do not like modern literature, unless you consider Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, & PG Wodehouse “modern.”

11) I only, so far, am an aunt to nieces. I have four beautiful nieces.

And now for Laura’s questions:

1. Favorite book:

Mansfield Park.

2. Favorite movie:

BBC’s North and South. I can watch it with Haus Meister who can watch it with me without cringing. Not so Pride and Prejudice, for it has Mrs. Bennet in it and she requires a beer or two to watch with equanimity. 😉

3. Finish this sentence: “What I really want to know is . . . .”

Why did my oven from 1960 work better than my oven from 1995? Deep question, I know. It just happens to be on the mind at the moment.

4. Big influence (person, event, thing, situation, etc.) on you while growing up:

The 1993 Totus Tuus conference, put on by the Apostolate for Family Consecration, spurred my family to a deeper appreciation for and a renewal of our Faith, which had a profound effect on how the path of our lives were going to go.

5. If money were no object, what kind of house would you live in?

Either the self-sustaining mini-farm we love to dream about or something like it in one of those cottages in the back of The English Home magazines. The ones that cost millions of pounds, have been around since 1600, have orchards, and established farm buildings, but look quaint and Barton-cottage-ish. 😉

6. Name a book on your shelf that you can’t get around to reading (or finishing):

Mary Barton. I bought it because it was Elizabeth Gaskell, but getting through it once seems to have been enough.

7. Favorite quote:

This month? “The appropriate response to relativism is faith, where you are no longer the center of the universe, you are no longer the one who decides what’s true, but you commit yourself in faith to God’s truth.”  – ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

Non-serious? From Bertie Wooster regarding Roderick Spode, “You can’t be a successful Dictator and design women’s underclothing. One or the other. Not both.” Actually, there’s a million P.G. Wodehouse tidbits I could put there. Next time I make a reading binge of his novels I’ll jot them down.

8. Something you could do over differently if you could:

Oh, about every stupid thing I’ve done real or imagined from age 13-21.

9. Something you would never do differently:

The best thing I ever did was marry my husband. I’d never change that.

10. Blog you’ve recently started following:

Laura’s, actually. See link above.

11. Blog you’ve been following the longest:

Elizabeth Foss’ In the Heart of my Home. Link in sidebar.


Here’s the part where I should nominate people (Sarah, Jill, Joannie, Cathy? You all come to mind…) and think of about 11 questions to ask you. However, my kids are all waking up and the day is going to begin with a vengeance soon. And it took me much longer to answer questions than I thought it would…. So shall I spare you? But at least you know I thought of you! 😉

3 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. About that not being German thing, don’t worry. The men marrying into the family are working hard on the traditional German takeover. As for modern literature, one of my college classmates boastfully, although somewhat jokingly, says he doesn’t read anything less than fifty years old – I would very much have to agree. I found most striking your comment about liking 32 better than 22; striking because of its truth. I don’t know if many people in today’s world understand the peace and serenity that comes with having a few years under your belt. Youthful and brazen is very overrated.

  2. Did you notice the P.G. Wodehouse kindle books for free at Amazon? I downloaded several but haven’t read them yet. I’m really starting to like my Kindle though it still doesn’t feel like a book.

  3. I have noticed them, and my husband uses the free iBooks on his phone. We started collecting the Overlook hardback editions several years ago and have this personal ambition to continue until we have every volume, a little at a time. 🙂

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