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Friday, January 1, 2016

Liebster Award

    Happy New Year! A few days ago, I was nominated for my 1st blog award ever, The Liebster Award. I was nominated by Liisu from My Love for Letters. Thank you so much!

The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to his/her blog
2. Answer the 11 questions which you got from your "nominator"
3. Name and link 11 blogs that will receive the Liebster Award from you. These blogs should have under 200 followers
4. Write down 11 new questions for the bloggers you chose

Here are my answers to Liisu's questions:
1) For how long have you been blogging? 
    I have been blogging for 3 years. I started blogging to hold myself accountable in my 366 Project, where I was attempting to send/receive 366 pieces on personal mail in that year.   Since then I have blogged about my project (which I finally completed my part of!), school and life in general. I have really enjoyed meeting people who have stumbled upon my blog. 
2) What are your favourite sports?
     I really like volleyball. I don't get to play often but I always have a great time when I do. At the school I teach at, we have a volleyball tournament the day before Thanksgiving. The winning team from the students plays the staff. It is always a lot of fun. 
3) Which country would you like to visit next? Why?
    Germany. I visited Germany when I was in high school and I loved it there. Since then I have learned some German and have been writing to a few penpals from Germany. I would love to show my sons some of the beautiful places I have been. 
4) What are your 3 favourite books of all time?
   Oh... this is hard. 
The Bible I am a Christian so this is my go to book for many aspects of my life.
Les Miserables  by Victor Hugo
The Harry Potter series?  I think this is cheating. I don't know about a 3rd favorite. I'm not a huge re-reader of books. No book is jumping into my head as an absolute favorite though.
5) Are you usually late, early or right on time?
     I am always early. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people are consistently late.
6) What kind of weather you like the most?
     Sunny buy chilly. So, the sun is out but it's not hot. I like breezy weather too. 
7) If you could travel in time, would you go to future or past and why?
     I think the past since I know what to expect :) This answer kind of surprised me but I think that's what I'd choose. I'm a little old-fashioned in some ways. 
8) Write 3 interesting places to visit in your hometown.
     This depends what you're interested in. In no particular order
-Endicott Park- This is a park that encompasses 165 acres. There is land you can explore, a playground, activity fields, picnic grounds on an old orchard, a small barn with animals, a small fishing pond, a carriage house, community gardens, a fitness trail, and it abuts this historic mansion with beautiful gardens. I love going here for picnics, community events, playing with the boys, or just relaxing in the sun.
- Putnam Pantry- This is an old ice cream/candy shop. Kids can go in an build their own ice cream sundae with toppings from the smorgasbord.
- Rebecca Nurse Homestead- Many people don't know that a lot of the events from the Salem Witch Trials actually happened in current day Danvers. Rebecca Nurse was one of the women who was accused and executed in the Salem Witch Trials. This site has 28 acres of land, including a reproduction of a community/social meeting house, a barn and the main house. There are historical artifacts in the house and this is an interesting place to visit if you want to hear a little of the early history of the town.

9) What is your favourite holiday to celebrate?
10) What are you talented in?
    I am a musician so.. music. :)  This is my most recognized talent. 
11) What are your plans for 2016?
   This year has been a little weird in terms of coming up with resolutions and such. I would like to take a nice vacation to a different country. I'm thinking Canada because it will be way easier for us financially. The recurring theme that keeps coming back to me when I think about the new year is to build more authentic friendships. I have found myself a bit turned off by shallow relationships and feel called to fix some and walk away from others. So... it's a bit scary but I am looking forward to the rewards after the original risks. 

       The blogs I would like to nominate are:

   Apparently I don't follow a lot of smaller blogs that actually update in the span of a few months.  Okay ladies, here are my questions for you:
1) What book are you currently reading?
2) If you could receive a letter from anyone in the world (living or dead, past or present) giving you advice in your life, who would you choose? 
3) What is a recipe you really enjoy?
4) You are given the opportunity to go out to dinner with a celebrity, who do you choose?
5)  Here's a scary one- Take a peek in your fridge, what's on the bottom shelf? No cheating,
6) What song has been stuck in your head lately?
7) What's one thing you've learned in 2015?
8) Are you a night person or morning person?
9) What is one food you really dislike? 
10) What is 1 place you would really like to visit?
11) What is your favorite thing about January?

    I will be looking forward to reading your answers!