Creative and Versatile Blogger Awards

I’m sweating bullets over here, because two lovely people–Fadwa at Word Wonders and Beth at Reading Every Night, both of whom you should follow immediately–nominated me for the Versatile and Creative Blogger awards (respectively*), and now I have to actually talk about myself, I don’t think I can do this, send help.

*Am I breaking some hallowed book-blogging tradition by pretending Beth didn’t also (kind of, technically, maybe) nominate me for the Versatile and Dragon Loyalty awards? Will wrathful bloggers be wrathfully commenting that I need to talk about myself even more? 

Fadwa, Beth, thank you for the nomination! And I’m just kidding about not being able to talk about myself; I’m totally comfortable being in the spotlight, yep, ha ha.

*Sweats.*
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Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself .
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

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Rules for The Creative Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share five facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Twelve facts about me, coming right up.

1. I’m one of those short people who thinks they’re taller than they really are. You’ll definitely see me ducking to pass under, like, tree branches that clear my head by inches.

2. My all-time favorite animes are Hellsing, Darker than Black, and Witch Hunter Robin, but I haven’t rewatched any of them in years. Someone take my books away for a week so I can do that. (Just kidding, don’t even try.)

3. I’m a lifelong horse-person (thanks, Mom!), and it affects my driving in ways I’m sure other horse-people will understand. For example: without fail, I’ll feel a quick stab of concern that my car will stumble when I approach rough road too fast, and I’ll try to gauge the correct jumping distance when approaching railroad tracks.

4. But when someone else is driving and we’re swooping along a giant curving overpass, I’ll pretend I’m flying on a dragon, because apparently I’m eleven years old and still not over the fact that I won’t Impress my own bronze or brown.

5. I grew up assuming I’d get a doctorate and become a professor, like my dad. But professors do this thing called standing in front of hordes of beady-eyed strangers and talking for hours every day, and ha ha ha ha. No.

6. My favorite number is six, and even though I’m not superstitious, I look for sixes everywhere. Getting a new ceiling fan? Gotta have six blades. Scheduling an important event? You can bet it’ll be in June or on a 6th or at 6:00 (if I can help it).

7. I used to be fluent-ish in French, but it’s been a decade since I used it; I’d really like to pick it back up again. Other languages I want to learn: Arabic and Turkish.

8. My absolute favorite song is The Mark Has Been Made by Nine Inch Nails. And if you’re going to listen to it, please for the love of whatever you find holy, put your headphones on first. Measly laptop speakers will butcher it, and I will know, and I will cry.

9. My husband and I have developed an extensive repertoire of fist-bumps, high-fives, and handshakes. Yes, we will do them in public. No, we are not ashamed.

10. I’m obsessed with antique (flower-free) hurricane lamps. I want them. I want them all.

11. My typical outfit consists of skinny jeans, dress shoes, and a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow. No, dressing like an adult has not stopped people from assuming I and my shortness are in high school.

12. I used to swear I’d always hate sushi, EDM, and waking up (approximately) with the sun. I won’t lie and say that I now wake up at dawn to eat sushi to the gentle strains of Bassnectar—but I totally would if my favorite sushi place was open that early.

All right, I know everyone’s already done these awards—most of you multiple times—so feel free to ignore my nominations. That said, I’m nominating:

  1. Bennett at Bennett North
  2. Gel at Geelinlovesconan
  3. Jorelene at Page Chronicles
  4. Kellie at Book Delights
  5. Kiwi at Kiwi Reads
  6. Lois at My Midnight Musing
  7. Melissa at In a Bookish World
  8. Milou at Simply a Book Drunkard
  9. Miriam Joy at Miriam Joy Reads
  10. Morgan at Bookenstein
  11. Paul at The Galaxial Word
  12. Rob at RKB Writes
  13. Sakina at A Forest of Books and Memories
  14. Stefanie at Your Daughter’s Bookshelf
  15. Vivian at Inked in Pages

And everyone should check those blogs out, because they’re all awesome, two thumbs up, will continue reading.

Fadwa, Beth, thanks again for the nomination!


41 thoughts on “Creative and Versatile Blogger Awards

  1. Thanks for the nomination! I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a horse – I was obsessed with The Saddle Club series and the Heartland series when I was younger and would spend hours daydreaming and imagining myself attending show jumping and dressage competitions! The reason I’m not pursuing my masters is because I can’t TA in front of 50 kids let alone teach 500.

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    1. Oh, I hope you get a chance to take lessons! Maybe you’re a natural, and you’ll be owning your local jumping and/or dressage circuit in a few years. And The Saddle Club was awesome! I’ll have to look into the Heartland series. If it’s about horses, I’m sold. =)

      It’s such a relief to know I’m not the only one who backed out of their intended career because large groups of people are scary! Did you give TA-ing a try before realizing it wasn’t for you? (My master’s program didn’t require me to TA, thank goodness.)

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      1. Definitely read Heartland! It actually was turned into a Canadian tv show – I think they’re on season 10 or 11, but I don’t watch it because it’s waay too long and they added new characters. And no I haven’t TAed – I’m still in my undergrad, but I’ve always been terrified of public speaking. I kind of got over it in grade 11, but it’s definitely not something I would want to do everyday.

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      2. The first in the series has been added to my Goodreads TBR list! =D

        And I’m really glad you didn’t sign up for a TA position, only to belatedly realize you hate it. Dodged a bullet!

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  2. I also used to think I’d be a professor when I grew up since my dad is also one! However, like you, I decided I couldn’t go down that route because I couldn’t see myself lecturing to people every day. I love your answers! Thank you so much for the tag!

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      1. Yeah, that would definitely make sense if that were common!

        I’ll probably do this tag/nomination in a couple of months! I’m very busy now with my last semester of college wrapping up, so I probably won’t be able to get around to it soon since I’ll have a backlog of reviews and discussion posts to write. I’ll be sure to do it when I have more time for it though! 🙂

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      2. Hey, congratulations on your impending freedom! My fingers are crossed that this last month will be (more or less) a breeze for you. (And hurray for all those new posts you’ll be posting afterward!) =)

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  3. Great facts!
    I could never be a professor or teacher I cannot speak in front of large groups of people, hell I have trouble speaking one-on-one to my managers without getting completely flustered and red in the face! I’d be a diasters.
    Also that’s great your fluent-ish in French. I’d love to learn another language (I am currently learning Italian but it’s slow going) and Arabic and Turkish sound hard so I’ll have to wish you luck with those 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you! =)

      Oh my goodness, yes. The red-in-the-face problem is real. I hope you don’t have to do it too often! (Or should I hope you do have to do it often, so you can perhaps become accustomed to/immune to it?)

      Learning a language is rough, for sure. Have long have you been working on your Italian? Any plans on visiting Italy to get some live practice?

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      1. That’s all right 🙂
        I feel like I have to talk in groups more and more often! But yeah I guess it is something I need to practise so I should be grateful for that at least.
        It’s a challenge but it’s definitely a fun one. Not long, a month or so at the moment but ideally I think it’d be a good idea to go to Italy (for longer than a weekend break) to get some practise. It’s the same with any language isn’t it, if you can go to the country it helps you pick up so much more.

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  4. Fellow short person! *High fives you* (actually our definitions of short probably differ given that I’m 5ft2 so I tend to be the shortest person around a lot of the time).
    No one ever seems to talk about that aspect when it comes to being a professor, is it because they just don’t want to scare us off?
    You and your husband sound adorable and should, under no circumstances, be ashamed of your extensive repertoire when out in public. If anything, you should be proud for having it at all, I know I’m hopeless at those!

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    1. *High fives!* But yeah, you have me beat; I’m about or maybe a smidge under 5’4. Do you feel like you should be taller than you are, or do you own your shortness?

      You know, it’s true, they don’t. And I wish they had. Of course I took a public speaking class in undergrad (it’s required), but I think we could’ve used some extra tips and tricks in my Welcome To The Literature Program, Prepare For Your Doom class I had to take upon starting my master’s degree.

      It’s taken us a few years to get to where we have; I bet you’d be a pro in no time, with a regular fist-bump/high-five/handshake buddy. (I wonder if there are special Swiss fist-bumps and high-fives and handshakes? Are there European ones we don’t know about? I MUST RESEARCH THIS.)

      =D

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      1. Well I’m very often surprised by how short I am (usually because I end up being around really tall/somewhat more normal sized people) so I guess it’s a bit of both.
        That public speaking class sounds like pure torture and I commend you for going through that. You should totally reward yourself with some chocolate (or cheese), even if it is belatedly.
        I’m no expert but I can’t think of any especially Swiss handshakes/fistbumps/high-fives, or european ones I think, but I do know that if youre ever in Greece and you put up your hand with all 5 fingers splayed out with your palm facing away from you, it’s a rather rude gesture (also never trust the locals to teach you phrases in Greek, you might and up with ‘wanker’ instead of ‘good morning’).

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      2. Are you telling me public speaking ISN’T a mandatory class in European colleges and universities? I think that chocolate and cheese I’m about to go buy will be consolation prizes rather than celebratory ones, for having to attend college in the States.

        I wouldn’t be opposed to learning curse words in Greek, but yeah. That’d be horribly embarrassing.

        (Actually–oh god I don’t know why I’m sharing this–my husband and I honeymooned in Istanbul, and beforehand we bought a little English/Turkish dictionary, and memorized a bunch of useful words and sentences. So I decided LIKE AN IDIOT to say “Thank you” in Turkish to the woman at the passport counter when she handed my passport back, but I blanked and said “Please” instead, and she gave me this look like she was already regretting letting me into her country. This was a few years ago, and to this day I puddle into mortification when I think about it. *Dies.*)

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      3. There are no public speaking classes in Swiss universities as far as english degress are concerned (at least there aren’t any in Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich. I don’t know about other unis but I doubt it), but that’s no reason not to enjoy chocolate and cheese.
        I’m sure she appreciated the effort you made, in fact she could’ve just been taken aback by the fact that you spoke any turkish at all!
        It’s a national Greek tradition to teach tourists curse words instead of useful phrases and then let them loose while we sit back and laugh. I’m guilty of that myself actually which resulted in a friend of mine greeting my mother with ‘hey wanker, what’s up?’ and me being close to dying from laughter.
        (My mother was not impressed by this)

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  5. Oh my, thank you so much for the nomination! This is such a lovely post. 🙂

    Once in my life I also dreamed about being a professor, but thinking about the fact that I would lecture and lecture and lecture everyday drained me. I’ve tried out teaching elementary students and high school students… it was fun, but I realized maybe I could do better on a different field.

    Hope you can get back on track on your French! Learning a language is pretty haaaaard (I’m required to learn Spanish) but it’s amazing if you become fluent. Good luck! 😀

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    1. You’re welcome, and thanks! =D

      Wow, you’ve taught both elementary and high school students? Those sound like the two hardest groups to teach! Glad you had fun with it, but I’m also glad you started looking for something that better suits you. =)

      Yeah, picking up new languages can be really rough going. Are you enjoying Spanish? Good luck to you too, if you need it!

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      1. Yep, but only for a week. We had this so-called exposure in school and another time in church. I was so stressed back then. Hahaha! And Spanish is amazing, too. I’m loving my class. Thank you for that!!!! 😀

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  6. Thank you for nominating me!!! I’m also a short person who ducks under tree branches that are actually a lot higher than my height haha. I’m not a superstitious person either, but I do like to schedule important stuff on my favourite dates as well. 😛 A lot of people hate the number four where I live, and that’s sort of gotten to me (it’s my least favourite number now hahaha), so I try to avoid scheduling things on the fourth. Do you have a least favourite number?

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    1. You’re welcome! I’m looking forward to seeing your facts, if you end up doing the award. =)

      Short people unite!

      You know, I think I remember–yep. Just looked it up: I knew there was a number (supposedly?) considered unlucky in Japan due to its phonetic similarity to the word “death,” and look at that, it’s the number four. I don’t know if you’re in Japan, but I think that specific cultural aversion/superstition is really neat!

      Hm, I don’t think I have a least favorite number. Maybe I should go with the old joke and say “seven”? Because, you know: “Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight (ate) nine.”

      That’s a horrible joke and I already regret typing it. =(

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      1. That’s really interesting, I didn’t know it was unlucky in Japan as well! I live in Hong Kong, and the people here hate the number four for exactly the same reason.

        Hahah, I love your answer! It’s not a horrible joke at all. It’s by far better than the ones I make haha. 🙂

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