My blog is not much of a real blog. I’m not signed up with one of the cool blogging sights, I don’t have any advertisements, and I don’t even have a comment thingy besides facebook link. I do it as a place to share thoughts with friends and anyone who cares to know more about me, why I act the way I do, why I think the way I do, why I paint what I do.

I’ve been told that to have a successful blog you need lots of followers, you need to post at least once a week, you need to create and active dialog that gets people thinking and commenting. I’ve been told you can make money doing blogs. That’s not going to happen, at least right now. So I’m sure my friend who nominated me for a Liebster Award was just throwing me a bone. I guess I’ll catch it. Apparently, The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers (no problem there, snort).  Liebster, in German, means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. Or in Mormon terms “special” as in “she is a special daughter of God”, pause before saying special. Just kidding.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people that you tag

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post

4. Go to their page and tell them

5. No tag backs

I’m not sure I know how to do this. Now I’m going to have to spend an hour Googling how to tag people. I don’t even know 11 other blogs that have less than 200 followers. I like to read others blogs; I just can’t keep up with them all. I’ll try and find some I like to tag.

Here are my 11 things about me:

1. I am a Gemini and mean, I am REALLY a Gemini. (That’s a nice way to say, a bit crazy, maybe a little bi-polar, you know)

2. My Utah name (this is the name I would have had if my mom had not been from Tacoma, Washington and comes from the odd tradition many small Utah towns have of combining the parents’ first names in some way) would have been Ferralinda.

3. I am on my second marriage and I have lost two children.

4. I am eternally grateful that there was no Facebook when I was a teenager.

5. I am even more grateful that there were no Twilight novels when I was a teenager.

6. I am sure that when I die I will instantly be an amazing singer, musician and dancer. This will be a gift from God to make up for all the crap I’ve had to put up with in this life.  Still searching for a scripture to back this up.

7. I am equally sure that I would probably hate the person I would be now if I had not been through all the above mentioned crap. So what can you do?

8. Once I covered every member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a quilt. It’s a long story.

9. I clench me teeth so hard at night that my fillings split my teeth like a wedge in a log. I have yet to find a night guard that can prevent this. My last one actually chipped my front tooth.

10. I used to walk and talk in my sleep something fierce.

11. I am really nervous that I will not like my future daughters-in-law.


Here’s La from freakin’ ray of sunshine’s questions for me and my answers:

1. What is your favorite food that no one else appreciates?

At my house, that would be anything that remotely resembles Asian cuisine, which I love and everyone else hates, and which I cook about once every three week. While everyone picks at it I repeat my speech about how I have to cook for everyone and sometimes I’ll cook what I LIKE so get over it!

2.  Top 3 travel destinations.

For real, right now that would be Target, the library, and my mom’s house. If I can go to any of those places without kids, then I consider it a vacation.

3.  If you could indulge regularly in some frivolous spa type treatment, what would you pick?

I don’t know. Is there a treatment that can take my body back to the way it was at age 24?

4. What name would you have given your child if you thought no one would judge you?

I really wanted to give Ben a Hawaiian middle name to reflect his birth heritage, but I got shot down.

5. What Desperate Housewives character would your friends think you are similar to?

I don’t know, I’ve never seen that show. Seriously.

6. Favorite Musical

Oh, such a hard question. South Pacific. Oh, Les Mis. No, West Side Story. Nevermind.

7. What "skill" (defined loosely) would you most like to develop?

I’ve always secretly wanted to be a dancer. But that ain’t happening.

8.  If you had to choose between your dishwasher and clothes washer, which one would it be?

I’ll never have to make that choice. I have four kids and I’m not afraid to use them for child labor.

9. If you could go for a ride with Dr. Who, where/when would you go?

Hmmmm, can we go to other fictional places like Narnia? I want to go to Narnia.

10. What famous person would you add to your book club?

Jonny Depp. This book club would be held every week.


And here are my questions to pass on:

1. How do you feel about lash extensions?

2. Who was your first crush?

3. What time era do you think you should have been born in and why?

4. What do you like on your pizza?

5. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

6. What did you always want to dress up as for Halloween, but never did?

7. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be and why?

8. What was your favorite childhood book?

9. What is your favorite movie quote?

10. How many things (shampoos, soaps, scrubbies, shavers, etc.) are in your shower right now?

11. Do you usually chose truth or dare?


And here’s 5 little blogs like mine that I follow:

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good
My Journey Through Breast Cancer
Big Tough Girl
Brown Babies Pink Parents
The Happiest Sad