The Liebster Award

In which I answer questions with non-answers, go off on a pointless rant, and ask some equally pointless questions of you guys…you know, basically the usual.


Thank you so, so, so much for nominating me, Hannah Garner! I’ve got to say I’m never not surprised to get nominated for something. It just always makes my day so much to get nominated for an award or tag or whatever.

I’ve received a few Liebster awards, but I just really love them because it seems like people come up with really great questions and I like trying to answer them.

Rules

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This is so fancy this rule graphic here. I love not having to type these.

Hannah Garner’s Questions

What made you pursue writing?

Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t know that I ever stopped to think about it. I don’t know that I would have thought about not writing, you know?

What is the most important event/events that have grown you into the person that you are today?

Wow, these questions are pretty deep! I don’t know, I honestly do not know. I feel like I don’t really think in milestones. I just don’t think about the past enough, I suppose.

Describe yourself in one sentence.

I am terrible at describing myself.

If you could meet with anyone past or present who would it be and why?

These are really good questions and my answers are just… Once again, I’m sorry but I don’t know! I feel like anyone that I care about meeting would be someone I really would not want to embarrass myself in front of, and I probably would.

What are five principles that you try to live your life by?

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • There is no three second rule. You have to make a calculated choice: “is the risk of eating this food proportionate to how delicious this food is/how hungry I am?” If the answer is yes, then it’s probably okay.
  • If you wouldn’t want it on your tombstone, don’t say it. (Oh dear, that three second rule thing is going to be on my tombstone now, isn’t it?)
  • When someone asks you to list five things, list four. They might not notice. But then again they probably will.

If you could pack up and live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you live and why?

I just..I just want to live everywhere. But nowhere hot. And nowhere with bite-y poison things.

Who are your favorite authors? Why do you like their work so much?

I have way too many! I guess I’ll just say that I value authors who use the language well and who have something meaningful to say and say it. And whose characters feel real.

If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

Honestly? A dog.

They’re just so incredibly happy to exist, and it doesn’t take much to make their day. A piece of chicken you dropped on the floor and your whole family marched on top of? Give that to the dog and they’re like “OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU OH WOW BEST GIFT EVER THANK YOU I LOVE YOU THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE I DON’T EVEN WOW THIS IS THE BEST CHICKEN EVER YOU ARE THE BEST HUMAN THANK YOU GOOD HUMAN I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER NOW EVEN THOUGH I LOVED YOU FOREVER BEFORE THANK YOU WOW CHICKENNNNNNN!”

Like, even when dogs have a bad day, they don’t really have a bad day, you know? My dog literally got his toe ripped off several years ago and I’m pretty sure two hours later he’d already forgotten about it. I’m sorry, but if my toe got ripped off, it would ruin that year for me. That year would forever be the year my toe got ripped off. But that’s just not how it is with dogs. As Cesar Milan always reminds people, dogs live in the present.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Write. Eat. Play games. Listen to music. Binge on Netflix documentaries about things I didn’t know I cared about.

Seems like there’s something missing from this list. Hmm… Oh, that’s right!

READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yelling about books.

What would you say is your biggest down fall?

Sugar.

No, hmm. To be serious, probably emotional stuff. I just don’t really know how to handle emotions the best, so sometimes I try and pretend I don’t have them. Being emotionless is not a virtue. It’s not something to aspire to. It’s bad. Be a human, Chloe.

(I don’t know why I started lecturing myself. That was weird.)

What would you say is your best attribute?

I would probably say the fact that I am extremely open to trying things. I love experiences. I mean, well, heh, let me clarify. Because I just know someone is going to stand up and be like: “That’s actually not true, Chloe! Chloe, excuse me!!! Chloe??? That actually isn’t true because remember that one time when actually I told you that you should try _______ and you actually didn’t actually try it?! So that’s actually not true.” I have a feeling this person is going to be loudly chewing gum while they say this, and I just want to save us all.

Okay, if it’s a really different experience from anything I have ever tried before, I have no basis to form a judgement as to whether I’m going to like it or not, so I might as well try it. Then, even if I didn’t like it, I can know I tried it.

But there’s a difference between eating baby octopodes  (which I wasn’t sure about but ended up being a great decision) and riding one of those drop tower rides.

Let’s see, a small list of things I hate:

  1. Being strapped in
  2. Falling
  3. Going really really fast when I’m not the one in control
  4. Falling out of the sky
  5. Shooting way up into the clouds and then plummeting back towards earth
  6. Being strapped in with screaming strangers while I fall out of the sky
  7. DID I MENTION LITERALLY DROPPING FROM THE DANG SKY?!?!

What do those drop tower rides include? Hmm, well, it looks like maybe they might include

ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!

So I can absolutely make a logical judgment with some simple mathematics (being strapped in + falling out of the sky + going fast and not being in control = THE WORST DAY OF CHLOE’S LIFE) and not waste my time on something I know from the beginning that I’m going to hate.

Not sure why that turned into a whole rant but you never know what’s going to turn into a rant with me. It just happens and we’ve got to be prepared.

Facts

I’m not doing facts this time. I’ve got to keep up some of that aura of mystery, you know? And you guys already know too much.

That’s right. Better be looking over your shoulder. It’s a dangerous position to be in, knowing too much.

Actually, I will do one fact: “octopodes” is a perfectly legitimate, although uncommon, plural for octopus. So now you know. (Other acceptable plurals are octopuses and octopi.)

Questions

(I’m a little embarrassed because Hannah Garner’s questions were so deep and well-thought-out and I have a feeling mine aren’t going to be.)

  1. If you had to chose between being the ruler of many thousands of monkey slaves on a deserted island, or having a well-appointed flat in the city of your choice, which would you choose?
  2. If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?
  3. An unpopular opinion you have that you would willingly stand up for?
  4. Favourite ancient civilisation?
  5. Favourite book that’s somewhat obscure?
  6. Would you ever consider changing your name?
  7. If you had to choose between never reading again and never writing again, which would you choose?
  8. Opinions on gerbils? I don’t know that I personally even have an opinion on gerbils but I’m curious to hear other people’s. 
  9. What book did you read as a child that really impacted you?
  10. Do you have any unusual life advice to share with people?
  11. Favourite emoji that you don’t feel you have a use for very often?

Nominees!

  • If you are reading this post because you are procrastinating, then I nominate you. Serves you right, you little procrastinator!
  • If you actually feel like answering my ridiculous questions, I nominate you.
  • If you are reading this, guess what? Nominated.

And if you don’t want to do a whole post, answer at least a couple of the questions in the comments, please. Stupid questions demand answers.

Have a lovely day!
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27 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. This is SO funny, Chloe! Your answers had me laughing so much. I remember one time I went to a fun fair with my brother, and he was going on all these drop tower rides, so I joined him for a few. Worst. Decision. Ever. I was screaming the whole time. Never again. I’d say you’re pretty wise 🙂
    Your facts had me struggling to breathe. How do you do this to me??

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    1. Eeesh that sounds absolutely awful! My brother used to love roller coasters and drop rides and pretty much if it looked terrifying, he would do it. Until one day he was going to ride a drop tower, got all strapped in and everything, and before the ride even started he yelled “GET ME OFF OF HERE RIGHT NOW!!!!” The guy running the ride let him off pretty fast because you could tell he meant it. I was like, “sneaking suspicion that everyone secretly hates these things, confirmed!”

      Oh dear, please don’t stop breathing! It makes me happy when I make other people laugh. Usually it’s just me laughing at my own jokes. 😀

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  2. Answers to questions (hope this makes your day, everyone):
    1. Some people would go with the monkeys, but monkeys make me nervous for some reason. Not the cute little ones, but chimps, etc. The flat for sure. But the city…hmmm….Paris, London, Prague, maybe Barcelona.
    2. Terry Pratchett.
    3. That just because something is popular doesn’t mean every single person in the world has to like it.
    4. The Celts. And the Romans.
    5. Somewhat obscure – okay, there are a few. I’ll pick. The Scarlet Pimpernel – it’s a classic, but unfortunately a largely forgotten classic these days. Two Moons in August – out of print for some sad reason.
    6. I have considered changing my name. I looked into how to do it legally. It’s actually not that difficult. The problem is that, even after you change it legally, there will still be people who knew you before the paperwork, and will insist on using the name you don’t like. It’s complicated.
    7. THAT IS THE MOST UNFAIR QUESTION EVER. Not answering. 🙂
    8. Don’t really have a personal opinion on gerbils, either, but I don’t think I’d have one, because I’m not big on cleaning out cages and squeaking in the middle of the night.
    9. Tuck Everlasting. The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. (Hey, that may count as obscure…)
    10. Unusual advice…hmm…well, if it’s anything, I’d say not to have expectations. That kind of contradicts what a lot of people think. But having too many things set in stone in your head makes it really hard to cope if life doesn’t turn out the way you hoped/planned.
    11. Don’t really use emojis. Just don’t. Not a fan of using too many abbreviations.

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    1. Thanks for answering my questions! I agree with you on monkeys—they’re not to be trusted. They may look innocent, but it’s all an adorable facade… And The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil. E. Frankweiler is one of my absolute favourite books of all time!

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  3. Ha! To so much of what you said! 🙂

    Procrastination is also translated to — BUT I CAN’T WAKE UP YET, why are the kids always up so early, it’s not fair, I NEED TIME TO HAVE MORE COFFEE!!!

    It’s all so very true, but if it made someone laugh, happy for you. 😉

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  4. You’re hilarious. 😀

    “I don’t know that I would have thought about not writing, you know?”

    I feel this in my soul.

    Cesar Milan shout-out! That guy is a hero.

    My mom convinced a decent portion of our family to go skydiving with her for her forty-something-th birthday; those few of us who weren’t into the plummeting-possibly-to-our-deaths thing were given lawn chairs to watch our loved ones make the jump. I will never regret choosing the lawn chair. In short: nice to see I’m not the only sane person around here!

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  5. HA!! I love it, Chloe! Your answers had me laughing out loud. And hmmm…is that only FOUR principles you live your life by?? It’s amazing how I noticed after it was pointed out to me 😉 LOLOL and my goodness, girl! I admire your ability to write this fast! I still do like ten revisions after I make a post. Something that I’m working on. That perfectionistic side to me. It’s bad. Be spontaneous, Hannah! 😉 Hahaha thanks again for the laugh! And addressing the “not a real blogger” concerns that you expressed in your one post- feel free to strike up a convo or comment on my blog anytime! Again, thanks for doing this nomination!

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    1. Haha, glad to make you laugh! And your observation skills are astonishing! Haha, well I’m obsessed with perfection and efficiency. It’s a very frustrating thing because obviously you cannot be fast and perfect. So sometimes I’m fast, but unfortunately I still haven’t mastered the perfection part. 🙂 Thank you so much again for nominating me!!!

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      1. Thank you! Yes, I guess that’s the cross we have to bear! Hahaha And no problem! 😀 It was fun to read your answers! AND your questions bahah I’m extremely intrigued as to how people will answer the gerbil question, too. 😀

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