Awards are nice, right? And, like they say at the Oscars, just being nominated puts you in good company. The Liebster Award periodically floats around the blogosphere and encourages all of us bloggers to bring a little attention to blogs that don’t get a lot of it. Our good friend, Steve, at The End, nominated us. Not only are we honored to be selected (thanks, Steve!), but we had a great time following these rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
- Answer the 10 questions from the person who nominated you.
- Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs (with fewer than 200 followers) and notify them of their nomination.
- Make sure all of your contact info is up-to-date so the Pulitzer Committee can more easily find you.
QUESTIONS We Were ASKED
1. Why do you live where you live?
Carolyn: I live in New England because of its awesome physical beauty, Mass because I need to live in a blue state, Boston because of its salty demographic, and this particular town because there is no private country club.
Leah: I grew up in Connecticut, went to school in Virginia, and got my first job in North Carolina. When my husband and I decided to have kids, we knew we wanted to raise them in New England. We looked at the 3-hour radius around our hometown and chose Boston as the place we wanted to be: a real city, culture, high-tech jobs, lots of young people, a music scene, a restaurant scene, the right political climate, far enough from family but not too far. The city has only gotten better in the 25+ years we’ve lived here.
2. Favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor?
C: Steven Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream
L: Wow. I just almost never eat ice cream. I love it, but somehow I decided it was going to kill me so I avoid it. If B&J has something like caramel and chocolate smushed into vanilla, then that’s my flavor.
C: That just so happens to be Americone Dream…
3. If you had to live your whole life in only one season, which would you choose: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?
C: Spring – renewal, rebirth, retry.
L: I think not having the seasons change would put me in long-term funk. But, if I had to choose just one, it would be Fall. Beautiful, bittersweet, sweaters, apples, cider, hiking, golden afternoons.
4. Tattoos. Yes or No?
C: I love NOT having any tattoos, although I appreciate why they are meaningful to those who have them.
L: No. I don’t understand them. I love beautiful, natural skin.
5. God. Yes or No?
C: Yes, without certainty.
L: Yes and no. Yes, I believe there is something that connects all of us. No, I don’t believe it is a person who guides peoples’ lives.
6. You can take a one-way trip 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future, or you can stay put in the here-and-now. What would you do?
C: Stay put – I know it’s not perfect but I love it.
L: I have no real interest in the world a century from now, so that leaves me with 2014 or 1914. I don’t imagine I’d be that happy as a woman in 1914. In fact, I’d be even more frustrated by the “way things are” than I am today. So, I’ll take the here-and-now.
7. If it were up to you, would you decree that everyone has a gun, or no one has a gun?
C: No one.
L: Nobody has a gun. Let’s make the killing a little more difficult.
8. A powerful gamma ray burst kills half the human race and destroys our ability to generate electricity for 100 years. Question: Would you rather be among the living or the dead?
C: The several times we have been without electricity for days at a time due to storm damage have been the most peaceful and delightful among memory, so I would choose to slog it out among the living.
L: Mad Max! Dr. Bloodmoney! It would be so depressing at first, and there would be an insufferable amount of whining. But then life would be very real. People who like to be independent and DIY would make it work. Thank god I’m married to someone who knows how to camp.
9. Super Bowl tickets or a weekend in Paris?
C: Definitely Paris, in any season.
L: I’m a huge football fan, and I’ve been to the SB a couple of times, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect. But a magical weekend in Paris? Is this a serious question?
10. Have you ever fostered or adopted a dog, cat or other animal companion from a shelter or a rescue org?
C: Shamefully, no.
L: (C, you’re allergic – there’s no shame in that.) The two dogs I’ve had in my adult life were both from shelters. Our first, Mocha, we found in this hideous dump in South Carolina, and she was our companion for 15 years. Kasey came from a no-kill shelter here in town – such a sweet and funny dog – she died in February at 14. My family is lobbying hard for another rescued pup, but I’m just not ready yet.
QUESTIONS for our NOMINEES
Since we’re a blog for writers, and all writers are readers, we thought we’d have fun with some fictional characters. For each pair, tell us which one you’d rather be with in the given situation, and why.
1. On a desert island: Holmes or Watson?
2. Summer camp bunkmate: Jo or Beth?
3. A weekend in Vegas: Winnie the Pooh or Tigger?
4. Your best friend in high school: Scout or Boo Radley?
5. Your seatmate on a transatlantic flight: Betty or Veronica?
6. Your travel guide: Luke or Han Solo?
7. Beach day: Batman or Spiderman?
8. CEO of your company: Peeta or Katniss?
9. Spa day: Lady Violet or Lady Isobel?
10. Life partner: Mr. Big or Aidan?
Leah and Carolyn