Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Three Elevens.................. Down the Rabbit Hole

I felt like Alice in Wonderland  when I opened the e-mail announcing that I had won a blog award: “I wonder if I've been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!”Lewis Carroll

First I got Big! Oh, the head doth swell with pride when one "wins." Something about our human-ness makes us want to be a winner. 

I followed the linking trail back to my benefactor -- the delightful and gracious author ofGreen Eggs and Goats.  (Thanks Heather.)

Then I got small. 

I did some research. Apparently the award origins go back several years to a German blogger who sought to build the readership of, and relationships among, other bloggers. In other words: You win a Liebster award if you are small. It is to help others find you.

“Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea? 
Alice: Well, I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more. 
March Hare: Ah, you mean you can't very well take less. 
Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.” 

I looked up the word Liebster and smiled like the Cheshire Cat: German adj."meaning favorite, preferred above others; liked or loved above others"
Okay, then it is good to be small?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough.”

But you don't get to just BE an award recipient, you have to perform, because you must post 11 random facts about yourself:
“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”

So here are my 11 random facts:
  1. I have chandelier crystals hanging here and there in my backyard, and as a result, dancing rainbows appear inside and outside our home at different times of the day.
  2. My first pet was a chameleon that I named Greeny-Browny.
  3. I made lemon balm tea last week.
  4. The color "Christmas Red" bugs me.  I like Barn Red, though.
  5. I am currently wondering who is going to bother to read these random facts.
  6. The first college I attended was in Wyoming; I wasn't sure where Wyoming was. I was 17. Enough said.  
  7. I like stirring compost.
  8. I'm getting sick of the word I.
  9. I watched the 2012 version of the Les Miserables musical 3 times in the past 3 days.  I think I'll watch it again tonight.
  10. I also think I will look for a version of Alice in Wonderland on Netflix.
  11. I just learned how to spell Netflix; my spellchecker already knew.
Then there are 11 questions to answer. Sooooo, here are the questions Heather asked me:
Are you married? If so, how long?
I've been married to a prince-among-men for 33 years.

Do you have any children?
...four lovely daughters who are now my friends; one lives next door.
What was your favorite game growing up?
I've never liked games much, but we had an awesome chess set. The base of each piece had spheres-within-spheres of intricately carved ivory. My father taught me to play. It is one of a very few memories of him.
Do you consider yourself a serious person, or a goofball?
That depends on the situation.
  “Off with her head!”~ L.C.
Do you feel like you have a calling in life?
Absolutely! Becky, Honey, Mom, Mimi
What is your favorite color?
just one?green. ( That is my sneaky way of including yellow and blue.)

What is your favorite movie of all time? 
If you could go to any live concert, who would you go see? 
May I wear jeans?
What superpower would you like to have?
Power is dangerous!
Describe a pivotal moment in your life.
The moment my first child was born, I knew what I wanted to do.
When was the last time you went on vacation, and where did you go?
A few years ago, Jim and I spent every other weekend at my parents' cabin in the forest on the Mogollon rim. Then it sold.

Okay, that's it for the acceptance speech
“It was much pleasanter at home," thought poor Alice, "when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down the rabbit-hole--and yet--and yet--...” L.C.

The third part of my job as recipient is to nominate others. The rules state that I should nominate 11, but in wonderland we don't follow rules, exactly.

We make new rules in Wonderland.
I'm giving the award to the list of bloggers below, not because they are small, but because I like them and would like to learn their answers to my 11 questions. Note to these bloggers:  You are NOT required to follow these rules, or even accept the award.  Believe me, I know what a rabbit hole this can become. But if you accept, here are my questions:
  1. Do you feel that you are a different age on the inside than your chronological age?
  2. What are some thoughts that make you really happy?
  3. How do you like your steak cooked?
  4. Do you have a pet peeve?
  5. If you had to choose another country in which to live, where would that be?
  6. What’s the best decision you ever made?
  7. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
  8. Do you think people can control their own destiny?
  9. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
  10. If you made a movie about your life, who would you choose to play you?
  11. What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
"Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then,
if I like being that person, I'll come up: if not, I'll stay down here
till I'm somebody else"--but, oh dear!' cried Alice, with a sudden burst
of tears, 'I do wish they WOULD put their heads down! I am so VERY tired
of being all alone here!”  ~L.C.

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  1. Enjoyed reading about you, Becky. Thanks for including me. :)

    1. Quoted, while winking ;)...
      “But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
      "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
      "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
      "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.” ~L.C.

  2. I love love this.I still wish you would write a would be a best seller :0)
    Sandra Miller

    1. “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~Lewis Carroll

  3. Oh Becky, that was way too much fun! Delightful post to read, right down to the details. Thanks for the smiles!

    1. “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” L.C.

  4. SOOOO cute! My Mom wanted to play: She answered all my questions:

    "1) Do you feel that you are a different age on the inside than your chronological age?
    Yes, most days I am between 16 and 20 inside, but this past week I was 90 all over
    2) What are some thoughts that make you really happy?
    It’s time for bed.
    Let’s go out and eat.
    3) How do you like your steak cooked?
    I’m not fond of steak, or even beef
    4) Do you have a pet peeve?
    5) If you had to choose another country in which to live, where would that be?
    6) My real home is in heaven. I would go there.
    7) What’s the best decision you ever made?
    To be a mom
    8) If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
    I would want to be a Miniature Schnauzer and live in my house
    9) Do you think people can control their own destiny?
    No, not at all. That is why it is so difficult for them to be content.
    10) What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
    That I love being a peacemaker
    11)If you made a movie about your life, who would you choose to play you?
    My strong suit is definitely not celebrities.
    What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
    Thank God that I can think, see, hear, walk and enjoy my life. Then I thank Him for you. I love you, Mom"


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