Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Little Pat on the Back

I kind of forgot about blog awards. You see the badges on the sidebars of lots of blogs and every now and then a meme gets forwarded and bloggers forward a hat-tip onto another blogger saying we kinda like what you're doing... The badges I had got lost after several template changes and my fading memory and I never gave much thought to replacing them. But when Yiota over at Splash of Four Worlds passed on the Life is Good award to me, I thought why not allow myself the little indulgence of a nice pat on the back? So thanks Yiota and here goes...


(At this time I can follow 1 & 2)
1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.

(I haven't been doing a lot of blog-hopping lately, so I'll have to add a list of blogs to forward this onto later)
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked to let them know about the award.

1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?

I kinda, sorta blog anonymously. It doesn't take too much work to figure out who the person behind SQT is, but I think I've maintained a fair amount of privacy. I'm shy by nature so I like the facade the blue lady on my sidebar has given me.

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:

I took Japanese as a minor in college and took most of my classes from one teacher. One semester my regular teacher didn't have enough room for me in his class and I was forced to take classes from another instructor. The class had a starting point that was several chapters ahead of where I left off in the previous semester so I was scrambling to catch up. I went from having straight A's in the subject to a B+, but I thought that that was still a respectable grade. But the newer instructor made the assumption that I wouldn't continue with the subject -- as if I was a failure for not getting an A. I was so angry I applied to, and was accepted, to a foreign studies program and spent the next semester in Japan just to show her that I would not only continue studying the language, but that I would excel at it.

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

I see a very lucky person with a lot of blessings. Someone who is still kind of shy, but comfortable in my skin and glad to be at the stage where I don't feel the need to portray myself as anything other than what I am.

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?


5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

If I'm really treating myself I like to get a massage or a pedicure.

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in life? What is it?

I go back-and-forth with the desire to write a book. Sometimes I think it's something I want to do so I can say I did, but I don't feel as driven as I did once toward that goal. Now it's the small things that give me pleasure. Making a quilt is my only immediate goal. Then maybe having a garden. But the only big accomplishment that really matters right now is raising healthy, happy kids.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?

I never ditched school; I was waaay too responsible for that. I could be an overachiever, but mostly was the shy kid.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?

Being given away at my wedding.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?

I rarely post about myself because I didn't set the blog up that way. And since I didn't, I kind of assume that's what the regular visitors prefer. If I do refer to myself, I try to take a humorous approach to keep it from getting too heavy or personal. So I'd definitely say my comfort zone is in writing about other people and events.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

Oh I'd much rather read. I'm terrible at getting off the phone when someone calls. I hate to be rude and tell anyone I have to go, so I often end up trapped into conversations that are much longer than I originally intended.


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Nice to learn some things about you. #10's answer is identical to what mine would be. My sisters call me and I'm on the phone until the battery dies.

Walter Rhein said...

How do you make your sangria?

Personally, I just take a cheap wine, mix it with Fanta, and throw in some fruit cocktail! I used to drink a lot of that in Peru!

SQT said...

Susan-- The worst part is if you get stuck on the phone with someone that is just like you. Then it's uncomfortable all around.

Walter-- My husband loves the red wine/Fanta combo, but I like the deadly kind with red wine, fruit juice and brandy. I don't make it often (maybe once a year for a barbecue) because that stuff will mess you up. But it is sure good.

Yiota said...

I was happy to give it to you. You have one of the best fantasy blogs!!Love <3 Keep up with the great work :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Phones are a bane. I'm with you on reading. Nice to learn a bit more about you.