La Dauphine, from her land beyond the rainbow, has been good enough to nominate me for the Liebster Blog Award, and it is too blush-making. Anyway, this was completely adorable of her, and of course I accept. I am greedy for renown.
As is the case of such awards, when one stops giggling with childish delight one must next take note of Certain Rules.
- Give thanks
- Tell 11 things about yourself – subheadings, charts, etc. are not necessary. If you like bunnies, for Christ’s sake just say so.
- Answer to the best of your ability the 11 questions that are asked of you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers for this award – let them know too, please – keeping it to yourself would be mean.
- Ask the above nominees 11 questions of your own, or use the questions you were asked.
Let’s get this party started.
11 Things About Me:
- I have a towering, stupendous fear of insects. When I was a child, this was not so, but as I grew older and came to experience the Cricket-In-The-Bathtub and the Cockroach-In-The-Kitchen, things rapidly deteriorated.
- I have hazel eyes with a spark of yellow in them – this pleases me, as I believe they resemble a cat’s eyes.
- I am a victim of jewelry. There is nothing I can do about this, and frankly, there is a type of comfort in coming face to face with your weaknesses. Embrace them. Run with them. Buy some earrings.
- I make outstanding spiced pecans. Aubrey does not like to boast, but really, they are truly full of delicious flavor.
- I detest cynicism. It’s a bubbling pot pie of pretension, with insincerity as its meat, and having lived in Los Angeles all my life I’ve had my fill of this bilious recipe.
- I don’t drive. I’m not only a bad driver, but I am a frightened driver. Sometimes fear makes one careful, but this didn’t stop me from confusing the accelerator with the brake pedals and shooting into Hollywood Blvd. without looking. It bears repeating: I am a bad driver.
- My God, I love cheese.
- I own a bustle skirt.
- Boyfriend is trying to teach me to surf. So far, he’s been able to get me to lay flat on the board, and when a suitable wave is pending, he gives me a push – and I ride to shore, clutching 8 feet of fiberglass.
- Every Christmas, I read A Child’s Christmas In Wales, I watch the beautiful televised version, and I also listen to Dylan Thomas recite this gentle story. The words are as rich, whimsical and evocative as the holiday itself.
- I live about ½ mile from the La Brea Tar Pits – one of the richest fossil sources in the country. In 2009, the bones of a saber-toothed cat, of dire wolves – as well as the nearly intact skeleton of a mammoth – were discovered in this area. The fact that 10,000 years ago these creatures were biting and trumpeting exactly where I am typing this is a fact that I cannot wrap my poor head around.
The questions I have been asked are as follows:
If you were a vending machine snack, which would you be? The one with the most garish wrapping.
What’s your favorite thing about blogging? The marvelous creativity and freedom of it all. It’s your own room, and you can play there even after bedtime.
What’s your least favorite thing about blogging? Extremely time-consuming!
Use at least 5 words to describe your personality. Sarcastic, Sardonic, Satiric, Self-conscious, Self-deprecating
What are the 10 places in the world you have to see before you die? These are a combination of places I’d like to see, and places I’d like to see again:
1. The Tower of London (graffiti in the Beauchamp Tower!)
2. Brighton Pavilion. They have dragons. If they aren’t living now, I’m convinced that they once were.
3. Bath (When I was there before I did not ‘take’ the waters. This should be rectified.)
4. Visit my friend Jan in Breconshire (Wales)
5. Ireland – itinerary to be decided upon later
6. Scotland – itinerary to be decided upon later
7. Devon (PONIES!)
8. The Artisan Hotel in Las Vegas
9. The Mauritshaus (Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring is making a very limited tour of the states and is quite significantly skipping Los Angeles. Apparently my only chance of seeing it would be to visit it in the comfort of its actual home)
10. The Pacific ocean, some 2 hours off the coast of Ventura, between November and March, on a boat, watching the gray whales
Are you a cat person or a dog person? A cat person. People even say that I look like I’m a cat person.
Do you think your perception of yourself is the same as how others see you? A thousand times no.
What’s your earliest memory? How old were you? Filling my toy baby carriage with dirt and watching what would crawl out. Whatever did became my family. I might have been eight. I was certainly odd…so perhaps I was seven.
Do you feel like your astrological sign describes you fairly accurately? I am a Gemini, a sign given to creativity and a certain stupidity when it comes to numbers, equations…any one of the more sensible sensibilities. Geminis – two-faced and confusing – are erratic emotionally, as well. So yes, quite accurately.
If you could travel to any time and place in history, when and where would you go? There are too many times and places. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I would have liked to be in the crowds, listening to Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury. Just let me hear her say: “Let tyrants fear!” and I will be content. Also, could I please visit the Café Royal, in its 1890’s heyday? Only to see Oscar, Max, and dear, tubercular Aubrey, and to listen to their languid, dandified chatter.
Desert Island: one book, one meal, one beverage, one album. Which are they? The book: possibly Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas – some earthy and dense words to take me out the horrible heat and dryness. One meal: Pizza. Nothing else needs to be said. One beverage: diet 7-up; an ideal refresher when wrapping up a New York-crusted, cheese-laden meal. One album: God said to Abraham…Highway 61 Revisited. And it must be the album, so I can be sure I can re-read those mad and delightful liner notes.
The following are my 11 choices – if you choose not to accept the nomination, please take this attention and intention in good humor, and know that I enjoy your blogs excessively. Now, ‘leibster’ means ‘dear’, or ‘cute’ or ‘young’ – the award refers to up-and-coming bloggers with two or three hundred followers. If you have more than that, well, I still think you’re cute:
And now my questions for you:
1 Why did you start blogging?
2 Do you find that you usually prefer the book or movie version?
3 Are you wearing jewelry now? Bonus points if a parure is involved.
4 Name five places you would never want to visit again.
5 Ocean or lake?
6 What is the first book you couldn’t live without?
7 Are you one of those bloggers that believe that people resemble their icons? Do you, for instance, think that I am wearing a periwig and holding a star?
8 If you were alive in 1902 would you be tempted to ride in one of those new car-things or would you prefer to continue driving your four-in-hand?
9 Which actor has provided you with your favorite rendition of Sherlock Holmes?
10 You’re getting dressed for work. You open your closet and find your clothes are not from this decade. Are you happy about this? What decade do you hope is represented?
11 Have you ever mixed a cocktail – for either yourself or others? And if you have, can you mix a tall Bloody Mary – now? All this writing and thinking has made Aubrey thirsty.