The Super Comments Award!
I LOVE getting awards from other Bloggers because it means that other bloggers have noticed me, which is a great feeling (who doesn't like getting recognized by others?? Especially on teh internetz when there's millions of other people out there!). I also think they're so neat too, as they get passed from blogger to blogger... really cool! I hate it when I see people get these various blog awards and then they don't follow the fun little rules or even bother passing it onto others, as that's the whole point of these - to pass em on!
Now, like many of these awards, there are a few rules that go along with receiving it:
- Thank person who nominated you.
- Copy the award. Paste it in your blog.
- Link to the person who gave me this award.
- Answer the 10 questions that come with the award.
- Nominate of few of your favorite bloggers for the award.
Soph from Pinkie Larue
Heather from High Heels and Heat Transfers
Eleni from RPG Called Life
Lady Mel from Lights. Camera. Drama.
Jill from Life After College
Jeny from Once Upon a Time, Jeny Was Fat
Matthew from The Big Show at UD
Honorable mentions (as Angela also gave them the award and I'm not expecting them to post this twice, hehe) go to both:
Kara at Crayons and Cylons
and Melissa at Who Says I Can't?
Thanks to all of you for regularly leaving me comments on my blog posts - I really do appreciate it! If you weren't mentioned, but feel you too deserve it - go ahead and take it as well!
And below are the 10 questions to answer
1. Why do you blog?
Someone asked me this on Formspring recently and my response was:
"I guess I blog to share my thoughts and experiences with others. I love to reminisce and share my opinions on various topics, plus I tend to be an open book a lot of the times too. It also helps kill the time, as I have too much free time right now and at least with blogging I feel like I'm being a little bit productive."
I'm sticking with that one =)
2. What are your 3 best memories?
Oh geez, um... hm... only 3?
I guess I would have to say, of course, my wedding day, as it was so much fun and despite all the various mishaps (which I should blog about, as some were pretty amusing!), things still went pretty smooth and turned out great! Another one would be from about a week ago when I found out some really neat information that I currently cannot share on here yet (but I plan to in the upcoming weeks!), and hm... a 3rd best memory... I had a lot of fun times hanging out with Jeny in college, as we were roommates for 3 years and friends/classmates for a good year or so prior to that. I can't really pick a specific memory, but we had a lot of great times together and I'd have to say, she was probably my favorite drinking buddy in college too - going out to places and having drinks now without her honestly just sucks - it doesn't feel the same or is nearly as fun without her! I have a bad habit of texting her while I've been drinking too, telling her how much I wish she was there drinking with me as it's just not the same...
3. If you had to change your real name what would you change it to?
I'm not really sure these days, I've gotten so used to my name. For the longest time near the end of grade school (when I was in my X-File phase which I still need to write about!) I wanted my name to be JJ Walker - I thought that was the coolest name ever and I used it in my X-File RPG/fanfic stuff I took part of on Prodigy Classic. But other than that... I could never really think of anything else... maybe something exotic or different - I like things that are different and not quite traditional (like I mentioned before, if it was solely up to me, if hubby and I ever have a boy I would want to name him Atreyu!)
4. What are five things you can't live without?
- My Droid, as stupid as that sounds, it's basically a mini-computer. I watch videos on it, listen to music, check/write my blog, read my blog list (I have an app for it!), do facebook and twitter... text people, call people... sooooo many things I can do on it! Normally I would say I couldn't live without a computer or my music, but this kinda eliminates both of those as it does all the basic stuff my computer can and it can serve as an mp3 player. I LOVE IT!
- My hubby - life would be pretty weird if he suddenly wasn't in it, as he's been in my life for nearly 13 years now...
- My family - when all else fails, you have you family to fall back on for support... at least I do.
- Water - it's kind of an essential for living...
- Noise - I HATE silence. Complete silence drives me nuts. I have to have something on in the background, whether it's the TV, music or even just the hum of the computer or hubby snoring behind me.
- The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse books) by Charlaine Harris
I LOOOOVE this series, like I've mentioned many times on here, as it's such a great blend of mystery with classic supernatural creatures with a mix of horror and romance. The characters are pretty likable (I nearly cried at the end of book 9 when one of the good characters suddenly died), and the story moves at a good pace, making you turn the pages to read happens next and keeps you wanting more when you've finished.
- Sphere by Michael Crichton
I read this book before I saw the movie and I was VERY disappointed by the movie as I LOVED the book! It's a bit wordy in some parts, as it is a Crichton book and well, he has a medical background which is very obvious in his works as he gets pretty scientific at points, but this was such a great sci-fi mystery, as the characters are trying to figure out the mystery of this sphere they found on an underwater expedition (if I recall correctly) and their trapped on their ship or whatever as strange things start happening as a result of the sphere.
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
This is one of my favorite classics, although I honestly couldn't tell you why as I haven't read it since my sophomore or junior year of high school. It's one that's banned from schools and libraries for its content, but despite a few "foul" words, I really didn't think it was as bad as everyone made it out to be...
- Jesus Freaks: The Voice of the Martyrs compiled by dcTalk
Whether you're a Christian and believe in God or not, this is a really inspiring book, as it has countless testimonies of those who were willing to die rather than recant their beliefs due to various persecutions. It's been awhile since I read it, but it was really moving as these people held onto their beliefs and didn't waver or falter. Many lived in 3rd world countries, some were missionaries, others I recall were even more close to home and took a stand (remember that girl from Columbine who was killed when Dylan or Eric asked her if she believed in God and she said yes?). Really inspiring stuff to stand up for what you believe in no matter the cost.
I played the oboe from 5th grade up until my 2nd year in college. I started in 5th grade band, continued into junior high and high school concert band, as well as in the pep band (they gave me flute or keyboard music to play an octive lower/higher) and even a semester in the jazz band, then I played 4 semesters in the University Band at my college. I even participated in the Augustana Honors Band at Augustana College for a few years too, in which the top players from various bands in the midwest get put into 2 honors bands with a special guest conductor (in which you play one of their pieces they wrote), we have all weekend to rehearse and then there's a big concert on the last day. It was pretty neat. What's funny is they say that the oboe is a hard instrument to play - I picked it up and could play a note on it just fine (I had ZERO problems with the double reed), however I could not for the life of me get anything to come out of the clarinet or saxaphone with that single reed - my mouth and lips were just naturally better suited for the double reed instruments! I also couldn't get a noise to come out of the flute either as I just couldn't get the air to blow across the mouthpiece.
7. What do you love best about yourself?
My boldness and loyalty. I'm not afraid to call things out if I know I'm completely in the right on something. If you're giving me an attitude, I'll call you on it. Start talking smack about my close friends or my family and you better prepare for my wrath cuz I don't take that. People always used to say, I'm loyal to a fault, which has been and still is true... it's hard for me to let go of friendships and I just don't get how some people can do it so easily - friendships (and family) mean a lot to me.
8. What is the best movie ever made?
Ever made? Um... well, I got 2 - visually and artistically I would have to say 300, as being an artist the effects and everything put into that one turned out great and I honestly don't know a single person that didn't like it. It may have been a guy movie, but it's one of my favorites - an entertaining take on a classic tale with amazing visuals! Also, The Wizard of Oz, as the transition from black and white to technicolor was a HUGE deal at the time it came out and it's also such a classic, but in story and in music.
9. If you had a "freaky friday" experience who would you trade places with and why?
Hubby! I would love to finally see the inside of the air hub he works at (as you can't get in unless you're an employee with a valid ID badge) and I think it could be fun being a guy for a day. Plus I'd love to see him try and make dinner! hehe
10. What's the best part about being a woman?
Well, being female at times has its benefits, as some guys will let a girl get away with certain things just because she has boobs, not to mention this sometimes means you get free drinks when out somewhere just for being a girl. Also, if we do something stupid we can just blame it on a having a blonde moment or a moment of sheer innocence. Plus, it's fun to be girly sometimes too - playing around with clothes or various products or accessories...