Liebster Award!


Well! What a lovely surprise to wake up to! Nurilen at greentealicious has nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thanks Nurilen, for my first ever blog award! (haha… I say “first” as if there will be more… funny that!) I’ll confess, I’d never heard of a Liebster Award, and had to do a little research. Bottom line…  It doesn’t come with any money ..  8-(

OK, no… really… it’s like a bloggers’ chain letter… intended to link up small blogs and make introductions to like-minded people, and acknowledge blogs that you like, and follow, and generally spread good bloggy vibes amongst the blogging community. I normally dismiss chain letter-type-things, but in this case, I don’t mind because as a lonely little insignificant blogger, (shouting into the void?) it’s nice to know that somebody out there reads and appreciates your blog. That’s the bottom line. You can take part, or you can ignore it, but it seems harmless enough to me, so I say “Let’s Play!”

Here’s the deal:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees.
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

My 11 questions to answer:

  1. What made you want to start a blog?  I started my blog about tea as a pleasant diversion from my incredibly painful and mind-numbingly boring MA studies when I found that I was basically living on chocolate and tea. Buckets and buckets of tea. Just. Trying. To. Get. Through. One. More. Boring. Article.
  2. What do you usually have for breakfast? If you don’t have breakfast, what do you wish you could have for breakfast?  I always have the same thing. One Weetabix with milk.
  3. Green Tea tea or a Matcha latte?  Straight green tea. I don’t really like milk in my tea. But I do like Matcha smoothies!
  4. What quotes do you live by?  “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” -Dalai Lama
  5. What are the cities you wish to visit?  Barcelona, Dublin, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Moscow, pretty much everywhere…
  6. If you could time travel into the past, what era would you go to? Why? Who would you like to meet during that era? My answer is more personal than historical. I would travel back to the (unknown) time when my ancestors left England and Scotland to come to Canada. I would want to meet them and find out why they left, and understand their lives and know what they were leaving behind, and what their future dreams were. It’s something that is lost to us, and I’ve always wondered.
  7. What would you cook or bake to impress someone? Hooooooooooooboy! I don’t think ANYTHING I cook or bake is going to impress ANYBODY! As noted above, I can live on tea and chocolate. Wouldn’t feed that to anyone! If I had to impress somebody, I’d call my chef friend, Lamir!
  8. What is a habit of yours that you wish to break? Eating “Lime and Black Pepper” potato chips. 
  9. Do you brush your teeth before or after breakfast? After.
  10. Left-handed or right-handed or both?  Right.
  11. Bungee jumping or sky diving?  Neither. Not an action-fan. I’m more into quiet pursuits like art and reading. 

My nominees:

You are supposed to nominate 11(?) bloggers with less than 200 followers, and ask them 11 questions, but I’m ignoring the rules. So, here, in no particular order, are ten blogs which I enjoy reading, and which I nominate for the Liebster Award:

  1. My Thoughts Are Like Butterflies
  2. Sara Letourneau’s Official Website & Blog
  3. Tea, Milk, No Sugar Thanks
  4. kraftykorte
  5. feijicha
  6. delecteable
  7. teaxplorer
  8. The Tea Odyssey
  9. The Quirky Zen Lady
  10. Black Cat Bytes

My 10 Questions:

  1. What motivates you to keep blogging?
  2. How long does it take you to write a blog post?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing you’ve seen today?
  4. What is something you are interested in, but which most people think is ‘weird’?
  5. Other than blogging, how do you express your creativity?
  6. What did your mother ‘always tell you’ that turned out to be true? Or NOT?
  7. Planes, trains, or automobiles? Why?
  8. What music do you like, but are embarrassed to admit?
  9. Are aliens real? Ever seen any?
  10. All-time favourite #1 desert island tea?? (yes, you have to choose ONE!)

OK, that’s it, people! I’m all blogged out. For those of you who choose to continue this thing… it has taken me about 2 hours… just so ya know. Thanks for the recognition, and thanks for reading!

And hey! If you’ve never been nominated for a Liebster Award, but you want to answer the questions or take part anyway, then go right ahead and write a post and leave us a link in the comments! Why wait for a nomination?!

6 thoughts on “Liebster Award!

  1. Thanks very much for the nomination, Rona! 🙂 I’m still catching up on a slew of blog awards I was recently nominated for, so it might be a little while before I respond… but I’ll link back to you when it happens. 😉

    As for your answers: I love your Dalai Lama quote in #4, and your answer to #6 is lovely. It’s fascinating to learn about your ancestors and why they made certain major choices in their lives… but it must be sad to know that knowledge is lost. Have you ever thought of joining or a similar genealogy site to see if you can find the answers that way? Also, because of your answer to #11, what kinds of books do you enjoy reading?


    • Take your time Sara. It’s fun to answer, but it does take a while to put it all together.
      Yeah, I’ve checked out Ancestry a little bit, but there just isn’t much to find. Just birthdates. It doesn’t really say anything about the people, and that’s what I’d want to know.
      As for reading… where do I start?! These days I’m reading more and more science and history books. Currently reading Richard Dawkins’ “The Blind Watchmaker”, and trying to finish Mann’s “1493” (not as good as “1491” IMHO. I used to read tons of fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi but I’m finding as I get older that I want more non-fiction. I don’t know why. I worked in a bookstore for 8 years, so loved being immersed in books all day, every day. Now reading is a luxury in between working hours. I do still read SOME fiction, but usually classics or literary fiction. Currently working on Joy Kogawa’s “Obasan”. Just finished Tsukiyama’s “The Samurai’s Garden” which was too fakey and unrealistic for me. Didn’t like it. Had to go back to non-fiction! I don’t know what’s happening to me! Are you on Goodreads? You can find my reading lists there under Rona McIntyre.
      Good luck with the Liebster!

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      • Gotcha. Too bad Ancestry wasn’t more helpful for you.

        Interesting. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I finally made time for Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts… last year and absolutely floored. Not only could I relate to Susan and a number of the people she interviewed, but her points were passionately argued and well-supported by research. Have you read that one?

        Everyone’s reading tastes change over time. I’m still very much a fantasy buff (and I imagine I will be for life!), but when I was a teenager I loved historical fiction, Nancy Drew mysteries, and the Baby-Sitter’s Club series. Very different from what I read now!

        I think I may have found you on Goodreads, btw. Just sent you a friend request. 😉

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