Still not a sweetheart! (Liebster award)


Say wooooooot? I have been nominated for the Liebster Award again, this time by a bear named Ted, or a human named Lance – I am not sure which – from this blog. As you will notice, as you klick on the link I so gracefully have provided for you, that the nominating blog is called This.Bad.Teddy.Bear. Quite intriguing. That’s one of the things that make you go HMMM…

Old Mamasan, being of sound mind and somewhat in control of her marbles (I am not crazy, my mother had me tested), have an obvious question to ask Mr. Bear. (It being obvious makes it redundant to post it here, but I will anyways. Because I can. It’s my blog. Suck it up, Buttercup!) Here goes:

Mr. Bear, what are you bad AT?

While we await Mr. Bear to bear us his answer (see what I did there?), I will repeat what I said in august when I first received this award. Please bear in mind (Ooppss, I did it again) that it is no longer summer, and Old Mamasan is definitely not clad in bikini at this point in time. (Please note that I cannot figure out how to reblog anything, thus the copy and paste from the old Liebster Award post I wrote six months ago)

 

Yesterday, after posting my daily blogpost, the weirdest thing happened! Totally threw me for a loop! I was enjoying a bit of sun on my pasty pale, slightly overweight body (I have a secluded backyard so I do dare to sit in my bikini, the only one who will run away while trying to scratch his eyes out while he yells «the horror, the horror!»  is my dog, and he won’t get far as the backyard is fenced *evil grin*), while the phone keeps prompting me for emails. Now this happens every time I publish on my blog, because now I actually have followers. (Yeeeey!!) I can probably turn off the email prompts, or at least turn the sound off when I get emails, but I will be totally honest here and say that I really, really love the attention!

All bloggers love the attention; we all want to be read! That is the whole point of blogging! Now, you tell me that you only blog for yourself and don’t care about readers? FIBBER! If you do not want to be read, then you keep a journal, and never make your entries public. I know myself well enough to admit to the whole world; I blog because I want you to read what I have to say. Therefore, the ding-ding-dingading-ding-ding-ding on my phone pleases me to no end.

I got sidetracked there, sorry about that. There I was, in my bikini, smiling wider and wider for every ding. After a while, I picked up my phone and looked at the stats and the likes and the comments. And that is when I see it «Also, I’m nominating you for the Liebster award.»

Say what? I had seen the Liebster Award running around the forum, but I didn’t really know what it was. Being Norwegian, I understand a little German, when motivated I can even speak it a little: Zwei Bier und eine Brezel, bitte. Most Norwegians learned German in school, and those of us who didn’t, have seen enough Derrick (German TV series about Oberinspektor Derrick and Kriminalhauptmeister Klein running all over Munich solving murder cases) – to carry a meaningful conversation in German about forensics, alibies and motifs. It was so important to me to be unique back in my school days, I opted away German classes just to be different. (I did not need any other reason then that)  So I took French classes instead. (Parce que cela est comment je roule!) To all your language teachers out there, just a piece of advice; do not ever try to pass off Batman dubbed in French as a French movie! Je suis Batman! I’m sorry, but that is just wrong in so many levels. The movie Taxi wasn’t yet made back then, but if you need to show your students a good French movie, then Taxi is one they will love. Mind you, we are not talking Hollywood-version with Queen Latifah, but the original French movie, Taxi.

Sorry, got terribly sidetracked again. As I was saying, I understand a little German, and I just happen to know that «Liebster» means sweetheart (or other terms of endearment). Sweetheart Awards? Hellooooo! I’m not a sweetheart! I’m as ornery as they come, so how in the world can I be nominated for any sweetheart awards? Now if we choose to see the award as more of a «good reads award», then I do believe we are cooking with oil!

Ornery or not, I have to find out what this award I am nominated for really is. I did a search on O’ Wise Google and this site popped up. And yes, it is a chain letter of sorts, but the really cool kind! Basically, it is a marketing tool, a tool where blog-love is sent your way and you get to pay it forward. Of course, everyone decides for themselves if they will partake in this or not. I see it as an honor, and am glad to partake. Giving and receiving a little love is a good thing, don’t you think? (I’m still not a sweetheart, let me be clear on that!

 

 

Mr. Bear or the Lance-person nominated me for the Liebster Award, and I am honored. Thank you so much for nominating my little blog for the Liebster Award, Ted or Lance!

 

Here’s how it works (and I am reintroducing the «old» rules, as they resonate a little better with me then the new ones):

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

Here are my answers to Ted or Lance’s questions:

1.Are you a morning or night person? – «Belief makes a hollow place. Something has to roll in to fill it. Which is not to say that belief denies logic. For example, it’s fairly obvious that the Sandman needs only a small sack. On the Discworld, he doesn’t bother to take the sand out first.» – Sir Terry Pratchett

(Meaning that I’d be a nightperson if I could only stay awake long enough)

2. What is the one thing you can’t go a day without? 12109062_10153519243136622_8444102699490873923_n3. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do and why? – Write a book. Because I want to. (I have not failed. I’ve just found 10.000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison)

4. If you could meet anybody (alive or dead) who would it be? – Sir Terry Pratchett

5. Do you think your life is book/ film worthy? Which one would you choose? – Parts of my life is. I’ve done some cool stuff… And I’m thinking a book turned into a movie 😀

6. Beach holiday, jungle adventure, or quiet getaway?2x

7. If you could have a special power, what would you have? – Atomic Manipulation

8. What would be one piece of advice/wisdom for the next generation. – Use your brain, ask critical questions, don’t be a follower.

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10. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? chicken_or_the_egg

 

I hereby nominate the following unsuspecting bloggers (and I can’t figure out if they have more or less then 200 followers):

YUMMYPANDAS

Loving Leisure Time

Success Inspirer

hugsnblessings

When Coffee Meets Rain

 

If you all choose to accept this award then here are your 11 questions:

 

  1. What is your dream vacation?
  2. What book are you currently reading?
  3. What New Year’s resolution did you make this year, and how long did it take you to break it?
  4. If you had a superpower, which one would it be?
  5. What does a perfect day look like to you?
  6. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
  7. How did you get into the blogging world?
  8. Shark diving, bungee jumping or sky diving?
  9. What is your favorite cheesy pick up line, and have you ever used it or have it used on you?
  10. If you can reccommend just one place in your country to a tourist, what will it be?
  11. How annoyed are you at my questions right now, on a scale from 1-10? Do you get easily annoyed?

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I really hope I was able to raise someones Blogosteem by sending a little love through the Liebster Awards. I also want you all to know that I did not do this because I’m a sweetheart. ‘Cuz I’m not! So there!

Happy bloggin’ and Rock On!

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Key Takeaway and Key Question


This is in response to the Daily Prompt «Key Takeaway«, which reads:

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

Happy Blogging, and Rock On!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write, huh yeah. What is it good for?


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Write, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh
Write huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all
Write, huh good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
(Edwin Starrs “War” lyrics altered to suit my post)

Is writing really good for nothing? I don’t think so – I do believe that writing is good for something. Now, you and I might not agree what this “something” is, and that is OK. We don’t have to agree. Here are my “somethings” – maybe we have one or more in common?

I write because I have stories to share. Some might make you laugh; others will hopefully make you think. And then some I hope makes you pack your suitcase and go experience something awesome, and some that make you salivate.

I write because I want the Karate Kid to know me after I am gone. I want him to remember his momma’s food by using my recipes. I hope he will sometimes browse through the scrapbooks I make and remember the fun times we had. I also want to set a good example for him. I want him to see that his mom followed her dream, and if I can do it – then so can he.

I write to remember. I am starting to get old and forgetful, thus it is very practical to have thoughts written down. Or maybe I’m looking for something specific from my travels, and then I can find it in my scrapbooks, or in my blog.

I write as a creative outlet. I have moved on from scrapbooks to blogging. There is quite a bit of creative ideas in Old Mamasans head – might as well let it out (or my head will explode, and that won’t be pretty)

I write because it feels good. Writing can be therapeutic, or good for offloading both good and bad thoughts. Some dreams are good on paper, because they then start to manifest.  If you keep your wants and dreams bottled up inside, nothing can come of it. You need to own your dreams, and by writing them; you acknowledge them. And that is when the magic can start to happen, and you can change the status of your dream to “goal”.

I write to practice. If you are to get good at something, you have to practice. I dream of being a published author. By practicing my writing, my dream becomes more and more realistic. When I get helpful comments on my writings, I learn and grow. When I get positive feedback on my writing – my confidence grows. All very beneficent for an aspiring author.

I write in an attempt to give back. Human kind has given me som pretty damn good reads throughout the years, and I hope I will be able to pay it forward by giving someone a good read someday.  By acknowledging this dream it can now start to manifest. I own it. I acknowledge it. Now it is no longer a dream, but a goal. Blogging and participating in writing classes are means to achieve my goal. The ball is rolling.

Raison D’être

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: «Custom Zodiac.»

Truthful and accurate horoscope – totally free!

I have been prompted to make up a brand new astrological sign for the people born around my birthday, based solely on myself. I can do one better; I found an accurate and truthful horoscope for all the signs. This is your chance to get to know exactly what the stars and planets have in store for you:

If the picture is hard to read, you can see the horoscopes here:

Taurus: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Aquarius: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Pisces: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Aries: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Capricorn: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Gemini: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Cancer: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Leo: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Virgo: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Libra: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Scorpio: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Sagittarius: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Naturally, my brand spanking new astrological sign «Olive» will cover all born mid-June. We are all incredibly beautiful, extremely intelligent and ridiculously witty (naturally). Our horoscope reads as follows: The position of the stars and planets will not affect your life, in any way, shape or form, what so ever.

Please note that the validity of all above horoscopes can be extended for all eternity.

Truthful and accurate horoscope – totally free!

Space travel much?


I am now 43 years old and I will be 64 in 2036. The following wish/hope/fantasy is written in response to Maddy at home’s Blogging Event «When I’m Sixty Four»


1-aged_wb20150823055419406543«Good evening, this is your Captain speaking. We are now approaching Mars Interplanetary Space Shuttle Station. We expect to be on the ground in about 30 minutes. Weather report says 40 degrees Celsius, sunny and a nice breeze. We may experience light turbulence in our approach.»

Sir Nerdalot looked over at me, and I cringed. There were despair and anger in his eyes. I petted his hand and said «it’s almost over, we’ll soon be landed» Sir Nerdalot did not look impressed. However still handsome. Oh so handsome! His dark hair now had a salt and pepper-quality to it, well the rim of hair he had left. His eyes still sparkly and bright. His smile was still to die for, all clad in beard and mustache. I used to joke about his baldness – I would put my hand on his bald nobbin and claim to be «first one on the moon», and he would chuckle. He was not chuckling now. He was not gracing me with his fabulous smile. His eyes did not sparkle. He was miserable. He had never fully gotten over his fear of flying. «Of all the stupid things you have made me do, this is by far the stupidest», I could hear it in his voice that he was not joking.1-PhotoFunia-1440370033

I tried to reason with him, I used arguments like «you not only survived our vacation on the Moon three years ago, you had a blast» and «we have been everywhere on Earth, where else could we go?», but to no avail. Sir Nerdalot was very much so uncomfortable on a space shuttle, and he dreaded the landing. All these years it had astounded me that such a logical, analytical and rational mind could be so immensely irrational when it came to flying. It had gotten better over the years, but he was still not loving the thought of flying.

He might see the vacation as stupid now as we had started descending to Mars, but he had absolutely loved it when I gifted him this trip on his 62nd birthday. Yes, I had landed a younger guy. I was a cougar. And damn proud of it too! His, and my, age never mattered, it was the love and the fact that we were extremely compatible that mattered. We both loved travelling and exploring new places. Although we might visit a nice beach and test the water, we would never lay in the sun for any length of time. At restaurants we always tried out the local cuisine, and we made a point of ordering different meals – only so we could stick our forks in each other’s foods and taste a little. For desserts, he would always go for something chocolatey, and I would go for cheesy or fruity. Compatible.

1-PhotoFunia-1440369843Successfully landed and grounded, Sir Nerdalot let out a sigh of relief. It was over now. The sparkle instantly returned to his eyes, and we were both ready to set out on our Mars-adventure. We had booked the best hotel, and Sir Nerdalot fighting his fear of flying would be well rewarded; I had remembered to pack the Princess Leia gold bikini. He chuckled when I asked him «So where do you want to go for your 72nd birthday? Pluto?»


Infinite space

Double park much?


In Spain they have an interesting way of solving parking issues. If there is no parking space available by the curb in front of the store, post office, restaurant or pub, it is socially acceptable to park illegally, even double park. Just park your car in the street, making sure that you block the way for at least two legally parked cars, slap your emergency blinkers on, and go tend to your business – even when there is a long line and you have to wait for 30 minutes – or you are going for a beer with your mates. Now, this isn’t exactly legal, but you can get away with it more often than not.

One day I came out of the grocery store to find a police man writing up a parking ticket. Mind you, the old Fiat was parked illegally, but I still got rather upset at him writing up a ticket. Of course, me being me, I let the police man know how I felt about the ticket – and I repeatedly pointed out the emergency blinkers were on, in an attempt to justify the illegal parking. The fact that my Spanish was rather poor, did not stop me. The sentiment was clear as day. The policeman was not so impressed by me and my expression of feelings, so he quickly wrote up another ticket. I told him I felt it was rather unnecessary, but that just prompted him to write up a third ticket, and slapped it quite rudely on the old Fiat.

At this time I had enough, so I turned and walked away. My car was parked around the corner. Legally.

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A six word story and a picture


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He still enjoyed the ballgame alone.

(This post is in response to the Six Word Stories Challenge by Benedict Nicholson. Word promt: Loss)


 Edit 17.04.2016:

I just love this picture of the old Japanese man sitting in front of us at a ballgame in Tokyo, that I just have to submit it for the Daily Post’s photo challenge  hitsDinnertime. Everyone around us were enjoying dinners and snacks, but this Gentleman is whom caught both my eye and my lense.

The original post where I first showcased this picture, Reisebrev fra Tokyo, Play Ball, dag 5, is written in Norwegian. If you can not read any of the Scandinavian languages, I think you’ll struggle to understand my writings, but there are some awesome pictures in there.

Happy Blogging and Rock On!

Solitude

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: «Embrace the Ick.»

Get your ICK on!

Does the thought of death creep you out? How about human remains? I can tell you that it for sure creeps Old Mamasan out. Still, I willingly entered the Sedlec Ossuary, knowing a big ick was in store for me. Not only that, I actually brought with me the Karate Kid, who was then only 6 years old. It has to be said, the Karate Kid was far less creeped out then his mother.

 It was during a visit to Prague, Czech Republic, we got the brilliant idea of exposing ourselves to Creepers McCreeperson himself. So we hopped on a tourist bus and got in line to have chills run down our spines. The Karate Kid, being a big fan of monsters, ghosts and Halloween was delighted by the thought, Old Mamasan – not so much!

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Standing in line to get creeped out, so not amused at the thought.

Now – what is this Mother of Ick? It is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located in Sedlec – a suburb of Kutnà Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of some 40.000 people, probably close to twice that. Countless really.  Ok, there is really not anything special about that. The ick part is that they have decided to decorate the church with human remains. Yanno, skulls and leg bones and ribs and what have you. Actual human remains. No plastic copies. Actual bones who once supported living humans. Sculls that contained thinking brains. Mmhmm – ick much?

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Old Mamasan just wants to run out of the bone church. Not the Kid though, he thought it was «waaaaay cool»!

I was so creeped out by the whole thing that I hardly took any pictures, which I regret today. You see, however creepy and ick it was – isnt turning the bones and sculls into artwork, a much better way of honoring the departed, then to hide them six feet under? I am sure the dead won’t mind, as they are no longer here – they have ceased to excist.


Let me end this post on a less icky way by showing some pictures from the beautiful town of Kutna Hora:

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Mother of Ick!

Ask much?


More Liebster awards here, if this does not stop soon, then my blog will have to change names from «Travel much?» to «Ask much?» *giggles*

Funniest thing; Eccentric Soul and I nominated each other at the same time! I think we were only minutes apart in posting nominations to each other. Kinda cool to know that a total stranger, on the other side of the world was thinking about me at the exact same time as I was thinking about her!

Thank you so much for the nomination and here are my answers to your questions:

  1. What comes to your mind, when I say ‘travel’? – Let me go get my passport!
  2. Have you ever been so happy that you wished the time stopped? If so, say a little.. – Oh many times. Basically every time I’m with good people having great conversations and it’s time to go home – that is when I wished time would stop for a while so we could continue for a good while longer.
  3. Who is that one person who can change your hard ‘No’to an easy Ýes? – Anyone who brings a valid argument.
  4. Do you ever regret things in life? – Not anymore, I have worked hard to switch my brain from going “I can’t do that» to «Just do it!»
  5. Who is your favorite Superhero character,  if you have one? – Thor!
  6. Are you the one who always finds silly mistakes in others, even if you wish you did not? – Not really on a personal level, but I often find flaws in peoples arguments. 
  7. What inspires you to write? – Everything and nothing. I get inspired from what others write, or it can be a beautiful site I just discovered, or my family (they tickle my funny bone often)
  8. Would you prefer writing a letter or sending an email to someone(who matters) you have not spoken to in a long time? – Definitely email. Faster and more reliable – and I don’t have to look for pen and paper.
  9. What are you most thankful for in this world? – My family
  10. What is the craziest thing you ever did in life? – Quit my job and moved to the northernmost town in the world. 
  11. Were the questions tough? 😛 – Some of them were tough in a way where I had to think about my answer.

Then also my fellow foodie, whom I nominated – turned around and nominated me back! Thank you so much, Free Spirit Food! Here are my answers to your questions:

  1. What inspired you to start your blog? – By following a lifelong dream of becoming an author, I saw this as writing-practice. I still do, but it has become way more.
  2. Would you consider yourself an adventurous eater? what is the strangest thing you have eaten.- Hmmmm…. Not really all that adventurous. I guess it depends on who you compare me to. I will try most things, but I do draw the line at chickens cooked while still in the egg, and bugs. I will not go near it – even though I know full well that it is considered a delicacy in other parts of the world. Also I ca not handle the food to be extremely hot – when I get hick ups and starts to sweat profusely and my whole body feels like its burning up from the inside – then I just want to be put out of my misery.Strangest thing I have ever eaten must be cohones…
  3. What is your dream holiday trip? – Cruise in the Antarctic, including stops at the Falklands and Bouvet Island.
  4. Do you enjoy cooking? what is your favorite meal to make? – I love to cook. Besides the traditional Norwegian X-mas meals, I enjoy making a family favorite: Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup (and yes, I do put crème fraiche in mine to make it a little milder.)
  5. Who in the world would you find it most inspirational to have dinner with? – Heston Blumenthal at his own restaurant – that would be awesome!
  6. What was the most memorable meal you have had and why? – I was lucky enough to have dinner with friends at a former Michelin-starred restaurant, which also contains one of northern Europe’s most impressive wine cellars. Among those friends were the Head Chef and the Sommelier from that restaurant, and I asked the two of them to order all my courses with the corresponding wines. Oh my goodness! That fab meal in a context where you are out with good friends? Priceless!
  7. What is your idea of a perfect day? – Sleep in, have a slow brunch with my family, before we go explore somewhere new. Then a little write-time before fire up the ole BBQ, and sit out for hours in the light Nordic summer -while playing rummy.
  8. If you could choose any moment in the past, present or future to witness what would it be? – Tearing down the Berlin wall
  9. Do you eat meat and if so which is your favorite? – Yup, I eat a lot of meat; I think my favorite has to be red deer, moose or reindeer. Some game anyways.
  10. If you could have a superpower what would it be? – Atomic Manipulation
  11. Are you as excited as I was to get to the end of the 11 questions? – I am pretty excited, yes, because now I have just answered 22 of them *giggles*

Then I also got nominated by Yamizlette over at Smiles & Places, if you have not checked out her blog yet, then hurry on over. The pictures are breathtaking, and her descriptions just makes you want to grab your passport and go see it for yourself!

Here are my answers to her questions:

1. Favorite country you’ve visited – It is a tie between Praque and Tokyo

2. Most amazing person you’ve met while taveling – That has to be the crazy cup-flipper at a café in Solvang, California
3. Best and worse challenge you’ve Had – The worst was driving my snowmobile over a very dangerous glacier. The best was equally dangerous, but resulted in me standing face to face with a polarbear.
4. Any phobias? – Spiders and snakes
5. Favorite quote – You’re never too old to laugh at farts!
6. Favorite food – Classic X-mas meal from western Norway, involving salted and dried sheepsribs, steamed and then baked, served with taters and Swede-mash. 
7. Three things that make you smile – Animals, kids and really clever wording
8. Three interesting items in your living room – A replica of chinese grave-art. A Japanese katana. A telescope.
9. Funniest moment while traveling – Oh I’ve had many, one of them must be me half asleap, half dead to this world, in my aisle-seat in an airplane. As soon as I heard the little ding and the fasten seat-belt sign went off – I, in an attempt to fully recline my own seat, accidentally reclined my neighbors seat… Despite being half-dead – the funny side of my brain was wide awake, and I said to my confused neighbor: «lets lay down together!» and giggled. My neighbor was not as amused as me.
10. Favorite State – In the US? I feel it is only fair to choose between those I have visited – so I’ll say California. (Of those I have not yet visited I do believe Alaska would be high up on my list,
11.  Favorite drink – Pepsi Max

I have also been nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award by the lovely Shoriilliizzee who writes the blog Memoirs and Articles, and even though I do not have time for the followup on awards, I would like to answer her questions:

1. who is one person you cherish most? – My son ❤
2. What is your most challenging period? – I had a really crappy year some years ago, when I lost my father and a whole lot of unfortunate events lined up to mess with my life. However that is all in the past now 🙂
3. Who would you protect most if you were placed in a controversial position? – Definately my son and my hubby
4. What is your aspirations? – I want to write a book that actually gets published and that people like to read. Yey!
5. Would you get naughty if need arises with a cute stranger? – Nope 🙂 


The love keeps pouring in here, and the very strong Rashmi over at Mind and Life Matters nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Again I have to decline due time constraints, but here are my answers to her questions:

  1. If you were given a Time Machine, would you use it to go to the past or future? – Past. Im very interested in history, and I do not want to know what the future holds, I want to experience it as it happens 🙂
  2. If you can meet one person (real, imaginary, alive, or dead) who would it be and why? – Sir Terry Pratchett before the Alzheimer, because his books rocks!
  3. What according to you is a good day? – Sleep in, enjoy a long, slow brunch with my family in the garden, then a roadtrip and explore something cool.
  4. What is your favorite music genre and why? – Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. I love good, strong vocals, good guitar and a rockin’ rythm-section 🙂
  5. Complete the sentence, “Life is…..”? – …too short for crappy wine!
  6. What is your best memory? – Having my son
  7. What or who is your source of inspiration? – My hubby, Sir Nerdalot inspire me, he tickles my funny bone. I also find inspiration anywhere and nowhere. I do respond well to spesific tasks.
  8. What was your choice of career when you were a kid? – Rock Star, veterinarian and Geologist
  9. Your all-time favorite book or movie would be? – Harry Potter! My favs are the first movie and the last book ;-p
  10. If you can meet one famous person who is alive who will that be? – JK Rowling
  11. How has the blogging experience contributed to your life? – It gives me a creative outlet, and I get to practice my writing. I also feel that I have made blog-friends world wide, and that is a really, really good thing!

Happy blogging and Rock on!

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Blogosteem much?


Recognition and blog-love is now coming in from all angles, and I feel very blessed and honored, not just for having readers, but to also get special mentions and awards. I have felt very insecure about the whole blogging-thing, and the feeling of just not being good enough has become a familiar one. 

Joining the class of blogging101 on WordPress has changed all that. I had to jump in with both feet and start blogging in a foreign language, English, and that is quite a daunting task – even when your English is fairly good. You see, there are a couple things that really bother me with my English. First of all is that I know I lack the «finesse» of the language, the play-on-words that I love in my native tongue – well I just can’t make that work in English. I’m afraid of losing my stingers, the clever little wordings, or – if you will – the «umf»

Also proving to be a problem for me is the fact that I was taught the Queens English is school, but I speak with an American accent. Seriously, I do sound like a Valley girl. This has two reasons, firstly my tongue just won’t twist the right way to pull off Oxford English, and secondly I did my senior year in High School in the booming metropolis of Sparks, Nevada. This resulting in me not knowing how to spell colo(u)r. Or neighbo(u)r. These are things that really freak Old Mamasan out.

Another thing that is doing my head in, is that I must spend a whole lot of time proofreading my texts, and I still have to go back days, weeks, later and correct spelling and grammar-mistakes. That bugs me to no end! I want my text to be perfect, dang nabbitt! 

Receiving awards and positive feedback from the blogging community, helps. Oh man! You guys have no idea how much it helps! My blogosteem (self-esteem when it comes to blogging specifically) is getting such a boost! Seriously, I’m floating on air here! I hope I can help raise the blogosteem in some of my fellow bloggers, like they have helped me, and this brings us to today’s business:

Premio Dardos

The Premio Dardos Award

First off I would like to express my humble gratitude towards the two bloggers that nominated me for this award:

Kathy Mays – (An old dog learning to blog) a warm and wonderful new blogger who has set out to see if blogging can be her creative outlet. I’d say she’s really onto something here!

 Vibrant – (blabberwockying) a lovely, young man who really lives up to his online name, Vibrant!

Thank you so much, the both of you! I urge everyone to check out their wonderful blogs by clicking on their names above. 

 

Premio Dardos means “prize darts” in Spanish and is given “in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.”  

This award comes with the following rules:

1) Include the Premio Dardos Award Picture and the name of the person that nominated you (Include a link to their blog)

2) Nominate 15 other blogs and notify them!

3) Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog and link back.

I would like to nominate the following blogs to the Premio Dardis Award:

Happy blogging!

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