Bloggers have got to stick together!
I’ve been nominated for five awards. Wow! I need to make room for all these cool awards!
Thanks so much Steve for nominating me for two awards over at Imagineer-ing
Thanks to Michelle over at What is that book about?
Michelle supports authors with her brilliant website.
And thanks to Vashti and Teagan!
Vashti Q-Vega, a talented author.
Teagan Kearney , another talented author!
All of these bloggers who have nominated me truly deserve the awards too. Well done guys!
As for me, I truly appreciate the recognition. I’m going to bundle the five awards together. Why? Well, let’s just say my personal life is crazy at the moment. We are still desperately trying to buy home in a brand new city, get the kids in school…I won’t bore you with my problems!
Anyhoo, whoever I nominate can receive a package of awards. You can accept all five or just one or none. It’s up to you – no pressure. As I have two Liebster’s, I guess you can pick which Liebster logo to use. Sorry folks, I’m so busy at the moment with ‘starting over’ in a new city but I see how brilliant these awards are for connecting with other bloggers and keeping us going! So if you can accept them from me and find the time to nominate awesome people - fantastic. Good on you.
Thanks to Steve for these two awards.
The first award is the Inner Peace Award. Investigating the rules imposed on accepting this award, I discovered there’s only one: say something nice about your nominees. Sounds good!
The second award is the Liebster Blog Award. This has rules if you want to accept this one…
1.Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award. 2.Notify the bloggers. 3. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination. 4. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated. 5. Link back to the person who nominated you. 6. List 11 random facts about yourself.
Quite a few things to do there but hey if you have time it is a bit of fun and helps other bloggers gain more exposure.
Okay folks, here goes!
Eleven random facts about me – Alana Munro
1. I love a glass of red wine – a robust Rioja always relaxes me.
2. I could quite happily live in Granada, Spain. A ‘tapas trail’ every night – oh yes! Not good for the tummy but hey ho life is short.
3. I love to travel to new countries, new cities and explore.
4. I love hanging about in charity shops – looking for bargain books. I found a cool book for just 50 cents yesterday.
5. My dog is on pills for anxiety. She was a rescue dog. She needs a lot of cuddles!
6. My dog is more work than my three boys! She’s incredibly needy and needs constant attention. My boys are so much easier than this one dog.
7. I love babies. I’d have five kids if my husband would let me. But perhaps three is a really good number! Maybe we should just quit as we are already outnumbered?
8. I gave birth on my bedroom floor. Oops. The pain went from, ‘ooh that’s a wee bit sore’ to ‘ouch the baby is coming NOW!’ so quickly I couldn’t get to hospital or out of my driveway. I managed to cover the bedroom carpet with towels!
9. I met my husband on a Spanish island when we were teenagers. We had a holiday romance and then actually lived at quite a distance for a few years until I finished my university studies. We’d travel to see each other when we could.
10. My boys have all been mistaken for girls so many times I have lost count – they all have big blue eyes and lovely hair. My older boys are glad to look more ‘boyish’ now and more grown up. My youngest still has lashings of curls, a pout to die for and a doll-like face! He can be wearing head to toe blue and a Thomas the Tank engine top and people still say, ‘Oh my, she’s so pretty!’ We just laugh! We take it as a compliment, our boys are pretty!
11. I am a much better cook these days. I used to be rubbish! Exploding eggs, uncooked potatoes…hmmmm…But now I can cook up most things, just make sure to hand me a glass of wine first!
****Questions asked by Steve who nominated me:
Which would you prefer to possess – power or wisdom – and why? Wisdom. The more I learn the calmer I become. I wish I had known what I know now when I was say 16. And when I am 50, I will shudder at how I think now at 32.
What invention do you think has been the most important to Humanity? Proper toilets and sewerage networks. The idea of walking through other people’s poo. Urgh. No wonder people died so young.
Which would you rather have – the ‘perfect’ body or the ‘perfect’ mind – and why? The perfect mind. The body can be improved over time with walking more and going easy on the cheese. The mind is much more complicated to perfect. That takes years and years of hard work to train the mind!
Do parents have rights over their children – or duties to them? We don’t own our kids so I’d say we don’t have rights over them. I do believe we have a duty to them though. I think it is our responsibility as parents to ensure they are safe, happy and secure. It is our duty to ensure they grow up to become good people with good hearts.
Your child asks you: “I want to be a footballer but I want to be an artist too. My teachers say I have to choose one. What do I do?” – What’s your reply? I say, ‘Your teacher believes you can only pick one huh? That’s not strictly true. In life we have to make choices but perhaps you can do both. Work towards both goals. See what works and see what doesn’t.’ I say this because I believe it is possible to try lots of different things in life. Our choices do not have to be black and white.
You have the ability to write the greatest epic novel of all time – given a great deal of time – or you can write a hundred bestsellers in a few short years. Which do you do, and why? Possibly the greatest epic novel. I think quality in important. I’d rather take my time and spend years on a book. I know some authors are amazingly quick at getting books published. I prefer to take it slower.
You can go to the swankiest, most expensive, top-ranked chef’s restaurant – cost no obstacle – or you can go to a small family place with traditional, all freshly made, home cooked food. Which one, and why? Aha if we have the kids with us – family restaurant! But if it is husband and me – we’d have to try the swanky place just to pretend for a couple of hours that we are hipsters with no kids yet. Ha ha.
Traditional animation or CG? Traditional.
What’s your favourite tree? Palm. I love the tropical tree, mind you – not so keen on the hand sized spiders that live in them.
Your children/grandchildren: a field, a bat and a ball or their school ports day? Which is the most fun? Always more fun to just kick around and have fun. School sports days are too competitive for me but I go along as the kids love it.
Which: lying on a perfect beach beside a perfect sea or getting bramble-scratched and nettle-stung picking fruit with family? Lying on the beach with a cocktail, watching the kids build sand castles all day. Yes please!
****Questions from Michelle who nominated me:
1. What was the funniest movie you have seen? Groundhog Day – Bill Murray is hilarious.
2.What’s your earliest memory? Going to France with my parents. I remember going to a posh restaurant. I had a lovely white dress on. I was on my best behaviour all night! I got beans on toast as everything was far too grown up on the menu. I wanted to be a ‘good girl’.
3. What was your favourite school subject? Art and I really liked Biology too. Both teachers were very nice and supportive.
4. Have you EVER had a need to use algebra away from a school environment? Never! I remember thinking when I was 13 – when will we need this?
5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up?) I don’t know if I do. Sometimes ‘artist’ chuck together some rubbish and empty milk cartons, scatter some bolts on it and the news reports it, saying this is art and I say, ‘ermmm really?’ That’s not what I’d class as art. So perhaps I am clueless!
6. Most enjoyable book? Anything by Bill Bryson. He is so funny and clever. I like how the world fascinates him.
7. Ever spent money to buy something you really wanted, although you could hardly afford it at the time? Yes on clothes! A girl must have FASHION!
8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain? Yes I have! I grew up in Scotland. Plenty opportunity to dance in the rain after the pub.
9. What country would you like to visit that you have not yet been to? New Zealand, Germany, Canada and Japan.
10. What makes you grumpy? Rude people. Saying thanks or please – it’s not that hard! And lack of sleep. I really need to sleep.
11. What’s your ’Go To’ switch to make you feel better on a grey day? A glass or two of red vino – works a treat!
*********If you choose to accept the Liebster award – here are my questions for you to answer.
1. Favourite movie of all time?
2. What makes you angry?
3. What makes you cry?
4. What makes you laugh?
5. Do you have any pets?
6. If you could do any job in the world, you’d be a….?
7. What’s wrong with politics in 2013?
8. What book can you read over and over again?
9. How do you feel about religion?
10. What bugs you about modern life?
11. What quality do you look for in a friend?
****Here are my questions from Vashti who nominated me for this award:
The Rules should you wish to accept this:
Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that awarded you.
Answer five Super Sweet questions.
Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
Notify your nominees on their blog.
1. Cookies or cake? Cake with ice-cream.
2. Favourite sweet treat? Chocolate…I buy a huge bar every week and nibble my way through it. Oh don’t look at me like that! I know you’d be asking for some…
3. Sweet nick name? Banana, Lani.
4. Sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you? My Mum is always very sweet. She will cook me my favourite meal whenever she can and pamper me. It’s nice for a mummy to be looked after sometimes by her Mum!
5. Sweetest memory? Holding my new-born babies in my arms. They all looked back at me curiously, as if to say, ‘What just happened?’ Sweet!
*****Teagan was kind enough to give me this award:
Thanks for nominating me Teagan. Be sure to check out Teagan’s blog at http://myfirstnovelnoworkingtitleyet.blogspot.co.uk/
Drum roll please…..
****Here are my nominees for ALL FIVE awards…So I have packed everyone all together, please brace yourself! I just want to say that all of these bloggers are fantastic and very well deserving of these awards. Well done everyone! Please do take the time to check out these bloggers. I have really took my time and tried to nominate people who have been blogging for some time and have made a funky impact. I think you’ll be impressed with the massive contribution they make to the blogging world. I understand that not all bloggers wish to accept these awards, please don’t worry at all. Just know that I appreciate the writing you do.