Imagine my surprise when a dear, old (We’re not old. We’ve just known each other a while.) friend paid it forward blog-style and nominated me for a Liebster Award. In a nutshell, the Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to share the blogs they read and love with others. I’m all about that. Many thanks to my pal, The Forgetful Genius!
The other part of this Liebster thing is answering a slew of random questions and sharing 11 things about yourself. Which is a bit daunting for me. See, when I blog, I write about when I want to write about. The answering of questions? Well, let’s just say this is a growing moment for me. Enough preamble, here it is.
What is your favorite book?
Just one? I’m a writer. There are too many amazing books. Too many books that rocked my world. A quick list off the top of my head: Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim At Tinker Creek, An American Childhood and The Maytrees; Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird; Joan Didion’s The White Album and Magical Thinking; Judy Blume’s Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Blubber; Tina Fey’s Bossypants; David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day; Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird and Traveling Mercies. Phew.
What is your greatest fear?
Palmetto bugs on my face while I’m awake, unable to move and in a confined space. It’s very specific.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
My gut response was Wonder Woman’s golden lasso, but I really don’t know what she used it for another than wrangling packs of bad guys. I’ll say flying.
What is the quality you are most proud of?
My ability to try and bring levity to otherwise icky moments, learned from my Mom.
Who is your idol?
When I was young: my brother, my sister and Pat Benatar. The order sometimes changed.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
We had a ridiculous “tradition” on my high school soccer team of de-pants-ing one another. Fortunately, this was era of wearing boxer shorts under our soccer shorts. I’m going to have a dig up photographic evidence of this, because I know it’s reading very ridiculous right now. Anyway, my friend Dana de-pants-ed me, right in front of our head coach. Not. Awesome.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I try very hard not to get bogged down in nitty little things like this, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cringe a little when people misuse the contraction for you are. I can’t even write it. ACK.
Where do you draw inspiration for how you live your life?
My friends, artists whose work I admire, and from things my Dad said to me over the years.
If you could have lunch with ANYONE – living or dead – who would you choose?
This is so hard. I feel like I’m buckling under the pressure. Bruce Springsteen. And I’d want us to have meatball parm sandwiches. What?
If you could live in any era, which era would you choose?
This one is pretty epic. Maybe the roaring part of the 1920s. With the champagne.
What is your ultimate life goal?
Oh dear. More pressure. To remind people that they are not alone. That we are all more alike than we are different. That there’s beauty inherent in everything.
11 random things about me:
- I’m left handed.
- When I’m stuck creatively, I shower or take a walk.
- My go-to karaoke song is Careless Whisper by Wham!
- As a child, I was accidentally run over by a riding lawnmower. It’s a very funny story…now.
- My favorite song when I was seven was Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall. Which might explain a lot.
- I journal. On real paper even.
- If you mess with my peeps, you will hear from me.
- I believe truth is always stranger than fiction.
- My New Jersey roots are best revealed in traffic.
- One of my many nicknames is Shelby, because I can do a pretty spot-on imitation of Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias.
- I once threw up while hanging out the side of a New Jersey transit train. It was food poisoning, I swear.