Jenny from And Three To Go nominated me for my second Liebster Award. How sweet! She’s a travel/expat/mommy blogger exploring Phuket, Thailand (and many other places), with her husband and little girl. I really like Jenny’s point of view and even though I do not have children, I find her relateable. Thanks Jenny!
Here are the rules for the Liebster Award (which I will pretty much disregard):
1. Each person who is nominated must post 11 things about themselves.
2. You must also answer the questions that the tagger set for you in addition to creating 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer.
3. Nominate 5 – 11 of your favorite bloggers and link them in your post.
4. Go to your nominees’ pages and tell them.
5. Thank and link back to the person’s blog who nominated you.
Like Jenny, I will change up the rules a bit. I won’t share 11 things about myself, but I will answer the first 5 questions and nominate more bloggers. Yea!
1. How do you decide what to write about?
Good question. I usually write about what’s on my mind. Reading extensively helps me think of ideas and since I journal and jot down notes, I have a steady babbling brook of ideas bubbling by on a regular basis.
2. What inspired your blog name?
Douglas Adams’ Life, the Universe and Everything. I like to play with words and common phrases. This blog was originally called Tell-Thai Heart after Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart, one of my favorite stories when I was a teen. I changed my blog name when I merged the two. Originally, they were separate ideas, but who has time to manage so many blogs?
3. What was the best present ever given to you?
On my birthday (my 28th?), a classmate of mine, Tiger (yes, that is her name), presented me with a beautiful river rock that filled the palm of my hand. But unexpectedly, it was warm. She had heated it in her fireplace and it was lovely to hold on that cool evening. Plus, I love rocks. I used to collect them when I was in the States. Now, it’s not as practical for me to do so.
4. Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I’ve been fortunate to have lived in Durango, Colorado which is stunning. Being born and raised in Hawaii is not too bad, either. I always forget how lush Hawaii is and then I return and look around in wonder.
But the most beautiful place, for me as nothing to do with superlatives, but rather which place holds the most important place in my heart – Punchbowl Cemetery where my father is buried.
5. What is the best job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a colorful collection of jobs, but being an archaeologist was the most personally rewarding. I had followed my desires straight out of college as we all hopefully do when we are full of freedom and education. I met and worked with fascinating folks. We worked 10 hour days in the sun, got unbelievably dirty, and uncovered Anasazi pottery, a square kiva (which is unusual, normally they are round), “rock tools” and even a burial. That was a special summer.
Since I like these questions, I want to pass them along to these lovely ladies:
J. Gi. @ The End Justifies the Journey (A sweetheart. If I had a younger Filipino sister, she’d be her.)
Soapie @ Searching for Substance (She should be a famous writer. I don’t know why she is not. She’s incredible.)
Lani @ Pointes of View (You know, how you read someone’s blog and you know she’s your kind of gal? Yeah, she’s like that.)
Kylie @ CornishKylie (She gives great teacher tips, and honestly, I like how normal she is. Seriously. In Thailand, that’s like, amazing.)
Ashley @ WordTraveler (Love Ashley! A Southern girl with a big taste for travel in Asia. Brainy.)
* and Otter from The Flying Armchair who nominated me for my first Liebster award. A blogging friendship that I hope will result in meeting in Korea (or ???) some day. (But not in a Single White Female kind of way – oops. Crud. That’s off.) We’re both INFJs so we’re pretty much related.