Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Sunflower Blogger Award

I was actually nominated twice for this award, which is quite amazing and I'm truly honored! So, thanks goes to Anna at A Cowgirl and a Dream and Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice and Hamlette's Soliloquy. I'm only going to answer the questions, not nominate anyone. :)

The rules:
  1. Share 11 facts about yourself. 
  2. Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger 
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers. 
  4. Set questions for the nominated bloggers.
So here are my 11 facts:

1. I was homeschooled through high school.
2. My family sold spices and jewelry at fairs and festivals as an income up until I was 8-years-old, traveling around the west and midwest.
3. I collect salt and pepper shakers.
4. My family has been accused ( ? ) of being British due to the way we drink afternoon tea.
5. I'm a cat lover.
6. I only have one sibling, my sister Caitlin.
7. I work for Compassion International as of last week.
8. Brideshead Revisited is one of my favorite books.
9. Sherlock is one of my favorite shows on television.
10. I don't have a huge shoe collection, but I have more purses than I can ever use.
11. I change my nail polish color every week.

My Answers for Hamlette

If you had to spend the rest of your life in a different century of Earth's past, where would you spend it?

Probably in the twentieth century. I love the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s so that seems like a pretty good option. Plus I would get to see Laurence Olivier play Romeo on the stage!

What's your favorite salad dressing?

Umm, probably Newman's Caesar dressing. It has a lovely kick to it!

What's the worst movie (that you liked least) you saw in 2013?

That has to be The Lone Ranger. Sorry, Rachel!

Do you paint your toenails?

Yes, but mostly in the summer when I'll wear sandals. Less now because I have to wear dress shoes at work.

What are your three favorite TV shows?

Sherlock, Castle, and The Originals.

Are there any books or movies you own more than one copy of?  If so, what are they?

I own three copies of The Lord of the Rings in book form. One that's a boxed set, one that's all wrinkled and gnarly because it was my first set, and one incredibly heavy book that's illustrated by Alan Lee. I also own an e-book copy of Cornelia Funke's Fearless along with the physical book. I own more than one adaptation of certain movies like Pride & Prejudice, but not more than one copy of the same movie.

My Answers for Anna

Dogs or cats?

Cats all the way.  Although I don't hate dogs, I just prefer cats.

Eponine or Cosette?

Mmm, neither really.  I'm not that big of a Les Mis fan.

What is your favorite kind of cultural food? (Chinese, Mexican, Italian)

Ooh, definitely Mexican. Although I love Chinese too, it's just that I adore enchiladas!

One dream role on Broadway? (yes one!)

Mmm, possibly Mrs. Fairfax in the no-longer-playing Jane Eyre that is absolutely brilliant.

"One Day More" or "Do You Hear The People Sing?"

Neither because I don't recognize the titles.

"The Phantom of the Opera" or "Love Never Dies"?

Phantom, hands down!

Favorite Book?

There are many, but Fahrenheit 451, The Lord of the Rings, and just about anything written by Cornelia Funke make that list.

What would your ideal first date be?

Since I've never been on a date, I have no clue. I don't see anything wrong with going to dinner and maybe seeing a movie.

Where do you find the most beauty of God's creation? (sky, trees, your own home, etc.)

For me, it's the power of the ocean. Some people are moved by mountains, but I have always found the ocean to be the greatest reminder of God's power and the glory of His creation. That's what comes of living in Oregon for 6 years. :)

Iced tea or lemonade?

Probably iced tea, although I like both.

Who are some of your favorite blogger friends?
Tops is, of course, my best friend Charity at Confessions of an INTP. Then there's Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice and Jody over at Author, Jody Hedlund. I also follow Lizzie at His Redeemed Child and Birdie at Lady of the Manor. I also have lovely friends who post on my blog, but don't necessarily have blogs of their own.


  1. 'Brideshead Revisited' is one of my favourite books too :) 'Sherlock' is also one of my favourite TV shows but I think that kind of goes without saying!

  2. Congrats on your nominations :) I love the music from Jane Eyre -- wish it was still playing. I'd love to see it on stage.

    1. I guess it was only on stage for 6 months or so. Not nearly long enough!

  3. Well, phooey -- I saw "Brideshead Revisited" at the library book sale this past weekend and didn't buy it. Should I add it to my to-read list?

    1. The thing about Brideshead is that Christians either hate it or love it. Most Christians I've run across hate it. So I can't tell you one way or the other, only that I love it. But I also love The Great Gatsby and Fahrenheit 451 so that should give you some insight. You'll have to make the call yourself as to whether you want to read it or not.

    2. Well, I love F451 and quite enjoy Gatsby, so perhaps I'll give it a go sometime! If it crosses my path again.

  4. He, thanks very much for mentioning me! I was also nominated by Hamlette, will post my answers and facts tomorrow.

    1. I'll hop on over to your blog to read them when I get a chance! :)

  5. It sounds like your family had a really neat, adventurous life, traveling and selling spices and jewelry! I love the idea of afternoon. And I'm a cat person, too.

    Great thoughts on the ocean... makes me want to go!
    Thanks for the sweet mention, I'm honored!

    1. Cats are indeed awesome, yes my family had a neat early life, and the ocean is incredible. :)

      Glad you enjoyed reading my answers!


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