The Awesome Blogger Award- food, ostriches, and other awesome things

Greetings friends! As you may have cleverly deduced from the title of this post, I have been nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award! I’m sure this isn’t at all surprising as my blog has many awe inspiring qualities and you all knew it was only a matter of time before these qualities were publicly recognized.

Many thanks to Annie Xia @Zoelogist for nominating me! She too is an awesome blogger and you should all go check out her blog!

And now, on to the questions! (Because in the blogger world “award” is synonymous with “interrogation”.)


1. Do you usually eat breakfast?

YES. Bad things happen when I don’t eat.

(Admittedly my breakfasts aren’t always the most well-balanced, nutritious things. Sometimes I live on nothing but toast.)


2. What’s your favorite and least favorite school subject and why?

My favorite subject was always history because in my family history meant Sonlight and Sonlight meant BOOKS. Yes, some of the books were dry and dull and boring (it’s a requirement that has to be met in every curriculum), but there were also a great deal of wonderful books which I never would have read otherwise. I am forever indebted to Sonlight for introducing me to:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell

As for least favorite school subject, I think I’ll say grammar. I love writing, and yes it’s important to know the basic rules of it. But this???


Is anyone else feeling dizzy and traumatized?


3. What are your favorite movies/shows?

ACK! I can’t pick favorites. It’s my fatal flaw. Help.

Well, here are SOME of my favorites.



4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality/ability, what would it be?

The ability to look at a first draft that’s messier and more frightening than a sandwich that has been living at the back of a refrigerator shelf for 3 months and say (real chill), “No problem. I got this.”

And then to be able to turn that mess into a coherent, polished book.

I would like this ability, please.


5. What’s something awesome you possess?




6. Kahoot or Quizlet Live?

I don’t actually know what Quizlet Live is, so I guess I’ll just say Kahoot? A few of my professors have used it. My favorite thing about it is getting to choose a name (except one professor didn’t let us choose which was sad). Some people just chose their real names anyway, but I liked to call myself Kit Snicket or Oxymoron.


7. What’s a good book you’ve read recently?



I love children’s books that are smart enough to be enjoyed by older readers. This book is short and fairly simple, but the eight year-old narrator uses words like “odious” and there’s a Lord of the Flies reference and a joke about copyright and all sorts of fun. The book is clever and whimsical and also quite sweet at the end.

If you would like a short break from teen angst and stabbing, I recommend this book.

     Found in trees. Sometimes also in old silent movie theaters, seaside zoos, magic shops, hat shops, time-travel shops, topiary gardens, cowboy boots, castle turrets, comet museums, dog pounds, mermaid ponds, dragon lairs, library stacks (the ones in the back), piles of leaves, piles of pancakes, the belly of a fiddle, the bell of a flower, or in the company of wild herds of typewriters.
But mostly in trees.
                                                                                          –Confessions of an Imaginary Friend


8. Salsa, queso, or guac?

ALL OF IT. And also corn chips, please. Lots of corn chips.


9. Do you believe in aliens, and why/why not?

What? Aliens? No, of course aliens aren’t real! I DEFINITELY don’t believe in aliens. And I’m CERTAINLY not just saying that to cover for my friend who is OBVIOUSLY not from the Sombrero Galaxy.

….Why do you ask?


10. What’s something you want to do this summer?

I was thinking I MIGHT actually do Camp Nanowrimo this summer?! I tried to do it once 3 or 4 years ago, but I didn’t get past… 7,000 words I think?

So yes, that happened.

I don’t know yet what project I would use. I have several books that I want to write and I’m the sort of person who runs away screaming and flailing my arms whenever I encounter a decision.

Oh the joys of life.


Thanks again to Annie Xia @Zoelogist! Be sure to check out her blog!


Can you survive for multiple hours without food? Have you read any good books lately? Have you ever done Camp Nanowrimo? Any advice for a semi-first-timer? Any exciting plans or goals for the summer? Do tell!


11 responses to “The Awesome Blogger Award- food, ostriches, and other awesome things”

  1. Hahahaha, I love this post!! Yep, I always eat breakfast too. Oh my goodness, I remember those grammar dissection tree thingys!! We never did ones as complicated as that, thank goodness. OOPS, darn it, I meant to keep keep the word favorite out my questions. Ostrich socks!! That’s so cool. Haha, oxymoron is a good Kahoot name. Wait, what can be mostly found in trees?? Am I going to have to read the book in order to find out? Also, can you introduce me to your friend who DOESN’T exist and is NOT from the Sombrero Galaxy? A good book I read recently was The Story of Owen. It was about dragons and dragon slayers and bards but in current day Canada.

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    • Glad you enjoyed it! I never did such complex grammar dissection either, but it FELT really complicated. MY OSTRICH SOCKS ARE AMAZING. Ah, the passage I quoted IS rather ambiguous. Imaginary friends live mostly in trees. But maybe I shouldn’t have told you that so that you would have to read the book 🙂
      I DON’T have a friend from the Sombrero Galaxy, but if I DID he may or may not spend the majority of his time working to repair his spaceship in an abandoned bunker outside an unspecified northern European city. If he DID exist, we wouldn’t see each other much. We would mostly communicate by postcard and secret messages written inside the lids of water bottles.
      Dragon slayers and bards in current day Canada? That sounds cool!
      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. I agree, they did feel very complicated. But it was also kind of satisfying to look at when you finished. I DO NOT DOUBT IT. Oh interesting, I did not know that! Th next time I’m in need of an imaginary friend, I’ll know exactly where to look. I’ve still added it to my to be read list though!
    If your Sombrero Galaxy friend DID exist, I would wish him the best of luck in repairing his spaceship that is NOT real. I would also want to ask him what his home that DOESN’T exist is like and what cool things they have there that we don’t have on Earth. But, it’s all irrelevant because you DON’T have a Sombrero Galaxy friend.
    Yep, I know right!

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    • It’s true that there is some satisfaction in completing something so complex… is it worth the pain? I guess it depends.
      If my friend from the Sombrero Galaxy DID exist (which he doesn’t) and I told him your questions via a postcard of a picture of a sandwich, he would probably respond with something like, “Why is someone asking questions about me?? You SAID you wouldn’t tell anyone I was here. Are you trying to blow my cover??” But if he DID exist we might have had previous conversations from which I might know that in the Sombrero Galaxy on birthdays people have quadruple layer waffle cakes with jam or syrup as frosting. I might also know that they have laptops that will snap closed and bite your fingers whenever you type anything that they think is stupid. For this reason authors in the Sombrero Galaxy might tend towards low self-esteem or quitting altogether.
      But of course I DON’T know any of this, you understand? Because there is NO FRIEND from the Sombrero Galaxy.

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      • Haha, that is a good question to consider.
        If you DID send a postcard to your friend who DOESN’T exist and that’s how he responded, I would stop asking him anymore questions in order to not make him anxious- I’m guessing being on a foreign planet with a broken spaceship is hard enough without worrying about being discovered. Ooh, that’s sounds like an awesome galaxy that DOESN’T exist. Haha, I’d definitely take my entire birthday off just so I would have enough time to slowly enjoy my quadruple layer waffle cakes. Yikes, if my laptop did that to me, I would probably have to resort to only writing on paper. Ah poor authors, I wish I could send them a bunch regular laptops.
        Yes yes, I understand- or should I say, I DON’T understand. Who in the universe is this friend from the Sombrero Galaxy?

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      • I’m sure if my friend DID exist he would appreciate your efforts to not cause him any more anxiety. Also I would keep nagging him to take normal laptops back to the poor authors of his galaxy and he would probably just stare at me and say, “Is that really important right now?” Of course it IS important, but I would understand that he’s a sort of focused on other things right now.

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      • And if your Sombrero Galaxy friend DID exist, I would heartily agree with you that it would be very important for him to bring inanimate laptops back to those authors- after he finishes fixing his spaceship that ISN’T real.

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  3. Ugh! Bad memories came up when I saw that sentence diagram *shudders*

    I want that same talent, except it needs to be expanded so that I can stuff a forest of ideas into coherent sentences.

    Don’t worry, my first time doing Camp, I wrote only 6000 words. It’ll come more naturally with practice!

    Awesome post!


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    • Sentence diagramming can be quite traumatizing to children. And adults for that matter.
      The ability to stuff a forest of ideas into coherent sentences sounds brilliant. I would like this ability also. 🙂
      Thanks for the Camp Nanowrimo encouragement! I’m excited to try and get further this time.
      Thanks for commenting!


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