Liebster (or, all about Laura)

My very kind new blogging friends, Mary and Erika nominated me for a Liebster Award!  Thank you, Mary and Erika!  “Liebster” is a German word meaning “sweetheart, beloved person, darling.”  Basically, it means Mary and Erika have given me an excuse to write about me, myself, and I for a full post.

The rules for the award:

Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog | List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you.  Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers.  Comment on their blogs informing them of their Liebster Award nomination.

Here goes.

11 Facts About Myself:

1. I’m always hesitant to write lists like this because I’m worried I’ll sound like a boring person.

2.  I am choleric.

3.  My love language is Acts  of Service.

4. I’m a lawyer and do a little work from home for a nearby law firm.  I don’t blog about it because it’s a relatively small part of my life, time-wise, plus there’s that duty of confidentiality to worry about.

5. My husband is a software developer.

6. We have just one car (minivan).  We’ve had just one car for most of our marriage, and we love it.

7. I worked at my father’s veterinary clinic from a young age, and it was an extremely influential part of my growing up.

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“There is a castle on a cloud . . . .”

8. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder also was a big influence on my growing up.

9. I’ve performed in several musicals: an orphan in “Annie,” Liesl in “The Sound of Music,” and the mother in “Fiddler On the Roof.”

10. My favorite legal quote is by Judge Janice Rogers Brown:

Does the death penalty deter? Does pornography deform? Does a terminally ill patient have a right to die? Our laws reflect, as they must, working assumptions on which there is a general consensus. These broadly conceived principles, captured under the rubric of culture and tradition, are not empirically determined. They represent value judgments growing out of the collective conscience of the people, taking authority from custom itself. The proponents of these traditional understandings . . . cannot prove their truth. But neither can their opponents prove their falsity; they can only impose the tyranny of the anecdote.

American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren (1997) 16 Cal.4th 307, 446.

11. My favorite quote from a book is by Dorothy Sayers in her book Gaudy Night:

You may say you won’t interfere with another person’s soul, but you do merely by existing. The snag about it is the practical difficulty, so to speak, of not existing.

I think there’s a lot of meaning there, though I haven’t quite figured it out myself.  😉

From Erika:

1. Best trip ever: Rome and Bavaria with my husband, a “babymoon” when we were expecting our first child

2. Favorite saint and why: Saint Gianna–working mother, professional, and heroine!
3. Fav recipe: Right now I love this all natural, no-sugar added, dairy-free chocolate mousse; amazingly good
4. Your wedding colors and flowers (potential, if you’re not married yet): Ivory and celedon, white hydrangeas

We went for minimalism with our bridal party.

We went for minimalism with our bridal party.

5. Article of clothing that you can’t live without: Socks!  They’re not fashionable but I just stand wearing shoes (except sandals) without them.
6. Favorite blog for your morning coffee read: What Kate Wore and Ain’t No Mom Jeans
7. Polka dots or stripes? I don’t always wear polka dots, but when I do I wear them with stripes.
8. Top favorite mass song: Mozart’s Ave Verum
9. If you could meet anyone, who would it be: Living or dead?  I would like to meet my paternal grandfather, who died 50+ years ago.  Living . . . hmm, probably the His Holiness BXVI, Pope Emeritus
10. Most essential beauty item: Eyeliner
11. Why you started blogging: I thought I might enjoy writing, and my husband said I needed a hobby!

From Mary:

1. What is your least favorite book?  My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult comes to mind.  The subject matter had potential but her writing is so so banal.

2. What is your perfect day? Right now my favorite days are the ordinary days that go smoothly, peacefully.  The days when I get in some prayer, some exercise, some chores, enough sleep.   It’s been so hard adjusting to having two high-maintenance girls that I’ve craved having rhythm and regularity to ours days.  We’re finally getting there.

3. Who is your greatest inspiration?  My parents: they each went through a somewhat difficult childhood or adolescence but they’ve forged an amazing marriage together and they gave my siblings and me loving, secure childhoods.

4. What is your favorite song?  Hard to choose one.  I will always love John Michael Talbot’s “Holy Is His Name.”  I got to hear him sing it at WYD 2002 in Toronto.   Also, Guster’s “Careful.”

5. What is your go to dinner? Chicken, potatoes, and veggies with olive oil and spices.  Straight from the freezer to the oven, baby!

6. Can you name a current event that has changed the way you think?  My step-grandmother was deployed to a hospital ship in the Persian Gulf War when I was about 6 or 8.  We wrote letters back and forth.  That probably made me aware of global events for the first time.

7. Name the funniest movie ever, of all time.  Napolean Dynamite.  Honorable mention to Oh Brother Where Art Thou, What About Bob, and My Cousin Vinny.

8. Coffee or tea?  Coffee

9. What is most misunderstood about you?  I seem really calm, but I’m really emotional, at times.  I’m just good at hiding it (usually).

10. Which city in America do you like best?  Washington, DC, I guess.   It’s the one I know the best.  Possibly Denver.

11. What do you appreciate most about your life?  I am surrounded by so much love!!

My nominees (no particular order):

1. Jeannine

2. Jaime

3. Theresa

4. Alice

5. Martha

6. Elizabeth

7. Rosalind

8. Rebekah

9. Leslie

Here are questions for my nominees.  Not the most original, but I think they’ll help us all get to know you better.

1. Favorite book:

2. Favorite movie:

3. Finish this sentence: “What I really want to know is . . . .”

4. Big influence (person, event, thing, situation, etc.) on you while growing up:

5. If money were no object, what kind of house would you live in?

6. Name a book on your shelf that you can’t get around to reading (or finishing):

7. Favorite quote:

8. Something you could do over differently if you could:

9. Something you would never do differently:

10. Blog you’ve recently started following:

11. Blog you’ve been following the longest:

I look forward to reading your answers, if you choose to participate.  No pressure if you’d rather not!


8 thoughts on “Liebster (or, all about Laura)

  1. I have been listening to Guster’s Keep It Together and Lost and Gone Forever endlessly for weeks. I have a half-hour one-way commute, so I pretty much listen to an album a day. Back and forth. I think it’s the hand-drumming that has me addicted, and actually the nostalgia from writing our About page on the blog.

    • Love Guster– perhaps in part because they’re one of only a few bands I knew about before my husband did.

      A non-dairy, non-soy chocolate mousse? You are my hero.

      I’m probably in, but I have to come up with my list of non-previously nominated nominees. Hrmhrmhrm.

  2. I love The Sound of Music, and Liesl was always my favorite growing up. I think it was a combo of the twirly dress & her name.
    What About Bob is a superb flick.
    And I love your wedding colors! I stole your idea to add a photo. 🙂

  3. Wow! So interesting to know you have a theatrical side! That pic of you as a little one is so adorable, and I am can’t help but be curious about your parents lives! I am a little nosy when it comes to people’s life stories.

    Thanks so much for remembering me and thinking of me on this! I will most certainly try to get it done. I am totally new to the blog scene and actually probably not even aware of 9 blogs with less than 200 followers, but I will certainly do my best (although I am a procrastinator, so yeah…)

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  6. Thanks for doing this, Laura! I really enjoyed “getting to know you” a bit better! Did Martha tell you that I just figured out that you are sisters?!

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