Saturday, March 23, 2013

Liebster Award

I have had several friends from different parts of the country tell me that they are finding pictures of me, my husband, and our fiesta-themed wedding on Pinterest!

So happy to see that this picture is making the rounds...

My last post hopefully gave you an indication of just how thankful I am to everyone who has been reading Avoiding Atrophy, but to be honest I also have been feeling a little daunted. I mean, what on earth am I supposed to write next?

Thankfully, I don't even have to worry about conjuring up the next great American blog post because I have been given a prompt!

Let me explain.

Ashley, the author of the blog Horseshoes and Pearls, stumbled across Avoiding Atrophy recently and graciously decided to nominate me for the Liebster Award.

Now, I'm pretty new to the world of blog awards, but according to Ashley, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers (that's me, for now...until you follow me!) in order to promote growing blogs and connect with other bloggers. "Liebster" in German means "dearest", "beloved", "favorite", and, as a quick Google search informed me, "boyfriend".  

As we all know, in the world of blogging, nothing is free (that's not true. Blogging is inherently free, but just go with it). This Boyfriend Award comes with a set of rules. Thankfully, none of them involve selling organs or anything even that complicated at all.

The Rules

1. Link back to the person who nominated you (check)
2. Write 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you
4. Nominate 11 blogs with 200 or less followers. Notify them.
5. Create 11 questions for those bloggers you've nominated to answer.

Let's do this.

The Facts

  1. I have stress dreams wherein I am elected President of the United States through a Facebook election. I then have to make a speech that goes something like...Thanks, y'all...but I'm, like, really busy.
  2. I have a cat named Frasier, named after Dr. Frasier Crane of the sitcoms Frasier and Cheers
  3. I am an expressive introvert. 
  4. Diet Dr. Pepper has left me with a caffeine addiction that I fear I will never overcome.
  5. I often brush my teeth in the shower.
  6. I have never met anyone from Wyoming, and I'm not sure I want to.
  7. I go to Dunkin Donuts at least 8 times a week.
  8. I once auditioned to be a bilingual puppeteer, and I was rejected. Their loss. 
  9. I met my husband when I was summer camp.
  10. I regret not taking dance classes growing up. I am naturally a pretty sick dancer. I imagine I could be Beyonce's back up dancer by now if I'd had just a little bit of training. 
  11. Many people say I bear a striking resemblance to Josh Groban.
I like to think that this does not mean that I look like a man but rather that he looks like a girl,
but really, I think we are both working it. 

Ashley's Questions

1. What was your most embarrassing moment growing up?

Let's go through my rolodex of humiliation real quick...

Ah, yes. Well, I recently wrote about a time where I was cast as Cher in a 5th grade variety show. I wore my thirty-year-old music teacher's dress which fit like a glove, and I basically got laughed off stage (long version here). That's a little subjectively embarrassing though...

Oh, here's a good one. Once, when I was seven I entered a beauty pageant called Little Miss Helotes (for some ungodly reason) wherein I did my beauty walk with my dress tucked into my pantyhose. In the interview portion of the competition, when I was asked what I liked to do, I cryptically responded, "I can't say..."

I think in my head "I can't say" meant "I don't know, but I'm going to say 'I can't say' because that sounds like something a grownup would say" but really, it just sounded like, "I can't say because I like to do really creepy things like burn my Barbies and collect bellybutton lint in jars."Again, everyone in the audience laughed uncontrollably.

2. If you could pack up and move anywhere you want, where would it be?

I did that! I moved to New York City -- a city that had me at Muppets Take Manhattan.

3. If you could swap lives with someone for a week, who would you swap with?

I make it a habit to be pretty happy with who I was created to be, but let's be for real -- for one week, I'd love to be somebody who has got it all figured out.


For those of you who don't recognize the above creature, that's Gary Busey. He's fresh on my mind because I've been watching him on this season of Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars

Gary Busey is pure Id. What this man wants, he gets. If he wants to tickle a stranger, he doesn't even hesitate. If he wants to spout incoherent nonsense for minutes at a time, no one's going to stop him. If he wants to turn a word into an acronym for pretty much no reason, he gets after it. 

There is a lot about Gary Busey's life that I would not want to imitate, but for a week, I would take his unabashed freedom to do or say whatever I felt like. 


4. Did you play any sports growing up?

I played softball for seven years out of my life. The sport gave me muscular legs and a hatred for itchy socks. Fun fact: I was terrible at it.

5. What was your first vehicle?

It was a green '96 Toyota Camry - the exact make and model that my older sister had. There was nothing even weird about it. It was just an awesome first car.

I miss it sometimes.

6. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be the first thing you buy and/or do?

My husband asked me this once and I said that I would get a personal trainer. I then asked him the same question and he said he would buy us a house, and that's when I realized I am incredibly selfish.

At this point in my life though, I would go on vacation IMMEDIATELY. I don't care where. There just better be sangria, so I guess Spain?

7. What's your favorite meal? (Share the recipe if you can/want to)

I think all of the love I got with this Liebster award is quickly going to dissipate after this next sentence. I don't really cook much at all. My husband cooks a lot for me, and we have a lot of staples. We make this Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake sometimes that makes me pretty happy. 

I'll get back to this one...

8. Do you have any fears/phobias? If so, what are they?

I have a lot of the normal fears like the fear of not being good enough and fear of the dark. I also have some stranger fears like the fear of people wearing animal costumes and the fear of falling asleep on the subway and ending up in the Bronx (no offense your zoo).

I think I've said this before.

9. If you were to sing karaoke, what would you sing?

When I go to karaoke, I have a few go-tos.
  1. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
  2. Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner
  3. Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks (I do not espouse the sentiment of this song, but it just makes for good karaoke) 
10. Name one thing on your bucket list and why it's important to you.

I'd like to somehow come into a lot of money and be able to buy something awesome for my parents like a house or a nice truck or something. This gesture would be meaningful to me for two reasons. 

1) My parents have provided for me in incredible ways over the years. They helped send me to an amazing university (Sic 'em, Mom and Dad!) and they dedicated so much time to helping me grow into a decent person. They deserve to get something back. 

2) Being able to do this probably means I'm famous, which sounds pretty great right about now. 

11. If you could give any advice to new bloggers, what would it be?

Just a few short weeks ago, I would have had no way to answer this question, but now that I have some pretty regular viewers, I've got a little bit of insight. First off, write something good that a select group of people want to read (brides, food-lovers, golf enthusiasts, economists, etc.) and then PIN THAT JUNK ON PINTEREST. Without Pinterest, my only follower would be my mom. Truth. 


Emily at Of Seeds and Thorns
Alex at The Shellhammer
Tara at Girlish Blunders
Ericka at Creative Liar
Meredith at Church Avenue Chomp

My Questions for the Nominees

1. Describe your best birthday ever.
2. If you had all of the talent and ability in the world, what career would you pursue?
3. What is your spirit animal?
4. What is something that irritates you and why?
5. Which is better: ants or aliens? Please provide an educated response. 
6. Where is your "second home"?
7. What is your favorite blog post you've ever written?
8. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
9. What are some products that you love?
10. What is your least favorite sound? (I borrowed this one from James Lipton)
11. Do you have a favorite quote or saying? If not, make one up. I'm not going to fault you. 


  1. Congrats Christy and thank you so much for nominating me! Girls is pretty much my hands down favorite show of all time so I can already tell you have good taste. :)

    1. Thanks, Ericka! I had a great time reading your blog recently and I think you are one talented lady. And yes, I watched three straight hours of Girls last night, so I am with you on it being an amazing show!

  2. First of all, this award has too many rules, there are less stipulations involved in whatever pageant Honey Boo Boo got 7th in. and I don't like that you have to nominate your own competition for the award, seems a little communisty if you know what I mean(I don't know what I mean).

    Second of all, amazing answers. and making a Celebrity Apprentice reference is basically a slam dunk for any award (Don't even think about it creative liar). I hope you get L.U.C.K.Y. (Living Under Correct Knowledge Yearly) with this one. (Gary is an absolute saint).

    Third of all, anyone who says ant over aliens should be disqualified from not only this award but from life.

    1. Patrick, we need to be best friends.

    2. Deal. I'll let you get the best friends neckless for us, and I'll buy the ice cream for movie night. The Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip. The Movie: Clueless. I hope that's cool, I could also watch Robocop.

  3. I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I stumbled upon it via your now famous pin on pinterest. You're a very entertaining writer to read. (hmm...something in that last sentence sounded weird.) Anyways, keep it up!

  4. Hi, like Amanda above me, I discovered your blog via your wedding pin (why I clicked on it, I have no idea, I'm not planning a wedding) and have spent the last hour reading your posts. Creepy? Maybe. But I'm thoroughly enjoying your clever and witty way with words. I feel like if we knew each other in real life we would be friends. That sounds incredibly presumptuous coming from a complete stranger but I'm going to leave it there anyway.

    So, keep writing and doing your thing and have a great weekend!


  5. I've haven't laughed so hard in ages! I LOVE the way you write :D


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