Tuesday, November 6, 2012


The lovely Cheri at Staying In The Pink nominated me for a Liebster Award! Wooty-doo! 

This next paragraph is totally and shamelessly copied from Cheri's post, (1) because she says exactly what I want to say, and (2) because I'm lazy. 

{As mentioned elsewhere, "The Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning dearest. The award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who deserve recognition and support to keep on blogging."}  

The rules:
1. Think of 11 facts you'd like to share about yourself.
2. Answer the questions I asked.
3. Think of 11 questions you'd like to ask.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.*

*I think there's some wiggle room there. I won't tell. 

Okey dokey, Smokey. Eleven facts about little ol' moi. Prepare thyself for a roller coaster ride. 

1) Je parle un peu Francais. 

2) I was in my high school show choir. Yes, just like Glee, and yes, I live in Ohio. 

3) One of my ultimate bucket list items is to sing in a close harmony girl group a la The Andrews Sisters or The Puppini Sisters. Awesomesauce-ness below. 

4) I have an older sister who I (and the rest of my family) do not communicate with. I also have two younger brothers who are almost 17 and almost 18 years old. I can't believe they are soon to graduate from high school. I'm old now.  

5) I met my husband through Yahoo! Personals. Online dating for the win! 

6) I have four (count 'em, four) tattoos. One moon with stars, one tribal sun, one tropical sunset with water and palm trees, and one hummingbird with pink flowers. I would tattoo myself into a carnie if I thought my husband wouldn't leave me. 

7) I am an atheist who grew up in a Southern Baptist family. 

8) I am amazed and surprised at how being a mother has fundamentally changed who I am as a person. And how emotional it has made me. I can't handle seeing sad kids, hurt kids, kids being bullied, or especially babies without coats or shoes with their parents at Walmart at midnight. I still don't know (and don't WANT to know) the details of the story about the toddler who was killed at the zoo recently. Why would I click on that headline?!?!?!

9) My first college major (Go University of Cincinnati!) was Secondary Education - English. My second college major was Communication, and my current college major (Go Western Governor's University!) is Interdisciplinary Studies (which is a fancy term for an Elementary Education degree). 

10) I am an unapologetic grammar Nazi. 

11) I'm having Lap Band surgery tomorrow! Shocker! 

Cheri's 11 questions for me:

1)  You are throwing a dinner party  - what three famous people would you invite? Can they be dead? If so, e.e. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, and Janis Joplin. If they have to be alive, I'd go with Ellen Degeneres, JK Rowling and a tie between Warren Buffett/Michelle Obama. 

2)  Who was your first crush? I don't remember my first crush on a "real" person, but my first celebrity crush was probably Johnathan Brandis from Seaquest DSV. 
11-year-old Anna was SO gonna marry you, JB!
3) What would your dream job be? Something that paid excellent money while making people happy all day long. If it paid better, I would totally be a flower delivery person or some such awesomeness. Someone else would deliver for funerals, though. I'd get Valentines Day, birthdays and anniversaries. 

4) Favorite television show? Ever? Gilmore Girls. I own the series and have watched it all the way through at least 10 times. Currently? Modern Family, followed closely by The Neighbors and Dancing With The Stars. It should be noted that I am one of those crazies who does not have cable. I watch a lot of PBS. (And you should too!)

5) You are being served your last meal on earth...what do you want? Oh, holy hell. Seriously, you're going to ask a girl who is on her last day of an 800 calorie pre-op diet this question? E-V-I-L. 

My mom's family recipe for Chicken Casserole, homemade mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and LOTS of yeasty rolls with butter. And some of Vandalia, Ohio's Jim's donuts for dessert. 

It's so not obvious why I'm having Lap Band surgery, is it? 

6) Place you haven't been yet and want to see? So many! New York City, for one.
7) Something that annoys the snot out of you? When traffic is backed up on the highway and someone drives on the shoulder to get to an exit. You are NO MORE IMPORTANT than the rest of us, douche canoe! (End rant.)

8) Something that will always make you smile? My son. Totally. Even when he's being a total spaz and Tasmanian Devil-ing all over my house. 

9) Oprah, Dr Phil, Kelly Rippa, and Barbara Walters are on a boat. It's going to sink unless you throw two of them off into shark infested waters. Who are you dumping? Oy. Hard one. Dr. Phil is gone, no problem. Kelly Rippa definitely stays. One because she's tiny, and two because she's hilarious. I think Barbara Walters would stay too. Sorry, Oprah! 

10)You can wave a magic wand and solve ONLY ONE world problem (ie: water for everyone). Which would you solve? Poverty? Is that too broad spectrum? If so, then hunger. 

11) What are three things you most like about who you are?
a) I'm fat girl funny. You know that survival trait? I got it down, man.
b) I am open-minded and accepting. 
c) I am outgoing.

And the nominees are...
(Sorry if you've already been nominated or won. Just ignore me.)

My 11 questions:
1) If you could make one of your significant other's annoying traits disappear, what would it be?
2) If you could have chosen to be born in a different country, would you? And where?
3) What book/tv/theater character is most like you? 
4) Explain one mortifying moment in your life. (Not technically a question, but DEAL.)
5) What exotic animal (not cat/dog/bunny, etc.) would you keep in your backyard if you could get away with it?
6) What article of clothing would you never wear if you could get away with it?
7) Who inspires you?
8) What is your most annoying trait?
9) What is one thing you wish you could do?
10) What did you want to be when you grew up?
11) What is your favorite dessert?


Connie O said...

Good luck tomorrow! I just had my band surgery 11 days ago, on 10/26, so I'll be interested to see how it goes for you.

RockBand Barbie said...

I have hosted some foreign exchange students who were Atheist. I live in the "Bible Belt" so it was always a big culture shock for them (beyond what they were expecting).

Cheri said...

I love Ohio - I worked/toured there for a year. Maybe you can redefine your idea of yourself from "fat girl funny" to "smart girl funny". I also see you as a strong person - I guess defining your own belief system is an example of that - I think that is hard to do within a family at an early age - usually I think it happens when you get older. But I appreciated a lot your comment to me a week or two ago, to not apologize in my blog about sharing my own thoughts and experiences.

I think I'm open minded and accepting, too. ;-) But I'd keep Phil and boot Barbara, she annoys the heck out of me lately. I think Kelly and Phil might be fun together - but I wouldn't keep Phil with Oprah, they'd get cliquey... ;-D Maybe I'd boot three and just keep Kelly. Oprah seems like she doesn't travel well. We all saw what she was like on those road trips with Gail. If we started singing glee club songs, she'd get all crabby pants on us....

jennxaz said...

good luck today and I loved reading this and getting to know you better!