I feel very honoured this week to have received a blogging award from my friend Amy at NonMom. I always enjoy reading her posts (and admire her many talents!) so an award from her means a lot!
In giving this award, Amy asked me to share 7 random things about myself. So here are 7 things you may not know about me.
1. I don’t have a favourite food. Every time someone asks me what my favourite food is I kind of stare at them blankly as I reject idea after idea in my head. I am jealous of people who confidently say “steak” or “bananas” or “my Mom’s chicken noodle soup.” I don’t even have a top 3, or even a top 5. It seems strange to me that a woman who spends so much time thinking about and preparing foods can’t pick a favourite, but there you have it. I don’t have one.
2. I have really crazy dreams almost every night that I remember in detail in the morning. I also have dreams that run in a series, kind of like watching a tv show with each night being the next installment of the story, and I also have dreams for weeks at a time that run on a similar theme (running away from something, for example.) I often wonder what it all means.
3. I don’t own a cell phone, I’ve never sent a text message, I still use a VCR, and the main phone in our house has a cord. And I’m ok with that.
4. I haven’t watched TV in almost a year. Now that I’m out of the habit, I don’t know when I used to find the time.
5. When I’m reading a good book, I have trouble doing anything else. I try to get other things done, but I spend most of time thinking about when I’ll get my next chance to read. And I’ll stay up way too late, convincing myself that I’m not really tired and can read just a few more chapters. (My name is Andi and I am addicted to books.) Because of this I often have to limit fiction reading to week-ends and holidays.
6. I love to learn. At the moment I am reading books on farming, sustainable living, cooking with traditional foods, running a business, herb gardening, the prophet Elijah, and the art of writing. Almost every day I listen to recordings of people speaking on a wide range of topics (this is often what I do when I am cooking or sewing.) If I took every course and class on my list of interests, I could probably keep myself busy for the next several decades. And when I learn something new, I love nothing better than to share this knowledge with others. (Which is perhaps why I love blogging so much!)
7. Remember those emails that used to get sent around all the time that usually had some beautiful message, or that were just plain funny, but then following the main email there was this huge to-do list and dire warnings: “send this to 7 friends in the next 7 seconds for lifelong peace and happiness, but if you don’t send it on you will be wretched and unhappy and you will experience bad luck for the rest of your life” The best of these emails I would send on – AFTER I deleted all of that junk at the bottom. I am a big proponent of no-strings-attached mail. (and just in case you are wondering, I have not had years of bad luck and unhappiness as a result.) I don’t do chain letters either. For all those who never received their hundreds of postcards, favourite recipes, or pretty panties because of me, I apologise. I am the weak link in the chain.
As a result of #7, I also don’t believe in giving awards attached with rules. So I am going to pass on this blogging award with No Strings Attached (I can hear a collective gasp coming from the blogging award followers now. Please Do Not tell the blogging police where to find me….) If you want to pass it on, blog about it, share random facts about you, go ahead, but don’t feel you have to!
But I did want to take a moment to acknowledge one of my favourite bloggers. (Because why not take a minute to share the love when you can?) So today, this award goes to…..
Small Town Girl - I loved this blogger from the moment she shared that clotheslines were one of her favourite things. Although we have never met, I consider her to be a friend in the blogging world and always look forward to finding out what she is sewing or cooking, or what exciting thing she is doing with her daughter on Toddler Tuesdays. I think if she and I lived in the same town, we might be friends in the real world too. Thanks Small Town Girl, for sharing your life with us on your blog!