My friend, Matt Snyder, tagged me for a Sunshine Blogger Award way back when I dropped the ball and haven’t landed a successful down since…
Anyway, here are his questions and my answers:
- What is funny enough to make you laugh so hard to tears? I will laugh to tears at unexpected, humorous dialogue in movies, or at a clever joke setup in books. I believe I answered a similar question before; my response, then, was that funny exchanges with friends also crack me up.
- Where do you find your inspiration? Inspiration trickles in while I’m living life, much like baby spit-up suddenly trickling down my arm…
- Does money bring happiness? Yes. I even blogged about it. But all the money in the world cannot buy you people who honestly care about you when you’re old and dying.
- Do you have any regrets in life? I regret my entire life. I also think I’d regret a different life, so we’ll stick with this one.
- Do you prefer to create in silence or are you listening to music and if you are what would be your top 3 songs? I’m big into music. I use it frequently to tune out kids and housework. If I’m only limited to 3 songs, I’d pick whatever’s stuck in my head at the time. Currently, that’s: “Riptide,” by Vance Joy, “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev, and “I’d Rather Burn” by Blackbriar.
- What is one thing about you that no one knows (of course now they’ll know 😉 )? I do not like green eggs and ham -but I would eat them, Sam I Am.
- Do you blog for fun, as an outlet or for profit? If none of these than, what? Someday, I will profit from the experience of writing and connections to authors I’ve made from blogging. I will also find inner peace.
- Is there a particular person in your family you are or were most close to? Hm. I stay in touch with my family, so this isn’t a unique question for me. My closest family relationship is with my husband. 😍
- What is the most unique place you ever visited? Gilgal Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some people have too much money and not enough friends to advise against odd interests.
© Gilgal Sculpture Garden 2020
- If you were locked in a grocery store overnight, would the temptation to eat something be strong enough that you would break down eat something and pay for it the next day? Eat nothing? Eat something without paying? If I had not eaten, there’s no way I’d fast. Otherwise, honesty would trump hunger. If some emergent situation ended up requiring food eating, I’d pay for it the next day.
- If there was an opportunity to meet in person would you take it or are you more comfortable expressing the “online” version of you via the internet? I’m totally open to meeting, unless someone seems creepy. I yam what I yam.
Check out my past awards for people to follow; plus Lisa Howeler, and Kat of The Lily Café.
I’m too tired to come up with 11 questions, so anyone who wants to can answer these three:
- Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
- Baths or showers?
- What is your favorite color?
©2020 Chelsea Owens
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
• Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.
• Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.
Kevin Parish at What Words May Come gifted me The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks, Kevin!
Here are Kevin’s questions:
- What verbal graffiti do you use too much? (Examples: Like…Well anyway… I know, right… Huh… Umm…)
Ummm… Huh… I don’t really know.
I do know that I have detested “I know; right” since it first cropped up, so you shan’t hear me say that ever.
- What is your favorite color?
I’m rather fond of winter shades: dark burgundy, dark blue, dark green, dark black, etc.
- Do you love, hate or couldn’t care less about professional sports?
This may shoot me in the foot in terms of followers, but I am not a professional sports fan. I love to watch anyone who is a master of his craft, so I do enjoy the occasional match. Frankly, I find rooting for a team pointless since the members are not even native; they might very well be originally from the opponent’s home state or be traded there next season.
- What’s the name of your longest-time best friend?
My husband is my longest-time best friend, and his name is Kevin Owens.
- What’s the funniest nickname you have ever heard?
Like H.R.R. Gorman, I’ve a better story about a real name. My husband worked with a man who legally changed his name to something like Captain Yam*. The guy was a bit socially awkward as well, as in showing up to work every day in something like a bike helmet awkward**.
- Do you have a nickname that you can/will share?
My mother called me Munkey as a child. Word is that I looked like a monkey but she made it sound slightly cuter than that. I also liked monkeys. Darn sticking-out-ears…
- Have you ever started laughing really hard just by thinking about something? If so, and you can remember, what was it?
Oh, yes!! Occasionally I will engage in a comments conversation on WordPress and my friend or I will say something downright clever. I’ll think about it and laugh for days.
I think one of the latest ones was betwixt me and masercot (AKA Charles). He mentioned Dr. Suess in response to my blog post on picture books.
Me: “…Fish in a tree is hard to believe.”
Him: “The worst was when they hopped on pop, right after his kidney surgery…”
Me: “You must not hop post-op?”
Still laughing. Though, I laugh whenever I read one of Charles’ blog posts as well. He’s dangerously funny.
- What are three of your “bucket-list” to-do’s?
1. Write and traditionally publish a book.
2. Visit Europe.
3. Learn the violin.
- Would you rather have a lake house or a mountain chalet or something else?
I’m more of a mountain chalet type. We once stayed in a house in Montana for a family vacation, when I was a child. The whole thing perched right on a lake and gave me anxiety that it would simply tip in at any minute.
- What country would you live in if you couldn’t live in the one you live in now?
I like Gorman‘s answer for this, too, but I’d probably choose Canada.
- Do you believe that people can change? Why or why not?
I do believe people can change, and see that they do. Honestly, different life stages and circumstances force a lot of change on us whether we like it or not. It’s those who are able to initiate change that I admire, and those able to take surprises in healthy directions.
Mostly I use this next part to introduce any of my readers to any of my other readers whom I find excellent to read. The main snag is that I’ve already ‘nominated’ a fair number here, here, here, here, and here. If you’re looking for some great sites, scroll down to the bottom of those links and also check out these:
- Kat of The Lily Cafe. She writes, she mothers, she reads; she’s amazing.
- Frank Prem, the poet. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned him before! Frank has the gift of capturing voices in the poems he pens.
- Robert C. Stroud of Mere Inkling. Primarily writing from observations of C.S. Lewis, Stroud expresses and expounds upon various interesting and informative topics.
- Almost Iowa. I can’t find his real name right now (if he gave it), but these all seem to be hilarious recounts of experiences in …well, almost Iowa.
- My Mindless Drivel. Another excellent writer, mostly sharing life stories and thoughts on how things ought to work.
- Charles of Legends of Windemere. He’s an author and all-around good guy. We also seem to share opinions on …Bad Boys?
If any of you whom I’ve named get the notification and wish to respond, here are my questions:
- If you could be a type of cheese, which would you be and why?
- What is the strangest fact you know?
- Who inspires you the most as a writer?
- If you were King of the World for one day, what change(s) would you make?
- What’s your favorite cheesy joke?
- Who would win in a mud wrestling match: broccoli or a potato?
- What is the first thing you think of when you see the word collywobbles?
- What is the best letter of the alphabet?
- When two roads meet in a yellow wood, are they dirt or paved?
- Could you live without your left thumb? What if you needed to give something a two thumbs-up rating?
- What’s your favorite salad dressing and whoever thought salad was a good idea in the first place?
1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo
2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
* This is not his name, but is close.
** This is not what he wore, but is again close.
©2019 Chelsea Owens
Anisha over at Charlie and the Cerebration Factory nominated me (with 10 others) for The Sunshine Blogger Award. If I understand correctly, this makes me unique just like everybody else.
The rules* are stuck down at the end of this post. If you make it there, you can read them all. First, though, I need to answer eleven questions.
- Name one thing unique to your country that you’re proud of and why.
So… I’m American. There are a heck of a lot of people here, and a wide variety of them at that. I am proud of how clean and functional most things are here. Most things.
- Would you rather read a Sci-fi or a medieval fantasy?
The choice of what to read depends on the day, but I enjoy both science fiction and medieval fantasy. I do not enjoy purely romance stories.
- What’s the best quote you’ve come up with so far?
For today: “(O)ur friends and family don’t have to be idiots.” From Depression for Dummies.
- Do you have any life mottos that you abide by? If yes, what are they?
I do not really have a life motto. I do enjoy a good, inspirational quote occasionally and like to post the ones I’m fond of.
- If you could bring back one dead person to life, who would it be?
If I could animate a dead person without negative repercussions, I’d pick Jesus. No, seriously. We need healing.
- Name a famous person you’d like to go on a date with.
IF a famous person would agree to go on a date with me and be cordial about the whole thing, I’d pick Emma Thompson. I’m married so I can’t pick a dude, after all.
- If you could be omnipotent for a day, what would you do? (And no, you can’t wish to be omnipotent forever, all you Chandlers)
With all power, I would first play with the dynamics of time so that I might accomplish much more than everyone else in the cosmos. I’d create some light and dark, separate waters, create animals, build people that look like me, then take a long sleep.
- List some things you want to do before you die.
Before I leave this world, I’d like to publish a book and get rich and famous. Really, though, my goal of never having to do housework again might be more attainable.
- Would you rather be able to read minds or to control time? Why?
Given the choice between mind-reading and time-control I’d pick playing with time ANY DAY. Do you know the sick things people are thinking about? Just talk to my boys and they’ll tell you.
- Does blogging ever feel like a burden to you?
When it’s about time for a serial story to be due and I haven’t read my reader’s feed for three days and the dishes and laundry still need to be done EVERYTHING feels like a burden.
- What’s your favourite kind of weather?
I love LOVE LOVE the ominous, wild, windy period just before a storm. It’s almost as fantastic as standing in the storm as it rages around me.
I hope you had fun reading my responses, or at least exercised your skimming muscles. In terms of who to
torture nominate next, I’ll give you my list of cool blogs to follow:
- Cricketmuse: a highly intelligent writer who will get published before I do and will then send me a signed copy out of pity. (Please?)
- Sunshine and Robins: a sweet, talented writer who tells about daily struggles and then shares tasty recipes I can’t eat because she lives on the other side of the world.
- Fractured Faith Blog: Stephen (and his family, occasionally) share thoughts on writing, life-ing, running, and faithing in a personal and relatable way.
- Beauty Beyond Bones: Caralyn hardly needs the attention, but I like to read her posts because she is also an excellent writer who has spot-on opinions about life and recovery.
- Little Fears: The Pun King. He’d argue he was working on his punmanship. He also draws little pictures, narrates them, and is extremely good at the whole networking/blogging thing.
- Heylookawriterfellow: Mike doesn’t need the attention either, but he’s a funny guy and you’ll like his posts. Just try him.
- Myths of the Mirror: Diana is a (darn good!) published author whom I don’t know very well but whom I respect. She always responds to comments and is always the nicest person for it.
- Lunch Break Fiction: It is what it is, and they are interesting stories.
- Trefology: Short, odd, and possibly to a point.
- Read After Burnout: Yet another great writer. You watch: he’ll be published before me, too. Yes you will, Mike.
You may want to fix your header, though. I can’t read a thing.
- Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50: LA has astute and engaging observations of her daily life in New York City. I enjoy reading her perspective.
If you felt left out not being named, don’t. I already named a few last award thingie, plus I need to save some in case it happens again.
If those who were named feel like it, here are my questions:
- Why did the chicken cross the road?
- What’s black and white and red all over?
- Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What would you say is your greatest weakness, and how have you learned to overcome it?
- Why is 6 afraid of 7?
- Why am I here?
- Why is the sky blue?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?
- What is the meaning of life?
I may have plagiarized a bit, but you get the idea.
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post and/or on your blog.