I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Hunida. I have to admit that I have done enough of these awards that I am no longer completely excited by them. I spent a lot of time thinking up questions, and then nobody answered them. It was fun, but not completely rewarding. I know there purpose is to expose your blog to other people and expose your audience to some new blogs. I think those aims are wonderful and worth doing. In fact, Hunida has done a wonderful job of promoting my blog (and other people’s blogs) even before this award. Several of her followers have become my followers and for that I have to say a very heartfelt thank you.
If you have not read Hunida’s blog, you absolutely should. I characterize it as unapologetic, bold and unflinching while at the same time being fun and warm. If you can’t understand that, you should definitely check her work out. Please click here. If I sound like I am overhyping it, that is because I am jealous at how bold and different her blog is.
So, what am I going to do? Basically, out of respect for Hunida’s hard work and her great promotion of my blog, I will answer her questions. I won’t nominate anyone else, but I will put a few blog recommendations down to help promote some blogs that I read and could use more readers. I won’t make up any other questions because seeing them going unanswered is as bad as seeing your book on the discount pile at the bookstore or the discard pile at the library.
- Are you okay with setting your alarm to a time not ending in five or zero?
Sure, but I can’t say that I have ever done it. When my the snooze alarm on my clock was 7 minutes, it happened by itself. However, these days my snooze button is ten minutes long.
For the past year, until July, I had my clock set 27 minutes fast. I am not sure why I did it, but I never bothered to change it.
- What do you regret spending your money on the most?
I could fill the content of several blogs with this. I have a lot of unused things at my fingertips. Sometimes they were a good deal and sometimes I really wanted them, but haven’t made use of them yet. I have good intentions, but I don’t have great follow through sometimes.
Things that I haven’t made full use of yet:
- A model train diorama kit
- Assorted bike tools
- Several Xbox and Wii games
- RC cars
- A smattering of bargain DVDs
- an exercise bike (it isn’t nearly as cool as my real bike and is a cheap model)
- Japanese kanji flashcards
- doorknobs (they are latch type done in brushed nickel and really need to be installed…after I paint the doors)
- notepad computer (good for travel, but I should have bought a really small laptop instead–but I couldn’t find one)
I am sure if I think hard, I could find a bunch more stuff.
- How many shots of tequila (or your alcohol of choice) does it take to get you super, super drunk?
I guess it depends on what you mean by super, super drunk. If you by that you mean I would ride a shopping cart down a steep hill and not remember it, that would probably be 10. If you mean, go and sing off key Karaoke songs by Justin Bieber–that would be 20. Truth be told, I probably drank about ten shots of Don Julio a few weekends ago and it didn’t affect me all that much. However, time, food, and company probably played a part in that. Also, truth be told, I am more of a beer drinker.
- Do you like reality shows or do you hate them? If you like them, which one is your all-time favourite?
I do like reality shows, but not ones that are strictly personality based. I have never watched the bachelor or any of its variations. While I thought the idea for Tila Tequila’s Shot at Love was bold, I didn’t watch the show and a friend of mine soured me on her when she related some of their interactions.
The kind of reality shows I like are competitions of skills. I like Project Runway (especially the teen version), The Great Canadian Baking Show (also the British version) the Great Pottery Throwdown (British). My all time favourite reality show is from Japan. It is called TV champion and had different skill competitions each week. They had people who:
- built model trains
- redecorated houses
- built log houses
- knew too much about sushi
- drove cars very well
- painted busses
- arranged flowers
and the list went on
It was a great showcase of people with skills and talents.
- If any, what superstitions do you believe in?
From my time in Japan, I still do not want to see my name written in red. Once a salesclerk handed me a red pen to sign a credit card receipt (remember those days) and I refused until they gave me a blue or black one.
- On your birthday, what kind of cake do you usually request?
- Do you still blow out candles on your birthday?
I don’t usually have that kind of celebration, so sadly, no. When my students have their birthdays I get to live vicariously through them. I also get to learn Happy Birthday in many languages. It always amuses them when I explain that the song isn’t really fast paced here in Canada. In most of my students’ countries, the song races along at quite a fast paced accompanied by clapping.
- How old did you turn and what did you do for your most favourite birthday celebration?
Based on pictures, I have to think my third birthday party was the best one. I ate cake, I got presents (weeble wobbles), and I seem to be smiling in the picture.
- What is your favourite online store to shop on?
I am an Amazon person. The selection in Canada is not nearly as good as it is in the US, but it still offers some incredible deals. While this is true, these days, I try to shop local. While getting a good deal is important, supporting local small businesses is more important.
- Do you ever eat raw ramen noodles as a snack?
No, but there is snack like this in Japan. I am not a big fan, but if there’s nothing else to eat.
- What is your absolute favourite candle scent?
Candles have scents?
Recommendations: I read quite a lot of blogs. I try to comment on much of what I read because I want to encourage people and just clicking like is not really enough. Unfortunately, although I am verbose as I can be with my own blog, I don’t always know what to say when faced with the words of others. This is probably why my book reviews are as short as they are.
So, below are some blogs which I think could really use a boost in readership. I read and value them. I have other favourites, but those are doing quite well and don’t need the boost that these ones do.
So, please, if you have a moment, check them out and leave some comments for them.
I have always been attracted to writing that is brutally honest. This blog is no exception and for that reason alone you should check it out.
I read this gentleman’s blog on stamps but thought this was a good idea also.
I stumbled across this blog recently and you might find it interesting.
I always feel like Quinn needs more fans. Her writing also has that brutally honest quality I admire, but her writing is also quite beautiful.