Friday, 29 March 2013

Liebster Take Two

So I've been nominated for the Liebster Award again. I did it a little while ago but it's always nice to be recognised. This time it was Jai from And Then...., thanks Jai. For those not in the know, this award is for blogs with fewer than 200 followers and aims to help introduce readers to new blogs, it's also a good way to learn facts about the bloggers you like to read, and it's fun to take part in.

Liebster Award Rules
1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog. Check (see above)
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator; list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees. Check (see below)
3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers, who have blogs with 200 followers or less, whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on the blogs letting the owners know they have been chosen. (No tag backs.) Technically not
4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog. Check (see above)

Eleven Questions from Jai:
1. If you could have a super power what would it be?
I grew up loving the X-Men and always wanted to be Jean Grey. Telepathy would be great because I would know what people were thinking; that would be really handy for getting presents for people. I'm kind of lazy too, so telekinesis would be useful for those times when I've just sat down and realised I left my drink in the kitchen!

2. Coffee or Tea?
Definitely tea. I'm a massive tea fan and I just can't stand the taste of coffee, though I do like the smell of it. I have my tea black first thing in the morning and with milk and sugar later on, caffeine free too as well.

3. Favorite color?
Green, as may be evident from the general colour scheme of the blog. It reminds me of being outdoors, in forests or fields.

4. Why did you start blogging?
I love reading blogs that people write about their kids and things they get up to with their family, so I kind of wanted to do that myself. It's become a place where I share my photos and craft projects, talk about my pets, post book and other reviews, and it's also where I'm planning sharing my journey as I (hopefully) overcome my infertility. It's a multipurpose blog.

5. Who was your favorite teacher and why.
Pretty much most of my English teachers. I loved reading from an early age and they all encouraged me and pushed me outside my comfort zone. Particularly Mr Logan who introduced me to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and encouraged me to write.

6. Who is your favorite author?
Without a doubt, J.R.R. Tolkien. I revisit The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit each year. I love the way he writes and he has such an interesting life. Each time I read them I feel like I'm revisiting old familiar places.

7. What kind of music do you enjoy?
I like a bit of everything, particularly stuff like Taylor Swift - poppy with a bit of country. I like songs that tell stories, or songs from films. Soundtrack films

8. Do you have a favorite movie?
I have several. It depends what sort of film I'm in the mood for. Obviously I love The Lord of the Rings films; for Disney it's Beauty and the Beast although I also love Wall-E and Monsters Inc.; Jack and Sarah is still one of my all time favourites too.

9. What would be your dream vacation?
I would love to go back to North Yorkshire again. I've only been once but I fell in love with the place. It's so beautiful and all the people are lovely. If money wasn't an option, I'd love to travel to New Zealand, Canada, America and Europe.

10. What is your favorite healthy food?
I like fruit and vegetables. I've always been a good girl when it comes to eating my veg. In terms of fruit I like the simple stuff like apples and pears. We usually get them tinned which is nice because you get all that extra juice.

11. What is your guilty pleasure?
Disney stuff. I'm a massive fan of Disney. I'll watch any of the films, even the ones geared for, let's say, a younger audience. If it was socially acceptable I'd fill my bedroom up with Disney paraphernalia, but I think my husband would complain.

Eleven facts about me
1. I'm a compulsive shipper. When I start watching a new TV series or reading a book, I can't help but look out for which couple will be 'the one'. I've actually done this since before I knew what 'shipping' was. I vividly remember obsessing about a couple on Casualty when I was aged about eight or nine.

2. I'm scared of heights. Bizarrely, I'm not scared of all heights. Sometimes I've got to climb a step ladder or over a fence or something and it doesn't bother me at all. Other times I climb up to the top of the steps on the ferry, look back and feel all queasy. It just creeps up on me at inconvenient moments.

3. I love having 'me' time, but I never really know what to do with myself when I've got it now. Usually I should be studying but I invariably end up reading or playing on my computer, then feel guilty about not getting things done. I've had quite a bit of 'me' time recently because my in-law's have both had hospital appointments and so Mr Click has left me at home with Tara. I'm so used to having him around the house with me when I'm not at work, but I have to admit I quite like it.

4. Rats are one of my favourite pets. The only problem is that they've got such short lives. There's been very few occasions when I've been without rats in the last fifteen years. In that time I've either owned or shared the care of twenty-three rats. I still remember all their names, their colours and funny stories about each one.

5. If I won the lottery, I would spend one day a week just shut in a room reading. If someone offered me a job where I could just read for twelve hours a day I would snap it up. I'd be especially grateful if I could read aloud, but I'm not sure my voice could handle that five days a week.

6. My favourite time of year is probably Christmas. I love the magic of the season, particularly for kids. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that time where it was so much more magical than it is as an adult. Mr Click's birthday is in December and when we were planning our wedding there was no doubt that we were going to be married in the month of December. I kind of secretly believe in Miracle on 34th Street, Santa's totally real.

7. My online name, Click, is a smush of my first name and my surname. One of my log-on names at work is my first initial followed by my surname and I was constantly writing Click instead. I needed a new 'online name' and Click seemed to fit. Unfortunately it's not as unique as my previous name so I sometimes have to come up with variations on it, the problem then is remembering which site uses which name!

8. I've recently gotten back into digital scrapbooking. It's something I used to do years ago, but since I've been taking loads of photos with my digital camera, I never seem to do anything with them. Digital scrapbooking is basically regular scrapbooking but you do it using graphic editing software on your computer. Nice people make free elements that you can download and use on your creations. I'm still a bit rusty but when I've got some I'm proud of I might get some printed in a little photo book.

9. I really resisted getting an eReader, but now it's one of my favourite things. I love the fact that I can fit so many books into my bag. I don't like the idea of never reading another book-book again, but I like that if there's a book I don't feel quite so concerned about having a hard copy of, I can try it out there first and then if I feel like I want it I can buy it as a 'real book'. It's also introduced me to lots of classics that I wouldn't have otherwise read, because I'm picking them up as free downloads as well.

10. I love going to the cinema and watching films. I'm one of those people who will happily watch a film over and over again. I also love reading about how they were made and watching special features on the discs. I don't get to go to the cinema quite as often as I'd like to, mainly because we have a busy social life and we've got to get someone to watch Tara if we go, but we make up for it by having a big DVD/blu-ray collection. Mr Click and I have also recently started Amazon wishlists so we can see what the other one wants if we're wanting to order something.

11. I was vegetarian for about six years from the age of sixteen. I just developed this weird problem where I couldn't stomach it anymore and eating meat was making me ill. It gradually got worse and worse until I was nineteen and struggled to even eat too much dairy, and then gradually it got better to the point where I carefully reintroduced meat back into my diet. The best explanation we had for it was that it was linked to stress, now I've cut out those sources of stress, I've got absolutely no problems whatsoever. So strange.

Eleven questions
1. What was your best Halloween costume?
2. What's your favourite housework task and why?
3. What sort of phone do you have?
4. Share a crafty creation that you've made and are really proud of.
5. Do you have a nickname for your significant other? What is it and how did it come about?
6. What song could you listen to every day for the rest of your life?
7. Share your proudest moment.
8. When was your most embarrassing moment? (We won't laugh, honest).
9. What is your dream pet?
10. Have you taken part in any blogging challenges? Which ones?
11. Do you schedule your blog posts, or just write them by the seat of your pants?

Now, here I'm supposed to tag eleven people who have got less than 200 followers, but as most of the people I would pass this on to have already done it, I'm just going to leave it open to anyone who fancies it.

If you do what to take the award, let me know and I'll post a link to your blog here for you.


  1. You have a very elegant blog. Glad to find you (stopping by from A to Z)

    1. Thank you.

      I'm trying to get into the routine of updating the layout every month or so.

      Hope you're getting on okay with the challenge. :-)


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