My awesomesauce cousin, the one and only Jubilant Jessi, nominated me for a Liebster award! I love silly-fun-blog-things like this, and hope you can play along too 🙂


  1. I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. But I also moved away eight years ago, my memory of the area is pretty foggy, and I feel a little phony claiming to be “from” there.
  2. This year, I have baked 5 full size pies.
  3. Last year I baked 19 full-size pies.
  4. I handmade all of the flowers for my sister’s wedding [in May].
  5. Funfetti is my favorite kind of cake.
  6. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream – I like to critique different brands and pretend I’m cool or something when I compare the chip-to-ice-cream ratios and such.
  7. One of my favorite scriptures that I’ve found recently is Ecclesiastes 7:12 (KJV) “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”
  8. I have two younger sisters and three younger brothers. The birth order is girl-boy all the way down the line.
  9. I am officially one-eighth Mexican. Not that you can tell by looking at me.
  10. I am a Mormon! The monthly magazine published by our church is called the Ensign. The August issue arrived in my mailbox today, and I loved this article: [No Corrupt Communication] and these articles that were referenced in it: [Parental Sarcasm] [The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right.] [The Tongue of Angels]
    Definitely gave me some food for thought today.
  11. I recently read this blog post about a “30 days of self portraits” challenge. I think I might do it. Here are two from today:
  • self portrait day 1self portrait day 1 v.2


1. Why did you start blogging?
Because I have a lot to say [sometimes], and I liked the idea of publishing it somewhere where people could drop by and read it if they wanted to, but it wasn’t going to pop up on a feed [or clog their “bulletins” on Myspace, etc]. I actually started out with a Myspace blog….and then switched to Blogger in 2008, and then to WordPress in 2012. If you go back in my archives, I’ve actually saved some of my best posts from my Myspace blog and transferred them to the different platforms I’ve had over the years!
2. Where is one place you have always wanted to go?
Fiji! The Truman Show was my favorite movie for a long time….so Fiji was always my answer. I guess I’ll stick to it.
3. What was your worst cooking disaster?
Oh dear. One time I tried to cook rice and I didn’t have enough water in the pot, so it burned…badly. The residue never. came. off. I was cooking something else to go with it too, and it also burned and got stuck. I think my parents ended up throwing all of those pots/pans away.
4. Best thing on the internet?
Left Handed Toons. You’re welcome.
5. Favorite family activity?
Dinner time! Kind of simple, but sitting around the dinner table with my whole family was [and still is] my favorite part of the day.
6. What’s your best crafty creation?
Probs my wedding dress. It turned out exactly as I wanted it to!
7. Just how cool are you? 🙂
I’m so cool that I’m attempting to sew my own cloth diapers! I’m turning my basic prefold diapers into fitted diapers. It’s going well enough, considering I’m not using a pattern. I’ll keep you posted…
8. What book should I read?
Anything written by Agatha Christie! Miss Marple mysteries are my absolute favorite.
9. If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
Probably the skill of being multi-lingual. That would just be awesome. So far, I’ve mastered really-pathetic-broken-Spanish.
10. Sugar or salt?
Oooh. Depends on the day, but usually I’ll go for sugar.
11. What do you do when you’re up late and can’t sleep?
Read a good book until I get drowsy eyes. It usually works!


hmm. anyone else who enjoys surveys and random facts and blog linkage! comment if you’re carrying on the trend and I’ll link you right up 🙂
and here is a Q&A from me:
01. What is your name?
02. What is your quest?
03. What….is your favorite color?
04. Did you get that movie reference? And do you know the air speed velocity of a fully-laden swallow? ; )
05. What is your favorite movie? [or, favorite movie in each of your favorite genres?]
06. What kind of blogs do you like to read?
07. Are you a blog-stalker???
08. How would you decorate your dream home?
09. What is your favorite meal to cook?
10. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
11. How many times in your life have you utilized public transportation?
and that concludes this edition of yet-another-stream-of-consciousness-veiled-as-something-constructive. thank you for listening, and please join us next time!

8 thoughts on “Liebster!

  1. Going to comment as I read. 😉
    Mmmm pies. I love pie.
    I’m 1/4 Mexican and like you don’t look it at all.
    Going to check out those articles.
    I hate self portraits but think that a series of them over time would be cool.
    I love the Truman Show.

    That was fun getting to know a little more about you. 🙂 Maybe I’ll consider myself tagged. We’ll see. 🙂

    • I love getting to know you better too, Keli! I love reading your comments.

      I think self portraits are totally silly and vain…I don’t mind taking them, but I would feel pretty silly if someone looked through my camera and saw tons of them. It’s the progression over time that intrigues me too, and trying to think of new ideas for a portrait! But I forgot about this thing by day 2 so we’ll see how it goes. Haha. I’ll get back on it…

  2. I love that you keep track of your pies. How did I miss you that made your wedding dress? That is the coolest!!! 🙂

    And in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!

    • Thank you, Jessi!! 🙂
      Did you know that Chris has never ever seen the Truman Show?! That is probably the next most important thing on my agenda. (I finally saw Jurassic Park last month!! I was awesome and I now feel complete.)

  3. i may consider my self tagged still debating… must add though… the best flavor of mint chocolate chip ice cream in most surely 31 flavors or baskin -robbins. I am a mint consumer, have tried everything under the sun, and that tops the charts. I think its the shaved semi sweet choco chips…. not sure but I drive once a week 12 miles to get it:)

    • Oh my goodness – I agree!!! LOVE IT. However, in Ogden there is a dairy/creamery called Farr’s, and I *think* I might like theirs better! I need to compare them side by side to be sure…But Farr’s has the shaved semisweet chips as well and it’s amazing! I think you can buy it at some grocery stores in Utah too! If you haven’t tried it yet you totally should 🙂

  4. Enoch and I read the communication article in the Ensign last night thanks to your recommendation. Communication in general is fascinating to me, I so appreciate people who haveChristlike communication, this is one area I really hope to get a lot better at it. I gave a talk on this topic and found this great BYU devo on the topic, I think you will like it

    • Thanks for the devotional link Marissa, I’m stoked to read it! Christlike communication is definitely something I need to work on as well.

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