Liebster Blogger Award!

It’s always nice to have a fellow blogger recognize your work and nominate you for a blogger award.  It’s particularly nice when it’s a blogger whose work you really admire, like Mozer G over at Hasidic.  If you have not already checked out his blog, you should!

This awards are a little like chain letters of old, but they’re also a fun way to get to know the people behind the pages a little better.  Like most games, there are rules and these are the rules for this particular award:

  1.  Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs.
  5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

So, without further ado, here are the 11 questions I was asked:

What are you most afraid of?

I think I’m most afraid of making some huge mistake with my children that can’t be undone.  As my children have grown older, the “right” answer in any given situation has become more and more blurry.  When they were infants, it was so easy.  The answer to most problems was “feed it, change it, or rock it.”  That, I felt I could handle!  Now, as they quickly jump into adolescence, it’s so much harder to see what the “right” answers are.

What are you most proud about yourself?

I think I’m most proud of my ability to adapt.  In my life, I’ve lived so many places and tried so many things and through it all I’ve found an ability to find the adventure in whatever has come my way.  Even being a single mother for a while had it’s own adventures, as did surviving a recession as a single mother.  That ability to change as needed and find joy even in the midst of some crazy struggles has always served me well.

If you can change something significant in your life, what would it be?

This is a hard one.  Everything I can think of that I might change is also something that has helped shape me and my family.  I could say I would have not married my first husband so that my children would have had a father who stayed with us, but that experience helped shape us all and I probably wouldn’t have the same two wonderful kids.  I could say I would have been born Jewish, sparing my children and I the process of conversion, but we’ve learned and grown so much through that process, too.  Everything “negative” in my life was just the medicine I needed to become who I am.

What was the silliest thing you’ve done?

I once fell in the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy when I was a college student.  For some reason, it seemed like a good idea to try to wash my watercolor palette out there.  I slipped on some seaweed and went right in next to some gondolas in front of a group of tourists, my mouth open in surprise.  I crawled out of the canal with a mouth full of awful, dirty canal water and seaweed in my hair and was sick for days, but I’m sure it was quite the memorable moment for those tourists!

You eat heavy breakfasts?

Not usually, no.  I start my work days at 6am.  I usually eat some fruit.  The only day I really have a proper breakfast is Sunday, when I make eggs and pancakes for the family.

If you need to do with less food or sleep which would you rather give up?

I have often gone without sleep, but when I have to fast, I find I get pretty tired, so I’d give up sleep over food.

If you can meet anyone that’s alive today, who would it be?

Oddly enough, I can’t think of anyone I’m dying to meet.  I can think of some great people who have passed that would be neat to have a conversation with.  I guess maybe Rebbetzin Heller?  She and I could drink coffee and she’d help me through some difficult issue, I’m sure.

Are you an extrovert or introvert?

I am probably more an introvert.  I can be social for short periods of time, but I treasure my time alone with my family to recharge and I absolutely need time in the woods to feel peace.

What is your best post (in your opinion) and why?

I’m not sure if it’s my best, but I really like “Be Weak”.  I like it because it goes so counter to the prevailing conventional wisdom right now, that a woman must be all things.  She needs to go out and fight and conquer in the workplace, but still be a perfect housekeeper and mother at home.  There are just such unrealistic expectations out there right now for women and mothers in particular.  I wrote that particular post at a time when I was rejecting those expectations, realizing that I was exhausted from trying to meet them when I was never designed to do so.  I still work as an engineer, but I’m more at peace with not being perfect at work or at home and instead focusing on my highest priorities at each.

Do you get drunk ever?

Not anymore!  A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and so I only drink a few sips of kiddush wine per week.  However, I used to partake in wine at Passover enough that I could never quite remember the song about the goat and I have memories of a couple of rowdy times at Oktoberfest in Munich, in another life.  I once was a rebel, with the tattoos and scars to prove it!  Now?  I’m content with not drinking at all and having fewer regrets.

What inspires you?

I am most inspired by the world around me, particularly the natural world.  To me, it seems like so many people don’t stop and notice what an amazing world we live in and how all of it points back to the Creator.  I can be in complete awe of a wildflower growing through a crack in the sidewalk or an ancient glacier receding up a mountain.  Even in a city, there is an entire life of birds and squirrels and small insects and animals living around us if we just stop to look.

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I’m turning 40 this month and I can barely believe it.  Has it been that long?
  2. I hate to pack and always procrastinate until the last possible minute to do it.
  3. I have never collected anything.  No stamps, no rocks, nothing.
  4. I always have problems decorating anything.  I have never really lived anywhere where I’ve put enough things on the walls to make it look lived in.  I’m not sure why.
  5. I LOVE office supplies.  Fresh, clean notebooks waiting to be written in, good pens, colored paperclips…it all seems so optimistic to me!
  6. I rarely watch TV and when I do, it’s a movie not a show.
  7. I have no idea who most current celebrities are nor do I care.
  8. I rarely read for pleasure even though I love to read.  Most of my reading is either for work or for conversion studies.  I just don’t have time for fiction.
  9. I absolutely love chocolate and almost anything chocolate.
  10. I love sleeping to the sound of rain.  I find few sounds more relaxing, particularly rain on a tent roof, even though it usually means wet boots!
  11. I am probably not completely civilized and may never be and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Here are my nominees!  Please check out their wonderful blogs!!

  1. Nedida
  2. Boundless Blessings
  3. The Cricket Pages
  4. Yonatansredni
  5. Six Degrees of Kosher Bacon
  6. Brooding Heart
  7. Luna’s Jewish Journey
  8. Kvitlach & Kreplach
  9. Orthodox Sunflower
  10. Emuna Trek
  11. The Hasidic World

And here are my 11 Questions!

  1. What is the highest priority in your life, right now?
  2. What was one moment in your life that made your heart stop, either in a good or bad way?
  3. If you were packing on a trip to travel the world and could only bring 3 items that weren’t utilitarian, what would those 3 items be?
  4. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  5. What is something you do that people who know you would be surprised to know you do?
  6. If you could go anywhere on a vacation for one week, where would you go?
  7. Who do you look up to or admire the most?
  8. What is your favorite quote?
  9. When you are sad or angry, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
  10. What is your favorite song and why?
  11. Why do you blog?

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