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LIEBSTER AWARD!

 

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Thank you Penultimatiafor nominating us for the Liebster Award!  Then it took us so long to get our acts together that we got nominated again by You Handmade Me{happy} (I definitely had a few drinks in celebration!)

We would like to bestow the honor onto others.  The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.

Here are the rules:  *The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them. *Provide 11 facts about yourself. *Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you. *Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

let's talk

Andrea

  • Live in the mountains south of San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • I have milk goats and make cheese.
  • I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • First generation American. Mother German; father Colombian.
  • Step-mother to two wonderful grown boys, living in Denmark.
  • I call my husband my big cheese Danish. After 18 years of marriage he is beginning to like it.
  • Grandmother to two wonderful babes.
  • Mother to two girls adopted in Colombia.
  • Member at large of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Club of Costa Rica.
  • I make lamp-work beads, but haven’t been at the torch in a while.
  • Just started meditating.

KEVIL

  • I’m an only child.
  • I have 5 kids (so that means I have no idea what I’m doing).
  • I have a third nipple (actually 4 but who’s counting…other than my husband).
  • I sucked my thumb well into Jr. High (my husband said he caught me when I was pregnant too, but if there aren’t pictures on the internet it can’t be true – right?!?)
  • I was a springboard diver in high school and college.
  • I picked my college (Ball State University) based on its distance away from home (and I had a REALLY great time on my recruiting trip 😉 )
  • I make friends very easily but I don’t always keep them for long.
  • I could live in the woods with nothing, but I appreciate the fabulous life and luxuries my husband provides.
  • For a long time I didn’t think my mom and I would ever see eye-to-eye and now she’s my best friend!
  • I hope I’m not screwing up my kids  too badly because I think they are the coolest people around.
  • I love crafting, creating, and making just about anything.

 

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Here are 11 new blogs we are following:  and check out our sidebar for more!

From KEVIL

Movie Justice  Because you’ve really jumped into this blog challenge with both feet and want to learn more.  A supportive community that learns from each other is the village I want my kids to grow up in.

She Writes  I appreciate that you’re a writer that came back after a hiatus.  Do what you love sister 😉  and I love the pictures with less words but more meaningful text.  Especially coming from someone that has really been conditioned by the fast, quick, info age – hey!  Look at that! (or maybe it’s my ADD).

Stone Soup with karensamenow You had me at your header (it’s the same one my blogging buddy wanted) and again with your artsy love because it reminds me of my friend Carmen.  That was such a great year of teaching and it makes my heart smile to think of them again through you.  Thanks.

Fitty’s Arty Blog  Because you are AMAZING and I’m SO jealous of your products!  We have to meet so you can rub off on me!

A Few Drops of Ink  I love that you can convey a message in a few lines where it takes me pages of rambling.

UmadYet  I love that you write what you’re thinking, what you see, and what’s happening.  It really gives such an insight into you.

Make Life Montessori  I’ll support anyone that’s a mom and a teacher!  Thank you!

Artfully Aspiring  I love reading your stuff (and my dogs won’t take pictures with me either!

Still No Ideas for a Title  You can do it this time!  Stick with it 😉

Embrace The Chaos I’m glad our mortal sins of marriage are similar.

That Cynking Feeling   Your “Who’s That Woman With My Son” post inspired me to write a post of my own.  I’ll let you know when it’s                                               done!

 

questions

From Andrea:

1. What do you remember about your favorite teacher?

2. Toilet paper roll: over- hang or under-hang?

3. What is your all-time favorite TV series? Why?

4. When you were a kid, did you ever get away with something that you never told anyone? Will you tell us now?

5. What is the healthiest thing you do for yourself?

6. When you deserve a special treat for accomplishing a goal (like keeping up with a blog challenge schedule), how do you celebrate?

From KEVIL:

7. What do you like to do when you’re hanging out with your friends?

8. What is your favorite time of year?

9. What was the happiest time of your life?

10. What was the last thing you did for yourself?

11. What’s that one quirk that very few people know about you.

 

answers

1) What is one of the best books that you have ever read?

KEVIL

Pillars of the Earth – everything and everyone suffered at my house while reading this book because I could not put it down (it’s long and I quickly followed it with the sequel so that was a lot of laundry and hungry children).

Andrea

One of the best books I have ever read are two books. One is fiction; A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. It was so interesting and well written that they never were able to make a good movie out of it. The other is a memoir by David Sedaris; Me Talk Pretty One Day. It is so heartfelt and funny.

 

2) If you could go back in time and have a meaningful conversation with someone, who would it be?

KEVIL

Ben Franklin – He was my kind of guy!  Smart, funny, did what he wanted when he wanted, said what he thought, invented, created, and loved sharing academia with others.

Andrea

If I could go back in time I would want to talk to my mother about her life and write it all down. She was such an interesting, and more importantly, interested woman. She was 15 years old when WWII ended in Germany. She married a Polish Jew when she was 19 and moved with him to Jerusalem, before there was an Israel. This just scratches the surface. I regret not thinking of documenting her life before the years with dementia.

 

3) If you were a car, what kind of car would you be?

KEVIL

I think my newest car represents me best:

Car         Translationtaurus

Ford      Duh!  I married a Ford.  That’s my husband’s name, no…really, and he works for a Ford dealership.  I cannot make shit up that good 😉

Taurus   I’m a mom, but I don’t have to look or act like one.

Red       Hey, look at me!

Fast       Hold my beer, watch this!

Here’s what my husband said (he runs a car dealership so he would know). How about a Taurus SHO? Roomy, gets the everyday jobs done but capable of a lot more. AWD- sure footed reliable, safe – Eco Boost twin turbos (I like your turbos!) Fast but economical. Ruby Red: good looking but not ostentatious. Nice trunk ? Capable of more than anyone would think. In short, beautiful, capable, high performance while maintaining reasonable economy and not giving up on practical things that need to be done. Last and not least it’s a sleeper: people underestimate its true nature and capabilities.

(YEP!  He’s getting’ lucky tonight!)

Andrea

Although I look and feel like a Honda Odyssey mini-van. I am still a sage green VW Beetle at heart.

 

4) Do you believe in soul mates?

KEVIL

I do!  I am so thankful to have found my husband.  You would think 16 years age difference would be a deal-breaker but we have the same ideals, beliefs, taste in music, décor, child rearing, and money.  It was nothing short of a miracle that we found each other, actually it’s a miracle he puts up with me (I’m sure that alone should get him on the Saint list).  Most of our differences present themselves with food (and my big mouth…and my lack of facial expression control…and my impulsivity… this isn’t sounding very soul matey is it?)

Andrea

Although I think Plato’s theory of Soul Mates is beautiful and probably explains how certain people appear and remain important in our lives I don’t think it applies to romantic love. There are too many people in this world who would be left alone if there was only one person to mesh with for each of us.

 

5) What is one of your most favorite places in the world?

KEVIL

Don’t roll your eyes…my living room, because this is where my husband and I spend quality time together.  But my sister-in-law’s guest house is a close second because that’s where we took our very first family vacation (after 13 years of marriage).

Andrea

One of my favorite places on earth is Santa Cruz, CA. The beach and the mountains collide to make heaven on earth; a college town where the bus drivers are philosophy majors who needed one more class to complete their degree 10 years ago. It is special and magical place for me.

santa cruz

 

6) Is music important to you and if so, why?

KEVIL

It is!  It’s a beat/rhythm thing, but the lyrics not so much.  Not because I don’t appreciate what is being said but because I don’t know them…and don’t ask me to sing – unless it’s in the car, then I’m amazing (my car, my lyrics)!

Andrea

Music is important to me. I like some of all genres of music. In the car, house or at a party it has the same effect on me as a sound track to a movie. I thank God for iHeartRadio app every day because I can keep up with new music from the states and internationally.

 

7) If you could only take one pair of shoes with you on a holiday, which pair would it be?

KEVIL

I’m not a shoe person, don’t care – tennis shoes.

Andrea

The one pair of shoes I would take on a holiday are my Corky’s flip-flops. Wedge heel and rhinestones make them dressy enough and they are dead comfortable.

 

8) Your favorite ingredient in food would be…?

lime and cilantroKEVIL

Lime – it goes with my beer, my mexican food, I love lime chips, lime salt, lime smelly stuff, lime color (but I don’t like lime sherbert).

Andrea

I think my favorite ingredient in food would have to cilantro. It adds so much flavor and mixes well with so much. I know some people hate it but I don’t see how. Use it with soy sauce and peanuts and you have Asian, use it with cumin and chili you get Latin flavors.
 

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9) What do you think attracts you to an individual?

KEVIL

Personality – definitely!  You gotta be funny and think I’m funny! (or at least tolerate me)

Andrea

A charming smile is always attractive in a person.

 

 

 

10) What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read, “beautiful?”

KEVIL

Outside

Andrea

Because of how the word ‘beautiful’ can be applied in almost any situation I think of ‘pleasing to the soul’. Things that I find beautiful aren’t lacking something and adding something to them would be too much. Beauty is balance and perfection and therefor different for everyone.

 

11) What makes you happy?

KEVIL

My family and dogs and learning new stuff.

Andrea

What makes me happy? Seeing people treat each other well. Humans treating others humanely. Witnessing the Golden Rule in action makes me very happy.


 

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11 comments on “LIEBSTER AWARD!

  1. penultimatia
    April 30, 2014

    My brother just recommended A Prayer for Owen Meany, so I’m starting it this weekend. And you know I hear David Sedaris. Cheers!

    • Kevil
      April 30, 2014

      Andrea got me hooked on David Sedaris and I went on a reading binge – LOVE HIM! I guess I need to go get some coffee…I mean go to B&N for A Prayer.

    • Kevil
      April 30, 2014

      (and thanks again for showing the LA love) right back attcha!

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  3. FittyUpdike
    May 3, 2014

    YAY! Congratulations! Love your blog! And I love funny people!!! And Kevil, love that your living room is your favorite place. We just moved and our dining room has become that room for us. We sit at the table and read and interweb and all that nonsense together… fun stuff!
    And Andrea, why don’t I have the iHeartRadio app? Somethings wrong with me!

    And Thank you guys so much for passing it forward to my little ol’ self! I’m not worthy! YOU two are amazing!
    Happy weekend ya’ll!

    xo hugs

  4. Soila
    May 9, 2014

    This design is incredible! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.

    I really loved what you had to say, and
    more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    • Kevil
      May 9, 2014

      WOW! Thanks! What compliments! You should start your own blog – or just come over for a drink 😉

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