The Liebstering Liebsters…

Liebster: German for dearest, darling, liked or loved above all others.

So you can imagine my surprise when my little space was nominated for this award from across the globe. Here I am just writing some random thoughts for The World to read if they want. Then someone comes along and says “Hey, darling. I love what you write. Have this award.”

Maybe not in those words, exactly.

But I’m equally honored. A Momma’s View had me listed with other blogs that I read, too. Blogs that my blog look up to as if they were an older, wiser sibling. As if my blog were just a toddling toddler. I suppose it’s equivalent to someone dreaming then finding themselves playing next to those who they have pinned on their bedroom wall.

The rules state that I need to thank the person who nominated me. I did, and I thank you again! Then I need to answer some questions, give some facts, nominate some others and give them some questions to answer. So here goes with the questions given to me…


    All the moments of my life have led me to writing this, just as every moment of your life has led you to reading this. If we remove one of those moments, what would happen to the others? Would the butterfly effect change them all? If that’s the case, I’d remove none. I like where I am. If removing one didn’t alter the rest though, I’d remove the day I got my head stuck in a cinder block. 38 years later and I still haven’t lived that one down…


    Just one? I think one is Hermione from the Harry Potter series. No, not because it’s Emma Watson. I liked her before the movies ever came out. Hermione is smart, works hard, and is a loyal friend. More importantly, she knows when she needs to break the rules. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job writing her character. If it weren’t for her, chances are good Harry wouldn’t have defeated You-Know-Who. My other favorite is Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief. Liesel loves books (as the title infers) and while everyone else in WWII German is stealing food, she is stealing books. She learns to read and then learns the power of words.


    If I got to take all my family with me, we’d move to Hawaii where there is lots of hiking and lots of water. My Dad’s sister lives in Belize so perhaps that would be fun, too. The Caribbean out the front door and Mayan ruins out the back. Again, lots of hiking and lots of water. Notice a theme? I’m part camel, part fish. A camish.


    I love to cook. I think my go to dish is that quick and easy one we call hamburger slop. It’s just burger, a packet of brown gravy, smashed potatoes and a can of corn. My favorite dish to cook though is lasagna soup.


    Wow. That’s a hard one. I think I would change lives with an astronaut. I would love to spend 6 months on the ISS. Mom always called me a space cadet, anyway…


    I would never change my hair style. It’s easy to manage. No bedhead.


    I would tell my younger self to study harder and stay on track.


    Nope. There would be so much I miss. Birthdays and graduations and vacations… Like Van Halen sang, Right Now.


    I pick strength. I don’t want to know what everyone else is thinking.


    DW, for tolerating me. My parents, for making me who I am even though sometimes it probably didn’t seem like it was working. My brother, for all his tours serving our country overseas. All my teachers, too.


    I would want people to know that in groups, I’m quiet and listening. If you’re patient, I’ll jump into the conversation when I’m ready.

Next step: 11 “interesting” facts about myself…

1. I’m an extroverted introvert
2. I have the smartest, most beautifulest wifey ever. Sorry guys.
3. I’m good at sucking up.
4. If I had a super power it would be the ability to talk to animals.
5. I once went sledding off my neighbors garage roof.
6. I have an idea for a children’s book. I just haven’t written it, yet.
7. I co-wrote a children’s book that we haven’t published yet. It has been turned down by a dozen publishers, though.
8. Crash learned to play Hot Cross Buns on his recorder. I want to stab my ear drums and now understand how my parents must have felt when I was learning to play the trumpet when I was his age.
9. I sound like I’m eating sandwiches in my sleep. I smack my lips like I’m chewing. I’ve never heard it so they could be lying, but I doubt it.
10. I grew up an Orioles fan and am still an Orioles fan.
11. I can roll my tongue and I can flip it both directions.

Now to nominate 11 bloggers. I know some of you might not accept rainbows up the arse these nomination awards, so consider this a virtual high five. A proverbial tip of the hat for doing what you do…

Ipuna Black whom I just discovered
Dorky Mom Doodles
Niki’s Thoughts
Welcome to the Nursery
Fatty McCupcakes
Grubbs n Critters
J.A. Allen
A Nene’s Life

Meh… close enough…

Here are your questions should you choose to accept…

  1. How do you re-energize?
  2. What yearly salary would you consider “living comfortably”?
  3. If you met Mother Theresa, what would you ask her?
  4. What ice cream flavor do you think your personality is like?
  5. If your car had a super power, what super power would you like it to have?
  6. Do you have a plan for your blog for the long run? 
  7. Is there a word you avoid using? A word you don’t like?
  8. Do you have a favorite word?
  9. If we communicated by playing musical instruments, what instrument would you communicate with?
  10. Is there a time when something didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to, but in the end you were glad that it didn’t?
  11. What’s the best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

      Mystery Blogger Award

      Thank you A Momma’s View for this award nomination. I’m honored. I’m flattered. I’m a mystery.

      A big shout out goes to the creator of this award, Okoto Enigma, who came up with a really nice way of showing appreciation to other bloggers.

      So let’s tackle it 😉

      The rules:

      • Display award on blog
      • List rules
      • Mention creator of the award & provide link
      • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link
      • Say three things about yourself
      • Nominate 10 to 20 other bloggers
      • Notify nominees by commenting on their blog
      • Answer five questions from your nominee
      • Write five questions for your nominees to answer
      • Share your best post

      Three things about me:

      I’m stronger than I look. I’m faster than I look. I’m almost as smart as I look.

      The bloggers I would like to nominate are:

      Ah Dad

      Coach Daddy

      Grubbs n Critters

      That’s What Anxious Mom Said

      Green Grapes

      Dramatic Momologue

      Who’s My Favorite Today?

      I know that I have not nominated 10 bloggers or more but those are who easily came to mind. Please pay them a visit and check them out. They are sure worth it 

      5 questions for me:

      • What is the dream you most want to achieve?

      Survive my kids and grow old with DW. 

      • If you’ve ever been in love, what was it like? If you’ve had your first kiss, what was it like? If not, what is your favorite dessert?

      Being in love is like eating your favorite food while watching your favorite movie and washing it down with your favorite drink. My first kiss with DW was like that first piece of candy cane white chocolate Lindor truffle at Christmas time. My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie with a bucket of Cool Whip on top.

      • What do you do when no one’s watching? 

      I play the boys’ Nintendo DS (Mario Maker or Mario Kart 7). I sneak chocolate. I might pick my nose and scratch my butt.

      • What is a really embarrassing moment you’ve had?

      I can’t list just one as they’re have been many. I got my head stuck in a cinder block when I was two. Though that’s more embarrassing today than it was 38 years ago. My car started acting funny. I barely got it home and told my dad. He took a look at it and told me I ran out of gas.

      • What book that was assigned to you to read by a teacher did you most enjoy reading?

      Flowers for Algernon. I read it in high school and enjoyed it. I read it again a couple years ago and enjoyed it even more. 

      I actually liked the questions and would love for my nominees to answer the same questions as well.

      My favorite post to write was Life Before and After Kids. My most viewed post is The Value of A Teacher.

      The Mystery Blogger Award


      It may be a “Mystery Blogger Award” but my nominator certainly is no mystery. Thanks, A Momma’s View for the nomination.

      Okoto Enigma writes, “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.  They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.  This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion. 

      To think that someone else thinks I’m an amazing blogger with ingenious posts which captivates, inspires, and motivates simply leaves me speechless. As for finding fun and inspiration… that’s easy considering the two, wild subjects who often find themselves at the source of this blog of mine. I can’t imagine what you would be reading about if it weren’t for those two.

      Rules For The Nominees:

      • Display the award logo on your blog.
      • List the Rules.
      • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
      • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
      • Tell your readers three things about yourself. See below
      • Answer five questions from the nominee. See below below
      • Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers. I’ll try! It’ll be below below below
      • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog. Got it. Below x 4…
      • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question. okilydokily
      • Share the link to your best post. easy peasy

      3 things about me

      1. I can touch my nose with my tongue
      2. I can juggle 3 objects but not 4
      3. I used to play the tumpet

      5 Questions

      1. Would you jump in front of a bus for a complete stranger?

      Perhaps? Maybe? Depends really. I suppose if I’m being really honest with myself I would, but only if I can get myself out of the way as well. I’m not sure I could take the hit for a complete stranger. I do have my own life, wife, kids, and family, too.

      2. If a neighbor was a hoarder and lived in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, would you ignore it or take action?  If you did, what would it be?

      I probably wouldn’t. Like Momma said, hording is an addiction, a mental disorder. Would attempt to get them the help they need? Yes. First I would attempt to get them to see that how they’re is unhealthy. If they refused my help I would attempt the help with a professional. Perhaps an addictions expert. Would I attempt to clean their house? Most definitely not. I don’t even like cleaning my own house. I suppose if they refused to accept any help I would eventually just end up moving.

      3. If you could go back in time and change one day in your life, which day would it be and why?

      I’m not going for the butterfly effect here. If I were to go change one day, only that day would change, not all the days after it. However, one decision I would change would be decision not to attend my grandfather’s funeral. I was in university when he passed. Back then, death was still foreign and scary. Really, it still is, but I can face it now. I’m older and wiser now. I should have been there.

      4. What is your favorite word?

      Really. I know, really? It has all the functionality of that F word. (I like that one, too. I just use it much) You can imply “WTF” with a well intoned “really?”. Or it could mean, “OMG” with a different intonation. Or you use it consecutively you can express your love. Because I really really like you. Really?

      5. The weird question:  If you knew you could get away with it, would you rob a bank?

      Are we talking about stealing a buck 50 or millions? For millions, I would. I’d be all over it. Banks are insured. They’ll get their money back. I’d share the wealth, though. Family, friends, charities. I definitely would keep my big mouth shut about it. The money would just mysteriously appear and only I would know of its existence. Of course, it would probably erode my guilty conscience until I snapped.

      My favorite post

      I like what Momma’s View said about not having yet written her best post. I hope I haven’t my best yet. But my best so far? That would be this one, The Value of a Teacher. But I had the most fun writing Life Before and After Kids.

      My nominations

      I know some of you don’t do the awards and nomination thing. Too bad, I’m nominating you anyway because I think you deserve the recognition for writing such spectacular blogs. If you don’t accept, that’s fully okay. Consider this your virtual high five, smack on the ass, fist pound.

      Grubbs n Critters
      Anxious Mom
      Coach Daddy
      Ah Dad
      Not the Average Mama
      Green Grapes
      Mirror and Soul
      Harsh Reality
      Return of the Modern Philosopher
      Niki’s Thoughts

      Your 5 questions

      1. What is your best trait?
      2. What would you do if you won the lottery?
      3. You see a car veer off a bridge. Do you jump in the water to rescue the driver?
      4. What is your blog mostly about?
      5. Ben and Jerry want to make an ice cream flavor in your honor. What do you taste like?

      Thanks again, for nominating me for this award! I’ve never gotten this one before. This gives me an extra day to put together the post about our skating trip and DW getting kicked off the ice.


      Black Cat, Blue Sea Award

      If you check out the blog  A Momma’s View you’ll find it’s part mom blog, part homeschooling blog, part, ex-pat blog, part fun facts blog, and entirely a great place to go for a great read. She was nominated for this Black Cat, Blue Sea Award by Simon from the blog “Planet Simon”. She passed the award on to just five bloggers. I am honored to be one of them. When I first start blogging, I never dreamed there would be awards and nominations and that I would be receiving them. I’m just a guy who likes to write.


      To the rules…

      • Thank the blogger who nominated you. See above
      • Nominate up to seven other bloggers. See way below
      • Answer three questions. Okie dokie
      • Ask three questions to your nominees. Will do

      The 3 Questions I was asked… 

      If you could change one thing from the past what would it be?

      There are a number of things I’d like to change. One thing is the relationship I have/had with my brother. I wish we had be been closer, done more together. Now that he’s in South Korea with his family and I’m in Canada with mine it’s even tougher to keep in touch and stay close. Fortunately, there’s Facebook to keep us up to date on what’s going on. Still… it’s not quite the same as being next door.

      What would the title to a movie about your life be?

      Forest Gump, maybe. But that title’s already taken. The Teachings of a Wayward Boy.

      What was the best gift you’ve ever received?

      Can children be a gift? As frustrating as mine can be, they are the best gift. Best physical gift? Would have to be the most recent two, though they are both electronic: the tablet I’m currently blogging on and the GoPro I’ve been having fun creating videos for YouTube (always looking for more subscribers 😀 )

      My nominations…

      Anxious Mom
      Not The Average Mama
      My Crazy Beautiful Life

      My 3 Questions…

      1. What’s your favorite Disney movie and why?
      2. What are some of the names you wanted to name your kid(s) that your significant other said no to.
      3. Which band would you want to have create the soundtrack to your life?


      Infinity Dreams and Loyal Dragons

      Awards are interesting. If only they would provide some extra cash flow… But it does mean someone was thinking of my blog and feels it’s deserving of such admiration. Big thanks to my blogging friend over at A Momma’s View for nominating me. You should check out her post from yesterday. I swear it has something about nudity. On a beach! In Australia!


      As with most awards, there are rules? Will I follow them? Will I bend them? Or will I just break ’em like dried puhsketti?

      Here are the rules for the award:

      • Thank and follow the blog that nominated you. Yep.
      • Tell us 11 facts about yourself. See Below
      • Answer questions that were set for you to answer. See Below Below
      • Nominate 11 bloggers and set question for them. I’ll Try

      11 facts about myself. I’ll try to get too personal and cross that TMI line.

      1. I’m bald but only because I shave my head thanks to a spot of alopecia on the back of my head. Perhaps one day it’ll cover all of my head and I won’t have to shave it any more!
      2. I would rather play a sport than watch a sport.
      3. My favorite ice cream is Mint Chocolate chip, or mint oreo or anything that is mint and chocolate.
      4. I speak two languages. English and igpay atinlay.
      5. I think Cards Against Humanity is hilarious.
      6. I sleep fully dressed (t-shirt and pajama pants)
      7. I love cooking. Most nights.
      8. I can fall down the stairs and I can fall up the stairs.
      9. I am a Star Wars fan(atic). I would love to take the fam to see The Force Awakens.
      10. I tan very easily.
      11. 11 facts is a lot.

      Now to one of my most favorite parts: Answering the questions:

      1. Your greatest strength?
        The distance I can run without stopping, my patience, and my cooking.
      2. Your greatest weakness?
        Birthdays. I suck at birthdays.
      3. Your favorite season of the year and why?
        Fall. I love the warm days and cold nights.
      4. What item would you want to save from your burning home if you could only save one?
        I would save the four stuffies pictured in my header and the external hard drive.
      5. If you and Bear Grylls would be stranded on a deserted island, with what would you be able to impress him?
        That I could out-survive him? Unlikely, but I would be willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
      6. If you’d have a bucket list, what would I find on top of the list?
        Run the Boston Marathon?
      7. What is the one destination you would love to travel to?
        Pyramids in Egypt or Maryland. Or Australia.
      8. What mystical creature would you like to have as a pet and why?
        A dragon like Valcor or an Owl like Hedwig.
      9. What other language than yours would you like to be fluent in?
        French or Gaelic.
      10. If you could ask one question to a very special person, what and who would it be?
        I would ask DW for a foot massage.
      11. What kind of ice cream flavor would you like to invent?
        Mint Chocolate chunk with candy cane pieces.


      Finding Rachel’s Way
      Of Life She Writes
      Peek Into My Life
      Kismaslife (When she returns)

      I’m going to cheat and just say “use the above questions to answer” should you choose to accept the award.

      There are many others. However, they don’t do this award thing, but they know who they are! Right, Ah Dad, Coach Daddy, Strong Enough to Break, and Elen? Should you decide you want an award, it’s all yours!

      Lastly, thanks to Ann over at Grubbs-n-Critters for the nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. It’s rules were pretty much the same as the Infinity Award. So this is two-fer one.


      I do love dragons. Though I’m not quite the fair, red-headed maiden depicted here.


      I’ll be back to my normal writing (whatever normal is) tomorrow…


      I’m just a small time blogger with just a handful of regular readers, but it means so much to be thought of to be nominated for an award. I know these awards don’t really mean I won any contest, prize money, or all inclusive trips to an exotic island in the Caribbean. But it does mean someone thinks enough of what I contribute to the blogging world to nominate me for an award. That, and it gives me something to write about when I’m fishing for ideas.

      Clarion Alley 2012

      Created by renowned artist  Rob Goldstein, it was passed on to me by Sandra over at A Momma’s View. If you get a moment, check out some of the stuff she writes. You won’t be disappointed.

      “The “Respect” Award is my personal award for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect.

      You don’t have to do anything for this award.

      You can choose to copy the Award Picture and give the award to the people who have earned your respect or you can do nothing.

      This is my way of saying thank you. You have earned my respect.”

      I like this award for the sheer fact that I don’t have to break any rules nominating people.

      First I’d like to nominate a few:
      HarshReality (though, I know he’s already been nominated)

      But to be honest, each an everyone who is reading this right now deserves my respect as well. Thank you so much for visiting on such a regular base and liking and commenting so often (yes you! I know I did not list you but you are here again, reading this and definitely deserve this special award as well!)

      So this is an honest THANK YOU to all of you!!!

      My Liebster Award

      liebsterThank you to Manny over at The Greenwich Mummy for nominating me for this award. While I’m not one for praise and recognition and chain mail, it is nice to know my blog means something other than words on page. Plus, my blog appreciates the decorations.

      Highlight of this year:
      It hasn’t happened yet, but the highlight will be our trip to the States. It’s been 5 years since we’ve been as a family. Bang has never been!

      Favourite Quote:
      Never laugh at a live dragon. (Bonus points if you know the source)

      Where do you source your inspiration from whether it be in life or writing?
      It comes, of course, from our 2 kids Crash and Bang who are 4 and soon to be 8 years old

      What is your favourite colour and how does it inspire you?
      I have several favorites. Green. Black. Orange for the Orioles. Not sure how it inspires me.

      Where were you born?
      In a hospital somewhere on the East Coast of the U.S.A.

      How many countries have you visited?
      USA. Canada. Costa Rica.

      Can you play an instrument?
      I can play piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, and the drums. I can’t play ANY of them confidently, I know no songs on them and it’s usually painful to listen to. Just because I know how to play them doesn’t mean I should. The guitar is my best. I at least can play parts of songs and strum a few chords.

      What one thing is guaranteed to make you cry?
      BingBong getting left behind.

      What would you say is your favourite restaurant?
      Papa’s Pub here in town. I also really like Carrabba’s, Olive Garden and Applebees.

      What is the word/phrase that you use way too much?
      Actually, I use the words actually too much. I actually know this because Crash and Bang actually use it frequently, too actually.

      Who do I nominate? All of you. If you’re reading this post, this award is for you. A few mentions of those who I read often are:

      A Momma’s View
      Terri @ Perspectives On
      Hoda @ Loud Mama
      Ah Dad
      Eli @ Coach Daddy
      E @ Strong Enough to Break
      Tracey @ No Page Left Blank
      Ann @ GrubbsnCritters

      Happy reading!