Friday, February 13, 2015

Sweetheart (=Liebster) award!

First off I would like to start this post by saying thank you to the wonderful Miriam for nominating me for the Sweetheart (=Liebster) award! She nominated me for this lovely award for my birthday, which also happens to fall in the same week as Valentine's day. I could not have asked for a better lovely little gesture at this time of year! 

First off, here are the rules, which I have not quite followed, but oh well, just have fun with it!

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the questions yourself
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers (I definitely don't have that many connections yet so I only did two...heh)
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees (or go ahead and keep passing along the same ones, just like I did :) )
5. Notify your nominees

Here are the 11 questions that she presented to me, along with my answers:

1. What is the most embarrassing this that has ever happened to you?
This one is a toughy! To be honest, I absolutely hate getting embarrassed and for a lot of years I was so careful to avoid it at all costs, but lets be honest, no matter how careful we are, things are still going to happen, and well there was no fun in avoiding situations just because something bad might happen. I think I will go with this one though:
When I was in high school, probably grade 10ish, one of my sisters had a bunch of her friends over (some of which were also my co-workers). We were all outside in the yard enjoying the sunshine, and decided to start passing the volleyball around. Of course, everyone having a non-chalant attitude, just casually passed the ball around, but me being competitive, and a perfectionist, I was using my proper volleyball passing technique. Well, if any girl has every tried playing volleyball in a pair of fitted jeans, they have probably experienced this as well. Sure enough I squatted down to make my bump, and without a doubt, my pants ripped straight up the crotch all the way to the back. Of course, everyone heard the pants tearing, but I tried to hide my beat red face and quickly started back pedalling my way into the house. I was mortified. All my sisters older friends, and co-workers saw my bare bare bottom (if only I had been wearing full underwear instead of a thong at the time). 

2. Do you have any experiences that were utterly life-changing? What happened?
When I was only about 10 years old, my 14 year old sister at the time, went into cardiac arrest on boxing day. She was sitting at the computer and just collapsed, falling limp out of her chair. I wasn't in the room at the time, but I heard the thump and went running upstairs to see my sister on the floor, unconscious, and my dad on the phone with 911 in a panic. 
At the time I think I was too young to really comprehend what was actually happening, and thankfully my sister pulled through and made a full recovery, but, the whole experience from the moment I run up those stairs, to waiting at my aunts house to hear any news, to visiting my sister in the ICU, to visiting her after her surgery, and then welcoming her home when she finally came back, I think it would have been impossible for that to have not changed me. 

3. What did you study/major in when you were in school?
Immediately after high school I upgraded Biology 12, Math 12, and Physics 12 courses at Langley Education Centre.
I then went to Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey where I got my Certificate in Legal Administrative Studies and worked as a Legal Administrative Assistant at a small law firm in Langley for approximately three years. 
Finally, I went to BCIT in Burnaby for two years where I got my Diploma in Medical Radiography, and now I have been working in the hospitals for approximately a year and a half as an x-ray tech.  
(My stack of BCIT text books)

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing it right now?
To be honest, I don't think I ever really had a focused goal or dream job as a kid. Sure I probably spewed off the typical doctor or scientist answer as most kids do, but those were just answers to questions I didn't really understand at the time. As I got older and older, I still never really pictured myself in any sort of dream job, but now that I am old enough to really understand my passions, I definitely want to end up being in charge of some sort of volleyball facility or program, including coaching/training of some sort. 

5. What is one bit of advice that you would give your younger self if you could go back in time?
It's okay to feel what you are feeling, no matter what those feelings are. Don't let anyone make you doubt yourself just because you have different thoughts or feelings than them in any given situation or scenario. 

6. Tea or coffee? Why?
Mostly coffee. I work a night job so on work days I always have my coffee around 11:30pm at night (it helps keep me awake/alert for my shift). On days off, if it's the weekend I also tend to stick with coffee as well if I'm going to be running around doing some errands (I need that extra boost of energy). That being said, if I'm just having a lazy day cozied on the couch, reading a book, or watching a movie by the fire, then I like the comfort of a nice hot, hot cup of tea in my hands. 

(Tim Horton's french vanilla is my absolute favorite!)
7. If you could change your first name to anything you wanted, what would it be?
I've always liked those kind of gender neutral unique names, but nothing with funky spelling. I grew up with a tough last name, and it definitely gets tiresome having to spell and pronounce it constantly for people. 

8. Have you ever spent a few days binge-reading a blog? Whose was it? Why?
You betcha! Farmgirlmiriam was the first blog I ever really learned about. Sure I'd seen lots of blogs on the internet just from pinterest links and what not, but Miriam's was the first one that I actually took the time to really appreciate. She showed me it one day while we were at work together, and that afternoon I went home, and read back post after post as far as my eyes would let me!

9. Who is your biggest role model? Why?
Definitely, my husband, Mark. His attitude and just the way he lives life is what I find so inspiring. He takes things seriously when absolutely needed, but otherwise, he just has this light breezy air about him. He takes things as they come, doesn't sweat the small stuff, and just has this energetic passion for living a full life!
(My wonderful husband)
10. If you could spend a day with anyone from Friends, who would it be and why?
Gunther. I bet he knows more about each and every one of those characters than anyone else!

11. What is the very first thing you do every morning?
Usually moan and groan in agony knowing that I have definitely not gotten enough sleep. Then, I usually grab the pup and force some snuggles out of him, and then if it's the weekend, I definitely give the hubby a big fat kiss on the cheek (no one likes morning breath!). After a few big stretches generally I get up and either jump straight into the shower or throw on my sweats and head out to walk the dog around the neighbourhood. 

Thank you so much for the great questions Miriam! I am going to go ahead and pass these right along to the following bloggers who I have the pleasure of knowing in real life as well and are absolutely deserving of a sweetheart award:
Nicole & Rachel.

Thanks again so much Miriam for the nomination! 

Hope you all enjoyed!


  1. So much great new info here! I burst out laughing hearing your pants-ripping mishap. Totally mortifying when it happens to you, but hilarious for others! (#sorrynotsorry haha!)
    I can't believe your sister had cardiac arrest when she was only 14! How traumatic. I'm so glad she pulled through and is fine, but it definitely shows you how fragile life really is.

    Thank you so very much for the sweet words, I can't believe you 'binge-read' my blog! It's surreal, a bit scary, and very, very awesome.
    I'm enjoying your blog so much, I'm glad you're keeping at it!

    1. Sadly Miriam, that is not the only time I've ripped my pants/shorts in public, but I think I've tried to slowly wipe those incidences from my memory!
      And you're spot on about how fragile life is. Things can change in an instant, and whether you are prepared or not, some things you just have absolutely no control over.
      Your writing is irresistible Miriam! It was easy to jump from post to post, always wanting more, sometimes even still I find myself looking back on old posts in your blog, just for a great read.