A few days ago I was nominated for The Liebster Award by bintabdillah (who has a lovely blog on her life as a Muslim mum!) and since it sounds like fun-! I have to tell eleven facts about myself- yikes- and answer eleven questions before nominating eleven other bloggers for the award. So here goes for the eleven facts (double yikes)-
(1). I once had a narrow escape with a coyote while I was walking in the woods. We kind of ran into each other- and I ran all the way home. I still can’t believe I didn’t have a heart attack.
(2). Hotdogs make me sick but I eat them anyway. Because I like them- and no, I don’t usually apply this rule to my life.
(3). I’ve lived in- to date- seventeen different houses in different countries and states. One was a one-bedroom mud house.
(4). I’ve never sent a phone text in my life. No phone- then once I get a phone, no reception!
(5). I hate guns.
(6). One of our houses was so bad (No heating! No cooling! Full of cracks!) that I got mild frostbite while cooking in the kitchen in January. I used to have to go and warm my pale toes under hot water to thaw them. (Kansas City, looking at you.)
(7). I. Will. Not. Wear. Scratchy. Clothes. Not for a party. Not to look cute. No.
(8). Or pants, unless I feel like Today I Should Maybe Wear A Cute Dress With Pants! Which is not most days.
(9). My proudest accomplishment is teaching my little sister to read. She read on a second grade level when she was five.
(10). Ahh…..running out of facts here. I……..am not really a fan of makeup. Like to my sister’s wedding I honestly wore mascara and lip gloss, done.
(11). Thinking……..thinking….okay, when I was little I refused to talk to people. Refused. Period. I think I’ve improved since then. I mean, I say hello to the cashier!
Sigh. That’s eleven facts about me- which were pretty hard to come up with! I mean, not to get too confidential on the World Wide Web is kind of hard. Now to answer the eleven question bintabdillah put for me.
(1). Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
(Oh my gosh, why is someone talking to me!?!) Lol, introvert, I’m pretty sure- but now that I have no people around I get really depressed. So I don’t know- maybe I’m taking my introversion part time now?
(2). What is one of your favorite memories?
I don’t have a great memory, but I think playing on the beach in Hadhramout just after Fajr, with the seabirds wheeling above and the sun glowing on the waves, smelling the salt and running in the water- I think that’s one of my favorite memories. I was so happy then, and when we got home my sister had to cook breakfast. (Cue evil laughter.)
(3). Who is someone who inspires you to do and be better?
I would have to say the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa salam. I mean, I used to look up to a lot of people in my life, but I learned that ordinary people always fail you somehow. Not to sound bitter at eighteen.
(4). If you could describe yourself in five words, what would they be?
Um……… right now I’m not really on top of the world! Persevering. Emotional. Stubborn. Loyal. And……….Dreamer, maybe? Do those even match up?!?
(5). What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Read, eat potato chips, read, eat more potato chips!
(6). What is one of the craziest things you’ve done and would you do it again?
That’s a hard question. I’ve had a kind of crazy life, but not through any interference of mine. I kind of feel like I haven’t done anything crazy, which is boring. Gotten in the river in my full hijab and played? I do that, and I probably look crazy, lol. Still do it.
(7). What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
My mood? I tend to hide my feelings unless they’re too strong to hide.
(8). If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Either Kentucky Fried Chicken or Yemeni grilled chicken with rice. And cake for dessert…mmm..( I feel like if I ate everything I wanted to eat, I would be very fat.)
(9). What are two pet peeves that you have?
People chewing noisily and hypocrisy. I can’t stand either one.
(10). Would you rather trade intelligence for looks, or looks for intelligence?
That’s a really hard question. I mean, even if we don’t think about it a lot, we all value our beauty a lot and our intelligence. Is it cheating to say I honestly can’t decide, and hope I never have to?
(11). If you could have a conversation with someone over lunch, whether living or dead, who would it be?
Would it be disrespectful to say, again, Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him?
And for bloggers I nominate- and I know not all of you will be able to do this, but it might be fun if you have the time! Assalamu Alaykum- just a notice that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award!- which is really just a way from bloggers for bloggers to spread your blog around the community. All you have to do is download the logo, tell eleven facts about yourself, answer my eleven questions, then nominate five (or eleven, if you can manage it!) other bloggers, whose blogs you want to draw attention to, for the award.
A Creative Mom in Dubai
Hijabi on Bay Street
Confessions of a Hijabi
Aren’t you hot in that?
Under a Veil
In The Kingdom, Not A Princess
The ramblings of a Saudi wife
Veils and Vanity
(I couldn’t find another one! Do I still get the award? :))
My eleven questions:
(1). Tell us one quirky thing about you that nobody would guess!
(2). When you feel really down, what keeps you going?
(3). What’s your comfort food?
(5). If you had to wear one outfit for a week, what would it be?
(6). If you could be someone else for a day who would it be?
(7). What is the one makeup you can’t do without?
(8). What are you absolutely worst at?
(9). What is something you feel really strongly about?
(10). Name something that really makes your heart warm.
(11). Name one thing you really hate (my example- sweatpants!)