The Liebster


Jane, of Clean Fourteen , a beautiful blog that will inspire you to treat your body right, kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award, a rad nod to blogs with fewer than 200 followers. That’s me! Thank you, Jane!

So, the rules are as follows:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you – DONE! 
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you – WHAT FUN! 
  • Pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions – THIS COULD BE A PROBLEM…
  • Don’t nominate the person who nominated you, silly!
  • Let the people you nominate know they have been nominated

I have a confession to make: I need to read new blogs and support other like-minded souls, like Jane, whose blog I read religiously.  However, outside of Jane’s blog, my loyalty extends to a few “big” blogs (like Neverhomemaker; A Foodie Stays Fit; The Nourishing Gourmet ) that I’ve been reading for a few years now. I don’t often seek out new ones. Eep. It looks like I have some fun homework!  So, while I can’t exactly complete the rules as written, I will answer Jane’s questions and vow to discover some great new reads and share them as I can. This will not be a blog where loves comes to die, no m’am. Thank you for the nod and the inspiration, Jane.

The queries:

1.  Best view you’ve ever had?

Jared and I got married in Parkdale, OR, not too far from Mt. Hood. The view of the mountain on our wedding day was breathtaking.

Hmm, now that I think about it, it wasn’t the mountain that was the most stunning view. I would say the best views of the day were:

1) looking up at Jared as we were getting married –> pure love.

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Jared you make me so happy!
photo by Sarah Costa Photography

2) looking out at all of our friends and family who shared the day with us –>  pure joy.

We did it! We love everyone!  Photo by Sarah Costa Photography

We did it! We love everyone!
Photo by Sarah Costa Photography

2. Your spirit animal:

I’ve always felt an affinity for dolphins. In fact, my love for dolphins borders on neurotic. Once, when I was thirteen, I got kicked out of the Shedd Aquarium dolphin zone. Instead of watching the dolphin show, you see, I tried to memorize the trainer’s hand gestures. After the show, I scurried down to the tank, tried my hand (pun intended) at some of the tricks, and promptly got asked to leave. I was “agitating the dolphins.”

3.  Last meal on earth?

seafood, and a cold beer after a day at the beach

Shrimp salad in Cannon Beach, OR.

Shrimp salad in Cannon Beach, OR.

scallops. yes, please.

Scallops? Yes, always.

a plate of veggies and watermelon in the middle of summer

Summer's bounty

Summer’s bounty

anything my husband makes

one of Jared's meals…salmon, veggies, great wine, al fresco

one of Jared’s meals…salmon, veggies, great wine, al fresco

4.  Best documentary you’ve ever seen?

I recently watched Waste Land for my class on Postcolonial Ecology. The film follows an artist, Vik Muniz, who decides to create portraits of the catadores, the pickers of recyclable materials, out of recyclable materials. The story takes place in Jardim Gramancho, a massive landfill outside of Rio de Janeiro, and reveals these essentially invisible people whose lives and livelihood revolve around removing recyclable material from an evergrowing pile of waste. The film will make you question your relationship to stuff, your complicity in producing waste, and how prolematic it is that excess becomes “invisible” to those of us who create the most of it.

5.  Favorite natural pick-me-up for when you’re feeling down?

A run clears my head. Being outside in nature heals my soul. Time with friends and family warms my heart.

Marathon finish with my dad.

Marathon finish with my dad.

Also, my friend's children make me smile.

Also, my friend’s children make me smile.

Family. Funny face.

Family. Funny face.

6.  Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Oofda, this is a hard question. I’m not sure it’s the best advice I’ve EVER received, but a good piece of advice I’ve received recently is to wait before responding to emotionally-charged emails. As someone who works with teenagers, I have gotten my fair share of “emotional” emails. You know the type: emails in which real human emotions like doubt and fear are masked by rude, demanding, accusatory words. My usual response to these types of emails is some combination of panic, anger, self-doubt, defensiveness, or fear. Last week, when one of these gems appeared in my inbox, I closed my computer and waited a few hours before responding. The time allowed for my anger to settle into empathy, and my response was kinder. That’s a win-win.

7.  Favorite line from a song?

“So, I’d give this world just to dream a dream with you/ On our bed of California stars” – from “California Stars “by Woodie Guthrie

8.  What you’re wearing when you feel top notch?

A dress with a twirly skirt makes my heart sing.

9.  Book that changed you?

Harriet the Spy remains the single-most life altering book I’ve read. You can read more about the impact that book had on me here.

10.  Your outlet is…

Yoga. Just yoga.

11.  Thing you’re most grateful for this year?

I am so grateful for the opportunity to live near family.  Mandy, Ben, Max, and Annabel contribute so much joy to Jared’s and my life!



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