30 June 2017

Mystery Blogger Award, Q&A Time & Three Things About Me

You've probably seen these blogger awards floating around out there. Someone nominates you for an award, you answer some questions and you nominate other people. Kind of like a chain letter.

I've been nominated for some of these before - like the Liebster Award and the Sunshine Blogger Award - but it's been a while. So when I got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award, I thought, hey, why not go for it. Live a little. Have some fun. Procrastinate unpleasant boat chores for a while. You get the idea. 

The Rules

1 - Put the award/logo on your blog.


2 - List the rules.

You're reading them.

3 - Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Thanks to Angela for the nomination! Check out her blog here. She's a neat lady and fellow member of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

4 - Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

Check out Okoto Enigma's blog here

5 - Tell your readers three things about yourself.

See below.

6 - Nominate a whole bunch of people for the award.

I like to break rules from time to time, so rather than formally nominate anyone, I'll leave it up to all you guys. Interested in doing a post about three things about yourself? Then nominate yourself for the Mystery Blogger Award and share some fascinating facts about yourself with us.

7 - Notify your nominees.

Since I broke Rule #6, I guess I'm also breaking this rule.

8 - Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one funny or weird one.

Question #1 - Are you a rule follower or rule breaker and why?
Question #2 - Do you write in cursive or do you print?
Question #3 - What's your favorite cookie? 
Question #4 - Do you believe in alien abduction?
Question #5 - What's the latest TV show that you binge watched?

9 - Share a link to your best post.

I don't like this rule either, so I'm going to ignore it. Instead, I'll give you a link to a page which lists all of our posts about our time living and cruising in New Zealand. Maybe you'll find something interesting there.

3 Things About Me

1 - I don't like sweet iced tea. I don't understand how people can drink it. Strange, I know, given my lifelong love of sugary treats.

2 - I don't like cartoons or animated films. Who is Nemo anyway? Why can't anyone find him? I'll never know the answers to these questions.

3 - I love roller coasters. We used to go to Geauga Lake and Cedar Point in Ohio every year as kids. Riding the roller coasters was the highlight.

Answers to Angela's Questions

1 - What's your favorite smell?

Chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. I'm sure that surprises nobody.

2 - If you could choose to keep one memory, what would it be?

Good question. This is going to require a lot of thought. Can I get back to you on this one? That is if I remember to because apparently all of my memories are about to be wiped out due to some sort of alien invasion.

3 - If you were put in charge of a meet & greet for our first alien visitors, what would your advice be?

Try a chocolate chip cookie. Just one bite and you'll be hooked.

4 - If you had to be a tree, which one would you be?

Uh, no clue. I guess one that has nice flowers. Or maybe a maple tree because I like maple syrup on my pancakes. But, how would I eat pancakes if I was a tree due to the lack of opposable thumbs?

5 - What was your favorite story book as a child?

I don't know what the name of it was, but it was a series of stories about children who lived in other countries. I didn't know what anthropology was at the time, but maybe that book sparked my interest in it and why I majored in it at college.

What about you? Want to share three things about yourself and answer my questions either in the comments or on your blog?

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  1. It's been too long since we had chocolate chip cookies....I think we better pretend there's an alien invasion and remedy that!

  2. Three things about myself:
    1. It makes me sad that I have not been able to inspire my kids to share my love of sailing - they think it's boring.
    2. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday because I'm grateful to be part of the greatest nation on earth (I got my citezinship a year ago) but also because I love fireworks!!!
    3. I'm grateful to live in a place where I can swim throughout the year even if the summers can be a bit of a bear. Air conditioning gets my vote for the best invention since fire....

    Question #1 - Are you a rule follower or rule breaker and why? Rule follower mostly - breaking rules normally cause harm of some sort to people around me and I don't want that to happen. But there are stupid rules which I break....

    Question #2 - Do you write in cursive or do you print? Cursive but only I can read it. Never managed to acquire the skill to write neatly, no matter how hard I tried... thank God for keyboards and computers!

    Question #3 - What's your favorite cookie?
    Chockits - from my country of origin and not available in the States. Crunchy coconut and treacle cookies sandwiched together with gooey chocolate; yum! Especially if dipped in coffee so they become soft and the chocolate runny...

    Question #4 - Do you believe in alien abduction? Nope.

    Question #5 - What's the latest TV show that you binge watched? The Great British Baking show which I believe ran on PBS originally.

    1. Thanks for playing along :-) Chockits sound delicious! Must try them one day.

  3. Let's not waste time and get straight to the important question. 3) chocolate chip cookies. We are obviously soul-mates!

  4. Thanks for playing Ellen!
    I couldn't resist answering your questions too ;)

    Question #1 - Are you a rule follower or rule breaker and why? These days, I look on rules as guidelines.
    Question #2 - Do you write in cursive or do you print? Cursive
    Question #3 - What's your favorite cookie? Oatmeal & raisin. Unless you're talking about what we call 'biscuits' in the UK, in which case it's custard creams.
    Question #4 - Do you believe in alien abduction? Not if they have an ounce of sense.
    Question #5 - What's the latest TV show that you binge watched? 'Life in pieces'

    All the best!
    A x

    1. It was a fun blog post to write. Thanks for nominating me. I like oatmeal cookies, but with chocolate chips in them instead of raisins.

  5. Question #1 - Are you a rule follower or rule breaker and why?

    I'm a rule breaker. I'm lazy that's why and usually rules are too much work.

    Question #2 - Do you write in cursive or do you print?

    I write cursive. I'm so glad I was taught this in school.

    Question #3 - What's your favorite cookie?

    Oatmeal and raisin. Right out of the oven warm.

    Question #4 - Do you believe in alien abduction?


    Question #5 - What's the latest TV show that you binge watched?

    Burn Notice

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

    1. I've never heard of Burn Notice - I'll have to check it out. Thanks for playing :-)

  6. So many of these "awards" floating around! I have a few to post as well, whenever I have nothing else to report. I fear it might never happen. :-)

    I'm a rule breaker who used to write cursive until she had her first American boyfriend. Since 2004 or so, I have been printing my letters. First as an experiment, than, because I liked it better. Homemade chocolate chip cookies with Belgian dark chocolate are my favorite, I don't believe in aliens and I haven't watched TV, a movie or a series in over two months (yep, life has been that busy!), but before that Homeland was the last series we binge watched. Have a great weekend, Ellen!

  7. Iced tea is one of life's mysteries to me. Tea should be steaming hot, cold tea is not good, so I've never tried it. Maybe I'm missing the point. Congrats on the award!

    1. I love iced tea, just not when it's sweet. I think it's an American thing though. Plus it never really gets warm enough in Scotland for cold drinks :-)


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