My First Blog Award! The Liebster Award

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The amazingly wonderful Ladawn of the equally wonderful The Daybreak Bird nominated me for the Liebster Award and I can't even thank her enough! Seriously, Miss. Can I send you a box of cookies? I've been blogging here for about three months and it feels truly heartwarming to receive the recognition. Please go read her magically delicious blog right now.

// Do you have any siblings? //
One sister and she is practically perfect in every way (Mary Poppins whaaaaat). I wanted her for Christmas for nine years of my life before she was born. She is amazing and talented and beautiful and, yes, her name is Taylor because I was dead set on marrying Jonathan Taylor Thomas when she came into this world.

// Favourite meal? //
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a Carolina girl who married a Greek boy. Thusly, the best food for my tongue is a happy blend of our heritages. So give me a big honkin' tray of gyros, pastitsio, pita bread, Carolina barbecue, collard greens, country gravy on grits and I'm a happy gal. :)

// Why did you start a blog? //
In March of this year, I fractured my rib while flying around being a certain forgetful little blue fish in Walt Disney World's Finding Nemo The Musical. It broke my heart (among other things) and bruised my dignity. After being bedridden for weeks and in recovery for months, I fell into an anxiety disorder that my family, friends and faith cushioned with positivity and prayers. I started this blog to help me just keep swimming and use it every day to cope. It is my outlet for all things creative, quirky, frugal, and funny.

// Do you have a go-to outfit? //
My yellow button down thrift store cardigan. Not only did I wear it for my album, but I also wore it the first time I ever went to Timothy's apartment where he cooked me dinner and we played songs on the piano all night. And look where we are now three years later! Married. Happy. Employed. ... Old. I'll never let that cardigan go.

// Best book you've read recently. //
Oh, I am a sad little bookworm who would rather watch Jeopardy than crack open a novel nowadays. And I used to be such an avid reader with my Faulknerian obsessions and my quotable Don Delillo self. It's either my sick addiction with all things Apple, or my vast submission to sickening First World antics. Either way, you should re-read Roald Dahl's The Witches because it's the best book in the whole wide world.

// A pet peeve. //
People who succumb to trendy "isms." You don't actually hate the word, "moist." You don't really get that disgusted by feet. And clowns just aren't all that scary (outside the context of porcelain dolls and horror films). Come up with a new quirk already.

// Favourite movie? //
When Harry Met Sally! The romantic comedy even your husband will enjoy.

// If you could live anywhere besides where you live now, where would it be? //
In a log cabin in the Appalachian mountains or a cobblestone cottage somewhere rustic. I just want it to be cozy and Autumn all day every day.

// What is your biggest fear? //
Losing my loved ones. Death in general frightens me and I don't even like mentioning it here from fear I'll jinx myself in some awful poetic fate. Knock wood. Knock wood. Knock wood.

....Also, anyone else have a crazy fear that their jokes will fall flat? Because not being funny sounds like a horrible existence.

// How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? //
I spent the first 21 years of my life being coffee-less. And then I became a nasty awful bean-guzzling busy bee. I worked at STARBUCKS for cryin' out loud! And I've finally met this guy called Even Keel and settled for one cup in the morning and calling it a day.

// What accomplishment are you most proud of? //
As an actor? Playing Dory in Finding Nemo The Musical and mastering puppetry, flight, song, and emotion all at once. I've never felt so connected to a character I've played (which might say something about me and my inability to remember anythi- Hey look! There's a shiny thing!)

As a person? My songwriting. It's one of the few places I can stop thinking and just get in tune (ba. ha. Punny.) with myself. Check out my One Minute Songs of Wordom series where I write one minute tunes based on listener submitted words! :)

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Answer the questions that the nominator sets for you, and then create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
2. Choose other bloggers link them in your post (must have less than 200 followers)
3. Go to their page and tell them. 

I'm nominating the crazy talented Karen and Amber and sending this back to Ladawn to answer these questions!
1. Where are you from and do you still reside there?
2. Favorite food?
3. What's your favorite hobby?
4. Favorite band or musician?
5. What's your favorite childhood memory?
6. What is your favorite holiday of the year?
7. How long have you been blogging and why'd you start?
8. What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
9. What's your most embarrassing moment?
10. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
11. Who is your best friend?


  1. Well gosh, aren't you the sweetest! Thank you, Candace.

    So.......I was also nine when my baby brother was born. But, my baby brother is about your age. Now you know I am old!

    I love that you played Dory. I can totally picture it. I am so sorry that you fractured a rib and then went through such a tough time. But yay for finding blogging as one of your outlets!

    I am horrible, horrible, horrible at answering questions. But I will try my very best. Thanks again!

  2. I love when Harry met Sally! Would your cabin be all rustic without tv and internet, or a cabin with all the fixings?

  3. It may be a month later, but I have not forgotten about this nomination! You are so incredibly sweet!! If you didn't already have the award, I'd nominate you right back :)


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