Lieben Lizards! It’s a Liebster!

Last week two wonderful things happened 1) I stumbled upon the blog of a college classmate, Hannah and 2) found out this class mate had nominated me for my Very First Blogging Award, The Liebster!

Hannah explained the whole process pretty well;

Liebster means “favorite” in German and the Liebster Award is a way to recognize your favorite blogs that have fewer than 200 followers (like me!). It’s designed to spread awareness about younger blogs and introduce you to a few new favorites. It’s kinda like a chain letter, but way cooler without all the “your future significant other will fall off a truck and you will die lonely if you don’t send this on” sort of stuff.

With great power comes great responsibility, though, and I now have to do five things:

  •  Choose five blogs (with less than 200 followers) to pass the Liebster along to.
  •  List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites, and let them know you’ve given them the award.
  •  Thank the blogger (Hannah of Cozy Crooked Cottage) who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  •  Post the award on your blog
  •  Share five random facts about yourself.

So first and most importantly, five blogs (with under 200 followers) who deserve some love

  • The Creative Cleanse – written by my friend and co-worker, Allison!  The Creative Cleanse documents Allison’s creative endeavors while she tries to ‘make more art by buying less shit!’* Regular updates, tons of pictures, great writing- this blog is off to a great start. Go read so you can say “I knew her when…”
  • Birth, Stuff, Death – written by my other friend and co-worker (yeah, I’m THAT lucky!) Sharon! Birth, Stuff, Death is Sharon’s blog where you can find everything from a tutorial about making penis-bone sculptures, to essays about why having Nerd Kids is the best, as well as Sharon’s Uh-May-Zing art. Bonus- the writing itself is often funny enough I have to read it out loud to Boyfriend. And he laughs!
  • You Are Awesome ^_^ – Are ‘tumblrs’ considered blogs? (where’s a teenager when you need them?) Well I think so, and You are Awesome, written by one of my bestest friends, Kifer, is awesome. Basically, if you hired someone to scour the internet, find you the most beautiful things about life- including science, kittens, the beauty of nature, bacon, pretty things and Willem Defoe- that hired person could not do a better job than Kifer. Period.
  • While You Wait For the Bread to Bake – Yet another awesome person in my life, Laura, an artist with whom I went to school. While You Wait is her art blog and is regularly updated with tasty art goodness (check out the film files especially. Beautiful!)
  • Veggie Num.num. – I couldn’t find how many followers this person has but holy cow. This site rocks (and this comes from one who is very picky about food blogs). Trudy, the author, does an great job posting recipes that look good, are plant centered (with out all that freaky-deaky fake meat.), enjoyable to omnivores and herbivores alike, as well as other useful information. And, most importantly, her recipe index is listed BY PICTURE.


And now 5 facts about myself you might not otherwise know;

  • I love books about food- not cookbooks, but dry, non-fiction wherein the tangled web of the FDA and the USDA is teased, small farmers wax poetic about squash and the science of food culture is demystified. (Micheal Pollan is a nerd-crush of mine). My love of plants and gardening, as well as my eating habits, actually began with this deep passion and interest in food science/politics as an attempt to ‘vote with my fork’.
  • I have more irrational fears than any unmedicated person I’ve met. This includes thunderstorms, any flying insect, social functions, elevators, riding in cars, horses, my breath smelling bad, that that mole is cancer, the dentist, etc.
  • I have no sense of direction. Just today before going on a run I looked over a map, wrote instructions on my hand, and still got lost. In my neighborhood. This combined with item two makes life super exciting without having to do much.
  • Having had a series of negative experiences with organized religious institutions, I prefer to practice my faith, privately and am hesitant to bring up the subject without prompting. Said faith looks something like this:  Christianity a lá Victor Hugo and Joan Baez [plus] unconditional love without judgement [minus] Hell [plus] more than a healthy dose of Fern Gully. Feel free to ask questions.
  • I am both a morning-person and a rainy-day-person. This makes me the most obnoxious-person to live or work with.

Thanks again Hannah!


(and speaking of thanks, a BIG shout out to my Mom for birthing me! You go Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!”