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Subtitle: The Liebster and Sunshine Award.

So I won two awards in 12 hours (I feel special). My prize is a meme. I’m lucky I had a snow day, there are a lot of questions here (and a few rules, which I’m modifying for convenience).

Who can you blame for all of this information you may or may not read through: Ruby Bastille and Froodianpseudoanalysis. Don’t really blame them, they’re both very nice.

11 Random Facts that are personal, without really being personal:

1. I am ambidextrous and double jointed.

2. This will not be funny to anyone else, but I was at lunch with my best friend of TEN years and I laughed at something, then he looks at me and asks “When did you get dimples?”. And he was serious. Then I called him a bad name.  Random (and apparently not prominent) fact: I have dimples.

3. I have never broken a bone, but I have had a severe concussion and well over 200 hundred stitches in my lifetime.

4. As badly as I want to, I don’t like avocados.

5. I love going to the dentist and the doctor. They’re the only people who routinely tell me I’m perfect. Plus I like getting my teeth cleaned, I find it relaxing.

6. I’ve never tried a coffee/latte/cappuccino/etc., Mountain Dew (and most soda in general), or an energy drink. It might be why the dentist likes me.

7. I’ve never watched CSI, American Idol, The Bachelor/Bacherlorette, or Teen Mom. I have lived off and on without a TV, though I have one now (but no cable). I do have Netflix.

8. High Fidelity quite possibly ruined my life. I think in top fives more than I care to admit. And…

“I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films – these things matter”.

I don’t really believe that. But John Cusack made being a jerk seem like a good lifestyle choice.

9. I love love stories and love songs (and consider the best love song to be either Lovesong or Stand by Me), but hate romance in the traditional sense.

10. I like to argue, for fun.

11. I am only in the 15th percentile for adult female height. However, short people live longer and all of the best actresses are short (Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Veronica Lake, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Vivien Leigh, Hayden Panettiere, The Olsen twins  – I’m using the term best loosely).

Questions, questions, questions (first Liebster and then Sunshine)….

1. Which word do you say more often: yes or no? Yes, and not just because I went to a seminar on alternative ways to say no.

2. Would you rather be rich or respected? I work hard to be both, but ultimately being respected would mean more.

3. Where are all the good men dead; in the heart or the head? Tough, head maybe.

4. Which film did I steal that from (don’t use t’internet to cheat)? Grosse Point Blank (said by Minnie Driver’s character?), which I believe modified it from a line in The Merchant of Venice, but as I cannot cheat, I cannot verify.

5. 5 changes you’d like to see in the world? An increase/improvement in the following: equality, kindness, education, tolerance, health care.

6. What song should I listen to right now? Songs, feel free to pick only one. Eels – Your Lucky Day in Hell (blame #4), Jakob Dylan – Everybody’s Hurtin’, Wild Belle – Keep You, Johnny Winter – You’ll Be the Death of Me, Lord Huron – Time To Run. (I almost listed Emily Wells – Becomes the Color, Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma, and Hey Marseilles – Heart Beats).

7. If a tree falls in a forest, hits a man and there are no women to see it; is it still the man’s fault? Only if he was trying to cut it down.

8. A child asks you for a life lesson. What lesson would you give? Work hard, be nice, ask questions, and listen. And eat your vegetables.

9. You get to spend an evening with any historical figure: who and why? I’d need to answer this everyday for at least a year. For today, Albert Einstein. We’re both INTP, so it might be a stilted conversation  However, I’d love to hear his thoughts on the value of scientific advancement versus the dangers it creates. Einstein advised nuclear fission research, but then criticized (and rightly so) it’s use.

10. Which is the best room in the house and why? I’m equating best with favorite (and not with practical or useful). Bedroom. Sleeping, reading, etc.

11. You’re on death row for a crime you didn’t commit but with no chance of parole. What’s your last meal, and why? Pizza with basil and pineapple. It’s my favorite and I’m too embarrassed (and usually outvoted) to eat it normally because people find the combination revolting.

Sunshine Award Questions

1. Who is your favourite philosopher? Although he is not my favorite, I’ve spent the most time reading Friedrich Nietzsche.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

2. What is your favourite number?42. Not really. It’s 17. It’s prime and the least random number (17 is a fabulous number, read about it if you’re so inclined).

3. What is your favourite animal? I don’t have one.

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs? You can click the links in my menu button, I’m very boring though.

5. What is your favourite time of day? Night (maybe 12:30am). If left to my own devices, I’d probably be nocturnal.

6. What was your favourite vacation? Kauai is nearly perfect, as is Sweden. I enjoy going home to Boston too (best pizza in the US, no contest).

7. What is your favourite physical activity? Swimming.

8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Water.

9. What is your favourite flower? Tulips.

10. What is your passion? Living. I’m lucky to have lived as long as I have and hope to live at least 60 years more. Aside from that, the usual: movies, music, food, traveling, family and friends.

Here’s the part I’m modifying. You should absolutely go visit the following blogs, but I won’t make them do this (plus I’m being lazy and not checking their follower count), I’ll just tell them about it.

So I will leave it up to them. For those of you who like to be official, the actual rules are:

1. The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
2. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
5. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
7. No tag backs.

Rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you.
  • You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!

If you qualify (and I know a few of you don’t, but you still deserve a mention) and if you’d like a favorable way to waste time, do it. The rest of you, check them out, they don’t all talk about genres I read (and on occasion they even omit books), but they are all very lovely people. And you’ve all won the sunshine award if you choose to accept it.

Booksaremyfavouriteandbest
Annabel Smith
Picture Me Reading
JulzReads 
BookWanderer
Just Book Reading
Literary, Etc.
Sweet Tidbits
Bookishly Boisterous
Love Letters
Caffeinated Life
Cheap Thrills Book Blog

So if you choose to accept it, I’ve edited the post to include the 11 questions I’m supposed to create (it’s amazing what internet guilt can do):

1. Would you rather see sunrise or sunset?
2. Which book do you reread most often? Or do you not reread?
3. Do like to be scared (i.e. scary movie, roller-coaster)?
4. If so (or not), what scares you the most? For example, I am most frightened of aliens.
5. If you could choose, which superpower would you have?
6. What movie (or book, album, etc.) are you most anticipating this year? (I’m fairly certain I know the answer for a few of you, but I’d still like to know.)
7. What is your favorite song(s) of all time?
8. What is your guiltiest pleasure that you’re willing to admit? I, for example, don’t change the radio station when Taylor Swift comes on.
9. Do you have any tattoos? If you don’t and had to get one, what would it be?
10. What is your favorite (not best or hardest, but favorite) accomplishment?
11. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to know?

And, of course, visit the people who were so nice to think of me in the first place – Ruby Bastille and Froodianpseudoanalysis.

It might be the only time in my life I can say somebody thought of me and sunshine in the same sentence. And I might be inclined to send someone an award if they read through this entire post. At the very least, you deserve a gold star…

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  • rubybastille

    Huh, I could be convinced to try your basil/pineapple pizza. Pineapple changes a lot when it’s baked on a pizza…it seems like that combination could work. How about Thai basil with some marinated chicken thrown in?

    Also, no coffee ever?! I have never liked soda/carbonated things, so I’m with you there, but I can’t imagine a world without the occasional mocha.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s good, I promise. However, I really love both basil and pineapple, so I should not be trusted. I would eat Thai basil and chicken. I only really hate olives and onions on a pizza, everything else is fair game.

      No coffee ever, it’s just never appealed. I don’t care for the smell, which is probably the driving force behind that decision (I do like coffee ice cream a little). I do drink tea occasionally, mostly I just stick to water.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      And since I didn’t say it before, thank you for that fabulous guide to Portland!

  • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

    First off thank you for nominating me I feel priveleged to have gotten to you know you are fabulous and I like your dark sense of humour..no one buy my husband has ever said I am perfect so you are lucky, though I think he is loco to thinks so :) Great answers :)

    • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

      sigh..privileged..sigh..

      • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

        and buy=but..typo queen..

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          Truly, it is what every woman wants to hear: You have fabulous gums and perfect blood pressure. I can’t complain, I actually do like hearing that.

          And you’re welcome. I’m guilty of usually at least one typo per post, so now worries, I knew exactly what you meant.

          I think you’re a perfect book blogger, I mean you had a Doctor Who themed Christmas tree – you can’t beat that!

  • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com Charleen

    I LOVE pineapple and basil pizza! It’s fabulous.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m glad to know another person who appreciates such a delicious combination – it’s a rarity. I also updated the list to include you!

      • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com Charleen

        Oh my! Thank you! Who knew pizza toppings could be so powerful?

  • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

    I read to the end. May I have an award, please. I like awards that are made out of non-sequential used bills of varying denomination. American dollars or British sterling for preference, although I will accept euros at a pinch.

    You got the film right and I think the reference it was referencing right, too, although I’ve always avoided Shakespeare wherever possible, because he wrote loads of stuff about Gwyneth Paltrow who has iffy ideas about what is and is not a desirable diet and called her kid apple. Therefore I can’t ever bring myself to fully trust that William chap.

    Eurgh split infinitive.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      There are very few people who irritate me just by existing, but GP is one of them. However, I do still enjoy Shakespeare on occasion, mostly Much Ado About Nothing.

      I happen to really enjoy split infinitives and use them on occasion. That is actually how I found your blog, you commented on some other blog I was reading and there was a split infinitive in your comment – then you apologized for the split infinitive.

      If money was the reward, I’d keep it – I had to read through the whole post twice and there is probably still a typo in it. As an alternative, you’re welcome to my advance copy of Inferno.

      • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

        Split infinitives seem to (really, gah!) upset some people. I’m often bemused by the level of anger, particularly when it comes from people who routinely misuse apostrophes, which is surely the more egregious crime, you feel me, dawg.

        So in the perverse synapse firing that I choose to call my own brand of internal logic, sometimes I split those infinitives (and be damned!) and then point it out.

        It makes perfect sense to me.

        If there were a financial reward and I were in your position, I would keep it too, but I’d then proceed to lie about there ever having been any kind of financial reward. In fact I’d take a leaf from the counsel for OJ from THAT trial and attack the very existence of such concepts as ‘finance’ and ‘reward’ before shouting THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE until eventually people tired and left me alone with my money.

        Again, this makes perfect sense to me.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          I like split infinitives, but I do notice them (and I like when someone gets upset about it, it’s ridiculous in a very fun way). I also like to begin sentences with conjunctions and end them with prepositions, so I don’t judge.

          There’s something a bit masochistic about pointing out your own errors (though I would argue a split infinitive isn’t really an error).

          I’m glad it makes sense to you, because it’s lost on me.

          • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

            Story of my life…

            Your last sentence, not the bit about masochism – I charge quite a lot of money for that.

          • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

            I would assume that’s why you have the title of doctor.

            (The last sentence is the story of your life? There is something very troublesome about words with multiple meanings. It leaves everything open to interpretation, which probably says more about the interpreter than the creator.)

  • http://gravatar.com/justabookreader Amy

    High Fidelity is one of the best movies ever! Also, thanks for leaving me all the avocados. :)

    Thanks for the mention too.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m glad you agree, High Fidelity is great (and so are top fives). And take all the avocados you want, I WANT to like them, I just don’t – not even guacamole.

      You’re welcome – even if you did give up on Swamplandia.

  • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

    “I’m glad it makes sense to you, because it’s lost on me.” = your last sentence, the one I said was the story of my life.

    I’m thinking of giving myself a new title, bored of doctor. Maybe ‘Vice President In Charge Of Life Studies Frood.’

    On the basis that my pal Friedrich got an airing somewhere up the page, …logically proper names…confusion…language games…internal blah…Bertrand Russell…Wittgenstein.

    Language is confusion, hence trouble, but it’s broadly a good thing.

    I started to write a really involved and long-winded paragraph about why a language that was designed not to be capable of causing confusion or leaving room for interpretation would also be incapable of being understood properly if at all by more than 1 person. Then I remembered Russell did it already using Stalin as an example. And then I remembered Good Will Hunting and the education we could all get for a buck fifty plus late charges. And then I thought about how Matt Damon is an odd sort of movie star because I bet he wears a fleece when it’s cold and has practical footwear.

    What was I saying?

    I’m surprised you don’t like guacamole. No reason why I should find it surprising.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Thanks for clarifying what my last sentence was, I wasn’t quite sure. And you answered my question without actually answering my question – impressive.

      By troublesome, I meant entertaining – which I would agree is a good thing.

      I had a Friedrich phase when I was younger and questioning what the point of this all is. It was not helpful. I never read much of Freud’s work (though I am reading the novel ‘Freud’s Mistress’, which I’m sure will be factually enlightening about the immorality of everyone).

      Matt Damon is a practical sort of person, he gave a couple of his children rhyming names. I don’t like guacamole (and avocado), solely based on the texture of it. It’s the same reason I don’t like raw tomatoes or jello.

      • http://froodianpseudoanalysis.wordpress.com DrFrood

        Yeah I think my superpower is saying a lot without actually saying anything at all. Ok maybe Superman can fly, but then again Superman is a show-off.

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