The One Where I Tell You More About Me – Liebster’d

February 4, 2013

I’ve received a Liebster award!

What’s a Liebster award? Well, some time ago, a German blogger saw fit to bestow some linky-love to fellow bloggers who had less than 3000 followers. (“Liebster” means “dearest”) The award does two things – let’s a blogger know that their writing is loved and appreciated and 2) gives other bloggers an opportunity to meet new readers.

This time around, I’ve received one from Rivki Silver, a blogger I met through the awesome Renee Schuls-Jacobson. Both of these ladies are super lovely and talented, so I couldn’t possibly ignore my Liebster duties, which are:

1) Tell 11 things about yourself.
2) Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

There are three more steps, but as I’ve received this award in the past, I won’t be doing the following:

3) Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
4) Nominate 11 bloggers.
5) Get in contact with those bloggers to inform them that you nominated them.


First up, 11 things about me.

1. My MBTI personality type is an INFP.

In the world of Avengers, I would be the Bruce Banner of group. Firefly, I’m Wash. Star Trek: TNG, I’m Wesley.

2. I’m a little bit of a nerd. (see the comparisons in question 1)

3. I have a habit of trying new little things, then moving on to something else. This explains the drawers full of quilting fabric, knitting supplies, and other crafty bric-a-brac. If I were wealthy, there would probably be an old car up on blocks partially restored.

It’s a problem.

4. I am the middle child of five children. I am the least funny of the five.

5. I love animals of all kinds. Again, if money was no object, I would have acres of land with every animal I could legally own. Including reptiles, birds, and possibly a snake or two. I love all creatures.

Except roaches. I hate them. With a passion.

6. I got into my first fist fight when I was six. One of the boys on the playground at school told me I couldn’t play in the “fort” (a row of bushes) because I was a girl. When I tried to ignore him, he pushed me. So I punched him in the chest and threw him to the ground.

I did not get in trouble, because none of the teachers believed that I was fighting.

7. I was born in Connecticut – which tends to make people assume I grew up with money. I always have to add the “in Bridgeport” part for them to believe my government cheese stories.

8. I’ve lived in three states: Connecticut, Florida, and Washington. I sometimes feel the need to live in Southern California just to have a four corners thing going.

9. I have a few OCD tendencies (not joking). Sadly, they don’t carry over to something useful, like keeping my house clean.

10. I’ve recently developed a very strong desire to pick up and move to Scotland. A small, quiet, far away town. (See my INFP declaration above.)

11. I am of Cuban, Italian, and British descent. And my Italian grandfather claims that we are Jewish, because he had a Jewish wetnurse. (He also claims that white tigers are a hoax, and we once argued about the definition of a paralellogram.)


And now, for the question portion of our interview, provided by the lovely Rivki:

  1. If you could outsource any domestic chore or duty, which one would you choose?

Laundry. Actually, just putting laundry away. I like sorting it and tossing it in the machines just fine. It gives me an excuse to catch up on Downton Abbey. But I am terrible at putting laundry away. Either I take so long to get it to where it belongs that it all needs to be washed again, or I put it away in such a rush that my closets/drawers are a disaster area.

  1. What mitzvah, or spiritual practice, do you connect with the most?


  1. If you could rename yourself, what name would you pick?

When I was in first grade, I told my P.E. teacher I wanted to be Nicole (my middle name). Now – I like guys names on girls. I wouldn’t mind being a James. Since I don’t feel like changing the name my lovely parents bestowed upon me, I gave the heroine of my novel the name instead. [Plug time! If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my novel, all of February’s proceeds are going to help a friend with cancer. You can check out the blog my bestest friends set up for her here.]

  1. What’s your proudest accomplishment?

052This guy. –>

He is by no means perfect, but it amazes me that he’s a product of something I did. And continues to be a product of what I do every day.

I seriously could not love this little boy more.

Even if it did take several painful days for him to get here.

  1. What’s your favorite Broadway musical?

That one is super tough. I’m a really big fan of all things Sondheim. Sunday in the Park with George is probably one of my favorites.

Of more recent plays, particularly ones that are slightly less popular, I would have to go with Urinetown. It’s hilarious.

  1. Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve visited?

That one is tough. It’s not that I’ve been a ton of places, but I am trying to decide what kind of beauty moved me. I took an amazing trip through Mexico with one of my best friends.

And not “resort Mexico”. We drove from Puebla to Oaxaca City, then to the Oaxacan coast. We saw Mexican cities, ancient ruins, coffee plantations, newborn turtles, beaches; there was so much variety and color. I loved it.

It’s possible that everything was that much more beautiful, as I spent the trip thinking that I might be pregnant. (A few weeks later, back home in the States, I discovered I was!)

  1. What song would you listen to for a boost of energy?

At the moment, Breezeblocks by Alt-J.

  1. What do you consider comfort food?

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie.

Or a nice bowl of chowder with freshly baked bread.

  1. Prior to marriage, did you have a “list” of qualities you wanted in a spouse?  If so, how close was your list to reality?

I was never a big list person. I wanted someone who was kind and generous. Someone who I could discuss an article from The Economist with, then shortly after make poop jokes.

While my husband (of 11 years in May) isn’t necessarily exactly what I might have guessed I would have married, he does handle a poop joke with the best of them.

  1. If you could play any instrument, which one would it be?

At the moment, ukulele. Mostly because I just ordered one.

I did play French Horn in school, and I did grow to love it. Even if I originally chose it because no one wanted to play it – which meant I could borrow one from the school for free instead of renting. (This also factored into my brother’s choice of baritone saxophone.)

  1. You won a free trip to anywhere you like.  Where would you go?

Scotland. Right now, it’s the top of my list. It just seems like the perfect place to hideaway and write.

Going back to Australia is a close second.


Thanks again to Rivki for the award! Did my answers raise more questions? Feel free to ask your own in the comments, or share a little something about yourself!

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  • Reply renée a. schuls-jacobson February 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love you more than ever.

    And you are totally funny. Duh!

    • Reply Amber West February 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I never said I wasn’t funny – just that I have siblings that are way funnier. Which says something. 😉

  • Reply humandisaster18 February 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Aw man I made shepherd’s pie tonight! I could’ve made extra for you!

    • Reply Amber West February 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      YUM! It’s the best.

      I think maybe we need to have a comfort themed evening soon. 🙂

  • Reply Rivki Silver February 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    loved it! And I totally hear you on the laundry.

    • Reply Amber West February 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

      My inability to get clothes from their clean state from a pile on the couch to where they belong drives the hubs crazy.

  • Reply Catie Rhodes February 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing yourself, Amber. I really enjoyed reading. I share your desire to live in a quiet, far away town. Because I want to stay in Texas, my fantasy move is to Rocksprings in Edwards County. The population of Rocksprings is 1285. The population of Edwards County as a whole is 2002. The country out there looks like the set of a spaghetti western.

    (The reason I think I’ll always live in Texas is that my ancestors fought in the Texas Revolution; we’ve been here since before this was even a state. This place is in my bones, my blood, and my imagination.)

    • Reply Amber West February 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Catie, I could totally see wanting to stay in an area that you have such a connection with! I only lived in Connecticut until I was 8, but I always felt more like I belonged there than here in FL. Glad someone gets my desire to be in a tiny town. 🙂

  • Reply gingercalem February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Great getting to know you. We have quite a few things in common, like the roach-hate thing. My heart literally races. *shudder*

    • Reply Amber West February 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I’m normally very self-sufficient. I’m the one who puts things together and repairs things for the most part…but a roach appears and I’m suddenly squealing, “KILL IT! KILL IT!”

  • Reply Lauralynn Elliott February 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I loved learning all those things about you! 🙂

    • Reply Amber West February 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Aw, thanks! Part of me always thinks, “who cares?” but then when I do posts like this, I get a lot of nice comments. So I guess you all DO care. 😉

  • Reply Tiffany A White February 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I never tire of reading you write about… you! GREAT post!!

  • Reply Marcy Kennedy February 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    If your siblings are funnier than you, I wouldn’t be able to eat or drink anything at one of your family gatherings for fear of choking! 🙂

  • Reply Jaycel February 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    What? Poop joke? That’s the only attribute I get? I guess I have some work to do. *sigh

  • Reply Amber West February 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I burn lots of calories laughing when we are all together.

  • Reply Julie Glover February 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    As a fellow INFP, I was thrilled to see that I was Bruce Banner and Wash. I don’t think I relate to Wesley, though. I thought Deanna Troi might be the NF among the Trek bunch. I looked up Celebrity INFPs (don’t know how accurate this is, of course) and was intrigued to see Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, John Lennon, Tim Burton, Tori Amos, Vincent Van Gogh, and William Shakespeare listed in this personality type (http://www.celebritytypes.com/infp.php). If so, wouldn’t be awesome for us to host them all at dinner, Amber? What a treat!

    When I read the musical instrument question, I immediately spouted “piano!” I could kick myself for quitting piano lessons as a child, and a keyboard now sits in the room where I write and gathers dust. Maybe someday…

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