Sunday, April 14, 2013

An Award!!!!

When a jeans and tee shirt kind of lady gets nominated for the Oscars, she has to don an evening gown and try to look comfortable in it. When I have two fellow bloggers nominate me for an Award, I have to do the same, and post something that is considerably longer than 100 words.

This is the Award that was passed on to me by Failed Experiments & Experimental Failings and Voices in my Head. Thank you Sujata Ravi and Emmy Leigh.

This particular award is for blogs participating in the a-z challenge and with fewer than 200 followers, to give them a bit of a boost.
To accept the nomination I have to fulfil these requirements:
  1. Post the award on my blog
  2. Thank the blogger who gave me the award and link back to their site
  3. Post 11 random facts about myself
  4. Answer 11 questions that the presenter of the award has asked
  5. Nominate 11 new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers that I want to pass the award on to
  6. Ask my nominees 11 questions of my own

Here are 11 random facts about myself- 

1. I always wanted a daughter, but ended up having two sons. Now, I can't imagine being the mother of a girl

2. I still have the stuffed toy doggie that someone gave me on my second birthday 40 years back. And I love her as much now as I did when I was a child

3. I would go through multiple mugs of coffee everyday, till I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and asked to stop completely. Darjeeling Tea is my current poison

4. I am addicted to Sudoku, and cannot start the day before solving the daily puzzle in the newspaper

5. I started driving after I turned 34, and took swimming lessons a month before my 36th birthday. Haven't learnt any new skills since then

6. Till a few years back, I thought it took supernormal ability to run anything longer than 5 kilometers. I've got four full marathons under my belt now

7. Growing up, I wanted to be a scientist. I ended up with a degree in business management

8. The first story I finished was a Harry Potter fan-fiction. I owe the awesome community of HP fan-fiction writers a debt for getting me to believe in myself as a writer

9. Many of my "virtual" friends are much dearer to me than real life ones

10. I don't like the colour pink, precisely because it is so closely associated with a gender

11. My pile of "To Be Read" books doesn't just threaten to topple over, it does so with alarming regularity

Here are the 11 questions Sujata asked -
1) What does your name mean? Do you like your name? Have you ever wanted to change it?
I was named for the heroine of War and Peace. I love my name, and have never wanted to change it.

2) Why did you start your blog?
Five glorious years get over in July! I never thought I would last as long as I have.

3) Tea or coffee?
Tea, because coffee has been banned for medical reasons

4) If you could revisit a  day or a certain period of your life, what would it be?
I am happy in the Now, but would love to meet my father again
5) What’s your favourite thing about the internet?
The friends I have made

6) Do you think all this technology and social media has made us better or worse at being social?
No. But it has changed the definition of "close friends"

7) What’s your favourite food?
Chocolates. Need you ask?

8) Are you a city person or a country-side person?
Both. I feed off the pulse of the city, but  will be equally happy in a village (though in a different way)

9) If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d buy or spend on?
I'm not sure I really desire anything that money can buy all that much. Will probably keep it aside for later. 

10) Why did you decide to do the A-Z challenge this year?
I've been a part of it since it started, and it has become a habit.

11) Describe yourself in 4 words.

That's easy- "A Mother of Two". Once you become a mother, everything else is secondary

The 11 questions that Emmy asked -

1) What’s your favourite TV program?
I don't watch TV

2) If you were buying a book for someone who doesn’t usually read, what would you buy?
Depends on who it is. I'll try to pick a book they would like.

3) Fiction reading or non-fiction reading?
Fiction over non-fiction any day, though I like non-fiction too

4) Do you read more than you write or write more than you read?
Have written precious little in the last few years.

5) What’s for breakfast?
Oats and milk

6) Type or handwrite?
Both. When I don't have access to a computer, I scribble on whatever piece of paper I find.

7) What was your favourite childhood tv or book character?

I wanted to be Fatty from the Enid Blyton series

8) How do you think the world will end?
The way science predicts it will. I am certain we will not blow ourselves up.

9) Radio/music or TV in the background?
Neither. Love the sound of silence

10) Housework: love it or loathe it?
You must be joking right? Loath it, though I try to ignore it as long as I can

11) How good are you at doing what you know you should do?
Fairly good. When I am convinced something needs to be done, I generally do it

Now to nominate a couple of blogs that are a part of the challenge
1) Apocalypse Now
2)  This Crazy Writing Life
3) Princess of Procrastination
4) Bronx Tales and Inner Musings
5) The Furry Tale Chronicles
6) Writing in the Rain
7) Writing for Pleasure
8) Lots of Crochet Stitches

Eleven questions of my own.
1) If you could be one character from fiction, who would it be?
2) Is there any one character who you think is pure Evil?
3) Betraying your friends, or betraying your principles- which is worse?
4) Mathematics or Literature- which subject did you like more in school?
5) Would you dance in the rain, or run for shelter?
6) Favourite word(s)
7) If money was no object, where would you go for your next holiday?
8) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
9) The one colour you will never wear?
10) Favourite drink?
11) Where do you see yourself in 11 years?

That's it. See you again tomorrow with an easy post of 100 words :-)


Rosalind Adam said...

Firstly, thank you so much for the shout out. I really appreciate it. I found your answers really interesting, especially the one about coffee. I too have hypothyroidism and can only manage one cup of coffee maximum a day but I didn't know they were linked. I also love and agree with your comment, once you become a mother everything else is secondary. So true.

Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

Anonymous said...

Natasha - Congratulations and well done! You richly deserve this award and many others too.

I know just what you mean about being a mother. When you become a parent, everything changes, including your identity. Oh, and I love your name, too. All your other answers are fabulous as well, so I could keep on and on,'s time for me to have a piece of chocolate ;-).

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the award,
I would be honoured to accept the award but would it be alright if I do all that is required after the A to Z as I left all my A to Z poems at my sons' in Spain when I visited him and am doing each day as it comes.
Thank you for awarding me the award it is much appreciated.

Chuck said...

Thank you very much Natasha! I received this a month or so ago from Monti Sikes when I had 194 followers. But even now with 203 I know I could use a few more.

Since I am in sort of a time crunch getting to go on vacation this Saturday, I will have to delay replying until after I get back. I may get a chance to work on those Q&A's while I am relaxing in the sun in Honduras!

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Natasha said...

@ Yvonne- take your time. But do tag me when you do it, because I would love to see your answers

@ Chuck- wasn't really looking at the number of followers- and we can all do with a bit more, can't we?

@ Margot- chocolate is the answer, isn't it? Now I forgot the question

@ Rosalind - my doc told me to cut it out completely. I haven't, but I have one mug in like two months. If you can go without for a week or so, why don't you try it out and see if you feel better?

Jan Morrison said...

Natasha - thank you so much for this award. I generally have a rule about no awards but I will make an exception for this one as I love anything that helps those with the A to Z Challenge! Loved your responses and I will try and do this today so I can get back to my A to Zeding! Love the story of your name so much and it is NO surprise to me!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations :) I've recently celbrated 5 years blogging and it's hard to believe I've lasted long :) You're right about motherhood, your whole world shifts.

Jen HaHA said...

Your first random fact about yourself resonates with me. When I had my 2nd son a friend told me that she was sorry that I didn't get a girl. Sorry? I had a healthy baby boy, what's there to be sorry about? He's the spitting image of me, my mini-me. Also, I love "A Mother of Two" as your four words to describe yourself. I did an ice breaker speech for Toastmasters which can be about anything you want about yourself. I spoke about my boys because they are my life and define me. Some of the criticism had to do with not telling more about myself. Hello, didn't you get my point.

Anyway, it was nice learning more about you! Congrats on your award 😁

Hyperlink again
Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

M. J. Joachim said...

Congratulations and thank you, Natasha. I mentioned you and linked to your blog in today's post.

Got a kick out of your answers to some of these questions. Thanks so much for sharing this award with me:)

Best of Monday to you!
M. J.


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