It seems I’ve won something. Blogger mamacormier has nominated A Glass Half Full for a Liebster Award! What’s that, I hear you ask…and you’re not the only one. I hadn’t heard of this award, but I follow mamacormier (a school teacher from Toronto), so I did a bit of research and found that it’s an award that bloggers give to other bloggers that they like. “Liebster” is German for “favourite”. It’s a nice way of saying thanks to the bloggers you enjoy reading. Thank you Carol!
Really, it’s a bit of fun so before the year’s hard work starts, let’s give it a go.
The rules of this award go like this:
1. If you could be any famous person from history who would you be? This question really made me scratch my head. I’m not sure I’d like to have been him, but I’m a great admirer of Captain James Cook, the British explorer who mapped Australia and New Zealand and explored much of the Pacific islands in the 1770s. In those days it was like going to the moon…but with less idea of what you would find when you got there. Those early explorers were amazingly brave – and how beautiful and unspoiled the world must have been then. Most of the time, I am happy being who I am.
2. If you could choose anything what would your last meal consist of? Good Kiwi girl…I reckon it would have to be a lamb roast (or lamb chops), with green beans and mashed potatoes. And wine. Dessert not necessary…but if pressed, creme caramel.
3. Where in the world would you most like to live? Right now, right here in Brisbane. But the Cook Islands is very tempting…and my heart never leaves New Zealand.
4. What languages do you speak? Sadly, only English. I used to have a smidgen of pretty bad French…
5. What is your favourite name for a boy? … a girl? My daughters are called Sophie and Jessica. If they had been boys they would have been Jack and Max (after my father). My nephew has called his newborn Max.
6. If you could change careers what would you like to do? Own a bookshop – maybe a second-hand bookshop. But I might find it hard to keep my nose out of the books and on the business.
7. What is the most dangerous or reckless thing you’ve ever done? Dangerous and reckless are two different things. I suppose I’ve done dangerous things but not necessarily recklessly. Quite a bit of time on the back of a motorcycle (behind a good rider!), which some would think is both. This included a three-month trip from Athens to London – and I mostly felt quite safe. But if we’re talking the scariest thing…a lot of zip-lining in the rainforests of Laos a couple of years ago. Terrified of heights, it was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. Scarier than childbirth.
8. What is your go to meal when you get unexpected company? Indian takeaway. Or any takeaway really.
9. Do you have any regrets in life? or what would you do differently? Je ne regrette rien. There may be some small things I’d have done differently, but mostly mistakes are just ways of learning. No major regrets at all, despite life not always turning out how I’d hoped.
10. Who was your favourite teacher and why? That’s easy. Mrs June Grenfell, who was my teacher in what was then called Form 1 at Intermediate School in New Zealand. I was 11. She left to go on a teacher’s exchange to England, and before she did she wrote in my autograph book (very big with kids in those days): “To Lee, wishing you a very happy future…in journalism, perhaps?” I didn’t know what journalism was, so I found out and that set me on the track to becoming a journalist. I’ve never wanted to be anything else – the best and most interesting career anyone could wish for. I’ve loved every minute, and had some amazing experiences, and met wonderful people. I found my tribe. Mrs Grenfell changed my life, and didn’t even know it.
11. What would you like to invent? A teleporter (Beam me up, Scotty!) so I don’t have to sit through long flights. Zap me there instead.
Nominating 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers is a bit tricky. Some of the blogs I follow are quite well established, and I have no idea how many followers most of them have. But mostly I’ve chosen them because they make me laugh, or cry, I like their writing style, or I learn something from them. Here is my list of bloggers that I’d like to nominate for the Liebster Award (but I won’t be offended if you don’t keep the tag-game going!). If it brings you a few more readers, I’ll be happy!