Finding myself in the Middle East

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ding Ding Ding!

I've been chosen for the Liebster Blog Awards! Selected, you might say! Or you might not. You might say something else, like, Oh nos, we are all out of vanilla ice cream and plastic spoons. You might. I don't really know you, you see. You could say anything at all, and far be it from me to assume.
You know what happens when we assume, don't you?
That's right, you might run out of vanilla ice cream. And spoons.
Oh, you thought I was going to say something else?
See, it's because you don't really know me. But now you will! Thanks to these probing questions thought up by TooYoungToTeach at you will find out more about me than you ever dreamed of! Or alternatively, more about me than you actually wanted to know. In which case, you can go browse or something while I bare my soul.
The Liebster Blog Award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The rules are:
1. Tell 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers, and post 11 questions for them to answer.
4. Contact those bloggers whom you nominated, to inform them of their nomination.
Am I the only one who is extremely confused about the difference between numbers 1 and 2? 
Anyway, here we go:

1)      Chocolate or Vanilla?
As a kid, when we used to get that family-sized tri-colored ice-cream that came in a cardboard box that instantly got soggy but was okay because there were so many of us that it was all used up the first time we opened it, I would resolutely choose strawberry. Because no one else did as their first choice, and I needed to be the sole Strawberry in a sea of people who looked just like me but favored chocolate or vanilla. I needed to Stand Out Somehow. I still think that strawberry is my favorite flavor. To find out whether this is true or not would require more therapy than I have time or money for. It's cheaper just to buy ice-cream. 
2)      Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Excellent question. It depends. I am a bit of a literature snob and therefore usually anything that is older=better. Obviously, Lord of the Rings is the Original, and also, he didn't need to use cutesy, relate-able characters to get you interested in his world. So my official answer is LOTR. But if you were to get me drunk (please?) I might be forced to admit to rereading Harry Potter, and only reading LOTR that one time. 
3)      Who was your favorite/influential teacher, and why?
I  have a terrible memory for teachers. They tend to blur together and in my natural pessimism, I remember the ones who hurt me more clearly than the ones who helped. But, I do remember that in fifth grade, my English teacher used to read the handful of compositions that she deemed "best" in front of the class, and she read my composition every single time we handed one in. I know that a lot of teachers would say that it's not fair, and to give other girls a chance, but she would say that mine was always of the best, and that's why she read it. Not PC, I know, but from then on, I started thinking of myself as a Writer. 
4)      What did you wanna be when you grew up. What are you today (or are you still growing up)
Still growing up, definitely. And I want to be the kind of person who can look at myself in the mirror every night and say, "Good job. You gave it your all today." 
Also, no wrinkles and zero percent body fat. Hey, don't make that face at me, Internet. I'm looking in the mirror ANYWAY, and while I'm wishing, I'll wish all the way. 
Also, a princess. And a fireman. A Princess-Fireman.
5)      What’s your favorite (or one of your favorite books) and why?
Oooh, too many fish in the sea. I'll pick one. I have not read anything new in ages that moved me, but an oldie-but-a-goody is Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog. It is brilliant, sharp, hysterical, great characterization, Sci-fi but not too Sci-fi if you know what I mean, satirizes an old favorite of mine (Three Men in a Boat) and is really all about The Grand Design without being too in your face. Read it! You won't regret it. Then read Three Men in a Boat. Then reread To say Nothing of the Dog. Then go to the store and pick up some vanilla ice cream and plastic spoons. 
6)      What is(are) your pet peeve(s)
Guests who don't eat dessert. I just can't trust someone who doesn't need to end his/her meal with something sweet. The reason that this is completely unreasonable and unfair is because I don't eat dessert either. Hey, you said Pet Peeve. You didn't say it had to make SENSE. 
7)      What is the biggest problem in the Jewish Community today?
There are many Jewish communities, and I think that the biggest problem we all face is that we are all extremely well-versed in and outraged about other communities' problems. If we would spend as much energy fixing our own issues as we do being breathlessly outraged by those who have nothing to do with us whatsoever, our world would be a better place. 
8)      Do you have any proposed solution to the previous question?
Yes. Legalize marijuana. Or go to the store and get that ice-cream already (don't forget the spoons. We can't eat with our hands.)--or whatever it is that will help everyone chill the heck out. It is so easy to be morally reprehenced (WHY is that not a word?) at others. Chill about others and look inside yourself instead. We are none of us perfect. 
9)      Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Are you kidding? I don't even have supper planned for tonight. And I have the first two chapters of a serial due on Monday and I don't even have a handle on the plot. Twenty years? I haven't the foggiest. I will tell you this, though; I better have my own personal helicopter or transporter or something by then. The 2000's have been very disappointing so far. 
10)   People who __________ are idiots. Fill in the blank.
call other people idiots
11)   What can always make you smile?
Turtle, in general. In specific, his tiny little almost-not-there nose combined with his generous layers of chins. Excuse me. I have to go squish him now. 
Okay, I'm supposed to nominate other people and ask them questions, too, but I am not sure if I need to contact the award people or whatever, and am therefore awaiting TooYoungToTeach's reply to my probing questions which reveal my thoroughness as well as my technological non-prowess. When all is understood, I shall post the nominees and my own 11 questions for them to answer. 
Until then--I don't remember the question, but ice cream--with a spoon--is definitely the answer. 


Maya Resnikoff said...

I just wanted to mention that I totally agree about To Say Nothing of the Dog- it's one of my favorites, and favorite re-reads, too. Some of Connie Willis' work is too tense for me, but that one, among some others, are just wonderful.

Princess Lea said...

Yeeeees, "To Say Nothing of the Dog"! Bad4 recommended it and I am so in love. I was so psyched that I found a favorite author that I eagerly took out the rest of her stuff.

Whoa. Not REMOTELY alike. Doom and gloom. How the heck did she write something so funny? Her other material is really disturbing.

I was thinking, if I actually did write up this meme, what I would write under "Jewish community problems," and I see you wrote exactly what I was thinking. Roooock on.

Malka said...

Wow. That is the best meme-answer I've ever read. I feel like I should celebrate with vanilla ice-cream: I have about 900 plastic spoons at home, so I'm ready!

Sporadic Intelligence said...

one word - ice cream.

And who uses plastic spoons, cones are what real people eat ice cream with.

Miri said...

Can I just say, politically correct or not, I'm grateful to your teacher because you are my favourite writer!
Oh and yes, ice-cream is definitely the right answer.

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