Hello, hello! I have a scheduled post for you fine folks while I am sitting on a sunny beach in Varadero sipping on something tropical and watching Little frolic in the waves. Unless I have been hit with Montezuma’s Revenge, in that case I am most likely huddled up in my room praying to the porcelain gods.
I have been nominated for a Liebester Award by Salt. How cool is that?
What exactly is the Liebster Award?
It helps to generate attention for new and upcoming bloggers, generally those with 200 followers or less and I am so grateful that Salt thought of me. As with other awards there are rules:
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger
- Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you
- 11 random facts about yourself
- List some bloggers with fewer than 200 followers that you really feel deserve a little blogging love!
- Let all of the bloggers know you have nominated them. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you!
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated to answer
And here are Salt’s questions and my answers.
1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging in 2006 at Hurry Up n Wait. It was a safe place for me to share my thoughts, fears, frustrations with others in the IF community. I ‘met’ some wonderful people during this journey and while we all had a different story to share we all had one thing in common. Infertility. This blog followed my journey, heartbreak, tears and eventually success. Graeme, aka Little, was born on August 3, 2007. Later I blogged on and off at Mud Puddles about our family life after Graeme was born, Mister’s life with a Special Forces unit and raising sheep for the first time. After leaving my job in July of 2013 I wanted to put my voice out there again but felt Hurry Up n Wait and Mud Puddles were not the place to do it so along came Dunwaetin (as in Done Waiting). I wasn’t sure what direction the blog would go in but when running became such a big part of who I am so did the posts in my blog.
2. What is your favorite race you’ve ever run in? I haven’t run a lot of races but so far my favorite race has to be the Canada Army Run this past September. You can read my recap here.
3. What do you think about when you are out on a long run? I haven’t given much thought to what I think about when running. If I’m outside sometimes my mind wanders and I find myself thinking about things like dinner, friends, blog posts but mostly I shut my brain down and just run. I find it easier to get through 2 hours that way. If I’m on the treadmill I distract myself with music and Netflix series.
4. Favorite brand of shoes? (Running and/or otherwise?) For running it is Mizuno’s, hands down. I started in the Wave Enigma 2’s and I’m now running in the Sayonara’s. They are both a neutral shoe and I love everything about them. As for other shoes I am a big fan of Skechers and Merrells, both make my feet feel like they are being hugged. I have a closets full of high heels but since leaving work I haven’t had many opportunities to wear them which is probably a good thing because running in heels can be painful.
5. What is your favorite way to cross train? I haven’t been doing much cross training lately but when I do it’s usually yoga and weights for my upper body.
6. Guilty pleasure movie? I’m not sure if it’s a guilty pleasure but I can watch Shawshank Redemption over and over again. If I am scrolling through the channels and I see it I always tune to it, regardless of how far into the movie it is. I have lost count of how many times I have watched it.
7. What is one skill that you have always wanted to learn? I would love to be a better swimmer. I can paddle my way from one end of the pool to the other but I don’t have the grace or co-ordination to swim laps.
8. What was your favorite class in high school? Toss up between English and Drama. I had the same teacher (Ms. Schilling) for both and she was the kind of person who always made you feel good about yourself and your accomplishments. The first two years of high-school were not my “finest hour“, poor peer group choices and lack of confidence made grades 9 and 10 hard but when I came into Ms. Schilling’s Drama class later in grade 10 and English classes through grades 11 and 12 she always made me feel great about what I was doing.
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My family, they are pretty amazing.
10. What is your favorite food? Do I have to choose just one? I love ALL.THE.FOOD. except liver, can’t stand liver.
11. Let’s imagine that you’ve reached your physical peak and now you’re unable to get any faster, regardless of training. If an omnipotent being offered you a deal where if you were to be less intelligent by a certain %, you’ll gain that % in speed, would you take this deal? And if so, what would the % be? I’m not sure if this is a deal I would take, I’m not an élite athlete by any means and have no grand illusions of ever being one so I don’t think an increased speed % would benefit anything other than my ego although at 43 I’m sure my brain function is on its way to declining by a percentage every year so I guess I wouldn’t notice much of a difference.
Eleven Random Facts About Me
- My parents are from the UK and even though I was born in Canada I spoke with an English accent until I began school at the age of 4. When I am around anyone with an English accent I find myself speaking with one again. UK phrases and words pepper my speech and this drives the Mister crazy. “It’s a POT, not a SAUCEPAN and we put things in the GARBAGE not the BIN.“
- I have one younger brother that I teased relentlessly when we were kids. I would pin him down by his shoulders and hang spit over his face. I’d like to think we’ve moved past this type of juvenile behaviour but there may have been times recently when we have spit watermelon seeds at one another.
- It took me being a runner to appreciate and love my body for what it is and not what I thought it should be. I can honestly say I feel sexy 99.99% of the time, even without the help of a push-up bra.
- I am confident with driving a standard vehicle and feel like a bad-ass when driving one. I even taught the Mister how to drive a stick.
- I am a procrastinator and will put pretty much everything off until the last-minute … however ….
- I am a list maker and always feel like I’m missing something if I have to “wing it” without a list.
- My past careers have included: Hairstylist and Day Care provider.
- The scariest night of my life was April 17th, 2002. As a military partner the thing you dread most is the not knowing and the knock on the door.
- My pinkie toes are so small and have a crooked bend that it sometimes looks like I don’t have any. I get my crazy toes from my Dad and my Gran. Big 1 and Little have the same crooked toes.
- For Halloween one year I entered a Wet T-Shirt contest when I was 19 and came in second place to a guy dressed like a woman. Sambuka shots may have been involved.
- I have an irrational fear of bridges. When crossing over one I always have to think of a plan to escape from the vehicle in the event that we go over the edge.
Paying It Forward – I hereby nominate …
Sara at Life Between the Miles – Sara is currently training for Boston and is one kick-ass lady!
Ashley at Show Me Ashley – A military spouse, Ashley has just finished her second half marathon and loves all things Disney.
Lori at Journey to Fit & Healthy – Another Canadian blogger who is new to running, Lori has been training for an April race with her daughter.
Questions for Sara, Crystal, Ashley and Lori:
1. What is your favorite vegetable?
2. Who knows your heart better than anyone?
3. Where is your favorite place to be?
4. What do you do for work and do you enjoy it?
5. Where is the coolest place you have ever traveled to?
6. What book could you read over and over?
7. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
8. What is your favorite part of your body?
9. What is your favorite meal of the day?
10. When did you start running and why?
11. What is your favorite holiday?
Tell me one random fact about you.