A Liebster Award

I was delighted when a friend that I admire reached out to tell me that she was nominating this blog for a Liebster Award, which apparently is like a Grammy for Bloggers.   (Finally!  I have an excuse for all of the times I’ve stood in the bathroom mirror practicing my acceptance speech and holding a hairbrush as a mock trophy).  In all seriousness, a Liebster Award is a nice way to discover new blogs and writers.

The friend and blogger is Emily who blogs at Em-i-lis.   She is a funny and witty mom with a big smile and spitfire spirit.  She describes herself as a servantless, stay-at-home, and cooking obsessed mom.  Emily and I met this summer at the BlogHer Pathfinders day and I felt like I had known her for years.  Check out her blog and you’ll feel that way too.

Nomination Questions Posed

Below are the questions that Emily posed to me for the nomination and my responses:

What is your favorite nickname, bestowed by another or self-inflicted?

Kiki. My brother called me Kiki when he was little and couldn’t say Carissa. Its become a term of endearment from him, my husband and many others throughout the years. It was a lot of fun in college!

With whom would you most like to have dinner (that you’ve not yet)?

My 7-year-old daughter, Annabelle.  I’d welcome the chance to share a meal with her and remind her to finish her vegetables while she rolls her eyes, picks on her siblings and listen to her explain the best part of her day.  She died unexpectedly when at 38.5 weeks into my pregnancy, I had a placental hemorrhage for no explainable reason so I can only imagine the sound of her voice or favorite foods.  

Our dinner table always feels like someone in missing.  Always.  In fact, if the day ever comes when I sit down for a meal and it feels like my family is complete and entirely present, then I’ll know that I have arrived in Heaven.

Why do you blog?

I was a Facebook enthusiast and used the social site as a way to stay connected with long distance friends and family.  Everyone told me I should blog, but I didn’t even understand what a blog was.  After enough encouragement from others I thought I’d give it a try.  However, I kept the blog a secret for years until The Huffington Post published a piece I wrote last winter.  Since then its been a great tool to connect with people all over the world and make friends near and far.

Mostly, I enjoy the blog as a way to keep myself diligent with my writing and to capture memories in the making and work through my thoughts.

What’s your favorite way to spend an afternoon?

I think my ideal afternoon would be spent surrounded by the people I love the most, outside near a large body of water with beautiful fall colors as a backdrop and the temperature being just warm enough to feel the sunshine on my face, but cool enough to be in a cozy fleece and sneakers.

What have you learned about yourself and/or your interests via blogging/writing?

Blog posts, Facebook updates, Instagram photos and Twitter tweets have made me more mindful of the everyday beauty in life.

Let’s break for an easy one: Sweet or salty?

Both – at once.

Off the top of your mind, what are your favorite three books that aren’t your own (for you pubbed authors)?

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

But most recently, I really loved:  
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
(so it might possibly knock one of the others out of the Top Three)

What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever received?

Stop complaining and make a change.  That was from my mom during my sophomore year of college and propelled me to make one of the best decisions of my life and study abroad in Luxembourg.

If you love to cook, what’s your favorite utensil? If you hate to cook, what’s your favorite dish prepared by others?

I absolutely do not love to cook, but I do love the tradition and simplicity of a good old fashioned wooden spoon (but Emily, I love that you asked this question!)

What’s one of your favorite destinations (you could have gone once or many times)?


My Nominees and Questions

In the good old Girl Scout spirit of making new friends, but keeping the old with some being silver and some being gold, I’m nominating women bloggers that I’ve known a short time, and women bloggers I’ve known a long time.  Some I connected with via my pieces on The Huffington Post, some I connected with via friends of friends, and some I connected with back in college.  But all have content that I enjoy reading and I hope you do too.

Elayna at 5280mama.com in Denver and Meg of Mom Meet Mom. Both are doing something pretty great in connecting moms to each other.

  • What inspired you to help woman connect to one another at this stage of life?
  • How about a round of Rose and Thorn?  What was the best part of your past week, and what was the worst?
  • How is how you grew up similar to how your kids are growing up, and how is it different?
  • What is the one book you want your child to read when they are older?
  • What do you collect?
  • If you could take a cross country road trip, who would you invite to join you and why?
  • What is your guilty pleasure?

Also Mary Clare at Westward Ho who is chronicling her journey from the Midwest to the West Coast and Alexis at The Page of Aquarius who is a wise soul with important thoughts to share.

  • What inspired you to start blogging?
  • How about a round of Rose and Thorn?  What was the best part of your past week, and what was the worst?
  • How is the way you grew up playing a role in your current adventures?
  • What was the last book that you read?
  • What do you collect?
  • If you could take a cross country road trip, who would you invite to join you and why?
  • What is your guilty pleasure?

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1 Comment on A Liebster Award

  1. Em-i-Lis
    October 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Carissa,
    I loved reading your answers and getting to know you a bit better. Hope to connect again in person sometime; BlogHer ’14?
    🙂 Emily


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