And the Liebster Award Goes To…


So it’s come to this…I got nominated for a Liebster Award! I’ve seen this award logo on many of the blogs I follow, so to be asked to join their ranks is quite flattering (See some of the Leibster’s history here). To actually win it, though, I have to jump through a few hoops first:

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the 11 questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

Who nominated me for this great honor? That would be Erica of Poppity Talks Classic Film. Erica is a wonderful, supportive friend and her blog is a great place to go for all things cinematic. Her posts are well-researched and interesting, with lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits, and what’s especially nice is how welcoming a place it is. I’m proud and touched that she thought of me for the Liebster.

Hoops One and Two are checks, so now it’s on to Number Three:

Eleven Facts About Myself

  1. I never learned how to ride a bike. Don’t know why, but I think I have a balance issue.
  2. The last book I finished was Travels With Charley. I have an ambition to read every John Steinbeck book at least once.
  3. I once waved to Michael W. Smith as he drove into the parking lot at the Y of the Rockies. I didn’t even think about it–I just waved. And yes, he waved back and smiled.
  4. My grandpa and I used to do trivia challenges like the Kennedys–we’d quiz each other on all kinds of things. Grandpa knew how to troll before it was cool, and would usually ask something like, “Are you sure that’s the right answer?” I always pulled out the encyclopedia in response and he would get tickled pink.
  5. Not to brag or anything, but I’ve made chocolate chip cookies so many times I don’t need to look at a recipe. Same thing with won ton soup and Nonna Luna’s Rice.
  6. I love museum work, and have been a docent with Placer County Museums Division since 2002. It’s awesome. I work with great folks, I’ve got access to an academic gold mine, and have met people from all over the world.
  7. When I can, I like playing the Sims. Haven’t tried Sims 4 yet, though, because my computer doesn’t have the right CPU or memory capability. No, I haven’t removed any pool ladders. Not lately, anyway. 😉
  8. Tom Hanks, Bobby McFerrin and I went to the same university, Sacramento State, although Hanks didn’t graduate. Stingers up!
  9. When it comes to my blog, I tend to compose in my head, although I will go back and revise once things are written down. I guess it’s a result of writing tons of blue book exams and what we called boilermakers–it’s enabled me to organize my thoughts relatively quickly. I’ll also read posts out loud because that’s a great way to test readability.
  10. I collect published diaries, both novels and legit. So far I have Anne Frank, Nella Last, Zlata Filipovic, Theodora Llewellyn, Carrie Ingalls, Kathleen Hey, Amy Thomas, Richard Brown, St. Faustina Kowalska, C.S. Lewis and Andrew Wooding.
  11. Like any good Auburnite I’m down for a day at the river, but I’m also a Bay Area kid and I love visiting the ocean. The smells, the movement, the textures of the sand and plant life…I’m so there. China Rock, Bodega Bay and Stinson Beach are my favorites.

Okeydokey, now for Hoop Number Four:

Erica’s Questions And My Answers

  1. What kind of toppings do you like putting on your pizza? I like margherita best, but I also like mushrooms and olives. I’m not too picky. Well, I’m not a fan of anchovies. Or broccoli. Or carrots.
  2. Who was your first celebrity crush? Kirk Douglas. I was twelve at the time.
  3. Name one classic film star, one contemporary film star and one modern film star who you find to be overrated. Why? It’s tough to come up with a classic star who’s overrated–studios were so careful to only keep stars around who made money, which kind of precludes them retaining bad actors. As far as contemporary and modern stars, I would say Nicholas Cage and Robert Redford. Cage goes between being all one-note and acting like a flouncy teenage girl. Redford is too deadpan–his Jay Gatsby was boring.
  4. Have you ever flown first class? I wish. 🙂
  5. What is your favourite holiday to celebrate? Christmas, but I like them all.
  6. Is there anyone in your close inner-circle who shares your passion of film? My husband, although he’s more into horror than I am.
  7. If you have Twitter, have you had any meaningful exchanges with celebrities and/or people who you admire? Yes! I had a short exchange a few months ago with Leonard Maltin’s daughter, Jessie. She’s very cool. I’ve also been good buds for years with Bryan Duncan. He’s a singer and Dove Award winner (hear his song, “I See You” here)–I’ve listened to him since I was ten, and now we follow and tweet back and forth on occasion. Ah, the glories of social media!
  8. What is your most cherished box-set of films? It’s a toss-up between my Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney set and my Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy one. Although, my Rita Hayworth and Esther Williams sets are nice, too. Argh.
  9. What is your favourite kind of food to snack on while watching movies? Popcorn, of course. And chocolate. I’ll eat pretty much anything, though.
  10. Which celebrity death affected you the most? Rich Mullins, but more on that another day.
  11. If you had the choice to travel in a time machine with a 50/50 chance of being able to come back to the present, would you decide to go? Depends on what time I’d be going to. The 1940s wouldn’t be so bad. I’d only travel to the Victorian era if I could be sure of coming back, because it was a lot harder being a girl then. Forget not having the right to vote–corsets and personal hygiene methods alone made life tough. Still, I’d like a glimpse of that time because it’s intriguing.

Next, here are my Liebster nominations:

Part of their mission, should they choose to accept it, will be to answer the following questions. Without further ado, I give you the final Liebster hoop:

My Eleven Questions

  1. If you were a plant, what kind would you be and why?
  2. What’s a talent you wish you had?
  3. Would you rather have coffee or tea?
  4. You can own costumes and props from one film. Any era, any genre. Which film would you pick?
  5. If you could have anyone follow your blog or your social media accounts, who would it be?
  6. Do you think vampires should sparkle?
  7. Who’s your favorite film critic or historian?
  8. What are your top three must-play songs for a road trip?
  9. Which film or films should not be remade under any circumstances?
  10. Do you ever think you’d like to work in films instead of just writing about them?
  11. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

That ought to do it. Thanks again, Erica for welcoming me into the Liebster club–I very much appreciate it. Thanks for reading, everyone, and see you in a few days with a new Origins post…

8 thoughts on “And the Liebster Award Goes To…

  1. I loved reading all about you! 😊
    Like yourself, I loved playing The Sims when it was still quite new. My husband actually downloaded the deluxe edition on Napster. (Talk about a blast from the past!) We actually have the newest version but I gave up on playing after one try because it was just so complex. I still prefer Hot Date! 😋
    Margherita pizza is so good! I like mine with pineapple and ham, toppings I first discovered in the early ’90s. It’s very comforting to know that you feel the same way about Nic Cage! 😂 I’m not too much of a Redford fan myself and just cannot watch ‘The Way We Were’ because of him.
    Thanks again for such kind praise and congrats on accepting your well merited reward! 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You can make chocolate chip cookies without a recipe?! You totally need to brag about that!

    I’m also impressed by your celeb encounters on Twitter and in parking lots. Look at you, rubbing shoulders with the rich & famous!

    Congrats on your awards, and thanks for the nomination. It always takes me a while to respond, but I definitely will. 🙂


  3. I enjoyed your post very much. Your wit and personality always comes through in your posts and even moreso here.

    I stopped doing the Liebster thing a while ago, but I sincerely appreciate the kindness behind the thought.

    Liked by 1 person

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