The Liebster Award and sayōnara university!

It felt like it would never happen, but at long last I am happy to say I have emerged from the deep dark abyss known as ‘dissertation’, in (mostly) one piece! My final year at university is all but officially over, and, most frighteningly of all, the only thing left for me to do is wait for confirmation of my results. Its been a hectic few weeks; if I wasn’t manically writing I’ve been endeavoring to savour every last second of student life, ticking off the university ‘bucket list’.

Struck by a sudden fear we hadn’t experienced university life to the full, me and my housemates constructed a list of everything we wanted to do before we leave; from stargazing in the park (a slightly dubious plan, we realised, upon approaching the desolate darkness of Southampton Common), to pulling a final student prank on each other (which, worryingly, hasn’t yet materialised). Saying goodbye to the carefree bubble of student life and the house we have lived in for over two years will be hard, let alone each other. Its a nerve-wracking, but incredibly exciting time, to reiterate what I’m sure countless others in my position have said. Let the existential crisis begin.

On a brighter note, thank you to Jules for nominating me for the Liebster Award (such a long, long time ago) – apologies that this post has been so delayed. The nomination was a sweet surprise, and gave me some much needed encouragement to continue taking my (wobbly) first steps with blogging.

The lovely Jules’ blog, is a fun, thought-provoking read. Although its title, ‘General Gibberish’, may at first glance seem self-deprecating, its cleverly constructed playful tone gives away the thoughtful, well-written nature of her blog, which covers all manner of themes from opinion pieces to storytelling. General Gibberish is an all-inclusive, welcoming read; it is bound to have something that is your cup of tea.

If you’re still a little unsure what exactly I have been going on about, The Liebster Award is an award passed from one blogger to a selection of nominees, with the aim of bringing new people in the blogging community together, and hopefully to help promote some fab new blogs. If you are one of my nominees (all of whom I am extremely excited about!), here are the rules you will need to follow to take part in the Liebster Award:

  1. First, include a link back to the post or blog of whoever nominated you and thank them (all in the name of good manners).
  2. Include 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you posted.
  4. Post 11 more questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers that have less than 200 followers.

A few fun facts about me:

1.) This fact is actually a little grim. I believe you should never eat something unless you could kill it yourself… However, I have never yet been put to the test, so although I’m not really a big meat eater myself, I’m not sure how much of a morally correct omnivore I am!

2.) The silence drives me mad. I have to have some music on, talk to myself, switch on the television – anything to make some sound!

3.) I’m still a little bit scared of the dark. (Although, I will happily live on my own in the house.)

4.) I always try and see the best in people. It’s not always the most streetwise of approaches to life, but its something I think everyone should do more often.

5.) I live by my granny’s motto: kindness is the most important virtue. If everyone in the world was kind, it would be a much better place, as she always says. A touch of naive optimism never did anyone any harm…

6.) When I was little, I had two pet giant African land snails. No hamsters for me.

7.)  Even at the ripe old age of twenty (nearly twenty-one), I have still never driven a car on the road. That really needs to change this summer.

8.) I have never, not even once in my life, executed a successful cartwheel.

9.) I donate to WWF, although I am considering canceling this, having heard rumours about the ‘dark side of the panda’.

10.) I neither love, nor hate marmite; I am simply indifferent.

11.) My hair used to be short and spiky. Now it is so long I frequently feel like a siamese twin; it gets involved with everything: cooking, studying, exercising…

My answers to Jules’ Questions:

1.) If there was one thing a person could count on when it comes to you, what would it be?

I wanted to answer with something very deep and ego-stoking, but to be completely honest, the one thing you can probably count on with me is that if you say or do anything slightly awkward, or even mention blushing, my entire upper-half will go bright red. I’m told its pretty entertaining.

2.)  Let’s say there was a gadget you would like to see invented, what would it be?

I would love it if someone invented a device which lets you teleport items through a telephone. That would be handy for when mum has cooked a delicious dinner two counties away.

3.) What colour most represents your character?

Aquamarine. (Of course, this is a biased interpretation of my personality, someone else might pick something far less appealing).

4.) If you could be a fly on the wall for a day, watching and listening, which wall would it be?

I suppose being a fly on the wall of the Titanic in its final moments would be an interesting, if extremely harrowing experience.

5.) Your favourite ice cream flavour is…

Honeycombe.

6.) If there were three things that you could change about the world, what would it be?

All humans would share a mutual respect for each other, and for the environment. Corporations would not rule society. Clean water and resources would be fairly distributed across the globe.

7.) Finish this sentence. The smell of coffee is…

Invigorating!

8.) Imagine that you were an architect, which famous building would you have designed?

Does a yurt count?

9.) What’s the one word or phrase that you use a lot?

Man. I say ‘man’ an awful lot now. Who knows where I picked it up, as I never used to say it.

10.) What is your earliest childhood memory?

I have a hazy recollection of being carried out into a garden, and lots of people I didn’t know rushed out as a plane flew over us. I later found out we had gone to watch Concord taking off from someone’s garden near the airport, when I was very little.

11.) If you were someone else sitting in a cafe and the actual you walked in, what about you would catch the eye of this someone else?

Knowing me, probably the fact that I had been pulling a push door, or dropped something.

My 11 Nominees for the Liebster Award (in no particular order):

1. http://sunpaperblossoms.wordpress.com

2. http://therabbitrabble.wordpress.com 

3. http://sallianneblog.wordpress.com 

4. http://funnyrunnyren.wordpress.com 

5. http://thelosthighwayhotel.com 

6. http://danielcharchuk.wordpress.com 

7. http://alcovepoetry.com 

8. http://kayeliza.wordpress.com 

9. http://laurapalmer98.wordpress.com

10. http://senseandresponsibility.com

11. http://norighttoremainsilent.wordpress.com

The 11 Questions for my Nominees:

1.) Tea or Coffee?

2.) If you could travel across time and space, would you go to the past, the future, or just somewhere else? Where and/or when would you go to?

3.) This question is rather cliché, but I have always liked it… If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

4.) What is your idea of a perfect evening?

5.) The ultimate social dilemma: A girl/woman your age is walking directly in front of you with her skirt tucked into her underwear. You react by…

6.) If you had a super power, what would it be?

7.) Most listened to song on iTunes? (Or whichever platform you play your music on).

8.) If you could have one conversation with someone from the past who would it be?

9.) Do you have a nickname?

10.) Where is the last place you traveled to?

11.) Pick a quote, from anyone or anything, that you like or is meaningful to you.

Wow, that’s my three sets of eleven done, if you’re still around then your commitment is impressive, kudos, and thank you! I am back on the blogging bandwagon now that my penultimate weeks of university are drawing to a close – here’s to hoping this will help me to stay sane.

Good luck nominees, have fun finding some brilliant new blogs; I really enjoyed discovering all of yours. Lastly, a big thank you again to Jules for nominating me, and for sticking it out while I wrote this post.

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