Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

I have once again been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you to An Irrelevant Girl for the nomination and the questions.  She is a poet whom I’ve been following for a few years.

Rules for the nomination:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.
  1. Do you remember any recent dreams?

No, but that is a boring answer, so I will tell you that I remember many dreams that I’ve had over the years, including two different ones where I died and then woke up.  I have also had several dreams featuring my dad since he died last year, which I found very comforting.

2. What are you looking forward to, whether it’s short-term or long-term, close or far away?

I am looking forward to the birth of my second Little Jedi in the fall.  While this is maybe not the time I would have chosen to have another kid, what with a global pandemic and all, I am hopeful about the future of our family as we grow and change.  Though you may be seeing a bit less of me here on this blog in the coming year!

3. What’s your favourite word?

Oh, dear, I don’t know.  I enjoy many words like “superfluous” and “perspicacity.”  My toddler also tells me that “thermostat” is a funny word.

4. Is there anything about you that surprises people?

Possibly that I was in a sorority during university.  I expect that I don’t come across as a typical sorority girl.

5. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy?

Probably something supremely boring, like paying off my house.

6. What’s one thing you could spend a whole night talking about?

Star Wars!  Also fantasy novels, and probably biological research.

7. What’s something that is nostalgic to you? (eg. an item, place, song etc.)

Things related to Florida, where I grew up, like palm trees, moss in oak trees, the beach, Disney, and horribly oppressive humidity.

8. Are you more of a lone wolf or a pack wolf?

Lone wolf!  I am an introvert.

9. What’s your favourite sound?

Silence from my toddler’s room after bedtime.

But seriously, music of many kinds is my favorite thing to listen to.  I almost always have music on the background when I am at work or writing.  When I lived by myself I often put on headphones with music to fall asleep.

10. What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

Physically, my red hair.  Personality-wise, my ability to be both logical and empathetic.

11. What’s something you haven’t done in a while but would like to do again?

Ohhh so many things.  I have to keep reminding myself that when my kids are older I will have some time to myself again.  It has been several months since I played the flute, and several years since I played tennis.  I also haven’t done any fiction writing since November, I think, so I am hoping to do Camp NaNo this month to finish up the fanfic I was writing.  In all my copious spare time.

I typically don’t do nominations for awards anymore because I simply don’t have the time, but feel free to answer these same questions yourself if you like!  Consider yourself nominated ~_^

Check out my 11 answers from my first Sunshine Blogger Award here.

Free Books from Kellogg’s Feeding Reading

Kellogg’s is running their Feeding Reading program again this summer that allows you to get free books when you purchase certain products like cereals, Cheez-Its, Eggo waffles, Pringles, and Pop-Tarts.  You can get up to 10 free books, from all reading levels from picture and board books to YA titles.

Here’s my first set of free books, all for my toddler:

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We’ve been reading these three at bedtime for the past week, so I think they were a hit.

With the amount of Pop-Tarts and waffles we go through in my house, I’m sure we’ll get the other seven soon.  I like to get some of the YA titles for myself; some of the choices this year include these:

FR YA books

Go check it out and get your free books!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #104: Summer

Summer in my mind is tied to Florida, the state where I grew up.  We actually try to avoid returning for a visit in the summer months because the weather can be objectively miserable.  But there’s nothing like sunny day in Florida to really feel like summer!

We took a trip there almost exactly two years ago.

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We spent some time burning our feet on the beach sand as well as taking a stroll through a state park.

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The local wildlife enjoys the sun, too.  And what is better in summer than a cold drink?  I had missed Dr. Publix! 😂

If you are at the beach for a summer vacation, what is more essential than a book?  Happy summer reading!

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You can find more summer at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Fan Art Friday: Kawaii Neko

We have another image from the anime girls coloring book this month.  This one (once again) reminded me of the title character of Cardcaptor Sakura with the hair and the costume.

The best part about coloring this one: CCS is now on Netflix!!  I was able to watch it while coloring this picture.  They have the entire two seasons both subbed and dubbed, including some episodes I had never gotten to see before!  It’s a really wonderful anime and I encourage you all to check it out.

This definitely seems like a costume that Tomoyo would make for her friend to wearing while capturing Clow Cards.  Take a look at some of the real costumes from the show for comparison:

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What card do you think Sakura would capture in this costume?  Something water/storm related, I think, same as these three examples.

Hope you all enjoy the Independence Day holiday! Check out my strangely patriotic CCS fanart for some celebratory vibes.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #103 – Surprise

While exploring the walls of the medieval city of San Gimignano, we discovered this fascinating door, a lovely surprise.  While it appeared to give a beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside, I suspect it may actually have been a portal to another world.  It just had that feeling. 🙂

What do you think is on the other side?

You can find more surprises at the original Lens-Artist challenge.