Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Wanderings... A Leibster Award and More About Me!

This week I received a lovely message from Mandy at Mandy Made letting me know she'd nominated me for a Leibster Award! Just like Mandy, I had no idea what it was about, but in short - it's an award to recognise the effort of bloggers with less than 200 followers. It's so nice to get such support and feedback from people - so thank you Mandy!

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It worked out to be great timing, because I was thinking about a post about me this weekend, and now I have a reason for it! So here goes...

First up I need to list 11 facts about myself...
1. I met my husband (commonly referred to as DK) on Yes, that's right. Why open with that? Cause it makes people laugh or smile or whatever. Gets you thinking right??? I felt like I had gone out with every loser and user and decided I wanted to meet someone else. So I tried something else.

2. I have two children, Emma and Harry. Lights of my life.

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3. Before being a stay at home mum I was a Human Resources Manager. Or Senior Vice President of People & Culture. Sounds great. It was... sometimes. And sometimes it was telling people to do the right thing when they didn't want to. And that was exhausting.

4. When I was in my twenties I packed up everything and moved to a little place called Alstonville (for those who know New South Wales Australia it's near Byron Bay) for a year.

5. I am definitely not one of those people that can eat a biscuit or two and then put them away. I'm a whole packet kind of girl, unless someone is there to stop me, or we have company. :)

6. In high school one of my teachers told me that I needed to adjust my expectations and that I wouldn't do very well in the HSC (leaving certificate). So I topped the subject for the school, achieved a mark within the top 10% of the state and told him what he could do with his opinion.

7. My favourite colour is purple, but I don't decorate my home with it or wear it.

8. I prefer op shopping over retail shopping anyday!

9. On our bush fire plan I wanted to include my vintage typewriter on the 'take' list. DK wasn't as keen. 

10. My first adult book was The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I had no idea this type of book existed and it was love. Along with Lord of the Rings it's my favourite book, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy my favourite movie. If Aragorn ever turns up on my door stop DK is aware that I all bets are off.

11. I use the word 'cool' far more than I should.

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And now I need to answer the questions from Mandy...
1. If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
My Dad. Dad passed away in 2009 and I miss him, and I would love him to meet my son Harry.

2. What kind of animal do you resemble most?
I have no idea. Emma (4) said 'A funny sheep'. It could have been worse I guess.

3. Do you yell at other drivers from inside your car when traffic is bad?  

4. If you could go back in time and listen to someone's advice (that you ignored before), what would that advise be?  
Anyone who said my high school boyfriend was no good.

5. What kind of music do you like?
You have a 70's and 80's tragic right here.
6. If you had a whole day to yourself without any obligations what would you do?
Op shop of course!

7. If you could learn a new language which one would you choose and why?
Teenager - in preparation for the future.

8. Who is your role model?
A million different people. My friends, family members. My children.

9. What actor or actress would play you in a movie?

I would love to have lived a life that Dame Judy Dench or Helen Mirren might want to portray. More age appropriate might be Kate Winslett or Renee Zellwegger. Bridget Jones Diary comes to mind...

10. How do you want people to remember you after they meet you?
Friendly, open and happy. 

11. What is the most important reason that you blog?
A combination of sharing and inspiration.

The next part of the award is to choose some blogs to pass the award on to. I'm going to share that positive stuff next weekend.


  1. Which power station is in the background? It reminded me that you're not far from me ;O)
    Great to learn more about you Catherine, esp. because we have a lot in common......maybe even our high school boyfriend......tehe!!!
    Tania xx

  2. As I read the line 'my first adult book...' I thought you were going to confess something along the lines of mills and boon!!!

    I love reading things like this, I find the little things that make up someone's personality the most interesting of all, great people watching.

  3. Love your sense of humor and awesome to learn more about you! I can totally see why we click!! Congrats on your award to! I know it's a lot of work when you accept them ;-)
    You are doing so well with your regular if only I could take a leaf out if your book!

  4. this was a lot of fun to read and get to know you better. and i would have said goat- not a funny sheep. ;) totally kidding! :)
    and i love dame judy dench- she is amazing! we just watched the best exotic marigold hotel and it was awesome!!!!! anyhow, i really enjoyed this peek inside!

  5. I can't believe you only have fewer than 200 followers... I just checked to make sure I read that right! I do NOT regularly follow many blogs, but I always catch yours just as I see it in my mailbox. It's not that I love everything you do - I think we are a couple of generations apart, and when you've LIVED the sixties, it sometimes gives you the willies! ;-) But your inspiration is always fresh, and the way you write about your projects is always interesting and fun, but never trite or cutesy. PLUS you responded with your considered thoughts when I posted a question. Full marks plus bonus for you! Congratulations on your award. I think you have something worth following! (and I'm pretty fussy about what I read online!)

    Cheers, Gabrielle

  6. Oh yes, I'm in the 'cool' club as well. I say it, then I cringe. Found you via Actually Amy's The Simple Things Linky :)

  7. Fun post. I love learning more about the people behind the blogs. I met my husband online too....although sometimes I feel weird admitting it. There is still a stigma to it, isn't there?


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