Thursday, March 28, 2013

I Don't Play Well With Others

I'm not a large-group-of-friends-who-are-all-friends-with-one-another kind of person.

I have a few friends from each random part of my life -- high school, college, grad school, b-school, traveling, running, yoga, mommying, writing, blogging, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. I find people I like, and I latch on to them with my friendly tentacles. I don't expect these people to be friends with one another; being friends with me is already a heavy lift.

Look, I'm just not a group person. I always have my own idea about what I want to do. In short, I don't play well with others. But blogging, I've discovered, is a social medium. I've tried a little to go along with the group -- in this case, the momblogosphere -- but I'm just not that great at it.

Which is why I was surprised when I was nominated for the Lobster Liebster award by the sweet and funny Jen at Break the Parenting Mold.

The Liebster (tr: "dearest") Award is given by small bloggers to other small bloggers. 

(Small by what measure? Followers on Facebook? Twitter? G+? Pinterest? Unique page views? See -- this is why I don't get along with others. I question too much. Too, too much.)

More than an award, it's recognition by a fellow blogger that your blog matters to her.

According to Jen, the rules are:
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Ask 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
7. No track backs

But I can't just leave it at that, now, can I? Noooooooooooooooooooo. I had to go all Google Search on you.

From what I can tell, one of the original Liebster Awards was given in Germany in December 2010. (Thanks to Sopphey for her investigative skills.) But as it turns out, you only have to nominate 3-5 bloggers with under 3,000 readers. See the giant game of telephone that happened? 

Hence, I am rebelling. I'm doing five facts, four questions and three nominations. 

(Lest you think I am the only rule-breaker, I point you to the very funny Unsweetened Tea, whose banner picture reads, "I can't brain today." Ha!)

But first, here are my answers to Jen's 11 questions:
  1. What is your favorite Band? What is your favorite song? (Does not have to be from the same band) Don't have one. Currently obsessing on fun. and Mumford & Sons.
  2. What is your favorite book and movie? (once again, could be the same or not) Too many favorites to list here!
  3. What was your first concert? Dire Straits, January 1992.
  4. What is your favorite mythological creature? Huh?
  5. What did you want to be when you grew up? I never knew, that's why I'm lost now.
  6. Salty or Sweet? SWEEEEEET.
  7. Would you rather be really hot or freezing cold? Really hot. I'm always freezing cold.
  8. If your life was going to be made into a movie, who would you want to play you? Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.
  9. What is your favorite season, or weather event? Spring - warm and sunny but not humid.
  10. City or Country? CITY. I mean, I am called the Urban Moo Cow.
  11. Why did you start blogging, and has that changed? For a creative outlet, to organize the thoughts in my brain, to share the funny shit that happens to me, to finally do what I love to do... write. Sometimes I get caught up in the mania, but my true mission remains constant.

Five Facts about the Moo Cow

  1. I used to be an investment banker. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
  2. I cried (in the good way) when Obama was first elected.
  3. Once when I was working in Ghana my apartment in New York caught fire. I lost a ton of stuff, including my favorite stuffed animal that my grandma had gotten me when I was little. My parents played it down while I was abroad. My dad tried to insist that I come straight to their place after landing at JFK but I was too stubborn to listen. An entire wall was missing when I got there.
  4. I constantly quote Eddie Izzard, Mike Birbiglia and Brian Regan. The big yellow one's the sun! (See?)
  5. I’ve had Angela the hanging plant for nearly 17 years. She even survived the apartment fire (see #3).

Four Questions for my Nominees

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?
  2. Name a writer you love.
  3. Twizzlers or Red Vines?
  4. What's your favorite day of the week and why?

Three Nominations

Rachel at Tao of Poop. Her blog is funny, introspective and well written. I first found (and identified with) Rachel by reading this post about her ambivalent relationship to New York City. She is my bloggy twin; we share many random things in common, not the least of which is chain letter skepticism. As a result, she has been nominated multiple times for this award, and refuses to participate. I think we should just keep nominating her until she submits to the power of the momblogosphere.

Heidi at Crohnie Mom. Okay, this is a serious one. Heidi's story of her diagnosis with Crohn's Disease continues to blow me away. Seriously. Read it.

Christy at Confessions of an Overachiever. I've just met Christy through Moms Who Write and Blog. She recently wrote a funny post with six whole reasons for liking pregnancy, which I cannot understand, because I hated being pregnant. Oh, and she lives in Colorado, too! That's where I definitely want to live, just as soon as I visit even once to verify my conviction.

Take it away, ladies!