Monday, April 6, 2015

You Asked for It: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

You Asked for It: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award -- 10 of the most frequently asked questions about Unremarkable Files. Sort of.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

What is the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award? And is it anything like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, as this graphic might lead you to believe?

Well, it's a fancy way of saying that I was nominated by Lynne and Leslie of The Sweet Midlife to answer some questions. No doubt the entire blogosphere would benefit from getting to know me better.

Let me tell you, I love Lynne and Leslie for the following reasons: (1) they are the cutest sisters ever, go to their Facebook page and just look at their cover photo without smiling, I dare you; (2) their blog is full of hilarious momming insights; and (3) I didn't even pay them to nominate me. That makes them pretty awesome, I'd say.

So without further ado, here are my questions from Lynne and Leslie. I know you're dying to read them.

1. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That's a tough one. Dessert item or main dish? I'd probably get sick of whatever I chose after a while. So maybe I should pick something bland that I neither love nor hate? But on the other hand... I really have no idea. Welcome to my internal decision-making process. It's not pretty.

2. Literary or movie character you most identify with and why?

George Costanza from Seinfeld. He's ridiculous, an incorrigible cheapskate, not totally in touch with social norms, and has a propensity to flip out under stress.

3. What historical or fictional person most inspired your fashion style, either now, or at some other time in your life?

My what? Oh, you must mean the guy who decides what's on sale at JC Penney.

You Asked for It: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award -- 10 of the most frequently asked questions about Unremarkable Files. Sort of.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}4. What's the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

I read The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. And according to the book, I'm doing everything right on my way to becoming a millionaire, such as:

  • settling in an area of the U.S. with one of the highest costs of living
  • having a ton of kids
  • being a single-income family
  • donating 10% of our income to church (called tithing in the scriptures)

I'm thinking billionaire, easily.

5. Tell about a time where going on faith made a difference, even if the facts of the situation said that might be crazy to do.

Becoming a Mormon! I grew up in a Protestant religion but learned the curious word "Mormon" from the cute boy next door when I was in high school.

For the next few years, I studied and learned and prayed about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and eventually I knew that even though it would involve turning my world upside-down, it was what God wanted me to do. It made sense in my head, felt good in my heart, and made me feel joy. 15 years later, I've never regretted it.

6. Reality TV: guilty pleasure or just guilty... of being awful?

We don't have a TV so I don't watch much. There are really awful reality shows that parade around people's mental illnesses or unhealthy behaviors (I think of them as the circus side shows of the 21st century.)

But I think there are plenty of other reality shows that are interesting or inspiring. I like The Sing-Off, The Biggest Loser, and when I was in the hospital on pregnancy bed rest I ended up watching a lot of Treehouse Masters making mental notes for when I amass my fortune (see #4) and can't think of what else to do with all that money.

7. Describe a special talent you have (juggling, yodeling, doing tip calculations in your head.)

After having five babies in the last 10 years, I'm pretty sure I could change a diaper one-handed in the dark.

8. Exercise: Pleasure, necessity or evil?

All three.

9. What's your favorite word? (Doesn't have to be in English.)

So desu ne. It's Japanese and means something like "Ah, I see."

It's one of the only things I remember from taking 5 semesters of Japanese in college. So really, that phrase cost me thousands of dollars to learn. It'd better be my favorite!

10. Do you have any good friends either ten years your junior or senior? What have you learned from them?

Well, I'm a young mom (I had my first baby when I was 21) so most people I know with kids the same age as mine are 10 years older than me! I guess I've learned from them that you never really reach an age where you feel like you know what you're doing and you have it all together.

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Now for the fun part... I nominate:
And here are your questions:
  1. What was the last thing you said out loud?
  2. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you have seen?
  3. What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
  4. What would your autobiography be called?
  5. In your opinion, what's the best invention ever?
  6. What story does your family always tell about you?
  7. What food would you never eat unless someone paid you (and maybe not even then?)
  8. What's your favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
  9. Recite the first thing that comes to mind that you have memorized: quote, verse, poem, song lyrics, or something else.
  10. What's the best thing about your mom? Your dad? Give a shout-out to the people who gave you life.

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The Peculiar Treasure said...

That's a cute award :)
One of my best friends is mormon and lives in Utah with her hubby.

Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure

Unknown said...

Congrats on the award Jenny! You deserve it. "So desu ne" this cracks me up! I thought a picture was worth a thousand words! Now words are worth thousands of dollars! I am the same with Spanish, I took 5 years of it, and mostly I remember "Cuarto de bano?" Where is the bathroom! LOL

Jenny Evans said...

Well, being able to ask for the location of the bathroom is probably the most important thing you can do in any language!

Jenny Evans (sister, not author) said...

How did I miss that you took 5 semesters of Japanese??? I've been thinking that I need to pick up a second language. I'm toying with Japanese for sentimentality or Spanish for practicality. Or maybe even Gaelic just to be crazy (I've really been getting into Irish/Scottish folklore lately)!

Jenny Evans said...

Practical Spanish vs. Japanese for the "something different" factor was my decision too, and I chose COMPLETELY WRONG. I figured, "Hey, Phillip lived in Venezuela for 2 years speaking Spanish, he can teach me that any day because we're married - so I might as well take Japanese." Guess how many times we've sat down for a Spanish lesson in the almost 12 years we've been married? (Hint: 1 is too large a number.) Since I don't have anyone to practice with, my Japanese disappeared like gorillas into the mist.

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

Congrats on your award!!!

mumturnedmom said...

Always love reading these type of posts, nice to get to know people a bit better... Your answers have made me smile, Japanese? Interesting choice :) #sharewithme

Jenny Evans said...

Well, my husband's family lived in Tokyo for 5 years so there's that connection. Before I settled on Japanese I took one day of Russian - learned how to say "how are you?" and answer "good" or "not good" and that was all I needed!

Let's Talk Mommy said...

Always lovely to get to know more about the bloggers behind the blogs. This is lovely. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Have a great weekend. #sharewithme

sharon rowe said...

This is such an enjoyable post to read and to learn something about the blogger! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party :)