Real Neat Blog Award

What a lovely and well-timed surprise!  Sweeping Up the Broken Pieces has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award.  Thank you!

It’s well-timed because I was just thinking today that I feel so very much in limbo while I wait to talk to the RE about our recent abnormal HSG results.  I really don’t have anything pregnancy-related to write about at the moment, since my mind is just a spiral of what-ifs.  And I don’t have a whole lot of academia-related topics on my mind either, since we’re in the sleepy between-semester time.  But, thanks to Sweeping Up the Broken Pieces, I have an opportune chance for a super-fun distraction!

Rules for “The Real Neat Blog Award”:

Put the Award Logo in your post.
Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the person/people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like and link to their blogs.
Ask them 7 questions.
Let them know you’ve nominated them with a comment.

Now, I know that there are a lot of these awards floating around out there, so please don’t feel any pressure to go through with passing on the award.  But it’s fun for me to pass on the love, and so why not highlight a few blogs whose responses I’d enjoy reading? 🙂

My nominees are… (drumroll, please!)

The Sky and Back

Miscarriage Memoirs

Life Beyond Heartbreak

A Calm Persistance

Empty Arms, Full Hearts

Answers to the seven questions I was asked:

1. What is your favorite memory from high school?

Oh, so many possibilities!  When I read my journals from high school, my chatter is all about classes, friendships, who likes whom, insecurities, and a teenager’s clumsy attempts to figure out the more profound aspects of life.  When I think back about high school now, I remember being the only freshman girl in an advanced physics class otherwise full of senior boys, blossoming from the shy middle schooler who could go a whole day without speaking to the star of the high school play, the summers selling vegetables and babysitting at the beach, and friends.  Oh, my friends.  I’ve written before about my ongoing internet-mediated YA book club with two of my closest friends from high school.  When I think about high school now, it’s all tied together with the lives that my friends and I have led since then.  I can’t remember reading my friend’s first stories and novels between classes without thinking about the amazement that washed over me when her first published novel arrived in the mail two years ago.  I can’t remember my closest friend in my class year (who had open heart surgery at the age of 12) training endlessly to pass the physical entry requirements to the Citadel without thinking about how since then she’s joined the Army Corps of Engineers and done tours of duty in Afghanistan and Turkey.  I can’t remember my other friend’s sweet and creative handmade holiday gifts without thinking about how she’s since gotten an MBA and gone on to start businesses and blogs that highlight her amazing imagination and versatility.  I guess my favorite memory from high school is remembering the entire arc of our journey to adulthood together.  Does that count? 🙂

2. Who is your favorite athlete?

Aw, crud.  Can I even name an athlete?  Michael Jordan?  Here’s how non-sports-oriented I am…  We live in the Northeast US.  You may have heard about this year’s “deflategate” at the Super Bowl, which involved the New England Patriots (the sacred football heroes of the Northeast region).  Well, whether or not you’ve heard of it, I hadn’t.  The way I heard about deflategate was that one of my colleagues came into work talking about how he’d worked out a great physics derivation for his class showing how much pressure a football would lose as a function of how cold it got outside.  It took a whole conversation to figure out that this was somehow related to something that was happening in a football game, and that I should probably be aware of it.  I am the worst at knowing about athletes.

3. When did you know your husband/wife/significant other was “the one?”

Aw, fun question!  I love getting all soppy and nostalgic about my husband. 🙂 I often feel like we don’t have a good “start-of-the-relationship” story, because we met online.  But after we started writing to one another, before we met in person, I google-stalked him (easy, because he has a unique name) and found out that he’d done a math summer program with one of my friends from college.  So I wrote to her and asked “Hey, do you remember this guy?  Is he crazier than the average mathematician?” and she wrote back and said, “Oh!  Not only do I remember him, but he’s one of my favorite people!  I’m sure you guys will get along!”  As a result, I acquiesced to a first date in which my now-husband picked me up at my house and drove me to a remote state park where we proceeded to go on a many-hour hike and picnic in the woods.  At the end, we weren’t ready to go home, so we drove another hour to the beach (this was when we lived in California) and walked on the beach before getting dinner.  All told, our first date was 8 hours long(!).  I’d never experienced such an immediate connection with someone — it felt like we’d known each other our whole lives.  I can’t say I knew he was “the one” at that point, but I strongly suspected. 🙂

4. How best do you relax after a stressful day?

I walk my dog, and snuggle on the couch with my husband while watching an episode of silly TV (currently Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Modern Family).  We’ve been doing a lot of that lately — we’re not much for TV watching, but it’s been a stressful 8 months.

5. If you could star in any TV show which show would it be?

Oh, I know the answer to this one: Star Trek: The Next Generation!  Who wouldn’t want to be Captain Picard, and travel faster than the speed of light to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before?!  I started watching ST:TNG when it premiered in 1987 (I was four years old).  I used to dream that I was a character on ST:TNG when I was a kid.  At first I wanted to be Wesley Crusher, but these days I’d probably opt for Geordi.  (I’d love to be Captain Picard, but I’m not sure I’m the type.)

6. If you auditioned on American Idol what song would you sing?

This is a big “if,” but mostly I tend to like to sing folk songs, rounds, and Renaissance music.  I’m not sure that’d get me onto the show, but hey, now that Katniss Everdeen’s faux Appalachian folk song has been remixed for pop radio, why the heck not???

7. What is your favorite comfort food?

Hm, I have a lot of comfort foods. 🙂 I’ll break this down into a few categories:
Snack food: White cheddar popcorn.  It was one of the only foods I could reliably eat throughout the first trimester of my first pregnancy.  It’s my occasional grocery-store splurge.  Dessert: Steamed chocolate pudding with hard sauce.  It’s a family tradition — my grandmother used to make it every year, and after she died nobody made it that first year for Thanksgiving, which I decided was unacceptable.  Ever since, I’ve made it for Thanksgiving, using my grandmother’s recipe.  Love the stuff. And despite not being a drinker at all normally, I make that sauce really hard. 🙂
Restaurant food: There’s a Lebanese bakery in the city near where I grew up, and I’ve been eating their savory pies for as long as I can remember.  It’s the taste of childhood, and whenever I go home we get them as a treat.
Dinner: This has changed over the years.  Lately, I’d have to say my husband’s saag paneer.  It’s simple, quick, wholesome, and he’s got this amazing recipe from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine that always comes out perfect, no matter how much we mess with the recipe.  Yum.

Seven questions for my nominees:

1. Describe one fun and/or relaxing thing you did this past weekend.

2. Describe an important person in your life who doesn’t get mentioned on your blog a lot.

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

4. What are some of your favorite books?  (Yes, I’m hunting for summer reading recommendations.) 🙂

5. Who did you look up to as a kid?  Do you still look up to that person?

6. Do you consider yourself a science person?  If yes, what first got you excited about science?  If no, was there something that turned you off?

7. Do you have any fun plans for the summer?


4 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award

  1. andthewindscreamsmary

    Yay, I’m so glad you participated! I love your high school story. And, as a New Englander and rabid Patriots fan, I’m so surprised you hadn’t heard of “Deflategate!” I feel like it was all I read/saw on the news leading up to the Super Bowl! 🙂


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