Sunshine on a rainy day

Last year, and again recently, my blog was nominated for a Liebster Award. This week my little corner of the internet also received a Sunshine Award. I am honored by these recognitions from fellow bloggers–it means a lot to me that others are reading my blog and find something worthwhile from my words. Thank you!

The two awards are similar in that bloggers nominate other bloggers, answer some questions, and then pass the award to spread the love. So I hope y’all don’t mind if I combine the two nominations into one post here.

liebster sunshineFirst, the Liebster questions from The Improbable Runner:

1) As a teenager, what was your most shameful celebrity crush?

I was a teen in the 1980s, so I had many big-haired, neon-clad celebrity options. I knew girls totally obsessed with Duran Duran, but I wasn’t a big D2 groupie. I really don’t remember major celebrity obsessions, but guys who were popular at the time–Tom Cruise, Kirk Cameron–have become sort of odd these days. That’s as close as I think I’m gonna get on this question. 😉

2) Pies, sweet or savoury?

Sweet. Always sweet.

3) Free healthcare, yes or no?

I don’t have free healthcare, but I think it’s something we should have as a national priority.

4) How many pairs of trainers do you own?

I own many–once I retire them from training, I wear them in casual situations. I probably have six? But current training shoes, two.

5) What is the drunkest you’ve ever been?

No clue. It would have been a looooong time ago.

6) What is the most gadgety piece of sports equipment you own?

My Garmin, probably.  It’s a Forerunner 405cx that I’ve had for a year and a half. I’m coveting the new 220 though.

7) Your favourite music album

In high school, it would have definitely been Def Leppard’s Hysteria or Van Halen’s 5150. I hated most ’90s music and didn’t buy much of it. Since the advent of mp3s, I hardly ever buy complete albums anymore.

8) Movie currently in your dvd player/last watched

I watch some stuff on Netflix–Mythbusters is the most recent thing I watched–but I don’t remember the last movie.

9) Have you had any tweets from celebs? If so who?

Nope. I had a Twitter account a couple of years ago but got bored with it and deleted it.

10) cat or dog person?

I have two cats and a dog, so yes. 😉


And now, the questions from Striding Towards Life:

1.) How long have you been blogging, and what inspired you to begin?

I started last summer (2012) right after I began training for my first half marathon. I read a hilarious book called The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women: Get off Your Butt and Get on with Your Life by Dawn Dais, and I decided to start a blog to chronicle the good, the bad, and the ugly of a newbie’s training.

2.) Read the book, or see the movie – if you get a choice, which comes first?

Read the book, every time.

3.) What have you already crossed off your “bucket list”?

Run the Army Ten-Miler. Fly in a hot air balloon. Visit Europe and Hawaii. Those are the big ones jumping to mind right now.

4.) Coffee, tea, or caffeine-free?

Coffee every morning, iced tea with dinner. Hey, it’s Texas. Iced tea is our state drink.

5.) What song on your playlist are you most likely to put on “repeat”?

Something by Maroon 5–“Love Somebody” is a favorite. And Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

6.) What was your first paycheck job, and how long did you work there?

My mom worked for a small weekly newspaper, and in the summers I worked in the office. One year they let me do a photo shoot and write a couple of articles. I took a spectacular picture of a smoke ring billowing out of a warehouse fire, and the issue that photo ran in received multiple awards, including one for photography. I was 14.

7.) Ever drive a motorcycle? Would you?

Yes. My husband has had dirt bikes and street bikes as long as I can remember. I can’t ride a street bike because I’m too short–my feet don’t touch the ground. But I can ride a dirt bike.

8.) Early bird or night owl?

How’s mid-morning for you? I get up early because I have to, but I don’t like it. If left to my own devices, I’d stay up until around midnight and sleep until 8.

9.) What movie have you seen the most times, and how many?

Probably something from high school. There was a time I could recite most of the dialogue from Sixteen Candles and Top Gun, but since college I haven’t had time to see many movies once, let alone multiple times.

10.) Name a food you could eat every day, if cost or calories were no object.

Enchiladas del Mar from El Arroyo.


And now, my nominations–in no particular order:

Maybe Marathoner

Eat Pray Run D.C.

Welcome to the Nuthouse

You Signed Up for What?!

Pink Elephant on Parade

Super Generic Girl

On the Lam(b)

Run Away With Me

I enjoy each of these blogs for different reasons. And I’ve been fortunate to meet a couple of these bloggers in person!


And here are your questions!

  1. Do you consider yourself a runner? An athlete?
  2. Cold weather or warm weather?
  3. What are you training for right now, if anything?
  4. Do you have a bucket list race?
  5. Do  you like to travel? What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  6. It’s three in the afternoon and you’re craving a snack. What do you grab?
  7. Do you live in the city, suburb, or rural area?
  8. What’s your favorite thing about where you live?
  9. Big university, small college, something in-between, none of the above?
  10. Do you speak more than one language? What language?

Like how I asked follow-up questions? I’m wordy like that. 😉


7 thoughts on “Sunshine on a rainy day

  1. Great questions, Melissa…especially #8. I love Houston because if there is any cuisine in the whole world I want to eat, I can find it, authentic, somewhere in this city, usually within a 30 minute drive.


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