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The Liebster Award


So a couple months after becoming a Versatile Blogger, I’ve been nominated for another award – the Liebster Award! Many thanks and warm fuzzies to Erin at hodgepodgepilotswife for nominating me! I’m so incredibly honoured and I really like how she’s described the award so I shall leave her explanation here:

I say love because “liebster” is derived from the German word lieben, which means to love. Loosely interpreted, it can also mean sweetest, kindest, nicest, or beloved. So a Liebster Award is essentially a token of appreciation passed around in the blogging community. It’s also only given out to up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers to encourage new bloggers. At least, that’s how I’m interpreting it.

 So again, many thanks to Erin for nominating me! I feel again like this is something I should be able to put on my resume to make me look better!

As passed on to me, here are the rules for receiving and accepting this award:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Here are the questions Erin gave me:

  1. What’s the most memorable moment in your life so far?
    My 23rd birthday (this year) consisting of sleepover, presents and rugby. Greatest night of my life with the greatest person in my life.
  2. What’s the best book you’ve read?
    I have read probably a million and one books, and as an avid bibliophile it is almost impossible for me to narrow one down as the best. However, at the moment (and I stress that because it could very well change in the space of the next book I read) I will say And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Each time I read it, even though I know how it ends, I still get filled with anxiousness, fear and excitement. Each character gets a moment in the spotlight for the reader to sympathise with and suspect, and it is just an absolute classic.
  3. What’s your favourite season of the year?
    Summer. While I do love my birthday autumn, it’s hard to go past the season where I have the most time off. I love the beach, I love Christmas and New Year’s, I love all the summer sports, and I love love LOVE sundresses and road trips and summer playlists. Today is officially ONE day before summer here in Perth, making me a very happy little Vegemite!
  4. What’s a hobby that you’d like to pick up one day?
    Surfing. I adore watching it but because of my near blindness (-10 shortsightedness) I am never completely comfortable enough in the ocean. If I ever had laser surgery, or got a pair of prescription goggles, I am so there.
  5. What’s the best vacation you ever took?
    My leavers (schoolies) road trip at the end of year 12, November 2006. My best friends plus Dunsborough plus beaches and day trips plus copious amount of alcohol and boys always equals the best trip ever. It does not escape me that this trip was seven years ago, making me well overdue for a good trip!
  6. What’s your favourite Sunday breakfast?
    Bacon, eggs, sausages and toast at my Granny’s house after church. She used to make a huge breakfast for everyone after Sunday church (I was always on toast and table setting duty) and it’s one of my favourite parts of growing up. Every time I make my breakfast sandwich now I think of her and I smile.
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    I would want to look like this:

  8. If you could be any character from any book, movie or TV show, who would it be and why?
    This is such a hard question! Again, at the moment, I think I’ll go with Rory Gilmore. She is just cute as a button, knows exactly what she wants out of life and has an amazing relationship with her mother.
  9. What superpower would you want and would you use it for good or evil?
    It would be a toss-up between being able to make people tell me the truth (without them realising they did) or teleportation. I cannot count the times I wish I was able to think and point (ala Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and not have to go through the strenuous process of traveling somewhere.
  10. What’s your favourite CD from high school?
    Music from The OC Mix 5. I was a little bit obsessed with The OC in high school. Somehow my own final year of high school matched up with Seth’s and Summer’s and Marissa’s and Ryan’s, and this compilation made up of songs largely from that third season came out in my year 12 and made for a lot of memories. “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap played over the loudspeakers constantly on my year 12 ski trip, “Rock and Roll Queen” by The Subways was sung along to by me and the other girls in my homeroom and “Forever Young” by Youth Group is still one of the songs that I most identify with. Exactly how much did I love this CD you may ask? I was given two copies of it by friends in year 12, and at one point I was able to just type out all the lyrics for all the songs on it, just from having played it over and over again.

Questions done! The ten blogs I nominate are:











And here are your ten questions:

  1. What’s the most memorable moment in your life so far?
  2. Who is the most inspiring person you know?
  3. What’s your favourite season of the year?
  4. What book do you think everyone must read in high school?
  5. If you had a TARDIS where or when would you go?
  6. What is your favourite video game?
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  8. What can you not live without?
  9. What superpower would you want and would you use it for good or evil?
  10. What is your favourite family tradition?

Once again thanks for the nomination, and I look forward to the responses!



Date A Girl Who Writes

Attention males of the world,

Girls who write are awesome, get on it!


Thought Catalog

Date a girl who writes. Date a girl who understands both the simplicity and the depth of the written word. Date a girl who lists one of her heroes as a philosopher or poet. Date a girl who writes because she is a born storyteller.

You’ll learn that the only way she knows what she’s thinking or feeling is through writing. She’ll be articulate and poetic, without the slightest ego.

The girl who writes will have a collection of lists at any given time, not only to-do lists, but life lists; a bucket list, a list of her favorite things, a list of quotes that inspire her.

As a writer she will be a natural listener. So tell her stories. You will begin to recognize what’s important to her or what she wonders about through her writing. She finds writing the only way to explore some of life’s greatest mysteries…

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Versatile Blogger Award


I’ve had this on my dash for ages, but haven’t gotten around to responding as everything with school was so hectic!

Jacqueline from the lovely blog Polymnia Blues has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award, which I have to say is pretty awesome. Super thanks to her!http://calliopeespeaks88.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/versatile-blogger-award-2/

Here are the rules:

Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Announce your win with a post.
Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
Post seven interesting things about yourself.

So seven things about me:

1.) I skipped a grade while I was at school, so I graduated high school and started university when I was sweet 16.

2.) I have an immense fear of emus and ostriches, to the point that as a 12 year old visiting a wildlife park in Mandurah with family I burst into tears and hid behind my dad and then in the gift shop to avoid the freely roaming emus. Even at the Royal Show when they are in their pens in the convention halls, I take a wiiiiide berth.

3.) I am sport OBSESSED, in particular about basketball, the Chicago Bulls, Arsenal, football, AFL, basketball, the Perth Wildcats, rugby, the Springboks and basketball. Any mention in an article of Derrick Rose’s impending return from injury makes me tear up in equal parts pride and excitement. I spent Boxing Day the year of the lockout watching all five Christmas Games. from 1am to about 3pm the next day. It’s a healthy obsession, I promise.

4.) I own and love almost every one of Agatha Christie’s masterpieces however even though I have owned her last book (for Hercule Poirot) “Curtains: Poirot’s Last Case” for four years I am yet to read it, and don’t plan to until I have read everything else Dame Agatha has written because I don’t want it to end. Even though it’s not as if there will be any more, I just love them so much.

5.) In high school chemistry in year 11, alI learned that year was how to name the 50 states of the United States of America alphabetically and in under five minutes. Did I mention I do not live in the US?

6.) I can quote the following movies verbatim: Spiceworld, Alice In Wonderland, Dumbo, Clueless, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bad Boys 2, Under The Tuscan Sun, Love (And Other Disasters), A Knight’s Tale.

7.) My first name is an Italian boy’s name, my last name is French, my grandpa is half Scottish, I have relatives in Portugal and Canada and none of those are the country in which I was born.

I nominate the following for the Versatile Blogger Award in no particular order:

  1. http://teawithmin.com/
  2. http://freoview.wordpress.com/
  3. http://adreainwonderland.wordpress.com/
  4. http://sassandbalderdash.com/
  5. http://jamesroom.org/
  6. http://couchtimewithjill.com/
  7. http://catherineryanhoward.com/
  8. http://waywardchild.wordpress.com/
  9. http://booksarethenewblack.com/
  10. http://pagelady.wordpress.com/
  11. http://thepostgradlifeandotherrandomthings.wordpress.com/
  12. http://abigpicturewindow.wordpress.com/
  13. http://welcometoladyville.com/
  14. http://www.tinypaintpot.blogspot.com.au/
  15. http://www.blondebombshellinwonderland.blogspot.com.au/

Thanks again to Jacqueline from the Polymnia Blues and wondering if I can put this on my resume,


My Third Capote – In Cold Blood

Clutter home, Holcomb, Kansas, USA

Thanks to a recent op shop safari with a close friend, my bedside stack of books has increased exponentially. Add to that my weakness for the orange Penguin Classics it seems that my “to read” list is ever-increasing and never-ending. I am endeavouring to make headway to my list however I can never decide which to approach first – The Iliad, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Cal Bruton’s autobiography, and about a billion other options. My most recent Penguin completion is one that upon having finished it I am a little embarrassed I had not read it earlier, especially with the love I have for Truman Capote’s other works. Continue reading My Third Capote – In Cold Blood