Thank you motherhendiaries for nominating me for a Liebster Award for new bloggers! I knew the Master’s degree in English would pay off someday! Wait until I tell my dad! Actually, kidding aside, it is a really nice gesture that I truly appreciate. It’s nice to have readers, even if it is only a few of you.
This award is a bit like a chain letter. Best part is that I get to pass it on and nominate others. With that in mind, here are a few blogs I read that all of you should check out.
1. Bethany Suckrow – this girl is one of my favorite bloggers to read. Writing about life and spirituality, Bethany touches upon some very serious issues in a very accessible way. She and I went to college together and were casually acquainted. I wish we had known each other better back then.
2. Agirlandherchickens – Ok – Motherhendiaries nominated her too, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also, does it? Either way, this blog about farm life and chickens is a fun, often informative read. I really enjoy it.
3. Fullcirclefarm – Writing about and photographing farm life, Full Circle Farm is a lot of fun to follow, especially if you like beautiful photos of cows and chickens and produce. (I really do…)
4. BeeHavenAcres – The Bee Maven has a lot of followers, but it doesn’t look like she’s broken 1000, so this still counts. Farm life blog with lovely photos and adventures in turkeys and chickens and everything!
Technically, this is supposed to be an award for blogs with under 1000 followers, but while I’m linking to wonderful blogs, consider checking out this one as well.
– DIYDiva -I LOVE this blog. It has a strong female, powertools, a place in the country, and farm animals. And, unlike many of us “farmbloggers” this girl isn’t originally from the country. It’s fantastic.
So there’s my list. And below are the questions Motherhen sent me, along with my answers. Enjoy!
1. Why did you start your blog, and why did you choose this name?
I started my blog for several reasons. One, having decided that I won’t be teaching after the completion of this semester, I knew that I would soon be missing my creative outlet. (And when I don’t have one, I get cranky.) Two, I have people ask me all the time “are you writing this down?” when my husband or I tell stories about our lives. That led me to believe that at least a few people might be interested in our little corner of creation. Three, so much is going on in my life right now. It’s insane, but it’s also wonderful. I’m a little afraid that I will forget some of the special parts. Now I have a record.
As for the name “almostfarmgirl,” it’s actually the remnant of an argument that my husband and I had maybe a year or two ago. We were on the way home from a particularly rough day of shoeing. I had tagged along to help him, but we had encountered horses crazy enough to make me uncomfortable. The thing is, most of his past relationships involved other equine professionals, and when I couldn’t handle the especially naughty horses (rearing, charging, attempting to run us over, etc), he was frustrated. As we drove home, he informed me that he considered me an “almost farm girl”; a real farm girl would have had a better handle on the insane horses.
I was livid with him at the time. The expectations seemed pretty unfair, and I also felt as though the name completely dismissed my 15+ years (now more like 20) with livestock. (I have spent way too much time getting up early to clean stalls to be an almost anything!) However, after a while, I guess embraced the name (even though he never called me that again and now claims to have no memory of the whole incident). Honestly, with a background in llamas, I’m used to people thinking I deal with “pretend livestock.” In a way, I’ve been an almost farm girl most of my life.
(Side note: I almost named this blog “Confessions of an Almost Farm Girl.” I always figured that if I ever wrote a book about this crazy life of llamas and horses and…insanity, that’s what I would name the book. (Kind of catchy, right?) I still might write that book one day I guess, but I more and more feel like this insanity is better suited for the anecdotal nature of a blog. Also, “confessions” seems a little dramatic…my biggest confession right now is that I sometimes teach class at one of the top rated universities in the Midwest wearing barn shoes…and sometimes I track llama poop into the classroom. Also, I realized that Confessions of an Almost Farm Girl loses something in translation when it becomes confessionsofanalmostfarmgirl.com because the words can also be split up as confessions of anal most farmgirl…which I’m thinking is a different subject matter entirely. Though, come to think of it, I would probably get more search hits…)
2. What is your idea of the perfect night out?
Wine. Stars. Good company. No mosquitos (or, alternately, enough wine that I don’t care about them).
That covers the basics, but, if you’re asking…and you’re not…my favorite date night event is our annual (or biannual) moonlight cruise on the huge, authentic paddlewheel ship that is docked nearby.
3. What is your favorite article of clothing and why?
So, I have this black tank top from Wal-Mart, and it’s pretty much the best piece of clothing I own. It looks good from all angles; it fits perfectly, and it doesn’t change size in the wash. I think it cost $5…
4. If you were a pizza, which one would you be?
Is there one that doesn’t go straight to the hips? I want to be that one.
5. Name your top 5 all time favorite guilty-pleasure songs.
Can I be honest and admit that I really like the song “Bad Touch” by the Bloodhound Gang? It’s kind of hilarious. After that “guilty pleasure” song, trust me when I tell you I don’t need more…
*COUGH* 2. Backstreet’s Back (Backstreet Boys) 3. Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy (Big and Rich). 4. Mama’s Broken Heart (Miranda Lambert…also almost anything by her or the Pistol Annies) 5. Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood).
6. If you could choose to live on any island, which would it be and why?
I haven’t been to many islands. I’d name some random tropical one, but hurricane’s freak me out. Prince Edward Island is too cold… Can I go with England? Or is it weird to call that an island? I was a fan of several of the Greek islands I visited…
This question has generated far more questions than answers…
7. What is the farthest you have travelled? What brought you there?
I’d have to look at a map, but I’m pretty sure the farthest was Athens. I studied abroad in Europe during my junior year of college. I made it as far as Greece during a break from classes.
8. Beatles or Stones?
Beatles. No question.
9. If you could be any breed of chicken, which one would it be? Why?
Gold Laced Cochin – Because if you’re not going to be smart, you had best be pretty.
10. Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Trick question. I don’t want to grow up.
11. How much wood does a woodchuck actually chuck? (It’s one of the burning issues of our time…I can’t believe no one has ever properly answered it, but go on… have at it!)
Sadly, the woodchuck no longer chucks wood. We had to shoot him last fall…
(Little bastard wouldn’t stop digging “leg breaking” holes in the horse pasture.)