I’d like to thank the academy…

This totally awesome blogger, Chloe from That Blog About, nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Thank you, Chloe!   Y’all go check out her blog.   Not now, read the rest of my post…Jeez.


Ok, like everybody, the first thing I thought when I saw the word award in my comments was, “Awww, that’s so nice.”  Followed closely by:

It’s a major award! 

Fra-gee-lee.  Must be Italian.

Fra-gee-lee. Must be Italian.

Then I was all, “Wait a minute.  This could be some kind of cosmic karma Internet joke for putting the word “Hundevagina” out there.”   It’s not.  It’s legit.  Chloe wouldn’t do that, y’all.  I can’t believe you guys thought such a thing.

The Liebster Award is a way to recognize up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  It’s a great way to get to know each other and share some love.  This particular Liebster Award is being given to those participating in the Blogging A to Z Challenge.

To accept this award, there are a few things I need to do.

First, I put the award on my blog.  Ok, done.

Second, I list 11 random facts about me.  Here we go…

  1. I hate mornings.  Always have, ask anyone.
  2. I’m super pissed at whoever pulled the plug on Pluto.  It screwed up both of my planet mnemonic devices.
  3. Most of my family calls me JuJu.  My sisters all call each other ‘sister’.  That’s how we call out to each other in stores and people always look at us like we’re crazy or maybe they think we’re sister wives…I have no idea.
  4. Once I dreamt that my garden gnomes came alive and tried to steal my medication.  I blame the medication.
  5. I hate dealing with mail so there are piles of it all over our office.  Seriously, please don’t send me mail, unless it’s money, then it would help if you put it in a giant fluorescent envelope.
  6. My sisters, our friends and I have attended the local fall craft fairs since 1989.  Last year, 19 women slept all over my house for craft fair weekend.  We have a cheer and we all wear giant witch hats.  Volker leaves the house that weekend.
  7. My husband says that I collect “shit” but I only collect awesome treasures like cat wine.
  8. I love to paint.  Karrie Evenson is my art teacher and she’s ridiculously good at it – teaching and painting.
  9. I still have a Christmas wreath on my fireplace.  I’m just not sure where I’m supposed to store the thing so it stays up there.
  10. My dog, Emmy, loves The Ellen Show.  She sits and stares at the TV but only when Ellen is on, otherwise, she is not interested in television.  She’s kind of a snob that way.
  11. The first thing I ever said to my now husband was, “Man, you are grumpy.”  Not “Hello” or “I love your country.”  I called him grumpy.  Now he has t-shirts and hats with Grumpy from Snow White and wears them golfing.

 Third, I answer 11 questions from Chloe:

If you had to pick you final meal what would you choose?

I’ve been sick all week so the idea of food…ick.  If I had to pick right now, it’d be broth and after this week, I’m not sure if I’d be wrong.

If you could only have one book of fiction to read forever, which would it be?

I could no sooner pick a favorite star in the heavens.  Yes, I just quoted Ever After.  It happens a lot.  Did I just skirt another question?  I’ll do better, I promise.

What would you name yourself if you could choose your own name?

Penelope Potty Mouth or Donna Noble – Donna Noble would have to be said as one word and with a British accent, otherwise scratch that one.

What is the best thing about blogging?

All of the other bloggers!  And getting to curse all I want without a single dirty look – I can’t see you looking at your screen.

Why did you choose to take part in the A to Z challenge?

First, Twitter.  Then I saw a comment on an A to Z Challenge thread made by Maple Syrup Land, so I checked out her blog and then I sent her a direct message on Facebook like a super stalker and she talked me into it. It didn’t take much.  She said, “You should do it.”  I’m an easy mark for peer pressure.

Have you preplanned any posts, Q or X or Z perhaps?

I wish.  I signed up about two hours before this thing started and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since.

Describe a brief embarrassing memory.

When I was in 1st grade, I was walking home from school and really had to pee.  I held it for as long as I could but my bladder is a jerk and I couldn’t wait so I plopped onto the ground and let it go.  I was sitting in about a foot of snow and it started to mysteriously change color.  About the time I was surrounded by a giant circle of yellow, a school bus full of kids from my class pulled up to the stop sign leaving the kids in perfect eye shot of my predicament.  Yay.  Really, I turned out mostly fine and if I think long and hard about it, this might not be the worst embarrassment I’ve had to recover from.  Once, I ran through the restaurant I worked in projectile vomiting in front of dining customers – that one was bad as well.  Sorry, that’s more than one and not very brief.  I’m new.

Who influences you?

My sisters.

Which three words best describe you?

Tired.  Lucky.  Jovial.

What makes you happy?

My ridiculously handsome husband bringing me coffee in the morning (more like afternoon), my brilliant daughter’s attempts to save the world and my family – the whole crazy lot of them.

What is your favorite word?

I blogged about it yesterday.  It’s a phrase – Fick die Henne!  My apologies to any Germans reading this post.  Cussing in German when you live in the US is awesome.  Rarely is anyone offended.

Fourth and final, I nominate 11 blogs I think are deserving of this award.

To my Liebster Nominees, you are under no obligation to accept this award.  However, it is an awesome opportunity to get other bloggers.  If you decide to accept the award in it’s current format and specific to Blogging A to Z participants, here’s what you need do.

Post the award on your blog

Thank the blogger(s) who gave you the award and link back to their site

Post 11 random facts about yourself

Answer 11 questions that the presenter of the award has asked

Nominate 11 new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers that you want to pass the award on to

Ask your nominees 11 questions of your own choosing

Here are your 11 questions from me…

  1. How long have you liked Doctor Who?  If you don’t like Doctor Who (Really!?) then what is your favorite TV show?
  2. Coffee or Tea?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. What superpower do you wish you possessed?  Why?
  5. Do you have any gnomes in your yard?  Do they come alive at night and try to steal your medication like they do at my house?  If not, who is your favorite fictional character?  Why?
  6. Movies or Books?
  7. What would be your weapon of choice for the Zombie Apocalypse?
  8. Are you a Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, or Charlotte?  I don’t know what the male equivalent to the Sex in the City characters are so, what TV character best describes you?
  9. Describe a brief embarrassing memory (I had to, y’all).
  10. Have you ever been or are you now a vegan?
  11. Which John Hughes (any director is fine) movie best describes your adolescence?  Why?

And the nominees are…(Some of you may have a bazillion followers and already came up and went – I wasn’t sure, I just really like your blogs.  Remember, I’m new.

Dysfunctionally Functional

Mental Mosaic

Poke the Rock

Two Shoes in Texas

Days with the Undead

The Incoherent Ramblings of a Moose


Another Clean Slate

 Tommia’s Tablet

Laugh Quotes

and last but not least, my new Obi-Wan Kenobi of the blogosphere, Maple Syrup Land

Y’all have fun!


  1. Wow, I’ flattered! And what perfect timing, just as we wrap up an “L” of a week and move on to an “M” Monday! 🙂 I’m totally enjoying getting to know you thru your blog too, that’s the best part of A-Z, meeting new folks! Looking forward to more great posts ahead as we scramble to line up the second half of our game, and in a week I’m going on vacation, so I really need to get on the ball this week to prepare… I see trouble brewing, procrastination is my middle name! 🙂 Thanks again, that was a day brightener!
    Josie Two Shoes recently posted…Blogging From A to Z… “L”My Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      I swear I think procrastination should have been all three of my names! I’m enjoying getting to know you as well! Have a GREAT vacation!

  2. Medicine-thieving garden gnomes are a serious problem…you need to set some traps in your garden (use maple-bacon cupcakes…that shit is gnome-crack)

    Thank you for the nomination! I am honoured and as I warned you, I will be retagging you with a nomination from me, and am already plotting some highly inappropriate questions for the acceptance rules part of this award 😀

    PS We totally need lightsabers. And Wookie sidekicks
    Maple Syrup Land recently posted…Writing frenzy, soul-stealing book covers and LiebstersMy Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      If anyone is getting maple-bacon cupcakes at my house, it’s gonna be me! Screw the thieving gnome assholes.

      Yay inappropriate questions! I can’t wait to answer them. And You Are Welcome! You are FABULOUS!

      Oh.My.God! I’ve sooo always wanted a Wookie! I’m googling where to get one now. Our lightsabers have to make that cool noise like in the movies.

  3. Julie, it says that commenting will make me look younger. Well I’ve just commented and I still look like my granny…and she’s dead.

    Thanks so much for the Liebster award. I am touched, nay humbled to be included in the nominations.
    And are there really people who exist, that don’t like Doctor Who?? For shame! 🙂
    Lily recently posted…A-Z Challenge – L is for LairMy Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      I don’t know what to tell you – maybe you’re doing it wrong. I was looking like the crypt keeper and now I’m all shiny and new. Must be due to commenting or not going near a mirror. I’m sure it’s commenting.

      Right!? He’s saved Earth like a billion times. People who don’t like Doctor Who must hate the Earth for some reason. Maybe they’re all Daleks. Next time you meet someone who doesn’t like the Doctor, try ripping their face off and checking for a creepy octopus sludge brain. If they have a regular brain – apologize, put their face back on, and then you should probably run.

      I love your blog!

  4. Thanks, flattered, and accepting, with a pause – as I am doing AtoZ travel tips I learned the hard way (loaded with embarrassing moments), of which there is just no way I could make this fit, so I will blog about this in May.

    Thanks again for checking out my AtoZ.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #41
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    • julieyoujest says:

      You’re welcome! I totally get waiting until May. This A to Z thing has me in constant scramble mode. I don’t have M up yet – still writing it. Always playing catch up!

  5. ahahaha the pee incident, this is OK I once peed in front of gazillion people trying to prove to my mother that I can indeed pee like my brother.

    Thanks for nominating me 🙂 Also Donna Noble nice to meet you. Gawd I love David Tennant…
    Poke The Rock recently posted…M for misunderstood and misheardMy Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      That’s hilarious!

      I love me some Tennant as well. Only, I tried to watch the new spy miniseries he just did and I kept looking for the TARDIS.

      You’re welcome! I really dig your blog!

  6. Thank you for the award. I’m flattered! 🙂

    Man, your crafting weekend in witch hats sounds like so much fun. I may crash your party this year. (I have my own witch hat and can sleep on the floor!)

    Heck, I could even bring a bottle of cat wine with me, if it helps!

    ~Tui, from A to Z
    Twitter: @mentalmosaic
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