November 10, 2010

Life is Good Award

I'd like to say a big thank you to Meghan from Midnight Fume who has awarded me the 'Life is Good' Award.

Here are the "rules" for this award:
  1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
  2. Answer the following survey questions mentioned below.
  3. Pass it on to another 15 Blogs that are fairly new and interesting to you.
  4. Contact the bloggers so they know they've been chosen.

This award is given to blogs that you find fun and/or interesting, and the questions allow your blog followers to get to know you better. And now, onto the questions...

If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?
I would say I definitely don't blog anonymously... as in, everyone knows my name and I put my picture up, and people in my "real life" know I'm a book blogger. Besides the general purpose of writing reviews because I like to do it, I see my blog as a networking opportunity for my future profession (public librarian), so I definitely wouldn't change the fact that I don't blog anonymously.

Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:
Hmmm, I'm not sure I can think of one specific incident! That's kind of a difficult one... I am VERY stubborn, though, and I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I don't like giving up on things, and I tend to be very stubborn with trying things myself and wanting to do things right. Maybe it comes with being an only child?

What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
I think when I truly take a good look, I see someone who has matured a lot in the past few years... I see the person I was, who I am, who I want to become. And then, of course, on the surface non-metaphorical level I see a really pale 20-something girl with glasses who could pass for a teenager, and with hair that isn't really blonde, brown, or red, but it somewhere inbetween.

What is your favorite summer cold drink?
It's a toss up between iced tea and lemonade.

When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Most of my time is spent doing assignments for library school (which I'm almost done, I can't believe it!), so when I have "me" time I pretty much just read, watch TV, and update the blog.

Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
I'd really like to get a librarian job within 6 months of graduating... it would be so amazing. Outside of career goals, I'd love to visit Holland see where my grandparents grew up.

When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?
In elementary school I was painfully shy. I'm still quiet and introverted to an extent, but I'm not really shy. I was never a teacher's pet, but I've always been the "smart" one. Now in my master's program we're all just geeky librarians. ;)

If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?
I guess I have two answers. One, would be when I found out my parents were splitting up. It just totally changed my whole reality and future, so in that way it had a huge impact on me. Another is when I found out I was accepted to my master's program. I had a year off between undergrad and grad school, and I hadn't been able to find a job... I felt like I was completely stuck, I didn't know where I was going. I applied really late to the program, and there were only 2 spots left, and a lot of applicants... and then I found out I was accepted, and it (once again) changed my whole future and reality. Both those moments meant a lot, in 2 very different ways.

Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
Well, I guess these answers show that I definitely don't mind sharing about myself and my feelings. This is a very public forum, so I would never share intimate details about my life, but for more general thoughts and feelings, I feel good about being open. I suppose it's much easier to write about other people because it's not going to personally change you or effect you at all.


I am actually going to break the rules of this award, and not pass this on to anyone in particular. Hopefully that's okay with everyone. I don't want anyone to feel obligated to answer the questions, however...
  1. I'd like to draw everyone's attention to my left sidebar and point out the "Great YA Book Blogs" I have linked there, & ...
  2. I'd be glad to present this award to anyone reading this who feels like answering these questions and passing it on to other bloggers.

Thanks again for presenting me with my very first award, Meghan! It means a lot!! =)


  1. Wow, you're an inspiration...fighting for that master's program, Congrats on your achievements and on this award. It was my pleasure.

  2. Congratulations on your award Ashley!

  3. Congratulations on your very first award, Ashley! I can't believe this is just your first...your blog is awesome! :)

  4. Congrats, it was fun to read your answers!

    This is also very exciting for me (I know I'm a bit odd!) I passed the award onto Meghan. When I did, I described it as a "never-ending hug". The warmth I felt when I received it, then when Meghan put up her post, now to see another blog I follow got the award! It is all very fulfilling. You totally deserved it too, I'm sorry, but complying with the rules, I only passed it on to 15 people (to be honest, I went backwards alphabetically.)

  5. Congrats on your award! I think being a librarian would be so much fun! Being surrounded by books all day...*dreamy sigh*...awesome!


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