Checking in while checking out – The Blogies!

Somewhere in here is a dolphin. It’s like Where’s Wally?

We’re crossing to you live today from the sandy yellow carpet of the NSW mid-north coast, where our fresh new Blogess Kim from Falling Face First has donned her best bikini in preparation for the acceptance of her recent Sunshine and Liebster blogging Awards.

Kim was tickled to discover she’d been passed the Liebster belt by Kelly @ Handmade Tears and Triumphs. In fact, as she spies our cameras she drops the small child she’s been holding and trots up the beach Gangnam-style, (tripping only once and dusting herself off with panache), eager to take hold of the microphone, oblivious to the ridicule she is attracting from onlookers.

Breathlessly, she agrees to conduct a brief interview before she resumes her important dolphin-spotting, kindle-reading, and lying prone-on-the-beach duties.
We unfurl our questions in quick succession before Kim can get herself into any further trouble standing in the upright position.

So, Kim, how long have you been blogging?’
‘Three months. Since September. If that’s still 3 months ago.’

‘Messy play or clean play?’
‘Clean. Though messy is heaps of fun when someone else is cleaning up!’

‘Plain or patterned?’
‘Plain or patterned what? If you’re discussing leggings, please don’t. They’re not pants, even if you put patterns on them, and pictures of zips, and pictures of pockets. In this case, PLAIN, at the gym. Otherwise, if you mean animals, dresses or couch cushions, then patterned. Oh – though I’ll usually take plain skin over patterned.’

‘What is your favourite animal?’
‘I’m torn. Meerkats or lemurs? They’re both cute and ridiculous. Nobody can be sad with a picture of a meerkat on their desk. Can somebody please give me a picture of a meerkat for my desk?’

Fingers, calculator or in your head?
‘I realised some time ago I’m missing that side of my brain, so definitely not in my head. On my fingers, till they run out, then caluculator all the way.

‘Where was your favourite place as a child?’
‘Our pool, till I grew chlorine eyes and everything had a whitish halo around it.’

‘Inside or outside?’
‘Outside, but only if conditions are PERFECT i.e. 29 degrees, sunny, light breeze.’

‘How often do you clean your house?’
‘As little as possible. Boring. Next question. That said, I hate mess and it drives me crazy. So that’s the “as little as possible” determinant.’

If you could have as many children as you wanted, how many would you have?’
‘Two. Once I thought maybe three, but two is a bit like what you want with your boobs. Just more than a handful. That’ll do.’

Do you think you will ever stop blogging?’
‘In all likelihood, yes, unless the world becomes a slightly dystopic secret-opinion driven world where Parrots earn lucrative sums as they do in the last chapter of A Visit From the Goon Squad. Then I think we could say my need exists, my corruptibility is low, but my reach is, hopefully, growing.’

‘What is your favourite TV show at the moment?’
‘Tough question. 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy or Breaking Bad’.

‘Thanks Kim. That’s all we want to know from Lieb-land. An award in recognition of a small blog with less than 200 followers, in German meaning “sweetest, nicest, kindest, dearest” etc. Also a pat on the back, like your kids telling you occasionally, after you spend years wiping their poo ‘we love you mummy’.

‘I just want to say thanks to Kelly too. I Liebster her too.’

Kim has dropped the microphone in the sand and is already sprinting towards the water, arms akimbo in her trademark unco-ordinated running style, when I remind her she’s failed to address her Sunshine Award passed on by the fabulous Mumabulous.

‘Oh yeah. Which one is that?’

‘The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!’

‘OK. Today’s a good day for this one since I’m standing in the sun. I don’t know that I manage any of those things, but they’re good on the aspirational front for 2013. Thanks Mumabulous, you rock lady. Harder than Bardot!

1. Favourite Time of the Year?
My birthday- the festival of Kim! Mainly because it’s closely followed by our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and is in summer.

2. Favourite Festive movie?
Love Actually. I can rewind and watch the Hugh Grant dancing-like-nobody’s-watching even though you’re the PM scene about 10 times before I get bored.

3. What is your Passion?
Words.

4. Favourite Colour?
Cornflower blue

5. Favourite time of the Day?
Evening, first wine, just after the kids are in bed. Ahhhhhhhhh.

6. Favourite Flower?
The tiger lily, OR phaeleanopsis orchid. I said the first one cos you’ve probably said Huh? to the second. I only know because it was in my wedding bouquet.

7. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Beverage?
Non … What? Sorry… I don’t think I’ve understood these words correctly. I do drink tea in the morning. Assam bold, baby! Love a cup of Twinings.

8. Favourite Physical Activity?
Are we keeping this PG? Ok. Too many… Swimming in the surf, kayaking, Zumba, Pilates, and, ummm, is sleeping a physical activity?

9. Favourite Vacation?
This one. Hawks Nest, beach house, for an inexpensive family holiday. For the ultimate non-kids getaway luxury escape, Twin Palms Resort Phuket. So much luxury, so little time.

So, who’s up next? She rambled on so long everyone’s straggled off to the car park for a coffee.

‘WAIT! There’s more!’
‘You need my Leiby-shiny nominations!’

We return. We hold our breaths. TV crews assemble. Home and Away extras stop pacing back and forth across the camera. Staring takes place.

‘Right. Here are my Leisbster noms:
Enid Bite ‘Em – she seems to love words as much as I do, and is just plain awesome.
The Things I’d Tell You - with all of the book love. And a wonderful, warm soul.
The Kids Are All Right - Rachel is a WISE WOMAN. Heed her teenaged advice. She is also very lovely. I intend to drink wine with her soon.
Bachelor Mum - is inspiring and full of culture and knowledge. I want to eat her brain, not at all in a zombie kind of way.

And my Sunshines:

Babbling bandit – It hasn’t been sunshine for you, but your blog is like the sun – open, warm and honest
Take Charge Now – She’s my Veuve kindred spirit, and gets on with shit when shit needs to be got on with, in a very sunshiney way. That certainly deserves an award.

I’m not great with rules. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to change the questions or not. I’ve run out of beach juice in any case. Sorry. And I know this isn’t enough peeps. I love so many of you – but you’ve been tagged already!

PHEW! Over and out xx

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