The Sunshine Award

the sunshine awardI haven’t done a blog award post in ages! I’ve actually received quite a few lately but since they were all duplicates (or even triplicates) of awards I received in the past, I didn’t write any posts for them like I used to. But now I have received a brand-new one (from Tara Therese @ T.T. Kesley), so what the heck – here’s my acceptance-post-thingy, in which I answer some questions and do whatever else is required! Thanks, Tara!

I’ll begin with the five facts about myself:

  1. My favorite cheese is asiago, closely followed by parmesan.
  2. I swear there are only about six people in the whole entire world who actually enjoyed Mockingjay and I am one of them.
  3. I’ve read ninety-four books thus far in 2014, as you can see from my Goodreads reading challenge page. The most recent one, finished just last night, was I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, and I’m currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
  4. The largest library fine I’ve ever paid was over sixteen dollars… because I lost a book!
  5. I recently named my camera Dorothea, for Dorothea Lange and Vivian Dorothea Maier – two famous women photographers.

And now I’ll answer Tara’s questions, which are as follows:

1. Have you ever tried blogging on an iPad? If so, did you find the experience pretty funky?

Nope! First, because my family doesn’t have any iPads – we have a Kindle and a Kindle Fire. But I’ve never tried blogging on those tablets, either, because it seems like more trouble than it’s worth. I may not type very quickly on computers, but I can certainly write faster on one of those than on a tablet or phone or whatever.

2. Do you like to paint?

Uh, I guess? I don’t know, I don’t do very much painting. The last thing I painted was a picnic table, actually, because the old paint was peeling off and it needed to be fixed. So I guess I’d rather cover something in paint rather than paint pretty designs on paper, because the former requires no talent. And I am not very good at any kind of art save photography.

3. Tell me one of your favorite quotes.

I can do better than that – I’ll tell you two, because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better!

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

– The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien


“I lifted the remote control, pushed the Play button, and started the video. I guess, in that moment, I also started my new life as Cameron-the-girl-with-no-parents. Ruth was sort of right, I would learn: A relationship with a higher power is often best practiced alone. For me it was practiced in hour-and-a-half or two-hour increments, and paused when necessary.

I don’t think it’s overstating it to say that my religion of choice became VHS rentals, and that its messages came in Technicolor and musical montages and fades and jump cuts and silver-screen legends and B-movie nobodies and villains to root for and good guys to hate. But Ruth was wrong, too. There was more than just one other world beyond ours; there were hundreds and hundreds of them, and at 99 cents apiece I could rent them all.”

– The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

They’re both beautiful, aren’t they?

4. Tell me one of your favorite jokes.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson go on a camping trip. After dinner, they go to sleep – but some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars,” replies Watson.

“And what do you deduce from that?”

“Well, astronomically it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets… but what does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes is silent for a moment. “Watson, you fool!” he says. “It means someone has stolen our tent!”

5. Do you wear a watch?

Indeed, but usually only when I’m away from home and someplace where there might not be clocks. I have this weird thing about always wanting to know what time it is…

And now for my questions!

  1. What book will you read next?
  2. Do your parents, siblings, or any other relatives read your blog? What do they think of it?
  3. What is the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard recently?
  4. If you could choose, right now, to be either ten years younger or ten years older than you currently are, which option would you pick?
  5. What is your quest?

And now for my nominations, finally! I wasn’t told that I had to pick only five bloggers for this, so I’m going to tag a whole bunch of people. Because why not?

And by the way: If you’re not on this list, that doesn’t mean I don’t like your blog – I just thought you wouldn’t do the award. But if you would like to take part, consider yourself tagged!

Now go forth and blog!

P.S. Today is my mother’s birthday – happy birthday, Mom!

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
This entry was posted in Nevillegirl's Adventures!, Non-Neville Posts, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

37 Responses to The Sunshine Award

  1. Aw, thank you ❤ I'm so honored you thought of me. 😀

    I think I'll be doing my post sometime next week 🙂 (hard to tell because school's started, but I WILL get around to it)

    Nice quotes… My personal favourites are, "There was once a point to this story, but it had temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind." ~ Douglas Adams, and for some reason, "We're all stories in the end," from Doctor Who has resonated with me. 🙂

    • nevillegirl says:

      You’re welcome! I love your blog – it’s so nerdy and you talk about all kinds of things. 🙂

      OK! (Aw, poor you. School… and it’s not even something cool like Hogwarts! 😛 )

      Ahaha, love the Douglas Adams quote!
      My favorite DW quote is:

      “There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold… come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do!” – Seventh Doctor

      (I’ve never actually seen anything with Seven, but honestly? It’s a beautiful quote and I love it anyway. I also really liked Eleven’s speech from “The Rings of Akhaten.”)

  2. Boquinha says:

    Happy birthday to your mom!

    I’m honored and excited. Thanks for the tag! I think Mark and I are both doing it. 🙂 I love these.

    Great quotes. And interesting questions! Thanks again!

    • nevillegirl says:

      You’re welcome! I like doing these posts too, they’re so fun and easy to write. 😛

      I enjoy finding quotes that make me go, “WHOA. THIS IS HOW TO SUCCEED AT WRITING.”

  3. viktoryarch says:


  4. Thanks for nominating me! 😀

  5. F says:

    Thanks very much for nominating me! Your questions are so fun, I can’t wait to answer them, haha..

  6. Yay! Thanks for nominating me! I’ll try to get it done ASAP. And I proudly claim the second spot of the six people who enjoyed Mockingjay- it was my favorite book in the trilogy. I love your questions, can’t wait to answer them@

  7. Sunny Smith says:

    I liked Mockingjay, consider me part of those six. I think it gets way to much hate.
    Interesting post! I really liked hearing the random facts, haha.

  8. Cait says:

    *giggles at Sherlock joke* Poor Watson. 😉

    But HEY. I am one of those 6 people then, too! Because I adored Mockingjay. I thought it was perfect. But I have this thing with loving and adoring book series that end like they SHOULD not like we’d like them too. (Hence I am a big Allegiant fan too.) But I am so oh so freaked for the Mockingjay movie. THERE WILL BE NO CLOSURE AFTER PART 1. It will hurt. IT will induce tears. I…I….I’m going to go cry.

    • nevillegirl says:

      I like Watson so much. ^-^

      You guys are the best. 😀 I didn’t know anyone else who liked Mockingjay and now a whole bunch of people just commented saying they loved it, too!

  9. Mo says:

    Ooh, I’d never really thought of that Cam Post quote as being beautiful before–I’d only kind of skimmed it before. 🙂

    Say happy birthday to your mom for me!

  10. Nirvana says:

    Make that seven people! After freshly finishing the book, I was disapointed. But only now have I realised how much I loved it! ❤
    Also, that's my favourite joke as well, it had me cracking up so bad! 😀 Btw, have you watched the TV series Sherlock?

  11. Haha, I love that joke! Also, I rated Mockingjay five stars.

  12. doctormark says:

    If you didn’t count me, you’ve found another one for Mockingjay. I will say that I thought it ended quite abruptly, like she was writing on a deadline, but I enjoyed it. And great Sherlock joke, by the way.

    It took me a few days, but I’ve accepted your challenge. Thanks for tagging me!

  13. matttblack42 says:

    I will do this. *Puts it on to-do list.*

    I loved Mockingjay! (Though I preferred the Hunger Games.) I think people were just upset that it didn’t turn out how they wanted it to.

    Also, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten asiago cheese.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Yay, awesome!

      Yeah, same here. I did like THG better, but Mockingjay was awesome too, and better than CF. And I agree, some of my friends hated it because Katniss didn’t end up with Gale, or whatever.

      It’s yummy. 🙂

  14. themagicviolinist says:

    Thanks for nominating me! 🙂 I’m looking forward to posting the award.

    Ba ha ha, the same day I read this post (which was a while ago–haven’t gotten around to commenting until now. Oops.), my best friend showed me the Sherlock/Watson joke. HILARIOUS.

  15. Pingback: Blog Award Roundup | Wanderer on the Sands of Time

What do you think? Share the musings from your navel!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.