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Monday, October 11, 2010

IMM12 plus Award and Mylar Balloon

So I woke up early Saturday morning to see someone stealthily creeping into my room…with this attractive Mylar balloon…It was still dark out, so I pretended I was sleeping…and fell back asleep.  My parents have been visiting the past week and everyone let me sleep in a whole ‘nother hour before breaking into my room singing Happy Birthday.  While it was only 6:30 am here, that would make it 8:30 central, and I certainly didn’t let any of them sleep in mumblemumble years ago when I was born, so I guess all’s fair.  :)  And plus, I got this attractive Mylar balloon!!!!! :)

Then, after dropping our parents off at the airport, :(  my sister begged me to go to Barnes&Noble on the way home.  (yeah, I’m sure that’s how it happened).  Actually, my sister was the only one who walked away with books—I didn’t have any good downloads for Nook, and since I’m still in the middle of reading Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, I didn’t want to buy anything new on a full stomach…which isn’t to say I walked away empty handed…

Shout out to the ‘80s—I scored the complete first season of SCARECROW and Mrs. King.  The series stars Bruce Boxleitner (from the ‘80s movie Tron and the upcoming sequel, Tron Legacy—You’d recognize him if you saw him) and Kate Jackson post-Charlie’s Angels.  She’s a divorced housewife; he’s a spy…And suddenly she’s drawn into the world of espionage—Whether he likes it or not.

Now on to my award…I’MM pretty excited because Anna from Books to Brighten Your Mood blog gave me the fabulous Life Is Good Award!!!!

So, how’s it work?

Here are the rules:
·      Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
·         Answer the 10 survey questions.
·         Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
·         Contact the bloggers you’ve picked to let them know about the award.

1. 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?
Well…I’m kind of anonymous, kind of not.  I mean, if you asked me about myself, I’d probably tell you.  But I made up the name NYMFAUX, because I didn’t wanted to be limited…by myself, if that makes sense?  Basically, I’m being slightly paranoid, but I just wanted my blog to evolve naturally and not be boxed in by who I think other people think I am…and using a fake (faux) name (nym) makes it more me, the real-whoever-I-am-at-the-moment me.  Plus I think it sounds cool.  So, yeah; I’m happy.
2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:
No. (is that stubborn?  or just defiant?)(ßand look.  I know I should have capitalized some of those words and used complete sentences, but I don’t want to, so I’m not gonna)(again, stubborn?  or just defiant?)(either way, spell-check has at least half a dozen things it doesn’t like about this answer.)
3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
Depends on if it’s a good hair day or a bad hair day.  And either way, it usually ends up in a ponytail.
4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
Honestly?  Although I definitely love a vanilla malt on special occasions…for every day, milk and coke are usually at the top of my list.
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Sleep.  Read.  Watch movies.  Blog.  I feel like I go back and forth between “Adventuresome Me” and “Inert Me.”  Lately, I’ve been a little more inert, happy to veg out with a good book or movie, but occasionally I plan grand adventures and go on road trips, camping, hiking, dancing.
6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
I want to pay off my student loans, be completely 100% debt-free, drive all night, dance all night, live in a mansion, travel everywhere, write books, read everything, learn to knit, watch movies, go on a cruise, win an Oscar, speak 10 languages, go to the Grand Canyon and see the pyramids, meet the man of my dreams, elope, have kids (or raise poodles).  I want to be happy.  Oh, and I would love learn how to whistle really well.
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?
I never ditched in high school…although college certainly had its moments…  I was shy to some extent, but always observing.  And I was a little bit of a teacher’s pet (or at least that’s what my classmates in high school thought).  Overachiever some days; procrastinator other days.
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?
When I think of poignant moments, I usually think of scenes from books and movies—especially where lovers are torn apart, secrets are revealed, or someone dies.  Graduating from high school and college were definitely milestones, but don’t feel especially poignant.  I think the closest I can come to poignant is when I visited Paris, while I was in high school.  For the most part, I could hardly believe it was happening at all.  But when we visited Paris, all of a sudden, all these historic places started coming to life in a way I’d never imagined.  The first time was walking along the banks of the Seine towards the Notre Dame—All of a sudden I had this mental flash of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in the movie Charade, floating down the Seine on a tour boat, passing the Notre Dame.  Later, we went to the Louvre, where I stood in an entry way next to the Venus de Milo, and opposite me, down the long hallway, was a cascading staircase where Audrey Hepburn glided down in the movie Funny Face.  While we were at the Opera de Paris, I saw myself sitting in the balcony where Audrey Hepburn gazed down at Gary Cooper in Love in the Afternoon.  Whether they’re really the definition of poignant or not, in these moments, I felt caught between two worlds, like I was a part of something bigger, and that I was connected to something important.
9. 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?
I think I’m mostly myself, I probably sometimes tell more than I have to, but I love to tell a good story…And I love to share my love of stories, especially books and movies.
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
Read.  Honestly, I’ve never been a big phone person.  I’d rather hang out with my friends in person, or email.  Sure, once in a while there’s a really good, long juicy phone conversation, but it’s just so much more fun in person.

Passing the Award along…I know a lot of really fantastic bloggers, and I would be honored to share the Life Is Good award with them!—So here’s to you for making life good!

And back to IMM, Tera Lynn Childs’ posted chapter 6 of Eye Candy on her site Friday—I don’t know why everyone isn’t reading this—It’s *FREE*!!!!  And, it’s simply d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

And secondly, FREE EBOOK ALERT!!!

I would like to thank Vicki Pettersson from the Supernatural Underground (and an amazing author in her own right) for giving a shout out to some authors that inspire her…In particular, she mentioned Diana Gabaldon, and for anyone (like me), who hasn’t read Ms. Gabaldon’s Outlander series, her publisher is giving away FREE Kindle editions.  Good to know.  But since I’m not a Kindle user, before I tried to download their version, I thought I’d look it up at B&N—Low and behold, they also have a FREE version available!!!!!—So I went ahead and downloaded the first book, making both my Nook and myself very excited!!!!

That’s all for this week—Happy Birthday to me!—And happy reading to the rest of you!!!!


*In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren*  So head over there if you want to check out what everyone else got, or if you want to find out how to participate!!!


Candace said...

Thanks for passing on the award to me!
Outlander is amazing and I hope you LOVE it!
Loved reading your answers too!

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

Congratulations on your award! You deserve it you have a great blog.

Anonymous said...

Dude, thanks so much. And Happy Birthday? Hehe. I feel you on the phone thing. I, most of the times, don't even know where my phone is. Sadly enough. ;)