The missing nomination

So… a long time ago, the lovely Eliza was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award and was very sweet to pass the nomination to me, among other people. When I say ‘a long time ago’, I mean 8 months ago. Yes. EIGHT months. What? did you expect me to update regularly? Me neither. Although I admit I did not think I will take so many months in between posts. Or that my past few posts would be so depressing, but oh well… Así es la vida.

As I am new to blogging and to nominations and tags and things like this, I was very interested to know that exactly is the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award and I found a good description and history of the award in this post by Rikka. I find it very interesting how the format has changed over the years. I do love the idea of this nomination and I love Eliza’s questions so let’s do it!

 

The questions:

1. What is your fondest childhood memory?

When I was very young I used to go spend summer and winter holidays with my godmother quite often. The city she lived in was quite close to the mountains and the air was always very fresh and smelled like forest. My room, while I stayed with them, was the smallest in the house, but seemed huge to me and had balcony that overlooked small children’s play space with wooden swings. I remember that when it rained or snowed, I would sit on the little chair next to the balcony window, looking outside, and listening to children’s stories on an old wooden record player (or is it called a Turntable?). I think that was what made me love stories.

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2. What is your favorite hobby/pastime?

Reading – or listening to – stories. I love stories in any format – audio books are great if they have a good narrator, I love the smell and feel of a physical book and I carry my e-reader with me everywhere because it’s extremely convenient, especially when reading at night, in the dark and having to be quiet. I read at night more often than I want to admit. I also read fan fiction, but I think I will keep the details of why and how I feel about it for another post.

If I am listening to an audio book, I also tend to do something else with my hands. That something is usually trying to knit. I say trying because I keep messing up patterns, losing count of rows, etc. But this, too, is subject for another post. When I am not messing up patterns, I am usually playing solitaire.
3. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?

I don’t know. I have been thinking about this question, on and off, for the last eight months. Yes, it gave me a mini-quarter-life-crisis. I keep coming back to the same answer – so I think I’ll just go with that: being completely independent by age 23. I have been living and studying in another country since I was 19 and I have managed to work and maintain myself since I started third year of university (at the age of 22). I haven’t alone, my partner has been with me through it all – we left to study together, we live together and we share responsibilities. But I am proud of where we are in life. There. That’s the answer, for all intents and purposes, you could stop reading here. The next paragraph is me going on a tangent and rambling a bit.

Now for the rambling: the reason I am reticent to call it “my greatest accomplishment”… or even an accomplishment… is that I feel that I have only done what I needed to do, and what was expected of me. It never felt like a choice and as such, it’s hard to feel anything towards it. My parents have always been poor and wanted a better future for me. For as long as I can remember, I knew that I was expected to learn, be the best in school, leave the country and make a better future for myself. Which I did. Part of that expectation was also a brilliant career, with lots of money, traveling around the world and taking care of my parents. Those haven’t happened yet, as I have just started a career (I am not sure if it is the career, but we’ll see). To be honest, I am not sure if they will ever happen or if that’s what I want from my life.

The end… almost!

So now that we’re finished with my answers, I feel like I should make up some questions and nominate some other people. The problem? Being a new blogger, I don’t know many people. I do know one person that really deserves a nomination and I would love to read her answers : Jeyna Grace. Jeyna, I haven’t seen these kinds of posts on your page, so I don’t know if you’re interested, but just in case. It is, of course, up to you whether you participate or not.

And now the questions:

  1. What is the story/book you are most fond of?
  2. What is one thing about you that you hope will never change?
  3. If you could read the best literary work of one country, in their original language, which country would that be and why?

 

P.S. Eliza, I don’t think I can nominate you back, but if any of these questions tempt you, I am curious what your answers would be.

P.P.S. Thanks again for the nomination!