Liebster: take two

I have officially been nominated for the Liebster Award by SueBC of the ‘I’m Feeling This’ blog. I say ‘officially’ because the questions I recently answered in relation to the Liebster Award were a general shout out from zees muse to anyone who wanted to answer them; this time, SueBC nominated me directly.

for me? thanks!


One of the stipulations of this blogging award is that you not only answer the questions presented to you, but you then come up with a set of questions for the 5 other blogs that you nominate. Problem is, the blogs I read have either already been nominated or they don’t like to participate in these question/answer type of challenges. I can NOT pass up the opportunity to answer a blogging questionnaire though, so I will answer the questions anyway!

don’t look at me like that! I’m just tweaking the rules to suit me…


The first few questions are duplicates from the set I answered for zees muse, but I will be giving different answers this time around. I very rarely have just one favorite anything, so it’s not like I’ll be wracking my brain to come up with more answers!

Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on Kittens? this is so hard!


1.) What is the best movie you have seen in the past year?

Does this question mean ‘best new release’ or just any movie that I’ve seen for the first time recently? If it’s the latter, then that would definitely be ‘The Guest’, which I wrote a little about here. If it’s ‘best newer release’, then my answer is: Doctor Strange. I really enjoy the Marvel movies but for some reason I had low expectations for this one. Benedict Cumberbatch proved me so wrong, I am very happy to say! I loved his look, I loved his accent, I loved the way I started out scoffing at the character’s selfish arrogance but grew to feel so warmly towards him by the end. I thought Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen were excellent as well.


2.) What is the most memorable live theatre and/or concert experience you’ve had in the past year?

My daughter’s Spring Concert for Middle School Choir. I was really impressed with the selections, particularly Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

they did both


3.) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I did stumble across a Twilight fanfic that I really enjoyed, and ended up reading it more than once. It was called ‘Because of a Boy’. The story centered around a single mother of a child with Asperger’s, who meets and falls in love with a man whose father has Asperger’s as well. It made me cry several times throughout the story, not in sadness, but more for the way the families acknowledged and adapted to their circumstances so willingly. Edward understood the little boy in a way that most others could not because he had grown up with a father who was so similar. Edward not only loved his father but he genuinely liked being around him, and so he always made time for him. On the flip side, Bella was able to understand Edward’s father in a way that he never experienced as a young boy, because his parents were not as understanding and accepting as she was. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the way that Edward’s father called him several times a day to inform him of random facts. Because of this, Edward was able to bond with Bella’s son in the same way, the two often trying to stump each other. The story really touched me because of my struggles with anxiety as a child, and just imagining how much easier things could have been if I didn’t feel like I had to hide it all of the time. That, and the fact that the phrase ‘did you know’ is one that my husband and children are quite familiar with…speaking of, did you know that ‘Google’ is a misspelling of the term ‘googol’, which is the number 10 raised to the 100th power? Dan Stevens taught me that.


4.) What is your favorite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?

My son completed his Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts. This photo was taken at the ceremony, of him awarding me my ‘Mother’s Pin’. It’s funny to me because I had just fumbled with the pin I placed on his uniform; I couldn’t figure out how it worked (you had to push, then pull). So when it was his turn, he didn’t know how it worked either and I had to show him.


5.) What is your favorite photo ever of your favorite actor/actress?

I’m supposed to pick just one photo? Ha! That’s not happening. I’ll narrow it down to 3 instead:

and anytime he makes the ‘confused’ face, because I love the raised eyebrow.


6.) What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?

Two different songs by Sara Bareilles. The Light because I think it’s a beautiful song, both musically and lyrically.

You are the air in my breath,
filling up my love soaked lungs
Such a beautiful mess, intertwined and overrun
Nothing better than this,
knowing that the storm can come
You feel just like the sun
Just like the sun


and ‘I Choose You’ because I find the beat uplifting and the lyrics optimistic.
‘I could live by the light in your eyes’


7.) What is the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?

The Fall: season 3. And it was so good! I was nervous, with it being the last season and the assumption that Paul Spector would probably die. It was a lot more exciting than I anticipated, and Jamie Dornan delivered with some incredible eye acting! It feels wrong to say I ‘enjoyed’ the ending but I liked the way it turned out, and I really can’t imagine an alternate ending that would stay true to the story. All in all, this last batch of episodes was one of those rare times for me when the anticipation payed off.


8.) What time of day do you usually write and/or blog and why?

I do the writing part in the morning, because it’s quiet and I have time to myself without anything distracting me. Sometimes I post directly afterwards, while other times I’ll wait and just plug in the pics and post it in the evening before I sign off for the night (so that I can’t change my mind!)

me, before I hit ‘submit’


9.) Does your avatar have special significance and if so, what is that significance?

Yes. The ‘DS’ image is a prop (a ring) from the television show Lost, which is my all time favorite show. ‘DS’ also happens to be the initials of my last name (I have one of those capital-lowercase-capital surnames).
Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace


10.) In your real life, how open are you about the fact that you have a blog?

In discussions that relate to fandom, blogging or the internet, I might mention that I blog in order to help illustrate a point, but I don’t elaborate about the blog itself/what I blog about unless I’m asked about it further (which I’m usually not). It’s not so much that I’m hiding it (though I don’t exactly want to shout it from the rooftops either) but just that I don’t normally share information about myself that isn’t relevant to the conversation at hand.

I have a blog. I write about actors and movies. It’s a hobby.


11.) What are the boundaries for you in terms of how much of your real life you share on your blog?

I’m pretty open about who I am in real life, I don’t blog under an alter ego because I really have no reason to. I might say some embarrassing things sometimes in relation to fangirling but generally I’m rather mild. I have thought about how therapeutic it could be to blog about more personal things, get the negativity off of my chest and out of my system, but I wouldn’t want to hurt the people I talked about. Plus, I’m afraid if I started, it would become a habit of complaining. I’ve burned my fair share of bridges on Facebook, I’ll stick to blogging about actors/movies and retweeting on Twitter instead, it’s safer!



14 thoughts on “Liebster: take two

  1. Hey Kelly…thanks for participating! Especially when you already answered some questions from Zee! I was trying to read this on my phone, but gifs don’t work anymore on the iPhone app so I had to come to the computer to get the full Dan effect!
    Wow, your daughter’s concert sounds really ambitious! And congrats on your son’s Eagle Scout award.
    Thanks for the fanfic recommendation (I am also a Twilight fan, you know). I actually found it and downloaded it into iBooks.
    I think I’ll download some Sara Bareilles songs too. Great recommendations!
    Interesting to see the answers to the blogging questions. I am definitely a night person and take advantage of the quiet in the house at night. And see, in RL I often share information that isn’t relevant to the conversation at hand! When I’m excited about something, I want to share, so it’s difficult not to! And yet, I don’t think I want people at work reading my blog. And while I might sometimes want to reach out with some of my real life issues, I think that they might be subjects for a different sort of blog.

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    1. I did not know you were a Twilight fan! do you/have you read a lot of the fanfic from that fandom? we should swap favorite stories 🙂

      blogging about real life issues: with the way my brain works, I need my blogs to have a ‘theme’. I can’t seem to post randomly about various subjects for some reason. I started this blog to do just that, but it’s been dormant until recently when I decided to focus on the ‘fan’ theme. I’m notorious for going off on tangents in my conversations, often I’ll walk away from a face-to-face conversation feeling like I hijacked it and made it all about me. I hate that feeling. I tend to be more on the quiet side but get me talking about something that I’m interested in and it’s like I’m making up for lost time! and I have a comedian inside of me that likes to take over during awkward moments (which is a lot) 🙄


      1. I actually had never read fan fiction until really recently in my Richarding phase.
        My son got me into Twilight originally and I read the books and went to all the movies… by the last one, my son was like “no mum, you’ll have to go by yourself”. I have the DVDs, but I haven’t watched in a while. My favourite movie was actually the first one, which was darker and less produced.
        On blogging, I feel like I wouldn’t find enough to write about only one subject and it might become a chore. Right now, I’m writing what I am feeling drawn towards, although in the entertainment realm.

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        1. you just described every Twilight fan I know, lol! I loved the books, but only really liked the first movie. the young actors/actresses were fun to follow at the time, which is what made me join the fandom. the fanfiction took a hold of me right away and it’s never let go, so I’m still reading. as for blogging, my heart has to be in it or it does become a chore. I loved blogging about Richard Armitage but it ran it’s course and then I was stuck. I’m glad to feel inspired again, I missed it 🙂

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      1. Everything actually, except the avatar/name thing, because it confuses me!
        Your pieces are so cleverly written; there is always something new to be found…
        I love the songs the most, and I will have to listen to more of Sara, it really speaks to me… 🙂

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        1. I can see how my avatar explanation might be confusing (I just reread it myself), so let me try again: ‘Lost’ is a television show that ended in 2010. it’s my favorite show ever and so I still fangirl about it on Twitter from time to time. there was a character on the show, Charlie Pace, who wore a ring with the initials ‘DS’ on it. he wore it to represent his band, Drive Shaft, but it actually came from a long lost relative of his who had the same initials. my married surname is ‘DeSimone’, and since it’s one of those names that has a capital letter for the first and third letters, sometimes ‘DS’ is used as the initial instead of just ‘D’ (I don’t normally use the two letter initial myself but I’ve seen others do this) and so that is why my user name is ‘KellyDS’, and thus why I like to use Charlie’s ring as my avatar.

          I used to blog about the actor, Richard Armitage, on a fanblog that was strictly about him but my crush on him has waned over the years and so I quit that blog. I’ve always had this one as a back up to write about other things, and so now this is my primary blog. I’m still trying to find my footing as I blog about multiple subjects instead of just one (though my crush on Dan Stevens seems to be hogging the spotlight a bit…). I really do like music and so I should try to blog about that more. we’ll see what happens.

          thanks for reading and commenting 🙂


  2. Hey, thanks for the movie recommendation! I watched The Guest last night on Netflix and enjoyed it. I also have to agree (to use your words) that Dan Stevens is “a damn delight”! I loved the way that he was able to change his face from friendly and likeable to intense guy not to be messed with, in the blink of an eye. By the way, if you still haven’t seen him in Downton Abbey, it’s worth a look if only to see how impossibly different he is. I still can’t quite believe it’s the same guy.
    In the movie, when the army guys get involved, though, I found it a bit cheesy and comic-book-y and super violent (although not in a gross way). Actually the super-violence, the killing with no emotion as part of the job/mission, and to some extent the humour, reminded me a bit of Grosse Point Blank with John Cusack and Minnie Driver. Have you seen that one? It’s really funny, more a comedy for sure than The Guest. Cusack is a disillusioned hitman attending his 10-year high school reunion. (So what do you do now? I’m a hitman. Oh, ha ha ha….) Comedy, romance, and action.

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    1. I’m glad you liked ‘The Guest’! I think it’s one of those movies that you either like or you don’t. and if you don’t, then you’re left shaking your head wondering why anyone would like it, let alone love it! but I love it. the cheesiness and over dramatic violence reminds me of movies from the 1980s, which is what they were paying homage to. that style was meant to be serious then, but it’s funny now 😛 I’m not sure if you’ve seen Dan in ‘Legion’ but it’s a completely different part than ‘The Guest’, and then when you add in ‘Downton Abbey’ (which I’ve not seen yet), he’s different yet again. I really liked him in ‘Criminal Activities’ too, which is more in line with ‘The Guest’ since it’s crime based (w/John Travolta handling the cheesiness factor) but his character is neurotic and dorky. Dan’s definitely grabbed my attention in the acting department…and everything else just followed ❤
      (and yes, I have seen 'Grosse Point Blank' but that was years ago so I don't remember it much. I do remember liking it at the time though)

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        1. I watched him in a goofy comedy the other day called ‘Vamps’, with Alicia Silverstone & Krysten Ritter. the girls are vampires & he’s the boyfriend, who just so happens to come from a long line of vampire hunters. it’s cheesetastic! I actually enjoyed it, against my better judgement 😀 he was also in one of the ‘Night at the Museum’ movies, as Sir Lancelot, but I haven’t seen that one yet.

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