I got this lovely little award from Lynne at Cook and Be Merry! I am seriously honored, thanks Lynne! Receiving this award comes with some rules, and I am more than happy to abide by them :)
1. Post a link back to the person that gave you the award.
2. Share 7 random things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to 15 recently discovered blogs.
4. Drop them a note and tell them about it.
Since I'm still relatively new to the cooking blogosphere, you've probably seen me talk about these blogs before. But I figured it's worth posting them again, since they're awesome, with a few new ones I just stumbled upon thrown in there for good measure :)
This award is such a cute idea, and a good way to spread the word about new and interesting blogs!
My Seven Random Facts
1. This is my favorite "random fact" about myself: My eyes are two different colors. See?
When I was younger I would get the occasional "OH MY GOSH THAT'S SO WEIRD YOU'RE SO WEIRD!" that kind of made me a little less thrilled about it, but these days my eyes are my favorite physical feature about myself. I love toying with my makeup to make them stand out as much as possible. People who have known me for years sometimes never realize it, as it's most prominent in natural light and photographs, and most assume they're just green because they both have kind of a greenish tinge. Anyways, I love my eyes and they make me feel unique :)
2. My parents couldn't decide on a name for me. My father wanted to name me Erika, and my mom wanted to name me ******. They were so stuck between the two, that they came up with a wager: If I was born with blonde hair like my father, I'd be Erika. If I was born with dark hair like my mother, I'd be ******. They never told me what my name would have been had I been born with red hair or bald, but thankfully I was born with a thick mop of brown hair, and my mom won (Bee is a nickname that came about in my online endeavors when I wanted to distance it from my personal life a bit).
3. I am a horror nut. I started reading Stephen King when I was ten years old, as soon as I decided Goosebumps by R.L. Stein just was not scary enough anymore. After I read the books, I would watch the movies. And the rest is history. My love was amplified by a class I took in college called "Making Monsters" in which we got to learn the psychology behind horror movies and what makes them scary. That class gave me a deeper appreciation of zombie movies as well, and I'm kind of a zombie nut:
...if it isn't obvious from this picture! I even did the makeup myself :)
4. I had a short story "published" on Seventeen Magazine's website when I was in 8th grade. I didn't get any money or anything, just bragging rights that Seventeen Magazine thought I could write well enough to post it as the story of the month. It was the first thing I ever got published! It was taken down years ago during a site revamp, and I lost the story itself during a computer meltdown, but I'm still slightly proud of it though I'm sure it was super cheesy--since that's how I wrote back then, haha.
5. I studied abroad about an hour or so south of Amsterdam for a semester in college in a castle with 70ish other students from my college. The program my school had there was amazing, and each weekend we had Friday off and a Eurail Pass to go wherever we wanted. I got to see about 12 different cities in probably 7 or so different countries during my stay. Though a family tragedy made it kind of a difficult time to be away from home (I returned to the states for a week then returned to the program), I still look back on my adventures abroad fondly, and know it was the experience of a lifetime.
6. My younger brother is my hero. We butt heads all the time and get into the occasional screaming match but he seriously amazes me every day. Years ago we weren't sure if he'd be able to go to college or overcome the difficulties he has in life, but he has worked so hard to overcome so many obstacles and will be entering his sophomore year of college in the fall. I plan on getting a puzzle piece tattoo on my wrist in the near future to remind myself of everything he's been able to accomplish, and remind myself what an inspiration he is.
7. Though I am a budding foodie, I doubt I will ever be a snob about it. This is similar to how I feel about music: if it makes you feel good, who cares if it's some "pretentious" indie band or an overplayed radio pop song? If I'm craving filet mignon, it's just as satisfying to consume as when I have a hankering for a Big Mac. I hope that wherever I am in life, I always keep this mentality about food, music, even people, and don't ever become someone who sticks my nose up at something for such shallow reasons. Life is wonderful all around, and everything has its place and purpose. We're just here to enjoy it all.
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