A few rays of Sunshine breaking through… Blogger Q&A

Happy Tuesday! I spent the weekend as a grease-monkey, assisting Man in the garage as our dear car needed a clutch change. The car got stripped- exhaust, drivetrain, wires disconnected, etc. And then started the ‘fun’ part…and no easy feat. I joke you not, we spent 3 full days trying to undo one (1!) bolt which just refused to come loose before we could even attempt to remove the transmission box. I guess, after days’ worth of hanging off the spanner it had to (right to tighten, left to) loosen at some point. But then the scary part began… removing the transmission box to get access to the clutch disk. Yeah, I have learned so much about the inner mechanics of a car than I bargained for but it all boiled down to a very simple thing- Suzuki 4x4s are a b*tch to work on πŸ˜€ Hardly any room for maneuvering, and the transmission box is mahoosive. Like dangerously massive and heavy. For this Man built a robust timber/steel ‘thingy’ on wheels to lower the box on… and… with help from a fellow, bright as a spark, experienced mechanic, it was lowered off the car safely and the clutch got a new shiny, unworn disk. All this bloody hassle for a teeny-tiny part. The car is now back in one piece, but we still think there is a problem with the clutch system as the bleeding gave troubles for hours on end and it engages very low now… so, more to be done on it… the joys!

My car troubles is not what I came to post about though… I just felt like sharing πŸ˜€ What I did come here to today was a blogger award… I haven’t done those in a while so I decided to finally approach the Sunshine Blogger Award that I was tagged for by the wonderful Norrie who is Reading Under The Blankie πŸ™‚

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What the rules say:

Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. √
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. √
Nominate 11 (I went with 7) new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions √
List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog √

Let’s get stuck in and see what Norrie asked…

#1 What is your favourite breakfast? The rare times I do sit down and have a proper breakfast are, well, rare. But I very much enjoy porridge (of all sorts: oats, buckwheat, semolina), maple-frosted cornflakes with a dash of milk and banana, and good old brown bread (in Estonia it would be the proper black rye bread) with cheese, tomato and/or cucumber with a healthy sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper.

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#2 What was your dream job when you were a child? Are you in that career now? – I was never very ambitious or goal orientated. I still kind of don’t know what I want to do… but I think being a small cog with a comfortable wage would do me fine. Hell, I’d be happy to be a cleaner so that at the end of the day I can close the work-door behind me and go live my humble life…

As a child, I spent a lot of time in the village library so of course I wanted to be the library lady because it looked really cool- smell of books mixing with the smell of coffee, the crackling of fire in the fireplace, mellow tunes from the radio and the occasional visitor. At this moment in time, I am unfortunately not a librarian.

To be honest, the work I do now is something I never thought I’d find myself in. Marketing, sales, IT support. Yeah, I’m not just a one trick pony πŸ˜€

When I was in high-school, I wanted to become a mariner, but my maths teacher talked me out of it because I suck at maths so hard and she was insistent that I simply wouldn’t cut it and according to her I was too short to be a proper mariner anyway and could possibly only make do on a submarine.

Following that, I wanted to become anΒ  outdoor tour guide- hiking, camping, 40 km treks, the jazz… but that idea went to pot when I stopped pursuing it and moved to Ireland. Silly me… I am a flake!

In the future, because I do not want to continue working at a position I am at now (and for some other reasons that I will probably reveal in the near future when the time is right) I would like a more physical job than sitting in the office. Offices kill my soul and break my spirit. I have found that I do not want a career that keeps me chained in the corporate world for hours on end. I want a simple position that pays me enough to live on- a position that might not be ambitious or ‘cool’ enough for some of the society, but I care not.. I work to live, not live to work. I find home and family are more important and enjoying the simple pleasures than tearing your hair out with 24/7 stress. YOLO.

#3 How do you drink your coffee? – In various ways, I’m not overly fussy… But my go-to is black coffee with a good dash of honey. Man likes to take a sip of my coffee every morning to comment on how much more like tar it tastes as the days goΒ  by…

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#4 What’s your current favourite TV show we should all check out? – I don’t have one 😦 Not at the moment anyway. The free time I have goes on reading and that free time is currently quite limited so Netflix of TV binges for me I’m afraid… But, I have been known to binge on Vikings, Spartacus, Mr Robot (I haven’t watched Season 2 yet!)… Oh! OHHH!!! Stark will be so disappointed in me for not saying this right off the bat! The End of the F*cking World is BRILLIANT!!!!

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#5 What is your favourite way to relax? – Reading, of course, for one. But I can only relax with a book once the house chores are done and man is fed. After everything and everyone is sorted and happy, I sit down and give zero shits about what’s going on around me. My ass is firmly planted to the couch and I am glued to the book.

I also like to spend time outdoors. Ireland has a lovely nature, but horrible weather, so I don’t get out much. In Estonia you could always find me rummaging through a forest or camping out on a hill, by the lake… just, outside. I love the feeling I get when in the woods alone- it’s so silent and the air is so fresh and, well, woodsy, and it feels like there’s all this life around me. There is, but it feels so ‘touchable’… So, yeah, the forest for my sanity and zen.

#6 What gets your day off to a good start? – Not having to rush. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this but in the mornings time goes way quicker.So, if I get x amount of things done in the evening within 30 minutes, then there’s no chance of that happening in the morning. Those 30 minutes in the morning seem to just go by in 5 minutes flat and I always curse at the clock, thinking- wtf, mate!?! Having to rush makes me super cranky. Super-duper cranky! And I know that waking up earlier is a solution but I have a really, really-really nice blanket that I never want to part from in the mornings!

#7 Do your friends & family follow your blog? – No to family. I think no as well to real life friends, not that I have many of those anyway. This lil’ blog is mainly followed by the online book community folk, of which many of you have become quite near and dear πŸ™‚

#8 Would you be ok to stay in a cabin in the woods by yourself for a week? – Oh, hell yes! Can I stay in a cabin in the woods forever until the end of time? Can I go there now? I’m packing already!

#9 Describe yourself in five words. – This is the hardest! This is always the hardest thing to do! I’m quite a ‘hands-on‘ (1) type of person, meaning if there’s a job to do I don’t immediately think I can’t do it. If one person can do something, why couldn’t I? I think I am also ‘selfless’ (2) which sometimes works against me as the people closest around me will always come ahead of me which can mean I forget to take care of myself. If I go by past evidence, I am also ‘protective‘ (3) of those I care about and I have been known to wage wars with people on behalf of my family because I care not what they think of me. I’m quite a ‘curious’ (4) person as I like to know the inner workings of pretty much everything. And finally, I think I am a ‘good listener‘ (5) – I know waaaayyyy too much information, including the skeletons in their closets, about waaaayyy too many people.

#10 Do you travel light, or take half the house with you? – Light! I moved to Ireland for a year (ended up staying 10+years) with 8kgs worth of a cabin bag. No problems.

#11 What are your hobbies, other than blogging? – Wish I could say something interesting here.. I used to play drums, I used to knit a lot. I used to love playing soccer… I do none of those things anymore. If I am not at work, I read and take care of daily chores. The time that’s left over is spent on sleeping. The light of life is lost in me for a while now and I feel it. Ohhh, the drama… Things need to change.

Here are my Questions:

#1 Two bookworms walk into a bar… what happens next?

#2 Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 becomes a reality, what will you do to save the books?

#3 You’re hosting a dinner party and you can invite 4 (dead or alive) authors- who and why?

#4 If you could be an author of a published book, which book/author would it be?

#5 You’re stranded in wilderness all alone, it’s a lot of feet of snow outside and you have supplies to last you a month. You find a magic wand which allows you to bring to life 1 character from a book to spend time with you… which character would you choose and what would you get up to?

#6 You need to plot revenge on a fellow bookworm (for whatever reason, they tore your favorite book to pieces, let’s say), how do you pay back?

#7 If you could read in a foreign language, which language would it be?

#8 Has a book ever angered you? Which book and why?

#9 Which fictional character is most like you?

#10 What is the most unique thing you have ever learned about through reading a fictional book?

#11 And finally… What is your favorite classic?

Bloggers I nominate- Consider yourself awarded- we all deserve a little sunshine in our lives… but to name just a few (who are in no way obligated to answer my questions):

| Random Melon Reads | Excuse My Reading | Secret Library | The Tattooed Book Geek | The Belgian Reviewer | La La in the Library | Raistlin0903 |

34 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination m’dear! I don’t really like the idea of awards (part of my odd ways), but I will do a post answering the questions.

    So, I shit you not, when I read your answer to #4, ‘I don’t have one’, I immediately thought, ‘What about TEOTFW?!’ and then I scrolled a little further and saw the GIF, then I read a little further and saw you called me out on my disappointment before I was even disappointed! GET OUT OF MY HEAD, LIZ!!

    Cheese and cucumber sandwiches are best sandwiches!

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    • Yeah, award is a ‘funny’ name for these but I quite enjoy them- so much interesting info about peeps πŸ™‚

      hahaha, I knew you would gasp at #4… when it hit me that I hadn’t mentioned TEOTFW I was like, *groan* Stark’s so going to give out to me if I don’t mention it and HOW did I not think of it right off the bat like? πŸ˜€ hahaha… I am in your head, Stark! *fist bump*

      Glad you agree with the choice of sammiches as well πŸ™‚ They really are the best!

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  2. Yes, Liis, you are such a good listener. 😘

    I love it when Heavy Metal lovers do things like knit and eat porridge. We get such a bad rep. Ha ha. \m/

    Every time you post about the Estonian black bread my mouth waters. It looks sooooooo good. I’d take cheese and tomato on mine. I still haven’t felt adventurous enough to try honey in my coffee. Maybe I should do a feature next year where I try out of the ordinary things I have read about on other blogs. β˜•πŸ―

    I’m with you and the simple pleasures, and besides, I can’t figure out people who constantly do expensive fancy things. For me it would take the specialness and excitement out of the activity. πŸ’ƒ

    I’m all for staying in the cabin, but alone… not so much. I would be thinking there were aliens outside or something. Ha ha. Or demons. I’ve watched Evil Dead too many times. You are brave! πŸ‘½πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘»πŸ’€πŸ‘Ώ

    Thanks for the tag. I need to start posting more my blog views have gone way down. πŸ˜›

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    • Aw, thank you! ❀
      You're so right, metalers do get a bad rep so we need to spread the word more often that we also love kittens and puppies and do other normal stuff like other 'non-metal' folk πŸ˜€ hahaha

      Have you tried the coffee/honey mix yet? When you get the balance just right, it tastes a bit caramely! I love it.. and a good dollop of whipped cream on top and bingo- a little bit of heaven πŸ˜€

      Are you scared of UFOs too? I used to be sooo terrified of them as a child… god, those magazines my father used to collect gave me nightmares… My parents used to always say that aliens brought me and I am marked by them πŸ˜€ Fun family! The other night Terminator 2 was on TV and I was like, I remember watching this for the first time ever with my father and brother and I was like 5 years old and it scared the bejeebus out of me and I was thinking- dayum, why did they let me watch it? πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, enjoyed your take on things! πŸ™‚ ❀

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      • I have not tried the coffee yet, but I have honey now so I can. β˜•πŸ―πŸ
        I was deathly afraid there were the little grey type aliens that were going to look in the windows when I was a kid and dissect my dog! I scared myself even more as an adult by reading the book Communion and watching the movie. Have you read it, or seen it? My mother’s house is in the woods and after that when she would ask me to come up and take care of the kennel when they went on vacation, I would freak out when the dogs started barking. πŸ‘½
        We did something similar with Baz. He was 11 years old and he kept saying that the kids at school had watched the Japanese Horror movie, The Ring, so we rented it and it scared the bejeebus out of him, and he will.still mention it to this day; how that was one of my big parenting failures. πŸ˜‚

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        • Omg, what did our parents do to us? hahahaha.. I can imagine you being so worried about your dog. Aww… as a child it would be a really pretty big darn worry too.. like lose-sleep-over-it- kind of worry.. I’ve definitelu not read Communion but i am not sure if I’ve seen it. One to check out now for sure!

          hahaha, but you know, even though I mentioned my Terminator thing and Baz has his memory with a horror movie- they really are something I think back to fondly and jokingly… I hope he does, too, because I think this experience kind of just blew my mind wide open back then and it’s definitely those kind of quirky defining moments that I will always take with me when it comes to my parents. You were and are an awesome mom! I know it ❀

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  3. I enjoyed reading your answers! I so so miss dark bread… Even the ‘brown’ bread here is practically white and they don’t sell the flour here either so I can bake some myself. I ate a lot of dark bread of course during our trip in Europe. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I never bother with breakfast. I know everyone says it’s important but I only bother with it if it gets made for me on holiday! I sort of drifted through life never really knowing what career I wanted to do. Looking back I’d have loved something to do with volcanoes, dinosaurs or sharks! Not much call for any of that in Scotland! I still have dreams about a cabin in the woods in case the apocalypse comes…

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    • Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!
      I saw a show once about Scotland though about how some people go up to the mountains to ‘shake loose’ the snow that gathers there so it won’t avalanche.. found it really interesting! Ha, your mention of Scotland just made me think of that and that any book I’ve read by a Scottish author has been a winner for me πŸ˜€

      Apocalypse… yeah, a cabin would be handy, in the highlands somewhere, just in case of a major flood! πŸ™‚

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  5. Awesome answers, Liz. Had me lost will that engine talk in the beginning. So many big words! πŸ˜› Just kidding, I find it amazing how much you were able to self-learn through that experience hahah Also discovered thanks to you that black rye bread is even a thing. I thought it was burnt brown bread for a second hahaha You do however make your breakfast sound hella good!!! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you Lashaan, I really feel after weeks of working with the man on the car that I should have just gone and learned to be a mechanic. It’s pretty awesome stuff! I’ve now managed to learn more about all sorts of oil changes and balancing the tyres, etc so.. yeah, totally rolling πŸ˜€ hahaha

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  6. Even though there is some more work to do on your car, I think it’s amazing that you guys can do it yourself! I am not good at that stuff at all. A couple months ago I taught myself how to do refill the washer fluid and felt more accomplished than I ever had before haha.

    And I know what you mean about the job thing. I’ve always had support/assistant positions and someone asked me recently why I didn’t pursue something higher and did I just get stuck and yada, yada, yada. Honestly, I would just like a job that I don’t dread going to every day and pays for my life. I don’t need something fancy.

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    • Oh yeah, any little thing you can do with the car is like- look at me, totally nailed it! It’s great πŸ™‚ I’ve since assisted with oil changes and tyres (installing tyres to new alloys and balancing them afterwards) so it’s like- damn, this is great way to spend time πŸ˜€ hahaha and I’ve fallen behind with my reading in the process!

      Yeah, I sometimes get comments like that too- why not aim higher etc, well, with higher position comes bigger responsibility and bigger responsibility means more stress, and well, more responsibility and whilst some people thrive on it, I’m like- yeah, no! I don’t live to work! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  7. Oh you are determined for sure! I prolly would have given up on the car after an hour and threatened it with being sold πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    That brown / black bread, oh! I have never tried the Estonian version, but we used to buy German bread which i think is similar (kinda sour-ish?) and now just reading your answer made me crave it ❀

    I'm with you on the job thing. I prefer my work to stay at work and once i leave i don't want to have to think about it, worry about it. Stress is really awful to deal with, and those "cool" jobs require a certain kind of person with a certain personality i think, and not everyone is like that. Me neither.
    I'm currently dreaming of becoming a hiking guide πŸ˜€ I think it's still the after effects on Force of Nature. LOL.

    Thanks for the reminder on End of the F-ing World. Started watching it a while ago and completely forgot πŸ˜€

    And you were a drummer?? How cool is that!? ❀

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    • Yes, I think Estonian food is quite similar to German food (and Russian) so I think you’re thinking of the same bread as me πŸ™‚

      Oh, do continue with the End of the F’ng World because it truly is great πŸ˜€ I can’t wait for Season 2… whatever they’re going to do with it and direction they’re going to take! πŸ˜€

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  8. Wow what a great assistant you are… I would have made myself scarce after 5 minutes probably :-). I could so see you as a Marine too! I thought it was chocolate cake in the pic at first.. I was a bit disappointed ;-). your choice is definitely much healthier :-). I hope you can make the changes you want in your life but you’re a hands-on person who goes for it when she wants it so I believe you’ll be able to do whatever you set your heart on! Thanks for the nomination lovely! xxx

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    • Aw, thank you Inge! πŸ™‚ ❀ Whenever things get 'personal' in the blog posts, your comments always make my heart shiver… Thank you so much, always πŸ™‚

      But now I totally want chocolate cake! πŸ˜€

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