The Liebster Award

When I woke up this morning to find this comment from my besfrinn Emily on my latest blog post, I wasn’t sure if she was serious: “I am awarding you for your awesomeness :) I mean, really awarding you. I know this is why you wanted me to be your friend when we were in HS: so that I’d one day pass on a blogging award to you :)

Why wasn’t I sure? Well, because when we were back in high school, we used to play this fun little game that went a little something like this. We would look for the ugliest dress in the store, the most ramshackle house on the block, the nastiest sounding thing on the menu, and then we’d smile at each other and say, “I bought you that!” It never failed to make us burst into laughter, since we were young and silly and easily amused (…some things never change!) Her dad was adorably confused by this, especially when we moved on to cars and houses. We loved it. So I thought she might just be playing.

But it turns out she was serious! She actually gave me the Liebster Blog Award, which is so sweet and awesome! She blogs, wittily, hilariously, and wonderfully over at The Waiting, and someone insightful gave her this award, which she then passed on to 5 more people. It’s like a crazy chain letter of blog love, except not the kind we had in middle school, which were really a little creepy. No creepiness here: just a fun way to learn about some new blogs and enjoy the writing community! Thank you, besfrinn!

Liebster means beloved or favorite in German (I am glad I can actually remember this, after so many many semesters of German!), and the award is designed to spotlight up and coming blogs with fewer than 200 followers, to give them a bit of a nudge in the way of fans and followers. So I am going to pass this award along to 5 of my favorite blogs and leave them a comment to let them know they’ve been chosen as paragons of awesomeness. Then they can do the same on their blogs. All chain letter awesomeness, no chain letter creepiness! Here are 5 of my most favorite blogs, interspersed with some atmospheric pictures from my Flickr stream, in no particular order.

1. Dining with Dostoevsky My BFF is a serious baker. She is famous for whipping up amazing creations, both sweet and savory, and she writes about them, and about the crazy adventure that is grad school, on her lovely blog. She is witty and insightful and full of charm. Reading her blog always makes me feel a little better about life, for how dark can a day be when such beauty and deliciousness exists in it?

2. Lilac and Lace I just found Heather’s blog a few months ago and am already in love with it. She writes about her adventures, projects, and travels (and sometimes her husband’s hamburger haikus!) with wit and enthusiasm. She just unveiled a pretty new site design, and I love that I always find some happy surprise when I visit her blog!

3. London Bakes Kathryn lives in London and accentuates the tales of her delicious adventures in and out of the kitchen with beautiful beautiful photographs. Her blog is always a visual treat!

4. Amethyst Blog This sweet blog is written by two best friends, Jenn and Suzanna, who share their lovely projects, style, and inspiration with each other and with all of us! My favorite part of their blog is called People with Purpose, and it features artists and non-profits who are working to give back to their communities. So inspiring!

5. Tenpenny Splendid Jess is a graphic designer and fellow grad student (hello, comrade!) who writes about her projects, plans, inspirations, and whatever cool things she is up to (like breaking in her culinary robot). She’s currently doing a project called 30 Days Hath November that I think is totally rad. Also, I like her pretty pictures.

To all the lovely ladies I awarded, here’s how to accept the award and keep the ball rolling:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
4. Hope that our followers will spread the love to other bloggers.

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

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