Twice the Nice: The Leibster Award

Last week I was nominated for a Leibster Award and have been thinking about my questions and who to nominate.  Today, I was nominated again.  I decided I better take the hint!   I’m not sure what the deal is when someone is nominated twice in one week, but I’m going to just go with it.



Apparently, there are guidelines for accepting the award.  In my opinion Guidelines are bendable.  Here they are.

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog (help with the traffic flow)

2. Answer the 10 questions sent to you as part of the nomination.

3. Nominate 10 blogs with 200 followers or less (but other rules say up to 300).

4. Give your nominees 10 questions to answer.

That sounds simple.  Considering that I have been nominated twice over, I am going to do the following:

1. Thank the two bloggers who nominated me.

2. Answer the 20 questions sent from both “noninators”.

3. Choose 10-20 blogs with up to 300 followers .

4. List 10 questions for my nominees to answer.

BIG THANKS goes to

Allie @ Allie’s Notes and The Blogger @Occasional Stuff (who doesn’t seem to have a name).  Click the links to check out their Liebster Award posts and explore their blog while your there.

20 Questions

From Occasional Stuff

Why did you start your blog?

I started this blog so I could reflect on and share the work that I do as a Literacy and Numeracy Coach and as a Learning Support Teacher.  I also started it because there were very few current websites or blogs like this one.  Lots of the blogs about Literacy Coaching were either years old or more about interactions with students.  My role had me working more with teachers and administration staff in our school so I wanted to focus on that.  It has ended up being very different though.

What might have (or has) prevented you from continuing?

I was hoping to post once a week, but it wasn’t very practical when I was working so hard at school.  I set myself very high standards and I would rather post less often and have every post be a worthwhile and useful article for my readers than post regularly and not well.  Does that make any sense? Some Literacy Coach, Hey!

It’s a cold, dark, wet day here today, what’s it like where you live?

It’s hot and humid.  The sun is shining brightly, or at least it was when I was last outside.  I think it has probably gone to bed now.  But the heat is still around.  The heat never seems to leave!

What do you like to do when the weather is bad?

I like curling up in bed with a good book and my cat.  Sometimes rainy days are a dream come true!
Do you have pet? If yes, tell me about it, or if not, what is your favourite animal?

I have a cat.  She is a beautiful tortoiseshell of about 15 months.  I love my kitty, but I also like small dogs.  I had a budgie when I was 7 – he died when I was 10. I had a cockatiel when I was 14 and he died about a year ago.

Show me a picture of what makes you happy. Why does it make you happy?

There is a picture that I have on the noticeboard beside my desk at work and it makes me really happy.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy that I can post here.  Sorry.  I will describe it and tell you why I love it.

The picture is a photograph of a student that I taught a few years ago.  The student was sitting on the oval (field) at school, leaning on his bag and reading a magazine.  This was a kid who told me he couldn’t read and there was no way I was going to get him to read.  It wasn’t posed, because he didn’t know that I could see him and I took the photo from behind.  You can’t see his face, you can just see that he was reading.  That kid was one of my triumphs!

There is another photo of a student that makes me happy too.  Again, I don’t have a copy I can show you.  I met her when she was a struggling 5th grader and it took me a long time to work out how to help her.  The photo I have of her, is at her graduation.  She finished year 12, passed all her subjects and received the traineeship award at her school.  She was a great kid and it was wonderful to see her succeed.

Did you read anything that made you laugh in the last week?

I read a text message from my sister that was supposed to say “I will get C to load Skype on my phone later” and it said “I will get C to load it on my ohjbe later.”  My best friend emailed me this morning because her dog is 10 years old today and she made a joke about the squeaky toy they gave the dog getting ripped to pieces.  I laughed out loud at that.  I also read a short story collection called “More Top Stories”  last week and a few of those stories made me laugh… but I don’t remember exactly what it was.  I laugh as often as I can, and most people don’t understand what is so funny to me.

What is your favourite article of clothing, and why is it?

That seems to change quite a bit.  I used to have a favourite pair of tracksuit pants that were just so comfy, but they have gone to the closet in the sky.  I have a pair of pyjama shorts that are purple with black polka dots.  They are the best shorts for this kind of weather.

Favourite food? 

Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream, BBQ Pork Buns, Lasagne,

Do you play any sports regularly?

Bahahahaahaahaa!  No.

From Allie’s Notes

If you were a character in a book, who would you want to be? Why?

WOW! Too hard!  I don’t think there is any character that I want to be.  I would like to be myself – like Lost in Austen or Inkspell when readers get sucked into the book and get to meet all the characters and mess with the story line… mwahaha.

What was your very first job?

I used to babysit (feed and put the baby to sleep while her mother was teaching a dance class in the same building) for a VERY small fee and I tend to remember doing that when I was about 11 or 12.  When I was 14, I worked for my father organising his files and typing letters for him at the newspaper where he worked.

Would you rather travel by sailboat, motorboat, or cruise ship?

Cruise ship, I think.  I like big boats and I cannot lie.  I also like the idea of not having to worry about food or making my bed.

Which zoo animal would you like to keep for a pet? Why?

I think I would like a giraffe, because they are tall and could reach things on high shelves for me.   I could also see myself getting on very well with a koala.   Penguins are cute too, but they might smell a bit fishy and I doubt they would get on with my cat.

What nicknames have you had or been called?

Mel is a nickname and one that I avoided for the first 25 years of my life.  It sort of suits me now.  I also get “Hughesy” from a couple of the blokes at work, but I tend to ignore them when they say it, so it probably doesn’t count.  A few people at school like calling me Miss Mel and for some reason I really dislike that.  My nephews and nieces call me Nay (don’t ask).

If you wrote a book tomorrow, what would the title be?

Aunty Kristy and the butterflies

What is your favorite dish to cook for dinner?

Macaroni and Cheese!!

What is your best childhood memory?

I have lots of great childhood memories that I can’t decide.  I loved visiting my Nanny and Pa at their house.  I also have fond memories (for some strange reason) of being read to in class.  There are a few books that were read to me in primary school that I have seen in book shops years later and been so excited to see them – I can tell you the first time a teacher read them to me and who the teacher was.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met (or nearly met)? Where?

Wow, that’s a tough one.  I sang in the choir on the Today Show when I was 9 and I met the Monty the Weather man.  He was very famous in Australia at the time.  I stood very close to Ruth Cracknell at a theatre in Sydney once (she is a very famous Australian Actress).  I have an autographed first edition of a book written by Nora Ephron, but I didn’t meet her . My mother has a photo of me with one of the Leyland Brothers (apparently they were famous in the Aussie tourism industry).  I met a singer who tours with Guy Sabastian.  Does that count?  I have met two Generals of the Salvation Army, but I’m not sure you could call them famous.  I feel like I’m clutching at straws.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

“Everything is going to be okay, in fact, everything is going to be so much better.  Just breathe.”

Check in tomorrow when I will mention the bloggers that I am going to nominate for a Leibster Award and then you can share the love by checking them out.  

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5 thoughts on “Twice the Nice: The Leibster Award

  1. Hi Mel, I love your answers – especially the word pictures you painted. Sorry about the no name, I have fallen victim to the spell of Zero to Hero and keep messing about with my theme and losing bits and pieces. My name is Deirdre, and I’m pleased to “meet” you.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the blog love Mel. I really appreciate being included in this award. It’s an honour and a great way to share and grow networks.

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