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I'm Kyle, and I forget when I start my laundry. Also, I am a small human being and apparently a college student. I laugh a lot - usually in my brain, and usually when nobody else laughs. Oh, and I've probably consumed more Skittles than any other human being on planet earth.
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Liebster Award

Monday, September 30, 2013

So apparently the Liebster Award is a thing, and approximately exactly one month and some days ago, I was nominated. Thank you, thank you. Now, being nominated for an award you've never heard of may not seem like a very big deal to you - especially considering the fact that all you have to do to 'win' the award once you're nominated is accept it, and all you have to do to accept the award is create a blog post - but stop being such a negative nancy and raining on my parade while simultaneously stealing my thunder! I've never been nominated for a thing before - I feel like my entire life has been preparing me for this moment, and I intend to think too highly of myself as a result!

My nominator is a famous lady you've probably heard of before (because she's famous) and let's just be honest - you wish you were as cool as she is. She is the world's fastest woman, the biggest Jazz fan on the planet, and just a wonderfully kind and determined person. She is Brooke, and her blog is here - visit it!

Now, back to this award - I don't know what it is, so I'm copying Brooke's description which she copied from Lindsay (who will soon no longer be in the country - missions and such..), which I assume Lindsay copied from someone else, because nobody seems to actually understand where this award comes from... The point is, read this and you'll understand Earth's greatest mysteries:

This is an award given to up-and-coming bloggers with under 200 followers.  You are nominated by a fellow blogger, and once you accept the award, you do the following in a post:

//Answer the 11 questions that the nominator gives you.
//Post 11 facts about yourself.
//Nominate a few other bloggers for this award.
//Make up 11 questions for those bloggers to answer.
//Thank your nominator, and let your nominees know that they've been nominated by you.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty....

1. What is your favorite sport? Why?
I am an avid sports lover. Just a little something about me. I'm not good at any sports, but I like them so much that I can even watch tennis and golf. One time I watched Olympic walking. Feel free to re-read that last sentence - there's more to digest there than meets the eye. (Ok, I'll break it down for you - there is such a thing as Olympic walking. Somebody gets a gold medal for walking. Like..somebody makes money, and makes it their life work, to do the same thing that gets you to class and/or work each day. They just do it faster than you do. And I watched it. On purpose. Like..I turned on the television to watch the Olympics, realized the only Olympic event that was on was walking, and I sat down on the couch and watched it anyway. Until the end of the race. This is a thing that really happened in my life.) So, this is a tough question, because I have a lot of favorites.

But, my very favorite sport is actually soccer. Why, you ask? Er...Brooke asks? Because it is beautiful. Each goal is a combination of random happenstance, loads of luck, stars aligning (ish) and often (but not always, if I'm honest) incredible amounts of skill, precision, timing, and finesse. The sport is almost impossibly difficult to play at a high level, the gameplay is (ideally...if you can avoid pansy flop artist/drama queens) (sorry if the term 'drama queen' is offensive) near non-stop, and when things go right, the sport is completely mesmerizing.

2. What is one dream you have on your bucket list? Are you working on doing accomplishing that dream?
(I'm changing your words Brooke, I hope that's ok...)

In pondering my answer to this question, I keep getting confused between my dreams and my bucket list - some things are on both lists, some things are only on one. So, a bucket list specific dream of mine is to go BASE jumping. Seriously, I just think it'd be so much fun. Am I working towards this in any sort of measurable way?, not at the moment. Lame, I know.

3. Favorite 2 songs right now?
To be honest, my two favorite songs at the moment are both spoken word poems by Shane Koyczan, the first being "This is My Voice" and the second being "Help Wanted." Also, "Apology" and "To This Day." I really love his poetry, it's moving and powerful and insightful and great. Also, in the spirit of honesty, sometimes it's a little vulgar (there's a good chance "Help Wanted" drops the dreaded 'f-bomb' a couple times as does "Apology"...feel free to judge me). You should give him a listen - it's good stuff.

Now, if poems don't count as songs, my two favorite songs at the moment are "Taxi Cab" and "Car Radio" by Twenty One Pilots.

4. What was your first job?
Does farming count? If so, I was definitely a miniature farmer as a child - helping my grandparents with their cows and picking up sticks at the farm. My first job which earned me a paycheck was cleaning grocery store floors after the stores had closed. I don't really remember how it happened, but suddenly these people I'd never met wanted me to go work for them, so I did. If a person offers me a paycheck, I'm pretty much just going to say yes..

5. Beach or Mountains? Why?
If I would have answered this question a week ago, I would have said mountains without having to think twice. The beach doesn't really interest me - I don't like swimming, I don't like cold water, I don't like seeing people who are too proud of their flabby bodies, and I don't like places where people go to be seen. However, I basically almost died in the mountains recently, so now I room couch. Never leaving it again.

But for real, give me the mountains. I love amazing views, I love camping and four-wheeling, and just getting away, and I love the fresh air and wildlife that you find in the mountains.

6. What is something you've learned the last year that you think would be helpful for others to know too?
It's not about you. This is a lesson I've learned many times, and not just within the past year, but it has been made clear to me once again, and it's a crucial lesson to learn. It's not about you, get out of the way. Keep your eyes peeled for a future post dedicated to this idea.

7. What is one of your biggest fears (that you're willing to share)?
Spiders and failure. Not like, 'I didn't do very well on a test' failure, but 'I completely failed at life and am now alone and living on the street' failure.

8. What is a pet peeve of yours?
Eating noises! AAAAAHAHHHHHHH!!!!! Also, dirty dishes, and open cupboards, and time left blinking on the microwave, and feet, and un-flushed toilets, and water on the bathroom floor, and slow drivers, and overly fast drivers, and scooters (you are not a motorcycle, get off the road!), and loud talkers, and too long text conversations, and..............I think I just got carried away a little bit. The question asked for one, I don't know what happened. Another pet peeve? People who can't answer a question correctly..

9. What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
Nap! I'm actually skipping nap time for this little award,'re welcome. This is a great personal sacrifice.

10. What is your favorite restaurant?
Um....every restaurant? Let's see....54th Street Bar and Grill, HuHot, Jade Mongolian BBQ,  5 Guys, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cafe Rio, Chipotle, Jeffersons, Rocky's Place, Rockin' Robbies, Wendy's, The Grill, El Azteca (newest addition to this list) and on and on....

Or any restaurant that serves tater tots.

11. Why do you have a blog?
Because I like to write and I like to rant.

And because I'm not very good at being open with people, therefore most people only see one side of me - a sarcastic, mostly indifferent, and sometimes quite silent side, and I thought blogging would give me an opportunity to introduce a different side of myself to people. Or something along those lines.

11 Facts About Me

1. I once bit off a piece of my tongue. I'm pretty cool...

2. I really dislike the sound of my voice (I've been told I sound like Kermit the Frog and I don't disagree..), but it's the only one I've got so I use it anyway.

3. I have a bald spot. It will be the cause of my death, I'm sure of it.

4. I am seven years old. Also, I am seventy-eight years old. It's confusing.

5. I have eaten more Skittles than you.

6. I love cool views, and empty stadiums.

7. I want to go boating always.

8. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Gospel is extremely important to me, and although I make plenty of mistakes and fall short of the person I should be, it gives me hope and helps me improve.

9. I once stood on my head for over eight minutes. That was pretty much the high point of my life.

10. Sometimes I communicate with squatches.

11. I want nothing more than to be Ron Swanson.

So now we're at the point in this Liebster Award acceptance letter/blog post (I just spelled post 'poast' and now I'm craving roast) where I list the newest nominees. Yippee!

The nominees are:

(A quick note to you three nominees - If you don't like my questions, because they're dumb, just make up your own questions and answer those. I won't be offended. Or don't accept this award. I still won't be offended.)

Questions for the Nominees

1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

2. Mayo or Miracle Whip?

3. If you were a ninja, and the ninja suit company was out of black ninja suit fabric, what color would your ninja suit be?

4. What is your favorite quote? Why?

5. Favorite place on planet earth? Why?

6. Favorite tv show of all time? Why?

7. Did you read "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a child? If so, did your adventure always end up with you dying?

8. What is your favorite book?

9. Favorite way to waste time?

10. Favorite Disney princess?

11. Biggest irrational fear of your childhood? (Mine was scary!)

So there you have it, the Liebster Award. Thank you Brooke for nominating me, I felt so honored. I've never really won anything before.

The End.

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