The Real Neat Blog Award

So, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by one of my favourite new blogs, The Loyal Brit Wit. I discovered it in the WordPress Community Pool about a month back, and I love her daily posts that give a glimpse into what a particular British slang word might look like when fleshed out into a story. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been caught laughing to myself after reading this by numerous people- totally worth it! My favourite recent posts? Programme and Whinge! So, shall we get on with this?

Real Neat Blog Award

What’s an interesting thing you have read or seen this week? 

Welllllll, I’m so glad that you’ve asked. The Cincinnati Zoo has the cutest little hippo, Fiona, and they keep everyone updated daily via their Facebook page. She’s pretty adorable, and I’m learning a lot about hippos following her. Turns out that her mom has to guard her from her dad because he can get a little too rough when they are playing! (Mom to the rescue, again!) If you would like to check out Fiona and her sass, I would watch this video for an intro 🙂

What do you prefer? Sitting alone in a room reading or going out party?

I’m going to be that person- I need a halfway point. Friends over for a night in? YES, PLEASE! No partying. I’m not a party-er, I don’t have the stamina or the height for it…

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Do you prefer digital reading (PDF, Kindle, etc) or traditional books?

I’m still split right down the middle on this one! I adore my Kobos- they are so light, my Kobo mini is smaller than my wallet, and I can carry 1,000-3,000 books on me to keep me entertained for months. As someone who has moved multiple times, moving books is an expensive and time/space consuming endeavour that you don’t particularly need to undertake in this day and age. However, I still do love sitting down an actual book and getting lost in the pages for a few hours! I don’t buy physical books any more (see above: moving) save for a special few, but I take physical books outside of the library all of the time. There is something to be said for a book cover grabbing you, which is less likely to happen with an e-book… As long as everyone is reading, I’m happy!

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What’s the closest thing to real magic? 

The feeling I get when I’m watching certain ballets done by certain companies, and the feeling I get when I’m reading those rare but amazing books that grab you and don’t let go.

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What’s the craziest thing you have ever done? 

Recently? Chased someone down a street to pet their Westie. (NOTHING is stopping me, guy.) In my life? Moved to Dublin to do my Masters not knowing a single person there!

Your favourite quote: 

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” Ron Swanson
AND
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” Voltaire

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You can do anything you want for 24 hours with no restraints, constraints or caveats: what would you do? 

Okay, if time travel is on the table, going back to the ninth century in Ireland to see the Kings of Munster in action. However, if you want me to be somewhat realistic, I would fly to Dublin for the day and do a whirlwind visit of all my favourite tea houses and shops and spend the day soaking in my favourite city in the world. Should anyone feel like funding this day, please feel free to accompany me for your own personal tour…

If you want to answer these, feel free! And if you have any other random questions for me, please feel free to leave them in the comments! 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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8 thoughts on “The Real Neat Blog Award

  1. Hannah August 16, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Friends over for a night in! Yes definitely I’m not one for nights out either. I used to not be a fan of Kindle but I’m realising how much more convenient it is…. But if the real book is cheaper I’ll probably get the real one unless I’m stocking up for holiday in which case I’ll buy a couple of kindle books 🙂

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 16, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      It was once I moved to Dublin for school that I really embraced it! Being that I’ll be moving to Seattle in probably the next year, I’m a physical book buying moratorium 😦 I already have over 1000 that need to be pared down to less than 100!

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  2. theloyalbritwit August 16, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Ahh, these are AWESOME answers!! I’m so humbled you decided to take this on and your answers seriously were well done.
    I liked your two favorite quotes! And the one about reading and dancing from Voltaire was an excellent one! 😃
    So you truly laugh out loud at my blog? That’s actually lovely and entertaining to know because it means it’s not just me…! (If that makes any sense haha) I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on Programme but not as much on Whinge, so it’s nice to see people’s faves.
    Thank you for answering my questions!! And congrats! 😁🎉❤️

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 16, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank YOU for nominating me!! Your posts never fail to make me laugh to myself- the dry wit gets me!! (People already think I’m weird, so they just ignore me laughing to myself…)
      Sometimes it is so difficult to know what people think of a particular post!! I will spend 3-4 hours on a post, and it’s just radio silence. It’s one of the tougher parts of blogging, but you are one of my bright spots!! 🙂

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  3. Becca Barracuda August 16, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Hahahah i love Ron Swanson! Also, my no restraints 24 hours is a bit unrealistic, too: be a part of the world of Harry Potter– like, a student at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

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    • Becca Barracuda August 16, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Oh my gosh, my first “I” wasn’t capitalized! I’m mortified!!

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      • anhistorianabouttown August 16, 2017 / 8:31 pm

        My phone likes to capitalise the first letter after a comma- I believe that electronics are the REAL culprits here!!

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 16, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      I would totally spend the day in History of Magic!! (Can’t wait for the book to FINALLY come out in the fall!!)

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