Hello, peRUS’ers! (Wow! Haven’t used that one in a while.)
It appears I am the recipient of the One Lovely Blog Award. No, I wasn’t called out directly, but one of my friends and fellow bloggers was, and I read the announcement on her site and it said if I was reading this and had a blog, I could consider myself nominated. Though this blog is definitely “one”, I’m not sure it could be called “lovely” (more like neutral with occasional leanings toward ranty). But since I’m such a greedy attention-seeker I’m going to accept the award anyway.
I’d like to thank my family, my readers, the RAS faculty, my dog Byron, my FSB handlers…)
The first part of the award involves nominating other bloggers. I’m not aware of the formal rules to the One Lovely Blog Award, and whether you can nominate only one blogger or several, so I’d like to nominate three blogs: Katherine’s Street Russian, Natylie Baldwin’s Blog and Olga’s Bookgeek.ru.These blogs have been helpful in many ways, be it with practicing my Russian, Russia-watching and analysis, or learning what’s going on in the wider Bookosphere. Keep up the great work ladies and I wish you many more years of happy blogging!
The next part involves sharing random facts about yourself. I don’t know if there’s a specific number, so I’ll do seven. Here are some random things you probably didn’t know about me:
- I can open doors with my feet. Don’t ask me how I do it, why I do it, or why I felt the need to learn it. Let’s just say I get bored sometimes.
- My favorite books are Sirius by Olaf Stapledon, The Great Frustration by Seth Fried, and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke.
- As a kid, I used to breed insects as a hobby! Shield-backed katydids, to be exact. My favorite thing to do was to catch fiery red katydids and cross them with the mottled gray ones to get insects with a copper back and gray underside. I continue to hold a fascination with insects now and refuse to step on them or kill them if I can help it.
- I was voted “most likely to become president” and “most likely to take over the world” in the mock-superlative Students’ Choice Awards (2011? 2012?). Be afraid. Be very afraid. 🙂
- I love Border collies! I’ve lived and worked alongside these intelligent creatures for almost two decades.
- My end goal in Russian studies is to become an analyst. Seeing that those chances are slim, though, I’d happily settle for a translator position, translating much-needed Russian material into English for the academic community.
- Aside from studying Russia and critiquing books, I also do a lot of drawing, comics and concept art. Occasionally, I write. I’ve created approx. thirty distinct characters and one incredibly fleshed out universe, but haven’t had the time or opportunity to build a story around my ideas yet.