Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

Here we are, only seven months late. I’m accepting this award. Thank you very much to Kate at The Loewe Legacy for the nomination.

According to her post:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

That is adorable and I’m very grateful to be thought of as meeting those criteria 🙂 ❤

Here are the rules:

  • In a blog post, thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.  (I won’t be nominating anyone or asking them questions because of how late I am in accepting the award.)
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

And now to answer Kate’s questions!

If you could set one season for the whole year like in TS3, which one would it be?

Spring is my favourite season. The weather is just starting to feel summery, but without the oppressive, mind-bending heat that characterises Australian summers. Also there’s just something in the air that reminds me of summer holidays, so it makes me feel cheerful and carefree. And another thing, most plants are in bloom, so there are flowers everywhere and everything is pretty and sweet-smelling 🙂

Where would you love to spend your summer vacation this year?

My current plan is to spend it at home, working on this blog and various personal projects and hanging out with friends/boyfriend. I have a crazy long break from uni (5-ish months) so I’ll have a lot of time on my hands. I guess if I could spend it anywhere, I might like to go down to Melbourne to visit some friends. I have a lot of online friends in that area (that I’ve met up with previously) who I would love to visit more often if I had the money to do so.

What weather is it in the part of the world you live in?

It is currently Spring. Yay! 😀 Most days are still pretty cold, but we’ve had a couple of really gorgeous, 25-ish degrees days so far this month. (That’s mid- to late-70s Farenheit for all my US readers 🙂 )

Empty your handbag/backpack. What are the items you see?

Emptied my handbag. Inside we have:

– Two snack bars
– Headphones
– Old concert tickets
– Lip cream
– My loyalty card wallet
– My actual wallet
– Hairbrush
– Deodorant
– A champagne cork (?)
– Camera
– USB case
– Sunglasses
– “Girl products”
– A few pieces of rubbish
– My insulin medication (I’m not diabetic, I actually have the opposite problem – too much insulin)

Do you have some kind of fashion obsession (shoes, handbags, belts, hats, vintage items, jeans, designer clothes, dresses etc.) or none at all?

In spite of Spring/Summer being my favourite time of year, I am a big fan of scarves and beanies. Problem is, it’s rarely cold enough to wear them in Sydney :/ And it’s getting rarer every year, what with global warming and all. However, my one clothing item that I really love is probably dresses – specifically what I suppose you might call vintage style (A-line, mid-length skirts). I wish I owned more of them.

How much money are you willing to spend on a fashion item you REALLY like?

Depends on the quality. For a really nice dress or something, maybe a couple of hundred dollars? I’d be willing to pay more or less depending on what store it was from. Not because I care about the brand, but because some stores have a reputation for quality that others don’t, and their clothes tend to be proportionally more expensive.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

I don’t really have a single movie that I’ve watched hundreds of times, so I don’t know if there’s one I can watch that much without getting tired of. The movie that springs to mind, however, is The Prince of Egypt. I’ve seen it many times, both throughout my childhood and more recently as an adult, and I still love it. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is incredible, and it’s just really well-crafted in terms of story and characters. Plus, the childhood nostalgia factor probably helps.

If magic was real, what spell would you want to learn first?

Are we talking Harry Potter magic? Since you mention specific spells, I’m going to assume so. In that case, I would probably want to learn something like Reparo, because it would just be so damn useful in everyday life even if I didn’t do magic stuff ordinarily.

Do you print your photos or do you just keep them in the folders of your PC?

I don’t take many photos in general, and those I do rarely make it to my PC and just sit on my phone. I would probably only print photos if it were for a project of some sort, or if I wanted to frame them or give them to someone as a gift.

Have you researched your family tree? If yes, how deep in the past did you get?

I personally haven’t, but I believe my grandfather has. Only with his (and his wife’s) side of the family, obviously. I think he traced it back a good four or five generations at least, before my ancestors came to Australia from… I think the UK. I would be interested to research that sort of thing myself, but not enough to pay someone for it, and I wouldn’t know where to start or how far I could get for free.

Do you read the Loewe Legacy? The story is currently on hiatus, should it be continued…?

I do, although I’m woefully behind. It’s one of the stories I haven’t yet caught up on after my year out of action. Given that I’m not up to date and don’t know the circumstances surrounding the hiatus, I can’t really give my opinion on whether it should continue. I can only say that I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I think it would be a shame to end such a creative and in-depth story before its time.

So there you go! As I mentioned above, I won’t be tagging anyone or asking questions because I’m so late to the party at this point, but I answered Kate’s questions because there might be someone reading my blog that’s interested in knowing all these random facts about me. Stay tuned for another selection of random facts in my Liebster post, as well as the Memory Lane challenge coming soon!


19 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

  1. Your scorching summers are always showing on our news, haha. And the fires, scary 😮
    It’s interesting that you’ve actually met up with online friends! I never have, because 1. I’m too young and 2. I’m alone in New Zealand, but I wonder if I someday will.
    It was really great to learn more about you ❤

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! ❤ We do get a lot of fires around here, but we don’t get any earthquakes, ever. So I guess it evens out?
      I was about 18, I think, when I first met up with some online friends. I’d been close with them for a couple of years at that point. It’s worth noting, though, that my family insisted on coming with me. The second time was with a different group of friends, and that was about a year and a half ago, when I was 19, and that one I did alone, but my parents wouldn’t let me stay with the friends overnight. More recent meetups have been in Sydney, which gave me a lot more freedom since it’s still my hometown. All this to say, location was always more of an issue for me that my age, but that could be different for people in different circumstances. It does suck that you don’t have anyone that lives nearby, though :/ Meeting online friends for the first time is super cool, as long as you’re safe about it, obviously. So I hope you do get the chance to have that experience some day!

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      • Oh yeah, haha. Luckily Auckland doesn’t get any earthquakes or extreme weather!
        My closest online friends are in the US or Europe, so there’s definitely an issue there lmao. It’s great your parents let you! Mine don’t know I have online friends (they don’t know I have this blog, either, just that I play Sims) and I doubt they would approve. That’s okay though because it just means they don’t pry into what I’m doing online, which is a relief because of what I write in this blog lol.

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        • Online friends were such an enormous part of my life, for a good 5 years or so they were the only friends I had and were very much involved in my struggles with mental health and such, so it was impossible for my parents not to know. I’m sorry that yours don’t approve of your blog… I think mine just think it’s a bit weird? Good on your sis for not outing you, in that case 😛
          Until quite recently, the only people I knew irl who even saw my blog were those that found it by accident. Lately I’ve been sharing it a little with my brother, boyfriend, and a couple of close friends, mainly because I value their feedback on my writing and suggestions for improvement. But then I remember some of the * AHEM * more… intimate scenes in the story and I want to ban their IPs so they never ever read it, lol.

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          • Oh, that’s awesome!
            Hehe, they would probably just think it’s weird as well, but in terms of talking with people online as long as I don’t give away personal info it should be okay.
            SAME. When I started my blog, two of my closest friends read it, and back then it was fine because I didn’t write about any intimate stuff back then. And now I am praying they don’t come back and catch up or it’s going to be REALLY embarrassing lmfao.

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        • Sorry for the late reply! Been super busy with uni this week.
          Yeah mine started out a lot more innocent too. So when friends asked to read it I was like “yeah sure go ahead” and then I remembered scenes like Luc and Di’s first time and was like WAIT NO xD

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          • It’s okay! I’ve just handed in my Design portfolio and have my crit tomorrow, so I’ve been working nonstop for the past days 😴 Are you also busy with graphic design deadlines?
            15 year old me really didn’t know anything about romance, so Gens 1 + 2 have minimal romantic stuff haha. But then I learned from other stories and the internet, so while I still don’t know what it actually feels like, I think I can write romantic scenes somewhat realistically and in depth now? Taking pictures is the awkward part and the main reason why I hope my friends don’t read 😂

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        • Yep. I have my last 3 assignments due in the next couple of weeks. But from November onwards I’m totally free, so there’s that!
          I think your romance writing has improved, although I did enjoy the romance in Gen 2 of your story. Like I told your sis, I’ve found that actually reading other people’s writing is a better reference for writing romance than real life. Your pictures aren’t too racy or anything, but I can understand not wanting your friends to see them, especially since your style of things is to stare at your sims for hours while you pose them and line up the shots just right.

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          • I’m also free from Nov 7, until like start of March. But I will probably spend half the time working 😒
            My main romance writing reference is poetry or excerpts on Pinterest, but that’s more for the descriptive stylistic aspect. I’m still very much learning how to write a truly ‘shippable’ couple with great chemistry — I hope to achieve that in the next generation. In my head the main couple work really well together but who knows if I will be able to write it that way 🙄
            LOL, that’s a very true point!

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    • Glad you liked it 🙂 It is a bit nerve racking, but as an introvert I can say that in my experience, if it’s someone you’re close with and have known for a while, it’s mostly just a lot of fun! There are things you can do when hanging out in real life that you can’t do over the internet. That said, there’s always the possibility with online friends that they’re not who they say they are, so you always have to be careful meeting for the first time, and that can be scary.

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  3. Really loved your answers and learning more about you. Your bag cracks me up because you I have a lot of those same things in mine. No champagne cork, though. 😛 I always wonder what people carry around in their bags. lol

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    • Lol there’s a funny story behind the champagne cork. I don’t actually like champagne much, and rarely drink it. But my friend plays saxophone in a band (not a rock band, but an ensemble – like an orchestra but with less strings and more saxophones) and I went to one of her concerts a few months ago to support her. During one of the more “experimental” pieces, they popped open a bottle of champagne as part of the song. The cork flew across the room and smacked me in the head! So I kept it 😀

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