Won't You Be My Liebster?

What's a Liebster? I don't really know. What's a Hurricane Sandy? I don't really know that, either, but I thawed out a pound of delicious pepper bacon and made a huge roast pork dinner last night in preparation in case we lose power tonight. What else is up? Melinda encouraged me to watch this past week's American Horror Story because there was a guest appearance, including sexy results, from Adam Levine. I'm now hooked. I mean, Adam Levine. How could there not  be sexy results?

OK, this Liebster thing is a blogging award system based on paying it forward to other up and coming bloggers you like, and to encourage more networking throughout the blogosphere. My friend Snotty AKA Stephanie Mellor at Life According to Steph nominated me, and I'm tickled orange (which I enoy so much more than pink). What is a Liebster? Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. So basically, the opposite of schadenfruede, also one of my favorite German words.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  • Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.
  • No tag backs!
 See? It's fun playing games like this, especially when big, demon storms are threatening to ravage your hometown, and the bread aisle at Wegmans looks as barren as a 1920s dustbowl prairie. In the spirit, here are 11 random facts about me, BHS:
  1. My favorite color is orange; it's happy, it looks good on me, and I find it appetizing
  2. I was not the only Shelby in my high school. There also was Shelby Wearne, who became a good friend of mine in college and who, even though she was two years older than me, my parents nicknamed Little Shelby, because she's wee. There also was Shelby Washer, whom our friend Keith asked to Homecoming my sophomore year on the morning homeroom news show with a bouquet of yellow roses, and just for a brief nanosecond, I thought he was asking me.
  3. I drink upwards of 120 oz of water a day, and obsessively track my intake via an app on my iPhone
  4. I am in the midst of a particularly wicked Kit Kat craving, and am giving in to it in somewhat tragic proportions
  5. When I was little, because Canada was so close to us, I thought it was another state, not another country
  6. Growing up, I couldn't pronounce my stepbrother's name, Joel, or my Stepdad's, Gary, so they were "Dole," and "G," to me.
  7. Also Dole related, one time when I was about five, I got so mad at him, I wanted to use some choice expletives, but knew I would get in trouble. Instead, I came up with the creative, "brickblock." Dole is such a brickblock.
  8. I firmly believe it is entirely possible I am the long-lost Queen of Romania. I understand that Romania already has a royal family, but I'm pretty sure they're missing me.
  9. I don't remember what color my hair actually is
  10. I used to get panic attacks in math class. Sweating, nausea, the whole works.
  11. My Mother chose the name Shelby for me because she wanted a Shelby Mustang and couldn't afford one. Oh, if only she had know how expensive I would turn out to be!

Shoulda known better
Steph's Questions for me:

1. What is the beauty product you use that you recommend to everyone and anyone? I love Caudalie anti-aging products, and recommend them to all. Also: coconut oil for the body.

2. Preferred dessert? My faves are banana cream and pecan pie, but I'm partial to hot fudge sundaes as well.

3. What's your favorite meal to prepare? Oh, I don't think I have one. I love cooking and trying new recipes!

4. If you could be a character in any movie, who would it be? Mame in Auntie Mame

5. Where did you go on your last vacation? Hilton Head, SC

6. Silver or gold jewelry? These days, I'm really into gold.

7. Your favorite restaurant? Blue Duck Tavern in DC.

8. Do you subscribe to magazines? How many? I do! Rachael Ray Everday and Martha Stewart's Everyday Food. I'm about to subscribe to a half year of People for a friend's daughter's school fundraiser, as well.

9. What's your favorite season? Fall

10. What show do you look forward to every week? So many! I'm a TV junkie. I love Homeland, Parks and Rec, Happy Endings, The Office, The Good Wife, Top Chef (in any iteration), Glee, Family Guy, and DIners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

11. If you had an unlimited account funded by a mystery millionaire to use at one store, which store would it be? Oh goodness, this is a hard one. I think I'd have to choose a department store, so I could get jewelry, clothes, homegoods AND shoes. So let's say Nordstrom.

New Earrings - Alexis Bittar

By the power vested in me by bacon and Stephanie Mellor, I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster and recommend you follow them!

  1. Katie Rohleder at Digital Dalliance
  2. Kim Davidson at Something Is Always
  3. Mike Therieau at Pavlov's Blog
  4. Lonna McCary at Miss Thousand Islands 2013
  5. Kelly at View Along the Way
  6. Jill Krugman at Straddling30
  7. Katie at Cardigans and Couture
  8. Maggie Rizer at Bea Makes Three
  9. Mallory Hagan at Miss New York 2012
  10. Chelsea Brumagen at You Don't Need a Crown to Be Miss America
  11. Andy at Just Add Some Bacon
And in accordance with the scriptures, here are my questions for them:

  1. What is your favorite dish containing bacon?
  2. What is the foreign country you've most loved visiting or would most love to visit?
  3. What were the top five meals of your life?
  4. As a child, did you have an imaginary friend? Who or what was it?
  5. What color is your bedroom painted?
  6. Do you have recurring dreams? If so, of what?
  7. What two people, living or dead, real or ficticious, would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
  8. What is your favorite kind of lip balm?
  9. Do you have a favorite spice or herb? What is it?
  10. Who is the person who always brings a smile to your face, and why is that?
  11. What is your favorite children's book?
Thanks for humoring me and playing along, boys and girls. Stay safe out there, and don't let Sandy rough you up too much. I'll be back to you Wednesday with a a restaurant review from stormy New Hampshire. My hunger is big; my personality is bigger!


  1. Love it! Lieb it too. Do you see what I did there?

  2. Fun post and thanks for passing on the award! I've already stolen all the kitkats my son has collected in various halloween activities so far this year. He may NEVER know what they taste like. :) (Does that make me a brickblock?)

    1. You, my dear, are far from a brickblock! But I've been meaning to tell you, I discovered One Kings Lane a couple weeks ago, and placed something like three orders from there in one day, just before you posted the coupon code for new customers! Such is life - the fabulous wares are starting to arrive from there now, and I LOVE.