Outstanding Blogging Award – Culture Shocks

Thank you!

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Jyotsna Shenoy at Art Psycho nominated me for the “Outstanding Blogging Award”!


  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was originally created by Colton Beckwith

Jyotsna’s Questions:

Which book(s) have you read / are going to read in the last/next 10 days? Any books released in 2020 that you would like to recommend me?
My next post will be about all the books I’ve been “skimming and sampling”, but not quite diving in. For me, some books are like a snack rather than a feast.

However, my answers for this specific question are:

In the past 10 days, I’ve read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Lee’s cover is very beautiful and rather intriguing to me.

The next book I’m reading is “The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win” by Maria Konnikova. It was published June 23, 2020. I don’t know if I can recommend it yet, but I love card games and curious to see what wisdom Maria has to share!

Image Credit: French Poker News

State a fun fact about you that makes you stand out in any generic crowd, do you have any rebellious feature that makes a point in your bio?
I don’t know if this makes me stand out as many high school students in my class were expected to learn this, but I memorized the first ten lines of the Canterbury Tales in Middle English and secretly enjoyed it.

The Prologue is the first 30 seconds

I also really enjoyed the learning process of creating my own illuminated texts one autumn season, and wouldn’t mind taking a calligraphy class! Despite its impracticality, I enjoy the visual aesthetics of fancy penmanship.

As for the second part of this question about any rebellious features… I read this article by Personality Growth and was intrigued by its title, “Is Personal Responsibility the New Counter Culture?” This question resonates with me because my own sense of personal responsibility has caught people around me off guard sometimes.

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay

There were times when my parents and I didn’t see eye to eye, but I didn’t rebel much against them except when it came to defending a few unconventional friendships that I’ve had. I guess I love reading about rebellious individuals and learning how they think by listening to their stories, but I don’t really participate in “typical” rebellious activities.

Though I consider myself well-behaved and well-mannered, sometimes, I think I shock people when I support highly idiosyncratic or bohemian individuals. This pondering leads me to think of this quote below:

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

When I think of this quote, I think there are many interpretations. The link I attached to Laurel’s name summarizes what her intention was when she said this. Focusing not on whether women should misbehave in order to be memorable, but on the fact that there are many women who have done remarkable things throughout history yet are not recorded or documented. That’s slowly changing with social media and more female representation.

Give away a couple of your favorite latest Netflix series or Anime that you would want me to watch?

I can offer some variety for you. 😉 I don’t think I can say that these shows are my favorite of all time, but the latest Netflix series that have caught my attention as of late are: The Good Place, Mr. Robot, The Crown, Agents of Shield, and Chuck. Some are hilarious comedies filled with action and others are somewhat dark and intriguing.

Image Credit: https://wallpapercave.com/w/wp1865491

As for anime, I’ve been enjoying The Dragon Prince and The Vinland Saga. 🙂

Dogs or cats (or a third option)…and why?
I love petting other people’s dogs and cats, but I don’t think I could be an owner of either. I enjoy birds though! Lovely morning chirps!

Image by Foto-Rabe from Pixabay

Name 3 snacks that figure in your cheat diet!
Fried chicken, Crème de Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut Wafers, Nutty bars!

What are your pet peeves (top 3)?
I think my pet peeves shift around every time someone asks me this question on an award. Right now though, they are 1) Passive aggressive behavior, 2) Bigots, 3) Complainers

For how long could you possibly unplug and stay clear from any social media? (time in minutes/hours/days?)

Some are more easier to stay away than others. I can stay away from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for months. It’s more difficult for me to stay away from LinkedIn, WordPress, and YouTube.

My Questions:
(Inspired from https://icebreakerideas.com/icebreaker-questions-biggest-list-ever/)

  1. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed to bring three personal items with you, what would they be?
  2. Be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
  3. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?
  4. What is the best gift you ever received?
  5. What is the funniest prank ever played on you?
  6. What was the best museum/gig/ play/game you have ever been to?
  7. What is the most bizarre encounter you have had in life (at work, personal, from travel, with friends)?

My nominees

Image by floherrou0 from Pixabay

I think you guys are all troopers for blogging at all during a pandemic season. You all are invited to entertain the rest of us with these questions if you wish! Cheers! 😀

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations to you !!!!! 👏

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Cindy! It is a fantastic way to end 2020. The notification was like icing on the cake. 🙂

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      1. Oh that’s lovely to hear Theresa! 👏👏👏
        you’re most welcome! 😘


  2. Sadje says:


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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! It was fun. I was about to nominate you, Fandango, Dr. Tanya, Rory when I realized you guys were nominated multiple times! 😀

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      1. Sadje says:

        Thanks Sa for thinking of me. I think the older bloggers have all had their turns at these awards. Now new bloggers should be given a chance.


  3. Sheree says:

    Congratulations on your award

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you kindly, Sheree! I always enjoy responding to my nominators’ questions. Happy holidays! 🙂

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  4. Awesome! Sincere congrats!🎼🍮🍮🎼

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Way for me to end 2020 with a bang! I’m always honored when someone thinks of me when thinking of who to nominate. Happy holidays, AOC! 🙂

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      1. You’re sweet too. Happy holidays to you as well.

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  5. Jyotsna Shenoy says:

    Hey Thersaly!
    Thank you so much for taking this nomination so well, I love your answers, love your choices of books and shows. Your questions for the next cycle are at a different level!
    Thanks again, well deserved.. take care😁😘😘

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  6. Janis says:


    I enjoyed reading your answers. I loved the Good Place although I have not seen most of those you’ve cited because I’ve been so busy at home and only have time to do reruns as they won’t require my full attention. I am almost done with Mr Robot Season 1 but I stopped for a reason I can’t remember 😀

    “I think I shock people when I support highly idiosyncratic or bohemian individuals.” – I totally get you. And I believe it’s “the good kind of shock”.

    I am working on my passive aggro behavior, I heard people hate it!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’ve read more articles from your blog, and you sound like you have your hands full! Likewise, reruns are where I’m at. Mr. Robot has some places that make me want to stop the series, but my curiosity wants to get to the bottom of the mystery. Right now, I’m enjoying White Collar. 🙂

      I’m pleasantly surprised, and glad that you get a “good shock”.

      I get that some people don’t like confrontation due to anxiety and perhaps had an upbringing that wasn’t conducive for expression. I just wish people could just be direct me with and say “yes/no” , “I’m unable to do this now.”, “I’m too tired.”, “I’m angry because of…” etc. I’ll bounce back. It concerns me when there’s a veneer of false cheerfulness, when in reality, they’d be a lot happier doing something else. Maybe it’s a two way street, and I need to tell people, “Hey this bugs me, and here’s what we can do.”


  7. Janis says:

    I’ve introspected a bit and I guess mine had something to do with my environment not being conducive for expression just like you said, because people around me have anger problems. I personally am an angry person & I tend to be sooooper angry so I have learned dialing it down but the side effect is that I’ve become passive aggressive. But knowing how unhealthy it is, I am also trying to fix it.

    I also got one of those boho moments you’ve had. We had a Christian wedding because we’re Born Again Christians, my husband is the modern kind with tattoos all over his body. And during the reception, the Bishop saw our guests and they were all covered in tattoos and body piercings, although in formal wear. He couldn’t help not ask my husband how long has he been friends with his guests (pointing @ the group of tattooed guys) — the Bishop was shocked at my husband’s reply, “This is my first time to see them.” — I had to interrupt them to note that they were my college buddies. And he looked at me then glanced at them… and said something about evangelism… like perhaps you’re that kind of Christian who draws people near you so they can get evangelized… so I was like, of course I am that kind of Christian 😀 He was shocked to death! Haha.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      😀 Great story! Christians come in all shapes and sizes. 😉 I’m sure your tattooed friends have many tales to tell. Thanks for sharing your reflections with me. It must be a dilemma deciding how to express your anger. I once listened to a radio station where a woman was describing how in her fundamentalist Catholic household, she and her sister weren’t allowed to express anger. You can imagine that it turned into an extremely unhealthy mess. It can be difficult to unlearn the programming you had as a child. Best to you and your flaw-some journey! ❤

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