One Lovely Blog Award

Many thanks to the wonderful Melanie Bernard for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog” award. Check out her blog, here.

Rules
1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.


The Facts

1. I know how to play six instruments.
I competently play violin and cello. I know the mechanics enough to struggle through sheet music for viola, piano, flute and mandolin.

Fun tidbit: The mandolin has the same strings as a violin, so a lot of the fingerings transfer over.

2. I spent the majority of 2011 in Iraq.
I was a photojournalist for the U.S. Army, so I got to see quite a bit of the country itself, which allowed me to meet a lot of local Iraqis (who were wonderful, btw) and enjoy some local food (which was also phenomenal). But my favorite moment of my deployment (and probably of my life thus far) was when I got to cover the building and delivery of pediatric-grade wheelchairs to Iraqi kids with mobility disabilities ranging from MS to Spina Bifida. If I could relive that day for the rest of my life, I would. There’s nothing quite like witnessing the moment a family’s life changes for the better.

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You can check out the whole story and more photos, here.

3. I love to cook.
I have this habit of trying to make cooking for myself as difficult as possible. I’m always trying new recipes. My most recent culinary triumph: Roasted Figs filled with Goat Cheese and topped with honey. Obnoxiously simple to make, but OMG THE FLAVORS!

Here’s the recipe, so you can make them yourself. 🙂 Let me know how they turned out for you!

I also love soufflés and risotto. And truffle oil is my biggest splurge at the grocery store.

4. I was a cheerleader in high school.
I know, I don’t believe it either, but alas it’s true. Sad truth of it: I did it for the performance aspect. Dancing, Cheering, Stunting. I loved it. I wasn’t cool enough to take advantage of the stereotypical “popular” bit though.

Still don’t believe me? Here’s a photo.

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Told you. Oh yeah, I had braces too.

5. My Meyers-Briggs is INTJ.
INTJ stands for Introversion-Intuition-Thinking-Judgement. We make up only 2% of the population and have a hard time “making friends” because our ambition and intellectualism motivates our actions. We expend our energy toward our top priorities and everything else falls by the wayside. When I was in high school, the wayside included people’s feelings and egos. I concentrated more on logistics than what people ‘thought’ should happen based on who their friends were. I remember a kid came up to me during rehearsal for the musical and asked, “Are you Breeanna Pierce? I heard you were a b*tch.”

My reply: “Then why are you standing here talking to me?”

I swear I’m not heartless, guys. I am fiercely protective of the people I call friend. It’s just that list of people is a short one…

6. My first fandom was Xena: Warrior Princess
So I started watching Xena WAY younger than I should have, like six or seven. Apparently my parents weren’t paying too much attention to what their young daughter was absorbing through the TV screen. But I’m so glad they did. That show did a lot in the way of how I think about mythology and storytelling, not to mention the inspiration it gave me when building my current series.

Side Note: Is anyone as excited for Ash Vs. The Evil Dead as I am? I mean it’s the Evil Dead in television form 30 years after the original events took place. It shares the show runners of Xena and is staring BRUCE CAMPBELL and LUCY LAWLESS! Get excited people because when the premier happens on Oct 31st, you better believe I’ll be tweeting ALL THE THINGS!

7. I still haven’t found my “Forever Home.”
I realize that makes me sound like a puppy waiting for adoption, but I have a bad case of Wanderlust (despite my lack of funds for it). Like I “yearn” for a home that feels like “this is it, this is the place,” but I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever find that. And I think that’s okay. I’m young, unattached. I can roam for a while.

NOMINEES!

1. Nicolette @ A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly

2. Lynanne @ Daybreak In Autumn 

3. Hanna @ J.L. Gribble | Thoughts and Conversations On Writing, Editing, Life, and Cats

4. Aura @ Into The Imagination Vortex

5. Cara @ Geek Girl Senshi

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10 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award

  1. I love learning more about you, Bree!! And I seriously teared up about your #2, that was just beautiful.
    I can understand #7, growing up a military kid I think this may be something ingrained in me, IDK. And, OMG, I LOVED Xena as a kid! I also probably watched it when I was way too young but I LOVED how much of a badass she was/is! Just thinking about her, I can see how her character has influenced me, sorta crazy to think about! But also super awesome! 😀 I also love to cook, look we have so much in common 😉 hehe! And I did cheerleading too, which is funny because after a couple weeks (months? don’t really remember) I said that I didn’t like the “strictness” and then I started a dance team instead because I thought it would be more “expressive”, lol. IDK what I was thinking. We were a mess, certainly expressive! lol X-)

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    • Yeah, Iraq was a basket of varied experiences, but I cling to the wheelchair story. It really gets under my skin when people spew Islamophobia BS, not only because it’s morally and ethically wrong, but also because the people who have touched my life personally are such incredibly lovely people. The negative parts of my deployment weren’t at the hands of Iraqis, but at the hands of fellow service members. Sorry… It’s still a touchy subject for me I guess… woops.

      Anyhoo… “expressive” BAHAHAHA That’s awesome! I don’t know that I would have ever been able to do something like that. Kudos to you!

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      • I know that you’ve opened up about your experience in Iraq before and I am sorry that people still are saying hateful things about the people who had an impact on your life, there are so many things wrong with that. Your pictures are beautiful btw. The joy on their faces is both uplifting and even a little heartbreaking in its beauty.

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      • Thank you, and yes, it’s disappointing. I wish that people could look past their prejudices to see human beings for what they are. That mission was so brilliant. I would have traveled the country with that foundation if they’d have let me.

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  2. Ah! I love this. ^.^ Six instruments?! Just put all of us to shame why don’t ya! Very nice! Now I must aspire to be you!

    A cheerleader?! Oh man, I really don’t believe it, even with the picture. Haha! Though, I can understand the performance aspect. I love acting (though I didn’t always. ^.^)

    I can’t believe someone asked you that question in high school! That person has to be the bitch! Goodness! What a rude question! Tsk tsk. Though, I can’t understand how you and I are getting along since I’m ENFJ. :p We’re like… nothing alike. Bahaha!

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    • A lot of knowledge transfers from instrument to instrument. Especially strings. The violin, viola and cello are all tuned in fifths, so once you’ve trained your ear and can associate the strings to the clef (violin: treble, viola: tenor, cello: bass), you’re pretty much good to go. Granted, I just over-simplified it a bit. Anyone can play an instrument, playing well is a different story… I should really practice more…

      And we share two letters! My closest friends (which the exception of Miss Hanna) are hardly INTJ’s. lol I’m pretty sure most of them are extroverts, but I love them regardless. 🙂

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  3. I love this idea, and I loved your post. I am going to come back to it so I can check out your photos *^_^*!! I gush too much on Twitter, so I shall spare you on the blog hahaha! ❤

    Looking forward to posting on the blog! (Thanks for the nom!)

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    • LOL Thanks so much, Lady! And tis true, we do gush a lot on the Twitter…

      I can’t wait to see your post! As for the nom, pssh *waves hand away*. You deserved it after listening to all my prattling on. lol ❤

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