A while back, Cathy over at The Semi-Happy Homemaker gave me this lovely award:
The text that went with the award was: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
OK…so I’ve included the text but I’m going to depart from the format (is this a blogger sin — akin to ignoring a chain letter?) and instead of just listing 8 deserving bloggers, I am going to do my own thing, which brings me to:
As I find more and more blogs to read, I find myself increasingly inspired by all the good writing and good ideas out there in blogland. So I’m going to begin “inspirational” posts — by which I mean posts that are inspired by other blogs. I think this will be a great way to highlight some of the neat blogs I am finding and write posts that have been inspired by these blogs. (How many times have you read a post and thought “I’ve got to do something like that!) So, for my first inspirational post, I’d like to draw your attention to a wonderfully interesting blog called The Life & Times of Michael5000.
Full disclosure: Michael5000 is an old college friend of mine who is one of my blog mentors and inspirations. He has three wildly different blogs (one on quilting, one on his adventures in reading the Bible and the one I mentioned above). Not being into quilting or in-depth Bible reading, I tend to stick with his “personal” blog, which contains a little bit of everything. Perhaps his blog mission statement will give you an idea of what you are in for:
The Life and Times of Michael5000 aims to be the Internet’s preeminent provider of difficult pop quizzes on arbitrary topics. It further seeks to delight its community of creative, engaging, drop-dead sexy, and bracingly intelligent readers with glib little posts about the creative arts and dork culture generally, including but not limited to literature, film, the visual arts, music, history, geography, and college football.
His quizzes — which are published on Mondays and Thursdays — are insanely difficult. The Monday quiz provides pictures that you must identify, and the Thursday quiz provides information that you must put in sequential order. They are really freaking hard, and you must only use your brain — no Googling, no reference books. I’ve come close to doing relatively well a few times, but I’m usually just floundering around and making guesses. If you want to challenge yourself, I recommend checking out his blog on Mondays and Thursdays. There is also an incredibly byzantine scoring system for regular players that I don’t pretend to understand.
So, inspired by the Monday and Thursday quizzes over at Michael5000′s blog, I am proud to present my own quiz….
The Quiz About Children’s Books
The quiz below is multiple choice quiz focused on children’s books. These are primarily books that I enjoyed as a child or that I’ve enjoyed reading with the Little One.If you want, you can post your answers in the comments section and I will share the correct answers at a later date. And, if you continue on to the giveaway section, you’ll find that taking the quiz can actually earn you extra entries for the very first (and possibly last as my husband thinks this is completely ridiculous) Life With A Little One and More Giveaway! But first, the quiz:
Question A: In what city, did “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey take place?
- New York
Question B: What did the Very Hungry caterpillar NOT eat?
- One nice green leaf
- One piece of chocolate cake
- Five oranges
- Two green beans
Question C: What color was Harold’s crayon?
Question D: What was the name of Mike Mulligan’s steam shovel?
- Mary Anne
Question E: What was unusual about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s house?
- It was upside down
- It was underground
- It was made of candy
- It floated above the ground
Question F: What was the name of Babar the Elephant’s wife?
Question G: Who was the monster at the end of There’s A Monster At the End of This Book?
- The Snazzle-Snozzle
Question H: What type of animal is going to bed in “Goodnight Moon”?
- A penguin
- A horse
- A mouse
- A rabbit
Question I: What kind of tree did the Little Prince have trouble with on his planet?
- Oak trees
- Thorn trees
- Baobab trees
- Gum trees
Question J: Who was Ramona Quimby’s sister?
So now for the good stuff! My giveaway is a $20 Target gift card! Not as fancy as some other blogs, I know, but I don’t have corporate sponsorship — just my exasperated but very indulgent husband! But $20 can get you something nice at Target so it isn’t too shabby. Here is how you can enter:
- To earn 1 chance to win: Simply enter a comment for this post
- To earn 2 chances to win: Answer the quiz questions in this post
- To earn 3 chances to win: Get a score of 100% on the quiz questions in this post (use only your own knowledge … no Googling or research!)
- To earn 5 chances to win: Link to this post on your own blog
I will run this giveaway until Saturday, December 20th. On Sunday, I will try to figure out my own complicated entry system and will randomly draw the winner. I will post the name of the winner and the quiz answers on Monday, December 22nd. I will then ask the winner for their address and will then mail them the $20 Target gift card. I hope you have fun playing and good luck!