2018 Liebster Award

‘Ssup Bloggers – Kat over at Kat Loves Books nominated me for the 2018 Liebster Award (you can have a look at Kat’s blog here, but I’d have a quick peak at her eye-opening post on Meniere’s disease here).

You can read the rules over at the Global Aussie here, but otherwise, lets hop right into these cool questions from Kat:

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?

On the home front, I’m new to the parenting game – we had our first child back in August (called Atticus after good-Gregory-Peck-Atticus-Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, not the dubious one from Go Set a Watchman) – so if I’m not reading or blogging I’m wondering why there are never enough baby-wipes:


Baking Thad’s Law of Baby Wipes: There are never enough.

I wouldn’t change it for the world.

If there’s time in between this, I’m trying my hand at writing – I’m sure I’ve got one decent story inside somewhere.

Do you read the book before the seeing the movie?

Always. The book is always better than the film, so why wouldn’t you read it first? There are only two exceptions to this rule I can think of: the Godfather and Fight Club. Which are pretty incredible films right?


In retrospect, I wish I could have watched film versions of War and Peace and the Alchemist, because spending more than 90 minutes on either of these is a waste of anyone’s time.

Do you have a weird habit, and what is it?

Just one? I’m full of them! Never crack a book’s spine, shake your hands twelve times after washing them, don’t have your food running into each other on the plate, always set your alarm so it ends in a 1, I tuck my ear inside itself, and iron everything in the basket even if it doesn’t need ironing.

Despite all of these, my wife tells me my worst weird thing is that I never try new foods. I was 28 before I tried hot chocolate. I still think I was right to avoid it all of those years.

If you wrote your autobiography, what would you call it?

Dave Eggers already got the best one here I reckon: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Everything else is a close second.

Since Eggers got there first, I’ve I’ve had a go at some alternatives:

I’ve Measured my Life out with Teaspoons – stolen from the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot. It’s a poem about about modern man, but I picked up on this quote (it’s actually coffee spoons in the poem) because it feels like a man living a fairly hum drum life. Which makes it sound like I’m bored with life doesn’t it? Believe me, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tilting at Windmills – another title I’ve pinched, this time from Cervantes’s Don Quixote, about fighting imaginary enemies (Don Quixote thinks some windmills are giants). If I’m ever to have a life exciting enough to warrant an autobiography, it’s probably because I’ve made up a villain or two…

Breathtakingly Ordinary – another pinched idea, this time from Call for the Dead by John le Carré, a novel about a down at heel spy master who looks like every other civil servant you’d ever meet. I picked this one because I thought maybe there’d be some hidden adventures in my life yet. Call for the Dead is good though – very funny, like a grumpy old man wrote Pride and Prejudice.

Which do you think is best?


What’s your favourite piece of playground equipment and why?

The swing. Who doesn’t love the swing? Roundabouts will make you sick, you need someone else to enjoy the seesaw, and the climbing frame is just for climbing, but the swing? That’s where all the fun is at.

If I’m ever heading to the park that’s the first thing I get Atticus on…

What cartoon character would you like to see as a political candidate?

Foghorn Leghorn. He’d get stuff done wouldn’t he? No messing around. He’d be awesome at speeches too. If not him, then Buzz Lightyear, but the Buzz Lightyear before he found out he was a toy – I love an idealist.

Where does your mind travel to just before sleep?

Everywhere. Somedays I try to write stories, somedays I thinking about the latest twist in the latest book I’m reading, and somedays I’m just tired and happy because having a baby does that to you.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An Astronaut. Oh man, an astronaut. No doubt. Just the idea of it. Slipping the surly bonds of earth, heading to another world, boldly going… oh boy, it’s enough to light my fire just thinking about it.


Alexei Leonov on the first spacewalk

Now, if you ask the same question to my mum and dad, after they’ve finished chuckling, they’ll cheerfully tell you about the time I came home from nursery asking how you become a bishop. I’d even drawn a picture – me in some robes with a mitre and crook.

Once they’ve finished telling you this cheerful little story, they’ll even dig out that bloody picture for you – laughing at my childhood dreams seems to be an annual event in our family.

Still, my wife tells me it shows ambition – other little kids might want to be a priest, but me? I was aiming for the top job. Can’t think where things went wrong.

If your home was a cardboard box, what would you call it?

Boxingham Palace.

What is the strangest gift you have ever given?

A singing Lady Gaga Toothbrush. No really. I won it on a tombola for a pound, wrapped it up and gave it to my wife (girlfriend at the time) for her birthday.

And she still agreed to marry me.

Lucky boy, eh?


That was a lot of fun! OK, now on for my nominations. All of these blogs are great, and are definitely worth checking out. If you’re up for it, I nominate:

And here are my ten questions for you:

  1. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
  2. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  3. What’s your earliest memory?
  4. Cats or Dogs?
  5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. If you’re not blogging what are you doing?
  8. Tea or Coffee?
  9. What’s your dream holiday?
  10. What’s the last record/album/mp3 you bought?

Thanks again to Kat! This was a ton of fun!

23 thoughts on “2018 Liebster Award

  1. Hahaha… I was enjoying your answers, really enjoying when suddenly reached the end and saw I was nominated, my reaction was hilarious…:) 🙂 It really didn’t show on my notifs maybe because the link you copied was from a Page in my site, I think it should be a post so the tagged one sees it. Anyway, thank you for the nomination and great answers you have. They were so fun to read. 🙂 🙂 And also, even though this is late: Congratulation for having your baby. 🙂 🙂 And looks like you’re having a great time and doing well with parenting. 🙂

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  2. Great answers, and congratulations on the baby! We order giant boxes from Amazon of baby wipes and diapers. Subscribe and Save all the way!!

    We are having a third kid in May and if it’s a boy it will be Gregory… mostly just because we like it.

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