I have been fortunate enough in the time that I have been blogging to “meet” some wonderful blogging (mostly) women. Several of them have taken the time to think of me recently in passing out some wonderful awards. I want to thank each of them. It means a lot to me that we have found each other and developed these relationships. With this in mind, I will pass them on.
My good friend WhyMommy said some really wonderful things when she gave this award to me. And damned if I’m not bummed that she got it first, otherwise I would definitely have passed it directly to her. But in the spirit of no-give-backsies, I will give this to a couple of other wonderful women out there.
Kelley is someone I have completely fallen in love with. Even if I can’t walk in the fabulous tall shoes she is known for. And I don’t drink coffee. (But I do love chocolate.) And I find her to be amazing.
I also want to give this to BetteJo, whose thoughtful comments I appreciate so much.
Someone created this award specifically for Joeymom. And she definitely deserves it. She’s taught me a lot. And was nice enough to pass it to me as well as some wonderful other bloggers.
This one clearly goes to WhyMommy. Because if anyone is good at seeing the beauty, it’s her. She has fought so hard this past year. And she continues to see the good. She finds the beauty in her children, her husband, and the stars, among other things. This one is for her, and the beauty she is going to keep seeing for years to come.
Tulip Mom, who I have really enjoyed reading for the last few months, thinks I’m nice!
I may think I would better qualify for the “Abrasiveness Matters” award, but I do try to be nice, so I am very happy to accept this. Most of you out there seem wonderfully nice, and at one point I think I told about half of the blogosphere that you were.
I also want to give this to two different Jessicas: one at A Parent in Silver Spring, who is keeping me updated on what to do with my kids in the area; and one at A Bushel and a Peck, whose niceness I have been lucky enough to personally witness.
Phew, almost there. The magnificent Kelley, mentioned above, gave this to me a while ago and I neglected to mention it. Then, after her recent move to her own domain, she regifted it.
Just FYI, this is a good award to get. Apparently Kelley had some people thinking this was not a nice award, when in fact it is a sideways heart. I just didn’t want any of y’all thinking I wasn’t nice. Remember a few paragraphs back? I’m nice.
I love so many blogs. I love so many that my marriage and work life are suffering because of it. (I’m mostly kidding.) Onward to some I love in particular. And if I don’t mention you, it is because I’m saving you for a future award (or I’ve recently awarded you).
And that’s all of my awards.
But we’re not done yet!
Jessica—the one at A Bushel and a Peck—tagged me for a meme in which I am to tell you six quirky things about me. Instead of getting all original on you, I’m going to take off on Jessica’s six quirky things.
1. (She loves egg noodles with ketchup.) When I was a kid, my mom used to cut avocados in half and fill up the area where the pit used to be with ketchup. And I ate it. I’m not sure if this is a quirky thing about me or my mom, but there you go.
2. (She used to pronounce “mine” as “my-in.”) In my head, whenever I say the word “caterpillar,” I pronounce it “cat-er-pill-ar.” It’s a fun word to say that way. I used to do the same thing with “tortoise,” saying it in my head as “tor-toys” until Alex suggested “tor-twah”—you know, the Frenchy way of saying it.
3. (She can’t go to sleep if her sheets and blankets are messed up.) I can’t sleep with a sheet—just a comforter. And Alex and I have separate comforters because I’m such a blanket-hogging jerk.
4. (She is obsessive about chapstick and hand lotion.) Despite having the driest skin known to humankind, as well as a case of psoriasis, I also have tactile issues that prevent me from using lotion, because it freaks me the hell out.
5. (She has no dogs, but watches dog shows on TV. She also loves the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.) I do have a dog. She’s a mutt. But my favorite breed is the Rottweiler (we used to have a lovely Rottie named Mango). Never get a Rottweiler though, unless you’re rescuing one and have no other choice. They will break your wallet what with all their genetic issues. Mango had to have two (two!) ACL surgeries.
6. (She is anal-retentive about how her clothes are folded.) My clothes are currently in a big pile on top of my nearly empty dresser. I wish I was anal-retentive about folding clothes.
So there you go: awards and memes. I think I’m all caught up now. Carry on with your regularly scheduled blog reading.