No, no, forget the Academy. I’d like to thank the lovely Patti Ross, who bestowed upon me The Versatile Blogger Award http://learnmoreeveryday.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/what-a-delightful-surprise-blog-awards/. Patti, I am humbled and grateful to know that my sarcasm is worthy of such high honor (my parents will be so proud). Many many many thanks to you!
Like Patti, I had no idea there was such an award. Having now been enlightened, I’ll share what I’ve learned. There are several possible awards, The Versatile Blogger, The Stylish Blogger, and the Irresistibly Sweet Blog. All are given by bloggers to other bloggers. The rules are: each award recipient needs to identify the one who bestowed the award and thank that person in a BIG way; the blogger receiving the award needs to share seven details not readily known about him or herself; the recipient passes the award(s) along to 15 other bloggers and alerts the new award recipients they are winners. Receiving one of the awards is a great honor as well as a great way to champion other bloggers. Everyone wins by getting a chance to broaden their interactions.
Sooo, here’s the thing. I don’t regularly read 15 other blogs or even 10 other blogs. I only read a small handful of blogs, usually ones that make me laugh, but I am absolutely crazy about the ones I do read. There are several others that I stop by every now and then, but since we’re only casually acquainted and not going steady, I didn’t consider them for awards. With all that said, as a former lawyer, I’m going to manipulate the award rules and name 7 winners now, with 8 more to be given whenever I come across other award-worthy blogs.
The Versatile Blogger Award goes to Peg-o-Leg, Ramblings, http://pegoleg.wordpress.com/. Peg is one of my first blogger buddies and we share a similar sarcastic view of the world. And, while I’m green with envy that she has been Freshly Pressed a whopping 4 times, I’ll forgive her because she makes me laugh.
The Versatile Blogger Award goes to Steve Warner, The Brown Road Chronicles, http://brownroadchronicles.wordpress.com/. Steve writes about his family, living in the country, his pet goats and about writing. He truly exemplifies The Versatile Blogger Award because while he’s usually humorous, he has been known to write some very sentimental stuff too.
The Versatile Blogger Award goes to Carla Shepard Sims, Random Brain Cells, http://randombraincells.com/. Carla writes about living life with MS, but all of her posts are uplifting and she has a gift for powerful imagery. What I love the most about Carla’s blog is that she ends each post reminding us to be kind, and goodness knows, we all need that reminder!
The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award goes to Kim Pugliano, The G is Silent, http://kimpugliano.com/, for her recent post about her son Noah, who is inching his way out of childhood and into teenagerness. I defy any Mom out there to read it without getting weepy.
The Versatile Blogger Award goes to Rayme Wells, A Clean Surface, http://acleansurface.com/. Rayme writes about how to simplify our busy cluttered lives and reading her blog always leaves me feeling a little lighter, even if I’ll never ever be as organized as I suspect she is!
The Stylish Blogger Award goes to Don Mills, aka Crabby Old Fart, The Problem with Young People Today Is…, http://crabbyoldfart.wordpress.com/. Mr. Mills is not only a keen observer of life, but a brilliant and hysterically funny writer. He could certainly qualify for The Versatile Blogger Award, but the photo of him sitting on a tweedy plaid chair in his gray cardigan clearly makes him deserving of The Stylish Blogger Award as well.
The Versatile Blogger Award goes to John, Post It Notes from My Idiot Boss, http://notesfromtheboss.wordpress.com/. John works for some governmental agency and has an idiot boss who leaves him idiotic post-it notes, which John generously shares with the world via his blog. If you’ve ever had an idiot boss, if you like Dilbert or The Office, this blog is absolute must-reading.
Now I’ll share 7 things about me that most of you probably don’t know.
1. When I was little, I told people I was from the plant Jupiter. I suspect I’m half earthling and half alien, but how that happened, I have no idea.
2. I hate the beach. I don’t handle hot weather very well, I detest the schlep across the blazing sand loaded down like a pack mule with chairs, towels, beach bags and coolers, and I’m not fond of that after-beach feeling of being encrusted from head to toe with a combination of sand, sweat and sunscreen.
3. I can wiggle my ears.
4. My husband and I got married twice (to each other) – first we kinda sorta eloped, then had a real wedding a few months later.
5. I’ve lived in 8 different states –New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana and North Carolina. VA and NC are my faves.
6. I hate playing games – board games, card games, sports of any kind. I don’t know why, I just do.
7. I was just appointed to our town’s Parks & Recreation Commission, which is pretty ironic in light of #6.
Once again, a giant thank you to Patti Ross and an equally giant congratulations to all the new award winners!