Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sharing The Love

     In two months I'll be celebrating the one year anniversary of my blog, and what a year it has been! I've had more success blogging than I ever imagined, and am humbled by the support I have received from family, friends and fellow bloggers. Most recently, I have received several nominations from the blogging community for awards that I am honored to accept and excited to bestow upon other bloggers I believe worthy of recognition. The people I have chosen have made me feel very welcome in the blogging community. I have kept up with their blogs and enjoyed getting to know them.
     I chose a variety of blog winners for their diversity and creativity. The subjects range from motherhood to politics, poetry, menopause, photography, fashion, sexuality,writing tips, aging, fatherhood and the single life. With each award comes a set of rules and some pretty strange questions that I was reluctant to answer...but it's all in fun and in the spirit of the award, so what the heck--- I answered them all.
     I was graciously given 3 awards, and would like to address them one at a time.  The first is the Kreative Blogger Award, given to me by Roe at  http://ramblingsfromanupsidedownlife.blogspot.com/
Thank you, Roe!

     The rules for the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to the awarding blog.
2. Answer 7 questions about yourself.
3. Provide 10 random factoids about yourself.
4. Hand the award to 7 deserving others.


(7) QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

1. What is your favorite song?
     Impossible to answer this since there are well over 1000 "favorites" on my iPod playlist. Christmas music always puts a smile on my face. Problem is people look at me funny when I'm humming Jingle Bells in July. I guess my all-time favorite song is an oldie called, "Moonlight Serenade",  because of its sentimental value.

2. What is your favorite dessert?
     I can only pick one? Napoleans. No, make that warm apple pie a la mode. Wait, no, I like chocolate fondue. Or key lime pie. Okay, okay, it's really chocolate eclairs...I think. What was the question again and why am I so hungry?

3.  What do you do when you're upset?
     You don't want to know. Just back away slowly and pretend we never had this conversation.

4.  What is your favorite pet?
     This is like the dessert question. I can only pick one? I like pugs. I also like koala bears, barn owls and kangaroos, but apparently I'm not allowed to own any.

5.  Which do you prefer, white or whole wheat?
     It depends on what we are talking about. Bread? Pasta? Pancakes? I can't imagine ANYONE wanting to know the answer to this, but I'll be a good sport and tell you that I PREFER white. When you get OLD, you are expected to eat twigs and bark to keep your body "regular" (keeping your plumbing in fine, working order). So I eat whole wheat. There. That should make my doctor happy and my bathroom busy.

6. What is your biggest fear?
     Drowning. Flying. Cockroach stampedes.

7. What is your attitude mostly?
     That depends on how caffeine-infused my body is at the moment. If the levels are high, chances are you'll meet a chipper/hyper menopausal mother. If the caffeine level is low because someone else beat me to the last dregs in the coffee pot, then you're going to encounter a woman who is one step away from needing a straight jacket.


(10) RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

1. I was raised on classical music but I love Dubstep. Skrillex is my favorite to listen to while tackling the grout in the shower stall.

2. I have 6 pet chinchillas and a rabbit that I let run freely in my room while I sit on the floor with them and read the newspaper. Perhaps I'm related to Dr. Doolittle.

3. I was involved in 6 car accidents my sophomore year of high school---never the driver, always the passenger. No one wanted to drive with me anywhere after that.

4. I was THAT girl in the red satin disco pants and sequined tube top at the microphone, belting out tunes in the early 1980's.

5. One of my greatest accomplishments was winning the blueberry pie-eating contest at the Presbyterian church when I was seven...with my hands tied behind my back.

6. I am obsessed with squirrels, much to the embarrassment of my family. My house is decorated in  cottage-style, faux squirrel habitat.

7. I threw up sloppy joe sandwiches in the first grade, and to this day when I look at a "Manwich",  I still feel queasy.

8.  I was raised in a household with parents who were wine connoisseurs, but I'll drink any rot gut that comes my way.

9.  I love butter and mayonnaise and make no apology for it. Eat your heart out, Paula Dean.

10. I am a Disney World aficionado. There is no place I'd rather be, and I really do believe it is a magical place, pixie dust and all.


THE (7) BLOGGERS I GRANT THE KREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD TO ARE:

http://singlewritermomrants.wordpress.com
Theresa @  http://myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com
Lanthie@   http://www.lifecherries.com
Nicole@     http://tongueofdogsbreakfast.wordpress.com
Kc@           http://Ketchupchipsusa.blogspot.com
Sandra@     http://shecantbeserious.com
Crazymama@ http://keepingyouout.blogspot.com


     The 2nd award I won was the Sunshine Award, from Sandra at  http://shecantbeserious.com
Thanks, Sandra!

     The rules are as follows:

1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog page.
2. Answer (10) questions about yourself (oh God, not again!!!).
3. Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers.
4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.


(10) QUESTIONS/ANSWERS


1. What would you most like to change about yourself?
     My stomach. I'm tired of carrying around a ten pound food baby. After having four kids, I don't want to carry around a fifth one.

2. What's your theme song?
     I'm torn between Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and One Republic's "Good Life".  I grew up feeling like I was a little different from everyone else (my sense of humor was always a bit "off"). Can't help it--I was born this way. Then I met my husband and found a soul mate who shares my skewed sense of humor. We gave birth to four children with diverse personalities and the same warped humor, and they provide the fodder for most of my blog entries. Together we have created a good life.

3. One part of your life, a memory, action, etc. that you wish you could surgically remove from your brain?
     Can't believe I'm admitting this to the entire blogosphere, but at my 35th birthday party ( long ago and far away..) I drank a stupid combination of champagne, vodka and cranberry juice. It didn't sit well with me, and I was wearing a white outfit...the dry cleaners never could get that pant suit clean. I have no recollection of the party because I could barely stand up on my own, let alone eat a piece of birthday cake. Cranberry juice has never tasted quite right since that incident.

4. What generation do you wish you had been a part of?
     I wish that I had been a teenager in the 1950's. Poodle skirts, Saddle shoes, T-birds and drive-in theaters. No microwaves, cell phones or computers. The simple life.

5. What was your favorite childhood toy?
     These small, rubbery dolls called Kiddles. I was obsessed with them---collected every size, shape and color they came in. I was a Kiddle hoarder, and I was fiercely competitive about my collection. I opened up a lemonade stand on my street, earned enough money to buy out the corporation that produced them and built my own Kiddle empire.

6. What is your favorite housecleaning chore?
     Does such a thing exist? Do people other than Snow white's Seven Dwarves actually smile and whistle while they work? I don't like ANY part of it. The only time housework is fun is when I'm cleaning out the refrigerator and stumble upon someone's hidden piece of Mississippi Mud Pie. "Finders keepers, losers weepers".

7. Do you Twitter?
     Isn't that what birds do in trees? Sorry, I don't have wings or live in a nest, therefore, no Twittering.

8. Any goals?
     Yes, to finish answering these strange questions as quickly and painlessly as possible.

9. Do you really drink margaritas all the time?
     Huh? That came out of left field. I prefer mojitos, but no, I don't drink them all the time because if I did, my tYpInG would be slurrrred on my bog#@*! blog...

10. ***This question was missing from the blog site that gave me the Sunshine Award, so I'm just going to make up one of my own.***    What is the ugliest car you've ever driven and were embarrassed to be seen in?
     A 1994 Previa minivan with missing hubcaps. It looked like a giant hemorrhoid on the street.


THE (12) LUCKY BLOGGERS I AM GIVING THE SUNSHINE AWARD TO ARE :


http://Rumpunchdrunk.blogspot.com
Brian@  http://trickstereric.blogspot.com
Mara Paz@   http://africatoalgarve.blogspot.com
Jon@   http://jonwhiting55.blogspot.com
Noir Ha@  http://simplynoir.net/
Sandra@   http://www.awriterweavesatale.com
Roe@   http://ramblingsfromanupsidedownlife.blogspot.com
Gossip_Grl@   http://myworldaccordingtomeii.blogspot.com
Kate@   http://www.makeshiftmummy.com
Shia@   http://worldaccordingtoshia.blogspot.com
Cat@   http://sassycat44.blogspot.com
Susan@   http://quirkygrandmother.blogspot.com

     Have fun all of you, answering these questions!

     The third blog award, known as the Fabulous Blog Award, came simultaneously from 3 different bloggers. Thanks to Gossip_Grl at  http://myworldaccordingtomeii.blogspot.com,  to Susan at  http://quirkygrandmother.blogspot.com, and Brian @ http://trickstereric.blogspot.com.

      Rules to the Fabulous Blog Award:

1. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog.
2. Name 5 fabulous moments in your life.
3. Name 5 things that you love.
4. Name 5 things you hate.
5. Pass the award to 5 deserving bloggers. ***Since I won the award twice, it's only fair that I DOUBLE the amount of blog nominees!


(5) FABULOUS MOMENTS


1. The day that I got married. I was late to my own wedding (gave my husband a good scare!) because I was busy slugging down mimosas to calm my nerves.

2. When we bought our first home together---a ginger bread, cottage-style house. Pink. My husband went out and bought paint right away.

3. Giving birth to my four children, putting myself knee-deep in diapers and debt...and loving every minute of it.

4. My 50th birthday costume-required party. Nothing like seeing a bunch of middle-aged people wearing ill-fitting costumes and dancing to Lady Gaga.

5. Becoming a grandparent for the first time and realizing that I am officially older than dirt. Time to buy orthopedic shoes!


(5) THINGS I LOVE


1. Animals---my husband accuses me of being an animal hoarder because we have 10 pets. Noah and his Ark have nothing on me!

2. My Family. They are my top priority as long as they don't interrupt me while I'm blogging/eating/napping/reading/watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

3. Chocolate. It doesn't matter if it's dark or milk chocolate, bars or chunks...I love it all. Just don't ask me to share.

4. Coffee/energy drinks. It enables me to do more stupid stuff at a faster rate.

5. Cooking. I'd give away my Ove Glove just to spend 10 minutes with that hottie Guy Fieri!


(5) THINGS I HATE


1. Ear wax and dirty nails. Go take a damn bath!

2. A dirty dish drain. I'd rather sell my left kidney on the black market than clean that thing out.

3. Left turns at major intersections. That oncoming traffic looks like a rushing herd of buffalo stampeding toward me. If the whole world could just move in a clock-wise motion, everything would be just fine.

4. Snoring. My husband snorts like a pig in a trough when he sleeps. He has several remedies for this situation---he wears a special boot for his Plantar's Fasciitis, two wrist bands for Carpal Tunnel and a nose strip for snoring before he comes to bed. He is beginning to resemble an NFL linebacker or The Terminator. All he needs now is the CPAP machine for his sleep apnea---then he can go to bed looking like something out of "Alien".

5. Clutter. Random cups, socks, toys, sandals, beer bottles, candy wrappers...when I see these things  scattered around my house, I go into full-blown menopausal madness. Someone needs to restrain me before I gnaw through the leather straps.


THE 15 BLOGGERS I NOMINATE FOR THIS AWARD ARE:


http://jleesblog
Tiffany@   http://singlewritermomrants.wordpress.com
Honest B@   http://the-honest-bitch.blogspot.com
Cate@   http://cateartios.wordpress.com
M  Monaghan@   http://www.mjmonaghan.com
Belly Dancer@  http://evescrochet.blogspot.com
Shar@   http://Sharmartinez.blogspot.com
Nell@   http://www.theramblingcouchpotato.com
Brenda@   http://paganinme.blogspot.com
Kitty@  http://Kittys-pitara.blogspot.com
Nash Nordin@   http://ai-foodies.blogspot.com
Diana@   http://dianasphotography.blogspot.com
Joan@   http://joanrb.blogspot.com
Cecille@   http://flipinayweeblether.blogspot.com
linsey@ http://linsey-organizedchaos.blogspot.com

     Congratulations to all of my blogger friends, and good luck with the questions. Show the love and pass it on!





 


   


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108 comments:

  1. I STILL HAVE 2 OF MY LIDDLE KIDDLES!!!!!! Thank you very much for the award! I haven't read this whole thing yet, but when I saw the Liddle Kiddles...I got a liddle excited.

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    1. They were the best, right? If you still have them, can we get together and play? Hahaha!

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  2. How sweet, thank you so much for the award!!

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    1. You deserve it--you have a wonderful blog!

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  3. Wow, what can I say? This is very unexpected. Thank you for the Sunshine Award! I am off to find an answer to those questions and do all the other stuff that is required. Oh, I nearly forgot. I'd better start by removing the "All awards very gratefully declined" image off my blog or it will look odd when I have decided to accept one after all. Excuse: I'm a woman, women change their minds.
    I'm having a busy time so be patient, please. This is all going to take a while.

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    1. Take your time--it took me at least a month to pull this one together!!

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  4. Congratulations, you definitely deserve all the awards you have been given. I always enjoy reading your blog:)

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    1. Thank you, Luanna. I love your writing as well--that's why this is so hard because I have met so many talented writers here, all deserving of recognition. Next time this (hopefully) happens, you are definitely on my list because you are certainly one of the talented writers I have met through blogging!!!

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  5. Awww- I wanna cry just now--I've never received any award in my entire life, until now---I'm really touched, now am crying! (the last time I cried was when I watched BIG BROTHER the other day, and wonder, why the hell am paying a horrendous amount of SKY subscription when all they show is crappy programmes? Why they never show the Bold and Beautiful and Passions anymore- I do not know! )

    Anyway- congratulations for all the awards- I've only been blogging for 10 days, so I think- I don't deserve any of this...but I'm flattered- thanks again...HUGS!!!

    PS-I love the wee heart cursor/mouse? One of the reasons I love visiting your blog page is because of this pink love heart, bouncing up and down, everytime I play with the mouse...But I love your blogs! "ear wax and dirty nails? I hate them too- arrghhhh!!!"

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    1. You write from the heart, and I appreciate that. Well deserved award!

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  6. Thank you for the mention and – WOW! – that must have taken you a long time to write. I'm really glad you nominated me for only one, because it is going to take me forever to write that one blog! I love your pixie dust heart, by the way. ;)

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    1. I know what you mean--it took me FOREVER to get this blog done--so many people to acknowledge and SOOOOOO many questions to answer!! Have fun with it though--I know you'll come up with something creative!

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  7. I can't tell you how honored I am that you chose singlewritermomrants for 2 awards. Not everyone gets my sarcastic, cynical, oftentimes offending sense of humor. It's great to know you do, and that you haven't unfollowed me yet.

    Speaking of...I distinctly remember signing up to follow your blog, yet I have never received any posts from you since then. I just figured you were slacking, but I come to find you have written a whole mess of posts I never knew existed! Alas, I am signing up again, and I can't wait to catch up on all that I missed.

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    1. Congrats---your awards are well deserved. I visit your blog often. Yes, I am still here, posting about every three weeks. I'd do more if time permitted, but you know how that goes....

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  8. congratulations!!!! OMG I am a squirrel freak too!!! Love it!

    And.............I adore butter and mayo!

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    1. Ahhh...so we do have a lot in common...just do me a favor, don't let the cats near the squirrels! Lol!

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    2. I like butter and mayo on my squirrel.

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    3. Wicked, wicked man.....at least you didn't say peanut butter...

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  9. Another wonderful (and humorous) post. I really enjoy visiting your blog - you are a talented writer and deserve all these awards. Thanks for nominating me :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Congrats to you as well---I love your photography. It always makes me want to get out in the garden more and tend to my flowers so they'll look as good as the ones in your blog posts!

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  10. Congrats on all the awards! I'm relatively new to your blog, but I love your posts! Keep it up! :)

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    1. Thank you, Astrid--I am grateful that you keep coming back to read more!

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  11. Congratulation for those awards! You deserves them. And thank you so much for passing the Fabulous Blog to me :)

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    1. Congrats to you as well--I love reading your blog posts, too!

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  12. Bah. I hate awards. How can I be a mediochre participant in life if all you people keep appreciating me? I want to be anonymous in my uselessness. If I am nominated, I will not stand and if elected, I will not serve. Accolades should fall to people like MM who are interesting and funny and fun to be around. You know - THOSE people in high school. The ones with the nice cars and the parties and the like. Me? Check the library and the chess club. Bah.

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    1. Oh Bah yourself, Kc! You totally deserve this award because you are a VERY talented writer, and I love your knack for stirring people up in the political arena. And by the way---I was never one of those girls with a fancy car or invites to parties with the popular crowd-- I was a band geek who wasn't even asked to senior prom, so there! You would have found me in the library as well! Now in college, things were a little different...but we won't go there... Hey, I'm just curious to see how you would answer all those questions about yourself--what sort of twisted spin you'd put on things. Be a sport and give it a shot!

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    2. "This one time at band camp..." And yes, I WAS a flute player!! Hahaha!!!

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  13. Congrats on your awards and thanks for sharing the Sunshine Award with me. Also, thanks for sharing so many sites that I can't wait to check out. I posted on blog. However, I never follow the rules. I did share your link there as well on my new page Blogs I Love. Thanks for making me laugh.

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    1. You are most welcome and glad I could start your day off with a chuckle!

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  14. Congrats on the upcoming 1st blogosary and all the awards.

    You said your sense of humour is a bit off ... stay that way :) and thank you for sharing the Sunshine award.

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    1. You are welcome! Don't worry--at my age, no more drastic changes--the humor is here to stay!!

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  15. thank you, sweetie! I thnk II'vee already been awarded this one, just never put it up, but it's certainly an honor coming from you! Hope you hook up with my latest writing workshop; it just went up yesterday.

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    1. Post your award--it's something to be proud of and you deserve it!! I'll take a look at the writing workshop--I do enjoy reading the responses!

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  16. You are definitely a winner and deserving, cause your BLOG IS GREAT! Always brings humor, sunshine and a smile to my face. Thanks again for sharing!

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    1. Wow! What a compliment! Thank you, and congratulations to you, too. I absolutely adore your blog--it always makes me laugh as well!

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    1. Yes--your site is very interesting and I did sign up! Hope it helps!

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  19. Thank you so much for the Award..
    It's really a surprise to me, Thank you Ms mama, for your kind gesture! :)
    you know I love you and your blog SO much...the way you write is amazing. Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts :)

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    1. Awww, thanks, Kitty! You totally deserve this award---you write beautifully, too!

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  20. Congrats on the bloggy awards. Love reading your blog and its definitely worthy of them. Thanks for also gracing me with one of them. Right now I am having some Internet/phone troubles since Friday's storms and on and off lose both, wanted to hurry and stop by and tell you will put them up soon and thanks. :)

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    1. Don't you hate it when that happens??? I go crazy when I have to go without internet for a day----I get bored and start raiding the refrigerator. Never a good thing!

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  21. I love this! Congrats on your awards!! I, too, LOVE pugs. I love their adorable smashed faces and their little snorts! Thank you so much for thinking of me for the Fabulous Blog Award! :)

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    1. Congrats to you as well--I love visiting your blog! And yes--pugs are adorable. Mine sounds like a little piggy when he snuffles and snorts through the house!

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  22. Congrats on your awards, MM. And thank you so much for the nomination.

    I love your writing style.

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    1. Thanks, MJ. Your award is well deserved--your blog posts always make me chuckle.

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  23. Hi Menopausal mama
    Thanks you so much for mentioning me in the 'Sunshine Award', I am so honored and truly grateful that you spent the time reading my blog. I also want to congratulate you on the awards you have got, which are well worth it. You have given me countless laughs and brightened my days with your posts.

    Continue the good works, and I'm sure much more awards will be coming your way. Thanks again. I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

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    1. THanks! So sweet of you to say these things! I feel the same way about your blog--it always brings a smile to my face--I love your writing style!!!

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS! Wow! you have three awards! That's something. =) If I know how to drive, I know I wouldn't want to turn left, too. It's scary.

    On another happy note, thank you very much for nominating me for "The Fabulous Award". Wait. Is it actually a blog award? Can I post it now and start spreading the love? ;)

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    1. Absolutely!! Post it in your blog with pride and share the love with some other bloggers---just follow the rules that apply. Congrats to you, too!

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  25. Congrats on all your awards! That's fabulous!! And thank you for the nomination! Very much appreciated, however, my Pagan In Me blog is being discontinued. :) Please visit me at www.pibblesnme.com. Thanks again!

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    1. OH, I'm sorry--I had no idea---that's the one I was reading! I'll be sure to go to the new site and spread the word!.

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  26. Thanks for the Kreative Blogger award, hon! I feel quite honoured. Sorry it took me so long to get to this but I was kidnapped by Canadians and forced to drink margaritas and cosmos & eat sugary, fattening foods to celebrate Canada Day. Okay, I wasn't, like, *kidnapped*, just invited...and I'm a sucker for alcohol & sugary fattening foods. You know what I'm talkin' about. ;)

    Seriously, you were into Little Kiddles?!?! Me too!! I used to collect them and when my brother was born my mother had a "celebration present" for me that i could open when he came home from the hospital (so's to take the edge off the stress of having a new baby crying-and-poop machine in the house ;) and the present was a Little Kiddles carrying case. Did you have one of those?

    Now about you being THAT girl in the tight red pants belting out Sheena Easton & Kenny Loggins tunes...PICTURES!!! PICTURES!!! C'mon, you can't tease us like this, you have to show us what we missed ;)

    Don't feel too bad about the 35th birthday incident. I got drunk on a birthday a long time ago...can't remember which one, 25th or 26th or something...and managed to chase off a cute British guy who took interest in me. Alcohol makes you desperately stupid sometimes. ;)

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    1. We are so much alike sometimes, it's scary! Yes, I had the Kiddles case, plus all the necklaces that had the miniature kiddles inside them.
      Don't know if I have the courage to show off those old disco queen pictures with my hair teased up a mile high...so embarrassing. However, it's good to know that I am not the only one who did something stupid with the beer goggles on!!!!
      Congrats on your award--you are a fine writer, Nicole. No wonder you have been so successful with your writing endeavors!!!

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  27. Congrats!!! on receiving so many awards. You definitely are a very good writer.I am following you now. Please do visit my blogs and take time to leave your comments. I would really love to hear from you and get your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Epsita

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    1. Thank you!! I will certainly check out your blog!!

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  28. Congratulations on your awards. That's brilliant! X

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  29. Congrats! for achieving such a great success.
    I wish you a wonderful blogging.

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    1. Thank you! I am enjoying every minute of blogging!

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  30. Hi, again.
    Congrats on all your awards. You deserve them! I have enjoyed visiting all the blogs you nominated and have just published my acceptance post and spread the love. Till we blog again!

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    1. Thanks, Mara--I'm hopping over to your site now to check it out!!!

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  31. Awww, thank you. I had to laugh at the margarita question, because that was one you're supposed to make up for yourself, and I did that because my banner is a margarita, haha. But your answers were great. Thank you so much for the award. I really appreciate the blogger love!

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    1. Oh geez, I feel stupid now! I wondered about that question...anyway, glad you like the way I answered it. You totally deserve your award--your blog is amazing!!

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  32. Congratulations and good luck ahead.. Hope you achieve many more such awards and be in the spotlight forever! I must say that you are very talented and keep up the great work:)

    God bless!

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    1. Thank you so very much!!! The awards came as such a surprise, and I am very honored by it--that's why I wanted to "share the love!"

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  33. I am quite happy to read your article and find that its great style and natural. I want to share with this my friends also. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks and yes, please do share this with your friends!

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  34. Hey Marcia, thank you so much what a lovely surprise :-) I have had a bit of an emotional week so this was such a lovely gesture :-) I think you write beautifully and am enjoying getting to know you more :-) *hugs* xx

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    1. I'm glad this helped to cheer you up! You are already a successful blogger but you still deserve many awards for your talent!!

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  35. You sweetie, thank you! I actually already got this award and wanted to pass it on to YOU but saw you have it! But would love for you to start hooking up with my fiction writing workshop hops -- I bet you'd be a natural. Can you take a look?

    http://www.awriterweavesatale.com/2012/06/29/sandras-writing-workshop-hop-3/

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    1. I promise I will! Out of town on vacation at the moment but I have taken a few peeks--looks like fun!

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  36. Congrats on the award! Love your blog. I thought I was the only one with a 10 pound "food baby." Such funny answers!

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    1. Thank you! So glad you found my site. And yes, you are not alone with the food baby issue. Maybe there should be some sort of mommy's-of-food-babies support group?

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  37. Congrats on the award! Though I am not obsessed with them, I think squirrels are a very-overlooked animal.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I am afraid I am totally obsessed with the little critters---love to have one as a pet, but I already have quite too many critters in the house!

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  38. Congrats and thank you sweetie :-). Sorry it took so long to reply I took the week off.

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    1. That is perfectly fine--we all need a vacation sometime!! Congrats to you as well!

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  39. What a terrific post! Not only did I get to learn lots of interesting facts about you, but I also have the wonderful opportunity to discover all these other bloggers you’ve listed. (Of course, the downside is that the last thing I need is another reason to procrastinate! LOL)

    The 6 car accidents during your sophomore year--how awful!

    An interesting note about squirrels: I never even realized they made sounds in all the years I grew up in Chicago. It wasn’t until we moved to the Pacific NW, where they’re plentiful and always in our yard and scampering across the roof of our house, 10 years ago that I heard that little “buck-buck” chicken-like sound they make. So cute—love them!

    So funny about you being late to your own wedding!

    And, oh, the 10-pound food baby! Trust me when I say you’re definitely NOT alone! :D

    --Susan

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  40. So glad you found my blog and can now visit the other blogs I mentioned---and boy, do I know what you mean about procrastinating on the computer! I get so caught up in Facebook or reading other's blogs that I totally forget to get things done around the house, much to my husband's dismay!
    Oh yes, the squirrels make a barking, chattering sound, especially when they feel threatened. I've been around them so long, I can mimic the sound quite well, much to the embarrassment of my kids. I'm going to hop on over to your blog, Susan--you sound like an interesting person and a good writer!

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  41. Thanks for thinking of me!
    Happy Blogging :)

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    1. You are most welcome and totally deserving of this award!

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  42. I really enjoyed reading all your fabulous facts about yourself even though it probably time consuming and a pain before you were done. Thank you for stopping by to see me at my blog and following me. I am following you back!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you came by and that we are now following each other's blogs. Thanks for sharing the love!

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  43. No new posts :( I wanted to let you know I added a page on my blog with pictures of my land and some of the wildlife that share it with me - I think you will enjoy. You can click to it in my About Me section. Have a great day!

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    1. Sorry--I am working on it! I post about every 3 weeks--takes me awhile to get creative! I will certainly check out your updated post!

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  44. Very nice site and great content and orderly I hope you shine..

    very good menopausal

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    1. Thank you, Dream. I couldn't have done it without my faithful readers like you!

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  45. Hello! I nominated you and your wonderful blog for the Versatile Blogger award.

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  46. Hello, I'm visiting you via Bloggers. I followed you through Google Friends Connect, but you won't be able to follow me back the same way--I have a self-hosted Wordpress blog. But perhaps you can follow via Google+? Anyway--you have a lovely blog. Stop by and visit me @ The Moxie Bee http://www.themoxiebee.com when you have a chance. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for joining my blog--means the world to me! I will certainly check out your blog next!

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  47. I don't know when I have laughed so much or so hard reading a blog post! Once I started there was no stopping!!! You brought back so many wonderful memories and ahem!some that had been stuck back in a dark corner of the mind's diary, like the packed away dust-collecting highschool scrapbooks. What a hoot:>)

    Truly looking forward to following you and exploring some of the sites you nominated for an award! BTW I grew up in the 50's-60's era and would not trade that experience for any other time whatsoever!!

    [I want the floating hearts that follow you on the page. . .LOL:>)]

    Oh, dear, just got the captcha. . .wonder how many tries it will take to get this posted. HA!

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  48. Sharla--thank you so much for the kind words--it always makes me happy to hear that I was able to bring a smile to someone's day, especially when that person can relate to everything I'm talking about! You are a very accomplished writer, so the compliments mean a lot, coming from you. Thank you again so much!

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  49. This blog has made my day :) keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks, Peter--that makes me feel good knowing that my blog post made your day!

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  50. Hi,

    Congratulatios for the 1 year anniversary and for all the awards. Your blog is doing very well and you deserve all the complements. I like your sense of humor when you describe yourself in this post. Sorry for the six times accident, and I don't want to be in there either if you're the driver :)

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    1. I don't blame you---I'll admit I'm not the greatest driver! But thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!

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  51. Long post, yes, but your posts are always fun to read :) In fact your blog might be about the only one I actually read, on the other ones I just look for the pictures! Have to love that sense of humor.
    Thank you so much for nominating me and I'll be glad to nominate some deserving friends, I'm late but surely here.
    Congrats on your blog anniversary and have a great day.

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    1. I do tend to get a bit long winded on my blog posts--guess that is due to the fact that I only post every 3 weeks....hard to be "hilarious" all of the time..especially when there is a mountain of laundry that needs to be folded on my couch and dishes and house cleaning and....it goes on and on!

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  52. I forgot to say I like you even more since I found out you have a bunny. I have one I call Monkey loose in my living room, although he is being nice right now, he is quite a handful! He nibbles my cables and scratches the door and bites the carpet, I yell at him, but then I look down at him and he is so sweet I just kneel with him to play. My boyfriend is a total sucker for the thing!
    And by the way I'm the Belly Dancer, I've changed my name.

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    1. Bunnies are great except when they pee---it's all over the place! My pet "Mista Bunny" lets it fly wherever he is--drives me nuts, but yeah, he sure is cute!!

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  53. your posting is very good about Sharing The Love

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  54. this post is very interesting and easy to read .... I hope to visit again

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