Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bloggy Buddy Awards

     Once again I am thrilled (and amazed!) to be awarded some very special honors from my friends in the blogging community. Nicer still is the fact that this gives me the opportunity to share the love with some newer, well-deserving bloggers in our ever-expanding community of writers. The blogs I have decided to pass the torch down to were chosen for their diversity, creativity and spunk. Each award comes with a set of rules and questions. I decided to have some fun with it and bend the rules a little...just because I can.
     Each award requests that I mention 7-11 "fun facts" about myself. Multiply that times 6 different awards and you will know waaaay too much about me. And besides, there aren't THAT many fun things about me anyway...so rather than bore you to tears reading this stuff (when you could be watching an episode of Swamp People), I decided to condense the facts into a tidy package of 12.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSAL MAMA:

*When I was in grade school, I had a mixed dominance eye problem and had to wear a patch over my eye for a year. I learned quickly how cruel some children could be. Perhaps if I'd had a peg leg and a parrot on my shoulder, it wouldn't have been so bad. At the very least I could have been hired out as Captain Jack's sidekick at kiddie birthday parties.

*I run a side job selling my homemade rum cakes to the public. These cakes are known to make people drunk after one bite. Just don't hold a lighter up near their mouth after they have eaten some.

*The most difficult thing I have ever written was my father's eulogy...and my sister's 17 months later.


*I have two-tone hair; blonde on top and black underneath. This is due to a mid-life identity crisis: Malibu Beach Barbie meets Elvira.

*I played the flute and piccolo in my high school marching band. If I knew then what I know now, I would have smuggled a flask of vodka in my band uniform hat.

*If I won the lottery and decided to buy a second home in the U.S., it would be in Cody, Wyoming.

*I broke both bones in my left arm playing frisbee with a LARGE jazz dancer on the front lawn of my college dorm freshman year. Going through surgery and wearing a cast for 3 months was the best thing that ever happened to me because it pulled me out of my shell and jump-started my social life. Who knew male nurses could be so HOT???

*I make a damn good prickly pear margarita.

*While most women collect shoes, I hoard nail polish.

*Most days I want to smash my bathroom scale the way rock stars smash their guitars on stage.

*I chew my cuticles when I am bored, hungry or anxious. On a bad day, my fingers look like they've been gnawed on by rabid gerbils.

*I am allergic to Jaegermeister. It makes me break out in hives and turns my tongue black. Don't even THINK about slipping that shit in my drink at a party for entertainment purposes.


     The first award I received is the Laine Blogger Award thanks to Josie @ http://alia-cartwright.blogspot.com. This award focuses on beauty, so my male readers may want to go grab a beer from the fridge and skip down to award #2.
   
RULES:

Answer 5 questions about yourself (same ones listed here)
Add award logo in your post and thank the person who gave it to you---link back to them as well
Pass it on to 5 other bloggers and notify them on their blog that they won

5 QUESTIONS/ANSWERS:

1. What is your current beauty obsession? Facial creams. Yeah, I look like the Loch Ness Monster most nights when I climb into bed.
2. What is the ONE beauty item you wished you owned? Anything that vibrates and makes me glow.
3. What is your favorite topic to read about? Menopause, mid-life mishaps and the mating cycle of squirrels.
4. What inspired you to become a blogger? Writing is my second favorite outlet after drinking wine.
5. What nail polish are you wearing right now? Black on my fingernails to match my goth, menopausal alter ego. Cheery red on my toenails just to throw you off. I like to keep people guessing.

5 BEAUTIFUL BLOGGERS NOMINATED FOR THE AWARD:

rosdianalittleworld.blogspot.com
stylehighstreet.com
www.naturallycurlykinky.com
shortylegsbeauty.blogspot.com
www.makeupobsessedmom.com

     My second award is the Versatile Blog Award courtesy of Ashley @ http://sorrykid.blogspot.com. I also received this award quite some time ago from several other bloggers but was negligent in posting a blog about it and missed following the rules. Bad, bad Meno Mama!! Thank you also for this award from: www.the rambling couch potato, quirky grandmother.blogspot.com, and shortylegsbeauty.com.

RULES:

Add award logo to your blog post and thank the person who nominated you & link back to them
List 7 random facts about yourself (already did this)
Pass award along to 7 other bloggers
Inform each nominee about the award by posting on their blog site comment section

     Since this award was granted to me 4 times in the past few months, I think I can pass it down to 7 bloggers from each time for being nominated, which comes to a total of 28 bloggers. Wow!

28 VERSATILE BLOGGERS

www.pullmyfunnybone.com
superearthling.com
slusworld.blogspot.com
myownwritersnook.blogspot.com
motherof9.blogspot.com
www.natalieblair.net
distinctlym.blogspot.com
www.naptimereview.com
www.mail4rosey.com
mydailyjenn-ism.blogspot.com
www.peanutlayne.com
crazy-mama-drama.blogspot.com
fireandrabbits.com
sooperdad.blogspot.com
www.wantadumpsterbaby.com
www.therealhousewifeofsantee.com
outofboundswithjay.blogspot.com
lifestooshorttoplaypossum.wordpress.com
www.firsttimemomanddad.com
mybrainonkids.net
itsadomelife.com
OneCreativeProcrastinatingGal.blogspot.com
quirkychrissy.com
www.mjmonaghan
heatherchristenaschmidt.com
www.awriterweavesatale
diapersorwine.blogspot.com
myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com

     Hang in there, people---I'm going as fast as I can here! My third little surprise is a beauty called The Lovely Blog Award, given to me by Pamela @ pjgraves51.blogspot.com. Thanks, Pamela!

RULES:

Include award logo in post and thank the person who nominated you & include their link
Nominate 5 other deserving bloggers
Give 7-15 random facts about yourself (already done)

5 LOVELY BLOG NOMINEES

snarkfest.blogspot.com
bakinginatornado.blogspot.com
dawnsdisaster.blogspot.com
alia-cartwright.blogspot.com
shecantbeserious.com

     Award no#4 is The Sisterhood Of World Bloggers Award, given to me twice, thanks to Sandra @ shecantbeserious.com and Jenn @ mydailyjenn-ism.blogspot.com

RULES:

Include award logo in blog post, thank the nominee and link back to their site
Post 7 interesting facts about yourself (already done)
Pass the award to 7 deserving sisters

     Since I received this puppy twice, I think it is only fair to deliver it to double the amount of winners!

14 DESERVING BLOGGER SISTERS:

sorrykid.blogspot.com
pjgraves51.blogspot.com
followmehome.shellybean.com
www.chewylicious.com
gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com
healthynaturalbeauty.blogspot.com
pocketfulofjoules.com
forever-51.com
jleesblog.com
mymidlifemayhem.wordpress.com
www.theramblingcouchpotato.com
quirkygrandmother.blogspot.com
www.lifecherries.com
thisbitchrocks.blogspot.com

     Award no#5 is the Sunshine Award given to me by Melanie @ motherofnine9.blogspot.com. Thanks, Melanie!

RULES:

Include award logo in blog post and thank the blogger who gave it to you & include a link back
Answer 10 questions about yourself that you have made up yourself (yeah, I know, kinda weird)
Nominate 10-12 bloggers for the award and contact them at their blog site to inform them

     Because this is becoming a ridiculously long blog post due to the nature of my procrastination techniques in acknowledging these awards, I'm going to make it easy on you by describing myself 10 ways rather than answer 10 lengthy questions.

MENOPAUSAL MOTHER IS A_______ (don't even TRY to fill in that blank!) :

*Caffeine addict (3:00 a.m.? Yeah, I'm good for another hour of Facebooking)
*Animal hoarder ( I'm going to start charging admission to visit my zoo)
*Insomniac (I think I was a bat in a previous life)
*Foodaholic (and damn proud of it!)
*Phobic whackadoodle (fears cockroaches, airplanes, left turns, lights out, apocalyptic zombies)
*Squirrel whisperer (if you build feeders they will come....)
*Moody (in dire need of daily humor or I will chew through my restraints)
*Weekend drinker/partier/girl-with-the-lampshade-on-her-head
*Cranky on the outside, mushy on the inside (like a badly burned marshmallow)
*Sucker for romance (a dozen yellow roses goes far...)

12 AWESOME SUNSHINE BLOGGERS:

neathmyheart.blogspot.com
d-foreverserenity.blogspot.com
www.thriftedbywendy.com
unfoldthefolded.blogspot.com
woodsfamilyofthree.blogspot.com
www.youknowithappensatyourhousetoo.com
thegreekhousewife.blogspot.com
lettersfromluanna.blogspot.com
happy-little-feet.blogspot.com
www.athometake2.com
unspokensilences.blogspot.com
singlewritermomrants.wordpress.com

     Last but not least is no.#6, the Liebster Award, thanks to Sittie Cates @ myownwritersnook.blogspot.com

RULES:

List 11 factoids about yourself (done!)
Answer 11 questions given to you
Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award
Choose 11 bloggers for the award
Go to the blogger's page and inform  them of the award
Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
Only tag bloggers who have 200 or less followers  ***This was awarded to me even though I have more than 200 followers--I accepted it anyway so that I could pass it along to 11 very deserving bloggers!!

11 QUESTIONS FOR MENOPAUSAL MOTHER:

1. What drives you to continue your blog?  My husband is tired of hearing my endless chatter---I needed an outlet to vent before my husband packed his bags and moved out.
2. If you had a different name, what would it be and why would you choose it?  My Indian name would be "She-Who-Runs-With-Squirrels."  Why? Because I do.
3. What can't you live without?  Chocolate...wine...Facebook...naps...I can only choose one?
4. What is your best loved hobby?  Championship beer pong.
5. Why did you choose the title of your blog?  Because I'm friggin' menopausal, what else?
6. How long have you been blogging? One year, one month, 17 days, 6 hours and about 25 minutes.
7. How do you prefer to spend your weekends?  Baking rum cakes, sampling all the wine in the house, putting my husband to work in the backyard garden while I clip my toenails...
8. What goals have you achieved? Married 28 years, raised 4 incredible kids...and I can out-drink men twice my size...oh wait---maybe that's not something to be proud of.
9. Cite a blog you like and why you like it. I LOVE every blog I awarded in this post! I'm currently getting HUGE laughs from 2 bloggers who are new to me: Sorrykid.blogspot.com and www.pullmyfunnybone.com. Both Ashley and Gwen share my twisted sense of humor and lead my imagination to new frontiers.  But there are 3 bloggers who have been my biggest supporters during tough times (both in my personal life and my blogging life)that I want to thank. They are: Lanthie @ www.lifecherries, Kc @ Ketchupchipsusa.blogspot.com and Jon @ Jonwhiting55.blogspot.com.  I love these bloggers and appreciate them more than they know (well...hopefully they do now)!
10. What's your greatest dream in life?  To publish a book that will entice my fans down the path of menopausal insanity.
11. What month were you born? October. Libra. We like to be the center of attention and the life of the party.

11 FABULOUS LIEBSTER AWARD BLOG NOMINEES:

shittydad.wordpress.com
badwordmama.blogspot.com
myworldaccordingtomeii.blogspot.com
jonwhiting55.blogspot.com
heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com
outofboundswithjay.blogspot.com
www.pullmyfunnybone.com
www.oneclassymotha.com
mybrainonkids.net
ketchupchipsusa.blogspot.com
badluckdetective.wordpress.com

     While they are patting themselves on the back, I'm going to surprise them with these 11 awkward questions they have to answer----and they may not be too happy about it once they read them but c'mon, have a sense of humor here, will ya?

11 WEIRD QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO MAKE MENO MOM HAPPY:

1. Do you salt your watermelon?
2. Your favorite beverage is?
3. Have you ever tasted cat or dog food?
4. If you were a pro athlete, what sport would you play?
5. What animal best represents you?
6. What is the weirdest job you ever had/or hated?
7. Have you ever gotten stuck in something and had to yell for help to get out?
8. Have you ever "sharted" (SORRY!! MY HUSBAND MADE THIS ONE UP!!!)?
9. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
10. If you were on Death Row, what would your last meal request be?
11. What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

     So.....WAKE UP I'M DONE! Liebsters, let me know when you post your answers to these questions because inquiring minds want to know. Congratulations to all of my bloggy friends! Now go out there and spread your love to all the other fabulous bloggers you know!















162 comments:

  1. Spotted my blog somewhere above - so many many thanks! I was busy dafting a new post about memory loss and was searching for some info and your blog came up in he search results. Will send you an email......

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    1. That is so funny that my blog came up for memory loss--good! Yes, You won the Sisterhood award because you are my blogging "sista" and also because I know you don't have this one yet and it sure is a pretty one!!!

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  2. congratulations on your many awards! much deserved! xoxo

    phiphi's blog

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  3. Hola Marcia! Between Barbie and Elvira...huh? I'm between Betty Boop and uhh, Betty Boop...uuggh! LOL! Congratz on your awards. Very, very awesome post! It's good to get to know more about you! Wishing you a wonderful whimsical weekend! Tootles!

    ~SimplyyMayra ;)

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    1. Awww I adore this lovely comment! Thanks, Hon!

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  4. Hi,

    New follower from the blog hop please come follow me back :)
    http://lifewithtwinsandadramaqueen.com/

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    1. Promise I will be by to check out you site! Thanks for the follow!

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  5. WOW! That must have taken a long time to write! I worked in a hospital once with a wife of one of the doctors. She brought in a rum cake that was so amazing I had to have the recipe. I'm not a cake lover, but I LOVED that cake! Also, one of my sisters had to wear a patch over her eye several times. It's a wonder none of us ever though to play pirate! Enjoyed this blog. Stop by any of mine!

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    1. Post your award--you deserved it! And yeah, why didn't we think of the pirate thing for the eye patch??? Would have saved a lot of heartache!!

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  6. Thank you so much for the award, and a new one, too. Looks like you've fit everyone in the blogosphere in there. So many people will be thrilled to read this post. I did the same thing as you, put all mine on one post. Heading off now to add the Lovely Blog Award to my post and my blog. THANK YOU!

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  7. Congratulations on your many deserved awards.

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    1. Thank you so much--I am honored by it!!!

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  8. CONGRATS ON THE AWARDS WOW YOU HAD QUITE A WORK OUT THERE GETTING ALL THE KUDOS AND QUESTIONS DONE NOW I SAY GO GRAB A SLUSHY DRINK WITH A DOUBLE SHOT AND RELAX.....:)
    I AM NOW BLOGGING UNDER ROCKIN MY JOURNEY NO MORE FOOTSTEPS FOR ME :(
    SAME JANICE JUST NEW NAME :)

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    1. I like the new name better! Good job! I joined on your GFC too!

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  9. Congratulations on all of your awards! Thank you for mine, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for awarding me one I don't have to answer questions for =)

    ...and of course, I still love your mouse-cursor-heart!

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    1. You are welcome and very deserving of the award. Don't cha' just love the ones you don't have to answer all the questions for? These are my faves!!!!

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  11. OMG.. Thank you so much! I would like to say that it is an honor just to be nominated!! :)

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    1. Ellen, I love your blog--you always make me giggle when I read it! I was thrilled to be able to hand an award to you!!!

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    2. I answered all the questions and posted on my blog. I'm not sure what else I'm supposed to do. I've never won anything before. :)

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    3. I have a feeling you will have a lot more coming your way!!! XOXO

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  12. Congratulations on your many many awards, they are well deserved!!! And thank you for nominating me! I was sooo excited! Now I'm off to answer some funny but potentially embarrassing questions...

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    1. Oh God I can't WAIT to see how you answer the questions!!! Tell me when you post it!!

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  13. I just wanted you to know that you have a really nice blog!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. You are sooo welcome and Jenn, your blog is awesome--no wonder you have been so successful with it!

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  15. Holy Hannah woman, You need a trophy shelf! Haha. Thanks so much for passing an award on. I accept it graciously = jumping up and down-in my slippers and robe, classy sense! Oh yeah, totally worth it :)

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    1. You betcha, woman! Do the happy dance! HUGS!!!!!!

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  16. Thank you so much! That must have taken forever to write! Now I have so many blogs to check out!

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    1. It did take a few days to put it together--I had to look at all the different blogs I like and I tried not to give the same award to someone what might already have it--but in some cases, the bloggers already had them all so I had to double up!

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  17. Thank you very much! I'm jumping up and down on the inside! You must be looking forward to some interesting reading...
    Thanks again for the honor!

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    1. Oh yeah! Can't WAIT to see how some of my questions are going to be answered!

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  18. Thank you! You are the Queen of Blogging awards. Seriously, you need another award just for completing all of the requirements for these awards...like a tropical island vacation!

    I appreciate you thinking of me and look forward to checking my fellow award recipients out!

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    1. A tropical vacation sounds pretty good right now--can I have a pina colada with that a well?

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  19. Thanks bunches for my LOVELY lovely bloggy award! You totally crack me up - and I'm SO freaking impressed how you've taken care of all that bloggy business without losing a smidgen of your funny finesse! The badge and link is up already:) The post will have to wait for a less tired Momma! I'm also super excited about the funny blogs you pointed us all towards - you are a source to be reckoned with! hugs from Momma xox

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    1. Thanks, Josie!! Please do check out the other blogs I posted--they are all good reads!!!

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  20. Thank you for think of me. I am honoured. I loved reading all about you. I will add your name to my sunshine award!

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  21. Marcie, thanks so much. I've just posted, some minutes ago, my tribute blog - http://d-foreverserenity.blogspot.com/2012/10/they-like-me-they-really-like-me.html.

    I had to come over and say thanks so much! Also, I will add you to my list too since I see that i can! :) Unfortunately, while posting, I kinda lost the zest for what I was doing after reading something else online. So I stopped and didn't list 10. I'll get back to it eventually and I'll let them know, promise! Blogloveya!

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    1. That's awesome! I look forward to reading your post! Congrats again to you!

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  22. Congratulations for all your awards and well deserved, too. I really do enjoy reading your blog and it looks like I'm not the only one! Thank you soooo much for honoring me with the Sunshine Blogger Award! I will get to it ASAP!

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    1. You deserved it because your blog is wonderful!

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    2. I just put up the post with my 'Sunshine Blogger Award'. Come and read it!!!

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    3. That's awesome!!! I'm headed over there now to see how you answered all of those crazy questions!

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  23. What a surprise! Thanks so much for nominating me for the Laine Blogger Award! I am honored! I will definitely work on a post for this. Have a fabulous Sunday!! It was fun to read your answers to ALL of the awards you have been nominated for. You have a fun sense of humor! Stacie xo

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    1. Keep 'em laughing, that's what I always say! Congrats on your award!

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  24. Hi Ellen, seems we have something in common. I', Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com, your new GFC friend. I would love if you stop by and be my friend, too.

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    1. I will definitely check out your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Thanks for the nom, you are gem, and I paid it forward.
    http://www.mail4rosey.com/2012/10/passing-it-on.html

    Happy Sunday!!

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    1. Fabulous! Sharing the blog love---that's what it is all about!!!

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  26. Thanks honey!! I'm so honored, you like me, you really like me! :) I will get working on this shortly. You're the best, babe!

    Teri

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    1. I DO like you!!!! Congrats, Hon, you deserve it!

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  27. Wow...I think I want to try one of those rum cakes :)

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    1. Come to South Florida and I PROMISE I will make you one--with a few extra shots added!!!

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  28. Haha! This was a very funny post. Your life does not sound boring at all. And you look gorgeous in your photo. And young! And I'm not just blowing smoke up your ass because you nominated singlewritermomrants for a Sunshine award!

    I am honored, truly, but I do want to say you rock with your awesome blogging ways and I don't feel worthy. But thank you!

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    1. Awwww you are SO worthy! You are a terrific writer and I ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog posts!!!

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  29. Awww, thanks for nominating me for the Versatile Award!!!! I will post something soon!

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    1. Let me know when you post it and congrats again----you deserve the honor!!!

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  30. "My husband is tired of hearing my endless chatter". Love it! Made me giggle. Congrats of your slew of awards! I really enjoyed this post!
    Susan

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    1. I think a lot of husbands feel this way--I'm sure most of the female bloggers have husbands who are relieved that their wife is venting in her blog rather than with him!!

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  31. Holy smokes!!! 1st: congrats X 1000 or so. I don't know how you knew if you were coming or going with this blog. Amazing!!!

    2nd: Thank you so much for the Award. It truly means something to me and I will display it proudly on my blog.

    3rd: 60 plus comments on one blog post... very impressive.

    4th: Your fingers??? in the same boat here... just so hard to quit. ha!!!

    You are too kind... love your blog. Take care, Slu

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    1. Awww Slu, I LOVE visiting your blog--you are always having great family fun when I check in with you and such a lovely family they are! Funny that we share the finger chewing habit--I've been doing it since childhood--don't think I will be stopping any time soon. It drives my husband crazy. 3 of my kids do it too---I SWEAR it is genetic!!!!

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  32. THANK YOU
    THANK YOU
    THANK YOU
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    You are so amazing :)
    You always make me giggle with your posts
    hugs

    :)

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    1. I have always enjoyed your blog and you are just too cute and kind!!!

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  33. Hi, visiting from Mom's Mingle. Congrats on all your awards. I loved watching Elvira! I'm following via GFC and would love for you to visit ant return the favor.

    Angie @ gloriousIMPERFECTion.blogspot.com

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    1. Elvira was great, right? Kind of a sexy horror chick whom guys loved to watch and girls could relate to! Great show back then!!! Thanks for the follow!!

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  34. I just love reading your blog! You always make me laugh or at least smile! Thanks for the Sunshine award!

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  35. By the way I'm a Libra too! Congrats on all your awards - I think you yourself are such an enthusiastic person and always so bubbly you make others feel the same way.

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    1. Awww that is so sweet! I never met a Libra I didn't like--peace loving, party happy people that just want to embrace the world and get along with everyone!!!

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  36. woman, you are the bomb diggity!! thank you so much for the nomination!!! XXOXOXOOX

    "Malibu Barbie meets Elvira". And That is why we all love, You. :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked that!! I seriously do look like that with this crazy hair of mine! Congrats again on your award!

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  37. Congratulations for all the awards, you deserve it!

    There's an important tips you've shared here especially for husbands, create blogs for your wives and hopefully they will stop their endless chatter :)

    You really had to wear a patch over your eye? I can't help but to think about the parrot even before I reached that part :)

    Please take note that rock stars don't smash their guitars because their guitars frustrates them, does the scale frustrate you most of the time? :)

    I'm willing to skip that episode of Swamp People (very interesting indeed) and listen to your chatter, you never failed to make me laugh everytime I read your posts :)

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    1. So kind of you to say--thank you! Yes, I really did have to wear an eye patch and yes, my scale frustrates the HELL out of me!!! I am ready to throw it out the window!

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  38. Congrats on the Awards! Your blog definitely deserves all of them! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks!I love your blog which is why you deserve the award as well! You are a very talented writer and I always enjoy keeping up with your posts!

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  39. Wow, what a great thing to come back from the weekend on! Love the Barbie meets Elvira bit...not because of the hair but because of the mashing the 2 together...thats 2 completely different types of personalities into one. I really am honored you thought of me as your Versatile Blogger award. I love your sense of humor. I couldn't imagine having to do a eulogy for 2 such special people; especially so close together. My heart goes out to you. There are some pretty hot male nurses...crazy situation there. Its one of those closing one door opening a new one things. Have a great week, and thanks again. I will get my post up soon. : )

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    1. That about sums me up--2 different personalities in one! Congrats again on your award and let me know when your post is up!

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    1. Always nice to get recognition for doing something that you love!

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  41. Hi!! Thanks you so much for nominating me! You are Awesome. I will read this when I am home. On my mobile phone. I wait for your post all the time because it is so much fun. Again, thx for the nomination. XOXO

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    1. You have always been so supportive of me and I enjoy reading your blog as well!

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    2. OMGosh You have no idea what you have done to me. LOL I am literally LMAO at 4 o'clock in the morning reading your post while my 2 kids and husband sleeping next to me. I truly truly love you and your blog. I want some pear margaritas! though I can only drink a teeny bit haha I have a very low tolerance to alcohol. Oh n my husband loves Jaegermeister. Anyway you are always so entertaining. I love your blog and always smiling when I left your blog. Take care and Keep in touch! XOXO

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    3. Didn't mean to keep you awake so long, but if you were laughing, I guess it's OK! And watch out for those prickly pear margaritas!!!

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  42. I played the flute and piccolo in high school, too, and I totally agree about the vodka!

    I'm your newest follower!

    Veralynn
    joiedeveralynn.blogspot.com

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    1. Guess we were both band geeks, then...the good ol' days!!! Thanks for the follow!

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  43. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Not sure if I did everything right but thank you so very much!!! XXOO :-) AND I loved your questions!!!

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  44. Hi from the blog hop!!

    Wow - so many awards! It's obvious your blog is amazing :) I enjoyed reading some facts about you, I felt really sad when you mentioned how it was the hardest thing to write your dads eulogy.. It was hard letting my dad go as well.. :/ I love the blond on top, dark on bottom look. How do you get your hair so blond by the way? or is it natural? I've been trying to bleach mine, but it keeps turning golden blond rather than white. :/

    anyway, I'm a new follower - hope you come by and check out my blog as well!

    xo, Heather

    http://heatherfrostx.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yes, losing a father is really tough--as you know. My hair--I have a hairdresser do all that because I think I am more like a mousy brown color underneath the dye job--I used to be blonde before I got old! Hey, thanks for the follow--I will check out your blog next!

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  45. Thank you Menopausal mama... I will try to get this done this weekend... I really appreciate the award, that is so kind of you;)

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  46. hi there! I saw your blog on GFC blog hop and I'm now following you! I hope you follow my blogs as well... cheers!

    www.citybehindthefog.blogspot.com
    www.officiallygirlyfied.blogspot.com
    www.psychochicklessons.blogspot.com

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  47. congrats on the awards, and thanks for sharing about your life! New follower from the blog hop!

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  48. You have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! Jesus Christ! But few are more deserving! Do you know how much hush money you're going to have to pay out? Now that we know all about you. LOL!
    Thanks so much for the award, and sorry i didn't know about it sooner. I have to ask for your patience. I will respond, soon. Promise!
    Thanks again!

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  49. Thank you for the award! I am honored.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  50. I just found your comments in my Spam folder! I've got things straight now--I'm so sorry it took me so long to respond. Thanks so much!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you got the message! I wondered what had happened! Sometimes my comments do go into the blogger's spam, and I can't figure out why. But I'm glad you finally go tit because I think your blog is amazing and I really wanted to send an award to you! Congrats!!

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  51. First of all - WOW! 103, now 104 comments. Amazing.

    Thanks for the nom. for the VBA - greatly appreciated.

    Hmm, very interesting facts about you. Cross between Barbie and Elvira, and rum cakes - "Girls just wanna have fu-un!!"

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    1. That has me written ALL over it----girls just wanna have FUUUUNNN!!!!

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  52. Congrats on the awards! I'm a new follower. Found you through the blog hop link up!

    www.thislifesbeautifulmoments.com

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  53. Congratulations Menopausal mama, you truly deserve every award you get. It must have taken you hours to do this post.

    You put a lot of work into making us laugh with tears in our eyes. I know you don't post every week but I can't wait to always read your next post, as it uplifts my day. Keep it up the good work, and get that book on our shelves. :)

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    1. It actually took several DAYS to put this together, but who's counting?? Your comments warmed my heart--thank you so much for being a faithful reader of my blog. And believe me, no one wants a book deal any more than I do!!! Hopefully someday.....

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  54. Congratulations on your accolades, and thank-you for the nomination. I am truly flattered once again. I don't know if I deserve the recognition though, as I have been sadly neglecting my blog lately. You are always so encouraging to me and I can't thank you enough. I have sent you a direct message on FB to ask your opinions on some things. So I will wait to hear from you there.
    You deserve every award you receive for making us laugh and sharing your experiences with life, my world has been enriched because of you. Thanks.

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  55. Uh-oh! You are making my eyes water again---you are too kind!! Jon, you SO deserve the award and I would LOVE to see more photography in your blog posts--your wildlife pictures rival anything I've seen in National Geographic----the hawk pictures BLEW MY MIND!!!! Congrats on this award, and thank you so very much for all the support you have given me in this year of blogging---your enthusiasm keeps me going!

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  56. Congratulations on the awards! You truly deserve it. And thank you for nominating my blog. I'll write a post about the award soon. Will leave you a comment to let you know about it. All the best! ;-)

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    1. Yay!! So glad you got it and congrats again! Yes, let me know when you post it--I'd love to read it!

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  57. Congratulations on your awards! When I was in middle school I had a big red bump on my lower lash line, you're not kidding when you say kids are mean! Maybe one day kids wont act like being different is such an atrocity.

    "Writing is my second favorite outlet after drinking wine." Best thing I've heard all day you are awesome! :)

    Ashley
    Beauty Flawed

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    1. So we have the teasing in common, huh? It changes who you are growing up, don't you think? And yeah, having a drink on the weekends helps me tremendously--haha!

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  58. (following you now via GFC, hope you follow back as well :)

    www.officiallygirlyfied.blogspot.com
    www.citybehindthefog.blogspot.com
    www.psychochicklessons.blogspot.com

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  59. I'm so impressed! You remind me of my mom! :) New follower here. Mind to follow back?

    www.gelliezelle.blogspot.com

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  60. Congrats dear "menopausal mama"!

    I just love these awards - for me they are perfect to know better each person who writes in blogs. Its so fascinating! ^^

    Big hug and kisses :3

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  61. Congrats again, and thanks for linking up with Super Sunday Sync! We hope you found some great bloggy friends!
    ~dawn

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    1. I love the blog hops you host and will always come back of them!!!

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  62. WOW! I NEED TO TRY YOUR RUM CAKES!

    and i was in marching band too! we're practically soulmates!

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  63. Hmmm, two tone hair? I have tri tone hair!

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  64. I absolutely love your blog and have something special planned for you details are available here :) http://mytributetothebeatles.blogspot.com/2012/10/versatile-blogger-award.html u rock!

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    1. Awww.... so glad you have been following me! You have also peaked my curiosity, so I will be stopping by your blog to see what it is all about!!!

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  65. Thanks Menopausal Mother for the visit to my blog My Tribute To The Beatles BUT what I meant was I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award as well :) Like I said there I love your blog and feel you deserve it! Love x http://mytributetothebeatles.blogspot.com/2012/10/versatile-blogger-award.html

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so very, very much!!!

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  66. Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine! Glad to return the follow, and can't wait to read more :)
    xo,
    Karen
    www.themaxells.blogspot.com

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  67. What a lovely blog! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would stop on by my blog and return the favor!

    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  68. Congrats on your award! Thanks for linking up to the Mom's Mingle hop! Following you via GFC!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

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  69. Thanks for following my blog! I love the Mom's Mingle Hop--it's one of my favorites!

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  70. Hi! Congratulations on your awards! New follower via GFC (of course! LOL) Would love to have you follow me back!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  71. oh congats dear! u have such an amazing blog!

    by the way mind to follow each other?
    jessillesilv.blogspot.com

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  72. Hi there! I'm a new follower from the GFC hop! Come and check out my blog, I'll hope you follow me back!
    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com
    Bisous

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    1. Cute name! Thanks for the follow--I will hop over in a bit and check out your site!

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  73. Congratulations!!! And many more to come... :)

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  74. Congratulations!
    Thank you for linking up at the Friday Chaos.
    Have a nice weekend
    Kerry @ www.ohsoamelia.com

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  75. found you via weekend blog walk - love your blog name, haha! newest follower :)! Follow back if you like moetalksalot.blogspot.com

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  76. nice post! congrats for ur awards! woah, you have many awards dear:)
    wanna fllw each other?
    miss-monaaa.blogspot.com

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    1. The awards were a surprise and I am very humbled by the generosity of my fellow bloggers.

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  77. Conggrats..I hope I have a blog like yours

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  78. Sheesh - there are so many positive comments on here it feels like a hippy commune! But they are incredibly well deserved, you seem to have a way of making people happy, and they appreciate you. I do like the tidbits! Prickly pear margaritas? Vibrating beauty aids? Piccolos? Far out man.

    Anyways - keep on keeping on - it is apparent someone up above is looking out for you. Probably through a pair of binoculars....

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    1. If someone is watching me from above through binoculars, he is in for a surprise---and probably not a very good one! And yes, we are sharing the hippy-commune-blog-love here as well. Glad you got to be a part of it! Now about that piccolo......

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  79. Thank you SO much for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to accept this award. I really appreciate you thinking of me:)

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