Sunday, March 25, 2012

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates, and Other Awards...

So, for those of you who have not been keeping track, I have been MIA for a little over a week now.  I have a good excuse though.  Really, I do!  My daughter was home for her spring break.  Plus, my mom came to visit.  Then, my younger kids had their spring break.  And my brother-in-law and his wife came to visit (seriously, my mom left at 1:00 p.m., and they arrived at around 2 p.m. the same day.)  Phew, it’s been a busy week and a half!  And I loved every minute of it.  Now I am sitting here, writing, and trying not to get too sentimental about the fact that my oldest child has, once again, left for college and won’t return for 2 ½ months.

I’m also using this time to play “catch up” (‘cause I’m resourceful like that).  While I was away, I received a couple of blogging awards.  Which made me excited because I figured, hey, maybe someone really DOES read this stuff!  Which then made me really nervous because I realized that somebody might actually read this stuff.  Which, of course, means that I might want to actually WRITE some stuff from time to time.  Details, details.

The first award I received is the Versatile Blogger award, which came by way of my bloggy friend, Heather, over at RandomInterruptions.  Heather is a case worker for people with disabilities and writes about - you guessed it - random stuff in her life whenever she gets a chance.  I enjoy reading her blog because she has an uncanny knack for making the seemingly mundane appear entertaining and insightful.  Be sure and hop over to her place when you get a chance.

Versatile, of course, means to have “many uses, able to be used in many different ways”, or “able to move easily from one subject, task, or skill to another”.  Wow, that is a wonderful compliment to my writing, and precisely my main objective with this blog!  This award is one that keeps on giving, so without further ado, I will post the rules and my responses in order to allow you time to check out these fellow bloggers and their writings.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
The rules are as follows:

1.  Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

2.   In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.

3.   In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4.   In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5.   In the same post, include this set of rules.

6.   Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs

What 7 completely random things about me shall I share with you (that you don’t already know!)?  Here goes….

   1.        Although I attended high school and college in Florida (go Gators!), I never wanted to stay there after graduation (too hot and muggy!)
   2.       However, I am at my happiest and most peaceful when I am sitting on a beach.
   3.       I began my collegiate career as an English major, but switched to business my junior year.  I feel this gave me the best of both worlds. 
   4.       I am embarrassed to say that my 18-year old daughter is better read than I am (and has been since she was 12).
   5.       In an effort to correct #4, I belong to two book clubs.  We drink a lot of wine at both.  Oh, and we read some great books, too.
   6.       I am both a liberal and a conservative (probably because I was both an English major and a business major).  This, and my extremely thin skin, will probably keep me out of politics.  You can thank me now or later, your choice.
   7.       I actually really enjoy going to the gym.

Now, for the blogs I would like to nominate for this award (and, really, I am nominating them because I love reading them – most of them do NOT need my seal of approval, they have plenty of followers in their own right.  But I hope I might introduce you to someone new and wonderful because that is, after all, the nature of this blogging business!)  Enjoy!

   1.       Lessons From Teachers and Twits.  Renee is an English teacher and writer.  She does both with incredible style and eloquence.
   2.       Educlaytion.  Clay is a professor and master of all things pop culture.  If you don’t believe me, check out his MMM2challenge.  Great fun.

   3.       Jamie’s Rabbits.  Hilarious.  Always.

   4.       All Fooked Up.  More than hilarious.  Hysterical.  Don’t read while drinking your morning coffee.  Unless you like cleaning your computer screen.

   5.       Motherhood in NYC.  Do you see a pattern here?  I like funny stuff.  And these blogs are full of it.  Jocularity, that is.

   6.       Six Ring Circus.  As I know all too well, life with four children is always interesting, to say the least.

   7.       Rock and Drool – Mom Gone Mental.  Need I say more?

   8.       David N. Walker, Where the Heart Is.  Lovely posts about life, spirituality, and, well, life.

   9.       The Chaos and the Clutter.  Sharla has six kids.  And she homeschools.  She has a LOT to write about!

  10.   Keystrokes & Kaleidoscopes.  Kirsten is a friend of mine from college and I always thought she was lovely.  Now you can see how lovely she is through her art and her writing. (-:

  11.   Mama Diaries.  Yep, it’s about, well, being a mommy.

  12.   Anecdotal Baby.  Fun insights from a new mommy.

  13.   Her Bad Mother.  OK, this is another one of those blogs that has so many followers she doesn’t even know I exist.  But, really, her stuff is just SO GREAT!  I love her intelligence and wit.

  14.   Ironic Mom.  Leanne is hysterical.  ‘Nuff said.

  15.   Life After Tampons.  It’s all about empowering yourself, baby.

Phew!  I think I gave you enough to keep you busy for a few minutes, at least!  I hope you enjoy these writers as much as I do.  All of them manage to find a way to bring a smile to my face and it is this connection that motivates me to continue doing what I do!


  1. Thanks for nominating me on your list! I'll have to check out the other blogs.

  2. oh wow! this is a pleasant surprise! thank you so much!!

  3. You guys all rock. Thanks for adding laughter and joy to my day! :-)

  4. Thanks for the nice shout-out and GO FSU! :) Now, I'm going to go check out your nominees

  5. LOL Heather. Too bad we're both out of the tournament....

  6. Thank you Dawn! This was an encouragement for me.

    1. Sharla, you are quite welcome - your blog and your stories are always enlightening and I really enjoy reading them!