Saturday, May 26, 2012

Some Awesome Good Luck and Awards

I won this super cool spider jewelry and an Amazon gift card from Michael Offutt.  You all probably already know this, but Michael just released a novel, Slipstream, and was offering a prize as part of his book tour.  

I think Michael is an amazingly talented writer.  He posts snippets of his fiction on his blog sometimes - I recommend checking it out if you haven't already.

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Heather Murphy at Random Interruptions gave me a Stylish Blogger award and asked the recipients to write about the last time they got dressed up. 

For me, it was my wedding, nearly six years ago.  My dress was vintage looking, just like me.  I wore my hair up, which I kind of regret now because I don't look like myself in the pictures. 

My kids were the only other people in the wedding party.  My daughter was the maid of honor and the flower girl. My son was only five and wore a tiny tux.  He was the ring-bearer and the best man, and he kept dropping the rings during the ceremony, which was so adorable - the little pillow was really slippery. 

My husband had dirt on his tux from my little guy's shoes.  He had been carrying my son around on his shoulders while my daughter and I were getting fancied up.  It was a perfect day.  I wonder if I will ever again have a day that perfect.

I pass this one on to these wonderful bloggers: 


1.  Michael Offutt - because he gave me a really cool spider pin. 

2.  Rebecca Alexander at Witchway.  I really like her blog too.  If you don't know her already, she is very down to earth in a very likable way.

3.  Chris Fries - well, because he gave me a Kreativ Blogger award.  He's nerdy (I mean that as a compliment) and smart and seems to be very serious about his writing.

4.  Julie at What Else is Possible? - I'm not sure if she already has one of these.   I always enjoy reading her posts. 

5.  Heather Gardner -  because she just finished her novel! 

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I was also awarded the Kreativ Blogger award by Carissa Taylor, which is kind of awesome because we only recently connected. 

And I got the alternate non-pink version from Chris Fries.  I just 'met' Chris during A-Z challenge. 

I am supposed to: Answer the 10 questions below, share 10 random facts about myself, and nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.

Ten Questions:

1. What is your favorite song?  Sounds of Silence maybe.  I don't think I have one favorite song.  I like hippy music and rock - old school rock, nothing recent.

2. What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake

3. What ticks you off? Tiny things that don't tick off other people

4. What do you do when you're upset? Talk really fast about it to anyone that will listen and/or organize something.

5. Which is/was your favorite pet? Our sweet chihuahua puppy. 

6. Which do you prefer, black or white?  Black

7. What is your biggest fear? They are all equally big.

8. What is your attitude mostly?  A little tightly wound.  Sarcastic when my husband's in the room (sorry, honey).

9. What is perfection? I don't understand the question.

10. What is your guilty pleasure? Toddlers in Tiaras

Ten random facts about me:

1.  I'm obsessed with my vegetable garden but not my flower garden.
2.  I'm allergic to anything with fur.
3.  I'm terrified of things with feathers, especially peacocks.  What could be scarier?
4.  I have only had one full-time job in my life but it lasted 16 years.
5.  I have a serious mold allergy.
6.  My last workplace had a mold problem.
7.  I can hear whispers (actual whispers, not dead people).
8.  Loud noises give me a headache. 
9.  I married the loudest man I've ever met. 
10.  I used to design software.

Seven other bloggers:

1.  Far Away Eyes
2.  Rusty at The Blutonian Death Egg
3.  Tasha Seegmiller
4.  Susan at Susan Says
5.  Tracy Jo at Brand New Day
6.  Nicole Zoltack
7.  Sherry Ellis at Gone Gardening

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I pass these awards on with generosity.  No worries to anyone if you can't accept or if you already have them.  I am certain I missed accepting a couple of them after my car accident in March - sorry if you gave me an award and I didn't accept  - I blame the meds.


  1. Congratulations! You deserve each and everyone of them. I thought that the random facts were really interesting. Great answers!

  2. Thank you so much for the mention of me and my blog! Your wedding sounds perfect...the best ones are full of unplanned events you can't control, like slippery pillows and foot marks...I think that reflects real life perfectly.

    1. We were so happy that day. We had the wedding place from the Friday night until Sunday afternoon. It was like one of those scenes from LOTR where the hobbits are eating and dancing and there's no evil looming.

  3. Congratulations on the awards and winning Michael's contest. I like your answer for perfectionism. And I hope you have many more days as wonderful as your wedding.

  4. Congrats on the award. I like that you said "loud noises give me a headache" followed by "I married the loudest man I've ever met." Funny.

  5. Thanks so much for thinking of me! I feel so honored. I love learning those little factoids of my bloggy friends.

  6. Thanks for the award! I enjoyed reading all of your answers. That's funny that your husband is loud. He should meet my husband. He's pretty loud, too. They can have a contest to see who's louder.

  7. Hi Tonja! Thanks for the award, I really appreciate it. I enjoyed reading about the wedding your kids were in, they must have been so adorable. Also enjoyed reading your answers and random facts, and cracked up about your loud husband. :D

    Hope you and your family have had a nice weekend.

  8. congrats on your awards!!! fun to read your random facts and learn more about fellow bloggers...
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  9. aw, now I have a cheesecake craving ;)
    Congrats on your awards!!

  10. Whoo, you really earned them awards, didn'tcha??? ;-) I'd gotten the pink Kreativ Blogger one, which didn't come with questions (which is probably just as well, as it sure took me long enough coming up with ten things about me anyway). Making my way around the A to Z linky list - lovely to meet you!
    Some Dark Romantic

    1. Oh yeah - and congrats on the awards and that nifty spider pin!
      Some Dark Romantic

  11. Wow -- I loved learning all the things about you! Congratulations also on the Stylish Blogger Award, and thank you most kindly for passing it on to me! I'll accept it in the next post on my blog.

    And sure, I'll take "Nerdy" as a complement. I know you meant it in the "smart and bookish, but with a fabulous sense of humor, suave and cool, and ruggedly handsome good-looking" sort of way, right? ;^)

  12. Although I do absolutely hate spiders...that is an awesome pin. Congrats on the win.

    Thank you so much for sharing the award with me. I do already have one but its so nice to be recognized! So, thank you so much.

    Great getting to know you a little better too!

  13. You are too funny. Love your sense of humor and as much as sometimes I don't like to do the ten questions...I love reading others! It is so fun to learn more about blogging buddies. Thank you so much for the award!

  14. Thanks for the award! Your answers are great. I like how it bothers you that other people not being bothered by things. That's too funny. My wife is the same way.