So here’s what I’m doing. I’m posting the awards, who gave them to me, a link to their blog, and the rules for giving them out. (I’ve actually been working on this post a couple weeks-all the info has been saved in various drafts) Then, I’m asking you to simply take them. Especially the ones you don’t already have. I’m justifying this in my head by thinking about the Tinkerbell post. All of you matter to me. You’ve all been there for me. And if I could give each of you an Oscar, I would. Cause you deserve it.
And I’m asking you to let me be terribly lazy this time.
If you’ve not met one of these fantastic bloggers, I highly recommend you check them out. They’re funny, witty, clever, sweet, and worth your while!
In no particular order, here they are:
Very festive and sparkly, like Carol 🙂
She regularly interviews authors and posts interesting writerly stuff on her blog.
Definitely pay her a visit!
I’ll catch up with you sometime late tonight or tomorrow……..
So, for all of you who regularly come by and visit, sharing wisdom and laughter and commiseration, this is for you. No rules. Just a thank you. I really, really mean it. It’s yours. Share it with whomever you choose.
BTW, image gotten from imagebase.davidniblack.com. a free image source. Way cool site.
I just wanted to get a quick update out here….
There may be a couple days in April when I’ll be late visiting blogs. We have a staff meeting, a fund-raising yard sale, and a couple other work related things going on during the upcoming month. But I will still get around and visit. It just may be a bit faster and perhaps a couple less blogs….
As for this week, a couple things. I can’t seem to kick this darned headache, so I didn’t visit anyone Monday. Plus I had a few errands to run and that put me behind.
And, I’ve been busy scheduling posts. So far, I’m up through ‘J’. I hope to have the awards post up by Wednesday, and I’ll do most of my pre-A to Z visiting then. If I can’t find time to do the awards post, I will save it until the end of the month, or perhaps for a Sunday.
Otherwise, it will be pretty light around here until Friday, when the blogfest kicks off.
How about you? Are you ready? I just read that it’s now at 600+ bloggers participating. W. O. W. That’s pretty awesome!
BTW, my posts are going to be pretty short and relate to things that are in some way favorites of mine. I hope you enjoy them 🙂
Denise from L’Aussie Writing recently created this award and honored me with it. So did Madeleine and Ellie. Last time I was given awards, my computer and internet were acting up and I lost all the information I had saved about who had given them to me and what the rules were for passing them on.
This time, I saved the info in a draft post. Ha!
About the award…
It’s titled L’Aussie’s Fair Dinkum Award and it’s given out to bloggers who are “interesting and creative” and who “comment as often as time allows.” Quoted from Denise’s explanation.
One of the options she gave was to do a post about being fair dinkum, which has a few different meanings. It can be used as slang, such as “For real?” It can also mean the real deal or genuine.
I’m going with the real deal/genuine interpretation for this post.
In my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many fair dinkum people as friends and family members. My brother is as fair dinkum as anyone could possibly get, and so is my nephew. Their wives are, too. They’re all straight-up, what-you-see-is-what-you-get people who don’t play games or double talk or shove knives in anyone’s backs. They’re true-blue loyal, all of them.
If they like you, that’s it; they accept you, warts and all. When they’re needed, they’re there and they won’t accept any type of repayment. Their (our) philosophy is that we’re family (or friends) and that’s just how it works. Family means being there for each other. Always.
Another fair dinkum person is Honey (he’s my favorite but don’t tell anyone!). Over the years, he’s proved his commitment to me by being patient and understanding when I’m all wonky inside and he let’s me vent when I’m frustrated without being judgmental or condescending. He also makes me laugh like a loon, which is something that has always worked like magic on me. He takes care of my inner child, which means the world to me.
I have some friends who are pretty fair dinkum, too. They offer encouragement and support when I need it and I know that if I needed anything, they’d be there. They let me be myself and value our friendship enough that they’re completely themselves around me, too. A two-way street is a necessity in any real relationship. If it’s not there, it’s not real.
I have to say that the blogging community is the most fair dinkum community I have ever encountered or heard of. All of you are passionate and creative and caring and supportive…..and you show it not only in your responses to the blogs you follow, but in how you lay yourselves out there, too. (That two-way street I was talking about earlier.)
Not only do we need to know that someone will be there for us when we need help, but we also need to be able to offer help. Otherwise, we end up feeling, well….needy all the time instead of useful and having a purpose and being able to contribute.
So anyway, that’s how I feel about fair dinkum and I love Denise’s award. Not because she gave one to me, but for what it represents. I do love that she gave me one, though *grinning*. Duh! And I also love that Ellie and Madeleine thought of me, too. Wow.
1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers who you think have the best blog.
4. Contact them to let them know about their award.
2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side. I’m not stubborn *cough*. Um, it mostly shows up in little things. Like decor and ‘persuading’ my husband to have input in the choices. I am extremely stubborn….in flexible ways. Does that make sense?
3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror? Lately, it’s been surreal. I’m seeing more of my sister and my mom. I never felt like I looked too much like either of them, though most people swear my sister and I could pass for twins….not sure what that means…..?
4. What is your favourite summer cold drink? Sweet tea, a Set-Up, almost anything from Sonic…
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do? Read, play on here, nap, watch a movie…
6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it? Get fit, get published, pay off our house, visit Ireland, England, and Scotland….
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching? My second grade teacher wrote on the back of my report card that I was “shy and timid” and that was pretty much me throughout school. I did have a circle of friends and we participated in several school activities/clubs/organizations. I was on yearbook staff all through high school and I loved roaming the halls and playing with the Nikon….
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see? Too many things….something I said to my mom that I wish I could take back (the ignorance of children); sitting by her bedside in the hospital the night before the day she died (oh, there’s a stubborn incident-I’d already cleared it with the staff to come after work, about 12am, and the nurse on duty told me I couldn’t. I flat out told her that I was staying and I planted myself in a chair and refused to move. She left me alone after that!).
9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events? I’m actually kind of comfortable being me on here.
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why? Read a book! Unless it’s someone I like talking on the phone with…..
Oh, snap! I haiku-ed before I looked at the theme for this week. It’s frost. Here’s another one:
draped in winter’s cloak
frosty diamonds sparkling
Mother Nature shines
I’m sure you all are familiar with the term irony, right? Well, guess what happened just after I did the post about the lost info awards? I visited Donna Hole….and she had an award for me! Hahahahaha…..I don’t know if I deserve awards, but I DO know I can’t be trusted to keep up with them! So I’m passing this along ASAP so it doesn’t get misplaced somewhere.
BTW, if you haven’t met Donna, go over and check her out. She writes with an honesty and vulnerability that belies her underlying strength. She also has LOTS in common with me, which makes me worry for her a bit….
Her excerpts are pretty darn great, too. So, while you’re over checking out her blog, I’m going to finish posting the rules. Please keep the chuckling to a minimum. I really do try to follow them…..
1. Share 10 things that make you happy.
2. Pass the award along to 10 friends so they can share what makes them happy.
That sounds easy enough, right? Are you snickering?
Okay. Ten things that make me happy.
First, did you ever see Inside The Actor’s Studio? The host would always end the interview with a standardized series of questions before turning the guest loose with the audience for a q & a session. One of the questions was what sound or noise do you love. On a scrapbook page, I answered that question with the items listed in #1:
1. My husband’s voice, my brother’s laughter, and rain. (Look, right off the bat, I’ve broken a rule! Yeehaw! Well, I do have a rep to maintain!)
2. My nieces and nephews
3. My sister in law, my niece in law and all their fur and feather babies
4. Music….type depends on mood
5. Hugs and kisses from the kids in my class. Actually, the kids in my class….
6. Co-Teacher, Director, Assistant, and some of my other co-workers and some really good friends
7. All of you. Like Donna, I love your comments, your posts, that you can make my day, make me cry, make me laugh, and make me think
8. My kitties, even though they tear up the house, fill it with hair, lay all over the ‘puter (they love the noises and pictures it makes!), and use me as either a bed or a chew toy!
9. Movies and books and sleep and my Tempur topper
10. October through March-cool weather, color everywhere, family, togetherness, coziness, warm blankets, long shadows, the smells, the solitude, the crispness…..all of it.
Maybe I cheated, but I do have a list of ten. That has to count!
Blech! Here’s the hard part! Pass it to ten friends?!!!!! Hmmmm………
Oh, I give up! Dang, I am such a rebel! A non-law abiding blogger! A cyber Sinatra!
First, to ten friends who’ve really been there for me for a long while now, in no particular order:
1. Charlene at Another Painting Blog
2. Roland at Writing in the Crosshairs
3. Theresa at Substitute Teacher’s Saga
4. Aubrie at Flutey Words
5. Carla at Paper Clippings of a Wandering Artist
6. Jenny at Jenny Matlock
7. Olivia at That Rebel With a Blog
8. Vatche at The Student Writer’s Mind
9. Mary at One Perfect Bite
10. Anne at Piedmont Writer
Bonnie at From a Writer’s Kitchen
Second, to newer friends that make an impact on me:
1. Jules at Trying to Get Over the Rainbow
2. Carol at Under the Tiki Hut
3. Coreen at Velvet Over Steel
4. Denise at L’Aussie Writing
5. Summer at ….and this time concentrate!
6. Jen at unedited
7. Nicole at Nicole Murray WIP
8. L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick’s Tips
9. Jennie Bailey at Garden Full of Lily
10. Rafi at Escape From Apathy
Maryann at It’s Not All Gravy
I would love to pass this on to every single one of you. This was really really hard!
Pssssst! (If you wish to have it, just take it. I won’t tell. Promise. Look at all the rules I just broke! And I would have given it to you anyway, but I’m trying really hard to conform *wink*)
Thank you again, Donna, for thinking of me. I hope you and everyone else has a great rest of the week!
la di da di da hmm um hmm………
my new daybed
my yummy blanket/throw Honey got me one year for my birthday
lush fuzzy socks for sliding in the hallway
chips with melted cheese and salsa
grapes and cheese
my DADDY (not the donor)
you should stop reading now….
a child’s innocent wonder
good hair days
being the help that someone needed
squirrels and chipmunks
birds in flight
homemade chicken pot pie
old movies on an early Saturday morning, wrapped in a blanket sipping hot cocoa….
the earthy smell of rain
you’re still here?
‘k. I’m going now……really……
You know, August was a pretty difficult month for me. Strep. Going back to school. Trying to find information about my class. A new class at work.
Through all the chaos that was August, I lost or misplaced many things. Lesson plans. Notes. A book I was reading. Awards and who gave them to me and what the rules were….
There were days I would come home at the end of myself and find I’d gotten an award. They would cheer me up-someone thought of me!
Now, of course, I feel terrible. I can’t remember, specifically, who presented me with these awards. I’ve looked. In Word documents. Through my desk. Through my book bag…..I cannot find the info I wrote down. 😦
I am very sorry.
The one bright side I can find is that I don’t have any rules to break.
Whenever I get one of these and I’m supposed to choose, say, five people to pass it on to, I’m terribly torn. I want to give them to everyone. I really appreciate all of you. For your support. For your encouragement. For your instruction. For making me laugh. For making me cry. For just being there….
So, this time I’m going to do what I usually wish to do.
I’m giving this award to everyone who follows me. And even those of you who just stop by for a casual visit. A great hostess often has a little something for guests when they get ready to leave, especially at the holidays. And the holidays are nearly upon us.
I am sorry I can’t remember who these are from. I hope you can forgive me. Both for losing my info and for completely, totally, breaking the intended rules.
And please don’t think that I’m just throwing these ‘out there’ willy-nilly. I really do mean for ALL of you to take these. Unless you’re the one who presented it. But make sure you take the other two.
Again, I’m sorry I don’t know who to like back to to say thank you properly. ***THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU MADE ME SMILE AT THE END OF A GRUELING DAY*** Honestly.
Have you ever heard that old saying, ‘The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.?” Well….
I went to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon. And you know, it’s usually a hurry up and wait kind of thing. At any kind of doctor’s office. And so it was this time.
However, the main assistant, Diane, was a complete hoot. Instead of just sitting there, I asked if I could look at frames, so she and I got up and began scouring the selection. She had a great method for picking out what looked best. It was better than purse shopping. Almost as good as book or decor shopping, and that’s saying something.
She picked out over twenty frames, and then we went through a process of elimination. And we found the perfect pair. Wow! Then we processed all the costs and before I even saw the doctor, we had the total, minus the insurance discount, and how much I needed to pay to get the glasses ordered. (I have to pay the rest when my new specs come in.) She then got all my prep work done. We were on a roll!
By that time, the doctor was ready. And here’s the point of this whole thing. The first visit to this office required an eye dilation. (It had been a loooong time since my last exam.) Doc dilated my eyes as soon as I got there, then did the exam. The second visit, no dilation. Then I skipped a year because of the house hunting. Guess what? I had to have them dilated again.
An important note: people with astigmatism keep the dilation much (much) longer than people without. My dilation lasted about ten hours!
However, this time Doc dilated them nearly at the end of the whole exam. Remembering my last experience, he put in drops that would decrease the dilation time. He did warn me that it was goopy and would cause blurry vision for a couple minutes.
Um hmmm. Either I’m completely weird with any kind of meds (I’ll have to do a post about that sometime…) or people with astigmatism also have a difficult time with the un-dilation drops. My eyes were blurry for most of the evening. Therefore, I was unable to do pretty much anything. At all. And I had a headache because of the unnatural brightness and the stress of trying to see clearly.
I did go back to work, though. Director and Assistant insisted I just hang out in the office for a while-they even turned out the lights and closed the blinds. (See, don’t I have great bosses?) When I felt okay enough (relatively speaking) to go back to my classroom, I only had six kids left. After about five minutes, Director came, divided out my kids, and said if I felt like it I could just straighten up my room and go home. Wow!
I did straighten it up, and as I punched back out to head home, Director warned me, only half jokingly, ‘don’t wreck!’
Now, I’m behinder than ever but it’s okay. I’m getting ready to head out and do some errands. Then it’s home, housework, homework, and I HOPE to get to the other awards I need to pass on.
Till then, have a great Saturday and I’ll see ya soon!