Saturday, November 27, 2010

An Award!

First, I would like to thank the lovely and kind Maria McKenzie from Reading, Writing, Romance for the Versatile Blogger Award!
Maria's blog alternates between delicious and delicious... lol, the eating kind and the "I shall marinate in this writerly advice" kind.  I am, as Handsome Hubs can attest, a terrible cook.  (Fortunately, he is not!)  So people who achieve culinary success earn my awe from the start.  Every now and then HH and I watch Hell's Kitchen and I cringe at the way the less successful chefs on that show get berated, because they are still leagues and miles above me.  (Though I will point out that HH still, after 12 years of marriage, pretends that he likes my culinary experiments... experiments being stuff like... um... chicken.  That I may or may not sear directly to the pan.  Nope.  I totally never did that.  Although I think HH just appreciates the times when he doesn't have to cook, regardless of the wooden chicken that appears.  Stuck.  To the pan.)

Wow, I got totally off track there, lol.  I also wanted to say about Maria that although her writing genre (romance) is completely different from mine (YA... I think... if I ever finish a novel, maybe we'll find out), I find that the advice that she posts and the discussions that she begins are helpful and interesting.  She has recently posted about such diverse topics as poetry (LOVE), villainry (SUPER LOVE), and snippets of writing advice (NEED and LOVE).  So whether are a writer, or just hungry, or maybe even a hungry writer... go stop by.  You'll be glad you did!

Ok, so now for the award "rules" (it's been a long time since I did one of these!), I am supposed to list 7 things about me.  Hmm.  This is the part I always find difficult.  Without going back into past award posts that are buried deep in the vaults of Le Dange, I will probably end up repeating things I've said before, because I'm not sure there are multitudes of 7 things that are all that interesting here. :)  Here goes:

1. I have owned 7 cars in the past 16 years.  5 or 6 of them have been totaled (I lost count). 
2. I once had a pet shark.  His name was Jaws.  He grew about a foot long. 
3. I once had a pet hamster who got some sort of flesh-eating/rotting disease.  Yuuuuuuuck.
4. I kissed a boy in a graveyard once.
5. When Tootsie Roll was a baby, we lived in our basement for a year and a half while the entire rest of our house was being demolished and rebuilt (we turned a cape into a colonial).  It was a horrendous experience, the entire house was flooded twice, our contractor was an alcoholic and the company fired him mid-job... you name it, it went wrong.  When it was FINALLY done, it was gorgeous.  And then we moved. :)
6. This past summer, someone stole my credit card number and ordered really weird things like National Geographic Earth videos, workout videos, and beautiful Oneida silverware.  It was a big hassle that ended with a police stakeout in front of my house.  Kind of bizarre and a real pain in the neck credit-wise, but strangely entertaining.
7. I so seriously wish that I could write a book about the crazy things that are entirely the norm in an elementary school teacher's day (crazy things the kids say, crazier things the parents say).  I love my job, and it is definitely both rewarding and entertaining.  Too bad I'd get fired! ;)

Now my last order of business is to send this award on its merry way to 12 other bloggers I've recently discovered and find fantastic, so the award goes to:

1. Michele Emrath at Southern City Mysteries
2. Donea Lee at Queen of Procrastination
3. Carol Riggs at Artzicarol Ramblings
4. Rebecca T. at Sonshine Thoughts (ok, not "recently discovered"... but definitely fantastic!)
5. Quinn at Seeing, Dreaming, Writing
6. Brad Jaeger

Oops, the curly blonde one has awoken from her thankfully-zithromax-inspired nap (after we were awake together from 1 to 6am this morning - I was then relieved by HH to nap myself - thanks to a recurring ear infection and asthmaorallergiesnooneisquitesure cough).  So my list will have to end here.  Oh, eighth thing about me - I don't always follow the rules (hence the blog title)!  That makes me unruly! :)

UPDATED... Ok, it's a few hours later and my girly whirlies are in bed.  So I am going to add on the final 6 award recipients, because, even though I don't mind breaking the rules, there are so many great and deserving blogs out there!  So here goes...

7. Debbie at Thoughts in Writing, who is a new blogger and whose posts so far have been lovely and touching.  She also just finished her first book!
8. Marieke at Marieke's Musings (currently giving away a preorder of Beth Revis' Across the Universe!)
9. Erica and Christy
10. Vic (aspiring_x) at Hairnets and Hopes (also not a new find but definitely a versatile lady!)
11. Talei Loto at Musings of an Aspiring Scribe
12. Writing in a Nutshell

Ok!  My work here is done, lol.  Maybe I should go, I don't know... write something?!? 


storyqueen said...

I would love to read the book in number 7.

And I think that I Kissed a Boy in a Graveyard would be a great title for a book.


Carol Riggs said...

Nice to learn some crazy things about you! LOL Thanks so much for passing the award onto my blog. On Wed. Dec. 1 I'm posting my 50 followers GIVEAWAY! Come visit, ya'll!

Old Kitty said...

Wow. You had a pet shark, the police staked your house, you've spelled out that really long word for the cough... wow.

I am truly amazed!!! Thanks for sharing these fantastic facts about you - wow again!! Congratulations with your great award!

Take care

KarenG said...

Congrats on the awards everyone. And interesting list!

Brad Jaeger said...

Thanks for the award! I love reading your blog as well :)

Abby Minard said...

Congrats on the award! Wow, some crazy stuff has happened to you! Love your facts about yourself. You really could write a book about all that, and then have room for another about being an elementary school teacher!

Colene Murphy said...

Wow! Congratulations on your award!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the award - well deserved :)

I'm totally with you on wanting to write about the weird and wacky things that happen in schools :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congrats on the award! The credit card problems sound like a real debacle. And I totally agree that writing a book on teaching would be fun. But I'd lose my job too!

Rebecca T. said...

I really think you need to write a flash fiction or story or novel about that whole police stake out thing - HA!

Also, *blushes* Thanks so much! I love a good award!

Marieke said...

The pet shark sounds adorable! :D

Congrats on the award, and thank you! ^.^

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the award and to those you've passed it on to!

Wow - a pet shark, a pet hamster with a flesh-eating disease and a police stake-out! You've had some interesting times. :)

Talei said...

Congrats on your award and thank you so much for sending it my way! ;)

And I love your list - how did you total these cars? Also agree, kissing a guy in a graveyard could definitely be an idea or opening for a book?

Have a lovely Sunday! ;)

Debbie said...

Congratulations on your award! I love to read your blog, too, and your "seven interesting things" list is amazing. I would read a book about any one of them!

And thank you for my award -- I absolutely love awards!

erica and christy said...

Ooh, thanks for the award, we're glad you found us (and vice versa). And yes, the things we teachers could write about (my personal favorite preschooler quotes involve what their parents wear (or don't) while sleeping - if they only knew what their kids tell us)!!

And we do post a recipe every Monday if you want to try impressing HH one night (we won't tell).

Donea Lee said...
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Donea Lee said...

Hi Lindsey - thanks, so much, for the blog award!!!! :) So sweet of you to include me!

Loved your list of seven things. I've kissed a boy in a graveyard before, a couple of times... (Yeah, it was this whole big thing to do in high school, and....yeah.) I'm terrified of identity theft! Glad you made it through it ok. And #7 - you could totally do that! :)

Anne said...

Wow you've had some adventures! When my cc was stolen the videos ordered were not exactly safe for work if you know what I mean. :)

Kristin Rae said...

Congrats! And thanks for the new blogs to check out :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh my gosh! I saw you at another blog and thought, "I haven't been there in ages!!" Forgive me. And congrats on your awards! :-)

Tracy said...

What a timely moment to drop by for a really owned a pet shark? I bet that was difficult for mom and dad to say 'yes'

WritingNut said...

Congratulations on your award, and thank you so much for thinking of me! :)