I’m Versatile Again This Week!

Yesterday, I opened my new friend Melissa‘s post over at Play 101…she had been given the Versatile Blogger Award, and had graciously passed it on to me and 14 other bloggers.  I encourage you to check out Melissa’s blog…she is a TV news reporter who writes both eloquently and sensibly about many different topics, including parenting her two young children.  She’s funny too!

Versatile Blogger Award

This is my third VB award, and one of several blogging awards that I’ve been given in the last couple of months.  The rules state that I must link to the person who gave me the award (done), list seven previously unknown facts about myself, and pass it on to 15 newfound blogging buddies.  I’m running out of people to pick on give the award to, so I’m going to tweak the last part a bit…I hope Melissa doesn’t mind!

Seven Things About Me I Don’t Think I’ve Told You (And You Might Not Want to Know)

1.  My feet are really big…I was wearing a size 7 by the time I was 11.  I am now a size 10.  I hope my feet stop growing soon!

2. I was my elementary school’s president in Grade 6 (I really wasn’t that popular…it was a three-room school with fewer than 100 students!).  My campaign slogan was: “Don’t Go Bananas Over Boys!”  Maybe I’ll let Hilary borrow that if she ever decides to take a run at the presidency!

3. I love feeling the bristles of somebody’s brush cut…I used to surprise the little boy sitting in front of me in Grade 2 by running my hand up the back of his head at random times.  I think he liked it…

4. My little brother and I were once interviewed by a newspaper reporter while our dog was delivering puppies in the same room (we used to do a community newsletter in our hamlet of 150 people – I was 13, and he was 10)!

5. Lilies are my favourite flowers.

6. I often have strange, inexplicable dreams: Last night, I dreamed that a former co-worker was playing the banjo (she doesn’t – I checked).  The night before, I dreamed that a guy I knew in high school was throwing me into the trunk of his car and kidnapping me (he’s a hairdresser who dabbles in photography, art and fashion design – very scary!).

7. I refuse to eat olives…they look like eyes, and don’t taste good to me at all!

Passing On the Award

Instead of just picking 15 people who have already been awarded multiple times, I’ve chosen some of my favourite posts to share with you…feel free to respond with some of your favourites too!  It’s all about sharing the love! 

1. 36 x 37: All Pipes Lead to the Ocean.  Maura has a devastating accident, and has to break the bad news to her sons.

2. Big Happy Nothing: May I Have Some Assertiveness Training, Please? Amiable Amiable and I have a lot in common…we’re part of the newly-formed Doormat Club!

3. BlurtI Am Not a Pharmacist, But I’m Willing to Try.  Omawarisan recounts how he deals with having a similar phone number to a drugstore. 

4. H is for Happiness: Phoenix.  Harsha remembers the Mumbai bombing in 2008. 

5. Lanny the Leopard: Guest Post (originally on Hippie Cahier).  A young man goes off to Boot Camp, as told by his faithful friend.

6. Ironic MomExplaining the 80s to Children.  Leanne tells her 6-year-old twins about a period of ancient history.

7. Jacquelin Cangro: Eighteen Minutes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.  Jacquelin relates the tragic story of a workplace disaster that led to safer working conditions for all of us.

8. Life is a Spectrum: The Long Distance Runner. Four-year-old Billy runs a race, and teaches us all a very important lesson.

9. Mostly Bright Ideas: Ideas to Live Without.  Contrary to the title of his blog, Charles illuminates some really bad ideas.

10. Murrmurrs: What We Have Here is a Failure to Procreate.  Murr explains the decision she and her husband made not to have children.

11. Plane Janer’s Journey: Male Readers Beware…The Ladies are Going Bra Shopping.  Jane’s piece supports her theory that “it is harder to find a well-fitting, reasonably priced, attractive bra than it is to find a good man to marry.”

12. Simply Diane: In Celebration…Red Mary Janes With No Buckles.  Diane recounts the story of adopting her daughter.

13. Sunshine in London: Not Just Another Winter’s Tale.  Sunshine remembers her late father-in-law in this love-filled post.

14. The $#!& I Think About: The Secret Lives of Cats.  Have you ever wondered what cats really do when their owners aren’t around?  Be sure to read both parts of this hilarious series!

15. Todd Pack’s Messy Desk: Cool Hand, Luke. Todd has a frank discussion with his 5-year-old son.

This is but a tip of the iceberg in terms of the talented people who are part of my blogging community (I only have great writers on my blogroll – check out He Said, She Said and They Said)…I wish I had to time and space to highlight all of them! 

What posts have you read recently that made you laugh, made you cry, or made you think?


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69 responses to “I’m Versatile Again This Week!

  1. Hey–congratulations and thanks for the shout out!
    that’s one of my favorites, too! 🙂
    what a good blogging buddy you are, Wendy!

  2. Hi, Wendy! Thanks for including me. It’s an honor to be included in such fine company.

  3. Congratulations, Wendy. And thanks for the shout out.

    Have a blessed weekend. ♥ Diane

  4. lannytheleopard

    Aw, shucks. Thank you, Ms. Wendy.

  5. Congratulations and thanks for adding to my reading list.

  6. The Hipster

    Inquiring minds want to know what happened between Grade 2 (brush cut) to Grade 6 (Don’t go bananas over boys). (And, echoing Lanny, thanks!).

    • I was still “going bananas over boys” in Grade 6, Hippie, but as one of the only girls running for President, I didn’t want voters to vote for the boys! Wendy P.S. Don’t forget to list some of your favourite posts!

  7. Hi Wendy, Wow — thank you so much for the wonderful things you said about me. You made my day. 🙂 And I really enjoyed reading your answers — especially that you’ve written newsletters since you were a kid. And of course I love your winning presidential slogan!

  8. I’m still laghing over “Don’t go banannas over boys!” I ran for school presdient in 7th grade. My slogan was something like “Get on board the Renee Rocketship!” That’s probably why I lost.

  9. Oh, I forgot: A recent post I loved was Murr’s “Diapers of Doom” http://www.murrbrewster.blogspot.com.

  10. I’m glad to “see” you again and not your ghostly shadows. Technology can be so much fun at times as we both know.

    Congrats on the VB award. I loved that you were the sixth grade president.

    One of my favorite posts was your “Jolie Project”. Definitely fun to read and out of the ordinary scheme of things. Keep up the good work!


    • Thanks, Jeanne…good to “see” you too! I hope things have settled down a bit for you by now… I loved the “Jolie” posts…it was as close as I get to writing fiction! Hugs, Wendy

  11. Well, maybe the most interesting thing I’ve noticed recently is that Tori over at The Ramblings in having her readers help plan her wedding. I’ll try to stop by with the exact links, but I think that’s pretty fun. Has anyone else ever done that–a reader run wedding?

  12. Aww thanks for including my silly wittle cats. And don’t fret about having big feet. So do I. It means we won’t fall over as easily as those tiny-footed people do. 😀

  13. Congatulations Wendy!! You deserve it!!

  14. Thanks for the shout out, Wendy. Doing that 80s video freed my ego. And thanks for directing me to some new peeps; I’m looking forward to checking out their posts.


  15. Nice one–thanks for some good reading suggestions!

  16. Big, big congrats to one of the most versatile bloggers I know! Thanks for including me in your list. I’m honored, and shall pass the torch appropriately. Have a great weekend…

    • Thanks, Maura…it was a fun piece! Don’t feel obligated…I know that it’s hard sometimes to come up with people you haven’t “chosen” already…I’ll be happy if a few more people discover your talent! Hugs, Wendy

  17. Congratulations, Wendy, on yet another award! You deserve it!

  18. Great post. Had never heard of the Versatile Blogger award but what a great idea and how wonderful to showcase the work of other bloggers. Thanks to you, I’ve now “discovered” some amazing new ones. I’m loving the world of blogging, especially the people I’m meeting (like you), so, way to go! 🙂

  19. I’ve read a lot of these Versatile Blogger posts lately, and this one rises above! Well done.

  20. jacquelincangro

    Thanks so much for spreading the love. I’m glad that my post was meaningful to you.

    I think one of my favorite posts that you’ve written was about your Grandma T. A lovely tribute. https://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/the-love-link-happy-100th-grandma-t/

    And thanks for introducing me to some bloggers I’d never come across before. I can’t wait to check them out.

  21. Aw, thanks for the shout out, Wendy. I loved writing that post, so I’m glad it touched a chord for you too.
    Congratulations on the VB award – you’re so well decorated, we’ll need to put a fairy on your head next!
    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend
    Sunshine xx

  22. Congratulations Wendy!! Well deserved…from gardening to curling…you’re truly one very wonderfully versatile writer 🙂 Thanks for the shout out 😀 and I think this is a wonderful idea, coz sooner or later we’d probably all run out of secrets to share and people to them with!! Also thanks to this post…I made the effort of going through the posts I like and so landed up revisiting some great writers 🙂 I also almost got side-tracked from this comment 😛

    Here is one post that I liked a lot about Junk…much humor, literal and symbolic! http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/my-life-is-a-junk-drawer/

    Hugs, H.

  23. Hi Wendy,
    Cool! You are very deserving of any and all awards. You know you are such a fav. And, I always learn from you.
    Blessings to you,

  24. I love your facts… In fact, if I had your address, I’d interflora you some lilies for continuously providing the best reading and the best links for more good reading!

    • Thanks, LJ…what a lovely thought, but really not necessary! The cost would be astronomical! I’m getting my gardening done vicariously through you right now…virtual blisters are much easier to deal with than real ones! Wendy

  25. I love how you broke the rules and went all rogue and created your own waaaay better set of rules. I have read a bunch of these blogs before, but it is always nice to be introduced to someone new.

    Sending you cyber-lilies. 🙂

  26. Thanks for all of the great links, Wendy. Many of the people you listed write in a way that makes me think, laugh and cry. Fabulous choices!

  27. Wendy, I am flattered and humbled and grateful to be included in such a fine group of bloggers. Surely you have me confused with another blogger!

    I liked olives until reading #7. Now I’m thinking I’ll never look at them again without imagining they look like eyeballs, which would mean that I’m never eating them again. So, I’m thinking there are a few more prerequisites for membership in the Doormat Club. One must have big feet (mine are 10, too, which I think we had an exchange about), one must not like olives, and … I don’t know. We’ll have to think of something.

  28. ‘Don’t Go Bananas Over Boys.’
    That’s a great campaign slogan and an issue most politicians overlook.

  29. Congratulations again! I like your idea of listing favorite posts on other blogs that you have read. May have to steal that idea some time.

    I too love your election slogan. And olives? LOL. I guess I shouldn’t be laughing since I have a phobia against white milk…

  30. Many congrats! I’m glad you are hear and you are on my reading list to stay 🙂

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  33. I can’t believe it’s taken me a week to comment on this post. I think I was stalling, but learning that this is your this VB and that you’ve received others pretty much takes away any excuse I might have thought I had. About your list, I share number 6 with you. I envy people who have deep and symbolic dreams; mine are just dumb.

    Thanks, Wendy!

  34. You dreamed about my co-worker playing the banjo too, Charles? LOL. Thanks for stopping by!


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