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!
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. Blurt: I 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.
6. Ironic Mom: Explaining 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?