Blog of the Year 2012

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I’m blushing here. Kourtney over at Kourtney Heintz’s Journal  has given me the Blog of the Year 2012 award! HUZZAH!

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Well, I’m honored! Thank you so much Kourtney. I suggest everyone follow her blog. This minute! The second she posts a new story about her Grandma, you won’t be sorry!

Hmm, who should I pass this onto……oh DUH how about my fellow Limebird Writers friends! That sounds like an excellent idea, if I do say so myself. 2012 was my first full year of blogging, and Limebird has surrounded me with the best blogging friends a girl could ask for! Hey, while you’re at it why don’t you go check out Limebird, too!

In no particular order whatsoever –

Conversing With Novels – Amber sometimes talks to her novels, sometimes she writes stories that scare her friends to death…

Continuous Strings – One can never go wrong with the writings of Cat!

Dennis M Lane Publishing – Dennis is the resident Limebird sci-fi guru.

4 a.m. Writer – Kate gets up….at 4 a.m…..to write! Gotta love that dedication!

The Short and the Long of it – Folks submit 3 words…and Neeks writes short stories featuring them! How cool is that?!

Vanessa-Jane Chapman – Vanessa writes about the things that matter most in life, like your uvula! And if you like sweets and treats, she has a blog dedicated to that!

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Paperclip Award!

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What a great way to start a Sunday, which is the “Monday” of my work week so I don’t usually wake up on Sunday’s with a cheery disposition! Lovely Limebird Beth of the Limebird Writers has nominated me for the Paperclip Award! Huzzah!

The award comes with some questions for me to answer. Here goes!

1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through a period of wanting to be an astronaut, because I loved studying the solar system. And using the new term I learned from Limebird Beth today… I realized I was pretty pants at science so there went that idea. Then I wanted to be a rock star but I’m super shy so scratch that (plus I never really learned to play any instrument). Then around my Junior year of high school I realized what I really loved was film and that was that!

2. What is your ultimate favorite place to be?

I’m not sure I have a favorite place. I don’t have a big tree I like to sit under, or person’s house I like to visit often. I mean, I like being with the husband wherever he is, and we have a date night each week and that’s usually my favorite night of the week, wherever it is we are going.

We go to  a convention every year in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s a nerd convention that he always has a lot of fun with, signing up for nerd games and stuff. I just have fun tagging along and being in a “big” city for a few days eating at different restaurants and meeting different people. I don’t know if that is my “favorite” place to be, but I look forward to it a lot, just having a chance to get out of town for a few days a week.

Plus we get to meet the awesome Lloyd Kaufman there, he’s pretty great! Everyone should meet Lloyd Kaufman!

Lloyd Kaufman with me and my husband in 2010

Lloyd Kaufman helped my husband with a homework assignment, and he got an "A" on it! (2011)


3. Name one famous person who inspires you. (Just one!!!)

Ellen DeGeneres

4. Tea or Coffee?
I love them both! I love coffee drinks, and I love sweet iced tea. (that’s the worst part of going to Indianapolis, those crazy northerners don’t drink the sweet tea like we do here in the south!)  Right now my favorite drink is a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso, so that’s a combo of tea and coffee!

5. If you could be any other person for 48 hours, who would you be?
Ok this is tough, because my first thought was Jared Padalecki so I could hang out with Jensen Ackles on the set of Supernatural for two days…but then I realized I’d equally like to be Jensen Ackles so I could hang out with Jared Padalecki for two days. So can I split this, one day as Jared Padalecki and one day as Jensen Ackles? Pretty please?

*swoon*

6. What is your earliest memory?
Putting gum in my Snuggle Bear’s mouth, and getting yelled at for pretty much gluing his mouth shut.

7. If you could ask anyone in the world, living or dead, anything, who would you ask, and what would you ask them?
Oh wow… this is a tough one. I know I’d like to talk to my Granny and Pap again (they both died in 2009), but I’m not sure what I’d ask them. Maybe more about their past so I could know more details about their lives pre-me.

8. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I honestly don’t do scary things. I’m a freaking scaredy-cat. Balloons terrify me because you never know when they will pop! So I’d say the thing that made me most nervous was trying out for the All-State choir my senior year of high school, because you have to stand alone in a room and sing a capella for like 3 full minutes. I thought I’d rather die than do that.

9. What is your favorite book?
I don’t know if I could pick one! Like Beth, I’ve recently loved The Hunger Games. One of my all time favorites is Stephen King’s The Stand. Gotta love me some Harry Potter (can’t pick one)! One of my favorite books since I was probably 6 or so is C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Also, I have to show some love to Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, and Invisible Monsters. So children’s fantasy novels, books about the end of the world, and novel’s about crazy people who aren’t happy being themselves…sure that makes sense.

10. Briefly explain one of the weirdest dreams you have ever had.
Oh I have weird dreams all the time. So last night I had a dream that Woo (that’s my husband), my friend Monica and I were at an airport (a place I’ve never been). There was an escaped convict running around and they were evacuating the place, and putting people in large vans to drive them somewhere safe. The three of us got in this van, and it started to drive off but stopped suddenly because a police van drove in front of us. We saw that they had the convict chained up inside and so we all relaxed. Then the police man got out of the police van and unchained the convict and he ran off again! We were freaking out because he was right next to us so we locked the doors. Then the police man opened the back of our van to get a gun to chase the guy down with (it seems he should have had his own gun already, but dreams don’t make sense) Something happened, and he ended up shooting Woo twice, but only grazing his arm. Then he ran off, and we all ran back into the airport so Woo could get some treatment for his arm.

Once we got inside the airport an alarm went off and someone came over the loud speaker that the whole place needed to be decontaminated (I’m not sure from what). So we were all handed radiation jackets to protect our organs, hauled into one big room and someone flipped a switch where we were all blasted with radiation for a while. Then that was over and either we forgot about the escaped convict or didn’t care anymore, we started wondering around the airport. I then randomly ran into Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls, Bridesmaids). I kept trying to tell her how much I loved her as Sookie St. James from the Gilmore Girls but she couldn’t be bothered to talk to me and it made me sad.

Then I ran to another part of the airport that had a tattoo convention and there was a tattoo scavenger hunt – you had to find the tattoo artist doing a particular tattoo and get them to tattoo it on you. I decided I’d do my own tattoos rather than finding the actual tattoo artists, and so I ended up with two boot tattoos, and a cartoon dog. I remember that I ran into another girl there who had found the actual tattoo artist to do the boot tattoo, and her tattoo was a really pretty feminine bow, with a boot in the center that you could hardly tell was a boot. I then tried to find a tattoo artist to cover up my tattoo mistakes. I’m not even that into tattoos so I don’t know what that was all about.

I guess that was three dreams now that I think about it, but they all took place in that airport.

11. What one song best describes you? (Feel free to post a link to a Youtube vid)
Well this is another tough one! When I was a teenager I’d say any of the Good Charlotte “angry at the absent father” songs.

12. Pen or pencil?
Pen! I love collecting odd pens.

13. Is 13 an unlucky number or not?
Nah.

 

Ok there you  have it, a bunch of random and hard to answer questions!

I’ve decided that instead of passing this on to particular people, I will consider anyone who likes or comments on this tagged, because I value anyone who actually takes the time to read my blog!

7 x 7 Sunshine

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What a great start to my day! I checked my email to see that not only did I receive one award today, but two!

Thank you to buddhafulkat for the 7 x 7 award and thank you to Limebirdbeth, lovely founder of the Limebirdwriters, for the Sunshine Award! You have both put a smile on my face today.

7 x 7 Award

The rules are:

1) Share some general things about myself:

I’m pretty boring. I’ll be 28 in a couple of months and it freaks me out that I’m getting closer to 30, even though I know that is pretty silly. I’ve been with my husband since I was 19, but we just got married a couple of years ago. I’m obsessed with the Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, and Ellen! I used to hate McDonald’s food until I worked there, then I started to love it. Don’t ask me why. When I was 16 I got kicked out of a school program (Upward Bound) for participating in cannibalism and tarot. There was another girl kicked out with me, and we’ve been best friends ever since. It was like fate! Neither of us have eaten a human, and the people who ran that program were literally crazy, but it makes for a good story. That same friend introduced me to my husband… so really I owe my life to cannibalism.

2) List 7 posts on my blog that I think should be read:

Well this makes me feel kinda weird, like I’m pimping myself, but uh, here goes –

Dirty Laundry
And His Name is Zort
That One Time I Almost Went to Prison for Murder
Such a Weird Kid
Sticker Bush
Blog About Soup
My Old Kentucky Home


3) Nominate 7 more bloggers for the award and let them know about it:

For the Sunshine award, Limebirdbeth nominated the 10 bloggers that had been with the Limebird Writers the longest. So, I think I’m going to do the same here, for the 7 X 7 award!  Limebirdbeth was actually my first follower, but since she’s already got this award I’ll have to skip over her. But seriously, the Limebirds are awesome and you should all be following them! Then buddhafulkat was my second follower, but she’s the one that passed this award onto me in the first place…. 😀

Write or Revise Daily
LoSpeak
Gin and Lemonade
Verified Kayo
4amWriter
ScribblingHermit (shoot she already has this one, but check her out anyway!)
Kourtney Heintz’s Journal 

Sunshine Award

The guidelines for receiving this award:

1) Thank the person who gave you the award –  Thanks again Limebirdbeth!

2) Write a post about it

3) Answer the questions below  

4) Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know

Answer 10 questions:

Favorite colour: Orange
Favorite animal:  kitties
Favorite number:  34 (I was born on 3/4/1984 at 3:34. Maybe when I’m 34 I’ll have the best year ever!)
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Vanilla Coke Zero
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
My passion:  Film. Studying film, writing film, editing film, enjoying films, film history…you get the idea.
Getting or giving presents? Giving
Favorite pattern:  polka dots
Favorite day of the week: Friday or Saturday. I can’t choose, but those are my days off of work and both equally awesome.
Favorite flower: Mums. They bloom in the fall and they are such pretty fall colors. It’s the flowers we used at our wedding.

10 Bloggers  – I’m going to pass this onto blogs that make me happy, but I suck at following blogs, and would also pass this back to folks that have already received it, or to those who are giving me the award in the first place. Plus by putting these all together on  one post I’ve put it on myself to choose 17 blogs and holy cow I dunno if I even follow that many…. So anyway here are 8 blogs that make me happy. 8 is practically 10, right? :

Lifeintheblueridges
Conversing with Novels
Kitty bloger
Spectacular Disaster
Stayoutofmyhead
Robin Hawke
The Wootape Letters – Yeah I’m still going to shamelessly plug my husband!  He’s funny, he’s a grouchy nerd, and he amuses me. I’m sure if you checked him out, he’d amuse you too!
Snagglewordz

Feel free to pass these along, or not, whatever you want 🙂 And thanks again to Limebirdbeth and buddhafulkat for giving these to me, it really means a lot!

One Lovely Blog

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I woke up today and immediately grabbed my iPhone to check my email. It has become a sickness, and I even find myself checking email/Facebook in the middle of the night (you know, those times you wake up to tinkle, but aren’t waking up for your day to start) Yeah, someone needs to get this phone away from me. OUT OF MY COLD DEAD HANDS! DON’T TOUCH MY PHONE!

Whoa Ok ok, I’m ok. Phew.

Ahem, anyway, I woke up today and checked my email to find the sweetness that is Amber, aka Conversing With Novels has given lil’ ol’ me the One Lovely Blog Award. Huzzah! As Limebirdbeth and Limebirdsophie would say 😉

From what I have gathered there aren’t any “rules” so to say for this award, but Amber shared 7 things that make her happy, so I think I will do the same!

1. Date nights with my husband. We almost always do the same thing – dinner and a movie. But I enjoy it, even if it’s not wild and exciting. I just love having dinner with him, then we walk to a coffee shop/book store near the theater where he turns his head while I buy too many books, and I turn my head while he buys too many video games. It’s a good head turning system we have!

2. My sisters. My sister Kelly and I grew up together and she always picked on me even though I’m 6 1/2 years older. My sister Becca was born after I moved out of mom’s house, when I was almost 20, but we are like two peas in a pod!

3. Muse and The Red Hot Chili Peppers!

4. My best friend Monica. She’s mostly my sister too.

5. My memaw’s spaghetti. YUM

6. Chocolate!

7. Writing scripts with my husband. He’s so smart, I wish I was as clever as he is!

Now I get to pass the award onto others. Again, no rules on how many folks this award needs to go to.  So, without further ado, and in no particular order, I present the award to….

Drum roll please….

thdhdtddhchddududud (that’s a drum roll…duh)

The Wootape Letters. My husband David! YES. He finally started a blog (Huzzah! See Limebirdbeth I’m helping!) The world can finally read his grumbly rants. He’s got a foul mouth, and isn’t one for updating daily. So if you like random spurts of hilarity you will follow him this instant! (I know he has a draft in there ready to publish, I saw him typing it mwuahahaha)

Life in the Blueridges. Amelia is awesome, plus she’s obsessed with the Gilmore Girls like I am so that is an instant plus in my book (Shoot I should have added the Gilmore Girls to my list of things that makes me happy!)

Buddhafulkat. Awesome stories and awesome art! All around awesome!

Scribbling Hermit. She scribbles. She’s a hermit. She’s a scribbling hermit with awesome poems!

And there you have it. Now go away and stop eyeing my phone, you can’t take it from me! You just can’t!