Eating Crow & Sharing Awards

Okay, for those of you who know my stand on accepting awards — “Thank you.  That was sweet.  I appreciate you’re thinking of me.  I love all my peeps and I’m not passing this on because I can’t possibly choose …” Thom shamed me into re-evaluating my stand.  He said something along the lines of turning down an award is like refusing a gift.  He had no way of knowing he pushed the exact right button to induce massive guilt.  I was raised with very strict rules about how one does and doesn’t behave when given a gift.  What one doesn’t do is turn a gift down.    Turning a gift down is an insult to the giver.

To all of you whom I’ve insulted over the last couple of years, my most sincere apologies.

That said — Thom has given me a blog award which I can share with only 7 of my friends.  I want each and every one of you to know, that even if your name is not on the award list, that I cherish the time we share here on the ‘net, and if you wonder if you’re valued, check to see if you’re on my Peeps list over there to the right!

The Creative Blogger Award

The rules are simple: I have to name seven things I love, and pass this award along to seven other bloggers.

Seven things I love:

  • Amoeba (not any amoeba, one in particular)
  • my family
  • my friends
  • blogging
  • Hawai’i
  • sunshine
  • Jesus

Seven Nominations:
(in the spirit of creativity, I am naming blogs that appeal to me because of their creative elements)

  • Betty’s News — Betty participates in my 3WT and Raven’s Wordzzle. Every week she crafts another episode of a continuing story — and her imagination always takes me places I did not expect to go!
  • Dr. John — for 4+ years, 7 days a week (with a very few excusable exceptions) Dr. John has brought us an episode of, News From Pigeon Falls.  He also participates in my 3WT, Raven’s Wordzzle, Flash 55 and who knows what all else, and writes about the life and timesof a half-dozen quirky and entertaining characters.
  • Heaven Is In Belgium — I know Jientje has likely received this award a multitude of times, but she deserves it.  Her photos are incredible, as is her heart.  Now, if we could just get her to watch where she’s walking when she’s taking those photos ….
  • Patterns of Ink — those of you who haven’t been following this blog don’t know what you have missed!  Tom is writing his family history, chapter-by-chapter and sharing it on the web.  It is an enchanting and compelling story of a family of faith and their lives as they struggled together to build the family home that is now, sadly, for sale.  Tom is not your typical blogger, nor is he your typical writer.  His stories are definitely worth your time.
  • Crows & Daisies; Scabiosa Trienta; & Fish Eye — I name all three of these blogs as one because they all belong to our beloved Polona.  Like me, she prefers not to receive awards, and will not jump for joy at this mention, but since Polona was the one who inspired me to pick up my camera and try my hand at artistic photography, I could not very well leave her off this list.
  • Rinky Rhymes (soon to be known as Bryantics) — is a relatively new listing on my blog reader (thank you, Dr. John).  Brenda Bryant, the author of Bryantics, writes at least one original poem per day (occasionally more and they’re all good!).  She writes in rhyme, covers a variety of topics and emotions and includes photos to illustrate her verse.  Having recently just participated in National Poetry Month’s “A Poem A Day” sponsored by Writer’s Digest, I can tell you from personal experience, writing a quality poem every single day is no easy fete!  Bryantics definately belongs on this list!
  • Beyond the Blog — Tony’s blog is also relatively new on my feed reader.  He wandered by my blog one day and left a comment.  I followed him back to his place and found the most incredible verse & prose, written by a very busy, creative and eclectic thinker.  Tony’s blog will educate you, perplex you, entertain you and confuse you — all at the same time!  I love it at his place!

Honest Scrap

Jientje gifted me with a meme thinly disguised as an award.  As a rule I don’t much care for awards.  They are usually meant to award the person that created them with lots of blog hits and attention.  But I know Jientje and her heart is good, so ….

The rules for the Honest Scrap award:
The honorees are to:  A) first list 10 honest things about yourself – and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!  Then, B) pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

1.) I am sitting here staring at the screen wishing I hadn’t accepted this meme award, and muttering curse words.

2.) This past Monday (01/12/09), I was offically hired for the job I have been doing since September.  I had been working as a temp, but now I am the full-fledged real thing.

3.) I fall soundly asleep within seconds of climbing into bed.  This little fact amazes, baffles and/or irritates OC, depending on how much sleep he is/isn’t getting.

4.) I just realized how far it is to ten.  Argh!  I was a horrible math student as a child.  In fact, I think I would still be a horrible math student if it weren’t for an amazing math instructor, Masoud Khalada.  I was struggling with a concept in my college algebra class and I said, “I don’t understand!”  And he broke the chains and freed me forever by telling me, “You don’t have to understand.  It took much wiser people than you or I to figure out why this stuff works.  All you have to do is know that it does.”  Then he told me it was like riding in a plane even though I couldn’t actually fly it.  I decided it was like faith.  Math works.  Trust it.

5.) I think I am pretty average.  Very few people seem to agree with me.  I live in fear of the day they discover I was right all along.

6.) I secretly think this meme is too long and nobody is going to read all of this anyway.  On the other hand, I read every word of Jientje’s and every word of Melli’s.

7.) At least once per month I think I should quit blogging and put my time to better use. I could be writing a novel …  If I do keep blogging, there’s a sure bet I am going to sign up with one of the ad services and try to earn some money.

8.) I rarely watch TV, but tonight at 10 p.m. I am watching the new Patrick Swayze show, The Beast.  If it weren’t for Thom, I’d have missed it completely.

9.) I am just about finished with this award meme.  Yay!  There are so many other things I could have done with the hour it took me to come up with even this lame stuff!  For instance, I could be working on the Pay It Forward crafts I am doing for Lisa, Amber and Andrew.

10.) Finally the end!  This is where I repeat that I have no love for awards or memes. Having said that, I want to redirect your attention to the Honest Scrap Award rules — most specifically the part that says I have to pick 6 people and pass it on.  I have a tried and true scientific method I use for passing on memes.  It has worked every time and never gotten me into any trouble.  Listen carefully to how this works just in case your name comes up:  Very simply, when it is time to pass out memes, I don’t.  If your name came up, it’s because you volunteered it!  Take the scrappy award and have yourself a party — don’t forget to invite me.  I love memes when they’re on other people’s blogs!

Punny Monday

What noun (object) does this photo represent? EMAIL your answers and leave a comment designed to either help or confuse your fellow game players.

The first contestant to EMAIL me the right answer wins a featured link in my blog which will display until next Monday when we’ll play this little game again. Enjoy.

PLEASE, do not write your guess in the comments. It spoils the game for the other players. Your guesses will be shared when the game ends.

Wild Guesses & a Winner!

December 15th, 2008, 1:45 a.m. — ArtsyGEL — highchair

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December 15th, 2008, 3:45 a.m. — AmberStar — highchair

December 15th, 2008, 4:51 a.m. — Melli — highchair

December 15th, 2008, 5:14 a.m. — Doug — highchair

December 15th, 2008, 9:16 a.m. — Shelly — highchair

December 15th, 2008, 10:00 a.m. — Lisa — highchair

December 15th, 2008, 10:40 a.m. — Mar — top seat; top chair; upper whatever

I’m Brilliant!

Jules, of Jules Stones, says I am brilliant.  [preens]

Hey!  I heard that!  Who’s snickering?

I can prove I’m brilliant.

Brilliant
Me: Brilliant

See?  Told you so.  Pft.  I took this self-portrait in front of the mirror and the truth was revealed in a blinding flash.  I am brilliant.  So there.

[frowns]  What do you mean Jules wasn’t talking about me?  Okay, okay, okay, the award says my blog is brilliant — but same diff, right?  Right.  [gives that look to anyone thinking about arguing]

Now — to distribute my wonderful award:

Melli — of Insanity Prevails —  who is so brilliant she positively glows.

Doug — of Waking Ambrose —  who won’t accept the award because it doesn’t fit his crusty persona, but whose humorous bite never fails to inspire me to think.

David — of Authorblog — for raising the bar of creativity ever higher.

Holly of — Holly’s Never Everland — she’s either so brilliant she glows, or she’s set her hair on fire again.

Tom of — Patterns of Ink — read his prose, you’ll understand without explanation.

Pauline — of Glimpses Intangible — who doesn’t post often, but writes poetry with heart, soul and a passion for God.

Jules — of Jules Stones — not just because she gave the award to me, but because she writes from her heart, and shares pieces of her soul as she tries to walk hand-in-hand with God.