Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm Ba-ack!!

Surprise!  I know, I said I'd be away for awhile, completely immersed in my new Jodi Picoult treasure.  But the truth is, I couldn't stay away!  I'm LOVING Ms. Picoult's latest offering (fa-bu-lous!!), and I'm already several chapters in, but I've decided to try and actually PACE myself with this one.  I'm going to savor it, if you will, rather than devour it in a few days. We'll see how that goes!

I also couldn't bear being away from HERE! And you know what THAT means, don't you?  I'm completely hooked!  I'm crazy about this lovely blogosphere of which I can proudly state that I am a part, and the thought of not being connected to it for even a day is simply unimaginable.  This, of course, means there's going to be a lot of therapy in my future, but I'm not going to think about that just now!!

There's another reason I needed to come back today, and that's because about a WEEK or so ago the lovely B Sparkly awarded me with this "Master of Karate and Friendship" honor!

On top of THAT, my new best friend and stalking victim Kelly, of Kellyansapansa, gave me the prestigious "Lemonade Stand" award, about seventeen EONS ago!  And, like an ungrateful LOSER, I've not acknowledged either.  I, it turns out, royally suck!  But I'd sincerely like to remedy that today!

Thanks so much, B and Kelly, I really am honored and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you thinking of me!  If you haven't already, be sure to check out both of these girls' fantastic blogs.  They're pretty, witty, and fabulous, Dahlings!  I know you'll love them!

For the Karate Master award, I'm to now list six things in which I "master."  Wow, only SIX?  But there's just so many areas in which I excel (NOT!)! I guess I'll go with these:

1.  Running Discipline.  There's very few days I actually WANT to run.  I always do anyway.  I'm kinda proud of that!!

2.  Sticking to My Guns.  Fifteen years ago, the APSCA asked it's members to boycott Proctor and Gamble products because of inhumane animal testing procedures.  Only until recently, when it was announced the company had changed it's policies, did I buy a SINGLE item of theirs (this included Pringles potato chips, for crying out loud!!).

3.  Buying Presents for People.  I LOVE it.  And I think I'm pretty good at choosing the right item for the right person, if I do say so myself!

4.  Drinking Wine.  I've given it up for a few months to help achieve some weight loss goals.  But, MAN, when I'm on my game, I'm REALLY good at this!!

5.  Wearing What I Like.  This one took a while, but I finally stopped worrying about what others think about my outfits, and wear what I want! (See earlier, Christmas Sweater post!)

6.  Gardening.  I LOVE being elbow-deep in dirt, planting flowers that are going to make my yard "pop!"  It's like painting with nature!  In Florida, my flowers won me "Yard of the Month," TWICE!!  I wrote about THAT, too, here!

Ok, now to pass this award on to six others.  This will be tough, because so many of my new friends' outstanding blogs have already been presented with these awards!  I tried to pick ones that haven't, but if this is a repeat for you, feel free to completely ignore it!!  I won't be offended in the LEAST!!  Here are my choices:

Views of a Star Child
Sylvia from Over the Hill
"A" for Effort ("B" for Blog)
Things I Never Knew
Paint Splotches
Darlene's Days

As for the Lemonade Stand award, I'm supposed to present it to someone who's "making lemonade out of lemons," so to speak.  I'd love to give this to sweet Julia over at A Blonde Walks Into a Blog...  She's going through a rough patch right now and I'd love for you all to stop by and throw her some kind words of support!

Welp, there it is!  Thanks again, Kelly and B, I can't tell you how tickled I am that you thought of me!  I promise I'll do my best to live up to the Lemony Karate Master you see in me!!

Ok, back to Jodi!  Bye (again!) for now and,

Thanks for Reading!!

57 comments:

Yankee Girl said...

Congrats on the awards!

It IS hard to stay away!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Congrats on your awards!

I like receiving presents.....hint hint : )

Sylvia K said...

Thank you so much for the award! Always appreciated! Glad you're enjoying the book! I'm off to the library later today to look her up! Have a terrific day!

Sylvia

Looking for Blue Sky said...

That's one crazy woman you have pictured there - and I don't mean the runner lol!

Gucci Mama said...

Jodi Piccult is one of my favorite authors; love her!

Congrats on the awards!

Bossy Betty said...

Glad you are back and doing the big-girl thing of pacing yourself!

Congrats on the awards!

Angela said...

Welcome back and congrats on the awards!!!!

We live in a Zoo! said...

WOOT!! I love getting links to new blogs. :D Congrats on the awards!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Congrats to you!
But honestly I am more impressed with number 1 and 3 even more than your awards girl.

I hate running - unless I am being chased.
I am horrible at buying gifts - my husband is wonderful at it. He says I try to hard. I don't know....any tips?

Momma Fargo said...

Congrats! You deserve them all!

SM said...

just started reading you but glad you didn't leave for long ;)

Mary said...

I read my first Jodi Picoult book a few months ago ("Handle With Care"). I completely forgot about the new one coming out! Must get to the bookstore this afternoon after work!

Krista said...

Congratulations on the awards - you deserve them and more!

I'm addicted to blogging too. Better than some other things, I s'pose! Haven't had a smoke in a few days so I deserve the blogtime. ;o)

starnes family said...

I've never read her books, but they're everywhere! Need to.

Deborah Ann said...

Wow, you are really disciplined! I share some of the things on your list...running when I don't feel like it, but giving up my wine will be difficult!

lifeshighway said...

Congrats on all the awards. How do you find the time for all your disciplines, your large blog community and your wine?

S.L.N. said...

I so get the running thing- even when you don't want to you have to look at it like there is no choice- it is not an option NOT to exercise- you just have to do it like you have to do laundry.

BigSis said...

I thought Handle with Care was too much like My Sister's Keeper, so it's good to know the new one is fabulous!

Juliana said...

We have 2,3 and 6 totally in common--it is crazy!! Esp 2-I do the same thing. Never underestimate the power of a WOMAN!!!

Thank you this award--I do not have it already and it is by far my favorite--because the meaning is such a fixture in my life-thank you a million times over!

ReformingGeek said...

Congrats on the awards!

Yum....wine!

Maybe tonight, after my run!

Being Me said...

Did you know, I'm a Jodi Piccoult virgin? Never read any of her books.... How can this be?!? I seek to remedy that this year, largely based on your high recommendation of her writing.

Congrats on the recognition!

Denise said...

Congratulations on your awards, this has been a fun post to read.

magically ordinary said...

Congrats!! You deserve them - your blog is a very fun read!!

Tracie said...

Congrats on your awards! You know I'm a blogging junky. Reading is one of the things I had to give up for it. (More or less) It makes me sad that I have to sleep and take care of my kids. I need more hours in the day.

KathyB said...

Cool awards! I've admired you for every one of those things you listed - except maybe the wine drinking thing. Just jealous there. :D

RN Mama said...

Congratulations on your awards! I can't believe you went without Pringles for 15 years, crazy! That is dedication!

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats on the awards!

Star Child said...

Thank you so much for my award.

I am one of those guys who can turn his hand to anything, but continues to be "a master of none."

Perhaps I would be more comfortable with "Adept" or...a "middle manager" type award.

I continue to enjoy your blog very much. Keep it up. xx

Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

My God - how amazing is it that there's an award named after "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"?!?!

I love the blogosphere.

Congrats!

Pearl said...

You are now a decorated blogging stud.

:-)

Pearl

Elle said...

Congratulations and thank you so much. This is like the coolest award ever, and I'm honored you chose me! :-)

Anti-Supermom said...

I'm addicted to Jodi Picoult too. She is *such* a great author. Sometimes, I have to admit, I get a little Picoulted-out because it's so emotionally draining to read her books.

Oh yes, back to you... congrats on the award, you deserve them, because you rock.

Missy said...

So glad to hear you love the book. I got it yesterday too, but haven't started it yet. I said I was going to pace myself with the final Harry Potter. I did for 24 hours, then spent the next 24 hours reading non-stop and finishing at about 3am.

The warrior in me said...

You DIDN'T EAT PRINGLES for 15 Years????? Oh my! I want to come out there and hug you! You are the latest revolutionary i've heard of- you didn't have to bother listing the other 5 things you excel at, AT ALL!!

Jean said...

I love the 6 things you have mastered! I too think I have mastered the wine drinking ;)

xo

Sarah said...

I'm totes impressed by 1-3, and based on #4, we should hang out.

E said...

Whoa...You are some kind of blog celebrity! 36 comments?!? I dream of that!!

SO glad you stopped by my blog today! Your "name" intrigued me, so here I am. I too am Irish AND love Jodi Piccoult. The blog world is so small!

Happy writing!
E @ www.emyselfandi.com

Erin said...

Yay! Congrats! Keep on keepin on.

Kellyansapansa said...

I'm still annoyed that you get to read the new Jodi Picoult book a whole month before we get it in Oz, but I guess I have to forgive you now that you've said such nice things about me. *sulk*

Allison said...

What book are you reading?

lori said...

Congrats on the awards and those are six fabulous things to be good at!

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

wow, you are my new blogging idol. Came back from a day off to acknowledge your fellow bloggers. What an inspiration!

MindyMom said...

Congrats on the awards. Well deserved. And I know what you mean about being addicted to the blog. I go through withdrawls if I go more than a couple days!

Eyegirl said...

I love her books!! And congrats on the awards.

Kittie Howard said...

Saw your logo at Teresa Evangeline's and thought I'd drop in. And I caught you just as you'd returned. Yep, blogging gets into the soul. You have a lovely blog. Congrats on the awards. Well-deserved!

Iva said...

YAY!!! Congratulations on your awards!!!

blueviolet said...

Congratulations on the awards and thank you for coming back to us sooner than expected. I really need to head to the library and grab some of her books for myself~

christy rose said...

You are funny! Congrats on your awards! Now enjoy every salivating morsel of that book!

Getting My Words Out said...

Congrats....
1) My birthday is 9/14.
2) Thanks for giving me the motivation to get out there and GET MY RUN ON today!
3) No Pringles???? WOW, im-pres-sive!!!

So glad you're pacing yourself on the book...like taking all day to open Christmas presents!
:D

tattytiara said...

You're not addicted to blogging, you're addicted to us! Admit it!

Well done on the awards!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Great willpower there with proctor and gamble! Way to go! And congrats on the awards.

Delana said...

That Pringles thing...wow! Is it even possible to
1. camp
2. drive long distances
3. spend a weekend at the cabin
4. watch a football game....
without Pringles? I'm sure there are more. Felicitations and I'm glad you didn't take the time off.

Acting Balanced Mom said...

Congrats on the awards ... can't wait for your final review on the new Jodi Picoult... I'm of two minds about whether to read it, too close to home with my son having Autism... so I'll look forward to hearing about it...

Darlene said...

Congratulations on your awards and I enjoyed reading about you! Thanks so much for thinking of me with an award. I am really bad about doing the awards/tags now because I did so many when I first started blogging. Again, thanks for thinking of me though.♥

mrs.messi said...

I don't know how I wasn't following you before! Love your blog!

Heatherlyn said...

I love planting flowers that make a yard pop. Our soil right now is soooo crummy, and so is the drainage. Nothing grows the way I want it too, except for wild marigolds--and they grow like crazy (taller than my rose bushes)! I'm always slightly jealous of climates where the geraniums won't die each winter and so can grow to the size of rose bushes. Beautiful.

And good for you for running when you don't feel like it. I'm just so not there yet!

Sarah said...

I'll have to run not walk to borders to get Jodi's latest novel. I wasn't sure if I'd read it but have to know.

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