Category Archives: Awards

Another Award? For Me?


I admit it – I have been slacking on my award posts.  Now please know that this does not mean that I’m not super grateful.  I most certainly am.

Akshita, from The Writer’s Nest was amazingly kind to me and nominated me for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, which I was really excited about because I’ve never been given this one.

Here are the rules:

1. Display the logo on your blog.

2. Nominate 14 readers you appreciate over a period of seven days, all at once or little by little.  Don’t forget to link to their blogs and tell them they’ve been nominated!

Here are 14 of the readers I appreciate:

1. Twinkle Toes and Ninja Boy – The future POTUS?  Definitely a possibility…

2. WAITING ON A WORD – I’d say she really likes to write!  And I’m glad!

3. Topic Spill – Two kids?  Loves football?  A crush on Tim Tebow?  Yes, yes, and yes!!!

4. Live2EatEat2Live Blog – Seeing as I am a lover of food myself, I appreciate The Mouse tremendously!

5. msCandaceMarie – I still just love her beautiful little family!

6. Luminous Blue – I still have not run across a blog with a more beautiful – and heartbreaking – back story.

7. mutteringheart – As you all know, God and music are what keep me going, too.

8. Tails from Paris – Always a guaranteed smile.

9. Valley Girl Gone Country – I swear she and I are kindred spirits.

10. Where Words Fail… – She’s stuck between staying young and becoming an adult – I can appreciate that in my denial of finally reaching my 30s!

11. Lisa Johnson Sawyer – She grew up with a strict disciplinarian mom, too.  (That takes a special person, people!)

12. Carmela Snelbaker– She takes on many important roles: mom, grandma, and author.

13. Cowboys and Crossbones – My bucket list now includes hanging out with her… You know she must be cool!

14. IASoupMama – Smart.  Funny.  Sarcastic.  Busy.  Boy, can I appreciate her!

Congrats to all these amazing bloggers – You inspire me!!!

Thank you again, Akshita!

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Mephobia: Fear of Becoming so Awesome That the Human Race Can’t Handle It and Everybody Dies


Jolene spoils me.  It’s plain and simple.  She is just too good to me.

This time, she awarded me with the Quintet of Radiance: Five Ennobling Awards!  I’m not worthy of the honor, but of course, I won’t turn such a thing down!

Here is the idea behind the award: To serve as a constant reminder for our thoughts to remain Versatile, to brighten up the dark pathways of the mind with Sunshine, respect our Inner Peace, bring about changes by being positively Influential, and make this pale blue planet an Awesome  place to abide in.

There are no other rules to this awesome award, so I’ll just “pay it forward” by nominating five very special bloggers:

Luminous Blue – Once you read her story, you will be hooked.  What an amazing tribute to her beautiful daughter.

Fish of Gold – She is a fighter and a winner.  She’s been through things most people can’t even imagine.  And she’s come out of those things stronger and more beautiful.

 

talktodiana – She has a heart of gold and spends her time trying to change the world.

 

rarasaur – She is completely selfless and amazingly thoughtful.  I’m proud to show off my token of friendship from her!

RePrEsSeD ExPrEsSiOnS – She, too, is a fighter and has beat breast cancer!  She’s also a pediatric dialysis nurse (which is right up there with teaching heroes) and an unashamed Christian.

Clearly, I’m not fit to receive this award because I’m nowhere near as amazing as these ladies.  But I accept this award from the amazing Jolene with a ginormous amount of thanks!

If you’re not already following these ladies (and Valley Girl Gone Country), then DO IT NOW!  It’ll make you awesome, too, just knowing them!


I Suck at Not Being Awesome


Whoop whoop!  I got another award, guys!  Valley Girl Gone Country nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Go follow her blog if you don’t already.  She is freaking hilarious and may or may not enjoy giving out sex advice.  You’ll thank me for sending you her way!

Thank you so much for the award, Jolene!!!

Now, on to the rules of this award:

1. Display the award on your page.

2. Announce your win with a post.  Link back to your nominator as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.

3. Present 15 awards to other deserving bloggers, and let them know you’ve nominated them.

4. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

As always, let get the 7 things out of the way first:

1. I am a master Googler, in case you haven’t already noticed.

Source: The Meta Picture

Source: The Meta Picture

2. The first concert I saw was the Backstreet Boys… back in like 1996 before they had any hits.  The only song anyone somewhat knew was “Quit Playing Games with My Heart.”  We didn’t even have to stand in line for autographs!  (Nick was dreamy, by the way…)

3. We also saw INOJ in concert that summer.  Does anyone remember her?  [Now singing non-stop in my head: “Let me love you doooooown…”]

4. I smell all food and drinks before I eat or drink them.  Don’t act like you don’t do that, too…

Source: Soda Head

Source: Soda Head

5. I read magazines from back to front, and I look at pictures online from right to left.  This is my calendar:

6. I can touch my tongue to my nose.

Source: Soda Head

Source: Soda Head

7. I’ve never seen The Princess Bride.

Source: Kootation

Source: Kootation

And now… here are my 15 nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. talktodiana

2. Things Could Be Worse…

3. Psycho Girl Self Help

4. Dad, It’s OK!

5. The Adventures of Fanny P.

6. Carmela Snelbaker

7. stuff i tell my sister

8. Dani Alexis

9. northierthanthou

10. The Leaking Boob

11. Keeping it Real

12. Outlaw Mama

13. Where Words Fail…

14. This Is Parenthood

15. To Talk of Many Things

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Thank you again for the award, Jolene!  I’m glad you like me again!

I like you, too.  In fact, I like you so much that I’m awarding you with the Medal of Awesomeness!

Here’s how this award works:

1. [Proudly] display the Medal of Awesomeness on your page.

2. Give a shout out to your nominator.

3. Nominate one of your favorite fellow bloggers to receive the Medal of Awesomeness so he or she can be as awesome as you.

4. Tell us 20 song lines or lyrics that best describe you/your life.

5. Your lyrics cannot have any reference to cats.  None.


If Being Awesome Was a Crime, I’d Be Serving a Life Sentence


Once again, I’ve been shocked and humbled… I got a notification yesterday from the mmmmm family that she nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award!  She made no mention of me being old (ahem) or weird (ahem).  She just mentioned “well done” and “lovely,” thank you very much.

If you haven’t checked out her blog, by the way, do it now!  She’s an amazing wife and mommy.  And she’s brave, caring, and funny.  Thank you so much for the award, Michaela!!!

Now, on to the rules of this award:

1. Display the award on your page.

2. Announce your win with a post.  Link back to your nominator as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.

3. Present 15 awards to other deserving bloggers, and let them know you’ve nominated them.

4. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Let’s get the 7 things out of the way first:

1. I am officially in “study for the LSAT” mode now.  I got this.  (Yes, I’m trying to convince myself more than you.)

2. I used to wish that I was Kelly Kapowski.  

Source: wikia

Source: wikia

So I would grow up to look like this:  (You’re welcome.)

Source: Barstool Sports

Source: Barstool Sports

3. I love going to the dentist.  Yes, I said love.

Source: Jokeroo

Source: Jokeroo

4. I can’t take any type of cold or allergy medicine.  It’s like crack.  Seriously. 

Me on cold medicine:

Source: Celebitchy

Source: Celebitchy

5. I hate orange foods.  All of them.  Yuck.

Source: Squidoo

Source: Squidoo

6. I can speak a little bit of French.  I took five years of it – I should know more than a little.

Source: Doble LOL

Source: Doble LOL

7. I hate surprises. 

And now… here are my 15 nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award (along with my favorite quotes from their pages):

1. rarasaur “Cows don’t use toilets.”

2. E’s Blog “If I don’t say anything, no one will know who I am. If I say too much, I’m a conceited asshole.”

3. Main Street Musings “In my L.A. world, lobster came pre cracked, along with a bowl of warm lemon water for hand washing, and a plastic bib that said ‘Red Lobster.’”

4. Mollytopia – “I’d rather eat a deep-fried turd than say anything about myself…”

5. That Unique* Weblog “More than once I have muttered, ‘I’m going to stick a fork in my eye’…”

6. LIFE: everyone has one! “I run faster, I look better in a wife beater, and I could probably beat her in arm wrestling or regular wrestling, if she was brave enough to try…..Plus mom likes me better!!”

7. Ben’s Bitter Blog “I immediately screamed like a little girl.”

8. don of all trades “I can do many things half-assed.”

9. Other than Lovie “This growing old shit is for the birds.”

10. Anna Lea West “The perfect day would include loved ones, mexican food and seeing someone bounce off a sliding glass door.”

11. Adventures, Aspirations and “Aha” Moments “Fake it till you make it.”

12. anelephantcant “Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless.”

13. Dadicus Grinch “I look part chicken, part zombie, and 100% creeper.”

14. RePrEsSeD ExPrEsSiOnS “No, idiot, you broke my concentration, now it’s starting to dribble out!”

15. “Normal” is the New Boring “Parenting is a special kind of crazy…”

Thank you again for the award, Michaela!


“My new house is going to have wall-to-wall awards!” ~Patsy Cline


I was shocked yesterday to learn that I’ve been nominated by The Girl Who Blogs for, you guessed it… another award!!!  I mean, I know I’m awesome, but most other people aren’t as aware of that as I!  I’m just kidding…

Kaela (one of my very favorite blogger-chicks) chose me as one of the recipients of the Bouquet of Three Award!

Here are the rules:

1. Proudly display the Award Certificate on your blog page!

2. Announce your win with a post.  Be sure to link your post back to me as a “thank you” for the nomination.

3. Present up to 15 awards to fellow deserving bloggers.

4. Let them know you’ve nominated them for this awesome award.

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Here are my Bouquet of Three Award nominees:

Cowboys and Crossbones – Her stories about her pussy, Ted, have me laughing so hard it hurts!

This Typing Makes Me Look Busy…. – She writes about everything from funny, drunken mishaps to her love of dance!

missandmisters – I love her stories about her beautiful boys, and the poo one took the cake!!  Check it out – It’s hilarious!

draliman on life – Drali is an amazingly funny blogger, and his DraliDoodles are awesome!

One man and his Mustang – Guys!  He knows the difference between a 1964, 1964 ½, and 1965 Mustangs!!!  That makes him my hero!

The Tousled Apostle – She is an English nerd (like me!), a proud Christian (like me!), a writer (like me!), and a musician (crap – not like me!)  In other words, she’s incredibly talented!

And now for the 7 interesting things about myself:   

1. My birthday is 7/11 – like the convenience store that sells the Slurpees.

Source: ChicagoNow

Source: ChicagoNow

2. My maiden name is Terwilliger – like Sideshow Bob’s on The Simpsons.

Source: deviantART

Source: deviantART

3. I’m originally from Middletown, New York.  Nope – that’s not upstate, and it’s not in the City.  (See where that red star is?)  There are actually other places to NY.

4. My favorite animal is a panda.  Nope, that’s not from the bear family, but actually the raccoon family. 

Source: USA-UK Online

Source: USA-UK Online

5. I’m left-handed.  That makes me a creative high achiever.

Source: Leftorium

Source: Leftorium

6. My favorite number is 17.  Apparently this makes me intense, difficult to live with, hardworking, and compassionate.  Since my first initial is A, I may become very wealthy.  (Damn, I wish this stuff was true…)  Check out the “meaning” of your favorite number here.

Source: Clker.com

Source: Clker.com

7. Both of my babies are February babies.

Thank you again, Kaela!!!  I’m honored!


“Of course awards matter.” ~Frank Ocean


I was honored and surprised on Friday when I got a notification from Claire Tomelty, a fellow amazing blogger, that she nominated me for the Liebster Award.

Most of you probably already know the rules to this award, but in case you don’t, here they are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.

3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6. And finally… Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.

To start with, I’ll answer Claire’s questions.

1. Is gluttony a real sin? Yes. Why? Because when I’m gluttonous, everything else goes out the window. I turn into a lazy, fat cow. Maybe if I loaded myself up on fruits and vegetables (ugh – as if!), it wouldn’t be so bad. But I don’t binge on those things. Nope – I stuff my face with things like french fries and brownies and bacon. Mmm, bacon…

Source: someecards

Source: someecards

2. What is your favourite character trait in another person? Honesty, by far. I don’t care how good looking and funny you are if you’re a liar. And what really gets my goat is people who lie about stupid things that nobody cares about to begin with. Grrr.

Don't be a liar. Source: flickr

Don’t be a liar.
Source: flickr

3. When you think about dying how do you feel? I don’t know really… I’m not scared of dying (I don’t think) since we all will at some time or another. Now with that being said, I’d rather not die some horrible, painful death, either. And I’d prefer not to die while my kids are still young and depend on me fully.

4. What makes you supremely happy? My kids and family. And Starbucks Hazelnut Frappuccinos.

5. Which fragrances stir up memories for you? I can’t pinpoint the actual smell, but there is one fragrance that I smell every once in a while that takes me back to the exact table I sat at in my elementary school cafeteria. And that, of course, makes me think of third grade and Greg Panagiotopoulos. He was my boyfriend even though he didn’t know it we were only eight. I wonder what ever happened to him. Hmm…

6. What colour best describes your personality? Purple. I have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of my life. I also have a deep need to help others. You can check your personality color here. It’s pretty darn accurate.

7. What is the most reckless thing you’ve ever done? Aye – I hate to even think back to my most reckless [translate: “stupidest”] moment because I can’t believe I was ever that dumb. Way back before I was old enough to drive, my sister and I used to walk the 1½ miles from our house to the beach, while our parents were at work. One day on our way back some older guys, who looked like they could have been in college, stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride so that we didn’t have to walk back. Like idiots, we accepted the ride. Thankfully, they actually took us home – well to the clubhouse in our neighborhood because I wouldn’t show them exactly where we lived. Yes, I now understand that we would have been killed, raped, stabbed, or any combination of the above. Yes, I also now understand that our decision was moronic. No, I will never do that again.

Source: The Louie Keen Blog

Source: The Louie Keen Blog

8. Have you ever broken any hearts? Yes, sadly. But not on purpose. Believe it or not, I haven’t always been such a cold-hearted bitch. I actually used to be a huge people-pleaser, and I have always hated saying no. So this guy back in high school really liked me, and I wasn’t attracted to him at all, but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, so I never really told him to back off. I guess now I realize that I sort of strung him along by not just telling him that I wasn’t interested. When he started buying me jewelry for my birthday, I knew I had to finally do it, and I “broke up” with him even though we were never really dating. Awkward, I know. Needless to say, he was heartbroken, and I felt like a complete witch.

9. What is your karaoke song? I don’t sing much karaoke, but I do love Rock Band, and my favorite song to sing to while Gerald plays the drums, Ronald plays the keyboard, and my brother-in-law plays the guitar is Free Bird. I mean, who doesn’t love singing that song?!

10. Which fictional character would you most like to have drinks with? Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird. He is far more moral, upstanding, and non-judgmental than most real-life people I’ve met. We all have a lot to learn from him.

Source: Cheezburger

Source: Cheezburger

11. Do you enjoy your own company? Ha ha – yes! You should hear all the conversations going on in my head at any given time! It’s like I’m having a party in there!

Source: someecards

Source: someecards

Now, for my 11 random facts about myself…

1. I have an oral fixation. [Get your mind out of the gutters, pervs.] I always need something in my mouth… ice, gum, candy, something. I’m not sure why, but it’s just one of those weird quirks. Come on, you know you have one, too…

2. I don’t like pizza. If I have to eat it (because I don’t feel like cooking), I prefer thin crust with black olives and green peppers. Those at least help mask the taste of all that cheese.

3. I’m a Conservative. I’ll stop there, so as not to get on my soapbox. (Chillax – don’t be so sensitive…)

Source: Zazzle

Source: Zazzle

4. I love the smell of rain.

5. I also love the sound of rain. Usually. After three months of nearly non-stop rain, however, I am beginning to enjoy the sound of no rain.

6. I love the dentist. There’s nothing like that feeling right after you’ve had your teeth cleaned.

7. I’m grumpy today because I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night. And it’s Monday. And it’s a full week.

Source: Quick Meme

Source: Quick Meme

8. I hate orange foods… oranges, sweet potatoes, orange juice, carrots… Yuck!

9. I still watch Full House nearly every night. What?! Don’t judge…

10. I love to cook. But as you already know, my OCD forces me to follow recipes to a T; therefore, I don’t experiment very often.

11. I love cop and prison shows like Cops, America’s Most Wanted, Scared Straight, Lockup, etc.

Source: Feedio

Source: Feedio

Here are my 11 nominees for the Liebster Award.

1. RoxyUncut – She’s a motivational speaker and loves people. That means she is, by far, a better person than I’ll ever be!

2. The Leaking Boob – She, like me, was crazy enough to think that she could single-handedly change the world by becoming an attorney. Only she had the balls enough to do it! She’s my hero.

3. Sarah’s Life and Thoughts – She writes thrillers – my favorite!! And she, too, has OCD, can be impatient, and moody. She’s right up my alley!

4. Beauty And Fashion Scribbles – She understands girly things, like fashion, that I never will.

5. E’s Blog – I like that he writes about controversial issues and isn’t afraid to voice his opinions about said issues. That’s what blogging is all about, right? Free speech?

6. SandStorm Click – We both love photography, and I admire anyone who appreciates the beauty in photos the way I do.

7. mummy flying solo – She’s a single mom, which makes her awesome, and she’s now published because she won a writing competition! Go MFS!

8. Valley Girl Gone Country – We have a several things in common… a southern gent, four kids, a crazy ex, and a love of blogging.

9. msCandaceMarie – She’s got an adorable five-month-old son, and I love reading all about her adventures in mommyhood!

10. sassypanties – I love reading her blog, as she never fails to make me laugh. She has a pre-teen and a teenager, like I do, so she fully appreciates any second away from them, too!

11. Little Bits & Pieces of Life – As the mom of two boys, she can appreciate the organized chaos that can control one’s life! She’s also creative, which is a trait that I can only ever dream of possessing!

And finally, here are my 11 questions to my awesome nominees:

1. Favorite TV show?

2. Why do you blog?

3. Pinterest: Brilliant or Nightmare?

4. Best place you’ve ever visited?

5. How do you like your potatoes?

6. Favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce?

7. Song with great lyrics, but a terrible beat?

8. Do aliens exist?

9. Favorite holiday?

10. Do you sleep wearing socks?

11. Shower or bath?

Thank you again to Claire! I’m humbled and grateful for your nomination!

Source: Pyzam

Source: Pyzam


“I’ve won many awards and I want more. If you want to call it hunger, then I’m hungry for awards.” ~Shahrukh Khan


Shine On Award

Shine On Award

Yep, that’s right.  I’m the proud winner of another award.  [Patting myself on the back.]  I’m not trying to be arrogant about it, but I’ve already told you that I base my entire self-worth on the number of awards I’ve won and my stats.  My stats aren’t too hot; therefore, this award is what’s keeping me from sinking into a deep despairing pity party for myself.  Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit.  But anyway, this one came from one of my very favorite bloggers, Danielle, from TheLifeandTimesofaMom.  She nominated me for the Shine On Award.  It certainly can’t be because I’m always such a bright ray of sunshine, but I’ll happily accept it anyway!

Here are the rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog page.

2. Link back to the awesome person who nominated you.

3. Tell seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers who are deserving of this award.

Okay, I’ve gotten the easy ones out of the way.  Now for the hard part – seven things about myself that you guys don’t already know.

1. My favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.  I loooove banana ice cream.  Other than that, I’m not really a big ice cream fan.  Except chocolate soft serve.  I love that.

Source: Film School Rejects

Source: Film School Rejects

2. I have a massive celebrity crush on Nick Lachey.  If it wasn’t for that gorgeous witch Vanessa, I’d totally have a chance.  [Think Dumb & Dumber here…]

Source: Celeb Great

Source: Celeb Great

3. I’m very anxiously awaiting the start of the next season of Sons of Anarchy.  It’s my new favorite show.  I remember swearing it wouldn’t be my thing, but now I’m completely hooked.  I can’t wait to watch Tara plot her revenge against Gemma…

Source: fanpop!

Source: fanpop!

4. Unlike most women, I don’t collect purses.  Instead, I collect bathing suits.  I don’t know what it is I love about them, but I could probably wear a different one each day for an entire month.  Regardless of how many I have, though, I still have one favorite… (and yes – those are rhinestones people!)

5. My favorite food – besides bacon, of course – is potatoes.  Except sweet potatoes.  Those are disgusting.  What’s even better than potatoes and bacon?  Potatoes WITH bacon.  Yummmm.

Source: A Family Feast

Source: A Family Feast

6. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Africa.  It’s #1 on my bucket list.

Alicia Benton Photography

Alicia Benton Photography

7. I love puzzles and mind games.  Regular puzzles, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles, number puzzles… Anything that gets my brain working overtime.  One of my favorites is Shut the Box.  Warning: It’s addictive.

Source: Amazon.com

Source: Amazon.com

And now… My 15 nominees – I’m trying to not pick the same people that Arden and Danielle picked:

1. E’s Blog – Every new blogger should start off with an award.  It’s quite a boost of confidence.

2. TalktoDiana – She’s thoughtful, giving, and selfless.  And she likes quotes as much as I do!

3. The Jogging Dad – He lives in Sydney; he’s a runner; he’s a dad… what’s not to love?!

4. Cowboys and Crossbones – She’s the most fun-loving, easy-going person I’ve never met, and I’d love to hang out with her for a weekend.

5. Cordelia’s Road Trip – Every single post she writes has me laughing.  Seriously.  Read them.

6. this is lemonade – She is wise enough to know that when life is pummeling you with lemons and is pouring on your parade, you make lemonade and march on.  She’s an inspiration to me.

7. bwthoughts – He’s humble, has defeated cancer, and has a great attitude.  He’s a fighter.  I love fighters.  Oh yeah… one more thing – He’s going out to buy a purple shirt!!!

8. Jennifer’s Journal – She’s the proud mom of a successful, beautiful girl, whom she had when she was only 18.  (I can relate to how hard that is.)  She’s a great writer and photographer.

9. HeySugarSugar – I love her randomness.  She writes like I think.  And she says what’s on her mind, which you all know, I can appreciate.

10. Dadicus Grinch – Dadicus has been married for 12 years.  That makes him my hero!  Also he wears parachute pants, which definitely makes him awesome!  😉

11. Mollytopia – Seriously, y’all… she’s my long-lost twin.

12. Getting it Together – She like me, has a goal each day of just making it out alive!  Her adventures in raising little strippers are quite hilarious!

13. suzie81’s blog – I love her honesty and transparency.  For example, see this post.

14. Breathing Space – I love her blog because she’s an amazing writer.  I’m pretty sure she’ll break the rules to this award, but definitely make sure you check out her page!  😉

15. The Happsters – Their whole point is to bring people happiness!  I love that!

Thank you again, Danielle, for this awesome award!!


“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…” ~Albert Schweitzer


As you all know by now, one of my favorite bloggers and favorite [nearly] crazy cat ladies is Arden.  Under normal circumstances, I would have nominated her for the Liebster Award, but the first time I received it she was my nominator, and I couldn’t nominate her back, and the second time I received it, she had already received it, too.  But… she definitely deserves another award because 1) she’s awesome, and 2) she needs something to blog about tomorrow.  Sooooo I’ve made up an award especially for her.

Please join me in welcoming Crazy Cat Lady Arden as the first only latest recipient of the MEDAL OF AWESOMENESS!!!

Here’s how this award works:

1. [Proudly] display the Medal of Awesomeness on your page.

2. Give a shout out to your nominator.

3. Nominate one of your favorite fellow bloggers to receive the Medal of Awesomeness so he or she can be as awesome as you.

4. Tell us 20 song lines or lyrics that best describe you/your life.

5. Your lyrics cannot have any reference to cats.  None.

Source: Fun Elf

Source: Fun Elf

Now, when we all have the same stinking song stuck in our heads all day, we’ll know exactly who to blame.  Congrats on being an AWESOMELY AWESOME blogger, Arden!!

Source: Favim.com

Source: Favim.com


“The most awesome thing about being awesome is the aura of awesomeness around you which makes you feel more awesome.” ~Kaushal Rupani


I’m so thankful to frustratedreader for nominating me for the Liebster Award because now I don’t have to think of something to blog about today.

This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, who then share their favorite bloggers with their viewers.  Unfortunately, I still have less than 200 followers, but maybe by the next time someone wants to nominate me, they won’t be able to because I’ll be way over 200 by that point.  Yeah.  That sounds about right.

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.

3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6. And finally… Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.

I’ll start with my answers to “Fusterated’s” questions.  (I love this happy accident, by the way.)

1. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) how much do you enjoy blogging?  Ten, without a doubt.  Blogging is better therapy than anything I know of.  And it’s introduced me to other amazingly abnormal people who are much like myself.

2. How do you choose which blogs to follow?  I always look to see who my favorite bloggers are following.  Their taste in bloggers is pretty impressive.  I also read other bloggers’ comments – they tell me a lot about their personalities.

3. Do you prefer green or blue in general?  Blue.  It’s actually one of my favorite colors.

4. Do you believe in soul mates, why or why not?  I don’t.  Every time I think I’ve met him, I’m proven horribly wrong.  As I’ve shared before, it amazes that a person as intelligent as myself can have such bad judgment!

Source: someecards

Source: someecards

5. If you could travel anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?  To St. Croix.  Who ever said Disney was the greatest place on Earth?

6. Would you rather live by a body of water or on the Plains?  WATER!!!  I’m a beach bum and could never live anywhere that’s not near the beach.  Be jealous, Don.  Be very jealous.

7. Why did you choose WordPress?  Haha.  It was the first blogging site that popped up in my Google search.  I knew NOTHING about blogging.  Nothing.  I’m glad The Google did, though.

8. Are there aliens?  Yes.  And they steal socks from my dryer.

Source: Leanne Wildermuth

Source: Leanne Wildermuth

9. Do you believe in a higher power?  I do.  I’m a very unapologetic Christian.

Source: someecards

Source: someecards

10. Do you expect to blog for the rest of your life or is it until you get super burned out?  I plan to blog until my smart phone becomes smarter than I am, and I can no longer figure out how to use it.  I can’t imagine ever getting burned out.  If I stop blogging, I’m likely to kill someone…

Now it’s time for 11 random facts about myself.  You all already know I’m kind of crazy, so I’ll skip that one.

1. I’m addicted to those ridiculous ghost story shows.  They’re like a train wreck that I can’t look away from.

2. When someone adds me as a Facebook friend, I stalk them look through all of their photo albums.  Just to make sure I know who I’m becoming friends with, of course.

Source: Leaky Squid

Source: Leaky Squid

3. I hate peanut butter.  But Nutella is an entirely different story.

4. I can’t whistle.  Not even a little.  It just sounds like I’m trying to blow out birthday candles.

5. I love love love long-sleeved t-shirts.

6. I played the trumpet in middle school.  (No band nerd jokes allowed…)

7. I ran track in high school.  (Thus, the reason I now have amazing legs.  Just saying.)

8. You make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven.

9. My favorite TV show is Sons of Anarchy.  And Jax is my boyfriend.

10. I love graphic novels.  (They’re not comic books, you a**hole!)

11. I will only drive a Ford.

My nominees for the Liebster Award:

1. The Girl Who Blogs – I love everything about Kaela.  Seriously, there’s not a post she’s written that I haven’t loved.

2. RePrEsSeD ExPrEsSiOnS – She’s always so positive, and I love that she takes the time to recommend her favorite bloggers based on your interests.

3. journey FULL OF LIFE – Little Braxton is a miracle, and Vanessa does an amazing job parenting a child with special needs.  She’s an inspiration to all parents.

4. Dad, it’s OK! – I can’t wait to watch as his little family grows and to hear all about his upcoming adventures and changes.  The only thing I don’t like is the fact that he’s a Puppy Dawg fan.  Arden, I bet you love him already!

5. Andrea’s Metamorphercise – She runs and runs and runs some more.  It’s amazes me.

6. bringing words to life – He’s a self-published poet.  I couldn’t write poetry if I tried.  He was also in the Royal Navy.  That’s pretty badass.

7. Fierce but Cute – Dog pictures… what’s not to love?

8. hippie cahier – She’s a former English teacher, so that automatically makes her cool.  She’s also reached the point in her life that she’s not a raging ball of irritation like I am.  I hope I can reach that point some day.

9. Koke’s Journal – Filet mignon and brownies?  Yes, please.

10. Life Happens – Her favorite food is watermelon.  Mine too.  Yu-uu-umy!!!

11. The She Chronicles – She’s brutally transparent.  I love that.

And now, for your questions:

1. What’s your favorite animal?

2. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

3. Favorite song lyrics?

4. What’s your favorite game show of all time?

5. East coast or West coast?

6. What’s your favorite website?

7. Thunderstorms: love them or hate them?

8. Do you remember your dreams?

9. What was your first car?

10. How do you like your eggs?

11. What are you scared of?

Thank you again, frustratedreader.  You’re the best!

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon


“What does it mean to be the best? It means you have to be better than the number two guy. But what gratification is there in that? He’s a loser—that’s why he’s number two.” ~Jarod Kintz


So I just finished changing my pants since I peed from excitement when I saw that Arden created the I Mustache You a Question Award and nominated me, albeit only because I sit next to her all day, and she thought I’d bitch about not winning.  Geez.  Anyhow, that’s not what matters, right?  What really matters is that my awards list is getting longer by the day!  Even Bitter Ben awarded me with his Bitterly Pressed Award because he’s trying to piss off Arden.  I’m beginning to like how this whole award thing works… piss a bunch of people off and shower Alicia with awards in the process!  This is a win-win for me!  Thanks Arden!!!

Anyway, back to business.  Here are the rules for this bomb-diggity award:

1. Add the award badge to your blog page.

I Mustache You a Question Award

2. Thank the person who nominated you.  (Thanks Arden!)

3. Answer your nominator’s question.

4. Nominate two bloggers for the award to keep it going.

5. Ask the new winners your incredible question.

6. When you’re awarded this, think of your two favorite bloggers at that very moment.  Here are your winners!

7. You can’t award the Mustache Award to the person who nominated you.  Make someone else’s day.

First, I’ll reveal my nominees for the ‘I Mustache You a Question Award.’  They are…..

“Normal” is the New Boring –

Blogging is the extent of her social life, as well.

 and

 TheLifeandTimesofaMom

She actually likes human contact.  She deserves an award for that in and of itself.

My question for both of these amazing ladies is:

If you could have a whole weekend with no kids to worry about and chase around, what would you do?  What would your fantasy weekend consist of?  (No guilt about not having the rugrats, either, by the way.)

Okay, now that that part’s out of the way, I’ll move on to Arden’s question for her nominees.  She asked “Is there something you’ve been holding back from someone that you just want to scream in their face but can’t (or won’t)?  It can be a friend, a coworker, a spouse or boyfriend, a relative.  Why haven’t you told them?”

Well, since you asked…

You all know how I feel about the one particular Turkey Leg Fatty Patty whom I see every day.  You know… the one who drives me insane with every single thing she does?  Well, last week while Arden was enjoying her amazing vacation, and I was stuck here to deal with Chunky McChunkerson on my own, I was surprisingly well-behaved.  I only gave her the look of death maybe three times a day, as opposed to the normal 15 times.  And, I did not scream in her face that she should never EVER wear that purple dress again.  Ever.  For the love of God.  Ever.

Why, you ask?  What was so wrong about the purple dress?

She looked like Violet Beauregarde.  When she turned into a blueberry.

Actual photograph of Turkey Legs

Actual photograph of Turkey Legs

On Friday, when the ice cream truck came for Employee Appreciation Week, I wanted to offer to roll her down to the parking lot just like any good Oompa Loompa would do.  But I didn’t.  I was scared she was going to pick the whole ice cream truck up and eat it.  (You know… like King Kong does when he picks up the girl??)

Me rolling Turkey Legs to the ice cream truck

My fellow co-workers and me rolling Turkey Legs to the ice cream truck

I held back.  I contained myself.  Why?

Simple:  I didn’t want to be eaten.


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