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“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!!

“My blog is a collection of answers people don’t want to hear to questions they didn’t ask.” ~Sebastyne Young

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Source: lovebuildsthishappyhome.blogspot.com

Saturday’s Be Happy Challenge:

– Your Top Three Favorite Blogs to Read and Why. –

I hate this one.  It’s so hard to pick only three blogs that I love.  I have about four times more than that that I absolutely look forward to reading every day.

But, I’ll suck it up and follow the prompt.  Three of my favorite blogs are:

1. Mollytopia

I love her for a number of reasons.  First of all, she once said that she’d rather eat a deep-fried turd than say anything about herself that doesn’t just naturally come up in conversation.  A deep-fried turd!!!  Amazing!

Second, she’s from the same place I am – The Redneck Riviera Myrtle Beach.  I think we probably lived there at the same time – back when I was partying like it was 1999.  She moved from there to Columbia.  And you all know what’s in Columbia… THE GAMECOCKS!!!

She’s an awesome mom, and her conversations with her daughter, Anna, are unquestionably hilarious!

Reading her blog makes my drink come out of my nose on occasion.  If you want a burny nose, too, then definitely check it out!!!

2. TheLifeandTimesofaMom

Every time I read Danielle’s blog, I forget that she’s still just a baby.  She’s got a tremendous amount of wisdom, and while I’ve never met her, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet to call her an old soul.  She’s beautifully transparent, and she’s not ashamed of who she is.

She, like me, is a proud mommy of two boys.  That in and of itself makes her deserving of a medal!  And a vacation!

3. Dad, It’s Ok! 

Other than the fact that he’s a Georgia fan, he’s an incredible, humble person and blogger!  He’s newly married and expecting a little princess in just a few weeks [gulp!].  I love that through his writing, I can feel the love he has for his little family.

I can’t wait until Lauren (the wifey) has the baby so that I can read all about his new adventures into daddyhood!

Man, there are so many more people whose blogs I love, and they at least deserve a shout-out!  More (but not all) of my faves are:

This Typing Makes Me Look Busy….

don of all trades

“Normal” is the New Boring

Cowboys and Crossbones


Fish of Gold

Fusteratedreader’s Blog

Ben’s Bitter Blog

julie chicklitasaurus


The Girl Who Blogs

“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!!

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Source: Favim.com

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