Liebster Award

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Boy was I sure surprised when I woke up and checked my email this morning to find out I have been nominated by Jenny at Life with the Bearded J’s for the Liebster Award!   You should all go check her out on Facebook as well!   Thanks Jenny, I humbly accept this award!

I had to read the message a few times till it sunk in.  I was smiling from ear to ear and felt like I had just won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a lead role for a dramedy! (drama/comedy).   I wish I could say that I saw this coming but honestly I really didn’t.   I think I will be in shock for a good long while!  As a blogger I never thought of earning awards, I just wanted to share my life experiences whatever they were. Have people read what I wrote and maybe relate and comment on my posts and share with their friends.

 I have to thank my family who inspires most of my writing.  They are quirky and funny and I wish I had the memory to recall all the funny stories from day to day.  I often think I should walk around with a voice recorder going 24/7 because my family in my opinion is pretty freaking hilarious!   I love you kids…without you all I wouldn’t have some of the funny stories I post on my blog and Facebook.

A big thank you needs to go to my amazing husband J.R.!  This man has always encouraged me to follow whatever makes me happy.  He inspires me daily with his kindness, generosity and respect he has for everyone.  I love you babe, you are my rock!

I also have to thank the fans of my blog and Facebook page.  You have shared my page and some I have really gotten to know pretty well.  You are the best faithful followers a girl could ask for.  It is all because of you liking me!

Part of accepting this award is that I must answer 10 questions about myself and nominate some other great blogs.  So I will start with the questions.

  1. What’s your favorite past-time, aside from blogging?    Spending time with my family.  We like to do lots of things together as a family, swimming, target shooting, watching football or hockey games on t.v. and having friends over.  I love to plan parties and invite a diverse group of our friends and just mingle.  I often have thought I was born in the wrong era, as it seems not too many people do the “dinner party” thing much anymore.
  1. If you could turn back the hands of time and do one thing in life differently what would it be and why?  Good question.  I honestly believe that we are all made up of the experiences we have.  The only thing I wish I could change is that I would have applied myself more in school.  I could have done so much better.  I wasn’t terrible in school but I was so shy and introverted that I didn’t want to stand out in any way.  I hated being the center of attention, although I know I longed to be one of the “popular” people in school.  I just sort of kept my head down and did what I needed to in order to pass each class and move on.   But, then again, I might not be where I am today and I love my life right now!
  1. What is your main goal you would like to accomplish with your blog?   I would like to be a better writer.  I loved to write when I was younger and after I had kids I let it all fall by the wayside.  As a teenager I wrote poems and someone said that they were good and that they sounded like greeting cards.  So I sent my poems to Hallmark to see if they would publish me.  Unfortunately they didn’t but I did get a nice letter saying that I should keep submitting and they looked forward to reading more.  It was probably a form letter but at 12-13 yrs old I was crushed and never really shared my writing or poetry with anyone.   Oddly enough now that I am older I love the attention!   I hope to connect with people who share similar interests and who can relate to what I write about in some way.  I love to make people laugh as well and some of the things I post are funny to me and I hope they would be funny to others as well.
  1. If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?  My dad.  He passed away when I was 19.  My parents divorced when I was about 9 yrs old and my sister and I didn’t have much contact with my dad for several years.  He moved out of state and had his life and we got cards and things for our birthday.  It wasn’t the same as having him visit.  We couldn’t afford to go visit him and he couldn’t afford to see us.  It sucked but we moved forward.  When I graduated high school we got a call that my dad was really sick and his new wife called us and set up tickets for us to come and see him.   It was sad to see him so fragile and thin.  He had diabetes and didn’t take care of himself over the years so he was pretty sick at a young age.  I would love to be able to sit and talk to him and tell him what my life has been like.  I would like to hear him tell stories of when I was a baby and all the things he remembered when he was there.   I would love for him to be able to meet his grandchildren and his great grandchild.  I know he would just go nuts over them all.
  1. What inspires you to write?  Life inspires me. Everyday things that happen in my house or while I am out and about whether sad, funny or just plain weird make me want to write about them.   People inspire me.  Everyday things people say and do sometimes leave me shaking my head at how ridiculous they are.  Other times the amazing love and courage people have inspire me.  My family always inspires me and encourages me to keep doing what I have dreamed of doing.   The craziness of the way our world has changed since I was a kid gives me plenty of material to write about too.
  1. What is your blogging routine? (How do you go about creating a new blog entry from start to finish?)    It used to be I would just blog when I came across something that I thought others might enjoy reading.  But lately I have had the urge to really have a schedule and actually LEARN how to do it correctly.  I had other blogs before and they never seemed to fit me.  Does that make sense?  They were too specific I guess in that it put me in a box and I felt trapped because the blog was only about recipes or it was only about a weight loss journey.   So I decided to start fresh and clean.  I started a brand new blog (THIS ONE), and I also started a blogging 101 class on wordpress where my blog is located.   I found it very helpful to learn how to correctly use the publisher, widgets and other features that I had only half ass used on my other blog.   So now I keep a piece of paper at my desk and I often write down topics and start drafts of those topics.   I make every effort to write for even just an hour on one of the topics and see if I can get it finished.   I am learning to not publish them right away as I have had to go back and edit a time or two due to grammatical errors or just too wordy.   So I do try to write it, leave it overnight or even a few hours.  I then come back and read it over again and make changes before publishing it to the world.    My goal is to dedicated each day to a topic and have posts ready and scheduled to publish at the minimum a few a week.    If I have something to say that is short I generally just post on my Facebook page.
  1. What is one thing you want the blogging community to know about you?   I would like the blogging community to share in my life.  Everyone has struggles and joys and I have found inspiration from so many other bloggers, I only hope to be that for others.  I am sarcastic and as the title implies….hell it screams it out loud.  I am not perfect, I screw up but I am funny, I am real, I am honest, I have feelings and I hope to not offend anyone but this is my blog and I do have my own opinions and you don’t have to agree with me for us to be friends.   I respect all opinions and I take them all into consideration.
  1. What is your fondest child hood memory?    I have many fond memories from childhood.  Holidays have to be my favorite memories.  Our family always seemed to get together for holidays.  Usually at my aunts house.  She had a nice backyard and a pool.  Summer holidays everyone would bring something and we would all pile into the yard, lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and even some of their friends would show up.  It would start early in the day and ended after dark.   Christmas Day everyone would head over to my aunt’s and there was so much food it was laid out all over the place.  Cousins and even some of their friends would stop by.  It was a huge open house party and from year to year you never knew who would stop by.   The grown ups sat around the table and had drinks and played cards, the kids would all play together and lots of picture taking, especially when Santa made his appearance for the kids.  My aunt always bought small gifts for everyone and she carefully wrapped them and wrote names on each one and Santa (usually one of my older boy cousins or a family friend )  came around the same time every year.  My aunt would say, “Oh my, what was that noise”.  Everyone would stop and listen and then there would be banging on the front porch and big jingle bells.   In would walk Santa and all us kids would freak out.   He would call us up one by one as he pulled gifts from a giant hefty bag!!
  1. If you were not doing what you do everyday (doing the same thing is not an option) what would you be doing? (for work or for fun)  This is a tough one.  I love being a stay at home mom most of the time.  I do however wish that my body would cooperate so that I could ice skate again for fun.  I guess that wouldn’t be an everyday thing but I would love to be able to move better on a daily basis.   For work I would love to be a better writer and actually become more accomplished and hone my writing to possibly get into writing novels.   That would be a great job.   I also would love to write a cookbook.

10. Describe your first *real* date, the one with no chaperones!    I can honestly say that I don’t think I ever had a “real date” until I met my husband.   I wouldn’t classify hanging out with a guy I am dating and all our friends a date.   I didn’t have my first real boyfriend till I was almost 20 years old.   I did go on a date with one guy when my oldest daughter was just a year old.  I was 28 yrs old at the time and  I met him via a singles ad.  He was separated from his wife and was trying to move on.  He was a super nice guy and he took me to dinner.   I remember we ate steak and drank Heineken beers at the restaurant.  He was quite a gentleman, he opened doors for me and we had a lot in common.   But I knew he was still into his wife so it was more like two friends getting together for dinner, just a few days after he told me he had convinced his wife to work on their relationship and he apologized a lot.   I was happy for him and sad for myself at the same time.  He was a really nice guy.

Now I am going to nominate some blogs for the award  and post the rules for those blogs to follow.

Official Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and choose to accept it, you must write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link back to their blog on your blog.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget” on your sidebar.
  1. Answer the 10 questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  1. Nominate 5 – 10 blogs that you feel deserve the award. (They must have a less than 1000 followers.)
  1. Create a new list of questions for those bloggers to answer.
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)
  2. Once you have written and published it, you then must inform the people/blogs that you nominated and provide a link to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award!!

How My Brain Works

Steel Workers Wife

Mother of Serendipity

Hardleybored

Having Kids is Overrated

Punk Rock Papa: Adventures in Fatherhood

Here are the list of questions I need the nominees to answer if they choose to accept the award:

1. How old where you when you discovered you loved to write?

2. Do you have any regrets in your life thus far?

3. Do you still live in the same area where you were born?

4. What is your funniest kid story?

5. Who is your biggest inspiration in life and why?

6. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

7. Are you an outdoorsy kind of person?  Why or why not?

8. Is being a parent everything you thought it would be when you were younger?

9.  As a child what was your ultimate dream for yourself when you grew up?

10.  What do you want people to know about you?


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