There are certain things in life that are just too risky, dangerous, or unpleasant to do. Maybe you have your list. I have mine. But before I tell you one thing I will NEVER do, I need to scratch another item off my TO DO list.
I’ve received a few blogger awards over the last couple weeks, and need to accept and pass them on to deserving others. But first, a joke to start (don’t award shows always start with a joke?):
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get the show on the road. Ha ha ha ha ha!
But really, it’s time for the show to begin. Here are the awards I’ve received:
1. Sheila Hurst tagged me with the 7×7 Link Award. Sheila is a great writer that I enjoy reading, especially her poems. The 7×7 Meme is super fun, but to keep this post from being epic length, I’m going to do it on Wednesday, but will award recipients today.
2. JMMcdowell gave me the Reader Appreciation Award. She’s a writer working on several books, which I am anxious to read someday. I’m supposed to tell something about myself. So here it is. I still like chocolate (and so does my mother-in-law, and it’s her birthday). So happy Birthday dear Mom who gave birth to the man I love! Thanks for sticking up for me when your son brought up the fact that I eat frozen chocolate chips and never make him cookies. He tried to make it sound negative, but you jumped in and supported me…and I appreciate that. Chocolate chip cookies are overrated anyway.
But I’ve digressed. Where was I? Oh, yes…awards.
3. Holly at Writing Straight awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Holly’s site is inspirational; I’m glad I found it. I want to thank her for thinking of me. I’ve received this one before, but it’s fun to do. So, here is one more little tidbit about me: I hate to weed. The weeds in my backyard are winning the battle right now, but I have a special weapon–Roundup–and as soon as the sun gains strength, I will unleash my powerful weapon upon the alien weeds and annihilate them.
4. C.J. at FoodStoriesBlog gave me the Illuminating Blogger Award. I haven’t got this award yet, so this was quite exciting. Thanks, C.J.! Here is the last tidbit…the ONE thing I will NEVER EVER do is sing a solo for ANYONE! And I mean ANYONE. I don’t care if President Obama asks me to sing at his Birthday party…I’m NOT doing it.
I was scarred for life in 2nd grade when I was rewarded with a chance to draw a card from the GOLDEN APPLE. Usually the prizes were candies or other treasures; but my reward card said: “Sing a song to the class!” I was shy, and shook my head. Even as a child, I knew what I WASN’T going to do. My teacher was stubborn because the principal was in evaluating her; she told me I HAD to do it. Go figure! I was good…but was being punished. Standing there in front of the whole class with tears in my eyes, I still refused. Thankfully, the principal saved me, suggesting the whole class sing a Christmas song instead.
So don’t ever ask me to sing for you. I won’t! WON’T! I like singing, but only in the car by myself…in the dark where no one else can see my lips moving type of singing. And I can deal with singing in church, but don’t want to sing in a choir where you might actually have to hear my voice. I’m not tone deaf or anything like that; I have a normal, plain singing voice. You just aren’t ever going to hear it.
And on that happy, informative note…I’ll announce my nominees. The following blogs all are tagged with the 7×7 Meme if you’d like to do it, as well as one award listed below [please clap!].
Versatile Blogger Award
- Tripping Differently — This genuine, caring blogger living in Switzerland works hard to get more donations for Reeces Rainbow (a site to help people wanting to adopt Down Syndrome children). I’ve had fun corresponding with her through our blogs.
Illuminating Blogger Award
- Matthew Iden is a great writer with several books out; his blog is very informative, especially if you self-publish. I loved his One Bad Twelve–a collection of suspenseful short stories that kept me guessing all the way to the end.
- Humans of New York — If you’re a writer and in need of odd characters, visit this site. I get lost in it–the pictures are great–with a perfect word or two about each one. One of my favorite sites ever!
Reader Appreciation Award
- Moments of Clarity — Gina is one of the most hilarious bloggers I’ve met. Her childhood stories keep me laughing. I just started her Casting Stones novel, which is good so far.
- A.L. Sowards has a new World War II book out–Espionage–that I have on my To read list. I’m excited to read it soon.
Thank you Sheila, JM, Holly and CJ for the awards. You made my day. Hopefully everyone can visit their sites and the ones above to check out their valuable voices. And the new recipients can thank me later for not making them sing a solo on YouTube. (I’m just nice like that.)