is for X-country racing.
I love X-country skiing and my kids do X-country running. Both are endurance sports, and require lots of stamina and effort. Other things that requires those traits are this A to Z Challenge (which is almost done. Whoo hooo!) and Blog awards. I love getting awards, but it take effort and a lot of work to answer the questions in a fun way, think of recipients to hand off new awards to, and then link to everyone you’re supposed to. Can you hear me huffing and puffing?
So today after running with these awards for several weeks, I’m handing off the baton to some others in this X-country blogging race. Carry these X-ponential awards well, my new blogging friends.
At the beginning of the month, Arlene at WritingPiecesofMe gave me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Arlene is one of the valiant who has endured reading and commenting on each of my alphabet posts. She deserves an award just for that. Since today is letter X, I will deem her with the X-cellent Award (which is made up and has no rules. Thank me later).
To pass this Award, I must tell you 7 things about myself. Here are 7 X-country facts:
- I used to run a sub 10 minute mile (slow, I know)
- Now I don’t run one at all (lame, I know)
- I admire people who run (they’re my heroes)
- But running throws my hip and knee out now and isn’t worth the pain (pain = bad)
- Now I bike a lot (it’s easier on my old joints)
- My kids are fast runners (they’re down at 6 min miles)
- When my daughter races, I yell “Don’t stop!” (she says that’s lame and is embarrassed by me 🙂
Rhonda over at Rhondaerb graciously nominated me for the Liebster award. Here are the questions she gave me to answer:
How many hours a day do you spend writing? Between grant writing and hobby writing, I spend about 5-8 hours a day writing.
Who do you have to critique and/or edit your work? My brother-in-law, Larry, is an excellent beta reader, as well as my friend, Summer.
What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate
Why did you start blogging? It seemed a fun way to force myself to write different material and meet new people.
What is your most popular blog post? Courageous Cody
What do you want written on your tombstone? I won’t really care when I’m dead. My name and dates next to my husband’s will be fine.
What are some of your favorite books to read? Les Miserables, Harry Potter books, Twilight books, Hunger Games, and so many others.
If you could have any one super-power, what would it be? Elastigirl’s powers would be nice. Then I could reach things on the top cupboards.
If you could be invisible for a day, would you use your invisibility for evil or good? I’d go spy on my kids.
What would your “last supper” consist of? Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and white gravy, creamed peas and brownies. (Comfort foods)
What is your biggest pet peeve? Mean, rude, aggressive drivers
Are you out of breath with me yet in this X-country award race? Last, but not least, Jean Mishra at MoonlightenedShelves gave me the Thank You Award. Jean’s book is great. Check it out. I loved her short story and poems. They are touching. The rules of this award are that I must mention 5 things I would like to do with my life, no matter how mad or tame. Sticking with my X-country theme,
- I’m going to exercise 3-5 days a week
- I’m going to keep writing (even when it’s painful–like it is during the editing process I’m in right now)
- I’m going to keep battling the stupid weeds in my yard
- I’m going to keep dividing irises in my yard until I die
- I’m going to keep yelling at my daughter to Not Stop in her races (because it would be more embarrassing to her if she did, and I know my enthusiasm will help her get below 6 minutes soon)
Pant, pant, pant. Almost done. I see the next person to hand the baton off to. Here are my Award Recipients. The real rules suggest more people, but in my older age division, I get perks younger bloggers don’t. I’m just passing one award off to one blogger each (because carrying more batons in my hands is awkward).
The Very Inspiring Blogger is being passed off to SherryLackey. I love her blog and have followed her through this A to Z challenge and am intrigued by her books.
The Liebster Award I’m passing off to John at BathroomMonologues. John has a very creative mind that has a created a world so unique, it leaves me mind-boggled after reading his posts. His world sounds scary crazy, but fascinating (if you survive).
The Thank You Award is being passed off to Kate at JustThisToday. I am thankful for her insightful comments that give me lots to contemplate and reflect on. I look forward to her comments and wish her all the best in her busy life in law school.
My award recipients can answer the questions shown above for the awards. This post is too long already. But that’s how X-country races go. They are long. 2 more days, and this challenge is done. I’m ready to celebrate with a brownie.