And The Winner Is. . .


Some Fine Print:  Some super kickass things happened to me this week, and I want to do this right.  This is a long one.  Grab your snacks and beverages, find your comfy spot.  You might want to take a run to the restroom before you start.  It’s OK, I’ll wait. . .

Deflection and deprecation are my default settings when given a compliment.  Today, I shall hike up my big girl panties, and say a proper thank you like a proper grown-up should.  Today I shall acknowledge the kickass head-on, give sincere, heartfelt thanks in return, and pay it forward.  Sure, there’s probably more to a proper acknowledgment of wonderfulness than the tossed salad I’ll be plating here for you, but my inner self is DYING to default and insist this is a series of errors, because come on, seriously, me?

It’s been a few weeks since I began Blogging U.  In this time, I’ve read blogs by terrific people writing on topics I never knew existed.  I get that my blog serves a fairly niche market–there aren’t a great many parents whose children were diagnosed with MD driven to launch a blog immediately after that diagnosis.  I wasn’t expecting to find others chasing quite the same thing I was after.  I wasn’t expecting to learn about the myriad topics my classmates hold extremely close and dear.  And I sure wasn’t expecting this:

The Liebster Award is a newcomer award given by bloggers to other bloggers.  It creates a great platform for new blogs to be discovered and build communications. The best thing about this award is, it creates a lot of encouragement and support within our blogging community.




Bloggers are a cool lot.  Most people I’ve “met” in my class aren’t professional writers.  Many are like me, and just have a story to tell.  I was nominated for the Liebster Award, by Ioana, a music teacher in Romania who writes at Music Teacher Lifestyle.  Check her out!  I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by two different and lovely examples of humanity, Pointless & Prosaic and  Joanne at Beyond Mummy.  Check them out too.  Seriously you guys????   Thank you.  Thank you.  And thank you some more.  It’s true that it is an honor to be nominated.  I’d like to nominate you right back (can I do that?).

There are rules to follow upon acceptance, and I’m probably breaking them by co-mingling them here, so don’t hate on me, dear readers.  I am full up to overflowing with happy.  So here’s whatcha gotta do-

  • Thank your nominator.  (Of course!)
  • Share the award on your blog.  (Of course!  Can I wear it on a t-shirt?)
  • Answer the 10 questions asked to you for the Liebster, or state 7 things about yourself for the Versatile Blogger.
  • Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees who have fewer than 300 followers
  • Notify them via social media

So for the Versatile Blogger Award, here are seven factoids about me.  A few of them have been recycled from a a post I developed last summer when I was feeling pretty cheeky and still ring true.

  1.  I’m ashamed to admit my iPhone is more a distraction than I’d ever have thought.  I might be one of those people.  Crushing candy is a poor excuse for a life, but its brainless distraction provides a balm for my oft-times melting mom-wife-professional brain.  Pinging off sassy text messages to a couple of friends and groups who get me is a lot of fun too!  I think I am funny in my text exchanges.  Sometimes I am.
  2. I love to travel, but don’t travel much if I have to be the travel organizer.  I’m responsible in all aspects of my personal/professional life and for pretty much everything for my family, but I don’t always want that “honor.”  I love travelling when someone else is planning.  I’d go anywhere, but the reality is that I stay pretty close to home.
  3. I will never play Bingo because the thought of yelling “bingo” is so ridiculous and horrifying that I will never even buy into the game.  Bingoers do not screw around, people, and they frighten me a little.  Maybe more than a little.  I can get up in front of an audience to talk with no problem whatsoever, but never is enough times for me to play Bingo.
  4. It was terrifying to reveal to others that I blog, and I wish more than anything I hadn’t a reason to feel I needed to get it out, write it out, work it out. Who cares about me and my tale though?  You.  What a gift.
  5. I almost never react to anything appropriately.  I over- or under-react much of the time.  French fries soggy?  WHAT?  WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS INJUSTICE?  Tornado zip through the center of my house?  Meh, we’ll figure it out. . .
  6. I joke and squawk about my Yahoos–my boys–yes, all three of them, but I love them beyond measure and would do anything to protect them.  The moment I knew I was pregnant with each of my sons, I knew they were boys.  The universe had a plan for me, and the plan was that I would not be the mother of girly-girls.  I do find fart jokes and potty humor funny, thank you very much.  I’m kind of an adolescent boy trapped in a middle-aged woman’s body humor-wise.
  7. I am ferociously loyal–to people, institutions, geographic sites, you name it.  I do believe that change is good and all, but my heart is torn when I turn the page.  Some things earn and deserve my loyalty, while others do not.  Doesn’t mean I won’t remain loyal, and loyalty is sometimes my undoing.

Here are seven new-ish or new-to-me blogs I’ve really enjoyed getting to know.  You might too–

The Road to There

It’s About Time 22


Amy Morris Jones

Pointless & Prosaic

Schmaltz and Menudo

Finding Joy Again

The Liebster posed these 10 questions.  I liked them, so will ask the same of you–

  1. If you had the awesome opportunity to live anywhere else than where you are now, where would you want to live and why?  During the last year, my husband I have been (not entirely) joking about moving to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Hogtown is a beautiful metropolis with incredible parks and natural beauty to boot.  I would like to live in a place that values education and educators and the greater good.  Plus if Trump wins this election?  I can’t even. . .
  2. What kind of music do you like to listen to – your favourite singer/composer?  Easy one for anyone who knows me.  I live and die by the band Barenaked Ladies.  Ed Robertson writes words and melodies that make my head spin.  Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan are insanely talented musicians whose songwriting is honest and heartfelt, and the backbone Tyler Stewart provides beats a rhythm alongside my own heart.  On top of their talent, individually and collectively, they are each decent, kind, generous men.  I have met the band several times, and they have made ME feel like the rock star.  I love them.  BUT I do listen to lots of other genres and artists–I enjoy styles ranging from classical to swing to jazz to disco to pop.  I still get a kick from my hair bands, and their oh-so-sweet 90 MPH guitar licks too.  I don’t much care for country or hip-hop and I can’t do rap.
  3. What is your favourite blog to read? The Bloggess.  Jenny Lawson.  I so admire her. Someone once said that my writing style reminds her of hers, and I was knocked out.  Then in the next breath I was terrified that Jenny Lawson would read something I wrote (hahahahahahaha) and think I was copying her.  I’m not.  I’m my own special brand of goof.  I’m the one without taxidermy.
  4. What’s your favourite activity on a weekend?  Ummm. . .  Honestly?  My favorite part of any old weekend is the part where I don’t have to set an alarm.  I still rise with the birdies, but I don’t HAVE to, and therein lies the difference.
  5. What is you favourite book?  Jane Eyre is one of my faves.  Wonder by RJ Palacio is another; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon still another.  I never know how to answer this.  Read Wonder, and always be kinder than is necessary.
  6. Why did you decide to blog?  My older son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy last year. That day marked an after for me. For the first few days after the day, I could manage little more than crying.  Sitting at a computer forced me to do something else long enough to stop crying once in awhile.  It was also an easy way out–if people asked how I was or what was new, I could say, “Here, read this,” and not have to talk about it.  I write like I talk, and the format fit.  Writing has always helped me organize my thoughts.
  7. What is your favourite movie?  Not sure I have one absolute fave, but here are a few movies I can never shut off once I stumble upon them:  Singin’ In The Rain, The Princess Bride, Shrek, The Hangover (yes, really–some of the best lines are Bradley Cooper’s facial expressions and pauses–if it’s on, I am IN for at least the first fifty-four minutes), The Replacements, Sixteen Candles is 80s perfection.  I’ll think of ten more as soon as I post this.
  8. If you could give only one wise advice to a 15 year-old, what would it be?  PLEASE know that it’ll take at least another lifetime before you are wise enough to know better.  You will love your future self, trust me.  OR Don’t be a dick.  I know it says one, but they’re both really important.
  9. Who is your best friend and what are his/her biggest qualities?  My best friend, Deb, and I were new girls in Mrs. Peterson’s fourth grade class.  We were close friends and we weren’t close friends for periods, and it took til college for us to understand we were best friends.  Deb is brilliant, wise, funny, silly, unfalteringly fierce and loyal.  Our long, shared history and my deep affection for her makes her the closest thing to a sister I’ll know.
  10. How long did it take you to finish this post?  First run through, about 40 minutes.  Don’t even ask about the edits.

It’s impossible to short-list my blog loves here–so many good writers telling stories about subjects you’d never dream demand to be read.  Please keep writing, so I can keep reading!  Non-bloggers and fellow bloggers alike, read down and see who strikes your fancy.

Now you’re up:  If you choose to accept the nominations, please pay it forward.  At minimum, I guarantee you will add joy to someone’s day, and it won’t cost so much as a penny.

Not Your Average Jen

Barenaked Ladies Fans

The Psycho Mother

The Wheel World 91

Music & Words

Journal Entry 356

Diary of an Inspiration Junkie

Ameena’s Musings

Successful Strategies

Mindful Lifter



20 thoughts on “And The Winner Is. . .

  1. I truly am honored !! I think you are a wonderful writer and I will I am completely insecure about mine. I just (sort of) completed blogging 101 and my time is so limited with my regular job I get overwhelmed slam my laptop and pick up a bottle of wine. We leave Friday for a family vacation with all four kids 11, 13, 17 and 20. God help me on the drive to Florida! But it amazing nine days of just us and the kids. I will reply to this during that time so please be patient with me.
    Also, I like that there is a “versatile blogger award” because I feel lol mine doesn’t really fit in any where. I’m not food, or crafts, gardening or photography or and of the thousands between. I’m just, me. But right now I’m me with a really if cheezy smile!!! 😃😀😃

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    • Real life has a way of derailing our best intentions, doesn’t it? One of cool things about the class (besides reading many awesome new writers) was to learn that we are not alone. Please don’t rush and don’t feel obligated! Just know that I appreciate your voice out here–“just you” is pretty good. And thank you right back–I totally get the cheesy smile part!! Safe travels to you and your family!

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  2. It’s an honor just to be nominated… ha ha! Couldn’t resist. I’ll look a bit closer at this on the weekend. Looks like fun! Is it June yet?

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  3. I had so much fun reading this. I know that nothing goes right in Romania, but Trump…truly, we feel for you…This would be a good time to see a divine intervention 🙂 And so great to learn so many new things about you, you really are awesome! 😀

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    • I’m so glad you liked it. We have been talking about Canada on and off for awhile, but now I’m afraid that the Canadian borders are going to be flooded with future ex-patriates. I feel like I should be a little worried about my future home. 🙂 The time for divine intervention is now! Thanks for the giggles.

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  4. I am truly honored and accept your nomination! 😉 I tried to click on the link, but it would not let me click on it! I am going to attempt to get this done today, along with baking 2 cakes for my final cake decorating class with my daughter tonight….So…we shall see how far I actually get!! 😉 But thank you SO much!


    • I’m telling you, real life is the bane of my best intentions! I really enjoy your writing, but this is not to be a stress-inducer! Plus, it took me 4-5 days to finally get my act together and respond (I just didn’t write that in my post!). The link just takes you back to my original post where the “meat” of the description is, no special site or anything unless I totally screwed it up which is NOT AT ALL beyond the realm of possibility! 🙂 Enjoy your cake-decorating–pictures please!


  5. I’m so happy for you! It’s a wonderful thing to be recognized for your art. You can deflect all you want to, but if art isn’t self expression, I don’t know what is. You express yourself in ways that are interesting and honest. Congratulations!

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  6. I loved reading this! I feel even better friends now lol! When I win the lottery I’ll fly a bunch of us out to an island for a weekend so we can cocktail it! Wouldn’t that be awesomeness? I wonder if anyone ever does that tho-gets together in person after friendship bonds are forged via blogging…ok sorry for that squirrel moment, lol!


    • I think people do, or should anyway! I can tell you that I met this incredible bunch of women online through my band’s FB page and other online sites. We all met at a concert a couple years ago, and became friends for real once we met in person. If you’d said to me a few years ago that the internet had the power to connect me with strangers who would actually become genuine friends, I’d not have believed it even five years ago, but I do now–it happened to me. Tropical cocktails in a tropical locale sound like a dream. Come on, lottery!!


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