The Awards Show, Part 3

canstockphoto0162178I’ve been quite awful about keeping up with blog awards and while I enjoy all the riches and notoriety they don’t bring my way, there’s a greater pleasure in passing them along to other bloggers. This award came my way in October from New Jersey romance writer, Nett Robbens. Thank you Nett! She and her family came through superstorm Sandy okay, but she hasn’t posted since mid-November. I hope things are okay and I wish her a wonderful, storm-free new year!

This award came sweetly with NO rules, but she passed along the questions she was asked when she received it. I’ll answer them, just to give this post a little meat.

1) If you could change something what would you change?

I would invent a giant ass smart magnet that would take every piece of weaponry, bullet, rocket, shell, IED off this planet. Let’s see how aggressive people are when they have to use diplomacy and wit. Imagine how silent some people would have to remain.

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

I would not like to repeat any age. I fought hard to be relatively happy – I’m good where I’m at.

3) What one thing really scares you?

There are a lot of things to be very afraid of in this world and in one’s personal life, but I keep trying to focus on the moments, on the seconds when there is sweetness and light and laughter. Fear and anxiety only tries to steal that joy.

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?

I’d like to be a published writer. Since I put it off until my 40s, I have to be a little more focused and productive. The fact that I’m working and writing towards that end, is really a happiness unto itself.

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?

I’d like to spend a day with a lot of different people, but I sure as hell don’t want to be anybody else. It’s “the devil you know” scenario.


Now for the fun part. While this award has no official rules, I’m passing it along to a few bloggers that I admire for their integrity and willingness to share difficult personal stories. A few have made me cry. But mostly these people are great reminders that we are not defined by our illness or changes in our marital or employment status. We are defined by how we react to them.

I wish you all the peace and joy of the season that you so richly deserve!

westlakemusings Diane spent much of 2011 fighting against an aggressive form of breast cancer. She blogs about life in the slower lane in Prince Edward County, Canada and about the challenges she has faced. Lately, she’s bravely shared her fight to regain her hair. So, Diane, I wish you a wonderful new year. Whatever your hair does, you and Molly are still fabulous ladies!

papaangst In 2011, he got laid off and has been a stay-at-home dad since. He’s a terrific writer and has openly shared his “angst”, some of which is hysterically funny. His post, after the Newtown tragedy was poignant. If you’re on Twitter, his Tweets are very entertaining. I’m not, but I read them on his site’s sidebar. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

cancerinmythirties When she first started to comment or “like” my postings, I was reluctant to visit her site and when I did, as expected, I cried. But as I continued to read her posts, it occurred to me that this was a great example of how we get on with things. We continue to worry about and raise our children. We get pissed and happy and sad. We believe in things. We focus on the marrow of life. I don’t know your name, but you’re a beautiful example of what survival actually means. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you and your youngsters a lovely holiday season!

3kids2cats1divorce Her story begins with the separation from her husband and the transitions she and her children go through along the way. Her writing is great and she talks about everything from car shopping to family game night.  Again, another story about just getting on with things. I hope you and your children have a wonderful 2013!

Be sure to check these bloggers out and send them holiday wishes!

Just a couple of reminders:

 The Green Study Holiday Humor Contest is still going strong. Tell me your funniest holiday story!

Also, check out the Company for Christmas (C4C Project) idea put out by ruleofstupid. I’m taking a shift!

Related posts:

The Awards Show, Part 1

The Awards Show, Part 2

26 thoughts on “The Awards Show, Part 3

  1. I follow cancerinmythirties. I agree totally with what you’ve written. Now I MUST check these other blogs you’ve mentioned. Boy, have I got a lot of reading to do. Such good reading on WordPress.


  2. Oh I’m so thrilled to be nominated. This is my first award. It is so validating. Thank you for your support and all of your comments.
    It is the other side of blogging that most people don’t know about. It is so rewarding to have people publically post that they recommend your blog. You have given me a lovely gift.


  3. Darn! I already wrote mine on my blog… where I also invited people to share their most awkward holiday memories. I don’t have any nifty gifts to give away though. Just fame and glory.
    I am on vacation with my in-laws. There has been so much fodder for a post, but it will have to wait a few years. Hopefully this experience will mellow with age into “funny haha” instead of “funny bizarre.”
    Looking forward to reading the posts!


    1. I’m looking forward to getting some more entries – apparently my timing is off and I may have to extend the deadline just to get a little more participation. Good luck with the in-laws. Isn’t that an oxymoron – “on vacation with my in-laws”? Enjoy your holiday fodder!


      1. Thanks…. of course I put this comment on the wrong post. Ah…iPad.

        Here’s a little tidbit of fodder: The condos fit four people. Our family has six, so we are split between two units. I have the two smaller kids, including the two-year old who wakes up all night. Our party is split across five units. There are two pairs of units in the same buildings; the buildings are directly across from each other. My MIL put me and the kids in a separate building… with a parking lot AND THE DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA


        1. in between my unit and my husband’s. I overrode that decision, but it took some work.

          My husband’s ex-wife will be arriving in an hour. That’s right. Ex-wife.

          Why am I taking over your comments section??? I should be complimenting you on your awards, your clever and interesting responses to the questions (especially the one about weaponry–brilliant!) and for highlighting such honest, heart-touching blogs.

          But clearly I’m obsessing with my own set of first-world problems.

          Maybe I SHOULD write a post and put it on your blog under a false name.


        2. Ha! We’re back, and the laundry is waiting.

          But you know what isn’t waiting? The “Women of Hawaii” calendar my MIL gave my husband for Xmas.

          We left those scantily-clad ladies in Hawaii, where they’ll be more comfortable.

          Oh yes, a post will be landing in your contact page soon.


        3. Wow. I hate to look askance at someone else’s in-laws, but wow. I would have kept the calendar and re-gifted it to her next year, with trunks and mustaches drawn on the pictures and 2013 sloppily crossed out to read 2014. In my head, anyway. Looking forward to that post!


  4. Thank you so much for the award. I’m wading through a river of s*@t with one of my kids right now and haven’t been a very good blogger. I’m trying to find the line between honesty and respect for privacy (again, g-d help me), which is hard to see in the effluvia of adolescent psychiatry. Your well wishes mean so much to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


  5. Great post! It’s just what I needed to see as I crawl out of the abyss and back into the world. I’m glad you posted about your award. You deserve to be recognized for your talent and wonderful, inspiring blog. I loved your answers. Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope to be back blogging on a regular basis again soon. I so miss it! Happy New Year to you, your family and all your followers!



    1. So glad to hear from you! I know life can sometimes interfere with the things we like to do, but also when bloggers “disappear”, you hope that everything is alright. Thanks for your holiday wishes and I look forward to reading your posts when you are able to rejoin the blogosphere!
      Best wishes for the new year,


  6. I know I thanked you when you posted your nomination on my blog, but I read what you wrote above and wanted to thank you so much for the nomination and for the wonderful things you said about my blog. I am so touched… Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    And I am working on nominating you for a 2012 Blog of the Year Award, passed on to me by above (whose blog I now follow & love!). I’ve just been a little slow with getting the post out there, but it’s coming!
    Thank you again for your wonderful nomination — and for sharing yourself in your terrific blog! Happy New Year!


    1. You’re so very welcome! I hope that your holidays were nice ones – loved your cards. Thanks for the nomination – I also follow and enjoy Fransi’s blog. I hope you and your kids have many happy moments in 2013!


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