Well, now I have the Beach Boys stuck in my head.
As I struggle to re-acclimate myself to a full teaching schedule this Fall semester, I feel like a total blog slacker. And yet somehow, much to my surprise, I have thrice* received recognition in the fun little tag game that is the Blogger Award.
To be fair, the first time was back in June but I have not gotten around to writing my acceptance speech until now. Sam over at Let’s Be Extraordinary awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award. She’s a motivated and thoughtful young lady and I wish I had had the moxie to put my writing up in a public space back when I was in high school.
Then, just today, I found out that I had also been tagged for the same award by Holly, who writes a blog about her year abroad as an Au Pair in Belgium. Once again, I find myself reading the experiences of someone who was brave enough to do things that I didn’t start doing until I was older.
To both of these talented, gutsy women, I say thank you and keep writing!
The rules of the game state that I offer up seven things about myself and tag other blogs that I feel deserve the award. I’ll play along with the first rule, but as is my wont, I’m changing the second one to suit my desires. Instead of simply linking to blogs, I plan to compile a list of specific posts that I think are the best of the best. It is my version of Freshly Pressed, if you will.
I’ve already admitted seven things about myself the first time I got a blogger award, so I’ll try not to repeat myself. Also, to keep myself from fretting over what to write, I’ll simply take my clues from what I can see around me in my newly-redecorated office. (I tried to get all fancy and do side-by-side Before and After pictures, but that is simply beyond me at this time of night. If you’d like to see the Before pictures, they are in my previous post.)
1. I’ve worn a toe ring on my right foot for the past 15 years.
2. I am attracted to vintage clothing, furniture, decoration, and art. My favorite era is early-20th century. I love Art Deco, first generation Jaguars, and the writers of the Lost Generation.
3. I hate clutter. I could never be featured in an episode of Hoarders. I like to watch that show and then spend an hour throwing things away or getting them ready for donation to the local Goodwill. Even as much as I love books, I would never tolerate the need to climb over piles of them to get to another part of the house.
4. Despite all my best intentions to get to bed early, I’m an incurable night owl.
5. Plants and I do not get along. While I do enjoy having plants in a room, I am hopeless at taking care of them consistently. Even when I’m diligently following the instructions for how to care for a particular variety, the poor thing is doomed to live a short life. I’ve got a Christmas cactus on its way out as we speak.
6. From April 2008 to April 2009, I lost 70 pounds (purposely!) and have kept it off since then. I hang snapshots of myself before and after on a corkboard near my desk for motivation to ensure the weight never comes back.
7. My books are now separated into Fiction, Biography/Memoir, and Non-Fiction/Academic sections. The first two sections are alphabetized and the third is organized by subject. Each has a dedicated bookcase. Well, only the Biography/Memoirs fit into one bookcase. Fiction spans three bookcases, and the Non-Fiction/Academic books take up the four that are in my office. How’s that for a Grand Reorganization?
I started off this post by saying I’d been recognized three times, but I’ve only mentioned two so far. The third comes from Lenore Diane, who has tagged me as a Liebster Blog. As she points out, this has nothing to do with lobsters.
I have to give her credit for doing the legwork on this one. She found out that there is an Arnold Liebster Foundation which “seeks to promote peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom by peaceful and nonpolitical means.” The award was designed to recognize blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and Lenore then added her own twist to it, as she says, “to give a nod to bloggers I believe promote peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom.”
I love a woman who makes her own rules.
I also think her blog is wonderful and I am honored that she included me in her list of blogs worthy of her definition of the Liebster Blog award. It’s no wonder that the Good Greatsby has such a crush on her, undeclared as it may be so far.
Once again, I will defer my list of honorees for a short time as I slowly return to a regular schedule of teaching, writing, reading blogs, grading papers, and
throwing them across the room neatly recording the grades. And I’m still only halfway through War and Peace.
*You like that I pulled out the ole ‘thrice’, didn’t you? Wouldn’t it be a great word to revive, along with fedoras and dinner parties? Who’s with me?