Me? An Award?

Yesterday I was nominated by the writer of The Last Song I Heard… for a Versatile Blogger Award.  This award comes with it’s own set of rules:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award on to 15 other bloggers.
  4. Contact your nominees.

First things first, thank you so much Richard!  I just figured out Richard’s name by reading some comments on his blog.  When he nominated me for the award, he said I honestly don’t know the real name of the lady who writes this…  I thought for sure I had used my name on my “About” page, but after further inspection, I see I have not.  It’s nice to meet you Richard, my name is Amy.  I highly suggest you check out Richard’s blog, The Last Song I Heard…  He writes primarily for his son, J, but his posts are so interesting, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the story he is telling.  The best part is that each post is based on a song and what that song means to Richard or an event that he is reminded of when he hears the song.  I loved the premise of the blog immediately and kind of want to copy his idea for a few posts in the future.

Seven Things About Me

  1. I was born and raised in Iowa.  I have lived all over the state and love everything about it, but the winter.  I hate snow.  You can learn more about my feelings of my homeland in my I-O-W-A post.  I live in California now and although my heart will always be in Iowa, I kind of feel like I am more of a California girl.
  2. I have never seen any of the following movies in their entirety…The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars (any of them), The Godfather (any of them) and probably some other “key” movies that most people feel that I should have seen.  I have seen bits and pieces of all of them, but something always comes up and it ends up being more interesting than the movie.
  3. I hate the phrase “Everything happens for a reason.”  I believe we choose our own fate.  Don’t get me wrong, there are variables that will definitely interfere with your path, but eventually, you’ll right the wrongs and continue on your way.  Don’t be so quick to mistake a coincidence for a sign from above.
  4. I don’t like to do something based solely on the fact that everyone else is doing it.  I tend to fight fads and trends for as long as I can.  A good example is The Hunger Games.  I haven’t read it yet, but I will be starting it tonight.  The only reason why I’m reading it now is because I know very little about the storyline and with the movie coming out this weekend, it’s only a matter of time before that gets to be common knowledge.  I hate hearing about parts of a movie or book because then I’m always anticipating that specific part.
  5. I love, love, love college sports music montages.  I just admitted this for the first time to my husband about a month ago.  And when I say I love them, I mean the hairs on my neck stand up, I get chills and if it happens to be particularly moving, I may even get a little teary.
  6. My favorite game is Trivial Pursuit or any other similar trivia game, like Jeopardy.  I’m not exceptionally good at these games, but I do tend to carry around a lot of seemingly useless facts in my head.
  7. I have never had a bloody nose, been stung by a bee, wasp or other stingy creature, but I have ridden an elephant.

My 15 5 Nominee (I don’t read 15 blogs on a regular basis.)

  1. Mommy Huh – The whats, whys, and hows of motherhood from a working mom.  Jen has awesome stories and ideas amongst many other delights for all her readers.  She may be my Soul Blogger.
  2. Crafting Crazy – Life is crazy.  Craft it well.  Natalie has great crafting ideas for a beginner to a master DIYer as well as lots of fun things for kids.
  3. A Detailed House – For those with a refined eye…  Kearney compiles multiple ideas with one central theme, ie Sophisticated Rooms in Black and White, my personal favorite.  Tons of great pictures and ideas for you to design your home.
  4. A Girl Named Michael – The strange thoughts and adventures of a loud mouth small town girl full of contradictions.  Michael’s blog is not only hilarious, but she has an interesting story about her boyfriend.
  5. Things That Keep Me Sane -I embrace every challenge, life is good. This is my journey to find my sanity among it all.  Heather got me interested in blogging.  She has healthy recipes a I can always count on her blog to motivate me to work out.

When I first started blogging, I did it just to write something every now and again.  Now that I have committed to writing everyday and taken steps to actually improve my blog, I have discovered this huge community of fellow bloggers.  I had no idea there were linking parties, guest bloggers, awards, features, etc.  I quite enjoy my little blogging world that I live in everyday and I encourage anyone that thinks they may want to start a blog to do it and have fun with it.

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5 thoughts on “Me? An Award?

  1. You’re welcome. Like I said, it’s well deserved and it’s nice to meet you too, Amy 🙂

    You’ve seen the whole of Star Wars? Really?? So you’re the one LOL I guess after my Reese’s comment, this makes us even.

    I kinda disagree on #3… BUT although I believe that things happen for a reason, I don’t believe in Fate necessarily either. To quote one of James’ favourite songs, Life is a highway and I tend to believe it’s the unplanned diversions that make it interesting. I strongly believe in free will but sometimes it seems there’s a hand gently pushing me in the right direction LOL

    I found it interesting what you wrote about the world of blogging – it never appealed until last December when my wife and I decided to divorce. I realised I wouldn’t be seeing my son as often and I wanted to bond with him in the future, even if I wasn’t around. I’ve been a member of online communities and message boards but they always have a negative element – a person or group intent on being critical and putting people down, even when they supposedly share the same interests and values. I’ve never seen that on WordPress. I’ll figure out why one day 🙂

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to checking out your nominees – they sound fascinating and I’m always looking to learn something new 🙂

    TTFN!

  2. Nope – never seen Star Wars and I don’t really want to either. I mean, I would, but I don’t go for Sci-Fi so much. I have a feeling a lot of people are going to disagree with me on #3. I just don’t like it when something bad happens and the response is to throw up your hands and say “Oh well, everything happens for a reason.” In my experience, some of the worst things that have happened to me have ended up changing me for the better. I could have easily thrown up my hands and wallowed in my own self pity, but instead it is a constant motivator. One day I’ll write about it.
    There are a lot of Negative Nancy’s out there. I definitely don’t have time for that! I have navigated towards a lot of the women blogging sites and you know that girls are always nicer! HA!

    • ah, but your reaction to the negative things is exactly my point – I believe that things happen for a reason but we usually don’t see what that reason is until later. Only then do we see how that event has changed us for the better.

      • But you just made my point! You choose how you react to that incident. You can either feel sorry for yourself or you can pick up and move on. I think my biggest problem is that the phrase is used only when seemingly bad things happen and not when good things happen and I feel like the good things affect people and how they act just as much as the bad. I think the biggest reason I have a problem with it is because I hear it when something bad happens to a child. I have a hard time accepting a child’s death or harm based solely on it “happening for a reason”. I don’t think a child should have to be “sacrificed” for the greater good. I love this debate – it goes round and round, but it pretty much comes down to semantics and how you interpret it. I’m a bit literal, I realize. 🙂

      • I agree about the child situation – I would never, in a million years, even imagine saying something as trite as “things happen for a reason” when it’s something adversely affecting a child. Like you say, it’s about how you react to the situation and again, I always try to view the positive side 🙂

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