I’ve heard and read many words when people try to describe my blog (or myself.) ‘Funny,’ ‘nerdy,’ ‘descriptive,’ and ‘detailed’ come to mind right away since they’re the most recently used adjectives that have been brought to my attention- but hearing/reading the word ‘inspiring’ and realizing it’s being applied to me and my writing is enough to render me temporarily speechless and definitely make me blush.
When the lovely Caitlin over at BUBBLEWRAPPEDBLOG informed me that she’d nominated me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award,’ and saw the kind words she’d written on her blog detailing the nomination- I was so immensely flattered. as well as surprised. I adore Caitlin’s blog, which covers a wide array of subjects from beauty, to books, to movies, and so much more- and it is so beautifully written. I highly recommend giving her a read if you haven’t already done so!
Per Caitlin’s entry, here are the rules for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’:
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share seven facts about yourself
4. Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
(Optional) Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you
Okay, let’s get the uninteresting facts about myself out of the way!
1. The very first comic book series I got into as a kid was ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith. I was going camping with my dad near the end of Summer vacation before I went back to middle school, and knowing that I’d probably want something to read in my tent at night, he picked up a couple of the books when the illustrations caught his eye. I was hooked- completely swept up in the adventures of The Bone cousins, Thorn, and Thorn’s grandmother. From there, it didn’t take long for me to start collecting ‘Archie’ comics, then ‘Betty & Veronica’- before I transitioned into the Marvel universe and so on. I still have, and always will have, a soft spot for ‘Bone’ though!
2. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, if only for a few days- and now it looks like I may get that chance this Fall after a couple of my girlfriends recently invited me along for a weekend trip to The Big Easy. I’m especially keen on paying my respects (and making a wish) at the tomb for Marie Laveau, and finally setting foot on the famed Bourbon Street. I won’t be lifting my shirt for plastic beads, however- but I am determined to catch a jazz performance!
3. The first time I ever flew on a plane was when I was 16 and an extra-curricular group I belonged to in high school was heading down to Florida for a week to participate in a National competition. It was only a couple of months after 9/11, and I was absolutely terrified to the point where I sprained my friend’s hand during take-off because I squeezed their fingers so tight. Now, years and countless trips later- and I’m almost always asleep by the time the plane takes off.
4. I collect key chains from almost everywhere I go. Not all of them make it onto my key ring (right now I have San Diego, Miami, NYC- and Boston to represent home- on my actual ring,) but they’re still nice to have for when I feel like mixing it up a little and occasionally alternating them. The ones I don’t use are stored safely in a little box in my bedroom. I’m not sure when I started collecting key chains. I think it may have been right after high school when I first began venturing out into the world- but it just sort of stuck. They’re little keepsakes.
5. While some might consider Sunday to be a “day of rest,” it’s usually the day where I both catch up on errands and pamper myself to prepare for the work-week ahead. I sleep a little late, I go through and organize my e-mails, I fill my gas tank for my weekly commute to and from my office, I meet up with friends for lunch, and I treat myself with a manicure, sometimes a pedicure, and an iced mocha latte. It might sound boring, but it’s pretty relaxing and helps me avoid any snarls during the week in terms of scrambling to do something I could have easily taken care of on my day off. Sundays are typically the day some of my favorite shows are on, too (‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Mad Men,’ etc.) although most of them are on hiatus right now.
6. I love to roller skate! I’m not graceful by any means, and I’m prone to falling on my ass whenever I have to make a sharp turn- but it’s still so much fun- especially with the right people! The closest rinks (yes, they still exist) are a little ways away from me, but it’s almost always guaranteed to be a good time when you get a group together to go skate to 70’s and 80’s tunes for a couple of hours. I’ve never considered joining a roller derby team- mostly because I’d get annihilated- but I can see the appeal.
7. I could eat breakfast food at any hour of any day (or night.) I’m partial to Greek omelettes and corned beef hash, myself, but I won’t say no to egg whites and bacon at 2 in the afternoon or pancakes at 4 a.m. if I’m up and feeling super hungry. I’m one of those “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” kinds of people- but that means you can eat it at pretty much any time and it still counts- and anyone who can’t appreciate a good plate of scrambled eggs and sausage for dinner is not to be trusted.
And now, for my list of inspiring bloggers who I feel deserve this award. In no particular order: these writers inspire me with their words, their artistic visions, their creativity, their content, and their kindness. I enjoy reading their blogs- and I hope you will, too!
- The Bohemian Lifesyle
- That Grace Girl
- Broke, Black, and Beautiful
- Gluten Free Boston Girl
- Like So Pretty
- Wicked Cheap in Boston
- Breathe Easy With Me
- Pennies & Paper
- Love & Hot Chocolate
- More Awesomer Blog
- The Sweet Seed
- One Brass Fox
And there you have it. Again, so many thanks to Caitlin for the nomination. I’m so very grateful!