Friday, March 5, 2010

W for WOW!

Wow, dear reader, I have over 40 followers of my little blog! Thanks, you guys! I’m seriously humbled and amazed. I am also honored to report that I’ve received another blog award. This one is badass! It’s the Master of Karate and Friendship award, and you can see it in all of its awesomeness below:

(Honestly; who comes up with these things?!? This is one of the funniest awards I’ve ever seen—it’s absolutely brilliant! Isn’t it glorious, dear reader?!)

My sincerest thanks goes to, Anything Fits a Naked Man! I’m so flattered and really appreciate you thinking of me! If that name isn’t enough to intrigue you, dear reader, then let me encourage you to read about a really cool gig that Ms. Anything recently started. The way she calmly and cooly handled a recent injustice is impressive; I wouldn't have been able to be as nice or forgiving. Ms. Anything’s blog is very well written, and she tells a great story. You simply must go see her.

As always, there are rules: I have to list six things I "master."  This is hard; off the top of my head, I totally can’t think of six things I’d consider myself to be a master of. I’ll give it my best shot:

1. Knitting. Because of school, illness, and other obligations, I haven’t gotten much of a chance to knit lately. But, even after a long break, I’m able to take up the needles and yarn and start right back up where I left off.

2. Entertaining my husband. Get your mind outta the gutter, dear reader. I didn’t mean it that way. (Not that I’m knocking my bedroom abilities. And, not to brag or anything, but when I asked Music Man for ideas on things I’m “master” of, he mentioned some naked time activities. I know, I know, that was totally TMI.) Music Man seems to think I’m one of the funniest women around. He particularly enjoys my “road rage.” He thinks it’s hilarious that I seem to develop a case of tourette's syndrome when I get behind the wheel of my car. When I scream things like, “Nice driving, douchebag!” or “Put down the cell phone and concentrate on going the speed limit you stupid twat waffle." Music Man laughs and says, "God, I love you. This is why I married you!" Apparently I threaten to stab people in the neck with a knitting needle so often that Music Man saw fit to warn me when I got the Beetle that the inspiration pod (that little vase thing on the dashboard) is not for holding knitting needles. (Lest you worry that I’m a road-rage-aholic, let me assure you, dear reader, that yelling ridiculous things and making empty threats is the extent to which I show my rage.)

3. Acting. When Music Man and I first started dating, we’d sometimes rent movies on the weekends. Since watching movies was one of the only things my previous boyfriend had wanted to do, I had seen a lot of movies. By contrast, Music Man barely watched movies before he met me. On one trip to the video store, I got sick of always saying, “I’ve seen that” to all of the movies Music Man wanted to see. I decided that, no matter what, I’d pretend I hadn’t seen the next movie he picked up.

Unfortunately, it was one of the worst movies of all time. Music Man happily rented “The Village,” while I died a little inside. I apparently put on quite the believable performance, because he truly thought I’d never seen the movie. It was months later that I finally admitted the truth to him. To this day, he is amazed that I liked him so much that I watched such a horribly bad movie a second time just for him. We both wish I had pretended not to see a much better movie.

I am also the queen of looking busy while actually doing nothing (or almost nothing) at all. I’ve mastered this skill at my boring, soul-sucking job. My boss is consistently fooled, because despite my best attempts to get him to give me more work (including the obvious technique of just asking him for it), I still spend the majority of my days wishing I had more to do.

4. Napping. Sometimes I think I could nap all day. If I have a blanket and a cozy place to sit/lay, I’m all set. The blanket is key, even if the temperature is warm; I need to feel covered up. I nap in the late morning/early afternoon on most Saturdays. Music Man and I will be watching TV, and all of a sudden I’m out like a light.

5. Spelling and Grammar. I know I probably make my fair share of mistakes, but I’m a whiz at spelling and grammar. My husband and my BFF consider me their human dictionary.

6. Procrastination. I have procrastinating down to a science. I can always justify neglecting homework and any other thing (i.e. housework) I don’t particularly want to do. This definitely isn’t a skill I’d encourage mastering, because it almost always causes stress (and sometimes crying and hissy fits). Thankfully, I work very well under pressure.

Ok, now to pass this award on to six others. If this award is a repeat for you, or if awards aren’t your thing, feel free to completely ignore it. I promise that I won't be the least bit offended!  Here are my choices:

Doesn’t that blog title intrigue you just a tiny little bit? You will remember Christine from my recent Awards post. I’m not presenting this award to Christine simply to pay her back; she is incredibly deserving of it. Christine is absolutely fantastic! I adore her and her blog, and I am truly glad to have “met” her out here in Bloggyland. She’s witty, intelligent, and funny, and you need to go check out her blog. I recommend her post on ridin' dirty; it’s fantastically funny.

You’ll also remember Margaret from my previous Awards post. Again, I’m not just paying her back; she deserves this award. Margaret is another good bloggy friend. She is one tough cookie! She wrote a very personal post a while back, sharing information about one of her biggest struggles. It was a brave and honest post to write. (Margaret, if you’d like me to take that link down, or link to another post, please let me know.)

Alyssa @ Bloggin 2 Noggin cracks me up! Alyssa writes about her husband, her daughter, and anything else on her mind. She strikes a fine balance between wildly entertaining and very down to Earth. Alyssa’s husband is a doctor, and her post about an experience he had at work will have you squirming and laughing at the same time.

The Fabulous Bitch truly is fabulous. She isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I love her honest, unapologetic style. Her Story for Every Picture series is beautiful, artistic, and poetic. You will not regret checkin’ out her blog.

Jo @ The End of the Rainbow writes very candidly about her life after bankruptcy. In the short time I’ve been following her, I’ve ascertained that she is an incredible woman with a beautiful soul. Her recent post on humanity is good food for thought, and shows that in addition to being a beautiful person, she’s raising a magnificent son.

Jenny Mac @ Let's Have A Cocktail writes about life, parenting, news, and whatever else comes to mind. Her recent childhood memory had me chuckling, and brought back memories of my own. Despite the fact that she has many, many followers and gets lots of comments on her blog posts, she has always personally responded to any comment I’ve left for her, which I think is awfully nice.

Dear reader, you simply must check out all of these brilliant bloggers. I know you'll love them, and they are all deserving of your attention!

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  1. Thank you so much!!!!!! You are fine for using that link. No worries. I am not hiding from my past! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Hi hi! Thank you so much! Really appreciate it, especially since it comes from you!

    And you are right, that is one BADASS award!

    Love Christine! JennyMac is very well known and popular, but I don't know the other bloggers on your list,.. will have to check them out!

    Thanks again!

  3. Congrats to you! Love the bloggers you've sent this bling along to...Christine, Jenny and TFB are three of my faves. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    Yes, We've Been Singing Spring Songs

  4. Stopping by from SITS.

    I love that award too. I read Alyssa regularly and also find her hilarious. I'll have to check out some of your other recommends.

  5. yay! congrats! that is my favorite award of all time- it's so hilarious!

    i, too, have a severe case of road rage! i'm very mild-mannered in real life, but once i get behind the wheel, i'm a hellraiser!

    also, i'm obsessed with spelling and grammar, as well. i won the school spelling bee in 6th grade and i've been hooked ever since :)

    off to check out those blogs now!

  6. Ok, I have passed the award on! Thanks you so much!

  7. Oh no you didn't! Here I am reading your blog thinking "You go, girl!" and then I see my!!! Those words about me were more than sweet...sometimes I wonder if blogging is worth all the effort, then you come along...
    All I can say is thanks. Many thanks.

    And keep up your good work!!!

  8. Congrats!

    I love blog awards because they are so fun to receive, and they are a great way to find new blogs!

  9. Congrats on your award! I am impressed that you are a knitter - I have zero talent when it comes to knitting/sewing/etc!

  10. I was thinking how hard it would be to come up with a list like this. But I'm good on grammar and procrastination... Shame grammar-fighting isn't a recognised martial art ;)

  11. Congrats on your fab award Elle. And thank you for passing it onto me. I appreciate it! I love that you are considered a human dictionary and have some mad knitting talents. Naps? I dont even know what they are. lol. Have a great weekend.

  12. Congrats on your award!
    Stopping by from SITS and am now a follower nd going to grab your button for my blog roll!

  13. Congratulations on your award. Looks like we have a lot in common, I'm also a student, blogger and knitter.

  14. Elle, you dearheart! Thank you so much for including me as a recipient of this kick ass award!

    I am flattered and humbled and will be passing it on to others tomorrow. As for now, I'm going to post it proudly on my sidebar!

    You have become one of my greatest cheerleaders and bloggy friends!

    I am so digging you and your blog!

    Thank you for all your support and, again, for this award!

    Peace and serenity,
    'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

  15. What a great made me in awe of you. Very difficult.
    I love that title "Fabulous Bitch" for a blog. That takes guts.

  16. btw: you were the only one to leave a comment on my blog about children and talking in a movie theatre. I think there are a lot of moms that look at that blog and didn't post out of the "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all" mindset...hehheh.
    congrats on your award!

  17. Congrats on your awards!!

    I always procrastinate.


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