“Oh boy, no matter how much you try to imagine what this is like, it’s just so incredibly thrilling right down your toes.”
– Meryl Streep, on winning the 1983 Best Actress Oscar for “Sophie’s Choice”‘
Okay, okay. I know that winning in Oscar has got to be bigger than this, but I still never get ‘used’to incredible kindness of some of my fellow bloggers that thing of me when making nominations for awards. Lately, I’ve been showered with them, so in order to try and keep track and give credit where credit is due, I thought I would lump them all together in one post.
So that means it’s gonna be pretty long. You’ve been warned.
Versatile Blogger Award
Huge thanks to Nancy@FeastingwithFriends for thinking of me when putting out her nominees. First up, some random facts about me:
7 Random Facts About Me
- My favorite Disney Princess is Belle from “Beauty & the Beast”. I kid you not, I can quote the entire script from that movie in perfect order, from memory line.by.line.
- I can’t sleep without a blanket covering me, even during the summer. Even if it’s hot and sticky out, I’m just not going without it.
- Riding off the sleep topic above, I have a rare and rather scary thing that happens to me every so often called Sleep Paralysis. It’s where your brain ‘wakes up’ before the rest of your body and for a few minutes (that feel like an eternity) the only thing you can move are your eyes. It’s akin to ‘Locked In Syndrome’, and it sucks. Luckily it doesn’t happen to me all the time-mostly only when I’m not getting enough sleep.
- I received my first kiss when I was 6. It wasn’t my idea and I didn’t like it… which could be why the boy who gave it to me received a knee in the bread basket for his efforts.
- The only thing that I’ve ever broken on my body is my big toe. Don’t let the size of that bone fool you: it was the worst pain I’ve been in in my entire life.
- I would like to be cremated when I die. It’s pointless to throw my body in a pit to decompose and buy an expensive headstone to mourn a heap of bones. I’m not ‘there’ anymore anyway, so just burn up what’s left and keep it moving. What my family chooses to with my ashes is up to them.
- I’m abysmally bad at math. Seriously. It’s straight up embarrassing how terrible I am. I mean, I can add/subtract/multiple/divide, but even certain types of mental math evade me. Sometimes it felt like college math was legit about to give me a nervous breakdown.
My Nominees for Versatile Blogger Award
Rules to Participate:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award and let them know.
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
Thanks goes out to Jayeeta@CookingDelight for nominating me for this Award. I’ll be perfectly honest: I was hoping to eventually be nominated for it. Cause it’s pretty. And because I like to think my tiny little blog spreads around some sunshine.
10 Questions to Ask Me
1. What’s your favorite planet in the Solar System?
Uranus, with Neptune a very close second. Ever since my mom bought me that Magic School Bus book and cassette tape set for me (I think I was in the first grade), I’ve always loved Uranus and Neptune. Why? I think they’re the ‘prettiest’ planets…that I can see from a telescope. As gas planets, I’m not sure how they would look if someone could actually be ‘on them’..
2. Who are your favorite Greek God and Goddess?
I developed a mild obsession with Greek mythology when I was in the sixth grade. Remnants of it still remain. Let’s face it, that stuff is better than any cheap soap opera, I’ll tell ya. Having said that, my favorite God and Goddess of Olympus are Hephaestus and Hestia. I always felt sorry for Hephaestus; most of the male Gods are jerks, but Hephaestus is pretty decent. For the most part he’s just an ugly cuckold who makes really beautiful things. And Hestia? She’s the goddess of the family, hearth…and cooking. So that was an easy choice.
3. What is more difficult; looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when they are telling you how they feel?
Tough question, but I gotta say it’s harder for me to look at someone while telling them how I feel than it is for me to look at them when they’re telling me. I almost always look away when I’m having a ‘serious conversation’ with someone and I’m doing the talking so the look on their face doesn’t distract me from what I’m trying to say.
4. Pick a favorite: “Goodfellas” or “Casino”?
…C’mon. Seriously? No WAY can I answer that. Both movies are flawless. Both are my faves.
5. What is the scariest scene you remember from a kid’s movie?
In the movie Jumanji starring Robin Williams, there’s a scene at the very beginning when Alan Parrish is sucked into the game board where he’s trapped inside the jungle for the next 20 or so years because the girl that he’s playing with runs out of the house in terror after being chased by deranged bats without rolling the dice and giving him a chance to get out again. That scene literally gave me nightmares for years. To this day, I still haven’t watched the movie “Jumanji” again because of how much it traumatized me as a kid. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. I don’t care. That movie
is still was scary to me.
6. What profession have you always admired?
Although I cannot relate to the subjects at all, I’ve always had a large admiration for people that do work involving math and science- specifically chemistry and physics. Maybe it’s because chemistry and physics have a lot to do with what makes the world ‘work’. And maybe it’s because those subjects make me look plain stupid.
7. Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
My celebrity encounters are very few, and depending on who you are, I’m not even sure if they would really be counted as ‘celebrities’ per se. I have met 3 of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and being an African American and Black History buff, that was pretty awesome to me. I met the Christian contemporary singer Jaci Velasquez at a bookstore a while ago….and that’s about it. Celebrities usually don’t come to Lansing (or anywhere near it, actually).
Oh yeah, I also went to a Barack Obama rally back when he was running for president in ’08- so I guess I was in the same room with him: does that count?
My older sister met Coretta Scott King- I wasn’t there, but I’m telling you anyway, because I think that’s pretty awesome.
8. If you could close one fast food chain, due to disgusting food, what would you pick?
Taco Bell- or as I’ve dubbed it, Taco Hell. I haven’t eaten there in over ten years. And I never will again. Someone set fire to it and burn it to the ground forever. Please. I beg of you.
9. What is your favorite kind of cereal?
Depends. If we’re talking about cereal I’m eating with milk or yogurt, then it’s definitely Kashi Go Lean Crunch. If I’m just eating it dry, then it’s Waffle Crisp.
10. If you were directing a movie, who would you cast as your leading man and woman?
Forest Whitaker is in my Top 3 Favorite Male Actors. He’s just outstanding in everything he does. I could watch him act in a paper bag and still be completely enthralled. The Actress is bit trickier; I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one. However, for the sake of pairing her with Forest Whitaker, I’d say that the favorite actress of mine that I would like to see work with him would be Kate Winslet. Like Forest, Kate has such a wide range. They’d be nice to watch on screen together.
Rules to participate in this award :
1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
Thanks to Arl@Arl’sWorld for thinking of me in putting out her nominees for this award. I appreciate it. This one’s pretty straightforward- no random, pointless facts about me to read through. I get to just nominate my picks and get along with it:
Rules to Participate:
- Nominate some deserving bloggers for the award.
- Mention the person who gave it to you in your acceptance post.
- Don’t forget to include a picture of the Award.
Quintet of Radiance Award
Thanks again to the lovely Nancy@Feasting with Friends for thinking of me for this awesome award. Thanks Nancy, you make me feel super special. Lucky for you guys, I’m not going to use all 26 letters of the alphabet to describe me-I wouldn’t subject you to that. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you didn’t just quit reading already because of how long this post has gotten. But for those of you who haven’t, I’ll include a handful of letters to go along with the rules of the award:
I is for [I]ntrovert– It may not seem like it online, but in real life, I’m legit one of the most introverted people you’ll ever meet. My only real ‘girlfriends’ are my sisters. I don’t go clubbing. I don’t like parties or large get togethers, and even if I do have to attend one for some reason, I’m going to be the quiet girl that sits in a corner and looks at her phone and talks to no one without being spoken to first. I’m not stuck-up. I don’t think I’m better than everyone else. I’m not a mean person. I’m just an introvert. There’s a huge difference between all that.
L is for[L]oyal-I don’t put myself out there for people in general. If you’re not my family, I’m probably not going to give you the benefit of the doubt right away. There are people I associate with (a fair number of individuals), but then there are people who are my friends (a number I can probably count on barely two hands…maybe even one). However, if somebody is my friend, then they’re my friend. Period. You can trust me. I’m not going to talk about you when you’re not around. I will keep your secrets. I’ve got your back. I’ll even give you money. If you’re my friend, that means that I love you. And I’ll do just about anything for people that I love.
N is for [N]on-Judgmental-One of the things that can really really REALLY get under my skin, are people that are overly judgmental of others. Until you’ve lived a day in someone else’s life, walked a day in their shoes, or been faced with the decisions that they face, you don’t have the right to judge them. What’s true for you may not be true for them. What false for you may not be false for them. No one died and made me God- therefore, so long as they’re not bringing harm to me or anyone else, I can’t judge anyone for the choices and decisions they make. It’s not my place. It just isn’t.
O is for [O]bservant– When you’re an introvert that doesn’t talk very much in public, you’re usually in a position where you’re watching and observing everything that’s going on around you more closely than I think most people do. As such, over the years I’ve become very accustomed to, and good at just watching people and listening to what they say. You can learn a lot about complete strangers by simply listening to what they’re talking about, and seeing what they do. Sometimes I like what I see and hear. Other
most times, I can’t really say that I do.
Here are my nominees for the award. The rules are also listed below should they choose to pass it on to others:
Rules to Participate:
- Display the logo in a post
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back
- Using the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or a phrase
- Nominate at least few bloggers
Thank you again, to everyone who nominated me for these awards. You guys are the best. Seriously 🙂