My good friend, Marianne, at Diary of a Fickle White Woman challenged me to publicly accept an award she left me on her blog and of course I couldn't turn down a good challenge.
I'll admit that I totally suck when it comes to the whole awards thing. I've received many and while I'm eternally grateful and appreciative, I feel badly about having to pick and choose who to pass the awards on to.
And then I feel like if I don't follow the rules of the award by not passing it on, I'll seem thankless and selfish.
But you know when Marianne called me out and practically DARED me to participate...well, I couldn't say no.
Well, that and she has a soft place in my heart...especially since we both share an obsession with Keith Morrison that may even border a little on the creepy side. I mean, it's not like we have a Facebook fan page for him or anything but we both do enjoy his devilish commentary during his crime reports on Dateline way more than the average person.
When you get a free minute...like, right after you leave me a comment (because you were going to comment, weren't you? Shout out to the lurkers...), do yourself a huge favor and go visit her blog! While you're over there, add yourself to her follower list and leave her a comment!
She's gracious, adorable, passionate and has a wicked sense of humor! Girlfriend can write, too...it's one of the reasons why I love her!
So thank you, Marianne, for sending me this awesome award! I'm totally diggin the panda bear, by the way.
Along with the award came these questions...
1) Why do you blog?
Well, I suppose I should say it's because I want to document my children's milestones and other happy memories. And, really, that IS one of the main reasons.
However, since I began blogging 3 years ago, I've discovered that writing is a passion of mine...it's something I truly enjoy. I love tapping into that creative side that I never knew existed.
Plus, I have to admit, it's a wonderful outlet for venting. Lord knows Tim doesn't want to hear me moan and groan any more than he's required to per our marital contract.
2. What was your favorite age to be and why?
I'd have to say the ages of 18-22, the college years, were the best for me. I was finally living away from home and learning about life in the real world.
I loved the freedom I had...I remember one night my roommates and I were up late and we all had early classes the next morning and we were like, "Hey we don't have to go to bed if we don't want to...NO ONE can tell us what to do!!"
It was a wonderful realization!
3. What's your favorite sport to play?
Uh, yeah....see, I don't play sports. I've never been a die-hard sports fan. I was more the girl you saw on the sidelines that no one ever wanted on their team.
I wasn't even a cheerleader, for God's sake...though I did date a guy on the football team for 3 years while in high school. As if that counts?
4. What's your favorite sport to watch, and who's your favorite team?
My favorite sport to watch is WWF: Twin Mania. I'd love to pick a favorite team but that would just be plain wrong.
As a parent, I hear it's pretty shameful to have a favorite.
5. If you could pick your perfect career (and money doesn't matter / the kids are out of the house) what would it be?
Definitely something to do with writing...whether it be writing a book or freelancing for various magazines. I would love nothing more than to wake up in the morning, settle down at the kitchen table with my laptop and spend the day in my jammies, while doing something I absolutely adore.
And while pouring my creative juices out into the form of a blog post or a chapter is fulfilling, what I love the most is connecting with an audience...knowing that something I wrote from my heart touched someone in a way that made their day a little more enjoyable.
6. Do you ever feel guilty for blogging?
It really depends on the circumstances.
Sometimes, I'll get the kids involved in an activity and then sneak away to do some blogging...and while I'm writing about something funny or interesting that they did, I worry that I might be missing out on creating yet another wonderful memory with them.
But then there are times where I have to remind myself that I deserve to take some time for ME, doing something I enjoy. That's when I tell myself, "Self, blog your little heart out. You have done your job today and you've done it well".
And by job, I mean...none of the kids have gotten lost while out in public, Tim hasn't rolled his eyes at me more than 3 times in 1 hour and I haven't begged him to cart me off to the nut house.
7. What is your favorite holiday?
It would be a huge tie between all the fall holidays...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the FUN and the spirit of it all.
The one thing I'm really looking forward to is when the kids are all adults with families of their own...having huge Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.
Both Tim and I come from small families with no extended family nearby so holidays were always a little bit dreary for both of us growing up.
So the thought of having a full house on both holidays in the future makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
With that said, I fully understand that, with having 4 children, the chances of spending every single holiday together is slim but I'll go wherever I have to go to be with my kids and their families on special holidays.
8. What's your favorite kind of music?
I love anything from the 70's, 80's and 90's. I'm not really into country, except for maybe a few songs here and there.
I like to think it's impressive that I still know all the words to "Baby Got Back", "Bust a Move" and almost every Will Smith, Bell Biv Devoe and LL Cool J song ever made. A little "Poison" or "I Need Love", anyone?
9. Do you consider yourself a good driver or bad driver?
I can't even remember the last time I got a ticket so, just based on that, I'd have to say I'm a pretty good driver.
Oh, and then there's also the fact that the kids practically beg me to take the wheel instead of Tim when we go on long drives. That's a pretty good indicator, as well.
10. What's the farthest away place you have visited?
Hmmm, probably Hawaii. I've been there only twice but it's easily a place I could visit more often.
Someday, I'd love to visit Greece and Australia...a girl can dream, right?
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