Forgive me if the appearance of this post in the middle of the Lake Austin Spa posts causes any confusion.
Quite some time ago—almost four months now—another blogger, Pearlessence, very kindly nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award in her post here.
I’m not sure where The Kreativ Blogger Award started, but it seems to really be a chain-letter style attaboy for bloggers. Not to say that I’m not flattered, because I totally am. It’s really nice to hear that someone out there enjoys reading what I have to write, and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to say so!
Three things are required of the Kreative Blogger, should he or she choose to accept this kind of acknowledgement.
1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
Done and done; however, I also want to tell you what I enjoy most about Pearlessence. Reading her posts about classes, and work, and friendships helps remind me of my own days in college. Her excitement about her make-up packages makes me think back seventeen years when that once-in-a-while purchase from Dillard’s would show up in my school mailbox. I believe she’s currently taking a break from her blog because—face it—life is busy, especially when you’re in your early twenties, working, and taking classes over your summer break. I look forward to her return to the blogging world.
2. List 7 things about yourself that your readers might find interesting.
1) My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. I’ve seen it approximately thirty-seven-and-a-half million times. If it’s on television, I’ll completely stop what I’m doing to sit and watch it. I know every line by heart, and will not hesitate to say each one aloud with the characters. My favorite scene is the most iconic—Andy Dufresne standing in the rain, raising his face to a stormy sky, free. I have not read the short story from which it was based simply because I love the film itself that much.
2) I don’t like milk. I’ll cook with it, but will do anything I can to avoid tasting, smelling, or physically touching it in its straight-from-the-milk-jug form. I’m not afraid of it; I just don’t like it. I do not have the same problem with cream, though. Not that I’d chug a glass of cream. ‘Cause that’d be gross.
3) I’ve been writing stories since I was eight. I won an award in the fourth grade for a ghost story I wrote. I scared myself so badly with that story that I couldn’t sleep for two days. Truth. The sleeping thing…not the ghost thing. My parents bought me my first typewriter that Christmas. I have a folder of children’s stories about a bear from when I was ten which were typed on that blue plastic typewriter, and I used to write very bad poetry, short stories, and stage scripts in high school on an electric typewriter.
I never wrote a single fictional piece of prose in college. I became the research queen. Then I spent nine years teaching writing instead of doing it myself. I don’t count all of the tests, assignments, lessons, and letters I wrote on a daily basis—not that they didn’t scratch my writing itch. They did, and I loved teaching so much that it was enough at the time.
The last piece of fiction that I wrote was a paper for a Grad class in Human Growth and Development. It incorporated research about traumatic brain injury into a faux diary written by a housewife and mother. The professor said I should consider turning it into a novel—he’d buy it. I wrote it nine years ago this summer.
That’s probably more than one thing, but, you know, whatever.
5) In undergrad, I almost majored in Business Administration, but despised it—especially accounting (great professor, totally uninteresting-to-me subject; true story– I apologized to the professor for wasting her time when I turned in my final exam) and macroeconomics (horrid, horrid, horrid professor—and I don’t assign that description lightly). I almost majored in Political Science, but I found that I loved English more. I minored in American History; however, one more semester and that minor would’ve been a major. My senior thesis was in history, not English. I took a lot of Art History courses because I love art and architecture and harbor a not-so-secret desire to see Pompeii, Trevi Fountain, and the Sistine Chapel. If I’d taken my totally optional at the time anthropology course when I’d been a sophomore instead of as a senior, that probably would’ve been my major. I don’t know if I dodged a bullet there or not.
6) I’ve taken four grad school courses in total, and I have earned A’s in all of them. I’ve not gone back to school because every time I think I know what I want to do, I find a reason to change my mind. I’m jealous of people who are able to choose just one thing and then do it.
7) In a parallel universe, I’d be a writer and photographer who traverses the globe, documenting archeological finds. Indiana Jones and I are totally kindred spirits. I don’t like snakes, and I’d be a kick-ass professor.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links to their blog, and let them know.
Here I have a minor dilemma. Since I see this as a sort of chain letter and I do not like chain letters or forwards, it’s hard for me to readily suggest that someone should have to do everything required here.
I’m more than happy to tell you about some other bloggers I happen to enjoy reading. I’ll link you to their blogs and tell you what I like about them. However, these aren’t nominations per se. If that offends, then I apologize for the perceived slight—though it is not meant to be one. It’s a personal thing.
The following blogs are from my regular reading rotation. Some of them you probably know already, and some may be new to you. There are also ten of them. Rules? What rules?
1) Annie’s Eats:
I love reading Annie’s posts and looking at her pictures. I’ve never been able to make my attempts at her recipes turn out quite right—most likely due to some fundamental difference in our cooking styles, but it doesn’t stop me from trying them every opportunity or from drooling over her food photography. In fact, I’m really thinking about trying her pita recipe soon.
If you like cupcakes, DIY projects, and healthy recipes, then Annie’s blog is the place to go.
This blog is fairly new. It chronicles the Michelle and Brett Darnell’s experiences as they set up a bed and breakfast in Virginia. Since I love travel and the entrepreneurial spirit so much, being allowed to watch this process is completely fascinating to me. I hope they continue writing about their experiences.
3) Cake Spy:
Artist Jessie Oleson drew me into her crazy world of unicorns and rainbows two years ago by posting a Ginger Pear cake recipe. While I wasn’t a fan of how my cake turned out (too dry), I kept coming back to her blog because of her quirky sense of humor and imaginative recipes. Her signature character, Cuppie, always cracks me up, and her recent move to this side of the country makes me hopeful that I’ll one day get a chance to meet her at a book signing.
4) The Cotton Wife:
Jennifer Warthan is the photographer/ owner of Warthan Farms Photography in Virginia. She lives on a cotton farm with her husband and children, and she seems to do primarily wedding and portrait photography. I love the little glimpses into her daily life that she provides. If I lived anywhere near her, I’d totally have her do our portraits. Love, love, love.
5) Mush Baby:
Written by a novice musher, I love this blog because it not only provides insight to an unusual sport, but it also provides a glimpse into life in a part of the country in which I don’t have much experience. Plus, she knitted the most incredible baby blanket ever for my second child. That and her puppy dogs are absolutely the most adorable doggies ever.
This blog is written by my good friend, Mama Cheatham. I love it because it showcases her take on family life and her wonderful trips to Italy. I love it most because she’s the one who writes it.
I stumbled upon this blog completely by accident, and I am glad that I did. Professor Kelcey Parker of Indiana University – South Bend, uses her blog to provide helpful insight into the culture of the writing world and the mindset of other writers. At least that’s what I’m getting out of it so far. Her interview series, “How to Become a Writer,” has proven worth the time it has taken me to read if for no more reason than most of the interviews serve as a confirmation of everything I’ve been feeling and thinking about for so many years. In other words, I’m not really crazy. And if I am, then I’m in some pretty good company.
If you haven’t heard of Ree Drummond, you’ve been living under a rock. Really. Okay, maybe not really. I love everything about Ree: her approach to life, her sense of humor, and her home-style cooking. A few years ago, I even drove three hours to have her sign a cookbook. My favorite thing about her—she isn’t afraid to be herself.
9) Smitten Kitchen:
From recipes, to photography, to personal anecdotes that indicate she’s just as neurotic as the rest of us, Deb’s blog is the one I always start my day with. Recently, her posts have been a little sparse—mostly due to her work on her cookbook, which is available for pre-order now; however, since she seems to be done with the book, I’m hoping to see her posting habits pick back up.
A pastry chef turned photographer and food stylist, Helene Dujardin originally hails from France, but has Charleston, SC her home. Her photography is as inspiring as it is mouth-watering. It’s my hope that someday I’ll have enough pocket change to attend one of her photography workshops. Until then, I’ll glean what I can from her blog and her book, From Plate to Pixel.
Thanks, again, Pearlessence!