Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Color Me Happy

My dear friend Jenn certainly knows how to make me smile these days with a recent post mentioning me, and then today giving me a bloggy award. I love this girl. Seriously, on the days we don't talk I miss her. I can pull open a chat window and cry, vent, laugh, and be snarky (sometimes in the same sentence) and she just lets me be me. There is comfort and peace in this kind of friendship. Thank you Jenn, for everything.

Like she mentioned in her post, I've also been laying low in the virtual-verse. I almost wrote a post today called "Hey I Am Still Here, Living Under This Rock" or something to that effect. I just haven't had time to keep up with everything and when something's gotta give, well, it's tweeting and then blogging. I have to say it's a bit like missing school, which I also hated when I was growing up. I hated missing things, wondering if people would still like me when I showed back up. And as much as we get to pick and choose our friends in the blog-world, and on twitter too for that matter, sometimes it's still a little like high school with the cat fights and D.R.A.M.A. But, unlike high school where I still had to go, here I get to hit a little X button and walk away for a while. I have to breathe deeply when I do though. ZOMG what might I miss? Will people miss me?

ANYWAYS... See the shiny little award?

So, the ‘rules’ of this award:

  • Thank the person who nominated me for this award (see above!).
  • Copy the award & place it on my blog.
  • Link to the person who nominated me for this award.
  • Share 7 interesting things about myself.
  • Nominate 7 other beautiful bloggers.

So... Seven things about me. Seven. Goodness...

  1. Today my Facebook status is "There are places I remember all my life,though some have changed. Some forever, not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments..." I have been reflecting on people, events, places and phases of my life lately, categorizing them in my brain, filing them in my heart. These lyrics from the Beatles pretty much summed it up wonderfully.
  2. I over-analyze the fallout of every conflict I've ever been in.
  3. I am the daughter of an engineer and an artist. I think that makes me anally creative and creatively anal.
  4. My sister and I didn't get along well until we didn't live in the same house anymore. Now we talk 6 days out of every week and I miss it when I don't talk to her.
  5. I was too cool to zip up my jacket in 6th grade while standing in the snow at the bus stop. I combined this foolishness with having wet hair because I got a perm and I couldn't blow dry it in the morning and dear God I couldn't shower at night and then have bed head. I was a total dumb ass.
  6. I want to travel with my family and see the world. Bucket List of places includes England, Ireland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Alaska - actually all 50 United States, Argentina, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and Prince Edward Island, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. No particular order is required.
  7. I want to install solar panels on our house. I live in Florida. It makes so much sense. It is my hope by this time next year that we can make it happen.

And... who I nominate:

  1. Jenny from Neurotic, Yet Classy. I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny in person recently and I. just. love. her. She has a heart of pure gold. On her blog she has a gift of weaving words in to lovely, sincere, and passionate simplicity. She is chicken soup for my soul. You want to know her.
  2. Cheryl from Take a Second Glantz. She is the Sister of My Soul and someone guaranteed to make me smile. I met her through Girl Talk Thursday posts and she just makes my heart happy. You will seriously hear me SQUEE! from Florida to Alaska when I get to meet her in person one day. Listen for it.
  3. Maria from Mommy Melee. I know I've sung Maria's praises before. I met her in Gainesville years and years ago and she has helped me navigate these turbulent waters of blogging more than any other person out there. She deserves this particular award from me because she has been recently chronicling her battle with anxiety, and struggles to love herself as much as the rest of us do. She is raw, real and truly one of the most beautiful people I know. I'm going to see her in a couple weeks when our families meet up in the heartland of our state and I might just crush her in a hug.
  4. Diane from Dashoff. She is quite possibly the funniest blogger ever and when she doesn't post for a while, I notice and I start to twitch. There are a lot of big name bloggers out there and even more big-name-wanna-be bloggers and none of them hold a candle to Diane.
  5. Tatiana from A Very Good Year. This woman has such strength in her heart. She has seen a lot of dark places, and dealt with a lot of crap no woman nor daughter ever should have to endure. But she takes everything in a graceful stride I admire. I simply adore her. Her daughter is this dark haired little ray of sunshine and Tatiana is one of the most beautiful people I know.
  6. JennyGrace from Miss Grace's Disgrace. I am still getting to know Miss Grace but what I read, I love. She participates in Girl Talk Thursday and has one wicked tattoo.
  7. PsychMamma. Another lady blogger I'm getting to know, mostly from Twitter and more recently through her blog. She takes care of me and makes sure I don't over do it when I'm sick and still push myself too hard. She's awesome.

Thank you again Jenn. You and all the people I passed along the love to are all beautiful, inside and out.