I've had a rough week. Rough as in five referrals in two days. Rough as in every other kid who opens his or her mouth wants to either complain or give me attitude. Rough as in parents are emailing me asking "how their child is expected to pass my class at this point if I won't let them make up the work that was due months ago." The end of the day rolls around, and I just feel like crying. I didn't sign up for this abuse. The Lord must have sent a memo to some people this week telling them that I needed encouragement, though, because over the past two days, I've gotten not one Versatile Blogger Award, but two! On Tuesday I got a nice email from Jo of In Corners of My Mind, and today Kelly at Corner of Main shared the award with me.
Whoever started this award as a way of encouraging fellow bloggers: to you, and the kind people who pass it on, I say thank you. I think it's an awesome idea.
That said, I'm choosing to share the love with these kind and friendly bloggers who are either new-ish to me or I don't think have received the award before. If I'm wrong and you already have...that's okay. I hope you appreciate the acknowledgment all the same. :)
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Faith @ The Stirring Place
Sweet, hilarious Faith. She could write about moldy turnips and I would enjoy it.
Jamie @ Charmingly Ordinary
Jamie has a great sense of humor and an adorable little son.
Jen & Katie @ Paisley Print Shoes
Jen and Katie are two sisters that I'd accept into my own family in a heartbeat.
Mallory @ Purplest Pecalin
Mallory lives in Oregon, which isn't conducive to the craft night that we think we should have together.
Elz @ House Pour
Elz's witty comments here just about always make me laugh.
Anna @ Directions Not Included
Anna's a kitty person. Enough said.
Jess @ Little House, Big Heart
Jess is incredibly kind-hearted, and she and her husband are also fixing up an older-than-them house.
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I am also supposed to share 7 things about myself. I've attempted to choose seven quasi-interesting-or-maybe-not-interesting-at-all things most of you either A) wouldn't already know about me (since I tend to share my personality freely on this here blog) or B) never needed to know about me. Are you ready?
1. I eat Shredded Wheat for breakfast every morning. Blissfully plain, boring, bite-size Shredded Wheat. NOT the impostor kind that has been tainted with frosting. Gag. No, really. Sicky sweet cereal really makes me gag. But don't go thinking I'm super healthy or anything, because...
2. I have a stash of Twizzlers and Hershey chocolate bars in my desk at school. Some things are just necessary to get you through your day, you know?
3. I have a pink Discover card. This used to garner a lot of exclamations from cashiers, but apparently I'm not the only cool one anymore because people have stopped commenting.
4. I have known Rick since I was 12. We were in a musical together. We not only held hands during a dance scene, but also, at one point during rehearsals, I tattled on him to my mother, the director. Why? Because he wouldn't participate in whatever we were practicing and I was apparently a conniving brat. This rendered him afraid of both me and my mom for several years.
5. I love to sing. But not in public. I'm getting better at not being a total basketcase when singing solo or with a small group, partly from being on the worship team at church. However, I have always started shaking badly when I hear my voice alone and people (other than Rick or my family, obviously) are looking at me. An audience of One, people keep telling me, but my vocal chords still rebel.
6. When I was younger, I wanted to be a librarian. I had visions of a job where you just got to read all day, and to prepare for my Chosen Career, I arranged all of my books alphabetically by author and even developed a check-out system. Babysitter's Club and Boxcar Children, anyone?
7. I've lived in New York my entire life, but I've been to Disneyworld at least 11 times. The combination of nostalgia, cheery atmosphere, and just plain fun makes me love going back again and again. I know it's totally some peoples' idea of a manic tourist trap there to suck you out of every dime, but I adore it. I get teary at the sight of Main Street, USA and at the end of Fantasmic when good conquers evil, in natural Disney style. Go Mickey!
Thanks again to Kelly and Jo for the kind gesture! :)