Category: Blog Love

Beautiful Blogger Award

Arrrrrrrghhhhhhhh! I just sat down to write a post and realised that – shock horror – I haven’t posted since 5 June! 5 JUNE! I’m not even joking! Fail! Fail! Bad terrible blogger! How will I get discovered and have my life story turned into a made-for-television movie acting like this??

I have so many posts planned to write and I’ve been sitting here, staring blankly at the screen unable to finish even one of them. So, to get myself back in the blogging space I have decided to FINALLY pass on the Beautiful Blogger Award that was kindly given to me last month.

The guidelines are as follows:

  1. List seven random facts about yourself
  2. Post a link to the blog of the person who nominated you
  3. Link to seven other bloggers who are deserving of the award
  4. Let those bloggers know that you have nominated them

So, seven random facts that you don’t know about me already…

  1. I just scored some sweet-as pink flamingos for my front garden, which are currently brightening my life. How COOL are they?!?!?
  2. I HATE winter and am struggling as this is the first full winter I’ve had in a long time. I mean full as in I’m not chasing warmer climates this year, unlike most! Nope, no trip to New York this year… or Hawaii… or anywhere… two more months. TWO MORE MONTHS and it will be over!
  3. Earlier this evening, I deleted someone from Facebook who I had been meaning to delete for ages. I’m not a Facebook hussy and like to keep my friends to people that I actually don’t mind sharing my life with. This person was not one of these people. It’s a long story.
  4. I haven’t cleaned my house for WEEKS! True story. I can sense your judgement and I’m committed to cleaning it this weekend!
  5. My favourite city in the world is New York. Nothing beats summertime in NYC!
  6. I desperately want to go to India. Like, soon. Like, desperately! Like, for serious!
  7. I might have cooked my dogs a steak for dinner tonight. Hold your judgement.

Post a link to the blog of the person who nominated you:

The lovely Jennifaye! Yep, go check out her blog! She writes much better than me AND she doesn’t abandon her followers for five weeks in a row… eek!

Link to seven other bloggers who deserve the award:

  1. http://raisingmyrainbow.com/ – If you haven’t read this one already, do it now!
  2. http://gojulesgo.com/
  3. http://pithypants.com/ – why branch out on my recommendations when they’re so funny?
  4. http://catherinebuday.wordpress.com/ – The tips for a summer day took my mind of the crappy weather for a moment…
  5. http://searchingforagentdalecooper.wordpress.com/ – Okay, so I haven’t read this properly, but it’s a blog dedicated to Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks!
  6. http://livinginfairyland.wordpress.com/
  7. I’m out of suggestions, so I’m sticking with 6!

Let them know they’ve been nominated – I’m on it!

Woo hoo! Real post coming soon, I promise!

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Tag – You’re It!

So today I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by the lovely Jennifaye. Yay! Although this reminded me that I had also been tagged by nosugarjustspice WEEKS ago and I totally forgot! So, I’m starting with the earlier tag and, if I have time, will roll right on through to the more recent one!

First up, the one I am going to refer to as ‘Blog Tag’, has the following rules:

1.  You must post the rules

2.  Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post

3.  Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged

4.  Tag eleven people with a link to your post

5.  Let them know you tagged them

And the questions posted by nosugarjustspice and my answers are:

1. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done in the last year?

Ooohhhh, quit my job, which I did just a few weeks ago! Exciting times are ahead!

2. Favourite 80’s movie?

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

3. Do you still have toys from when you were a child?

Yes, and sadly some are still in my bedroom. I just can’t let them go and keep telling myself that they’ll mean so much to my kids when I pass them on (note – I have no kids and don’t expect to have any for quite a while still!)… except Sealy Lorne, who is my number 1!

4. You’re being sent to Biosphere 2 for a year and can only take one person, who would it be?

Hmmm… only for a year? Would I have any means of communication with other people? Argh, I can’t decide!

5. If you could be a member of the opposite sex for a day, would you?

No way! Haha!

6. Is there anything in the area surrounding you right now that could be used to fight zombies in the apocalypse?

Yep, a MASSIVE aerosol can of Fudge Skyscraper hairspray.

7. How many alarms does it take to wake you up of a morning? (It takes me 5)

Two alarms, which start at 7.15 and 7.20 and keep getting snoozed until about 7.50-8am. I HATE mornings!

8. Hollywood is remaking your favourite movie ever and wants you to play your favourite character from that movie, which movie is it and who are you playing?

Amelie and Amelie!

9. What are 5 terms/names/etc you wish you had never heard and could be removed history?

The first thing to come to mind is too horrid to share, but I had to ask blogger Lyndon Keane to translate and we both regret googling as soon as we had done so… no further comment on that.

Second, third, fourth and fifth would be babe (as in people refer to each other as this), moist, Hugh (as in the name, because I can’t pronounce it) and… Mash (just the mention of it makes me feel sick)!

10. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done when drunk?

Oh, there’s way too many to narrow it down… In recent months projectile vomiting all over my luggage and the hotel room floor would probably be the worst of it.

11. If you could wake up tomorrow and walk into your dream job what would it be?

Professional world traveller and gazillionaire 🙂

And eleven new questions:

  1. What’s one city in the world that you’ve always wanted to visit and why?
  2. What is your biggest fear?
  3. Have you ever seen a ghost?
  4. What is your guilty pleasure?
  5. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what animal would it be?
  6. Are you a dog or a cat person?
  7. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  8. What’s your favourite song of all time?
  9. When you were young, what did you plan to be when you grew up?
  10. Chips and salad or roast potatoes and vegetables?
  11. If you won a million dollars, what would you do/buy first?

And the eleven blogs that I tag are…

  1. www.frugalistablog.com (for her great Kristen Stewart impersonation)
  2. www.findingravity.com
  3. www.somethingswedish.wordpress.com
  4. www.housewifedownunder.wordpress.com
  5. www.paltrymeanderings.com
  6. www.beetleandswan.wordpress.com
  7. www.pithypants.com
  8. www.mikesilvia.wordpress.com
  9. www.disseminatedthought.wordpress.com
  10. www.torinelson.wordpress.com
  11. www.simonandfinn.com (the baby mouse deer made me cry :()

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

Okay, having just done this one and with seven more blogs to nominate, I’m going to take a few days to complete the Beautiful Blogger Award! Phew!

Are You Insane? Let Me Guess How You Found My Blog… And a Little Bit of Blog Love Too!

Okay, so this week I am being totally boring because I’m having bloggers block and my attempts at writing my next post are not getting me anywhere! So I have decided to take the opportunity to respond to a blogging award nomination and also share some random nonsense, to justify this as a REAL post for the week!

So, when I can’t finish any of the gazillion drafts sitting in my blog, there is only one way out – to write a list! This week I have mainly been inspired by the weird and slightly disturbing search terms that have been coming up on my blog, but also by the many other blogs I have been reading and what I have learnt since I started blogging just over two months ago. The following are the top ten of these:

1. People, or more specifically, people who write and read blogs, are awesome and they brighten my life!

2. They are also sometimes insane… as is evident in the following search terms which have led people to my blog.

–      Tenis player not wear pant – okay, I guess I was asking for this one with all that talk of Marat Safin and his flood pants, but seriously, who were you hoping to find?

–      What is hi fives porn – If this is something that exists (and by the number of referrals, I’m guessing it does), I can guarantee this is NOT something you will be finding here. Move along!

–      Eating my ex on the couch – I’m fairly certain I do not ever want to meet you…

–      High five? Potato – If this was ‘high five? Mashed potato’ I would assume you were my arch nemesis. Alas, I have no idea what you were hoping to achieve. High five? Potato!

–      Ecards about stupid people – I think I have Googled this exact search term, let’s be friends!

–      What is the fear of high fives called – Oh. My. God! I am not alone!

–      Potatoes with cotton buds – I’m confused. Why does the potato have cotton buds?

–      I can count to potato – Good for you!

–      Women crapping – I am not even joking!

–      Some people just need a high-five. In the face. With a chair – Wow, you have a way with words. I suspect you may be the reason for my fear of high fives…

–      You call it madness but I call it love – Yes, and I call you insane. Have we dated?

–      Green balls – I think you should get off Google and get to the doctor… Now!

–      What is this shitload of mashed potatoes day – I think I had a nightmare along those lines just last week… a whole day of being chased around by a giant plate of mashed potato with legs… it’s all coming back to me…

3. I am not alone in my pug love – Yep, my blog has received visits from people using 31 different Pug search terms so far! Some of my favourites are ‘pug with backpack’ ‘thank god it’s Friday pug’ and ‘pug true love’. I feel my heart warming just reading them! This is from one particular morning several weeks ago:

4. WordPress is my friend – It’s true. I’ve actually found I spend more time with WordPress these days than with most of the people in my life. It makes me happy!

5. Twitter is not my friend – Also true. I Tweet… I get sweet nothing back… but I shall persist….

6. I wish I was cool enough to have a Facebook page for my blog – Alas, I am not, but I shall continue to sit back and silently envy those of you who do… Sitting there all smug in your popularity…

7. I want to start taking photos for my blog – I’m making this one of my missions in life. Having broken my iPhone camera and with minimal chance of lugging my SLR around with me each day, the likelihood of this happening is slim to none – so I’m aiming to post one photo I have taken by the end of 2012. Achievable? Achievable!

8. www.someecards.com is a sarcastic bloggers best friend – Seriously, the best resource ever! And they’re FREE!

9. There’s a fairly good chance I will fail in my attempt to blog every week of 2012… although I remain 100% committed to trying my hardest!

10. Blog awards are great for the ego – and a great excuse for spending an entire day reading other blogs… And on that note:

The rest of my entry today is to accept and pass on a little blog love with four (yep, FOUR) awards rolled into one… I don’t even know how this happens and am slightly overwhelmed, but I’m going to go with it and see what happens!

So, first and foremost, many many thanks to No Sugar, Just Spice for nominating me… in perusing your blog I see we share some embarrassing old music tastes… well, taste, I should say… I’m not at the point of publicly admitting to such a thing, but just for you *ahem*:

“Have you ever stood outside a picket fence… you’ll see through… but you can’t get to the inside… oohhhhhhh!”

I still remember all the words… how embarrassing… let’s never mention this again!

So, the awards are:

  1. Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award
  2. The Sunshine Award
  3. The Candle Lighter Award
  4. The Liebster Award

To roll all the questions into one, I’m just going to answer EVERYTHING in one go and then nominate those blogs I would like to pass the love onto.

So, here goes:

1. Describe yourself in seven words.
Small, Energetic, Loyal, Passionate, Impatient, Blunt and High-Pitched (although that’s kind of eight!)

2. What keeps you up at night?
Blog writing!

3. Whom would you like to be?
Noone, really. I’m pretty happy just being me.

4. What are you wearing now?
Tracksuit pants, a hoodie and my ugg boots… exciting, I know!

5. What scares you?
Mice and Horses.

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
Best: Interacting with other bloggers and getting feedback on my posts.

Worst: Writing a post when I’ve given myself a deadline. I always leave it until the last minute!

7. What was the last website you looked at?

I was Googling the lyrics to the song quoted above… I can’t believe I actually second-guessed myself!

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

 I  guess being a bit more tolerant to stupid people…?

9. Slankets, yes or no?

I think you mean Snuggie… and I would go with a no.. except on little kids and dogs, have you seen the dog snuggie? So cute! I wonder if there is a photo of a pug in a snuggie somewhere out there…

Oh. My. God…

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

She sorts her fries by size. True story.

11. Favorite Color:

Blue.

12. Favorite Animal:

Dogs, Elephants and Seals.

13. Favorite Number:

4

14. Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink:

Sparkling water.

15. Facebook or Twitter:

Facebook

16. My Passion:

Travel

17. Getting or Giving Presents:

Giving

18. Favorite Pattern:

Pattern?? Weird question… any of Cath Kidston’s floral prints?

19. Favorite Day of the Week:

Sunday

20. Favorite Flower:

Lillies

And ten blogs to nominate:

http://theghostlife.wordpress.com/

http://undomesticatedhousewife.com/

http://beetleandswan.wordpress.com/

http://brookeandmckenzie.wordpress.com/

http://nevercontrary.com/

http://susielindau.com/

http://imnotfamousandneitherareyou.com/

http://livenerddierepeat.wordpress.com/

http://disseminatedthought.wordpress.com/

http://learnmesomething.wordpress.com/

Yay!
And to make up for this poor excuse for a blog post, I present you with a pug, to brighten your life!

One Lovely Blog Award

Just a really quick post today to thank A Single Parent’s Life for passing on a little blog love last week. In the Freshly Pressed madness, it’s taken me a few days to get around to doing this, eek!

I was thrilled to see this award comes with just a few rules, so I can (and will) actually keep this brief!

The rules are:

1.Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2.Pass the award to other newly discovered blogs.
3.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

1. As above, many thanks to  A Single Parent’s Life for nominating me. When I first started blogging shortly before Christmas, someone I used to work with but hadn’t seen for years sent me a message saying they had read and enjoyed my blog. I was so excited that someone had actually liked it and that one message was seriously my motivation for even continuing with it. Twelve posts, 3 blog nominations and one Freshly Pressed inclusion later, I have come to realise the real value of blogging, the opportunity to interact with the many wonderful people who have been reading and supporting my weekly rant. Reading the diverse stories and experiences that are shared by you all on WordPress brightens my day!

2. My favourite part of these awards is that they give me an excuse to sit on the couch reading blogs for an entire afternoon, and to discover wonderful new blogs! The blogs I would like to pass the One Lovely Blog Award onto are:

http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com/

http://kerinburford.wordpress.com/

http://taylaac.wordpress.com/

http://findingravity.com/

3. I’m on it!

Yay!