01 July 2009

152. Blog awards and someone else's giveaway

Actually, let's do the giveaway announcement first: Novita at Sew I Do is hosting a giveaway of a really fun, bright bag to celebrate the opening of her Etsy shop. The deadline to enter is July 4 so head on over if you'd like to check it out.

I have four blog awards to share that have come in over the past month! The first came from Melissa at Moonshine and Piffle, about a month ago. I recall reading about the award mere days before our long trip and letting Melissa know it might take me a while to pass it along, but that I was grateful for her acknowledgement and I would. Well, I went to her blog yesterday to read the rules, etc. and, inexplicably, I kept getting referred to a domain placeholder web page. For those of you who have not been to Melissa's blog before, she is an amazing photographer. Her blog is just a thing of beauty. She herself is adorable and so is her writing style. And if that's not enough, she recently returned from a long-awaited, much-deserved trip to Paris, photos and all. If you can see her blog just fine, please let me know. Otherwise, my dear Melissa, if you are reading this, something's up with your fine blog. Please keep us fans and followers posted. xo

The One Lovely Blog Award from Lulu at Gus & Lulu:

A One Lovely Blog Award from Meg at Elsie Marley, though this award looks different:

The Honest Scrap Award from Catherine G:

The two Lovely Blog Awards have different rules but the same intent, which is to share lovely blogs which are new to me. I'm always in awe of the many, many beautiful blogs in the world that I just find out about, but it's never a secret because I add them to my blog list in the sidebar.

The Honest Scrap Award is one I'd not seen before and sounds fun, but involves a game of truth or dare but without the dare. Ten things. Let's see...
  1. Austin is great but I am having escapist fantasies of moving to a cooler climate.
  2. I eat really healthy meals and really awful, junky snacks and desserts. I like to think it all balances out in the end, but fear a two-inch layer of fat surrounds my heart.
  3. I love black clothes.
  4. My son's and my favorite TV show to watch together is So You Think You Can Dance.
  5. I will easily drop $6 for a plastic toy to put on the shelf, but have a real problem paying $6 for parking. It's the principle...
  6. I adore the whole Japanese street culture thing, even though I'm prob. way too old for it.
  7. I work on aging gracefully, i.e. accepting that I am not meant to eat such spicy and acidic food anymore because of the acid reflux and heartburn.
  8. Most of the time I think I'm 6 feet tall and a big bear of a woman, and I often act like it.
  9. Sometimes I dream of eating meat again. The desire doesn't feel the same in real life.
  10. I'm terrified of the teeth-falling-out phase of my son's childhood.
I'm to pass on the award to 7 other bloggers but I'll pass it on to anyone reading who wants to fess up! I'll read your blog confessional. Tell us the honest truth. I dare you.


  1. got a giveaway going on myself... i need to email you, i feel like i haven't talked to you in forever.

  2. So many awards, so little time. Congratulations!

  3. I'll bear my truths in response to yours...

    1. How about a one-week house swap? Seriously. Think about it...
    2. You look too tiny to have any inches of fat surrounding your heart.
    3. Me too.
    4. I love TV. Just love it.
    5. I get it. Principles.
    6. I listen to Gwen Stefani all the time and want to be Harijuku (but i'm too old as well).
    7. I lie about my age. Even to myself.
    8. Me too! Then I catch my reflection in a store window.
    9. Carnivore here. Wish I could give it up for health reasons.
    10. Many writers have dreams where their teeth are falling out... is this in the same literary vein?

    congrats on all your awards! Well deserved. :)

  4. Hehehe... I think it's funny the we "met" totally randomly and have so many things in common. Like, I know I'm meant to be 6 feet tall, have the same philosophy about junky snacks and healthy meals balancing each other out, hate paying for parking and am also a vegetarian (how did I not know that about you?). (By the way: You know Portland has a cooler climate right? Perfectly temperate. Just saying...)

  5. Congratulations on the awards! Looks like you have met some soul mates!!

  6. I toooootally feel you on #2. And #5.

  7. I love your 10-thing list. I think I will nick it from you :) I too was surprised by how much we have in common and I can very much relate to the 6 feet tall syndrome, when I see myself with others in photos I'm often shocked by the height difference, I'm like "that can't be me!" Congrats to your awards!

  8. Sounds like, for most of us, height is an illusion the outside world imposes on us!

    @Columbia Lily - It has been a while! Wanted to give you a chance to catch your breath after the school year ended. Send me an email! :)

    @Mary Nanna - Thank you! And thanks again to those lovely bloggers who tagged me.

    @glam.spoon - Great idea to write your list in response to mine! Thanks for sharing. I think we should def. consider a house swap! You realize until this week we'd had 16 straight days of 100+ degrees? You need to know what you're getting into.

    @Sarah - I thought you knew I'm vegetarian? We talked about your passing on your recipe for tempeh sloppy joes. Which sound delicious this July 4 weekend! I actually read in the NYT that Portland is a dream destination. ;)

    @Cindy - I know, I'm lucky to have some real blogger bosom buddies! Haha.

    @Jessica - So behind your undying support for your CSA is a deep-seated hankering for Cheetos, eh?

    @Johanna Lu - Consider yourself officially tagged! I think these memes are basically fun but sometimes the people I tag don't. I'm glad you think it is, too! Look forward to reading yours.

  9. Congratulations! Well deserved, I think.

    OK. I took you up on it and bared my ten.

  10. hee hee, i sorta do this, each wednesday i reveal something weird about myself ;)

    regarding #8, i need to this more often. last year when i was getting ready to leave for work, the subsitute MIDDLE SCHOOL (!!) bus driver stopped at our house. he thought i need to get on ;)

  11. aawwww, antoinette, thank you!
    i can never read your blog at work (that's the only time i can blog surf, go figure harhar) because for some reason the company's blocked it!
    but anyway, i finally got the chance to update myself with yours, and THANK YOU. :)
    i think i "met" you on flickr first - i was searching for finished products of built by wendy and ooooohed and ahhhed over yours.
    have a great weekend!


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