178 - Award and Sharin' the Lurv

I got an award from the lovely Miss Katherine (Kato) over at Pandorah's Box, so I am both keeping with, and breaking from, tradition when it comes to passing it on.

First the keeping with: Ten Things That Make Kristy Happy (in no particular order)

1) Writing. I may not be writing anything more than blogs at the moment, but I know that someday I'll write again. For now, blogs seem to fill that void. In any case, I am compelled to write in some fashion.

2) Bubble baths. I look forward to the end of the day so I can sink into some warm bubbles, read a good book and relax.

3) Jillian Michaels. Without her dvd and books I'd still be a lump of lard sitting on the couch and getting fatter. I think this time I'm going to make the change and it will last. The food thing makes sense to me now. I like the feeling of exercising... yes it's uncomfortable, but I feel strong, and I like to feel strong.

4) Books. Kinda already covered it, but I love books and they really deserve their own mention. A good book is like a vacation to another world. South of Broad (my current read) is the kind of book I love... I can't count the number of times I've laughed and cried and been touched by something these fictitious people have done. It's a bittersweet experience for me, because I can't wait to read another chapter, but ultimately, if I continue to read... it's going to end...

5) Technology. My laptop, my iPod, my camera, the internet, tv, Tom Tom, my cell phone... they make life a little bit easier and keep me connected even when I'm in a reclusive mood (like now).

6) Trixie. Obviously I love my car. Who cries at the thought of trading their car in? Moi. Trixie is the car version of my soulmate. I still get giddy when I walk into my garage and see her.

7) My piano. I don't play all the time, but when I do I lose track of time. If I'm stressed, it disappears. If I'm happy, it's amplified. I heart the piano.

8) Rain. There's little that makes me feel better than a pleasant rainfall. The sound of water falling on the ground as the wind gently wafts through the trees... Heaven!

9) Travel. Wish I could do more of it, but I have a finite supply of time and money. I love seeing new places, especially places with a lot of history. I like to experience culture, try new food, and explore.

10) Cookbooks. I love to cook. I enjoy trying new recipes, techniques, and in some cases the science behind the recipe. I have more cookbooks than I know what to do with, but I still buy more...

Of course, friends and family go without saying, that's why I didn't put them on the list (and my cats are included in that, because I consider them part of the family).

And the breaking with tradition. I'm going to pass the award along, but I'm also passing it back to the person who gave it to me, because her blog is one of my favorites and I can't not acknowledge that. So in no particular order, because I love them all:

1) Pandorah's Box - I love this girl! Kato always brings enthusiasm to whatever she's talking about, and her comments always make me smile. She's an amazing writer, so good that when you read her blog, you feel as if you're experiencing whatever she's writing about. This recent blog entry made me laugh (and raise my fist at the injustice!), and this one is an excellent example of how she can make a blog experience almost tactile.

2) Sarah, Writer in making - I've been impressed by her blog since day one, and it keeps getting better. I think hers was the first blog I actually followed. We were each other's firsts, lol. This post cracked me up... I will never think of doughnuts the same way again. It's not the only one that will have you laughing though, she's another talented writer who I expect great things from in the future.

3) Bendigo's Rage - Sometimes his blog posts are a slice of life, sometimes they are incredibly poignant, either way, you're in for a great read. And if Bendigo follows your blog, you've got a steadfast friend who will always be there to encourage you. I consider him to be the heart of our little tribe. This is one of my favorites, but it's by no means the only one.

4) Daily Dose of Reality - Ian, Ian, Ian... there's no one who works harder in the blogger universe than Ian. How he ever made it through all those blogs to compile the best blog awards at the end of 2009 just blows my mind... And his recent interview with Lisa Marie blew me away! I can never think of questions to ask people but he had a gazillion of them! Good ones! He's also a great ranter... this is one such rant. I learn things when I read Ian's blog, and that's a good thing.

5) The Shadow of My Life - I'm fairly new to this blog, but it's rapidly become one of my favorites. Joe writes slice of life blogs that are both compelling and entertaining, and most of all, they are funny! This blog entry, in particular, cracked me up, and it's just one fine example of Joe's blog. Read it, you won't be sorry.

6) The Domestication of a Party Girl - Lisa Marie has such a varied blog. One day it might something light and whimsical, the next day, serious and thought-provoking. On any day, it's a good read. And she's a sweetheart. This blog entry really made me think.

7) Lisa and Laura Write - These women crack me up. How they manage to come up with blog after blog of great stuff is beyond me. And they have a book coming out (2011!). And they're incredibly nice. This is a great one.

8) A Writer of Wrongs - I recently started following this blog. Terry has finished writing a novel (that sounds amazing) and is going through the harrowing query process. As someone who has participated in this, it's interesting for me to read other people's perspectives on it. It's a great blog and I'm enjoying it. So check it out. This is the blog he posted after he received his first (impersonal) form rejection. But it's not all about writing, so if you're not a writer, don't let it scare you away.

9) Flora Isadora: Camera Obscura - I love photography. I take photos, and on occassion I'll take a 'wow' photo, the kind people comment on or want a copy of. Flora takes those pictures all the time. She can make something as simple as a gravestone look amazing. There's not a lot of writing, it's more of a pictoral, but I enjoy browsing, and I stow away ideas for my own photos in the future. This one is one of my favorites, but I'm blown away by them all.

10) The Non-Review - TS writes some fun stuff. So far I've read about movies I never knew existed, drinks I want to try but aren't available in the US (tease), etc. The most original part of his blog though, is the By the Numbers review, where he tallies the performance of all the films an actor/actress has been in, to scientifically prove whether or not he/she is a good actor/actress. It's very interesting to see how it plays out, and to see whether or not I agree.

So that about wraps it up. Some VERY honorable mentions Secret Office Confessions (like a serial soap opera, but hilarious instead of silly), Mass Hole Mommy (varied content, often humorous), B.R. Paulson (a writer's blog), Redhead Ranting (one of the best ranters out there), Nanny Goat in Panties (hilarious, sometimes about goats but not always... doesn't matter because it's always fun), and Nameless Babble (sometimes slice of life, sometimes very insightful observations). All the blogs on my side bar are blogs I enjoy reading, but for now, these are the ones I try to read regularly. Hopefully you'll scan through them and find something you like!

Phew! Awards are a lot of work! Now to notify the winners...


  1. Well thank you very much Kristy :)
    I'm touched that you think of me as the heart of our tribe...I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy coming and reading here...It's become a bit of an obsession I will admit... Thanks again :)

  2. Bendigo - It's well deserved =)

    P.S. to the blog - Day 8 - Level 2... Owie.

  3. Thank you very much Kristy. Now to pass this award (tomorrow) onto some more bloggers that most of you don't already follow! :)

    Because like you always say...it's all about Sharin the Lurv!

  4. Kristy thanks so much! You are such a sweetheart!!!! I love being part of the tribe!
    I love your list! I soooo love cookbooks... have a huge collection:)

  5. You are the sweetest! I hope you know that! Your comments about my blog were so heart-warming and made me very happy!

    Thank you!


  6. Alllrigghht Chiquita! I have sent you an award. A brand spankin new one all shiny and new (no not the one you gave me, really a new one!) Sharing the lurv


  7. Ian - I thought about doing that, but I wanted to highlight the ones I love the most, the ones I head to first if I'm short on time.

    LM - I have two shelves full of them... Last year I went into my recipe drawer and copied down the ones I was really interested in... threw the rest away. This year I'm transposing the one I've tried and really like into a separate notebook so I can go to that when I want to make something I know is delicious. My handwriting sucks though!

    Kato - All true. You're like a little slice of sunshine every day and truly love your blog. (ah the lovefest continues, lol)

  8. I'm honored to be included. I really enjoy your blog. Love your list of favorites too. Not enough people give rain props.

  9. Thank you so much Kristy! We absolutely love following your journey and can't thank you enough for including us on your list. I'm off to check out all the bloggers I've never met!

  10. Thanks so much for your kind words, Kristy. The feeling in your 'Tribe' is so cool. There are so many great and talented people around here.
    I like a lot of the same things as you...technology, piano, rain.

  11. Another big thanks, Kristy for turning me on to Flora Isadora: Camera Obscura...I have been looking for Photography blogs!

  12. AHEM!!!!!



  13. You all deserve it... thank you for blogging so I have something to read!

    Joe - Pioneer Woman also has a photography section, hers are portraits and pics of life on the ranch. She also discusses photo shop and lenses and stuff. She's got her own website pioneerwoman.com (or you can find her on my sidebar).

  14. Wow, Kristy! Thank you so much! I'm sorry I'm late to the party, but I just signed online (revising, you know).

    I plan on checking out all of the others you listed.

    And for the record, I read yours everyday. It's amazing how you start reading people's blogs -- people you don't even know -- and pretty soon you feel not only like you know them (and like them), but you actually care about their lives.

    It makes the lonely job of writing so much easier to bear.

    Thanks again. And congrats to all the others, I shall check you out. ;)

  15. Thanks Kristy!!

    This is really nice...and so freaking cool!! :D

    I never ever regretted following you. You were the first I followed and the reason I followed other blogs was mostly because yours proved to be such a good read that I thought "hey, there's some really great writing on this blogging site!"

    Thanks for the comments! Thanks for your interest, it means a lot!

  16. I have to say, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you yet, but I feel like I know you... You show when you write. not tell... which you and I BOTH know is huge in writing! Well done!

    Thanks for mentioning mine! That is so sweet! I never miss a day of Kristy!