Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Envelope please...

As I mentioned, I spent a bit of last weekend trying to pull my bloggy socks up. Added the RSS feed widget (still not quite sure about it), tidied up some of the boxes on the left and started to follow people. Not stuff that you'd notice, but enough to make me feel I'm keeping up with the Blogg-Joneses.

Another thing I promised to do was acknowledge a few awards I've received lately. I admit, I'm terrible at doing something with them. As organised as I am on the whole, I am also a bit of a procrastinator. Having painted the kitchen a completely different colo(u)r and re-upholstered a seat cushion in a co-ordinating colo(u)r, I am now acting as if I'm done - despite the 5 yards of the same fabric leaning against my sewing macine, waiting to turn the adjoining family room into a colo(u)r-co-ordinated haven. In my mind I'm done. Can't be bothered to actually sew the curtains (all four straight lines each). Moving on to the next project.

Anyhoo, I am turning my woefully flighty attention to the aforementioned recent awards. Thus:-

Melissa at Smitten by Britain awarded me the Superior Scribbler Award, well, for "superior writing" which is a great compliment given that I'm supposed to be a writer. I have to pass this on to five more writers, which would be:

Tattie Weasle - especially her recent post about her very naughty whippet.
Millennium Housewife - for her no-holds barred, hilariousness, and her fabulous lists.
Postcards from Across the Pond - Mike has a style all his own and never ceases to make me laugh.
Jo Beaufoix - and apparently everyone else agrees as she's just topped the mum blogger list.
Potty Mummy - who also featured on the list and is bravely blogging on while facing a gigantic move from London to Siberia (or somewhere in Russia).

The Superior Scribbler rules are:

Each Superior Scribbler recipient must in turn pass The Award on to 5 deserving bloggy friends.

Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog.

Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

Moving on:-
Saz at Fat, Frumpy and Fifty gave me the Soulful Award for this blog which I have to say, I was very surprised about. I don't think I have ever been described as soulful, but she also said she was giving it to me because of all the balls I balance in the air. (All smoke and mirrors really.) So, I would like to pass on the Soulful award to Maggie May. I mentioned a few posts ago that she's got a lot on her plate right now but is showing remarkable spirit nonetheless.

Saz also gave me the Kreativ Blog Award for Pond Parleys, which I co-host with author Mike Harling. That's for our "dedication to the unity of bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic".

The Kreativ award I will bestow on the ladies at Mad Manic Mammas. Full disclosure here - this is a group of mums of teenagers (including me) who write funny, moving and informational stuff about their teenagers. It's a great blog to share ideas and generally make sure you're not really going insane in your quest to rein in your offspring.

The Kreativ rules are:
1.Thank the person who gave this to you.
2.Copy the logo and place it in your blog.
3.Link the person who nominated you.
4.Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know.
5.Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers.

So keep blogging everyone, and if you're not one for awards or passing them on etc. don't worry - I'm the last one who can complain!!


  1. Congrats on all your awards!!!! Most deserved.


  2. Congratulations on so many...... and thank you so much for mine!

    Nuts in May

  3. Thanks for the shout out Toni and congratulations again.

  4. I would never have thought you were a procrastinator ... I certainly am not, and those that passport that I've been meaning to send in the past SIX months, well, I was just waiting for a good hair day to take my photo.

  5. Procrastinator? Sure you aren't, you are clearly on top of life in every respect. Me too of course.

  6. Congrats!
    I found your blog today, and its very cool !
    I am a expatmum as well but in UK.

  7. Just curious -- is anyone else having trouble with Smitten by Britain's website? I can't get it to stay open - it keeps going into error mode and closing. I'd figure out a way to tell her, but can't stay on the page for more than a few seconds. (Personally, I think someone out there REALLY wanted to win her competition and made it tough for the rest of us to compete!)


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