7 Facts- One Lovely Blog Award

There seems to be a trend of these going around.  So far I’ve been nominated to  participate in four different kinds of blog tags/tours and while some may find them bothersome or annoying, I quite love reading everyone’s answers and finding out a little more about my writer friends. This nomination came from my friend Bill.  When Bill started following me on twitter, I saw one thing on his profile that caught my attention.  Whataburger.  Now if you’ve never had this southern delicacy, I’m sorry.  You are truly missing out on one of the best fast food hamburger joints around.  However, Bill and I have more in common other than our taste in food.  Both from the south, we migrated north and live in small-town communities where we share in our loathing of satellite internet.  Bill is currently working on his first thriller and if you’re not following his blog, you should be, because he’s an all around great guy to know.  W.C.Cunningham

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The rules of this blog hop type award are that I share 7 facts about myself, and links to 15 blogs that I enjoy reading. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at nominating other blogs, because I never want anyone to feel pressured to participate.  However that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue the trend.  So please, anyone that would like to join in the fun, do so.  I’d love to see your answers and would gladly link your post back to this blog.  I’d also appreciate a link back to mine.  Now what to do?  Share 7 facts about you that we don’t know, and nominate 15 blogs you like (we’ve already discussed this, you choose how you want to handle it.)

Here we go with 7 lovely facts about me:

1. I’ll probably have a few gasp here, but I don’t like chocolate.  Nope, not a fan.  Unless we are talking about Whoppers, which I can eat my own weight in.  No chocolate cake, pie, or ice cream for me.  It’s just never something that I acquired a taste for.  I’m a plain ol’ vanilla kind of girl.

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2. I find some of the most inappropriate things funny sometimes.  I should be ashamed, but I’m not.  I think it comes from the built up tension and stress from my day job.  I see, hear and deal with things and people that never seem to amaze me.  Just when I think I’ve heard every story imaginable, somehow someone still surprises me.  So no, nothing I come across ever really sends me into to shock and I’ve learned to take all the ill-humored things in life and laugh at them.  I don’t however embarrass my family and friends by sharing them all on Facebook.  I do put the claim on Pinterest though, so if you follow me there, it’s fair game and I can’t promise that it’s always going to be PG rated.

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3. I decorate cakes.  I’m no cake boss, but it’s something that I like to do.  During college, I worked nights in a bakery.  My duties were to get the production ready for the next day, however I was usually there by myself and had to learn to write on cakes for those that came in last minute and purchased one out of the ready made case.  Eventually the decorators began showing me other things and I found it was something that I enjoyed.

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4. I love traveling and taking road trips with my family. As I mentioned earlier, we live in a very small community.  At times the greater population can be a little judgmental and narrow minded (two traits I have little tolerance for). So, it’s important to me that my children know there is a whole big world full of different cultures, religions, thoughts and beliefs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live.  Small-town life definitely has it’s perks and our area is absolutely beautiful.  I’d love nothing more for my boys to take root and raise their own families here, but I also want them to experience the bigger picture.

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   5. My husband and my paths weirdly crossed before we ever met.  Once upon a time in a small town in Kentucky, there was a brother and a sister who became doctors.  One went on to practice locally and delivered my husbands two brothers.  While the other somehow ended up in Texas and delivered me 🙂  Yep, before we ever knew each other, we had a connection.  We came about this bit of information after we were married and moved back to Kentucky, when the doctor in Texas passed away and my mom noticed that his obituary named a sister living in a neighboring Kentucky town of ours.  I asked my mother in law and she confirmed that the sister had delivered her two eldest sons.  I think it’s pretty neat.

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6. I always cry at weddings, funerals and any time I hear The Star Spangled Banner.  I can’t help it, trust me, I try not to tear up and it never works.  It doesn’t matter who the people are or what type of event I’m at, a few tears will fall.  It’s kind of funny and amusing because I’m normally quite the opposite, especially at work, but those three things get me every time.

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7.  I have a wide variety of taste in books and music.  I’ll read just about anything.  I love any variation of romance from the clean and sweet to the more dark and erotic tales.  I easily get lost in a good thriller and true crime stories and I very much enjoy memoirs.  My taste in music is the same.  My phone is cluttered with an array of styles and genres. One moment I may be listening to Hank Jr. or Keith Whitley and the next Eminem.  I was introduced to Olivia Newton John, The Oak Ridge Boys, Donna Fargo, and Elvis at an early age.  I listened to a lot of Alabama while in grade school until the big hair bands took off and then I went on a binge of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, White Snake, and Poison.  Around middle school I was introduced to R&B and I am still a huge fan of Jodeci.  These days I listen to a lot of the newer country. Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and Cole Swindell are all on my playlist.  Some of my other loves, Bruno Mars, Jeremih, Nickelback, Pink, Phil Collins, Rihanna, and Staind.  I’ll even venture off to southern rock, classical, and even some Celtic stuff on occasion.

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That concludes my contribution to The One Lovely Blog Award. Below you’ll find some great folks that have contributed as well.  I hope you’ll take a look because they are some amazing and talented people.

W.C. Cunningham, Writes

E.L. Wicker, A Writers Journey

Aether House, Writing and Life By Michelle Iannantuono

The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award

A big thank you to Michelle, who always post the most interesting writing topics and tips on her blog Aether House, Writing and Life By Michelle Iannantuono, for nominating me for The Liebster Award!   I was actually nominated for this twice, however since Michelle hit me up first, I’m answering her questions.

1.  Do you have, or have you had, a medical condition that altered your way of life?

Myself no.  However when my sister was diagnosed with ALS three years ago, it changed a lot of things, so I think in a sense that has changed my life.

2.  How would you describe your dream home?

A secluded lakeside cabin, but I can bend on the cabin part or even the lake.  As long as it’s near water, I’m game.  However I don’t think I can budge on the seclusion part.  I’ve lived in the boonies for so long that I don’t think I could go back to living “in town.”  I like that I can let my kids play outside and not worry about anything and being disconnected from cell service is actually kind of nice.  Now the satellite internet that goes out every time the wind blows, I can definitely do without.

3.  What is your favorite hobby?  Why?

Aside from reading, because that’s pretty much a given here … I enjoy decorating cakes.

4.   What piece of clothing can you not live without?

I’m not a fashionista or a shopper , so clothes aren’t really important to me.  My sister say’s I dress like a hippie.  I say I dress for comfort.  So, there isn’t really anything that I just must have.  However, I do own a fairly large shoe collection consisting mostly of heels for work and every kind of boot imaginable.

5.   How do you feel about marriage and kids?

Being that I’ve been married for fourteen years and have two kiddo’s, I’d say I feel pretty good about it :).  But seriously, my husband is honestly my best friend.  We share everything and I know that sounds sappy and cliché, but it’s the truth.  That doesn’t mean it’s always easy.  We’ve have our rough spots just as anyone else.  And kids …  whew, they can be work.  A lot of work, but they also bring a fulfillment to your life that is unimaginable until you have them.

6.  What book-to-movie adaptation are you’re dying for Hollywood to make? I’m talking about books that haven’t yet been made into movies, of course (so no Mockingjay!).

I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies and those that I do watch are usually action or war, with the occasional comedy.  And I don’t typically read those types of books, so nothing really comes to mind.

7.  Do you live in the moment or do you plan for the future?

Can I pick both?  I’m a planner by nature.  I plan everything months, sometimes years in advance.  When we go on vacation, I research everything there is to know about the area and make a detailed list of things I want to do and see.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to go with the flow.  If something comes up or veers off my plans, I’m okay with that. But there has got to be some kind of plan in order to begin with otherwise I’ll go a little crazy.

8.    Favorite class in college? (or high school, if you didn’t go/haven’t yet gone to college)?

Several of my criminal justice courses.  I actually took some classes in high school, so I had the same instructor when I went to college.  He was fun and made the class interesting.

9.   Best and worst part of attending weddings?

Best: The smiles on the couple’s face when they are pronounced husband and wife.  It’s like all the anxiety immediately rushes out of them and for a moment they are nothing but happy.

Worst:  I don’t know a worst moment, per se, but I’m not a fan of long, drawn out weddings.  Let’s say I do, smile, eat a little, dance a little, drink a little, cut the cake and call it a day.

10.    Tell me about an awkward or embarrassing moment you’ve had.

Just last week I attended a funeral.  My husbands cousin passed and I noticed that no one was speaking to or offering their sympathies to the man’s daughter. I want to say upfront that we don’t see this family often.  They live out of town, so it’s been a few years since we’ve all been together.  Anyhow, I was a little appalled that no one was consoling the daughter, so I made a point to go up to her afterwards and give her a big hug.  Come to find out that it wasn’t the daughter at all.  It was his son’s girlfriend.  They definitely could be twins, though. When my husband told me my mistake, I was horrified. I’d called her by name or at least by the name of whom I thought she was, but at least now I feel better about the family not leaving her out.  And I apparently wasn’t the only one that made the mistake.

The rules?

1) Post the Liebster Award graphic on your site.
2) Thank the blogger who nominated your blog.
3) Answer the 10 questions from the post of the person who nominated them.
4) The nominee will nominate 10 other blogs.
5) The nominee will then create 10 questions of their own for their nominated bloggers to answer in their Liebster post!

My Questions:

1.  If you could travel to one place in the world where would it be?

2.  Favorite food?

3.  Has there ever been a book that you refused to read?  If so why?

4.  How do you take your coffee and if you don’t drink coffee in the morning, what do you drink?

5.  First record, cassette, or cd you owned.

6.  What kind of pets do you own and what are their names?

7.   Do you collect anything and if so what is it?

8.  Storms … love them or hate them?

9.  Least favorite household chore.

10.  One thing you want to accomplish before you die.

Again, thanks to Michelle.  She’s a southern girl like me, so stop by and check out her blog and to anyone who takes the challenge, I’d love to see your answers.

My nominee’s … I’m not sure I’ll have 10 willing participants, so I’m going to open this up and if anyone wants to take the nomination, feel free to do so and let me know so that I can link to your post.

E.L. Wicker – E.L. is one of those people that you just gravitate to.   We nominated each other at the same time, she didn’t answer my questions because we didn’t want to do 2 separate post, but you should go check hers out anyhow 🙂

 

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