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The Versatile Blogger Award

August 15, 2010

So, I won an award the week before last (and yes, I’m just now writing the post about it – I’m a bad blogger). It’s called the Versatile Blogger Award. Maura from the 36×37 blog recognized me for this honor. Maura’s blog is pretty awesome – she’s giving herself 365 days to do 36 things she’s never done, all before her 37th birthday. Super inspiring. I probably should take some advice from her, considering I’m having a hard time just making it through my dating bucket list!

Anyway, I think this award is a little bit of a blogger’s version of an e-mail forward or chain letter. But, it’s flattering nonetheless. I haven’t won an award since college! And that award was for this essay I wrote on how the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military was a breach of an individual’s 1st amendment freedom of speech rights. It was funny, when I was announced the winner of the award, the emcee made sure to note that the founder of the award (who was no longer alive) would in no way agree with my argument, but if he were alive, he wouldn’t be able to deny how well written my essay was. Basically, the founder the award was a big conservative and definitely would not have appreciated my point of view. Oh well, the $1,000 award definitely helped fund my education, and thus my liberal agenda. Cue evil laugh: Muahahahahaha.

According to the Versatile Blogger award instructions, I have to write my own post, where I 1) reveal seven surprising things about myself, and 2) extend the award to seven bloggers I’ve recently met and respect.

Here are seven surprising things about myself. Probably not so surprising to most of you. Gosh, this feels like Facebook’s 25 things list that was really popular a few years ago!

  1. I weirdly enjoy plucking my eyebrows. It doesn’t even hurt at all. I find it to be relaxing and even look forward to it after a long day’s work.
  2. I haven’t seen my real hair color since the 90s. I think I’m addicted to looking like someone else, and never quite myself.  
  3. If I had to choose between giving up real food or ice cream, I would have to give up real food. I love ice cream that much. I’m not kidding.
  4. I hate my tattoo, or more lovingly, my tramp stamp. It’s a rose with a butterfly perched on top. I got it almost immediately after I turned 18. It was my one act of independence (and defiance) after I moved out of my father’s house. I went to the tattoo parlor with some friends and literally said, “Hmm, I like flowers and I like butterflies. Let me get that!” I was so stupid. Turns out, I now hate roses. I’m still a fan of butterflies (even though they were to be a major theme in the wedding, so we have sort of a love-hate relationship). But generally, I hate my tattoo. And, it’s all faded now, so I’m not sure if I should get it recolored or get it removed altogether.
  5. I secretly thrive off of drama (I know, no big surprise here). When a guy on Plenty Of Fish says they don’t like dramatic girls, I lie to myself and say I’m not one. In reality, I shouldn’t even respond to these guys – drama is part of my DNA.
  6. I can play Hot Cross Buns on the dulcimer. I thank middle school music class for this unique talent.
  7. Sometimes, even still, I feel like all of this is just a dream. I’m still engaged to be married in a few months. I don’t have a blog about single life. I can’t even imagine dating someone other than my ex fiancée. But, the dream hasn’t ended, so I guess it must be real.
  8. And because I can’t stop with just seven, I’m adding an eighth: I feel incredibly blessed that you guys come back and read day after day, week after week. I can’t tell you how excited I get every time a comment comes through. And there are no words to describe how much writing this blog has helped me heal. So thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey.

And for the second part of the award, here are seven bloggers I’ve recently met and respect. As you can imagine, a lot of these are dating blogs, since that’s what I’ve been really into recently:

  1. http://crystalspins.com/ – Crystal is a single girl who writes about dating, life, whatever comes to mind. I really like her writing style. I sort of have a blogger crush on her.
  2. http://darcydates.com/ – Darcy writes about her strange dating experiences. She meets some really crazy (and funny) guys, and makes me feel like everything I’m experiencing is normal (at least compared to her dates!). She also has a “Real Text Messages from Real Men” feature that cracks me up. I’m a fan.
  3. http://pammyshep.wordpress.com/ – I found her recently through Freshly Pressed, which is a feature on WordPress where an editor chooses about 10 blogs a day to feature on the home page. The blog that was chosen was “Would You Like a Little Porn With Your Bagel?” With a title like that, the blog has to be good. I’ve really enjoying reading it so far.
  4. http://literallygenevieveclare.com/ – I’ve actually been reading this blog for a while. It’s written by Genna, a girl I used to work with. She’s hilarious, and her adventures in NYC are definitely deserving of a blog. I’m sort of vicariously living through her, as I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to live and do PR in NYC.
  5. http://www.sex-lies-dating.com/ – This blog is about Simone’s experiences dating in the city. She often has guest posts, including a Sunday feature called “A Guy’s Story” where a guy talks about recent dating/relationship experiences. Sometimes these guy’s stories piss me off, but it’s awesome to hear a male’s perspective.
  6. http://www.ihategreenbeans.com/ – I’ve been reading this blog for a while. It’s part of my addiction to the Bachelor/Bachelorette. Lincee sometimes blogs about life in general, but for the most part, she posts recaps of some of my favorite shows. This blog has become a part of TV viewing experience – I love nothing better than watching reality TV train wrecks and heading over to this blog to hear what Lincee thinks (she’s hilarious).
  7. http://howverylucky.com/ – Lucky Girl is a 39-year old single girl living and working in NYC. She writes about her very funny experiences with online dating. She also introduced me to the word dickstracted. You’ll have to read her blog to learn what that one means!
  8. http://dearfuturehubby.com/ – Simply because I can’t follow the rules, I had to recognize one more blog beyond the requisite seven. This blog is hilarious. It’s basically this girl writing letters to her future husband (someone she hasn’t even met). My recent favorite post is “Dear Future Hubby, try and be a little taller, ok?” where she details why she needs her future husband to do his very best to be taller than her. Her letters are right on. I’m not sure how her actual future husband will feel when he reads her blog, but oh well.

So that’s it! Feel free to share some of your favorite blogs in the comments, and I would encourage you all to check out the blogs I’ve listed above! I’m off to go practice the dulcimer now. Or maybe pluck my eyebrows …


11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 11:21 am

    Wow!!! Thank you so much for the mention! I really appreciate it! I love your blog as well. I love that you just shared those things about yourself. Here is a tip on your tattoo, my best friend has one from when she was 18, and is living a much more conservative life now, two kids, etc. She says she loves her tattoo, which also meant nothing to her, it was a random choice of a dolphin on her ankle, however she says she loves it because it reminds her of who she used to be and a time in her life she will never have back. So maybe embrace it as a part of you, the old you!

    • August 16, 2010 12:24 pm

      No problem! Hmm, that’s an interesting point about the tattoo and definitely a different way of looking at it. I’m going to think on it today and see if I can get on board with embracing my tattoo for that very reason :). I’ll keep ya updated!

  2. August 16, 2010 11:27 am

    I sort of have a blog crush on you too!

  3. August 16, 2010 11:34 am

    Okay, I really have a blog crush on you — there’s no sense hiding it.

  4. AZc permalink
    August 18, 2010 3:33 am

    Congrats on the well-deserved recognition… you’re becoming a major star in the blogosphere!

    • August 18, 2010 11:45 am

      Haha, I think “major star” is stretching it (REALLY far), LOL. But thanks, it was great to be recognized!

  5. Millie Turner (Mom) permalink
    August 18, 2010 8:27 pm

    5.I secretly thrive off of drama
    no way not you …my girl

    • August 18, 2010 8:45 pm

      Hahaha 🙂 You know me too well… I don’t think that one was a big surprise for anyone!

  6. August 26, 2010 10:56 am

    7 (well, 8) random things about you? The first 5 are me through and through!

    • August 26, 2010 12:41 pm

      LOL … good to know there is someone else out there like me :). Makes me feel a little less nuts. Haha jk. Thanks for reading and commenting – I’m just starting to dive into your blog too. Your writing is very beautiful – enjoying it!

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