Crazed In the Kitchen: July 2012   

Saturday, July 7, 2012

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

You like me, you really like me!

Sally Field may have said it best when she accepted her Oscar for her role in “Places in the Heart” in 1984.** And now, it’s my turn.

Because someone out there likes me!

In fact, TWO people out there like me!

Yes, it’s true. In the past week I’ve been tagged by two different bloggers for two different blogging awards. First of all, dancing dynamo mom Keesha over at Mom’s New Stage awarded me the Liebster Blog Award, an award given to upcoming bloggers who have 200 followers or less. According to her blog, the word “liebster” is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Now, I have on occasion been told I am cute (you know, the three times a year that I blow dry my hair and wear makeup at the same time), I can sometimes be pleasant (a full night’s sleep helps), and if at 8 pm you are holding a glass of chardonnay for me I will definitely be the kindest person you know. So, totally fitting, right?
Well, as if that excitement wasn’t enough, then I got this news: Dawn, the amazing baker from DJ’s Sugar Shack, has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award! Hot damn, I am on a ROLL! (Or maybe I should say I am on a DONUT—check out this recipe from Dawn’s blog--*drool*.)

Now here’s the thing. Each of these awards comes with rules. You have to post facts about yourself, answer questions, tag other bloggers who you find deserving of these awards, and ask them new questions. Yikes. Between the two awards I would have to post 18 random facts about myself and tag 26 different blogs! You do NOT want to know 18 random facts about me, I promise. That would get us all into mundane details like “I have a cat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome” and “Mushy bananas make me gag” and no one needs to know about that stuff. So with many thanks AND apologies to the lovely ladies who nominated me, I am going to split the difference and combine my responses to these two awesome awards.

So, drumroll please, here are 9 random facts about me:

1.     When I was 8 I got to play Bozo’s Buckets on the Bozo Show (a tv show on WGN—anyone? Anyone?) and I totally bombed. I had to throw a ping pong ball into buckets that were in a line in front of me, and I missed the first one. The one that was practically touching my TOES. No one misses that bucket. No one.

2.     My first celebrity crush—at age 10 or so—was Alan Alda. I watched old M*A*S*H episodes with my parents…what can I say? I like funny guys, lucky for my husband.

3.     I would pay good money (and have!) for a nice, long, scalp massage. Heaven…
4.     I always claim that chocolate is my favorite food, but every time I eat bacon I think, “Hmmmm...maybe I was wrong.”

5.     I once spent two weeks traveling in France by myself and though I loved the experience, I hated traveling alone. I’m too shy for it and I don’t really want to do it again.

6.     Fingernails on a chalkboard don’t really bother me, but you know that noise that a pencil makes when its eraser is almost gone and you try to erase something anyway? That sound of metal scratching on paper? I’m getting nauseous just writing about it.

7.     I can’t not watch “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” I know they’re crap TV, but I’m hooked. I’m already worried about how I will see the finale when I’m on vacation.

8.     As a kid, I read the “Little House on the Prairie” series 7 or 8 times. I loved it and wanted to be Laura Ingalls, even for one day. But I never, ever, ever watched the TV show. I knew it couldn’t be as good as the books, and to this day I don’t know if it was.

9.     When I was single, I used to watch “Bridget Jones’s Diary” like once a week. It made me laugh and gave me hope. Also, Colin Firth.

Now, to introduce you to some of my favorite blogs! Please go check them out when you get a chance—there is a lot of creativity, humor, and inspiration in this list!

I know I missed some. My brain is like Swiss Cheese since I had kids. So if you’re a blogger, or you know one you love, feel free to leave a link in the comments so others can check it out!

**Oh yeah. Wikipedia informed me here that that’s not exactly what Ms. Fields said, but the sentiment is still the same.