May Catchup: Three Accolades and A Badge

It’s been another aMAYzing month in Curtaindom, so much so that I’m just catching up with some bloggy housekeeping.

During the last week of May, I was awarded not one, but three, blog awards from some amazing bloggers. I am truly humbled. Thanks to:

Sisyphus47 who blogs at Of Glass and Paper for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award. Sisyphus has a wonderful writing blog covering one of the broadest range of subjects I have ever seen. Talented… much!

Lisa who also goes by the blog name Life With the Top Down blogging at Fretym. Lisa’s blog was one of the first blogs I landed on and I have never looked back. Fretym is one of my favourite blogs and puts either a knowing smile or a jovial smile on my face with every read. Lisa awarded me the Versatile Blogger award.

Jennifer aka News Of The Times who blogs at News Of The Times, a blog about the issues of today. Jennifer has some amazing insights into these issues and tackles the serious and the humorous with great aplomb. Jennifer awarded me the Sunshine Award.

There are some rules I have to comply with. The first is to answer some questions about myself. I’m going to use some poetic licence and use the same set of questions for each award. There has to be something left to reveal when I finally do Raise the Curtain ;)!

What is a real fear you have? That the mark I leave on this world is not what I wish it to be. I do not want “She was a great office worker” on my epitaph. Also I have this irrational fear of loose buttons. Don’t ask me why.

How would you describe yourself? Forthright, spontaneous, energetic, a wisdom monger in training, compassionate and down to earth. I love a challenge and embrace differences in people.

What Countries have you lived in? Just Australia, but have travelled a lot. Had I been born 15 years later I most certainly would have lived and worked for a while in England, the US or Hong Kong.

What is your style? Laid back, casual.

What is your favorite breakfast food? A sausage and egg roll with BBQ sauce cooked at a local sports event on an outdoor BBQ.

What are some of your hobbies? Reading, writing, bush walking, any other type of walking, dogs, listening to music, photography, road trips and parenting.

If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say? Be yourself and live your dreams. Do something you are passionate about and feed your soul every day.

What is one of your passions? Travel and rights for people with a disability.

What is the one truth you have learned? We are all humans with feelings and judging others is for the small-minded.

Now to pay these awards forward. I am awarding these awards as a triple treat. The nominees receive all three awards unless they nominated me for an award, in which case they receive the remaining two awards to avoid an endless loop. The awards go to:

Finally Wendy Wonders – read about a fellow Red Sox fanatic and road trip adventuress.

Dearanonymousfriend – a wonderful blog written straight from the heart.

Word Play – join Chris on his wonderfully witty musings about life. Chris can go head to head with me on banter and I respect him immensely for that talent alone. His blog was a great find.

Laughing At Everyday Life – Tammy and her daily servings of fun and laughter light up my day. Together we have scheduled to change the world this Tuesday. Come join us by visiting her blog.

The Write Transition – Carrie Rubin’s wonderfully witty writers blog written from Carrie’s den with the squirrel outside the window. Definitely worth swinging by.

The Left Write Brain  – written by Jim Wright. Jim lives in Jordan and shares some aspects of his life there and his writings. A really interesting blog.

Queen Gen – as Gen says “nothing says modesty like a crown”. Gen has a wonderfully dry sense of humour and an entertaining blog.

How the Cookie Crumbles – also one of the first blogs I found here and have stayed to visit everyday. Tess, who also goes by the name “Let’s Cut the Crap” writes with a generosity of spirit that always gives me pause. She is a spunky boomer whose attitude to life is something I aspire to. Tess’ beautiful blog is really worth a visit.

The Tawnys Blog – I was lead to Tawny’s blog through a mutual non blogging friend and what a prize! Tawny is insightful and wise and her writing is always interesting.

Cricket’s Corner in Australia – another non blogging mutual friend introduction and a great blog find. Cricket is an American living in Australia and blogs about both her US home and Australian home. Thoughtful, wise and informative blog posts.

Jensinewall – a blog that’s got class written all over it and a wonderfully new and interesting find.

News Of the Times – because the blog is informative and entertaining and deserves both the Beautiful Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award.

Fretym – because this is the blog that keeps on giving and deserves both the Sunshine Award and the Beautiful Blog Award.

Of Glass and Paper – because this blog is always interesting and deserves both the Sunshine Award and Versatile Blogger Award.

And last, but certainly not least, to the badge. I have been inducted into the not normal club, being run out of Tammy’s blog at Laughing At Everyday Life. I’m out and proud to be a member of this most esteemed association and hope to contribute to the humour collective found amongst its constituency. New members always welcome.

Time to jump right into June and a not a moment too soon!