Monday, November 23, 2009

Rewarded for Laziness!

Okay, the title is misleading. But I did get a blog award from the amazing Miss Leslie. (and yes, I know it was awhile ago!) I found it somewhat amusing given that most of my posts lately were thefts of the amazing thoughts of others. :) But I'll take what I can get! Thanks Leslie!

Here are the blog award "rules" (and they are very, very strict):

1. Thank the person who awarded me the award, and link that person's blog on my blog. (check)
2. Identify seven things about myself. (see below)
3. Award seven bloggers with the "Kreativ Blogger Award," post links to their blogs, and leave a comment on each of their blogs, to let them know of the honor. I don't really know what a "Kreativ blogger" is, so you can just give it to whoever you like!

Alrighty, seven things about me...

1. I am currently addicted to craft blogs - it is amazing what people come up with! And the best (or worst?) part is that most of the good ones link to OTHER good blogs, so the fun continues! I have spent (wasted?) HOURS jumping from blog to blog to website to website in search of fun things to make. How many projects have I attempted? Sadly, not many. But I have a big list. ;o) My new goal is to now spend more time MAKING the fun things, rather than reading about the fun things made by others!

2. I will admit that I read the Twilight saga. I will admit that I read them all ridiculously quickly (24-48 hours each, give or take) - the books are kind of like candy. Or crack. But I must also admit that I thought the first movie was dreadful and I don't have any big desire to see the new movie, especially since the 2nd book was the worst of the 4. Interestingly, I actually like the books less and less the more time goes by since I finished them. They are kind of like junk food for your mind. Not necessarily a bad thing. But I wouldn't say you are missing much if you don't jump on this Twilight/Twinkie bandwagon.

3. Speaking of Twinkies, I don't like them. To my recollection, the first Twinkie I ever ate was consumed during my freshman year of college. The sole reason was that my roommate discovered I had never eaten one and needed to remedy the situation. It tasted stale. I also have trouble eating many Little Debbie items - the concentrated sugar hurts my teeth. But I luv oatmeal cream pies. They could be the death of me.

4. I am a ridiculous klutz. And Ally takes after me. A lot. Poor kid.

5. Along the same lines as #1 above, I really enjoy sewing. But give me a straight line any day - basic quilts are my favorite because they are easy (although time-consuming). I have pledged to sew some doll clothes (pledged to myself only of course - not stupid enough to promise the kids!). But we shall see. That seems very tedious. And this klutz does not always handle tedious well.

6. For the past several months I have had an on-again-off-again fantasy about homeschooling. It isn't in the cards for us right now for many reasons, and may never be, but I LOVE to read about the experiences of others via books, blogs, whatever. This new-found interest of mine continues to baffle me given my embarrassingly-low patience level, but whatever. It's a fantasy. ;o)

7. I have a deep desire to be ridiculously organized - this is probably the OCD and control freak in me. As a result, I love planners. Love to look at a clean page that can be quickly marked up with appointments and "to-do" items. However, I often have a problem filling up said-planners/calendars. Not because of lack of things to do (!) but because I get lazy on actually following through on my OCD tendencies. Ah well. :) Also, I will publicly admit to writing items on my "to do" list that I have already completed, simply for the satisfaction of crossing them off. Yep, I'm that gal.

Now I get to pass this lovely honor on!

1) The Kladder Adventure - Check out Holly's interesting thoughts on parenting, adoption and everything else! She also has some lovely art and photography of northern Michigan - can't beat it!

2) A Family Without Borders - Although Amanda has been relatively quiet this month as her family adjusts to adding a daughter, I've enjoyed her blog for awhile now and I think she tackles some very worthwhile issues. And seriously - her kids couldn't get much cuter! Be sure to check out this post - truly heart warming.

3) Mt. Hope Chronicles - This is a deviation from my standard adoption and crafty blog reading. Heidi is an interesting homeschooling mom to 3 young boys. And her blog is pretty. And informative. I just started reading it in the last couple of weeks, but I think it will be a regular check-in for me now.

4) A Bushel-and-a-Peck - I have been reading Lisa's blog for quite some time now and have really enjoyed watching it develop, especially over the past year or so. As a mother of
eleven beautiful children, seven by birth and four gifts from Ethiopia, her writing delves into such topics as parenting, attachment, building family memories, homeschooling, HIV awareness and education, and a slew of other interesting and informative topics. Lisa's blog is a can't-miss. Although I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person, I have been lucky enough to share several phone conversations and email communication with her and appreciate her mentorship.

5) Better Than Good - I've been following Andrea's beautiful family for awhile now and enjoy her candid and uplifting honesty. As someone that has been putting more energy and thought into my faith-life lately, I really enjoy Andrea's sincere posts about her faith exploration, as well as other topics.

6) The Return of Idealism - Marissa's adjusted the privacy settings on her blog recently (for good reason!) but I'm hoping she may eventually change her mind some day and make it public again. She tackles some deep issues with great thought and frankness and I always enjoy her updates. :o)

7) Destination Desta - Mandie's blog has gained significance for me in the last year because she is now the mother of two good friends of Selam! Selam loves to check in and see how her friends T and K are doing. Mandie has also generously tackled the AAI Holiday Gift project, raising funds to bring the kids at Layla House (where Selam lived) a wonderful Christmas holiday. Check it out!

Back into the world of blogging. Knocking on wood, we are all healthy and doing well. I have lots of updates I need to do, especially on the topic of education, but that will have to wait for another day.


mrns said...

i am also trying to be more crafty and right now i am in the midst of trying to make this in time for owen's holiday gift:[]=tags&includes[]=title

Jillienne said...

That's funny about the homeschooling, I have been feeling the same way. I don't think that it's in the cards for us either but I have learned to never say never!

Andrea said...

:o) Thanks! Needed a smile today! Not sure how Kreativ I am, but appreciate the love. ;o)

Leslie said...

Yay! I'm so glad you posted! I would love to be more crafty and would love to learn how to quilt. I also think it is an excellent idea to write things on the to-do list that are already done!

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