Monday, April 26, 2010

On Belated Thanks (Or, When will Hallmark start making cards for this?)

Thanks are overdue. So overdue, in fact, that I've already posted in my sidebar the pics of my two most recent awards without giving due credit...and that's a bit shameless, I realize.

First off, thanks to Courtney at Southern Princess for the Stylish Blogger Award. It's a particular honor to receive it from her since her blog is one of the most stylish on my blogroll. Southern Princess has a unique theme that really helps me separate Courtney from the herd, and that is more than helpful as the number of blogs I follow quickly multiplies exponentially.

I pass this award onto these very stylish bloggers:
Karen Hooper at Eternal Moonshine of a Daydreaming Mind (I love her header.)
Julie at A Day in the Wife (She adds music, whether we like it or not.)
Anissa at Anissa Off the Record (Her color scheme is unique.)
Samantha Bennett at Show and Tell (Again, I like her header.)
Kathi at Kathi's Writing Nook (Her header has the most beautiful butterfly ever.)

Second, I give a big blogger hug to both Nicole at One Significant Moment at a Time and MissV at Rambles and Randomness for the Beautiful Blogger Award.
This award asks me to share seven things about myself, so here it goes:

1. I miss Seville, Spain more than words can express - even from a writer. Last week was the April Fair in that glorious city, and I was wishing more than anything I could be there wearing my Flamenco dress, drinking fino (no, that's not "vino"), and dancing my heart out. These two pictures show me in full Flamenco garb at the April Fair of 1991.
2. A couple days ago, as I was reading A Day in the Wife's post about how her husband was mocking her dedication to blogging, my own husband walked up to me and said, "Can you stop blogging for one second to talk to me, or will you stop breathing?"
3. My daughter is going to sleep-away camp this summer for the first time (Thanks, Grandma!), and every time I think about it, I get a knot in my throat to imagine her away from me for so long.
4. I love blogging! I only started in February of this year, and I feel I've found my calling...until I find the inspiration to write my next novel.
5. I wish I could organize a Blogger get-together - perhaps in NYC - where all my followers and all those I follow could unite so I could meet you ALL in person.
6. I love coffee but have to drink decaf because of a sensitivity to caffeine. (And no, it doesn't make me hyper. I can do that all on my own!)
7. I'm using lucky number 7 to brag about my incredible kids. My son is gifted on the drums and electric guitar. He models himself after Joe Satriani, and I'm convinced that some day, Satriani will model himself after my son. My daughter is so inventive that she can convert her nightstand into a car. No kidding - she just convinced my husband to pick up some training wheels from the bike store so her car can cruise. (Don't ask how I came to allow her to do this.) Some day, I tell you, she's gonna change the world.

So there you have it. I now pass this Beautiful Blogger Award onto five bloggers who I've recently started following, mostly because I'd like to learn 7 new things about them:
Jayne at A Novice Novelist
Annika at A Swede Abroad
Jackee at Winded Words
Portia Sisco
B. Miller Fiction

And if anyone else is serious about a Blogger get-together, my brother has a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. I'm sure it could hold 100 of our closest blogging buddies ;-)

P.S. I just responded to someone's blog, and the word verication was "fuclayfe". I swear.


  1. Wow! Many thanks, Wendy!! I loved reading your list. So interesting!

    I hope you have a fantastic Monday.

  2. I love your list, Wendy.

    And CONGRATS on your awards! You do indeed have a most stylish blog.

  3. Ah, thanks for the award Wendy! Must give a shout-out to the lovely girls at for making me cyber stylish.

    Fun post! Your daughter sounds like an inventor in the making. :)

  4. Man, Wendy, you're like the Meryl Streep of blogging. So many awards!

    And I'm with you on the blogging = fun!

  5. You are one hot Flamenco dancer! Muy bonita! Congrats on all of your recent awards. You deserve them, as you are a very attentive blogger. Me heart you. Meet you in NYC anytime.

  6. Thanks Wendy! Love the pics from Seville! Let's all go to NYC!! Now to get something published that pays so I can afford it....

  7. Congratulations to all the winners - enjoy yourselves.
    The Flamenco pictures look amazing Seville looks so beautiful I thought Granada and Barcelona were the most beautiful cities in Spain; now I need to book a visit :)

  8. Thanks, Wendy! I'm glad you like my blog.:0)

  9. Congrats on the awards. Cool, more great blogs to check out. :D

  10. Aww, thank you so much for the award. :)

    I loved learning more about you. I'd love to hear more about Spain. I've always wanted to go.

    I met a few writer friends in NYC and it was an amazing time. I'm sure 100 in a one bedroom apt would be even more fun! :) Count me in.

  11. OK, so I'm just putting it out there that I'll actually be in NYC from May 21-May 24. If anyone else is in a New York State of Mind, let me know and we'll do lunch...or dogs on the street...or whatever.

  12. Hello Wendy. Firstly thank you so much for the award - I feel very honoured! I will have to start thinking about my seven things. Secondly you look fab in your flamenco dress! And your children sound so talented - I'm impressed by your son's guitar skills, and the fact your daughter knows how to make a nightstand into a car! And if only we could have a blogger get-together in NYC - been there three times, and absolutely loved each visit. Sadly not sure when the next visit will be - when funds allow!

  13. How awesome would a blogger get-together be!! My next door neighbor turned me on to Blogger (she's not a writer and her blog is family/grief themed, but her memoir style blows me away!), and she follows a blog for Moms called McMamma. McMamma has over 5000 followers, and every time her family goes on vacation or she and her hubby go on a business trip, she announces it on her blog and sets up a meet 'n' greet with her followers from that city. When she came to Atlanta, my neighbor drove to Centennial Park, downtown, to meet her. It was raining that day, and still hundreds of people showed up. Cool, right?

    Loved your list! Congrats on the awards :))

  14. Congrats on the awards and thanks so much for mine! It was great getting to know more about you in this post! :o)

  15. I love the pic you shared in #1! You look so pretty and maybe one day soon, you can return to Spain. In #3, I bet it makes you nervous just thinking of sending your daughter off to sleep-away camp, but I bet she will have a wonderful time (and what a great learning experience for her). Hope you have a great Humpday! Tory

  16. Nicole~ Very cool, but if I ever reach 5000 followers, I won't know how to manage my response to comments!

    Tory~ I've actually returned to Seville many times. And it always feels like a homecoming ;-)