Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Lovely Blog Award

Bloggers who have been reading me for a while know a thing or two about me and awards. Recently, I've been having horrid insomnia, so I finally gave up and got up at 1:37 am this morning (that was yesterday, just to be completely accurate) and was so thrilled to find that loverofwords who writes at Of Shoes and Ships and Cabbages and Kings has given me the One Lovely Blog Award.

 Thank you SO much, "love". It was just the pick-me-up I needed.

The rules are:
1.  name and thank the blogger (check!)
2.  List 7 facts about yourself (see below)
3. Award 15 other bloggers this award (Ok, gotta break this one, or I break one of my own: brevity) I'm awarding 9
4.  enjoy (this will not be a problem!)

There are a lot of facts about me in my “About Me” tab, so I'm going to add these there after posting. But keep in mind it's 2 am so my brain is NOT on its optimum setting. (That was yesterday when I wrote this.  Still stuck on insomnia setting, it's summer vacation and I got up at 5 am today.  Need I say more...)

I have a weird sense of humor so one of these facts will be a total lie. This is in keeping with what I promised when I started the “About Me” tab. I fully expect you to read everything under that tab when you're done reading this post. I mean it ;-)

I love to watch old movies I've seen a million times while I'm knitting. I love knitting. It's the most relaxing thing I know of besides sailing, which is a bit harder to come by in Colorado than on the Chesapeake Bay where I spent my summers growing up.

 "Lost in Translation" is my all-time favorite movie. Scarlett Johansson is my favorite actress and Bill Murray is my favorite actor, part of why Lost... is my favorite movie.  SEE IT.

When I was a kid growing up in Sweden, we played outdoors a lot. My best friend, Ann-Charlotte, was two years older than me and taught me many life skills, like making cheese by collecting various plants, grasses, and flowers, wrapping them in plastic wrap, and hiding them under a rock for a month. Yum.  Especially the dandelions.

If I could change one thing about my house right now, I'd paint these cabinets. (P.S That rack that wraps around goes under all 7 sections.  We have a lot of spices.  Yes, they are in alphabetical order.) (Don't laugh - how would you find what you wanted if it weren't for the alphabet?)

I'm a Food Network addict and my favorite show is Chopped.

I love kaviar. (That's the Swedish spelling) In Sweden it comes in a tube just like toothpaste. It's their equivalent of peanut butter, which Swedes find very strange.  I've found that Americans find my kaviar (Kalle's of course) strange.  WhatEVer!

It's going to be hard to pick winners to pass this award on to, because I have so many wonderful blog buddies, but I'll give it my best effort. In no particular order:

  1. Polly @ 5th Sister. She's an amazing poet and writer and great friend.

  2. Julie @ My Good Babushka. She's ridiculously talented in many forms of art, and I love her slightly snarky attitude.
  1. jenn @ quirky pickings. Speaking of snarky...besides, no list of lovely blogs could be complete without hers. I've been reading her for years, and she's not to be missed.  Yes, I've given her a lot of awards.  Sue me.  She's that GREAT.
  1. H @ Little Sealed Packages. I've given her several awards too, but she deserves every single one. Her photo blog is amazing.

  2. Nicole @ The Madlab Post. She's a film-maker and wherever I see her comments, they are encouraging and show that she's really thought about what the blogger wrote, and taken the time to really interact.

  3. Laurita @ Writing Away. She read every, single, one of my Swedish lesson posts. 

  4. Anna @ Anna's Adornments. She's a fellow Swede and also read all my Swedish lessons, AND helped me when I goofed. She rocks, writes, and makes pretty jewelry!

  5. Amanda @ House Revivals. We've been buddies 20+ years and she's the one who helped me launch Life is Good. She doesn't do awards, but there's no harm in putting her link here. Right, Amanda? She's the queen of crafts, an interior designer, and her blog is immensely popular.

  6. Hart @ Confessions of a Watery Tart. She's hilarious, supportive of all levels of bloggers, just published her first book, The Azalea Assault, which releases TODAY!  Go Hart!  Congrats, and best of luck.

    Thanks again, loverofwords.


Brian Miller said...

alphabetized spices eh? smiles...congrats on your award tina....

Brian Miller said...

chopped is a pretty cool show...def liking the next food network star...

loverofwords said...

Perfect photo of an organized person's spice arrangement and a mathmatical mind, which you have Tina! I start out with alphabetical arrangements, and then just shove the containers in the cabinet, can't help myself. "French Cooking at Home" is my favorite food show. I imagine myself in a little black dress, looking gorgeous of course, cooking up a storm. Love your positive attitude which is why you deserve the "Lovely Blog" award.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! And even alphabetized, I still wouldn't be able to find anything.

H said...

Dandelion cheese - hmmmm!

Thank you for offering the award. Much appreciated :)
I have been rather lax in my blogging lately. Life has been busy :)

Lynn Proctor said...

i love your spices--and no peanut butter?

JoJo said...

I have to have: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme all together on the spice rack in that order. lol congrats on the award!

Heather Murphy said...

Cheese from weeds? Really???

Nicole said...

First things first, congratulations on the Lovely Blog Award! I say one lovely award for one lovely blogger...that would be YOU!

A weird sense of humor comes in handy in this crazy, stressful, judgmental, superficial and fast paced world we live in....how else would you keep people on their toes ;)

If I could knit, I'd make blankets but I tried knitting (or maybe it was crocheting?) when I was a kid and it just didn't come together, so I stuck with drawing and writing stories. I haven't seen Lost in Translation but think it might be on my Netflix queue somewhere, since I admire Sofia Coppola (she wrote and directed your all-time favorite movie!) and want to get up to date on some of her work.

I find what I want among my spices just fine and they are not alphabetized...then again, I don't really have that many spices, so I guess my small inventory makes the search a bit easier. Ha!

Also, thank you very much for naming my blog among the nine that you chose to pass the award to. I've been dealing with sleepness nights like you, so it's time for me to try and hit the hay, so I'll get back to this tomorrow or over the weekend.


Anonymous said...

We love the Food Network. Been watching it for years. Still like Man vs. Food. What a great concept.

running4him said...

Hey, great job!! Keep up the good work!!! Thanks for your great comment!! Yeah, I am a Christian, if you can scroll past all the million blogs I follow,(lol) I think I say that in my user name info. Thanks for following, following you back!! :~)

Arlee Bird said...

More interesting facts. I love old movies too. I check the Turner Classic Movie Channel every day to see what's on though I rarely take the time to watch any of them. This week I've been watching my delux DVD set of Fellini's 8 1/2 movie and all of the special features.

If I did much elaborate food preparation I'd want a lot of spices too. I keep meals simple, but if my wife was in charge we'd probably be eating cereal most nights. She's not much one for cooking.

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Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

Sorry I'm so late to the party, but thanks for the award! :)