Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'd like to THANK the academy

*added at least 2 hours after publishing* - DUH...just edited the freaking title of this post. How many people screw up the title??? I had written "I'd like to THE THE academy". OI-VAY.

Happy Saturday fellow bloggers. I'm a wee bit irritated with myself because I left my camera cable at work yesterday and so can't load some pictures I wanted to post today. They will have to wait until Monday.

Today is the one year anniversary of my blog, and I had a plan of posting pictures of some stuff to do a giveaway to celebrate my wittle blog's birthday. I was going to be all expansive and excited, but realizing the cable is attached to the hard drive in my office took some of the shine off the whole thing. It's no big deal. I'll do an official anniversary post Monday, unless I get a Pulitzer or something tomorrow, in which case the blogiversary will be bumped again so I can post my acceptance speech on Monday instead. Bottom line - go with the flow, Leslie. I didn't used to do that too easily. I took great pride in going against the flow...swimming stubbornly upstream against strong currents in my hyperdriven self reliance. This is the easier softer way. (Big shock...that's an AA phrase:))

But speaking of awards, I have been given 2 in the last week, and while neither may be quite as prestigious (or lucrative) as a Pulitzer, I am thrilled, delighted and honored to have been given both. The first is this:
and was given to me Karen at Mom, Me and Alzheimers. Karen is awesome - the full time caregiver to her mom who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Karen writes about her mom and what it's like to be spending her days in this kind of service. She's a remarkable woman to be caring for her mom, and I'm inspired by her generosity of spirit every time I read her blog. Thank you, Karen - for bestowing this award to me. The rules are:

1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award ever! Done - I'm delighted!

2. Choose one of the following options of accepting the Oh My Blog! award:
(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight,or for as long as you can focus.
(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.
(c) Write a “soundtrack of your childhood” post.
(d) Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog whereyou’re basically talking to the camera about whatever. It's all I can do to publish a post. Vlog a no go...
(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning,before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc) and post it.

3. Pass the award onto at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers and let them know.

# 1 was easy and is done. I've laughed everytime I read these #2 options on other folks' blogs because of option (a), the getting drunk one. Do you know there was a time I seriously would have chosen that, even though it's a joke? (i think) What I'll do is a "soundtrack of my childhood" post in the next week sometime. I'll have a blast with that, being a total music person. I've already sort of written soundtracks for what I want played at my funeral (you know I have a death thing) and other key events, so this assignment is right up my alley. Lots of songs, and the reasons they're on the list!

Finally, as far as passing it on - it seems like I might be one of the last bloggers in my village to get this and don't want to give it twice to anyone who's received it. No lie - every blog I'm checking out already has it, except I didn't see it on Karen at Waisting Time, who actually gave me the 2nd award I'll post about today. I love every blog I've posted on, so if you haven't gotten this, please grab it for your blog and do the requisite "assignment". And thanks again, Karen. This award is for you (unless you've already done it!)

The second is from the aforementioned Karen, whose blog I'm really loving. She's very honest and open about her feelings and struggles with weight loss and self image and all that jazz. I like reading her mental musings!
I'm supposed to tell you 7 things you don't already know about me. What with my diarrhea mouth when it comes to self disclosure, this could be a challenge...
1. I love HGTV and watch way too much of it.
2. I watch more tv than I want to, so am trying to wean myself off most of it.
3. I got kicked out of the Brownies in 2nd grade for pulling someone's hair, displaying an early rebellious spirit. (The girl was a bee-atch.) (This story goes over great at AA meetings!) I got reinstated the following year but then quit because my troop was lame.
4. In all of my formal education, including through college, I never read a single piece of Shakespeare. I think that renders me almost culturally illiterate, but when I've tried to read said Bard on my own, I glaze over. Love the movie versions!
5. Favorite celebrity chef - Ina Garten. I want her house in the Hamptons. And I love that she's zaftig (yiddish word, I think, for pleasingly plumpish),in a good way.
6. #1 dream destination - Australia/New Zealand
7. I used to play low level competitive tennis for about 6 years - double only. Utterly loved tennis - got totally addicted to it. (I think I've told that before)

Again - every blogger I read has already gotten that award, I think, but for any who haven't, please take it and have fun with it. Thanks again to Karen for sending it my way. I love awards! Here that, Pulitzer committee?

Finally - I want to redo my blog for a new original look. No idea other than the boring blogger templates. You all always can teach me some tech stuff - suggestions? I got lots of help and now know how to delete comments! Thanks for that. Who knows, maybe I'll figure something out before the anniversary post. Have a great weekend!


  1. Happy Anniversary! What a pity you left your cable at work.

    You are so deserving of your awards. I love to read your blog, you are a good writer!

    You are the only person I know that got kicked out of the brownies! LOL! It is that spunky spirit of yours and it showed even when you were little.

  2. Happy Anniversary. Can't believe it's been a year. Blogging is really the best. Don't you think?

    Can't wait for pics. Have a great Saturday!

  3. Happy Anniversary and congrats on the awards! There is a website I like that has tons of really neat/original templates: Its where I got mine and they are always adding more. Have a great weekend! Looking forward to reading the "soundtrack".

  4. Well, Happy Blogaversity to you! Keep up the good writing! And, congrats on the awards.

  5. Happy Blogaversary! You've come a long way. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics on your anniversary post.

  6. Happy Blogaversary, Leslie! There are so many free blog templates to choose from, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Have you checked out ones like


  7. Thank you:) I had indeed not received that before and am tickled but a little scared. I will do something with it after me vacation. (Hopefully I will not have any embarrassing moments there to report.)

    Happy blogoversary! Not sure I will be reading while away so know that I am thinking of you:)

    I love HGTV too. Especially house hunting types of shows.

  8. Leslie, great post and love the Yiddish! (I read the "synago-go" on Karen's blog too!)

    With the new "design" option on blogger just click on it and start noticing all the amazing options we now have for free! After you pick a basic blog template then click on backgrounds and a category - you won't believe the number of them! You can also customize the widths of your columns! I had a lot of fun with mine! And I was very sick of my old one!

    I also love HGTV and watch way too much of it. I think this is because of the addicty part of me - the brat who always wants what she can't have. Give me a mansion! And love the story about the Brownies! I had major trauma there too but more because my Holocaust Survivor parents wouldn't part with the moola to buy me a uniform or manual.

  9. Happy Blogirthday!

    I just made up a new word! Feel free to use it as you wish, thats my gift to you.


  10. Anonymous12 June, 2010

    How exciting!! Your first blogiversary!! Whoohoo!!

  11. Happy blogiversary!!! Woot!!

    I wish I could help you on templates, but I know nothing about blogger.

  12. Congratulations on your awards :) Have a great week!

  13. Hi Leslie. Well blogger have a load of new designs just out so you might be able to find something there.

    Oh dear! I just gave you ANOTHER award!

    Bearfriend xx

  14. Congrats on your blogiversary and your awards. I want Ina Garten's house too!

  15. Happy Blogiversary! I love HGTV, too - are you watching the new (and improved, I think) Design Star?

  16. Happy Blogiversary Leslie!

    I thought I was the only person who had the music they wanted at their funeral already picked out ;-)

  17. P.S. If you need help with blog design let me know. There are some cute FREE ones from: Pyzam, Thecutestblogontheblock and Shabby blogs to name a few :)

    Also, like Loretta said, Blogger came out with some new ones too.

  18. I am so glad you got your awards. You deserve both and many more. Sorry about the get drunk thing I was not thinking. But You are a strong women . One of the best and strongest I know. OMG you are a Beautiful Blogger.

  19. Holy crap has it been a year already??? That means it's been a year for me, too. I'm not doing an anniversary post...I think I've only lost 20 lbs since I started (eyeroll). I'm waiting to see the bags woman! :)

  20. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on the award - well deserved! :o)