Friday, April 1, 2011

Two Awards in one Week! I Must Have Mad Blogging Skills!

I was super excited to be the recipient of two awards this week!  First I was given the One Lovely Blog Award by Heidi!

Then I was given the Versatile Blog Award by Aleeza!

It makes my day any time someone is kind enough to tell me that not only does my blog not suck, it's actually kind of enjoyable.  I am still floored that I ever got past one follower - that I got past zero, actually.  So thanks so much to everyone who voluntarily clicks on my link to see what I'm rambling about on any given day!

According to Heidi's award, I need to pay it forward to 3 more deserving bloggers.  Those bloggers are:

1) Aleeza, because she's just all-around lovely, and does some of the best book reviews ever.
2) Meredith.  I love the photo in the title bar of her blog.  Plus, she's always posting about things that make her happy, so it's a very uplifting blog to visit!
3) Heather, because her blog is princess-y and fun!

For Aleeza's Award, I need to pay it forward to 10 bloggers and also list 7 facts about myself.  I've done this before, so I'll try to come up with new info that's somehow interesting despite my very normal, very boring life.  Here goes.

1) I used to have great hair.  Like beautiful, dark curls cascading down my back (um, yeah, on a good day).  Look, I'll show you:

The funny part is, this picture was only taken three years ago, but every year since, my hair got a little more limp, a little more frizzy, and a little more unmanageable.  Now, you'd be hard-pressed to not find me sporting a ponytail.  Getting old sucks.

2) I am addicted Double Stuf Oreos.  I smash them into Cookies N Cream ice cream, because the cream to cookie ratio simply isn't enough for me.

3) My favorite place to read is curled up in a black leather arm chair in my study.

4) My favorite color is red, though I didn't know it until I started planning my wedding and incorporating it into everything.  Like my flowers:

5) My birthday is May 11th, and the year I was born, it fell on Mother's Day.  It's kind of hard to top that gift!

6) I fell and cracked my right knee cap while on a tour of Spain, and wasn't allowed to walk the gardens at the Alhambra with the rest of my group.  I'm still mad about it.

7) I'm posting my first contest on Sunday night!  Come back for the chance to win some amazing ARCs and books!

And the my recipients of The Versatile Blog Award are (only doing 5, since this is a two-in-one, and since I'm still building my followers and followees) :

Stop by their blogs and you'll see why!


  1. ha, love this post! dude, your hair was amazing back in the days. mine's sucks too, and i'm only 17, so maybe the age doesn't have much to do with it :D

    also, it's so cool you've been to spain! as you know, i'm dying to visit it. and just out curiosity, if you've been to spain, how come you haven't been to italy?! :|

    also, thank you so much for the award!

  2. oh and, when i say my hair sucks too, i didn't mean yours does as well. just that mine's isn't really manageable either. :)

  3. LOL, don't worry I'm not offended by the hair comment- mine DOES suck now!
    And I was THISCLOSE to going to Italy. The Spain trip came about through my sister's college. Even though I had already graduated, I was still young enough to get the student rate, so of course I signed right up! It was me, my sister, two of our cousins, and a group of some of the best people I ever met. The next year, the trip being offered was ITALY- but they had jacked up the student prices AND changed the age requirement for the student rate, so it was too expensive for both me and my sister. It's been the same story ever since. I'll get there though. I'm determined!

  4. Oh my gosh I love your blog! The picture at the top left me breathless! Can I live where you are at?! I wanna see that every day!!!!! I also saw you're a Harry Potter lover as well! ME TOO!!!

    I'm excited to begin stalking you (in a non-creepy way of course)... I think.

  5. ouch for the knee cap! Thanks for the award and congrats on yours! You deserve 'em! Did you ever get the book btw?

  6. Ouch is right! Congrats on the awards! And thanks SOOO much for awarding me with the Virtual Blogger award.... I'm thrilled.

    Do be patient with me about moving it on I will post it in my side bar with a credit to you. But I am like six awards behind to move on. I love them, but now with A-Z challenge i will post it next month..perhaps on your b-day!

    Thanks, again,


  7. Thanks for the award!

    It was fun to learn some new things about you.

    I'm red crazy too. Evidence of my red craze? Even my wedding dress had red in it.

    Your flowers are beautiful! I'll be back Sunday to win some awesomeness!

  8. Congrats on the awards. I am now following your blog and thank you for following mine.

    Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.

    Tossing It Out
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  9. Awh! Thanks for the award! I'm so behind in everything right now, including the blogging!!

    Thanks again, and congrats on YOUR awards!

  10. Thanks for the award. :D

    I hear you about the frizzies. My hair's a disaster if I let is go curly. :(