Thanks to Diane Hiller at Pleasant Valley Sunday for nominating me for the Reader’s Appreciation Award. Diane is a fellow Chicago area mom so I know she understands the challenges and rewards involved in blogging. I am honored to accept the award and pay it forward…Here are my nominations for the Reader Appreciation Award:
1. Butterflies and Mudpies is another Chicago area parent’s blog. Molly writes with such refreshing honesty and conviction, that no matter what topic she battles, I am always impressed by her insights. I love that she writes for “everyone and no one in particular.”
2. Coco J. Ginger Says provides me with an ongoing jolt of beautiful, thought-provoking creative writing. Unlike the diary-style blogs I frequently follow, this writing appeals to my book-loving self.
3. Me Myself and Kids provides me with a wonderful guy’s perspective on life and fatherhood. His posts are well-written and entertaining, spanning a variety of topics.
4. The Thing About Joan delights me every time. Whether Joan is suggesting “Boredom Busters,” providing a delicious recipe, or simply revealing bits of herself, she does it in a lovely approachable style.
5. Just Another Manic Mommy is another diary style blog, but with a beautiful and entertaining mix of pictures and text.
6. Easyondeyes is a blog that loves books as much as I do. They are on a mission to read and review 366 books in 366 days (with a little help from their friends). I love the variety of material and welcoming atmosphere (Full disclosure: I’m honored to have been a guest blogger on their site.)
Now it’s your turn to nominate your favorites! Recipients of this award should nominate six of their favorites, copy the Award logo onto their site and acknowledge the one who nominated you!
There are many more that I love to read. And, since I’ve nominated bloggers for other honors, I tried not to repeat. I really must get that blog roll widget working…
Posted by alenaslife on June 27, 2012
This week I was so happy to see that my friend Joan, The Thing About Joan… , had been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award. She was one of the first bloggers to follow me and has been a regular source of support and inspiration. She writes candidly about raising kids (and puppies), always with a sprinkling of humor and a good dose of reality-check.
I was frankly stunned to discover she had nominated me for the same honor! Starting alenaslife has been a reward for me just on its own. I have practiced my craft and come to know dozens of interesting people through the blogosphere. Thank you Joan for adding to the fun.
Part of the award is to write about 7 things you might find interesting about me, so here we go:
- I used to be Artistic Director of a professional theater company. In fact, there was a good chunk of my life when I believed I’d be directing plays until the day I died. Shows what I knew.
- I’m not an animal person. I know this will shock many, but I just don’t get the love of animals. I suffered through a turtle for a few years, but that’s as far as I’ll go in the pet department.
- I won’t eat nuts in dessert. Out of a bowl or in a salad, sure, but why would I want them in something that’s supposed to be sweet and smooth? Don’t even get me started on coconut.
- I really loved the television series, Gilmore Girls, like to the point that I watched it in reruns every day for a few years.
- I’m a huge Chicago sports fan: Bulls, Hawks, Bears, Cubs, even Chicago Fire.
- My husband does the cooking. Yes, I am just that lucky.
- I was bi-lingual as a child, but can barely get through ordering in a Mexican restaurant as an adult. Sad, but true.
And now, I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award:
- memyselfandela because Ela’s posts always stop me in my tracks. She combines photography and poetry (mostly her own) in thoughtful and moving ways.
- Books and Bowel Movements because Cassie is as passionate about books as I am. Her Newsday Tuesday posts are filled with the best links and quotes of the week. She inspires me to work at my best.
- 50 things before I turn 50 CJ gets me up and moving with her enthusiasm for her life and determination to make the small changes in life that lead to the big ones. She is a remarkable woman on a fantastic journey.
- Life and All Things Love. This is one of the few blogs that brings me to tears (regularly), not because it’s author is intentionally pulling at heartstrings, but because she writes about life and motherhood from such a personal perspective. I might just as easily laugh heartily at her latest story, but I have the tissues ready just in case.
- Dare I Eat a Peach? Carrie Nyman is a young author who writes beautifully about writing. She shares her own struggles and accomplishments, which I find both enlightening and inspiring. I never quite know what to expect from her blog and I like that.
- Bookananda is just books, books and more books. But she writes about books I would not normally read, and that intrigues me. On her blog you’ll find great style and variety.
- Word by Word. Claire sometimes writes about a single title, sometimes along a theme, but she always stays true to her blog’s theme, which is to write about inspiration and journey. Even when I disagree about a particular book, I love to read her viewpoint.
I’m going to follow Joan’s lead and pass along the rules for those nominated:
- Copy the Kreativ Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- List 7 things about you that people might find interesting.
- Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Kreativ Blogger Award.
- Leave a comment on the blogs you nominate to let them know about the award.
Thanks again, Joan! You really made my week with this nomination and I hope I was able to interest you in at least one new blog.
Posted by alenaslife on April 26, 2012
I just received notification that I am a FINALIST in the National Library Week 6-word Story Contest. I don’t think I’ve ever been a finalist in any contest, so I’m asking you if you can take a minute to vote for my story: “I came. I read. I’m happy.”
I’m proud to support National Library Week no matter what the outcome, but reading the 15 finalists’ stories reminded me of all the ways people across the country love their libraries. The responses are inspiring and amusing.
Posted by alenaslife on April 12, 2012