Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Strike Three!

This is a long overdue ‘response’ but by no means does that say I don’t feel honored.  My internet connection was not existent for a while and then things just got busy and made it impossible for me to have the energy to go online and write.

But here I am, celebrating two Versatile Blogger Awards passed on to me by two amazing writers, Rachel Joy of Cool Bean Mommas and Janine of Reflections From A Red Head.  Thank you, ladies!!  Make sure you visit their sites and I promise you won’t regret it.  I had this same award earlier this year so the challenge now is to not repeat things about myself. 

According to the rules, I need to

        --thank the person/s that gave me the award and link back to them
        --share 7 things about myself (hopefully they will be new to you instead of old news)
        --pass the award to 15 recently discovered bloggers (let them know).
So here are seven (more) things about me which hopefully I’ve not shared before:

1.  When 9/11 happened, I was in Manila and it was night time.  I was on the phone with my bff as we were doing a postmortem on a Sex and The City episode that was just aired.  I had the television on , watching CNN and when I saw images of the WTC, I initially thought it was a movie and could not believe it was actually for real.

2.  I lose all control when face to face with a bag of Lindt Lindor Truffles.  I pretty much get into a trance-like state, focused only on consuming said heavenly treat.

3.  Since my fairly recent discovery of Lisa Eldridge, (thanks to my friend Kat), I have been quite addicted to watching her Youtube videos.  When I was much younger, I was never into girly stuff but now, oddly, I have become more interested in such things.  It could also be that I'm seeing more lines, spots and wrinkles now and feel the need to do some magic on my face.

4.  In high school, I was a huge fan of Spandau Ballet and had an insane crush on Steve Norman, the saxophone guy.  I'm proud to say that to this date, even after decades, he's still the cutest, don't you agree?

Steve Norman (L-R) Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp and John Keeble of Spandau Ballet attend the Spandau Ballet Party held at the Nikki Beach during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gary Kemp;Tony Hadley;Steve Norman;Gary Kemp;John Keeble
He's the one in the middle (S.Norman)

5.  One of the things that struck me about my husband when we were still dating were his hands/arms.  I think I have a thing for hands and more importantly arms.  They need to look quite masculine (not necessarily muscular) with the right amount of hair.  I think it's sexy.  (Is this getting too weird now???)...

6.  Dreams are important to me and unlike most people, I actually don't feel rested when I wake up and find that I can't remember any of my dreams.  I know this is the opposite of having a truly restful sleep but I enjoy remembering my dreams and get a kick out of being able to analyze them.  Oh and yes, I am capable of lucid dreaming.  This totally comes in handy when chased by vampires, demons or hit men.

7.  Stroller Moms (or any group of mothers I see hanging out together) terrify me.  I've had terrible experiences with some mothers in play groups and have concluded that I will never gel with any of them or their kind.  These are the moms who believe in their hearts they know everything about 'proper' child-rearing, refuse to talk about anything else but their children and every breath, hiccup, fart, poop and drool made by their 'angels' all day, and carry the facade of Super Mom.  What scares me even more is the thought that they COULD BE truly Super Moms and hanging out with them only further highlights my inadequacies.  I don't need anyone to do that for me.  I am perfectly capable of doing that myself, thank you very much.    

And now, to pass on this award to (15) bloggers (not recently discovered, though, but these ladies are some of my all-time favorites, in random order):

*Jen of Writings of An Infertile Ballerina
*Marie of Scrollwork
*Kathy of My Dishwasher's Possessed
*Suzanne of List, Lust, Lost
*Sophia of Sophia The Writer
*TV of TV's Take
*Samantha of SamanthaSotto.com

Okay, so I don't have 15 on my list.  Aren't you thankful I'm not asking you to visit too many?  Have a great day reading these awesome writers!



  1. Ha. I knew it! Just kidding - It's always nice to know a little more about folks. Thanks.

  2. Hi Joy! Are you settling in? Congrats for the award, and now I am off to read the other blogs!

  3. Thank you so much Joy! I tend to avoid groups of those Super Moms too, but seriously, I think they are scared of me. It takes a certain je nais se quoi to blithely carry your kids to school wearing a mismatched t-shirt/shorts combo and rolling up in a Hyundai with trash, cups and toys rolling around on the floor. Yeah. I'm cool like that.

  4. Hi Joy! I've been catching up on your posts. I was monitoring all the comments on SheWrites' bloggers' group, looking for yours, and I just realized you've been posting on your blog but not commenting on SheWrites!

    Thanks so much for the shoutout! I enjoyed sampling the other blogs.

  5. Lindt truffels are pretty hard to ignore!! I love your list, just great!! Thank you so much for giving me and the dishwasher such a nice shout out!! I really appreciate it, escpecially coming from you, I have always enjoyed your writng and your blog! How is the new house!! All moved in? Take care bloggy friend!!

  6. Aww man!  Joy, my readers are going to stop reading (except for you) if I keep posting self-centered lists about me, me, me! LOL  But yes, I LOVE reading about other people and finding out who they are.  And those guys look...um...creepy...sorry

  7. Hey thanks for thinking of me for this award.  I will have to write my response soon.  Also, to answer your question, yes I did change doctors and started seeing someone more experienced in infertility.  After seeing that picture of Steven Norman, I would have to agree that he is good looking.  Kind of reminds me of Keith Urban.

  8. Hahaha, Sophia, you're too young to appreciate Spandau.....or I really just have a thing for older men, Lol!

  9. Thanks Kathy!  All moved in but I realized that one thing I'm still adjusting to here is the driving, the terrain.  It's sooo different from IL which is so flat.  It's so hilly here and everything is curved. As if I don't have enough to be anxious about *sigh*  

  10. Loved learning the new 7 about you! The hand thing was more funny than weird..now I might be looking at arms when I go out next!

  11. Considering you've just moved, you are forgiven :-)  THANK YOU for the award! You are so darned kind to think of me and my little blog.  Loved reading your 7!  Interesting and fun.  Hope all is well in your new digs.  We are indeed going to make the move but only interstate. 

  12. Spandau Ballet forever!!! Haha! :)

    Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing it with me!

  13. Aww, I loved learning more about you in this post, Joy! =) You had me drooling at the mention of Lindt chocolates. I'm craving dessert right now, so it's particularly painful to remember how delicious they are. =P

    I'm so with you on manly arms, but I'm totally the opposite when it comes to dreams -- I almost never remember mine! =P

  14. Ah Stroller Mums - the whole obsessive mother thing terrifies me. My friends and I are quite the atypical women, in that we have all never understood the whole ring, baby, OMG, talk about nothing else, and I am always right thing...

  15. THAT'S the word!....terrify!!  lol!

  16. Wouldn't a Lindt fest be soooo cool, Sam?  :-P

  17. Thanks Sam!  So, Spandau fan ka rin dati?  ;-)

  18. TV, you know I'm a fan of your blog!  Thanks for visiting :-)

  19. Yeah, Hajra, arms are intriguing, hehehehe.....

  20. Nice post. I wish I could learn to be a lucid dreamer. I have been trying with no success.


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