Tiara—check. Ginormous bouquet of flowers—check. Hair swept up in elegant chignon—check. Pink Ralph Lauren ballgown—check. Tears welling up with unabashed gratitude and happiness—check. Yes, I feel like Gwyneth Paltrow when she won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love.
I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.
People, I do this for a living—I blog and write for businesses big and small. (Ask me about my online course for business blogging starting April 2.) But this, THIS is big. This means so much more to me. This is recognition from my peers.
And how fun has this been? When blogging for clients, I have not found this delightful, inspiring and wonderful community of people to interact with. And I sincerely thank one of my new friends, CupcakinglyDelicious, for the nomination. Truly an unexpected but extremely pleasant surprise.
In accordance with the rules of this nomination, I have already fulfilled the first requirement (thanking my nominator). Now I must nominate other bloggers that I admire and follow, then bore you with seven interesting facts about myself. I have to nominate a few blogs who have already been nominated, but that’s because I love them. And without further ado:
+ Body of a Geek Goddess: For those of us FEMALE geeks out there, this blog’s for you. Who says guys get to have all the fun? The Husband won’t even watch Alien with me. Party pooper. But he’s happy I’ll never watch Titanic (3-D or otherwise) or Eat Pray Love. So Tracey Sinclair, I thank you!
+ Ring Finger Tan Line: I wish she had been around when I went through my divorce. Although having La Brooks (there are those out there who know who I mean) to tear about London with was one hell of a fun ride, but RFTL seems like the little sister I never had. Keep it up, darling—I eagerly look forward to your posts!
+In Pursuit of More: This lady is awesome. What a fantastic and selfless idea—we have too much, others have too little. She fasts for a day and donates the money she would have spent to those in need. PLUS she writes amazing recipes with less that taste like MORE, like the chocolate peanut butter cup recipe from yesterday. Follow her.
+Terrified Tastebud: Already nominated but her posts about her journey through culinary school after being in medicine are lovely. Great writing! And, of course, I’m jealous of her being in culinary school. And Colorado. Sigh.
+Christian Horan Photography: A new blog, but the images are wonderful. His photography inspires me and whenever I take a photo, I wonder how he would have made it better. Thanks for keeping me on my toes! (Oh, and P.S., buddy—still waiting for your pics of the pork roast!)
+Thoughts in Little Boxes: It’s like having a girlfriend review all the cosmetics for you. You know she really tried them and is giving an honest opinion. I want to join forces with her and do a blog about what natural product is most like the big-name brands. But maybe when we both have time. Like two minutes from never. OH, and she thinks Andy Samberg is hot, so she’s OK in my book.
+Mirth and Motivation: Always thought-provoking, always makes you sit back and check yourself. In a good way. Wonderful quotes and photographs to bring a reminder that life is happening around you, and it’s not all about you. Good to remember on a daily basis when we get so caught up in minutiae.
+Live To Eat, Eat To Live: Already nominated, but I love The Cat and The Mouse and their culinary adventures. Many recipes I want to make and devour…
+The Unrefined Vegan: Aack! Forgot one! I want to make every recipe she posts. Especially the most recent one about chocolate bark. That will be my next chocolate-based kitchen project….I’m really wanting to go vegan again, but it’s such a pain when The Husband’s not, but she inspires me every time. Plus, she’s as crazy about her dog(s) as I am, and that puts her high in my esteem!
SEVEN THINGS YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ME BUT COULDN’T BE BOTHERED TO ASK
- The cow and I do not get along, culinarily speaking. I get along with them fine in the field, but the only beef I can ingest is truly grass-fed (not the kind-of grass-fed beef you get in the shops) and cheese gives me stomach cramps. But sometimes the pain of cheese is worth it.
- I can spot a typo at 80 paces and am allergic to spelling and grammatical errors. It’s a gift and a curse.
- If I ever had to choose a last meal, it would be Indian, including tarka daal and mutar paneer. Or saag paneer. Those would be hard to choose between.
- Although I really want to do a week at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, I know that I would eat s**t on any cooking show. Except a baking show. I think I’d do pretty good with that one. I’d probably cry at least once, though.
- My favorite shoes to cook in are slippers.
- I have to grow my hair another 5 inches before The Husband will let me donate a mere 10 inches of it to a charity to make wigs for kids with cancer. Right now my hair is so long children are calling me Rapunzel. For those of you who are older, Crystal Gayle is giving me styling tips. Help me out with this one, people. It will grow back and help a sad, sick person. Is that so wrong?
- Some of the best memories I have of spending time with my mom was when we were in the kitchen baking. I guess that’s why I love to do it. I thank her for sharing her genetic kitchen skills, and thank my dad for showing me you can start being a chef whenever you want in life.
So there you have it. Now I’ve got to go figure out what’s for dinner and try not to burn myself again while cooking it, or throwing any more hot oil around the kitchen. It was a pretty eventful morning making my celebratory breakfast sandwich of Soyrizo, cheddar and egg. I hope I can get the oil out of my slippers…
++ P.S. all that at the top is a lie. I’m sitting here in my pyjamas, and my hair is anything but elegant at the moment. Nor do I look like I need a good feeding, like dear Gwyneth. The tears of gratitude, however, are real.