I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I find the whole thing fascinating, in a good way. When I started this blog last July it was an attempt for me to get over being dumped by someone I thought (at the time) was my perfect person. He wasn’t, but it took some time for me to figure that out and believe it. While I knew people would read my words, I didn’t really expect to be “followed” – but here we are, 10 months later. And not only are people following my blog, but someone thinks enough of it to nominate me for an award. Fascinating and flattering. And yes, kind of mind boggling.
So thank you to The Forgotten Wife. I started reading her blog the day she started writing it and it has been a pleasure (?) to ride the roller coaster of her divorce-and-life-after right alongside her. She has a wit about her that I enjoy and she is brutally honest (I love that!). I recommend her highly, but only if you have a backbone . . . she has an alter ego, The Bitter Bitch, that will slap you around if you’re not careful…
Now the rules say I must nominate 15 blogs/bloggers that I’ve discovered and/or follow regularly . . . so here they are:
Maybe I’ll Run a Marathon – Jenny has been blogging for a while now. Her blog is not only about running, it’s about whatever she wants to talk about. She is living her dream in paradise, and while it’s not always rosy, she always learns something about herself and frankly, that ability is rare, even though we’d all like to think it’s easy. She has many talents but I’d rank writing and tour guiding as my favorites (although, to be fair, she makes the best beet, ginger (and apple?) juice EVER). She writes so well it just makes me happy to see her blog posts pop up in my email. She’s just cool, on so many levels, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t be reading her blog. Seriously.
The Single Cell – This was the second blog I subscribed to here at Word Press (after Jenny’s). The Single Cell is also an excellent writer. She talks about a variety of things and it’s always interesting, thoughtful and the humor is just smart. I enjoy her political commentary since I refuse to watch it on television (I rely on her and Jon Stewart to get what I need) and also look forward to her blog posts in my email. I loved this post: The Worst Man in The World*: on Trial
Kiss the Boys and Make Them Cry – I like this blog because I can relate to it. Written by a divorced mom, looking for love in her spare time, and she doesn’t have that much of it :).
My Life as I know it – This is the only blog that I subscribe to, written by a man, which does not involve running. He runs, but that’s not what this is about. His heart aches for someone he cannot have and his bare all style never fails to make me wish things could be so different for him. He’s is definitely one of the good guys.
JCPtoMarathon – Jon is headed towards his first marathon and I like reading about his struggle with running long. He is pretty honest in his emotion and he simply won’t give up or stop trying. I love that.
InronmanInTheSnow – I just started following this blog, but I like the way he writes. He just recently ran a marathon in Nashville and it made me want to consider running something in Tennessee. Certainly one of the most beautiful states in the country. The humidity makes me rethink it though. I don’t do humidity well.
The Zenscribe – Purely motivational posts. What is not to love about that? Everyone can use a little Zen in their lives.
It’s not sweat . . . it’s my fat cells crying – another running blog I enjoy.
Run to Munch – and yet another one! 🙂 What can I say. . . . I just love running blogs. Lianna is F-A-S-T and she inspires me to try harder. Even though I’m way older than her, she tells me I can do it. Love it.
Fabulous 50’s – While I’m 5 years away from 50, this woman inspires me to embrace my life at every age. Her posts are full of beautiful pictures, and travel stories from trips she has or is taking. She’s currently in Africa.
43 & Single – Heaven Help Me I’ve Resorted to Online Dating – Turns out I like dating/relationship blogs as well. Here’s an example of that. Funny, full of wit and just enough sarcasm to make me happy.
36 & Single – Another relationship/non-relationship/dating blog. I like this lady for a variety of reasons. First, she lives in Portland; next she is really pretty sure about who she is and is trying to improve herself in a really honest, in your face kind of way. She has often made me rethink my position on a few aspects of my life and I like that. And finally, it was her experiences with Adult Friend Finder that caused me to check it out and subsequently hook up with The Young One with the nice hard, hot body. Love her for that. Hmmm, I need to contact him, now that I’m thinking about it…..
And finally two blogs that I just recently found and have thoroughly enjoyed reading. Two women who share their truths in an honest attempt to become what we all strive to be. That better person. They are also both good with interjecting humor. . that is what life is about, in my opinion.
And now I am required to share 7 things about myself, so here they are, in no particular order of importance.
7 THINGS ABOUT ME:
- I love Howard Stern. What can I say? He makes me laugh and I have a thing for tall, smart, really funny guys. He’s all of that.
- The texture of jell-o freaks me out to such an extent I can’t even stand for it to be sitting (wiggling) on any table I’m sitting at. And no, I certainly won’t eat it.
- My biggest food weakness are nachos . . . made with really good corn tortilla chips that have way to much salt.
- I was sexually assaulted in the ICU, at a local hospital, by a phlebotomist almost 10 years ago and while it doesn’t stop me from living my life, it still haunts me periodically.
- The sunflower is my favorite flower because it epitomizes what I strive to be: standing straight and strong, with my head held high, looking lovely, while reaching out for the sun.
- On occasion I actually hate running. The feeling usually passes rather quickly, but the fact remains sometimes I.Just.Hate.It.
- This morning someone at the Department of Homeland Security spent 8 minutes 33 seconds reading my blog, and I can’t help but wonder why. . . .
Thanks for the nomination, my friend, I certainly appreciate it!
Good Days People!