It happened again!
A Girl Named Wanda has been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Ray over at The UnsimpleLife. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Ray through his blog and you should head over and check him out. He has a fun, wicked sense of humor combined with the madness that is raising children, and that makes reading his posts a real good time. Thanks, Ray!
I love blog awards, and let me tell you why…there is validation in being recognized by your peers. To receive that recognition is to know that other people ‘get you.’ They pick up what you’re putting down, and they enjoy it. I love knowing that when I write a post and throw it out there for the world to read or discard, that even if only one person hits the like button, or only a handful of people read it or leave a comment, that someone understood what I wanted to say and maybe felt the same way too. Or maybe I made someone laugh with my stupid sense of humor and not-so-artfully placed F-bombs, which is even better. So again, thank you for the recognition, and thanks for reading my Wanda!
Let’s get to the award!
Real Neat Blog Award Rules:
1. Put the Award Logo in your post
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)
Here are Seven Questions for me to answer, provided by Ray at The UnsimpleLife….
Have you ever been at an airshow, and an F-18 fighter jet flew overhead? Have you heard the earth-quaking sound and sonic boom as the jet breaks the sound barrier? Felt the way your bones compressed with the energy and noise? If I could be any sound that’s what I would be. It’s strong and creates an intense physical reaction. It forces your heart to beat a little faster and chills to sweep up and down your body . You can actually feel that sound moving through you and the ground vibrates beneath your feet from the enormity of it. Yeah, I would be a totally fucking badass sonic boom. (My friends who read this are probably like, “You’re more like a sparkler, or a weak firecracker, Wanda.” And I would say, “Oh yeah, screw you guys! I’m a sonic boom and you know it!”).
What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?
Of course, becoming a mother is the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me. If you’re a parent, you get it. If you’re not, then let me describe it as the moment in your life when you truly and irrevocably become part of something bigger than yourself. And I think it’s the most amazing thing in the world. Everyday I look at my kids and think, “I can’t believe I made you.” (And please, God, help me not to screw this up!).
I would go to Scotland. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland. It’s so beautiful in pictures and I want to explore old, ruined castles and spend hours imagining the lives of the people who lived there. And I want to go to Loch Ness and look for Nessie. I totally believe in Nessie, and I don’t care what anyone says. And just so you know, Mermaids are real, too.
If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why?
First and second would be both of my grandfathers. Each, in their own way were larger than life and two of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I would introduce them to their great-grandchildren and my husband. To be able to spend an evening with them, just one more time, would be one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive.
And third, I would invite Linda Carter, but only if she shows up as Wonder Woman, parks the invisible jet in my driveway and demonstrates the Lasso of Truth to my kids. Wonder Woman was my childhood hero and I still idolize her today.
What is your ideal sandwich, and why?
The Rueben is my favorite sandwich. I love it because it’s sweet, salty, and a little bit sour, just like me. 😉
What is true about you today that would make 10 year old you cry?
As a child I was painfully shy and insecure. I grew up in a dysfunctional household (who didn’t?), which didn’t help with my low self-esteem. It wasn’t until I became a young woman that I began to embrace my own inner-strength and to speak up for myself, as well as others. As an adult, I would tell my ten year old self to be patient, because life gets better. I would tell her that she has to learn that she can survive the hard things in life, because that is part of becoming who she is meant to be. I would tell her….you are good enough, and one day you will feel the unconditional love and acceptance that you so desperately wanted as a child. One day, you will feel whole instead of fractured. One day, you will be confident and happy. And it will have been worth the wait because you will be made stronger and smarter for the more difficult things you experienced in life.
What do you get out of blogging, and why do you continue to blog?
Blogging helps me to feel more connected to others. Since giving up my career and becoming a stay home parent, I’ve struggled with my sense of self and my sense of purpose. I like being a stay home mom, but it’s hard to feel connected to the world when your life seems to be centered behind the walls of your house. Being a part of the blogging community takes me to different corners of the world. I can read and share in the lives of others, both near and far. And I can contribute my own little piece to the ever-expanding puzzle. Plus, I feel valued differently when I write something that another person enjoys, finds interesting or funny. It makes me feel good to know that another person appreciates what I have to say, and also appreciates my participation in their blog, or their little piece of the universe. I also enjoy reading and gaining the insights of others on topics that I may not have much experience with. People are fascinating, even if you don’t always agree with them.
Now, onto my nominations….to the nominees listed below, if blog awards aren’t your thing, no big deal. But hopefully you’ll enjoy some new traffic based on the super awesome things I’m about to say about you.
1. I Refuse to Follow Your Blog (This blog is very funny and the mastermind behind the catchy title enjoys making fun of all things in life that he considers to be pathetic, which is pretty much everything, including himself. It’s a great read so check him out!).
2. inspired4business (I’m new to this blog, but I love it. Steve’s posts are always positive, upbeat and inspirational. Just the pick me up many of us need to regain some perspective and insight on life and how we interact with others. Check him out and I dare you not to be moved by his amazing attitude and outlook on life).
3. Ben’s Bitter Blog (Now, Ben’s blog has been around for a little while, and he’s been nominated for multiple blogging awards. But not this one, because I checked! Ben is very bitter, about everything. And I really enjoy reading his bitter ramblings, and if you like to laugh, you will too!).
Now, I could list seven new questions here, but I found the questions provided by Ray to be thought provoking and entertaining. So I’m going to mooch off his genius and save myself some time.
Thanks again for the nomination, and happy blogging!