When I started blogging, I never thought that I would end up honored with an award.  I’ve had a terrible end to last week with almost the entire family getting sick (4 of 5 of us) with a horrible sinus virus and this news just made my day.  Thank you Just Ramblin’ at Just Ramblin’ Pier!  Just Ramblin’ has a wonderful blog full of chaos and fun.

As with many other blogging awards, this one comes with a few “rules” to ensure that the  love continues to spread.

1. Thank and link to the person who awarded you.
2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new-found blogging buddies.
4. Contact those buddies, and congratulate them!

Congratulations to all the winners below!  I have so many favorites that it was hard to pick just 15!  I’ve tried to narrow down may favorites by choosing blogs that had different themes and were unique.  They are all wonderful blogs and I really look forward to reading their posts.

Tickling My Fancy

Welcome to the Zoo

4 the Love of Family

La Dolce Vita

No Ordinary Homestead

A Busy Mom’s Crock Pot Cooking Adventures

Fluffy Bunnies

My [BOYS]terous Life

The Cottage Home

Lori Dyan

A Giraffe in a Scarf

Kid Planet

Increasingly Domestic

Betty Crocker Wannabe

Extreme Adventures in Motherhood

So, here’s 7 random facts about myself.

  1. I’m a huge list maker.  I even have a notebook where I keep all my lists.  If it doesn’t make it into the notebook, it will get lost and I’ll start another list going.  I’m also one of those people that adds completed tasks to a to-do list that I completed but weren’t on there originally.  LOL!
  2. My husband often jokes with me that if my 16 year old self could see me now, she’d probably freak out.  Yes, probably true.  But, how many of us actually turn out like out 16 year old selves envisioned?  I was going to be a successful career woman and never depend on a man for anything. I was never going to drive a minivan, but would probably have a child (two if I had twins).  I hated everything mainstream and tried my hardest to be “different.”  Ha!  I’m a stay-at-home mom, that drives a minivan, and is totally financially dependent on my husband bringing home a paycheck.  I have 3 wonderful children and I even dress normal on occasion.  🙂
  3. I chose my career profession because someone told me that I had a natural talent for it and it was a career field that made good money.  My degree is in Computer Systems.  It came easy to me.  I enjoyed solving computer issues and creating new things with computers.  Truth be told, if I wasn’t highly encouraged to choose a field that had a chance of making good money (highly encouraged = pick something with a future and that makes good money or there will be no money for your education), I would have probably chosen something in the arts – computer arts, photography, fashion design, something creative.
  4. I have a photographic memory (or at least I used to).  I was one of those students that when taking a test, could remember exactly what page contained the text or image that I needed for the answer.  Sometimes, if I closed my eyes, I could even sit there and read it – like having a textbook in my head.  It was pretty cool.  I must say that having kids have significantly reduced this special skill.  I can sometimes remember where I read something and see the layout of the page, but I can no longer read it in my head.  I’m very sad that I have lost this skill.
  5. I have many interests that are not really related.  I love scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, photography, sewing, and baking.  I also love organizing data, creating reports and finding new ways to sift and sort numbers.  I’m not really a fan of the outdoors (don’t like to sweat, hate bugs and have lots of allergies), but I love planting flowers in the spring.
  6. My siblings and I are almost complete opposites.  My brother LOVES the outdoors.  His story of camping on some mountain in the winter where he had to dig a hole in the snow to sleep in (to stay warm) terrifies me.  When growing up, he was popular, outgoing, and into sports.  Me? Polar opposite.  My sister grew up watching my brother and I find every loophole in the rules and mastered the skill.  She was excellent at finding trouble.  She dislikes technology and computers (unless it’s a fancy new phone).
  7. Cooking has been my challenge.  When I moved off campus during my college years, I had to call home to get the basics of cooking.  When my hubby told me that my cooking was bland, I had no interest in cooking anymore.  So, mister complainer go the job.  All cool when we both worked, but now that I’m home it’s only fair that I try to learn how to spice up the meals.  I’ve been working pretty hard at it.  We still share this responsibility but I’m told that my cooking has greatly improved (thank you blogs for all your wonderful recipes!!).

Wow!  How was that for random?  And thank you for hanging in there for this really long post!  Now, go check out some of the Versatile Blogger Award winners.