Blog Award!

by Christine on July 16th, 2010

filed under General Information

VeratileBloggerI awoke this morning will full intentions of posting a “Christine Answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Gastric Banding Surgery” (look for that post later this afternoon), but I was so pleasantly surprised to find a message that Patrick from Responsibility 199 had given me a blog award! How wonderful! Thank you Patrick, I’m honored!  I’ve only started my blog in April, and I’m so pleased to have been given two blog awards and have 37 wonderful friends following me. Thank you!

Rules, the rules for the award are as follows:
1. Thank the person giving the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs.
4. Let your nominees know about the award.

So let me play by the rules now…

1. Please visit the blog Responsibility 199! (LINK HERE) I can’t believe that Patrick has only been blogging for 90 days. He’s down 40 pounds already, so clearly he’s successful! Read his blog to find out great tips for shedding the pounds!

2. Seven things you didn’t know about me. Yikes, okay this is hard. Let me see…

  1. I spent two weeks backpacking through Ireland…all by myself. Ireland really isn’t all that scary of a place, but it was a little intimidating to be a little 20 year old “farm girl” wandering the international world by myself! During those two weeks I accidentally bumped into Nelson Mandella at Trinity College and offered to buy him a beer. (He politely declined.)  I wandered down to Cork and discovered that every hotel in town was sold out for a conference, so I ended up sleeping on the front step of a church that night.  Another night I was in a bed & breakfast near Blarney and hitchhiked (a car with two women) my way to the Dingle area. I figure: if I can sleep on church steps and hitch-hike, I can pretty much conquer anything that comes my way!
  2. One of my idols is George RR Martin. He is a brilliant fantasy writer of the “Songs of Fire and Ice” series.  I discovered that he was coming to town for a Fantasy Convention. I had to meet him! I didn’t have the money for the admin ticket, so I contacted the programming board and discovered that if I volunteered I could get in for free. As my volunteer help, I wrote and designed a Restaurant Guide (which turned out really cool if I do say so myself.) When I met George RR Martin I was all shy and idiotic, and I was flabbergasted when he said, “Hey, I’ve read something YOU wrote! That restaurant guide was pretty neat!”  My idol read something I wrote?? Amazing.
  3. I have a fuzzy long-haired calico cat named Arya. She’s really spectacular: she goes for walks with us heels the whole way. She rides in canoes with us (she doesn’t mind water). She plays the piano when I open the keyboard for her. Not just walking on the keys — like actually sitting in the seat and playing with her front paws.  Pretty strange, but she’s awesome.
  4. I like to drink Red Bull in the morning instead of coffee.
  5. When I got my Master’s Degree, I did so at an Ivy League college. And I graduated with a solid 4.0. I graduated with my masters in a year and a half.
  6. If I could live anywhere in the word, it would be England. When I arrived in England the first time, I was hit with such an overwhelming feeling that this is where I belong, that I sat down on the airport steps and cried for a half an hour.
  7. I drink my skim milk with ice. Always.

3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs. (Click the names for links to the blogs!)

By the way, I was totally going to nominate Allan from “Almost Gastric Bypass,” (LINK HERE) but I see Patrick beat me to it!

4. Let your nominees know! I’m on my way to do that right now!

Thank you again Patrick! I’m honored to be recognized by you!

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  • Rachel

    Thank you SO MUCH for the award! :) I am going to post my nominees later today or this weekend (I already had my post written for today-I sometimes cheat and write it the night before in case I get too busy at work to write anything). 😉 I really enjoy your blog, thanks for checking mine out!!

    Have a GREAT weekend!!


  • Patrick

    Wow, that award looks good on you :-)
    Your Nelson Mandella story, that is proceless. What an awesome memory. And good for you for having the guts to have fun in that situation and offer him a beer. LOL, cat plays the keyboard. We have four cats and they have zero talent. Cute, but no talent.

    • Christine

      Patrick! You should try to cultivate their talent! :-) Maybe they had great culinary taste?

  • Amanda

    I love the list, especially #2. What a great story. I bet when you’re a famous author you’ll remember to be just as gracious!

    • Christine

      Thanks Amanda!

  • I’m Just Another Fat Girl-jafg


    I heart you! Thanks for the shout-out!

    Totally can’t believe you ran into Nelson Mandella in Ireland of all places! I also woulda been scared out of my head if I didn’t have a place to sleep in a foreign country.

    You’ve given me my topic for this fine fabulous friday so let me get to that.

    Have a great weekend!


    • Christine

      I just saw your post! Congrats JAFG! :-)

  • Linda

    Thanks for the award! I loved your interesting facts! I spent 3 weeks in Ireland years ago – I have some weird stories too.

    • Christine

      Oooh! Linda, I would love to hear your travel stories!

  • Diane Fit to the Finish

    Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it and I love that you backpacked Ireland by yourself. I’m very impressed!

  • Traci

    Thank you so much!!! How awesome of you. I really appreciate it.

  • Debi

    Christine, I want to thank you for the award!! I haven’t posted about it in my blog yet, but I promise that I will!! You are so sweet to think of me!!

  • Lynda

    I also love George R.R. Martin! My husband and I refer to those books as “the crack books” because we just couldn’t put them down.

    • Christine

      A FELLOW GEORGE RR MARTIN LOVER! I love it!!! :-) Welcome!

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