Friday, January 21, 2011

Award Season

For some reason this week a couple of bloggers have decided to bestow upon me some blogosphere bling.  These are awards that each blogger has either created or been given and asked to pass on to another writer who she thinks deserves it.

Some come with specific instructions, others are just given for the giving.  I just got one of each.

First, from Adrienne of No Points for Style:

This is what Adrienne says about her award: "The No Points for Style Bad Ass Blogger Award is given for just one thing: bloggish bad-assery. If you read my blog, you know how highly I value honesty – the kind where a blogger spills her or his guts in such a way that we all remember that we’re never, ever alone in the world. This award is for bloggers who write posts that cut right to the heart of the human experience. It doesn’t have to be tragic or devastating or earth-shattering (though it may be); it just has to be real."

Wow.  I couldn't possibly me more honored than to receive this award.   Adrienne is one of the bravest writers I know, and also one of my blogging mentors.  These are the writers I read every day (or as often as they post) and whose own blogs have given me the courage to experiment, to try new things, who I have looked to to see what I can get away with here in the blogosphere.

Can I go from gut wrenching sad to goofily funny on my one same blog?  From one day to the next?  How about inside one post?  Why the hell not.  As long as it's real and in my voice.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Adrienne.  And if you don't already read her blog "No Points for Style"?  Go.  Read.  Because I said so.  You're welcome.

Then (ahem) there is this next award:

And what can I say about THIS lovely piece of, um, art?  This was bestowed upon me by Cheryl of Little Bit Quirky.  I *might* have replied to the comment in which she let me know about this with the words: "Um, Cheryl, you do know you will burn in hell for this, right?"

But I was just kidding.  You know that, right Cheryl?  (And go read her, too, because she's one smart, funny cookie!)

Actually I'm thrilled and flattered to be chosen for this one, too.  Because I know I can get (more than) a little heavy here at The Squashed Bologna, what with mainly trafficking in Autism and Death and all, being handed a silly meme award with its attendant demand for lighthearted response is kinda awesome.

To have my potential for humor acknowledged is no small thing for me, so thank you, Cheryl.

And now the meme...

Jill at Yeah. Good Times actually developed this award (she gave one to Jennie B. over at Anybody Want a Peanut, who passed it on to Cheryl).  And here is what she says about it:

"I present to you all: The Memetastic Award! Named as such because these things are memes and its purpose is solely to celebrate the memeness of the award giving process. Let's rejoice in our memeocity by passing this award on to other people! It will be memelicious! (BTW, that's pronounced meem-tastic. I didn't want you pronouncing it wrong in your head. How embarrassing....)"

Here are the rules (according to Jill):

1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic that I have created for these purposes (put it in your post, you don't have to put it in your sidebar, I think that would seriously be asking too much). It's so bad that not only did I use COMIC SANS, but there's even a little fucking jumping, celebrating kitten down there at the bottom. It's horrifying! But its presence in your award celebration is crucial to the memetastic process we're creating here.

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be bold-faced lies. Just make some shit up, we'll never know; one of them has to be true, though. Of course, nobody will ever know the difference, so we're just on the honor system here. I trust you. Except for the 4 that you lied about, you lying bastards! But don't go crazy trying to think of stuff, we're not really interested in quality here.

3. You must pass this award on to 5 bloggers that you either like or don't like or don't really have much of an opinion about. I don't care who you pick, and nobody needs to know why.

4. If you fail to follow any of the above rules, I will fucking hunt your ass down and harass you incessantly until you either block me on Twitter or ban my IP address from visiting your blog. I'm serious. I'm going to do these things.  NOTE: This is JILL speaking, I on the other hand am a really nice person and would never hunt down ANYBODY. (Well, except for a psycho ex-babysitter who was my personal troll for a while, but that's another story for another time.)

OK, now it's my turn!

Here's 5 things about me, Varda the Squashed Mom, 1 of which is actually true:

1.  I am actually an heiress, but gave away my entire trust fund to noble causes in my anti-capitalist early 20's.

2.  I was born with webbed toes, but had an operation as a child to make my feet "normal."

3.  I have been arrested multiple times in my youth, on purpose, for anti-nuclear activism.

4.  I have never been in love with a woman.

5.  I was a child actor, seen in many TV commercials of the 1960s.

And now I will pass this award on to the following "lucky" recipients*:

1.  Sandra of It's Always An Adventure

2.  Jen of The King and Eye

3.  Jean/Stimey of Stimeyland 

4.  Aunt Becky of Mommy Wants Vodka 

5.  The Empress Alexandra of Good Day, Regular People

Go to town, girls!

Finally, it's interesting to note that both of these award-bestowing bloggers are also special needs parents, which makes them my uber-peeps in so many ways.  Thanks again, Adrienne and Cheryl.

And Cheryl?  You know I WILL get you back for this some day.  Just when you least suspect it... Boo!  Count on it. 

* Please don't hate me, please don't hate me, please don't hate me.

Looking for Comments? I still haven't fixed my "Intense Debate disappearing comment link on home page problem" yet, so if you are viewing this on my home page and want to read my comments or make one of your own, click on the post's title to bring you to the post's page view. Voila!   Still don't see them? Is your browser's pop-up filter set too high? (Hopefully this will get fixed soon - sorry!)

Vote for me yet today?  One click is all you need to show me your love!