Two things to make note of today!
First: Just to let you know, I have finally gotten all the subscription issues cleared up over on my new blog – so now you can sign up to receive my posts via RSS feed or e-mail. I’ll be posting more often over there, though I may up this one to two days a week…I know…I’m living dangerously. I’d love it if you’d sign up over there…it’s virtually always going to be different than this one. What you may have missed this week: Ice Fishing Follies (or, why I’m not a native Minnesotan) which was printed in my local newspaper – how nice! And also Ten Random Thoughts from a Disorganized Mind. www.theviewfrommywindow.areavoices.com
Secondly: I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other day, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but my very own blog address! I had been tagged! Remember playing “tag”? The kid runs at you, possibly in a stealthy football-player manner, punches you or otherwise touches you, and you are then “it” – you then are the tagger. The person everyone tries to avoid.
Well, in this day and age (as in, I’m far from the age I was when I last played “tag”) being “tagged” has several new meanings and I’m okay with this form of tag because I don’t have to breathe hard, run, or sweat.
So…here are the answers to several questions which are the essence of this new form of “tag”. I hope that you’ll enjoy the reading!
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 7 WORDS – introverted extrovert,
bossy, impatient, Jesus fan, voracious reader, baker
WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? – guilt and stress over how much I have to do
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? – I would like to be a person who is able to balance life better.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW? – My heart on my sleeve.
WHAT SCARES YOU? – Man’s inhumanity to man.
WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT BLOGGING? Best: getting to write, having a voice, “meeting” new friends! Worst: the time it takes.
WHAT WAS THE LAST WEBSITE YOU VISITED? NOAA (national weather site) – because I live in Minnesota, for goodness sake!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF? – My impatience. (See my “7 words” answer!)
SLANKETS – YES OR NO? Not so much!
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU. Charlie Louie at http://hotlyspiced.com, who – just to clarify for my American friends who assume anyone named “Charlie” is a boy – is a girl. Hotly Spiced is a story-and-recipe-filled blog which offers up incredibly funny and/or interesting stories about life in Australia and New Zealand as well as tasty recipes which are sure to appeal to any appetite – American, Australian, or otherwise! Thanks for the recognition, Charlie!
NOW TAG 5 BLOGGERS…all of whom, should they be willing, are now “tagged” and should play the game accordingly!! Thankfully, it’s a game that even non-athletic persons such as myself can play without being embarrassed.
http://heddigoodrich.blogspot.com whose blog, Confessions of a Wannabe Writer, is one that I am always excited to see in my in box. We are coming from the same place – both attempting to be published – and her posts never fail to make me laugh. She is an American, living in New Zealand.
http://scrappysam.com Samantha Keller is married to a friend of mine from college. I discovered her blog when her husband posted her link on facebook. She writes from the perspective of a pastor’s wife who does not sound like a pastor’s wife and she is VERY funny. Her current topic of conversation is purity and sex within the church context…which, while not perhaps what you’d think of as funny, is certainly a topic that needs to be discussed.
http://leftonwalnut.com This blog is written by Kay, who, along with her husband, is a professor at “a large Midwestern university”. Her posts are normally short and infrequent, but are always interesting and often poignant. I really enjoy her thoughtful blog.
http://memorablemama.blogspot.com Kimberly writes thoughtful posts about her life as a mother of young boys. Kim and I went to high school in Berlin together, and while this may feel like nepotism to mention a friend, I do so because she writes well and she is also trying to gain more readers in her literary pursuits! Her stories are personal and heartfelt and often reflect her meaningful relationship with God.
http://rutheh.com. This is a photography blog which I have enjoyed a lot. Ruth is helpful and friendly and I have definitely appreciated her photographs as well as the stories about the pictures which accompany each post – making the viewing all that much more memorable. I think her “3 Magi” picture on Epiphany (January 6th) is my favorite!
And finally (yes, I know this is six!), http://mnprairieroots.wordpress.comI mentioned Audrey’s site a few posts back. I discovered this site when looking for Minnesota blogs – and I’m very glad I did! It is true that Audrey is the lovely woman who asked me to be a part of the Minnesota Moments magazine article, but that’s not the only reason I am glad I found her blog. Audrey writes in a down-to-earth manner about interesting places in and around Minnesota. She includes marvelous photos and her sense of humor is always present. Audrey has become my friend – a mentor, even – even though I’ve never met her in person, and I am very glad to know her.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW – the stressful part about tag…the choosing. I have chosen sites which I enjoy immensely. This does not mean that, just because I did not choose you, I do not enjoy your blogs as well! I tried to choose ones that, as far as I know, have not been “tagged” before and I also chose ones that meet me where I’m coming from in this blogging world. (Obviously I like to cook, as is clear from a couple of these choices!)
THREE BONUS BLOG MENTIONS!! These first two bloggers have been tagged before…but I can’t help but mention them anyway because I enjoy them so much! http://justasmidgen.com Who can resist the word, “smidgen”? (In fact, when I was small, my mom called me “Smidge”.) Hailing from Calgary, Smidge includes a poetic write up with each recipe and every recipe I’ve tried of hers I’ve liked!
And also, http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com. This is a blog that is so much more than recipes, it’s wonderful stories of growing up in New Zealand (do you detect a NZ theme in my choices?!) as well as current tales of the author’s life on a self-sustaining farm in Illinois. Celi is a hoot.
A few months ago, when I had barely begun to blog, I got a kind nomination from http://neekswrite.wordpress.com (“The Short and Long of It”) for a Versatile Blogger award. It was so kind of her but I was overwhelmed by what the “requirements” of the award were – to mention 15 blogs that I like. I barely knew 5 other blogs that I liked at that point! So I did nothing about it, forgot about it, and suddenly now I realize that she deserves a mention on my blog as one who kindly singled (“fifteened”??) me out. Neeks’ blog is like none other I’ve seen yet – she asks her readers to supply 3 words and she will then write a short story using those 3 words. Pretty fun! She’s definitely worth checking out.