Tag! You’re It!

26 Jan

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!

My sister made this a few years back.

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.

My friend's father made this! I think it's life-sized...or at least pretty close. It's an Orca...otherwise known as a Killer Whale.

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.


18 Responses to “Tag! You’re It!”

  1. ceciliag January 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    how lovely and kind to pop me on your lovely list, i was literally wandering about hitting the links and there was mine, you have some wonderful friends thank you so much for mentioning me.. c

  2. Minnesota Prairie Roots January 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Gretchen, thank you so much for your kind words about my Minnesota Prairie Roots blog. I must say that I also consider you a friend, too, and also a “prairie sister.”

    Your sense of humor infuses into all that you write and, boy, can you write. I’m happy to connect with you in this passion we call writing. But, honestly, you have the talent and enthusiasm and you really don’t need much mentoring. So there.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      Well, it was a lovely day when I looked up, “Minnesota blogs” and came across yours! Thank you and all that. We’re supposed to get snow and wind tonight…aren’t you jealous?!

      • Minnesota Prairie Roots January 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

        Ah, snow is falling here as I write. But I need not fret given storms here in southeastern Minnesota seldom match prairie storms. I am not jealous, although sometimes I think it would be nice to have the boys snowed in at home with me and the whole town locked down by a raging blizzard.

        • Gretchen O'Donnell January 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

          Yes, being snowed in at least once a year is nice. Hasn’t happened this year yet, though it still could. Our worst ever was when Lucy was born – three days and in February.

  3. Just A Smidgen January 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    What a lovely surprise to be tagged tonight.. You are a treasured blog-friend and I so enjoy reading everything you write, and I especially love your honesty and sense of humour… I smiled when I read that you wear your heart on your sleeve:) Congratulations!! are also in order for your new blog AND being written in the newspaper.. I would die and go to heaven if that ever happened to me!! Bravo!!!
    xoxo Smidge
    ps now I’m off to see your other tagged blogs:)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 27, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      I couldn’t leave you out!! And as for the paper and new blog, thanks! I’m in a small town, and the paper’s ciculation is not what a Calgary paper would be, that’s for sure, but it’s wonderful! I am very thankful.

      Have a fantastic day!

  4. hotlyspiced January 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Ah Gretchen, I’ve been waiting for your responses. Well done! I love how generous you are with all the mentioning of all the other bloggers you’ve tagged (and the extra tags as well of course!) You are clearly a very supportive friend. I’ll now go and check out all these blogs that have been given such a wonderful introduction. And I’ll have to sign up to your new blog too. You are keeping me busy!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      It was so fun to be tagged by YOU! Thank you again. Sorry it took me a week or so.

      And as for the busy-ness…I think that it’s par for the blogging course, isn’t it? I need to put all the blogs onto my blogroll…yet another job to keep me busy!

  5. rutheh January 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Gretchen. Thanks for the tag Only problem is that if you hit the link you get to something called the ugly truth. Maybe you can change the d to an h? If you get time.
    No worries. http://rutheh.com
    I am just reading your post now but I appreciate your tagging me and the good words on your post.
    COngrats on the new blog. I signed up but haven’t received anything so will have to go see what that is about. Thanks again. I enjoy your posts. That is great it got printed in the paper.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 29, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      SHOOT! I am so sorry. I cannot tell you how much I did not mean for that to happen. I’ve fixed it now. I thought I was being so careful! Bother. I guess that the ugly truth is that I messed up. (ha ha…the ugly truth.)

      I posted on the other one Friday evening…but not since then. I’ll post again on Monday, I think – let me know if you don’t get that. It’s really been a headache over there for the subscriptions…

      THANK you so much for letting me know about your link – I will tell people I now have the CORRECT link on Tuesday when I post next.

  6. Laura January 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    I love that you describe yourself as an introverted extrovert. I was just talking about myers briggs this weekend, and people are usually so surprised when I tell them I am an “I”. Now I will just start saying that I am an extroverted introvert – it is perfect!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 30, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      It works, doesn’t it?! I was an “E” in Myers Briggs…but I think it must have been right on the line between the two. The older I get, the more “I” I become. Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  7. Samantha Keller January 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi Gretchen,
    Thank you so much for tagging me! I am excited to do this whole tagging process myself. I am trying to finish an eBook this week and another proposal with my hubby, so I am completely slammed but look out for my tag blog in the next week or two.
    I so relate to the overwhelmed mommy status! AAHHH! But I love it so much, even when I’m drowning.
    Thank you for your support and fresh authentic voice 🙂

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      I’ll look forward to it! That’s awesome that you’re doing an e-book as well as looking at doing something with Tim – very cool. I can’t wait to hear about them. Thanks so much for your comments!

  8. Neeks September 14, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Gretchen, you’re going to laugh if you read this, but I was surfing the web today and a pingback to my blog led me to another guys’s blog – where, I thought, hmmm, that article looks interesting and clicked on it – it was your blog post here. I never knew you had mentioned my blog on yours, bless you – all these years later. ❤

    • Gretchen O'Donnell September 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Oh, funny! I certainly hadn’t been keeping track! But I did remember your name when I saw it!

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