Back in May (looong time ago, I know), Heidi from Ostomy Outdoors awarded me with the Versitile Blogger Award. I was and still am so honored to know that my work on Living Life and Lovin’ It is actually being read, but more importantly appreciated. Heidi is so inspirational–she proves that there is life after ostomies (pretty awesome and active ones to boot). Read about her fun-filled ostomy adventures here. You can also find a link to her website under the tab “Other IBD Blogs and Websites” on my blog.
In order to accept a Versatile Blogger Award, the following rules must be followed:
- Display the award certificate on your website.
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
I will present 5 Versatile Blogger Awards because I’m bad at following directions, and I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are already displaying their Versatile Blogger Award proudly. The 5 blogs that I chose for this award are blogs that I follow regularly, and that I look to for inspiration or information or an escape.
The Homesteading Hippy: This is the first blog I ever “followed” and is the reason I began blogging myself. The Homesteading Hippy is a blog all about self-sufficiency. If you’re into gardening, baking, cooking, plants and wildlife then this is a blog for you! The Homesteading Hippy is FULL of very interesting and helpful information on anything and everything to do with homesteading. What I like most about this blog is that I can easily comprehend what the blog entries are about, and I feel confident that (with this blog as a resource) I can also become more self-sufficient. This blog has inspired many things on my Life List too!
Mama With No Colon: Mama With No Colon is one of my dear friends (though we’ve never met). We both went through our J-Pouch and total colectomy operations around the same time and have supported each other ever since. I love her to death! In her blog she writes about her experience with UC and operations. She speaks openly about her disease, her fears and struggles with this disease. She is a huge advocate for spreading awareness for ulcerative colitis. She just signed up for Team Challenge too!!!! I think that’s so awesome. Go visit her blog and give her some support :)
The Adventures & Misadventures of Mr. Stoma: Have an ostomy and need a laugh? Visit Mr. Stoma’s blog. This blog is written in the perspective of Mr. Stoma, a year old, ornery stoma and features original comics. Think bag leaks, blow outs, and a noisy stoma is crummy and embarrassing? Well, Mr. Stoma makes them hilarious. Go have a laugh at some of the entries.
Strangers In The Earth: Ever feel like jumping into a camper and traveling across the United States? Well, that’s exactly what Anna and her family are doing right now. They started their journey in May of this year and I think it is very awesome!!! The places they’ve traveled are so majestic and beautiful; I’m sure I’ll have to pay a visit to some of their destinations from this trip–they’re just that spectacular.
Genny In Peru: Genny is learning Spanish, enjoying the delicious cuisine, and immersing herself in Peruvian culture during this once in a lifetime adventure. Genny up and left it all back in Texas, USA to spend her entire summer living and discovering all the wonders of Cusco with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s family. Check out her blog and you’ll be in awe of the beautiful photographs, and interesting stories of the heritage and culture of Peru.
Seven Interesting (Or Not So Interesting) Things About Me
1. I think astronomy is fascinating. I love looking up at the night’s sky; seeing if I can identify any of the constellations or planets. As a child my dad bought me a pack of glow in the dark stars to put on my ceiling as a gift for my birthday or Christmas or whatever holiday it was. My dad can sometimes get really absorbed with doing things like this, and somehow I ended up with a legit milky way going across my bedroom ceiling and walls. I bet we ended up with a million little stars on my ceiling. Oh, and it is still there–to this day.
2. My dream car is a 1967 Mustang convertible
1967 Ford Mustang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
3. As a child I struggled with learning how to read. My family bought Hooked On Phonics and I was enrolle in remedial reading classes: while in school, I was taken out of class each week to be tutored how to read one-on-one with an instructor. Growing up I always feared being called on to read aloud in class because I was a slow reader. To this day, I still do not enjoy reading out loud with an audience. When Harry Potter was published in the US my grandmother bought my brother and me the first two books in the series. My brother (a year older than I am and much more brilliant) read them first, all the while I had little interest in them because I didn’t like to read since I was bad at it. Eventually I began feeling left out when my brother would talk about the books to his friends, so I eventually opened up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it has changed my life ever since. I wholeheartedly credit J.K. Rowling for my love of literature.
4. I have numerous interests in academia: Religion, Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Literature, Hebrew, and History all warm my heart.
5. When I have a lot on my mind I either open up a book, journal, or clean. Reading allows me to escape that which is on my mind, journaling helps me process it all, and cleaning allows me to focus and think deeply about it.
6. I can do a mean imitation of Dory speaking whale.
7. I have an obsession for television programs about the paranormal. I have no qualms about spending an entire day on the couch watching Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, Psychic Kids, Destination Truth, or Paranormal Witness. But I also do not like scary movies and will not be caught dead in a haunted house during Halloween.