Whenever I get nominated by another blogger to participate in an award that recognizes one another, I get a warm fuzzy feeling all over. There's nothing quite like a little recognition for what you've been doing (take *that* extrinsic motivational theorists!! Ha - pulling out my graduate studies for that one.) The wonderful Anne, over at Love the Here and Now, sweetly nominated me last week to join her as a recipient of the One Lovely Blog Award.
I humbly accept.
As with most other awards, this comes with a set of guidelines. Now normally I am very much a rule-follower, but as I've seen a few fellow (& trusted) bloggers take a bit of leave with these in the last few rounds, I'm feeling pretty confident that I won't break the internet if I 'bend' the rules a little myself.
Which is why, rather than nominate another 7 people whom I know have already been nominated for this award (or another similar one) in the last few weeks, I am going to nominate EVERY ONE of you for it! Anyone who hasn't done this post recently, and wants to, please run with it (and leave the link to your acceptance post in the comments so I can check it out!)! Likewise, if any of my non blogger readers feel so inclined, I'd *love* to see a random factoid or two about yourself left in the comments below. I dare you...in fact I double dare you!! ;)
Anyways, onto the show, aka 7 little-known facts about me:
- I found a stash of romance novels (that turned out to be pretty...intense!) in the bedside table of my aunts' old room at my grandparents' house when I was 14. I took one home, hidden in my luggage, and proceeded to read it over the course of a few days. I'll say my innocence was shattered because 50 Shades had *nothing* on this book...! I hid it under my mattress so my mom wouldn't find it in my room, forgetting of course that my mom changed my sheets, and apparently not noticing that the 800 page book left quite a sizable lump in the middle of my bed. Let's just say that the row that ensued when she discovered it was pretty huge. I definitely cried and felt like a bad daughter. Mom Guilt is seriously strong stuff!! (Note to self: must learn how to use that myself....hm)
- I burned a hole in my mattress once when I fell asleep reading by lamp under my covers so my parents wouldn't see that I was still awake - the plastic on the lamp melted, burning a hole in my sheets and mattress, and leaving lovely charred edges. I threw the sheets away in hopes my mom wouldn't find out. (Again, forgetting she changed my sheets???) I realize of course that I'm lucky I didn't burn the house down. I must have been around 12 or 13.
- I routinely walked into walls whilst reading as well, growing up. I never wanted to put my books down, so I'd walk down the hall to the dinner table with the book up in front of my nose, trying to finish the chapter before sitting down (after my mom had yelled at me several times to put the book down and come join everyone for dinner). Often I'd cut the corner of the hallway too short and walk right into the wall. More often than I care to try and count.
- I broke my first or second pair of glasses reading, when I was around 11. This one is pretty sad. I was curled up in my grandparents' chair, reading a book as usual. My parents had just left us there for the week while they took a very rare holiday together. I want to say this was the time they went to the Bahamas. About an hour after they left, I shifted in the chair and heard a pop - the earpiece of my glasses had gotten stuck in the afghan on the back of the chair and I'd managed to pull it off the glasses altogether!! My mom couldn't believe it when they called a few hours after leaving to check on us. And I got to walk around for weeks with my geeky huge glasses sporting even cooler *masking* tape wrapped around the frames to hold the earpiece on. I jest not.
- Speaking of glasses, on another visit to my grandparents' house in the summer, I was sitting outdoors eating my lunch when a hornet became interested in my specs and started buzzing around them. Before I knew it, he had gotten behind the frames and startled himself so badly that he buzzed around madly, stinging me 4 or 5 times around my eye socket, before escaping and flying away. It HURT. And it looked ridiculous!
- That was the year that I was stung CONSTANTLY by bees. Seriously - it was every few days. My mom swears it is because for months and months in a row, I ate peanut butter and honey sandwiches daily (occasionally with banana slices in the sandwich as well).
- I'm the only person I know to have been stung by a dead bee. Somehow I swam into it floating on the surface of our backyard pool and even though it was dead, it still had its stinger and I managed to bump it hard enough to get the stinger stuck in my skin. Awesome.
Aren't those incredibly random facts? I'm not sure how they all ended up being about books and bees...and not very cool, either. I guess it's time to let the cat out of the bag...I wasn't very cool growing up. Shocked? I figured you would be.
Of course, seeing as it's Wednesday, I have to include a wish in today's post! Let's see...I will wish that Bug doesn't get the gene that attracts bees (ha) or my clearly accident prone nature, but rather that she definitely falls in love with reading the way I did when I was younger. I was never without a book in hand, I've shared about my library habit before, and I firmly believe that reading all of those thousands of books I did growing up is what made me so interested in the things I've studied over the years, created my vast vocabulary, and gave me an interest in writing. I wish that Bug continues to show the young love she has now for reading with me before bed, and that it flourishes and grows as she does.
(PS - These are the award rules, in case anyone wishes to follow them verbatim unlike myself:
- You must display the award logo at the top of your post.
- Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post.
- Add this set of rules to your post so your nominees know what to do.
- You must add 7 facts about yourself.
- Nominate 7 other blogs and leave links to their blogs.
- Notify those 7 bloggers that you nominated.
- Follow the person that nominated you on Bloglovin' or any other social media outlet if they do not have Bloglovin'.)
Happy Hump Day - the week is half over!!