Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I was thrilled to receive the Stylish Blogger Award last month from two wonderful bloggers, Julie B (AKA ladydragonfly) at The World of Julie B and Muruji Angela Njehia at Her World. I am so grateful to both of them, and I was very happy to discover their fantastic blogs through the April Challenge. Julie blogs about all kinds of fun topics, from writing to crocheting to just enjoying life, and Muruji shares amazing photographs and travelogues that make me feel like I have taken a trip to Kenya each time I visit her blog. I would encourage everyone to check these ladies out if you are not already familiar with their blogs!

The rules of the award state that I should share seven things about myself, pass the award on to 10-15 other bloggers, and notify them of the award. Since I am doing this for two separate awards, I decided to combine the two, and pass the award on to 25 bloggers that I met through the A-Z Challenge. I met so many great bloggers in April, it was impossible to limit the list to 15. Honestly it was next to impossible to limit it to 25, but I had to stop somewhere!

So, to start off, here are seven things about me:

1) My favorite dessert is chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and coconut.

2) I work as a librarian for a small liberal arts college, and I have had a love of libraries since I was a young child.

3) My dream job is to be a full-time writer, and I would love to move to the American Southwest someday.

4) My favorite painting is Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

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5) I'm an '80s girl, and my favorite '80s movie is Say Anything. I've had a schoolgirl crush on John Cusack ever since I first saw that movie.

6) I have always been a music nut, but I can't sing to save my life. If I do sing, people react by grimacing and covering their ears in horror. :D

7) When I was a kid, I totally loved Paddington Bear. When I went to London in 2002, I couldn't resist buying a stuffed Paddington when I took a train out of Paddington Station. Even though it made me look like a very silly tourist, I still love the bear. :)


Now I'm very happy to pass this award on to 25 bloggers that I discovered through the A-Z Challenge.

Thank you again to Julie and Muruji for giving me this award!


  1. You are welcome Julie. The award is well deserved. As for Starry Night and Paddington Bear, I love them both. Believe it or not, when I was a teen, I wanted to become a librarian more than anything. Stuff happened, but I still love libraries. They are among my favorite places to go. :)

  2. Thanks for the award, Julie! Much appreciated.

  3. Thanks for the award, Julie! I'm an eighties girl too. And I can't sing as well as I think I can, but it hasn't stopped me yet. :D

    Thanks again!

  4. Thank you for the award.
    I think it's awesome that you like John Cusack movies. He's one of my favorites. I don't think you can ever go wrong with a John Cusack movie.

  5. Thank you, Julie! I have always loved Van Gogh's Starry Night. I always stop to look at it if I see it somewhere. I also adored "Say Anything" and "In Your Eyes" is the closest to an 'our song' that my husband and I have.

  6. Many thanks for the award it was very good to think of me.
    I am over the moon.

  7. @Julie, thanks again for the award, I really appreciate it. And I still love libraries too! :)

    @JL, you're very welcome!

    @LG, you're welcome, my pleasure! Glad I'm not the only poor singer LOL.

    @Carrie, you're welcome. I totally agree about John Cusack! Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity are two other faves of mine, love him.

    @Shannon, you're very welcome! I love the song In Your Eyes. To this day, I can't hear it without wishing John Cusack was outside my window with a boombox LOL. :D

    @Yvonne, so glad you liked the award, it was my pleasure!

  8. congratulations!! So well deserved!!! My favorite cake is white cake with whipped cream frosting and coconut....and/or coconut cake! Yum!!! Your combo is great too!
    BTW Paddington is adorable!

  9. Congrats on the awards. #4 is also a favorite of mine but I'm partial to Monet. And #6 is me :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Congratulations to you, Julie, and thank you so much for thinking of me and passing it along. I love your list, especially the bear.

  11. Congratulations! Thank you for thinking of me. :)

  12. Dear adorable Paddington Bear loving Julie,

    What a delightful moment it was when I opened my email and there was this lovely award.

    I am quite excited to be receiving this award with so many other wonderful bloggers - CONGRATULATIONS to all the other recipients.

    I enjoyed this post and reading the 'seven things' about you!

    With happy thoughts with big smiles attached,

  13. You are very sweet to think of me. Thank you, Julie. I appreciate it so much. :)

    I didn't have time to visit all of the blogs, so I'll take advantage of your list and check them out.

    It's nice to read those things about you. We've got a couple of things in common!

    Have a lovely week.

  14. Congrats, Julie and what fun things to learn about you! I think it's perfectly wonderful that you carried Paddington Bear, too! :)

  15. I liked Paddington was fun hearing more about you and you deserve the Stylish fun!
    Thanks for sharing a part of you and keep writing; it'll happen :)

  16. Hi, Julie! So nice to meet you! I think we have #3 in common -- I love the Southwest and the American West. Hope to explore it more in future years.

  17. I love John Cusack. I used to watch Better Off Dead all the time, but I haven't seen Say Anything. It feels very wrong to admit this. I will have to fix it immediately, because I know I will love it.

    Thanks for the award! I really appreciate it!

  18. Hi Julie,
    What a lovely surprise to receive this award! I'm honored. I enjoyed reading your seven things and I look forward to thinking of seven things about myself to post. I also love Starry Night. I saw it many years ago in New York and was surprised at how small the painting was.

  19. good for you! and my, that's a lot of people to pass it on to!

    I love Starry Night too =)

  20. congrats on your awards! Paddington bear and Starry Night, great

  21. Thanks so much for the award Julie! I really appreciate all of your creative comments, with so much attention to detail that I know you're actually reading my stories! You've made the challenge fun and I will be dropping by your fabulous site often! Julie P.S. I love chocolate too!

  22. Julie, thank you every much for the Stylish Blogger Award. It's up on my blog. However I must have got over excited as I seem to have deleted your comment by mistake. You have my sincere apologies.

  23. I love John Cusack, too. I *still* think about SAY ANYTHING when I hear Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" and picture that scene. :)

    Congrats on the award! And congrats to all your recipients!

  24. Congrats on your award and to all the new recipients... and I wanted to let you know I've passed along another award to you. Stop by my blog to pick it up -

  25. Congratulations on the award! :)You have a lovely blog. Well deserved.

  26. Congrats and thanks for nominating me. Now who should my victims... I mean friends should I torment... I mean award this to. =)

  27. Congrats on your award. I love Starry Night, too.

  28. John Cusack! Fell in love with him in Pushing Tin.

    Congrats on your award, my stylish blogger friend!

  29. I gave you a shout out on my blog today. :)

  30. @Caren, thanks! Oh, I love coconut cake as well. You can't go wrong with coconut as far as I'm concerned, I love it.

    @Jules, thank you. I love Monet as well, wonderful paintings.

    @Karen, you're welcome! Glad you like my Paddington. :D

    @Catherine, thank you, and it was my pleasure!

    @Jenny, you're so sweet, you're very welcome for the award!

    @Michelle, thanks, I hope you are having a lovely week as well. :)

    @Becky, thanks so much. LOL I can't deny I looked silly carrying that bear around. :D

    @Tracy, thank you, I really appreciate your comments!

    @Dianna, thanks, it's great to meet you as well!

    @Kendal, you're welcome! I think you'd love Say Anything.

    @Joanna, oh, I've never seen Starry Night in person, I'd love to. You're welcome for the award.

    @Tara, thanks so much!

    @Baygirl, thank you, glad to see another Paddington fan. :)

    @Julie, you're so welcome! I really enjoy your blog, it was my pleasure.

    @Bob, oh, that's okay about the comment! You're very welcome for the award. :)

    @Kristine, thank you! It's one of my favorite movie scenes ever, no doubt.

    @KatieO, oh, that's so nice of you, I will be there to check it out, thank you!

    @Ciara, that's very nice of you to say, thanks!

    @PatriciaLynne, you're welcome. Ha ha it does kind of feel like that sometimes, I agree. ;)

    @Carol, thanks!

    @Samantha, thanks my friend! Oh, I haven't seen Pushing Tin, I missed that one. Must watch soon. :D

    @Michelle, oh, thanks, I will be there to check it out, that's very nice of you!

  31. Thanks so much for the award Julie. I'm going to work on a post this weekend to get it up on my blog!

  32. Congrats on the award Julie, and thanks for thinking of me-you are most kind.

    Love your seven things. Big Say Anything fan-Lloyd Dobbler is my favorite teen character of all-time.

  33. Awww, Julie, thank you for the award. I feel honoured. It's been a crazy week and I've haven't written a post since Monday. I plan on posting this weekend - seems I've collapsed under the lack of pressure. Anyhow, I didn't want to wait that long to thank you!

  34. @Amy, you're very welcome!

    @Tim, you're welcome. So agree about Lloyd Dobbler, best teen character ever. I know most of the dialogue of that movie, like kickboxing, the sport of the future. :D

    @Better is Possible, you're so welcome. I know what you mean about the lack of pressure, it's been hard to get back into any kind of posting rhythm.

  35. Late in coming, I know, but thank you so much for the award!
    I love that you got your Paddington Bear at Paddington Station!
    And I love Starry Night too. And to go along with that I also love "Vincent's Song" by Don McLean.

  36. Thank you, fabulous Julie.

    I love Van Gogh. I saw an exhibit of his at the Met years and years ago at the Met -- in the 80's. It was fantastic and Starry Night was there. It's even better in person with all the layering of color and paint.

  37. Congratulations on the award - and great to get to know you a little through your 7 points (I love Paddington too!)

    Thanks for your comment - I'm following you now - look forward to your posts! Sorry it took me a while to get back to you, I'm still on the A-Z comedown :)
    Laura x

  38. @Laura, you're welcome! Oh, I love the song Vincent too, very pretty song.

    @M Pax, you're very welcome! Wow, I would have loved to have seen that exhibit at the Met, what a great experience. I do hope I get to see the Starry Night in person someday.

    @Laura, thanks! I know just what you mean about the A-Z comedown. :)

  39. Hi Julie,

    Congratulations on the award. I am glad I stopped by and got to celebrate with you.

    My name is Shanae and I just took over the 400 Fitness Challenge for Ellie. I am excited to get to know you. I am looking forward to having you check in with your miles. Don't worry ... you have until next Friday to check in for this week.

    I am changing things just a little. It is always easier to stay motivated if you know you have a supportive group behind you. I would like to turn this Fitness Challenge into a supportive group to help people stay motivated, so I am going to do what G-man does for writers on his Flash 55 blog posts. I will post my miles and a fitness question on Saturdays. Please write a post answering the fitness challenge question or let us know how your week went and then leave me a comment so I know you are ready for a visit. I will visit everyone who leaves me a comment. You can also visit as many other participants as you can.

    Click here to let me hear from you.


  40. Hi Shanae! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you are taking over the fitness challenge, it's great to meet you. I haven't been walking much lately thanks to a nasty bout of bronchitis, so I'm looking forward to getting back on track. Thanks again!

  41. Congrats on the award, and thank you for awarding it to me, I appreciate it. It's going to be tough picking people to pass it onto out of all the wonderful blogs I follow.

  42. @Claire, you're welcome, it was my pleasure. I know what you mean, it's very tough to pick blogs to pass awards to as I never want to leave anyone out.


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