How lovely. The writer of “Ramblings of a Mad Kat” nominated “Pin Up Picks Pen Up” for The Liebster Award.
What an uplifting moment that was.
The night before I found out about my little prize, I had written exactly one line. The blog was a place I used to come to. There was a period where I was cranking out daily postings, my brain was a buzz with activities and ideas. My office was the first place I’d go to in the morning, coffee cup in hand, CBC2 in the background. I would fill my notebook with ideas for future pieces, I used to work every day…sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon, and late into the night, words tumbling out of me, fingers feverishly accosting the keyboard, pounding out phrases.
I entered a couple of writing contests, and I was never considered. I got a little discouraged, got incredibly busy, and then…now, enough time has gone by that it’s gotten weird between us. Like running into someone you used to be close to, there’s history there so it’s hard to be casual. Or like when you bump into someone you know at the grocery store. Say, you once took a class together, or worked at the same job one summer. You like and respect them, wish them the very best. You say, “nice to see you…we should really have coffee sometime”.
“Absolutely” they say, nodding earnestly. Boy is it a nice idea, chipping out a little time for this old friend, grabbing a latte and catching up. But let’s be honest.
I hear you girlfriend. That’s how I feel about the blog these days. But I want to get back to that place. Without the blog, without the creative outlet, I feel a little lost…a little deflated. I’ve been through a trying couple of weeks. I’ve gotten into a bit of a slump. I’ve been feeling gold medal, black belt levels of the blahs. Today I called my best friend, organized my closet, got a hair cut and bought a few new items for the winter season. I spruced up a little; wore a dress and boots to the mall, and left feeling much lighter. My husband and I visited with friends, and now I am at home taking the time to visit with an old friend of my own.
I’m to answer these questions about myself, so here goes…
1. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
My husband calls me ‘goat’, because I am stubborn, small and have been known to head butt . I call him Bear because of his stature and magnificent beard. In the animal kingdom we would be a goat and a bear and we would still be best friends.
2. Invite three people to dinner, living or dead – who are they?
3. What’s the best Christmas gift you could get?
Plane tickets with a big red bow.
4. What is your favorite blog entry you’ve written – please, post a link for us to read.
Oh I’m sorry…did you say my favorite five…no it was ten? Okay then!
5. Who is your greatest inspiration?
Nora Ephron, David Sedaris, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Audrey Hepburn.
6. Most embarrassing moment (that you are willing to share)
Good Lord, how much time do you have?
7. Name one thing that you wish you had done in your life thus far.
Traveled to Europe. To me, Paris is a necessity.
8. What’s your favorite food?
I love food in general; curry, satay, pasta…I prefer vegetarian but I eat a little meat. I’m more savory than sweet. My death row, last meal would be various kinds of bread with lots of things to dip into. And french fries. Yes, definitely french fries. And then I’d have a latte.
9. Cheesecake or Cake?
I can appreciate both, but wouldn’t turn down an exquisite slice of cherry cheese cake.
10. Favorite Olympic sport?
Ha ha, bitch please!
11. If you could ask your great grandparents one thing, what would it be?
Were you happy?
I’d like to pass the award onwards to some of my favorites.
1) An Opinionated Girl VS. The World. http://lilynichol.wordpress.com/
2) Entrepreneur by Nurture. http://www.effectiveenterprise.co.nz/
3) Vinyl and Pearls vinylandpearls.wordpress.com
5) Vodka, Unicorns and Lincoln Logs http://dagmartully.wordpress.com/
There are so many great blogs out there, and I wish you the strength and perseverance to continue…no matter how busy life gets…cause once in a while you get a little reminder about just how fabulous you can be.