Monday, February 8, 2010

WHO DAT?! M.I.A. and Awards

Who Dat?! We Dat! Geaux Saints! (Just had to say it)

M.I.A. No, not the singer.
I apologize for the lack of posts. I’ve been away from the computer for the past couple of days. I even spent a whole day without turning on my computer (gasp). I have several posts I will be posting this week and I will not let myself fall off the planet again. Promise! My next blog posts I’m actually going to plan! Maybe even an outline or an idea of what to write before I start typing. I have several ideas for blog posts and now I may just use them. I think this will be better than my method of sitting, writing, submitting, and then rereading with disgust(I get pickier as time passes).

Now…… on to the Awards *cheers from the crowd* (What? You don’t hear them?). I am so excited to have received 3 Awards! Two of the awards come from the amazing Courtney, an aspiring author with immense talent. She has bestowed upon me The Over the Top Award and the Honest Scrap Award! Also, I have received my second Picasso Award from Kayleigh at Kayleigh’s Kaleidoscope! Kayleigh is also an aspiring author with a wonderful blog, who constantly puts me to shame with her accomplishments.

Deciding who to pass these awards on to next has been very difficult for me. I know many have already recently received it, but they may just receive another from me! Also, many of the bloggers I follow don’t even know who I am, but they will be receiving these awards from me regardless!

First- The Over the Top Award
Thank you so much Courtney for this wonderful Award! I think it is supper cute!

Rules: Answer the following questions with Single Word answers then pass this along to 5 other bloggers. Make sure you let them know about it though.
Your Cell Phone? Dying
Your Hair? Braid
Your Mother? Sweet
Your Father? Complaining
Your Favourite Food? Spaghetti
Your Dream Last Night? lol
Your Favourite Drink? Tea
Your Dream/Goal? Happy
What Room Are You In? Bedroom
Your Hobby? Reading
Your Fear? Inside
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? Working
Where Were You Last Night? Home
Something That You Aren't? Sure
Muffins? Pumpkin
Wish List Item? Cash
Where Did You Grow Up? South
Last Thing You Did? Book
What Are You Wearing? Jeans
Your TV? Off
Your Pets? Amazing
Friends? Dear
Your Life? Still
Your Mood? Ok
Missing Someone? Unfortunately
Vehicle? Berry
Something You Aren't Wearing? Hat
Your Favourite Store? Dollar
Your Favourite Colour? Red
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Today
Last Time You Cried? Today
Your Best Friend? Away
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Out
Facebook? Stalk
Favourite Place To Eat? Sushi

I’ve decided to pass this award on to:

Second- The Honest Scrap Award

Once again from the amazing Courtney! For this award I must give 10 “honest” facts about myself.
1. I have a tattoo of a bear on my hip. It is for my dog Ursa, and it represents the place she will always have in my heart and mind.
2. I love snakes. I think they are beautiful and often misunderstood. I also believe a fear of snakes is natural and is generally a good thing (if you don’t know what it is, or the individual snake, stay away).
3. I am jealous of everyone with a strong faith.
4. I’m a geek freak. I love to learn and spend hours researching obscure topics for no useful reason. – see Picasso #6
5. I have a huge collection of shoes that I rarely wear.
6. I believe in Ghosts (or something like ghosts).
7. I like to think that there is a possibility that everything we imagine can be real, both the good and bad.
8. I believe in Karma, but that we cannot seek Karmic retribution.
9. I love crime dramas, anything that explores crime and motive.
10. I have no very little personal space. My personal bubble does not exist. I understand that others do have a personal ‘bubble’ and respect it (unless of course you are my older brother). Somehow, all of closest friends have been non touchy/huggy people.

I’ve decided to pass this award on to:

And last, but not least, the Picasso Award from the wonderful Kayleigh.

Thank you so much for this Award!

1. I cry during most Disney movies and have skipped scenes from most of them as well. For example, I’ve never seen all of the Lion King (I skip the part where his daddy dies) and refuse to finish The Fox and the Hound.

2. On a similar note, the villains’ songs (in Disney and other kids’ movies) are always my favorite.

3. I have traveled through part of Europe once and Italy twice. I traveled around Europe with my family the summer between my 6th and 7th grades. Sadly, I don’t remember a lot about this trip. I remember the friend I met and some of the locations we went, but most of my memories from this trip are like snap shots. My first trip to Italy was the summer after I graduated from high school. I went with my father and we traveled to Venice, Rome, and Florence. I fell in love with Venice instantly. Then, the summer after my freshman year of college, I went with a group from the Italian language department of my University and studied language and culture in Italy at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri in Florence. I lived with an Italian family and had the most amazing experience.

4. I have a pure black cat named Meshach (yes, as in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego). He was actually named after another cat that was at our local SPCA when I volunteered for them. While his name is Meshach, he is generally referred to as Baby Kitty or BK.

5. I don’t think I could ever live somewhere far from water. I prefer the beach, but a large lake or river will do.

6. It really bothers me when authors make historical mistakes. For example, in a novel I’m currently reading a Highlander in the 1400s couldn’t understand the term hypnotize, but understood the word mesmerize (he was talking to someone from our time). The word mesmerize came into being to describe what happened to those who where “healed” by Franz Mesmer in the 1700s. Mesmer was a German physician and astrologist who “healed” people through animal magnetism. His method was referred to as mesmerism and eventually the word mesmerize arose. Mesmerism actually led to hypnosis (mid 1800s) (thank you PY 470 Cognitive Psych– this is actually the thing I remember most from that class). I know this is small in the grand scheme of things, but it bothers me.

7. Often, I enjoy cleaning. There can be something calming about doing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, or just tidying up- as long as you have music or an audiobook.

I will be passing this award on to:

Tomorrow I’ll go around to everyone’s blogs and leave comments for them.
Love to ALL!


  1. Hi Kelly~ Congrats on the awards! I enjoyed all your answers, and a couple made me realize we have a lot in common. For instance, you grew up in the South, I live in the South now (ATL area). I accept as real everything you believe in along the lines of ghosts, karma, and the possibility that things can exist even if we can't see, measure, explain them. And I too love snakes.

    You studied Italian and lived with an Italian family -- great immersion experience, right? I lived in France for quite some time and speak French fluently.

    And when an author makes a mistake in facts or fluency of thought, it bothers me. How many people read the manuscript before it goes to press?? I thought several, at least. When no one catches something that jumps off the page at me, I'm baffled/aggrevated :))

    It's wonderful to meet you through your lists, and your blog page is gorgeous. Thanks for following me, and I look forward to reading more from you, too!

  2. Hi Kelly, wow congrats on all the awards, go you! And thank you so much for giving me the Over the Top award--I love that one and Ill do a post on it soon! Thank you!!

  3. Congratulations on all your awards! You are loved! And I love all the things you revealed about yourself. I love finding out about people. ;)

    And thanks for my Honest Scrap award! Aren't you sweet!

  4. Thank you so much for awarding me the Honest Scrap award! You are so kind and thoughtful. I do have this one already, but I will be sure to mention it in my upcoming awards blog post. <3 <3 <3

    Also, it was so great to learn a little more about you! We share so many traits, I see. I've been considering getting a tattoo on my hip, but haven't got a clue what to get. Love the bear idea for your dog, Ursula. Did it hurt overly much? I've read the hip is a painful location.

  5. Ha ha, I just realized the comments are at the top!! So I posted a comment thanking you for the award on the post called "Bits"-- oops!!!! Typical Diana moment *blush*

  6. Congrats, Kelly! I remember going with you to get the Ursa tattoo. You went first, then told me it didn't hurt. You lied.
    Love you, chick!

  7. Congrats on all the awards. Sorry I haven't stopped by before now. Time passes quicker than I can think some days. Thanks for thinking of me! I appreciated the kind remarks you left on my blog. It was good to get to know you a bit. I love spaghetti too. Any pasta really :)

  8. Thanks for the Picasso award, good lady! Much appreciated!

    And congratulations to you on the haul there. Aren't blog award the coolest? (Not having to figure out what to post on any given day = priceless... :)

  9. Hey Kelly! Thanks so much! I'm glad I found your site. Following you... NOW.

  10. Kelly, I love your blog! Congratulations on ALL of your awards and thank you so much for sharing one with me :) The Over the Top Award's one of my favorites. Love learning about everyone through their lists. I also enjoy cleaning and Disney villains' songs!

  11. Hi, Kelly! I popped over from Anne Riley's blog to say hello and congrats on your awards! :-)

  12. Nicole- We do have quite a bit in common. My experiences in Italy were amazing, being immersed in the culture so completely was an experience I'll never forget. And I agree, someone should catch those mistakes! I understand that the author might not catch it (they can't know everything), but someone should.
    Frankie- Thank you and your welcome, I can't wait!
    Sherrinda- Thank you! I love reading everyone's awards, and finding out new things about them.
    Carol- Your very deserving of Awards! The hip tattoo didn't hurt me very much, but I'm apparently an anomaly.
    J. Koyanagi- Your welcome!
    Diana- Lol, I got both comments so it's all good! Also, that's probably a mistake I would make.
    Courtney- Remember my sweet Cuz, your tattoo hurt, mine did not. Then again, most of my piercings didn't hurt either. I'm probably not the best judge.
    Eva- Thanks! You deserved it!
    Simon- Your welcome, kind sir. Awards definitely make posting easier, and provide incentive.
    Anne Riley- Hurray! You welcome for the award.
    Sara- Your welcome, you have a great blog!
    Julie- Thanks, I love learning about everyone through the awards too!
    Shannon- Thanks for popping over!

  13. Sorry I'm so late on this, but thank you so much for the award!

  14. Valerie- No need to apologize! Your Welcome!