Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 107 or Wow! Am I Blushing

First, let me wish my Jewish friends and a blessed Festival of Lights. Shalom.

Now how lucky am I? Thursday I was showered with the Bloggy love.

Blog Ignoramous



First, the lovely and delightfully witty, Mama-Face (http://blogignoramus.blogspot.com/) had a give-away and I won. (And I never win!) Beautiful handmade Christmas cards. I love them and can't wait to see them in person. I promise to post pics when they come. Thank you, Mama-Face. You know I love you!

Then one of the sweetest bloggers on earth, Betty from Cut and Dry (http://cutand-dry.blogspot.com/) gave me two awards. a combo Kreativ Blogger/Heartfelt Blogger Award and the Circle of Friends award. As she gave me two (can you believe it -- two?), I will focus on Circle of Friends today and I will properly acknowledge the Kreativ Blogger/Heartfelt Blogger award very soon. Betty, you're amazing and it means so much that you honored me in such a way.

All this blogging love has almost driven me to wax rhapsodically about my love for the blogging community. But I have done that several times and sometimes, we diminish things by over thinking them (by we, I, of course, mean me). So, please know that I love you fellow bloggers. I love the way we celebrate each other and thank you for celebrating me.



So there are a few rules with Circle of Friends, so here goes...










So I need to list five things I love to do and then pass it on to five blogs I love.




So I love...




1. Reading. -- I don't get to read as much as I used to (i.e. before kids) but it is such a refuge for me. I will read almost anything but I especially love a great mystery that grips me from moment one and historical fictions that sweep me into a different world.




2. Taking baths -- I love hot baths. Preferably with salts or bubbles (adding a magazine and a glass of wine doesn't hurt). I have long argued that this is my drug of choice. I don't smoke. I rarely drink but when things get rough I will take several baths a day.




3. Thrift shopping -- I have a passion for fashion but no budget. I have come to love my "treasure hunts". I go to Savers and Goodwill and find Bebe, Banana Republic, etc. for practically no money and I'm helping a charity. How great is that!!! Some days I find nothing. Some days I hit the mother lode. I'm like a Fashion Indiana Jones.




4. Writing -- this is an old passion found anew. I used to write a lot as a teen but at some point, it fell by the wayside. But now, I have this blog. I'm dabbling with a couple of others and I'm studying screenwriting. It has become a huge and important outlet in my life.




5. Hanging out with my family -- whether it's taking a drive to see Christmas lights, watching a DVD, or taking a walk, I love being a part of our little group.

Now here's the tough part -- choosing five blogs. (And with the knowledge that I will be choosing seven more shortly). Also, Betty and I like several of the same blogs, but here goes...



1. I have to throw love at Unknown Mami who gave me my first award and too much advice to list here (http://www.unknownmami.com/). She's tops, baby. Tops!

2. Tammy at Keep in Touch with Mommakin (http://randomthoughts-tammy.blogspot.com/) --funny, great taste in music, a daily read

3. Mama-Face at Blog-Ignoramus -- (see above) not because I won her giveaway, either, but because she makes me smile or think or smile and think

4. Frau at West Family Adventures (http://fraukmwest.blogspot.com/) -- she's sharing her family's European adventure and is a very supportive blogger

5. When Did I Become Mother (http://www.when-did-i-become-my-mom.com/ ) -- the title says so much (we have a lot in common) but her blog is so much more. A frank and often funny look at parenting with poignant attention paid to special needs.

I love all of the above blogs and so many more. Thanks again, Betty, I will share the love!

P.S. Today is the 22nd anniversary of my first date with my husband. I still love you, babe!

14 comments:

Mommakin said...

Congrats on your awards and thanks for passing one on to me!!!

Congrats also on your 'anniversary'!

I have been known to take multiple baths in one day as well...

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Traci, you're so sweet!!! Congrats on your "anniversary". I also thank you so much for your very generous comments.
Love and hugs

....Petty Witter said...

Congratulations again on your award and the huge milestone of 22 years since your first date. I know some bloggers hate the idea of awards but I think that, as well as being lovely to receive, they provide a great way to get to know other bloggers - after all it was only you receiving this award that allowed me to find you, thanks to Betty for that.

Traci said...

You are absolutely right, Petty. Every blog I read, I found through another great blog. I'm so glad you found me through Betty which allowed me to discover your great blog.
:-)

Frau said...

Congrats and thanks for the award. 22 years woot woot! We are coming up on our 22nd Anniversary also goes fast! Hope you have a wonderful date to celebrate!

divainnnj said...

Thanks for the Hanukah wishes and congrats on your awards! Well deserved!!!

mama-face said...

Thank you for the shout out and the award! I knew my devious plan would work...:) We could definitely hang out; if didn't go thrift shopping. I have noooooo patience.

(I almost fell out of my recliner when I saw my button. ha.)

Mary said...

Congrats on the awards........now I'm off to check out the new award winners. They sound great too.

blueviolet said...

Congratulations!!!! You totally deserve it! There really is a wonderful community of bloggers out here!

Amira said...

Happy Dativersary! So sweeeet

The Absence of Alternatives said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! YEAH!!!!! (I dare you to tell me that I overdid on the exclamation marks...)

Nancy Campbell said...

Congrats on all your awards. Great choices, too. There are so many awesome writers out there.

kys said...

Congrats on your awards!! You deserve them!

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you for the love!