I want to thank Slam Dunk for surprising me and sending over some bloggy love with the Sugar Doll and Happiness 101 awards. If you’ve never been to Slam’s place, make a point to pop over there soon. He has a cleverly sharp wit. I’m thinking it’s because he’s a sleep-deprived dad. In addition, he engages us in discussions about missing persons and other criminal justice topics. Heavy reading, but it does make you sit up straight, pick your jaw up off the ground shake your head in disbelief. I am deeply appreciative he included me in his list.
Technically, to accept these, I’m to write 10 things about myself and 10 things that make me happy; then pass it on to others. In the interest of time (and interest), I’m combining them into one top ten list. I’ll probably hit on some repeats from other posts, but if you won’t tell, I won’t either.
10. I’m an owl. It’s not uncommon to see me burning the midnight oil…literally. Sleeping past 9am makes me really, Really, REALLY happy. If God really wanted me up before 7am, he would make the sun come up at 3am. Unfortunately, I live and work with a lark. I’m sure you can imagine the challenges.
9. I’m part of the LOST cult. It’s strange, confusing, frustrating and fascinating…and I love it. It’s a psychoanalyst’s dream come true. I’ve been known to schedule classes, appointments and other activities around its time slot. Not sure where that leaves me after May 23rd, but I hope to find another cult show to replace it.
8. I love all kinds of music, from classic rock to classical. Except rap. There’s no earthly benefit to rap music. iTunes just might be the best invention of the 20th century.
7. I don’t eat swamp food. And don’t try and trick me by telling me it tastes like chicken. It doesn’t.
6. I’m 100% mac-brained living in a PC world. Design is in my DNA. Let me create/write and I’m a happy girl. Running anything with a Window is forced behavior. I tend to spend a lot of time in Excel Hell in my job. I can do it, but don’t like it.At.All.
5. I love all things tropical. Especially when they are located in the Caribbean and include sun, sand and surf.
4. I believe I’m a strong person, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I also believe nothing is sexier than a smart woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Women who refuse to be victimized by their circumstances are beautiful. I know them and hope I can be them when necessary.
3. I’m a fiercely loyal friend. If you’re part of my inner circle, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. I’ll even help you bury the bodies.
2. I believe grace and forgiveness are THE two most important human traits there are in this life. Without them, we are nothing more than glorified human ape mammals.
And the #1 thing about me/something I love is…
1. I’m a Nana and love every second of it. To have Peanut reach her arms out to me when I come in from work is the best thing that happens each and every day. [for those new to my place, my daughter (Army Wife) and a 4-month-old Peanut moved in with us while Army Guy was in Afghanistan for a year. He’s back safe and sound and they are living with us until the Army decides where they go next.]
In addition to the awards, Slam also tagged me to answer five questions.
1. Working at a local advertising agency.
2. Raising teenage daughters and explaining why they had curfews while the boys didn’t.
3. Dealing with a ruptured disk in my back and the back surgery that followed. Thankfully, my procedure was relatively new; done as an outpatient; and I was back to work withing 2 weeks! No back pain since that day.
1. Retired from corporate America.
2. Able to travel wherever and for however long I want.
3. Watching my kids succeed in life.
1. Read my bloggy faves
2. Do something constructive to earn my paycheck
3. Try not to heave heavy sighs when I go home and see College Girl/Grad’s disaster of a bedroom. She is organizing, but I think it’s going to take a while.
4. Watch LOST!
What are your favorite snacks?
1. Dark chocolate
1. Dark chocolate
1. Dark chocolate
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Accelerate retirement plan. Refer to #1 under where I want to be in 5 years.
2. Try and fly under the radar as much as possible.
3. Give family members needing a helping hand both hands and maybe a foot.
4. Pass on the Gulfstream for a sailboat (Entrepreneur’s dream).
5. Be conscious of places where extra money could make a difference in the quality of life. It could be an organized philanthropy, faith-based community program or simply running across an opportunity to help make a difference in an individual’s circumstance.
Here is where I pass along the bloggy love. Each of these peeps is a great read for reasons too numerous to mention. They can accept one or both of the awards, accept or ignore the tag, or pretend they don’t know me and not play at all.
I wish to thank all of you who come to visit my little corner of the blogosphere. And if you take time to leave comments, I thank you double.