On March 21, I accepted the Liebster Award from my dear friend Rachel over the other side of the big pond and then decided t close the Awards closet door for a while. With 26 shiny badges in my possession, well, it was time to give others a chance, I declared in that tab up top.
I felt good about it. But then …
On April 8, along came a couple of comments from missjennym at Babbleworthy. She’d nominated me for the Liebster Award. This particular one was for new and unnoticed bloggers.
I’ve liked missjennym from the moment I caught sight of her post about her lifelong love affair. With Diet Coke. That made me send a note about my lifelong love affair. With Diet Pepsi. She responded with good nature. I continued to follow the funny and fine work of this Australian blogger.
So I thanked her for the nomination and told her about my closed award stance and she replied, among other things, “Do it!”
Call me easy Mark.
And then on April 11 came comments from Trish at Ten Years a Single Mom. She’d nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I thanked Trish, a blogger from the Boston area whose writing is very inspiring indeed as she works as a nurse and raises her family on her own. I thanked her.
Thank you one more time for nominating me for the Liebster Award, Jenny, and Very Inspiring Blogger Award, Trish. I am honored by both.
Here are the rules for the Liebster Award.
Link back to the person who nominated you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
Nominate 11 new and obscure bloggers.
Come up with 11 questions for them to answer.
Inform your nominees.
Here are the rules for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award
State three things that have inspired you this week.
Nominate bloggers that inspire you.
Inform your nominees.
For Jen, I shall follow the first two. Revamp that to Not as Easy Mark.
For Trish, I shall go the full route. (I don’t have to judge who is and isn’t a new or unknown blogger with this one.) But as I’d done with the past several, I’ll nominate new folks on my nomination radar. No repeats.
Here we go for two award acceptances in one while my award closet’s door is momentarily cracked open.
11 random facts about myself
1) I love to eat chinese food for lunch.
2) I prefer to start a chinese food meal off with wonton soup.
3) I know it’s less healthy, but I pick a pork egg roll over a spring roll every time.
4) I add duck sauce to my egg rolls and soy sauce to my wonton soup.
5) I think barbecued spare ribs are the most fabulous main dish for this lunch, but they’re too expensive.
6) I think the chicken chow mein with pork fried rice combo is a reasonably priced alternative because the pork egg roll comes with it.
7) I’m walking Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle a little longer every day now that spring has arrived in Syracuse.
8) I was way more at fault than Ellie B when our great next door neighbor Lorraine greeted us on a walk two weeks ago and called my cherished rescue mutt a fat-bottomed girl. (Too many shared chinese food lunches.)
9) I vow to get Ellie B in beach shape before our June week in Cape Cod. Yes, we take Dogamous Pyle with us, and she loves the afternoon we walk through Provincetown and then on its dogs-allowed beach.
10) I have been bitten by the iPhone photography bug and took WordPress Photo 101 in March.
11) My iPad Air now says it holds 7,395 photos, and that’s only because I’ve started to weed out the folders and delete, delete, delete.
1) Favourite childhood memory? Going to see the New York Mets play baseball at Shea Stadium, each and every time, with my grandfathers, father, whole family, and then with my friends.
2) Would you like to be famous? In what way? Not in a mega-celebrity way. Working as a daily journalist with a column photo published for decades, I had a small bit of local recognition in Syracuse, and that was and is plenty.
3) What makes you laugh? Intelligent jokes, shared clever observational conversations and puns. Well, puns make me smile and sometimes chuckle. I do not like pranks that make other people look foolish.
4) If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Salad with blue cheese and Italian dressing, sirloin steak medium, french fries and no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream for desert. (Thought I was going to say Chinese food, didn’t you?)
5) Do you have a nickname? What is it? I have several nicknames. My latest and most-used is Beels.
6) Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? My iPad hooked up to WiFi.
7) What are some of your pet peeves? I’m tired of people who prefer to be angry and confrontational and terminally pessimistic. That should count for three right there. People that talk during the movie in theaters are self-centered, rude and boorish. The same goes for concerts. Singing with the crowd, OK. Dancing with the crowd, OK. Talking with your friends and ignoring the performer on stage, not OK. It’s not your private living room.
8) How many pillows do you sleep with? One pillow when I’m sleeping. A second for propping comfort during any TV-watching or reading time beforehand.
9) Did you own a care bear? If not – favourite toy? No care bear. My favorite toy was an electric football game. VRRRRRRR. The shaking motor made the little men go.
10) What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? My dear wife Karen and I eloped and got married in City Hall in Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2 1/2 hours from Syracuse, without telling anybody.
11) Do you collect anything? I collected vinyl record albums. I still have more than 1,000 but don’t buy new ones. I have thousands of music CDs after 21 years as a music critic, but now most are boxed up tight and secure and put down the hole with the record albums. (That’s what we call our basement crawl space.)
Three things that inspired me this week
1. Having brunch with my 25-year-old daughter Elisabeth and her terrific boyfriend George Three to celebrate her birthday inspired MDW Karen and I that she’s doing well at this stage in her life.
2. Karen got through this week again in her own way, as she thought about the time she had with her daughter Danielle, who we lost unexpectedly at this time seven years ago. Karen celebrates the 27 years she had with her daughter and grieves the years that were taken away. My wife inspires me every day, but particularly every April 14.
3. I interviewed a hard-working, intelligent woman for an upcoming Mark It Up community blog column for Syracuse public media site waer.org who was inspiring for her good outlook on life. I think she’ll inspire readers when I post my story in two weeks, two.
Bloggers that Inspire Me
missjennym of Babbleworthy. Oh, yes I did, Jenny! Anybody who can twist my arm like you did and make me feel good about it … Your vast knowledge about popular TV shows of our time is very inspiring as well, my friend. Keep writing. Your blog will not be unknown for long.
Me Who Am I. I met Me Who through November’s Nano Poblano blog writing month, and she’s inspired me since with her consistently sharp observations about life. She’s a mother who wonders about the future of not just her son and his challenge, but all the young people of the world.
When Women Inspire. Christy Birmingham tackles issues that are vital to women, inspecting history and our times and thinking about her future. She writes in such an accessible style that men should read to keep up, too. I also am a fan of her site for her inspiring poetry, Poetic Parfait.
priorhouse Y handles her beautiful site as a canvas for her striking photography, her observations about many cities throughout the States, and her wise writing. She’s become an inspiring friend who’s always ready with advice and encouragement.
Nurse Kelly Knows. Kelly delivers modern day parables, poems, a little fiction and a lot of life wisdom in her own easy way. Kelly inspires me with her depth of conviction in life’s good side.
Joeyfully Stated. Joey carries a wise wit through pain and happy times. It’s an inspiring touch every day.
I hope you accept my nomination as a tribute, a nod toward all of your good and hard work here in BloggyVille, and a sign of my appreciation of how you inspire me.
And I hope you all who haven’t had the chance to read their blogs click over now to say hello. Tell ’em Mark sent you.