April 9, 2013

I Have Been Remiss - Part I: Awards

In the past few months Pooch Smooches has been given several awards by other lovely bloggers. I've been totally remiss in mentioning them and officially thanking them for the awards. There are various rules involved - usually answering a series of questions, and then nominating other bloggers. I added them all up, and (since I've been remiss for so long) that would mean answering 54 questions and nominating 77 different blogs. That's a lotta questions/blogs, so I'm just answering a few of the questions and generically nominating blogs in my Blog Roll to the right. (I hope I haven't left anyone off!)

I know... that's cheating. I'm usually such a rule-follower (like Maggie, the main character in What the Dog Ate), but, geez - 77 blogs is a lot!
"Did we get the awards cuz we are cute, Momma?" No, Rita.

Here are the awards in no particular order:

Reality award
I was awarded this by Brown Dog CBR blog (CBR = a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Hawkeye, or Hawk for short).

I'm supposed to answer 5 questions/nominate 20 bloggers, but I just picked this one question to answer:
  • If you could change one thing, what would you change?  
This is a toughie, cuz there's all that altruistic stuff you could pick and look like a good person ("I'd end world hunger!"), but to make this fun, let's say you can't go with any of that Miss America-type-answer fodder. So, if I could change ONE thing, I would switch the nutritional value of broccoli with that of full-fat ice cream. Seriously - what if ice cream was on all those "super food"/"best cancer foods" lists!? Am I right?
THANK YOU, HAWK, FOR THE NOMINATION! It was so nice of you to select us!

Super Sweet Award
We got this one from the adorable Coralee and Finn at Bark and Chatter blog
When we were nominated, Coralee & Finn wrote: What could be sweeter than pooch smooches? Though this blog began on a sad premise, it has established itself as a place of beauty, humor, and sweetness.

Awww. Thank you! Rules are to answer 5 sweets-related questions and pass the award on to a "baker's dozen" blogs. I love sweets (unfortunately!) so it was hard to pick a question, but I picked this one:
  • What is your favorite sweet treat? 
It's probably pretty easy to guess my answer, based on the above. I'll go with ice cream - mostly anything with some chocolate in it, although I also like pralines and cream ice cream. But pralines and chocolate cream - oh my.

THANKS CORALEE & FINN! It was super sweet to get this award!

The Liebster Award

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Pooch Smooches was nominated for this one four times. There were a lotta rules on this one. I was supposed to post 11 random facts about myself, answer the nominating blog's 11 questions, then come up with 11 questions of my own for the 11 blogs that I nominated.

Since I got nominated 4 times, I'll do 4 random facts about me:
  1. I love the flavor of coconut, but hate the texture. 
  2. One of my earliest memories is holding my birthday cake for a photo when I turned four. It was a white frosted cake with 2 pink frog candles and 2 green frog candles. (I don't know why, because I do not like frogs.) I was terrified I would drop it, because it was on my mom's good cake plate. (I look a little worried in the photo.) 
  3. I worry a lot. (See #2)
  4. I could never be a vegan. (Our kitchen motto is: Don't Be Shy With the Cheese!)

The first nomination for this came from my good friend, Samantha Stroh Bailey. Here are 2 questions from Sam:
  • What book could you read over and over again? 
There are a few, but I think I'll go with Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I love the humor in it, and you can read it every couple of Christmases and it never gets old!
  • Describe yourself with one adjective. 
I was also nominated by another good writer friend, Tracie Banister. Here are 2 questions from Tracie:
  • Name one item on your bucket list. 
The hubs and I are (doping controversies aside) big professional cycling fans. We were just saying two days ago, that we'd love to go see a selection of the "Spring Classics", especially the ones that involve racing over cobble stones (cuz we enjoy watching the suffering). We'd love to go see: Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders (both in Belgium) and Paris-Roubaix, aka "The Hell of the North" (in France). This would include a lot of drinking of Belgian beers, eating of Belgian chocolates and eating everything in sight in France. 
  • Musician you'd like to be back-up singer for? 
Was just discussing this with the hubs recently as well. I'd like to be backup singer for Depeche Mode. (I know some would argue with me, but David Gahan is the sexiest front-man ever.) We are going to see them in September and we can't wait. 
Next, I was nominated by author, Salem Patterson
  • What would your last meal be?   
The hubs' homemade pizza and, of course, ice cream for dessert. And a cocktail of some sort to go with the pizza.
  • What’s your least favorite household chore?
Vacuuming stairs! Luckily we moved away from our carpeted-stairs home. Now we enjoy stair-free living! (So, I guess my new least fave chore is just plain ol' vacuuming.)

Finally, I was nominated by For the Love of Life - Alice's blog.
  • What is your favorite game? (any form, board, cards, electronic, etc.)
I love word games, so I'll go with Boggle. I'm always trying to get the hubs to play with me, but he usually never wants to. (I have to let him include French words when we do play.)
  • Do you use a book mark or do you fold the page?
I fold the corner with a magazine, but hate to do that in a "real" book! I always find a book mark instead, even if it's just whatever's handy - my reading glasses, a torn piece of paper, etc.

Thanks again to everyone! We are sending muchas pooch smooches your way!


    Don't worry about missing us...we stopped blogging about these some months ago because they had become out-of-control!

    1. I knew I was missing some of my faves on there! Shoot - just fixed it!

      You must get tons of awards. Figured I wouldn't hand any out since I didn't want folks to feel obligated to play along! :)

  2. Congratulations on all your awards! I could never be vegan either. I love my steak, cheese, eggs, BUTTER....

    1. Mmmmm. Butter.... I'm glad I'm not alone in that. :)

  3. I'm all over the ice cream as a super food. Love the ice cream. That was fun to learn some stuff about you.

    1. It really is a super food if you count the effect it has on mood! :)

  4. Congrats on all the awards!

    I'm so with you on the stair thing - I hate vacuuming them! (I also hate folding down the corner of a book - any bookmark will do, even just a scrap of paper in a pinch.)

    1. Abby used to love to sleep in the stairwell (actually, so did Bailey - I guess it was cozy) so our stairs would get so dog-hairy! So glad I don't have stairs to vacuum anymore.

  5. That was so fun to learn more about you! Ice cream should for sure be a super food and yes, cheese, butter...ok, getting hungry thinking about ice cream now! Oh, and tell Rita...she DOES deserve a cuteness award!! Max officially nominated her! :) Thanks for the great post!

    1. Thanks for the nomination, Max! Rita will like that. :)

  6. Congrats on all of the awards!! I agree - why be vegan when there is cheese to be eaten? AND ICE CREAM!!! Rita is a cutie!!

    1. I couldn't live in a world without dairy products!

  7. Congratulations! Love reading your responses :-) Be careful, we'll all show up at your house for homemade pizza, ice cream and a cocktail! :-)

    1. Boy, last week everyone was coming for the margaritas. Now everyone's coming for the pizza and ice cream! :) We're all about the food here - and the cocktails.

  8. Congratulations on your awards. We agree homemade pizza and a cocktail sounds great. We don't like doing the stairs either. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. Maybe if I had a cocktail while vacuuming the stairs it wouldn't seem as bad...

  9. Congratulations on all your awesome awards! You deserve them!

  10. Um...I may be headed straight to the hardware store for paint and painting "don't be shy with the cheese" on my kitchen wall. That's amazing. Congrats on all your awards! *Ugh, I am a bad, bad blogger and I should probs write a similar post. Yikes*

    1. We tried to translate it into French and have it painted on our kitchen wall - but it doesn't translate! "don't be shy" just isn't something the French say!

  11. Congratulations on the awards! I love these and think they're a wonderful way of honoring each other.

    Adorable photo above - made me smile :)

  12. Post it notes make the best bookmarks. I hate that bookmarks fall out of books. I also hate people who only respond to the very last thing I say in a blog post. Don't you?

    1. Heehee. You're so funny. I'm going to give you a quiz and see if you read the whole thing! (Honestly - it's a long one - it's okay to skim!)

    2. Sure, quiz me. I LOVE quizzes. I really do. Sending it to my inbox? And I really did read this whole post.


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