Tuesday, May 15, 2012

An award, an award--for ME!

Yes, people--two awesome blogger friends have passed on the Kreativ Blogger award to me, and I'm deeply honored. Touched. Moved beyond tears. Thank you, J.W. Alden and Vero Sicoe, for thinking of Quiet Laughter.

And, by the way, both these bloggers are awesome, so if you're not following them, you're totally missing out.

So. Kreativ Blogger award. There are rules, four hoops that I must jump through. The first, most important, is to thank my awarders and link to them (check). Then I must answer these ten questions:

What's your favorite song?
As if there could be just one. I'm eclectic, I like bits of everything. But you have to choose one. All right, fine. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. It was the first love song anyone ever dedicated to me. In retrospect, that might be a bit creepy, but I don't care--it's an awesome song, and it brings back all sorts of cool memories.

What's your favorite dessert?
Uh... I don't have one. I'm not a dessert person. Sure, I enjoy a good slice of chocolate cake or a well-made creme brulee, but I can just as easily skip it. My cravings are more towards the salty and tangy.

What ticks you off?
Whiners. Complainers. The woe-is-me crowd. The no-one-understands-me people. They make my teeth hurt.

What do you do when you're upset?
Mmmm... Good question. I think I withdraw into myself. I most definitely do not whine and complain that no one understands me.

Which is your favorite pet?
Aw, come one--I can't play favorites here. I've had lots of pets--dogs, cats, fish, even a couple of bunnies long ago--and they've all been super special in their own way. Right now I have three dogs (the fourth one, Frida, died last month), and they're all favorites of mine for different reasons. Panchita is a delight of daintiness and ladylike behavior, Rusty is a huge Rottweiler-Labrador mix and she's the sweetest, most noble dog in the world, and Winter is our latest rescue, just over a year with us now, and she's had a horrible life, so I especially enjoy pampering her and watching her gain confidence, start to play, exhibit personality traits without fear.

Which do you prefer, black or white?
Well... My MacBook's white, and one of my two favorite shirts is white (the other one's pink). But my planner is black, and I'd never ever ever own a white bag.

What's your biggest fear?

What's your attitude, mostly?
Positive and optimistic. I'm the original spin doctor--everything has a bright side.

What is perfection?

What's your guilty pleasure?
Online Mah Jong and Sidney Sheldon novels.

Hoop #3: I need to share 10 random facts about myself. This is beginning to get hard, because I don't want to repeat the ones I've shared for other awards. Lemme see...

1) I'm addicted to TV series. It all began in December of 2008, when my boyfriend rented Season One of Prison Break. We stayed up a couple of nights to finish it, then rushed to the DVD rental place to get Season Two.

2) I've traded tea for coffee. Until last year, when I quit my day job, I drank five or six BIG cappuccinos every day. Since I'm a stay-at-home whatever, it's tea. Not sure why, actually, because I love coffee.

3) I have a hard time letting go of things. Not grudge-wise. I mean things, as in artifacts. Porch sales don't work for me.

4) I don't approve of cosmetic surgery. There, I've said it. Reconstructive is fine, but the "my nose is too big" kind? Yeah--amounts to whining in my book.

5) When I was eight, I won a school contest for a Christmas story. It was something about birds, and it made me cry to write it.

6) I love gardening. I love making things grow.

7) I'm an only child, and I'm not close to my family. I believe "family" is the one you choose, not the one you're born to. That said, the few people I'm close to that I'm also related to are awesome, and yeah--I'd choose them.

8) I write because I love it. But I also write to make sense of myself.

9) I'm not religious. I don't believe there's a white-bearded god sitting on a throne overseeing what we do. I don't believe that, if there was such a god, s/he'd have provided such strict guidelines to commune with his "creation". And yeah, I do believe in evolution.

10) I believe happiness is a choice.

Hoop #4: PASS IT ON! These are my seven nominees for the Kreativ Blogger award, because they're so wonderful:

Guuye, an awesome blog about Mongolia
J.J. Brown, who writes the kind of twisted stories I love
Monica Enderle Pierce at Stalking Fiction, also a writer of dark places with a gift for words
Yana Verbitskaia at Life & Pretty Things, great blog I discovered through the A-Z challenge
E.J. Wesley at The Open Vein, a fantastic writer and all-around nice guy
Robin Cain, one of the best writers I know
Rebeca Schiller, who took it upon herself to educate me on communism and politics during the A-Z challenge

I hope y'all above will accept the award. If you do accept, these are your hoops:

-- thank the awarder, link back to them
-- answer the ten questions above
-- share ten random facts about yourself
-- pass it on to seven other bloggers

It's all right if you don't--no pressure, just a small token of my admiration, and a thank-you for being a part of my blogging community.


  1. Whiners! Hell I hate them! Cosmetic surgery as a manifestation of whinery... brilliant.

    I love plants, but unfortunately the feeling isn't mutual. I can wither potted plants just by looking at them. *sad panda*

    #10 is wonderful, and I agree. It takes a lot of self-awareness and self-empowerment to even realize that, but once it clicks, there's no going back ever again. And life becomes a sandbox. :)

    Thanks for putting up the post, Guilie! I'm very glad to know all these extras about you. :)

    1. Damn plants and their narcissism--they should *correspond*, dammit :) Indeed, once it clicks, there's no going back--and life does become a sandbox, haha (even though I never liked sandboxes, but, as Chuck Wendig says, as a metaphor it works).

      Thanks for stopping by, Vero, and I'm glad you liked these random bits :)

    2. You a fellow Wendig addict? #highfive

  2. Thank you so much for thinking of, G! Not sure if I'm nearly interesting enough to do this, but I'll give it a shot for sure.

    Also love your #10. And so sorry to hear about Frida. :( My two dogs are my best friends and I'd be a little lost without them. They are my desk guardians, and a constant reminder to keep things simple. The counterweight on the scales of life, if that makes sense?

    I'll let you know when I post this so you can come over and poke fun at me! ;)

    1. Haha--I'll NEVER poke fun at you. Maybe just a little (behind your back, mwahahaha) :D

      Yeah, Frida is sorely missed. She was a sweetheart of a dog, so peculiar you couldn't help but love her. I totally get the counterweight on the scales of life thing--so true. Keep It Simple, they grin at me every day. Sometimes I listen, and sometimes... well, I try.

      Thanks for the visit, and enjoy your random-stuff planning! Look forward to it :)

  3. Congrats!

    And I agree on the cosmetic surgery thing. In many cases, it's just vain. I don't have issues with it if it's for reconstructive or medical purposes, but to a certain extent I think people should be happy with what they're born with.

    I'm sorry to hear about Frida. I lost my dog a few years ago, and it's never tough. I've got a cat now (and never thought I would, because I'm NOT a cat person), and I always find myself hoping he'll have a long life because I don't want to deal with him being gone any time soon.

    Tea is a superior beverage and we have 1-5 in common. And happiness really is a choice.

    Thanks for following through on your awards and showing us a glimpse of your psyche.

  4. I've answered your award and given you one of my own. :) Don't worry, mine comes with nothing but my appreciation attached.


  5. I love Wish You Were Here. I have a very specific memory of listening to it over the radio my second year of college.

    I completely relate to #3, but I'm trying to get better about letting things go. If only for necessity. I love your answer to #4, and #9. I'm at that place where I'm not sure what I believe, but I'm fairly sure of what I don't, and I agree with your thoughts on the matter.

  6. Awesome answers, I'm with you on more than a few of them, especially number ten. Nice to find out a little more about you, Guilie! :)

  7. Thank you so much. I kept starting a message here and the Ipad froze! Im really touched that you nominated me for this award. It seems award nomination phase for me! So what a nice surprise. As you might or not know babies and house extending work is keeping me very busy. I will pass on the award and answer the questions. I love your answers, funny, we are very alike. Well, apart from winning the competition


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