Monday Musings and TMI, Part 2…Awards Edition

As if I haven’t overshared enough already, I’m combining some recent awards into another chunk of TMI (too much information).

But rather than nominate other people, I’d just like to list some of my favorite blogs at the end and hope you check them out.  Anyone who would like to participate and answer the questions, please feel free to do so… if you’re following my blog, consider yourself nominated!

Number 1)

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I was nominated for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award by Serena a lovely and talented young writer who blogs at Serena Joy Sinclair.  She is wise beyond her years!

Her questions are:

  1. What inspires you?  The desire to create something, whether it’s writing words or crafting something more tangible.
  2. What is your favorite book OR who is your favorite author and why?  I’m sure there have been many over the years, but one of my current favorites is Kristan Higgins. She writes women’s fiction with a wonderful combination of romance and humor.   
  3. The age old question of cats or dogs? (And why!?)  Dogs.  I have two right now.  They always give unconditional love, lots of kisses and clumps of dog hair.   I had cats at one time and they can be sweet, but my youngest son is allergic.

 

Number 2)

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I also recently was nominated by Rob at The V-Pub and Friends Without Borders blogs for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award.  Rob is one of the nicest, friendliest and most fun bloggers I’ve met here at Word Press.  He’s a talented musician and song writer and if you haven’t checked out his blogs yet, you simply must!

(Copied from Rob’s blog.)

The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

Rules, rules, rules….

If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept it, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post). Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

Answer the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions listed below.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the questions:

What is your name?  My name is Diane, but family and some friends call me Dee.

Where are you from?  I’m from the western suburbs of Chicago and have always lived in that part of the U. S.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?   
I started blogging a year ago.  I’m a writer by education and I wasn’t working, so I thought blogging would be a good way to try out some book reviews, then my blog evolved into articles and fiction…

What are you most proud of?  Well, in relation to my blog, I’m most proud of learning all the computer skills I needed to do this without constantly bothering my kids with questions! My college degree in journalism was a long time ago and I know how to write, but learning the ins and outs of Word Press and creating a blog was very daunting.  I was the one asking questions all the time in Blogging 101!

What are your blogging goals?  I was going to write book reviews initially.  In less than a year, that’s evolved into I’m maybe…probably…going to write a book.  Yikes, it still scares me to say that!

How do you spend your free time?   I read, write, lunch with friends, clean, cook … no, just kidding on those last two!


Provide 5 random facts about yourself…

I was painfully shy when I was young.  Speaking in front of class made me ill.  Literally.

I played the flute in the school band.  Hated the individual recitals.

I ran track when I was younger, was a basketball cheerleader, played tennis and now have occasional back and knee problems.  Go figure, huh?

I am beginning treatment for breast cancer and hate to pass up a story, so I’ll be adding some medical updates on a regular basis to my blog.  I know you can hardly wait! 😀  (There will not be boob pictures, sorry) 😉

When I worked at the Chicago area United Way, part of my promotional job was to assist with the filming of NFL TV public service announcements and I met some Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers players.  Unfortunately, at that time I’d never watched a football game so they were just a bunch of big cute guys to me…clueless, didn’t even ask for an autograph…

 

Number 3)

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award by  Bound to Be Me, a young mom of two boys who writes about running and book reviews.  Her blog is a lot of fun and very interesting, check it out when you get a chance!

  • Thank the blog that nominated you and recognise their blog
  • Nominate 5- 10 bloggers you admire by tagging them in a blog post 
  • Create a blog post answering the 10 questions you were asked by the person who nominated you
  • Put a list of the rules in your post
  • Give 10 random facts about yourself
  • Ask 10 questions for your nominees 
  • Add the Liebster Award badge to your post/bl

Questions I was Asked to Answer:

  1. Describe a recently nightmare you’ve had.  Do you think it means anything?  Funny, I just did this in a different post.  I’ll copy it here.  I think it means something because I’ve dreamt it several times.  I’m in a car that’s driving along a narrow road and comes to a bridge.  After we drive onto the bridge, I see that water engulfs the road at the end and as we continue forward, we’ll plunge under water.  This is where I wake up!  
  2. What’s a goal you hope to achieve?  Write a book that’s worthy of being published
  3. Regardless of responsibilities, time, money, etc. If you could go anywhere and do anything right this moment, what/where would it be?  Maui, swimming and reading by the pool, grilling dinner, enjoying the views, especially if my whole family could be there
  4. What book would you recommend that is a must read for this summer?  If you haven’t read The Host by Stephenie Meyer, I highly recommend it!
  5. If you could take a pill like in the movie/tv show Limitless, without any negative side effects, what would you do or try to accomplish before the pill stopped working? Remember, you only have 24 hours before the pill wears off. Oh, so many men, so little time 😉
  6. What is one thing you look for in other blogs before you decide to follow them?  I love blogs with a sense of humor and I love people who respond to comments
  7. If you could travel back in time and give your younger self advice, what time would you travel to and what advice would you give?  High school.  Take more chances, don’t be so shy
  8.  What is your favorite dish/food you like to make?  Hah, not that many!  I make dinner reservations really well!
  9. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  My age, but I’m afraid that ship has sailed 🙂
  10. If you could ask your pet three things, what would they be? And for those who don’t have pets, same question but if you could ask your house/rental.  Why do you eat grass and rabbit poop?  How can you sleep like that?  (That’s my Elkhound, Inga below) Do you really think I’m not coming back every time I go out?

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And there you have it!  More than you ever, ever needed to know about me!

 

Some of my favorite blogs that I wish you’d check out are:

Zach Smith

Once Upon A Hot Flash

Inner Ramblings Boulevard

Travels with Choppy

WitlessDatingAfterFifty

 

 

 

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74 responses

  1. Dee! I like it. Now, about that flute playing. Do you still play? If not, it’s time to get that flute out and to start practicing again. 🙂

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    1. I have not played in a long time! But yeah, playing any instrument gives you a certain musicality, I think, and I can read music…

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      1. Do you still have the flute?

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      2. Nope, I think my parents sold it back to the school program at some point. I wonder if I’d remember how to play?

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      3. Oh, my, I just might get it! That’s really reasonable. Thanks for the link, Rob ❤

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      4. They’re pretty good with their customer service. If you don’t like it, return it withing 30 days and they’ll refund your money. Now, we’ll have to figure out what the market is for a flute/bassist band. 😀

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  2. If only we could answer the age old question of whether the dog thinks we’re never coming back every time we go out…

    And many, many thanks for the shout out!

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    1. You’re welcome! I know, even just to get the mail could be a big celebration when returning. And st, it’s nice to know someone really cares 😉

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      1. Exactly! I mean, Choppy can see me the entire time I am outside sometimes, and she still goes crazy when I come back in. I solved it by just letting her out with me (easy now that we live on a cul-de-sac off of a quiet street, but it was a big problem when we lived on a busier street).

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  3. I loved reading your answers! I’ll have to check out Higgins as I have not read anything by her yet! Also, I laughed out loud when your best dinner was dinner reservations 😂😝. Congratulations on all your awards!!! You deserve them!! 💕😊😄

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    1. Thanks, doll. How are things?

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      1. Busy! We leave tomorrow for California!! We’ve just been saying goodbye to all our friends and family and packing/making arrangements and now tomorrow’s the day! I hope you’re doing well 💕

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  4. Well girl, you are quite calm about starting your treatments. Very brave. I hope your team is awesome, and that all of that creepy mess gets zapped into the next Galaxy. You are in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Today I see the surgeon so just starting down the rabbit hole! I’m holding it together so far 🙂

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  5. Great answers, always nice to learn more about our friends! xo

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  6. Great post Diane and congrats on the awards, always nice to learn more about you. And we seem to have a few things in common … 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Miri, how are things with you! Still reeling some, I’m sure xo

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      1. Yes I’m in the thick of organizing things here but just taking a little bit of time out to read a few posts. Am missing everyone.

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      2. We miss you, too! You didn’t mean we had things in common medically, did you?

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  7. Enjoyed your answers. And it seems that we bloggers have a lot in common. Hope you’ll keep us posted on your upcoming treatments. Wishing you wellness, Diane.💕

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    1. Thanks, my friend! You, too? Hope you are doing well, too. My email is Dzduke@sbcglobal.net if you have a chance to write!

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  8. I didn’t realize we had even more things in common… I was also a painfully shy child. (Yes, really!) And I also played the flute. I think mom still has it in a closet at her house. Always fun to learn more about my friends. 🙂 xo

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    1. Funny world😉 I don’t have my flute anymore but Rob sent me a link in case I want to buy one. Maybe we can start a band, 2 flutes and a bass player!

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      1. That sounds dirty. So I’m in. 😃

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      2. It did kind of, didn’t it? Pure luck! 😁

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  9. Nice to read more about you. I must have missed that you were needing to start treatment. I will keep you in my thoughts for as easy a time as possible. Big hugs! ❤️

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    1. Thanks, Vic, just found out Friday, seeing surgeon today. Thanks for the good wishes, I appreciate it 😊

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      1. Good luck with the surgeon. 💕

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  10. More that we have in common: I too happily worked away, volunteering dozens of hours a month for United Way in AZ 😀

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    1. I didn’t know that! Very cool. How are things? How’s Bert?

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  11. You know, Bert, can’t complain. Emailing personal message – soon. 😀 Signed RooBert ❤

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  12. Best of luck with the treatment, Dee (can I call you that? It suits you 🙂 ) ❤

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    1. Thank you, Al, of course you can call me Dee! What a big production this is turning into, but so grateful for family, friends, great doctors! xoxo

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  13. I wouldn’t change a things about you.

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  14. I love learning more about you ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thanks! I’m such an oversharer lately 🙂

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      1. You’re a JOY

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      2. Thank you, sis, as are you! Mwah!

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      3. ❤️💋❤️😊

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  15. I still have my wooden clarinet and can play the scales and one of the early books of music.it would take a lot of practice to get to my 8 years of playing level. Lol 😀
    I don’t think it wise to join your band! 😀
    Thank you so very much, Diane for linking back to my blog, dear. ❤
    Here is how I would summarize your deserving the many nominations:
    You have fun and keep us entertained so riding on the sea would be nice reward on a cruise (black cat, blue sea) with your hubby. ❤
    You have the most exciting time shopping with teaching friends, which is an Ultra experience for someone who listens to children and empathizes with them, too. 🙂
    Your writing quality is deserving of the honored Leibster Award nomination.
    Thank you very, very much for the shout out!
    p.s. will hope all goes well with doctors, decisions, and cancer treatment. xoxo

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    1. Aww, Robin, love you, my friend! ❤

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  16. Oh dear one! you got your results. I am so sorry friend. Let me know what I can do from here to help you out. You have always been very reassuring and kind while I was going (still going) through….. ❤

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    1. I am still reeling a little. More questions than answers, genetic testing, Mri coming up, I couldn’t find an email for you, mine is Dzduke@sbcglobal.net if you have a minute to write! xo

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  17. Hello Diane,

    Thanks for adding us to your list.
    We appreciate the love and support.
    Always enjoy when you stop by.
    Congrats on your many awards.

    Hugs,
    A & B🌷

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      1. Aww, you’ve made my day. We love your support and your blog too. As you can tell I love the humor! ☺

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  18. congratulations on all of your awards

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  19. You are such a sweet soul Diane and so calm. My heart stopped for a bit when I read the part about your treatment. I will keep you in my prayers and I wish you wellness and healing. Congratulations on the award. I wish there’s something I could do from here.

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    1. Thank you, dear friend. I’m scared but hoping for the best result. It’s a long process to prepare so surgery within a month but testing and more testing first! I will gladly take all prayers and good wishes 🙂

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  20. I got to the part about treatment and stopped. Sorry xxxx big hugs, you are one strong woman, much love xxx prayers and hugs

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    1. Thanks, Lynn, I’m just starting the process, a bunch of consultations, then depending on the results, single or double mastectomy within a month. Waiting is hard, thankful for friends and family, great doctors, new procedures! I’ll take all prayers and hugs, too xoxo

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      1. I having been wondering and waiting to hear. I am so sorry that was the outcome but feel confident you are in great hands and your positive attitude is wonderful. I know it will be a difficult journey but you are loved and cherished and all will be fine. Xxxxx

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  21. I loved learning more about you and I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I’ll be thinking about you and sending love your way in the coming weeks.

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    1. Oh, sweetie, thank you so much, I really appreciate all the good thoughts! I’m hopeful for a good outcome.

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  22. Oh Diane thank you so much for the mention!! It means the world to me, sincerely. I love the questions you asked your dog those were awesome!! My mom is breast cancer survivor I wish you the same success!! I know you have a book in you that is worthy of publishing so it’s just a matter of when you are ready to let it flow!! Congratulations on all your awards, they are most deserved!! xo

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    1. Deb, I really enjoy your site. Thank you for telling me about your mom, it’s so heartening to hear. How is she doing after her fall? Better, I hope. I will keep writing, maybe get that book published after all!

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      1. Oh thanks Diane!! My mom is progressing, she’s going for an x-ray tomorrow to see if everything is healing okay. She’ll feel much better to hear them say everything is healing just fine…which is what I’m hoping they say!! As I said, you definitely have a book in you…your posts are always entertaining, creative and a joy to read! 🙂

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      2. Thanks, Deb <3. Best wishes to your mom

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      3. You’re most welcome!! 😊

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  23. Haha, I love your answers!!! I would also go back to my high school self and tell me to take more chances and have fun!

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    1. Yep, the time I wasted being so self-conscious!

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  24. I really enjoyed finding out a little more about you, Diane. I love the style of your answers – the quirky humour really appeals to me – and I also agree with many of your answers, particularly regarding age. My boat definitely sailed years ago, and the advice you’d give to youngsters is great. I was a very shy and self-conscious youngster, too, and it can be very debilitating.
    I have to say, I admire your approach to your forthcoming medical treatment. That you are very brave, calm and pragmatic about it all really does you credit! I’m sure that with such a positive attitude, the treatment will go really well.

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    1. Thanks, Millie, I’m surprising myself with how calm I’m feeling. I have my moments, but on the whole I think it will be a manageable disease in my case. Having a sense of humor is my best defense, I think 🙂

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  25. Love learning about you. Hang in there.

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