It’s a major award, I tell you. And I won it! (Another Leg Lamp for my credenza.)

So the lovely and hilarious Vikki over at Laugh Lines has deemed me worthy of the Reader Appreciation Award. Which is pretty damn nifty, I think. You should check out her blog, dear ones. You won’t be sorry!

As with all blog awards, there are rules. 

The first rule is that I must nominate 15 blogs. I shall do this at the end for the sake of composition and style. You’re welcome.

The second rule is that I must answer the following 10 questions for you, the reader’s, personal edification. 

1. Who was your favorite childhood mentor, and why?
My favorite childhood mentor was probably Magellan from Eureka’s Castle. Or Mr. Rogers. I’m not sure. Both were quiet, sensitive creatures that were curious and creative. (There was that whole “I’m changing from a jacket to a cardigan because I can” bit too. I won’t lie to you and tell you that wasn’t appealing.)

2. If you could go back to school, what would you study, and why?
 I would probably study biology and then try to go to Med School. Because I’m just not miserable enough. (Kidding!) I wanted to be a doctor as a kid and somewhere along the way thought that being a writer would be infinitely more lucrative. (Math was clearly never my strong suit. Nor accounting.)

3. What is your idea of the perfect date?

I would say May 4th. Because it’s not too warm and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.

4. What is the stupidest baby name you’ve ever heard?

Laurmanda. (Yes. The hybrid of Lauren and Amanda. The parents couldn’t decide. Incidentally, as soon as I was told this story, I named Carter’s Tahoe Laurmanda. Because I just couldn’t let that one slip through my fingers. I’m fairly certain he still resents me for that.)

5. What is the best advice your parents ever gave you?

Do what you love. Be with who you love. No matter what or who that may be. And live your life like it’s almost over: it’s later than you think. 

6. What is the worst advice anyone ever gave you?

“Oh my God, yes! You should TOTALLY let me make Peppermint Patty shots in your mouth for 4 hours. What could possibly go wrong?!” (WORST. NIGHT. EVER.)

7. If you could re-live one day in your life, which would it be?

It’s cheesy, I know, but I would probably re-live my wedding day. Because I got to spend the morning with the best women I know, the early evening marrying my best friend, and the whole night at the best party I’ve ever thrown. (I would, however, leave out the bit where I peed on myself.) 

8. If you could be rich OR famous, which would you choose, and why?

I would choose to be rich. Because I really get weirded out when strangers come up to me. I imagine that when you’re famous that happens a lot. Like, all the time. Plus, then I could travel and write and have my labradoodle farm. Who needs fame when you have a labradoodle farm?

9. If you could only travel to one place in your lifetime, where would you go?

I would go back to Vietnam. It is, quite literally, the most incredible place I have ever been. 

10. What is the one thing you’d want your children to say about you after you’re gone?

If I’m lucky enough to have children, I would want them to say that I always tried my best. I would want them to say that I was passionate and loving and generous and that they always knew how much they were loved and valued. I would want them to say that they learned something from me and that I always tried to live life to the fullest. I would want them to say that I was good at something, whatever they thought it was. And most of all, I would want them to say that I loved their dad to the point of absurdity. 

Wow. That got deep quickly. 

Anyways, it is time for me to spread the love and pass the award onto the blogs that I read every day. (I know there are only 8. I’m still new to this. If I think of any others, I’ll let you know.)
Black Ink Paperie
the dust bunny chronicles
The Lazy Fair
Life With Charley
Life Your Way
Live Lafe Love
Tall Curly Biscuit

I encourage you to read all of these fine blogs and add them to your daily routine. (Or however often the post. Not everyone is a glutton for punishment doing NaBloPoMo.)


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  1. Thanks for the nomination! It is an honor just to be nominated.

  2. Thank you Kate, I’m honoured! I love your answer to Q.10 🙂

  3. Thank you! I’m touched and honored…or maybe kinda confused about being honored since you only read 8 blogs and I’m one of them I kinda won by default? Ya know what? I’ll forget that tiny detail and go with honored.
    I’m so glad others are sitting up and noticing what an amazing writer you are! YAY YOU!!!!
    (Now back to me…) Thank you again sweetie!

    • Oh I read others. I’m just not sure enough of them to make them award-worthy yet. So it IS an honor! :-)[Chocolate and confetti rains down]

      Thank you for the compliment! And you’re welcome – you deserve it!

  4. I’m a little weepy, Kate dearest. Thank you for the honor and the love and the publicity. You are a big ol’ reason why I have made an effort to make my blog my bitch. (And personally, May 12 is the perfect date because it’s my anniversary. I agree on the light sweater.)

  5. oh my baby kate, thank you so much for the nod. i love your blog and admit to feeling very maternal towards you. i see your heart when you write and couldn’t be more prouder of you. xxxx

  6. aww shucks! (blushes and kicks feet around). Thank you thank you!

    ps I love #3, but now I imagine you sound like Cheryl Fraiser.

  7. Thank you for the award! Woohoo! I’ve been a bad blogger lately because I haven’t been posting or responding to comments. I guess I’ve been resting on my big, fat laurels from earning $10 from Google Ads this year. Such affirmation, you know? Just kidding. I took on more work, and it keeps me busy. UGH.

    • No worries! I don’t there is anyone policing these awards anyways, haha. I keep considering registering for Google ads but I’m worried that I’ll get my hopes up and then land in therapy for rejection and anxiety. Alas!

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