The Cool Kids

Monday, October 29, 2012

Joan Rivers would have a field day...

Hey-O friends. I hope you're doing well. This is a long post. Stick with me, please!

Over the last few weeks months, I've been lucky enough to receive some new awards for the blog. The wonderful thing about getting them, is that someone is acknowledging admitting they've been reading or checking in to see if I'm still alive. They are kind enough to pass on some blog love.

The awards, which are very much appreciated because they are given by our peer-bloggers are  blessings, but they are also a lot of work. Much research to link and pass on the accolades are involved, which is time consuming. That said, I accept every one of them with the most humbleness. It's been the blog-land lately, that I've turned to when things were difficult in my world. There is something wonderful about people who only know you by your words, understand your surface issues and are still willing to give you advice and kind words.

To you, my readers and commenters, I thank you for making it worth typing out my thoughts. Your comments are so welcomed. Sometimes, it's the only chance I get to keep up on your worlds; sometimes you are my outlet when I'm dealing with real world things. I'd much rather keep up with my friends online than say, grocery shop, rake the leaves, or finish the 187 pressing things I have to do...

Pardon all of the cut and paste..there were a lot of topics to cover!

I happily accept the Liebster Awards from Leslie @ Proud Mama's Corner

and from Vicki@ The Greek Housewife Vicki was kind enough to offer up the award even after knowing I had previously received one, but hers is pink and round and who am I to give up some love???

Okay, the rules of the awards:

1. Link back to the Nominators. You can reach their blogs by clicking on their blog names.
2. Write 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions given to you.
4. Pass on the award to 11 deserving bloggers (preferably those with under 200 fans) and give them 11 new questions.
5. Post your award, Link back to the person who gave it to you! Congrats!

2 awards= 22 facts.

Holy Hannah. 22 things you probably don't need to know:

1. I am 5'5"
2. I can't remember my real hair color.
3. My father was born in Tokyo, Japan.
4. My middle name is Lynn.
5. I hyphenate my last name.
6. I'm not a fan of helicopter moms.
7. I love school lunch corn dogs.
8. and sloppy Joe's
9. My favorite ice cream is Pralines and Cream
10. I'm afraid of fire.
11. I love microwave popcorn.
12. I could win an award (if there was one) at burping. Classy, I know
13. I don't think you should have to rake your leaves until they have all fallen.
14. I can twirl a baton.
15. I miss snow days.
16 I love dill pickles.
17. and olives. (and their juice).
18. I make my bed every day.
19. Okay, not every day...
20. I don't understand why vendors set up food samples at Costco.
21. I don't understand why they do it on the end caps of aisles. On Saturdays.
22. I love cinnamon dental floss. Yeah. 22 things are hard!

Here are my answers to Leslie's questions:

1. What is the most unforgettable moment in your life?
The births of my children.

2. To whom are you dedicating every post you do?
Anyone who can take something from it and smile or relate.

3. Given a chance to write about someone, who would it be? Why?
My blog is all about my family. I am working on a second project about...ahem, me.

4. What is your greatest fear?
Losing the ones that I love.

5. What is your best asset?
My empathy.

6. If you are to rate yourself as a writer, what would it be from 1 to 10? 10 is the highest.
On the blog? 7

7. Can you imagine yourself performing on stage play?
Not live on stage, but I would rock the world playing some one's evil twin on a soap opera.

8. What made you cry easily?
Seeing children hurt.

9. Have you tried to write a song? What title did you give to it?
Always wrote songs/lyrics/poetry...they were sad little "woe is me" teenage-love drivel.

10. Are you a romantic person?

11. Have you been to the Philippines before? What can you say about the Filipino people?
I've never been to the Philippines. What can I say? Someone from the Philippines gave me an award! They rock :)

Here are my answers to Vicki's questions!!

1.  Why do you blogTo keep in contact with the ones I love or to document things I won't remember tomorrow.
2.  What can't you live without?
  My family
3.  What's your star sign?
  I think horoscope sign? Virgo
4.  If you were stranded at a deserted island who and what (one item) would you like to have with you?
  My family and my laptop.
5.  What is your favorite pastime?
  Sewing/ Writing
6.  What is the silliest thing you've ever done?

  My college roommates and I would throw big parties and collect all the leftover cans to recycle. I believe those parties paid for the electric bill more than once.
7.  Where in the world would you like to travel to? (Pretend money is not an issue)  Anywhere that I could hear the waves at from my bedroom.
8.  Describe yourself in 3 wordsI can't do it. (See?)
9.  What is your favorite sport? (to play or watch) Football
10. Which is your all time favorite song?

  "I ain't missing you" by John Waite

11. What is your favorite love story?

  I fell in love with the Time Traveler's wife. Not so much the movie, but definitely the book. Movie: "An Affair to Remember"

Thanks once again to Leslie and Vickie

Here are my 11 Questions for the next nominees.  If you're nominated, choose the "Leibster" that you like :)
The 11 Questions are short and sweet!

1.What was your Kindergarten teacher's name?
2. Coffee or tea?
3. Do you watch much TV? Favorite show?
4. What is your favorite holiday?
5. Do you use Twitter or FB?
6. What was the make/model of your very first car?
7. Can you drive a stick shift?
8. Pie. What is your favorite kind?
9. What was your first job?
10. Mac or PC?
11. What's for dinner?

The questions may seem short, but people will learn a bit about you from them! Good Luck friends! 

That cute Vicki from The Greek Housewife also awarded me with the Sunshine Award! Woo Hoo! I didn't read about this one until later....but, Yay!!! IF you haven't checked out Vicki, click on the link. She is a funny mom living a Greek Goddess life. (She'll love that!)

How cute is that?

The rules for accepting the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

1.Thank the Award giver.
2. Post the award.
3. Link the Award giver
4. List 10 facts (Oh dear..)
5. Give away to 10 bloggers.

10 Facts

1.This is the part where I think you've stopped reading..
2.I love smelly candles.
3. I have just enough of everything.
4. I wish I had more energy.
5. I love my phone more than I ever thought I would.
6. Very few people know all of the parts of my life. I like it that way.
7. I wish I was a better mom. (cue energy)
9. I truly enjoy reading other's blogs.
10. I will never have a clean garage.


About 2 weeks ago, I received the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers" award from an awesome lady who writes a hilarious blog with a hilarious name Menopausal Mother. Now yes, I have a few bloggy boys that I love to read, but the women that I'm most in contact with, have given me a whole new circle of "girlfriends" to enjoy and look up to. I have learned, laughed and cried when reading what these bloggers share. Some posts are raw, some make me want to say, "hey, I've been there too". There are even a few I can give my own advice to. I'm telling you, if You're thinking of blogging about ANYTHING, someone will find you and make you feel like you count. I love that.

Rules for the Sisterhood Award:
1. Post award.
2. Thank the giver /link back
3. List seven interesting facts.
4. Pass on to 7 deserving bloggers.

Instead of facts, I'm going to write seven things I'm grateful for. Hopefully by reading them, you'll learn even more about me (I know, I know. What else is there?) Don't ask, just play along.

7 things I'm grateful for:

1. My husband makes me coffee every single morning. Even on the days he'd like to poison it, my coffee is always waiting for me.

2. I am beyond grateful to all the bloggers who give these silly, but meaningful awards. 

3. I'm grateful my soon to be 19 year old daughter decided to come along on our latest family vacation. It ended up being one of my very favorite trips.

4. I'm grateful to have sold all of my latest bags. It couldn't have been done without my friends sharing/tweeting/FB forwarding...any of it. 

5. My mother in law made a beautiful comment about the kind of teacher I was. I was humbled and proud. It meant everything to me.

6. I'm grateful for the ridiculously fun time we had carving pumpkins last night.

7. I'm grateful my family doesn't shake their heads in disgust when I ask them to pull out the pumpkin guts for me.

Nominees: (I'm using my first Swap Sisters)

I appreciate the chance to even write a post like this. I'm not an every day blogger. I don't always have a lot to say (unlike today). But it's become a happy part of my life. Thanks for checking in.

Oh, and Joan Rivers. When accepting these awards, a normal person might have on their custom dresses and high heel shoes. They may be wearing jewels borrowed from Harry Winston or be carrying decked-out clutches shellybean bags.

But not me. Eat your heart out Angelina,
 you cute little thing. I'm accepting these awards at home AND>>>>>>

Oh yeah.  I BROUGHT it.

Shoes: Lavender Fluffy slippers by Target
Ducky Robe from the now defunct Mervyn's
Pajama bottoms- purchased after the birth of my second child (now 14)
Hairstyle by "Hey, it's been a hard day!"
Handbag replaced by 2 pound jar of Gingersnaps from Costco. (They were on an end cap)!

Happy Spread-the-Blog-Love Day, friends!


  1. WOW!!! What a post! CONGRATULATIONS on all your awards!!! Well deserved! " a Greek Godess life...?!" You're right! I absolutely LOVE that!!! LOL! Thanks!

    PS. I also love your 'red carpet' outfit!!! Kinda looks like mine! Hahaha!

    1. Thanks again, Vicki. I'm so sorry it took so long to post. Feel free to borrow the red carpet look any time.!!

  2. Welcome back. I missed reading you and this one was fun, I learned so much about you. LOVE your sense of humor, and especially love your outfit. Thank you for letting me know where to go so I, too, can be so classy!

    1. Holy longest post of my life. I seriously sat down and din't do anything else all morning. It feels like a weight off my shoulders. I still have to notify the people. You just wait. Project Runway will have an eye on that look. Fluffy robes are all the thing...I'm guessing :) Thanks for all of your support in getting going again.

  3. Hi Michele, thank you so much for nominating me for the sunshine blogger award. I also love your outfit, it is something I can see myself wearing. Take care! Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn. Thanks girl. I could live in that robe...what am I saying, I practically do. Congratulations. I love all of your recipes :)

  4. Terrific blog post--I loved getting to know you better and I especially liked the picture---I do the same thing with those gingersnaps! And a major YES to the pickles and olives and the juice they come in, haha!! I'm thinking you should come visit me because I live very near the beach! CONGRATULATIONS on all of the awards--you so deserve them. If you want to know some of my latest fav blogs, go to or These gals crack me up! Awesome job here, Michele! XOXOXO

    1. I was so happy to receive an award from you. You know how much I love your honesty and humor. I can't believe I found another person who likes gingersnaps AND olive juice. I need to visit you (and the beach) and then you need to visit me (and see the mountains). I'm on my way to check out those blogs. Have a wonderful day, and once again, Thank you!

  5. Thank you, thank you!!! I appreciate this so much! I loved reading all the facts about you. Oddly enough, I read The Time Traveler's Wife and just fell in love with it too! I thought it was wonderful... and An Affair to Remember is one of my favorites... You learn something new everyday! Well I hope I did this right! And thank you for including me!!! You look so cute and cozy!!! Love from the Mitten!!!

    1. You're welcome, Savannah. The Liebster was meant for new bloggers to get their name "out there". I hope it brings some Etsy store love to you. Alex uses her scrubbies, I love my picnic blanket and I know that Kimmi loved Q's owl hat. THat's a pretty great start from three picky girls. My mother had An Affair to Remember on VHS. WHen I first watched it, I cried my eyes out. I must have watched it a hundred times since. Tell my brother that I have used my notepads every single day. I love them so much! Thanks for the Mitten love :)

  6. Wow, that was one long post! Where do I start? First, congratulations on all the awards. It is nice to see your wonderful writing getting noticed. Second, thanks for sharing your facts and things you are grateful for. I learned a few things just when I thought I knew it all :) Finally, I hope that deserted island has internet access and electricity because otherwise that laptop will be a paperweight (without the paper). Why not your ducky robe or fluffy slippers instead?

    1. Oh you silly man. If you are there, there will be WIFI. I just know it. Thanks for the props and for pretending there were things left to learn about me. Ducky robes and bikinis? You will not ever see either from me on a beach <3

  7. Congratulations on all these well-deserved awards. You rock! Have an amazing day.

    1. Thanks Ann. I'm always so glad to hear from you. I also saw that you Pinned my purple bag. I hope you liked it :) Much love..

  8. OK... like, congrats a ga-zillion times!!! well deserved...

    and then... absolute THANKS to you for the Award. Wow: much appreciated!!!

    Lions: smiling for you. Tigers: yikes!!! (but, you were there)

    take care, slu

    1. Thank you Slu!! You absolutely deserve the award. Your blog is on my weekly must read list. Lions= I wish they'd stop giving me a heart attack. Every game, last five minutes. We knew it would eventually work to our advantage... Tigers= What can I say? We watched every game, hoping for a turn around. Super proud of what the team has accomplished this year..I would have liked to have them win at least one of the games...
      Sunday..we've got the Jags and you have the Bills. Good luck, man!

  9. You did not give me an award when I wasn't looking. I'm going to have to start sleeping with one eye open!

    1. Haha!I couldn't give any away without remembering my newly PUBLISHED friend! I'm so proud of you. (even though you're featured in some newspaper every single day....Not bitter. Just proud. Well, a little bitter. Looking at my Prestigious Sweet blog award 4 times a day does help. Ahhhh. There it is. :)

  10. This is so cool. I will get on this right away. Just when I was thinking that maybe blogging just wasn't my thing, you pull me in. You're always so good about things like that. Thanks girl.

    1. Yeah, the blog world is my own little mafia. Hahaha :) Link back and let me know when you've posted. :)

    2. I did include your link in my post this morning (is that "linking back?") See what a noob I am. Anyway, it's all there. Let me know what you think:)

    3. Very nice, Shan. Thank you for your sweet words. I can never quite describe this blog or why I keep up with it. Commenting back and forth with others has always made the experience worth it. Congrats again!

  11. wow! Thanks so much, friend!!! And, of course you look awesome in your 'ensemble'!!! ahahhaha!!

    1. You're so welcome, Roshni. Thanks for commenting. I worked really hard on that "look". ;)

  12. Very well deserved! Great job!!! And you look adorable.

    1. Thanks, sis. Much appreciated. Is there anything better than cookies and apple cider in bed? That's what happens here the minute the temperatures drop. :)

  13. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Shelly!!! You are soooo awesome!!!! And so deserving of ALLLL those awards!! :)

    1. Thanks and Congrats to you, Stacy. I'm so glad you accepted (the fun way!) Good luck in all your goings-on this week. :)

  14. Thanks for the Blog award, Shellybean! You are wonderful in every aspect. Your blog keeps it real and is beyond hilarious. I am no blog expert, but I can definitely understand why yours is so respected. You have such a talent for writing.. It's like I know the exact the emotions you portray through your words (especially the rare, yet beautiful ones regarding your eldest.) You are phenomenal inside and out, and I hope that you realize it. Keep on keepin on! Love youuuuuuu! <3


    1. Oh Alice. While I appreciate your wonderful sentiments (each one true), I am concerned. Aren't you busy writing a ten page paper right now? I mean, I know this blog is seven times more exciting than reading about...well, anything. Still. College is more important than my blog. Yeah, that's not true. I will definitely get to writing more about that incredible child of mine. Love you back!

  15. Congratulations Michele :-), well done on being awarded these awards but you deserve it you know. Thank you for surprising me and awarding me the sunshine blogger award and yes I accept it with gratitude and amazement.It probably take me a wee while to post about it but I will. I wanted to thank you as well for your kind words and prayers on my post I'm worn out, it really helped me. I thank God for you Michele and I pray for you.
    Smiles and hug to you.

    1. Take your time on accepting the award; which is BTW, very deserved. I love reading your words (and comments on your posts). I can tell how many people feel the same as I do. You're talented and relatable; I'm so glad we've "met". THank you for your thoughts and prayers. Both are very appreciated :)

  16. you deserve all of these =) congrats

    p.s. i miss mervyns lol

    1. Thanks, Sweets. I miss Mervyns too. I thought people might read that and say, "What store is that?". It's been a while... Hope you are doing well :)

  17. I am 5ft 5 too! AND my hubs makes me coffee every morning too.. AND he's amazed - well Okay, disgusted at my burping ability! AND my fave ice cream is Haagen dazs pralines and cream!! Spookey huh - it must be Halloween or something!!!
    You definitely done 'brung' it!

    1. Josie. You know we were meant to be friends! I think the only difference, besides your three children being much younger, Is that my husband doesn't have a barbie doll to wear on his hat! Your "Go Momma" page makes me laugh until I'm in tears. I love the honesty and humor you write with. Ah, the memories of young mommy hood . Haagen Dazs makes Pralines and Cream? I always bought mine from Baskin Robins. Our little man can't have nuts, so I eat it out of the house, but YUM. I'm off to the grocery today :)

  18. Holy Moly you are a rockstar! Well deserved. I lOVE popcorn. YUMMY!

    1. Thanks, girl. Popcorn is often my lunch. I'm not kidding. I never get tired of it. I'm so glad you stopped by to read the chapters of the long posts. Hope you'll accept your sisterhood award! Enjoy your day!

  19. Congratulations Michele and Thank You for the award you gave me too! I really appreciate it!!! you deserve the awards given to you....

    1. Thanks so much, Kreeme. My apologies for taking so long to accept the awards. I'm very happy to get them. Let me know if you post about yours! It's been wonderful getting to know so many lovely people.

  20. Congrats on your many awards and thank you for the Sunshine Blog Award/nomination. I will be writing my acceptance post soon. I also want to thank you for sharing so many interesting facts about yourself. I'm not sure mine will be as exciting, but oh well :0 keep an eye out anyway!

    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

    1. Jae Mac, I'm so glad you accepted your award. I never thought to Pinterest them! You're brilliant. I always overshare too much information..Ha! Can't wait to read what you have to say :)


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