Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So Sue Me

Oh, I know, I know. I said I was going to UnBlog. I did this post way last weekend, if that makes any of you feel better. All right! I cheated a bit and did some of it last night when I found out I had another award. Sheesh. It's just one day!

I received some blog awards, and I thought I'd post them this week. J.B. Chicoine gave me the Kreativ Blogger award. I also received this award from NWA at Chronicles of a Novice Writer. And she's going to the conference at UVU, so she can't remain anonymous forever! Woot! (And mwa, ha ha!) And I got it from Scott Mitchell at A Writer's Blog. And I got it from Katie Salidas at Step 1: Write, Edit and Revise. Then I got it from Lin Wang at Flames and Shadows. And then from Icy Roses at From Elysium. And from Amanda at Ramblings of a Drifting Mind. Thanks a million guys! I *heart* you!

Anyway, this one has rulez. Here they are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Okay, so I've done or will do all of that. I know you're on the edges of your seats to find out 7 things about me. Here goes.

1. I attended 4 universities before graduating. This wasn't because I kept getting suspended for rowdy behavior or anything. It's just because, well, I like to complicate my own life. So yeah. 4 universities and then I earned my Bachelor's degree. Never let anyone tell you you can't do something.

2. I like to play tennis, despite my whale-ish physique. I think "like" is too soft of a word. I adore tennis. I would play every day if I could. Tournaments and stuff. I'll watch any tennis, at any time, on any channel. I love it.

3. I got married 7 months after graduating from high school. And that came after a 7-week engagement. I don't think my parental units were thrilled. But hey, I'm coming up on 13 years of marital bliss, and neither of us have died. Yet.

4. I think some of my cells are made of potatoes. I love potatoes. Any way you slice, bake, mash, hashbrown or fry 'em. Sign me up.

5. I can play the recorder very well. I even played Jingle Bells at a family Christmas party once. Srsly. I have mad musical skillz.

6. I'm a restless soul. I'm going into my 10th year of teaching. The first three years were spent as an upper grade music specialist. (Toldja about the recorder. I wasn't joking about my abilitiez.) The next four years were in 3rd grade. And this is my third year in the computer lab. I'm already feeling itchy to get another assignment, like if I stay doing something for too long I'll, well, I'll... I don't know, but it makes me nervous. So maybe I'm not restless. Maybe a better word would be psychotic. The jury is still out on that one.

7. I have major food issues--the kind you need a doctor for. For example, I don't like onions, but I simply can't get enough onion rings. I eat tomatoes like apples, but absolutely cannot stomach a cooked tomato unless it's been made into a sauce. My food cannot touch. I will not eat mushrooms in any shape, form, consistency or cooked condition. Nada. I need therapy for my food issues. Or so some say... They know who they are and they don't read this blog. Thankfully.

And...that's more than you wanted to know, right?


Since I received this award seven times, I'm going to go all wonky on you and nominate whoever I want for the Kreativ Blogger award. These are some of the best bloggers out there.

1. Lisa and Laura Roecker
2. Katie Anderson and Sarah Frances (Plot This)
3. Shelli Johannes
4. Beth Revis
5. Abby Annis
6. Tess Hilmo
7. Suzanne Palmieri
8. Jamie Theler (Bookmom Musings)
9. Aaron Polson (The Other Aaron)
10. Amanda Bonilla
11. Marybeth Smith
12. Ryan (The Life of an Aspiring Writer)
13. Katie Ganshert
14. Jenn (Purple Clover)
15. Kate Karyus Quinn
16. Jenn Johansson
17. Natalie Whipple
18. Jeanette Schneider
19. Corey Schwartz
20. Katie Salidas
21. Scott Mitchell
22. Ben Watson
23. Carol Anne Strange
24. Jessica Nelson
25. Danyelle Leafty
26. Sara Tribble
27. Casey McCormick

So go check them out. Follow. Comment. You won't be sorry.

I also received the Silver Shoe of Sincerity Award, again from NWA. Thanks Novice! No rules except one. The person you pass it on to has to show absolute sincerity in their comments. So many of you do this here on my blog, which I appreciate immensely.

But the one I picked?

Scott Mitchell. He deserves the sparkly shoe for his awesome, well-thought out comments and witty snark. Do witty and snark mean the same thing? *shrugs* I like it.

And Christine Fonseca. Ha! I can pick two if I want. Who's going to stop me? Ooh, blog police! We should totally form a squad or something. Anyway, she gets 'da shoe for always commenting, her unending reserves of patience, and for talking me off the ledge on a daily basis.

Thanks guys!

And one final award. I received the Literary Blogger Award from my good pal, Ali Cross. She's in my critique group and really gets me. The hair, the horrible hyena laugh, all of it. Thanks Ali! Can't wait for Tuesday night! And you should go read what she said about me, cuz it brought a little tear to my eye. Shocking, I know. You guys didn't peg me for a crier, didja? I'm all about the surprise element. I'm kind of like a ninja in that regard.

I also received this award from Jenna at As the Plot Thickens. She had rules on hers. I guess I get to pass this one on to whoever I want.


How about those 27 people up there? Yeah, let's go with them. Heck, let's throw all reason out the door (I'm the captain of the newly formed Blog Police Patrol. Hey! The BPP! You down with BPP? Yeah, you know me! Ahem.), and say that if your name or blog appears anywhere in this post, you get the Literary Blogger Award. Congrats! You guys know that I read blogs like I breathe air, so I really do nominate you all. The world would be a sad, dark place without blogs.

Have a good one. I swear I'm not going to do any other blogging this week. I swear I swear I swear.


Tami said...


No get some rest darn it!

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow! That is an awful lot of awards!

I knew you couldn't unplug, Elana. Some of us are just not meant to :)

Lisa and Laura said...

You rock EJ! And I love that you're as terrible at unplugging as we are.

And I can't wait to check out some of these awesome blogs. Thanks for including us. We love you!

Novice Writer Anonymous said...


Great post!!!

Congrats on all the awards! You so deserve them!

Scott said...

Okay, even though you're breaking the rules . . . THANKS! Wow, two awards in one day. Oh, great, now I have to come up with another acceptance speech. My cats are going to laugh at me if I show up in the tux again to receive my second Academy Award. Oh, where, oh where, am I going to find room on my mantle???

Thanks again. Now, quit blogging and unplug yourself.


Tamie said...

hmmm....i think that it has just taken me waaaaayyyy too long to discover your blog miss E....and i soooo did not know that you two dated fot seven weeks and then got married-----oh the secrets the johnson clan holds onto :) --i'll have to ask amy about her take on that one ;-)
found out some interesting things about you lady in this one!

Abby said...

Thanks for the award, Elana! You're awesome! I hear you on the job change thing. I've been at my current job for 2 1/2 years (the longest I've ever worked for the same company) and I'm itching for a change. You're not psychotic. It's perfectly normal. :D Glad to know a little more about you!

Word verification: annis - is that wierd or what? I hope I can type it right. :D

Casey McCormick said...

You have quite the collection there, Elana! We do love you! We do!

Thanks so much for the awards. : )

Tess said...

rules schmules. I was glad to see you in my blogger reader today :)

Too funny on so many of these. Love the 'toldja'. Love the food issues (I'm suffer from mushroom avoidance as well). Great list!

Katie said...

You are the cutest, funniest, potato lovinest thang! I was SHOCKED when I saw that you quit your unplugged thingy, but who really cares. You are a creative little bugger and your cells can't stop the power!

That doesn't make sense. Oh well.

love ya!

Lisa Lou said...

Um, I read this blog and you do need therapy for your food issues. :)

Thanks for babysitting Keith last week, although I hear you got off easy.

I miss you guys, we need to play.

P.S. I hate Girls Camp. :)

Rebecca Knight said...

Yaaaaay! Awards given to awesome people make me happy :D.


Although, Elana, you're going to have to come with me. I just recently joined the Blog Police, and you're going to Blog Jail for the night. Them's the consequences!

Sarah said...

Congrats Elana!
Seriously, if Unplugging were a course, I'd get a fail (with academic dishonesty). I'm only fooling myself. I think I spend even more time procrastinating than I did pre-Unplug.
Anyway, I am obsessed with tennis too!

Kat Harris said...

13 years of wedded bliss after a seven week engagement shortly after high school? That's incredible.

Congrats to you and hubby!

I changed the rules when Michelle gave me the award.

Mandy said...

Thanks Elana! You are made of potatoes... and AWESOMENESS!

Casey McCormick said...

I meant to add, this morning, that I have serious food issues, too. 4realz. I don't like my food to touch. Mixed food? *shudder* I'll eat raw carrots but won't touch a cooked one. Generally prefer simple food to gourmet. And so on. A lot of weirdness. Drives my fiance crazy.

Danyelle said...

Congratulations! And thanks, you made my day! I admit, it was going to be a hard week without Elana posts to cheer me up, so I'm very glad you snuck on. I won't tell anyone if you won't. ;-)

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Congrats on your awards! I enjoyed the seven things you shared. But now I'm craving onion rings and potatoes...

Lin Wang said...

Congrats everyone!

christine said...

Thanks for the awards Elana...and man, I do no more for you than you do for me!!! Seriously. And the food issue thing...LOL, spewed Diet pepsi all over everything!@!

Congrats - all of your awards are so well deserved!

Amanda J. said...

You realize we all got together and planned this out so that there wold be so much calling you back you just wouldn't be able to resist, right? Right?

It worked too. :D

Congrats on all the awards, you're so special!! No really, you are, just look at your food issues.

Which, by the way, isn't that weird. I apparently massacre Totino's frozen pizzas, it's a comfort food thing...haha. :P

But seriously now, you're awesome and deserve the awards so congrats again!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations, Elana! Wow, I'm not gonna lie, I'm jealous :-) Seriously, good for you!

AshK said...

The awesomeness keeps piling up around you, girl. That's more than enough reason to forgive you for getting the BPP song stuck in my head.

Shelli said...

aw! thanks girlie - Im in your top 20 out of the gazillions you read - thanks!

Hardygirl said...

Man! This is fun--lots of new cool blogs to check out AND and award. Thanks!!!


Solvang Sherrie said...

Love your list! Tennis is my favorite sport, too. As for the recorder, if I never have to hear one again it'll be too soon!

Marybeth Poppins said...

Thanks for breaking the rules! I'm super flattered :)
You changed the name of your blog and I totally missed this post!!!
Well now I know what to look for. Hope being unplugged is going well.

PS..I am ADDICTED to Tennis!

Ryan said...

Wow! I'm number 12 on the list! That rocks my socks and I haven't even posted a blog this week.

Anywho, I would like to thank the Academy, and all the little people who made this possible.

Now that Elana has inflated my ego a great deal, I will try to have an epic post for tomorrow, and I will give out my seven awards. Yes, be prepared to receive.

Suzanne said...

Thank you! WOW! I am a huge fan.


Jessica said...

Hey Elana,
Thank you so much for the award! Also, congrats to you for getting all these. ;-)
And congrats to your nominees!

Very romantic marriage story. :-) Also, I like tennis too! Though probably not as much as you. LOL

Jaime Theler said...

What?! Here I am not checking your blog for a whole week because you're "unplugged" and I pop over on a whim to find out you've won a dozen awards (or the same ones a dozen times) and even passed one on to little old me! *tear* thanks! I just wish I could do cool things with the letter "z" like you. ;)

kathrynjankowski said...

Congrats on the awards!

Mmmmm, potatoes. Holidays at my grandmother's always included mounds of potato pancakes and blini (potato bread–sounds weird but tastes great).

Don't know whether to laugh or cry at the blogs you recommend; I'm trying to cut back! If my eyes get any more hollow from working at the computer I'll be ready to join the cast of "True Blood".

Anonymous said...

Thank you my dear! I believe your awesome too!

Since being up North for a week I need to check blogs! It's craziness how many posted stuff recently but I do love reading them! =D

beth said...

OMG! Thanks! That just made my day! :)

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