Monday, April 16, 2012

Award Time!

Tyrean, at Tyrean's Writing Spot, surprised and delighted me with The Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you'll pop over to her blog and say, "hi."

I'm supposed to give this award to 15 bloggers and then share 7 things about myself. Giving the award to others is the easy part. I'm not so sure about the interesting facts. :)

This list is by no means complete. Even though I can give the award to so many, there are many other bloggers, who exemplify versatility and provide fun and informative posts. No pressure - if you can't join in due to time constraints, don't feel like you must.

1. Karen Lange, at Write Now
2. Jeanette Levellie, at On Wings of Mirth and Worth
3. Susan Panzica, at Eternity Cafe
4. Nancy, at Boomers and Saints
5. Wendy Paine Miller, at Thoughts That Move
6. Jean Fischer, at In The Compost Pile
7. Jill Kemerer
8. Marja Meijers, at Fresh Insights On Ancient Truths
9. Terri Tiffany, at Terri Tiffany, Inspirational Writer
10. Dena Netherton, at God n Me
11. Jessica Nelson, at BookingIt
12. Diane Estrella, at That's What I'm Here For
13. Loree Huebner, at Between You, Me, and the Gatepost
14. Rhonda, at The Natives Are Getting Restless
15. Sarah Forgrave

Congrats to all of you! You've given me many hours of reading pleasure.

Now, I suppose I have to write something about yours truly. Here goes:

1.  I've gone from Kindle basher to Kindle fan since Christmas. The convenience of having books with me minus the bulk is freeing. Also, I don't need to hold it in my hands while at the gym. Yes, I'm a happy reader. It doesn't replace real books, but both formats have their place.

2.  I'm not big on following fashion fads. (Now, there's an annoying alliteration.) As a child, I mourned when I outgrew a favorite outfit. I like classic pieces that I can wear for years. By the time I catch up with trends, they're usually out of style anyway.

3.  Confession time: I love to shop. Maybe it's because of all the times my mother, grandmother, and I would go out together. The memories still make me all warm and fuzzy. I don't have to buy anything to enjoy the experience. Antique stores and malls are a prime example. They're like museums, and a great research source.

4.   Spring is my favorite season. I love the flowering trees with their profusion of pink and white blooms. Sweater weather - not too hot, not too cold - energizes me.

5.  While I'm not a hoarder, I am a collector. Books, dolls, thimbles, and Noah's Ark trinkets are my primary interests. Glassware also makes my heart beat a little faster, but I don't have room to collect it.

6.  Unlike most writers, I'm not an introvert. As a young person, I was shy and not what you would call, "popular." Thankfully, I outgrew the shyness. One of the reasons blogging makes me happy is the connection with so many fabulous people.

7.  Cookies without milk rates as an incomplete. I come from a long line of dunkers. Some of my earliest memories involve watching my mother and grandmothers dip cookies and cake into coffee, tea, or milk. I even developed my own system, so there would be no interruption between cookie consumption.

Okay, I survived that exercise. Did anything on my list surprise you?


Carol J. Garvin said...

Congratulations on a well deserved award, Susan! You always have thoughtful posts on a wonderful variety of topics.

I smiled at your last revelation. I didn't picture you enjoying such a 'messy' pursuit! I can't dunk a cookie in my coffee without dripping on my shirt!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Spring is my favorite season as well, Susan.

Congrats on the Versatile Blogger award! It seems you're an award magnet this week. I've given you The Sunshine Award on my blog today.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carol - LOL! Dunking cookies in milk is one of my greatest food pleasures.

Hi Ruth - Thank you! I'll have to pop over there later on. Right now, work is calling. :)


Linda O'Connell said...

A long line of dunkers ... ME TOO!

Rhonda Schrock said...

Congratulations! And thanks heaps, Susan!

You surprised me with the Kindle switcharoni. So you, an avid reader, have learned to love it? I'm having a hard time seeing it for me (I like having the hard copy, turning pages),but maybe I'd learn to love it, too.

Happy Monday, my friend.

Jaime Wright said...

Susan, you never fail to make me smile! I love your candid honesty.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Oh how fun, Susan! Thanks for including me in your list. :)

I've become a Kindle fan too. I love seeing a book I want and having it in my hand two seconds later. (although my bank account probably isn't so happy) :)

And I want to hear this dunking technique! Sounds like something I need to learn. ;)

Nancy said...

First of all, thank you for the award. I am very excited to receive it. I'll see how much of the "rules" I can complete. Many of your choices are my readers, so I don't have too many others to share it with.

I was surprised that you are not an introvert, only because writers and artists of many types are.

I love all of your answers. I don't like milk, but I love that you have fun dunking.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda - All right!!!

Hi Rhonda - Thanks. It expands my reading time, and that alone makes it worthwhile. I can also pick up free and inexpensive books. There's no shipping costs or waiting by the mailbox.

Hi Jaime - What you see is what you get. :)

Hi Sarah - It's a little hard to explain, but I'll give it a shot. Pick up cookie A with right hand, and dunk. While cookie A is being dunked, pick up cookie B with your left hand. As soon as cookie A is in your mouth, transfer cookie B to your right hand and dunk. Efficient, but tough on the waistline. :)

Hi Nancy - I guess I'm not your typical writer type. No cold garret for me, thank you very much. :)


Karen Lange said...

Congrats on the award, Susan! Congrats, too, to the other winners.

Thank you, Susan, for sharing it with me. I'm honored. As far as surprises, I didn't know you collected thimbles and Noah's Ark trinkets. So now I know! :)


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

I have collections, but have stopped adding to them. Too much of a good thing!

Susan :)

P.S. I also love Snoopy from Peanuts.

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Congrats, Susan! It's nice to be back at your blog. :) I love your thoughts.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Melanie -

Thanks. We missed you. :)


Diane said...

Thanks for the shoutout.

Love your list and I am not a dunker. Too messy at the bottom of the glass and you can never get out all the crumbs. ;O)

Terri Tiffany said...

I love knowing more about you. I feel the same way about shopping--I love to look but don't buy much anymore. Thanks for telling more about you!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

I didn't think I was such a mystery woman. :)

Hint: I get shopping out of my system by finding great food/toiletry deals.


JD said...

I like shopping, too. It's soothing to me, even if I don't buy anything. I like the newness of it and the possibility. Plus, walking the mall with a girlfriend is a great way to get some exercise and bond, both beneficial to one's health! ;-)

It was fun getting to know you better, Susan! Have a beautiful Sunday.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janette -

Yes, shopping has that effect on me too - very soothing. I also love going with my Mom. It was one thing I missed when we lived in different states.

Susan :)

North Jersey Christian Writers Group said...

Hi Susan!
Just saw this - thanks so much for the award! And so great to know a few more tidbits about you, dear friend.