Sunday, January 10, 2010

TSS: Over The Top - catching up on awards

Over the last couple of months, a few awards have come my way. These awards always make my day! It means so much to be acknowledged by fellow readers and bloggers. I'd like to offer my sincere thanks for each, and pass them on to a few blogs I visit regularly.

The Over The Top Award came from Sandy at You've GOTTA Read This! Can there be anyone out there who doesn't know Sandy and her awesome blog? She reads a ton of books, listens to even more, cooks, travels, posts movie reviews, finished the 100 mile fitness challenge... and even had her Christmas cards done by the end of Thanksgiving weekend! Where she finds the energy for all that I'll never know. Anyway, according to the rules, these need to be one word answers, but...

Your cell phone? maroon
Your hair? only the stylist knows for sure...
Your mother? Loving
Your father? Amazing
Your favorite food? warm bread
Your dream last night? forgotten
Your favorite drink? wine
Your dream/goal? Happiness
What room are you in? Kitchen
Your hobby? Reading
Your fear? snakes
Where do you want to be in 6 years? traveling
Where were you last night? home
Something that you aren’t? short
Muffins? Banana nut
Wish list item? e-reader
Where did you grow up? New York State
Last thing you did? shovel snow
What are you wearing? black jeans
Your TV? off
Your Pets? died :-(
Friends? fun
Your life? full
Your mood? good
Missing someone? yes
Vehicle? no more minivan!!
Something you’re not wearing? sunglasses
Your favorite store? J. Jill
Your favorite color? sage green
When was the last time you laughed? today
Last time you cried? yesterday
Your best friend? Kath
One place that you go to over and over? Wegman's
Facebook? not much
Favorite place to eat? Brewster Inn

This award goes to:

Next is the One Lovely Blog Award, and I really think this is the most beautiful button ever! This came from both Kals of At Pemberly and Madeleine from Wordbird.

I met Kals through the Everything Austen Challenge last year, and always love visiting her blog. Once you move past the gorgeous header photo, you'll find some outstanding reviews. Kals has been focusing on Indian writing lately - both fiction and nonfiction.

Madeleine started blogging around the time of BBAW last year - can you imagine a more overwhelming experience?! She's a young blogger that has a real talent for writing. It's always fun to look at the world through her perspective. Stop by Wordbird and see for yourself!

One Lovely Blog Award goes to:

Rachel at BOOK SNOB

The Humane Award comes from Kim at Chapter Chit Chat.
This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship through the blog world.

Isn't that a great sentiment? Kim has become a regular stop in my blog-visiting routine. She has a great header photo and her book reviews are always well done, but I always seem to come away from her blog with a smile! Just look at the latest Wednesday Wishes post.

The Human Award goes to:

Stacy at Book Psmith

Finally, the Honest Scrap Award came from Laurel-Rain Snow at Obsessions and Compulsions. Laurel-Rain is unique in her ability to maintain so many blogs... and keep them all straight! Each on fulfills a specific purpose - stop by and see for yourself. For this award, you're supposed to list ten honest things about yourself and then pass it on to ten other bloggers. I'll bend the rules just a bit and declare my "Over the Top" answers above to fulfill the requirements.

The Honest Scrap Award goes to:

Verity of The B Files
Karen at Book Bath

Now I'm off to visit some blogs, and then I'll turn to my book group selection, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Woman. The book is fascinating, but taking longer to read than I'd anticipated. What are you reading today?


  1. Aww ... thank you so much! I am very flattered that you thought of me for this award. Very much appreciated - and right back at you, my friend!

  2. Oh, thank you very much! I feel honored!

  3. Happy Sunday JoAnn! How kind of you to honour me with such a 'lovely' award, it's also one of my favourite words, probably over used at times. You've mentioned some of my favourite blogs and others that are unknown to to investigate!

  4. You are so deserving of every one of those awards --- and I am honored that you thought of me :)

    Have a great week, JoAnn!

  5. Congrats on all your well-deserved awards.

  6. Thank you so much for thinking of me! I too am flattered. And I love your Over the Top answers. (too bad about the shoveling snow!!!)

  7. Congrats on all the sweetness!

  8. Thank you so much JoAnn! I am touched. You have mentioned many new bloggers to me and I am now off to investigate them. You have a beautiful blog yourself and I so enjoy reading it!

  9. Congratulations on all your awards- and to your awardees as well! :-) Happy TSS!

  10. Congratulations on your awards, JoAnn! Very much deserved!!
    Thank you for thinking of me; it is very kind, and greatly appreciated!

    Loved your answers--sorry about the snow shoveling, though.

  11. Thanks for those kind words! And thanks for the award. YOu are so kind. I will make sure to pass along the love soon!

  12. You deserve them all!! Thanks so much for thinking of me!!

    Hope your weekend was wonderful!

  13. Thank you so much...what a smile I have on:) I enjoyed reading your answers for Over the Top. Now I have to ask how tall you are. I shoveled snow for the first time in my life on Friday. I still haven't faced the fact it won't be my last time. Congratulations on all your awards...definitely well-deserved!

  14. Congratulations on all of your well deserved awards :)

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  16. Thank you SO much for the kind words! I'm glad you love my blog :)

    Congrats on all the awards! Well-deserved for sure.

    P.S. I love your header too. All the seasonal photos for the header are perfect :)

  17. Melissa - I just saw your post this morning... thank you!

    Ivana - You're very welcome.

    Darlene - So many great blogs out there can be a problem... it's so hard to keep up with them all! Hope you enjoyed visiting the new ones.

    Molly - Thank you... and I know you must have had a great weekend with all you accomplished for bloggiesta!

    Beth F - Thanks!

    Rhapsody - You're welcome. I feel like I've been shoveling snow for the last 10 days! It's supposed to slow down this week (fingers crossed).

    Thanks, Kim!

    Rachel - You're very welcome, and I always look forward to your new posts.

    Marie - Thank you!

    DS - You're welcome. And I hope we've come to the end of snow shoveling... for a little while anyway.

  18. Sandy - You're welcome. The over-the-top questions were fun to answer!

    Staci - Thank you... and I hope your weekend was a good one, too.

    Book Psmith - I definitely see more snow shoveling in your future;-) I'm about 5'9", and was always taller than all my friends growing up. The only time I feel 'short' is when I'm around a lot of basketball players.

    Stacybuckeye - Thanks so much!

    Kals - I always look forward to my visits to "Pemberley"!

  19. Thank you, Joann for your generosity! In reading your answers, I hope you "laughed 'til you cried."

    Your awards are well-deserved. Congrats!

  20. KIm - It actually did start out as laughing... we were watching old home movies!

  21. Oh, and I have one for you too

  22. Congrats on all your awards. They are fun to receive but time consuming (if followed properly).


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