Monday, May 4, 2009


It is awards season in Bloggyville. I am flattered and honored to accept some really cool awards from some really cool bloggers.

The first award comes from Pseudo at Pseudonymous High School Teacher. I met Pseudo early on in my blogging experience. Since those first comments back and forth, we have developed a friendship that I cherish. But besides being a friend, Pseudo is an amazing woman who lives in paradise with her husband and two wonderful children. She is a breast cancer survivor and an amazing writer. She continues to inspire, entertain and engage me with every post. She is also an English teacher which gives me hope for our future. With teachers like Pseudo at the helm of our childrens’ education, we can’t go wrong.

Pseudo has awarded me the Noblesse Oblige award. I’m not sure what Pseudo was thinking when she included me with the other blogs that she awarded this honor but I think wine might have been involved. I am humbled and a bit overwhelmed.


This award like all other awards comes with instructions and rules. They are as follows:

The recipient of this award is recognized for the following:
1) The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage, and offers solutions.
3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture, Sciences, and Beliefs. I slipped thru the cracks on this one. I’m not really sure what the clear purpose of this blog is so if someone else knows, please email me. But shhhhh, don’t tell Pseudo.
4) The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:
1) Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2) The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3) Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older posts to support. I’m really sorry but I can’t think of a thing this blog has accomplished. Hmmmmm? Nope, I got nothin’.
4) The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5) Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.

There are many blogs that I think deserve this award. Some have already received it from Psuedo or others. Others still prefer not to participate in the award process. With that in mind, I would like to pass along this award to the following bloggers.

Janie at Midlife Slices – Janie doesn’t really like to participate in these awards but I will give it anyway. (You don’t have to follow-thru, Janie) I just couldn’t let this one go by without saying what an amazing blogger, friend and woman Janie is. She speaks her mind and is true to herself and everyone else in her life. Janie inspires me and has taught me so much. (Some bad habits along with the good ones *wink*)

Jan of Jan’s Sushi Bar-Jan will astound you with you her wit and wisdom. I would read Jan’s blog just for the recipes but she is so much more. Jan is who I want to be when I grow up. (Which is sad because she is younger than I am)

Fancy of Nothing Fancy-Fancy thinks she is nothing fancy but in fact she is quite fancy. She is drop-dead gorgeous, a fashionista and can tell a love story like nobody’s business. And she kissed Luke Duke.

Linda at Crone and Bear It-Linda never fails to make me laugh out loud. I love her sense of humor and her sarcasm. You never know what you’ll read at this blog but rest assured you will leave it glad that you came.

Mona at Wsprsweetly of Cottages-Mona’s eye for decorating is reason enough to stop by this blog. But it’s when she gives you that rare glimpse into her life that her words really come alive. Dig thru her archives and you will see what I mean.

Tricia at Shout – I don’t even know how to express the respect and awe I have for this writer. Just go there and you’ll see what I mean.

If you aren’t already reading these blogs, check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Last week, I was notified by Jan of Jan’s Sushi Bar that she had bestowed her very own Sushi award upon me. sushi_award1

A Sushi Grade Blog! Gosh, Jan! I’m blushing. I am so honored to be given this award and to be included in the list of Charter Members.

A Sushi Grade Blog is a cut above other blogs that are canned and turned into salad or casseroles. A Sushi Grade Blog is fresh, lively and of superior quality. It is rare, has character and is of good taste.

Oh, and it’s packed full of heart healthy Omega 3 oils.

And since it seems there must be rules for awards, here they are:

1. Grab this nifty little graphic and display it proudly on your site

2. Choose 5 blogs of superior quality and list them, along with why the are A Sushi Grade Blog

3. Link to them, announcing their award

4. Leave them a comment letting them know they’ve been given an award

5. Link back to the blog that awarded you

Oh, and somewhere in all of this, list these rules (which, if I must say, are pretty standard).

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you my picks for the Sushi Grade Award:

It’s Only a Movie – I was first struck by Erin’s honesty but it’s her heart that keeps me coming back. I just love her. If you don’t already, you will too.

Fragrant Liar - The adventures of Miss America give me my cute fix but this writer is full of so much more. Yep, that’s right. I said she’s full of it. And I love it.

SnowWhite and the 76 Dwarfs – She’s young, fresh, funny and she loves sushi. Nuff said.

Jane at Gaston Studio - I am fairly new to Jane’s blog but it was love at first sight. She is a master story teller who has led a very interesting life and bit by bit is telling us all about it.

Midlife JobHunter – I quickly became a huge fan of this blogger and her way with words. Join her as she reinvents herself with a new job and whatever else lies beyond the horizon.

I was also given two awards in the last few weeks that I have already received. I’m not going to pass on these awards as I already have but I wanted to thank the givers just the same.

Thank you, Pseudo, for the Friendship Award. I am honored to consider you my friend.


A big thanks to Midlife Mama for the Zombie Chicken Award. I sure hope I’m not risking the wrath of the Zombie Chickens by not passing this one along again. EEK!


I highly recommend every blog linked here. If you aren’t already reading them, you don’t know what you’re missing.


Tricia said...

You deserve each and every one of these awards, that's a fact!! And I'm so touched by what you wrote. THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Again congrats on more awards for you! You are sooo very talented and we all adore reading your blog. Now, thank you for MY award even though I haven't gotten around to acknowledging the last one you were so kind to give me. This one will be a bit more difficult but I'm up for the challenge! Plus it gives me something to write about for Wednesday - I had no ideas for Wednesday - how about that - me with no ideas? Someone call the media. Hugs! Linda

Fragrant Liar said...

Hey, congrats and thanks! I am honored to have the Sushi Award. It's because I'm like a fresh but salty fish, isn't it? :)

Anonymous said...

"Janie doesn't really like to participate in these awards" isn't entirely true. Janie is just lazy and doesn't get around to passing them along so please forgive her and try to love her anyway.

Now about that "some bad habits along with the good ones".....whatever are you talking about, my dear? I'm a saint. *wink*

tera said...

You rock!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You rock SMB and totally deserve them all. Maybe a purpose of your blog that we see if you don't is your ability to create community... I feel like I'm stopping by to visit with a frined when I come here.

BTW Nice job with the line out.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Congrats to you and thank you for thinking of me. With all your followers to choose from, I'm flattered.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

OMG! SMB are you NUTS?!! Pseudo is going to be..sooo ticked at you.
If I had a velvet lined drawer over on my blog to store it in and only take it out now and just sort of look at in wonder..
Nope...YOU are in trouble over this one, lady! LOL

♥ Braja said...

It's award season.

Wait. Huh?

Where's Vodka Mom, dammit?

Jan said...

Oh, my! Thank you once again! I'm not sure what I've done to deserve this award, but I certainly accept it. Writing about what my blog has accomplished, other than wasting bandwidth, ought to be...interesting.

only a movie said...

SMB, you have created quite a community, and are deserving of any recognition. I love coming by here.

Thanks so much for the shout out and the award. I love sushi.

Very nice of you to think of me. :-)

Happy Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words! LOL - my claim to fame is that I kissed Luke Duke - How funny is that? LOL

Gaston Studio said...

Wow, you really know how to accept an award girl! And you are so deserving of each and every one.

I thank you so much for passing Jan's Sushi award to me as it's so very special having been developed by that fabulous lady. Thank you, thank you.

Can't wait to visit those you've recommended whom I'm not already following!


Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

Wow, the academy would be jealous ;). Congrats on all the awards, you can take tomorrow off as your reward, or award, lol.

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

OMG. I'm so glad I followed Dee-Zigns comments over here. What an awesome post! Congrats on all those awards! You definitely deserve them!

Now, I'm going to be busy all day, following your recipients and contributor's links to their blogs. Oh happy day!

I love being entertained by well-read people!


Debbie said...

You are a very popular girl my friend and rightly so! I love your blog as you know by now...(I'm incessantly telling you and hope you don't think I'm a stalker!) and can't wait to get back to it when I can. You are a treasure.

LiLu said...

The Zombie Chicken Award!!! That's a new one- almost as good as the Trainwreck. Love it!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Tricia-Thank you. You are the one who deserves the award.

C&B-Thanks and I know what you mean, it took me a long time to get this post up.

Liar-Yep, that's it. LOL

MLS-Lazy? You? I think not!

Tera-Awww, thanks.

Psuedo-I like that purpose. And thanks again.

MLJH-My pleasure. Much deserved.

Mona-LOL. Pseudo will love you.

Braja-Yes, it's time to break out the champagne.

Jan-I'm sure you can come up with something. I can come up with a lot for your blog. Mine? Still thinking.

Movie-The feeling is mutual. Happy Sushi!

Fancy-I think that's a big deal. Can you tell?

Jane-You are so deserving of Jan's great award. Thanks so much.

DZ-Don't I wish!

Angela-I'm so glad you did too. Welcome. We have a lot of fun around here.

Debbie-Thanks so much. You are way too kind to me. Not a stalker? Damn, I thought you were my first. LOL

LiLu-Yes, there was definitely alcohol involved when the zombie chicken award was hatched. LOL

Blasé said...

When I grow up, I want to be a Blogger just like you (sans femininity).
You’ve got it going On! Congrats