Honest Scrap: I received this one from Julia S at Life after Infertility and Loss, Jo from Mojo Working, and two other people who I'm so sorry that I don't remember. I looked back through 20 pages worth of comments to see if I could figure it out and I couldn't. If you're one of the other two who passed this award to me, please let me know so that I can show my gratitude and properly link back to you.
Here are the rules:
1) Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment
informing them that they were prized with "Honest Scrap." Well, there's
no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
3) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.
I wracked my brain coming up with things to write about, but this ended up being one of the funnest awards to do:
1. I'm a procrastinator in the worst way. I work best under pressure and will have major tasks until the very last moment possible. Then I end up making myself sick with worry that I won't get finished in time, but the benefit is that I'm able to stay focused on the issue at hand and my work is always impeccable.
2. I always knew that I'd either be a teacher or a doctor. Through high school as I needed to narrow down which route to take, I couldn't decide what type of medicine I wanted to practice, though I always teetered between obstetrics or pediatrics. Both felt like too much pressure, as I couldn't bear the thought of missing a diagnosis and not being able to save a child's life and the thought of losing a mother and/or baby in childbirth chilled me to the core. Teaching felt safe and comfortable, and as it was always one of the two things I wanted to do, I'm extremely happy with my career as a middle school teacher. However, if I knew even an inkling back then of what I know now or if I had some means of going back to school and switching careers, I'd either be an RE or an infertility counselor. Psychology has also been a long-time passion of mine, and I think I have a natural knack for just "getting it."
3. I'm a slob. It's true. Organization is not my strong suit. In my classroom if my desk is an ungodly wreck I can tell you exactly where something is. As soon as I straighten things up, I can't find anything and forget where I put stuff. At home, there's never any less than three hampers of clothes in need of wash and no less than three that are clean but need to be folded and put away. I hate laundry, and so does Frank. Take two lazy people in wedded bliss and laundry becomes a never ending, never finished task.
5. If the only music I could ever hear for the rest of my life was Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life and Steely Dan's Alive in America, I'd be quite alright with that.
6. Sex in the City personalities – I wish I was a Carrie, but I know that I'm a Charlotte. My mom and sisters call me a prude.
7. I own just one skirt and one dress and haven't worn pantyhose in years.
8. When I was four, I asked my mom to take me to get my ears pierced. I screamed when the lady did the left ear and refused to let her do the right. I absolutely REFUSED to get my right ear pierced until I was 25, so I've only been able to wear earrings in just the past 6 years.
9. I'm only 5'2" and I'm constantly picked on by my family for being so short. They call me "Shorty Doo-Wop."
10. My middle name is Moxie. My first name is Soncera, which my mom got from the 1950 James Stewart western Broken Arrow. The basic plot is based on historical events in which White man Tom Jeffords befriends Apache chief Cochise, a union which facilitates the ending of the decade-long Apache war. In the movie, a fictionalized romantic subplot enters when Tom Jeffords falls in love with and marries the young Apache medicine woman Sonseeahray. My mom has always called me Sonnie or Sonnie K. At home, family and friends always called Moxie but at school, I went by my first name. By the time I got to third grade, I got tired of teachers and other students always stumbling over my name and I wanted to spare them the embarrassment of trying to pronounce it. I teetered between being deciding to use either Moxie or Sonnie as my preferred name. Sonnie felt more special because generally only my mom and my favorite aunt called me that, so I went with Moxie as my preferred name. I made the switch in fourth grade, but some teachers along the way still insisted on calling me Soncera. No big deal – if they wanted to trip over my name, that was up to them. One teacher could never get it right and called me everything from "Sorcerer" to "Sincere."
This award is making the rounds with rapid speed, so if you've already been Scrapped, just know that I think you rock, too. I'm passing this to Carrie, Trish, Heather R, Wishy-Wish, Mtnhighmama, Amber, and Sara.
Lemonade Stand from the one and only super-blogger Kristin:
This one is for those who use the lemons in their lives to make lemonade, or who help do the same for others.
Here are the rules for The Lemonade Stand Award:
1. You must link back to the person you received the award from.
2. You have to nominate 10 bloggers who are deserving of this award!
The Sisterhood Award, also from Kristin: The rules for this award are simple…
Put the logo on your blog or post.
Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.
Be sure to link to your nominees in your post
Let your nominees know they have received the award by leaving them a comment on their blog
And be sure to link this post to the person who nominated you for the award.
Here are some of the ladies whose support and sisterhood means the world to me, Chance, or both of us as we try to get from here to there: