Monday, July 8, 2013


Over the three years of blogging, I've been given several blogging awards. And I privately, quietly declined them. For reasons I don't want to burden you with. But, it's not as though I wasn't appreciative of the thoughtful people who gave them to me. So I always felt douchey declining them and I was conflicted and burdened with guilt, as I often am about things I think may hurt someones feelings.

So, last week when I got another award. And knew I couldn't accept it, but instead of quietly dismissing it. I decided to decline it but answer the questions embedded in the award and link back to the award giver. This is what I came up with after a couple days of contemplating whether or not this would be more or less douchey. By the way you can vote in the comments section.

"Yes", it's more douchey to decline the award and answer the questions and link back.

Or "No", it's more douchey to decline the award and not answer the questions or link back.

Here are the questions Cookie asked me:

1. What is your favorite body part, and why?

That's always been my shoulders. They're strong but really feminine at the same time. I can carry kids on them. Tons of heavy Whole Foods shopping bags. Or push start a car. And while I hate wearing shorts, I love wearing tank tops (I have an extensive collection) to show them off.  Usually paired with Levis and some cheap flip flops or Dr. Scholls. If you'd asked my husband, he would completely disagree and say my ass. But you didn't ask him.

2. What is your favorite quote, and why?

I am part of all that I have met- Tennyson

Because I truly feel transformed by travel. And I carry all the places I've been around with me in my head and heart and no one can take that away from me.

3. What sounds do you love?

This is tough because there are SO many! I loved the sound of the rain on the tin roof at the farm we stayed at in Costa Rica. When Clyde lies down and gives a long comfortable happy sigh. The warped wooden farm screen door we have that thwacks when is slams shut. My kids when I overhear them talking to my friends and they sound so grown up and mature. Laughing full on belly laughs. Meandering mountain streams.  The familiar voices of my family and friends. Thunder. I love thunder.  Good shoes walking on cobblestone streets. I'm sure I've missed so many more...

And a queef now and again makes me laugh my ass off.

4. If you could spend a day with one person of your choosing, who would it be and why?

Unequivocally my mom. She passed away before I became a mom. I'd like her to know I got my due. And ask her a million and one questions starting with how she survived raising six kids, especially the youngest, me.

5. If you could stay a particular age forever, what would that age be?

I would have to say the age I am right now, 43. I've never been more confident or more physically fit. Although I can't see a damn thing.  I have a feeling 44 might even be better and I'm not even an optimist.

6. What is your favorite movie?

I'm not a movie buff. In fact, I can rarely stay awake to see the end of a movie ever. I usually have to get it recapped for me the next morning. Although, I love a really a good comedy like Dodgeball or Bridesmaids. Oh, if you haven't seen Fun with Dick and Jane, it's hil-a-rious!  I hate horror movies but I hate chick flicks even more. I will never watch The Notebook or Twighlight. Or the Twighlight Notebook Under the Bridges of Madison County.  I don't give a crap who's in it.

7. If you had an hour of free time, what would you fill it with?

With or without my kids? Fantasy or non-fantasy? In my fantasy life it would be riding elephants in Bali or Thailand with my family. In reality, it would be pole dancing, cooking, writing, walking the dogs, hanging with my friends and reading a good book all while my kids whine in the background. Basically exactly what I do now but without the cleaning. Which I don't do now. So never mind.

8. Chocolate or vanilla?

Definitely vanilla.  Real vanilla though, not immitation vanilla. Unless it's dark chocolate with sea salt. Or dark chocolate with chili.  Or better yet, chips and salsa. If that's a choice. I'm much more into savory flavors than sweet ones.

9. Your favorite song?

That's a no brainer....Rock the Casbah. I love thought provoking music and I abhor country and rap. I'm really heavy into The Heavy right now.  And I love the Arctic Monkeys.  Oh, I can't forget CAKE!  I want to start a CAKE tribute band called Muffin Top.

10. If you could visit anywhere, where would it be?

Everywhere! But, Thailand tops the long list right now. I would eat Thai food everyday if I could with sriracha sauce. And I'm dying to see the Buddhist temples there and ride an elephant. I may have mentioned that before. Don't tell PETA.

A special thanks to Cookie who attempted to give me this award!  Don't forget to check out Cookie Cooks here.  She blogs about food.  What could be better? 


Joy Page Manuel said...

I don't think it's douchey either way as long as you reach out to the person who gave you the award to thank them and say why you'd rather not participate. No one forced them to give you the award (you didn't ask for it) so they should be understanding too. :-)

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I think you handled it perfectly, especially by linking back to Cookie. These were good original questions, too. And a Cake tribute band called Muffin Top would be hilarious.

Cookie said...

Cake! I love cake - the band and the food!
You handled it perfectly Lady! And I loved the answers!

The Loerzels said...

@Joy-Thanks for the vote of confidence.
@BOG-Thank you, I think so too!
@Cookie-I really do appreciate you sending an award my way if I didn't say that before. I don't want to seem ungrateful.

Penelope J said...

I feel the same way as you about awards, mainly because they are wrongly titled "awards" when they are more like personal questions. When I blogged I had a focus and awards as such did not fit in with it. However, I love answering the questions even when not directed to me. I think you did a great job of showing who you are and what you think/believe.

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