Monday, July 02, 2012

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Time has flown like a river from when I received the Leibster award from Sharon Vander Meer and J.B. Everett in May.  In the meantime, I received The Booker Award from the ever-kind Emily R. King and The Fabulous Blog Ribbon from the generous Ashley Nixon.  So first I want to say "Thank You" to all four fantastic bloggers for thinking kindly of my blog.  

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Thank You!

To receive this award the blog must be at least 50% about books (reading or writing). The recipient must share their top five favorite books (at least) and then pass the award on to five other bloggers.
The way I'm going to do this is give both awards to five different blogs (to keep it short and sweet!) so I'll wait until the end to share the new recipients.

My top five favorite books

*  The Taking by Dean Koontz
*  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
*  Prey by Michael Crichton
*  Ringworld by Larry Niven
*  The Last Oracle by James Rollins

The rules for this award are to post the rules (check!), name five fabulous moments (either real life or in the blogosphere), name five things you love, name five things you hate, pass the ribbon on to five other bloggers (and let them know in their comments!).

My Five Fabulous Moments

Getting married to my husband
Having my first child (didn't think we could have children)
Having my second child (NEVER thought I'd have two children
    -He's my "bonus baby"
Graduating with my Masters of Social Work
The first time I saw my name in print as author

Five Things I Hate (let's end on the love part!)

Laundry (especially folding underwear)
Seriously, I can't think of anything else right now.

Five Things I Love

My family (including my Mom, Dad and Nephew)
The blue sky and open spaces of the prairie
Hearing my boys giggle
Kindness and Affection
To Laugh
Five Bloggers Who Are Fabulous and Blog about Writing/Reading

Lauri Meyers at Your Imagination is the Limit
Diane Carlisle at Are We There Yet
Suzi at Literary Engineer
Donna at Always Write
Vaughn Roycroft (since I told you how much I like his blog last week)

Have a great week and a lovely Fourth of July. I will be posting on patriotism on the Fourth over at the Life List Club blog, so if you'd like to stop by, I'd be happy to see you!


  1. Hearing giggles from little boys - my grandsons - is the best sound! I agree on the underwear. :)

    1. I think it's because there is just so many little things to fold. It never ends...

  2. Thank you for the awards, Lara! I will be crafting my blog post soon. :D

  3. Also, when my daughter starts college after the summer, I'm stuck with folding clothes! :(

    1. I truly am sorry for the loss of a folder. I'm just waiting until my boys are old enough! ;)

  4. haha, bonus baby! I love it!!! congrats on all these very well deserved awards :D

  5. Wow, I'm honored. Thanks, Lara. I'll do a continuation post right after the holiday.

    I'm the laundry guy at our house, and I really don't mind so much. Folding laundry is good story-mulling time for me, so it works. Better for me than, say, mowing the lawn or vacuuming.

    Thanks again! And have a great 4th!

    1. See, it's the exact opposite for me. Give me the lawn mower for uninterrupted plotting time!

  6. Congratulations on these fabulous awards, Lara! I especially liked hearing the nice tidbits about yourself.

    1. Thanks, Amanda. They are fun questions to answer. :)

  7. Oooh, your blog is so pretty! What was The Taking by Dean Koontz about? His titles are all too similar :) I have What The Night Knows sitting on my nightstand waiting for me. And I love Michael Crichton too! Happy 4th :)

  8. Thanks so much, Hope! I can't seem to get the blog "right"! I seem to like the design for a month or two and then want to change it. I'm hoping this one will last a while.

    The Taking was about a woman who wakes up and finds coyotes hiding on her porch. Thus starts a terrible night, where people are sucked away by what appears to be aliens, and all kinds of other Koontzian type things happen. In the end, it isn't aliens at all, but I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I'm not going to say what it was. About halfway through the book I began to think "I wonder..." and then found out I was right!

    I especially liked the book because the main characters take on the job of protecting all these children, even though they didn't ever want to have children (I think - it's been a while since I've read it.) The protection of children is a big deal for me :)

    I can't remember if I've read What the Night Knows, but I'm going to look it up and see. Happy Fourth of July to you, too!

  9. Wait!?! Hold the phone. Are you saying you are supposed to fold underwear? Hmm. A fun list and great blogs to follow. I really have enjoyed Vaughn's blog post. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Fourth of July.

    1. Vaughn's interview is the second most viewed post on my blog. A lot of people enjoyed it, I think! If I could get away with not folding underwear, I would.

  10. Congrats on your award! Super blogs deserve super awards.

  11. Congrats on the awards. I totally HATE doing laundry too. No fun!

    AND... love the new blog look! Looks fabulous!

    1. Thank you , Leigh! I could have included other housecleaning chores (dishes) but I didn't want to sound too much like a slob. Of course, I do the darn tasks, but just don't enjoy them at all. Thank God for dishwashers and clothes washers.

  12. Thank you for the awards! My husband is home on R&R so I am taking a temporary break from blogging but I will get on it as soon as he is gone.


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