Maybe a better question is "What is a Memetastic Award?" (I have no clue either--something about cultural)
I must have awoken at the Academy Awards today. I signed on, decided to hit Twitter first, and viola'; I received an award! Quickly I ran to tell the boys (the woofing ones) to put on their Black Tie wear. We need a speech. I have to thank all relevant supporters. Oh my; the stress of a red carpet moment. What will I wear? How's this?
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Will This Outfit Work?
I guess I've earned myself a badge for my sidebar--cute, huh? According to tradition, it seems I'm supposed to share 5 facts about myself, and then pass along the award to five new blogger friends. More pressure. How will I choose just 5 bloggers? I'll think about that tomorrow. Today I'll work on the 5 facts:
#1: I love water. It's probably the primary reason I've had 2 Retrievers; they like water too and we enjoy swimming together. I've enjoyed a few other water sports throughout my lifetime: diving, sailing, snorkeling, and water skiing. Not your usual 2-ski sort, but rather extreme. My favorite is 2nd tier on a pyramid, and swivel skiing is a fun challenge too. Don't ask. It's too difficult to explain without pictures. Maybe these will help a bit:
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Nah; I'm Not in this One
My Kids Are on Top
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I'm the Tall One!
#3: A lanky 5' 10", I grew up sewing many of my own clothes out of necessity. I still enjoy crafts and anything creative. I think the blog is beginning to take the place of painting and sewing, but that's okay. Photography is also growing on me. Tanner and Oliver are very willing and cooperative subjects.
#4: I'm a cancer survivor and I have M.S. There; I said it. Not much more to it. I have a mild case of M.S. that doesn't interfere terribly with my lifestyle--just an occasional flare up that might set me back a few days. I'm very lucky and like to count those blessings every chance I get.
#5: My favorite book ever is The Hundred Year Lie, by investigative journalist, Randall Fitzgerald. His extremely compelling book shares the history of how we have come to pollute the Earth. I read the book after my cancer diagnosis, and got a great deal of insight into how I ended up in that predicament. Now I've changed course and live a greener, organic-eating, hybrid-driving lifestyle--more sustainable. I may not change the world, but it feels a little like I'm doing something to leave a better one behind for my grandkids--the ones I'd really like to be around to see, if I ever have any.
Tanner and Oliver were clearly quite excited about the whole affair of us winning an award, even though we're not sure how to pronounce it. Tanner's cummerbund fell off before he hit the red carpet, but still I think they look quite dapper in their formal bow ties. Classic black even works for dogs; who'd of thunk? What do you think?
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Tanner and Oliver Walk the Red Carpet
Tanner and Oliver took my nominations and made their selections. Boys?, "The envelope please"....
**In the 'Miscellaneous Pet Lovers' category, the winner is Catch up with Kate, with whom I hope to catch up with more in the near future.
**Moving to the 'Pet Safety' category, our winner is Dawn Ross of Pet Auto Safety, whose blog has much potential in a very important area of pet ownership.
**In the ever-important 'Pet Fashion' category, Oliver and Tanner have deferred to me (they are boys, after all) to select the winner: Erika Lundquist of Sew Doggy Style has captivated me with her adorable designs.
**In the category of 'Rookie Bloggers', the winner is Lizzi Glavin, of 20 Something Saver, who will be introducing a regular feature on saving money for your dog very soon. This brand spanking new blogger is just out of the gates, so be sure to stop by and give her some moral support. Remember what it was like when you were first starting out? Pay it forward, folks!
**Finally, in the 'I Have No Clue' category (me, not the blogger!) I have to give this award to Alexis, AKA Mom, whose very creative blog, Running Away? I'll Help You Pack, has me mesmerized.
Now come the thank yous that wrap up every award speech. I want to thank my whole family for their loyal and unconditional love and support of my treat-baking, picture-taking, post-writing, dog-walking, dog-parking, and endlessly bow wow lifestyle. May it never end.