So imagine my surprise when, earlier today, fellow Friday Flash blogger Steve Green awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! (Congratulations on your own award, Steve! It's well-deserved. You pack so much into so few words and often with a delightfully disturbing twist.)
The honour of receiving the award also comes with some responsibility. I am to write a post (this one) that 1) links back to my nominator (check!): 2) displays the award's logo (check!); 3) reveals 7 things about myself (coming next...); and 4) nominates 15 more bloggers for the award.
Seven Random Facts About Me
1. I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. I didn't sing particularly well but joined my school choir anyhow. I still harbour this fantasy as an adult. And I still don't sing particularly well.
2. I tried a triathlon for the first time last summer (a 40th birthday present to myself...think it twisted if you want to) and loved it despite feeling like I might drown during the short swim and having to tackle Muskoka's many hills with an old, likely-not-road-safe mountain bike that was missing half its gears. I plan to do more.
3. On a family trip to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC, my helpful 10-ish-year-old self (I can't remember exactly how old I was, but this would be close) insisted that I could push my 6-foot tall dad around in a wheelchair. He was on crutches after an unfortunate frisbee-playing accident earlier in the trip and a wheelchair was easier for navigating the network of paths. All was going well until we came to a hill, dad asked if I was okay, I said yes and promptly lost my grip. He came to rest in a rose bush at the bottom of the hill, miraculously without having taken out any other tourists in the process. I was suitably horrified then but would now love to see video of it. I like to think it would have gone viral on YouTube.
5. I believe chocolate should be a food group and long for the day when it is finally conferred the Superfood status it deserves.
6. My daughter's hamster died this week (don't feel too badly for her - she recovered from the shock within about 10 seconds and immediately asked if she could get another). I also had hamsters as a child and was surprised to discover that I can't remember a single one of them dying. They must have, but I have no idea what happened to them. My dad doesn't remember either. Weird.
7. I like spiders, will only kill one under duress and sometimes give them names if they stick around long enough. We have surprisingly few in our house. I blame the cat.
Like Steve, I am going to break the rules and nominate just one blogger (with two blogs) who has a heart of gold and as much spirit as fifteen other bloggers combined: Cathy Olliffe-Webster. If you haven't yet been introduced to her fabulously funny, honest, down-to-earth posts at Life on the Muskoka River, you should go check them out. And while you're at it, have a look at her new blog Separation Advice. You'll be able to say you knew her before she was famous.
Thanks again for the nomination, Steve. You made my day!