long time no write and a blog award

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been really busy at work after a long-time employee quit the company I work for and I’ve been having to do her job as well as handle my own plus some added duties as well. So there are my excuses and I’m stickin’ to ’em. Despite not posting in a while I decided to sign up for the Writing 101 course that The Daily Post is hosting. Are any of y’all doing it?

About my first blog award. Well, not my first… I did receive the Liebster Award but it seems as though almost everyone was receiving that in the Blogging 101 course.

I have to be honest… I was surprised and extremely humbled to have been added to the list of bloggers that Dandelion Fuzz says should be able to put up the Inspiring Blogger Award. I say that because SHE sets a pretty high bar for inspiring when it comes to bloggers. If you haven’t swung by Kat’s blog, then you don’t know she writes about her experiences as the parent of a child who is transitioning from one gender to the other.Her love for her child is heavy and solid and fierce and tender. You want inspiring, you should go by there. Thank you Kat for including me on your list along with some other folks who are pretty inspiring as well.

So one of the “rules” in receiving the Inspiring Blogger Award is that I am supposed to tell 7 things about myself. I’m not sure what to say… should it be things that people don’t know about me or seven things I’m proud of or seven things that are weird and quirky? I’ll go with the “first-thing-that-comes-to-mind” approach.

1. I’ve mentioned a number of times that I was a working photographer and at one time fancied myself an artist. I actually won an award that confirmed my aspirations. I won Best in Show for the Houston Photographic Society’s annual member show which that year was judged by the curator of photography at the Houston MFA, Anne Tucker. I won for this image here.

2. Ok, this one will be a big surprise to my new bloggy friends because I’ve never mentioned due to the whole “anonymity” thing I’ve mentioned a few times. I’ve played in a band with a couple of friends here in Houston for the past seven years. We used to gig around at coffee shops, bars, friend’s parties and pretty much any place that would have us. We used to play about twice a month but in the past couple of years that has slowed to only about two or three times a year. As a result, I have developed a little bit of stage fright the rare times we do perform in public. Weird, huh.

3.Β Again, related to music… I was in the marching band in high school and my senior year I had a solo in our competition routine. That year we went to Mexico City and my high school marching band performed for the mayor.

4. Here’s something a little quirky and weird. I’m right handed but there are a handful of things I do left-handed. For instance, when I was in the military I had to shoot my rifle left-handed because I can’t close my left eye and leave my right eye open. When I was a waiter in college I balanced food trays with my left hand/arm instead of my right. Odd, huh. Or is it? I’ve never met anyone else like that.

5. Except for Mexico City, a honeymoon trip to Cozumel (that found me with a stomach flu before we left and during the entire five day trip) and a couple of drunken runs across the border during college spring breaks, I have never ever been outside the United States. It is something I rather regret.

6. I count myself extremely fortunate that I do not have an addictive personality. In my college days, I had a few indiscretions with alcohol, weed, pills, sex and porn. I never became addicted to any of those vices and I’m proud to say except for a couple of craft beers a couple of times a week and husbandly duties with Mrs aBoyNamedSue I don’t have any terrible vices to which I am addicted, except for the occasional porn image. Hey don’t judge!… sometimes a porn site busts through on a popup window. : )

7. Somewhat related to vices and attempting to be a good person… I am rather spiritual. I believe in God but not in the way most people in the U.S. do. Β I am not a Christian, Jew or Muslim. I am not Buddhist or Hindu. I have a spiritual practice and I pray and I hope for something better beyond this That rules out the biggest five, so, I’m kind of a rare bird in that regard. I believe in one God and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. If you recognize any of what I’ve typed here then you know precisely where my religious philosophies lie.

So what’s supposed to happen is I am supposed to:
Thank the person who nominated you. (check)
Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. (check)
Share 7 things about yourself. (check)
Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you. (che… wait… ugh, this one is hard)
Include this set of rules. (check)
Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs. (see two above)

I am really humbled to have been nominated for this and I will post the badge on a page that shows any blog awards I receive but I’m having a hard time choosing any from my blog roll and leaving any others off. I really like all of the bloggers on my blogroll so I’ll leave that part blank for now.

 

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14 thoughts on “long time no write and a blog award

  1. Nice to have you back! Im still processing your insights πŸ™‚ For some strange reason I signed up for writing 101, can’t hurt right! Love your feet fetish.. oh sorry photo, no wonder you won! Great shot.

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      You are not far off with your sarcastic Freudian slip about me admiring feet. I am a bit of a sucker for pretty feet. : ) I’m a bit worried about the Writing 101 thing as time has become even more scarce than before. Hopefully you’re right and it doesn’t hurt.

  2. Glad you’re back! btw, I always carried my trays with my left hand/arm. I’m right handed and could unload the drinks/food more easily that way. I’m surprised you think it’s odd! It’s actually how I was “trained”!!!! πŸ˜€ Yes, I was trained. By the restaurant owner who wanted me to become her main cocktail waitress instead of her #1 hostess with the mostess. LOL

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      Trained?
      *in my best Gollum voice* “Wawts training precious?” : )
      I waited tables for much longer than i care to admit but for a part time college kid it was a good way to make money when I had little other skills.

  3. Hey, you made me cry! Thank you so much for the kind mention. I guess I really needed that today. πŸ™‚ I enjoyed reading your insights. And, boy am I glad you mentioned being anonymous because I would have to feel sorry for anyone who has to go around calling themselves Mrs.aBoyNamedSue!
    I’m happy to see you’re back around for Writing 101- good luck! πŸ™‚

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      Awww Kat!… I didn’t mean to make you cry but I guess that’s a sign of a god post or comment.

      • It’s a good thing. I’ve been in a crying mood. πŸ™‚ I guess I shouldn’t do that – say hey, thanks, you made me cry- huh? πŸ™‚

  4. Hockey stick = left-handed. Golf club = right-handed. Go fish = heavy-handed. Beers = lightheaded. πŸ˜€

    I signed up to Writing 101 as well. Just need to figure out the writing part. Writing is hard.

  5. As a fellow former band f.. Football field mobile musician. I’ve noticed some personality traits from people who play certain instruments. From HS to the University they held true.

    So, in keeping with your anonymity, care to share what tool you used to express your musical talents?

    Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium here….

    Welcome back to the blogosphere btw…

  6. a Boy Named Sue says:

    Ha!!! I new I liked you for some reason… well’ other than your witty, clever roundup posts you do. : )

    I was a trumpet player in high school and was even good enough to earn a partial scholarship to college as a music major.

    I’m afraid my indiscretions with beer had my grades suffer and I lost said scholarship. Mom said she wasn’t going to pay for me to play around at school. Left the music dept, had to work, school part time, got burned out, joined the military, forgot about music forever, life took over, wife and i had a baby girl, wife and i got divorced, started writing lyrics, thought about music again and taught myself guitar.

    *deeeeep breathe in*

    Annnd i got on a bit of a tangent…. trumpet. I played trumpet.

  7. Great to see you back!! I’m glad to see some familiar ‘faces’ in writing 101.

    My DH is right-handed, but has a lazy eye so does a number of sporting activities left-handed.

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