So, way back on December 18, That Damn Expat gave me an award. I must seem quite ungrateful, having apparently ignored it until now. But I'm really not ungrateful; just busy lately. In any event, I belatedly accept this gracious award from Mrs. Expat, PH.D. (Another award! I got another award! Woo-hoo!) So, here it is, in all its glory:
Isn't it beautiful?
According to the description of the award, the bloggers who receive it "are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement." Well, who doesn't love prizes? So that part of the award can't be quite accurate, now can it?
But of course, to accept the award, one must comply with certain rules. Here they are:
"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
And then I am supposed to pass the award on to 8 bloggers who must choose 8 more and so on.
But, as I tend to do with these meme and award things, I am changing the rules a bit. (Are you appalled that I'm a lawyer and I'm not following the rules of the award? Well, just consider that I've amended them, much as a statute might be amended to better fit the current circumstances. After amending the rules, I'll follow them exactly.)
The first amendment to the rules is that I will "tag" only 5 bloggers with this award. This is because (giggle! smile!) I've been tagged with another award, too, and I am trying to keep things reasonable around here with the blogger lists. Truly, if you want to read all the bloggers I admire, all you have to do is go over to the blog list -- it's right there on the right hand side of your screen -- and then also click on the icons of all my wonderful "followers" -- also right there on the right hand side of your screen. (You see, I've been too lazy to add some of them to my blogroll. When I want to visit their blogs, I just click on their adorable little icons. You should do the same!)
The second amendment to the rules is that the folks I have tagged for this award are not required to do anything at all except enjoy the fact that I picked them for an award. They should simply bask in the glory and smile. If they'd like to post the award on their site, they can do that, too. Speeches are also ok. Of course, if they wish to tag 1, 5, 8, 10, or 80 others, that is completely fine, as well. You see, I'm a very flexible and reasonable attorney, and so I won't try to stop them from amending the rules on their web sites, too.
And now to comply with the amended award rules.
The hard part is narrowing my list to 5 bloggers, and then trying to make sure they haven't already received the award for being so kind and excellent. So, just give me a couple of minutes here to look through my blog roll and my followers and the blogs I follow and do a quick search to make sure my proposed winners haven't already won....
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. . . just a few more minutes. Bear with me, here...
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Ok, here we are at last -- my 5 picks for this prestigious and beautiful, not to mention relationship-building, award:
Green Yogurt. She's green. She's yogurty. She's awesome. She is also a very perceptive person and blogs often about relationships with friends, relatives, roommates, co-workers, and the other fascinating people she encounters living in San Francisco. Check her out. You'll love her as much as I do.
Legal Diva. She's a mom and law student who manages to find time to write an entertaining blog called "The Reasonable Person," presumably named after that fictional character who has appeared in literally hundreds of thousands of tort cases to set the standard by which we measure our expectations of human behavior.
Jenners. She has two blogs, "Find Your Next Book Here" and "Life With A Little One and More." She can put the award on either blog (or both, if she is so inclined!), as both meet the stated criteria -- i.e., both show her charm and her focus on finding and being friends.
Lisa. Her blog, The Butterfly Farmer, is beautiful, touching, and all about relationships.
Dave. His blog "Five String Guitar," which chronicles his sudden deafness due to illness, his cochlear implants, his wife's battle with leukemia, and his teenage son, is often entertaining, often touching and hopeful, sometimes sad, and usually insightful -- and some days it's all of these at once.
Happy reading everyone!
And congratulations to the new winners! (And if you've already received this award from someone else, I apologize for the duplication).