Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweets and Facts

A while ago I received two blog awards. Teresa Ashby has been a follower of my blog since the beginning and awarded me the Sweet Blogger Award. Now I have two of them, which just makes it sweeter.
But sweet as it is, unfortunately, I can't keep it to myself. I have to pass it on. 
But before I do, I have to tell you 7 things about myself you don't already know. Since I started this blog in 2010, I revealed so many things about myself already that I can't quite think of much more.

But I do have to come up with something for this award, don't I? Right, let's see:

1. My parents are divorced. I would have been glad if they were together but I love my stepmother and my step siblings too much to want to give them up.
2. I attended boarding for the first two years of high school. Worst time of my life. I was a total outsider and most of my friends were boys. The girls were just too mean.
3. I just started wearing glasses after hubby forced me to go to an optician to have my eyes checked out, so I can stop squinting when watching TV or gazing into the distance. I have the glasses but the squinting continues because I keep losing them.
4. I love flying. No, I really LOVE flying. Especially when the plane takes off or lands. But then again, I love all kinds of thrill rides.
5. I started writing my first long novel (300 pages) by hand at 2 a.m. in 2001. I completed it within a month. The manuscript is in a box somewhere. I should look for it. If only I knew where to start.
6. Tangi's Teardrops started off as a 45 page children's book. When I started editing late last year, my imagination took over. I just had so much more to tell.
7. The last movie I watched before writing this post is The Vow.It was such a bittersweet romantic movie, based on  a true story. I loved it.

Here are the nominees:
Marita Fowler is the author of Fat Assassins
Julia Hones from My Writing Life
Lindsey R. Loucks Jesse Said Yes
Patsy Collins from Patsy Collins
Jess from BooksandSensibility
J.L. Campbell from The Character Depot
Brianne from Memories Overtaking Me

Congratulations to the winners. Now for the next award, which I received from my dear follower and friend, Julia Hones. Thanks for thinking of me, Julia. She awarded me the The "Smart Cookie" award. Fortunately this time I'm not expected to share something about myself. Instead here are the rules:
1) Thank the award giver and add a link to their blog.
2) Share some interesting facts on anything.
3) Pass the award to other "Smart Cookies".

Here are a few facts I found to be rather interesting:
1. The thumb is the same size as the nose. (I just measured and it could be true)
2. Apples are part of the rose family. (bet you didn't know that).
3. Goats have no upper front teeth. 
4. A baby kangaroo is called a joey. (So cute. Now I'm in the mood to go and watch friends)
5. Oysters can change their gender. (No I didn't make this up)  
6. Apparently, dolphins sleep with one eye open
I'll stop here but I'll leave you with a link to some pretty cool facts about Lincoln and Kennedy (you might have stumbled upon them):
Here are the nominees:
Larissa from A Three Way Tie
Carol Riggs from Artzicarol Ramblings
Lauren F. Boyd from My Path To Publication 
Silvy from Books are my life
Misty from Unwritten
 Bel from The Itsy Bitsy Monkey
Zella Kate from Zella Kate


  1. Hi, Liz! I am so honored and flattered (and humbled) that you chose my blog for the Smart Cookie Award! I can't wait to display it on my blog this evening, along with thanks to you!

    I hope things are going well with you and your writing. And many thanks for commenting on my blog tonight. It's great to see you!

    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks so much, Liz!! And congrats to you for getting these awards. Whaaat?--goats have no upper teeth? Too weird! Enjoyed your list of odd facts. :)

  3. Congratulations! I also love flying. The best part is when the plane takes off.

  4. Great post, Liz. Congratulations on TWO awards! I didn't know that about goats, apples or dolphins :-) x

  5. Congratulations, Liz! Thanks for the sweet award. Yummy! It was also very nice to learn all that about your life. Take care.

  6. Thank you so much for my award!

    I've just discovered the novel a friend and I tried to write when I was 13 still exists. Not sure if I want to look at it or not!

  7. Congrats on the award! :) I had NO idea that apples were a part of the rose family...that's crazy!

    I also love to fly, especially in airplanes. Those 12-hour flights from America to Asia are complete bliss to me...I love them! My favorite part is taking photographs of the scenery down below (that is, when I get a window seat!).


    The Red Angel Blog

  8. Learn new things every day. Interesting about how your book evolved. I write children's books and one almost evolved into something bigger, but I had worked on perfecting it for so long, I decided to move on.

    Congrats on everything, including the book!

  9. Thank you for the award! It's fun to be called "smart". I've been a total Blog-Flake recently and am not sure I deserve it, but I'm trying to do better!

    Congratulations to you on your awards, too!

    Now I have to go measure my thumb against my nose...

  10. I didn't know that Tangi's Teardrops started out as a children's book! Way to keep going once you realized you had more to write and tell!