Hi, friends. How did you ring in 2013? I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season, and that you all have a joyful, healthy and inspiring 2013!
Oh, speaking of inspiring, guess what?! The ever-gracious A.M.B. of The Misfortune of Knowing has nominated Covered In Flour for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Now if that isn’t a way to begin 2013 – with some positive feedback from a blogger whose work I really enjoy and respect – then I don’t know what is. A.M.B. says that she and I have a lot in common – we’re both 31-year-old attorneys, moms to preemies, and fans of the Cotswolds – and I couldn’t agree more. But I’m really honored and flattered that she feels that we are alike, and that she finds my blog inspiring, because I always find her blog smart, well-written and thought-provoking.
So, here are the
Pirate Codes guidelines for the award: (1) say thanks and give a link to the blogger who nominated you; (2) post the award pic to your own blog; and (3) list seven little-known facts about yourself. Of course, you don’t have to play along! It’s all in good fun.
My Very Inspiring Nominees
I’d love to turn right around and re-nominate A.M.B., since I think her blog is one of the most inspiring out there. Her posts about court cases relating to censorship and copyright issues are right after my lawyerly bookworm heart, her book reviews are always thoughtful (even when we don’t agree), and her little girls are dangerously adorable. But since I’m pretty sure that re-nominating the blogger who gave you the award in the first place is cheating, here – in no specific order – are three other bloggers who have inspired me, both through their posts and through our interactions in the comments sections on their blogs and my own.
Cakes, Tea and Dreams – Katie writes about books, travel, love and family, life in Boston, spirituality and so much more. Her blog is one of my absolute favorites to read, because she always speaks directly to my heart. Beyond the blogs, we’ve had a (longhand, snail-mail) correspondence going for over a year now, and very few things bring a smile to my face the way seeing one of her letters in my mailbox does. And she’s just as lovely and gracious in person as she is online and in letters – she and her wonderful husband Jeremiah visited D.C. this summer and stayed with hubby and me, and we all had a marvelous time.
Eagle-Eyed Editor – This blog is another one, like The Misfortune of Knowing, that I’m so glad to have found in 2012. Whether the topic is literary bucket lists, favorite (and least favorite) words, funny church stories, or so much more, I am guaranteed to love every word.
The Girl Next Door – I love reading blogs about people in far-flung locations and learning about different lives, and The Girl Next Door is perfect for that. She writes about life in Bangalore (with luscious pictures – I can’t get enough of her snaps of her incredible travels and of the flora and architecture closer to her home) and about books, food and family. And she includes her own original poetry and short fiction. Beautiful writing, thoughtful posts and great pictures – the makings of an outstanding blog!
Seven Little-Known Facts About Me
This is kind of difficult! I’m not sure if I can come up with seven facts that I haven’t blogged about before, but that I don’t consider too private or personal to share. But I’ll give it the old Hogwarts try.
1) When I was in high school, I had a “job” teaching piano lessons to little kids. They’d come to my house for a half-hour lesson once a week and at the end of the year we had a recital with all of their parents. I made cookies.
2) I have a weirdly good memory for things like song lyrics and lines from movies or TV shows. I have memorized R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” and also Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back.” (Yes, I have a diverse repertoire.) And with minimal prompting I can pretty much recite every episode of “Friends.”
3) It drives me cahhhhh-razy when people mispronounce the word “nuclear.” I don’t care what you say, “nuc-u-lar” is not “an acceptable alternative pronounciation” – no matter how many people mispronounce the word, it’s still a mispronunciation. This is one of my pet peeves.
4) Jane Austen is my favorite author, but Jane Eyre is my favorite book. I can’t explain.
5) I learned to tell my lefts from my rights based on a beauty mark I had on my left hand. Then the beauty mark faded away, and I made wrong turns for several years.
6) I have big hiking ambitions. Someday, probably when I retire (if I ever retire) I’d like to hike the entire South West Coast Path in England. And I really, really want to become an Adirondack 46er.
7) I cherish a secret, back-burnered ambition to write a novel. (Who doesn’t?) But I’m thinking of actually giving it a real try. I have the basic outlines of a plot, and lots of research to do (it’s a historical fiction plot). Maybe in 2013?