A Super-Sweet Thank You

I’ve been blogging for a year now, learning as I go. There’s been fits and starts galore as I explore everything, from trying to find a focus for my own thoughts here (yes, I know I have yet to write the ‘About’ page, but I promise I am working on that!) to fumbling around with the technology and the terminology… the nuts-and-bolts of tacking up posts on the web. What I only discovered recently was the incredible amount of support among bloggers. I’ve gotten so much more comfortable with doing this whole blogging thing once I found actual human beings who could inspire me, coach me, and reassure me. Hip hip hooray for making a village!

So I am really delighted that I was recently recognized for my participation in this blogging community, which I now think of as ‘ours’ rather than ‘something out of a science fiction movie that can’t possibly exist in real life’.

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The badge for the Super Sweet Blogging Award, January 2013

I’m finding out that these awards usually involve a bit of extra sharing, often in the form of answering a questionaire instead of a run-of-the-mill Oscar-ready acceptance speech. In the case of the Super Sweet Blogging Award, the questions are a bit silly. But I am answering them in the spirit of building community, the spirit in which the Award was intended.

First, though, let me share my gratitude with Terry over at Terry1954. She not only nominated me for this award, but is a shining example of being generous and compassionate both with her own writing and with her comments (on- and off-line). Her blog is a blend of personal insights and very poignant short stories. She also frequently promotes other bloggers. Terry is a hard act to follow in the Super-Sweet category!

Here are the questions which I must answer in order to formally accept the award. Remember folks, we are building a community here!

  1. Cookies or Cake? What, no pizza? Pfft. Okay, given that I am not much on baking, I pick cookies. They are way easier to make than a cake. Especially the kind that’s just peanut butter mixed with brown sugar and plopped on a baking sheet with a bit of chocolate bar stuck on top. I can handle that.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Do I get to pick ‘both A and B’? I use both as often as possible. I can’t imagine a life with just one!
  3. Cheesecake or frozen yogurt? I went on a cheesecake-making binge in 2004, trying to develop a perfect recipe. (and no, I don’t really consider making a cheesecake ‘baking’. There’s none of that pesky chemistry, and you can pretty much taste as you go along.) I made two or three cheesecakes a week for a couple of months until I got it where I wanted it. Once I got it, I was done. Truly. Short answer is frozen yogurt, but I leave that to Mike to make.
  4. When do you crave sweets the most? When I’m tired, and it’s too late in the day to indulge in a black coffee (yummmmm) A little bit of sugar will get me perking along, but I will have a huge sugar crash an hour or so later. It’s a dangerous drug when used to excess!
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Uh, no.

Now for the part that I take more seriously…nominating other blogs for the award. Given the light-hearted badge and title, I have looked for blogs that have a sunny outlook. And, I’ve tried to pick writers that will appreciate the accolades as well as the silly nature of the acceptance process. Sunshine, happiness, and cupcakes. Go!

And the nominees are:

Have Teacup Will Travel This site exudes a gentle happiness with the world. There’s a picture of scones on the header. The photos are exceptional. And what goes better with sweets than a spot of tea? I really enjoy the time I spend visiting the Teacup. I look forward to the new posts. So, drink more tea, eat more sugar, and keep posting!

Gina Left the Mall No sooner do I state my criteria for selecting blogs, then I go and disregard it. I’ve been following Gina for a while, and even wrote a post about her site. I have no doubt she herself is a ‘super sweet’ person. Her blog is not always easy, but the overall message is powerfully positive. Bad stuff is happening, but each one of us can make a difference. She’s someone I would like to talk to over a cup of coffee. So what the heck, add some cupcakes.

The Good Villager Hah, I crack myself up as I blatantly ignore my own guidelines! There is nothing sugar-coated about this blog. It’s the writings of a transplanted teacher working in China, trying to make a good home for herself despite crazy cultural differences. There have been some frustrating, painful, and infuriating times. The insult added to injury (and that is a literal injury) is that, apparently, there’s no good pastry in China. Send that woman a box of sweets!

Gluten-Free Zen I love this site, and I hope to create a similar sense-of-person-and-place here at Beyond Back Creek. April has a great sense of humor, and seems to take life’s little adventures in stride. She just moved someplace that I have always wanted to live, and I look forward to see how she will craft her new environment. I’d like to welcome her to her new home, so I’m sending her some gluten-free treats to enjoy in her lovely new dining room.

Ok, that’s all the nominees I have. Remember, I’m pretty new to this ‘community’ thing, so I don’t have a lot of friends yet. But so far, so good. I think I’m going to like it here.

UPDATE: no sooner did this get posted, then I got the memo on today’s WordPress Daily Prompt. Apparently, this ‘chocolate or vanilla’ topic is far more important than I realized. Sorry for the flippancy above. ( But I still choose both!)/em>

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6 Responses to A Super-Sweet Thank You

  1. Great post! Congratulations! and thanks for the support!
    Man, do I ever need a hit in the bakery department ;)

  2. Congratulations on your award, you have some wonderful nominees here. Btw, it’s always chocolate here.

  3. I have a fond childhood memory of the “black and white” cookies that were in the display case in NJ diners and NYC delis. They were huge cookies, very cake like. The icing was thick and hard, so if you bit down hard enough to crack it, you also crumbled the cookie. But my goodness, they were delicious. Chocolate + Vanilla 4ever!

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  5. congratulations my sweet friend. may i have one of those cupcakes please? i have the sweet munchies!!! hehe

  6. loubyjo

    umm yer choice is tremendous so yer would go for both really and mix up into a gooey mess