Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Catching Up

I'm going to catch up today! You folks really are awesome out there - it always amazes me when you think of me when you're passing along your awards :)

Lola Sharp passed the Quillfeather award my way. If you need your spirits lifted, drop on by Lola's blog - it always works!

Lorel Clayton passed the Beautiful Blogger to me. Lorel has great advice on all aspects of the writing process. Make sure you click on over!

The lovely Mary Brebner awarded me the Sunshine Award. It's always nice to have more Sunshine! Mary's got a new address for her blog, if you don't have yours updated yet, this link will take you there!


Nicole Ducleroir and Medeia Sharif both awarded me the Super Comments award. Thanks so much! Both of these ladies are wonderful, bright people. You'll definitely enjoy stopping by their blogs too.

I've been avoiding (yes, like the plague) posting more "interesting" things about myself. But I feel guilty every time I see someone else has actually done it. So, here we go ...

1. I have a love/hate relationship with my house plants. They look great, I enjoy them, but they just keep growing! I don't have unlimited space in my house where plants can thrive, and I can't have big pots. So instead of repotting them, or slicing off some roots and putting them back in the same pot (which never works), I keep them until they're too big, toss them and start again.

2. We couldn't have pets when the kids were little - we were never home with all of their sports/activities and our jobs. We finally bought fish. The only thing the kids learned about was death. *sigh*

3. In spite of that we're all huge animal lovers. One of these days I plan to go on a photography safari in Africa & then a whale watching expedition.

4. I have nightmares every night. Vivid ones. I still remember some of them from when I was a kid.

5. The Shining was the first/last horror book I read. I read it in highschool and didn't sleep well for a very, very long time. (see #4)

6. At just over 5 feet tall, many of my students are taller than me - and I currently teach 10 & 11 year olds. I don't mind it at all. I've always liked being short. At home, I just call "Tall Person needed" and someone comes to help. :)

7. Despite #6, I won the VIP award for volleyball in highschool. :)

Today, I'll pass these awards along to the following great people. As always, these are 'no pressure' awards. Choose your favourite and do with it as you will. I hope everyone will check out these links - if not, you're missing out on some very fine bloggers & friends!

Jackee at Winded Words
Julie Dao at Silver Lining
Michele Emrath at Southern City Mysteries
CJ Redwine at The Last Word
Dawn Simone at Plotting & Scheming
Karen Denise at I'm Always Write
Mary McDonald at The Write Stuff

Okay, I'm caught up!! Now if only my To Be Read pile could be handled so easily. Or the house cleaning. Or the laundry. Or...

So what are you trying to catch up on?

108 comments:

  1. Wow, congratulations on all those awards!

    I think plastic plants are the way to go.

    And I am getting caught up on... a new idea for my next book!

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  2. You are so lucky to have caught up. I've been putting that off until now, but you've made me feel guilty.

    Off to find something to catch up to.

    Oh, and congratulations of your awards. They are splendid.

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  3. Congrats on your awards :o) Nice to see Quillfeather over here :o))

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  4. Thanks Alex!

    The biggest problem with plastic plants is you have to dust them - and I hate dusting!

    I bet your new idea will be awesome! :)

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  5. Lee - that was SOOOOOO not my intention! But it does feel good to be caught up in at least one area :)

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  6. Look at all those lovelies! That Panda id just precious! :-)

    Congrats, Jemi!

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  7. Congrats on the awards, Jemi. Well done!

    And I love "tall person needed" - that is so cute!!

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  8. I'm new to your blog, but I see your name all over the place, so I know these are well-deserved. Congrats! So far I've only ever been able to grow shade plants, but I'm hoping to change that with my first in-ground garden this summer.

    I'm still trying to get caught up on laundry and unpacking/settling into the new apartment.

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  9. Thanks Shannon - I love the panda too :)

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  10. Congrats on your fine and well-dserved awards.
    As for houseplants, they now make silk plants that can really fool you. No water, no bugs, no needing bigger pots.

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  11. Thanks Lola :) I appreciate them all!

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  12. VR - thanks :)

    'Tall person needed' is an amazing tool - Much easier than a step-stool!

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  13. Thanks Summer - so nice of you to say! Laundry never ends, does it? Drives me batty!

    Good luck with the new apartment!

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  14. Tricia - yes - I've seen them - but I hear you have to dust them and that's even worse!! :)

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  15. That's great to learn more about you and congrats on the numerous awards!

    I have three fish tanks and I know first hand how finicky fish are. It wasn't you, it was the fish. I've had to try a bunch of fish before my tank stabilized and now they live forever, I can't get rid of them!

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  16. I gave up on houseplants. Love them, but my cats love them more. I can't even have hanging plants without them trying a flying trapeze act to knock them down.

    Plenty of time for pets when the kiddos leave home, gives you something to love on.

    And as for fish, hardiest fish I've ever had was a Fancy Goldfish, they're bigger than the norm and easy to take care of.

    Oh and I'm always trying desperately to catch up on writing. Seems I take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back these days. (Hugs)Indigo

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  17. Indigo - I've heard cats can be really tough on the plants! Of the 2 I'd definitely keep the cats :)

    You're right - once the kids are gone, and we're actually home longer, pets will be wonderful!

    I know the feeling with the writing- I'm in the revising stage & it's lots of fun, but a lot of hard work!

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  18. Niki - thanks - your comment just showed up on my version - don't know why I couldn't see it until now.

    Blogger is trying to drive me batty again :)

    Quillfeather is a cutie!

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  19. My comments went missing all over the place haha even on my own blog. I must have had a big blockage!

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  20. Congratulations on the awards. Richly deserved. Thanks so much for all the wonderful new links to check out. Always enjoy learning more about fellow bloggers.

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  21. Congrats on all your awards. I want to go on Safari too.

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  22. Niki - that is really odd! I wonder what's going on. Another comment is hiding now - at least from what I can tell. *sigh*

    Blogger is picking on me!

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  23. Thanks Mason - there are some great people on this list!! Hope you make some new friends :)

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  24. Susan - Africa seems like such an amazing place - I can't wait to get there :)

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  25. Congrats on your awards! I love the sunshine one- that gerber daisy just looks so happy!

    I'm trying get caught up (or ahead) on so many things. The list never ends!

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  26. Stephanie - thanks :) I love gerber daisies as well!

    I have one of those never-ending lists as well - maybe we need a little magic to help us along the way!

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  27. Congrats Jemi! Excellent choices for passing them along as well.

    That makes me sad to hear about your nightmares. That can't be fun.

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  28. First off, those are great awards! As of right now, I'm getting caught up on homework....as usual! It consumes my life, sadly!

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  29. Congrats on all the awards! Please send some of your green thumb with those house plants over this way...mine always die!

    Also, your poem on Tahereh's blog kicks butt!

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  30. MDD - oh, I remember those days. Unfortunately as a teacher I think I do even more homework than I did as a student :)

    Thanks!

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  31. Lisa & Laura - How about I just send you the plants instead of composting them! :)

    Thanks - writing that poem was fun - I haven't done poetry in eons :)

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  32. Thanks for thinking of me! :)

    What does the quillfeather award stand for?

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  33. Congrats on the awards!! I'm also short (just about 5'1") and yes, I know 5th graders who are taller than I am. Anyway, trying to catch up on everything in life from being sick, but right now the spotlight is on blogging and maybe writing. (It's been days since I've worked on my WIP...)

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  34. You're so welcome! It was created by Niki http://wool-n-nuts.blogspot.com/ in honour of her friend (mine too) Wendy Morrell from Down Under. It's in honour of friendship. I didn't post this time (I did the first time), but I should have included that the awardee should tell how he/she likes his/her eggs - and make a pledge to keep the cage clean & the grain dispenser filled :)

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  35. Shelley - it's no fun being sick - I hope you 'catch up' from it really soon!

    Good luck with getting back to the wip soon - take care of yourself first though!

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  36. I'm trying to catch up on blogs. I love reading them, but there's so many great links posted on them that I get side-tracked.

    Thanks for the award. :-)

    I have a houseplant. (yes, that's singular). I regularily bring it to the brink of death, then swoop in with some water at the last possible second to save it.

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  37. Mary - lol :) That's exactly what happens to me too!

    You're so welcome on the award!

    That sounds like one hardy plant you've got going there!! Good luck to both of you :)

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  38. Aubrie - sorry it took me so long to respond, Blogger is hiding comments tonight - don't have a clue how to fix it!!

    So glad to hear it's the fish - not me! Sounds like your fish and my plants come from the same primordial pool! :)

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  39. I'm catching up on my friggin' taxes. And my writing. And my blog reading. And commenting. Sheesh!

    Congrats on your awards, good lady!

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  40. Simon - I feel your pain - just finished mine on Sunday.

    Good luck on catching up :)

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  41. DL - sorry it took me so long to respond to you - Blogger is hiding comments on me - don't know why!

    Thanks - and yup the nightmares aren't fun. I've come to expect it, but it's still not easy.

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  42. Awww, thank you! Since I get to pick, may I take the Sunshine Award? That flower is so cheery. :)

    All the awards are nice! Congrats! You deserve them!

    Sorry about the nightmares. That's not fun at all. But I enjoyed reading your seven things and learning more about you. I'm horrible on plants, but my hubby is an uber garden guy.

    What am I trying to catch up on? My TBR list. I'm reading, but I'm constantly adding to it. I should be catching up on cleaning!

    Thanks again, Jemi!!

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  43. I'm trying to catch up on my blogroll at the moment Jemi. ;) So nice to learn a bit more about you.

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  44. You're so welcome Dawn :)

    Thanks for your kind thoughts about the nightmares.

    Enjoy the Sunshine award - the daisy is awesome & one of my fave flowers!! Enjoy :)

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  45. Lisa - the blogroll catch up is a never-ending (but fun!) task :) Good luck!

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  46. I went ahead and put your link in the Blogging From A to Z Cheering section on my sidebar. I know you'll be following and leaving comments on a lot of the participants sites since you do it already. If you will just maybe mention about the challenge every once in a while that would be nice too. And it's still not too late to join us if you change your mind. I'll take stragglers as late as next Monday.
    So I'm trying to catch up on this challenge. I didn't realize it would take off like this. And I got to write my blogs as well. It's really great--- we can handle more players!
    Thanks, Jemi, for all your support.
    Lee

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  47. After a middle school science experiment that researched if house plants grow better while "listening" to classical, rock or country music, I never want to take care of an indoor plant ever again.

    Luckily I did my laundry before the flu caught me, and tonight I changed the burnt out light bulbs in my bedroom, so that leaves about 523 other things on my To Do list. I love progress!

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  48. Lee - it really has taken off on you! So much fun :)

    I'll definitely comment and mention! It should be lots of fun - I bet the diversity of entries will be amazing! Congrats again :)

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  49. Alyson - that totally cracked me up! I'm going to use this reason the next time someone tries to force me to make students do science fair experiments (I refuse!). :)

    Good job on your progress! 2 done, only 521 to go! It'll happen in no time :)

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  50. Congratulations Jemi! I love the blog love that we all share. This is a special place for writers- I couldn't be more pleased.

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  51. I've said it before, Jemi, but I think beyond kindred spirits someone might have cloned our brains! LOL! All except #7... I stink at volleyball. And I collect pets like most women collect jewelry.

    Anyway... moving on... thank you so much for the award! You are always so sweet to me. And perhaps I'll just cut and paste your answers since they're going to be the same anyway! :o)

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  52. Congrats on the awards!!

    I have nightmares too- and I read that book just after high school. However, I've read and saw many horror/scary movies/books, and I think if I hadn't I'd still have them ;o) The Shining is so good though. I'm sorry you have to deal with them though. Hopefully someday they will cease!

    Yay for the volleyball award - very cool ;o)

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  53. Tamika - thanks -you're so right! This community of writers is incredible!

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  54. Jackee - kindred spirits indeed :) Maybe you should give volleyball a try! I'd much rather have pets than jewelry - any day!

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  55. Erica -- yeah - I've pretty much given up on having a nightmare-free night's sleep. The one this morning involved complete strangers, an office building I've never seen and lots of knives - not so good *sigh*

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  56. Oooh, they were interesting things!
    I love houseplants but they don't love me. :)
    My bother and sister in law went on safari in Africa. It was their favorite trip ever.

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  57. I need to catch up on writing my next two books. Been a crazy busy month but I'm up to the challenge. The creative juices are flowing and I'm ready to go.

    Stephen Tremp

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  58. Congrats on your awards.

    I'm editing a manuscript I wrote over a year ago, but forgot about to write something else. It's a rough draft that I'm trying to polish.

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  59. haha plants are taking over our dining room. My Mom won a small potted plant a couple of years ago. Then it turned out to be like six plants in one bowl. so Dad repotted them. Now we have about fifteen plants in our window. I call it the jungle.

    And I'm trying to catch up on laundry today. ugh.

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  60. Wow, you are loved. Congrats on your awards and thanks for passing them along to me.

    And can I just say "life" as what I'm catching up on? No? Well, it's true.

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  61. Jennifer - thanks :)

    I envy your brother & sis-in-law - It sounds wonderful.

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  62. Stephen - get writing then!! When the juices are flowing - it's so much fun to get it down on paper. Enjoy :)

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  63. Theresa - I bet it's been sitting long enough for you to have some distance on it - I think that's a great way to do things!

    Thanks for dropping by :)

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  64. Rebecca - that's it exactly - they take over completely! it gets to be too much :)

    Thanks for dropping by and good luck with the laundry!

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  65. Elana - you sure can say life - that's exactly how I fell almost all the time :)

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  66. I thought I commented, but I guess not! Thank you Jemi for my award! :) You're a sweetheart and deserved every single one of these.

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  67. Thank you, Jemi! I will take the Quillfeather, since I haven't received that one yet--but what are the rules? Anything?

    Thank you! And congrats on all of your awards! You deserve them.

    Michele
    SouthernCityMysteries

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  68. Thanks Julie!

    You may have commented - Blogger 'hid' a couple of comments last night for a couple of hours. It was acting very strangely - don't quite know what's going on with it!

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  69. Michele - I believe the rules for Quillfeather are to promise to take good care of the little guy and tell everyone how you like your eggs :) Then pass it along to blogger friends you care about.

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  70. Congrats on the awards!

    Hm, what I'd like to catch up on... sleep? I had a rubbish night last night and I'm exhausted!

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  71. Talli - thanks :)

    Catching up on sleep is the BEST idea of all!! I don't remember the last time I wasn't tired! Good plan ;)

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  72. Congrats, Jemi!

    I've heard great things come in small packages :)

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  73. great list! Now that wasn't so hard, was it? LOL congrats on all the awards! :)

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  74. Thanks Michelle - lol :) it was a little bit painful - but you're right - not so bad!

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  75. congrads!

    i hope you write those dreams down - seems to always lead to bestsellers!

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  76. Shelli - I often think that - but I'm not sure I want to record the reality of my crazy brain anywhere :)

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  77. Congrats on all the awards. Well deserved.

    I do the "tall person needed" shout out too, and I'm 5'9", but still the shortest person in my family. I can't imagine having nightmares every night, though.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

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  78. Congrats on all the awards.

    I've never been able to make plants grow properly. This seems ominous.

    My tall students are so helpful when it comes to retrieving or placing objects on high shelves.

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  79. Thanks Helen!

    Yikes! I can't imagine the things you're trying to reach :) I'm so glad hubby and son are tall!

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  80. Medeia - isn't it great having tall people around? I love it! If my students aren't tall enough, the grade 8 students are more than willing to help! :)

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  81. Congratulations!
    Yay for awards that make blogging that little bit more fun :)
    Thanks for the links to so awesome blogs xx

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  82. Thanks Michelle!

    Enjoy the new links - they're really great people :)

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  83. Congrats on your newest awards. It looks like both your popularity amongst the writing community and your plants just continue to grow!

    Please don't cut us off at the roots or toss us out when we get too big : )

    You are amazing and much loved.

    As an aside, my word verification word scares me: fugginin!

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  84. Wow! Congrats on all those awards. And thanks for the new links to some more good blogs.

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  85. My life! I've sacrificed it the the great promotion god and I'd like it back...

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  86. nightmares every night??? I get nightmares every time I watch something even remotely scary. my husband didn't believe me until he tested it and I woke him up w/ my screaming.

    I think fish are born to die. Quickly, I mean. :)

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  87. Cat - lol :) word verifications continue to haunt me and my bloggy friends!! That's a scary one for sure!

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Cat. I love my bloggy friends much more than I love my plants :)

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  88. Thanks Terry Lynn - enjoy the new links - they're great people :)

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  89. Diane - LOL :)

    The great promotion god does demand a high price! Make sure you claim some of it back!!

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  90. Tamara - yup - every night. I don't remember waking up from a sleep without having a nightmare. It's bizarre. I'm really not a horrible person! Really :)

    I like the fish philosophy & I'm definitely going to use that line from now on - no guilt - they're meant to die quickly!! :)

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  91. Wow Jemi, I've missed visiting you. It's been too long!

    You've even changed the blog's theme. It looks fabulous! I have to confess I prefer this color, although the other format was a good one too.

    One thing that hasn't changed is your multi-award post, heh. Many congrats my dear, you certainly deserve them! :)

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  92. Thanks so much Mari - I've missed seeing you as well :)

    I love the new colours of the blog template, but I still can't get everything to work perfectly *sigh*

    I nearly broke the Internet when I changed it up :)

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  93. Congrats on the awards! I love reading these tidbits about fellow bloggers' lives. I gave up on houseplants many, many years ago. With three kids, a dog, a cat, and a fish, I don't need one more thing to worry about keeping alive.

    At the moment, I'm trying to catch up on all the day's awesome posts before new ones come out tomorrow and I miss them.

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  94. Honestly, I'm never caught up. There's always something. Between kids, life, house, writing, school, sanity, eating, reading, blogging, remembering to breathe....plus a bunch of other random crap that really isn't crap, it just never happens. Maybe one day when I'm old and have no energy left to do so much I can finally say I caught up. :P

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  95. Susan - that's kind of the same reason we didn't do pets :)

    I can totally relate to trying to catch up on the blogs - it's a challnege every day! But at least its a fun challenge :P

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  96. Christa - I think you just described my life! :)

    Being totally caught up might be enough of a surprise to enduce heart issues, so let's not tempt things!

    Thanks so much for popping by!

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  97. Congrats on your awards. I can see a bit of a theme in your points about yourself. It's to do with sleeping and nightmares. I do hope you keep paper by your bed and record them all. They'll certainly add spice to your writer's notebook.

    And now I'm off to visit all those bloggers you've suggested. Thanks, Jemi.

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  98. Rosalind - I never noticed - apparently I have some issues with sleep :)

    I actually just started keeping a notebook by the bed - we'll see what comes of it!

    Enjoy the links - they're great people!

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  99. Congrats to all the blog award winners! And you're right--all cool peeps :)

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  100. Hi Beth - you're right they really are super-d-dooper people!! :)

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  101. Congrats on all the awards! :)

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  102. You're using the blogger new features right? I tried to change my blog's template as well, but everything became strange and alignment. Ugly!

    So I'm stuck with the simplest template, but at least it's effective, heh.

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  103. Mari - yes - I'm trying stuff out - the top linky things don't work, but the basics work, so for now I'm sticking with it. I probably won't have time to play with it again until summer anyway. Oh well :)

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  104. WOW Jemi! Thanks so much! I'm sorry I'm just now getting over here to claim my award, but I've been dealing with some medical issues. But I'm on the mend and trying to catch up. Thanks again!

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  105. You're so welcome Karen. No worries - ever! I just want you to know that I think you have a great blog & I aprreciate the contacts with you :) I hope everything is okay - or at least on the mend!!

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