My blogger friend spannerr nominated me for a “Super Sweet Blogger Award.” Thank you, spanner! Perhaps best of all, for those who know me…..this comes with a pastel cupcake graphic!
For those not in the know about my intense relationship with cupcakes, I shall just say that on the day before Mother’s Day I came across the Best Looking Cupcake in the World (chocolate with salted caramel frosting) at a Farmer’s Market last weekend. I then badgered my youngest child so relentlessly with ham-fisted hints about procuring this cupcake for Mother’s Day that she finally told me to take a five dollar bill, “Go get yourself the cupcake and keep the change.”
Of course, naysayers may protest there is not a prosecutor in the world who would describe herself as “sweet.” Adversaries no doubt describe me in far, far harsher terms. . . some of which I can hear you muttering in court, guys. (Also, there is perhaps a reason why my daughter’s boyfriend made me this awesome wax envelope stamp for Mother’s Day, but I’ll leave that for another post. . . .)
Some special rules attend this sweet distinction:
To have a Super Sweet Blogging Award, you have to:
- Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
- Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions
- Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
- Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
- Notify the nominees of their nomination on their blogs.
The 5 Super Sweet Questions:
- Cookies or Cake? Cake. So much cake.
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Seriously? Does anyone prefer vanilla?
- Favorite Sweet Treat? Salted caramel chocolate anything. . .with the possible exception of some fruits and all vegetables.
- When do you crave sweet things the most? Constantly, except when I am too stressed to eat anything
- Sweet Nickname? Sweetie-pie…..Mmmmmmmm: pie……..
Bakers Dozen (13 lovely Nominees): I am so sorry to limit this to thirteen, and these are listed in random order. So many wonderful bloggers write prose and poetry and take photographs and create artwork. . . .I’ve tried to give samples among very different types of excellent blogs. Nominees can just list other nominees; I’ve decided to add a few words on what I love about these blogs.
1. The Mudflats. The first blog I fanatically followed. The writing and photographs are wonderful. . .check out the Alaska skies, not to mention the mudflats themselves. . . and its followers have developed a true community.
2. Bornbyariver. The first blogger who followed me, and showed me there are people out there who might actually want to read what I write. She has a lovely way of writing about meaningful moments and memories. Also, you can’t think about her blog without hearing Sam Cooke in your head.
3. Andrew Sullivan. Because he’s awesome, and because my husband Jim read his blog several times a day. He and his staff constantly unearth little gems which make one think about the most important issues in life, sometimes with just a “Poem For a Sunday.”
4. Don’t Call Me Doctor. . . Yet. This blog is written by a medical student–not just any medical student, but one of the medical students who worked with my husband’s body at his alma mater. The zest, the amazement, the hope, the sheer arduous hard work of becoming a doctor, is captured in her vignettes, which include the incredible “My Donor” post.
5. Jeff Sinon Photography. I am constantly awed by photography blogs. This one is especially close to my heart because of its frequent subject matter: the New England outdoors, which my husband loved (and himself loved to photograph) so much. On many occasions I have found photographs he and my husband took at the very same places, and it is oddly comforting to see that someone else is capturing that same beauty. (Note to Carri: if you had a blog, it would be here, too).
6. Bodisattvaintraining. An open-hearted discourse on the good, the bad, and everything in between–with Australian scenery and haiku bonuses!
7. Rarasaur. Because she’s a hoot–a creative one, with a one-of-a-kind voice. You cannot stay grumpy if you read this blog.
8. Ileana Partenie. Not only are the photographs technically terrific, but they almost always show me things I’ve never seen before, and often seem to be taken with a wryly humorous eye (like that of my husband)–a wink at what may be right in front of us if we slow down to see it.
9. Touch2Touch. Sometimes I open up a post and smile because it is built on a favorite literary quote that’s been kicking around in my brain in search of a post. It’s an honest, open, optimistic set of observations on the ordinary and extraordinary.
10. My Life Afterglow. Eye candy! It’s as if I can travel around the world with the blog–and it’s always bright and colorful, it never rains, and my (imaginary) luggage never gets lost.
12. And Yet the Books. This lovely blog takes a place to which I’ve never been and teaches me about its culture and history in a lyrical and inviting way.
13. Invisible Horse. Just lovely. A whispering softness and appreciation of life suffuses the poetry and prose.
So, my sweets, keep bringing a dusting of sugar–and sometimes a dollop of spice–into your readers’ days….