In which I am given an honorable but undeserved award

This award has come from several dear bloggers, and I thank them all so much it...

but seriously?


Moi? The woman who routinely pairs a loud aloha-print shirt with camouflage trousers and accessorizes with purple hightops and a pirate ballcap? It is to laugh. Or at least titter.

I've had a lot of adjectives pasted to my hide, but stylish is a new experience.

I'm not sure I'm up to this challenge.

Fortunately, my obligation upon accepting the award is to reveal 7 things about myself, and then foist the award on some other unsuspecting bloggers.

Howsabouts I dazzle you with some of my personal trivia:

1. I've written 3 novels so far as part of NaNoWriMo (the month of writing madness) in three successive years. In 2008, writing was a delight. In 2009, I couldn't wait until the end of the month so I could throw all the characters off a fictional cliff. In 2010, I enjoyed the story so much that I'm still playing around with new chapters.

2. When I was a kid, I'd look out the passenger window on long road trips, and dream about how I could ride a powerful strong horse on the hills and through the forests of the medians. I'm 46 years old now, and I still do it.

3. Black-bay is the best color for a horse. Red-bay is my next favorite. I love *looking* at grey horses but I don't actually ever want to try keeping a grey horse looking respectable in a Swampland climate! Dirt-colored is most practical...and also my favorite, especially Dark Dirt.

4. I love and hate computers. I find them miraculous and amazing. I love being in contact with farmers and horse people all over the world. I think the persistance of technology in the face of political upheaval has the potential to bring this troubled little planet to a place of lasting peace and prosperity. And when the computer doesn't do what it's supposed to do, I turn into the Evil Stepmother from Disney's Snow White (insert dragon roar sound effect).

5. I spent 13 years studying karate when I was in my 20's and 30's, and achieved the rank of third-degree black belt. One day in the middle of warmups, I realize that my learning curve in the class had been flatline for months...and I stood up and politely excused myself, and never went back. To this day, I curse myself for not figuring it out before doing the nightly 55 pushups.

6. I could happily eat salmon and asparagus and strawberries every day of my life, forever. They never get old to me.

7. I'm not sure that Jim is significantly smarter than me, but I am absolutely positive that he is significantly nicer than me. We've been together for 10 years, and he keeps getting smarter but I don't seem to be getting any nicer. Something to ponder....

And as for bein' stylish:
Don't you all go expecting me to start shopping for Jimmy Choos or Manolos anytime soon. I'm not sure those brands carry a riding sneaker, anyhow.

OKAY, time to pass the award along (phew, can't get rid of this baby fast enough!):

I nominate some folks who are new to the blogpark:

BREJD Arabians and Sport Horses
The Hoge Homestead
Wren Loop Thoroughbreds

Let's give 'em some applause!!!


  1. although i've only just "met" you, it was fun to read your revelations. congratulations!

    i understand how you feel about karate. i am having a similar crisis at the moment, with capoeira. but, only 55 pushups a night? maybe that's what i should be going for then :p

  2. well.... Considering my state of non-stylishness, and that of other to whom I passed along this award, I think it is the nature of the person's BLOG that is stylish, NOT the nature of their wardrobe. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
    And on that point, you are indeed very stylish!

  3. Deserved!
    I would say a loud Hawaiian shirt and camo pants with purple shoes and a pirate hat is definitely a style.

    We would be twins if Shaun didn't regularly go through my closet and toss stuff that makes her recoil in horror.

    I still miss the gold lame combat boots. I love the old Doc Martens. The zebra hair-on (not real zebra!) loafers with big gold buckles were wonderful.

  4. JANE: gold lame combat boots? >swoon!<

    I keep eyeballing a pair of purple Doc Martens on ebay. Would Shaun recoil in horror? Would that stop me from wearing them?

  5. Oh my- This is also my first time to be the recipient of a "stylish" award. I can't wait to tell all my friends- they won't believe it!

    Thank you :)

    Karen W.

  6. When I was a child I used to search the roadsides for horses. I was always pointing one out here, and two there, repeating the colors etc. I still do that in my mind evem when I'm driving. don't know why I didn't focus on riding them, guess even finding one to look at seemed like a big deal being a city girl.

    Strawberries and aspargus, I could eat every day, don't know about the salmon unless it was smoked. I probably would enjoy it smoked every day. LOL

  7. Geez! I forgot to say Congratulations!

  8. I love how we all insist that we're not remotely stylish under any circumstances at all. Love the karate story. Are you happy that strawberries are starting to show up again? :)

    Three new blogs, how cool!

  9. Noooooo...I went hunting for the gold lame combat boots. How could they be out of style? How could Doc Martens have become so tame? They were matte black with gold lame zebra stripes. Picture these boots, in that look:
    (sorry don't know how to make a link clickable in blogger!)

  10. oh. Whoops. NOTHING should stop you from wearing them. I figured I'd re-buy them once Shaun got over her embarrassment that I owned such a thing. :) Lesson learned: HIDE them.

  11. I love the story about your road trips riding a strong horse in the hills. I used to imagine me being on a horse, keeping up with our car, then it would stop, and I'd change horses to keep going. Something about that spurred a great interest in endurance. Stylish Blogger Award!!!!! Congratulations!!!

  12. Salmon never ... never ... never gets old. Asparagus just gets old when I type it.


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