Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I'm Honored. No, Really.

It's been a little bit since my last post.  I feel like I say that a lot - too frequently these days.  I have so many ideas for things to write gurgling around in my brain, and yet by the time I sit down to write them, I am often too tired, too distracted, too disinterested, etc.  I need to be better about putting pen to page (or fingers to keys, as it were) as soon as the moment strikes so I don't lose those good ideas (or the motivation to do anything with them).  I've also been writing for Berkeleyside - check out my articles, yo!

I have been pushed back into productivity by my lovely blogger friend, Junket Juice, who nominated me for this silly little (awesome, ego boosting) thing called the Beautiful Blogger award.  I'm pretty sure this is just the blog-world equivalent of one of those chain letters that goes something like "This is a Beautiful Rose Letter! Because you are a Beautiful Friend! Send this to 124092385230958 Beautiful Women in your life!"  It comes with rules (below), which is partly why I think it's a blogger chain email.  Most awards don't come with rules, methinks.  I don't care though; it's forcing me into writing something - anything - and there are several wonderful bloggers out there I would like to recognize.  Including the lovely Miss Junket. Thanks, by the way. You are hilarious and warm-hearted, and inspirational and awesome, and I'm so glad that we found each other through the Dooce Community.

On to the rules of this award (awards should not come with rules, btw, so we should really call it a "shout out party" or something):

1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award. - CHECK.
2. Copy the award & place it on my blog. - CHECK. Am I supposed to put it in the sidebar? Just in the post?
3. Link to the person who nominated me for this award. - CHECK.
4. Share 7 interesting things about myself. - Here we go...

  • I once cut of 16" of my hair. Yes, that's sixteen inches. Yes, I donated it to Locks of Love. Yes, I took an awkward picture of me holding the severed hair. 
  • I (not so) secretly kinda sorta wouldn't mind being a stay at home mom someday. Financially, I know this is highly unlikely, but I have this weird longing  to do the housewife thing.
  • I worked at Google for a year and a half.  I worked at Pixar for 6 weeks.  I was unemployed for 4.5 months.  Now I work at a recording studio.   That is not so much interesting as it is factual.
  • I cry while watching TV.  A lot.  Like, when the 19th Duggar was born. Or when Ellen gives away money to deserving families.  Or when...well, just about anything sentimental happens.  I am a very emotional person.
  • I love pudding.
  • I did that thing that's all trendy on Facebook right now where you search your name on Urban Dictionary, but I will not post it as my status message.  In case you wanted to know, "Kimberly is a sweet compassionate girl that finds the beauty in everything.  She is always willing to give a helping hand.  Everyone loves her as soon as they meet her.  Tends to be very sexy and confident." Kimberly, FTW, everyone! I rock!
  • I am annoyed that the quote above did not include a comma between "sweet" and "compassionate", and also that the sentences were so choppy.  Obviously, Urban Dictionary needs a better editor.  On that note, I cannot stand when publications (books, magazines, etc.) have grammatical errors.  I'm not talking personal publications like blogs/facebook/etc*; I'm talkin' professional works that someone was (presumably) paid to edit.  Inexcusable.  *Although please, everyone, stop with the "CUL8R"-type text-speak.  It annoys the bejeezus out of me.
5. Nominate 7 other beautiful bloggers. - Indeed.

  • A Serious Girl: We went to the same high school, though she graduated before I arrived. Our theatre teacher insisted we meet when she came back to attend a performance of The Sound of Music during my sophomore year. We lost touch (or, really, were never in touch), until reuniting via the teacher's weekly email roundup (sent to alumni) a few years ago.  Nowadays I consider her to be a dear friend, though we live 3,000 miles apart and have not officially seen each other in person since we met 10 years ago.  Side note: TEN years ago. WHAT!?! She is a beautiful writer, and this blog is her latest project. And it is lovely.
  • She Shall Have Music:  I met Cath on a temp assignment this summer - we were administering surveys to students in Oakland and bonded over the arts, unemployment and cupcakes.  We don't live in the same city anymore, but I'm so glad we met last summer.  She writes about home, loss, and unexplainable feelings so divinely, I often feel like she is inside my head.
  • Shonelley Belly Laughs: Shonelle does not write nearly enough, but when she does, it is hilarious.  I often find myself wiping away tears of laughter when I read about her cats, her husband, and her experiences working at Whole Foods in Santa Cruz.
  • Crazy Aunt Purl: I don't actually know her, though we have emailed a few times.  She is another laugh-till-you-cry blogger.  She lives in the Valley with her cats and takes pictures of LA traffic during her commute.  What's not to love?  Plus, she's just started cooking and posting pictures of her exploits in the kitchen.  She's like me, except with published books.
  • Food Loves Writing: I don't think I can say enough good things about Shannalee.  I have already written about her on this blog, so I won't go crazy on you again...but she is great.  We have been blog buddies for about three years, when she started out with a personal finance blog.  Now she writes about food in a way that is best described in her own words: I talk about food to talk about everything else".  Well said, Shanna.  Well said.
  • Product Body Blog: The blog for my favorite-ist body products ever.  Sexy Laundry Day.  Just do it.  Jo is super nice, and loves to hear from her customers.
  • The Salty Spoon: Bria is another blog friend - I'm not even sure how we "met" initially.  Probably through someone else's blog, or a Twitter comment, which is how these things tend to go.  Regardless, she posts some delicious recipes.  I love that her recipes include a rundown at the beginning so you can see what you're getting yourself into at a glance. Genius.  Also, a very reliable source has revealed to me that there will be a special cooking challenge this month, so I would visit her blog if I were you!
  • Between the Words: One last bonus one, because I couldn't stick to seven.  This is my mom's blog.  She is a marvelous writer, and has recently taken to blogging as an outlet for her creative words.  I enjoy it immensely, and I'm just so proud of her for taking something she's passionate about and putting it out there!

Thanks for indulging me as I take part in this Beautiful Blogger Award thing. I wish we could all have a big party!


  1. For being the blog equivalent of a chain letter, I've definitely enjoyed reading everyone's responses over the past couple of days. :)

    I, too, cry at everything & anything on tv. Ridiculous! I cry at the obvious (Extreme Makeover Home Edition) and the not-so-obvious (The Office:Wedding episode).

    Drives my husband batty!

  2. Oh Josey, don't even get me started on Extreme Makeover Home Edition! One time, when I was bawling during Ellen, Will said I was a good person. Usually, he looks at me and rolls his eyes. Ok, maybe crying during Say Yes to the Dress is a little odd! :-)

    Some of us are just born criers!

  3. PS - Molly, of These Little Moments is having a baby boy, and this little letter she wrote to him made me tear up. Because I am a sap. Or because, as my friend Rachel said, I have "ooooh vaahhhh reeees!"

  4. Kim-
    This was a fun read, as are the rest of your posts!
    I too everything! But, I do try REAL HARD not to cry at the Onstar radio commercials on the commute to work! Crazy! :)

  5. So, I'm another crier. But at things like Scrubs. Yeah, Scrubs. The comedy. Because I am hopeless.

  6. Aw thanks so much, Kim! I'm honored to be nominated for a chain-mail blog award!

    Speaking of my fabulous adventures in Santa Cruz, I start work at 5:30AM tomorrow and don't get back home until 9PM. I promise to blog some more (including a post on this fabulous award!) as soon as I catch up on my sleep and sanity. Ok, maybe just my sleep.


  7. Bradshaw - I have TOTALLY cried at Scrubs before! More than once. Laverne's last episode had me BAWLING. Like, heaving sobs.

    Shonelley - Good luck with your monster day at work! Can't wait to read your bloggies!

  8. Kim, you are fantastic - thank you! (and go, go, go check out the challenge - it's live and ready for takeoff!)

  9. Oh, and I cry at the Chips Ahoy commercial, the one where the big Chips Ahoy cookie is at the birthday party and he asks when they'll eat cake. The birthday boy says "we're not having CAKE..." and the cookie just gets this crestfallen look on his face as he puts it all together...kills me EVERY TIME.

  10. Haha, I don't think I know that commercial...but I'm sure it would make me cry.

  11. 1. Currently growing hair long enough for severing for locks of love if they'll take me.
    2. Also want to be a stay-at-home-mom.
    3. Also love pudding.
    4. Also cry at everything.
    5. Also cannot tolerate grammatical/spelling errors in professional writings.
    6. HOLY CRAP YOU NOMINATED ME AND YOU MADE ME CRY. Thanks for that. For the nomination and for making me cry with your niceness.
    7. I have a completely different memory of how we met. If I told that story it would be entirely different. Isn't that funny?

  12. Thanks Kim!!!! I was also a little moved at Laverne's death. I met Turk a few months ago and really should have asked him his thoughts on the matter. Too bad I was all "let me feel your sweaty muscles" instead of getting to the heart of the matter.

  13. Tricia - I so want to hear your memory of how we met!

    Junket - feeling his sweaty muscles is totally acceptable.

  14. Does anyone know how I can delete that spammy comment? I don't know how it made it through the captcha!

  15. I like your 7 facts. It's no secret you want to be a stay at home mom and your grammar issues remind me of mama:)

  16. thanks kim. so so nice of you. i'm so glad we both have blogs so we can stay in touch post "unemployment summer 09."

    i also hate grammar errors.