This Must Be How Jennifer Garner Feels…

Gets Nominated A Lot

Today I received nominations for 5, that’s FIVE, awards. I never knew that  was possible -for Jennifer Garner, yes. Not for insane hacks with blogs.  A very funny gal, (and my new best friend), mushroomsup, of Funny for Nothing, nominated my humble blog, Not Pretending (to be sane), for all these awards.

I am not worthy. But, if you insist…

The esteemed Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award I am familiar with. For the other 3 awards: Most Creative Blogger Award, the Reader Appreciation Award and the Semper Fidelis, this is my first nomination. To say I’m flattered would be down-playing things a bunch.

Blogging All Night Long
Got Nominated 5 Times in 1 Day

These are the questions, asked by mushroomsup, for me to answer upon acceptance. (She said they were optional, but I’ll be a kiss up good sport)  😉

1. If you had to think of another name for your blog, what would it be? It would take me days to think of something “catchy”. It took a week to come up with the first one!

2. What’s your favourite quote/ saying? It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
– Chinese Proverb

3. What’s the worst joke you’ve made/ heard? The worst, if you can stomach calling them jokes even, are Dead Baby Jokes. I don’t repeat them.

4. What’s your favourite television show? That varies, but lately I’m loving Ray Donovan (Showtime). I suspect that I am disturbingly vengeful and violent, to enjoy this show. Hopefully, it’s just that I have always had the hots for Liev Schreiber and I cannot stand Jon Voight‎.

5. Describe yourself in one word.  Ha!

6. Do you have an object that you consider to be your lucky charm? No. I have lucky underwear.

7. Which type of chocolate is best: white, milk or dark?  There is no best. There is only chocolate.

8. What’s the best non-fiction book you’ve read? “On Writing” by Stephen King.

9. What’s your favourite word?  Shenanigans.

10. Are you philosophical person?  I’m more of a spiritual person.

11. What’s the capital of Greenland?  Nuuk. And yes, I had to Google it  😉


Thanks again to mushroomsup!  You should check out her blog and her nominee’s blogs as well  🙂

photo credit: timmenzies via photopin cc

And the Nominees Are…

Can you tell I have a thing for the Oscars?

It’s been a good month for my little blog. First the Liebster Award nomination, and a couple of days after that, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. :-).  versatileblogger111 I  admit that my head swelled a bit, causing my brain to stop having any post ideas at all. Go figure.

Matt, author of The Matticus Kingdom, kindly nominated Not Pretending  for this award. Please visit his kingdom, you will be happy you did!

Thank you, Matt, for not only the nomination, but for considering my posts versatile.

All this time I believed I was a flibbertigibbet*.  And what do ya know, I was just being versatile. 😉   Upon receiving this award there are rules to follow (there’s always a “but”…)

Versatile Blogger Rules  

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 10 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

 My nominations for deserving & versatile blogs go to:

  1. My Meandering Trail   This gal is going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail this year and taking her readers along with her!
  2. Dorky Deb  She’s more fun than dorky!
  3. Aavicenna  This blog introduces you to the world of fragrance. The way perfumes are described you can almost smell them. The photography is awesome.  Very Classy.
  4. Life in General  A great place to find life stories, humor, photos and inspiration. A truly versatile blog!
  5. Charlotte’s Web  A unique and somewhat spooky site. Beware if you have arachnophobia :-0
  6. Ramblings of a Quickwit   She is funny and real. I guess that makes her real funny! (Please forgive me, I’m out of sorts today from dealing with medical insurance and the IRS. And I didn’t even speak to a human)
  7. Whatimeant2say   What she does say is hysterical. The adventures of Wonderbutt are fun too.
  8. notquiteold  She is gracefully aging – with resistance. She draws too.
  9. HagFest  A blog celebrating women, that has posts about humor, books, politics, religion, writing, family – you name it. Talk about versatile.
  10. Maternity Peeve  A writer, film critic, designer, gardener and teacher, now a stay at home mom, shares her adventures in her clever blog.

Congratulations Everyone!

7  Wacky (Interesting) Things About Myself:

  1. When in grade-school, I would walk home talking to myself, sometimes making up songs and skipping. It was a long 2-mile walk. (No snow – just weirdos wanting to give me rides)
  2. My little sister excelled at being a pain-in-my-butt ever since she was born. She died last year, but even that hasn’t stopped her.
  3. When I was 12, I wanted to be a stand-up comic. Like Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers were at the time. When I told my parents, they laughed at me, and rolled their eyes.
  4. My right leg is longer than my left. Most people don’t notice, until I mention it. (Oops!)
  5. My favorite outfit is flannel pajamas and penguin slippers
  6. I have a crush on Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds
  7. I spend more time reading blog posts than writing them.

Now I have fulfilled my obligations for this award. I can get back to the 38 things I’ve put off  to do this  😉


*FYI – if your family never met Rednecks or mountain folk: “Flibbertigibbet (flibər tē jib′it) noun referring to a person who is  irresponsible &  flighty. A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.”

Your welcome  🙂

It’s Like The Oscars… But Not.

On Sunday, January 13th, someone went temporarily insane and nominated me for a blogger’s award!  The Liebster award is recognition for bloggers who are “up and coming” – meaning they have less than 200 followers, or have recently published their blog.


Not to be confused with the sponsored blog awards, the Liebster is a blogger generated award that provides links to new bloggers, a chance for your readers to know you better, and increase publicity for your blog.

Susan Mae Detera, author of  Gasm Travels – a wonderful and witty photography & travel blog, included Not Pretending (to be sane) as one of her nominees – Thank you so much, Susan. It is an honor that you deemed my blog worthy!  🙂

Upon receiving the nomination, you are required to do the following:

a. Tell 11 things about yourself

b. Answer 11 questions asked by the nominating blogger

c. Nominate 11 new bloggers

d. Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominated

e. Inform the bloggers you choose


Sounds easy doesn’t it?  Well… I may be taking this thing way too seriously, because it has taken days for me to respond. This is my very first award nomination and I don’t want to screw it up 😉

11 Things About Me You May Not Know:

  1. I was a “candy striper” when I was a teen. Not to be confused with “stripper”, BTW.
  2. I began my career as a call girl (switchboard operator)
  3. I not only have a fear of heights, but I can’t stand to see anyone else high up either.
  4. In my 20’s I was in the Army, my rank was military wife. I was not happy, nor was I all that I could be.
  5. I have an AS degree in computer science. I graduated with honors – automatically raising my status to GEEK.
  6. I fell in love with my husband’s sexy voice a year before I met him.
  7. I am a smart-ass. (This you may already know)
  8. I LOVE watching the Academy Awards. Even all the red carpet hullabaloo. Last year, me, my daughter, and granddaughters dressed up all glamorous and walked down our own red carpet on Oscar Night. There are photos.
  9. I am desperately searching for a Bernese Mountain Dog to adopt.  You know you need a dog when you go to your friends (who has a dog) house to get a “fix”.
  10. When I was a little girl I was terrified of butterflies. There was no mercy. Only people telling me “you’re being ridiculous!”  Guess what, people? That sucked!
  11. I have a life-time membership in Ladies of Harley.

11 Questions Asked by Susan, From Gasm Travels:

1. What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so? I’ve been blessed with so many, so it’s tough to choose.  The most recent one is being a grandma, which is deja vu of being a mom, but much more fun!

2. If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go? Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA. on August 12th, 2002. To kick some serious ass and change the course of history.

3. What’s something you know you do differently than most people? I play solitaire with real cards.

4. If you could have sex with any superhero, who would you choose and why?  Thor. Why? Because he’s the God of Thunder-Period.  He doesn’t change back into a wimpy mortal like  other super heroes do.  Not to mention, the dude is incredibly HOT.

5. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be and why? My current age because I like being retired and a grandma. My body however, should go a couple of decades back in time or more.

6. If you had to work on only one project for this year, what would it be?  I’d love to be able to complete the research my mother was doing on our family history, and write a book based on the skeletons I dig up. I’m pretty sure there are some doozies.

7. If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do with it?  I would spend the winters in the Caribbean, and start trust funds for our grand-kids to use for college. That will probably use it all up, the way costs are going up for 4-year colleges.

8. Looking back on your life, what do you regret?  Being too timid and afraid to try new things and believe in myself. I am improving the older I get. I should be a force to reckon with when I’m 90.

9. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?  Missouri – I have a lot of family there that I like and who are already used to me.

10. What is the nastiest trick you played on a friend? On April Fools Day I called a friend and told him I was at the airport and needed a ride to come visit him. I was not even close to California, but in my college dorm at Southeast Missouri State. He was so excited, he was practically out the door before I said “April Fools”.  Boy, was he mad.  Just think how mad he would have been if I let him go to the airport. I felt so awful, that I never pulled anything like that again.

11. If your life were a motion picture, what would the title be?  The Unbalanced

My 11 Nominees Are:

  1. The Amazing MJ
  2. The Daily Informant
  3. It’s Ames
  4. Life is Funny
  5. The Matticus Kingdom
  6. NYC Round2
  7. PissyKittysLitterBox
  8. Raising 5 kids with Disabilities
  9. Random Reasoning
  10. We’re Jumpin’
  11. Writing and Recovering

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. As a kid (or older) when you pretended to be someone else, who were you and why did you want to be them?
  2. Have you had your “15-minutes of fame” yet? How did it happen? (If it hasn’t happened, how would you like it to happen?)
  3. If you could change one thing about your personality – what would it be and why?
  4. What was the last novel you read? Would you recommend it?
  5. Who was/is your favorite teacher, and why?
  6. Besides writing, tell us about one of your other talents.
  7. Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?
  8. You wrote a novel about your life growing up, and now Hollywood is making a movie based on that novel. Which actor/actress would you want to play you, and why?
  9. What was your favorite TV show when you were in grade school?  What about now?
  10. What are your top 3 pet peeves?
  11. Do you like your first name? If not, what would you change it to?