Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I am rather embarrassed to admit that I was given an award about three months ago that I have not yet claimed.  I think it's about time to rectify that, particularly since I just received another one (only two weeks ago--I'm trying, people, I'm trying)!

So, thanks to Megan K. Bickel for the Versatile Blogger award!

Isn't it lovely? My favorite color!

(Very belated) thanks to Megan for the award (head on over to join her for her the My Favorite Picture Book Blogfest on March 10). And now, seven things about me:
  1. When I picture my dream home, all I see is a huge garden. And some chickens.
  2. I have been attacked by a whooper swan, a bronze-winged duck, and a family of nene geese (all within a matter of weeks).
  3. When we were in Budapest over Christmas, I dropped a plate in the sink of our hotel bathroom and broke the sink (the plate was fine, the sink cost us 15000 forints).
  4. My office chair is an exercise ball.
  5. Because I work in English (and we speak English at home), I speak only enough German to get by, despite having lived in Germany for almost five years.
  6. I don't own a car.
  7. My most prized possession is a signed copy of Catch-22.

And now I pass this award on to:
  1. Shannon O'Donnell at Book Dreaming
  2. Susanna Hill 
  3. Catherine Johnson at Kangaroobee
  4. Nikki at Raising Marshmallows
  5. Robyn Campbell at Putting Pen To Paper   
  6. Elizabeth Mueller
  7. Janina R. Williams at My Road to Freedom, A Chicago Freelance Writer's Guide 
  8. Jeanne Kraus at Captive Audience
  9. Barb Best at Barbs Blast 
  10. LadyJai at Snippets from my mind 
  11. SA Larsen at Writers' Ally
  12. Deniz at The Girdle of Melian 
  13. Samantha Verant at Life, Love & Living in France
  14. Faith B. at Literary Coldcuts on Toasty Buns
  15. Ali Cross
  16. Margo Berendsen at Writing at High Altitude

And then I got the Stylish Blogger Award! (Cuz I am clearly so very stylish. Or something.)

Thank you Mask! I'm supposed to say seven things about me. Hmm. Do the above seven count?  I say yes, but I will pass this on to a different set of wonderful bloggers:
  1. Donea Lee at The Queen of Procrastination 
  2. Francesca Amendolia at Making It Up
  3. Lois D. Brown at I Devour Books
  4. Len L at Conversations with Self  
  5. MC Howe at Pensive Sarcasm
  6. Carrie at Carrie Keeps Typing 
  7. Ben Langhinrichs at My Comfy Chair
  8. Chris Phillips at Chris Phillips - Slushpile Savant
  9. Akoss at Nye Louwon - My Spirit 
  10. E.J. Wesley at The Open Vein
  11. Sharde Richardson at Realm Of Randomness 
  12. Jess Lawson at Falling Leaflets
  13. Vicki Tremper at VB Tremper 
  14. Laura Diamond at Diamond, Yup Like the Stone
  15. Michael at In Time ... 
  16. Shelley Batt at Voices of a Writer
Yes, I know we're supposed to do 15, but this rounds out the PB/MG crusaders (new crusaders, that is).


  1. Congrats on the awards, everyone!


  2. Congrats on your awards Alison, I'm going to have to be like you and leave it a while. I'm subbing at the moment, so I need to focus anyway. Thank you so much for the award :)

  3. Congrads on your award and thank you so very much for mine. I am very grateful. (I'm making a page for my awards over at my place.) Let's hope I get to it. :) Thanks so very much. :) See? You made me smile.

  4. Merci! Merci! here's to big gardens! And not owning cars! (Catch 22 is on my TBR list...)

  5. thank you very large for the award :)

  6. How sweet, thank you for the Award! And good for you for using an exercise ball as an office chair~ I use my two-year-old for arm exercises :)

  7. Congrats on the award, Alison.

    Thank you so much for the award. I appreciate it. Nice to learn more about a fellow crusader.... I still have to do the first challenge!


  8. Thanks for the award, Alison! And for visiting my blog. I have a big garden, and a car. Danke schon!

  9. Congrats on your award, and you are so sweet to give me one! Thank you. I just finished my picture book and am writing up a query. I'll definitely visit your friend, Megan. Thank you!

  10. Congrats on your awards! And thanks, so much, for passing one on to me ~ :) I happily accept. The lovely tree line at the top of your blog - is that in Germany? I'd love to go there someday.

  11. Thank you so much for the recognition, Alison! I'll really do my best to pay it back and forward, but I'm afraid I thought your 3 month turnaround was pretty good! *shakes head with sorrow and shame*


  12. Congratulations on your awards. And thanks so much, Alison, for paying it forward! Can't wait to put this one on my blog.

  13. Misha: Thanks!

    Catherine: Best of luck with subbing; that obviously takes precedence.

    Robyn: a page is a great idea. :)

    Samantha: de rien.

    Akoss: you're welcome.

    Jess: your two-year-old must be smaller than mine!

    Michael: I still have to do the challenge, too.

    Vicki: you're welcome and I'm envious. :)

    salarsen: good luck querying!

    Donea: You're welcome. The photo in the banner was taken at Loch Lomond in Scotland. Most beautiful country I've ever visited.

    EJ: Thanks for making me feel better. :)

    Sharde: You're welcome!

  14. Thank you, fellow Crusader! I heart the award! :)

  15. Congratulations on your award. And your blog is extremely stylish.

  16. Wow. A signed copy of Catch-22 is indeed something to treasure! Thank you for the award, Alison. You listed a lot of awesome bloggers, and I am honored to be among them. Thanks so much! :-)

  17. Congratulations on the awards. And thanks for passing them on.

  18. Glad you were able to pass on the awards! I think I still have one or two hanging out there I haven't passed on yet. And thanks for the blogfest shout-out!

  19. Thanks so much for the award! Love your site.

  20. Congrats to your award and thank you for passing it on to me. I appreciate it.

    I love the excercise ball for an office chair. Great idea.

    Thanks again.

  21. Congrats on the awards! Thanks so much for passing one on to me! :D

  22. Thank you for passing on an award! Those exercise balls do make for therapeutic seats. And yay for gardens, and for not owning a car! I love Europe for how you can get everywhere by train.

  23. Thanks for sharing your award with me! It really is an honor!


  24. You're welcome Len!

    Michael: That explains it--stylish blog, not stylish blogger...

    Shannon: You are welcome!

    MC: Thanks!

    Thanks Alex!

    Megan: I'm excited about your blogfest. And I will get the button in the sidebar, I promise...

    Thanks Jeanne!

    Shelley: You're welcome. And thanks. :)

    lbdiamond: My pleasure.

    Margo: You're welcome. I love Europe, too.

    Nikki: I'm happy to!

  25. Congratulations on the awards everyone!
    And dankeschon Alison! What on earth did you do to those swans and geese? [g]

  26. Thank you for the award. I honestly am so new to blogging, I have no clue what to do with this! :D

  27. Deniz: Bitte schoen. I was feeding them, but they had babies, and they're not inclined to allow anyone near them when there are young ones around. The whooper swan was taller than me!

    LadyJai: Save the award image, post it somewhere on your blog, and write up a post that (1) thanks the giver (me), (2) tells your readers 7 things about you, and (3) passes it on to other blogs you have recently discovered (the 'rules' say 15 other bloggers, but you don't have to).

  28. Really great awards and fabulous recipients. Have a great day!

  29. Thanks for the award and thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Best, Lois

  30. Thank you so much for the award! I love your idea of a dream home (but are you sure you really want chickens? It sounds like you have had bad luck with birds!)

  31. Alison! Thank you so much for thinking of me! <3 Congrats on the awards, too! I, too, am guilty for hoarding my awards for months. You're so sweet for posting this, all those links, whew!

    Take care and thanks again! *Hugs*

    ♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

  32. Congratulations on two well deserved awards

  33. Hi from a fellow Crusader -- and congratulations on the awards! Love the list about you. Budapest at Christmas?! Sounds romantic!

  34. Phew! So there isn't, um, a time limit for claiming these award things?

    Love your list of seven too. I have the perfect flock of chickens and the perfect chicken palace all planned out, just waiting for my husband to agree...

  35. Thanks Regina!

    You're welcome Lois!

    Carrie: I'm good with birds. But when you work with them, they get a little testy sometimes.

    Elizabeth: You're welcome!

    Al: thank you!

    Susan: Budapest would have been romantic if it hadn't been a nightmare of a trip with two kids and my mother-in-law (see the Fact or Fiction Fridays for an overview).

    Adina: No time limit as far as I can tell. I hope not! Good luck convincing your husband. :)

  36. Hi Allison! I'm very, very late in accepting your lovely award, but thank you! I loved reading about you ~ what a fascinating life you lead! And I can't believe you want chickens after birds seem to have the hate on for you! But maybe chickens in your own great big garden would be much nicer. In fact, I'm sure they would be. I hope you get that garden one day!