First up is the "Blogging Mentor" award given to me by that self-proclaimed old Avon lady Jeni who loves to write down-home Down River Drivel. What Jeni had to say was so nice I just have to share it with you here -
"Linda the 911 Operator: Here's a blogger who never fails to entertain but she, like Vic (of the Cariboo Ponderer), frequently puts a lot of research into her posts with historical details, photos and the like. She also started a very admirable addition to her blog with a memorial she is keeping to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officers, firemen, emergency personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. She does this because of her own commitment to working in that field, knowing the difficulties these people must endure in their day-to-day duties and because of that, it's her belief they deserve at least that little bit of a means to give just a little extra meaning to what a valuable service all the people in this line of work give to all of us. If anyone has a question about blogging, and especially those who venture into the paid blogging sphere, Linda's a great "go to" person who, if she can't answer the question directly, usually has a good bead on someone who can."Thank you so much, Jeni, I am quite flattered at all that you said and accept this award with honor and humility, I don't think I've ever been anyone's mentor before and that's quite the honor indeed!
I do need to make one small correction to what you said, though. I am only doing my memorial posts for law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. As much as I admire and respect everyone else in emergency services whether they be firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and the like I've got my hands full with just the law enforcement end of things. Also, being that my first dispatch position was with the Stockton Police Department, even though I have been an ambulance dispatcher for almost five years now, in my heart I will probably always be a police dispatcher! Talk about old habits dieing hard!
A second lovely award came from my transplanted foreign friend Maddy who writes the wonderful blogs Whitterer on Austism and Alien in a Foreign Field. I am still totally amazed at how she manages to do write both blogs with such style, humor, and warmth with as much as she has on her plate - it just boggles my mind! Maddy awarded me the "Sassy Mama" Blog Award and had these lovely things to say:
"Another sassy mum and her ever creative brood hang out at "Are We There Yet." My pal "Linda" rarely loses her sense of fun and we can all delight in Amanda's art work. To see them both at work I'd recommend this little "gem."Obviously Maddy was quite impressed with Amanda's drawing of a glass of orphaned orange juice! Thank you, Maddy, for this award! Coming from you, who is quite the sassy mama herself whether you agree with the vernacular or not, this is quite special!
A third very special award was given to me by the wonderfully talented with both words and camera, Misty Dawn, of My Dogs Keep Me Sane. Misty has created an award of her own that features a lovely picture of her dog Maggie because everyone knows that puppies and dogs provide unconditional friendship, loyalty, and love. Misty developed and passed out this award for the following reasons:
"My friends here in the blogosphere have shown me support, encouragement, and love without the reservations, judgments, and restrictions which face-to-face relationships sometimes fall victim to. It doesn't matter what size I am, what color I am, if I'm physically attractive or not, or if I have a disability - you took the time to get to know me through my words, my thoughts, and, yes, my goofiness too. You have picked me up when I was ready to hit bottom, you have laughed with me, you have been my cheering squad, you have shared your own lives with me - and you've done all of this because you took the time to get to know me without any judgments. You have honored me with some of the most wonderful friendships I have ever encountered! For that, I thank you with all my heart!"Thank you, Misty, for this award and thank you also for the unconditional friendship and support that you have in turn shown to me. I look forward to always reading your comments and knowing that you came by to visit. And I absolutely love the photography you display on your page - your sky shots are always gorgeous!
It's always such a treat to get an award from another blogger as it lets you know that someone thought you were deserving of recognition. I am always flattered and honored to receive an award and the decent thing to do here would be to pass these lovely awards along to some great bloggers but this is where I need to apologize because I won't be doing that.
I won't be doing that for one reason. I am tired. I mean really, really tired. Can't get out of my own way tired. Tired to the point of feeling exhausted tired. Feeling like I could crawl into bed and sleep for a week and still wake up tired kind of tired. I am tired physically. I am tired mentally. I am tired spiritually.
It could be because it's winter and it's been raining and dark the past few days. It could be because I work too many hours most weeks. It could be because I just don't take very good care of myself. It could be that I have a lot on my mind in regards to family issues. It could be that I really need a vacation but that's the last thing I can afford. It could be a lot of things.
Whatever it may be, because of this down-to-the-bone tiredness that seems to have come over me, I haven't done a very good job of reading and commenting on my favorite blogs the past few days. Matter of fact when I opened my Google Reader today for the first time since Sunday and saw 155 unread posts staring me in the face, I wanted to cry! I tried to get to a few but I just couldn't get to all of them and I apologize.
I promise to go to bed early tonight and to take my vitamins tomorrow and to try not to let things get me down but as Mags and a few others know, there are some things that are weighing heavily on my mind these days. Until I can get them resolved, I'm probably going to remain tired for awhile. In the meantime I ask you to please bear with me! The "sassy mum" shall come back "to entertain" as soon as she can get her act together or learns how to juggle - whichever comes first!