Monday, October 27, 2008

I've Been Awarded and Tagged!

I am honored and humbled and beyond flattered by the recent award that was given to me by Maddy of Whitterer on Autism
and, even though it's a bit like bragging, I just had to share what she posted on her blog because it was just so darned sweet and I am just so thrilled (honest!). The award is the I Love Your Blog award as seen to the left and Maddy awarded it to myself and six other people. What she wrote was this:
"... Also to lovely “Linda” at “Are we there yet.” Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on quite why you warm to a particular blog. Linda’s life and mine have little in common. She works full time and her children are older. She’s in a different State and experiences weather and seasons. It could be that Linda’s is one of the first blogs that I felt comfortable commenting upon. I know that whenever I turn up there I will enjoy what I read, what she has written even though her posts run the gamut. Linda is my soft spot to fall."
Wow. I am somebody's soft spot to fall ... I don't think I have ever been that before but I am honored to be so. Maddy is right in that we don't have a lot in common - she lives in California, is a native of England, and is mom to, as she puts it, "3 minors and a major, two girls, two boys, two with blue eyes, two with brown eyes, two with autism, two without." She cooks fantastic meals that are creative and healthy, draws some fantastic cartoons, and writes not just one blog but two (her other blog is Alien in a Foreign Field) with a fantastic wry sense of humor.

I, on the other hand, can't cook for beans anymore it seems, can barely draw a straight line, have trouble keeping up with this blog never mind another one, and obviously live on the other side of the country. I have no concept of what it's like to try to even raise one child with developmental difficulties so we don't have that in common either but Maddy fast became one of my favorite reads because even though she faces some very daunting challenges with her two young men, she has maintained a fantastic sense of humor and purpose of life. She lets you take a peek into her life and the trails, tribulations, and tee-hee's of autism and it helps me to understand perhaps just a little better that even though life can throw some real twists and turns at you that you can either stress over them or you can take them in stride and own them rather than let them own you.

In short, I admire Maddy tremendously. Thank you so much, my friend, for the award and recognition - I truly don't deserve it but I'm keeping it anyway!

Now, for the 'Tagged' part of this post ... first off, I was tagged by Daynger from the blog Dayngrous Discourse for what should be a simple meme but knowing me, I'll make it more complicated than it has to be! I'm not sure if I can think of that many but this is the ...

Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Linda Meme
  1. I have three memory cards for my digital camera but I've yet to ever fill up just one!
  2. I absolutely positively cannot sleep in a room with an open closet door!
  3. Vanilla is probably my all-time favorite scent.
  4. My middle name is Jean and I truly hate it. Put it with Linda and throw in a Southern twang and I may as well have been from Alabama rather than Connecticut!
  5. Even though I can't sing for love or money, I was in church choir for many, many years!
  6. My handwriting is so bad, I could be a doctor!
  7. My favorite color is purple; second favorite is green.
  8. I once worked at Sears Automotive installing tires and batteries for a living.
  9. I have never broken any bones.
  10. I once drove from California to Connecticut in a U-Haul type truck with just myself and my then 6-year old son.
Along with that tag, Joan, my favorite Erstwhile Librarian, tagged me for the Power of Four Meme - I would have preferred the Power of Three Meme but what's a blogger to do??

Four places I go over and over
Work, work, and work!
The local Stop & Shop
Outside of the grounds of the Norwich State Hospital to take pictures

Four people who email me regularly
VistaPrint ... enough already!
Princess Patti of Late Bloomer Boomer
Morgen of It's a Blog Eat Blog World
Some guy trying to tell me I've inherited a marvelous fortune if I'd just send him all of my personal information!

Four of my favorite places to eat
Jack in the Box (but there are none on the East Coast!)
Cancun Mexican Restaurant (but it's not on the East Coast either!)
King Wah Chinese (it's not the best but it's cheap!)
Sunset Pizza (the best pizza place in Norwich!)

Four places I'd rather be
Visiting my best friend on the West Coast
On a cruise ship somewhere just kicked back and relaxing (I've never actually been on a cruise)
Visiting historic battlefields in Virginia
At lottery headquarters cashing in a winning ticket!

Four TV shows I could watch over and over
Cold Case
The Closer
The Big Bang Theory

Four people I'm tagging

If I didn't tag you and you want to play along, feel free to do so and just let me know as I'd love to see your answers! Thanks again to Maddy and even to Dayngr and Joan for thinking I'd make a good 'taggee'!


  1. Woo-hoo!! Now I have something to do tonight at work. Now what do I do Linda? Is it just like myspace, reposting a survey, and fill in your answers? If it is, why do they call it a meme when it's like a survey that you tag people...LOL

  2. I ♥ your blog too. Congratulations Linda. Big hug. :)

  3. Anonymous10:16 PM EDT

    Thanks for thinking of me! I just gave you an award at my blog (before you gave me this one). GMTA!

    I'll get to work on this soon.

  4. Anonymous11:04 PM EDT

    I like your middle name... C'mon Jean isn't THAT bad... is it? LOL!

  5. wow we are getting to know you inside and out. nice info.

  6. My middle name is Hazel... Jean sounds pretty good.

    But I've never broken a bone either and I have terrible handwriting.

  7. shew, not tagged again! made it!

    so your post got me to wondering....what do you and I have in common??

  8. Well, This is a darn good post girl friend. Have a great day at work!

  9. How about LJ? Oh, never mind, I'll continue to call you Duchess...

    Congrats on getting such a nice award from a fellow blogger. I'll have to check out her work.

    Joan also tagged me for that meme. I don't think I can come up with four of everything.

  10. P.S. I can't sing either!

  11. Thanks for the tag. Its a perfect day for doing meme's. Putting up mine right now...

  12. Anonymous2:24 PM EDT

    Congrats on the award, and getting all of those memes out of the way! :)

  13. hey! you could be from worse places than alabama! (but i'm not sure where!) ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  14. The more we do the harder it gets right? Thanks for playing along. You're a great blogging buddy!


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