June 21, 2011


Guys, I've been a bad blogger. I've received quite a few blog awards lately, and I've had so many things on my mind that I've been putting off sharing them for quite some time. I saved them all on my desktop, even wrote reminder notes to myself to address them and everything. *sigh*

I love blog awards. I love finding out new tidbits about people that might not otherwise be brought up on a blog about healthy living, and I especially love finding new blogs to read - new ideas and perspectives about the journey are always greatly appreciated.

So without further ado, here are some awards I've received lately, with overdue thanks to the givers, and I'm passing the awards on to some awesome bloggers who you should check out if you don't already!

I got this from Hyla - thank you!

I'd like to pass this one on to Timothy and Tammy, who are doing a fantastic job in spite of recent struggles - setbacks are only fatal when we allow them to be, so I am so inspired by folks who keep fighting even when the going gets tough.

This one is from Tabitha - thank you!

I'd like to pass this one on to Meghan and Katie, who both just hit awesome decade milestones with their losses!

And this is from Katie - thank you!

I'd like to pass this one on to Munchberry, Ann, and Amy (whose awesome comments and advice never fail to bring some sunshine to my day) and to Joy (who always signs her comments with a reminder to keep focused, which I always love and appreciate).

So now, five random facts about me. (Surprises are getting harder to come by, I'm a bit of a chronic over-sharer here...)

1. I got an A on an oral presentation in one of my Spanish classes in college - we had to talk about a day when everything went wrong, and I talked about the Christmas when all I wanted was a Red Rider BB gun and everyone told me I'd shoot my eye out, and in the end I got it but the dogs ate our turkey dinner so we had to go out for Chinese. The professor was from Ecuador and sat there with her jaw dropped in disbelief at the craziness of my story; my classmates stifled their laughter.

2. I have a huge fear of escalators stemming from a malfunctioning one I was on in New York City in 6th grade - people ended up in the hospital. So, if I don't need to be on one, I won't. And if I do, odds are my eyes are closed and I'm three seconds away from vomiting and crying.

3. I turned down a once-in-a-lifetime dream opportunity to study and teach at La Sorbonne when I was in grad school. I gave a variety of excuses, but really, I couldn't bring myself to go back to Paris at all, let alone live there, because of my size. I don't have too many regrets in life, but this one hurts very much to think about.

4. I begged my parents for a Polaroid camera when I was a kid. I wanted to document my life, and I always loved the aesthetic of the instant images. I bought one for myself when I grew up and got a part-time job, and then they discontinued the film. I was pretty devastated, and I used my last film pack in 2008 when my dad and I road-tripped to move me out to Chicago.

Now every time I'm in a thrift store, I check the old cameras to see if there are any exposures left. I found one this weekend that said it had ten, so I bought it - but it lied. There was a film pack inside, but it was malfunctioning. I don't care about the $5, I was more disappointed that I had my heart set on a few lovely instant photos of my fantastic new life.

5. For what is likely the first time in my life, I am really excited for summer. And I'm really looking forward to celebrating July 31 - my rebirthday. I'm a whole universe away from the girl I was this time last year. I'm not going to wear the same sundress every day because it's all that fits, and I'm not going to spend the summer on the couch playing Sonic the Hedgehog and eating takeout. I'm a lady who goes out and does things now. I'm making things happen!

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
"The Great Gatsby"


Jillian said...

I just have to say, I laughed my ass off thinking about your poor Spanish professor. That's amazing. Also, I gave up a trip this summer that would have been life changing. I too, gave a lot of excuses, but what it boils down to is that I didn't think I would be able to do it because of my size. Luckily, this was a trip I'd planned myself, so if all goes according to plan, I'll still be able to take it at some time in the future.

Caron said...

I loved the Polaroid cameras too although I only had one that did black and white. Still have those photos in our albums. Digital is instant to see but not to hold in your hand. Had not thought of "The Great Gatsby" in ages. Makes me want to read again. :)

financecupcake said...

You should totally go back to France. My neighbor just finished her bachelor's in French and spent nine months in France working as a teaching assistant, and she loved it. That would be great for you! Sure, you have a grad degree, but it would still be a fun adventure. Here's her blog if you're interested in finding out more: http://enroutetoenshape.blogspot.com/

~ Jury said...

Congrats on all the awards! :)

Kelty said...

I ove those facts! Although while you fear escalators I used to ride them over and over again...entertainment was low when I was a little kid, lol. This summer is going to be great!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and thank you for the award! And read your email - back at ya! Sort of a sweet bitter sweet list. As is your fashion, you end on a high note.

I wonder if the opportunity at the Sorbonne still exists. I bet it would if you told your story. Ya never know.

I am thrilled for your summer. Sonic will find a new friend.

Karen said...

That is a lot of awards! How fun.

Anonymous said...

"I'm a lady who goes out and does things now. I'm making things happen!"

Love this! I made a list of positive affirmations recently and I've been repeating them to myself most mornings and nights. I'm amazed how quickly this has made an impact for me. Keep reminding yourself of this inspiring, positive affirmation! :)

timothy said...

fabulous, love it!
and your xmas story was sooooooooo sad they should make a movie about it! lol

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your awards - you deserve them all! You are such an inspiration to me. I started last year around the same time as you. I failed (yet again), but you succeeded. I gave myself a do-over and I plan to make the best of it. Thanks for the award Mary. I hope you have your best summer ever, doing all the things you have passed up before. Enjoy yourslef.

Amy said...

I fail at life. hahaha I read this yesterday and just realized now when I commented on your last post that I didn't even comment on this!!

You can't count on me for doing the award post either - I lost count awhile ago because I didn't save over the winners... and I just am so bad at this point that I can't even acknowledge new ones.

BUT I always give big thank-yous for the awards I win, and I even failed at that yesterday!


My mom's restaurant used to have "Customer of the Week" drove me crazy because the entire restaurant was plastered with polaroid photos of people sitting at their table. It was a cute tradition that lasted MANY MANY MANY years. Then Polaroid stopped making photos and they stopped Customer of the Week. Have you ever looked on Amazon or Ebay for Polaroid film? I don't know why they ever stopped making them... such an awesome thing.

Maybe one day you'll get to go back to Paris for a job! Everything happens for a reason!

Tim said...

Great facts about you! Totally love the Spanish story!

I was awful when I was studying languages at school. At one point I was learning Spanish, Latin and German and used to get them all mixed up and unfortunately I can't remember any of them now. :(