I am guilty of being an over-planner. Its true.
You guys are totally shocked, right?
I have a spreadsheet (color coded, even) that tells me my daily schedule. I track my food intake and exercise output on Livestrong dot com. I have a Google calendar linked to three other calendars (my sweeties, my school calendar and my BFF’s) wherein I track my daily life as well. I sync my calendar(s) to my phone and it sends me reminders to do things.
In spite of all this redundancy, I still manage to forget things. This is because I am way cool, y’all. Things like checking my email or I dunno – participating in the daily blog that I signed up for.
What this means is that I miss things like Jane from Jane in Her Infinite Wisdom telling me that she’d given me the Liebster Blog award. I had NO idea what that was, or what it meant until I went over to Jane’s blog. (I’m so cool, Brewster.) This is what she said:
“Liebster” is a German word meaning dearest and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Here’s how it works:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your Top 5 blogs (with under 200 followers) and let them know by leaving comments on their blogs.
3. Post the Award on your blog.
4. Enjoy the love of some of the most supportive people on the Internet.
Color me floored.
Quite literally, I am without the ability to express how much this means to me. I don’t about other bloggers but sometimes for me? I write these words – all these words – into a page and they blaze there, black on shadowy white and no one sees them1 or cares that they’re there.
And to have someone as thoroughly nifty as Jane present the award to me? That’s just Squee Sauce on the Awesome Cake. Thank you so very much, ma’am. I will be tripping about the house for days with a goofy-ass grin plastered on my face.
And now, in no particular order — Announcing my Top 5 (under 200 follower) blogs
1. Krista & Jess: Us Two & Our Motley Crew
These are wonderful, wonderful women who blog almost every day about their amazing life in the PNW. Go for the recipes. Stay for the chickens and the cookie-eating dinosaur.
2. Bottlecaps and Broken Bits
Eat, drink, travel. The photographic travel log of a foodie. Or the foodagraphic log of travel junkie? A bit of both. A couple of brothers travelling the world, eating its cuisine, being mesmerized by the beauty they find in both. Go and read.
3. Tempest in a Tibetan Bowl
Gorgeous and inspiring words from a woman who explores every corner of her psyche. I live in awe of her writing and her courage.
4. The Dead Console Society
AJ tells you like it is – from gaming to writing to having your sweetest doggy companion pass away. He strips off the BS and hands your heart back to you.
5. Phoenix Living
The writerly times of Reesa Brown, an author and astonishingly strong woman in Central Texas.
I read these every day, as they post. I encourage you to do the same.
Of course, there are many more blogs that I love. I think that this award has sparked me to finally put together my “BlogRoll” - a collection of the people whose words mean something to me.
To the folks I nominated, feel under no obligation to do the same. It is a nice way to shine a light on someone’s work that you admire but it is in no way a mandatory thing. Thank you for the words you write. Thank you for the insight into all the things that you do, see, endure, enjoy. Y’all are inspiring.
1 – perception is a bitch sometimes, innit?