Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I just won a blog award (above) from Valerie Storey! For this particular award, the requirements are that I share 7 pieces of info about myself and then choose 7 blogs I feel deserve the award too*.
  1. I was born in Columbia, Missouri, which isn't interesting at all, so as a kid, I'd tell people I was born "in Columbia." (And they believed me.)
  2. My bachelor's degree is from St. Louis University, and I majored in both Russian and International Relations.
  3. I am still waiting for the day when my degree applies to my own life.
  4. I spent over two years in a Japanese elementary school as their first foreign student. I read many Nancy Drew books the first six months because my teacher promptly sat me by the window and forgot about me. My next teacher was the one who taught me Japanese.
  5. I can fold tiny, tiny origami cranes. When I was by that window, I used to test myself to see how small I could get them.
  6. I absolutely love rugby and wish I could erase American football and replace it with the better game.
  7. I do not know how to relax unless I am reading or watching a movie. I cannot sit still unless my brain is wholly engaged, and I have a horrible time turning my mind off when it's time for bed.

Okay, enough about me. Now to hand out my awards:

  1. Jacqui Robbins, for always providing deep thoughts and a laugh.
  2. Andrea Eames, for being the best-dressed writer on Earth.
  3. Christina Farley, who recently compared writing to kimchi. And I agree. (And I love kimchi.)
  4. Vijaya Bodach, who may not know she won because she has given up blogs for Lent! (And I'm sure her writing will improve because of it.)
  5. Jonathan Arntson, a new blogger friend of mine, who is in need of YET ANOTHER award, naturally.
  6. Shannon O'Donnell, who is in the same boat as me: writing with little ones running about. Oh, and she seems to know everything that's going on in the kidlit world.
  7. Christine Danek, another new blogger friend, who I just know that if we sat down for coffee together, and managed to keep the kids from running off and wreaking havoc on the world, would be kindred spirits in no time. (This is the second time she gets this award. She must be cool.)

* Doing the requirements for the awards sucks up so much time, I swear it's a design by an evil jinn trying to disrupt the productivity of blogging writers.


Jacqui said...

Aw, thanks!

I love the Nancy Drew story. You must use it some day.

Someday we will get together and you can make tiny cranes and I will make teeny-tiny ripped paper dolls. Or we'll just hang out.

DL Hammons said...

Congrats to you for your award and your recipients as well. I loved your list.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Thanks, I've never been given an award simply because the awarder thinks I need another. I like it!

Kelly said...

Congrats on the award, and you are one worldly gal!!

Vijaya said...

Thank you, Amber. I could not resist what it was about ... see how easily I can be tempted. Loved your seven tidbits, esp. on your stay in Japan. Isn't it amazing how a place can get under your skin? I wonder if you catch yourself thinking or dreaming in Japanese.

Your quilt block is very pretty. Would make a nice dolly blanket. I've been sewing with my daughter -- little doll clothes and she's learning the basics of hand-sewing.

a cat of impossible colour said...

Thanks so much, Amber! That's very sweet of you. :D

A xx

Anissa said...

Loved your list. I wish I'd known a bit of Russian when I was there. Spaseba and das vidanya was about all i could do. (I'm sure I butchered both there and here.)

I love the name of your blog. I'm in the same boat, though mine no longer nap. *cue weeping*

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Aww, thanks Amber! I am honored to be listed with such other awesome bloggers. :-)

Christina Farley said...

So fun! Thanks for the love. I like your list. And that you can make paper cranes. Our school did this for the North Korean children because they weren't allowed to send letters. Cranes are a strong symblol in Korean culture too!

Amber Lough said...

Sorry, Vijaya! To make up for breaking your Lent fast, I am doing a juice and water fast today, and maybe tomorrow.

Christina, that is awesome that they sent cranes. When I was 11, I got very sick and was in the hospital for a month. My mother's English class (a bunch of Japanese girls at a private school in Kamakura) made me 1,000 cranes. I got better shortly thereafter. It was an amazing thing, hanging up in my hospital room.

Marcia said...

Amber, I gave you an award, too, which you already know. I really like the personal glimpses into people.