Very Inspiring Blogger Award

When I poked my head in the WordPress door this afternoon to update all of my vacation entries, lo, and behold, I have been honored with another blogger award. This time The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Ayslyn’s Corner


In between crafting a Chicago-style hot-dawg (kosher dawg, mustard, onion, tomato, celery salt, and cucumber on a poppy-seed bun) for The Bad Hubby, thinking up a lesson on The Soma Sofia, cleaning up from vacation unpacking, picking up school schedules, yearbook pictures, and locker assignments, and deciding whether or not I can get arsed to go to tomorrow’s faculty meeting, I think I can finally participate in one of these bad-boys. I mean, the rules are easy enough:

  • Display the award certificate on your blog. Done.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award. Doing it.
  • Post seven interesting facts about yourself. Got it.
  • Present seven awards to deserving bloggers. Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off. I’m on it.

But here’s the gameplan on that last one. The Bad Witch is not crazy about nepotism. We have a nice little community here and we’ve all stopped over at each other’s joints from time to time to kick the tires and such. Some of us even stay a spell, add to each other’s blogrolls, guest post, etc. I decided to bring in some new blood by dragging along seven completely new blogs that I found over the last month or so. So, if you are a loyal reader, friend, fellow-blogger, or any combination of those – don’t despair; The Bad Witch adores you.

Now these seven blogs caught my fancy for one reason or another. I expect that you will like some and not others, after all I found them while looking for specific things. But I figure it’s good to walk around the neighborhood rather than be the lady across the street who never leaves her driveway. (I think she might be first on my list to pay a quick visit!) My hope is that we will all make a new friend or three.

  1. Ask a Pagan: Where you can ask your questions and receive personal answers!
  2. The Informed Pagan – You know how I like my information to be well-informed, right? Gotcha covered.
  3. Pagan Preacher – This is a former-believer after my own heart.
  4. The Allergic Pagan – A refreshing look at balancing heath and spirituality.
  5. This Pagan House – A real Pagan living a real Pagan’s life.
  6. Pagans Promoting Healthy Active Tendencies (PHAT) @ “fitpagan” – First line in the “About” page had me hooked: “Many say that Pagans are just a bunch of overweight feminists.”
  7. Ozark Pagan Mamma – IMHO, the best blog out there about Southern Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, Cooking, Crafting, and being a Mamma.

Hope y’all enjoy each other’s company as much as I have.

Now, yet seven more things about The Bad Witch? Let’s see, this has to be items you don’t already have access to via TBW Files, right? First time I gave you random facts, last time I gave you vacation facts, this time I’ll give you household facts.

  1. I bought my house in 04, it was a money-pit. Today it is worth >twice what I payed for it, even in a recession.
  2. I planted Wisteria too close to my fence. Oops. Today The Bad Hubby is doing overdue repairs.
  3. I have two kitchens. Two full kitchens. The basement was an in-law sort-of thing and the previous owners installed cabinetry and appliances for the rents-in-law. People are amazed when they realize I have two kitchens. Personally I forget that it’s not normal.
  4. Speaking of basements, I have to have one. (I like to be “caved” in – my favorite destination as a kid was Mammoth Cave National Park. One day I’ll tell you a little more about my family’s “bat” cave.) Growing up in the Midwest makes one understand the virtue of being able to go underground in the springtime. Houses in the South tend not to have basements. I’m a lucky girl.
  5. I hated my house from the curb – kinda still do. But when I walked in the front door, the fireplace pulled me in and kept me.
  6. I have seven (small) Kandinsky reproductions and six (even smaller) Matisse reproductions, one Dali reproduction and one Dali original abstract. Altogether they value around-about $firewood.
  7. While there are distinctly Pagan items visible all over my house, you would not be hard-pressed to find a Bible tucked away somewhere in any given room of my house. It’s like the Gideons came over. As for the remote? That might be a little harder to find.

I encourage you not just to look at my list but to poke around their blogrolls as well. Though, now that I think of it, that sounds a tad personal.

Blessings, quarks, 93!


One Lovely Blog Award – Thanks!




Originally written on 7/23, on my way back to dry land and a much needed softshell Po’Boy.

Back in March, Kourtney honored me with a Versitile Blogger Award nomination and I had to bow out of the nomination process due to time constraints. This week, Neferet of Stay for a Spell has done me the honor of passing along a Lovely Blog Award nomination. And I feel like a real pinhead as I must bow out again. On vacation, on the high seas, with little to no internet access, I am typing up all of my blogs to publish when I arrive back in the states. (Prepare for a deluge – Oh, wait, if I do them in order this will be last, doi.)

But I do want to thank Neferet and other bloggers like her for your constant support, your joy at my joys and your sadness at my sorrows (believe me, this is actually rare to come by), and your friendship – yes, I consider many of you my friends and fellow seekers. Neferet, this came at a perfect time. Not exactly because of Abby, but because of the whole atmosphere in which I’ve been toiling – knowing that readers like you are out there and that I am touching you in some way makes all the little things fall like so much chaff.

I also I admire the tenacity of those, like Neferet, who participate in blogger awards. It’s no small thing to find, contact, and list fifteen bloggers worthy of these awards. (In my truncated efforts, see my blogroll to the right.)

To fulfill as many of the nomination’s requirements as I can, I will share 7 things with you (I’ll try not to repeat those I posted in March). I’ll try to also keep them to things I am learning about myself on vacation.

1. It took me two days on a cruise ship to get used to having people wait on me beck-and-call. Yes, yes. I too believe that I should always have a personally assigned waiter who dances for/with me after dinner, a constant and meticulous housekeeper who leaves my towels folded in animal shapes, a Michelin starred chef, and an entire staff dedicated to entertaining me and my children. But alas, when we finally get what we want, it sometimes takes a little acclimation.

2. I typically overpack, this time I underpacked. Hello, duty-free shop!

3. New Orleans makes my soul feel alright all the way up to the corners. Something about standing in Jackson Square (were I met Mama Lisa, BTW) makes me feel like I’m glowing from the inside.

4. I had a vegan friend ask me — and I realized that I cannot tell you what alligator tastes like. It doesn’t taste like chicken. It’s vaguely like turtle – only meatier and less fishy (but not altogether un-fishy). It’s not at all like rattle-snake. Once I realized I was attempting this feat with a vegan, I settled for, “Home.” Alligator tastes like an eider-down pillow wrapped in your toastiest fuzzy socks and favorite over-sized sweater.

5. It turns out that I have never had REAL tequila. Until today. The queen of the margaritas always thought Patron was “pretty good.” Upon touring a real distillery, I learned the difference. The difference is magnificent.

6. I love floppy hats. I love hats in general. I am a hat girl. My head is the right size and shape for hats and I look good in them – especially with giant Jacky O sunglasses and a silk scarf. But floppy hats? Yes, thank you. I love horse-show days for many reasons, but the opportunity to wear a floppy hat specifically coordinated with my show-mom sundress? Amen for horse-shows. (No ribbons on my hat, thanks. Those are for the horses only.) Amen for sunning at poolside. Amen for convertibles (when I have a hat-pin, of course). Amen for the Yucatan. Amen for floppy hats.

7. I am utterly blessed. I make friends easily and have met a veritable horde of new pals on-board (as long as I don’t say “War Eagle” in The Who Dat Nation), I keep (most/real) friends for an eternity and have a suitcase of chachkies to distribute to folks I’ve know since before Billy Ray Cyrus had a career, and I have people in my life that I can trust absolutely with my house, car, animals, children, and PIN number. KB, I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you give me every time I leave town. XO (Once I get back and start publishing these things, be sure to read: “The Bad Witch in Traffic.”)

My cruise director is calling me to the Lido deck for some line dancing. It’s goofy, yes. But I’m on vacation and it’s electric. (Boogie woogie, woogie.)

TBW signing off for now!

Versatile Blogger Award – Thanks!

I’ve been honored by Kourtney at “The Multi-Faceted Experience” with a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, Kourtney!

Regretfully, I won’t be participating in the nominating portion of the project, however. Only because of the time commitment – finding fifteen blogs, contacting fifteen bloggers, etc. I admire the tenacity of those, like Kourtney, who do participate. It’s no small thing.

Nonetheless, as return for the nomination, I will tell you a few things about myself; and I suppose I should tell you things that I haven’t already revealed in my blog, eh?

  1. When I was little, there were two Great Danes that lived around the corner – Duchess and Gertrude (somebody must’ve had a thing for Hamlet). Man, I loved those dogs. They were as big as I was. Coincidentally, my first dog was a doxie named Shakespeare.
  2. I love the scent of lavender. Real lavender.
  3. When I was younger (in my 20s and especially my 30s), I wore navy and taupe. And olive. A lot. All of my bags and shoes and accessories were in shades of neutral. Then I bought a red briefcase just before tuning 40. Now my Kindle case is red, my wallet is red, my coat is burnt yellow – as is my “classroom bag” for chalk and markers and pens and such, my dayplanner is celery green, and my phone is purple. I don’t know what happened, but I suddenly *liked* color. And I suddenly didn’t feel the need to camouflage myself.
  4. I cook tacos at least once a week.
  5. I’m afraid of clowns. Not just a little. Also mascots and animatronics – anything uncanny. If the energy coming off the thing doesn’t match what my brain and eyes tell me, I freak out. Again, not just a little. I once drove past the Chick Fil A cow with my eyes closed. No one was injured.
  6. I enjoy Experimental / Alternative Metal. I have a soft spot for old-school System of a Down. A newfound old fav is Heathen.
  7. I don’t understand the “big deal” about long stem roses. I love flowers – but somehow a single rose or a bouquet of lanky roses has always seemed a little sterile to me. Crop them and wrap a ribbon around them (better yet, plunge them in a stumpy vase) and I’m much happier – but only if they smell like roses. Have you noticed that roses don’t “smell” anymore?

It’s good to reach out and pat each other on the back now and then. Acknowledgement can make every difference in relationship – be it a cyber-readership or a decade-long camaraderie or a lifelong partnership.  It means a great deal to me that those who read my ramblings enjoy the ride. I hope I remain worthy of your nomination.

Thanks and blessings,