Monday, May 03, 2010


Yay for awards! Thanks so much for passing them my way, everyone, and I'm sorry for hoarding them for the past few weeks. I have more to pass on but I'll do this lot for now. Thanks for the wonderful tags, too -- I haven't forgotten!
Let's get started!

I got the Soulmates award from the wonderful Roxy at A Woman's Write. For this award, you must say outrageous things about the people you're passing it on to. And so I'll hand it over to India Drummond, who loves haggis and has a sheep farm; and Al at Publish or Perish, who hates travelling to any site with stairs.

I received the Oh My Blog Award for the wonderfully named Creepy Query Girl. This goes out to some people on my side of the ocean: Fran, Jayne and Lindsay.

Alyson from May Day Writer passed the Beautiful Blogger Award my way. Sticking with more Europeans, I shall give this to Ellen, Mia and Brigid.

TJ Carson gave me the A for Awesome Award. This goes out to Theresa Milstein, Bossy Betty and Crystal Cook.

Right! Next batch!

I received the Sweet Blog award from the wonderful Shelley and The Muse 30. This goes to Aubrie, Anne from Piedmont Writer and Kim Franklin.

Kayeleen gave me the Happy 101 award. I'm going to give this one to Lisa of Notes from Nadir. Lisa, you would make us all very happy if you would just SNOG GORDON!

Southern Princess Courtney passed on the Sugardoll award. I am going to pass this on to all of my wonderful blogger buddies! Thank you so much for reading my drivel and for all your support!

Lindsay and Susan Fields gave me the Prolific Blogger award. This goes out to Laura Marcella, JJ Beattie and the Alliterative Allomorph.

And finally, Ann from Inkpots and Quills passed the From Me to You award on, where I must reveal 7 true things about me.

So here they are!

1. I used to be able to perform up to 15 back handsprings in a row. Age and cupcakes have now caught up to me.
2. I once got fired from a spa after I was outed as the author of anonymous blog.
3. I like to dress in layers (a lot of them!) even in summer. I hate being cold!
4. My husband is Egyptian and when we went there shortly after our wedding he failed to correct my Arabic, resulting in me telling everyone how beautiful they were, instead of expressing how beautiful the scenery, etc, was! I could still kill him. His excuse? It was fun!
5. I hate the word 'panties'. Makes me cringe.
6. I don't like beer. In fact, I hate it. Strange, I know!
7. If I don't have to let out the top button of my trousers at the end of the meal then I haven't eaten enough.

Thanks again, everyone!


  1. Congratulations Dearest, what a beautiful Monday morning for you!

    Thank you for mine. It's very much appreciated!

  2. Congratulations on all those awards - what a wonderful unveiling session. And thank you so much for mine: prolific? Or verbal diarrhoea?

    (Thank you)

  3. Congratulations :-)

    They fired you because of your blog??? Wow!

  4. Congrats on your awards! I wear layers in the summer, too! I'm always cold.

    Now I'm off to check out those other blogs...

  5. It's always so much fun to see these awards get passed around. Congrats to all the winners!

  6. Oh my goodness! Lots of awards. They are fun aren't they? Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations on the awards, well deserved. Thanks for such great new links to check out. Also, glad to find someone else who is as cold natured as I am.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. Congratulations!
    And I can fall over backwards - does that count?

  9. Holy award hoarding Talli! Congrats!!!

  10. He he. Now I don't feel so bad about hoarding awards. Boy, they add up quickly, don't they? Congrats to everyone.

  11. Whew, that was a mouthful!! And these are all some fantastic blogs, well-deserving of awards!! I'll go check out the links!

  12. What an Awards Bonanza going on here! Congrats, a fun way to begin the week :)

  13. Woo hoo - way to go on all your awards and loved hearing the little facts about yourself.

    Happy Monday!

  14. Ok

    We're divorcing. It's over.

    You don't like beer.

    What a disaster. I'm shocked and horrified.

    Sigh. It was fun while it lasted - now I'm listing "emotional trauma and pain" as my decree nisi.

    I'm also reporting you to CAMRA.


    Take care
    p.s. CONGRATULATIONS on recieving such lovely, lovely awards!! Good for you!! Yay!!!

  15. Love the 7 facts! Especially the last one. :-)

  16. Yay for the awardage! Haha, that is quite mean not telling you but it must have been nice to be told by this lovely British woman that you're beautiful everytime you went somewhere :~)

    Oh, I don't like Beer either. Yurgh

  17. 5 back handsprings in a row? I can roll over on my head, does that count! :)

  18. Congrats on your awards, thanks for mine, Beautiful blogger, at least half of it is true,
    I once did 1000 hula hoops in a row when I was about 7, if the writing fails,maybe we have a future somewhere else !

  19. Congratulations on all the awards Talli!

  20. Congrats on the awards and to everyone who received one. :)

  21. Congrats on your award and thanks for passing one on to me! You are so sweet. You should know, I am a complete slob about passing them on.

    OH! OH! I feel the same way about #5! I thought I was the only one!

  22. OMG, me again: the verbal diarrhoea... I meant me... obviously. It was mine, not yours: I hope that's clear!

  23. Congrats on all your awards! Good going.

  24. I could never do a backhand spring, but I used to be able to walk on my hands really well. Could even lift a hand and balance for about five seconds. If I did that now, my arm would snap in half. lol

    I also hate the word panties. Who came up with that? With my daughter, I say undies. For some reason, that one doesn't ick me out.

  25. Congrats on your awards! 15 back handsprings??? Very impressive!

  26. Congrats on all those awards! And thanks so much for mine dear Talli!

    Those are some awesome facts about you, but I'm gonna side with your husband. that would be funny! But only because I think you have a great sense of humor ;) and because it didn't happen to me. he, he

  27. Ha, love your seven things :-)

    C x

  28. Congrats on the awards, and thank you for mine. :)

    Love your seven things. I'm a lots of layers girl too. Cold is evil. heehee.

  29. Well deserved! *clapping*
    And I'm jealous of your gymnastic abilities!

  30. Thanks all for the awards and the congrats!

    My gymnastic abilities have gone by the wayside now, sadly.

    And yes, the Arabic thing wasn't so funny at the time, but now I have a quiet snicker about it -- not that my husband knows. As far as he's concerned I'm still angry!

  31. Congratulations on your awards. Well-deserved! When we lived in Cairo, our landlady's 12yo daughter, Molly, used to play tricks on me and I'd blush deep red at what I'd said. Haha, Molly!

  32. Thank you so much for the award! And for all the links - nice to find other folk. :)

    I am impressed with the 15 back handsprings. I did gymnastics for 8 years and always found backflips tricky. I'm with you on the age and cupcake thing - the most gymnastic thing I do these days is lean over for the remote control. :)

    And panties... awful word!

  33. Oh my heck! I'm going to check out these links. Congrats on all the awards. :)

  34. "5. I hate the word 'panties'. Makes me cringe.
    6. I don't like beer. In fact, I hate it. Strange, I know!'

    I would've written the same two things!

    Congrats on your awards and thanks for passing one over to me. You're awesome too!

  35. so awesome!! congrats to you and all the winners!!!

    ALSO: i read the blurb about your book and can i just say i can't WAIT for it to come out?? it sounds AWESOME!!


  36. LOL! I loved getting to know you on the seven things. And I love that now you have an actual picture to see your cute, smiling face! Who says Brits don't have gorgeous teeth?! You've proved them wrong.


  37. What a lot of awards! Congratulations - on your upcoming publication too :o)

    Love your 7 things - especially 2, which made me laugh. Oh and I hate the word panties too - so seventies.

  38. Congratulations on all the awards! And I love the 7 true things. I, too, dress in layers.

    Straight From Hel

  39. My goodness look at you Talli!!! Ahh my eyes, I'm blinded by all the blog bling! Oustanding, of course as always well deserved!

  40. Wow, Talli, how are you ever going to display all those awards! Your shelf must be filling but it is well deserved! I love number #7!

  41. That's a ton of awards!! Congrats!!

    LOL!! I bet everyone thought you were so sweet and complementing in Arabic.

    How about "moist"? does that bother you? I know a lot of people don't like the word moist.

    Beer is an acquired taste. It took many bad beers for me to find a few that I like. I can't drink wine anymore so whiskey and beer it is. ;)

  42. Congrats on all of your awards! Well deserved! Happy Monday to you.

  43. Congrats on all of your awards! You are one popular lady. :)

    Thanks for mine!! You're a doll!!

  44. Love your list!

    I hate beer too, blech. I don't know how anyone can chain-drink them. (shudder)

  45. Congrats on your awards. Very well deserved. :)

  46. Congrats on all these magnificent awards! I enjoyed your list. #3 is me, too. It was almost 90 degrees today, and I wore a zip-down jacket over my T-shirt. Always prepared. ;)

  47. Talli,
    Thank you so much for the award. I will put it up later and maybe it'll go in a new section.

    Maybe on Wednesday there will be something about Gordon...

  48. Congrats on all the awards, Jen. And thanks for sharing the trivia...I liked learning more about you. :)

  49. Congrats on all your awards and to those you passed them on to! Thank you for awarding me one!!!

    I hate beer, too! I can't even stand the smell of it.

    How is your Arabic these days? That story is pretty funny!

  50. Congratulations on your awards! So very many. But well deserved.

    But 15 handsprings?? Holy catdish. That's a lot. I hurt just thinking of it.

  51. Wow, a collection of awards, congratulations!

    Oh to do 15 back handsprings, and stay out of hospital. *grin*

    Your DH is a meany.

    Panties...yukky word.

  52. Wow, I am seriously impressed by your handspring ability, lapsed or otherwise :D

    Thanks for the award, I shall pass it on once I am done bragging like hell about my trip to Amsterdam :p

  53. Love all the awards! Aren't you just popular! Thank you so much for passing one along to little old me, and the sheep of course. When I go out to give them their fodder this morning, I'll tell them you said hello.

    And your 7 things list was great. That man of yours.. he's a caution!

  54. I can just imagine how cringeworthy it was to have not been corrected with your Arabic, people at work do it to me all the time... but then again i didn't correct my colleague when she told me that people were 'shitting' in the bank... it sounded so much funnier than 'cheating'!!

  55. Cupcakes are devious little fluffy things. Ha and that cracked me up, the whole mistranslation of Arabic hahaha that was good! If you don't like beer, I know what will make it taste better.... pink lemonade mix :) try it, doesn't taste anything like beer, tastes like bubbly lemonade!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the bloggy love with Sugardoll!

  56. You are very generous! Thanks for the award and for the shout-out. Very sweet of you.

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