A Threesome? How About An Eightsome?

Phew! You survived my mini book-journey blitz. But in a few moments, you’ll wish you were back there, because today, I’m going to whisk you into catatonia with a long-delayed awards post. See? You already resemble a frozen deer in headlights.

The Write Transition readers (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

But seriously, many wonderful bloggers have blessed me with awards over the past two months, and before they rescind, I must attend to their lovely nods.

Rather than follow the rules for all eight nominations—and risk complete reader abandonment—I will massively cheat and create a combined award response. My ménage à huit, so to speak. And I won’t follow any rules.

But I figured I should divulge at least one personal tidbit, so I racked my brain for an anecdote worthy of your time. Needless to say, I found none. So instead, I shimmied to my living room drawer and whipped out my collection of TableTopics cards. Plucking a discussion card at random, I retrieved the following:

If you could have any view from your back porch, what would it be?

Well, TableTopics card, in response to your worthy question, I would say the view as seen from a boat on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Pure. Heaven.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland (Image credit: wikipedia.org)

My Recent Anointers and Their Awards

The Sparkly Award from Brigitte’s Banter

Because Sparkly is my middle name.

The Fabulous Blog Ribbon, also from Brigitte’s Banter

Hey, I think I used to drink this beer.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award from ellamedler

I’ve never been in a sisterhood of anything. Ella, you got this introvert good. Bazinga!

Most Inspiring Blogger Award, also from ellamedler

Apparently I—along with a small collection of millions of other bloggers—am one of the most inspiring bloggers out there.

Inspiring Blog Award from nyparrot

Wait, didn’t we just cover this one? Oh, I see; it’s from a parrot. That explains the repetition.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award from chanceofsun

Okay, now wait just a hari-kari minute. How many inspiring awards are there? But this one’s from an American fitness trainer in Germany, so I’m not about to question. She’ll make me do burpees.

Illuminating Blogger Award from Fay Moore: I Want To Be a Writer

Fay says I’m illuminating. The fireflies around her home probably skew her perceptions, but let’s not tell her.

Super Sweet Blogger Award from Meeka’s Mind

You KNOW this one pleases me. Meeka’s Mind knows Carrie’s Stomach.

The Passing of the Torch

Despite my joking commentary, I extend a big, appreciative thank you to these wonderful bloggers for reading my words, commenting on my site, and interacting with me on theirs.

As for my nominees, how can I possibly choose? I follow so many fabulous blogs.

And I’m lazy.

So, I bestow each of these awards upon everyone on my blogroll. If you are not on my blogroll and I frequent your site, then please accept the awards as well. I’ve tried to keep the list current, but I follow many new blogs and don’t always remember to update.

For those who aren’t slackers like me, please click the links of my generous awarders above for the actual rules for each of these awards. I will not list them here for fear of becoming a recipient of your telepathic tasers.

The Vanishing Likes

Oh, and speaking of my blogroll, who the hell stole all my “likes”? When I first posted that static page a few months back, there were dozens of “likes.” Now there’s one. What exactly is the universe trying to tell me?

Wow. One whole like.

I bet it was Connie*…

What would your response be to that TableTopics question—what view would you want from your back porch? Have you ever used those cards? Have you ever had an eightsome?

*You’ll be happy to know my publisher has corrected my name on their site. Connie is now history.

142 Responses to “A Threesome? How About An Eightsome?”

    • Carrie Rubin

      One finds it at the top of my blog (it’s a static page). Eight find it by singing a song, dancing Russian style, and clicking their heels three times…
      ;)

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  1. Joanna Aislinn

    That is octagonally awesome, Carrie. And who deserves each of these more than you? And thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us ;)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      “Octagonally awesome”—I like that one!

      Thank you, and please feel free to take any awards you don’t already have. Consider it a blogger award smorgasbord.
      :)

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      • Joanna Aislinn

        Seemed numerically appropriate to throw something eight-related in, lol. Ah, but you’re generous and I do thank you for sharing, as well as for including me in your blog roll! Have a great day!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Nothing like hoarding them all up and then putting together a post that follows none of the rules. Funny–I’m not a rule breaker in real life.
      :)

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      • riainthecity

        haha I just removed all of them from my blog cause it didn’t go with the theme! :X

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  2. lidipiri

    Will profoundly stupid be okay? Hmmm, can’t think of anything so will revert to telling you -once again- how much I enjoy your writing!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! And now I have a new word to use: chuffed. Not sure what it means exactly, but I assume it’s something nice, because I doubt you’d say, “I’m so disgusted by you.”
      ;)

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  3. Main Street Musings Blog

    You truly are an inspiration. You do such a good job of writing fun and engaging posts while continuing to support others. Keep up the good work. I am honored to be on your blogroll! If I haven’t thanked you yet—thank you! I like the way you categorized your blog roll. You are full of great ideas. :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Lisa! What a lovely comment to discover waiting for me this morning. And thank you for stopping by and commenting. Your visits are always appreciated.
      :)

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  4. butimbeautiful

    Poor Connie! Robbed of fame, at the very last moment! Congrats for all the awards, all I can say is, you must be Awe Inspiringly Inspiring! Hey, maybe I can make up another award – the Awe Inspiringly Inspiring Blogger Award, anyone? Anyway, I think you are. Inspiring.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! And by all means, make up another award. If there’s one thing the blogoshere is short of, it’s blogging awards…
      ;)

      But please take those you don’t already have if you play the award game. Because you are all of those things as well and more.
      :)

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  5. sheilapierson

    You are quite deserving of all your awards and I’m so glad to see you are now officially known as Carrie instead of Connie… lol :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Yes, it’s good to be back in control of my book. Well, I guess I haven’t really been in control of it ever since I signed that contract, but at least my name will be on it.
      :)

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  6. Pat

    Possible view from my window? Went to Petra once and stayed at the Crowne Plaza which is not the best hotel there but certainly the nearest. Opening the curtains in the morning was brilliant! Would like that view please.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Is that Petra in Jordan? Yes, I imagine that would indeed be a stunning view. Much more than would be found in my neck of the woods in Ohio, USA.
      :)

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      • Pat

        Yes, Jordan. You don’t get the full effect from the hotel window, but there is enough to give you goosebumps and an idea of what is to come.
        And there’s nothing like that around here either. Not even a little bit. :-)

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Just when I think I’ve seen a lot of the world, I realize how little I have. North America and Europe are it for me. So many more places I still need to explore.

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          • Pat

            And I have only been to America once. To New England in the fall, which was amazing. I’d like to come back again some time and perhaps go over to the west, to the Grand Canyon or some of the big parks.
            Now you have reminded me about the New England trip. Perhaps I will dig up some of the photos for a blog post some time.

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            • Pat

              Beautiful. We flew into Boston and travelled north, ended up in Niagara. Then went on to Toronto to fly home. An excellent trip and one which I would like to repeat.

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            • Pat

              Absolutely lovely – and thinking about it, I have to go back because I didn’t go anywhere near places like Martha’s vineyard that I hear so much about and all those areas that the Mayflower people colonised.
              As you said, there are so many places to visit in the world, and I have only touched a very few of them.

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  7. kateshrewsday

    Alas. I can’t be profound or stupid today, so I’m afraid we must settle for inane. Congratulations on all of these. And on being officially un-christened Connie. Life is good.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I’ll take inane any day. So will Connie, but luckily she and I have gone our separate ways.
      ;)

      And please take an award or two (or eight) if you play the blogging award game. I haven’t updated my blog roll as I should, but I enjoy visiting your site and viewing your lovely images.
      :)

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      • kateshrewsday

        :-D Thanks. I love to watch others play the game but I’m rubbish at it. I never pass them on or say thank you as I should. I’m usually caught up with some arcane connection or other. Bit too monocular.Love coming here though. A writer’s journey is always compelling.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Well, as you can see, I’m not much of a rule-follower myself at these award things. But I always enjoy having fun with them.
          :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much, Katie! I just left a comment on your blog. You have no idea how much you made my day by mentioning my upcoming book on your site. This blogging community never ceases to amaze me!

      And this award is wonderful–thank you for nominating me. I will tuck it a way and attend to it in the future. Who doesn’t love listing their favorite books?
      :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh, and by the way, I’m glad you stopped by, because it prompted me to add you to my blogroll. I haven’t remembered to add my more recent blog follows, but I want to put you on there. Which means, of course, that you should take some of these awards I’ve nominated everyone for. Don’t think of it as lazy on my part; think of it as charitable and wanting to spread good cheer.
      ;)

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  8. writerwendyreid

    I would like my “backyard” to contain the turquoise waters of Tahiti…on my very own island. :-) Congrats on all the awards Carrie. I won’t take one though. It doesn’t feel right not earning it.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Of course you’ve earned the awards, Wendy. You’re on my blogroll. It would be no different if I had listed everyone on my blogroll in this post to pass each of the awards onto. I want whoever participates in blogger awards to take the ones they don’t already have. Plus, if you take them now, then you don’t have to accept them later when they come your way.
      ;)

      Yeah, I could live with “turquoise waters of Tahiti” for my backyard view. Sigh.

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  9. Kourtney Heintz

    Congrats on all those well deserved awards! :) I can’t believe someone stole the likes from your blog roll that is so meanspirited. :P

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    • Carrie Rubin

      What a coincidence to find your comment right now. I’m currently writing a post about exercise, and I was just thinking of you. I mean, like only five seconds ago.
      :)

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  10. whiteladyinthehood

    Congratulations! I see lots of people find you inspiring, too! (Lake Lucerne – just WOW!)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! And yes, Lake Lucerne is gorgeous. I was only there for a brief time years ago, but I remember it so vividly. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

      Early in our marriage, my husband and I took a very, very low budget tour of Europe (when the trip is called a Budget Tourama, you know the digs aren’t going to be great), and Lake Lucerne was one of my favorite stops. I need to go back someday.

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      • whiteladyinthehood

        You’re so funny! I bet it was an amazing trip. I thought the photo was stunning.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Cheap or not, it WAS an amazing trip for us naive young Midwesterners. And who cares about shared hotel toilets when you’re young? Now, however? No way.
          :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I agree. Connie was way too much of an extrovert for my comfort. Then again, perhaps I should have kept her around for the marketing thing…

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  11. Anastasia

    ménage à huit..
    ménage à huit..

    that’s so great. and catchy. and…nevermind. i was going to say something about men. but i won’t. :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      When it comes to the writing process, I must agree, I sport that frozen-eyed stare myself. But maybe it’s better to be a rabbit like you. I don’t see nearly as many of them stiff-legged and glossy-eyed on the berm. Guess they’re too quick for those cars.

      Sorry about the roadkill joke. Where are my manners?…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I figured mine is too long to put in the sidebar. And it keeps growing.
      :)

      I’m sure in time, you’ll become a widget warrior!

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