How Well Do You Know Me?

♫ Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to blog awards we go… ♫

Oops. Did I lose you already? Don’t worry. This post is not as long as it first appears.

And remember, I try to make these accolade acceptances fun, and today will be no different. Except for the last of the four awards. Apparently, I must obey its rules or Mr. Rubin will be tossed into a cold, black hole. And then who would pump my gas?

Besides, you’ll want to stick around and enjoy my new site in commemoration of my blog’s first birthday. And for a Sheldon, changing one’s blog theme is like grocery shopping on a non-grocery-shopping day: It doesn’t come without angst.

Carrie Sheldon Cooper

Carrie Sheldon Cooper

Instead of blabbing about myself or having to choose award recipients, I’ll let you take over the reins. For the first three awards, I’ll ask a multiple choice question about myself. If you answer correctly in the comments, the award is yours. (Let’s see how closely you’ve paid attention to my drivel…) Even if you aren’t a blogger, or the thought of receiving a blog award is as appealing as eating a bag of boogers, I’d still be honored if you played along.

By the way, for anyone interested, I’ve posted all the rules at the end of this entry. This jacks up my word count, which violates my promised ceiling of 700 words, but let’s not count those pesky rules as substance. They’re pretty much white noise for the eyes, anyway.

I. The Commentator Award


This award comes via JM McDowell, the writer who bears the mark of an archaeologist, though where the mark is, I doubt she’ll tell you.

To accept this award, answer the following correctly:

1. One of Carrie’s favorite television shows is:

a) Monday Night Football

b) Toddlers and Tiaras

c) Honey Boo Boo

d) Dexter

e) American Idol

II. Booker Award


The Booker Award was given to me by Sheila Hurst, Sylver Blaque, and Real Woman’s Health. Thank you, you lovely bloggers. Sorry it took me longer to accept than it takes a constipated colon to crap.

Before I ask my question, let me tell you my five favorite books of all time, since that is the gist of this cooler-than-usual award. And no making fun of me for the lack of classics. I like what I like.

  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
  • She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

To accept this award, answer the following correctly:

2. On Carrie’s feet, you will find:

a) Dainty ruby slippers

b) 5-inch stilettos

c) Uggs

d) Crocs

e) Ugly man shoes

Click here for a hint.

III. The Don’t Do A Damn Thing Award…


This award comes via my favorite Dane, Daniel Nest and my favorite Ella, Ella Medler. Thank you, you crazy cats. No, really. Thank you. Because as the award name implies, there are no damn rules for this one.

To accept this award, answer the following correctly:

3. Carrie’s idiocy can be attributed to:

a) Magic Marker sniffing

b) Being crushed by a steamroller

c) Absence of a cerebral cortex

d) Getting hit in the head by a flying Fighting Sioux hockey puck

e) Cups and saucers

IV. Blog of the Year 2012

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

The final award is obviously tongue-in-cheek, because I no more have the Blog of the Year than I have Sophia Vergara’s figure. But I do offer a sincere thank you to JM McDowell for nominating me and for writing such a lovely post in my honor. As much as I poke fun, each and every one of these awards brings pleasure. If you haven’t yet followed this dirt-digging writer, you should. She will entertain you with twice weekly blog posts, including her fictional Meghan Bode Mystery series. Good stuff, I tell you.

This is the award from which I cannot stray for fear of losing my husband (see the rules below). As such, I labored on whom to pass it to. Talk about Sophie’s choice.

I decided to bequeath the honor to my very first follower. Unfortunately, that turned out to be the ubiquitous Mushroom Head.

Since a click on his blog says “Blog has been removed,” I guess he lost out. Apparently, there is no longer a fungus among us.

The next two non-fungal followers came on the same day, so they both get the award. And oh, how deserving they are!

  • Audrey Kalman for her insightful and practical blog posts. Seriously, every writer should follow her. She doesn’t post often, but when she does, I race on over. Which is saying a lot, considering I follow more blogs than WordPress itself.
  • G.M. Barlean for her witty and hometown-style writing. This independently published author just had her book Recipes For Revenge, A Four-Course Novel skyrocket to #1000 in Amazon Kindle books and #6 in Amazon Kindle Short Stories. Woo-hoo! Go, Gina!

So that’s my painfully long post. I hope you made it. And really, you could have just read the questions and been fine. Let me hear your answers. How well do you know me?

If you don’t care about the awards or the rules, you may now be excused. Thank you for coming. Next time bring goodies.

Addendum To This Tome:

The Commentator Award Rules (Taken word-for-word from JM McDowell)

  1. “Rules: You’ll find your Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page on the bottom, right corner. If you don’t see this, click on the Screen Options in the top right corner and be sure that “Comments” is checked. If you are good about responding to every comment, then you will be the first one in the list. It is the next six commenters on the list that you will nominate and pass this award to.”
  2. “But wait! You may nominate one more person. This person can either be a brand new commenter on your blog, the very last comment you have received (most recent), or the one who has posted your most favorite comments. This seventh nomination is your choice, but please do tell us why you have chosen them as your seventh.”

Booker Award Rules (Taken from Real Woman’s Health)

  1. Nominate other blogs, as many as you want but 5-10 is always a good suggestion. Don’t forget to let your recipients know.
  2. Post the Booker Award picture.
  3. Share your top 5 books of all time

The Don’t Do A Damn Thing Award… Rules

No Rules—Do whatever the hell you want; give to whomever the hell you want. (My own words, but feel free to use them…)

Blog of the Year 2012 Rules (Taken from JM McDowell. Copy and paste these rules directly and the required links will be included.)

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars

Carrie has left the building…

178 Responses to “How Well Do You Know Me?”

  1. The Hook

    This should have been titled “All The Carrie You Cann Handle – And Then Some!”
    Great post!


  2. Pressies | The M3 Blog

    […] new award to the line up is the commentator award. I got this one from Carrie Rubin of The Write Transition less for my comments on her blog as my reading skills and my ability to talk in the comments to […]


    • Carrie Rubin

      Aw, major blushes over here. Thank you. But I am definitely not the best award-rule follower. Someone’s going to catch onto me someday and shut me down…


    • Carrie Rubin

      I just commented on your blog while you were over here. Sunday morning blog telepathy…

      I had a hard time putting Gone Girl down, but I wasn’t thrilled with the ending. Still, I put it on my list because everything else about it was so good.


  3. riainthecity

    whoa! whoa! whoa! so many awards! WOOT! *cartwheels* congratulations!


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. I really should stop saving them for so long. It always leads to one mega-long post which is no fun for anyone.:)


  4. 4amWriter

    Fun post. I like the mulitple choice questions. As I’ve come late to the party, I won’t try to answer any of them. Regardless, congratulations on your bevy of awards! I have never visited Audrey’s or G.M.’s blogs, but I shall hop on over and take a gander.


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. And I’m sure you already have these awards and then some! Audrey has great posts on the various aspects of writing, publishing, and marketing, and Gina’s posts are witty and fun. I think you’d enjoy both, and neither of them post too frequently, so they’re easy to keep up with!


  5. Red

    This is hysterical. I do not watch television (as in MNF is the only show on your list I have seen), and from what I have seen of you around Guap’s and Wendy’s, I would have to guess Dexter. For the shoes, the obvious choice is D and mine is B, so yours if probably E. The last one I am going to have to read around here and find the story. No one casually mentions hockey pucks and head injuries.

    See you at the Foolishness.😉


    • Carrie Rubin

      Hey, thanks for stopping by! And you are so right about Dexter and ugly man shoes. Very good! The last one was a hockey puck. It hurt. Take the first two awards if you like, or completely ignore them which is probably the smart way to go. And thanks for organizing the foolishness.:)


      • Red

        I do the hoard them and then parade every single blog I know out for something type thing at my place. The only one I do not have is the “Don’t Do a Damn Thing” which is one of my faves😉 And you are welcome. It is fun.


        • Carrie Rubin

          Well, take that one, too please. You’ve earned it for organizing the foolishness and for taking the time to come comment here. And the best part is, you don’t have to do a damn thing but put the image on your site.:)


  6. the curtain raiser

    Congrats on all of it, the awards, the new blog look – love your choice of wallpaper:). And thanks for letting us know about the fungal eradication, I think the fungus also dropped a comment on my blog a time or two. We can’t let mold grow amongst the community!


  7. Martha Merrill Wills

    Such a great thing here…. Love this! BTW… I’m with you on all of the fav book choices, except for that Memoirs of a Geisha. COULDN’T get through that one. Hmmm?


    • Carrie Rubin

      Isn’t that funny how tastes can be so different? I guess that’s good or writers would all have to write the same thing.:)

      Thanks for dropping by!


  8. Lucas J. Draeger

    I don’t now why I’m playing, since I’m already hopelessly backed up on blog acceptances. But oh well

    1 – D
    2 – I only know its E because of your clue. I woulda guessed Crocs because they’re what a lot of healthcare people wear. They’re also almost the only thing I can where anymore that doesn’t make me feel like I’m walking on white hot coals.😦
    3 – E (because I imagine there is something goofy about cups and saucers with you)

    Dig the new blog digs, BTW.:)


    • Carrie Rubin

      Correct you are on the first two. Yay! Those awards are yours! Sadly the last answer involves a hockey puck incident. I blogged about it a ways back. It hurt like the dickens. But I appreciate you not cheating by looking at the other commenters’ answers. “Strong character show you,” says Yoda.

      Nice new Gravatar pic you’ve got there!


  9. Cathy Ulrich

    I’ve gotten here late – at work all day – so it would be cheating to answer the questions – but I have to say, this was the best blog award post ever! And Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my favorite books, too. Also, very cool new look. Really like the theme. And where did you get the Sheldon doll? My sister is a huge fan of BBT – might make a fun present…


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you on all accounts.:)

      My husband bought the bobble head as a gift for me. Said he bought it because it reminded him of me. Thanks, honey. I think. I wrote a blog post on it a while back. I believe he got it at a BAM bookstore. The Big Bang Theory is my family’s favorite show.:)


  10. Madame Weebles

    Happy Bloggyversary, girlfriend! I like what you’ve done with the place! Do you like it? I’m sad to say I have no read any of the books on your list. But I do watch Dexter, at least, even though I’m a few seasons behind.


    • Carrie Rubin

      I’m always a season behind on Dexter. I like to get the previous season’s DVD in August and go on a Dexter binge. I’m not sure that’s healthy, but I don’t let that stop me.

      I do like my new look, but of course, it wasn’t until after I paid the premium fee and got things set up that I realized my side widgets don’t show up in the post pages. After querying the theme designers, they told me they designed it that way on purpose. The widgets only show up on the main page and the static pages. Whoops. So much for marketing my book.😉

      Thanks for commenting, Madame W. I know you are a busy blogger, and my post didn’t offer much substance today. That’s why I cram all the awards into one post–don’t want to do these too often lest I lose all my wonderful followers.


  11. The Bumble Files

    Happy First Year Blog Anniversary!! Yay! Good for you. I’m going to guess “Dexter,” the “Ugly Man Shoes.” Last one…saucers and cups. I think you’re trying trick us on that one! I’d like to be excused. I’ve been delinquent here myself with awards. I’m very bad. Congrats to you. They’re well deserved. I love the new look of your blog!


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