"All sorts of entertaining" - Elizabeth Seckman

"Michael and his pals make me wish I lived in Adelaide" - Cherdo

"If I had a daughter, I'd send her to Australia to meet him (and marry him)" - Robyn Alana Engel

"An Australian version of me. Only younger. And Talented. And better looking. Okay, nothing like me." - Al Penwasser

"Whom must I fuck or pay to get a quotation at the top of your blog post?" - Janie Junebug

Monday, 22 June 2015

What Goes Around...

My cheeks have gone red.

Another blogger has decided I'm deserving of the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award". This award circulated through my blogging circle around January/February - Sherry Ellis won it first and gave it to Chrys Fey. Chrys wanted to award it to me, but saw that Sherry had already done it, so she gave it to Cherdo. Cherdo thought "bugger it" and gave it to me anyway, while also giving one to Janie Junebug. After a long wait, Janie decided I deserved it again.

You guys... I'm blushing like a schoolboy smitten.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger (Thank you Janie!)
2. Upload a picture of the award (Oh, right)

3. Mention three things that have inspired you in the last few weeks.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers (I'm changing that to 2. Read the last award post for my explanation)
5. Let them know they've won.

Three things that have inspired me:

Well the first is Janie giving me this award. I never know how to handle such compliments without sounding arrogant, but I really do appreciate the vote of confidence. It's nice to know that that the things I do and believe get noticed and looked at favourably. It makes me want to do it more.

While we're talking about feedback, I've done a number of things lately which people have been really encouraging about. Things like the speech I made at my sister's 21st birthday, the one-off quiz night fundraiser I hosted at St Joseph's Primary School, my job producing a radio show lately and the footy umpiring I do every week. Things into which I put a lot of effort. I've been getting a lot of congratulations for these things and from unexpected places too.

I listen to the Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr and in a recent episode he talked about how he was once watching Judge Judy with his friend Patrice O'Neal. They were laughing about how angry she gets with no provocation so Bill tried to convince Patrice to play a game with him. One of them would sue the other one (didn't matter who or for what), they'd get themselves onto the show and then they'd both see how angry they could get her. Afterwards they'd pay each other back any money they owe and it would be like it never happened. I loved that idea so much and I wish I'd gotten to see it happen. Those two were the perfect people to pull it off - I imagined Patrice saying "Hey Lady, be quiet when a man is talking." And Bill yelling "Yeah, you tell him judge! Show him who's boss!" I pictured the crowd doubling over with laughter and the bailiff not even being able to keep a straight face. It made me want to find more laughter in life. I do think I'm funny, but it's all "wit" funny - I don't yet know how to pick out the ridiculousness in life. That story made me want to work on that.

So now the nominations:
  • Theresa Mahoney at Theresa's Mixed Nuts - She seems to have a really good close-knit family around her and I love hearing about them. And her partnership with Golden Blossom Honey is fantastic, because the photos she puts up of the food look so, so, so good.
  • Caitlin S at Candy Floss & Persie - She's a big fashionista, but while most fashionistas talk about nothing else, she's so much deeper than that. She often makes moral points that make me think "Shit, you nailed that!" And I can relate to a lot of the things she enjoys.

33 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I too would have loved to see Bill Burr and Patrice O'Neal on Judge Judy. It would have been magical.
    I've seen this award before and I'm pretty sure Janie was supposed to cough up some bitcoins along with the award. You should break this cycle, give Caitlin and Theresa some of that sweet sweet bitcoin. Then, it's a true award.

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    1. I wouldn't even know where to go to get me some Bitcoin :P

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  2. Congrats, Michael -- it's well deserved!

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  3. Congrats again, Michael! You know I'm a big fan of "A Life Examined." I need to find a another badge to send you...ha ha.

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  4. Congratulations on getting it again!!!! Now I feel like a jerk for not awarding it to you. But you know...I nominated you recently for the Creative Blogger award. I left a comment on your blog about it but in case you missed it, here it is: http://writewithfey.blogspot.com/2015/06/writing-about-police-station.html

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    1. Oh I totally missed that, I'm so sorry! Going to check it out now!

      I didn't mean to make you feel like a jerk, you know I love you :)

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  5. Congrats to you and the new winners. I also follow Caitlin and I have to agree. She's always spot on and I really enjoy her page. Great picks! !

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  6. Congratulations!
    That would be funny to get on the show with a fake claim just to annoy her. She's vicious though. Not sure I'd want her yelling at me.

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    1. Oh yeah, those two guys are the only ones who could pull it off :P

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  7. Congratulations. Lovely to see that you are getting recognition from lots of people.

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    1. It's always unexpected when it happens :)

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  8. I only gave it to you because I didn't know what else to do with it, so get over yourself and me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Noted. Consider myself gotten over :) (You're a different story :P)

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  9. aw, congratulations and thanks for passing the torch to me! That's really nice of you!!! That makes two of us blushing now :) :)

    I always liked Patrice O'Neal and it's nice to see a story about him!! And from what I've read on this blog, you take a lot of steps outside your comfort zone (like the dress!!!) and I really love how hard to push to try something new. The best. Very inspirational indeed!

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    1. I'm very glad you think so. My comfort zone happens to be my least comfortable place to be ;)

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  10. Awe, my turn to blush! You totally deserve the award. I am not sure I am worthy of you handing it down to me though. I just inspire people to eat lol. You inspire everyone to follow their dreams and challenge themselves. Very admirable you are my friend ;)

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    1. What's more important, eating or Skydiving? ;)

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    2. Depends on who you are asking. I know some people who would gladly trade a week's worth of dinner to go skydiving :)

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  11. Congratulations, Michael. See, you are very well loved.

    Judge Judy is hysterical to watch. I wonder if she's ever laughed.

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    1. I'm sure it's happened. Maybe it's like seeing a clam open up to reveal the pearl inside.

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  12. If it were up to us, we would have given you a dozen of these... just so long as you didn't blush at us like a smitten schoolboy.

    I would have loved to have seen Bill Burr and Patrice O'Neal messing with Judge Judy. She just looks like such a grumpy, old, out of touch lady. Like the kind of woman who goes home and yells at her grandchild because he "broke the damned Internet machine" again.

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    1. I never know what to do when I'm complimented, because just saying "thank you" seems too easy :P

      She would be very fun to mess with if you've got the nerve. It's a game I like to call "poke the bear".

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  13. Congrats on the award!
    Someone needs to do that bit with Judge Judy... that would be hilarious!!

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    1. I wonder if the producers would actually put it to air?

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    2. Probably not. That's why someone needs to be there with a camera phone. Sneaky like.

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  14. Congrats on the award! I haven't seen blog awards in awhile.

    I have been kind of bloggy absent. My boss has me so busy at work. I actually took some of it home - I was that into it. Crazy I know.

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    1. I totally understand, I've barely had time to write my own posts, let alone read others' :P

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