Mystery Blogger Award

Paulina at the Bookaholic Dreamer nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. She’s a psychology student in Scotland, a member of Ravenclaw, and loves books! I enjoy reading her book reviews and tags. If you haven’t checked out her blog, yet, I encourage you to do so.

Thank you, Paulina, for nominating me!

The creator of the award is Okoto Enigma

So what is the “Mystery Blogger Award,” you ask? Well, according to Okoto Enigma, it is an award “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”


  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me:

  1. I would gladly subsist on a diet of cheese crackers, gin and tonics and Oreos. (Please don’t tell my boyfriend, who teaches classes on nutrition!)
  2. On my last vacation (which was too long ago), I swam in a cenote, had my cards read, plastered myself with mud, and sweated it out in a Temazcal ceremony.
  3. Four of my favorite TV characters are Olivia Benson from Law & Order, SVU; Jessica Pearson from Suits; Mrs. Maisel from the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; and Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec.

My Best Posts:

  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
  2. Can you Pass the Acid Test?
  3. 12 Cocktails to Pair with Books by Women
  4. Destination Unknown

**These are the posts I’m most proud of, not necessarily the ones that got the most views.

Paulina’s Questions:

1. Describe your dream house and where it would be. No money limits!

For someone living in the Seattle area who hasn’t been able to secure reasonable housing, this is a sore topic. Property prices are INSANE here. However, if money wasn’t a factor, I’d have a single-family home with a view of Puget Sound. It’d be nice to have a covered porch, so I could sit out there on a hot summer’s night, drinking G&T’s and reading a book.

It would have a gourmet kitchen, a music room (my piano is currently in storage), and a craft room so I could sew again. Of course, there would be plenty of room for books. I like the look of this space:


2. Do you have any auto-buy authors?

Most of my favorite authors are dead, so if they publish something new, I’d be astonished. As I’ve mentioned a time or twenty on this blog, I love Jane Austen. I also love Georgette Heyer, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace.

Contemporary authors I adore are Frederik Backman, Neil Gaiman, and Robin Sloan.

3. What’s your Hogwarts house and do you feel like you belong to it? (My apologies for this one if you happen to not be a HP fan 😅)

Like Paulina, the Sorting Hat put me in Ravenclaw.


    1. Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
      If you’ve a ready mind,
      Where those of wit and learning,
      Will always find their kind.
      –The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

4. What is your perfect day like?

My perfect day would involve sleeping in until 10 or 11,  a leisurely meal with a fancy cocktail, exploring an interesting part of town (Georgetown or Capitol Hill maybe), listening to music and reading books…and making out with my boyfriend…

5. Weird/funny: what do you do when no one is around or watching? I sing along very loudly and dramatically to all my favorite songs. I particularly like “At the Dark End of the Street” by Percy Sledge and “Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James.

My Nominees:

  1. Books and Blends | @booksandblends
  2. Years of Reading Selfishly | @yearsofreading
  3. IntactAwesomeness | @soma_sahni
  4. A Cat, A Book and a Cup of Tea | @Cat_book_tea
  5. A Crave for Books | @acraveforbooks <–My Comment Challenge Partner!
  6. Books and Fables | @BooksAndFables
  7. The Book Raven
  8. Lindsay Acland | @LindsayJour
  9. The Bibliophagist | @bblphgst
  10. Tar Heel Reader | @tarheelfit

My Questions:

  1. What three characters (from a book, TV show, or movie) would you like to have as guests at a dinner party?
  2. What fictional world would you most like to visit?
  3. How do you get to your job/school now? If you lived in a fantasy world, how would you get to your job/school?
  4. What are you most proud of?
  5. (My “weird” question) What is your theme song?


Thank you, Paulina, for nominating me! This is such a fun experience and it’s great to connect with more bloggers, share some of my favorite blog posts and engage with readers.

To my nominees, I look forward to seeing your responses!

Versatile Blogger Award

Christine, the Uncorked Librarian nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge bloggers who write well, cover unique subjects and demonstrate care in creation of their posts.

Thank you, Christine, for the nomination! I’m flattered that you like my fledgling blog.

A Little More About Christine and The Uncorked Librarian

Of all the people I have met in the bookish corridors of twitter, Christine is one of the nicest and most supportive. We initially connected because our cats look a lot alike.

Christine’s Noah is on the left. My Ms. Kitty is on the right. They kill me with their cuteness.

Christine has a charming writing style and shares her thoughts about the books she reads, the wine she drinks, and the glorious places she travels. In her own Versatile Blogger post, she tells the incredibly sweet story about how she and her husband met. It should be made into a movie. You can visit Christine’s blog here.

The Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the person that nominated you for this award.
  • Link their blog to this post.
  • Select UP TO 15 blogs/bloggers that you either regularly follow or discovered recently.
  • Nominate them for this awesome Versatile Blogger Award with links to their sites.
  • Write 7 things about yourself.

1.  I am a single mother of two teenagers.


When my kids were babies, I imagined parenting would be easier as they got older. The would be able to do more for themselves: eat, get dressed and entertain themselves. I thought I’d catch up on all the sleep I had been missing. What a joke! I still toss and turn at night because I’m worried about them. The challenges they face are far more complex and potentially have greater impact on the course of their lives (driving on the interstate! drugs! mental health issues! sex! school! Justin Bieber!) I never thought I’d be doing this on my own, but here I am. There are so many days when I feel like a complete failure, but I keep trudging along. They’re still healthy. They’re still in school. They still have a roof over their heads. We’re doing all right.

I’m blessed that my son is an empathetic soul. He knows when I need a hug or some help around the house. He has really stepped up during these past years when I needed support.

My daughter is the smart and sassy one. She amazes me with her startling observations about the world and the people she knows. She keeps me grounded and makes me laugh.

2. When I announced to my ex-husband that I wanted to buy a DSLR, he asked me why. I said, “I want to take pictures of leaves.”

And so I did.


I have since added some diversity to my photography. I like pictures of places we’ve traveled, self-portraits, flower macros, still life studies, and wildlife images.

3. I love making and sharing music with others. For a time, I tried to encourage my daughter to play the piano.

Cruella DeVil

She did quite well, but has since given it up to pursue her dreams of becoming a rock star. We’re taking guitar lessons.

4. I used to sew and knit all my own clothes. I was really proud of my creations and still wear many of them.

MMJ - Day 23

Unfortunately, between working full time, raising two kids and learning to play Blackbird on an acoustic guitar, I’ve had to resort to buying clothes again.

One of these days, I’m going to find an excuse to wear this Marie Antoinette style dress I made for myself.

Marie Antoinette style dress

5. I suffer from chronic migraines.

They are not just mere headaches. I don’t want to be defined by a neurological condition, because I’m so much more than that; however, it’s had a big impact on my life.

Day 8: Chronic

I’ve learned two hard truths from dealing with this:

(a) Even nice people will assume you’re not doing everything you can to treat a migraine and will offer you unsolicited advice, such as cutting out gluten or lactose, drinking 60 glasses of water a day or taking this pill or injecting that kind of drug. Luckily, I’ve found some things that help me. Please understand that what works for one person may not work for someone else.

(b) Everyone will tire of hearing you say you can’t do something because your head hurts. Friends will assume you’re avoiding them. Employers will suspect you are shirking your job. Family will feel put out that you don’t cook dinner night after night or go to soccer games or cocktail parties. Meanwhile, you’re tired of missing out too.

6. I sometimes dream of quitting my job to be a baker or run a bookstore–or both.

peach pie

On second thought, if I were a baker I’d have to get up awfully early. I’ll stick with the book store dream.

I’m a litigation paralegal, which means I spend day after day reviewing documents. Sometimes, it’s interesting and exciting. Other days, it’s a slog.

7. I don’t like heights, but I’ve hiked to the top of  Tolmie Peak…


contemplated the grandeur of a Mayan pyramid…


and work on the 44th floor of a building.

In February of 2001, the Nisqually earthquake hit Seattle. My office tower swayed back and forth like a boat on a storm-tossed sea. I hid under my desk and dug my fingers into the carpet so I would stay put. I’ll be quite happy to retire and keep closer to the ground. I still may check out a pyramid or two. That was cool.

And now it’s my turn to nominate some of my friends for the versatile blogger award!

  1. Louise at Little Fool Reads
  2. The Artsy Reader
  3. Sammie at The Writerly Way
  4. Sleepy Sam Reads
  5. Jess and Teagan at Fiction No Chaser
  6. Adventures in Lit
  7. Rachel at In Between Book Pages
  8. Cris at The Biblioblonde