The Versatile Blogger :)

Yay! The lovely Sophia Richardson (of My Fleet-Footed Self) has passed The Versatile Blogger award to me. I’m honored and excited–my very first blog award! 🙂 Thanks so much, Sophia!

Here are the rules of the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award (of course!).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 10 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason.
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

So, um… seven things about myself. Why do I feel so much pressure to be entertaining?!

1. I started out a reluctant blogger. Basically, my critique partners applied some gentle pressure (okay, they may have hounded me) to which I finally succumbed. That was about a year ago. Somehow, I’ve morphed into an enthusiastic blogger–so much so that sometimes I’m blogging when I should be writing.

2. I’m an unapologetic Disney-aholic. I’ve passed on my love of the parks, the characters, and the movies to my daughter. Now, we’re a team capable of hounding my husband into watching Princess movies on Friday nights and taking multiple trips to Disney World when he swore he’d only go once a decade.  Yeah, right.

3. I’m a country music freak, and I absolutely love going to concerts. There’s nothing better than seeing Kenny Chesney or Tim McGraw or Sugarland perform live. My obsession began when we lived near Nashville, and has only grown since. Next on my must-see list? Zac Brown Band.

4. I’m most inspired by the writing and storytelling of Jandy Nelson, Melina Marchetta, Gayle Forman, Judy Blume, JK Rowling, Curtis Sittenfield and Ken Follett.

5. Michael C. Hall is, in my humble opinion, the best actor EVER. Loved him as David on Six Feet Under, adore him as Dexter.

6. I’m reluctant to the most trivial kinds of change. I eat the exact same breakfast every day. I drive the original route I learned to get someplace, even if I later learn a quicker or easier way. I hate starting new books and getting to know new characters . I plan my days, weeks, and months in advance as carefully as possible. I’ve always been this way, but I think my “condition” has been exacerbated by my constantly changing Army wife lifestyle. When your husband gets shipped out on a moment’s notice and you’re forced to move every two or three years, you learn to grasp on to the little things you can control.

7. I used to teach fifth grade. At the time, I loved it and poured everything I had into it. Now, I have absolutely no desire to go back. Ever since my daughter was born, I’ve stopped caring about other people’s children. Is that terrible?

And ten fantastic bloggers I’d like to share this award with:

Heather Howland
Jessica Love
Katharine Owens
Amie Kaufman
Caroline Tung Richmond
Tracey Neithercott
Erin Bowman
Rebecca Behrens
June Goodwin
Brenda Drake


7 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger :)

  1. katharine says:

    thanks and re: #7 that is NOT terrible. I feel the same way about other people’s children. I used to work as a nanny and I loved it. I think we’re programmed to feel more invested in our kids when we have them (and have less patience for others’ kids). It makes a lot of sense.

    • katyupperman says:

      Okay, I feel better now. It’s a natural chemistry to care more about your own child (and pretty much stop caring about the children of strangers)… totally makes sense. 🙂

  2. Sophia Richardson says:

    I love your seventh point, too funny! I just watched Tangled for the first time (literally not three minutes ago), so I’m right there with you on the Disney love. I put off watching Tangled and The Princess and The Frog for the same reason I haven’t rewatched Beauty and the Beast in a few years despite my hardcore love for it– I hate the thought that a Disney movie will lose (or not have) the ability to make me cry.
    – Sophia.

  3. Rebecca B says:

    Thank you, thank you!
    I need to watch Tangled–I am also a Disney freak. Disneyland is my *happy place.* (I realize it’s kind of everyone’s happy place, but whatever!)

    • katyupperman says:

      No, I know what you mean… of course everyone is happy at Disneyland, but I am like, intensly joyful there, especially when I see how much fun my daughter has. 🙂

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