My blog is about the scenic, stressful, spectacular life (and everything screwy in between) of a
California girl turned expat transplanted to the land down under: North Queensland, Australia.

October 06, 2010

A Major Award!

(Brownie points if anyone can tell me what movie my blog title comes from!)

The lovely Barb from This and That awarded me with the “One Lovely Blog” award, and I am super excited! Thanks Barb! It seems like once a week I get about one new follower, so to get an award on my blog is very confidence building. If it were up to me, my blog would be everywhere in the world to see, but Google and myself can only do so much sadly…so please, spread the word around if you like my blog and for God’s sake, hit the “Follow” button!

This award has a stipulation: I have to pay it forward, if you will. I have to list 10 things I love and 10 bloggers to give the award to. So here goes, in no particular order:

1. I love Paul Frank. Seriously. Like obsessive love. I met the real Paul Frank in 2000, and he actually called me and we talked for about 20 minutes, and it was like meeting Jesus. When I first started counting how many items of Paul Frank I had, it was around 2001 and the number was around 83. Yeah. That number has grown exponentially. I even have two Skurvy tattoos:

  fresh tattoo!                                               

2. I love food. My best friend likes to make fun of me because when I go out to eat I only order one of the following: Beef dip, chicken fingers or a patty melt. There are none of these in Australia. I made a burrito today with a can of refried beans, white cheese and salsa and I died it tasted so good. You make do with what you have, folks!

3. I love my computer. Ironically, my computer is my link to the outside world. I can Facebook my friends, e-mail my mom, organize pictures I have taken, write to my hearts content, download “My So-Called Life”, and play The Sims and World of Warcraft (oh yes, I play). It’s my most prized material possession, the first thing I would grab if there was a fire.

4. I love my cats. I wish I didn’t, because they are not with me anymore. I had to give them back to the rescue organization I adopted them from. It’s been three months and I still cry at least twice a week when I think of them. They were my kids. They will never be replaceable. I check their website and they have yet to be adopted, and it breaks my heart. I really contemplate flying back home if only to have them again in my life. I love you, Sam and Portal, and I will never forget you (damn tears).

The Cats Dec 09

4. I love my family. This is a given, if you’ve ever read my blogs (especially yesterdays). I never thought I would live so far away from all of them, and everyone with the exception of my mom lives in the same town we grew up in. I miss them, and it makes me sad to know I won’t be there to watch my niece and nephew’s grow up.

5. I love my friends. If you’re on my Facebook friends list, you mean something to me. Really! My husband has like 374 friends, and it’s people that he like, borrowed a pencil from once in sixth grade. I’m not down with that. If you’re on there, you have made some sort of an impact in my life and I care about you. Granted, I wouldn’t necessarily call all of them “friends”, but they all hold a special place in my heart.

6. I love Grey's Anatomy. Holy crap. Every episode I watch makes me cry. Every episode. Shoot, my eyes tear up the minute Dr. Bailey comes on screen. Did you see last season’s finale? SHE DESERVED AN EMMY!!! Here, I have this scene in my Youtube favourites, and I still get chills!

7. I love music. Okay, once upon a time music was my life. It saved my life. I’ve been to many concerts and have met a handful of rock stars (I’m still proud to say Fred Durst signed my boobs!). It doesn’t hold the same kind of magic that it did when I was growing up, and I don’t know if I blame that on the quality of music now or if the passion I hold for music has waned. My brother gave me a tape of Metallica’s “…And Justice for All” when I was 9, and something about it awoke feelings I never knew I had. I hit puberty when Grunge exploded. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, these were my brothers. My voice when I didn’t have one. The two bands I hold the highest regard for are Tool and Nine Inch Nails. Thank Jeebus they are still making music, and every year as I age and mature, their music seems to age and mature. My son’s name? Trent. I love music.

8. I love sleep. Sleep is my protector. Sleep is my reset button when things get too overwhelming. When my emotions take over, I don’t get mad. When I cry so much I can’t think, I don’t get suicidal, I get sleepy. I wake up each time refreshed and know that tomorrow is another day. They recently did a study and found that too much sleep is as bad for you as too little, but I will gladly shave 10 years off my life for sleeping too much now than taking my own life one day because I can’t regroup and function properly.

9. I love the five most important men in my life. Men used to be scary and unreliable growing up due to my father. I never trusted them, and was always wary around them. My grandpa was always there for me and my family, so he made me understand that men can be strong. My stepdad stood by me even when I was a total bastard, and he made me understand that men can be loyal. My son makes me step back and notice how awesome and silly and dorky he can be (just like his mom), and he made me understand that men can be loved unconditionally. My best friend pulled me out of too many ruts to count and made me a stronger person in the process, and made me understand that men can be supportive. My husband is a saint and perfect to me in so many ways, and made me understand that men can actually love me (And a shout-out to Windsor, my brother, and my nephews who all possess these same traits).

10. I love the five most important women in my life. My mom is a freaking rock, someone who brushes the dirt off her shoulder and always triumphs over adversity. Al is so similar to my mom. She and I were total opposites growing up, yet best friends. I was the one who always needed a boyfriend, yet she wouldn’t care if someone liked her or not-and when it ended, who cares? Di rescued me from a lonely last year of junior high by asking “hey, you wanna come eat with me and my friends?” She was my peer pressure, and the source of nearly all of my crazy high school stories. She is now a wife with a beautiful son and a solid head on her shoulders, and I am so proud to call her a true friend. Kato is my crazy insane other half. She is the Christina to my Meredith (I love Grey’s Anatomy!). She defies any type of explanation, and she has many times in my life been the person I wish I could be: extremely motivated, independent, always busy and active and surrounded by people who love her just as much as I do. She is a diamond in the rough. Lastly is my niece Gracie. She (or my sister, her mom) may not know how much she means to me, but when I see her I am extremely happy. She is a free spirit, always smiling and cheerful. I may not have any more children, but I can live vicariously through her and my nephews, who also make my heart swell up.

As for the 10 people I would award the “Lovely Blog” to, a lot of the blogs that I read are outrageous, off the wall, or for people like me. I could only manage to consider 5 of those blogs “lovely”, and I’ll tell you why:

1. This and That. Yes, I know you should reciprocate thanks, but I would have given her this award even if she didn’t give it to me in the first place. I have an urge to call her mom, because when I read her stories they are so similar to the ones my mother and I have shared. She is true and unflinching and I am so happy I found her blog.

2. Speaking of unflinching, Canadian Blogger Girl has been through some shit in her life, let me tell you. There are some blogs you read like watching a train wreck, but not hers. She handles struggles given to her with grace and strength. When life hands her lemons, she makes a freaking gourmet lemon pie out of them!

3. Fully Fashioned. I stumbled onto her blogs when I was looking for Australian expat blogs. She is a Pommy (from England) who lives in Melbourne (so jealous!), and is f*cking hilarious. Not always, though-she is deep and really tells it like it is. I wish to find her a man online someday ;)

4. Recycled Fashion. I found her blog through Fully Fashioned, and was smitten. I by no means am creative, but her blogs show how to make something out of well, anything! I once called her the “Fashion MacGyver”.

5. Lastly, Diary of an Indy Grrrl is just so awesome. My last Sunday Shout-Out (yes, I’m behind) was about her, and for good reason: she is an artist, fashion maven, movie critic and so much more.

Ladies, I salute you! Holla!


  1. Awww, i love cats too! they are darlings! Congrats for the award!

  2. Its so hard to leave your furry loved one behind! Trust me, I've had to do it.

    Thank you so much for the award, and your kind words!


  3. Its from A Christmas Story. I Won, I Won, I Won. Maybe it's a bowling alley.

  4. Hed...those words mean more to me than you can know. I enjoy blogging and writing about my life stories but I am comforted to know I may be helping someone feel better, breathe easier, or maybe even like themselves a little better. You can call me your South Carolina Mom anytime. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  5. You're sweet, thank you : )

  6. Thank you so much for the award! I love nickname 'Fashion MacGyver' :)

  7. Congrats on the award. New follower here. Kept reading about the amazing Hed so I thought I would come visit. Can't wait to read more. Hugs from a Aussie cat lover. :)

  8. CBG, Barb, Indy and Erica-you guys all deserved it!

    Mynx-thanks for joining! I've been lazy catching up on new blogs, I promise to get to yours today! <3

  9. Barb-Yes, it was "A Christmas Story!"