Wednesday, January 13, 2010

C'Mon Get Happy

A big thank you to Stephanie Thornton of Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel for awarding me the über-delicious Happy 101 award. Cupcakes and an award? Count me in.

First up, the rules (which are pretty simple). I'm supposed to list 10 things that make me happy and then pass the award on to 10 recipients. See? Simple.

Here I go.

1. Love. I am a romantic mushy girlie girl when it comes to the big L word. Love makes me very, very happy.

2. Up North. In Michigan, going up north is like going to a party--all your friends will be there. Even in the winter time people trek up north to go sledding and ice fishing, which is exactly what I'm doing this weekend. I can't wait!

3. Gardening. Strawberries, daisies, tomatoes and roses--I plant them all. I love nature and nurturing its growth.

4. Reading. Technically writing makes me happy too, but reading is SO much easier. I absolutely love getting lost in other people's stories and thinking about the characters hours after I've put the book down. Super cool.

5. Quiet mornings. Morning like today when I have the house to myself, a hot cup of cocoa, and a fully-charged laptop. Look out world, Stephanie Damore is out to tackle you.

6. Quilting. I love making quilts, especially baby ones. They're always super cute and friends love receiving them as gifts. Quilting also serves as another creative outlet when I'm drained from writing, but still wanna create something awesome.

7. Ice cream. YUM! I never liked chocolate ice cream much, but now it's my favorite flavor. Just yesterday I dug into a bowl of Edy's double churned chocolate while querying for BEAUTY SECRETS. Ice cream and querying, now there's a winning combination.

8. Blogging. Blogging really makes me happy. I love reading what you all have to say and having a place to express my personality every single day. Aren't blogs wonderful?

9. Cleaning. I might be on my own on this one, but I really like having a clean house. Now, I'm not saying my house is clean all the time, but it makes me happy when it is. I feel so productive after making my house shine.

10. Adventure. Whether it's traveling around the country or just trying a new restaurant, being adventurous makes me happy. Life's an adventure, live it!

Okay, now the 10 blogs that make me happy are as follows: (Oh, and sorry if you've already received this award, but you make me happy, so you get to receive it again!)

1. Laura Martone, Laura's Simple Pleasures
2. Shannon O'Donnell, Book Dreaming
3. Rayna Reads, Breaking into Publishing, One Day at a Time
4. Jennifer J. Bennett
5. Voidwalker, Into the Void
6. Wendy Sparrow, Where Ladybugs Roar
7. Diana Paz, Writing Roller Coasters
8. DebraLSchubert, Write On Target
9. Matthew Delman, Free the Princess
10. Lynnette Labelle, Chatterbox Chit Chat

Okay people, pass the happiness on!


J.J. Bennett said...


Thank you so much! I love awards... looks like I need to do some catching up. Laura gave me one awhile ago. You both are too kind.

As for cleaning, I enjoy how I feel after it's done. Not so much during...LOL

Steph Damore said...

Jen, you're welcome. And when I start cleaning, I can't stop. I seriously tear the house apart, moving from room to room. It's gotten worse knowing we'll be moving in a few months. Everything must go!

Voidwalker said...

Thank you very much! Your blog makes me happy too. I wouldn't have pegged you for a gardner though, or quilting for that matter. It's fun to learn new things about people here.

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks for the award. I could use a little happiness right now. I'll mention this on Monday when I do my Monday Me series. Have a great day!

Lynnette Labelle

Steph Damore said...

Void, see, you learn something new everyday. Can't wait to see what fun happy facts we learn about you.

Lynnette--Glad to add a little happiness to your day. It's the little things in life that make me smile.

Matthew Delman said...

Thank you for the award my Michiganer compadre!

It's flattering to hear my ramblings make you happy. I hope you enjoy your move and try to find some joy in living in a new place.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awwww, you are the best! And you're right - we do have a lot in common. I say a big DITTO to #3, #5, and #s 7-9. Thanks, Steph. Your blog makes me happy too, so I just gave it right back! :-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Thank you for the award! I am happy most of the time, which is a wonderful thing. You're a sweetheart to think of me. Much appreciated. Love your ten things, btw - you can come over and garden and clean any time.;-)

Voidwalker said...

Ah, but you must have missed that post. Here it is.

Diana Paz said...

Oh wow!! Thank you so much, I love this tasty award! I can't wait to pass it on :)

You definitely deserve this award. Now that I "see" you on Twitter I think your twice as sweet. I think you ate ice cream and quilted today!

Thanks again! :)

Wendy Sparrow said...

I haven't received this award yet. Thank you. It does look really, really tasty, and I do love frosting.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Steph! It makes me happy that I make you happy, which likely makes you happy and so forth - it's like one big circle of happiness. ;-)

But I do have a question. Since Deb passed me the same award, do I now have to reveal 20 things about myself? 'Cause I don't think I'm quite that interesting.

P.S. You're not the only one, btw, who likes cleaning. Doing the dishes, folding clothes, even cleaning my kitty's litter box all give me a strange sense of accomplishment - plus, cleaning can be so therapeutic. Course, I probably like reading, ice cream, and adventure even more.

Diana Paz said...

Okay, I just posted my happy things and awards, so fun!! Thanks again! :)

Steph Damore said...

Wow, so much happiness abounds:)

Matt--You're a Michigander? Did I already know this? Three cheers for the mitten state!!!

Shannon--Thanks so much. I guess we really do have a lot in common. You know what they say about great minds!

Debra--You're welcome! You totally deserve it. And have I told you what a networking diva you are? Amazing. How do you do it?

Steph Damore said...

Void--How did I miss that post? Okay, now I've read your post and I've learned all sorts of happy things about you. How's the wedding plans coming along?

Di--You're so welcome, and thanks so much for the kind words. For the record, I think you're just as sweet. AND I love reading your tweets between you and Wendy--you girls crack me up.

Yes WENDY--who doesn't love frosting. MMMM... I have two tubs in my fridge just calling to me.

Steph Damore said...

Laura--I'm loving the circle of happiness. It has a Lion-Kingy feel to it, doesn't it?

What? You can't come up with 20 things? C'mon, I know you can. I can probably list 20 things about you I've learned in the last year :) Okay, okay, you can get away with 10.