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  • A Slew of Awards & Recognition. For You.


    I have been neglect in paying it forward, so today I shall pay it forward AND backward, and then round and round. By the time I’m done, you’ll have so many places to go you won’t know which one to add to your feed reader first!

    I know I’m not a big blog. I don’t count up my inbound links or think Alexa (or whatever) has any bearing on the reason I blog or the awesome people I’ve met. I honestly don’t really care about all that. What I do care about is whether or not you all come back, because if you don’t – that means I’m a dork. Maybe a neglectful dork, and most likely a boring dork. In the spirit of knocking out the former, I give you a full on comprehensive payback of the wonderfulness that is you guys, those of you who find my blog dork-free. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the deepest darkest archives of this place that is my blog. For making it what it is, for making me feel special, and for letting me share this gift I’ve been blessed with in an honest non-braggy sort of way. I’m glad you’re here.

    {{insert warm fuzzies, mushy gushy stuff and hugs here}}

    Without further adieu, here’s just about everybody I’ve come to know. If I missed you, you are hereby granted one virtual smack upside the head (for me, not you) and also a free pass to my contact form to write me up a well deserved keyboard lashing.

    awardbmp-754462.jpgKim awarded me this lovely flowery “You Make My Day” award. It’s very springy, so of course I was tickled about that, but even more tickled that Kim just happened across my blog not too long ago. I’m delighted to make her day, since she’s such a chipper chick herself. That’s flattering all by itself. Now I’m supposed to pass this on to 5 people, but I may go over. I’m sure you’ll forgive me, right?

    I’m giving this one to: D, Mert, Robin, Caren, Friglet, Geekwif, Angel, Ladybug, Pamibe, SleepingMommy, NappyGirl, and YellowRose.

    SleepingMommy awarded me this beautiful Bloggers of the World award that Colin created.

    I’m going to pass this on to the bloggers who make me feel more worldly for knowing them. Whether they live in another country or just a different part of this one, at some point I’ve felt like “man, there’s a lot out there that I haven’t experienced” at least once, thanks to these people:

    Kailani, MiscMum, Dylan, WhyMommy, Lolo, Susan, Lesley, Kim, Sharon, Sheila, JAM, Audrey, Carmi, Michele and David .
    Pam seems to think my blog is Excellent. (The check is in the mail.) Seriously. From a woman who says what she thinks with no apologies for being real. First, I’m going to give this right back to her, second, I’m gonna poke her with a pointy stick for trying to be sneaky about it, and third, I’m going to give this one to some, but not all, of the excellent people I read. Obviously I only hang out with excellent people, since I’m rated “E” for Excellent and we attract those most like ourselves, right?

    Here are some excellent people you might not know yet: InterstellarLass, Thumper, Laura, Marisa, Shelly, Heather @ Swordgirl, WhyRUStalkingME, Heather @ Nurseblogger, Crazy MomCat, Mrs. Flinger, Nancy, Kevin and WackyMommy.

    Although I find it slightly odd and mildly uncomfortable to be kissed by a girl, it happened and I have to get over it. Robin says “The Mwah! Award is a sweet kiss given to say thank you for friendships and comments in the blogosphere. Apparently it was started by Jenn in Holland.” so with that said, I’m going to have to give a big fat wet one to my long-time friends and top commentors (who actually have blogs).

    Virtual kisses to Erikie, Nancy, Kimberle/MommaK, Lisa and Sue.
    Tinkerbell forwarded this great compliment and it’s about dang time I pay it forward, too. I have a serious blogroll, folks – and I don’t want anyone to go without knowing that you’re on it, and I read you as often as possible (and sometimes, as often as you slackers update your blogs! haha! ::nudges Raehan::). Some of you might not even know you’re ON my blogroll, so nyah-nyah – now you do.

    Jo, Lindsey, The Rock Chick, Darren, DeeJay, Janet, Bitsy, Marshamlow (which, btw, sounds like marshmallow in my head), Christine, June, Melissa, Lulu, Jennifer, Kerflop, Lisa @ Lisa’s Chaos, Forrest, All Adither, Alicia, Emila, MeeAugraphie, Apocalyps, LifeCruiser and Renee.

    Did I miss you? Let me know. Feel free to pay it forward yourself – DO let someone know you think they’re awesome, surely it’ll brighten their day as much as you all brighten mine!


    Robin said,

    Awww thanks and the kiss was completely platonic, I swear.:friends:

    Robin’s last blog post..Need Ideas?

    2.4.2008 @ 2:21 pm
    pam said,

    Thanks for the award[s]!! LOL! You make me laugh; I love that about you! :friends:

    Looks like some great links to check out; I’ll be busy for awhile… :good:

    pam’s last blog post..Tech Talk

    2.4.2008 @ 2:24 pm
    Renee said,

    Thanks for the cool award! I love your blog too!

    Renee’s last blog post..I did a stupid thing the other day…

    2.4.2008 @ 2:42 pm

    Wow, I’m so honored to receive this from you! Thanks SO much. You are not a dork, no way, no how! Your blog is quite cool in fact. I love how unique it is in its layout and design too! Totally fresh and fun, I love it. Now I will take my award and put it up on the mantle. Thank you for including me in your serious blog award extravaganza! You go girl!

    melissa @ the inspired room’s last blog post..Living A Beautiful Life: Alexandra Stoddard

    2.4.2008 @ 3:52 pm
    Kimberly said,

    Back Atcha!! :kiss:

    Kimberly’s last blog post..Fresh Air

    2.4.2008 @ 3:58 pm
    taba said,

    i’m sorry. i couldn’t actually read this post b/c it had no puppy content.:grumpy:

    2.4.2008 @ 4:15 pm
    Heather said,

    Thanks Leanne! I think you’re excellent too!

    (and I am just a little bit jealous that I didn’t get a kiss)


    Heather’s last blog post..what i believe

    2.4.2008 @ 4:44 pm
    Sleeping Mommy said,

    Ah, thank you ma’am. I feel the same way about you. I’m always in awe of your talent and your kindness and visiting your blog makes my day each and every time.

    2.4.2008 @ 4:46 pm
    ANappyGirl said,

    Hey, girl!

    Thanks for the shout out! You DO make my day! I appreciate your kindness, your talent and your…spirit. You’re a decent human being — a rarity in this world, online and off.

    So…back to you!


    ANappyGirl’s last blog post..We?re Snowed In!

    2.4.2008 @ 5:04 pm
    Usedtobeme said,

    Do you know, this is only my second award I’ve ever received? I know, that’s crazy!

    I thank you for thinking of me. xoxo Me


    Usedtobeme’s last blog post..Dark

    2.4.2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Thank you so much, hon x


    Karen (Misc Mum)’s last blog post..Catblogging – for the day

    2.4.2008 @ 7:13 pm
    Lisa's Chaos said,

    :rofl: Yippee!!
    Thanx a heap! I thought I was going to get to bop you on the head :duh: so I’m a little disappointed but not really. :)

    I hate to tell you, but we read you because you ARE a dork and as you said, likenesses attract. :) :hug:

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Fun Morbid Monday :)

    2.4.2008 @ 7:24 pm
    Lisa's Chaos said,

    Honestly, all day I’ve felt like this :gloomy: :bawling: and you have just made me feel :swimming: :yes:

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Fun Morbid Monday :)

    2.4.2008 @ 7:26 pm
    emila yusof said,

    Wow! Thank you so much for the award! I’m so honoured!

    emila yusof’s last blog post..Blanket – Illo Friday

    2.4.2008 @ 7:51 pm
    kailani said,

    Thank you for thinking of me! I’m honored!

    kailani’s last blog post..My Friend Mrs. Beasley

    2.5.2008 @ 2:29 am

    Thanks! That is so sweet of you.

    2.5.2008 @ 5:17 am
    June said,

    Whew, I’m exhausted and whew, I was listed as an honoree.:thanku: — so much! It’s going to be fun to chisel away at visiting all of these sites.

    June’s last blog post..Super Tuesday

    2.5.2008 @ 6:40 am
    June said,

    I must have screwed up the little emoticon by typing in dashes after it. Lets try that again.. :thanku:

    June’s last blog post..Super Tuesday

    2.5.2008 @ 6:42 am
    Marcia said,

    Leanne –

    No one could possibly feel like this: :gloomy:

    or this: :grumpy: for very long

    with you out you there doing this: :clapping:

    So, :thanku: very much. A pleasant surprise.

    -Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    Marcia’s last blog post..Writer’s Island – Magic or Destiny?

    2.5.2008 @ 7:53 am
    SwordMama said,

    Thank you Leanne! You’ve made my morning! I’ve got this big smile on my face now. :mrgreen:

    SwordMama’s last blog post..Snake Creeps down practicing on Sunday…

    2.5.2008 @ 8:04 am
    All Adither said,

    That was a really nice thing to do. Thanks!

    2.5.2008 @ 9:03 am
    Dylan said,

    Thanks for the hono(u)r Leanne – nice to know that you still pop by! Hopefully I haven’t messed up your fantastic design too much yet!

    Dylan’s last blog post..Lost in translation

    2.5.2008 @ 11:02 am
    kim said,

    I love being a chipper chick! Thanks for the compliment!

    2.5.2008 @ 11:35 am

    Thanks Leanne! You made my day! :thanku:

    Christine@AreWeThereYet Mom’s last blog post..My Weekly Update a little early

    2.5.2008 @ 11:42 am
    Janet said,

    awwww, Leanne, I heart your blog, too! Thank you :-)

    Janet’s last blog post..So it is written?

    2.5.2008 @ 1:51 pm
    YellowRose said,

    Aw shucks! Just so you know, you make my day too! :hug:

    YellowRose’s last blog post..Ten On Tuesday

    2.5.2008 @ 5:36 pm
    Mrs. Flinger said,

    Seriously, ME?! I heart you to bits, woman. (you know that and you don’t even have to adorn me with gloriousness to get me to say it. ;-)

    Muwha!! And thank you.

    Mrs. Flinger’s last blog post..Innocents

    2.5.2008 @ 7:44 pm
    RennyBA said,

    What a wonderful way to collect your Awards and it proves you’ve got a lot of recognitions. I would say you deserve every one of them very much – your a great contribution to Blogsphere.
    I have collected mine in my Awards page ( ) and to me it is an inspiration to move on with my work – I do hope these awards of yours have the same effect on you!

    RennyBA’s last blog post..Oslo Winter Festival

    2.6.2008 @ 4:16 am
    D said,

    aww… you just made my day!

    Thanks for the sweetness, it was just right!

    Right back atcha also :wave:

    2.6.2008 @ 11:41 am

    […] Leanne gave me this award during the week and her reasoning was, ”I’m going to pass this on to the bloggers who make me feel more worldly for knowing them.” I’m touched that my Down-Underish-ness makes you feel that way Leanne, although I’m not sure I’m more ‘worldly’ than the next person! […]

    2.6.2008 @ 1:01 pm
    Thumper said,

    Wow…I’m touched!

    2.6.2008 @ 2:00 pm
    Jennifer said,

    :jawdrop: Thanks, how very nice. Have a great day.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..It Boils Down…

    2.6.2008 @ 7:12 pm
    Lulu said,

    Leanne – I am so far behind. In life, in reading blogs, etc. Thank you for this award! It’s so nice! I will gladly post it on my blog as soon as I can remember where my laptop is. Wait-oh-I’m typing on it. Give me a few days… :sorry:

    Lulu’s last blog post..Mystery Theater Thursday: Case of the Spotted Dog

    2.7.2008 @ 6:39 am
    Bob said,

    Well deserved praise for a job well done. It’s obviously not just one person’s opinion.
    :grouphug: Keep it coming.

    2.7.2008 @ 7:29 am
    Lindsey said,

    Aww, thanks so much!! I heart your blog too!!!

    Lindsey’s last blog post..So, who’s winning?

    2.7.2008 @ 2:07 pm
    Erikie said,

    MUAH back atcha sweet thing! THANKS! :yahoo:

    Erikie’s last blog post..My Turtledove

    2.8.2008 @ 10:30 pm

    You’re sooo worth it – and every award that’s out there!!!! Truly!!!!

    I’m so honored by the award passed on to me, but then again, you’ve done at least half my blog since you’re the designer, so it would be kind of weird if you didn’t like it…. *giggles*


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    Nancy Bond said,

    Leanne! Thanks so much for the “E” award! I’m so sorry I didn’t see this last week. It is much appreciated. Your blog is stunning — you are so talented!

    Nancy Bond’s last blog post..Peer Award

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    3.31.2008 @ 11:46 am
    Angel said,

    I am SO behind on life, i.e. my favorite BLOGS!

    Thank you, I am so humbled and love and adore you and your blog. I think of you often when I’m doing my photography.

    Thanks for loving little ol’ absent me ;)

    7.4.2008 @ 5:24 am

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