VIBA- Very Inspirational Blogger Award- (Dude!)

It’s 4:30AM and I awoke to my husband’s snoring (it’s like a wildebeest mixed with death) and realized… There’s no baby crying! What?! Oh yeah, he’s sleeping alone! In another room… He’s doing fine, I might add! Woohoo!

So it’s 4:30AM and I am stumbling around, checking on CDubs and as I am filling a glass of water I see I have emails galore touting baby onesies for $3.99 and this comment from Rachael (check out her blog btw I enjoy reading her posts) telling me she’s nominated me (duuude! Let me show my age with the first word of shock that pops into my head) for a VIBA!!

I’m going to tell you, I was touched. I couldn’t… I was… I started this blog, as many of you know, because I was going quite mad watching BBC America all day (Little Dorrit, From Lark Rise to Candleford, Downton Abbey… I’ve been shameless). I itched to do something in writing. I had to turn in 20 lesson plans a week for my teaching job and to suddenly stop, it was like, “what am I to do with myself?” Newborns eat a lot and sleep a lot. On you. So I began blogging with one hand on the iPhone, one hand cradling a sleeping newborn.

I said to myself then “this is for me. It doesn’t matter if one or twenty read this, I am doing it for me.” But then one or two follows trickled in and I was like “Saints preserve us! People are reading my addle brained, sleep deprived musings!” Which only encouraged me more. I thank you for that, all of you.

I had no idea how important it actually was to know someone was listening. I have to admit as a survivor of child abuse, knowing someone is actually taking the time to listen; better than a new Coach bag, better than a hug, just… It rocks.

Here I am with 25 followers strong and I am just honored you followed and ridiculously pleased Rachel nominated me. Thank you so much madam, I am truly deeply honored. You are a prolific blogger who has obviously been blogging a long time (just with your ease of word use and such), and you seeing such a glimmer of inspiration in my wild typings, I thank you madam.

Now there are rules to this sort of thing and one is to post the rules and follow the rules, kind of opposite Fight Club in that respect. The rules of accepting a VIBA:

the Award Guidelines are As Follows:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you. (Again thank you Rachael)

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other Amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blog that nominated you. (Which is the simplest thing because, I was already following Rachael!)

Alright, 7 facts for you all about myself. Gonna share some obvious ones and ones you may not know because you are in the interwebs!

Fact One: Until the age of 11 I had a noticeable British accent and was bullied mercilessly about it. Why? Because I was born and raised in the Southern portion of the USA! There was no reason I should have that accent except my father did and he reinforced our accidents with hours of Are You Being Served?

Fact Two: I grew up in a hoarding environment. My mother who is bipolar and manic depressive was the hoarder and also beat us and we often went around with bruises as children. Life was pretty hellish.

Fact Three: I put myself through college and met my wonderful husband there!

Fact Four: I can play: Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, trumpet, Saxophone, bass clarinet, Baritone, tuba, violin, Viola, stringed upright bass, cello, guitar, drum set, and percussion instruments. I can sing in French (it’s horrible, my accent), German, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Spanish. I play better than I sing but, my voice isn’t half bad either. (Had to learn all this stuff to get my Music Education Degree.)

Fact Five: I have a rare eye disease called PIC and I also have a Pituitary Adenoma which is a tumor on that gland. Having both diseases together makes me very rare indeed!

Fact Six: this one takes a bit of… Strength to mention because in the South we don’t like to talk about personal, personal things but, here we go. I identify as being not homosexual, bisexual, or straight but as asexual. For reals. I’ve kinda been putting on a front for years. I enjoy the act with my husband but could be quite happy in the same token to never have sex ever again. It’s my husband that makes me want to because I love him and want to be close with him; not because I am a raving sex machine. I truly thought something was wrong with me until I figured that out. Didn’t know it had a name just figured it was a reaction to the sexual abuse of my childhood and I had to “work through it.”

Fact Seven: Sushi. I need it to live.

Those were rather heavy, my bad but I feel that my core being is defined by many if those facts. Some are just for fun. My spirit animal is white tuna sashimi. Just saying.

All the blogs I nominate I read at the very least, weekly and I genuinely enjoy doing so. Some have been nominated before but, I just enjoy then too much to not mention them! I understand if they do not go through this process again though!

I will nominate then notify, but please give me time, my bebe is most demanding (and should be!)!

These are in no particular Order and are all quite fabulous:

Natacha Guyot
Natacha’s blog is a Sci Fye Fantasy extravaganza. I mean she writes about Buffy and Star Wars! How can you not love that!

A very funny blogger with interesting topics. I enjoyed her want to expand her writing with her prompts! I really enjoyed the one about taking just a nibble!

Fashion for Lunch
I want just about every darn thing she blogs about. Seriously inspired me to step up my wardrobe.

Rose B Fischer
She blogs about mental illness how it’s portrayed in the media. She is always interesting and makes me think.

Valeriu Dg Barbu
Love, love, love the poetry Valeriu posts in THREE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES for EACH poem. Dedication my friends, dedication.

Suzie81 Speaks
She’s gotten this award before but, that’s because she deserves it. Besides being a fellow music teacher (from across the pond), she’s funny and again makes me think about things. Very prolific blogger. The American in me loves hearing about England too…

Not A Punk Rocker
Besides our shared affinity for doing stuff to our hair when we get the itch to change, NAPR is down to earth and just right there bold! The super hero Legos are awesome btw. Love her blog!

His Wife, Our Life
A very sweet loving blog about this young woman and the love if her life. I like reading about her personal discoveries and it takes me back to when Ryan and I just started out… Although the two courtships are completely different, I can feel the same types of emotions though, when I read her stuff.

Knocked Over by a Feather
Another kick butt blog. I like the quotes and the musings. She is a very strong woman.

I am just getting into this blog. So far very light and quirky (in a good way!). I enjoy the posts I have read so far!

Girl Eats Greens
Her blog








And she posts the recipes too!

This blog is a fount of positivity!

Is a young, hip, fashionable wandering soul. Gives good advice for trips and wants to see the world. Her blog is fun to read!

And these last two I put last because I know them personally. One for 16 years now, and the other about 11 I think.

So We’re Getting Married
A dear friend of mine is blogging about her experiences planning her wedding. She’s energetic and a fighter and all of her posts are light and filled with hope and excitement for the future!

Taught by the World
Is another dear friend who travels around the world, a lot! France, Malaysia, England, Ireland… Now Egypt for two years! She is a teacher and will be teaching in Egypt and blogging about it!

Alright, those are my 15. I have many other blogs I subscribe to, and they are fantastic too! I am now going to go notify all these people now, lol and give them their writing prompt for the morning, lol! Please check out their blogs, it’s worth it, I promise!

(And my inlaws are in town so I better hurry before it’s too late!!!)

Edit: 10AM I think I notified everyone! (And read some more of their posts!) if I forgot you, I apologize! CDubs demands attention, I must go!

(Girl Eats Greens, I set the award as my main picture. I don’t know why your delicious food is the main pic but it is! My apologies)


  1. martha0stout

    I am honored, thank you.

    And yes, those pictures of food look so goooood! (*mouth waters*) I’ve got to check her out!

    And I’m glad that you’re getting a little more sleep at night now.


    1. afternoonofsundries

      I thought I responded to this earlier, I am sorry! I think that nap is in order (Connor is knocked out at the moment for the past hour *cherubs descend from heaven and circle my sleeping son*) for me!! Thank you for the well wishes, he is a dear so I don’t mind too much but I totally fear when school starts…


      1. martha0stout

        Yeah, my elder sisters worried and welcomed the starting of school for their kids. Now my niece is old enough that when I’m cranky, she tries to put me down for a nap! (*laughs*)


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