It’s Friday and I’ve been putting this off for too long. I’ve tried to write some inspiring posts, some have inspired, some not. Tried to write some funny, some were, some not so much. But seriously, they were deep and funny as I wrote them and inside my Brigitte brain they actually felt that way. They did.
This is a thank-you post to all you of you great, extraordinary, admirable, amazing, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awesome, brilliant, cool, divine, dynamite, enjoyable, excellent, fabulous, fantastic, fine, groovy, incredible, magnificent, marvelous, miraculous, outstanding, peachy, phenomenal, remarkable, sensational, startling, strange, stupendous, super, superb, surprising, swell, terrific, tremendous, wonderful and wondrous bloggers.
Is the above paragraph inspiring or am I over-doing it? I don’t care.
Anyway, some people have bestowed some awards on me and here they are:
Floating with the Breeze gave me the Fabulous Blog Ribbon Award — thank you Teresa. (Go visit her, she a very nice person and recently moved to another country.)
Jensinewall gave me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you J. She has pretty pics and some good food for thought, plus she’s a writer and designer.
She Can’t Be Serious gave me Creative Blogger Award. Thanks, Szabo. Full-time working mom of two teenagers so you know she’s tough. And nice and funny. It’s bothering me that it’s misspelled, so I may have to change that.
There’s rules and stuff you’re supposed to do. But I think you know more than enough about me so I’m not going to list ten things or anything like that. But I am listing all my loyal peeps who nearly ALWAYS stop by to comment or at least like my posts — even when they’re kind of sucky.
I do have a challenge though and it’s simple: Ask me something, if you want, in the comments section and I may answer you. I may not. See, not so hard. The blogs listed below are in no particular order and I’m giving these awards to you. You don’t have to do anything unless you want to. This is just me saying thank you and I think you’re great. (See paragraph two above).
But leave me a comment at least or I’m going to get my feelings hurt — you know how sensitive I am. See, if I can’t garner any attention from my brilliant prose, I try the guilt thing.
Press here first: (it’s not a song and it’s not long)
Unfettered B.S. Audra is a master haiku-er, poet laureate and funny. She can belt out funny, ticked off, melancholy, joy, love, and naughty at the drop of a hat. I picture her as a female Bob Dylan. But with a nicer voice, prettier and younger. She’s wicked talented.
A Gripping Life. Lisa is a therapist and she always knows what to say, says it with beautiful insight and she’s funny. She’s probably keeping notes on all of us. I wonder if she thinks I’m too sensitive. Or if she thinks I whine too much. Do I? What does that say about me? Should I stop or just go with it until I work it out?
Madame Weebles at Fear No Weebles. She’s got a rack, she’s all-knowing, wise and hilarious as she gazes down at the rest of us that don’t have gi-normous racks and long, curly dark hair. I suspect she dresses in peignoir sets and stiletto, feathered mules. Grrr.
Honie at Honie Briggs. She deserves lots of followers. Read this post. It’s funny. Plus she’s a southerner married to a yankee. Like me. Is it PC to say southerner and yankee?
Lou Ann at On the Homefront. From Canada but I don’t hold that against her. (wink, smile) She’s nice and she mentioned she’d like to try stand-up. She should. She’s funny and loves the color red.
Le Clown. Canadian. Imagines himself a clown. He’s hysterical and strange. Did I say hysterical? But, some of his humor is not for the squeamish. As long as you show no fear, you’ll be fine at his place. :D. Here’s a smiley face just for you, LC. He has a beautiful family. They seem more normal than him. He plays with a sock monkey.
Sandee at 1800ukillme. Saucy, tough and funny and a PUBLISHED writer. And she has a spectacular smile. And loves cake. (Sandee, I’m going to send you a pic of a cake so you can put mine below the Weeb’s cake).
Margarita at Serenity in the City. Takes awesome pics of Manhattan and is a kind, intuitive, sweet and funny soul. She liked my cackbadger post and was one of the first to use it on another blogger’s post. Thank you, M. See, I inspired her.
Lisa at Carr Party of Five. She’s a maniac, maniac (in a good way). Sometimes the girl post three times a day and I don’t know how she does it. But she’s so nice (and funny) and makes you feel so freaking good about yourself when she comments or responds to yours.
Carrie Rubin at The Write Transition. I’m very jealous of her because her book has just been published, but she’s sharing with the rest of us “novelists” on how she did it. She’s a funny smartass too and I love that.
Smak at Promethean Times. Another smartass and funny. He uses words like tertiary, paradox, evocative and he’s very deep. He’s very funny and he likes to stir things up. I don’t always get his humor and I think that’s intentional. Or maybe he’s smarter than me. Probably B. There should be a rating on this blog. And he thinks he’s all that because he lives in a place that has been deemed the Happiest Place in America! La-dee-da.
Maggie at Someone Fat Happened. She’s been traveling so she hasn’t been posting as much as she usually does and I miss it because she’s funny too. And wonderful. And complains about her rack. Seriously, Maggie?
Kathy V. at Don’t Forget the Baby. She can belt out one-liners that make you laugh out loud. She talks about her rack and showed cleavage on her blog. She’s a nonconformist and she calls her baby Sausage, who is precious btw.
Fish at Sincerely Slapdash. She’s a mom and funny. She has a teen who is way cool and buys ALBUMS and likes obscure rock songs. And she awarded me with a Freshly-Slapped award that Maggie O’C designed. Geniuses, both of them.
Diana at Talk to Diana. Every Friday she shares a blog and closes her comments so people will go comment on another’s blog. That’s nice. She’s nice. And humorous and deep.
The Waiting. A mom and a writer and she’s lived in other countries. Plus, she’s funny and smart. She’s starting her first novel. And like me, she’s lived in Memphis — a special place to both of us.
Reptiles in the Ice Cream. Go read her please. She’s really funny. Check out her cast of characters by clicking on the link. Her husband brews beer and they made wine which they refer to as “prison wine.” Funny stuff over there.
People, Places and Bling. Her name’s Theodora (what a great name) and she writes about french stuff while living in France. The pics alone are worth a look, trust me.
Vikki at The View Outside. She’s a writer and she always going to fantastic writerly places to write. Lives across the pond and is thinking of going to Tuscany to write this year. Sigh. (Vikki, I’ve not forgotten about that tag challenge — I’m going to do it once I think up some witty questions and answers.)
Simon at Sweet and Weak, he pops in every once in awhile but I like his posts. He’s a good guy. You should visit him.
Mike at Roam About Mike awarded me with some stuff, but he doesn’t stop by as often, but I’m mentioning him because I’m getting some good stuff from him. He should stop by more often and so should Sweet Mother, but neither are probably reading this so they won’t know that I’m awarding them with these awards. If they stop by your place would you tell them please?
I think that’s everyone. If you’re not on the above list, you will be on a future list, I promise. Most of the peeps above all follow each other, but hopefully, there’s a few there that will be new to you. I’ve noticed a few new followers — thank you. I think I may make my own award with very special rules. Plus I have to update my blogroll! I’m just moving it to a page all by itself soon.
And that second paragraph I wrote with all the adjectives at the beginning — that’s to EVERYONE that’s kind enough to follow me and read the contents of my head.
Now press below — it’s not a long song, just a 15-second something for all of you divine people.
HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!photo creds: feeling alright
Thanks Brig! You are so good about writing and I wish I had an excuse like travel for not writing but I think I’m just boring. Boring enough to whine about my rack. I listened to the not songs and they made me laugh out loud. Happy weekend. Xoxox
What are you doing this weekend?
Don’t you love that freaking horn? You’re far from boring, Maggie. PUL-lease.
Answer to your question: Painting my office Pelican Gray. And maybe some other stuff. xxoo
Nope, I’m not bored at all! I didn’t just run the Google on Pelican Gray. It’s lovely! And my mother always said Benjamin Moore paint is the best.
Nice, very nice. You’re too, too kind Brigitte. Can I just say that everything I said in this post http://honiebriggs.com/2012/08/23/white-noise/ applies, cuz god if I had to come up with any more stuff about myself there’d be nothing left to tell, and I have to find something else to blog about, since I seem to talk about myself non-stop. Yankee and southerner works just fine and anybody that says different is just askin for trouble! 🙂 Thanks, sincerely, all the best to you and yours.~~honie~~
Nah, I’m just feeling very generous today, but I have my moments. Thanks, Honeie and you’re most welcome.
If I could offer you “Kindest and most wonderful blogger”, I would, hands down. Thank you for thinking of your Canadian friend. I know I challenge you occasionally with my brand of humour, but I do appreciate you stick around knowing well that behind the clown make-up, there’s a pretty normal man – or superhero. I just had to…
I forgot…. That is a pretty great list of magnificent bloggers you have there…
Yeah, right?? I have incredibly good taste.
You’re most welcome. You do challenge me but that’s a good thing. And I know you’re just a normal guy, ahem, super-hero. Don’t go changin’ now.
Aw shucks! Thanks! You rock and not just because you added me to the list. I love reading your blog. I read most of the blogs you have listed here. I’ll have to check out the others because obviously you have excellent taste. Except for that Clown fella, how did he make the cut?
Sure, Fish. Glad you do read my ramblings, it’s much appreciated.
Le Clown is sensitive. An artiste. Like a mime. I picture him doing interpretative dance quite often with that sock monkey of his.
Yay! I’m here! Thanks so much for the mention. Been traveling a ton for work, haven’t been able to enjoy all the inspiring blogosphere I follow (as much). I also have nice rack….kidding
Thanks. Sad the ploys I’ll resort to, to get people over to my blog. Hey, it worked! And yeah, Mike you do have a nice rack. Thanks for stopping by.
Awesome list here Brigitte. Most of them I am also fans of but there were a few new ones that I am off to read! Thank you!
Hey there, nice of you stop by. So glad you enjoyed and hope you enjoy these talented folks’ blogs.
Oh thank you thank you Brigitte! It’s funny Le Clown said he’d award you the ‘Kindest and most wonderful blogger’ award — I’d give you that award as well. That does come across in your postings. I always say, ‘Brigitte seems like such a nice lady.’ You can pick that up in people’s blogs, whether they’re mean, bitchy, arrogant, delusional, etc.
All those things you said about everybody seemed right on point — at least the things you said about the ones I know.
Stay sweet Brigitte! Love those sound effects by the way.
Thanks, Sandee. That’s really nice of you. Those short descriptions are the way I “see” these people anyway. I love the horn. Thanks for stopping by, and trust me, I have my moments, but kind and wonderful from you and Le Clown, I’m honored.
I agree. Fabulous list. Here’s a question for you. Do you compose the B. Banter at a piano, desk or table? Computer, pencil, ballpoint or fluffy quill pen? Enjoy the weekend! T. (And thanks for the shout-out!)
Hi T, you’re welcome. Been perusing the Paris shops today? I usually write at my desk. Sometimes on the couch. Take care and you have a great weekend as well.
Yes, I also dig the couch. And sometimes the ballpoint. Shopping? Nah. Today is a writing day. Thanks for the break and chitchat! T.
Most welcome, T. Thank you.
Thanks Brigitte! Always a nice surprise to stumble upon a mention on someone else’s blog, not to mention receive some awards. Thanks for your kind words about me as well. 🙂
I have some other awards I must attend to, so I’ll add this to those that await. Thanks again for thinking of me! And for the record, your long list of adjectives describes you perfectly. 🙂
The awards as nice and from nice people, but they take a while to put together and I’d rather just give them without making anyone do anything. And you’re welcome, Carrie. Love reading your blog.
Have I told you lately….that I love you?
I want to be your friend in real life.
Like…”Brig…wanna do coffee?”…”Yes!! see you in 10!!”
Answer to your question: No, you haven’t but thank you and love you back.
Coffee sounds good, see you in twenty.
Brigitte, I think you’re kindness personified, sweet as pie (that’s for the southerner in you) and you don’t have a mean spirited bone in your body. (Unless you have us all fooled and you’re really some angry beotch.) haha!
Thank you for all the love and support you throw my way and for reading my stupid blog, even when it’s totally lame. I know you’ll be there cheering me on, trying to make sense of what I write! (not always easy!) Your comments are always intelligent and oh so thoughtful.
I’m so glad I’m your blogging buddy. xoxo
Lisa, what a nice thing to say! Thank you. And yes, I can be an angry bee-otch at times I suppose. But can’t we all? :). Thank you for your continuing support and your blog isn’t stupid. It’s great. So nice that I’m we’re in the same posse. xxoo.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the angry beotch in you, not yet, at least. : ) I’d probably fall off my chair if you went into a mean tirade! haha!
One more thing… I feel like I’m in great company here – I’m humbled.
The music snippets were perfect!
I know, some magnificent people here. I LOVE that horn, did you laugh? I do everytime I play it. Obviously, it doesn’t take much to entertain me.
I love your Einstein quote, Brigitte, and I congratulate you on your fine awards. Your posts are always a thoughtful, entertaining read, and I do enjoy stopping by. You asked us to ask YOU a question, so here goes: how did you enter into a writing career? It seems like a tough thing to break into these days.
Thanks Robin. And thank you for stopping by to comment! Answer to your question: It took me a long time and was done out of necessity. I began writing for local paper (free) and after a few months, they began paying me. Then I pick up work here and there, build up my portfolio. Sometimes there’s lots of work, sometimes not.
So appreciate your lovely comment — thank you!
Thanks for your great recommendations Brigitte – I went and visited some of them this morning 🙂
Hi Sara, thank you. We (you and I) have found each other’s blogs only recently. I love your blog and maybe you’ll meet some new friends from the list here!
Thank you beautiful Brigitte and I think you’re inspiring all the time 😉
Thank you lovely D!! Right back at you, friend.
Boy Brigitte you have a faithful fan following – thanks so much for including me on your list — I am honoured
As you know I love your blog and because I am feeling lazy today – ditto all the nice things everyone has said about you
If I did one of these lists you’d be at the top
Yes, I do — you included!! And you’re welcome. Thank you — i’ll take them all. :).Thanks so much, Lou Ann. Love your blog too.
Hey Brigitte! When your book comes out, I’d like a signed copy, please! 😉 meanwhile, I’ll just keep enjoying your blogging writing and your wits! Thanks for sharing so many new blogs with us so we can get more inspiration from everyone. And cheers to all to share so much of themselves on the web!
Jul, what a sweet thing to say. So glad you and I “found” each other recently! And you’re most welcome– hope you’ll find some interesting — many of them have tons of “wit.” :).
I’ll have a more thorough look when I’m done with the translation of your article about NYC! 😉 I’ll reblog it in a few weeks because I’m already way too much behind on the latest travels! ha! but it’s fun! and translating you was a great excercise, it keeps me in shape on my previous lovely job! Cheers!
How very cool that you CAN translate. I wish I could!
well, your job is to write, mine was to translate. If you need a translator for your book, think of me! 😉
I’m having fun with your article, really!
The Ultimate Queen of Kindness strikes again. Thank you Dear Brigitte. for putting a huge smile on my face after a very rough week in my world. You are too much.. and way to kind in your description. Such great company on this list O’ bloggers. I too am curious as to what the insightful Grippy has to say about us…
You rock it and I humbly thank you.
(Bob Dylan? ohh you poke my conservative soul)(haaa)Damn I sure hope I am prettier than that man…
A, sorry you had a rough week but glad this helped! And you’re welcome. Bob Dylan is known as one of the best poetic souls of all time — so the comparison was meant as a huge compliment and I’m certain you’re wayyyyyy prettier. Thanks, Audra.
Oh B, you humble me. In the best possible way. Thank you so so much. And you’ve got some other people listed here that I don’t know, so I’ll be perusing their blogs as well.
I wish I could say that I dress in peignoir sets and feathered mules, but alas, it’s mostly t-shirts and shorts and flip-flops.
Meanwhile, I am so far behind on my awards bequeathing and acknowledgements, you put me to shame. But you’re the best. I picture you as a combination Southern Belle/Earth Mother. What’s not to love?
Weebs, another thing we have in common. That is mostly my mode of dress as well (t-shirt, shorts/jeans and flip-flops). I was behind too on the award thing. People are so nice to give them, you know? You’re the best too and thanks, Weebs.
Ha ha ha, no worries honey, I know how overwhelming it can all be 😉
You have a happy weekend too!
Thanks, Vikki. xo
🙂 as always, I can rely on Brigitte for a great list of recommended blogs!!!! Thanks for making my day! What do you do help keep yourself inspired? Sometimes I feel like I run out of steam, especially since I am doing Project 365 – I have blogged every single day since Jan 1 2012, and lets just say sometime it gets real tough to keep it up.
Hi Monie, thank you for dropping by. I admire you. I don’t know how people blog every day. I do well to post 2–3 times a week. I bet it’s tough! There are days when I just can’t think of anything so kudos to you for even signing up for that. Glad you enjoyed and hope you find some new blogs to enjoy.
Great awards post, Brigitte. I’ll look forward to checking out the ones on the list that I don’t already follow. And your posts are deep and funny outside your brain – trust me…
Thanks, Cathy. I appreciate that coming from you! Whom I’ve only been recently following and so glad I am and should have been before now. Thank you.
Thank you! I’m so glad to know you!
Thank you, Brigitte! You’re the bestest. And you know what I love even more than your long list of adjectives? The fact that they’re alphabetical. That rocked my socks. Granted, my socks don’t require much to start rocking. They go a little slap-happy in libraries that use the Dewey decimal system.
And now to check out some of these blogs …
You’re welcome, Kathy. You’re so funny and your blog makes me laugh out loud sometimes, plus you’re quite ballsey which I always love in a strong woman. 😉 Thank you for visiting me on a regular basis.
Brigitte, you are ALWAYS inspiring, frequently funny, and NEVER shallow. If not for you, my blog would still be private. For better or worse, you gave me the courage to express publicly, and there’s no going back. Thank you! Thank you for including me in your list… and reminding I’ve got some awarding to do! xoxoM
Margarita, that is so nice of you to say. And I’m humbled by this — you’re giving me some credit for your courage! Friend, your voice, thoughts and wisdom certainly reflect warmth and courage. And I definitely think it’s for better. Thank you for always supporting me. xoxoB
Fabulous, very inspiring and creative post Brigitte 🙂 Can you tell me one thing that happened to you during your life which was fabulous, very inspiring and creative all in one hit? Something out of the ordinary. 🙂
Hi Teresa! Thank you. That’s a hard one. I guess it would be when I was in the radio/entertainment biz and I was the director something near and dear to my heart. We raised over 650K in 24 hours for a very special place for children in Memphis, Tn. I stayed up for almost 24 hours trying to make that happen, so that was one of those fabulous, inspiring creative moments. It was and I learned a lot. xxoo
Wow Brigitte that is truly fabulous, very inspiring and creative. Well done and thanks for thinking outside the square on this one. 🙂
As always, I’m a day late and at least a dollar short.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and for including me among this list of really awesome bloggers (many of which I know & love and some new ones I’ll have to check out). What if it’s not A or B? There’s always the possibility of C, you don’t get it because it’s a joke which the only person in the world who finds it funny is yours truly!
And it is only BECAUSE I live in the happiest place in America that I have the internal fortitude not to be shaken by the airhorn sound I was duped into playing.
Sometimes it can be a really great idea to make lists of things we enjoy. When we do so consciously, I think it’s even better, because WE are taking active control of our thoughts. I find your site uplifting, even when your post is about a somber subject (which, in the time I’ve been reading your stuff, I can’t think of anything that was wholly somber–I don’t think it’s possible for an essentially positive person to write something completely free of that positivity–it can’t be helped; just as a Negative Nancy does with his/her pessimism, a positive person exudes his or her enthusiasm and love of life).
Once again, sorry I’m late to the party. Blame audiobooks. I do.
Smak, Please, no worries, (and I hate saying no worries — isn’t that what CA dudes say) but seriously, late or not, you always take the time to come here and leave your wisdom, which I value. Didn’t you love the freaking horn — I do. Everytime I play it, I laugh. I keep telling hubby who has to get up at wee hours of the morning sometimes, I’m going to get one of those and BLOW IT when he’s in the shower, just for a chuckle.
I so appreciate you and I really think you and your wife are the kind of people that hubby and I would love to sit down and have a drink with. You rock (and yes and I know that’s a stupid, juvenile thing) but it’s true. Thank you, friend.
Brig, love that you thought of me, THANK YOU!!! I never get these.
My question, how do you do it? How do you keep reading everyone and writing? Where do you find the time? How long have you been writing?
I don’t know. Some days I HAVE to step away from the computer, Rep. Some weeks are less busy than others (work-wise) so I can catch up then. Sometimes I only post twice/week. I’ve been writing all my life in some form. Been freelancing I guess for about eight or so years now.
And you’re very welcome. You’re a funny lady, Rep. Thanks for stopping by.
Just a visitor stopping by after seeing you mentioned in a related article on Serendipity. Congratulations on your awards for in the blogging world, paying forward is what it’s really all about:>) You can laugh, you can cry, you can whisper, you can shout. . .whatever it takes to make someone else’s day!
Hi and welcome!! I just saw that some kind soul mentioned me. Thank you. It’s so nice to know that there are so many nice people out there and that maybe one can write something that resonates with someone just when they need it. You’re so right about that and thank you so much for your lovely comment — it’s most appreciated.