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This Labyrinth I Roam

13 Jan

I have a bit of a manic Monday going on today. There are a couple awards I want to accept and I have a few Music Themes to tend to so bear with me, please! I wanted to use “This Labyrinth I Roam” as this week’s title because in addition to it fitting what my Miscellaneous Mondays are about, the blogger who nominated me for the following awards uses it for her blog’s title ūüôā

Late last year I was nominated for three awards by This Labyrinth I Roam: The Dragon’s Loyalty Award, The Versatile Blogger Award, and The Imagine Award. I already accepted the first award once before, but I thought I’d take advantage of this Miscellaneous Monday to accept the others.


The Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things:

0361. Around this time last year I made SKuirrels and now I’m making these Chick Magnets for my pen pals:
2. The first letters I received this year were from Justine and Belle, and the first postcard via postcrossing I got came from Malaysia.
3. So far, the best thing to happen this year was dinner and a movie with Gabe, though this was split between two Saturdays– we had Red Lobster on the 4th and saw Frozen on the 11th.
4. The worst thing to happen this year has been needing some dental work. On the 2nd I had an exam done so on the 9th the broken molar could be taken care of.
5. Gabe is a volunteer firefighter and on Saturday we were supposed to go to a party for the guys and their significant others, but fortunately for me it got cancelled. I’m not a fan of these things, or the fact the guy who organizes them thinks my name is Kathy.
6. On the 19th the boys and I will be having a little pizza party in honor of Logan’s 3rd birthday with¬†my grandparents and Uncle Doug’s family.
7. And of course it won’t be the little guy’s birthday until there’s a trip to Logan’s Roadhouse.

Fifteen Nominees (I’m going with 15 of the newest additions to my reader):

1. Snailmail is Still in Fashion
2. johnny ojanpera
3. The Snail Mailer’s Almanac
4. The Naked Envelope
5. treatmentofvisions
6. Angry Pear
7. Beer, Hugs and Ice Cream
8. Hallvi’s Nest
9. Your Mother is a Dirty Girl
10. The Ugly Volvo
11. Serious thoughts taken not so seriously
12. Knocked over by a feather
13. Have You Seen My Glass Slipper?
14. Letters, Postcards and a Cup of Tea
15. Miss Four Eyes


The Rules:

1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

3 Things I like about The Labyrinth I Roam:

This Blogger is a great blend of insightful and random; I especially appreciate the latter ūüėČ

First of all, this is the header of her blog: cropped-5

Second of all, this post of the Top 10 Holiday Cards is hysterical! Even if she didn’t make them, I love that she took the time to find each of them, especially the “Joy” and “Silent Night” ones.

And third of all, although it’s not pertaining to mail,¬†she introduced me to¬†the following video. I showed it to my friend Nicole right away but now I want to share it with you:

My Five Nominees:

1. Squirrel Tales
2. Line By Line
3. The Middlest Sister
4. PostSecret
5. Nerd in the Brain

Congratulations to all of my nominees! It’s now time to share my musical selections with my fellow themists and anyone else who is interested. Johnny, both a nominee and a themist, was just saying how he wanted more people to contribute so please consider joining us ūüôā

Johnny’s Music Theme for January 8th: Contrast

My first reaction to this theme was that it is an AWESOME concept; thanks to my dad and brothers I am no stranger to light and dark sides, haha. My second reaction was recalling Eva’s “Old and New” post from a few themes back– I thought I’d take a Kate-friendly approach to that for this.

For starters, in the movie Down With Love, starring Renée Zellweger and my celebrity crush, Ewan McGregor, there is this sequence where they are getting ready for a big night out, while two versions of the same song play in the background.

Fly Me to the Moon- Astrud Gilberto/ Frank Sinatra
“Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more.”

The other video I immediately thought of is one that blends a duet from the 60’s with its¬†Glee cover…

Get Happy/ Happy Days are Here Again- Judy Garland & Barbara Streisand/ Glee Cast
“Forget your troubles, come on get happy. You better chase all your cares away.”

I wasn’t sure what to use for a third, but as I began to type “two versions of” into youtube’s search engine, up popped “two versions of a date” and I just had to watch that and I’m glad I did because I found it very amusing.

He Said. She Said. (Short Film Comedy)

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Deborah’s Music Theme for January 13: Hobbies and Pastimes

I might have nudged my mom in this direction. Not only did I think all the themists could have fun with this theme since they each have an array of interests, I thought I could incorporate some songs that pertain to mail.

If you’re following this blog, you know that pen palling is my favorite hobby. What you may not know is that I regularly look out the window in case the car that just drove by was my mail carrier’s.

Please, Mr. Postman- The Marvelettes
“Deliver the letter, the sooner the better.”

In addition to letters, something else I enjoy doing is watching musicals, both on stage and on film. This next video represents both of these favorite pastimes.

All My Loving- from Across the Universe
“And then while I’m away I’ll write home every day.”

The next song is just a fun one that I had to include with a theme like this.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
“Here I am– signed, sealed, delivered– I’m yours!”

But wait, there’s more! I have a bonus video to tie both themes together! This video is the¬†Glee¬†cover of Stevie Wonder’s song, so not only is there a contrast between the performances, it’s also reflective of my hobby, too.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Glee Cast
“You got my future in your hands.”

I told you it was a bit of a Manic Monday… but in a good way, I think. This may only be my second Miscellaneous Monday, but I’ve been having fun putting these posts together. I can be pretty random and this addition to¬†Sincerely Kate¬†is a chance for me to express that aspect of my personality. I hope you enjoyed roaming this crazy labyrinth of mine!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Throwing Snowballs Instead of Throwing Heads

5 Dec

Hola! In addition to being nominated for the award I originally created,¬†Container Chronicles¬†also nominated me a few others *throws confetti* (Since it’s December, the thought of throwing anything reminded me of the song “What’s This” from¬†The Nightmare Before Christmas¬†in case you were curious about the title of this blog… like my mom was.)

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg


  • 1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
  • 2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen– there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required– and ‚Äėpresent‚Äô the blog(s) with their award.
  • 3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them.
  • 4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:¬†http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
  • 5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here:¬†https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear¬†Share your blog posts with¬† an even wider audience.
  • 6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars! (There are graphics with more stars highlighted should you be nominated for this more than once).

Since I’m accepting four awards today, I shall nominate four people for this specific award:

ABC Award

Here are the rules:

  1.  You must display this award on your blog.
  2.  Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
  3.  Present 8 deserving Bloggers with the award.
  4.  Link your nominees with the post and let them know of their award.
  5. Write a word or phrase about yourself for each letter of the alphabet.

Here are my ABCs (and yes, I know X is a cop-out and V is just weird):

Amazing                                                                              Notebook Junkie
Blogger                                                                                Obsessive
Collector of Gnomes                                                      Pen Pal
Dear ūüėČ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Quirky
Emotional                                                                           Reader
Friend                                                                                    Sinful
Gleek                                                                                     Tomfooler
Homebody                                                                          Unwritten
Idealistic                                                                              Voluptuous
Jolly                                                                                       Wannabe Writer
Kit Kat ‚̧ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Xtraordinary
Lover                                                                                     Youthful
Mommy                                                                                Zentangler

And here are my eight nominees:


‚ÄúThe Dragon‚Äôs Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly.‚ÄĚ

Rules for this award:

1. First, display the award on your site. You earned it and you deserve it!
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post.
3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site.
4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself

7 interesting facts:

1. I have a plethora of questions I like to ask each of my pen pals, and I’m going to use my answers for this set of facts.

2. If I could have a superpower, I’d want what Monica had in season 2 of Heroes. Having knife skills in the kitchen or even wrestling moves just by seeing them would be incredibly convenient.

3. If I could have 50 pounds of anything, besides money, I think I’d go with clothes and divide the weight among me and the boys (e.g. 10 pounds of work pants for Gabe, another 10 for winter-friendly apparel for the Loganator, etc.). Unless gift cards are acceptable, then I’d go with those instead.

4. As a kid, three things I collected were keychains, Beanie Babies, and Goosebumps books, and as a teenager I collected shot glasses, hoodies, and “princess” stuff. These days I’ve been collecting postcards, lined stationery, and gnomes.

5. If life was a movie mine would be called Little Wonders, Maggie Gyllenhaal would star in it, and the soundtrack would include “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind, “I Could Not Ask for More” by Edwin McCain, and “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas.

6. If I had to choose an anthem for myself it would be “Unwell” by Matchbox 20.

7. The three things I’m thankful for right this second are leftovers from Hungry Howies, a new episode of American Horror Story, and these blog awards, of course!

My nominees:

The Woman's Skirt Award

My rules:

  1.  Post the award on your blog and who nominated you
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Nominate 8 people and let them know

Despite the rules, since I nominated eight people when I made this award¬†I’m not going to nominate more people.¬†However¬†I didn’t share eight things about yours truly last time so I shall do that now that I’ve won this award myself…

  1. Despite making this award, I’m not a fan of wearing skirts.
  2. I do not own a single pair of heels.
  3. A goal of mine next year is to win at least five more awards… and for people besides my mom to nominate me (wink wink, nudge nudge).
  4. Another goal is to get 100 followers and for them to comment on each of my blogs to the point I can end each post with my favorite comment from the previous entry.
  5. Things I literally want include Sims 3 and a bookshelf.
  6. I am determined to get Logan an ornament for Christmas every year and Gabe’s just as determined to get him a John Deere tractor.
  7. Most of our Christmas shopping was done before Thanksgiving for the first time ever.
  8. This award seems a bit ironic after a post like this!

Congratulations to all of my nominees; I hope finding the award I chose for you wasn’t too much of a challenge! It’s been great following your blogs and being followed myself (in a non-stalker way, of course). Keep on keeping on!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Introducing The Woman’s Skirt Award

15 Nov

I have been nominated for a handful of blog awards recently and I got to thinking… I want to make an award of my own!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:The Woman's Skirt Award

The point of this award is to acknowledge bloggers who we believe have found a good balance with their posts. Whether they’re long or short, they said what they needed to say yet didn’t go on and on just for the sake of reaching a word count.

Here are the rules: 
1) Post the award on your blog and who nominated you
2) Share 8 things about yourself
3) Nominate 8 people and let them know

The first eight people to win this award are:
The Moody Reader
Fish of Gold
Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy.
Not a Punk Rocker
Thoughts Appear
Container Chronicles
Opi’s Sims
My Postcrossing Adventure

The last two blogs belong to two pen pals of mine, just so you know!

I’m looking forward to seeing this award pop up around WordPress!
Shout out to Rena for bringing my graphic idea to life ūüôā

Sincerely, Kate ~!~