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Two Awards Wherein I Break All The Rules

I’m writing this while listening to the True Blood Score and surmising this post is a lot like the scene where Sookie chooses between Eric and Bill and decides she deserves both.

Mash two things together, muddle those righteous southern lines, and hope everyone’s hunky-dorey about it.  (How much Erookie and Billookie hate mail you think they got?  How many were like “Uhn, dun’t care.  I wanna see sumbuddy die again!)

I hated that scene.  It felt . . . superfluous.  Not that I’m saying anything about awards here or my own awesomeness in receiving them.  I’m not.  I’m grateful to be nominated for these awards, but I am going to break/modify all their rules.  Every.  Single.  Rule.  Because, really, does anybody else notice they’re getting longer?  And they’re pinging around blogs faster and faster?

My head spins upon an axis of obligations.  Unless rules keep society in order, I don’t like ’em.  Does this mean whichever blogs I name get two awards?  Ring-a-ding.  Sure it does.  Why not? *Deadpan*  Seriously, why not?  I invite the bloggers to pin up their awards, keep their silence, toast themselves, or do whatever feels natural when receiving recognition.  I invite them not to follow the rules.

I must, however, name the fine lady who gave me the awards.   This post is coming to the intra-net  very belatedly (and therefore, perhaps, ungraciously).  I extend my apologies to Madame de Pique.  She has been thoughtful and deserves a proper shout-out for her contribution to the blogging community (thank you again, cherie).  If you’re inclined, do gambol over to her blog where writes though the gamut of art and aesthetics with aplomb.  She also likes Oscar Wilde and there are few things more respectable than a man whose alleged last words were:  “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”

A List of Bloggers and Visual Curators Whose Blogs I Recommend

The contributors at the Women Reading tumblr

J. Langille’s Eighteenth Century Fiction (I’m crazy about the teapot of the week!)

Ancient Serpent

Spirit Dweller 

Lost in the Renaissance

Passionate Scribbles

turtle wings

In case you must, must have the rules.  And in case you want to know them before you break them.

Versatile Blogger RULES:

  1.  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  2.  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
  3.  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4.  Include a link to the mother-site: Versatile Blogger.
  5.  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Liebster RULES:

  • Mind your manners and give thanks.
  • Tell 11 things about yourself – subheadings,  charts, etc. are not necessary.  If  you like bunnies, for Christ’s sake just say so.
  • Answer to the best of your ability the 11  questions that are asked of you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for this award – let them know too, surely, since keeping it to yourself would be mean.
  • Ask the above nominees 11 questions of your  own if you like, but remember you can also dispose of the questions you were asked.

One Lovely Blog Award

A most thoughtful Madame de Pique, history obsessive and blogger of peculiarities, has bestowed upon Life Takes Lemons the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, so here I am, passing on the blog love.  This, incidentally, is the best part about awards, discovering fantabulous new-to-you blogs.  There are also rules guidelines to this sort of thing, but they are generally the same across time and space:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.  (Thanks again, Madame P!)
  2. Add the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ image to your post.
  3. Share seven things about you. 
  4. Pass the award on to seven nominees. 
  5. Include this set of rules.  
  6. Inform your nominees* by posting a comment on their blogs. 

7 Random Things about Your Host

I decided it would be more fun to reveal in pictures 7 places I’ve been . . .

Hoh Rainforest outside Forks, Washington | Olympics
Hoh Rainforest outside Forks, Washington | Olympics
Window from inside the palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Window from inside the city palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Crocuses in my backyard
Crocuses in my backyard
Path from Aiguille d'Midi station onto Mt. Chamonix, France
Path from Aiguille du Midi station onto Mt. Chamonix, France
Close-up of the semi-precious jewels on exterior of Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Close-up of the semi-precious jewels and flower relief on exterior of Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Random cow chowing in his field near the Blue Smokey Mountains, North Carolina
Cow chowing in his field near the Blue Smokey Mountains, North Carolina.  Possibly annoyed with me.
Sacre Couer, Montmarte, Paris
A view from the side of Sacre Coeur, Montmarte, Paris

Bloggers I recommend on account of their excellence in loveliness

Joyful Molly – Molly keeps a wonderful blog on naval history with lots of 18th century posts to boot.  Her ‘list of naval and historic resources’ is so, so useful.

Number One London – I could spend afternoons browsing around this blog on English history and daily living in the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras.

Treasure for Your Pleasure – a tumblr curating all things Marie Antoinette (and Versailles court) that’s visually diverting.  Good luck trying not to Pin during your visit.

The Virtual Victorian –  I’m getting more and more interested in the Victorian era and Ms. Fox is partly to blame.  Her ‘facts, fancies, and fabrications’ are delightful.

Regency History – Rachel Knowles’s blog on a well-rounded variety of  topics from the late Georgian period through the Regency makes for pleasurable and informative reading.

World of Poe – a self described ‘crotchety, contrarian chronicler of the stranger and more neglected highways and byways of all things Poe’.  Pretty much, yeah.  If you like a sharp-tongue, you will absolutely love Undine.  Her tweets are amusing as well.

Dressed in Time – One of my go-to blogs for historical costuming.  Caroline’s posts make me wish I could attain the patience for sewing, but for now I have her creations & inspirations to drool over.

To the seven bloggers named above, thank you for keeping our web spaces lovely!

*If you’re curious about the ‘nominee’ part, I’m not sure either.  One supposes we are all winners by default of nomination.  Either way, enjoy!