I'm honored that The Blundering Discoverer has given my blog the Honest Scrap Award. This means I am honest. :-)
I can accept this award. I may be obnoxious and otherwise flawed in more ways than I care to list right now, but I am generally honest.
Here's the procedure for the award:
A) First list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it honest (hence, the award 'Honest Scrap'), even if you have to dig deep!
B) Pass the award on to 8 bloggers who embody the role of the Honest Scrap. (This is an award only to display on your blog that everything you write on it is in truth, sincerity, and integrity.)
So I can honestly say that:
1) I hug my daughter about ten times a day. At least. I can't get enough hugs from that tiny body that will always be precious, but won't always be tiny.
2) I often want to help ease other people's burdens. A favorite saying I encountered when I was in high school is "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle." I don't always live up to this thought, but I would like to.
3) I am sometimes afraid of women I don't know. We're doing a study on women right now, and I am so glad that Beth Moore is telling it like it really is!
4) As a wife, I have a lot of room for improvement.
5) I love sleep. Any bed in my home is the safest, most comfortable place on earth. I don't usually nap, but I need about eight or nine hours of sleep a night to function well.
6) For about one day a month, I have a hard time with my hormones. I usually like to wall myself up somewhere where I can't do any damage to myself or others because of things I might say during mood swings. This is a strategy that has worked very well for me now that I have the freedom to implement it. I have sympathy for those women who can't just opt out of most human contact for 24 hours. I think it would be very helpful to give every man a day's dose of estrogen when he reaches adulthood, so he would know how frustrating it is to be subject to chemical mood changes. :-)
7) I usually do not pay attention to other people's spoken or written grammar, despite the paranoia I occasionally encounter when people find out I have an advanced degree in English. A grammatical error has to be one of a very few pet peeves for me to notice it. (Don't get me started on the death of the adverb.) And even if I notice it, it usually doesn't bother me.
8) I'm pretty sad to lose our second set of boardgame-playing friends, who are moving away soon. We lost the first set to a military relocation last October. Now we have to cultivate a new set of friends who will be willing to play strategic games. Many couples only want to play social games, but we also like the games that involve some thought.
9) I struggle with a nervous nail-biting habit. Right now, I'm very pleased that my Invisalign is preventing me from biting my nails.
10) I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I have a couple of friends (and a sister-friend) who have been a part of my life for twenty years or more. I treasure these people. They're all part of my spiritual family.
I can't pick 8 bloggers to tag with the award -- my brain has turned into a pumpkin because it is 11:00pm Mountain Time. Good night, everyone!