The Versies

I’ve never met Susan, writer of the Coming East blog, but she has graciously included me in a circle of bloggers to whom she’s conferring a Versatile Blogger Award. Being that, like Susan, this is the first blogging award I’ve received, I’ll accept it proudly, once I complete four requirements. I believe, once I do this, that I’ll receive 36 new dish towels in the mail and never get Sepsis.

1. Thank the blogger who gave the award and link to his or her blog. I’d like to thank Susan . . .

2. Share seven things about yourself. Okay, seven facts about the person behind Word Nymph, which I don’t believe I’ve previously shared in the blog:

  1. During the time I was in high school drama club, I was the only person to earn all my Thespian credits without having acted in a play. Auditioned for everything, but the only role I ever got was NARRATOR.
  2. I’ve met Bill Cosby, Tiny Tim, Bill Clinton (twice), Hillary Clinton, Ken Burns, Antonin Scalia and Sandra Day O’Connor. If you count people I’ve met without their knowledge, I’d add Bonnie Raitt, John Denver and Pope John Paul II, but that would be a stretch. Because I was a lobbyist, members of Congress and candidates don’t count.
  3. I am the daughter of two musicians and have not a shred of musical talent.
  4. I make good deviled eggs.
  5. My husband and I accidentally crashed a private Hollywood party in honor of Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres, before making a quick exit—and getting the last of the swag bags.
  6. I always have to look up the spelling of hors d’oeuvres.
  7. I keep resolving to start fewer sentences with “I.” I’m not doing very well at that.

Gosh, I didn’t realize there’s so much left about which to blog. Let me know which stories you’d like me to tell.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers and link to them.

In one of my blog posts, I did highlight some of my favorite bloggers, so please pardon any redundancy. And pardon me if I mentioned you then and not now. It’d be great to spotlight some I’ve come across more recently. So, resisting my tendency toward pathological compliance, I’m keeping my list short. See my Blogroll for more.

Bain Waves
Coming East (Thanks, Susan!)
The Digital Cuttlefish
Grasshopper Eyes the Potomac
Life in the Boomer Lane (a previous recipient, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to show her off)
The Naked Listener
Self Expression
The Sticky Egg
Uphill Writing

As most of these awardees are my friends, I won’t ask them to feel as though they need to pass on the award. You may remember my blog on chain letters. I wasn’t pressured to do this. I’m just so darned tickled to get a Versy. Does this mean I can add “award-winning blogger” to my CV and Twitter profile?

4. Comment on their blogs to tell them of the award. I’m working on that. Some bloggers make it easier than others.

See you at the after party?


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15 responses to “The Versies

  1. Sharon

    Since this is a language blog, I feel compelled to ask you your thoughts on the phrase “being that” as used in your first paragraph. (Being that this is a language blog…?) I know it is considered a wrong answer on the SATs!

    • Interesting. I actually chose “being that” to avoid “Since.” Perhaps I should have said, “Considering…” or “Considering that…” Would either of those be correct? Thanks for the url; I know I’ll enjoy it and will learn much.

      • I didn’t understand this phrase either. Thank you for synonyms, Monica.

      • I didn’t understand this phrase either. Thank you for synonyms, Monica.

      • You’re correct and SAT is … not quite right, but not wrong either. ‘Being that’ (and also ‘being this’) is a wee bit old-fashioned now and probably mostly favoured by those with a more literary education (at least what I see in my experience. I refer you to a quote by Dirty Harry (1971):

        “I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he fire six shots, or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

  2. Ten’rah! I’d never thought I’d be getting a Versie. I tried to stick to one thing I think I’m reasonably good at – and one thing at a time. And now I end up getting a Versie…

    Being that the award is recognition that I’m a blogger and by proclamation also versatile, I’d d like to thank Word Nymph…

    Now watch me botch things up in versatile fashion…

  3. My sincere congratulations, Monica! And thank you for passing the award along to my blog. I am proud to receive it, especially from your hands. 😀

  4. You have a plethora of interesting blog topics you can pull out of your seven interesting things! I’d love to hear about crashing the Hollywood party, for starters. And I wouldn’t mind your deviled egg recipe! Just to set the record straight, my name is Susan. Karen was my sister.

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  6. Jo

    Will there be deviled eggs at the after party?

    And does it require a change of clothes from the red-carpet dress?

  7. Polly

    My future posting votes are in favor of the crashed party and the lack of musical talent. Congratulations on your award — when it comes from someone you respect it is always something to brag about!

  8. 1. Thanks!
    2. I apologize for the lateness of my reply.

    I’ll be in touch soon!

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