Tuesday, July 17, 2007

with thanks (and blogs I enjoy) Bethany was probably my first bloggy friend. Somehow she found my blog when I first started blogging and left TONS of encouraging comments. She was instrumental in me finding my voice as a blogger. I owe her tons and tons. She has an awesome blog full of great pictures of her beautiful children. She recently said some really sweet things about me and gave me this: A while back someone commented on my blog that I should check out Jimmie's blog. So, I clickty-clicked and found a new bloggy friend (Thanks to whoever of you suggested that). Jimmie is fun and has a great blog!! She writes about life in China and homeschooling too. This past week she has been blogging all about her family's ultimate field trip to Xian, land of the famous Terracotta Warriors. She also recently said some really sweet things about me and gave me this: Then this morning, I woke up to find a very "new-to-me" blogger (read: I only found her last night) also had left me the Rocking Girl Blogger Award!! Ashley is a college student with some really amazing dreams and a heart for missions (check out this AWESOME video she posted). I look forward to reading more and more about her adventures--cuz let me tell she has the "adventure gene" for sure. Ashley also said some sweet things about me when she gave me this: And, not to be left out a few months ago Crickl's Nest and Blair also gave me a "pass-it on blogging award" that I never passed on. First . . .THANK YOU each of you ladies for encouraging me by saying nice things about me and my blog. It is always nice to be appreciated!! Second, it is hard for me to "pass it on" because I want to pass it on to everybody AND because words are my love language, so I want the words to be just right so that they perfectly convey my love. It's my people-pleasing perfectionism at it's height. :) ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Nevertheless, here are five bloggers that have been encouraging to me in the past few months. . . . if you are listed here, please (a) choose which if either award you would like to receive (or hey you could even take both) and (b) feel free to ignore the need to pass it on if you already got it before or are like me and find it difficult. Leslie @ Lux Venit Leslie is about the same age as me but living a totally different life, and yet I feel a "kindred spirit" with her and totally admire her. Leslie's posts are always well written and filled with wisdom; sometimes they are encouraging, sometimes informative, and sometimes raw with blatant honesty. I enjoy visiting her blog and appreciate our budding bloggy friendship. I'm glad I stumbled upon her blog a few months ago. Blair @ Blair's Scribblings Blair is another one of my first bloggy friends. She has been...
the most awesome virtual recipe box ever My officemate and good friend, Kady, jokingly calls me "google girl" because I love google and all their cool gidgets and gadgets that make life online easier. I know google has it's drawbacks, and they probably know more about me that I know about me, but still you have to admit . . . This is just too cool! What is this? It is Google's virtual recipe box (still in beta). When you choose something from the pull down menus (which are actually checklists), the listings below instantly change to meet your criteria. How cool is that!?! The pull down menus available to you and the options inside them also change according to what you have checked in the other pull down menus. You can even choose "grid view" and see the photos associated with the recipes (of course sometimes that might mean a picture of grandma, but I am sure she is the cook). You can sort by a myriad of options so that the listing (or grid) falls into line in the way that best fits your needs. Clicking on a recipe could take you to either a website hosting the info or a special "google base" page dedicated to that specific item. Speaking of "Google Base," the virtual recipe box is actually just a small part of the larger "Google Base," which is way bigger (and just a tiny bit scary): Google's goal is to organize the world's information, and that includes almost anything you might want to contribute, whether it's your store inventory, collection of original poetry, or research paper on cancer receptors. You can submit your information using either the standard web form or, if you have more than 10 items to submit, via our bulk upload options. Wow. Just wow. Google (the noun) is giving all new meaning to google (the verb). ~*~*~*~*~*~ Don't forget you can still vote for amanda. hint. hint. :)

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