Awards and Other Stuff

Look! I’ve won awards! It may look like only one award, but in fact it’s the same award given to me by two different people. And it’s the Versatile Blogger award, which means these lovely people think I’m a versatile blogger, or my blogs are versatile–I’m good with either. In fact, I’m happy with the fact that they both thought me worthy of an award. So, thanks, you guys! Who are these wonderful people that have so honored me? They are:

Elodie, the CommutingGirl and Robin at The Nook

Thank you both!

As an award recipient, I need to do two things. First, I need to share seven things about me, and then pass the award on to others. Officially, it’s supposed to be 15 bloggers, but while I do follow a number of blogs, I want to pick on some that I think deserve more recognition.

First things first. Seven things about me:

1) I’m an ex-pat Brit living in the US. I was naturalized as a US citizen in 2005.

2) I have six children–five girls and a boy. My three oldest are in their teens.

3) I’m a self-taught musician. I play piano and guitar, and have been playing for nearly thirty years (I started young–really!).

4) My secondary education in the UK (age 11-18) was at a public school (i.e., private school)–a cathedral school, in fact (for those that know anything about British schools). The school I attended was established probably somewhere in the seventh or eighth century. The earliest surviving records are from 1381. We had school uniforms, school houses, and students could board there. Yes, it was a bit like Hogwarts, only we weren’t in a castle, and we didn’t have wizards–though Professor Flitwick reminds me a bit of our chemistry teacher…

5) I’m fascinated by languages, but have never been disciplined enough to become fluent in any (except British and American English). I read Greek and Hebrew (thanks to my theological education), some Latin, and I’m okay with French (though not great, despite seven years of French in school), and I know bits of a few other languages, but that’s about it at the moment. I’m really impressed with multi-linguists (i.e., most Continental Europeans–in fact, most of the world outside of the US and the UK).

6) I’m also fascinated by history, and have been since I was about eight years old. I’m particularly interested in the English monarchy, and British history as a whole.

7) I love mushy Coco Pops. Quick recipe: take 1 bowl of Coco Pops and add about half as much milk (perhaps a little more than half, but not much more). Put this in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the Coco Pops to soak up all the milk. Remove from the refrigerator and eat. It should have almost a pudding-like consistency. This is really refreshing during the summer. My wife and kids think it’s gross, but I love it.

And now, I would like to pass the award on to the following bloggers:

I know some of these bloggers have already received the Versatile Blogger award, but I want to recognize them, and make sure my blog followers know of them. These are all blogs that have interesting and varied content, which I think qualifies them as “Versatile Bloggers.” Congratulations, guys! Please check out their blogs and subscribe if you haven’t already.

While I have your attention, don’t forget my Book of the Year Giveaway closes TOMORROW at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (US). If you haven’t commented on my “Giveaway” page (see tab above) to enter, do so now!

Finally, let me leave you with this piece of wisdom from Sarah at Glissades and Gabble: “Watch yourself in the mirror too much while going across the floor and you’re going to crash into your reflection.” The context of this is dance analogies (read the article for more details), but I think there’s an important life lesson in there.

22 thoughts on “Awards and Other Stuff

  1. 02372210336792734641

    Thank you for thinking of me, and congratulations on a well-deserved award yourself πŸ™‚

    And mushy coco pops? Isn’t all cereal supposed to be that way?

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    1. cds Post author

      Thanks, Sarah–and you’re very welcome! Well… yes, I must admit, I do like my cereal on the soft and squishy side. I’ll take it crunchy, certainly (I love cereal), but I have a soft spot for the mushy, and chilled mushy Coco Pops is exceptionally good. (My wife is probably reading this and gagging πŸ™‚ )

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  2. Jaime

    Thanks, Colin! Congrats to you too πŸ™‚ And I have to agree with Sarah above: musy Coco Pops??? Yuckyyyyyy

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    1. Jaime

      Whoops! I guess I should have read her comment a little closer lol. I have to disagree with you BOTH then on the soggy cereal. I like mine crunchy πŸ™‚

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      1. cds Post author

        Thanks, Jaime! Sure, there’s nothing wrong with crunchy cereal. I’m a loud cruncher though, which I would think would make people appreciate my affection for non-crunchy cereal. Go figure!

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  3. Erica O'Rourke

    You’re certainly deserving of a versatile blogger award, but I’m going to have to go with the majority on the mushy Coco Pops! Are you sure you don’t eat them just to squick out your kids? Because that’s completely something my husband would do…

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    1. cds Post author

      Thanks, Erica. I must be way too nice because I usually try not to eat mushy cereal in front of them. Though that could be a great punishment for the kids: “Do your chores, or I’ll make you watch me eat this bowl of Coco Pops that’s been marinating in the refrigerator overnight… mMmmmMmmmm!!!” πŸ™‚

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  4. Donelle Lacy

    Thank you, Colin! I love your random facts about yourself. But I have to agree with your family. Mushy cereal is gross!

    And there’s something. You might not have been disciplined enough to learn languages, but you did learn instruments! I’m trying to learn piano myself, but I don’t practice nearly enough.

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    1. cds Post author

      Thanks. I figured I’d be in a minority about the mushy cereal… but that’s okay. I don’t mind being the weird writer-theologian-dude-that-likes-mushy-coco-pops. I could be called worse. πŸ™‚

      It’s true about the instruments thing. I’m hoping one day I can channel some of the passion I had for learning piano and guitar into being a better linguist. I gave up a lot of time (and I mean a LOT of time) to music in my youth to the detriment of other things, so I’m not sure that will happen… we’ll see. πŸ™‚

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  5. Ian Smith

    Well, for humility and…um… amazingness in not only getting an award but then giving that award out seven-fold, you win yet another award! πŸ˜€

    Well done big bruv x

    P.S. Dubious about cocopops. Never liked the thought of the monkey dancing on my cereal bowl.

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  6. Peggy Eddleman

    Congrats on the award! And thanks so much for passing it along to me. I’m crazy flattered!

    And so cool about your school! That sounds like a fascinating place to spend so much of your childhood.

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    1. cds Post author

      Thank you, and you’re very welcome, Peggy.

      Unfortunately, I have come to appreciate my school more and more the longer I have been away from it. Oh well. πŸ™‚

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  7. 02416013302656319882

    Thanks so very much, Colin! I’ve already received this one before, but I’m flattered once again! πŸ˜€ I must be EXTRA versatile! Haha!

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    1. cds Post author

      I noticed you already had this award, but I figured 1) you certainly qualify, 2) you haven’t had this award from *me*, and 3) it’s always nice and affirming when more than one person tells you they like what you do. So, be affirmed! πŸ™‚

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  8. Issy

    Thank you so much, Colin! I don’t know about my blog being versatile… more likely, it’s incredibly… eclectic. But I appreciate the thought!

    I envy you for your Hogwarts-esque schooling!

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    1. cds Post author

      You’re welcome, Isabel! Unfortunately, as I told Peggy, I’ve only come to really appreciate the school since I’ve been away from it. After all, when you’re a teen, school is school, and often the fascinating things about it get lost in the negatives: the stupid teachers, boring lessons, and idiot students (not all teachers, lessons, and students were like this, but there were some). The Christmas service in the cathedral, however, NEVER got old with me. One of the most awesome things I’ve ever had to attend while at school.

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  9. Sarah

    Thank you so much for the award! Are you sure versatile isn’t just another word for random? This might be the case in my case ;).

    I would like to go on record as saying that cereal should be eaten as soon as possible to the moment it comes in contact with milk.

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    1. cds Post author

      You are very welcome, Sarah! What is versatility but spontaneous randomness? πŸ™‚

      And let me just say, before my culinary taste is forever questioned, that is the way I eat cereal most of the time. However… there’s something about those mushy Coco Pops… πŸ™‚

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  10. 05437592162281030880

    hey colin – thanks for the award! I love awards that make us divulge secret information about ourselves. I will forever think of you and mushy coco pops πŸ™‚

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    1. cds Post author

      You’re welcome, Magpie! And thank *you* for becoming my 60th GFC member! That brought a smile to my face this morning. πŸ˜€

      If mushy coco pops is the worst thing I’m remembered for, I can live with that. πŸ™‚

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  11. Kris Atkins

    I agree with you that it’s a fine line to balance on. When it’s done well–used sparingly and only in important times–I love it. When it’s done poorly, it just pisses me off. XD I think Jordan did a great job with the Old Tongue in the Wheel of Time Series. There are a few instances where he gives a (short) poem or song in the OT, but mostly it’s just a line here or there, and always with the translation close after (in a way that makes sense). I’ve loved semi-parsing out the language, noticing repetitive words that I can figure out what they mean in English, or at least what type of word they are (function word, part of speech, etc.). But then again, I’m a fellow linguist. So it would be interesting to know what non-linguists think.
    Great post! And good luck!

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