Versatile Blogger Award

Navy Wife Chronicles began a year after my husband’s accident as form of self-therapy and meditation. Ever since I was a little girl, writing was freeing but never encouraged as a career. Still, like playing the piano and reading, writing touches the part of my brain that allows me to lose myself in the activity without regard to anything or anyone around me.

I first met Readncook when I worked as a Teacher Supervisor. As an experienced teacher, I observed new teachers and offered them feedback on their teaching practices. But really, I had the opportunity to watch these wonderful educators shine and share their talents with their students. Readncook is one of these educators. Thank you, Readncook, for this nomination and how lucky we are that you shine and share your talents through your blog.

The rules of the award are simple:

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

Some of these blogs have been around for so long, I am sure that many have already won this award. If you have already been nominated, my hats off to you! YOU ROCK!

When I first started blogging on WordPress, I found a newbie thread on the forums. There I sought advice, gave advice, and discovered these blogs:

1. Dribbling Pensioner
2. Rain into Rainbows
3. Local Heart, Global Soul
4. Balladeer’s Blog
5. Peas and Cougars
6. The Wordslinger
7. Heidi Leanne Craig [A writer I met through NaNoWriMo!]

I met the following bloggers while my husband was a patient at VA Palo Alto. They are courageous, supportive, and wonderful women who also have wounded warrior husbands.
8. Ben and Katie Rye
9. Cale’s Recovery

10. I have been reading Wife of a Sailor for about a year and looked forward to Thursday nights to see what the MilSpouse Friday Fill-Ins questions were for the week. While these fill-ins are now monthly, it is still fun to keep up with the dozens of milspouses who participate.

Here are a few military blogs I think you’ll like. I found most of them via Wife of a Sailor.
11. They Call Me Dependent
12. And You Never Did Think
13. To the Nth
14. Chambanachic
15. AwesomeAlli
15 1/2. Eights on the Move

And I am such a cheater I’ll throw in a bonus one, PostWar Monologues. (This site is amazing and not just because I’ve contributed a couple of the posts!)


Seven things about myself:

1. While I do not read Stephen King, I do read what he recommends via Entertainment Weekly. The fact that I do not read King embarasses my husband greatly who has read every book King has written.

2. I wrote a manuscript for a chick lit novel that has not seen the light of day for a decade. I do not have immediate plans to read, let alone to revise.

3. My kids are southern by birth. M was born in Augusta, GA. A was born in San Angelo, TX. L was born in Virginia Beach, VA. As they become immersed into California culture, they still have traces of their southern roots. M, probably because of R’s accent, sometimes turns one syllable words into two syllables (example: hair = hay-yair).

4. I love being a teacher but am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy being a substitute teacher. The aspect I miss most about having my own classroom is seeing students’ growth from the beginning of the year to the end. I can still be creative and spontaneous as a sub which leads to requests and referrals to sub.

5. I think I left a blue and yellow umbrella in your classroom when I visited two years ago.

6. Going back to school and working in educational policy is a a tiny glimmer in the back of my mind that won’t go away. If I were to get my doctorate, I would attend Stanford or USF. (Ahhh, a girl can dream…)

7. I was on the Academic Decathlon team when I was in high school. When I competed, our school won the county competition for the ninth year in a row and though I won five (?) medals at county I never felt more incompetent and worthless than I did at state. How did I think I could ever compete against hundreds of the most brilliant minds of California, including my teammates? I’m over it now but not before feeling this inadequacy a few more times in college.

These lucky blogs will soon get a cut-and-paste message saying: “Hello [fab writer], I just nominated you for a VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. It’s over here. Yee haw!”


OMG. I was nominated a bazillion years ago but couldn’t figure out how to get everyone’s link activated. My apologies. I am only conversational in Technology, not fluent.

Also, being a married single mom is so hard! GAH! I encounter daily dilemmas such as bickering, possible allergies (Is it Neosporin? Is it the gauze from the band aid? Both?),


discovery of cuss words from graffiti (lesson learned; always skim through pages of books from second-hand shops), and homework. Here is an excerpt of my daugher’s homework page. She’s in first grade.

“Which of these things could you do in about one minute?” “I can’t my mom will get mad”

That’s nice.

5 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. OMG! You did leave a blue and yellow umbrella in my room! I think I might even still have it. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me whose it was. Thanks for the kind words and keep writing!

    • Dang it! I knew I left that darn umbrella in your room 🙂 Loved the last post about your difficult student and her manners. I often have to stop myself around my own children and remember to model the behavior I want to see. Not always easy to remember, hee hee!

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