The Swim to My 50s – Please HOLD OFF on playing the Academy music until I finish my speech!

Very Inspiring Blog Award Nominee

Nominated by, from: Sanity Check

Being a new blogger, I am learning the ropes and figuring out how to navigate the world of  There are things I have yet to figure out but I am getting the hang of it.

One thing I know for sure is that the fellow bloggers I am meeting, are wonderful.  Everyone is truly welcoming, encouraging, hilarious and inspiring.  I have learned so much from all of you and can only hope that I can make an impact on someone else’s life – be it a little chuckle in the middle of the day or night.

A warm thank you and shout out to my nominators (not to be confused with my terminators):  

1) Kim, from whose blog name is, Sanity Check, nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  The irony is that we became instant blogging buddies after sharing information about our matching autoimmune disease we have both been “blessed” with.   After reading her blog about her three handsome sons and her very supportive husband, I was more than inspired.  Get to know Kim.  You will be glad you did.

2) Octavia02, from, nominated me for the Liebster Award.   I immediately liked octavia02 because she seemed feisty like me!  She gets my humor and is a strong spiritual human being.  Visit her and learn how well she copes with life’s storms.

 The Rules for each award are different so I am going to break the rules a bit, combine them and make my own (can you tell I love to break rules?)  I sure hope the academy does not rescind and take my awards back!

My made-up rules (for real award rules just google them):

* Thank and link back to the blogger who has nominated you

* Nominate as many bloggers as you would like for the Award/s and list their blog sites

Notify nominees

*  Tell 5 things about you (I will be answering octavia02’s questions instead)

*  Make up your own award – if you wish 

*  Have yourself a gin and tonic (make sure it’s Hendrick’s Gin)


I want these nominees I am about to nominate to know that, if they feel pressed for time or hate rules as much as I do, that they are exempt from having to actually follow the rules.  I will, however, welcome gifts of the liquid kind, in lieu of following the rules.

The nominees deserve all types of real awards for their creativity, talent and inspiration.  In the absence of these deserving awards, I would like to nominate them with a very special award – I made up.  

This special award is called the, Brick House Award, given to a man or woman who is a 36-24-36, can likes to dance, is strong, resilient, knows how to please, makes me laugh, makes me cry and someone whose work I admire.  Feel free to  copy and paste this award logo so that others can get green with envy at your nomination. 🙂

The Brick House Award
The Brick House Award  

And the Brick House Award nominees are: – Jill is a sweetheart. She also has an autoimmune condition that she fights every day.  She is very talented, loves Bazooka bubble gum, does NOT eat glue and always makes sure to comment on my posts. – I am sure most of you know Susie.  She loves to throw blogging parties, she seems selfless, encourages other bloggers and has wonderful things to say. – This Cootchie Mama looks great in tights/leg-ins, she also has the freshest buns of anyone I know. She is writing some great fictional stories. – I honestly have to massage my cheeks after reading her posts from laughing so much.  She is so witty and clever and deserved to Freshly Peg herself! – A newbie like me.  Has the most contagious beautiful smile ever and is always pointing out the positive things in life. – A fellow Puerto Rican chica who is funny, tells it like it is and I believe does not really have an adorable white doggy but just liked the picture. – A beautiful talented teacher/mom who has time to cook for her three sons and husband and even for me when I am not feeling well!  Her recipes are easy and so delicious. – This is her new name and blog!  She is still a woman wielding words but just in a new location.  Also very talented and is a fellow Massachusetts blogger I hope to meet soon. – Also knows as the Guat.  She is hilarious, loves the word dude and is preparing to do a triathlon in a couple of months.  She is latina like me and I can relate to her family stories. – This is the first male Brick House Award nominee!  So witty, brilliant and makes me have “accidents” in my pants from  laughing so much.  His most recent blog post about hay fever, was right on and hilarious! – A very creative, talented blogger who can do all kinds of cool tricks on her blog.  She opened up my eyes to the spammers out there who follow our blogs.  Beware of Zombie Cats! – I can relate to Renee because I too have mega frizzy hair!  I would like to steal her cans of hair product she is hoarding and I know where she lives.  She also looks fabulous in Lily Pulitzer. – I am just one of her 4,000 + followers!  She can do it all!  Write, make people laugh and sing!  She has a beautiful voice and I hope she posts more videos of her singing. – I love her blog name.  She is bright, humorous and is younger than me (darn).  She reminds us to embrace our ages and our bodies.

Make sure to check out these Brick Houses’ blogs.

Answers to Octavia02’s questions she asked me after nominating me:

1.  My favorite film?  I have a lot, but I am going to have to say, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, since I have seen it 10+ times and I still laugh as if it were the first time.    You could substitute Greek for Puerto Rican and it would be the exact same movie.

2.  Favorite quote?  “Hija eres, madre serás, lo que hiciste te haran.” A Spanish idiom my mom loved to quote.  Something about daughters becoming mothers and how what you do to your mother as a daughter, your daughter will do to you and your mother will in turn, be laughing at you the whole time.

3. What always makes me cry? Looking at old videos of the kids when they were babies.  It gets me every time.

4. What always makes me laugh?  Adorable squeezable chubby huggable babies.  Just the site of one makes me giggle uncontrollably.

5.  What was my best day? Of course, my wedding and the days my children were born are tops, but this day really stands out.  It was the day I let go of all of my anger and decided to forgive, instead.  The most freeing day of my life.

6.  What was my worst day?  The day I lost my father to cancer.

7.  Emotionally closer to my family or friends?  I am blessed to have both.  I am a very open person and tend to share my emotional and physical state with family and friends.  Could not do it without both.

8. What does “transcend” mean to me? It is my way of thinking and living.  I will not let negative things get to me and will do everything in my power and beyond…to overcome adversity.  Stubbornness, may be another way to describe it.

9. Jon Steward or Stephen Colbert?  Definitely Colbert.  He is brilliant and makes me snort while laughing.  He also looks like my brother-in-law.

10. If I could choose my last word, what would it be?  Thanks.

11. What single quality represents who I am?  Hmmmm…My ability to accept the cards I have been dealt and feel blessed for what I have.  Some might call it ignorance or denial. 🙂  

31 thoughts on “The Swim to My 50s – Please HOLD OFF on playing the Academy music until I finish my speech!

  1. Dude I’m loving this gold star. Azuuuuuucar! I never say no to “props.” They help me fill my glass-half-empty existence 🙂 Very cool I went to check out your honoree posse because the only one I knew happen to be Susie and let me say you have a couple good peeps there. Thanks a lot chica for grouping me with this bunch. Have a great weekend.


  2. Thank you soooo much – I LOVE my Brickhouse Chick award (as I told you, first one I ever got for anything in my whole life). I’m also a newbie blogger, and I am 1) beyond flattered to be included in the company of the people on this list, and 2) loving the fact you just made up your own award Chutzpah! So glad to have met you – swimming with you all the way!


  3. Thank you so much for the nomination and the shout out. I had to step out for a few hours today and am back!
    That is so sweet of you to include me in your list. I am the party girl and am so glad we met!
    I LOVE your last word! Thanks!


  4. Thanks so much for the bloggy shout-out. I’m afraid I’m much too lazy to ever follow the rules required to legitimately claim awards (as I told the Nobel Prize committee AND Publisher’s Clearing House just last week), but I sincerely appreciate the honor.

    And I love both the song and your graphic for Brick House. Can’t say I qualify on the measurements 😦 but I still love the song.

    Looks like you’re off to a great start on your goal of blogging world domination!


  5. I couldn’t love this award more! Thanks so much for the honor and putting me in such great company. I only wish I could buy everyone a round of gin and tonics to celebrate.

    I’m also a huge Jon Stewart fan. When I watch the Daily Show I sometimes cry from laughing so hard. It takes a lot to make me do that. I think I may have a tiny crush on the man…


  6. Okay, that is one of the best ‘logos’ for an award, ever! Fantastic idea, and THANK YOU – I am in seriously good company here. I couldn’t agree more about fellow bloggers being such an inspiration.

    AND you complimented my singing?! What a way to start the day! Thank you again!! 🙂

    P.S. – Steve vs. Jon. Boy that’s a toughie. Babs (my mom) actually just got us tickets to see the Daily Show next month! Cannot wait.


  7. Congratulations on a well deserved award! You are too sweet ~ thank you for the nomination and your very kind words! OMG…..I love, love, love My Big Fat Greek Wedding! I think I’ve seen it at least 15 times…it still makes me laugh so hard.


  8. I am humbled and honored! You are adorable — and you have so many of my favorite peeps listed. i feel like we have a bit of a posse on your page. I’ve known Jules and Peg and Darla forever and Susie, too! I’ll have to try and check out the others, as they are new to me. I have to tell you, I typically don’t do these awards. You’ll see. If you stick around here long enough, well…you’ll know what I mean. I’m about to enter my 4th year in the blogoverse. Soon you too will start to receive porny SPAM and offers from strangers to write posts about crappy content. So much to look forward to! 😉 Please know my gratitude is sincere, and I LOVE your BRICK HOUSE award. It’s wicked cute.

    I can tell you that you are going to get this blogging thing because you are already networking which is the best way to meet new people. And you are breaking rules. We bloggers like that! 😉 Don’t forget to come back to my place next week to try to win that bag! *hint hint*


    1. Thank you, Renee! I look forward to receiving porny SPAM and crappy content. 🙂 If I win the bag, could you put in one of the mousse bottles in the bag for my frizzy hair?


  9. Thanks for this GREAT honor, especially since we just “met.” I think this is my favorite award of them all, because it comes from your thoughts instead of the memes going around. Plus it’s sassy. I figured out a while back that you have to break the rules of the awards or it becomes too much, but it doesn’t mean I won’t celebrate. Looking forward to meeting in person one of these days. 😉


    1. I LOVE it! And, oh dear, I am a fellow snort laugher. Watch out world..brilliant answers and new guidelines (who need rules anyway – blah) and a picture that was faboo x 1,0000. Thanks for making that so much fun :-*


    2. It is the best gin! And, my mom told me about Q tonic being better than Schweppes. It’s made with peruvian hand-picked quinine known to improve circulation and digestion and it’s got a crisp honey taste to it that works great with Hendricks! Cheers, Andra!


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