Molly over atWriter Mama Dreamer who is my friend and dancing buddy from the LA SCBWI conference (and fellow Washingtonian).
Jackee over at Winded Words who is such a sweet blogging friend.
Dawn over at Plotting and Scheming, my other friend and dancing buddy from the LA conference (and fellow Washingtonian, too) ... By the way, she and Molly do have separate identities and they both have awesome blogs, so check them both out. I know I'm making them sound like clones, but they're not. Promise.
Julie Musil who is awesome (but who happens to have a very scary picture posted on her blog today. Not of her. Of an antagonist. But still.)
Elise over at Once, Oh Marvelous Once (fantastic blog name, right?) who blogs about all sorts of cool stuff all the time.
Becky, who has a really cool history with my husband's family. She used to live in our town as a child and we randomly met through Rachelle Gardner's blog. Small (blogging) world!
And I'd like to give one of these awards back to Sharon (even though she's not a *new* blog friend), Krista Lynne Jensen (who I have a ton in common with, btw), and Shallee (who is having a contest!).
Now, I think the rules say I have to say some interesting/random things about myself. I know I already did this once long ago, but my archives are not being helpful. Sorry for any repeats. I only have a limited number of interesting things about myself.
So, here we go, in no particular order.
My parents live in Hong Kong. So does my younger sister. I lived there for 13 years, from age 5 to 18. I would really like to visit this summer if we can scrape together money for seven plane tickets.
I played bass clarinet in high school.
One of my favorite movies is Lady Jane, starring Helena Bonham Carter, about the historic figure Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days. Such a romantic movie and it makes me cry every time.
I am almost ten years older than my little brother.
I am expecting baby number five in January. Still feeling slightly overwhelmed by that prospect. All my other children were born in China. This will be my first USA-born baby.
When we lived in China, I had a household helper who came twice a week to help me clean and cook and do shopping. Therefore, I am very spoiled and it's hard to adjust to life in America doing all my own housework. Which is why I obsess about it on my blog. But there are some things that make American life much easier: our car, our dishwasher, our clothes dryer, and American grocery stores with American groceries.
I really hate canned tuna. I'm not a tuna casserole type of girl. Or a tuna sandwich type of girl.
That's all for today, my friends. Make it a great day!