I have to thank the lovely Andie down there in Naw’lins at Sweet.Southern.Spirited for awarding me with this beauty:

Isn’t it pretty? Here’s what I have to do. (I guess if I don’t do the following things, the grim reaper of blogging awards might come and take it away or something! Plus, I’m mostly a rule-follower so here we go…)

List 6 things that make you happy
Pass the award on to 6 bloggers for Kreativ.
Link to the blogger who gave you the award.
Link to the blogs receiving the award.
Notify the recipients.

Six things that make me happy:
1. My family
2. Free time
3. When I get the go-ahead on an article I’ve proposed to an editor
4. Unexpected acts of kindness
5. Teaching group fitness classes, especially Wednesday nights
6. Of course, my friends

I am awarding this one to only six of the most creative bloggers I know:
1. My sister Julesie at House of Jules. She’s creative in many, many ways: too many to mention!
2. Mags at Ms. Maggie Moo Talks 2 U. Mags is extremely talented in the culinary arena (that would be the kitchen, of course)
3. Angie at Oh My Goff!
4. Weather Kim at In a Martucci Minute…both Angie and Kim are Photoshopping Queens. Don’t mess with them!
5. Mr. Lady at Whiskey in My Sippy Cup. Her blog makes me laugh uncontrollably; she’s creative with the funny, and she’s getting really good at making videos. (not of the porn kind, just funny.)
6. Sue at As Cape Cod Turns. She can do wonders with a box of markers and paper, folks. And stickers. This girl is Creative.

So, in preparing this post, I also just noticed that I forgot (I’m old, that’s probably why) to pass this awesome award on, back about ten years ago when the very same, creative Sue from As Cape Cod Turns gave it to me. Sorry Sue!

For this one, I have to answer four questions and then pass it on to four people.

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? Not really. I know what’s going on with my two very oldest friends in the world, through their parents. But my family moved a couple of times and it was hard to stay in touch with everybody.
2. What do you value most about your friends? Most of my friends, whether shy or extroverted, have a great sense of humor. We also lean on each other when needed, and none of them are shy about telling me to “Snap out of it!” when I need that. I also enjoy that, because I’m involved in so many things, I am friends with many, many different kinds of people.
3. Are your friends your sounding boards? Yes, but for deeply personal stuff I only confide in my closest of closest friends. Jim is the only one who knows EVERYTHING. (as it should be, in my opinion…)
4. What is your favorite activity to share with your friends? If I’ve actually got time to share with friends, I don’t care what we do! Sometimes, silence is even nice.

Awarding this to four friends:
1. Kat, of course, from My Two Cents. She is my not-so-evil German Twin. We will be friends for life.
2. Katie, from Made in Melbourne. I love her; although she is technically young enough to be my daughter (that is, if I had been a pregnant teen), I prefer to think of her as my much, much, much younger sister.
3. Melissa, from Hope Floats. She’s my internet sister. (Are you sensing a theme here?) I finally met her for about six and a half minutes a few weeks ago at the Cheesecake Factory and I look forward to getting together with her when she actually gets a chance to eat.
4. Jen, from Huckdoll’s Hood. Though I have never referred to her as my sister, I am now dubbing her my Canadian Sister, just because I think she’s really sweet. And she’s Canadian. And it continues the theme. But if I had a Canadian Sister, it’s quite possible that her name would be Jen. LOL

I also have to thank Karyn at Pretty In The City for including my book in her Holiday Shopping Guide 2008–without my even asking her to do it. (That’s one of those unexpected kindnesses I was talking about!) It was such a pleasant surprise for me to see when I checked her blog yesterday, and I really appreciate it. (Buy my book!) While you’re checking out my book, check out Karyn’s books. She has two of them, which you can get in almost any language you want. One of them is Save Karyn: One Shopaholic’s Journey to Debt and Back. The other is 20 Times a Lady: A Novel. Thanks again, Karyn!

I hope those of you who are headed out of town for Thanksgiving have a safe trip! (and those of you staying home? Be safe anyway!)