Appreciation and Recognition – The Liebster Award

Wow - twice in one week!

Wow – twice in one week!

This past week I received the Liebster Award – twice! The award is given by fellow bloggers who believe the recipient deserves encouragement to continue with a promising line of work. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, most beloved, endearing and other nice stuff. My three obligations in accepting the award are 1) acknowledgement, 2) pass it forward, and 3) reveal some personal stuff.

My thanks to both writers who acknowledged me with the Liebster. I have been following Tales from the Motherland since Dawn began a series about last year’s family vacation in Peru with Peru or Bust. We were living in Panama and we had recently returned from four months in Latin America, which was my Vacation of a Lifetime, and Peru was not on our itinerary. We had entertained thoughts of moving to South America, so I loved reading stories of travel to many of the exotic places we missed. I learned a lot more than stories of Peru. Dawn reveals love, commitment, anguish, loss, and hope through her passion-filled writing. It was her courage in sharing her personal side that captivated me, and I have been a fan ever since. We also share a common bond of love for the Pacific Northwest.

I love perusing food blogs, and I stumbled upon Another Bite of the Cherry. Holliday shares her recipes and restaurant dining stories from across the pond. While she does not reveal her home country on her About page, it is not a mystery when she mentions her home in Devon and a £60 dinner in Bristol. Holliday is even newer at this blogging business than I am, so I encourage her to keep writing as so many followers have done for me.

The following bloggers, in alphabetical order are my nominees to receive this award:
Aja’s Northwest Life – Aja is a relatively recent transplant to my home town of Seattle. Her photography brings fresh reminders of favorite places I have visited – Leavenworth, Rattlesnake Butte, Willamette Valley, Oregon Coast, and Seattle’s amazing array of public parks. And yet her food posts were how I discovered her blog. Did I mention I love food blogs?
Around the World with Steve – This gentleman’s epic journey around the world is underway as I post this. As a traveler myself, I love hearing of his adventures from exotic locations. As a solo traveler, Steve’s stories include a unique perspective of meeting interesting people and making new friends.
From Seattle to Cairo: Letters from a Traveling Mom – A traveler, from Seattle. Those connections would be enough. When you add the hilarity of her well-crafted real-life stories, I think you will be hooked, too.
Honk if You’re Vegan – I think I mentioned liking food blogs. Celeste offers great recipes mixed with a sense of humor that makes eating healthy easier, and reading about food fun and inspiring.
Even though I am not vegan, my wife and I both enjoy vegan options, and many of these recipes are now in our repertoire.
I’ve Got Some ‘Spaining To Do – I plan to live in Spain next year. The connection is clear. This delightful young traveler is already living there with her husband. The more I read about Spain, the more excited I get!
Tried & Tested Kid-friendly Recipes – This is a fun site, and photos of this cheery, English mum’s little ones creating in the kitchen remind me of how much fun I have in the kitchen with my grandson. I bookmarked her blog site for quick reference for when I visit the kids. (Any time I want to put on the apron is just fine with my daughter.)
Waves and Ruins – This young couple is currently trekking from their California home to Argentina over a seven month stretch in search of surfing venues and adventure. They are writing about their adventure as it unfolds. I love reading about their discoveries which will include some of the places we recently visited.
Witless Dating After Fifty by reocochran – Her posts are fun, insightful, and thought-provoking. If you are a woman, you can relate. If you are a man, you will be wishing you could get a date with this lovely woman. Since I am no longer in the market, I hope the right man comes along and sweeps her off her feet.

Answers to random questions about me:
1. What makes you laugh?
I laugh at wry humor, clever double entendres, and the chance witty comment my wife makes in everyday situations.
2. What did you eat for dinner today?
I had a typical Mexican dinner – chicken, rice and refried beans (with plenty of diced jalapeños), and fresh fruit for dessert.
3. What food could you not live without?
I love avocados and jalapeño peppers. However, after six months in Panama I found I mostly missed good cheese. (Mexico has plenty of good cheese.)
4. If you could have dinner with one other person, who would it be?
For ‘Star Power’ I would choose to dine with President Obama or even First Lady, Michelle Obama. For fun I would choose to dine with my favorite comedian, Lewis Black (see below).
5. What is the most disgusting meal you have ever eaten?
I will never forget eating tripe boiled in pig’s blood at a Philippine dinner when I was 14. I did not know what it was, but it looked okay. The only reason I swallowed, succeeding on the third try, was because I was sitting next to a pretty girl.
6. Daytime or nighttime?
Daytime, unless there is night skiing.
7. How long have you been blogging?
I posted my first blog on August 21, 2012. This is my 41st post. (I usually know what my second and third post from now will be. I just do not always know what my next post will be.)
8. For one million pounds sterling, would you run round your place of work with no clothes on?
Heck, even if I said no, if my wife found out I received an offer like that she would tear my clothes off and send me on the obligatory jog.
9. Tea or coffee?
I am from Seattle, and I lived in the highlands of Panama. Duh…coffee!
10. How many chucks does a woodchuck chuck?
Seriously, nobody cares.
11. What is your claim to fame?
My wife and I are Six Monthers. We came up with this concept ourselves by formalizing our lifestyle of moving to a different country every six months. So far we have landed in Panama and Mexico. Scotland and Spain are next on our list. I hope more people are inspired by our example because I think we would all do a much better job of getting along if we knew one another better.

Versatile Blogger Award

versatileblogger111Thank you to the thoughtful blogger/photographer at squirrel and pear for acknowledging me with this award. I have wondered from time to time if my posts were worthy of recognition, so this affirmation is appreciated.

Versatile Blogger Award Guidelines

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Blogs I admire and wish to recognize for content, quality, and general appeal:

  1. ardent & awkward / in a u s t i n – This writer motivated me to get started writing, and thus warrants the top spot. The content of her blog is not only fascinating, but also technically flawless as you might expect from an English teacher.
  2. Tales from the Motherland – This devoted mother and writer tells tales from the heart. We also have geographic roots in common.
  3. expatlogue – This lovely expat mother courageously bares her sole in some of her offerings with an entertaining and inimitable writing style.
  4. Go Curry Cracker! – This young expat couple makes Mexico come alive with interesting, insightful stories and great photo imagery.
  5. Writing by the Numbers – An aspiring author and entertaining blogger, once you read her blog the title becomes self-evident.
  6. brickthomas’s Blog – A kindred spirit; as he embarks upon a RTW (round the world) trip, I am eager to share his experiences vicariously.
  7. Loca Gringa – An expat Canadian living in the Dominican Republic, our common love of Latin American caused our paths to cross.
  8. Waves and Ruins – This attractive young couple is seeking the best surfing beaches and interesting attractions throughout Latin America. I am eager to read of their experiences.
  9. DavidCrews – Art, poetry, philosophy, and world travel – this blogger brings beauty and thoughtfulness to his web pages.
  10. Around The World With Steve – His RTW adventure started in January, 2013, and I am following along, perhaps to see where I might wish to go next.
  11. Life + Spanish + Travel A photo blog from a fellow expat now living in Mexico. The images are captivating.
  12. Comedy Travel Writing – A humorous and irreverent assortment of travel adventures ideally suited to readers with a somewhat warped sense of humor.
  13. RD REVILO – A poetry blog by an interesting fellow with topical relevance and thought-provoking opinion and insight.
  14. Let The Adventure Begin! – This couple is preparing to start a new lifestyle in Panama. Holly shares the experience of preparing for the exciting changes as they occur.
  15. Through Harold’s Lens – The title is self-explanatory. View various interesting places in the world through the unique images regularly offered.

Seven things about me you may find interesting:

  1. My wife and I met on a cruise to Alaska in 2005. We have done a lot of traveling together since.
  2. We have visited 10 countries in the past 18 months, most of which I have blogged about. Florence is the photographer.
  3. We are excellent at downsizing. We sold two cars, one house, and all other belongings worth anything. We are now unencumbered and free to move about the world at our leisure, and we do.
  4. I have had three careers (min. 10 years each) in my working life: parks and recreation supervisor, Teamster truck driver, and community relations manager with a Fortune 100 company.
  5. I moonlighted as a professional ski instructor for five years before I retired and started traveling. I still occasionally miss the slopes.
  6. I have two grown daughters, and now two grandsons, all of whom I am incredibly proud.
  7. I am coming out of retirement for Summer 2013 to work as a professional tour director in the Pacific Northwest. I will probably write about that, too.