Monday, September 13, 2010

I'm blushing and here's why

I have so many wonderful blogging friends that I've met in the last six months since I started this blog. I love the author community. I have been given a few awards from a few different bloggy friends, and I'm way behind on posting some of them. I apologize if you've given me one in the past that I haven't posted. Life has been super crazy, and I can barely stay on top of my regular posts sometimes. Ugh, I'm so Lame-o aren't I? Oh well. I could tell you all about why I'm so busy, but that would probably just be boring. Suffice it to say, things are a bit hectic.

So, here are the most recent ones I've gotten from Christine Fonseca and Ali Cross (Thank you both so much!!):

The Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award:
1.Thank and link back to the person that gave you the award.
2.Share seven things about yourself.
3.Pass the award to fifteen bloggers that you think deserve it.
4.Lastly, contact all the bloggers that you’ve picked for the award.

One Lovely Blog Award Rules:
1.Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2.Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, here are seven things about me that you may or may not know:

1. I've been 5'9" since fifth grade. Yeah. I hated it. I've been battling to have good posture ever since, because let me tell you, when all of your friends hit you about mid-chest, it's hard to hear what they're saying. Also, hard to not feel like a giant. So I would stoop down to try and not seem so tall. Now, I love how tall I am, but I still have to remember to stand up straight sometimes.

2. I love cooking. LOVE it. I might even go so far as to call myself a teensy bit gourmet. However, I hate cleaning dishes. So, if anyone ever wants an amazing meal, I'd be happy to make it for you if you'll clean up.

3. I think it's kind of funny that as a "child", I read a lot of adult books: Jurassic Park in 5th grade, Gone with the Wind in 6th. You get the idea. I found out about some YA books in high school and have been reading and writing it ever since. I love how big the YA genre has gotten. Now, instead of never having enough to read, I have WAAAY too much! (A good problem to have)

4. I was the biggest nerd you could imagine for most of my school years. I'm not kidding. I have the embarrassing pictures/memories to prove it. Glasses in second grade, being the "Jolley Green Giant" (like I mentioned above) by 5th grade, a total bookworm (who not only read tons of books but actually WROTE them--GASP! Social Suicide!), you get the idea. Funny how the very things that made my unpopular as a child have now helped me find some of my dearest friends.

5. I've had 7 semi-major and/or major surgeries in my life (so far). Plus three broken bones, some broken ribs, a few concussions, and many other minor surgeries. Yeah, me and the Dr.'s office/ER/hospital... we're like this. Uh, insert mental image of me crossing my fingers together.

6. I used to own a Thoroughbred named Cherry that I competed Hunter/Jumpers with in Utah. (Jumpers is what you see in the Olympics - where the horses jump over really big fences and can't knock down the bars or you get penalties, and it's timed. The fastest, cleanest ride wins.) We won almost every competition. When I had to sell him when I was 15, I was so depressed I couldn't even bear to say goodbye to him. I regret that so much now. I'd give anything to find out where he is and buy him back again. And ride again.

7. I sang with my high school's "elite" choir called Madrigals as a senior in high school. I even had a solo at one performance, I sang Storybook from The Scarlett Pimpernell.

So, hopefully that was somewhat entertaining for you. Here are fifteen author blogs that I love to read or have just recently found:

Elana Johnson

Carolyn Vawdrey

Lisa and Laura Roecker


Windy Aphayrath

Ally Condie

Nichole Giles

Elle Strauss

Carolina Valdez Miller

Challenging the Gnome

Brodi Ashton

Janette Rallison

Kiersten White

Natalie Bahm (who just had her baby!)

Sara McClung

There are so many amazing author blogs out there, that's why I often shy away from doing "awards" because I don't want anyone to feel left out. Please know this list is NOT all inclusive, it was just the first fifteen blogs I thought of that I love. There are many, MANY more. Congrats to you all and share the love!

Coming up on Wednesday: my recap of Kiersten White's book signing (so awesome, and how cute is she??).


Christine Fonseca said...

Hey, as a person who has been 5'10" since I was 11, I can relate. Except - I LOVE being tall. Always have. I even where heels now s an adult. Hmm...not sure what that says about me!

Cinette said...

Send some of those extra inches my way. I'm topping out at 5' 1 and 3/4" , thank you very much!

Colene Murphy said...

congrats on your awards, I can see why you won them!

wow on the horse show thing. Bet that was fun! I was a big nerd too. Wait. Still am. Go nerds!

Steena Holmes said...

Tell you what - you cook for me and I'll bake and I'll make my kids do the dishes for us afterwards?? LOL

Windy Aphayrath said...

Congrats to you and so sweet of you to send it my way! :)

Sara said...
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Sara B. Larson said...

Whoops, posted with my personal account, instead of my author account!

Christine: I do love being tall NOW, just not as a fifth grader (also ten-eleven years old). And I also wear heels all th time. Just ask my friends. ;)

Cinette: sorry, I'm going to keep my inches if I can help it. But if you'd asked me in elementary school, I would have given them to you gladly!

C.E. : I think we're all still nerds. Yay for nerds!

Steena: Sounds like a deal! WHen and where? ;)

Windy: You're welcome!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Yeah! That's awesome. Thanks for sharing all the info, I feel like I know you a little better now. :D There are WAY too many good blogs to narrow it down! To me that's the hardest part of getting these things.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the mention, Sara!

Also, for the heads up that you had on my blog comments. I have no idea why that is, or what to do about it. I hope it's not happening to a lot of people.

Elana Johnson said...

Congrats on your awards -- you deserve them. Thanks for passing one to me.

And I love how tall you are. You're gorgeous! Don't you dare stoop! :)

Shallee said...

Congrats on the awards! And thanks for the links to those sites, I'll have to check out the ones I'm not yet following.

Talei said...

Congrats on your awards! I also love cooking but loathe the cleaning up!

ali cross said...

Sweet! You're a singer! I didn't know that about you! (I am too!) (how many more exclamation points do you think I can use?!)

And about the tall thing. I think it's interesting that a person can be so ridiculed as a child, only to have the cause of that ridicule one of the things that everyone admires when you're grown up. Like height. I haven't noticed you slouching, so you must be doing well at that.

Lisa Mangum (over six feet tall) once told me what her dad said to her when she started slouching because she was so much taller than the other kids ... he said, "True intelligence doesn't begin until after 6'". Isn't that awesome! Needless to say, she stopped slouching right then and there.

Sara B. Larson said...

Lisa - Exactly, that's the hardest part of awards. :)

Elle - you're welcome! At least it let me comment today without freezing my computer! Phwew.

Elana - Thank you, you're so sweet. I try not to! ;)

Shallee - Thank you! Please do.

Talei - The cleanup is the worst!

Ali - Hey, we could do a duet sometime. ;) And thank you, I do try to stand up straight, but years and years of bad habits die hard. My mom was always after me for it, but it irritated me instead of inspiring me. So now it's still a struggle. I don't know why - I love how tall I am now! Oh well.

Carolyn V. said...

Sara, thank you so much! You totally rock, which is why you probably have such great awards! I had no idea you had so many surgeries. Wow!

Russo said...

You are so sweet to mention "challenging the gnome." Thank you so much, girl. And I didn't know you were in madrigals. You sing, write and cook-what can't you do?!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations on the awards. :)

I so agree with you on hating washing dishes. :)

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Okie said...


Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

Aw, congrats on the awards--and thanks for the shout out <3 <3 <3

And, man, I WISH I was 5'9!!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on the awards!

And I'm 5 foot. Well, ok, fine, 4 11 3/4. *grumble, grumble, why can't they just give me that last 1/4 inch?????*

DL Hammons said...

Congrats on your awards!! And a high five to all those you passed them along to!

And....I've had 7 semi-major and/or major surgeries in my life (so far). Plus three broken bones, some broken ribs, a few concussions, and many other minor surgeries. Yeah, me and the Dr.'s office/ER/hospital... we're like this. Uh, insert mental image of me crossing my fingers together.

OUCH!!!!! Did many of those have to do with your horse jumping?

Liz said...

Lol about number 3. I basically read ONLY classic literature until someone told me about Harry Potter when I was about 19. I didn't start reading YA until maybe two years ago, so I've had to make up for a lot of lost time!

Sara Raasch said...


Hey, name-twin!! It was awesome to meet you :D

Krista said...

Sara, I gave you a shout out on my blog, and forwarded you these same awards. You can never have too many, right? It's great to meet you!

Sara B. Larson said...

Thank you everyone, I really appreciate it and all of your support. :)

DL - yes, many of the trips to ER were from being thrown off horses. The surgeries weren't. The broken bones weren't, but the ribs and concussions were.

Sara: it was great to meet you too!! :D

THanks Krista!