Monday, January 10, 2011

A Blogiversary and an Award

My blog hit a milestone on Friday . . . it celebrated it's one year anniversary! I can't believe I've kept up this blogging thing for a whole year.
I've learned so much and absolutely love the community I've found through the blogging world. Thank you to everyone who has ever read one of my posts and for all those encouraging comments . . . that's what makes it all worthwhile. I look forward to this new year and endeavor to make my blog better with each post and to post at least 2 to 3 times a week.

And the award? Sherry Hart from Design Indulgence nominated me for a Stylish Blogger Award!
I am beyond flattered that she thought of me and stylish in the same sentence. What an honor. If you haven't visited Design Indulgence you are truly missing out. Sherry is an interior designer in Atlanta who has a wonderful sense of style and a hilarious take on it all.

Basically, the deal is I have to list 7 things about myself. Hmm. I was trying to think of 7 things that wouldn't put my readers to sleep. Here's what I came up with. 

1. As my given name is Katherine, I have lots of nicknames. Obviously, Kathy is the one that stuck, but my most unusual one is Bug. My sister started it as Katie Bug in my teens which she then just shortened to Bug, and my husband adopted it and calls me that most often.

2. I've been married to my wonderful husband Matt (we met on a riverboat in college) for 13 and half years, and we have two beautiful children together - Meg (who will turn 9 in March) and Pierce (who will turn 6 in April). I love my family!

3. I was voted (well, actually tied for) "Best Dressed" in high school even though I attended an all-girls Catholic high school where we wore uniforms almost every day. Some people find this fact very amusing. I remind them that we did get to wear "civies" (civilian clothing) a LOT.

4. I love to read, and my favorite book since 8th grade is To Kill a Mockingbird. I wish I made more time to read, but I get so wrapped up in novels I just want to finish them and tend to ignore things like the children, making dinner and general household upkeep. The last book I read was Freedom by Jonathan Franzen . . . I really enjoyed it.

5. I have abnormally long arms which can make finding well-fitting jackets a challenge but was very useful while blocking shots on my 8th grade basketball team. And since my husband has abnormally short arms, our hope is that our children might have nice normal-length appendages.

6. My sister Susan and I look a good bit alike . . . so much so that my husband almost made an inappropriate "grab" once but caught himself just in time to save himself years of therapy.
This was a windy day at the beach a couple of years ago so please forgive our hair. I'm the one on the left.
7. This one should come as no surprise - I'm obsessed with interior design. I love all aspects of it! Ever since I moved into my first apartment after college until now, I've enjoyed picking out furniture, fabrics, rugs, paint colors, etc. It's my not-so-secret desire to turn this passion into a career.

Now I'm passing this along to 7 other bloggers who I feel are stylish and would like to learn more about. If you've already done it, I apologize, or if you don't have time, I understand that too. Thanks again, Sherry, for including me in your list! Here are my 7 nominees for the Stylish Blogger Award:

Sissy at Blue Hydrangea (the reason I started blogging)
Kim at What am I going to be when I grow up?
Gretchen at Gretchen Opgenorth
Julie at Milk and Honey Home
Kim at Chattafabulous
Marianne at Haven and Home
Bri at Me, You and a Wiener (it's her dog, Timmy, people)

We're enjoying snow here in the Nashville area. Hope you guys are safe and warm wherever you are!

Source: Photo by Dorthe Alstrup on 20x200.


bluehydrangea said...

What a nice surprise on this cold, snow bound day!! Loved learning more about you and I am so glad you have kept up the blogging. Can't wait to read more!!
xo Sissy

jandjhome said...

Happy 1 year of blogging! I wish we would get snow days in South Florida. I'd love a random day off and be forced to stay home.


I loved this award and learning so much about the bloggers!!! Whoever started this should win an award!!! Bug and long arms...who knew! And you and your sister really do look alike! I was glad that you told us which one was you! Great post Kathy...I mean Bug! Congrats on a year! My year is next month and I can't believe it.

Elsie said...

I loved your list---do tell more! Thank you so much--I am too honored, Katie Bug!


A Perfect Gray said...

congrats on your milestone and your award. you totally deserve it.....

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

This is awesome thanks Kathy! I appreciate you stopping by and giving me a chance most people can't get past the wiener part ahahah even though I'm talking about my dachshund. Anyways you totally deserve it I really do enjoy reading your blog! Way to show people we are not all boots and countrified here in Nashville! Enjoy the snow looks like another no school day!

Gretchen O. said...

Thanks you, thank you Kathy, I am flattered to be put with this list of very stylish people.

Congrats on 1 year! HUGE milestone, can't wait to see what is in store.

Ashley said...

I've been a "lurker" for a few months now and have really enjoyed reading your blog! It's always fun to learn more about bloggers, aside from their favorite fabric prints or lamps, etc. Congrats on reaching the 1 year mark!

My Interior Life said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm glad I made it a year and look forward to the year ahead. Thanks for your support!

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

Congratulations Kathy!! One year is a big accomplishment (and a lot of work too!) Loved learning a little bit more about you too!

Vanda said...

Congrats! We have not met...yet - I was in Fiji with Matt and his Dad. I love love love your blog and share your passion but my full-time job keeps me from going wild. One day soon we shall meet and all I can say is look out hubbies - the girls will re-decorate something!!

Haven and Home said...

Thank you so much Kathy! I am honored!!! I loved reading this about you, so interesting!



Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Kathy, how sweet you are to think of me for this award. I passed it along on my post today! Stay warm up there!!

paula said...

such fun! You and your sis do favor quite a bit.

Robin Baron @ Simplifying Fabulous! said...

Congrats! Blogoversaries are fun! Good luck on another great year!