Awards and 1,000 followers! 

Heyeveryoneohmyit’sbeenforeverrrr! Okay, I may have had a few (read: six) Red Bulls just to summon up the energy to write this post because it is going to be looooong. I have so much to share with you guys! I’m just going to start doing lunges as I write this because I HAVE ALL THE ENERGY NOW. 

So, firstly, sorry for the insanely long absence but my life has been crazy. My sister got married in June, and then one of my best friends got married a week later. I was bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding, which basically meant I got to wear as much makeup as Ru Paul and no one could say anything.  

Look how awkward I look, like “is my face melting? I feel like it’s melting…”


So I was gone for pretty much all of June. Besides all of that, my car broke down and was gone for two months, I got a terrible kidney infection and…OH, OH…(sorry, I just remembered), I chopped TEN INCHES off my hair. I know this might not sound like a big deal but I have always worn my hair extremely long (think Rapunzel with hair extensions) so this was a HUUUUGE step for me. What do you guys think? 

 

Note: The books aren’t mine…I’m not that smart

 
Ok, so it’s not exactly a pixie cut, but it was a very dramatic change for me and I have to say, I really prefer it. 

Aaaanyway, beside all my hair drama, I had a lot of personal family drama too. Ugh. I don’t really think it would be appropriate to discuss it here, but it has taken its toll on me and I’ve kinda been wallowing in self pity (and wine) for the last few weeks too. Today, I felt like posting a blog and reconnecting will all of you, so here’s some virtual Oreos and milk. LET’S DO THIS THING. 

Firstly, I must accept some awards. I also have to do some challenges (insert “challenge accepted” Barney Stinson quote) but I figure I should leave those for another day because this post is already getting a little:

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The wonderful Erika Kind nominated me for….

FOUR AWARDS. I feel like this right now:

 

And Tina’s only got 3…pfft


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I have to say, Erika is one of the most uplifting and positive people I have ever met here in the blogosphere. She is so kind and encouraging and I’m really glad to have met you, Erika. Please go check her out guys, she is really wonderful to connect with.
And so….*exaggerated drum roll*

The first award is The Encouraging Thunder Award. I already love the sound of this. *da da da da da da da da THUN-DER!* 

          
Here are the rules I must abide by: (and woah that sounded intense) 

 What you can do with the award?
Post it on your blog
Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with the award?

Abuse or misuse the logo
Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving award:

Enjoy the award
At least give thanks via comments and likes and/or mentioning the blog who gave the award.

Mention your purpose in blogging

If there is a copy and paste award out there, I’m all over it because I totally just copied this from Erika’s post. Or c’d and p’d it to use our professional term which I didn’t just make up. 

Okay, so my first task is to discuss my purpose in blogging. 

Well, to be honest, I never really thought about that until now. I set up this blog at the suggestion of my partner who noticed that I was finding my summer holidays a little tedious. Since starting this blog two years ago, I have come into contact with some of the kindest, funniest and most talented people and I am so grateful for that. I suppose you could say that my purpose was to create a place that I could visit when I felt a little blue, a place that would either allow me to offload my problems, or to have a silly chat with a stranger and cheer me up. And that’s exactly what has happened. The thing is, I never thought about followers or any of that jazz, but now that I have over 1000 of you, I feel really really lucky. If my posts even make one or two of you smile from time to time, then that’s as noble a purpose as one could wish for. 

And now for some nominees: 

Okay, I’m going to choose two bloggers who always put a smile on my face when I talk to them and read their blogs: (btw, I smile when I talk to all of you, just in case you are all planning to send me shrivelled up raisins in the mail…I hate raisins.)

Spence’s Girl
Apricots and Cream
No pressure to accept ladies but just a reminder that I think you’re both awesome :) 

The next award is the Beautiful Bloggers Award  

 
Let’s copy and paste some rules again, OH YEAH! 

  • Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
  • Notify the amazing people who you nominated for the award.

So again, Erika nominate me because she is amazing and has great taste and accepts bribes (hahahaha, not really, ahem hem hem). 

Okay, by now I’ve shared so many of these facts that you guys almost know my bra size (we’re not quite there yet) so I’ll try to keep these fresh:

1. I was obsessed with the New Horizons flyby. It was like all my Christmases come at once.  

 
2. My sister asked me to pick a song for her to walk up the aisle to. I picked a song that is super cliched in a lot of ways, but the words were perfect for her and her husband. 

*bursts into tears*

3. At my best friend’s wedding, Jack and I may have had a little wine and had a dance off, air-guitared our way through two AC/DC songs and led everyone in a very drunken can-can dance. I also ate cake at four o clock in the morning and destroyed my face with the dyed icing. Classy.

4. I finally got my engagement ring. Here she is:

  
Yeah, you’re not getting a picture of my ugly hands because man, they are uuuuuugly.

These two agree…

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Okay, they’re not that bad but they’re not as pretty as daisies. Yay for daisies. 

5. If you haven’t yet read Harper Lee’s long-awaited novel, Go Set a Watchman, maybe skip this because there be spoilers ahead, matey. If you guys read a recent(ish) post of mine, you’ll have seen that my literary hero is none other than Atticus Finch. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is tolerant, wise and attempts to teach his children to recognise right from wrong and to learn the value of empathy. In the latest novel, Atticus is a rampant racist. It hurt right in my heart. The only thing is, GSAW was ever meant as a sequel to TKAM, but was actually an alternate draft of the novel. I know that Lee’s family did not want it published and now I can see why. 

6. My cat can legitimately throw me dirty looks:

  

7. Here is a photo of me in primary school. If you can guess which one I am, I will give you all the invisible cookies:   

Also, the bride that I was bridesmaid for is in this photo, as is my BFF that I talk to every day for hours on the phone. Everyone saw “awwww”. 

Now onto my nominees for this award: 

Inside the Life of Moi

Rae of Sparkles

Self-inflicted Drama

The V-Pub

Tropical Affair
Okay, so I know it said seven but I’m being all: 

Yeeeaaaahhhh

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Woo, the Red Bull is holding out well and I’ve only had two questionable cardiac episodes so let’s keep going… 

The next award is……

The Creative Blogger Award

             

I love receiving this award because I have never considered myself particularly creative. Any who, I have accepted this award before and so I would probably be repeating myself (as well as my facts…which just autocorrected to “haggis”…moving on), so I’ll just say a huge thank you to Erika again! Actually, you guys should check out her post for this award BECAUSE SHE HOLDS A FREAKIN’ TARANTULA. Here it is

I will say that there are so many of you out there whose creativity inspires me every day, whether you’re musical like Rob, a fantastic writer like Trent, or Amanda, a wordsmith like Cheryl or Melanie, a beauty guru like Karen, a film buff like Mikey or V, an animal lover like Cats at the Bar or someone inspirational and uplifting like Erika, you continue to astound me with your collective knowledge and talent. I say talent because you all have so much to offer your readers and I really do appreciate it. Obviously these aren’t the only bloggers that I admire but if I had to list you all out, I would probably get arthritis and collapse. Probably. 

Ooookaaaay. The last award from Erika is the Versatile Blogger Award, which I have also accepted before but am very grateful for. Ah, look at it. 

 

Almost as nice as a shrubbery…random Monty Python reference of the day…


For this award, I am going to state five facts, only one of which is true. If you can guess which one, the award is yours. 

1. I once stole a boa constrictor from around the neck of a circus performer and ran about twenty metres before I was spear tackled to the ground. The snake was uninjured.

2.  The only time I ever drank whiskey, I threw a bottle of coke at a cop.
3. I once did an impression of Al Pacino to a bar full of people and got served free shots all night.

4. My middle name is Muriel. 

5. My mother was a hamster and my father smelled of elderberries. 

So, if you guess correctly, YOU GET AN AWARD! That so needs to go on your résumé. 

Finally, the brilliant Rob from The V-Pub has nominated me for the Infinity Dreams Award. His post on this is amazing, read it here

         
The rules for this award are as follows: 

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.

2. Tell us 7 dreams of yours.

3. Nominate bloggers.

Thanks a million times to Rob! Here are seven dreams of mine:

1. Although I have loved teaching, my heart has always been in criminology. I have always had a huge interest in it, but when I was finishing school, there was nowhere in Ireland to actually study it. Maybe someday I will return to university to study it and become this guy:

  
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2. I would love humans to discover life on another planet/moon in my lifetime. I would also love to see us conquer interstellar travel, but I fear that it may be a long way off.  

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3. I want to travel around the U.S., mostly because I’ve never been.  

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4. Someday, I want to own my own home, be happily married to Jack and have children. It might seem simple, but it also seems a long way off for us at the moment.  

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5. I want to make a difference to the world. No matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, I want to have contributed something. I have no idea  what that might be just yet. 

6. I would someday love to own a corgi.  

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7. I would love to someday be free from anxiety and stress. I would love to be able to put my head down on my pillow at night and just drift into a peaceful, restful slumber. My dream is that someday, at some point in my life, I will realise that the anxiety was never worth it. I’m just not quite there yet. 

Most of all, I want to be able to look back and think “yeah, I did pretty good.”

And my nominees: 

Not Quite London 

Delirious Antidotes

Sorry I haven’t nominated more guys, but I’ve been off the radar for a while! If you want to take part, please just go on ahead! 

Anyway, I’m going to finish off by saying a HUUUUGE thank you to everyone who follows, likes and comments on my posts. I recently hit 1,000 followers which made me feel so special and loved (take that, traumatic childhood…just kidding, kinda). 

  
My blog also just turned two years old, and it’s just crazy that I’ve managed to hang on to it for this length of time. My attention span is usually so- SQUIRREL! 

  
So genuinely, from the bottom of my very weird heart, thank you all for always been patient and kind to me. You are all magical angel dolphins, which are totally a thing. 

99 thoughts on “Awards and 1,000 followers! 

  1. dweezer19 says:

    Thanks Janey. LOVE the hair! You soooo cute! The ring is fabulous. Fist bump Jack! Woot.(go ahead slap me for the woot. Wait, I already slapped myself). Lol I am so sorry for the family troubles. Congrats to the newlyweds. First tow. Third from the left. Cute little girl with the dark hair?
    As always, loved your post and, oy yeah, I’m taking extra cookies. You can keep the milk. Hugs!

    • janeybgood says:

      Thank yoooou! As always, you have made me smile🙂 Nope, that’s a girl called Samantha I think. Shall I reveal? Hmmm haha!
      Here, take the cookies! Take all the cookies😀

  2. missb88 says:

    Insanely long but entertaining post! Love love love your ring!!!❤
    My guess is that the first time you drank whiskey you threw a bottle of coke at the cops!? And I hope your heart is ok after that highly energetic, energy-drink fuelled post!😛 x

  3. Spence's Girl says:

    Janey I’ve missed you!!!! First of all, I’m beyond happy and honored receiving this award, it means so much coming from you since I absolutely adore your blog, many thanks! And you always bring a smile and more to my day with each Cupid or Cats blog post. Next – love the new haircut, you are a doll and it looks fabulous. Now onto the ring – WOW! Just gorgeous, so happy for you and love that you shared the picture with your followers.
    Congrats on your many, well-deserved awards and reaching 1000 followers – you go girl! That’s really something in two years, you inspire me!

    • janeybgood says:

      Aw thank you so much. This is such a lovely comment and as always, I so appreciate your kindness🙂
      I am so happy with the ring, not that I’m materialistic haha, but it’s nice to have it as a symbol of our love and all that😀
      Glad to hear from you and I’m really happy that you’re happy about the award haha!

  4. Karen Rees says:

    What a bloomin awesome post – HUGE CONGRATS on reaching 1000 followers you lovely lady… this tonne of awards just proves what an amazing blogger you are! Thank you sooooooo much for the kind words… I’m a beauty guru?! Heck, that’s a BIG step up from reality ya know: A maniac mama rummaging about for a half decent lip gloss in the bottom of her handbag *sighs*
    Thanks again huni for the shout out & HUGE congrats on the awards & followers *hugs gallore* Karen😀 xoxo

    • janeybgood says:

      Ha, well that’s what makes your blog so amazing- you’re a mother and super busy yet still manage to have such a great blog. I’m just lazy haha!
      Have a lovely weekend! Xx

  5. The V-Pub says:

    Welcome back, Janey! I love the photos – beautiful as ever, although I am kind of partial to the one with the striped shirt. 😀 Is that a blue sapphire ring? It’s beautiful! Speaking of beautiful, thank you for the award! I haven’t received this award before, and it’ll be an honor to accept it from you. I may have to go out and get fitted for a new suit and maybe a perm for the presentation, but I will gladly do so. 1,000! Congrats on the milestone! I’m happy to be one of your followers. You have been sorely missed, my friend!

    💗💗💗

    • janeybgood says:

      G’aww thank you, I’m blushing! It is blue sapphire, I love it🙂
      Yes, I’m expecting at least a suit (maybe even a tux) and what’s this about a perm? Because OHMYGOD that sounds amazing 😆😆
      I missed all of you guys! I have so much catching up to do!

  6. Erika Kind says:

    OMG, Janey!!!! That was an awesome post. I was listening to the song during the whole read and everything got such a personal touch. I had tears in my eyes reading what you were writing about me. You don’t know me that long but there lies your heart in those words. I had never expected someone seeing me that way. It really moved me deeply. I don’t know where to start since all your facts and answers are simply amazing. But I guess most of all I love your dreams. I am glad Rob nominated you for this. When reading your last dream it was the point when the first tear was rolling. You are a such a beautiful and warm hearted woman (just look at your pictures, your eyes speak volumes). I don’t know what cause is but I hope from my heart that you (as you said) realize that there has never been a reason to fear anything. Whatever made you believe that ask yourself if it is true. I there is anything I can do, I am there and you can contact me whenever you feel like it. Look at your 1000 followers they feel the warmth that comes from you.That is what makes me feel close to you. You are a wonderful person!
    I am glad to have you back! As Rob said, you have been sorely missed! We love you.

    • janeybgood says:

      Oh gosh Erika. I actually cried reading this comment. In a good way haha! Your words are always so warm and encouraging and I feel like I’ve made a friend🙂 It’s lovely! Thank you for taking the time to cheer me up. I needed it today. And I’m not just saying this, your comment has really made me feel appreciated and valued, so thank you. I really have made such brilliant friends here. I find myself coming here when I need to the most- not to seek sympathy or pity but to remind myself that there are really amazing people out there who care about me.
      Thank you so much again, *giant squeezy hug*

      • Erika Kind says:

        I know what you mean, Janey! Coming here is like entering and exhaling zone and getting charged again. I had something to work out too the past weeks and the closer I came to dissoling it the more signposts and (unknowing) support I got all around. It is the pure inspiration here. I never want to miss it anymore. AND I never want to miss you anymore, Janey! You are such a lovely person. Know that you are honestly loved. A giant squeezy hug and a whole load of love to Ireland! 💖

      • janeybgood says:

        I hope that you are feeling okay. It is never nice to feel stressed or anxious, but there’s always a solution. I just never really realised that coming on here would be it🙂 thank you so much for all your kind words, it is lovely to know that I can talk to you 😊

      • Erika Kind says:

        I am totally fine, thank you Janey. That all was about letting go and this week I made it ☺ I did a post about it yesterday: “My symbol of letting go”.

  7. Wordifull Melanie says:

    Hi stranger! Congrats on all the good stuff🙂
    Love the haircut and WOW❤ that ring!

    Blah on all the bad stuff!!! I hope you car is running, your kidneys healthy and our family drama has worked itself out or at least lessened to a more manageable level. All that wine is not good for ya.

    I've never heard that song but i watched/listened to the whole thing now. So thanks for the introduction.

    Oh, and thank you for including me!!😀

  8. Shauna841505 says:

    Oh my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love everything! I don’t even know where to start, but A) Your hair looks great. B) Your ring is literally amazing. And C) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE NOMINATION. Oh and D) CONGRATULATIONS on the followers! That is seriously so amazing and I’m so happy for you! Ohhhhhhhhh AND E) I cannot WAIT to read the new Harper Lee novel. I skipped that part so I didn’t read any spoilers!🙂

    • janeybgood says:

      Thank yoooouuu! We’re all so happy today haha! I love your blog, I’m so going to use your ideas for my wedding🙂 I’m keeping my mouth shut about the book 😬 but I hope you enjoy it🙂

      • Shauna841505 says:

        Oh my gosh I have soooooooooooo many wedding ideas! Hahaha. Let me know when you want any ideas!🙂 And I will probably love the book, the original is my favorite novel!🙂

      • janeybgood says:

        Yay! I have no date set but I know that I want a very vintage-y, 1950s feel🙂 I would appreciate the inspo!
        I love the original too and it’s also my favourite. Atticus is just so inspiring!

      • Ritu says:

        Good as ever Chick! How are you, after all your crazy goings on in your personal life?! We missed you! Was just looking at the embarrassing photo tag post the other day with Erika!

      • janeybgood says:

        I’m good. Had a few personal issues but I’m good over all. Life is never an easy ride, so you have to learn to go along with it🙂 Haha, I loved that photo tag so much! No regrets😀

      • Ritu says:

        No regrets at all babe! Tell you what, if life was smooth sailing, it would be boring, and we’d never have inspiration for our blog!!!!
        Glad to have you back!

      • Ritu says:

        You got me at chocolate…. Hey, I did line dancing at a club outside Washington, D.C…. Many moons ago, going back nearly 20 years! Was fun! But the accompaniment was beer, not chocolate!

      • janeybgood says:

        I also did line dancing…I was about seven and thought it was “lion” dancing, so that caught my interest. I was sorely disappointed. But beer would certainly make it better!

      • Ritu says:

        Lol!!! We even went on an electronic Bucking Bronco! Been a while, but I’m sure I hurt my shoulder falling off lol! My one and only trip to the USA!!!!

      • Ritu says:

        I was lucky, in my third year at uni, we had a subsidised trip to our twin university just outside Washington, D.C. Got to experience lots! The White House was pretty amazing,and I dramatically fainted in the interval at the theatre!!!!! Oh, and stayed in genuine American college halls!!!!

      • janeybgood says:

        That sounds like a wonderful experience! I’ve heard great things about Washington. You’re so lucky! We’re thinking of that direction for our honeymoon…or Vegas…who knows?!

      • janeybgood says:

        That sounds heavenly. We’ve been saying maybe Mexico and then the west coast of the U.S., but it’s a long way off. St Lucia looks like paradise! And so romantic. Lovely idea!

      • Ritu says:

        We had an active week in Barbados, then totally chilled in St Lucia… It was amazing!
        I’d love to go to Mexico! When is your big day??

      • janeybgood says:

        Sounds like the perfect honeymoon. Ha, we haven’t actually set a date yet so I’m getting a tad ahead of myself. I’m just way too excited lol. I think sometime in 2017 though, so we have plenty of time to plan🙂

  9. Trent Lewin says:

    Now that was an epic post… wow. And I know you’ve thrown stuff at cops before, you’re not fooling me. By the way Janey, you have incredible eyes and a great smile… I’m sure you have been told that before.

    So, about that invisible cookie…

    • janeybgood says:

      Ha, I actually threw my shoe at a cop. Maybe slightly worse than a coke, but he forgave me. Aw, shucks, thank you…now I have no choice but to give you multiple cookies. Hope you are well🙂

  10. carlygolightly says:

    Thanks for the nomination Janey! I am not really an awards gal but I do appreciate the nod and if I ever did nominate some blogs for awards yours would be one because it always makes me smile.

  11. amandalyle1986 says:

    A double congratulations to you!

    I know, I know…late to the party again. *Guilty look* but it’s okay…I’ve brought… TEA (LOTS OF TEA!) …erm, I’m detoxing. Not on sugar though… I have biscuits, too!😀

    Like you, I’ve had a lot of weddings to attend and been blog-free for waaay too long. I really need to make my comeback… my blog has got tumbleweeds flying all over it.

    Btw… you’re looking gorgeous in those pics! I LOVE the hair… again (and not to copy you!) but I had my hair chopped all pixie-like, too. It’s so much easier to maintain! So, here’s to short hair and awards *cheers*

    • janeybgood says:

      Yay, more biscuits😀 Hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! I find it hard to come back to the blog when I’ve been away. I love it and all, but I let so much pile up 🙈 haha! I’m looking forward to catching up with yours😀
      Why thank you! It is so much easier to look after, like you said! I don’t think I could ever go back to insanely long again. So cheers to our new barnets😀

      • amandalyle1986 says:

        You too. I’ll be back in early August (hopefully) …I really need to get some motivation and get back into the swing of things. Like you say, it’s hard after being away for awhile! We should spur each other on with Pompoms and banners! 🎉 …And biscuits…lots of biscuits! 🍪🍪🍪

  12. V says:

    So much overload in this post! It’s massive, both literally and figuratively. A few notes!: Ring is absolutely beautiful. Definitely my style. THAT CAT. OMG. The evils! My cat gives me this bored, aloof side glance, like I’m beneath her and not worth her time and she has more important people to talk to. Like Satan. YOUR CAT leaves absolutely no doubt as to how and when you’ll be killed. Painfully, and RIGHT NOW, by the looks of things. In your photo I think I know which one you are but cannot say because, as with all school photos of that era, it’s almost impossible to tell some of the boys from the girls. I think all of your facts are probably true, but I’m torn between coke bottle at a gard and Al Pacino. I can see you as a criminologist, for sure. And finally, major congrats on all of the news and a big thank you for the nom.

    • janeybgood says:

      This post took my soul. It took about 3 hours to write and I was just starting at some words going “wait is that an actual word?! Is *that* how you spell ‘the’?!” So thanks for reading!
      Yeah, my cat is crazy. She waits at the top of the stairs and tries to trip me. What’s your cat called? Mine’s Kit, after the car in Knight Rider.
      The photo is so ridiculous. That was actually fifth and sixth class in my school. There was only 50 of us in the whole school. I’m not looking at the photo right now, but I’m in the back, wearing grey and looking suitably apathetic. Ah, adolescence.
      Haha, I threw a shoe at a guard…and yes, Al Pacino is true. I used to imitate his big rant in The Devil’s Advocate. Good film too.
      Any who, thanks for your comment😀 Hope all is good with you!

      • V says:

        My cat’s name is Jazz. Named for the Transformer. Alas, she hasn’t been called that in many years, as her name has morphed, somehow, into Jazzmindy. It could have something to do with Princess Jasmine, but I’m not sure. Either way, she is most certainly a princess.

        I spy you in the back in grey looking suitably apathetic. Also it’s very cool that your best friend is there with you, too.

        Loooove The Devil’s Advocate. I might have already known you can do Al though, because I think it came up in a conversation we had before about drunken dares. Also the projectile at the authority figure… Now I feel like I cheated. But not really.😮

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