A Little Sunshine, and ROW80

Sunshine AwardA few weeks ago, WANA friend Jansen Schmidt honored me with the Sunshine Award, so it’s time I picked it up! This one made the rounds about a year ago, but most of the questions have changed, so I’m game! Jansen gave it to me “because she rides a Harley and she’s really cool.” Ironically, my husband’s out on his Harley on a day trip, but I declined going, as I’m still recovering from the Crud and didn’t think I could hack spending 5 hours on my bike. I’m feeling OK, just tired, and riding does wear one out, believe it or not.

Anyway, the Sunshine Award comes with a set of written rules and is best enjoyed when sharing with others. If you choose to play along, and I encourage you to do so, the rules of the Sunshine Award are:

  1. Include the award’s logo (and rules) in a post on your blog. Simply cut and paste the photo to the right into your own blog post.
  2. Link to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer the 10 questions below with your answers instead of mine.
  4. Pass the award on to a bunch of “Sunshine Inspiring” bloggers. The rules say 10 people, but choose however many you’d like.

Here are the questions:

Favorite Color: Red – of course! It’s the best color for Camaros. 😀

Our turtle Sanddollar on her basking platform

Favorite Animal: Last time I said gerbils, though I had a hard time choosing because I love animals. So this time, I’ll say turtles, especially ours when she swims up to me acting all excited. 🙂  They have been around for such a long time, and they’re so impervious to many threats. Yet they’re also sweet and cute – at least ours is!

Favorite Number: 9 – that was on the list last time, and like last time, I don’t know why. But it always has been.

Favorite Non Alcoholic Drink: Mountain Dew! I know it’s awful for you – full of sugar! – so I limit myself to one a day. But if I don’t get that one, I get cranky, so my family knows not to drink the last can!

Favorite Alcoholic Drink: lately, I’ve been partial to Leinenkugel Summer Shandy.

Facebook or Twitter: Like Jansen, I’m not fond of social media and consider it a necessary evil. But if I have to choose… well, brevity is not my strong point, and I have yet to figure out how to make friends in 140-character snippets, so let’s go with Facebook.

Passions: Reading, writing, local history, Camaros, web programming (my day job).


Dayton Ohio skyline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prefer Getting or Giving Gifts: It depends. If I know of something that someone will really enjoy, especially if it’s something they wouldn’t get for themselves, I love to give that gift. OTOH, if I can think of something I really want, but can’t quite justify buying (or doing) for myself, I love it when someone gets it (or does it) for me.

Favorite City: Dayton, Ohio. I’m a hometown girl! I was reading up on some history of another nearby city yesterday, and couldn’t believe how uninteresting it was in comparison. There were no famous inventors from that city, which seemed odd to me.

Favorite TV Show: This was tough, because I don’t watch much TV, but when there are new episodes on, I love Duck Dynasty! Those guys make me LOL every time. Can’t wait ’til the beards are back on August 14!

Here’s a video from my favorite episode, “Redneck Roadtrip,” aka “Vietnam Special”: (about 3 minutes)

And now, I’m going to weasel out on nominating others for the award. For starters, Jansen named several that I would also pick! But really, I’d have a hard time choosing from those who comment here and encourage me, because each of those comments means a lot to me, so I’d hate to pick some, but not others! So if you’d like to play along, go ahead and consider yourself nominated, and spread the sunshine around!

ROW80Logo175And now for my ROW80 update: last week, I kept the goals simple. I ended up exceeding on one of them, and totally crapping out on the other. Here’s the scoop:

  • Continue brainstorming/outlining for SS Book 3 – I got a lot done here, and even started writing a bit!
  • Initial cover art for friend who’s going to beta read – um, no (sorry, Jim!)

I still need to do a good bit more planning on the book, and since I didn’t get the cover done, the goals will remain the same for this week. Basically the problem with the second was that I got so involved with the first, I forgot about the rest!

What about you – have you ever been so wrapped up with one priority that you’ve forgotten everything else? How about that Sunshine Award – if you don’t want to take it up, maybe you’d like to answer one of those questions in the comments? Inquiring minds want to know, and I’d love to hear from you – please share!

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  1. Okay, I’ll answer one. Favorite non-alcoholic drink is Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper. I’d drink it all the time if I could!

    Here’s hoping we BOTH have a good week writing!

  2. Miss something due to be wrapped up on something else, daily. I think it comes down to the must-do’s and the would-be-nice-to-do’s. As long we miss a would-be-nice while handling a must-do, then it’s all good in the long run. Eventually, the nice touches will be added, just not always when it would be sweetest to add them. Sounds like you are making great progress. Keep it up!

  3. Yahoo, Jennette, so glad you’re making progress on Saturn Society book 3! I’ve never heard of that alcoholic beverage before. “Backfired on me,” great line in Duck Dynasty clip. My sis and her hubby love that show. I hardly ever find time to watch TV these days. Have a good week!

  4. Stacy, I like Cherry Dr. Pepper! Never had the Diet, but their regular Diet is better than most. Hope you have a good writing week, too!

    Gene, that’s a good way to look at it – must-do’s first, then the nice-to-do’s! Thanks, and good luck on your ROW, too!

    Thanks, Lynn! Summer Shandy is a lemonade-beer – very tasty and refreshing. 🙂 I was LOL at that line in DD, too! That’s one of the few shows I make time to watch when the new ones are out. 😀

  5. Squee, SS Book 3 is in the works?! I’m SO excited to hear that. Congrats on the award, and it’s fun to read all of your answers. I totally know what you mean about getting wrapped up in one task and forgetting about all the others. That is what has been happening with me and the dissertation over the last couple of months.

    Have a great week!

  6. Learned something new today–googled Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. 🙂 I’m wondering if it’s kinda sweet. I used to really like a cherry Belgium beer.
    Happy outlining, Jennette! (That’s not sarcasm, I promise!!!)

  7. Oh, yeah, ditto from me too on getting too wrapped up in one thing! It’s always hard for me to balance different tasks, sigh.

    And my answer: I prefer to give gifts. I think it’s an age thing. I have so much junk already, and I particularly love giving presents to my granddaughters. 🙂

    Have a great week, Jennette!

  8. Duck Dynasty? Wait a minute. Maybe you’re not so cool any more.

    Okay, I still think you’re cool but we will not watch television together.

    Thanks for playing along with the Sunshine Award!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. Lena, Book 3 will be a while, but knowing someone’s looking forward to it is definitely motivating! Good going on your dissertation!

    Coleen, Summer Shandy is a little sweet, although not like cider beers. I like those, too. And I enjoy outlining, so thanks for the good wishes!

    Ruth, I think balancing multiple tasks is a challenge for us all!

    Patricia, we can watch Hawaii 5-0 together, huh? Two hot guys in a hot car, what’s not to like? 😀

  10. Love your short and sweet goals. I’m all over the board and sometimes – just sometimes, mind you – I think it would be good to sharpen my focus on one or two of my goals.

    Thank you for sharing the sunshine. Let’s see, since apparently it’s hotter where I am, here in the Great White North, than in some tropical locations, I’ll choose my favourite non-alcoholic drink. There is now caramel iced coffee in a carton. It is yummy . . . and now I wish I had some. 🙂

    Have a great sunshiny day!

  11. Steph, I think my daughter had some of that iced caramel coffee in the fridge! Maybe I’ll go raid it, that sounds good right now, as it’s pretty steamy in Ohio today. Keep cool and good luck on your goals!

  12. Jennette,
    Congrats on the successful brainstorming and outlining of book three. The fact you were able to start writing is the best news of all. The cover art project will wait for a time when you need to do something non-writing-related while turning over story ideas in your head.

    I’ve cut way back on soda, but when I indulge, it’s Diet Coke with lime.

  13. LOL Pat – the cover is done! I knew if I made myself accountable here, I’d knock it out! Now to get back to the writing…