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Sunshine Award

Winning Blogger Idol was such a huge deal that I’m still pinching myself over it! Yesterday, though, I received an award that’s kind of related and, in a warm and fuzzy way, may be even more meaningful.

It’s the highly-coveted Sunshine Award and it’s so special because it was given to me by Real Life Parenting’s Jennifer Hicks, my down-to-the-finish-line Blogger Idol rival (Ha ha! We had such a good time together on this journey that the idea of calling her a rival is just plain laughable.)

Anyway, the Sunshine Award is awarded by one blogger to another for, well, spreading sunshine. Awwww!

Accepting the award does come with responsibilities, though. First is to provide seven random facts about yourself. Considering I’ve already shared 25 bizarre facts in my About Me section, I can’t imagine anyone wants to know anything else! But, hey, I’m not one to shirk my responsibilities, so here are seven more for your eye-rolling pleasure.

1.  I would seriously like to live in Anthropologie  – just for one night.

2.  I use “Layla” as my phone’s ringtone.

3.  I love paper and have no intention of ever giving up my Filofax.

4.  I’ve never lied about my age but have often lied about my weight.

5.  Since we moved to San Diego, I’ve turned into a weather wimp and usually sleep under three heavy blankets.

6.  I really want to see the Northern Lights.

7.  Nothing makes me feel better than lying in bed, holding hands with Michael.

Okay, I’m sure you’re glad you now know those things about me. Next, I have to answer these seven questions.

1. If you could go back in time ten years and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

Don’t stop writing for magazines just because you’re writing online.

2. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip, although Ben & Jerry’s Boston Cream Pie is right up there. Phish Food, too. And I still dream about the sea salt with caramel ribbon at Salt & Straw in Portland.

3. If you were to take me on a date, where would we go and why?

We would go to a great movie at Cinepolis, where we would stretch out in our cushy leather lounge chairs, hold hands and share a large popcorn and Diet Coke. Why? Because that’s the best!

4. Above all else, what are you afraid of?

Sorry but I’m not even putting it out there.

5. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

I would probably spend the money to hire an amazing assistant so I could just focus on writing and she could brilliantly do everything else.

6. What has been your favorite age to be and why?

Every age has been my favorite as I’m going through it.

7. Coffee or tea?

I’m not a coffee drinker but I pretty much live on iced tea. If you’re ordering for me at Starbucks: Trenta-sized, black, unsweetened, no water, extra ice, two Sweet & Lows, please.

And, now, the best part: I’m supposed to list 11 blogs that bring sunshine to my life. The hard part is there are so many I want to include so, to start with, I’m making it an even dozen. To whittle down the list further, I’m only going to include those who have lots of new posts now, and none that I’ve featured before (like An Empowered Spirit and Cranium Crunches). So, in alphabetical order, consider this part one:

* A Dish of Daily Life

* Apart From My Art

* Books Is Wonderful

* Champagne Living

* Grandma’s Briefs

* Hairpin Turns Ahead

* Laugh Lines

* The Midlife Second Wife

* Musings on Motherhood and Midlife

* My So-Called Midlife

* Surf and Sunshine

* Technology at Any Age

You can also find many of my favorite writers at the wonderful Midlife Boulevard. And don’t forget to visit my friend/former rival (ha ha ha!), Jen, who’s got me walking on sunshine.

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  1. You rock, in every way, Lois. You spread sunshine wherever you go – it simply oozes out of you.

    Another post of yours I love.


  2. Loved this. Learn something new about you every day.

  3. Wow!!!

    Lois, I am gobsmacked with delight that you would include me in such esteemed company! You are one of the warmest, most gracious people I know, and one of my all-time favorite bloggers. This award touches my heart, and brought some much-needed sunshine my way. (As you know, I live in Northeast Ohio, where sun is a precious commodity.) A thousand thanks, dear friend. Much love, Marci

  4. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    OMG! I am so, so honored to be included in this amazing list by the amazing you!! I am the luckiest person in the world to have you for a friend. And in closing, just a brief ditty that will express the love I feel for you:

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray, you’ll never know, dear, how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away.

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Oh, you just made me cry, Helene! Can’t wait to spend time with you next month. I am so lucky to have YOU for a friend. xoxo

  5. Well, dear Lois, I am supremely honored. Your smile, writing and attitude make me smile. I’m so glad we met IRL recently and look forward to spending more time with you soon! Now…am I supposed to do what you just did in your blog? Reveal my deepest truths??

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      I’m so glad we met IRL too and am so glad we’ll be getting together again soon. Yes, it’s your turn to go reveal your deepest truths. Can’t wait to hear them! xo

  6. Aww… THANK YOU! I’m honored by the award as well as the bliss of being named amongst these awesome other bloggers. You light up my life, Lois! (a little earworm for ya)

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      You are such a light for so many, Lisa. Good thing I love you because I can’t get that song out of my head now! xo

  7. Seriously?! I LOVED the Sea Salt with Caramel at Salt and Straw!! Had it last summer when we went to celebrate our anniversary!

    Glad you took the time to do this–always fun to learn more about my friends … And I love shining that light on others too!!


    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      I knew we were soul sisters! Too funny! Thank you so much for being such a light in the blogging world — you rock, my friend! xo

  8. Wendy Karp says:

    You use Layla as your ringtone!Y I use Layla as my ringtone!! How could we possibly have not known that about one another?! Next time we’re together we have to call each other.

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      OMG that is hilarious!! I’m coming into NY the last week of February and we will have to get together — I will call you first. Ha ha!

  9. Dear Lois….I had never read a blog faithfully until I started reading yours. I have to say it is just getting better and better all the time. I hope to dip into the others you mentioned but I have to finish LOWLANDS…..I loved Namesake and her writing is like reading great poetry along with a lovely story. BTW I really want to try that ice-cream as my fav chocolate is Trader Joes dark caramels with sea salt….still have some hidden away from the Christmas run. If ever you head to Ontario order some tiger tail ice cream…..orange ice cream (not sherbet) with swirls of black licorice ice cream…eating it in a cone and sucking it out the bottom is the best way to go:))) CONGRATS on all your awards may they keep knocking at your door………ps loved that you did not put your deepest fear out there.

  10. The Sunshine Award couldn’t go to a more deserving person – your positive energy and attitude are part of what I like so much about you. Thanks for the shout out to Midlife Boulevard!

  11. Congratulations to you – sunshine just surrounds you!! Thanks for including me in your list! I am feeling very honored right now! I am so far behind right now, so I apologize for not making my way over here sooner!!! Looks like I have lots of new blogs to check out too, although you do have a couple of my favs on here too!

  12. Congrats again Lois. You and I share the whole tea thing! And actually I am glad to see that there is at least one thing that you are keeping to yourself. I think that is a good thing. Enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and how you passed it on to others. I am sure they are very deserving!

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