Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Ok, so I don’t really know why I titled my post this way, I mean, I am a winner, but there really is no chicken dinner involved and it’s not about casinos and gambling. I may have possibly watched the movie 21 too many times. Whatever.

I did win an award! That makes me a winner! (and Charlie Sheen)

Thank you, Marji Laine, for awarding me the Versatile blogger award. Marji has a cool blog and she blows me away with posting EVERY SINGLE DAY! Wow! 

So here’s how this is supposed to work:

1. List 7 things that folks might not know about you. “Folks” are people, btw.

2. Pass the award on to 7 new bloggers and let them know.

3. Thank the blogger who gave it to you. (Thanks, Marji, again!)

I already have 10 things you may not know about me at the top of my page. You can click the link to read them. But I figured, I’d do 7 more, from the wonder years, just for fun.

1. My first intro to “romance” was in kindergarten. On graduation day, one of my classmates brought me roses.  I never was his girlfriend–his first intro to rejection. I kept the flowers.

2. On trips to the bathroom, in school, I would walk down the halls and slip into the janitor’s closet, pretending that I was in a scary story/film. Later I entered the janitor’s closets for completely different reasons. Get your mind out of the gutter, I needed a mop for the biology teacher.

3. I was asked by our high school principle to organize, choose, and direct the school play. He even gave me my own assembly. During my appeal to artists (lol) my ex-boyfriend spit ice chips at me from the first row of bleachers with a smug grin on his face ( and he wondered why I declined him a second chance…right away…He was after star power, of course). The play flopped and never hit the stage, but I was stellar while it lasted. *Our principal also kept a bottle of Jim Bean in his office drawer, he may have dipped into it before asking me. (And how I know that is another story)

4. I’ve seen New Kids on the Block 4 times. At one outdoor concert, I thought the “mascots” wandering around the fair were actually the New Kids dressed up. I went up to one and told him I knew who he really was and my friend took our picture. It was not a New Kid. But I have the picture anyway. That was the night I hit an owl with my car. Yes, their heads do turn all the way around. 

5. I had a crush on my sixth grade teacher, knowing he wore a toupee. What? You can’t help who you fall in love with! It looked real! 

6. In 8th grade, I tried out for cheerleading. At that time, the students voted. I couldn’t do a back-bend, so I laid on the gym floor and did the the whole push up thing. Somehow, I made the team. When I think of that, my stomach knots. I was too stupid to be embarrassed then. 

7. I rode a dirt bike and was pretty stinking awesome at it. Although, one summer while my friend was on back, I tried to show out in front of guy who was playing basketball in his driveway (he was a freshman in college, we were freshmen in high school) and wrecked in front of his house (stupid loose gravel). His mom was a nurse and made us come inside for bandaids and Neosporin. Never again. But the palms of my hands knees healed nicely. 

The real question is, why don’t I write YA? 

And now, in no particular order, I am sending this award on to bloggers I feel are versatile. They have loads to offer, make me laugh, and write about a variety of things such as parenting, devotions, missionary travels,writing, randomness, and so forth!

Ladies, you don’t have to pay it forward, but I wanted to send the award your way, regardless! 

1. Sheri Salatin at Farming with heart, writing with passion, loving with joy
2. Katie Ganshert on life and writing and the fuzzy line in between
3. Maggie Fechner at Mommy’s Always Write
4. Stacy Green at Turning the page
5. Heather Sunseri at Balance with Purpose
6. Dawn Alexander at Writing in Waiting
7. Jodie Bailey faith and fiction with a touch of southern grace

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Question (or command?): Tell me one thing about your wonder years I don’t know! 

19 thoughts on “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

  1. How fun are you?? That is hilarious that you had a crush on a toupee-wearing teacher. You're going to love the prologue of my debut novel. 🙂 There is a toupee in it.

    Anyway – thanks for the award, girlie!

  2. Congrats to you, Jessica, and those you bestowed the award onto.

    Now, how can you fault us for getting our heads in the gutter during #2 after your church episode! LOL

  3. New Kids on the Block?! Four times?Really?? LOL!!!

    I was in love with my 7th grade gym teacher. But there was NO toupee on him. He could have been a model. And his muscles had muscles. LOL

  4. Fun choices, Charlie!

    And I'm a little sad for you about NKOTB. Think of what that did to your brain cells. 😉

    ~ Wendy

  5. Congrats on your blog award, Jesse.

    Like you, I had a crush on my 6th grade teacher. He was young, full of energy, and made school tonz of fun. Since my home life was rocky at that point, school was my sanctuary. He made me feel special, and I thought he was the greatest. What's interesting is that I married a man much like Mr. Moore–a tall, thin teacher who makes me feel like a princess.

    PS – No toupees for my 6th grade teacher or my hubby, though. =)

  6. These were hilarious, and yeah, why don't you write YA????

  7. Yay another New kids on the Block fan and at 4 times? It's sound slike you were a die hard fan.

    Oh what memories!! 🙂

  8. Congrats on your award!

    I liked my 6th grade science teacher. He was young (I had never had a young man teacher before – wow – how could any girl study??) and had all of his hair. I remember Mr. D well.

  9. Funny school days for you, Jessica! I don't know. I was the quiet bookworm in school. I did try out for the flagline once. I didn't make the cut, but the band director offered me the position of banner carrier. So for two seasons, I wore a neck harness to hoist the 8 foot tall American flag during half time. Joy…

  10. You really SHOULD write YA!!

    lessee – I was first engaged when I was in preschool (known as nursery school "way back then."). He used to push the water fountain button for me. We told our parents we were going to get married. Didn't happen. Don't even know what his name was.

  11. My crush was on my 8th & 9th grade Spanish teacher. Ran across her 35 years later, and she was still trim and pretty.

    Maybe someday I'll win one of those versatile blogger awards. Or maybe I'm not versatile enough. Who knows?

  12. I agree with the others; you should write YA! Just compile the things in this post and it'll hit the NYT in no time! LOL!

  13. Great stories, Jessica! I loved New Kids 🙂

    Congrats on your award!!!

  14. Thanks so much for the award, Jessica. It will be a great add to the new blog. I loved New Kids, too, and I think we all have those embarrassing crushes.

  15. Thank you so much for tagging me 🙂

    And I will admit to going to a New Kids/Backstreet Boys concert this summer. Absolutely awesome 🙂

  16. Thnaks for the award!! You are so dang funny! I feel like I say that every time I come over here. But it's the truth.

    New Kids on the Block? Really!!???

  17. Awww… thank you! You're so cool. 🙂 You always crack me up. I'll see your four times seeing the New Kids on the Block and raise you an "I Met Donnie's Mama" and an "I worked for six weeks with their vocal coach at a regional theater." This, of course, meant that he was going to think I was amazing and tell Jonathan Knight that he simply must marry me. And which explains why, several years later, he laughed at me when I told him that and said, "Jon will never get married." LOL

  18. I tried out for the dance team in middle school – I didn't stand a snowball's chance (chubby! uncoordinated!) and, in hindsight I don't know how I expected my parents to pony up several thousand bucks in fees, but I went for it!

    Unlike you, though, my innate charm did not win over the judges!

  19. Congrats on the award, Jessica! I love your blog and Versatile it is! I wish you many, many more to come. 🙂


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