Monday, December 03, 2012

Pimp My Blog Feature, And You Are? Blogfest, and Baby Faces Blogfest

In true Hammy fashion, I think I’ve taken on too much! But I will do my best.

Today I have the “Pimping Your Blog” feature over at Gossip Girl’s site. She talks about my first non-fiction book, Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK!

And I signed up for TWO blogfests! What are the odds?

First one is the And You Are…? Blogfest, hosted by Tammy and Emily.

These are the "And You Are...?" Questions:

1. How many speeding tickets have you gotten?
Just one, despite the fact that I drive 5-25 miles over the speed limit at all times. (Warning - DO NOT get in front of me unless you plan to MOVE!)

2. Can you pitch a tent?
Barely.

3. What was your worst vacation ever?
The vacation itself wasn’t bad, but one year we drove to Arkansas to visit my husband’s parents. One day of driving - 15 hours on the road. When we arrived, I was almost in tears and asked “How on earth are we going to get home?”

4. What was the last thing you bought over $100?
 Do Christmas gifts count?

5. We're handing you the keys to what?
A Hyundai Sante Fe Limited, fully loaded. Boo-yah, baby! Yes, that’s my real vehicle and I am still stoked to drive it.

6. What was the last meal cooked that made even you sick?
We share the duties, and once in a while my husband over-spices. Probably one he cooked then.

7. Fill in the blank: Oh my gosh! Becky, look at her butt! It is so big. She looks like two balloons are stuck in her pants.

8. What was your first car?
A Volkswagon Bus. Always threatened to turn it into a dune buggy. It did 72 mph DOWNHILL.

9. Your best friend falls and gets hurt. Do you ask if he/she's okay or laugh first?
I ask if she’s okay. I’m not that insensitive!

10. What's the worst song ever?
Achy Breaky Heart. Nails on a chalkboard.

Next, it’s the Baby Faces Blogfest, hosted by Trisha WORD and STUFF.

Post a picture of yourself as a baby and/or post a short story about when you were a baby.

I’m going to do a little bit of both.

When I cleaned out my mom’s storage unit this past summer, I found this photo of me on my first birthday:

And I’m also posting this one of me and my father. It’s a scanned print made from a slide, so not the best of quality, but I’ve always liked it. My father died when I was eleven, and my mom told me I was the daughter he’d always wanted. So any photo with the two of us together is special.

Now to hop around to all of the blogfest participants. And if you have time, stop by Gossip Girl’s site.

49 comments:

Pk Hrezo said...

Aw cute baby pic!

And you had a VW bus??? Too cool!!

Trisha said...

So sad that you lost your Dad so young! It's great that you have these special pictures to remember him by though! Thanks so much for participating. Very cute pics of you as a bub :)

Loved your answers for "And You Are?" as well ;) Yeah, I've overcommitted the last 2 days as well. haha. Oh well, it happens!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Such cute pictures! I bet the ones with your dad are especially special to you...so sorry you lost him so young. Great blogfest answers!

Susan Fields said...

I love your photos - your dad looks very happy to have you in his arms!

Jo said...

Lovely baby pix. Wish I had some of me, don't have one. Long story.

These blogfests are coming thick and fast lately. Difficult to keep up.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, look at little you! Love how smiley you are!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Pk, it was an ugly cream color and had no guts, but it was all mine.

Trisha, thank you for hosting.

Elizabeth, he was the cameraman, so there aren't many.

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh my word, Speed Demon, I love your baby photo! How cute!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane .. great to have that picture of you with your Dad - and it's really come up quite well.

Well your parents-in-law must be quite something .. a remembrance never forgotten ...

Cheers Hilary

Karen Lange said...

Love the blogfests! It's fun to learn more about you. Your baby pics are adorable! You're beautiful then and now. :)

Ciara said...

I love this blog fest. Oh, I cracked up at the fill in the blank about the big butt. Good one.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Baby pics are so much fun! Achy Breaky Heart...OMGosh! I worked at a detention center for juvenile delinquents the summer that song came out. I heard it so many times, I could throw up just thinking about it!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Elizabeth, my ears bled all summer when that song came out.

Karen Walker said...

Diane, you are the cutest baby ever and still cute today. I love that photo of you and your Dad.
Karen

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's one slow vehicle. And you were cute!

Emily R. King said...

Love your smile, Diane. Adorbs!

And your Volkswagon Bus would still be a cool car today. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Adorable baby photos!

Hope you still have that VW bus! So cool.

Patti said...

I totally forgot about achy breaky heart. Terrible song. And you're so lucky to have a husband that cooks, even if he over spices sometimes.

Gossip_Grl said...

Definitely loved the answers to the questions on the And Are You? Blogfest! I so agree with you on Achy Breaky Heart! :) I've also been hopping around the the Baby Faces Blogfest too! Lot's of great posts and pics! Also thanks for the shout out!

Kelly Robinson said...

Great pix! (Found you via Tossing it Out, btw.)

T. Drecker said...

Aw, what cute pictures! I'd forgotten all about Achy Breaky Heart... good thing too :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Love the kid pics! That's a great one with your Dad!

And I have to say The Safety Dance is the worst song of all time. Worst video too.

cleemckenzie said...

Very sweet! You looked like you'd be spunky from the start.

Diane Riggins said...

Loved the pics and your answers. Have a good day. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Emily, I'd be surprised if it still ran.

Deniz, it eventually went to my stepsister, then to her oldest, and after that I have no idea.

Gossip Girl, thank you for the pimp.

Stephen, I can at least tolerate that one.

Cortney Pearson said...

Cute baby pic! And yes, I'm so with you on Achy Breaky Heart. Barf. My third grade teacher used to play it all the time during class, but sadly, I was the reason he stopped because I couldn't stop making fun of the dumb thing!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Very sweet pic with your dad! Love your smile. I said Achy Breaky Heart, too!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

M Pax said...

Two great hops. Will have to pop over to Gossip Girls. I remember a cousin of mine having an old bug... it was old in the late 70's. All the uncles made fun of her rubberband car. Bet they wouldn't now.

Carol Kilgore said...

This was a real treat to read! And I love your baby pictures :)

Now I'm going to Gossip Girl's....

Jemi Fraser said...

Those are awesome pics! Love the memories attached to those kinds of photos! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You were a beautiful baby. I'm afraid I drive like you. Why do those people not in a hurry always get in front of me?
You are one busy lady.

Jeff Hargett said...

Beautiful birthday pic! I am by no means a slow driver, but on occasion, there does come from behind me a driver on a mission. Me now wonders...could it be you? :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Cute pictures! :D

15 hours in one day. Ouch. I couldn't do that. Even if I'm reading the entire way. My kids would drive me nuts.

Azara said...

15 hours on the road sounds like a total nightmare. I would cry too!

Visiting from the "And you are?" blog hop.

Denise Covey said...

Hi L Diane. I like the sound of your first car. VW Kombi vans were very popular in Oz and still some get around maybe with their fourth motor~ You were a cheeky looking bub! :D

Donna Hole said...

Oh; but I love Achy Breaky. I can do the line dance to it also :)

......dhole

Tammy Theriault said...

curse you achy breaky heart!!

Arlee Bird said...

Gosh, all these people with just 1 or 2 speeding tickets. I'm starting to feel like a record holder on this one. Not something to be proud of I guess, but then again I used to do an awful lot of driving.

You are just too happy in the first baby pic--absolutely adorable. What a treasure to have the picture with your dad. He'd be so proud to see how far you've come in your life.

Lee
A Faraway View

michelle said...

Cute picture! Even as a baby, you looked feisty...
Did you know that Achy Breaky Heart ALMOST won a Grammy? Scary thought...

Laura Eno said...

December seems to be the month for clashing blogfests!

Your photos have such fond memories attached to them. Thanks for sharing. :)

Talli Roland said...

What lovely photos - you look so happy!

And only one speeding ticket! You're lucky.

Southpaw said...

Awwww, such a cute baby picture!

Ella said...

I love your baby photo-you are a doll! Great pic of you and your Dad!
I cherish my photos, with mine~

I love your answers~ It was so fun to learn more about you! :D

I laughed about the speeding ticket-I'm the same way. I drive over, but have only been caught once. I thought I had ESPP-Extra Sensory Police Perception, lol

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Cute baby picture! And I'm the same way when I drive. ;)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Cortney, good for you.

Jeff, it might be!

Donna, I don't like country music in general.

Lee, I'm sure I'll get another one in my lifetime though.

Ella, that's what keeps me busy on the road - watching for cops.

Lily Cate said...

Ha, I drive slow as molasses, but my husband has to be in front of everyone. Always. So he gets pulled over a LOT, which is always fun, because he has very long, very pretty hair (no, really. It's disgusting how nice his hair is, and he does nothing to it) and he get's "Ma'am-ed" ALL THE TIME. And then he usually gets out of the ticket :D

Also, you look so sweet with your dad! And he looks so proud :)

David P. King said...

Christmas gifts do count. That's what I bought, too, but I can't tell nobody. Awesome answers! :)

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Tyrean Martinson said...

Beautiful pictures. The joy on your face is sweet! And the pic of you and your dad is wonderful!
Love the VW bus story!