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?

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.


  1. Aw cute baby pic!

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

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

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

  16. Love your smile, Diane. Adorbs!

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

  17. Adorable baby photos!

    Hope you still have that VW bus! So cool.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

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

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  28. 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.

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

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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? :)

  33. 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.

  34. 15 hours on the road sounds like a total nightmare. I would cry too!

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

  35. 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

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


  37. curse you achy breaky heart!!

  38. 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.

    A Faraway View

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

  40. December seems to be the month for clashing blogfests!

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

  41. What lovely photos - you look so happy!

    And only one speeding ticket! You're lucky.

  42. Awwww, such a cute baby picture!

  43. 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

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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 :)

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

  48. Your dad looks so happy. great answers. New follower. Please consider following me.
    Java With Jambor

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