Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Awards and tagged

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I've been given so many awards and tags in the last couple weeks so I've put them all together here. (I apologize if I missed any) I'm not going to pass these on because this took long enough to just put this together!

First off...I was tagged by Suzann~Lavender and Roses to show you five things I love about my state, the state of California. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area so I'm going to only focus on Northern California. There a so many things I love about this area that it was hard to just pick five (so I didn't)!

1. The Golden Gate Bridge ~ I've driven across it so many times in my life but I still feel in awe every time! It's a must see if you ever come to California!

2. The Northern California Wine Country is another wonderful thing about living here. It's fun to drive to Napa but there are also some great wineries just minutes from where I live. Some of the best dates I ever had were wine tasting and picnics at the winery.

3. Another great thing about living here is visiting Carmel by the Sea! It's such a beautiful place and I feel very fortunate to live close enough to visit easily. It's a little over an hour away.

4. We don't get snow where I live but if we drive a few hours to Lake Tahoe there is lots of snow and great skiing. I used to ski a lot when I was younger. I'm not sure how my knees could handle it now!

5. The produce here is better than anywhere I've visited. Our farmer's markets are every weekend, year round! I think a lot of people would be surprised by how much farm land is still here in California. Most of the central valley is still agricultural.

That's my 5 but I feel like I need to mention a few more great things about Northern California:
  • My daughter's favorite thing is the sourdough bread which is the real San Francisco treat!

  • Great Seafood ~ Eating fresh crab, mussels, oysters and salmon (with sourdough bread of course)!

  • The beaches ~ It's 30 minute drive over the hill for me but I love to go to just smell the fresh ocean air!

  • The weather ~ I think most people move here for that.

  • High Tech Jobs ~ Most of the time in Silicon Valley there are plenty of jobs. You can work at great places like Yahoo, Google, eBay...

  • Cultural Diversity ~ I like living in a place were cultural diversity is accepted and appreciated. It's not perfect here but I think people are a lot more accepting of others here.
  • Shopping~there are so many great shops and flea markets here.
I could go on and on, I think most people are proud of the state they live in so I'm sure you can understand.

This award is from Lady Katherine Tea Parlor.

Thank you Katherine for thinking of me!!

I got this award from Mandii ~ Shabby Vintage Dreams (since her blog is for invited readers only now, I won't put a link to her)

I got the same award from Victoria~Auction Girl Vintage but with these rules:
Answer the following questions with one word answers ... then pass it on to 7 other bloggers

1. Where is your cell phone? car

2. Where is your significant other? who?

3. Your hair color? red

4. Your mother? Martha

5. Your father? Jack

6. Your favorite thing? Love

7. Your dream last night? weird

8. Your dream/goal? Success

9. The room you're in? Living room

10. Your hobby? decorating

11. Your fear? spiders

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? happy

13. Where were you last night? home

14. What you're not? negative

15. One of your wish list items? cottage

16. Where you grew up? California

17. The last thing you did? awoke

18. What are you wearing? PJs

19. Your tv? Sony

20. Your pet? Beau

21. Your computer? MacBook

22. Your mood? Good

23. Missing someone? Vince

24. Your car? Camaro

25. Something you're not wearing? shoes

26. Favorite store? Marshalls

27. Your summer? working

28. Love someone? Yes

29. Your favorite color? Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed? today

31. Last time you cried? yesterday (tears of joy)


I also got tagged by Debi~Life in my Studio

Here are the rules to tag by:
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random/weird facts about yourself.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Okay, here are 7 random facts about me:

1. I'm sort of shy when I'm first introduced to people by mutual friends but I can easily talk to strangers while standing in line anywhere! I don't know why I'm like that!

2. I'm really good at using PowerPoint, which comes in handy since I have to use it for my job.

3. I'm really bad at math! Really, really bad!

4. I believe in the power of positive thinking!

5. I have a hard time sitting still for very long.

6. I like anchovies on my pizza but I never get them because no one else likes them!

7. I could never live in a big city or in the country....I'm a suburb type of person.

I was given the award above by Joanne~My Little Cottage in the Making. Thank you Joanne!

I really apologize for not forwarding all these on but I find it really hard to single out bloggers...I don't want anyone to feel left out so I won't pick anyone!

Also, I've been getting so many emails lately and I've been trying my best to keep up with them but I'm finding it very difficult. If you sent me an email and I haven't responded, I'm so sorry! I've also had a lot of my emails going directly into my SPAM folder so I'm having to spend extra time looking through those each day.


Mary said...

Congratulations on your awards, Cindy. You really deserve them -- your blog is such a source of inspiration and pleasure!

Ginger said...

Hi Cindy:
Beautiful pictures of northern Calif. I haven't been there in years, so it brings back memories. Do you ever worry about breaking down in your car going over the Golden Gate bridge?
My boys and their spouses were there a couple of years ago and did the Alcatraz tour and Napa Valley. They said it was awesome.
You are lucky to have everything close by.

just a little bit shabby said...

Whew!!! That took a lot of time to get all the answers. One of my favorites in your list is about Carmel. It is like a little fairytale village. It is probably the one place in California I could live...I'm afraid of eathquakes! But I do like Northern California better than Southern. The 17 mile drive is soooo beautiul.
Thanks for all the info.

Elzie said...

Oh my! Must have taken you a lot of time to go through this LOL. Congrats on your awards, you well deserve them.
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Miss Janice said...

Bless your heart! Because of your creativity and your gorgeous photos, you are being inundated with mail--you are a success girl! I love coming to your site and looking at the lovely photos--it all inspires me so much. And, I love northern California also!
Miss Janice

Glenda said...

Man have you been hit by awards.....

As a native Californian I share your love of the places California has to offer. Wish I could visit all of them yearly. There are still places I haven't been in this state. I guess I better get busy.


Esther Sunday said...

Congrats on the awards! You made me homesick - born and raised in Half Moon Bay! I love all the places/things you posted about! Don't feel bad about the math - I never got past pre-algebra! I just don't get the stuff.

Angela said...

I enjoyed hearing about you and how wonderful it is to live in California. I hope to visit Carmel one day. Have a great day!

Julie said...

I don't blame you - it must have taken you forever to post that! I have enjoyed California every time I have visited there....but don't admire the cost to live there!

Neabear said...

I am a Northern California person. I have mixed feelings about the Golden Gate Bridge. It is awesome, but now when I go over it, I think of a person I know who committed suicide off of the Golden Gate bridge. Sorry if I have sort of ruined an image of the bridge for people, but it did change for me the day that happened. I grew up in the Napa Valley, went to school there and graduated from high school. I also raised my children there. Carmel,that is where we went for our honeymoon. And went on the 17-mile drive. We went there again last year in September for our anniversary and did the 17-mile drive again. Only thing was I was sick the entire trip. Made it hard to enjoy it fully. Seems you like the same things I do about California.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Congrats on all your awards!

Pink Slippers said...

Wow...This might need to become your profession. Just got to figure out how to get a paycheck too. :)
Love your pictures showing your town.

Rita May said...

I too love anchovies on my pizza! I have to put it on only half when we order. Pepperoni (or sausage), mushrooms, spinach and anchovies. Yum! Do you make your own crust I'm still looking for the perfect recipe.

Michelle said...

Congrats on your awards Cindy! You deserve it. :) I LOVE northern California. I'm originally from Southern California but took many weekend trips there. I miss Carmel and Monterey the most. I remember staying in this sweet bed and breakfast in Monterey called the Jabberwock Inn. Oh what a sweet place that was!

Michelle :)

bloggin' Chrystal said...

First off...Congrats on your awards! Second, thank you for sharing your love of your state. I'll be visiting San Fransico to attend an Education Conference in January and this post really got me excited. I'm a Southern Girl and I haven't traveled much so this will be a wonderful experience for me. I will have my nice camera and I'll be taking plenty of photos. All I can say is...tell me more...tell me more!

Meadowsweet Days said...

Looks like you could use an assistant just to handle you awards! Congratulations!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Great awards! Since I love your blog so much, I feel that you deserve many awards. I loved hearing about your love of California. My dear friend Ann and my cousin Phil live in the San Francisco area. Ann lives in Pleasanton? And I believe that Phil lives in San Fran, but I could be wrong. I still haven't made it out there to visit, but I really want to. I've never been to California, so it would surely be a treat.

char72 said...

I enjoyed your tour of northern California. I lived in Stockton for 19 years and we visited that area a lot. I grew up in southern California and I loved that part of the state too. California is a great state.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Hi Cindy, I too live in Northern Cal and agree it is a great state. I also work near SF and posted some pictures of my view in my blog in Oct. We are lucky as we are close to the snow and ocean within a short drive. :)

mishebe said...

Those pictures make me want to visit California again. I love that little house, it looks like a smurf house. mishelle

Lee Laurie said...

Congratulations on your awards! Your blog is one of my favorites! I love all of your pictures of Ca. I have never been there...maybe one day. The bridge looks beautiful,however I know that I would be nervous going over it. I'm afraid of heights and water!

Jen r. said...

Congrats on your awards!

Shabby Addict said...

Congratulations! You deserved every one of those awards ; )

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Carol-Ann said...

What a lovely home you have. I really enjoy my visits to your blog. Your great pictures of Northern California brought back many memories. Back in the early seventies my husband was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. We were there for 4 years and thought we were on a 4 year vacation. Carmel & Monterey were our favorite week-end get away spots. We lived in Concord and I worked for PT&T in San Francisco. We moved to Vacaville when I had our son. I was closer to the base. I'll always love California.