Monday, January 23, 2012

Swamp People...and my very first blog award!

No, the two things aren't connected. Well, they sort of's some background for you. My son Jack is a huge, I repeat HUGE fan of Swamp People. If you've yet to watch this masterpiece, then may I suggest you do yourself a favour and tune it. There is of course, the network issue; you may find yourself looking for it on the Comedy Network or TLC but no, it airs on History Channel, right next to that other historically significant gem, Ice Road Truckers. Small wonders never cease. Regardless, watching these boys shoot, drag and treble-hook gators the size of their boat is a wild ride. The fact that subtitles are required, and they're speaking English, just adds to the overall dramatic effect. Recently, we received Jack's midyear portfolio from kindergarten (fancy now, eh?). In it, he was asked a set of interview questions while his grade eight buddy recorded the answers. The following slayed me:

What do you want to be when you grow up? A cop.
And if you can't be that? A swamp guy who wrestles alligators.

Dream big, little dude. There's no reason whatsoever why we can't knock out a few of your teeth, work on your slur, dangle a smoke from your lips, and set you floating out on a boat in the middle of a snake-infested swamp without a life jacket in sight. You go out there and get it! Don't let anyone tell you no. That's just jealousy talking.

What's the connection to this blog award? Well, this is my first (and most likely last...) blog award for a cash prize of $1,000,000 and life-time supply of alligator meat and I'm so excited about it! The darling who nominated my blog is originally from Louisiana. And I quote: "Because I am from Louisiana and actually lived in a swamp, I am frequently asked if I lived like the 'Swamp People' and the answer is NO. I know how to enunciate." A huge thank you  to Britt from The Magnolia Pair for presenting me with the Liebster Award; she's hilarious, insightful and adorable and being recognized by her is a real honour. Do yourself a favour and check out her blog. Liebster in German means dearest, beloved, or favorite, and it's for bloggers with less than 200 followers. There are five simple rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
2. Link back to their blog
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog (you can see where this technical stuff was starting to get very difficult for me...only took me...uhm...not going to tell you how long it took me...)
4. Reveal your top five favourite blogs (with less than 200 followers)
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog

6. Beg the people who regularly read your blog to become an official follower. (All you have to do is click on the blue button on the right hand side of my blog that says "Join this site") Oh, look! There it is - look to the right. There's the blue button!!! Did I plan that? Could I be that crafty? Friends, you know it. Click the button, add your email address and that's it. Be not afraid. My shots are up-to-date and I (usually) don't bite.

Without further ado, my top 5 Blog Picks for those blogs with 200 followers or less are (in no particular order), are as follows:

Da Grumpy Mudder
Mama Views
Writing...and other life lessons
Ross Knows
life is but a dream

Do yourself a favour and check them out. Have a wonderful week. xo
p.s. I totally added rule #6. I want to feel loved by you. Is that wrong? Transparent perhaps, but not wrong.
p.p.s. You can order Swamp People t-shirts from History Channel that read "Choot Em!" In my opinion, this sounds much better than shouting out "Shoot Them!" - that sounds a little too proper and pompous, does it not? Especially considering the activity in question. Without a doubt, I'll be ordering family t-shirts for our next gopher hunting expedition.
p.p.p.s. For those of you wondering "Why the incessant use of p.s.ssssss? Is this woman 8-years-old? Please see here.


Jodi Carmichael said...

Aw Shucks Janita. I am honored by the Leibster Blog Award!

If your son likes Swamp People, you must check out "Hillbilly Hand Fishing." Like rubber-neckers at a car crash, we were drawn into this little backwater darlin.'Oklahoma's chock full of surprises.


cjc said...

you made my day today.

thank you so much.


Daniele said...

aww, you made my day too!! thank you!! muah muah, and congrats on your award!!!

Jenny V said...

I'd like to second and third Carin's and Daniele's sentiments. You sure do know how to make a gal feel special, lady! Xo
Jenny V

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

What a sweet way to thank me, your so sweet! I love your humor, absolutely made my day to read how thankful you are. And you deserve it!! Keep blogging because I love to read it!

Janita said...

You're all very welcome. And very deserving. xo

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