Award: Real Neat Blog #2 and #3


What feels like forever ago, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by my two friends Jo-Ann@InspirationPie and Mischenko@ReadRantRockandRoll! 

Thank you both for the nomination and for being so patient with me as I slowly answer my awards! These are two amazing bloggers and most importantly, amazing people…I’m so lucky to have met them and have soo much in common with them! I encourage you to check out their blogs if you haven’t! You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Here are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

3. Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let your nominees know you nominated them.

 Jo-Ann’s Questions:

  1. What is your favourite genre? Psychological thrillers, suspense, and literary fiction are my top picks! But I love to read most genres, including nonfiction, except for sci-fi and a lot of romance.
  2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it? Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It was a brilliant character study, and I love reading how characters are developed and interact together. It was most of all a story of motherhood, a mother’s love for their children, and what it really means to be a family-being a mother, this deeply touched me. It brought up so many questions that are applicable that I’m still pondering them. littlefireseverywhere
  3. Who is your favourite author? Too many to name! Karin Slaughter would be my number one pick since she could write anything and I’ll read it! Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Celeste Ng, Diane Chamberlain, Jane Green, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Emily Brontë, Arthur Conan Doyle…oh, I could go one forever!
  4. What keeps you from attaining your goals? Having chronic pain disorders like my fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders makes attaining my goals  very difficult at times but so far it hasn’t stopped me since I’ve found ways to achieve the things that I’m working towards that work with my disorders as best they can-like working at home except for 8 hrs a week when I have office hours on campus, having a cleaner come help around the house, and having lots of support from family and friends.
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?  I’m not honestly sure really.  Instead,  I will say that I’m at a crossroads about where I will be, but I’m not worried about it like I normally would be since I’m happy where I am today–frazzled and stressed but content with my life! I don’t know that I even plan to be teaching anymore in 5 years except perhaps just part-time if at all. Then I can spend time writing the book I really want to write that teaching full-time hasn’t really allowed me to work on!
  6. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Interacting with other bloggers even though I don’t get to do it as much as I would like now that school has started.
  7. How do you start off your morning? In a rush-the proverbial chicken with its head cut off because I HATE to wake up or be woken up! I’m notorious for sleeping until the last possible moment before I must wake up, hitting snooze 3 or 4 times, throwing on clothes, getting my daughter ready and off to school if it’s a school day, and feeding the dogs. Finally, I grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and sit down in my office to check emails from my students or have Skype appointments unless it is the days that have to go on campus for office hours. If so, then I shower, change clothes again, and rush out the door! I’m not a morning person….


Mishchenko’s Questions:

  1.  What’s something you find yourself worrying about or thinking about frequently? I’ve had Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder since I was 5 years old, so I worry about many things as par for the course of having those although most days are better than others. But I worry about my kids a lot, especially my boys since they are either adults, like my 20-year-old or will be an adult soon, like my soon to be 18-year-old. My 20-year-old is moving out next month into his own apartment with a couple of roommates, and I worry that I haven’t prepared him for “adulthood” enough, something will happen, he will need me, etc. Worse, I worry I will need him….they grow up too fast, and I worry about that with my 7-year-old: missing out on the small things or not being around when they do need me. I think almost all parents worry about their kids though!
  2. If you had to change your name, what would it be and why? Too funny!  I’ve always loved my 1st name since Princess Grace named her daughter Stephanie, and I love Grace Kelly, lol. But I guess if I had to pick I have always secretly wanted my name to be Scarlett after Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind since I love her spirit, determination, and intelligence. I wanted to name all my kids..if they had been girls Scarlett, but hubby was like, no! So..Scarlett it is!!
  3. Are you doing a reading challenge? If so, where are you with it? I was doing the Goodreads reading challenge for 2017, but I finished it! My goal was to read 120 books this year, and I have read 121 so far!
  4. What’s your favorite fruit and favorite vegetable? My favorite fruit is a peach! And my favorite vegetable is a sweet potato 🙂
  5. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? Ha! That is an excellent essay prompt, lol! There are so many…but my immediate thought is a character from a book I just read over the summer: Ana in The Goddesses! She was supposed to be some kind of “villain” but was boring and flat, really almost laughable the more that I have thought able the book. goddesses
  6. What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you have to stop yourself from doing it? Besides worrying, does biting my nails count?? I have such a bad habit of biting my nails, and I have tried everything even the nasty stuff you paint on your nails! Yet, I can’t stop and when I’m reading a really good book is when I do it the most! It’s gross…giphy1
  7. If you could stand in front of the entire human race, what piece of advice would you choose to express? This is one of my favorite quotes, so I’ll share it since it I try to live by it (although I often fail):

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
― Arundhati Roy

My Nominees:

As always no pressure on these since I know not everyone does awards and tags or some of you have been nominated for this award before 🙂 Please know that I’m nominating you because I enjoy reading your blogs! Also, some of my nominees are new followers to my blog, so I’ve enjoyed discovering your blogs too!

Nikola@Breathing Through Pages

Danielle@Touch My Spine Book Reviews

Jill@Jill Jemmett Book Blog

Lou@Waggy Tales dog blog

Marie@Marie’s Library

Jenn@A Page of Jenniely

Faye@Frazzled Fictions

Taylor and Kaylie@Shih Tzus & Book Reviews

My Questions:

  1. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
  2. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc) that you would recommend?
  4. If you could travel to the past or future, which would you choose and why?
  5. Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
  6. What book(s) are you reading now?
  7. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

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26 thoughts on “Award: Real Neat Blog #2 and #3

  1. Wow, so many similarities again and I dont know where to start! I love how detailed you are with everything.

    So, the anxiety we talked about. Same on biting the nails too and worrying about our kids! My 17-year-old worries me constantly. The others are still pretty young, but I think about this stuff all the time. It makes me feel better knowing that I’m not the only one. ♡

    Congrats on finishing your challenge! It seems like just yesterday that we started our challenges and the year will be over before we know it.

    Loved your quote for the world. Beautiful. I loved reading this and hope to chat with you soon. 💖

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    1. LOL, of course there are ! ❤ I'm too detailed…it took me hours to do this award, as usual 🙂

      I'm so glad I'm not the only adult nail biter! My hubby hates it, lol. The only times I ever stopped was when I was pregnant. Right now they are nubs because I'm so stressed over these 2 essays that I have due in the next 2 weeks…65 pages, and I have 13 pages written between the 2 of them. Not promising when the 1st essay is due on the 22nd AND I have a 2 hour exam that same day and another exam the day after, so I have to study next week too! I know now why college students think we professors are in the business of torture.

      I'm not sure if I will be posting at all to my blog next week thru the end of the month with the studying I have to do and essays I have to write, but we will see. If anything, I have a Top Ten Tues that is partially drafted I might be able to finish by this upcoming Tues!! SO glad I have no books that have to be reviewed until Oct, or that would be added stress.

      You are definitely not alone with worrying about your kids 🙂 I think it's natural, and all the friends I have worry about their kids no matter how old they are. I think I worry more about my 7 yr old constantly more than the other 2 since she has anxiety disorder, well all 3 do, but the other 2 are old enough for medication, so she gets really, really anxious and has panic attacks over what is small stuff to other people. Some days are fine but others she just has a hard time getting through a day away from me. So I worry all day how she is doing. When I can't sleep, I think about them and how they are doing and their futures.

      Thanks, I was excited to finish my GR challenge this month!! I'm having to read (or reread in some cases) so many books as I do the research for my thesis that they are helping add to the total, lol. At least I get to have some fun before I write my "book"…I know I will have to take Feb and March as a hiatus from my blog when I'm doing that!! No way will I be able to teach next semester and write 300 words and blog even 1-2x a week! I have a horror of only having a page written by the due date and them refusing to give me my degree…it's one of those nightmares you have. I'm supposed to be starting to write it now, but I have about 2 sentences on paper because I haven't found the time. Now I understand why I'm the only one in my class who is working while finishing this degree! This last year is brutal. LOL it takes me 3-6 hrs to write a book review, so I should estimate how long it will take to write my papers and thesis. Maybe I should lock myself in a padded cell for the duration 😉

      I can't believe fall is next week, and we will be in the holiday season soon!! I had my 1st pumpkin latte today, so I definitely feel fallish hahaha!

      Thank you! I love that quote! It seems to really say everything that I want to be and do. I wish the world could really listen to that AND apply it!! Yes, we need to chat soon! ) ❤ This might be a crazy week as I'm studying for my 2 exams and finish up…start…I'm not even exactly what to call what I need to do to the essay due in 6 days except get it written and turned in on time, help! The 45 page essay is due the 29th, so I think they timed it that way just to make us miserable LOL.

      Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


  2. Congratulations Stephanie! I hope you’ve acheive everything you wanted to in the years. I adore that quote you shared. It really sums up life in general and I wish everyone would live by it. ❣️

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    1. You are welcome! 🙂 Yes, she is such a great author! I almost wish she was one of those authors who published more than one book a year, but then I’m afraid they might not be as good, lol. Isn’t that such a marvelous quote? I read it one day and was just blown away with how perfect it was <3!!

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  3. Wonderful Q&A, Stephanie! And Emily Brontë is on your favorite authors list!!! OMG I LOVE WUTHERING HEIGHTS SO MUCH T_T
    I’m sorry to hear about your health issues… I hope things get better ❤ Blogging is surely a great way to meet awesome people and forget about our troubles 🙂
    Love the quote and all your answers!


    1. Thanks, Sophie! When I got my Master’s degree in English Literature, one of my concentrations was British lit, so I did an entire course on the Brontë sisters! It was wonderful-I agree Wuthering Heights is the best! I love both sisters and I’ve been teaching college Brit lit for 16 yrs, and love when we get to the Brontë’s!

      Thank you! You’re very sweet 💞 I’ve had fibromyalgia for almost 20 years and unfortunately, there is no cure-yet!! I keep hoping they will find one but until then, I will just keep taking it one day at a time…enjoying and cherishing the good days, especially with my kids and family, and dealing with my really painful days the best I can and be thankful I have love and support ❤❤ The blogging community is so great! I’ve made a lot of friends who really help with talking, etc! I had to cut down my blogging from 6 days a week to 1 to 2 days since I’m back to teaching and taking classes fulltime, but I still love the interaction between the bloggers!!

      Thanks!! It’s such an inspiring quote! ❤😊

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      1. Oh that’s amazing!! I so envy you hahaha ❤
        And I'm sorry to hear it, it's definitely one of those terrible illnesses people seem to misdiagnose/misunderstand so much. I've known people who were literally bedridden at times and it was just very painful to know/watch. Plus, all the negativity sufferers get from other people who are really misinformed about it, and think just because they can't see it, it doesn't actually exist. That's it's a mental thing, which is so far from the truth.
        I can only imagine what you've gone through, but I'm happy to know you're doing well and being so loved every day. That certainly takes some of the weight off! 🙂 Supportive family and friends are so important. And blogger friends, too, certainly! ^^

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      2. It is fun 🙂 Oh, thank you! It is great when people are supportive because like you said it is a hard disease for people to understand since it is considered an “invisible illness”. Sure, I like fine on the outside, but I take 5 prescriptions most days, every day just so I feel able enough to walk, not to mention a drawer full of vitamins, herbs, and supplements, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, and the really, really strong pain meds I have to take when it’s a bad, bad day. I’ve lost friends, who I thought were best friends because they thought I was making it up, which hurt more than anything. I’m working from home now because it has gotten so bad that there are days that all I can do is get out of bed, so there was no way that I could manage getting up 5 days a week, getting dressed, driving, and standing in front of a class. I had a very bad flareup over the summer that left me pretty much bedridden for almost 2 weeks, and I had one around last Christmas that was a little over 2 weeks long where I couldn’t get up at all without help and had to have my sister-in-law come stay with me during the day to help out and watch my daughter. That was the worst that it’s ever been. I think if people could see you in that much pain maybe they would realize that it is serious. I saw that Lady Gaga has done a documentary about living with fibromyalgia and chronic pain that will be on Netflix I think starting this weekend, so I really want to watch it and see how it presents it to people who have no idea, and I really hope since she is high profile and has fibro that it might bring awareness to the disorder and make it “real”.

        I would definitely not be able to get by without my family and friends! And I’m so glad to have found great, supportive friends in the blogging community too! 🙂 That really does help since you can feel so lonely and depressed at times. :


  4. haha it’s impossible to have just one favourite author- I love a lot of the ones you’ve listed- especially the Bronte sisters! hahahaha I’m not a morning person either 😉 Lovely quote!! And loved your answers! 😀


  5. Great post Stephanie. I enjoyed getting to know you better. Like you,I am also not a morning person. The alarm GIF cracked me up. As for the anxieties about your kids, I am not yet a parent but I can imagine what you are going through.Your son is ready for the move and everything shall be well. It shall be well ❤

    I wish you all the best in all that you do. I am working on my thesis for my Masters Degree. I have been thinking of doing my PhD after but I feel so tired at the moment. I hope your studies are going well though. Best of luck ❤

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I do hate mornings…unless I get to sleep in, and then it’s not so bad 😀 That GIF cracked me up too 😂 I feel like doing that but can’t since my alarm is my phone lol.

      Aww, thanks! It is hard when you have kids. I had him so young too-when I was 21, that I feel like we grew up together somehow, so it’s just hard. I guess because he’s my oldest doesn’t make it easier either. But he’s only going to be 10 min down the road, so he will be fine. As you said it will be will. I just need to have faith ❤

      School is so exhausting, so I understand you being tired. I spent most of last week and this weekend doing research for my PhD thesis, and I’m just utterly exhausted. I’m sleeping 2 to 3 hrs a night to get all my school assignments finished and make sure all my lesson plans are done, papers graded, emails from students answered, etc. It’s so much, but I do enjoy school and am glad I went back to get my PhD. I just wish I had done it before I had 3 kids, lol. And before I was teaching college level classes…I have 164 students, so it’s too much with the thesis. I think next semester I’ll only teach one class. Or I’ll never finish my thesis, lol. Thank you for the good wishes!! What are you going to school for your Master’s degree? And what is your thesis about? I was so happy when I finally finished mine when completing my Master’s! It felt like such a huge accomplishment. I don’t think people realize how hard they are to write. Good luck on your thesis and studies 😊❤


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