March 5 – Sunshine Award


Fransi Weinstein, she of the excellent blog, Three Hundred Sixty Five, has nominated me for a blog award.

It’s awfully nice to have anyone tell me that they’re reading my blog, let alone that it brings a sunny moment to their day.

I’ve known Fransi for a long time and she has always been an enthusiastic supporter of everyone in her circle, real and virtual.  Fransi started a blog last year call 365 to commit herself to writing every day.  I now know what an incredible challenge that is.  Fransi is crafting lucid, thoughtful, poignant, and sometimes very funny observations about her life, work, family and everything else  that makes up the fabric of her perspective.  It’s a great read and I look forward to her posts every morning.  When I told her I had started todayigaveaway she was an instant champion.  In addition to providing help when I need it, she also “likes” every post I write, how supportive is that?  Thankyou Fransi for setting a great example and for being so generous.

In order to accept this award I have to do a few things…

  1. Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.  see above
  2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.  see below
  3. 10 – 12 other fabulous bloggers must be nominated.  see well below, not quite 10 but they’re the ones I really like (plus of course fransi’s 365, but I don’t think I can double back and include her on my list) 
  4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.  OK
  5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.  Of course

10 Questions About Myself (this feels like the Proust questionnaire at the back of Vanity Fair – okay well, sort of)

  1. Favourite colour.  Green –  literally, figuratively, politically and spiritually
  2. Favourite animal.  tropical fish
  3. Favourite number.  I have many.  I think 4’s and 5’s are lucky.  I am partial to 9 and appreciate the symmetry of 8.  I really love 19
  4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink.  water 
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter.  I’m on both and hate myself for it
  6. My passion.  A great story, well told, in any medium
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents.  Hmmm, they’re totally different experiences, if I have to choose, I’ll say giving something I made, even if it’s hack
  8. Favourite pattern.  I’m partial to no pattern, more of a silhouette person
  9. Favourite day of the week.  I would like to put The second half of Friday together with the first half of Sunday.  A fun night out with friends (knowing you can sleep in the next day) and a good long morning with the newspaper, a cup of tea, music on the stereo.
  10. Favourite flower.  Mock orange

Bloggers I nominate (not in any particular order)

1. This is Colossal

An incredible art blog that you can follow in social media or directly. Beautiful, inventive, visually stunning, and almost always technically baffling art from around the world.

2. Purl Bee

This is a blog for a shop called Purl Soho. I’ve never been to her shop but if you want to learn to make anything with wool or fabric, this blog is a great starting point.  Lots of free tutorials for interesting and nice things or just inspiration to do your own thing.  I will get to their shop the next time I’m in NY, if only to say thanks.

3. Ariel Waldman

I heard Ariel Waldman speak at SXSW two years ago where she introduced the audience to I’ve been grateful ever since.  If you have any amount of science geek in you, check out her blog.  If you’re at all interested in crowd sourced science check out and all of its sister projects.  It’s addictive and fascinating and you can be part of our collective understanding of space, the ocean floor, climate, and so many other amazing things.

4. Poppytalk

A beautiful Canadian design blog.  Great inspiration and ideas from this Vancouver based couple.

5. < 2K a Day

Really tasty food ideas from a creative British blogger determined to get healthy by staying under the recommended adult diet of less than 2000 calories a day.  Some of the recipes are hers and some are from all over the web but so far they are pretty yummy.

6. Daily Infographic

Who doesn’t love some well designed information.  I think infographics might be one of my favourite things in the world.  I’ve heard two people say in the last two weeks that infographics are dead.  Wash your mouth out with soap.  Long live the creative use of data to explain stuff.

About todayigaveaway

I'm trying to make more space in my life so I'm getting rid of stuff. All the things that I've been hanging on to that might have some utility for someone else, if no longer for me. I'm going to try to give something away every day.

3 responses to “March 5 – Sunshine Award

  1. fransiweinstein

    Thank you. You are toooooooooooooooo kind!

  2. Hi, thanks so much for including my blog in your Nominations list. I’m not really sure what it all means and whether I have to do anything, but I am very happy to be here. Just one tiny thing though (whispers: I am actually a man)!

    • I’m happy to nominate you and love your recipes. Just follow the rules above and you are so awarded.
      I’m sorry about referring to you as a woman. I should know better. I jumped to conclusions because it is about healthy food. My name is often mistaken for a man’s name and all my mail comes addressed to “mr”. So sorry.

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