Friday, December 08, 2006

Golden Spork Awards

One year ago today, "Pickled Beef" was born. It all started with a Hoop conversation. A fitting beginning, don't you think? It never dawned on me that I'd still be here a year later, or that I would have met so many wonderful people in the process. So today, instead of celebrating a year of random writing, I would like to celebrate the people who kept me going. Without you I wouldn't be here. Thank you for one year of laughter, support, understanding, and inspiration. I love you guys!

Most of you could have fit into several categories. But this isn't the Oscars.

"Funniest" Spork Award
* Jay of Cynical Bastard: Blessed with one of the most humorous outlooks on life. Whether he's discussing celebrity sell-outs or giving the gift of paper shredders, he's guaranteed to get a chuckle out of you.
* Mignon of Thought Concoction: I love this woman's no-shit attitude and creative writing style. If we lived closer, I would throw parties just so I could invite her to them.
* Jay of Kill The Goat: Brilliantly funny and well written! Jay talks about everything from creating the perfect date night to why she always gets crap for Christmas.
* Chris Cactus of Rude Cactus: The only person who could make caulking a bathroom sound dirty. Chris' amazing photography, paired with his uniquely funny posts, makes for a five star blog you shouldn't miss out on.

"Inspiring" Spork Award
* Tammie of Soul Gardening: A pillar of strength and beauty. Her story is one of great sadness and even greater success. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone else who can write as eloquently as she.
* Arabella of Trattoria Breve: Resilient and self assured, Arabella is the kind of woman who can accomplish anything and make it look easy. Follow her journey as she blogs about being pregnant with twins and the ways her view on life has changed because of it.
* Debbie of Debbie Does Life: She was my first official commenter on Pickled Beef. Because of her, I felt compelled to continue what I'd merely started out of boredom. She's genuine and funny, kind and clever... an all around great person.
* Chelle of Fickle and Whim: Very little photography has ever made me strive harder to better my own. I simply never cared before. Once Chelle started posting hers though, with it's breath-taking clarity and perspective, I was inspired. I fully expect to see her art on exhibits someday.

"Endearing" Spork Award
* Chelle Y of The Story Of Me: I'm not a religious person. But even I can find warmth in the enduring faith and hope that this woman has, despite the adversity she's faced and the challenges she's had to overcome. You never feel unwelcome when you go to Chelle's blog.
* Gracey of Gracey's Space: Her positive outlook on life is always refreshing. No wonder she was once the favored student of Chelle (above).
* Heather of Hamilton Family Circus: It's hard not to love a woman who so openly includes everyone in her pregnancy, from updated belly shots to photos of the babies room. She has a sweet way of making you feel like family.
* Katie of La Casa de Agua: Lots of toddler funnies! If being cute weren't enough, Katie's little boy Luke also has a fascination with bubble wrap and screwing things into the floor with a cell phone antenna.

"Fascinating" Spork Award
* Lucia of Lucia Has Something To Say: An addictive site full of Lucia's travels and discoveries. You're guaranteed to learn something new and fascinating. I read just so that I might live vicariously through her ;).
* Alex of Happily Ever Now: An adorable documentation of single life in Hawaii. I haven't known her long, but I'm already hooked.
* Peggy of Lazy Gardener: She SAYS she's a lazy gardener, but so far I've seen some really interesting posts about Paris, and a sweet blind Collie, and a Scottish ghost story. No gardening... Not that I'm complaining! Hop on over for a really good read.
* MJD of Mama Said, Papa Said: and Gawilli of Back In The Day: Stories about what was and what isn't, memories, history lessons, great minds come together to remember. Don't miss out on these gems!

"Cleverest" Spork Award
* Mamalujo1 of Paterphilosophy: One of the most brilliant minds I've ever met on the blogosphere. He spins stories and poetry as if it were nothing more than taking in air.
* Eric of Great Elsewhere: Breaks the myth that blogging is only for chicks and Mom's. This guy will have you rolling as you read his brilliant spin on parenthood and the day to day antics of being a dude.
* Foo of Random Synaptic Misfire and Turtle of Cat Mewsings: Two equally witty people, paired together to form one great dynamic duo. Check out Foo's blog for grocery store mishaps and information on innovative bikes, or go over to Turtles for updates on cute and furry things.

"Pleasantly Surprised" Spork Award
* Betty of Old Dog, New Trick and Kell of Tis Herself: If you love Jay, you'll love Jay's Mom and sister. If I didn't have a such a wonderful family myself, I'd be begging to be adopted. Hop on over to their sites for book reviews, memes, and tidbits on life.
* Mike Y of Wilderness Voice When Mike appeared on my blog it was seemingly out of nowhere, but I was instantly glad for his offbeat sense of humor. It's rare to find someone who "gets" me Hoop so well.

"Crafty" Spork Award
* Graymama of The Beauty Of Gray: If ever there was a person to embody the spirit of mother nature, it would be Graymama. She's a little hippyish, has a huge heart, is a fantastic Mom, and creates the most amazing things with her hands (blankets, dolls, etc). It's hard not to gush about her.
* MrsPao of Musings: When she isn't talking about her feline family members, her adorable husband Pao, or the wonderful sights they travel to, she's busy going sock crazy! I bet her feet are never cold though.
* Deanna of Domestic Chicky: Wife, Mom of two, hairstylist, hobbyist, cook, blogger... Sometimes I wonder if this woman sleeps. Her energy and enthusiasm are highly contagious. If I could bottle it, I'd be rich!
* Peevish of Peeve: If you can get past all those adorable kitten pictures you'll find that Peeve is also a fellow knitter. Did you hear me? I said LOOK PAST the kitten pictures!
* Susan of A Slice Of Life: The blog of a fantastically creative Mom who apparently is a birthday planning genius. When I was a kid I was lucky to get homemade party hats. She MAKES her own pinatas. The only thing I can see that she's not good at is roof cleaning.

"Playful" Spork Award
* Newt of Newt's Muse: Some days I can't decide whether I should laugh or just e-hug her. She's the Mom to four furry children, and the wife in a fairy tale romance story. She's goofy, and clever, with a heart of gold. And she's just been armed with a new digital camera. Watch out!
* Chris of Stumbling Over Chaos: It's like a cute reality show for cats. Follow along in the antics of Chaos and Mayhem... oh yeah, and their owner Chris. I dare you not to say, "Awwwww."
* Alien of Planet Alien: A redneck wedding, an unwanted mouse, bear hunting season, leaf monsters... What do these things have in common? They're typical topics of interest on Alien's blog. Click on over, you won't be disappointed.

"Perfectly Random" Spork Award
* Acaligurl of Acaligurl: An eclectic jumble of posts and pictures that always leaves you guessing what's in store.
* Sassybead of Sassy Says: It's been awhile since she updated *hint*hint* But you can still find an array of posts on everything from voting, to art, to becoming a gym rat.
* Pamer of Only Idiots Use a Blog: Tired of the regular news? Pamer only posts the oddest and funniest articles around, backed by his own quips and comments about them. Pfft, who cares about lowering house prices? There are "Runaway Boobs" on the loose! Curious now aren't you?
* Sunshine of ...And The Pursuit Of Happiness: A perfectly quirky mind would be a better description. You'll love her post classifying party-goers. The whole time I was reading it I kept nodding my head and going "Oh yeah." She's like that. You'll start into a post wondering where it's headed and by the end of it she'll have you agreeing with her wholeheartedly.

"Celebrity" Spork Award
* Wordgirl of Half Of The Sky: Truly one of the most fluid writers I've ever read. Wordgirl has the capability of trapping you in a paragraph, reading it over and over again, simply because it's so beautifully written. On top of being a blogger she's a freelance writer and the mother to three handsome young men.
* Mamatulip of Where am I going... And Why Am I In This Handbasket?: When I first stumbled across Mamatulip's blog I thought for sure she was another Dooce. She's amazingly candid, incredibly funny, and probably more popular than she even realizes. So you see, it was easy for a beginning blogger like me to feel insignificant. But to my surprise, she never treated me as such and I am proud to call her a friend.
* Jess Riley of Riley's Ramblings: Our up-and-coming author! Jess has an undeniable spark that transfers easily into her writing. You'll understand instantly why she's destined for great things. (Just don't forget us little people OK?)

"Bold" Spork Award
* Lily of Gynocracy Invasion: A woman's blog for politics, news, and basic rants about men and life. Lily herself is both charming and self assured, a bomb-proof combination. I wish I'd known more females like her growing up.
* Freakazojd of Freakazojd's Palace: A hodgepodge of meme's, fun links, funny stories, and cool pictures... That is, when she's not MIA. Go see if you can coax her back out.
* Sarah of Solipsist: Lovely little posts about everything and nothing and all that's in between. She's also got the best search terms ever, not to mention the best responses to them.
* EE of The EE: There's never a dull moment on EE's blog. She's flirty, fun, and brutally honest. She gives hope to women that there is life after having kids and that Mom's can be goddesses too.

"Giving" Spork Award
* Mary of Why?: It doesn't get much more "giving" than working in the medical field. It takes a strong head and a soft heart to take on that profession. Both of which Mary has.
* Odd Mix of The Odd Mix: Loving husband, dedicated father, hard worker, outstanding photographer, King of the Weekend Word Challenge.
* G of Perpetual Exhaustion: The blog name says it all. With four young kids, two of them twins, it's a wonder she can find anytime to blog! Living proof that Wonder Woman does exist, and she's living in Ontario, Canada.

GEEZ, that took me forever!!

Feel free to leave your acceptance speeches in the comment box below.

Have a great weekend. I'm going to go soak my head now.


At 08 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*blush* I'd like to thank Tink for the great shout-out, my camera -- Wedge -- for never failing me in a time of creative need, and my lovely assistant (my Hub) for holding the lens cap and the camera bag and the tripod and the umbrella and the dog leash and the...

Thanks again, Tink! This was fun to read.

At 08 December, 2006, Blogger Betty said...

Thank you for your kind words, Tink. I'd also like to thank Kell and Jay for being supportive of my blogging experiment, even thought they are my children and they have to.

At 08 December, 2006, Blogger Alex said...

Holy Cats! My jaw hit the floor when I saw my name in there! I'm so touched...grassy ass, Mizz Tink!

At 08 December, 2006, Blogger J-Funk said...

Dang! I missed out! - now I'll NEVER GO ANOTHER DAY without reading your blog just in case there's another one...

I'll give an acceptance speech anyhow. I'd like to thank everyone who reads your blog for keeping you inspired, and you for writing it! and I'd like to thank Hoop for providing some of the entertainment. Oh! And I'd like to thank Newt for introducing me to your blog and Peggy from Scotland for introducing me to Saz who introduced me to Newt. Thanks everybody! You've all been terrific.

At 08 December, 2006, Blogger Kell said...

Aw shucks. We should be thanking you, Tink! If I'm having a terrible day, all I have to do is read your blog and it makes the day better.

BTW, you were the first person besides my brother to comment on my blog. And that was a big enough rush to keep me blogging.


At 08 December, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

This is just awesome Tink! I don't know too many people who would put out the time and effort to do something like this. You're just the greatest of all time! You're also the longest running commentor on my blog too.

Thank you so much for being so damn awesome! I can't wait until the SECOND annual Golden Sporks.

At 08 December, 2006, Blogger Gracey said...

Tink, you're so COOL! :) I know the word "cool" isn't the hip thing to say nowadays, but I don't care cuz I think you are! I'm so glad I clicked on your blog from Chelle's page awhile back. You're always entertaining and I always look forward to reading your posts!

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Darling, you are marvelous!

And now I have a LOT of reading to do. So many blogs, so much coffee to drink.

If there was one thing I could say to you, and I bet everyone else would agree with me, it would be that you always always always make my day brighter and happier after I read your blog. No matter what your topic is, good or bad, frustrated or silly, your outlook on life is amazing, and funny, and charming, and insightful,and, and now I'm gushing and rambling so I will stop. But, I think you get what I mean.

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Peggy said...

Dear darling Tink,

Thanks for the Golden Spork! I'll keep it near the computer where I can see it all the time. It is very easy to be one of your readers as you are just so FUN to read. Thanks for being one of my readers too!

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...

Awww Tink! You're awesome. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to invite us all over for the house warming party when you guys get moved in. I'll bring the meat, but no pickled beef please ;)

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Allison said...

Ah, thanks Tink! You're Tinkerific! *Snort!* And now, because of you, I feel the pressure to stop slacking on my blog (like I have been recently). Come to think of it, I don't whether to thank you or smack you. LOL! (I'm kidding.)

Oh, and just for the record, it was unwanted mice. The little bastard had a friend, remember? ;)

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger mrspao said...

Thank you! You always make my day :)

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Sunshine said...

If I was better at Photoshop, I'd make you a birthday card with a picture of you on it lounging on the marijuana Chia couch.

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Mignon said...

Happy Birthday PB! That was huge, and thanks for the nod. That wasn't meant to be sexual, but it should be, shouldn't it? I mean, "she gave me a nod" - the perfect visual, right?

Anyway, Mike said he'd bring the meat...*snort*

Oh, and thanks for letting me get drrrty all over you blog, because my mom reads mine.

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger geenalyn said...

i got a spork!! A GOLDEN spork!! YIPEE YAHOO :)

I look forward to reading your blog every day....i'm glad i stumbled onto you

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Mary said...

I'm glad I found you too chicka!

So thanks for the spork. I couldn't do it without the damn hospital, drunk drivers, monkey bars, and my own monkey's.

At 09 December, 2006, Blogger gawilli said...

Gosh, thanks Tink! How cool is that? You are quite the inspiration, you know. The pressure is on now to continue to be fascinating. Boy, Christmas AND a Golden Spork. It just doesn't get any better than that!

At 09 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the first time you commented on my blog. I was like, "Who's this?" I came over and saw that you were from a "small drinking village with a fishing problem" and KNEW you were cool.

And I was right. You are an amazing person, Tink, and it has been my pleasure reading your blog and getting to know you better through it. Thank you for the amazing, kind words you said about me, and thank you for reading my blog. I look forward to your comments and I admit that there are times when I want to post before the end of the day so I know you'll read it before you go home. :)


At 09 December, 2006, Blogger Molly said...

Aww, thanks Tink, I appreciate your kind words and the great honor. The Golden Spork is the first award that I have won since my bowling trophy for the lowest wait that was not an honor. Thank you for the award, your kind comments, and your visits. I owe it all to Gawilli of Back in the Day. She started our team blog, Mama Said, Papa Said

At 10 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooo so many new blogs to explore! I just adore you and I'll make you a pinata any day!

BTW...did you see what Jay did? How come one of those didn't magically appear on my site????

At 10 December, 2006, Blogger graymama said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

Okay, reading your explanation made me cry, not just a little cry, either. It was a gushing waterfall of gratitude. "If ever there was a person to embody the spirit of Mother Nature, it would be Graymama." You know in that Christmas movie when Rudolph visits Mother Nature; I always thought she was my gramms in animated form. The fact that your first thought about me expressed that in life I emulate gramms means more to me than words could express. I should have bottled up my gush for you and sent it your way.

You mean so much to me!!!!

At 10 December, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

On the event of my receiving a "Playful" Golden Spork Award, I would like to thank my support staff, Chaos and Mayhem. I would especially like to thank Tink, for being so abso-fucking-lutely hilarious and authentic, and her support staff Hoop, for his part in the funniest daily conversations ever.

At 10 December, 2006, Blogger Carol Michel said...

Through a little blog-hopping, I've just today discovered your blog. Looks like one I should explore a bit more!

At 10 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't know what to say.

Words simply won't do.

Thank you.

At 10 December, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Tink, this was one of the nicest posts I have ever read! Thank you for your kind words. It took a lot of thought to write this about everyone. You had to think of each of us individually. What a wonderful person you are, and I am so glad to have "met" you!

At 11 December, 2006, Blogger eric said...

wow, i bet that did take a long time.

i'll have to give you the hybrid award for articulation, proliferation and ... uhhh ... humoration.


At 11 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, thank you so much for the beautiful golden spork. It's so pretty, I almost don't want to use it to eat all the vegetables and salads... okay in reality it's more like pie and ice cream that I've been consuming lately.

At 11 December, 2006, Blogger Katie said...

Thanks, Tink. I've never been famous before! And the only awards I ever got were a piano certificate in high school and an ugly UGLY plaque after teaching for 5 years. What do you do with a plaque? At least a spork is useful.

At 11 December, 2006, Blogger Pamer said...

I'm so very honoured (yes we spell it with a "u") to be given this award. The only thing is that now I need to's been a busy two months, thanks for the motivation

Have a great day Tink!

At 11 December, 2006, Blogger Jess Riley said...

Aw Tink, you're the best!!! I nominate you for "Sweetest, Most Thoughtful" spork.

You're one of my favorite bloggers. And I'm not just saying that because you've given me a lovely golden award, suitable for mantel-top display.

At 11 December, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post! Thank you so much!!! And now I have to check out all these wonderful blogs!

You totally deserve a Golden Spork Award yourself. I think I'd award it to you in the category of Most Impressively Well-Rounded Young Woman--funny, talented, and wise beyond her years.

At 12 December, 2006, Blogger EE said... ROCK Tink! In so many ways, not just for what you said or for the killer award.

*Thank you* :)


At 12 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw thats sweet Tink. I've been real bummed out on blogging too, in that "do I continue"? mood. What a nice surprise!

At 12 December, 2006, Blogger Rude Cactus said...

I am totally honored and humbled. Me and my caulk.

At 14 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey now, that was really cool, finding my name under 'Bold Spork.' Can I use that? "I am Sarah! The Bold Spork Winner!" That should spork fear in the hearts of many.

Thank you much and much more with a side order of a lot!

At 15 December, 2006, Blogger Freakazojd said...

Good lord, that is just the coolest thing ever - thank you, Tink! I don't even know what else to say. I am honoured to be a Golden Spork recipient and think it's even cooler that you have given me "The Bold Spork" award. Makes me feel quite sassy, if you must know. I am back, by the way, and very happy to be so (I've got some big news...).

At 08 September, 2007, Blogger hayseede said...

just wondering where the name "spork" came from? Actually, that eating utensil which combines a spoon with the tip being a fork, is actually a runcible spoon--meant for eating melon, desserts, and other things where you might need both utensils. Any good Victorian silver service always included runcible spoons. And remember that famous poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear (a famous Victorian)..."They dined on mince, and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon;...

That said, The Golden Runcible Spoon Award isn't quite the same thing!



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