Love Fest

Back in July I was honored with the Schmooze Award by Em at Notes From My Corner. The funny thing was that I awarded him with the Blogger Reflection Award the very same day. As I told him, we had our own little mutual admiration society going.

The word “schmoozer” brings to mind a greazy used car dealer or a slimy lawyer (I’ve known both used car dealers and lawyers – not all greazy or slimy). But the dictionary offers this definition: someone skilled at conversation I’m not sure how skilled my conversation is, but I can surely talk. So I accept the honor and pass on the love to a blogger with the power of schmooze.

Swishy at Waiting for My Real Life to Begin has schmooze powers of epic proportions. She blogs while sitting in a coffee shop or waiting for a plane at the airport. Last night she live-blogged during the Emmy’s. I love reading what she has observed and her use of visual aids (i.e., pictures) adds to the feeling of being there.


Then in August I was given the Nice Matters Award by Eileen at A Life of Triggers. If you’ve ever read any of Eileen’s comments you know how perfect this particular award was for her. She’s always kind, always considerate and always encouraging.

This award is for those bloggers who are nice people, good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspirations. Also, for those who are a positive influence in our blogging world.

I feel a bit like a fraud. I haven’t been a very good blog friend for the last couple of weeks and sometimes I think I’m too snarky and sarcastic. Still, I gratefully accept the award and pass it on to Gretchen at Quantum Leap. Visiting Gretchen’s blog is like sitting down to a cup of coffee with a good friend. It just doesn’t get any better.


At the beginning of this month Dan at Danny & Family bestowed the Blogger Reflection Award on me. Dan is a proud husband and father and his love for his family shines from his posts. So to have received this award from him is quite an honor.

Dan said this about my blog: Jenster is a cancer survivor who writes about her family. She is a woman of faith and although I haven’t been reading her blog for a very long time, I took to it quickly and read it often. This short paragraph I’m writing about Jenster’s blog doesn’t do it justice. It’s also a good-looking blog, and I wish my blog looked so good. Very sweet.

So I now pass this award on to Kim at The Merits of the Case. This is an incredible woman who is physically in the same place I was in 2005 – going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. But she is also going through law school at the same time. Her blog is frank and honest and sometimes it’s like reading something I would have written two years ago. She has a great attitude and a gorgeous smile – I can’t imagine that hair on her head would make her any prettier. I’ve only been hanging out at her place for a few weeks, but I always come away from her blog contemplating one thing or another.


I really am humbled to have been thought of by these bloggers in such nice ways. My impulse is to say it’s because they don’t know the real me, but then Todd will get all mad at me so I’m just going to say thank you to Em, Eileen and Dan. I’m in great company!

(I have no idea why the banners on this post are so big. I used the smallest setting when I uploaded them, but they’re still showing up large. Anybody got any ideas why??)


  1. Dorky Dad on September 18, 2007 at 12:44 am

    I can say with all honesty that you definitely deserve each of these awards, Jenster. You’re one of the best!

  2. Swishy on September 18, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Oh, I loooove schmoozing! πŸ™‚ Thank you! And I agree with Dorky Dad … you are definitely deserving of these awards!

  3. susan on September 18, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Good thing you have Todd keeping you in line! πŸ˜‰ Of COURSE you deserve all those awards. I think often times the real person comes out in blogs…This one just oozes the real wonderful you!

  4. Trish on September 18, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving blogger! πŸ™‚

  5. Becky on September 18, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats on the Awards, Jenster! It’s evident why you got do have a great blog. Keep on Bloggin!

  6. Manic Mom on September 18, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I know a few of these bloggers and totally agree! Swish for certain is a fab schmoozer, but in the absolute most highly regarded way!! Love her, and love the fact that you co-hosted with her on Emmy Night!I will check out these other blogs, and will anxiously be awaiting my award when someone creates it: Best Bitchy Mommy Blog award… hell, I might even just invent it myself and make me a crown!!!Cheers good friend! xo

  7. Gretchen on September 18, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    I love that you were honored with these awards, and thank you kindly for my Nice Matters award. Nice DOES matter. It’s humbling, really, because I need to be as nice to my family as I am to my blogging buddies. It’s easy to be nice to friends in the blogosphere because the risk is small, and the reward (visits to your blog) is great. However, I need to be mindful that snapping at my kids or being snarky to Big is not okay. Nice matters all the time. So…thanks for the award AND the reminder. I cherish both. xxxooogretchen

  8. Shauna on September 19, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Congrats Jenster! It’s much deserved!

  9. Stacy~ on September 19, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Well Jen, you deserve the wonderful awards. I love reading your posts – they pull me right in and make me feel I’m right there.Congrats, and don’t be surprised if you receive more awards πŸ™‚

  10. Monnik on September 19, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    You definitely deserve these awesome awards. I love reading your blog. It’s one of my favorites!!

  11. slackermommy on September 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    You deserve every one of them.

  12. Prunella Jones on September 19, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I love snark and sarcasm. You are welcome to use them on my blog anytime.Congrats!

  13. Cmommy on September 19, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    You do deserve them all!I need to click your links and read these fabulously named blogs πŸ™‚

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