Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

I’m a winner!

Not a Weiner, but  winner!

My cheeky friend Mollie from OK in UK has bestowed me with yet another Stylish Blogger Award! I dig Mollie because she’s witty, intelligent, and I don’t feel like a total dumbass when I play her in Words With Friends. I’m proud to say I had a hand in getting her back onto The Twitter, and we’ve been slinging tweets back and forth when our 6 hour time difference allows. Plus, I have to say I’m a little bit in love with the idea of being an American living over in the UK, even though I’m sure she’d love to set me straight on that one. Go check out her blog. It’s wicked fun.

She ALSO bestowed me with Tough Mom Award, which is really cool. But I’m sure that reading about my experiences of life with twins and a spare are giving her plenty of mental birth control. Her kiddo is ridiculously cute though, so she should have more.


So. The award. And the consequential duties that come with an award of this breed. I get to tell you seven random things that you probably don’t care about. Or maybe you do! Yay random facts!

1. I hate having my ears touched. By anyone, and that includes my husband. I do NOT think of them as an erogenous zone. When someone touches my ears, it reverberates loudly in my head and drives me insane. Is that just me?

2. I don’t know how to drive a stick. Christian has taught me, but I just never practiced. Could I do it in a pinch? Sure. Do I want to? Not really.

3. I have a theory that Iowa is the center of the universe on account of the number of people I’ve met who are from there or have family there. My dad’s from Cedar Rapids, and my MIL’s family is from Estherville. Over the years I’ve known friends, coworkers, even fellow bloggers who are from Iowa.

4. I trudged through Atlas Shrugged from November 2007 to March 2008, vowing to finish it before R&C were born. I didn’t make it, although I think I only had about 300 pages left (out of over 1300, people!). I’d pretty much have to start over at this point. Yeah, not gonna happen.

5. I don’t mind folding laundry. I hate putting it away. I don’t mind loading the dishwasher. I hate unloading it. Something about having to put things in several various places turns me off.

6. I’ve never been stung by a bee or wasp, and I’m terrified of them. I either freeze up or run screaming like a little girl when I see one nearby. Man, I am really stretching for these 7 random things, aren’t I? Are you even still reading this???

7. I seriously can’t think of a 7th thing. Which means that as soon as I hit publish on this sucker and put it out for all to read, I’ll think of 27 things I COULD have put here.

Thanks Mollie for the fun awards! I’m keen as mustard about ‘em!

Now pull your finger out and get on over to OK in UK!

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Leigh Ann Torres
Writer, artist, wife, cook, maid, bookkeeper, mom to twins plus one...all around genie in a bottle, except you only get one wish, and it has to be reasonable.
  1. Congratulations on the awards!

    #2 & #5 – ME TOO!!!

  2. Congratulations my friend!
    I too hate unloading the dishwasher but don’t mind loading it, I also don’t mind folding the laundry but hate putting it away.
    Brian had taught me to drive a standard but I have no desire to drive it AND the ears… GROSS… back the heck off.

  3. Congratulations!

    I’m with you on #1 especially since I developed my hearing issues, because anything touching my ears echoes loudly in my head and it freaks me out.

  4. It’s the folding of the laundry that trips me up. If it’s folded, I’m fine with putting it away. As often as possible, I try to fold stuff as it comes out of the dryer. (I managed to get my first 3 loads of laundry today put away after folding them coming out of the dryer.)

    I’m with you on unloading the dishwasher. Loading it, I’m great — if there’s a more efficient way to fit everything in, I’ll find it. Unloading it is that annoying thing that has to precede loading it.

    I don’t mind having my ears touched if it’s by someone I trust, but I can’t stand being patted on the shoulder. Random shoulder-patting by strangers happens to me a lot more frequently than any sort of random ear-touching.

    Have any of your kids been stung by a wasp? I get more scared about one of the kids being stung than me being stung – the last time I was stung by anything like that was more than 35 years ago (and it was never really identified, as it was in the bush I’d stuck my little hand into). All of my kids have had wasp stings, and dealing with that is the pits. (But if it’s a scorpion, I’m the way with those that you are with wasps.)

    I find random facts to be entertaining. :)

  5. Hi Leigh Ann,
    Congratulations on your award! Sorry it took me a while to respond after you left me a blog comment by visiting your blog as promised. For some reason, I thought you had a WordPress blog and would have enjoyed liking your page… You have a unique blog and I’m glad we connected.
    I’m a mother of twins though mine are off to college soon.
    Here’s to a bliss filled week and thanks for stopping by. :-)
    Take care,

  6. Wow! What a great bunch of stuff to say about me! Thank you! I’m with you on the dishes. I don’t have a dishwasher so I gotta do it. I think it’d be nice if he’d put them away. Division of labor and whatnot.

    • You’re ver’ welcome! You are reducing the living abroad romanticism with this no dishwasher talk! Didn’t you also say you have no dryer?

  7. I hate people messing with my ears too! SO annoying!

    And Laundry and dishes… the bane of my existence… I got over putting them away by MAKING THE KIDS DO IT! Hey… it’s mostly their stuff right? #MommyingFTW!

  8. I tried to read Atlas Shrugged. Never could get past the first chapter!

  9. So, I just followed Mollie. If she’s good tweeps, then I’m all about it!

    I don’t mind doing the laundry but I hate folding AND putting away.

    • Mollie is great. We “met” through Studio 30 Plus and I’ve followed her ever since. I’m so glad she got on Twitter.

  10. I’m with Liz. I don’t mind doing the laundry but putting it away totally makes me stabby. I’m the queen of putting clean laundry back in the dryer to de-wrinkle it!

  11. Congrats on the award. I can’t drive standard shift either. I never have, though I want to. Nobody will let me behind the wheel of their 5 speed. Something about difficulty focusing. My parents traded in their cars for automatics before I learned to drive, and my husband traded his before our son was born, in case we ever needed to switch cars. Personally, I think it might help with the focusing, and that people are overreacting just a bit. I used to envision myself stranded in a desert with only stick shift vehicle between me and roasting. Learning is on the bucket list I have in my head.

    • Me too — I know that in a pinch I could do it, but I would love to have 2 cars that are family friendly that we could both drive.

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