No, I did not win an Oscar. And awards like these aren’t really a matter of ‘winning,’ but rather recognition. And I appreciate that Mel chose me, among other wonderful bloggers. Mel has fiction in her head and she writes it. She loves music. And I love most of what she loves. [Did that come out wrong? It wasn’t meant to be mean. I’m just very picky and a bit bitchy about what music I love.] And she is just an all around lovely person. I’m glad she finds me charming enough to call me her friend.

This is an award I’ve received several times in the past. I think it was originally intended to be an award for new bloggers, which I am not. But I guess I’m new to someone.

I don’t usually participate in these things but I think Mel might hurt me if I don’t do this. So… I’m just going to do the first few things on the rules list. I guess that gives me about a D on this assignment. First time I’ve ever gotten a failing grade.

The rules for the 2018 award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Display the award on your post
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself
  5. Answer the questions given to you
  6. Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
  7. Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
  8. List the rules and inform your nominees of the award (partial credit)

What makes me passionate about blogging…
Well… lately, nothing.

Ten random things you’ll probably wish you didn’t know about me (and I bet you already know some of them if you’ve been here a while… I don’t think I can come up with ten new things)

  1. I already gave you one thing—I’ve never received a failing grade. (Is that cheating? Too bad.)
  2. I am half Italian and half Ukrainian… neither of my parents were born in the US. (Insert snarky comment here about hoping I don’t get kicked out of the country…)
  3. My family history on my father’s side strongly suggests that my great great great grandfather had some involvement with the Italian mafia. There was also mention of ‘secret police‘ so maybe he was a good guy.
  4. I think my favorite television show ever was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  5. I am in a constant state of worry.anxiety girl.
  6. My average bedtime is 2 in the morning.
  7. I am afraid of bugs and various flying creatures.
  8. Oatmeal cookie dough is my secret treat. Don’t tell anyone. [And if you want the recipe for a small batch of edible oatmeal cookie dough, let me know.]
  9. The only way I can currently handle U.S. national news is to get that news from Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers.
  10. I hate beer, cauliflower, water chestnuts, whipped cream, coconut, and marshmallows.


Here are Mel’s questions… some of which I had a lot of trouble answering. (I’m not sure what that says about me but I’m pretty sure it isn’t good)

1. What is your legacy? Define it.
I have no idea how to answer this question. The dictionary definition of legacy is all about what I will leave behind when I’m gone… what is handed down from the past. My past? This is a depressing question. I don’t know the answer… but I’ll try: Poor life choices and whatever coffee I haven’t consumed at the time of my demise. 

2. To curse or not to curse in your daily life/vernacular and why/why not?
Hmm… well… I curse all the time. There is no substitution that works for me. Sometimes, you just need the right word, and if that happens to be a curse word, so be it. And fuck, in all its forms, is my favorite word. [I do, however, try to be cautious depending on who is around me.]

3. How would you define respect?
Something my temperamental, moody daughter does not give me enough of lately.

4. What does it mean to you when someone says “I love ya” – casually?
I never know how to take that, to be honest. If it’s ‘casually’, then is it just something that some people say without deep emotions attached to it? And I’m sometimes uncomfortable saying it… probably because I’m not sure how to take it when I hear it. Although it’s not the same as ‘I love you’, I don’t throw those words around lightly… with the ‘you’ or the ‘ya’. When I was younger, I think I used the word ‘love’ too quickly and too easily. It has made me far more cautious… selective, maybe… with when I use it now. Maybe this makes me sound like a bitch…

5. When you write, how often do you stare out into the void before actually finishing that project?
Lately, a few days… or more. And that’s without even considering how many unfinished pieces I have.

6. What is your favorite food, you can’t live without and why?
Coffee… does that count? No… that’s a beverage. Cheeseburger. Or cheesecake. I love food. This is a difficult question.

7. What would be your biggest dream come true?
To wake up one day with no back pain, no stress, no anxiety or depression, more money than I will ever need, and a super-hot (to me) guy madly in love with me and I with him.

8. Your family crest, what would I see on it?
Some sort of symbol that embodies bad luck. A dark cloud? Hey… look what day it is…!

9. If the world were ending in seven days, how would you spend those days and with whom?
I was going to say I’d spend those days engaging in adult activities with the man of my dreams (would have to find him first), but I will give you a more ‘realistic’ answer…
I would do whatever my kids wanted to do so the last thing I’d see would be them happy. This would likely involve running away from here. And I’d like Mom, my family to be there, too.

10. What inspires the passionate you?
Chris Hemsworth. (Or the man I created in my head who inspires all of my romance stories.) I’m just kidding. No… I’m not.

Seriously. How can I not be inspired?

In conclusion, I am done now. Have a nice day… even if it is Friday the 13th. Hell, if every other day sucks for me, maybe this will be the one good day… riiiight. I’m funny.


©2018 what sandra thinks


About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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40 Responses to awarded.

  1. Mel Gutiér says:

    You’re wonderful! I’m really crying! I told you I would!


    You are charming AF!!!!!!!!!


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  2. Ok, a couple of things of note here. First, you hate whipped cream?!? What????

    Cheeseburger is a good answer for no. 6. I could live on those alone, I believe. Coffee should definitely count though. It’s like it’s own food group.

    And, a D is not a failing grade!!!

    By the way, did you agree to post this simply because it is Friday the 13th? 😃😃

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  3. The V Pub says:

    So, what you’re telling me is that you are Ukratalian?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Meg says:

    Ah! I second the shock at hating whip cream! Hey, here’s a thing: you could apply for Euro citizenship because of your parents having been born there! We were looking into it recently because I have grand parents born in the UK but for most of the Euro nations it requires a parent. Which means you’re in! 😃 If I were you, I’d be getting out of here. I can’t take the US news anymore either.

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  5. Hunida says:

    Would love to see that small batch of edible cookie dough recipe, Sandra! 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Marquessa says:

    Lol. Great answers! And I love that Bitch graphic.😊

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  7. I love your answers and how you can make anything funny. And I do tell you and some other friends I love them and I mean it. I don’t say it to everyone, only those with whom I feel a real connection. I am so uninspired to write lately. Some stepfamily drama last week that always annoys the hell out of me.

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  8. mydangblog says:

    Ah, this was great. Number 4–a while ago, I was out with some people from work and we’d had some drinks. As I was leaving, one of the guys hugged me and said, “Ah man, I love you.” I said, “Yeah man, I love you too.” It was just kind of sweet, and not creepy.

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  9. I didn’t know some of these things about you! Really love your sarcasm and quick witted personality. It really shows here in your answers. XO

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  11. Miriam says:

    I didn’t know you were half Italian. Me too! I loved finding out a little bit more about you Sandra and I say the next thing from the bottom of my heart, I hope that all of your biggest dreams come true. Hugs xx ❤️ P.S I hate whipped cream too.

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  12. jrvincente says:

    I love your fact about the News. That is the best way to get it!

    Son of a b**** has become my favorite phrase lately… I need to curb that before my 7 year old picks it up…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. manyofus1980 says:

    congrats! you deserve this! I am afraid of flying bugs too! All bugs actually. xo

    Liked by 1 person

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