December 07, 2010

Awarded To Me

Because I know your time is valuable and this post is long winded feel free to just skip down to the part that really has any meaning... the part where I finally get around to awarding others with this award after my mindless ramblings about my life. I promise, no hurt feelings if you don't care to learn more about me. I learned at an early age the world does not revolve around me.

I was awarded with this by Ping the other morning. It was such a nice surprise since I am new to food blogging and to be recognized by a fellow blogger. Not having any tech savy I struggled to figure out how to even get the award onto my blog. Copy and paste. Smacking myself in the forehead.

The "rules" for accepting the award claim that I need to give a thank you shout out to the person who gives me the award, share 7 boring things about myself, and pass the award onto other bloggers.

Once again I'd like to thank Ping for thinking about me and presenting me with this award. It meant a lot to me and it was very much appreciated!

Now for the useless facts about the Pretend Chef that you didn't know before and are probably wishing you didn't know now.
  1. I live with my guy, Mr. Sideline Chef. We are not married but have been together for 3 1/2 years. No we do not celebrate monthly anniversaries nor are we the mushy gushy couple who make you want to vomit while out in public. We also have a baby boy together, Jason Jr, my itty bitty, as I often refer to him as. Jason Jr is 2 1/2 years old and runs the workings of the household. Amazing how having a child turns your world upside down but in a FANTASTIC way! We also have not one but TWO Jack Russells named Samson (4 years old) and Maximus (1 year old). I am crazy to have all of this chaos under a two bedroom apartment.
  2. We live on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. Neither one of us understands the craze of Texans and their motto of "Texas is the best because I was born here", they probably have never seen any other parts of the country. I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada but my family moved us to the Pacific NW my high school years. Mr. Sideline Chef is from Ohio. We met while he was living at a motel I was working at. Due to fraternization rules I put in my two week notice and followed my heart back to Texas. We live in Texas only because we are here for work.
  3. I'm a very sarcastic person. I've made my own mother cry on several occasions. I swear I'm not a malicious person she was just having sensitive days and I tend to be insensitive.
  4. I grew up being a tomboy. My mother thought I was disgusting for taking great joy in showing off my battle wounds from playing football in the street with the boys or getting a chipped tooth the night of my graduation party in the boxing ring with a fellow male classmate.
  5. Although I was a tomboy at heart the only sports I ever took an interest in were gymnastics and cheerleading. I once tried out for baseball and could pitch better than the boys but school rules would not allow me to play except for softball... not my thing... I liked hanging out with the boys more.
  6. I was the kid in school you wanted to punch in the back of the head. I had a high GPA and graduated 6th in my class. I never had to study because I easily retained the useless crap we were learning in school. I took AP classes and shake my head for overloading my Senior year. The teachers loved me because I did everything by the book other than keeping my mouth shut. I never got in trouble for my condition I call diarhea of the mouth. I often times picked debates with others just to ruffle their feathers. Whatever my political views were I would go with the opposite if the person I was talking with didn't agree just for the sake of a debate. I once made another female classmate cry over her love of going green. I believe in reuse, recycle but because she did I didn't only for the sake of a debate.
  7. From #6 you might think I suffer from "little person syndrome" once you learn that I measure in at 4'11". This really isn't true. Now I pick and choose my battles. I rarely battle. If someone feels more strongly about something I let them revel in their rightness. I don't feel it's necessary to have the last word and now I know when it's best to bite my tongue. I live and learn everyday and set out to make today better than the last.
Now that you've learned a little bit more about me, the Pretend Chef, or as my mother named me, Rochelle, you can use any of the above 1-7 for great conversation starters. I'm sure it'll make for a rather interesting convo over lunch.

Awarding other bloggers... I'm not tech savy like I have previously mentioned. The only way I know how to award the others is by making a list, checking it twice, sorry in the spirit of the holiday, and allowing the others to copy and paste if they so choose to have the award on their blogs.

  • Cake Duchess - These cupcakes are tempting enough to make me want to break any sort of health kick I'm on at the moment with trying to take off the last 10 pounds of my weight loss journey.
  • Cookin' Canuck - Serving up veggie side dishes to her family that are drool worthy like this one.
  • Jeanette's Healthy Living - She is continuously giving me reason to expand my tastes and try new foods that help fight off various health issues such as cancer.
  • Kimba's Kitchen - Have you seen the food that comes out of her kitchen? If not head over there now, with a bib, because all of her dishes are drool worthy!
  • More Than A Mount Full - A Culinary Journey - This man shares his blog space with other food bloggers on Fridays via Guest Posts. How amazing is that? Talk about a heart of gold.
  • No Face Plate - Creativity like this makes me envious to no end.
Please check out their blogs and show them some love. I FOLLOW these blogs for a reason. I have nothing better to do with my mornings until my son wakes up. In all seriousness... you better do it or else Santa won't be stopping by your house on Christmas eve. I joke, I joke.


Bo said...

I'm sort of new here...congrats on the award...I'll go visit the other blogs...I don't want Santa to skip me this year.

ping said...

Congratulations! You managed to cut and paste! :D and I'm happy to read all 7 things about you coz now I don't feel so alone when my husband says I have diarrhea of the mouth. Where on earth did that phrase come from?

Pretend Chef said...

Bo - That's a good boy! Haha! You've ensured your spot on the nice list. Your position is secure for now.

Ping - Haha! It was quite a feat! Since having a baby I have toned down the foul mouth but occasionally "oh sh-t!" still flys because it seems to take less effort than the others. I'm all about giving credit to others and I was watching Bethenney Frankel's show Bethenney Getting Married on Bravo and she used the phrase once and ever since then I use it. Not all the time so that way it doesn't lose it's luster.

Carolyn said...

Hey, it's nice to learn your real name, Rochelle!

Pretend Chef said...

Carolyn - Aw thanks!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the award winners! I never hit Rochelle in the back of the head or chipped her tooth. Regarding the d... of the mouth, the kid came out talking! Those "Babycakes" turned into incredible bigger cakes and she never stopped. Did I say never? This is from a fan of The Pretend Chef. Love Mom ...Whoops! I don't know how to cross out words like she does or erase.

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