Winner winner chicken dinner

Reader Appreciation AwardAnyone who’s been reading my drivel blog for a while will know that I recently re-booted things, with a focus on life as a dad. There’s a growing community of dads doing likewise, and it seemed like something worth exploring – I know, for example, how beneficial and supportive Gem’s found the babycentre group she joined when pregnant with Megan, so why shouldn’t I get some of that too?

And now, just over a month later, I’ve only gone and bagged myself an award! A Reader Appreciation Award, to be exact, courtesy of the very mysterious EmPo (whose real name I very shamefully don’t actually know!). He’s been writing over at BugBearBlog since February and is always worth a read.

In order to accept my award I have to include the appropriate image (at the top of this post), answer some questions and nominate some other worthy recipients for the award. So, without further ado, on to the questions…

What’s your favourite animal?
Fish are animals, right? In which case I’m going to say sharks – fascinating creatures, although I wouldn’t like to meet one in a dark alley. Actually, that might be OK, so long as the alley wasn’t filled with water.

What’s your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
I’m going to be really dull here and say water, because it’s what I drink most often. Coffee, which I only started drinking a couple of years ago, would be a close second though.

Facebook or Twitter?
I guess I should probably go with Twitter. Although I’ve been on Facebook about twice as long I’m finding myself on Twitter much more as time goes on. I love the randomness of Twitter, something Facebook doesn’t generally have. Also, it’s always fun getting to know new people, and I find that much easier on Twitter than Facebook.

What is your favourite pattern?
Huh? Since nothing else springs to mind, I’m going for the incredibly geeky answer of Singleton, which will mean nothing to almost anyone who reads this.

Favourite number?
31 – it was my number when I played American football at uni

Favourite day of the week?
Saturday, because it’s usually my turn for a lie-in, and then I get to spend the rest of the day with my girls

Favourite flower?
Can I have two? Roses and thistles was the theme for our wedding (it shouldn’t be difficult to work out why) so I’ll pick those. I do have a most hated flower – dandelions. Every year I go to war on them, and every year they come back for more. Grrrr… Oh, and buttercups too. Bane of my life. Oddly, I don’t mind daisies.

What is your passion?
My passion? That’s the thing I want to be/do more than anything else, right? In which case, I’d have to say to be the best husband and father I can be, something I’ve realised more than ever since I started writing about it. Schmaltzy but true.

And that’s your lot. Now it’s my turn to nominate some blogs that I enjoy reading, and that have inspired me to write my own. So, in no particular order, I give you:

Welcome to Dietville
Last Year’s Girl
Susan K Mann
Gaming, Golf and ME
Diary of the Dad
Mutterings of a Fool
Daddacool

And finally, here’s the full terms and conditions:

  1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
  2. Answer these 10 questions below
  3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
  4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
  5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.
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