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It’s True…Lightning Does Strike Twice!


I can’t believe it has happened again. I’m very lucky and completely honored to learn today that my blog is nominated for its second award, “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” by none other than the amazing J. E. Lattimer of the incredible blog Thank you so much for the nomination…and yes, I TOTALLY ACCEPT THIS AWARD!! You are amazingly thoughtful and your kindness is very encouraging and inspiring to this new blogger.

But before I go any further, I do need to clear the air. Although I feel like I look exactly like the lovely and  beautiful woman in the photograph above, I must confess it is not me. It is none other than the 2012 Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler. But, if you disagree and insist that I must look as lovely – even though I really have more mascara streaming down my face and my bigger tiara is even more askew – then I will not crush your dreams. I am not a dream crusher. I am a writer, blogger and upright citizen of a random cul-de-sac in the middle of nowhere.

Now, on to the award and its requirements:


Fortyteen Candles has been nominated (AND HAS TOTALLY ACCEPTED) “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!”

Here are the rules:

1]  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog–

Thank you, again,  J. E. Lattimer of

2]  List seven random things about yourself–

1)  If you asked me quickly to describe the color “puce” I would not know where to begin

2)  It was my childhood dream to be a synchronized swimmer.

3)  It is my adult dream to be a synchronized swimmer.

4)  It took me many years to finally understand that crusts really are the best part of the bread.

5)  I hate driving in snow storms.

6)  Curious if they still sell Jello Pudding Pops? They were good.

7)  My lucky number is seven.

3]  Nominate fifteen other blogs–
















4]  Notify the fifteen nominees


5]  Put the award logo on your blog.

Thank you, again, for the awesome nomination J. E. Lattimer! Now go check out the blog right now…


About Fortyteen Candles

oh, let's see...distinguished Gen-X'er, frustrated writer, suffocating in the confines of a small town that thinks it's a big deal. A few years ago we were home to the second largest Walmart in our state, don-cha-know. Oh, and I was voted "Most New Wave" in my senior high school year book. Actually, that last sentence alone is really everything you need to know about me.

17 responses »

  1. grapesgripesandgratitude

    Yay congrats!!!!

  2. wow! y didn’t i see you earlier??? It’s never too late!! here i follow…

  3. Dear Fortyteen,

    Congratulations. 🙂

    And thank you. 🙂

    Love Dotty xxx

  4. Dear Fortyteen,
    I have nominated you too for the ‘very versatile blogger award’. Don’t feel that you have to accept it, I just thought you deserved it. I think I have thanked you and linked to your blog a few times but that’s because I wanted everyone to find your blog. Enjoy. love from Chris 🙂

  5. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    Congratulations, and thanks for including me amongst your awardees! I always enjoy checking out the sites of the recipients of these awards.

  6. Congrats, Fortyteen. You have such a great blog here. And thanks for the nod in my direction. Wait, wake up!

  7. I’m awake! LOL… Thank you and you’re welcome. I’m glad I found your blog! It’s very inspiring.

  8. Congrat.s. The pix reminds me of my fav. CD of all time, Hole’s Live Through This.

    • It really does! Something about a mascara streamed face really sums up an extreme emotion. Mostly for the good. But then there was Tammy Faye Baker. Was this all before waterproof mascara was invented?

  9. this is great news and you deserve it!! keep up the great work 🙂

  10. Thank you very much! I’m glad you like my blog 🙂


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