A Gold Star That Helped During Flu Season

19 Feb

I never really thought my perception of reality would be honored in any fashion. Sometimes it’s too real, which is why comedy must happen. I need to laugh or find the funny, otherwise I’d just jump off a cliff. So when my good friend Cayman Thorn over at Drinks Well With Others nominated me for the “Reality Blog Award,” I thought … Holy Crap. My real must definitely resonate.

I thought they were just crappy moments I spun to amuse myself, you know silver lining and all, but little did I know I had a couple of fans who appreciated The Guat reality even when I was a little out of if for about two weeks because of the flu. But regardless of my NyQuil moments I still put it all out there.



I purge. As writers this tends to happen, which might be the very reason why my buddy gave me some props. But in truth the props should be for him. Cayman is badass. He’s one of the funniest writers I know and he doesn’t even have to try that hard. It’s organic, no pesticides or hormones. Just genuine comedy and that is hard find out here in the blogosphere. And even though he writes under a pseudonym he’s more real than any reality show out there. He’d probably get better ratings too. He put the “uuuuuuuuuuu” in “Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude.” He talks of sports, life, current events and much more. And he does an awesome job.  He defined this award as “tapping into the world you’re moving through and extracting the flavor through your keyboard …” I mean who comes up with such a great combination of words, the kind of fusion that makes you pause in mid-sentence and say Holy Crap! A badass. That’s who. An awesome badass over at Drinks Well With Others.

And seeing how this great writer thought I was worthy enough of an award, well I guess it means I’m not that bad either.  Some people shy away from awards, no mention of them in posts or comments. But me? I always enjoy getting gold stars, ever since Mrs. Torres’s kindergarten class. They make me feel like I’m on the right track.

So in honor of being on the right track I accept the award and continue this post with the rules: Five questions and my nominees. Sometimes awards have questions to get to the root of you, so here’s my attempt at answering them.

1- If you could change something what would you change?- Living at my parents. I’m a grown-ass woman with two kids. I should have my own place, something with a walk-in closet. But life has been tough this year … for everyone, and I know there are others out in my same predicament. But I’m sure they’d want to change that too.

2) If you could relive one day, when would that be? Going to the baseball game with my dad and son. If I knew it was the last game we’d ever see together, I would’ve brought the camera.

3) What one thing really scares you?  If something terrible were to happen to my kids. (Cayman had this answer and I couldn’t agree with it more. I think I would end up on an episode of Oxygen’s Snapped! if something were to ever happen to my kids and the person responsible would probably be six-feet under).

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?-  Publishing one of my books. And I don’t mean self-publish either, although that’s still considered published, but I’d like the real publish. The kind that gets me a good letter in the mail and not the “it’s-not-you-it’s-me” rejection letter. But I still got time. I’m not dead yet.

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?-   Probably a writer who’s been published.

And here are my nominees …

I know Cayman gave me the award and I normally don’t give it back to the person who gave it to me, but he’s that good. So if you get a chance definitely check him out over at Drinks Well With Others. His fiction is awesome.

Me 2.0 She hasn’t written in a really long time, but I discovered her late in the game. And she found a way to bring humor into a very real situation. I still read her blog entries from the past and I hope she gets back on the writing wagon, because she is definitely an inspiration at finding the humor when you don’t think there’s any.

Stephen Kelly Creative has opened my eyes to photography and travel. His recent insights on his trip to Australia definitely took me back and helped me find perspective. He puts the personal in his shots and I always appreciate how he showcases that with good writing.

This Man’s Journey encompassing everything this award is supposed to be. His stories are through pictures and all of them are real, energizing, amazing, lovely and inspiring. They do make you say Yipeee! Well they make you want to be a better photographer, family person and human spirit.

Andrea Kelly over at The Hand-Written Life definitely gets real. She talks about everything from books, television and music, to relationships and life moments. I really appreciate her honesty in her relationship posts and enjoy the inspiration she lays out whenever she comes across it in her life. She shares the wisdom she finds and I like being enlightened. The fact that she enjoys chocolate is a definite plus.

Lame Adventures is my go-to for humor. If I’m ever feeling down I know I can get a smile and a laugh from reading her posts. And there is no BS there, just real life and real funny. And anytime anybody can make me laugh that is definitely amazing, energizing and lovely.

Hope you guys get a chance to visit any or all of them.


12 Responses to “A Gold Star That Helped During Flu Season”

  1. TBM February 20, 2013 at 4:20 AM #

    I always wondered who put the uuuuuu in dude. I’m pretty sure I put the dud in it. I mean, I studied history because i love it, not in a pursuit of a law degree. Now I do nothing with the degree, but I still cherish it. I wish you luck with publishing!

    • The Guat February 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

      No you didn’t put the u in dud. You put the awwwwwwwwwww in awesome. That’s just how you roll 🙂 You are filled with awesome knowledge that would probably kick anybody’s butt in Jeopardy. I would totally have you on my team if Jeopardy had teams 🙂

      • TBM February 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

        I bet we’d make a good jeopardy team. Thanks for the kind words.

  2. bgddyjim February 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

    Congrats, you deserve the honors.

    • The Guat February 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

      Thanks buddy. It helped during my DayQuil and NyQuil disaster 🙂

  3. 76sanfermo February 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM #

    You deserve the award and you deserve being published !
    I really wish you all the best, my dear Guat!

    • The Guat February 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

      Thanks … hopefully that will happen sometime in the near future. Near is the key word here 🙂

  4. lameadventures February 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

    Gee, Guat, thanks for the shout out. I hope one day all your dreams come true. I feel like such a jerk for taking sooooooooooo long to get over here this week. It’s been a busy week, my home internet went on the fritz one night but worst of all, my boss has been around so much, it’s been impossible for me to do blog-reading while at The Grind. How inconvenient!

    • The Guat February 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

      No worries for taking your time. Sometimes the boss is right and work comes first. I welcome your visits whenever they come. They usually bring laughs 🙂

  5. Island Traveler February 25, 2013 at 4:15 AM #

    Congratulations my friend. Thank you for sharing this award. Truly an honor and a joy to have it and more that it’s coming from you, a blogger friend whose talent and heart shines beautifully every time. Somehow, you remind me of me. You stories shares a heart that celebrates both the joys, the pain, even the hardships we face from day to day. Life is not easy. How I wish sometimes I can have a break and just stay with my parents for a few months and not worry about the demands and problems of world. To be free . To be at peace. I hope and pray that life will be better if not awesome your you and your family. With faith , wishes do come true.

    • The Guat February 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

      Ahhhhh you so deserve it my friend. You are definitely an inspiration and I feel flattered that I remind you of you. Big compliment. And you are most definitely right life is not easy and sometimes parents help you out, but sometimes they help you toooooooooooo much and that drives me crazy 🙂 But sometimes you just gotta get through the tough times 🙂

  6. Cayman Thorn March 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    Guat- You made me blush. And your response to reliving a day has me all misty eyed now. Lemme tell you, any time you can get a Bronx boy to blush AND go water works without benefit of 80 proof, you’ve got something. And you do, got something. You’re keeping it real with every post you do, so you made it easy for me.
    I took a sabbatical from writing- two weeks- and I gotta say, I missed the writing something awful. But I also missed the peeps I’ve come to know and read. Thanks for being there.

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