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15 Aug

I have been the very lucky recipient of several recognitions over the last few months.  Unfortunately, until now I haven’t been able to reciprocate due to my crazy schedule.

My friend Carissa at Everyday Adventures in Asia (mostly) nominated me for the Liebster Award.  This is the second time I have received that award, so I will not reply to the requirements again, but I wanted to thank Carissa for the shout out and really amusing posts regarding her adventures.


Mona at monahoward.com nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Award.

Wonderful team member award - bringing sunshine to others!

Wonderful team member award – bringing sunshine to others!

Many moons ago, Mona was actually responsible for my very first award – the Versatile Blogger.  Getting a double nomination from her and knowing that she has been one of my loyal readers for almost these two years is a great feeling.  The Wonderful Team Member Award I hadn’t heard of previously and I find it pretty interesting.  The rules are below:

1.The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.
2.The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little.
3.The Nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during 7 days.

Since I like to break the rules on awards, I will note some of the readers I most appreciate and a couple of new blogs, below.

The readers that have been with me the longest and continue to post comments and likes are those that I am happy to have “on my team.”  These include some special folks who don’t actually have blogs of their own –

– My good friend Valerie who commented at the beginning when I wasn’t sure anyone was reading along – and

– My parents (even though they don’t comment publicly, they often send me notes and call me regarding my blog content)

Then there are some other loyal blog followers whom I would like to thank – their blogs are also great!

Third Eye Mom who always has an interesting point of view

Expat Lingo – who posts on Hong Kong and the zaniness of life in Asia

Polly – who I have recently started following who teaches English in Russia – we bonded over shared stories of whether to wear slippers in the house!

Lady of the Cakes – who reminds me of my year in Spain

Sarah in Guangzhou – who is no longer in Guangzhou but continues to follow along and comment on my adventures.

No pressure to reciprocate or send the award out, but thank you for making me want to continue to blog!

I would also like to send a shout out to my readers in New Zealand.  Over the last few days I have had a huge uptake in readership.  When looking at the stats it appears that somehow, someone in New Zealand has found my blog and been reading it very closely.  I like to imagine it is the former tenants of my current apartment who were Kiwis.  However, since I never met them and have no idea who they are, I would guess it is some other New Zealander – but, thank you, whomever you are!

Finally, recently – Sherri at A View from my Summerhouse nominated me for The Inner Peace Award.  It is an award with no requirements – something pretty cool.  I like the idea that my blog can spread inner peace.  I post on lots of things – some peaceful, some not.  Take it for what you want!


And that’s this awards edition.  Please check out some of the wonderful individuals who have nominated me or who have followed me for the last two years.  Let’s hope I’m in it for another two!

Two more awards!

16 Dec
For me?  Thank you!

For me? Thank you!

Awards seem to me a bit like Christmas presents – something that you can enjoy and relive that connects you to other blogs.  Over the last quarter I have been lucky enough to be recognized by two additional bloggers.

Those awards were for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I had previous been nominated for the Inspiring Blogger award so this appears to be a step in the right direction.  Actually, since August I have had a marked increase in traffic here at Zhongguo Jumble and that has been an extremely rewarding experience as well.

The blogs that nominated me were The Retiring Sort (back in October) for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and Expatially Mexico (at the beginning of December) for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Both awards ask you to put the award into your site (done here) and thank those who nominated me and then answer some questions.  Thank you both for the honor.


The Super Sweet Blogging Award asks a few questions as well:

1) Cookie or cake? I choose cookies (especially Oreos) – or frosted Christmas cookies

2) Chocolate or vanilla? Ice cream – vanilla, most other things – chocolate

3) What is your favorite sweet treat? From the store – Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, from the kitchen – my mom’s pies

4) When do you crave sweet things the most? When I’m bored, or in late afternoon

5) If you had a sweet nickname what would it be?  One of the terms of endearment here in China (though I haven’t been called it) is 小甜瓜 (Xiao tian gua) which translates to Little sweet melon.  I’d choose that nickname.

Sweet banana split at The Parlour in my hometown

Sweet banana split at The Parlour in my hometown

I thought this nomination was interesting because while I do occasionally post on food it is not my only focus, but I do like to eat a lot, so it is fitting.


The Very Inspiring Blogging Award takes a slightly different tactic and asks me to share 7 things about myself. I’ve approached these requests in different ways – last time sharing things that I found inspiring. This time I’d like to share a few things that I am hoping to accomplish in the next year.  It’s a little early for New Year’s resolutions, but still within the right time frame.  I’m sure I’ll think of more, but these three seem to set up next year nicely.

1) Travel to another beach (perhaps Bali?) – I haven’t been to the beach since our wonderful trip at Chinese New Year to the Philippines and am craving sun and sand.

Sunset off Boracay

Sunset off Boracay

2) Have friends over to my apartment for a dinner cooked in my oven (after the oven is fixed).  Unfortunately two months after I moved in, the oven went kaput.  I am still waiting for a replacement part.

My first cake baked in the oven of my new apartment

My first cake baked in the oven of my new apartment

3) Travel to a place in China that is off the beaten path.  One chance may be Guizhou to deliver the desks to the school (we finally hit our goal!), but if that doesn’t work, I’d still like it to happen.

And finally, here are a few of my current reads that I’d like to share with you.  Please do stop by and check them out.

Expat Alien – My favorite part may be her Food Friday posts where she posts on delicious meals from all over the world.

Jots from a Small Apartment (who nominated me for one of my very first awards and still follows and comments today) – Jots writes fiction and poetry as well as shares her view on life.  One of my favorites.

ABC in Shanghai – I am certain we live within a 20 minute walk of each other, but lead very different lives in Shanghai.  We’ve never met, but I can relate to his posting on living here in Shanghai.

Roomaomao – This is another blog about living in Shanghai that has some great images.  Roomaomao also writes great comments on some of my posts, making me feel that I’ve hit a chord.

Thank you for following me this year!  Stay tuned… much more life to come!

Inspiring Blog Award

12 Aug

It seems appropriate that with the Olympics running down I have been recognized for an award from a fellow blogger who has really inspired me over the last several months.  More appropriate in this instance than a gold medal, the award is the “Inspiring Blog Award” and I was nominated by Nicole at the blog “Third Eye Mom.”  It was a nice gift that coincided with the one year anniversary of my blog and was also a validation for me that there are a few folks out there reading my jumbled up tales.

The purpose of this award is to share some additional information about myself as well as share other blogs that inspire me.  I already shared some random information about myself when I was nominated for two other blog awards earlier this year, so I thought that I would write a little about what inspires me and then share a couple of blogs that I follow as well.

A group of ND alumni and students – committed to my great university

I am inspired by people who work hard and commit to a goal that is greater than themselves.

The Family Group by Charles Umlauf taken in Austin, Texas

I am inspired by children and those who keep a child-like view of curiosity towards the world.


The first poppy of the season in northern Michigan’s late spring

I am inspired by blue skies, uplifting music, beautiful flowers and cooking a meal with family and friends.

The following blogs inspire me.  I hope they inspire you as well.

Expatially Mexico – is a delightful blog focusing on being an expat much closer to my home than I am, but still feels very familiar

Stupid Ugly Foreigner – writes on teaching English in Korea and how life can have many different meanings

Fiona Grows Food – follows the life of a garden in the UK

Kelly at Tales from Hebei – has tales of a foreigner in a similar situation as me, but in northern China

What inspires you?  Do you find my blog inspiring – if so, why?

I’ve been nominated for…

26 Apr

Two blog awards!

Over the last month or so I have been privledged to be nominated for two different blog awards.  The first nomination is from Mona who is at Ramblings for the Versatile Blogger award and the second nomination is from Jots from a Small Apartment at Jotsfromasmallapt for the Liebster award.  Thank you both Mona and Jots – knowing that others also enjoy my stories of life in China and Asia has been a very rewarding experience.

It has taken me awhile to figure out how I would like to respond to these two awards because lately I have been traveling quite a lot and although Zhongguo Jumble has now celebrated is 3rd quarter anniversary, I still consider myself a novice in this space.  After having read the background on each award, please find my response below.

The Versatile Blogger award asks for me to share seven things that most people don’t know about me.  I don’t include my family in this “don’t know about me” category as they know me best and the below should not be a surprise.

1) Despite the fact that I’ve lived and worked in China now for nearly 5 years, my first “other language”  was Spanish in Spain.  I lived in Spain for a year at university and my Spanish was better than my Chinese is now.

2) I most miss fresh avocadoes in China.  They sell them here but they are ungodly expensive and often not ripe at all.

3) If money were no object I would go back to university and progressively study different languages – first clean up my Spanish, then come back to Chinese, then German, then maybe Arabic…

4) I played the clarinet in Notre Dame’s orchestra for several concerts in college.

5) When I got my teaching certificate for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), I volunteered at the Chinese mutual aid society in Chicago.

6) I love to sing and used to sing at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  When I auditioned for a choir in China though they told me I wasn’t professional enough.  Singing is serious business in China!

7) I was interviewed at the auto show (in Chinese) in Shanghai several years ago and was on the Shanghai equivalent of the 6 o’clock news.  For the record – I’m for electric cars.

The Liebster Blog rules are as follows:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

As I’ve already thanked Jots and linked to her above, I’ve completed 1-3.

Actually, both the Versatile Blogger and Liebster ask to nominate my current favorite blog reads, so I’ll combine the two of them together in the below and will nominate them for the Liebster award on their blogs, not sure actually how many followers any of the below blogs have.

I’ve put four favorites below for you to check out.  Each has a different focus – so take a look!

Expat Lingo – I especially enjoy the comments on language learning.

Five and Spice – A great cooking blog that has had me drooling – and wishing for a foreign grocery store.

Everyday Epistle – A blog that keeps me down to earth with great insight and reminders of home in the States.

Sarah in Guangzhou – Guangzhou is a city in south China that I have visited several times for work.  I linked through another of my favorite China blogs, her point of view has me laugh because it is so right!

So thank you again to Mona and Jots for giving me the opportunity to share a little more about me and some of my favorite blogs.

Any other favorites that you have that I should check out?

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