While the jester was away…

… the awards piled up!!

Thank you for all the awards!  Thank you for continuing to stop by the matticus kingdom while I’m busy taking care of the prince and the wife.  Thank you for showing all my guest bloggers love!  (And anyone that wants to guest blog can still do so, just send me an email at djmatticus@yahoo.com).


The Seeker nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

very-inspirational-blogger from Bite Size of Canada
The Rules:
1. Display the award logo.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.

a. I very recently became a first time father
b. I very recently welcomed a prince into the kingdom
c. I very recently changed my very first diaper ever
d. I’ve changed a whole bunch since then and it’s only been two weeks
e. Some nights I get more sleep than I used to (broken up, of course, but more over all)
f. Other nights I get far less sleep than I used to
g. I don’t think I’ve entirely lost my mind yet… but, that is only a matter of time

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

a. Not Quite Alice
b. The Cheeky Diva
c. Princess Rosebud
d. Jen
e. The Foodie Farmer


Not Quite Alice nominated me for the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness:

Im so Epic.
The Rules:
1. Tell 10 epic and/or awesome facts about yourself.  That’s it.

a. – g. See Above
h. Yes, I know I’m cheating
i. I’m okay with that, even though I’m an Eagle Scout
j. I believe that some rules in life are meant to be bent, and others broken

2. Pass it on to 10 bloggers you think are awesome and/or epic–or both.

a. Matrone Bell
b. The Scribbler
c. Mr. Atheist
d. Revis Edgewater
e. A Way With Words
f. Kim


Kim (at Tranquil Dreams) nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award:

liebster award
The Rules:
11 questions?  A picture? 200 followers?
There weren’t really clear directions on what to do with this one.  I’ve accepted this particular award before following some rules and disregarding others… and this time around I think I’ll just pass it along to some well deserving bloggers and let them decide for themselves want they want to do to go along with the nomination.  You can see what I did before here if you are looking for some more clearly defined instructions.

a. Julie’s Chick Lit
b. TheImaginator
c. UndercoverL
d. DesertRat
e. The Seeker


UndercoverL bestowed upon me the Most Influential Blogger Award:

Most Influential Blogger
The Rules:
1) Accept the award.  (Gratitude is always welcome.)
2) List 5 things that have influenced you in some way.

a. JD‘s posts always make me think.  Plus he let’s me call him JD (in homage to Scrubs) and in my head I hear him conveying his messages in the voice of James Earl Jones.
b. Rarasaur is, well, the most influential dinosaur I know.  She’s creative, she’s upbeat, she even start hosting her own “prompts for the promptless series” to provide additional inspiration to those of us needing a little push towards the creative.
c. Gordon of Anyone’s Ghost tells like it is, or like he sees it, and isn’t afraid to let it out all and see where the words take him.  Sometimes they are raw, but they are always the truth, and they are always powerful.
d. Steph makes me laugh and cry and think and ponder and squirt milk out of my nose.  She’s amazing like that.
e. TwinDaddy lets his multiple personalities (and brothers) run wild on his blog.  Reading his blog helped me unleash the jester here in the kingdom.

3) Nominate other bloggers (no specific number) that have influenced you.

 – I’m nominating the 5 listed above.

4) Bling your Blog!

Lovely and Inspiring

I’ve been nominated for three awards!  In less than 24 hours.  Oh my, oh my, and oh my…

AnnaDango nominated me for the Liebster Award – which due to some requirements (“new” blog and/or fewer than 200 followers) I have to decline.  But you should all check out this and this

What did you think?  Good stuff, right?  Right.  I hope you clicked on the follow button while you were over there so you can ride along with the Rat Diaries.


Ever had an addiction?  Steph has, and you can read about it here.  Once you are there, and I know you will click on these links because the power of my words compels you, you will also see that she has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Or, for those who need pictures, this:

proper one-lovely-blog-award

It is kind of lovely isn’t it?  The award that it is.  My blog is … well, boring, plain, default.  Perhaps the words aren’t.  That may be up for some debate, but Steph at least seems to think they are lovely, and considering the source that is quite the compliment.  So, take a moment, right click on either of the two links above and open in a new window.  Or, you can open this link as well: http://stephrogers.com/2013/02/06/daily-prompt-call-me-maybe/.  Go.  Read.  Now.  Enjoy. 

Yes, in that order.  I’ll wait.


Okay, she’s amazing right?  Glad we agree.  Now, on to business:

7 Things About Me:

1 – I may or may not have an addiciton to movies, battery acid, and/or grumpy cat memes.
2 – I’m a gemini.  I’m a gemini.  (Wait, did I just say that twice?)
3 – My favorite web comics are probably CAD and Questionable Content.
4 – I was accepted to college as a Bio-Chem major, graduated with a degree in Psychology and working in Banking.  It all kind of makes sense to me.
5 – I use: Way. Too. Much. Punctuation, in my writing.  Hmm, maybe you already knew that?
6 – I used to do crazy things on my rollerblades.  Crazy.  Things.  (See, what did you I tell you about the punctuation?) 
7 – I sometimes wonder when I’m going to feel like an adult.  Does that happen all at once?  Is it happening gradually over time?  Will it happen when I become a parent?  Will it happen when my parents aren’t around anymore?


(Drum roll please.)  And the new nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award are:





In other news, TheLoneSheWolf nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:


After you’ve clicked on those links, you should click on this one too:


(Links, links, links – this post is just one giant link fest, isn’t it?)

And now we are all agreed, yes?  Fantastic, yes?  Great!

7 things about me:

1 – I feel like we pretty much already covered 7 things about me today.
2 – I feel pretty much well loved through my blog.
3 – I feel happy, oh so happy.  (sing song)
4 – I feel like being silly.  Maybe I should go to Camelot?
5 – I feel like if you have made it this far down in this post you are my hero.
6 – I feel like if you have made it this far, and you leave a comment, and you click on all the links, you will be whatever is above hero status in my book.
7 – I feel like “7” is one too many things to have to post about myself. 

(Second drum roll please).  And the nominations for the Very Inspring Blog Award are:




What do you mean? African? Or European?

I was nominated by Jodi Lea for The Liebster award: recognition for bloggers who are “up and coming” – meaning they have less than 200 followers, or have recently published their blog.


I haven’t done any of the research myself, but per Jodi Lea: “Not to be confused with the WordPress.com sponsored blog awards, the Liebster is a blogger generated award that provides links to new bloggers, a chance for your readers to know you better, and increase publicity for your blog.”  That sounds pretty nifty to me.

Unfortunately I can’t accept this award as I have surpassed the 200 follower maximum to receive it.  Hmm, or is that actually, a fortunately I can’t accept this award because so many of you have already found me and think I’m awesome? 

However, for fun, I’m going to play along with at least part of the rules:

Upon receiving the nomination, you are required to do the following:
a. Tell 11 things about yourself
b. Answer 11 questions asked by the nominating blogger
c. Nominate 11 new bloggers
d. Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominated
e. Inform the bloggers you choose

a. Tell 11 things about yourself something silly
a.01 – We had pet desert tortoises growing up.
a.02 – We got a couple of them as hatchlings.
a.03 – They were small enough that two of them could fit in the palm of my hand, and I was pretty small at the time too.
a.04 – As they grew they turned into social creatures that would follow us around the backyard hoping for a treat and biting our toes if we ignored them.
a.05 – One of their favorite treats was grapes.  It was always pretty entertaining to watch them eat one.
a.06 – Mature desert tortoise bites hurt more than you’d think.
a.07 – One of them we named Herby.  He was super speedy.  You might even say he had a bit of turbo in him.
a.08 – All of them figured out how to escape from the backyard at one time or another.
a.09 – They are much smarter than you’d think too.
a.10 – I sat here for a good five minutes but couldnt’ think of anything else related to them to share.
a.11 – Oh wait!  No, never mind…

b. 11 questions asked by Jodi Lea  – and my answers:
b.01 – As a kid (or older) when you pretended to be someone else, who were you and why did you want to be them? – Superman, because he was a super man.  It seems pretty self-explanatory.
b.02 – Have you had your “15-minutes of fame” yet? How did it happen? (If it hasn’t happened, how would you like it to happen?) – Nope.  Don’t want 15 minutes of fame.  I’m much greedier than that.  I need at least a good 30 minutes or so, and if it can be about something I’ve written that would be fantastic.
b.03 – If you could change one thing about your personality – what would it be and why? – Nothing, because I’m perfect.  Oh, alright.  I guess I could stand to be a bit more humble for obvious reasons.
b. 04 – What was the last novel you read? Would you recommend it? – George RR Martin’s – Dance with Dragons.  Yes and I have several times.  I’m not sure why you haven’t read it yet.  (Oh, but you should probably start with a Game of Thrones and read the whole series in order or you’ll be really lost.  “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”)
b.05 – Who was/is your favorite teacher, and why? – My parents because they actually parented.  It was hard on all of us, but I learned a lot and am better for it.  Except for that whole humbleness thing…
b. 06 – Besides writing, tell us about one of your other talents. – I’m very good at sitting on my couch and watching TV when I should be editing something I’ve written.
b.07 – Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? – That happened during one of my previous lives and the details are a bit fuzzy.  I think I was probably sitting on a couch somewhere though.  My current life didn’t start until 1981.
b.08 – You wrote a novel about your life growing up, and now Hollywood is making a movie based on that novel. Which actor/actress would you want to play you, and why? – Vigo Mortensen, because he is the king and it is good to be the king.  It would need to be directed by Mel Brooks though to make sense.
b.09 – What was your favorite TV show when you were in grade school?  What about now? – The Simpsons then and now.
b.10 – What are your top 3 pet peeves? – Lists, answering questions presented in list form, and answering questions that want a list as part of the answer.
b.11 – Do you like your first name? If not, what would you change it to? – I do like my first name.  But, if I didn’t, I’d change it to Bill or George. Anything but Sue!

c. Nominate 11 6 7 8 new bloggers (yes, yes, I’m a terrible person only nominating 6 7 8 instead of 11, maybe I’m not perfect after all):
c.01 – http://desertskys.wordpress.com/about/
c.02 – http://kkline922.wordpress.com/about/
c.03 – http://alpheba.wordpress.com/about/
c.04 – http://alpinemummy.wordpress.com/about/
c.05 – http://robinclaire.wordpress.com/me/
c.06 – http://myselves33.wordpress.com/about/
c.07 – http://girlycamping.com/about/
c.08 – http://rubiesandduels.wordpress.com/about/

d. 11 6 7 8 questions to the bloggers I nominated (hey, it’s only fair they have less to answer if I’m nominating fewer of them, right?  There must be a correlation in there somewhere.  I used to be good at math to figure out those sorts of things but my brain doesn’t understand numbers anymore – something about too much time on the couch):
1. What is your name?  (How did you decide on the name you chose for your blog and your blogger personality?)
2. What is your quest?  (What is the purpose of your blog?  What do you write?  What do you get out of it?)
3. What is your favorite color?  (Seriously just asking about your favorite color.)
4. What is the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?  (This is sort of a bonus question – Google or Wikipedia might be able to help.  I will accept an answer for either the African or European variety.)
5. What is your favorite Monty Python movie or sketch?  And why?  (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…)
6. How much do you hate lists?  (You can answer this question any way you like: comparison, a picture representation, with a list, a number on a scale (out of 5 out of 10 out of 42), etc…)
7. If you were a woodchuck, how much wood would you chuck?  (See question 6 for suggestions on acceptable answers.)
8. If you could be any character from TV or film, who would you be and why?  (Moe from the Simpsons so you could own your own bar?  Princess Leia from Star Wars because she looks good and knows how to fight?  Or Beatrix A Kiddo from Kill Bill for that matter?  Indiana Jones because he is awesome? etc…)

e. I Informed the bloggers I chose via the pingback links in section “c.”