I’m not gonna get all Sally Field here . . .

and title this “She likes me, she really likes me!” See? I totally didn’t title the post that!

I’m not gonna lie, I love getting comments.
The best thing about having a Smart Phone – other than being able to track my runs via GPS – is getting my emails right there in the palm of my hand 24 / 7 / 365 so that when a comment is left here on my little corner of the blogosphere I know instantly! And I can come bask in the glow of the love and adoration.

So you can imagine my shock, surprise, and yes I got all choked up when I read this comment not so very long ago:
Hi again, JFT aka Jules (or so I see)! I nominated you for (which means you receive) an Inspiring Blog Award. Your blog is one that immediately caught my attention and still holds it. I love your insights into the practice of running and the runner’s mind. I’ve provided a link on my blog to yours. Follow the rather flexible rules of the award (outlined on my blog) if you will. In any case, this gave me the opportunity to let you know of my continued support of your blog!
First that I was nominated at all, but also that I was nominated by a blogger who is what I consider A Real Blogger.

There are, of course, responsibilities that incumbent upon the recipient of such an honor. The rules of this award state (according to Holly’s exhaustive rules and possible rewrites) that I must:
1) Nominate fellow bloggers for this award and state why;
2) Give seven personal revelations about myself that would not ordinarily appear on my blog; and
3) publicly thank my nominator (I am still blown away, seriously), providing a link to that blog.  THANK YOU HOLLY!!!

First up my nominees for The Inspiring Blog Award

Pot of Manna is, in addition to being a very dear friend of mine, a blog written about faith from the perspective of someone who has had every reason to abandon hers but hasn’t. The genuine kindness and empathy of having had one’s life not necessarily be what was ‘planned’ shows through in every word. The never-ending hope and faith that sometimes comes naturally, but is also sometimes hard-fought is a a beacon to me when I need it most.

Run. Dog. Cat. Me. is a blog about running. And a dog. And a cat. And Me. Not ME “Me”. It’s about Terri Lee the “Me” of the blog title. Terri Lee is one of the people responsible for the Women’s Running Training Program that is responsible for my presence here in my little corner of The World Wide Web. Terri Lee is smart, funny, open, occasionally downright heartbreaking, and all of it is 100% Real. Just like Me. Her “Me”, not me “Me”.

rebuildingholly – my generous benefactor – is another of those Just Flat-Out Real bloggers. And that’s what makes her inspiring. I also have a huge amount of admiration for the results she got from the 5K she was part of putting together this year. 1,000+ participants and $25,000 raised?! Totally my hero! And. You have to ask her about The Poo Bag. (Sorry for the edit of the title Holly, but I can’t say “s**t” in my blog because my mom might actually be reading and then I’d have one in a tree of my own! I knew you’d understand.

Minimalist Living is just plain admirable for the way he lives his life.
HCRP and I occasionally joke about divesting ourselves of all the extraneous crap in our lives and moving into an RV to “simplify our lives”. And I’ve started to say “Here honey, read this blog and we’re going to start divesting of stuff!” In fact I may have actually uttered the words. But at the moment I am still too attached to the security of my ‘stuff’ despite the discomfort being weighed down by it all sometimes brings. Which is probably why this blog inspires me so much. And no, I don’t comment often, because there are in fact limits to even my hypocrisy and this is one of them.

DR RACHEL RUNS is:
A doctor which means she survived med school.
She lives, and therefore runs, in New England. In Winter. That’s just craziness right there. Inspiring and admirable craziness, but craziness nonetheless.
She is a Pace Per Mile Reporter. That requires some serious running and some serious blogging about running.
And she’s a doctor.

365 Days of Pure Vegetarian © I love cooking and I am a vegetarian (lacto-ovo-pescatarian variety) so what could be better than a vegetarian blog?
I’ll tell you what!
A vegetarian cooking blog that posts absolutely visually stunning pictures of food!
Even if you never make the recipes the images alone are a feast for the eyes.

And finally . . .
Brain Tomahawk is another blogger who I am honored to say is also a personal friend. He’s smart, funny, makes up some of the best ever made-up words, and our friendship disproves the myth that Yankees (he’s an actual New York City Yankee, not just someone who lives north of Nashville) and Southerners can’t get along. We have singlehandedly transcended The Mason Dixon Line.
And he cooks.
And loves cats.

Seven Random Facts
I am allergic to oatmeal, it breaks me out in hives. Yet it is one of my favorite foods. There are times when I absolutely crave it. To the point that I’ll eat an oatmeal raisin cookie (maybe six) with a Benadryl chaser and just nap through the hives.

I have no middle name. None. Never have had. It’s not like I had one and left it somewhere and it never showed up in the Lost and Found. I just don’t have one. My mother once offered to pay to legally change my name to add one, but I couldn’t think of one I liked to go with Julianne.

Artificial sweeteners make me violently ill. Even if I don’t know they’re an ingredient in something I end up nauseous and develop a near-migraine level piercing headache. I consider myself akin to a canary in a coal mine with them since I am firmly convinced they are one of the worst things we can put into our bodies. I refer to them as “rat poison”.

If I tell you “I have no opinion” or “I don’t care” I have no opinion and I don’t care. I’m not just dodging the question. When I do have an opinion or care one way or the other about something you’ll know. (See above for a perfect example.)

I have a very good nose for wine. This was HCRP’s contribution to this list when I asked him for another random fact about me.  I suppose it’s no coincidence that one of my favorite running headbands says “Will Run for WINE”.

I love NCAA Football! I am a Nebraska Cornhusker Fan.
I am not particularly thrilled with all this conference hopping that’s going on and the current configuration of The Big Twelve really having ten teams and The Big Ten really having twelve teams is like one of those “If a man gets on a train in Cleveland that’s traveling 500 mph and Mary has eleven apples then what does purple smell like?” math word problems to me.

Which leads us to the final random point about me that woudn’t otherwise be revealed on this blog:
I suck at math. Really, I do. I can do simple, single digit addition and subtraction in my head but past that if there isn’t a Schoolhouse Rock ditty to help me remember it – I’m toast.

So.
There you have it.