juicy stuff

Author: angiem, 01 22nd, 2010

I’m torn when it comes to awards.  For the longest time I couldn’t figure out how to add them to my blog.  When I finally got it, I realized that maybe it had been best if I hadn’t.  It feels too much like a popularity contest, and in all fairness, I want everyone to be popular, because everyone is special in their own way (don’t I sound just like a grade school teacher saying that?).  However, it is so very rude to receive something and not accept it.

So with that in mind, here are my most recent awards.


Thank you Deb for thinking of me.  I truly feel honored that you’ve selected me as one of your recipients.  Please visit with Deb at #mce_temp_url#.   I love how deeply and purely Deb feels.  Her words give me goosebumps and tingles, and glue themselves to my heart.


Deb (not the same one, mind you)  at#mce_temp_url# wants me to tell you my deepest, darkest secrets.  Her blog is filled with wonderful ideas for writers, and I learn something new every time I visit.  Make sure you stop on by.

My last two awards: [happy+101.bmp] and


come from lovely Michelle at #mce_temp_url#.  Michelle loves books!  Apparently she, too, wants me to divulge my secrets.  Ha!  Go visit her and read her reviews.

And now, not to be a spoilsport, I will share 5 things about me.

1.  I am the oldest of 5 children.  That means I have grown up with a distorted view of my own authority in the family.  I believe it’s within my rights to boss people around.  Sadly, no one shares my feelings on this.

2.  I don’t like cats because of the insides of their ears.  When I was young, I got grossed out being able to see so far down in there.

3.  I am vain.  Yet I love chocolate.  I struggle daily between my love of self and love of chocolate.  Chocolate mostly wins.

4.  I used to love confrontation, now I hate it.

5.  When we came to the States we were brainwashed by a certain church we attended.  Some really weird things happened there.  There was a grown man, for instance, father of 10, who stood up in church one day and demanded that all girls over the age of 12 pin up their hair, as they were the cause of his impure thoughts.  All the girls were forced to pin up their hair AND cover their heads.  We had to wear long sleeves and dresses long enough to touch our ankles.  The guy continued to lead the church in prayer from time to time.  I was 14 when we left that church.  I was publicly accused of being a temptation because someone had seen me in the park wearing shorts and riding a bicycle.  Did I say, I was 14?  We left the church, and the state weeks after.  I could write a dozen books on the craziness that place inspired in others.

That’s it!  Now everyone, grab an award!  But before you leave, thank you for visiting me, and supporting me, and showing your love.


42 Responses to “juicy stuff”

  1. Renee Khan Says:

    Total juicy stuff. You are so interesting.

    Thank God you got away from that church before anything horrible happened.


    Going to try to sleep so goodnight God Bless you.

    Love Renee xoxox

  2. Jessica Says:

    Congrats on the awards! I know what you mean about getting them and giving them.

    Your honesty cracks me up. Chocolate is my dear friend too, even when I have to buy new jeans because the old ones don’t fit. But maybe that was the eggnog…*grin*

    I’m glad you escaped that “church”. I’ve heard of several like that. It’s so sad and such a perversion, I think.

  3. Diane Says:

    It is a little freaky looking down a cat’s ear. My cat is too skittish and furry, so I will never get to see down there. Glad you didn’t give up on God because of a crazy man. :O)

  4. deb @ talk at the table Says:

    I just love the bits about you. That’s the best part of these awards, really.

    Okay, that church part, are you kidding me????
    I don’t even know what to say.
    But I think at some point you could say more , and it would be very intriguing.

    thanks for the sweet words. you know they mean so much coming from you.
    I am the one who is wearing your heart in my soul…

  5. Couture Cookie Says:

    I enjoyed reading these little facts about you! However, I am having similar thoughts regarding awards… I appreciate receiving them, but typically don’t like having to answer all these little questions or rattle off facts about myself on my blog. It’s not supposed to be about me!

    Same goes for posting pictures… but as you know, now I did anyway, so you all know what I look like! I will go ahead and add you to my BF if you don’t mind. Hope you’re having a lovely day!


  6. Janna Qualman Says:

    Wow! I’m so fascinated by that story, and so glad your family had the presence of mind to leave the church. Wow!

    Angie, congrats on your awards. I’ve had a hard time knowing how to handle ‘em, too, because I don’t want to plaster them on my blog and seem like I’m tooting my horn. I finally decided to list the givers in my sidebar, and I think that works for me.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Jennifer Says:

    I understand how you feel about awards. This seemed like a fitting way to acknowledge them.

    And your church stories would be an interesting thing to read, but I also think your dislike of cats because of the inside of their ears is intriguing. Well, it wouldn’t make for good stories, exactly, but it is an interesting fact.

  8. French Fancy Says:

    See - the more I hear about religion the more I am convinced that it is not a Good thing.

    You thoroughly deserve all these awards but I’m with you on the not passing them on with the tags - it can become a burden for people. As you have done, far better to let those who want help themselves


  9. Bebe Says:

    Yay! Congrats Angie! Rightly deserved too. How can you say that about cats though? I have 2 and I love them like crazy!

  10. Karen@SurvivingMotherhood Says:

    I’m glad you aren’t a spoil sport. Cuz it was fun reading these tidbits about you. *grin*
    No one shares your view that you should be boss of everyone? What a pity! Maybe my daughter could help you with that. She is totally sweet, but she is definitely bossy. And her brothers seem to accept it. LOL!

    As for the cats, I don’t like them because they make my eyes itchy and watery. So I don’t even get close enough to them to look in their ears.

    And the church thing? I think it’s sad when people do that to God and one another. Glad you got out of there!

    Have a great weekend!

  11. She Writes Says:

    Chocolate is a fight for me too. The church thing–there is a full post in that alone. Perhaps many. Isn’t it sad/tragic what happens in God’s name? Where did you move to U.S. from? Another post :).

  12. Mama Zen Says:

    Sounds like that guy was the one who needed something pinned! Scary!

    Congratulations on the awards!

  13. Ava Says:

    I have a feeling most people don’t have any idea of who God is. I heard a sermon once that stuck with me. The reverend posed this question, “why do we mostly ignore the teachings of Jesus who preached love?”

  14. Kary Gonyer Says:

    Hi Angie..thanks for stopping by Farmhouse….so good to see you..
    I know, I feel the same way about the award thing. First, I just didn’t know how to get them on, now I can’t link…so I gave up. I feel bad…but am not too good in computerworld….

    loved reading your list though…

    have a great weekend, friend


  15. angiem Says:

    That church was a nightmare! I often think about the friends I made there. They’re all married, of course, with half a dozen kids. I’ve tried contacting a couple, but their husbands do not allow them to speak with me.

  16. laura Says:

    I love learning more about you, Angie! Woa about that church. Thank God your parents had the good sense to get you out of there. Now, I”m going to visit some of your friends.

  17. Holly L Says:

    Happy awards. I love awards, but “whew!” those wards posts usually take a long time to do!

    Sounds like a crazy church…hope we get to hear more…you little temptation you!

  18. Mary-Laure Says:

    I love the info you shared! Chocolate mostly wins in my inner struggles too - or anything chocolate-ey.
    It must have been really something growing up with 4 siblings, and I’d love for you to share some memories with us.

  19. Gigi Says:

    I adore your list, Angie, and love the details about your life that you choose to share with us. Chocolate usually wins for me, too! On a more serious note, I had a brainwashing experience at about the same age. While it didn’t last as long as yours, it had a tremendous impact on me then, and all these years later I still shudder when I think of it.

    Congratulations on the awards! Like you, I don’t post mine either, but it’s an honor to receive them!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my recent post, my friend! xo Gigi

  20. Susu Paris Chic Says:

    Hi Angie!

    You have deserved all those awards. Your blog is honest and deals with real issues. It often gives me lots to ponder as I go on my beloved long walks… my time to meditate.

    I’m glad that your traumatizing experience of a sick church environment didn’t cut you off from God. It does to a lot of people and who’d blame them. God is greater than any deranged person. Just keep loving him and loving life in all its colors. And most of all, keep enchanting us with your wonderful blogging!

  21. Francesca Says:

    I like this way of replying collectively to awards (I never considered how rude it would be not to accept them …), and I love your little stories. So, should I come to the US, no church, right:)?

  22. Bunny Says:

    Angie, It would be the polite thing for me to start off congratulating you on your well deserved blog awards, but I am just in shock over that story..OMG, you really need to write a book on this, I will be on the wait list to purchase it in advance my dear..very very juicy stuff indeed. thank God you all left that Church :)
    You are a wonderful writer!!

  23. Vanessa Says:

    Angie, you most certainly deserve every award you receive.
    Thank goodness your parents removed your family from that church. How degrading for young women and horrible “training” for young men. Ever heard of a little self-control…rather than blaming everyone else for your sinfulness? Sheesh! I could rant on but I won’t. :)
    Honestly, I don’t like cats either…hairy, dirty, snooty and those cold little noses. Ick! (Sorry to any cat lovers.)

  24. Daniela Boata Says:

    Very nice post Angie.

    Your language reads endearing, sincere and effortless.

  25. Deborah Says:

    I must say, that is the strangest reason I have ever heard for not liking cats! Congrats on your awards-you are a lovely writer.
    **blows kisses** Deb

  26. Ruth Says:

    I remember that church, but even after moving, we did not end up in one much better (in my opinion). This is the reason I’m very suspicious of organized religion, because it doesn’t matter which kind it is, if there are strong, tight rules, it turns people crazy regardless of the goodness it’s supposed to inspire.

    I understand your bossiness, I think we share it. I’ve really laid off it since I’ve left home, but in my case, I feel my siblings still look to me to take charge when it comes to getting us together. This year, I’ve really tried to keep some in the loop in the decision-making arena, and I’ve pushed them to come up with their own ideas. Sometimes it works.

  27. Ruth Says:

    By the way, you deserve all those awards, and more. You are an excellent writer and this is an excellent blog.

  28. krista Says:

    i am so so intrigued about the craziness. please write a dozen books.

  29. elizabeth Says:

    Congratulations on these well-deserved awards! And I loved learning a little about you — great, great idiosyncrasies!

  30. julie Says:

    OH Angie
    You are the best!!! You just said everything I feel about the whole awards thingy… I can’t say no because I truly appreciate people thinking of me.. but then I feel pulled to choose who to give them to.. hence last time I gave to all also… I also agree it feels funny for me to do an award post as well it seems like saying ‘look at me’.. How funny we are..

    Now I just love these ‘things’ about you.. haha what a laugh .. the cats ears is the best !! No… each one of them is equally fabulous!!! You are a treasure!! xx Julie

  31. Wendy Says:

    I am the oldest of 7 kids, so I have that same bossiness issue!
    That church sounds terrifying. I’m glad you left!
    Congrats on the awards–you are very deserving!

  32. Deb Says:

    Enjoyed your list! Congrats on the awards! (I have a hard time with them too)

  33. Lori Says:

    I feel sometimes that the awards (as nice and well-intentioned as they are) make this blogging thing look more like play than work. I like to think of it as a more professional endeavor. Anyway, I loved the story about that church. I am fascinated by the power of religious beliefs and religious leaders to keep people in a sort of trance and submissiveness. You have quite an interesting life. Lots to write about.

    Chocolate always wins!

  34. Stephanie Faris Says:

    Congrats! I’m the same way about awards. I had them displayed on my sidebar but I realized how much they were slowing my page loads down.

  35. Jeanne Says:


    You are deserving of every one and more! It is amazing what the oldest child gets to carry thru life isn’t it? I am the oldest of six and I think some of my personality quirks as I call them are related to my position in life…maybe that is why I to love chocolate too and managed to eat half the box tonight before the rest of the family could get to it…I just couldn’t help myself :)

  36. audrey Says:

    Angie you are too cute! i love the way you share stories of your journey, and even when painful it seems you still are able to see the picture and see the beauty and fun in life. love this post! thanks so much for the awards you share and the inspiration you give always.

    hug u!

  37. Jill Kemerer Says:

    Congratulations on the well-deserved awards! And that church sounds really weird. Glad you got out!

  38. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    What an interesting post! And thank you so much for stopping by my page - those macarons were sooo yummy - there is something about raspberry and dark chocolate, isn’t there? I want to try some new flavor combinations soon. And OH what a gorgeous photo of your daughter below - simply lovely. I really like your page and will definitely be back again!

  39. Miss Cavendish Says:

    Congratulations! Sometimes chocolate wins out with me–but only if it’s full of almonds!

  40. angiem Says:

    Thank you to all you lovely ladies who have commented. I hope you have grabbed the buttons you liked. You are all truly marvelous and special and bring so much pleasure to my days.

  41. Kirie Says:

    Congratulations on the awards. You are something special, and I’m glad people recognize it. I love your stories and the way you tell them.

    As for your secrets–ah, one more thing we have in common. I am the bossy-boss boss. Oldest child and all that stuff. My oldest daughter is falling into similar pattern, too, but my youngest isn’t having it. Interesting days around here!

  42. Kristin Says:

    Chocolate has been kickin’ my arse for years!

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