The Versatile Blogger Award

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A big shout out to K.M. at the Ankor You blog for nominating me for the versatile blogger award! This modern Renaissance Woman has it all going on, from fashion and glamour to the scary world of dating, telling it like it is with wit, humor and class! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, head on over – what are you waiting for?

I’m super psyched to receive this nomination, because I often wonder if my blog is too ‘all over the place’. Variety is the spice of life, but being bombarded by a dozen different things can get a little annoying. Alas, my fears have been allayed – you like me, (at least one person 😉 ) really likes me!

The rules: 

Because they’re super awesome for realizing your super awesomeness, thank the person that nominated you, and include a link to their blog.

Share the love and joy and nominate 15 blogs of your choice.

Then, time to confess! Share 7 facts about yourself.

Seven Facts about me:

  1. I am owned by two terriers, a tall, wire haired Jack Russell named Tempest, and a Schnauzer mix named Sullivan. These rescue pups rule all of Terrierland (my house) with an iron paw, but are so sweet and loving that you can’t help but adore them. I highly suspect that my husband married me for the dogs.
  2. Since moving to New Hampshire last year, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with moose. If you’ve never seen one, they’re like a cross between a horse and a camel and for some strange reason I could stare at them all day.
  3. I’ve been writing stories since I could write words. There’s a trunk at my parents’ house filled with treasured titles ranging from Midget 314 (please excuse the un-PC title – I was eight) to Rainbow Valley to The Beast.
  4. I’ve completed 3 novels. None are published, but my queries have met with mild success and I have high hopes that one day you’ll be able to find something I’ve written on the shelves of your local bookstore.
  5. I am the mistress of the universe when playing the game Clue. I’m not being cocky when I say that I can’t be beat. Okay, so maybe these are the skills I went to college for, but I was the reigning champ long before then.
  6. I originally wanted to get a doctorate in zoology. Turns out there’s three years of Calculus required for that, which kind of squashed that dream. So I changed to archaeology, which was fascinating, but not likely to pay the bills. I ended up with degrees in Crime Scene Technology and Physical Anthropology. I now only use all that hard earned knowledge for which I am still paying for while writing fiction or playing Clue, but make no mistake about it – I’ve seen dead people. I just don’t want to see any more.
  7. I am currently in the exact middle of conquering the 48 NH 4,000 footers, which means I have hiked to the summit of 24 of the peaks reaching over 4,000 feet in the state of New Hampshire. Only 24 left to go!

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Liebster Award! And my nominees are . . .



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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by K.M. Sutton, owner of the awesome Ankhor You blog. If you haven’t checked out this WordPress smorgasbord of fashion, humor and life, what are you waiting for? Click on over!

Blogging awards aren’t just a great way to show (and spread) the love – they’re a way to get to know the blogger behind the words.

The terms of engagement are:

Acknowledge the Blogger who nominated you and display the award.

Answer 11 questions that the Blogger gives you.

Nominate 5-11 Blogs that you think are deserving of the award.

Let the Bloggers know that you have nominated them.

Give them 11 questions to answer.

Answers to K.M.’s Questions:

1) What is your song of summer?

Who Let the Dogs Out – Just kidding. Summer always has me singing Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf. I don’t know why.

2) Do you have a secret talent?

Yes. But if I tell you, it won’t be a secret anymore.

3) What made you start blogging?

I wanted to get back into one of my passions (writing). Even though my bliss is in           fiction, all writing exercises the creativity muscle.

4) Coffee or tea?

Coffee!!!! But I’ll drink either.

5) What city or country are you dying to visit?

Iceland – I think that it’s got to be one of the coolest places on Earth.

6) What is a fun fact about yourself?

I can frequently be found leading a puppy parade.

7) Do you prefer the book version or movie adaption? 

99.9% of the time, the book version.

8) Nude lipstick or red lipstick?

Neither, I think it tastes funny.

9) What is your favorite app or site? 

Goodreads! Friend me! I want to know what you’re reading!

10) What is one beauty product you can not live without? 

Flavored Chapstick.

11) What is something you are looking forward to in the next few months? 

Traveling more. I get restless leg syndrome without a change of scenery.

Blogger Recognition Award

I’ve been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by Trina at It’s Good to Be Crazy Sometimes, an awesome lifestyles blog with some great advice. You should definitely check it out!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  • Display the award on your post and write about it.
  • Give a brief history on your blog itself.
  • Offer a piece of advice to new and upcoming bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you wish to nominate.


I started my blog, Adventures in Thirty-Something, in 2013 as a way to get back into writing. The year before, I had moved across the country from my home state of Florida to Massachusetts (I’ve since found my way to the mountains of New Hampshire), and I realized that between work, life and obligations, I was failing to make time for the things I enjoy. This realization came to me one hectic morning as I rushed to get the dogs walked, eat, and get out the door in time to fight traffic on my way to work. I stared into the bathroom mirror wild eyed, hair crazy, doing my best Jack Nicholson sneer while thinking, “All work and no play makes Shannon a dull girl.” So I decided to put the ax down and do something about it. I blog about my adventures, whether they be in hiking, reading (book reviews), photography, the kitchen, my struggle as a writer, or anything else that catches my fancy. Hope you enjoy it!

My Advice to new and upcoming bloggers is to write for yourself first. If you enjoy what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter if a post gets 2 likes or 2000 . . . but, if exposure is what’s important to you, then actively network by reading other blogs, liking their content, commenting, and making new friends in the blogosphere. (Also, ALWAYS read what you’ve written and give it a quick edit before you post.)

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