Happy Friday, Fancy Oatmeal readers!! The final count-down to the weekend has started, yet it left me wondering what I would post about. I discovered that I was nominated to complete a “7 Links” posting by the lovely and wonderful Kristen at Swanky Dietitian. Thanks for the shout out! I hope you enjoy and with that, on with the show!
1. My most beautiful post
My mind immediately went to posts that feature St. Paul Island, where I currently teach. This post is about my first outdoor run after the winter winds and temps died down enough to let me enjoy the fresh air. I love that this is what I get to look at when I can get outdoors to run.
2. Most Controversial
I am with most bloggers in that most of the topics that I touch aren’t all that touchy, but I did have a few posts that featured an end-of-the-year activity at my school that could have turned stomachs. It featured our students hunting for Chuchkiis, a small bird that was a staple item to their ancestors. We tried to recreate the same techniques that the Aleuts would have used 100 years ago. So if you’re not a hunter and you love animals, you might want to pass over this post. And you’ll probably want to pass up the accompanying post about cooking soup with the Chuchkiis.
3. Most Popular Post
The post that got the most hits was about the night Dear Hubby and I went to see “Super Eight.” Now I’m not so sure it was the most popular because of the movie, J.J. Abrams, or my fantastic whit and humor, but because of this gentleman:
4. Most Helpful Post
Without hesitation, I went right for my post about half-marathon training. I am like a blind kitten on a paper bag when it comes to knowing how often, how long, and what pace to run at, let alone to prepare for a major major race. So I cited help from Hal Higdon and prepared my own training schedule that wouldn’t put me in the hospital, mental or physical needs both apply here.
5. Surprise Success Post
When it comes to healthy eating options, we don’t often think of pizza. At least I didn’t for a long time; and in fact I have written off most pizzas and distributors as “untouchable.” And I’ve held to my guns, successfully for almost 8 years. I will participate in a healthy pizza now and again. The post that surprised me in its popularity was when I compared myself to pizza, in all its glory.
6. Most Unappreciated Post
Poor, sad, and lonely post about the Bering Sea Days event that takes place every year on our island. I was shocked that it didn’t get more hits than what it did, seeing as it featured this little guy:
7. Post of Which You are Proudest
It has to go without saying that my most proud post was that in which I was able to say I completed my very first 15k road race. It was on July 10th of this past year; the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica, NY. I hadn’t planned on running this race, but the 5k. The day before the event, I offered to run in place of my sister, who was four months pregnant at the time. It is what prompted me to start seriously training to be able to participate in and finish a half-marathon.
I would now like to officially hand over the “7 Links” torch to the following fabulous bloggers:
Sarah @ Sarah’s Modern Bites
Lindsey @ In Sweetness and In Health
Tara @ Texas Runner Girl
(I apologize if you’ve already posted a 7 Links blog; please take it as a compliment that I want to see the best of your best)