I Could Get Used to This Kind of Thing! (At First I Said No…)


I am happy to share with you, my beloved readers, that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by Bipolarmama.

Thank you Bipolarmama!


The enlightening Bipolarmama blogs at http://thebipolarmama.wordpress.com.  

Before I get into the nitty gritty about this distinction, forgive me for a slight digression, as I’m prone to do – at least it’s related to the concept of awards and what they mean to us.  

Most of you are too young to remember the actress Sally Field.  I knew who she was in part because her son Peter was in my L.A. high school chemistry class; her films were definitely out of my teenager scope of interest.  

Ms. Field gave a famous Academy Award acceptance speech for her second Best Actress award that she received for the film “Places In The Heart”.  During this speech she said twice that she didn’t “feel it” the first time she received an Academy Award for the role she played in “Norma Rae.  However, after winning her second award, she triumphantly declared to the audience,

“I haven’t had an orthodox career.  And I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect…YOU LIKE ME, RIGHT NOW, YOU LIKE ME!”

To watch go to http://www.ontheredcarpet.com/Sally-Field-finds-out-the-Academy-likes-her—Oscar-History-Video/8517653

Field has been parodied for this speech ever since she gave it, but I love how she’s so transparent with her insecurity, especially since she’s addressing such a ruthless, cynical, judgmental crowd.  Now, I’m no actress (although I’ve been told I’ma drama queen) but I relate to Field’s  insecurity in regard to my writing.  

I LOVE winning any award for writing because it makes me feel like you like me (well, you like my writing!), right now, you like it! 😉

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, guess what?  At first I declined the Liebster.  I said “thanks, but no thanks!” for several reasons.  The main reason was that it was one of those days where I felt completely overwhelmed with life. I wasn’t depressed, but I felt depleted from being woken up each day at 4:30 a.m. by a certain adorable fluff of a puppy.

I didn’t think I could handle doing one more task; you see, being nominated for a Liebster Award is easy, but earning it requires a bit of work – you can’t just rest on your laurels and spoon in the Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food like I was hoping I could do.

What is a Liebster Award?

In a nutshell, it’s a peer-appointed award that was “created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers, welcome them to the blogosphere, and build the blogging community.”  Of course the award also recognizes high-quality writing. 

The four rules are as follows:

1) I must provide 11 facts about myself (I know you just read some facts about me  if you read my Very Inspiring Blogger post – well, here are yet more facts, and then you’ll really know me!)

2) Answer 11 questions created by my nominating party Bipolarmama

3) Nominate 11 blogs

4) Provide them with 11 questions to answer

Okay, so I here I go again.  

Dyane’s Glorious 11 Facts

1) I’m terrified of spiders. (Isn’t everyone?)  But I can kill big, freaky ones if necessary.

2) If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be Kona-Kailua, Hawaii or the North Island of New Zealand.

3) I consider chocolate to be one of the four food groups.

4) I consider coffee to be another one of the four food groups.

5) I believe in psychics, although I’ve never met with one.

6) My favorite band is Crowded House.

7) I love essential oils such as orange, lavender and jasmine.

8) My Sheltie dog Tara was the flower girl at my wedding.

9) I have an IQ of 152. (or so I was told…)

10) I’m into namedropping as well as I.Q.-dropping.  (Ahem, Sally Field?)

11) After being around bipolar for 44 years (first with my Dad, then with me) I’ll never consider bipolar disorder to be a “blessing”, despite my usually wanting to see the good in everything.

Questions submitted to Dyane by Bipolarmama

1) What is your favorite color? Why?

It’s purple, because it makes me happy to look at it & I think it lowers my blood pressure!

2) If you could have one wish, what would it be? (Be Honest)

To finish my book and get a great publisher!  Honest!!!!

3) Pick a song that defines you. Why that song?

Neil Finn of Crowded House wrote “Nobody Wants To” which discusses the stigma he encountered after his best friend Paul Hester hung himself.  I relate to it because it applies to any kind of mental illness stigma, which I’ve faced time and time again, and it just speaks to me.

4) If you could travel to one place, where would you go?

Back to the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii — when I’m not severely depressed like I was last year – I want my do-over!

5) Who is your hero? Why?

My husband, for putting up with me for the past sixteen years both pre-biplolar-diagnosis and post-bipolar-diagnosis, and for supporting my writing.

6) What makes you smile?

My American Collie mix puppy Lucy – she’s the apple of my eye, and my children aren’t even jealous because they adore her too.

7) What made you chose the topic you blog about?

Postpartum (childbirth-triggered/PPBD) bipolar disorder has been the predominant theme in my life for seven years, and I find it therapeutic to write about it.

8) If you could live in any time period, when you would you choose it to be?

After reading and loving Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon I’d live at the turn of the century, despite the fact there was no central heating or television.

9) If you had to give up one of your senses, which would you choose?

Smell – I actually went to high school with a young woman who lost her sense of smell and she had a great attitude.

10) What was your favorite movie as a child?

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” had an amazingly profound influence upon me.

11) What is your favorite way to unwind?

Well, it used to be booze, but now it’s reading blogs on my WordPress reader.  I’d say that’s a positive change, wouldn’t you?  Thank God for the blogosphere!


Note to anyone who declines, which I totally understand if you choose to do so – just let me know, for there are other worthy blogs I could contact in your honor!  Also, you can have more than one Liebster Award!  For more info. about the Liebster visit: http://wordingwell.com/the-liebster-award-the-official-rules-my-first-blog-award-and-a-few-personal-secrets-revealed 

1) Kitt O’Malley – Life with Bipolar Disorder and Thoughts About God

2) Passionate Reason – the blog of L.E. Henderson http://www.passionatereason.com/

3) A Bipolars Reality

4) Shedding Light on Mental Illness

5) WhyteKnucklez


7) Struggles of a Bipolar Woman

8) inthisisbeauty

9) Adrienne’s Chat Lounge

10) This bipolar mom – mama with training wheels

11) Come Unglued

Thank you for reading this, and I’ll “see” you here on Friday.  That’s the first day my two girls are out of school, and summer officially begins in our household.  God knows what I’ll be writing about! 

have a good day!!!





20 thoughts on “I Could Get Used to This Kind of Thing! (At First I Said No…)

  1. Thank you very much Dyane, but like you I have to say no right now. I feel honored that you would nominate me, but I have way too much going on right now to be included. Thank you a million times over ❤

  2. No problemo, Becca! :))) Thanks for letting me know right away, sweetie! I know that you’ll be nominated for one of these awards from someone else in the future.

    You are so conscientious even when times are incredibly challenging the way they are right now for you- at some point I’m gonna create the “MOORESTORMS AWARD” given to the coolest people on the planet. They will win a lifetime supply of ice cream cones! 😉 xoxo

  3. You have been nominated for a Liebster award! Visit the following link for more information:


    Your 11 questions:
    1. What is your favourite colour?
    2. Who is your favourite band?
    3. What is your favourite movie?
    4. Who is your favourite actor/actress?
    5. Why do you choose to blog?
    6. What makes you happy?
    7. What do you despise?
    8. Where did you grow up?
    9. How important is family to you?
    10. Are you religious?
    11. Who inspires you?

    • Dearest N. Eleanore S. – thank you so much for the Liebster award nomination. While I’ve read that it’s fine to accept more than one award, I’ll stick with one – that’s plenty for me! :))) I am so honored to have you follow my blog, and for your wonderful support as well. Sending you lots of love! xoxoxoxox Dyane

  4. Congratulations Dyane, and as a denizen of the North Island of NZ (Wellington city to be precise) it’s always cool to see where you live mentioned. 🙂

    you certainly deserve recognition for your blogging!



    • Thank you SO much for your kind comment, James. I went to Wellington briefly to see a Dave Dobbyn/Annie Crummer concert waaay back in 1994 – I wonder if you were living there back then? 😉

      I love your country and I’m especially happy that you are a reader of my blog. What’s the name of your blog? I tried clicking on your name/Gravatar to see if it would lead me to your blog, but it didn’t work…or perhaps you don’t have a blog yet?! :))))))) In any case, I really hope that your day is going well, & I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    • That’s great, Kitt – have fun with it! At first I thought it would be a pain in the you-know-what, but it was more enjoyable than I expected it to be – I most loved “passing the liebe” around to other bloggers’ whose work I admire. It really is something to be proud of even if it’s “just” peer-awarded! Plus the award logo is pretty cool! 😉

  5. Thank you so much Dyane. I am sorry for being off-line for quite some time now. I have a lot of things going on. M sure you will understand. Please remember you are always in my thoughts, Accept my apologies if I am unable to respond to your valuable appreciations. Love you and love you both your amazing princesses and Lucy

    • No apologies needed, Zeph! I understand! Love you too and have a fantastic break – I’ll be thinking of you….. xoxoxo

  6. Congrats on your first award!

    I hate spiders, too. I’m also a writer, and have been diagnosed as being bipolar.

    Hmm. Seems we have more than a few things in common.

    Nice to meet you!

    • Wow – I am SO honored, Lorraine! I actually was granted a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award last week and now I just need to figure out how to post both that logo and the Liebster logo on my WordPress page. I know it must be simple but I’m daunted all the same…I still feel like such a newbie to the blogosphere despite blogging since last fall.

      I signed up for your blog a few days ago with great excitement. Yes, we share some significant things in common, and I look forward to reading your posts and getting to know (and promote) YOU & your work! :)))) Have a wonderful day and nice meeting you too!

    • Glenn, my dear, you are making my day. Can one win more than one Very Inspiring Blogger award? I don’t want to be a hog! :))) I think I’ll be able to take you up on the Liebster but decline on the V.I.B. award but I thank you from the bottom of my sleep heart this morning. I am honored that you thought of my blog! I’ll be in touch soon re: Liebster. Have a wonderful Friday!

    • Wow Glenn, thank you SO much!!!!!! I did win a Liebster Award two weeks ago, but I read a recently that a blogger can win numerous Liebsters…I’ll double check on that and get back to you over the weekend. You are not intruding at all and I’m totally thrilled. Thank you! :))))))

      • Dear Glenn (2point0 – a fabulous version!) – thank you for the nomination of a Liebster. For now I will stick with the one I have – if I had more time I’d complete the necessary work for a 2nd, but with summer starting and two rambunctious girls and a puppy in my face almost every waking moment, it’s too much. I know you understand, and thanks once again! I’m really enjoying reading your blog….see ya ’round!

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