Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I've been WOWed!!!

Wednesday October 13th, 2010

Dearly beloved:

Today is my BON day... today, is my BON DAY....BON day I said!!! For those who are not familiar with the term (and don't really get why I am acting weird), BON stands for Blogger of Note and it is a GREAT honor granted by Sandy & Pam from Words of Wisdom (WOW for us friends). WOW is a place for bloggers who enjoy reading and writing great content to find each other. They do an amazing job finding and noting blogs which posts are thought-provoking and/or insightful. So you can imagine why I feel so excited, right? I have found many of the blogs I now follow and love thru WOW and I am really hoping for you, my readers, my friends, to keep encouraging my days of writing and sharing my thoughts by taking your time to read and being so generous with your amazing comments!

Please allow me to introduce myself  by sharing 20 random facts about the blogger behind Casta Zero:

 1. I married my high school sweet heart. We’ve been together for almost 20 years! He is the love of my life, my partner and as corny as it will sound, he completes me (he had me at hello….). He is also a contributor to this blog in Spanish; his tales are just a piece of art!  Click here for a taste of his talent: El arbol

2. I have 3 sisters - one blood sister, my sis in law and my best friend. I love them with all my heart.

3. I have 2 dogs - Verdell and the one and only Murphy McGuiness. I really love dogs and hope to have them for the rest of my life (I mean, not necessarily these particular dogs, I still don’t believe in canine immortality, ok?)

4. Baseball is my passion and I am a die hard red sox fan; I used to hate the NY Yankees but now I respect them; I hate the Rays with all my guts though.   Click here : For the love of the game

5. I love to dance - I always wanted to be a professional dancer, but didn't have long enough legs for it. I dance all the time anyway.

6. I am very musical - like to sing (not that I can sing, but like it nonetheless) and rock my butt off @ rockband!!

7. I like to write too - short stories, free form assays, notes and such. Maybe one day I'll publish something...or not. 

8. I always thought I was super flexible… and I am, but because I have joint hyper mobility – not too good when you pop your jaw and have wobbling ankles.

9. I travel all the time for my work; I have learned to enjoy it and cherish the opportunity to meet new people, new cultures and to appreciate my home and my people.  Click here: Flying high

10. Life has been good with me – I have been very lucky to have bad times to help me identify good times and enjoy them; I believe that God’s logic is not our logic and that everything happens for a reason, a very good reason.

12. I like to practice yoga and power walking. The Polar heart rate monitor is the sh..t!!

13. I have a thing with purses and shoes… how many pairs are enough? How many different shades of brown purses are too much? It is my guilty pleasure.

14. I love online shopping - see 13 above.

15. I like to watch TV shows on DVD – we own quite a collection and my favorite of all times is still FRIENDS. Chandler Bing is the best character ever! Could he be any funnier?

16. I can be very sarcastic and ironic… sometimes without even noticing. It is both a gift and a curse, when people don’t get you!

17. I am a control freak; like to have everything in the right order, in the correct place and at the right time. It is annoying even to me. I am working on it...any day now.

18. I love red wine, dark beer and vodka on the rocks with olives or a twist. I am not a good drinker though.

19. I like to believe there is Irish blood in my family; it has been a family legend since I remember; we honor that sentiment and celebrate St. Paddy’s day with pride, respect and lots of beer– Erin go bragh!!  Click here: Feeling Irish

20. I truly believe that every day is different and has a new opportunity for change– when something is not as good as you would like, there is always hope that the next day you may receive the phone call, the email, meet the right people and find the path to success.  Click here: Life according to me

Thanks a lot to Sandy & Pam for being so generous with me! Click here to join the conversation and to help me with the thank you notes to WOW for this special day.

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Author Unknown


  1. And all the readers who have fortunately found your blog are WOWed by your posts.

    Thanks for sharing part of you today, and thanks for sharing thought-provoking posts every week. The recognition is well deserved...

  2. Congrats on the WOW affect. I just enjoyed getting to know more about you. Oh, and I'm a vodka drinker too.

    I love to dance as well but at 50+ the endless nights on the floor have become few and far between...I'm the crazy gray haired lady dancing in front of the mirror :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  3. Yay!!! Congratulations. So glad WOW had the wisdom to highlight you. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your day and wallow in your triumph.

    I'm glad too that WOW inspired you to reveal all those details about yourself. (I know you'll publish someday.) Now I know you better. You're a great young woman, wise and introspective.

    I'm so happy for you!

  4. I can't imagine a better word to describe your blog than WOW :) I'm so glad that by being Blogger of note you will be able to touch more and more people with your words and wisdom and that you are keeping true to your talent and your dreams and writing about it. Never stop! xoxo

  5. Congratulations on your B.O.N. day -- you have an endearing gift for enthusiasm that permeates through the monitor that is quite appealing and contageous!

    Why do I all of a sudden feel like dancing around my living room??? Hmmm.

    I wish you many more moments of dancing and singing!

    My heartfelt congratulations -- enjoy your day! :)

    Peace and serenity,
    -'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'
    -'Rabbit Food: A Vegan Blog'
    -'Stranger Than Diction' my showcase of fictional writing

  6. Your writing is so precise, entertaining and it goes right to the core of what you mean to say, "right on the money" as a friend of mine would say.
    Thanks for laying your heart on the table and let us all drink your joy for life and taste the different flavors of your experiences.
    Congrats on your WOW!
    Love Always
    Pato & Ana

  7. nice congrats on on the WOW BON...do you ever get the feeling you are talking in another language...lol.

    my wife was a dancer for 18 years...in college i took several dance classes with her and even danced in a couple productions...

    tv on dvd...we are on season 8 of JAG right now...

    great getting to know you more!

  8. Yo también me uno a WOW colectivo e incluso al shake your Bon Bon, de felicidad de que Sam y Pam reconocieran lo obvio. Que tu escritura es fenomenal, thoughts provoking y very very insightful!!!

    Un abrazote de felicitación y gracias por los 20 puntos para describirte, porque todos me hacían sonreír mucho pensando que te conozco-mosco muy bien y que eso me hace muy feliz.

    Abacho abacho!!!


  9. Congrats on your BON day and for being WOW-ed! I really like that I was able to learn so much about you from reading one post. :)

    And thank you for your kind comment on my SITS day. :)

  10. boy do I LIKE YOU!

    congratulations on being WOWed :) you are soooo worthy!

    LOVED every one of your random facts. what a great way to get to know someone.

    dance on sweet lady, dance on!

  11. Happy BON day!! I'm here from SITS to say hello! Have a great night!

  12. Congratulations, OJ, nice to see you get your day under the WOW-BON sun. A fitting distinction for an enthusiastic blogger.

  13. Olga, I am late to the party! Please pardon my delay (it's been "a week"), but I am so happy to see that you were bequeathed with the BON WOW this week. You are so deserving! And I loved reading these 20 things about you! Happy belated BON day!

  14. Hi! I'm visiting & following from Friday Follow 40 & Over. Congrats and happy BON week! This is my first hop and I'm having a fun Friday participating! I hope you'll stop by and say Hi!
    Have a great day,
    Linda K. @ My WAHM Plan

  15. Well, congrats on your BON day.
    I loved reading about you and on this your special day! :) Come on over if you get a chance.
    ~Naila Moon


  16. A wonderful post. :) Congratulations on your BON day. From what I read, they definitely picked the right blogger. :) Chandler Bing is one of my all time fave characters too, but I am also a huge fan of the Barney Stinson character on "How I Met Your Mother."

    I stopped by from 40 and Over Follow Friday. Hope you drop by.


  17. Congrats on being a BON choice. I can definitely read why. I love your enthusiastic voice. I like to think that Scottish slipped into my gene pool from when England took over the Philippines for a few years. You go!
    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

  18. Congrats! Thanks for sharing the random things about yourself it makes following you more fun. Following from FF.

  19. OJ, congratulations for being such a WOW-BON! I knew you were wonderful already, of course, but the award makes it "official"! As Katie Gates, above, I apologize for being late in reading this. I'm desperately trying to catch up with my blog reading, but not doing a very good job! Loved the 20 Things about you, too. I might "borrow" that idea from you for my blog! Have a blissful rest of the weekend!! :)

  20. congratulations (way late, of course) on being a BON! i loved reading this and getting to know you :)

  21. I have not been in blogworld consistently, how did I miss this? Congratulations! You earned it!

  22. Congratulations! I can identify with some of the things you have listed, in particular being a control freak and a love of dogs!


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