umpelstiltskin has nothing on me. So I get this badge, widget, gong ... call it what you like, I like it.
Prizes are useful. Although I have been given a few crackers in my life, such as real crackers, books, chocolate, coins, jewellery, bottles of wine, gift vouchers, and assorted thank-you cards, I just love being rewarded for this blog. Thank you Dan Mader, of Avoiding the Stairs fame. Wait a minute... of Joe Cafe fame. And The Biker fame.
Now I must tell the world what I do to relax: it's no secret. This is not a closet thing I do. The whole world already knows that I sudoku. (Yes, it is a verb, like google is a verb. No, dust is not a verb - not in this house, anyway.)
Sudoku. It's a puzzle of Japanese origin that consists of filling 81 squares or tiles with single digits. The puzzles come in books, one puzzle to a page, which I pull out of my bag at every opportunity to while away the time. Mental gymnastics of the non-verbal kind can be very relaxing, especially if you work with words, like I do.
They are also provided online, by people hell-bent on distracting others from their legitimate occupations. One of my favourites is the daily one at Fingertime.
The thing is, Sudoku makes you look clever, because half the world still doesn't know it's not mathematical. The numbers in this game are just symbols. One could use punctuation marks to the same effect, but that would feel too much like work.
My obligation is almost fulfilled! All I need to do now is inflict the same reward on five other deserving bloggers. Although it might sound easy, it's harder than a Sudoku puzzle. I can't find any bloggers who have not recently (or relatively recently) updated their blogs, so it's going to be a merit award for me. I apologize in advance for the link-hunting they will have to do in return for a bit of publicity.
Tim Greaton and
Have a go at this pass the parcel stunt, and enjoy all the extra clicks.
[I did not create the award image, so spellings are not mine.]
If you have anything to say about spellings, awards, napping, Sudoku, verbs or work, do by all means leave a comment.
Thanks again, Dan!