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Shame Spiral Commencing in 3…2…

20 Jun


I realized that I left off a couple of blogs that I meant to mention after I was in bed last night, and I immediately felt myself spiraling into a pit of despair, though not so much so that I actually got out of bed to amend the situation.  I will do that now. So with crow in mouth and a heavy heart, I present to you the blogs I forgot in my post last night.

Andrea is a cool Bob Marley loving chic who is mom to a beautiful boy and wife to a wonderful man. She is funny and fun and I enjoy her immensely. She says  Normal is the New Boring, but I don’t find her boring at all.

I so enjoy reading Sara’s blog called How to Date in Las Vegas, and you will too, even if you don’t date, or live in Las Vegas. She’s a doll and and if you ARE dating, you MUST read her blog.  She’s full of good advice and observations.

Again, you don’t have to be into peace, or love, and country music to enjoy the blog titled the same, but really, if you’re not into peace and love you might want to start eating more bran and start watching puppy videos or something. I’ll give you a pass on the country music.  Highly enjoyable and an absolute sweetheart.

Okay, I think that is all, for now.  I am climbing out of the pit of despair so I can eat a scone to get the taste of crow out of my mouth.

Yay, Awards! And Some of my Favorite Blogs

19 Jun


I have been meaning to write this post for months, but, and I am sure this will surprise no-one, I am a flake. In case you doubt that, let me relay some scattered fragments of thoughts I have found in the notes section of my phone where I usually jot down ideas running through my head that I may want to write about some day. Please read, and be afraid.

I have given pieces of myself to so many
I have shattered my walls
What the hell does this even MEAN? Did I even write this? Is this from a Taylor Swift song? I have no idea, but it’s over-dramatic and stupid and I have no idea what prompted me to write it.
My sister dated the rock stars,the guys in bands. I dated the light guy. Do you know how hard it is to be a groupie for a light guy? “BABY, you are a LIGHTING GOD. When you pushed that button and made the yellow light come on, then the blue one and made green? CHILLBUMPS.”
Okay, this is hilarious, AND TRUE, but how I thought I would suss this out into a whole blog post is beyond me.
“She seemed very beautiful, she seemed very nice.” “How can you tell that someone is nice just by how they look?”
If there is one shining moment in my history of parenting it will be this sentence uttered by my 12 year old son this past weekend.

That and when my then 7 year old son asked during the Lion King if the voice of Scar was David Bowie.

Yeah, again, I don’t know.My point of sharing these with you is to make you realize just the kind of insanity that you’re dealing with, and to apologize to all of you who have been so kind to give my blog awards. I appreciate each and every one of them and I have not been able to write just how much I appreciate them because I am busy pretending to be an angsty twenty-something, an aging lighting groupie, and a mom who is pretty easily impressed but cannot remember details.I am going to do my very best to list those who gave me the awards. I HIGHLY recommend everyone I follow. I honestly follow so many awesome blogs that I find myself getting really behind in reading all of the posts. I went through tonight and have almost caught up. You guys are too good.I will list here and hopefully sometime in the very near future I will put the actual award badges on my blog and maybe even do the stuff that you’re SUPPOSED to do when you get one of these.  I think some of them have requirements to fulfill, but I will not be sending any naked pictures to anyone as recipient of the “over 40 and still fat” award. In the words of George W. Bush, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”  Turns out that award doesn’t even exist and now my pictures are on commercials as the “before” picture, and I didn’t even get paid…(This is humor and so not true. Don’t panic, mom).
 MommyVerbs –  Bestowed the “Inspiring Blog award” to me and I am so pleased she did. She is so great and she has three simple rules that she tries to live by – eat well, play more, choose happy. How can you not love her?

ADignorantium – I was nominated for the “Inspiring Blogger Award” by another favorite of mine who called my blog “stream of consciousness”, which is true. In contrast, his blog is not only “stream of consciousness”, it is an “ocean of awesomeness”. He has so many cool things, and funny writing, and serious writing, and good stuff on his blog. Check him out.

The Grimm Report – This blog is so clever and so much fun to read. They feature stories based on fairy tales and folklore.  Some of their posts are about the discovery of a mysterious 8th dwarf and news of the owl and pussycat marrying in Vegas.They nominated me for the “Super Sweet Blogger Award”.

Mollytopia –  Not an AWARD, exactly, but she digs me…and I dig her…and we’re going to don mermaid tails and swim around together someday.

Speaking of DON,  Don of all trades, is a funny dad with lots of hilarious stories, and sometimes, he throws in some heart-wrenching ones, just to keep you off balance. He deserves a mention.

Four eyed gals unite! Miss Four Eyes is so much more than a pair of glasses. She’s hilarious and her observations on life are refreshing.

Mom in the Muddle – This lady is so cool and fun to read and her pictures are even neat!

I am lucky to get to read Lucky Wreck. Her writing can be funny, or poignant, and it is always a pleasure to read.

AND…I cannot leave out Ben,  or he will become even MORE bitter, and nobody wants that.

I really and truly am tickled that anybody reads what I write and I know I am going to be doing at least a part 2 as I discover more blogs that I love. I may not be the best at  accepting awards, but I really do appreciate them and I thank all of you for indulging my extreme narcissism by reading and following my blog.

I am Honored

13 Feb

When the lovely and talented How to Date in Las Vegas  nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award I was just gobsmacked.  I appreciate it so very much.

I have never thought of myself as INSPIRING. Not in the least. I tend to think of myself as kind of a hot mess most of the time quite honestly, but as I think about what I could possibly inspire anybody to do, besides stay in college, I am struck by a few surprising thoughts.

I am inspired by strength. My mother joined the Peace Corps after my dad passed away.  She had acted as his caregiver for many years. She was in her 50’s at the time.  My sister is acting as a caregiver now for her father in law who suffers from ALS.  I know so many who are total warriors and just will not surrender to their personal demons. That kind of strength is beautiful.

I am strong. I have healed from a broken heart, both metaphorically and literally. I was in labor for 9 hours with my eldest son. I don’t NEED anybody to complete me. I can honestly say that I have worked very hard on myself for the past several years to become a better person. I am continually working on becoming a better parent. I am vocal about my beliefs. I am not easily bullied. I love hard. I fall harder. I get right back up. I veered into cheese-land with that last bit, but the other stuff was really good.

Whatever the reason, I am thrilled to be nominated for this award. If you take away one thing from this post I hope I have inspired you to start using the word “gobsmacked.”

Here are the rules of the award:
1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.) State 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5.) Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

7 Things you MUST know about me if we’re going to be BFF’s

1.  My two boys are so scary funny and smart that it really freaks me out sometimes.

2. I am rather obsessed with Zach Galifianakis. If you have not seen Live at the Purple Onion then you have not seen Zach Galifianakis. Don’t call yourself a fan and then come  at me with “oh he’s so good in The Hangover” because I will give you the glaring of a life time and you will be shunned. SHUNNED. 

3. I used to wrap a towel around my head and tie my ankles together and play “mermaid” in my grandmother’s pool. Luckily I didn’t play “drowned at a young age” with stupid shit like that.

4. Love sharks, hate snakes.

5. Sweet and salty combined is my favorite flavor combination. Goobers in hot buttered popcorn FO LIFE.

6. My best friend of almost 30 years died this past October.  There will never be another like him and I miss him every day.

7. I feel like if I could just meet Zach Galifianakis we would really hit it off.  This is totally not a cop-out because it’s late and I can’t think of an actual 7th thing.

15 Blogs I Nominate

I really like everybody I follow…which is why I follow them I would imagine

Help me – help Holly –  She wrote a book y’all and when somebody does that I am always inspired.

Hollis Plample –  Funny daily comics and I find laughter and talent inspiring.

Ben’s Bitter Blog –  So funny and SO BITTER! I am inspired to be MORE bitter when I read this blog.

Naughty Mommys – I followed based on the name alone BUT so glad I did.

Plan B-each – Beauty and inspiration in raw honesty.

HarsH ReaLiTy – This blog cracks me up every single time I read it.

John P. Gavin – An author who wants to help all of us, me included, navigate the murky waters of online dating.

Mitch Being Honest –  Another funny, and honest, guy.

100 First Dates –  Funny and honest take on dating.

Lola, Elle, and Jezebel Tell All  – Three ladies sharing their adventures in dating and love.

And it was Really Awkward –  The life of a trans guy and all that entails.

Parenting and Stuff  – So many neat ideas and cool things to try…someday.

Beyond Autism Blog – I worked with children with special needs for a few years and all issues regarding children are very close to my heart.

Single Mama Life –  Lovely lady, lovely blog.

Radical Acts of Motherhood –  I can relate to so much of what she writes.

Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities –  Just reading the blog name is exhausting and inspiring.

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