The ABCs of Being Versatile

23 04 2012

Me on a good day

I just read an article about how women tend to stretch themselves too thin—metaphorically speaking, that is. If all it took to be thin was to stretch ourselves then there’d be a run on those Medieval torture racks. I mean honestly, how painful can it be compared to a Brazilian bikini wax?

Eager to see if I fit this type A mold, I sat down this weekend and figured out that I have not one, but FIVE full-time jobs: I’m a freelance writer, I’m promoting my latest book, I’m a professional speaker, I’m working on my next book, I do my family and business finances (which takes more monetary juggling than a budget session in Congress), and I’m a mom. Actually, that’s six jobs. Chalk up the fact that I can’t count to having no brain cells left by the time my morning latte wears off. Ironically, the mom job takes the biggest chunk of my time, yet it’s the one I’m not paid to do (in terms of money, anyway—the other rewards more than make up for my dalliance with poverty).

Being busy is my overused excuse as to why it’s taken me so long to acknowledge and thank the people who have recently bestowed blogging awards upon me. For those of you who don’t blog, here’s a brief rundown on how blogging awards work. Occasionally (if you’re lucky) fellow bloggers nominate you for blogging awards as a way to bring recognition to your blog. In return you thank the kind bloggers that awarded you, pay it forward by nominating bloggers you like for the same award, then they pass it on, and so on. The idea is to help build readership for deserving blogs.

Well, back on March 25 Jules, who writes the blog J85, gave me the Versatile Blogger Award on my post Toastmasters Will Save My Memory (Unless I Forget to Go to Meetings). Even though I’ve won this award twice before, I still appreciate that Jules liked my blog well enough to give me this award. I’d like to thank her by encouraging you all to go check out her blog. She’s a single mom, also juggling multiple jobs and parenthood, so I already feel like a kindred spirit with her, and I love reading her stories.

Then on April 9, Tina, who writes the blog Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ (A progressive liberal in the literal and figurative desert of Arizona) gave me the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award for my blog Camp Humble. (BTW, if there was an award for best blog title I’d have to give it to Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ. That blog handle makes me laugh every time I see it come up in my e-mail.) Tina is also a single mom who works, and her blog gives her POV on political, social and personal issues. I recommend you check out her blog no matter which end of the political spectrum you’re on because it’s always good to get ALL perspectives outside CNN and Fox News.

For the ABC Award I’m supposed to list 26 things about me in alphabetical order. In the interest of brevity how about this:

  • Always late
  • Beleaguered
  • Catatonic
  • Determined to skip to…
  • Zero time left

Thank you to both these lovely and articulate ladies for taking the time to read my blog and then going the extra mile to give me awards for it. I really appreciate your support.

Now in turn I’m supposed to pick (and list) 15 bloggers whom I think deserve the Versatile Blogger Award and five for the ABC Award. Given that I’ve already won several other blogging awards (look to your right on this page), I’m running low on recommendations because I can only follow and read so many blogs. So I’m going back to my lame excuse that there aren’t enough hours in the day and thus list only four bloggers for each award, for a total of eight. Here they are:

I Have Kids! When Did That Happen?
Best Intentions Mom
Martinis and Minivans
Lipstick and Playdates

Finding Wonder Woman
Finally… Wendy Wanders
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmom
Lynn Loves Editing

So if you I gave you Versatile Blogger Award please pass it on to 15 of your favorite bloggers, and if I gave you the ABC Award do the same to your top five bloggers and list 26 things about yourself in alphabetical order in your next blog. And in both cases, don’t forget to copy the appropriate blog award graphic onto your own blog theme, so everyone who stops by your blog can see you’ve won this award!

Then again, if you’re too busy to do all that you can always borrow my not-enough-hours-in-day excuse. Or buy a Medieval torture rack so you can stretch yourself REALLY thin. (Wait, what?)


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Stacy Dymalski is a stand-up comic who gave up the glamorous life of coach travel, smokey comedy clubs, and heckling drunks for the glamourous life of raising kids (who happen to be bigger hecklers than the drunks). This blog is her new stage.

For more of Stacy’s comedy check out her hilarious book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom available in paperback and on Kindle on



15 responses

23 04 2012
MJ, Nonstepmom

Thank you so much for: the ABC, the mention in your post, giving me more blogs to check out, and the ‘Follow’ !
Oh, and thanks for the midieval torture rack idea, it does sound better than dieting !

25 04 2012
Stacy Dymalski

You are entirely welcome, MJ. I love your blog and I want everyone else to see how cool it is, too. I look forward to more of your great perspective.

Also, I wanted to let you know one of my favorite people in the world is my stepmom. She married my dad when I was 12 and now, nearly 40 years later, I still love her dearly to this day. So stepmoms have a warm place in my heart. 🙂

26 04 2012
MJ, Nonstepmom

Thank you for that – its really a tough spot to be in; its like being a manager at work no one takes seriously becuz they think she’s got a thing going with the boss (ok, in this case I do have a “thing going on with the boss”!).

23 04 2012
Versatile Blogger Award–Thanks! « bestintentionsmom

[…] and grateful to announce, that Stacy dymalski has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!  ( This is my second time receiving the award, and it really makes me very happy.  Nothing is quite […]

23 04 2012

Wow, I do love an award, but especially one from someone whose blog I enjoy so much. Thanks a heap 🙂

25 04 2012
Stacy Dymalski

You are welcome! I’m so glad I found you, Wonder Woman! I love your blog. Keep up the great work.

23 04 2012
Versatile Blogger Award!!! « I have kids?! When did that happen?

[…] Oh. My. God. I was nominated for a blogging award! What?! I don’t even believe it. The Stacy Dymalski gave little, old me the Versatile Blogger award. I am so excited & grateful. I am a huge fan of Stacy’s – she is sincere and very funny! […]

23 04 2012
My First Piece of Recognition: ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award « LynnLovesEditing

[…] an Editor. Thank you, Stacy Dymalski, for bestowing this honor! Side note: Check out her blog, From Nonsense to Momsense, if you love funny baby mamas. Lord knows I […]

24 04 2012
Dee Macaluso

You should get yourself a Wonder Woman costume. You’re an exhausting inspiration to us all!

24 04 2012
Finally... Wendy Wanders

Thank you so much for the ABC Award and the mention in your post! Wow! I’m so excited I don’t even know where to begin. Well ok… I did begin by putting the award image up on my blog… lol. Seriously, thanks again. I’m looking forward to paying it forward and sharing the blog love. 🙂

25 04 2012
Stacy Dymalski

Putting the award graphic on your blog is GREAT start! Just keep writing. I love reading your blog. 🙂

25 04 2012

tooooooo true, us gals do tend to have many jobs.

25 04 2012
Stacy Dymalski

We bear the curse of the multi-tasking, smarter sex. 😉
(Although, we need to get a little smarter so we can figure out how to unload some of these tasks onto other people.)

25 04 2012
Check it out… Ta-Da!! « Finally… Wendy Wanders

[…] well versed, author of  “Confessions of a Band Geek Mom”  and the fabulous blog  “From Nonsense to Momsense”.  I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was when I received the news. I mean it’s not […]

26 04 2012
MJ, Nonstepmom

I see you’ve been here done that, but I’ve just re-passed the Sunshine Award your way !

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