Two Lovely Illuminating Blog Awards

25 05 2012

Last week Phillipa of the World on a Platter blog awarded me The Lovely Blog Award. An absolutely charming blog hosted by a mom and her two kids, World on a Platter chronicles food, journeys and growing up. Thank you so much, Phillipa, I really appreciate it, and look forward to following your blog.

And if that’s not enough, just today I was awarded the Illuminating Blogger Award by C.J. over at Food Stories, a great healthy eating blog that I’m very excited to get to know better. Thank you so much C.J. If you’re into food that doesn’t try to kill you I highly recommend you check out Food Stories. At the very least you’ll get some great healthy recipes out of it.

Wow. I’m humbly racking up quite a few award badges over here on the right side of my blog, which is great, except I’m running out of bloggers to pass the award on to.

For the Lovely Blog Award award I’m supposed to share seven things about myself and forward the award on to 15 bloggers.  For the Illuminating Blogger Award my task is to share one thing about myself and give the award to five bloggers. Being the lazy slug that I am I’m going to cheat and combine both.

So here are seven things about me that few people (but now you all) know: Read the rest of this entry »





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). Read the rest of this entry »





Competition Comes in All Forms, But I Like Winning Blogging Awards Best

18 03 2012

Can I call you back? I'm trying to get the kids into Harvard while picking up something for dinner

Yesterday I overheard two moms in the grocery store talking about the schools their kids had applied to and whether or not they thought they’d get in. I have to admit, my ears grew big on this one, since I have a junior in high school, and I know our family is destined to walk this same path any minute.

The moms in the store went on about the pains of soon having to pay thousands of dollars in annual tuition (one even thought she’d have to get a second job), but then quickly added that it was worth it because the education these prestigious schools provide would give their children the leg up they need to get ahead in life. I caught snippets of words like “academic excellence,” “high test scores,” “private school,” “financial aid,” and “French Club.”

As I lingered over the fancy cheese case, pretending to read every label on every individually wrapped hunk of Limburger, I grew increasingly frustrated that the gabbing moms still hadn’t mentioned the names of these coveted institutions of higher learning. Geez Louise, I thought, how rude of them to make me stand there and eavesdrop for so long, when I could be home spying on my neighbors instead. Read the rest of this entry »





The Versatile Blogger Award

14 12 2011

Me when I found out I won the Versatile Blogger Award

Just in case you missed the sky-writer I hired to spread the word, last Friday I received the Versatile Blogger Award from the always-entertaining blog, Shoes on the Wrong Feet (which I’m proud to say I follow). The ironic thing about winning this award is that until recently I’d been a blogger on the higher education websites Careers & Classes and Yellow Brick Road since summer of 2010, and as such I received about as much attention for those blogs as a runny nose in a kindergarten classroom.

So after both higher ed blogs were politely “put on hold” (translation: “buh-bye”), I decided to start my own humorous blog (this one) about raising kids, a feat not unlike shoving a boulder uphill with your nose while your hands are tied behind your back. In short order my blog has caught on with a select group of like-minded and extremely intelligent people with handles like Mommy Needs a Pinot and My Adventures in Chaos. Who knew that writing about potty training songs and using my property tax notice as a baby wipe would get me noticed? Read the rest of this entry »








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