Diapers and Dragons

Monday, August 17, 2009

This One Goes Out to Some Blogs I Love

I thought I had just enough time before I dashed out the door to meet the fabulous Melissa of Rock and Drool for a tweet-up (ye Internet gods! I cannot believe I'm doing this) to dash off a quick post in which I celebrate (drum roll please!):


Heh. Turns out I'm finishing this later. There's just so much of me to go around!

You see, I was notified about a blog award from a lovely follower AGES ago and it was right during a crazy time (because I have SO FEW of those) and I never did get around to acknowledging it and then passing it on. And then today I got ANOTHER blog award from ANOTHER lovely follower, and so I figured it's time to actually do something about these lovely people and lovely awards.

I'd like to thank the Academy for...

Oops. Adolescent daydream moment there.

In reality (or virtuality, I suppose) I'd love to thank the marvelous sAm of I've been set free for her (long ago) "Queen of all things" award:

For which the rules are:

1. List 7 things that make me Awe-Summm
2. Pass the award onto 7 bloggers that I love (except I'm doing eight because I'm such a rebel)
3. Tag those bloggers to let them know they are now Queens too (and link back to the Queen who tagged you)

So here you go--Seven Things That Make Me Awe-Summm:

1. I can wiggle my ears. Without using my fingers or other objects. Sheerly by will and freakish head muscles alone.

2. I have two biological children, both of whom I bore to term, and yet have never had a contraction. Not even Braxton-Hicks. (Of course, I do have a freakishly large scar on my lower abdomen and a nice little belly shelf to hang over it.)

3. Last time I was tested, I could read 1,750 words per minute with a 90-95% comprehension rate. No wonder it's impossible to keep me in books.

4. My best friend when I was three was a West African red monkey named Mickey. No, really.

5. When I watch "Wheel of Fortune," I can usually guess the answers before anyone else even has a remote clue. Sometimes with only two or three letters on the board.

6. When I put my mind to it, I can cook AWESOME meals. You should taste my Maple Salmon. It's amazing. It, in fact, is what got my brother-in-law to fall in love with salmon, which led to him ordering on his honeymoon in Aruba, which led to him having a horrible allergic reaction (turns out he should Never Eat Fish Ever) which made him look like Grimace and sent them to the emergency room. But that was a freak incident, really.

7. I have eaten fried termites. By choice. And enjoyed them. They taste like roasted pumpkin seeds.

And now I tag the following Queens for this award:

1. Melissa at Rock and Drool (where she is, truly, the Queen of her Queendom)
2. Fraught Mummy at Brits in Bosnia (Hopefully this doesn't constitute treason for her, what with the whole monarchy thing)
3. MomZombie at Mom-Zombie (she's not actually the Queen-Mother of the undead, FYI)
4. Monica at And I'll Raise You 5 (anyone who can parent five children and stay halfway sane is Awe-summm in my book!)
5. Beth at BurkinaMom in France (a truly international woman who has a wonderful global view of life)
6. GingerB at Gas-Food-Lodging (who makes me giggle and gives me a dose of red-headed darlings every now and then)
7. Kathleen at Treasured Chapters (who makes homeschooling sound almost fun--almost)
8. MommyTime at Mommy's Martini (who just lost her eyelashes in a near miss but is no doubt gorgeous anyhow--certainly still as well-written!)

Now for the second award. The ever-so-generous Fraught Mummy at Brits in Bosnia once again gave me an award, and once again it contains profanity. I swear (inadvertently), she's trying to get me disowned or something. The good news is that it's only profanity in countries that are part of the British Commonwealth, and that isn't in the good old rebellious US of A! So I don't have to blush when I tell you that she awarded me:

Why thank you, m'dear. Thank you. I try.

There are no rules for this award, and I've decided to award it in turn to a few blogs, either new or very undervisited, whose brilliance may not be as recognized as some, but definitely deserve it. So I give you:

1. Jello Brain at That's Not Jello, That's My Brain: A brand new blog that's taking off like a rocket--THE place to vent in safety and get love and support in return.
2. Heidi at Hortus Deliciarum: She's one of my oldest friends (timeline-wise--we're almost the same age) and her writing is amazing. Oh, and according to her latest post, her dreams are brilliant too.
3. Arby at Boarding in Bedlam: A real live stay-at-home homeschooling dad who writes with wit, wisdom, and a snarky comment or two.

If you haven't already, check them out. They're worth a visit.

There you go.

Oh, and if you live in the Metro Detroit area (or just want to see what's happening in these parts) check out the new Detroit Mommies website! Get recommendations, reviews, and event alerts for the whole area from real live bloggers in the area. I'm a contributor over there, and I just had posts about LebFest 2009 and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum go up! Come on over and see what the Metro Detroit area has to offer!

13 bits of love:

melissa said...

thank you!!! xoxo
and jello brain says thank you, too!!

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Thank you, thank you. I shall display with pride. Us Brits love a good subversive tendency. x

sAm said...

I can wiggle my ears, too! I spent a summer as a bored child learning how to wiggle my ears, wink both eyes, and make my eyes roll around independently of one another. Hey - I grew up in the country with no monkeys around!

Baby Murloc said...

I came across your link via the homeschooling carnival and a comment you made. Your comment made me curious as to where you stand on homeschooling but in visiting your blog, I still don't know. =)

Cute kids btw. I guess you aren't really quite to that point in life??

Peace and Laughter!

MomZombie said...

Internet love and kisses. Just when I was feeling the cold shoulder of cyberspace you came along and tossed a penny into my hat. Thank you. I will get to work on this posthaste.

Anonymous said...

You do make wonderful maple salmon. And yes, your fantastic cooking is to blame for MuttonChopsHubby nearly leaving me a widow on our honeymoon.
P.S. I've had this REM song stuck in my head all morning! It was on the radio on my (very short) drive to work. And now you used it in your title! What a co-inkey-dink.
- SoccerSisterLOV

Beth said...

I will try to come up with an interesting list, worthy of a queen...but it will be hard to measure up. Yours was awfully odd and fascinating and, well...awesome!

Thanks so much for thinking of me! I have been letting my blog go to heck this week and this is a great inspiration to get me going again.

GingerB said...

I am moved, in an aww-summm way, and you know, this makes sense that I will now be the Queen of All Things, because I am the mother of the Princess of Everything.

Kathleen said...

THANK YOU for the award!! I will have to think about playing along...I just recently wrote a post all about me, but, hey, what does a little over-narcissism hurt anyway? ;)

Kathleen said...

OK, so I accepted the award. Sort of. I think.

MommyTime said...

Thank you so much for this, my friend. I am in envy over the ear wiggling. My son can do that. I hear it's hereditary. I certainly can't do it, so I'm guessing his father has the untapped potential. We may just have to test that out. Looking forward to checking out some of these blogs you list, many of which are new to me.

Monica said...

Thank you thank you! Delightful, really. Now, let's see if I can rise to the occasion and get sumpin' posted.

This lovely award comes during a blog slump characterized by pretty boring posts; maybe it will lift me right out!


Arby said...

Why...thank you! That was a pleasant surprise to find waiting my return from vacation.

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