The Sunshine Blog Award

I like awards.  I know they are really just a way for us to recognize other blogs that we like so we can all network and increase traffic, but that’s okay by me.  I especially like this one because a) I’ve never received it before and b) it recognizes blogs with that special flair for sarcasm and dry humor, two of my very favorite things.

Thanks to Rachel over at Lala Musings for putting me on her list.  Once you read her writing, you will understand what an honor it is to get a mention from her.  Check her out, follow her, stalk her.  You will not be sorry.  She is honest, slightly bitter, and more than slightly sarcastic at times, and the reading is all the better for it. 

So here’s the award–


Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and write a post about it.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Pass it along to worthy blogs (10 or 12 if you can.)

Now, the Q & A session:

  1. Favorite Color:   Blue.  Too easy.
  2. Favorite Animal:  Well, I love almost all animals, but I have to reach (far) back into my childhood and pick the humpback whale.  When I went whale-watching in Hawaii a few years ago, they dropped a microphone into the water, and we listened to whale song.  Really.  There have been very few moments of absolute, pure, life-changing joy in my life, but that was one of them. 
  3. Favorite Number:  Seven–mystical, magical, seven.
  4. Favorite Drink:  Coffee.  I need it.  I love it.  When I take that first sip in the morning, my mind always conjures up Renfield from Dracula screaming “The blood is the life! The blood is the life!”
  5. Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook–Twitter just seems a little too random or something–I can’t explain.  I guess there’s something to be said for being concise, but yeesh!
  6. Your Passion:  I don’t know.  How sad is that?  I could say my passion is my family, but that’s kind of corny.  I really, really love reading, and if anything qualifies, I think that does.
  7. Giving or receiving presents:   Giving.  I love giving things to people, not just at Christmas, either.  I don’t really care about getting gifts, because most of the time if I want something I just go and buy it.
  8. Favorite Day:  I’m sure this will sound strange, but it’s Monday.  Yep.  I love my routine, and I get back into my routine on Monday.  People go back to work and school, and The Grandmother goes bowling.  It’s so quiet around here and I can tidy up the house.  Monday’s aren’t so bad.
  9. Favorite Flower:  I love wildflowers–especially blue or purple, and not pink.  I like lilacs, sunflowers, and hollyhocks as well.  Really, all flowers are cool.

Now here are the blogs that I think are worthy of this award, even though they may not always be sarcastic like me, they do bring some sunshine into my life.  I hope you will read them and enjoy them as much as I do.  Thanks again to Rachel at Lala Musings!

  • nouns and violets:  A beautifully written blog by a beautiful person–seldom sarcastic but always funny, bright, and truthful.
  • Do Sweat the Small Stuff:  Everything is a big deal, and everything is worth reading.  Always one of my favorites–I am a devoted follower.
  • Poop on a Hot Tin Slide:  With a title like that, I don’t know what else to say.  She’s a mom dealing with OCD the only way she can–with humor, sarcasm, and LOTS of Purell.
  • If Only She Had Applied Herself:  I found this one because the title of the blog rang so true to my own life!  A hysterical look at every day life as a mom and wife.
  • Snarky in the Suburbs:  I don’t think she cares much about awards and the like, but her blog is in a league of its own.  She is a sarcasm goddess.  Read it.  You will laugh.
  • Highly Irritable:  A very recent find that I’ve been enjoying.  I’ve been going back through the archives and having lots of good laughs, but it is also VERY beautifully written–the latest post almost made me cry!
  • Misadventures in Motherhood:  Another very funny blog that I highly recommend.  If you have kids, her posts will have you nodding along and laughing ruefully.

And that’s it for now.  There are tons more I could recommend to you, but this will have to do for now.  Read them!  The UNIVERSE commands it!  Also, if you fail to read them, you will have horrible luck for the next fifteen years, your gravy will be lumpy, your butt will spread out, and your sheets will always have static cling. 



The Versatile Blogger Award

   Cool–I won an award. I never win anything. Really. I know this a way for us to connect with new blogs, but that’s ok. I’ll take it.

     Thanks to Kelli from The Unexpected Education for passing along this award. This is a wonderful blog about a homeschool mom who is learning as much (if not more!) than her little student. I homeschool my own son and know exactly what this is about!  It’s insightful and well-written. I highly recommend giving it a read whether you homeschool or not.

     Here are the rules for accepting the award:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site in your original post.
  • Tell us seven things about yourself.
  • Pass along the award to fifteen newly discovered bloggers.
  • Contact these bloggers and let them know they got this award.

Seven things about me that you may not (want to) know.

  1. I have an irrational fear of spiders. Even the little ones.
  2. I am also afraid of the dark.
  3. If ever a religion is born which worships Stephen King, I WILL convert.
  4. My music taste is VERY eclectic. For example, I love Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga, and Eminem, just to name a few.
  5. I love paranormal TV shows, like Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, and MonsterQuest.
  6. I am a chronic insomniac.
  7. It would give me untold personal pleasure to hit Nancy Grace right on the nose. Really, really hard. Maybe I could pop her eyes back in.

And now I will pass along the award to 15 deserving blogs:

  1. Nouns and Violets. This is my beautiful cousin Melissa who inspired me to start a blog in the first place, and who always write with meaning and beauty. Also, she introduced me to e.e. cummings many, many years ago.
  2. Frantic Mommy. A hysterical blog about mommy-hood in the North.
  3. The Homespun Life. A very informative homeschool blog that I enjoy.
  4. Peanut Butter and Hopey. A great blog about life in general. I am a recent follower and I like it a lot so far.
  5. Are We There Yet? Another great blog about homeschooling and home life.
  6. dsgnmomonline. A great blog for busy parents.
  7. Our Banana Moments. A wonderful family blog that I think you will enjoy.
  8. Moms In Venting. A very funny blog that allows moms to admit that they are people too.
  9. The SAHM Confessions. Another funny blog about mommyhood. I love humorous blogs, and this does not disappoint.
  10. Unionvale Homeschool. Yes, I like homeschool blogs. Plus, she raises boys. What can I say? It’s a good blog.
  11. Do Sweat the Small Stuff. I love this blog. Very straight to the point and very funny.
  12. Barefoot Mommies. Giveaways, reviews, all kinds of great stuff! Check it out!
  13. Barefoot in Portland. A beautifully designed blog full of great information.
  14. The How To Mommy. Tons of great information for mommies!
  15. The Sleppery Mind. Funny, packed with info, giveaways and more!
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