Peace, Hope, and Whitney Houston

Marlyn Suarez Exconde is pretty amazing.  She’s introducing me to blogging awards I didn’t even know existed!  She graciously nominated me for The Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggywog Award, which honors blogs that “spread one or more of joy, peace, hope and love”.  Sounds good to me!  Truly keeping the spirit of Christmas all throughout the year.

And in the childlike wonder and fresh-faced attitude that sometimes accompanies Christmas and always the youth, I’d like to give a shout-out to Dana of Spilled Ink.  Dana nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  She’s a sixteen year-old maintaining a blog with some pretty sweet poetry on it.  Did I mention she’s sixteen?  I can’t even imagine maintaining a blog at the age of sixteen.  But then again, I’m not even sure there was such a thing when I was sixteen.  I certainly didn’t know how to navigate it if there was.  I’m slowly getting old and out of touch, it seems.  Which is where Whitney Houston comes in.  No, I’m not speaking ill of the dead.  I believe the children are our future.  Dana doesn’t quite fit the definition of ‘child’, but if young people like her keep creating and sharing, they will change the face of the world.

Blog on, bloggywoggers, blog on.

parenting, Writing


A fabulous lady who stepped out of the blogosphere and onto my stats page nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award.  Tiny steps, big journey first found me sometime in February, then we bonded over Star Wars and a predisposition to dressing our kids in Star Wars garb!  No matter what our parenting experience, it’s the commonalities that draw us together, isn’t it?

So I looked up the definition of versatile for a deeper understanding of it.  Visuwords, one of my favorite language sites, says versatile is varied, which I knew, but also skilled and mobile.  I’d like to think I’m not only a versatile blogger, then, but parent as well; skilled in handling the various crises that come my way, such as shuddering and moving to another room when my seven year-old daughter sings “I’m Sexy and I Know It”.

If you find yourself nominated, you’ve been awarded The Versatile Blogger award.  And then, you need to pay it forward:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  •  Include a link to their blog
  •  Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself

Seven things about me: 

  1. I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
  2. I was slightly obsessed with anything Jack Kerouac for the better part of ten years.
  3. I am neither a morning person nor a night owl; I thrive between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.
  4. I was born tired (which may explain # 3).
  5. I am an only child raising three children (at times, bizarre!)
  6. I love to sing.
  7. I love to compete with my husband as to who can first name the title and artist of a song within the first few beats.

And the nominees are . . .

1. The Fulcrum Chronicles

2.  Burgeoning School Psychologist

3.  Mermaids Love Sushi

4.  grrlscene

5.  My Cracked Pot

6.  The Cupcake Mummy

7.  Track My Kin

8.  The Home Tome

9.  misslisted

10.  A Calibama State of Mind

11.  Sassy Sass

12.  Unexpectant

13.  Momma Swears

14.  Off-Duty Mom

15.  For His Love . . .

These fifteen fabulous blogs are not ranked in any way, shape, or form.  I’ve found something that speaks to me in all of them, as I hope you have in mine.  Thank you!

I’m Versatile and (Now) I Know It