Better than a Dundie

“A lot of the people here don’t get trophies very often, like Meredith or Kevin. I mean who’s gonna give Kevin an award, Dunkin’ Donuts?”
-Michael Scott on the Dundie Awards

Welcome to my 100th post.  I’m so excited!  I get to accept an award, present it to others, and MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!


Lisa at Her Book Self graciously gave me the Versatile Blogger Award.  As part of my acceptance, I’ll share seven random facts about myself and pass this award along to other more worthy bloggers.  I hope you will checkout Her Book Self where you will find reviews on books for readers of varied ages and literary tastes.  Recently she reviewed The Actor and the Housewife – a story about a Mormon housewife and mother of three who sells her first screenplay and relocates to Hollywood – and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, who I actually met years ago when she spoke at a writer’s seminar in Phoenix.  Lisa also periodically features author interviews, like this one with Michael Clifford.

7 Random Facts About Me

1.  My husband and daughter think I’m tough as nails because I can watch Marley & Me without shedding a tear.  However, I CANNOT WATCH Castaway because when Wilson the Volleyball floats away from Chuck I fall apart.  This is the saddest “death” scene in a movie ever.  Sadder than when Jack died at the end of Titanic and Rose lets him sink in the ocean.
2.  I’ve been told I have an orange aura.  For me, it’s a lot like my astrological sign – I think it’s a bunch of hocus-pocus but it actually describes me pretty well.
3.  I memorized the lyrics to It’s the End of the World as We Know It should the occasion to karaoke the song ever arise.  I did this like seven years ago and the opportunity hasn’t happened yet but when it does, I’ll be ready.  “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane – Lenny Bruce is not afraid…”
4.  I, however, am extremely nervous on airplanes.  I’ll still fly but I secretly think we’re going to crash and burn at any moment.  It just seems so unnatural to go rocketing through the air with a bunch of strangers in a giant metal tube.  I still feel lucky to be alive after my turbulent flight to Orlando during hurricane season.  (I wouldn’t have gone but I was a bridesmaid in a wedding.)
5.  I was a bit of a tomboy and daredevil as a kid.  I knocked myself out when I was in kindergarten after a stunt gone wrong on the teeter-totter.  Six years later I would need seven stitches after a failed second attempt on a bicycle.  Let’s put it this way: I have learned you cannot defy the laws of gravity, no matter how much speed you pick up in your attempt.
6.  I have tried unsuccessfully for years to work “dude” out of my vocabulary.  Use it as a greeting, “Hey, Dude.”  As an exclamation to show your surprise, “Dude!”  When you’re incredulous, “Seriously, dude?!?”  It’s just so versatile.  What will I ever replace it with?
7.  Until recently I’d been keeping a secret from my husband.  I finally admitted the shameful truth to him: I was a band geek in high school.  Only for one year though.  There.  I said it.  Let’s never talk about this again.

I Now Present This Award To…

#1 Shannon at The Mommy-Files.  First of all, I love her cute header. Can’t you just relate to this picture?  : )

I recently found Shannon’s blog and I’m totally loving it.  She has useful posts like How to Take Kids Out to Eat.  She has written tons of reviews varying from books to DVDs to tv shows.  She recently posted a hotel review that included How to ‘Nickelodeon’ Your Stay.  Enter to win one of her giveways – or if you’re a fellow blogger with a giveaway of your own, visit her site every Sunday to link up and list yours!  You can also find recipes and kitchen tips on Shannon’s site.  The Mommy-Files is definitely a versatile blog.

#2 Alexis at Depressions and Confessions. I’m addicted to the Olivia Chronicles.  Read the introductory post to the series HERE. She recently posted My Idea of Freedom: Only One Butt to Wipe, a funny take on her excitement and reluctance to take her first ever solo trip since becoming a mother to attend to a blogging conference.  In addition to the Olivia Chronicles, you will find Alexis vlogging in a Snuggie and defending breastfeeding.

#3 Laura at Melodramamma.  She injects humor into every post.  Sometimes as mothers we tend to think we’re the only ones who overreact and that other mommies know how to handle a crisis better than we do.  Read Laura’s post, The Detached Arm, to remember that you’re not alone. Checkout her Mommy Resume.  And while you’re surfing her site, read about the marital advice she got from her Italian grandmother.

#4 The Redheaded Riter. This blog features another series (now concluded) called Having An Affair about a peripheral friend who makes some startling confessions.  It’s a very interesting and relatable read because I think we’ve all known women like this.  The Redheaded Riter is also very supportive of her fellow bloggers, even awarding the most active participants in her BlogFrog Community with a Rockin’ Friends spotlight on her blog.

And last but certainly not least…

#5 Reagan at Where is the Me in Mommy? I recently posted 7 reasons to checkout this blog.  If you have kids, you might want to head over there today and join the discussion on How I Met Your Father.


A few fellow bloggers encouraged me to write about something.  I’ve been meaning to get around to it but I didn’t think I could do justice to the subject in one post.  So, having been inspired by the series posts on Depressions and Confessions and The Redheaded Riter, I’m going to start my own series dedicated to the topic.  (This will be in addition to my regular posts.)  I’m not sayin’ just yet what it’s about but I won’t keep you in suspense long.  And, I’ll give you a hint.  Click the cute little cassette below for a clue.

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