So this is gonna have to be quick. First, I'll share this with you...
"Why yes I AM crazy. Thank you for asking!" ) who is a fellow midwestern girl and mom of six (6!) who always manages to keep her wits and sense of humor about her. Also, she entertains me on twitter and leaves lots of fun comments on all the blogs she reads. What's not to love, I ask you?
Also, thank you to Aimee at Classified: Mom who does a bit of everything including technology tutorials, giveaways, art projects and link-ups. If anyone deserves the Versatile Blogger award, it's her!
Now, if I wasn't moderatin' myself right now, I would try to be super creative and clever with my list of seven things, but since I AM, I just can't be. Instead, I'm going to jump right to the seven blogs I think you should read, written by seven people I actually know and while I'm yammering, I'll try to squeeze in a little somethin' about myself at the same time.
1) The Road to Poland
Olivia and I went to college together. I know her so much better now than I did then, which is only sad because I should have gotten to know her better sooner. But Facebook is magical isn't it? Anyway, she and her husband are planning a move from Austin, TX to Poland (the country. Yes, the real POLAND. Where they speak Polish and try to lie to you about Dr. Pepper) with their four (4!!!) kids. And you thought me moving from California to Michigan was a big deal. Pfffft! Also, she is knock-your-socks off funny. Her older sister is one of my very best friends. She and I traveled from Italy to Ireland together. I tried to shove her duffel bag of souvenirs into a tiny trash can on a ferry.
2) Non-Domestic Mama
My friend Rachael writes this blog. She also went to UD (Hey, it's not my fault that they made us write so much that we don't know how to do anything else.) and now avoids housework by saying hilarious things on the internet. She used to keep her blog a secret (Wha....???? I know, I don't know what those words mean in that order like that either!) but thankfully, she has come to her ever-loving senses and is letting us into her wacky brain. She also sells Arbonee here. She and my husband knew each other when they were, like, 8 years old or something crazy like that. Then we all went to college together. Lived in the same dorm. And also went to Rome. The real Rome. Serendipitous I say.
3) Wisdom And Humor of Midlife
Look, I know someone who I didn't go to college with! This blog belongs to Cathy- the mother of two fab daughters who used to (probably still do) make her hyperventilate and the wife of a wacky guy from Ecuador (or was it El Salvador? No matter...just know that he will say something funny by accident because he still pretends he can't speak English and she will tell us about it). She is so quirky and fun and easy to read and she even has a travel agency here. She and I met at work...at a church. No, not "we met at church" but we worked at a church and that's where we met. Yes, employed in the office of a church, the two of us cackling hens probably driving the boys nuts. It was more fun /surreal than you're imagining. Trust me.
4) Quiet Alterations
I can neither confirm nor deny that I went to the same university as the nameless gal that writes this dreamy blog. She is an artist and a music lover, always looking to promote a little known name (besides her own, of course) or make the planet a better place for all of us. We may or may not have had a heated Facebook discussion about whether or not one should tell a stranger, who is wearing hot pink underwear, that her fly is open as she walks down the street. HEATED discussion, I tell you.
5) Kitty Eleison
This one belongs to my husband's big sister Paula. She has nine (9!!!) kids at home, she homeschools, she raises chickens, she bakes bread, she sews stuff and she helps her husband run his very own business, which also happens to be the largest Catholic stores online. Most importantly, though, she always laughs at ALL of my jokes, so that makes her extra special to my heart.
Nadia is probably the most famous blogger I actually know. Like, she makes real
7) My Secret to Happiness
Now, Heather doesn't blog as often as she should and I'm telling you that because I think anyone who likes her writing style should DEMAND that she write more. Also, her blog is a pleasure to look at. It's just so beautiful and well put together and easy to like. Probably because she is a pimp at graphic design (see how I segued into that? I'm so pro, I know. And a poet, who didn't know it.). You can see more of her work on her website here . Although she and I did go to the same college, we mostly know each other because we worked at Neiman Marcus together back when I was in Dallas. You know, making people happy, solving problems, trying not to slap people upside the head for chronic stupidity. The usual.
Hmmmm, that turned out way longer than I intended! So much for moderatin' myself, huh? And the shame of it all is that I have SO MANY more super talented friends that I'd like to pimp, but because they are mostly of the Etsy variety, I'll save them for another post on another day. That way you can spend yet another afternoon hopping all over the internet just because I told you to. Woot!
Okay friends, say a little prayer for me that I can get my thoughts to all line up and make them stay that way long enough for me to usher them out of my brain and onto this screen. And that I don't forget to feed the chickens. And that the rest of the wallpaper takes itself off the wall in my bedroom before I remember that I've forgotten to do it myself before Sunday.