Oh that old thing? That’s just my award.

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The other day, my fellow mom-blogger, the very kind and funny Frantic Mama, nominated me for a Liebster Award.

What?!?  Me?!?  An award?!?

You’re so excited for me right now, aren’t you?  When you’re done jumping up and down and screaming like a 12-year-old at a Glee concert, I know you’ll be picturing me wearing a sparkly gown and fake eyelashes as I graciously pose for photos on a red carpet.  You’re wondering if I’ll mention you in my acceptance speech but you know I won’t have much time, so you’re prepared to be one of the people whose name is drowned out by the swelling orchestra music telling me to get off the stage.  You’re thinking about how perfect the award will look on my mantel, or maybe on the piano, tastefully situated next to a photo of me shaking Brad Pitt’s/George Clooney’s/Samuel L. Jackson’s hand…

Okay, okay, I’ll stop now.

It’s not really an award at all.  It’s just a nice way for new-ish bloggers to say, “Hey, I like you!” to other new-ish bloggers, so I’m very flattered that Frantic Mama likes me and thought of me for this chain-letter-blog-love-award-thingy.  The thing is that it comes with some complicated rules and procedures for passing the love along, and I’m too lazy exhausted to really want to do all of that, so I’m just going to include a few links here to some other new-ish mom-blogs that I like.  I’ll also answer the ten questions that Frantic Mama asked me because I know that my readers are DYING to know my answers.

So here goes.

Here are links to some new-ish mom-blogs that are really, really great:

Trashy Blog

Urban Moo Cow

Notes From The Shallow End

And here are my answers to the questions Frantic Mama asked me:

1.  What’s your favorite t.v. show or movie?

Well, I have a hard time with these kinds of questions because I have favorites in multiple genres that are pretty much equal in my love for them, but it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges and OHMYGOD no one cares about my long explanation, do they?  So I’ll just stick to TV and say this: it’s The West Wing.  That was the best show EVER to grace the small screen.  I cried when the series ended, and I have watched all seven seasons multiple times.  Close seconds are Alias, The Sopranos, Downton Abbey, The Office, and the Anne of Green Gables mini-series that aired on PBS sometime in the 80’s or 90’s.  Don’t judge.

2.  What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

Watching The Real Housewives of Absolutely Anywhere.  Bravo sure-as-shit knows how to put together a completely ridiculous yet totally addictive television franchise.  When I’m tired or stressed out, the Housewives never fail to make me feel better.  Especially those wacky tan ladies and their equally wacky husbands from New Jersey.  I’m still trying to work out exactly what it is that I love so much about these shows.  I’ll let you know when I do.

3.  If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

Oh wow.  Hmm.  I’m going to have to go with William Badass (not his real middle name) (well, as far as I know anyway) Shakespeare.  Because I’m a HUGE nerd and because I sort of named my blog after his mom, so I would hope that once I met him and we became BFFs, I could also meet his mom.  And she and I would obviously also become BFFs.  Will and I would drink wine at pubs and talk about writing and have a real “marriage of true minds.”  And we’d have that easy, relaxed kind of friendship where if we got into a fight or something, I could just say, “Don’t worry, Will.  It was all just much ado about nothing.  All’s well that ends well, right?”  (Do you see what I did there?)

4.  What’s your trick for getting through one of those days when you feel like you might just lose it?

I’m still looking for that trick.  Some days I do actually lose it and those days suck.  Sometimes I let the girls watch the Curious George movie and escape to the other room with a cup of coffee and my computer.  That only works if The Baby is napping though.  Sometimes I throw all the girls in the car and go to Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee in the biggest cup they make.  Which brings me to the question – if you can get a shot of espresso in your iced coffee, why not a shot of Kahlua?  That might help me get through one of those days.  Sometimes we go for a walk, but I have to really be in the mood for that since it involves a triple freaking stroller.  Honestly though, probably the thing that truly keeps me going is knowing that other parents out there have it just as hard, often harder, and in many cases waaaay harder than I do.  I have to remind myself that if they can do it, so can I.  This whole world of mom-bloggers helps a lot with that.

5.  Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dog.  But since having kids, my two dogs drive me completely nuts and I threaten daily to get out the “Free Dog Box.”  You know, a cardboard one to put them in and then put at the end of the driveway.  They don’t seem at all bothered by these threats though.  And at night when all the kids are in bed and I have wine, I like them again.

6.  If you could have (for free): a personal chef, a full-time cleaning person, or a private chauffeur, which would you choose and why?

Full-time cleaning person FOR SURE.  I like having a clean house, but there’s only so much time and energy I’m willing to devote to that.  Oh my god, that would be sooooo nice.  Think of all the time that would free up!

7.  Where is your dream vacation going to be (someday!!)?

I feel like I could dream up answers to this question for days.  I’d love a vacation in which I spent a week in Provence, a week in Italy, and then a week in Switzerland/Austria.  I would eat and drink my way through all of those fabulous locations until I’d be too massive to fit into just one airplane seat.  I’d take my husband, but not the kids.  Sorry kids.  This is a dream vacation and saying words like “potty” and “graham crackers” is not what dreams are made of.

8.  Coffee or tea (or neither?!)?

Coffee.  Tea is weird.  I drank it when I visited the U.K. because I wanted to fit in and because their coffee was, gag, often instant, but seriously, you guys.  Tea?  It’s like watery coffee.  Why?

9.  What is your must-have beauty product?

Sleep.  I never get enough of that though, so eye makeup.  I like drugstore makeup because going to the makeup counter?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I’ve discovered a liquid eyeliner made by Maybelline called precise or precision something-or-other that actually makes me look like I have eyelashes.  It’s easy to put on and it doesn’t smudge.  I’m also a huge fan of this goopy pink anti-aging serum made by Patricia Wexler.  I get it at Bath and Body Works and it makes my skin amazingly smooth and soft.  You only need a little bit of it so while it’s expensive, it lasts about 6 months.  Why am I not getting paid for these endorsements?  Anyone?

10.  What is the cutest thing your kid(s) has ever said to you?

It’s probably a tie between the quirky greeting they’ve started using: “Happy day to you!” which sounds like what you might say if you were either a leprechaun or a Teletubby, and the absolutely precious thing that Captain Chaos said at the end of a long weekend which you can read about in my last post here: This is the Stuff that Doesn’t Make it into Wedding Albums.

Thanks for reading!  And thank you, Frantic Mama, for the lovely compliment of nominating me!