Spreading It

Guess who’s starting the downward PMS spiral? My God! Can we go one month without the steel trap of hormonal hell clasping my — what? endocrine system? fragile brain? pseudo-together life carefully constructed with smoke and mirrors? Only my turbo extra strength PMS can make a grown man cry.


And so I thought it’d be a good time to tell you about people I like. Because that well-crafted intro should not go to waste.

I bet the people I like will appreciate that.

Or forget I exist.

Their choice.

Finally, I suck.


I’ve received a few awards over the past few months that I’ve not acknowledged (please refer to the suck statement above) because (1) I do not know how to add awards to my side bar if the code is not handed to me on a silver platter and (2) Check out that suck statement again.

(I’ll reference it often.)


And when I received these awards, a warm glow overcame me and I felt a bit liked, a feeling that’s hard to come by where I’m concerned. And then, I didn’t do anything. Because….?

Yep. You got it.


So what I thought I’d do is to show the awards here, give the kind award giver their due, and then list some of the people I love. I don’t do that enough and there’s so much great writing I read every day that I don’t recognize.


And now, I believe it’s time to let the awards do the talking.



Mommy Pie gave me this about 84 fortnights ago (if a fortnight were a day) and I thanked her profusely, then let it wallow on my desktop. Mommy Pie truly is my blog bud extraordinaire: funny, positive, quirky, BlogHerNot founder and love spreader. But you probably read her already.


Then, there’s this from Tootsie Farklepants:



Another fantastical non-mythical hobbit blogger I know you read on a regular basis. Also, she’s fabulously humorous and salty in a Trader Joe’s gourmet-nuts-in-an-elegant-tin kind of way.


And then my new literary love, Green Girl in Wisconsin, sent me this:



And so again, I’m quite positive you read Melissa as well, and if you don’t she’ll soon hook you, you mark my words, you, you little cheeky monkeys, you.


Finally, MommyTime at Mommy’s Martini honored me with this:



A wonderful shout-out, because the women I’m included with are amazing, and I’m quite sure MommyTime made a grave, grave error in judgment by sticking me with them, but I’m not saying anything (you don’t tell her either).


So while my PMS permits me a brief respite from reducing The Rock to tears, and charging rabidly into my corner McDonald’s, let me say THANKS! And I do love each of you. You’re a gaggle of outstanding bloggers and it’s my distinct honor to know you.


Finally, I do want to pass these awards on, but I’ve got issues people, real issues going on here. Like, I’m pretty sure Burger King discontinued their famous chicken sandwich.


So what I’m going to do is list some of the people whose writing I love. Please note that some of these people have not heard tale of my existence. As it should be. For their sakes.


But first, you all know I love Myra at We Make Three, right? And Amanda at The Mom Crowd? Also, Steph at Quirky Blogger, Matter of Fact Mommy, Pajama Momma, and Eden at So Anyway (who also has created an online literary journal called Toasted Cheese)? I do make mention of them often, so I thought I’d shift the spotlight to newish bloggers to me, who I’ve grown to admire as well.


Some of the blogs I now follow often, and whose authors inspire a writhing, all-encompassing, but ultimately supportive, envy are:


  • Tinsenpup, who I discovered through Five Star Friday. Her Five Star Friday post on imaginary butt cancer grabbed me right away, and it’s funny, but she also wields a writerly hand on powerful pieces like this one.
  • La La at the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight is such a wonderful writer. Check out this post, which made me look at myself straight on and identify with exactly what she was saying.
  • Jennifer at Thursday Drive is a well-known literary blog genius. She writes beautifully and I check her out often for inspiration. Obviously, it’s not working. But I still like to visit Jennifer to remind me that there’s something to which I can aspire.

  • I don’t know how I found Kelly at She-Power. Kelly? (Who doesn’t know me) How did I find you? Helloooo, hellooo, hellooooooo? No matter. Her site is chock-full of beautiful photos, fiction pieces, slices of life, and writer’s resources. And I like it.
  • Da Goddess and I are friends. We’re both in San Diego and I’ve read her for years. Sometimes I forget to read her. I don’t know why. I think it’s because she lives by me and I take her for granted. She’s great though, and I’m not going to forget that this time! Wonderful photos and writing abound at her site.


Oh, and there’s more. But really, I’ve got to get on that Burger King thing. So I’ll leave you with this:
Auds at Barking Mad (so, so funny and just plain good), Deb at Hoping for Grace (raw, real, wonderful), and all of my San Diego cronies.


I didn’t include everyone I love and read. For that, I’m sorry. But honestly? If you saw me rocking back and forth right now, you’d understand.


But if you really need to, you can refer to point #2 above. Just remember I’m fragile right now, you skeevy wenches.


24 Responses to “Spreading It”

  1. pajama momma says:

    Oh man you had me sweating. I’m like oh, she saw my bitchy PMS comment at mommypies, or she saw my cry out for chocolate on Twitter.

    Yes, yes I admit I have Catholic guilt! I thought it was my fault you had a downward spiral.

    PMS is a brutal bitch this week ain’t it?

    ty for the compliment, you’re one of my special ed blogs too!

  2. mommypie says:

    You have inspired me to do a similar post – I have this intense guilt hanging over my head for not getting it together sooner.
    But YOU! You with the Be Frie and the Arte Farte and the Flower Power and the Hugsalot – WOW! If you don’t know we love you after all THAT, you’re swimmin’ in bean soup.

  3. Auds says:

    Awwww thanks for the linky love. It made my day. Which frankly has been one cranky PMS rant after another. I swear, as I get worse, it gets older.

    Is it just me, or has it been really slow in bloggywood today?

  4. Auds says:

    See, THAT, right there, above me, is a perfect example of why I shouldn’t be allowed near a computer prior to AF’s arrival.

    I meant, PMS gets worse as I get older. Good Lord, if I can articulate anything at all by the time I hit menopause it will be a miracle!

  5. Da Goddess says:

    Thank you for including me, Deb. I super heart you. Really. For reals. Like, truly. I don’t tell you that often enough, but I do.

    Now, go eat some chocolate and sit in the sunshine. Forget the PMS Express. If it comes back, lather, rinse, repeat. Who cares if you end up a big fat blob like me (you won’t), you’ll have all that awesome Vitamin D from the sun and you’ll have savored some yummy choco. Plus the girls will have been laughing and dancing and not burning the house down.

  6. I so do know who you are!

    Thank you for the accolades and link love. I am crap at acknowledging and passing on awards myself so I am with you 100% in the guilt here. Oh, and my PMS should kick into gear in about 36 hours, so Sydney be very afraid…


  7. i am so unbelievably flattered to even be mentioned in the same breath as the other bloggers. also? the fact that i came to mind when you were linking peeps? awesome.

    you know where you stand in my book.


  8. Jennifer H says:

    Please tell me that menopause is better than PMS. I am so counting on it.

    Congratulations on your awards–you deserve all of them. I am so glad to have found your blog.

    You made my day/week/month with what you said, and it means a lot coming from someone whose writing I also admire. (*sniff*) Thank you!

    (I have a few to hand out, too, and I’m feeling very guilty about it…)

  9. Steph says:

    Awwwwwwwww! :sniffle: Okay, before I get all mushy and smooshy and stuff, let me just say thanks. And you know I love you like you invented chocolate cake.

  10. congratulations to ALL! and thanks for the links to some new-to-me bloggers.

  11. Eden says:

    I’m sooo making a “Skeevy Wench” graphic ;)

  12. Jill says:

    I’m right there with you on the PMS… though mine would just be called Pre-Moving-Stress.

    My husband lost half a butt cheek today for crossing me while I was irritable. Not a smart move on his part.

    Can’t wait to see some new bloggy peeps… :)

  13. Vered says:

    Popping in for a moment to say that Kelly of SHE-POWER is absolutely AWESOME.

    I think she will like your blog too, so it’s good that you finally introduced yourself to her!

  14. Your description of Tootsie is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

    You know the bloggy lovefest is mutual!

  15. Ha! I snorted when I laughed and I’ll have you know I don’t do that often. I shall print this out and frame it. Awesome.

  16. JCK says:

    I can’t imagine anything better for PMS craziness than eating good chocolate and popping around to all of these good reads.

  17. They are truly well deserved. Congrats!

  18. tinsenpup says:

    Aww wow…thank you. Even with PMS you’re generous and supportive. Others (no one, I know, obviously) would be screaming at the world to go away and here you are sharing the love. I agree with the rest. You deserve chocolate and plenty of it.

  19. "THE ROCK" says:


    HORMONOMETER: settings must range from annoyance to werewolf.
    Must have range of 100 feet, cloaking feature, and be shock-resistant.
    BODY DOUBLE: (see pictures of “the rock” at http://www.scaredshitless.com for inspiration)

  20. "THE ROCK" says:

    Where did the dashes go between annoyance and werewolf? Gotta go, hear someone comi……..

  21. San Diego Momma says:

    PJ Momma: Good. I need to blame this on someone.

    Mommy Pie: You’re the queen of linky lovefests! Nothing to feel guilty about.

    Auds: Menopause would be welcome relief, right? RIGHT?

    DaG: The PMS Express seems to be on an around-the-world trip.

    Kelly: Do you think there’s something to all of us female bloggers sharing the same PMS timing?

    MOFM: You have a book??

    Jennifer: Seems the PMS and the guilt are going around…

    Steph: You always come up with the best compliments.

    Slouching Mom: Enjoy!

    Eden: Send one over here, skeevy wench!

    Jill: I’m hoping for a safe and “easy” move for the family! And no more bitten off butt cheeks.

    Vered: Now I remember! I found She-Power through you! Thx!

    Jenn: From you, that’s a BIG compliment!

    Toots: And bring it to Trader’s Joes! Maybe they’ll give you some free nuts.

    JCK: That’ll be the only thing that cures me.

    Mel: You’re on this list, so congrats to you too!

    Tinsenpup: Thank you for the chocolate go ahead!


  22. Da Goddess says:

    For those wanting to know how great menopause can be? It rocks. I had mine all surgically done (everything was taken out) and it was the best thing ever. Of course, adjusting to the hormones for the first month or so was rough, but then…I was a very, VERY happy woman (my ex, poor guy…he didn’t stand a chance, but once we broke up, my boyfriend was very thankful). I’m off the hormones now and still relatively happy.

  23. Myra says:

    First, you know I love your PMSing self. Second, this post is a treasure trove of bloggy goodness. I’m adding to my reader like crazy.

    As for the PMS, I suggest a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, and the Lifetime channel. When you’re done watching a day of movies with colons in the title, you’ll feel better.

  24. Jamie says:

    Way to spread the love. Much better than spreading the PMS.

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