M is for mnemonic and other lofty words

I asked for it. Kelly and Danyelle, sisters, both took the challenge on their blogs and I wanted in. The task: list 10 things that you like that begin with a certain letter. I was tagged with M…by both of them. Collaboration? Sister telepathy? And since they both chose M I will not take the easy way out. I’m going for twenty. Here goes (in no particular order):

10 + 10 Things I Like That Start With The Letter M

  1. Manarola, Italy (part of Cinque Terre)
  2. München, Germany (Munich for the uninitiated. So, technically, I should have said München, Deutschland)
  3. Montgomery, Alabama (I learned from good-ole Wikipedia that Montgomery City and Montgomery County are named for two different men…)
  4. Mascarpone and all other types of cheese. Even goat cheese.
  5. M&Ms (any kind really, but my fave is peanut)
  6. Mommyhood (and my own mommy)
  7. Medicine for headaches. Any. Please. (I will go take some Motrine right now.)
  8. Mobile devices
  9. Mompreneurship
  10. Moon gazing…along with all the other celestial bodies
  11. Munchies (not having the munchies, but eating munchies)
  12. Mealtime (when I don’t have to cook)
  13. Manuscripts that have become the Bible
  14. Multiple days off teaching
  15. Maid service (I wish)
  16. Mo and my other meowing animal, Buzz
  17. Memory keeping in all its forms (blogging, sewing, scrapbooking, letters to my daughters)
  18. Matrimony
  19. Making our way throughout the whole world (traveling for those of you not obsessed with M’s today)
  20. Mandibular mastication of magnificent morsels

And to continue playing along I will not tag people to do this. If you think you’re up for the challenge let me know and I’ll assign you a letter. And to quote Kelly, “Probably not even Q.”

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Two Birds, One Stone

I’ve been raking in the awards lately. It’s high time I start passing them along. And apparently Jaci thinks I’m too busy to post a meme.

I have y’all so totally fooled. I’m not busy homeschooling or cleaning or playing with a toddler or running a business (wait, I’m really not running a business anymore…I’m in the R&D phase of the business.) Really, all I do is sit around all day and pet my cats while watching soaps. And eating junk food. I have all the time in the world to tell y’all 6 weird things about me and give away blog awards. In fact, I threatened Jaci, and in effect, my whole readership with turning it into a Friday 13 where I tell everyone 13 weird facts about me. I reconsidered though as all I could imagine was a bunch of you drinking Windex to stop the madness.

6 Random, Weird and Unspectacular Things About Me:

  1. I’d rather be hot than cold. See previous post.
  2. My belly button is now a half innie/half outie after the birth of my second child. TMI? Sorry. My kids grew like basket balls inside my tummy. WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURE AHEAD:                                                                                                          I know, gross right? 6 days before Ashlyn arrived. That left little room for my poor innie. I guess she stretched my skin too far; and it had less elasticity. My stomach now looks weird with a half and half.
  3. I can still put my legs behind my head. One at a time. I used to be able to leave them up there, now they must be held up. Once again, was that TMI?
  4. My husband thinks that it’s weird that I graze all day instead of eating three solid meals. What can I say? I love to eat. I’ve already mentioned that I consider eating a sport. Let’s just say I’m not a sprint eater. I’m a cross country eater. Actually, what he thinks is weird is that it’s not the healthiest food. Please, how can that be weird?
  5. I prefer pizza cold. Straight out of the fridge from the night before. Don’t hate.
  6. I auditioned for a music video. I was attending Agnes Scott College at the time (and maybe one day I’ll post about my former feminist and somewhat liberal self. It is a woman’s college after all). I was in a record store somewhere in Atlanta buying the Deadeye Dick album. The year was late 1993 or early 1994. As I was checking out, the guy behind me asked me why I was buying the album. “I like the music” was my response (duh!). “Well, I’m their manager and we’re holding auditions for their video. You should come by.” This story is getting way too long. I’m saving the rest for another post.

Now, to award the awards!

Let me just tell you right now I feel a little like Michael Scott handing out the Dundies. Please laugh at my jokes, if I tell any. Please applaud for all recipients. Please, no making fun of me or feeling sorry for me. Oh, and I don’t care if you’ve received these awards before, or if you hate getting awards. Just accept them will ya?

The first award of the day is the  Excellent Award. I have to pass this onto ten other blogs. Holy cow. I’m just going to spit ’em out all at once, in alphabetical order. If you choose to accept this award please stab yourself with a pencil, in the eye, while you too think of ten blogs to pass it along to. Congrats!

  1. Dancing With My Father We’ve decided we’re kindred spirits.
  2. Inspirations From Cheese In A Can My kind of humor. I love it.
  3. It’s Just A Moment, This Time Will Pass The first blog I ever read. And a fellow ASC grad.
  4. Lifting Up Serenity Serenity’s parents are blogging her and their experience with childhood leukemia.
  5. Politics 4 Moms Informative info re: all the candidates. Written by a mom for moms.
  6. Ravings of a Mad Housewife More of my kind of humor. I love finding blogs that get me.
  7. Root & Sprout Awesome e-zine that published an article written by me 🙂
  8. Snapshots Of My Life AMAZING photography skillz in Tori. You must look for yourselves.
  9. Stretch Marks Melissa Lee makes me spit coke out my nose. Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but it will one day.
  10. The Happy Housewife What I aspire to be. She’s got it all together. Or she makes it look as though she does.

The second award of the day is the  Brillante Weblog Premio!! My Italian Stallion! This one comes with its own set of rules:
Once an award is received, the rules are as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

OMG, seven more blogs? Where’s that pencil? Don’t we remember that I broke up with several blogs I read? This award will go to the awesome family blogs that we visit in order to catch up on the latest of our long lost friends.

  1. Our Journ-O Our mates living Down Under for the time being.
  2. Wich4 Our BFFs in Atlanta. (I’m kinda sick of that term, but what else works in a short space?)
  3. The Grunwalds We’re following them. Literally. Only we’re split by a year. Kinda Sandra Bullock-ish.
  4. The Kolb Family Dear Liberty/Hampton friends.
  5. The Wise Family Missouri friends with whom we didn’t get to spend near as much time as we would have liked.
    Hmm, it seems that I only know these five families that frequently (or not so) update their blogs.

Moving on, we come to the last award of the day. I rarely cuss y’all. And I’m not even saying this one in my head. Ok, I am, but only because Reagan and I discussed it’s meaning the other day. The last award of the day is the Kick Ass Blogger Award.

Here are the rules:
-Choose 5 bloggers that you feel are “Kick A$$ Bloggers”
-Let ’em know via email, twitter or blog comments that they’ve received an award
-Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to Mamma Dawg
-Pass it on!

I must also say that with this one you can sign Mr. Linky at MammaDawg’s site to show that you are indeed a recipient.

And the winners are:

  1. Dr. Robyn Silverman Dr. Robyn came to my rescue (along with many of you) when I realized the Princesses were Sexualizing My Daughter. She writes a couple blogs that discuss current issues and how they deal with girls.
  2. Especially Heather A mom dealing with brain cancer. One of her children has had a heart transplant. She has a deep, abiding faith in Jesus. She blogs her life in an encouraging way. What’s more kick butt than that?
  3. The team at MomDot These girls blog like there’s no tomorrow. They’re in the middle of their launch party right now with blog features, giveaways and discussions on controversial topics. What could be better?
  4. The Flip Side of DandelionEnd This woman is funny. Hilarious. Have you seen the comments she leaves on my Story Time, Interactive Style posts? And she makes weird stuff called Kombucha.
  5. The Right Wife Not only is she “right” but she’s also got great musical knowledge.

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Ugh! I did it! Please tell me you’re not drunk on Windex.

Going 5 Deeper

Leigh Anne tagged me for the latest meme. I actually went online yesterday to learn how to pronounce that word, and learned that it is actually a word, and was in existence before blog chain mail. Now, on to learning more than ever about mememememememe!

What was I doing ten years ago?

Let me do the math…1998. Oh! I was living in Germany; married for two years and some change; no kids; traveling around every weekend we could. I was either working as the Customer Service Rep for the Army Payroll (horrible job because I’m not a finance person…why would they ever hire me for that position?). OR I was a Test Administrator for City Colleges of Chicago (way cool job because I only worked Tues-Thurs and got to drive on the Autobahn two of those days). It was so long ago I can’t remember which. Hubby and I were buffing up for the EAS competition. Dude, my arms rocked.

Five snacks I enjoy?

  1. Peanut butter M&Ms
  2. Reece’s Peanut Butter cups
  3. Popcorn and Raisinettes (yes as a snack)
  4. Tortilla chips
  5. Cheese and coke (you must read the post to understand)

Five things on my to do list TODAY

Ok. First. I’m supposed to have a to do list? Maybe that’s the problem. Surfing shouldn’t be one of them I guess.

  1. Laundry (usually a Friday ritual–I only do it once a week–but we’ll be gone tomorrow)
  2. Pack for trip
  3. Go on trip
  4. Relax on trip
  5. Oh, return a Blockbuster movie

Things I would do if I were a billionaire

  1. Tithe. What would that be? $100,000,000? I can’t even fathom that many zeros.
  2. Fully fund the girls’ college accounts, for private colleges.
  3. Fully fund the girls’ wedding accounts.
  4. Invest and save
  5. Spend some, of course.
  6. Travel. My dream of dreams.
  7. Continue to give away.

Five jobs I’ve had

  1. Owner of Sew Petit, LLC.
  2. Administrative Assistant at The Flickinger Center (Performing Arts center in Alamogordo) where I got to sell tickets, help write grants, do radio ads (if you’re nice I’ll tell you about the time Du made an ad with me for the radio), etc. I was even on their Board of Directors for a while (INO).
  3. Test Administrator for City Colleges of Chicago in Germany. I administered the tests and made sure people didn’t cheat. I actually did not relish having to throw guys out of the classroom.
  4. Customer Service Rep for the Army payroll system. Let’s just say I had a lot of headaches during this job. I hated it. Switched to Test Admin. to save my sanity.
  5. Hostess at Mick’s Restaurant in Decatur. Awesome food. My first experience with restaurant workers. I did not fit in.

Five of my bad habits

Here’s where you think you’re getting the dirt on me:

  1. Procrastinating
  2. I just noticed yesterday that I’ve started wringing my hands
  3. Sticking my foot in my mouth (more on that to come)
  4. Talking on the phone while driving and not using my ear piece
  5. Eating food that’s not necessarily good for me when eaten on a constant basis

Five places I’ve lived

  1. Pensacola, Florida
  2. Warner Robins, Georgia
  3. Decatur, Georgia (suburb of Atlanta)
  4. Stuttgart, Germany
  5. Hampton, Virginia

Five people I want to get to know better (I’m tagging you in the hopes that you’ll play along. Please?)

  1. Kerith of The Right Wife. Your latest post has me very interested.
  2. NV of This D*mn House. I’m intrigued that you’re a fixer upper (I’d love to do), a scrapbooker (I love to do) and a genealogist (I’d love to do again if I had more time).
  3. Tori of Snapshots of My Life. I remember spending the night at your house once. But after that I don’t know much…
  4. Cher of Wich4. A really good friend who reminds me of Beth Moore.
  5. Kristen of We Are That Family. Your life through your blog is terribly funny. Your life before your blog must be as well.

If I could pick two more I’d ask Heather and Rachel to play along as well. I know both of you pretty well, or do I?

6 random things

  1. I’m numb now with the news of Steven Curtis Chapman’s daugther. More here.
  2. News like that really puts life into perspective.
  3. Do you honestly know where you’re going when you die? You don’t know when that time will come.
  4. Have a relationship with Jesus and everything else is cake.
  5. Your kids need to know about Jesus too.
  6. Reagan and Du’s favorite song right now is I Danced With Cinderella. God, give us the chance to have all of those moments with our girls.

I haven’t proofread this. Hope it’s ok.

My Post Meme

I’ve been tagged by Heather for a meme that talks all about memememe! I don’t even know how to pronounce meme, but I think it will be fun to do. I’m supposed to link to my five favorite posts and I’m supposed to follow the rules. So, here are the rules:

**The Rules**

Post about the meme and link back to the person who tagged you.  (Check! Thanks for the love Heather. BTW, check out her blog, she’s moved it from I’ll Think of It to Finding Atman). Go back through your archives and link to your five favorite posts.

*Link One: must be about family.
*Link Two: must be about friends
*Link Three: must be about yourself
*Link Four: must be about something you love
*Link Five: can be anything you choose.

Tag 5 other people (2 being people you would like to get to know better).

 Here are my favorite posts about:

1: Family: Almost every post I write is tagged with “family”. I didn’t have a hard time picking this one as my fave though. (I’m realizing I use too many tags).

2: Friends: Do I have those any more? I certainly haven’t blogged about many of them. Like I said, this post is about mememememe. My shout out goes to Rachel who sort of got me into blogging (even though I did drop the ball for quite a while). Her blog is It’s Just A Moment, This Time Will Pass.

3: Myself: Well, where should we start? I don’t have a fascination with myself by any stretch, but everything I write about pretty much happens to me. It’s cathartic to get it down in black and white, and it’s fun to make fun of myself. Well, this post talks about my awesome talent. This post is just funny to me and about me.

4: Something I Love: I love being sentimental. Sometimes. After my firstborn was born I was a sap. I’d cry at kleenex commercials. Now that number two is here I find myself less apt to cry at the drop of a hat. It was nice reminiscing during this post though.

5: Anything: I’m including this post here because I really do you want you to comply and let me know how it goes. Really, go make it and give me the lowdown.

NOW, to tag 5 other people. This wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be.

Lulaville: She’s passionate and writes with an accent. Sister of the South, bring it on!

Our Journ-O: We’re going to visit the Okamotos in Australia next year. I’m convinced we are. So I drink in everything she blogs about, getting ready to get my Auzzie on (that is an Auzzie accent btw).

Just Me: Some of the best photography, artistically and technically I know of (I sound like I know what I’m talking about), plus I went to school with her as a kid, woowoo!

My Connection to the Outside World: I found her blog when she commented for my contest. Her writing is funny and she has my sense of humor. (Blogs are all about making me laugh).

The Right Wife: I found her blog by surfing blogher and her title intrigued me. I’ve commented once or twice so I’m technically not a lurker. She has great music sense like Leigh Anne from Lulaville (whom I also went to school with).

So, have fun learning more about me. And play along, I want to learn more about you!