Friday, September 21, 2007

Hey, look at this!

Hey, check this out! I'm Rant of the Day at OttawaStart Blog. (I'm wondering now if it's taking attention whoredom to a whole new level to link to a site that links back to one of my own blog postings, but hey, I'll take the attention where I can get it.) Look, Ma, I'm famous. Sorta.

And this:

Josie at No Internal Editor gave me this last week! It's the 'You Make Me Smile' award. How cool is that? The only thing is, that having given it to me, I can't give one right back. And I want to, because she really does make me smile. Hearing about the things that go on in her single-working-mom life really resonates with me, and her son Wonder Boy is the source of many giggles and the occasional cup of tea spraying the keyboard. To steal one of her sayings, I heart Josie and WB.

It's hard to pick 5 people to pass this along to, since each and every damn one of you makes me smile on a daily basis. But here goes:

Meanie at Meanoldmommy. Fellow Ottawa mommy with two girls and a liking for punk rock. What's not to like?

Mamatulip at Where am I going...and why am I in this handbasket? Her stories about life with Julia and Oliver and Dave rock. End of story.

Danigirl at Postcards from the Mothership. One of my inspirations for blogging. How Dani manages to blog daily while working, caring for two active little boys, and gestating the Player to be Named Later is a mystery to me. Her self-deprecating humour and similar experiences to mine make me smile often. Also, I like her phrase 'attention whore', and I'm so stealing it.

Antonia at Whoopee. Strange, but killingly funny. I smiled for days at the thought of her and her husband checking into a hotel dressed as Roman Catholic Cardinals.

Alissa at Life's Little Adventures and Briana at Life with Boys (I'm cheating and giving out 6). Often it's their photos that make me smile -- pictures of Alissa's boys on the farm, sitting in tractor wheels or climbing on hay bales, or silhouetted against a sunset sky; pictures of Briana's boys playing ball or heading off to school, or being held upside-down by their dad. Their boys are much the same ages as my girls, and the similarities and differences in raising them that I get from reading their blogs (Alissa was my other inspiration for blogging) make me smile.

So that's it for today, a little bragging, and a little bit of thanks for all the smiles.


  1. You're welcome for the smiles -- and thank you back for the kind words!

  2. Congrats on the Ottawa Start posting darlin.
    And I'll put "tea spitting" warnings up from now on in :)

  3. Hey Alison! You're a perfect recipeint for this award - you often make me smile, for exactly the same reasons you said that I make you smile. Go figure!!

    And as for "attention whore" I got an even BETTER phrase from the Rush concert the other night: "malignant narciccism." It's either the perfect name for a band, or the perfect name for a blog. Either way, it's great, isn't it?

    Anyway, thanks for the lovely compliments. They fuel the fire on the days when blogging is not so easy.

  4. Anonymous9:05 PM

    Awww, thanks! I wish I could give you one right back--I always grin just by noticing you've updated.

    I'll be sure to post this sometime this week, after the wedding extravaganza :-)

  5. thanks man! so nice to get a shout out!
    by the way, carp fair was a little slice of heaven for our family - from the super nice family who handed us tickets when we walked in, just because they were done for the day and weren't going to use them, to the carnies who let me hop on the rides with edie without having to pay, it was awesome. (i did have to dust off the whole family though when we got home!)

  6. Awww, YOU make me smile! Sorry I'm just reading this now. Been away on business.