"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.


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People Really Know How to Make Me Blush

I started blogging as a way to unwind, keep sane, and share some funny every now and then. Little did I know that joining the blogosphere would allow me to meet so many amazingly wonderful, outstanding people. In my nearly 2 months of blogging, I have received so much love and support from so many people I don’t know personally but who I feel like I’ve known for years and years.

Two of these people are Ellen at Bad Word Mama and Joy at ComfyTown Chronicles. Each of whom gifted me with some more awards last week. Man, you all sure do know how to make a gal blush.

Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

epic awardI think Ellen put it best in her post after receiving her award: “Holy Shit Balls that is a mouth full!  (That’s what she said.)” Heh, heh. It’s like she’s in my head or something. But really, when I saw this from her I felt, well, epically awesome. And now I have the award to prove it.

Upon accepting this award I have to share 10 more facts about myself and then nominate 10 other bloggers.

  1. I cannot believe that in all the sharing about myself that I’ve done on here that I have not once mentioned to you my LOVE of ketchup. Seriously, I cannot imagine a world without it. I have could eat it out of the container — just give me a bowl and a spoon and I’m happy. My daughter did not inherit this gene from me, but my older son did. It’ll be interesting to see where the baby falls with this one. 
  2. A lot of my friends thought I was an only child growing up because my older brother and I are 10 years apart, and he was out of the house by the time I was 7 or 8.
  3. I am a hypochondriac. I know this and I accept this. So I guess that makes it not so weird, right?
  4. My family and I are getting ready to move from CT down to VA for my husband’s fellowship. Last time we moved, we had only 1 kid. Tons of crap, but only one kid. We’ve upped our kids by two, so I’m worried about the crap factor. We may need to rent a pack of moving trucks.
  5. I don’t like melons. (No, not those melons. Actually, ok, sometimes those melons. Like right now when I’m dealing with melon issues from melon-feeding. Arggghhhh.)
  6. I sleep with no less than 4 pillows every night. My husband knows better than to try to swipe one of them.
  7. I now consider myself an expert on all things dinosaurs, as my oldest son is going through a major dinosaur phase right now. (Remember, he wanted to be known as “Saurus” on here. Yeah, it goes that deep.)
  8. I love that my husband makes it his mission to carry in all of the groceries in one trip every single time. I could have 3 bags or 76, and somehow he always manages to do it.
  9. I dig my in-laws. So does my husband. We love having family visit and find it funny when friends think we’re nuts.
  10. I hate when people spell my name wrong. Ok, I know, it’s not that common, and it could be spelled a gazillion different ways, so let me rephrase — I hate when people spell my name wrong after seeing it spelled correctly. Just pay attention.

And my nominees are . . .

ComfyTown Chronicles

Dadmissions

Suburban Snapshots

Funny is Family

RealMomofNJ

Miss Banana Pants

My Children Think I’m Perfect

the crumb diaries

Fodder 4 Fathers

Buried with Children

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

____________           Very inspiring blog award from The Mommy ChroniclesThanks to Joy I now have an “Inspiring Blog Award” and a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” . . . these technically may be the same award, but since the names are slightly different, I’ll count them separately. 🙂

For this one, I’m supposed to share 7 facts about myself, but since I’m combining posts for the two awards, I’m going to use the same fun facts for both. C’mon, you didn’t really want to know that much about me, did you?

And, here are my nominees . . .

Hollow Tree Ventures

Adventures of NinjaMama

Crazy Mommy Keeping it Sane

Slice of Humble

Multiple Mayhem Mamma

Bad Playdate

kissing the frog

Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom

Tripping While Standing Still

Daddy doin’ work

Thanks again to Ellen and Joy for making me feel so loved! 🙂

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Why Thank You, I Humbly Accept–The Liebster Award

Thank you to Daily Dose of Damn for awarding me a Liebster Award for up and coming bloggers! Look at me, all up and coming and stuff. I humbly accept this honor. Upon accepting this award, I need to provide you will 11 more fun facts about myself, answer questions Damn posed for me, nominate bloggers I dig, and create 11 questions for those bloggers. Let’s get this party started.

Fun Facts About Mamma Wild Thing

  1. I am a hair twirler. Like completely, totally addicted to twirling my hair. I’m actually surprised I haven’t twirled it all out by now.
  2. I’m all Rain Man like when it comes to directions. If I go somewhere once, I will forever know how to get there and back.
  3. I married a man who is the complete opposite of me with regard to #2. I still love him.
  4. I really love my minivan. I admit it. I love it so much I have to hit the lock button on it and hear it chirp at least 8 times before I’m convinced it’s locked up real good. And then I hit the button a few more times to make sure it’s extra locked up. Can’t see my life without one in the foreseeable future.
  5. I hate sleeping with my bedroom door closed. I don’t like not being able to hear what might be going on in the rest of the house.
  6. I hardly watch any tv these days–seriously, I have no knowledge of what’s going on in the real world–but when I manage some free time to watch without the kids, my current guilty pleasures are Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. Don’t judge.
  7. If I could marry a food, I would marry cheese. Except Swiss cheese. That stuff is nasty.
  8. I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person. Having kids has really cramped my style in terms of sleeping in.
  9. Speaking of sleep, if given the choice between sleep and a shower, I will pick sleep ALWAYS.
  10. The other day, after 9+ months, I thought that my ring finger was ready to welcome back my engagement and wedding rings. I severely miscalculated. Ended my day at the fire station getting my wedding band cut off. Waaaah waaaah.
  11. I have known my best friends for 26-30 years.

My Questions from Damn

  1. When was the last time you were truly embarrassed?  I want the story. Refer to #10 above. I thought my rings were ready to go back on my finger. My wedding band went on ok, but my engagement ring took a little bit of coaxing. I knew right away I made a grave mistake and spent the better part of 3 hours trying to get that sucker off. After lubing, pulling, and twisting, I finally managed to get my engagement ring off. However, the trauma to my finger left it so completely swollen that there was no hope for my wedding band. After spending the rest of the day with my Michelin Man finger looking like it would bust open, my husband convinced me I’d have to get it cut off. So, I rolled up to the fire station at 8:30 that night to ask them to cut off my ring. There were 10 or so fire fighters hanging out and curious about my predicament. I felt so stupid.
  2. Have you ever had a Brazilian wax? No, I actually find that a bit creepy. I would, however, do the Brazilian butt lift.
  3. Let’s say you’re passive aggressive, like I am.  Pretend I’m the person you’d love to tell off, but never would to his/her face.  Let me have it. If I could sneak into your house, I’d set your alarm an hour earlier than usual, and make sure your kid was accidentally woken up earlier too. I’d hide all of your coffee and chocolate and make sure the hot water was turned off. If I couldn’t sneak in, I’d probably just leave a big ol’ bag of hot dog poo at your front door. But in a place you wouldn’t see it. Until you stepped in it.
  4. Have you ever looked through someone’s phone without them knowing? Yes. But honestly because I thought it was mine. Until I saw the home-cooked recipe app.
  5. Toilet paper – over or under? OVER!
  6. What is your guilty pleasure? Showering alone. Errr, I mean see #6 above.
  7. Name 3 blogs that you regularly read. Funny is Family, You Know It Happens At Your House Too, and Single Dad Laughing.
  8. The stupidest thing you did to impress a guy. I can honestly say that I’ve never intentionally done anything, stupid or not, to impress a guy. Either I’m your cup of tea or I’m not.
  9. If you were a superhero, what would your super power be? To stop whining before it starts.
  10. What would your superhero name be? Hot Mamma. It has nothing to do with my super power, but it would make me feel good having everyone call me that.
  11. Manscaping – Preferred?  Or not so much? A little is ok, but not too much. I think that’s creepy, too.

My Nominees

Following in Damn’s footsteps, I’m nominating five, although it appears you’re supposed to nominate 11? Hopefully the Liebster gods don’t crap all over us now. Anyhoo, here are my nominees–I’m a new follower to some, less new to others. Either way, they’re funny and I enjoy reading them. Maybe you will too.

Bad Word Mama

ComfyTown Chronicles

Mom of the Year

The Honest Mommy

The Urban Daddy

Questions for My Nominees

  1. If you could marry a food, what would it be?
  2. Are you a tp folder or crinkler?
  3. When was the last time you took a shower? Ok, when was the last time before that?
  4. What is one thing you absolutely cannot leave your house without?
  5. Favorite curse word? Why?
  6. Caillou or Max & Ruby?
  7. What is your favorite type of salad dressing?
  8. What bloggers do you make sure to read every day?
  9. Can you do the robot? Well?
  10. If you were shopping to prepare for a big snow storm, what are your must-haves?
  11. Do you have any unusual talents?

Thanks again to Daily Dose of Damn for sharing the love.


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Sharing Some Love: The Inspiring Blog Award

It’s been a week since I started blogging. I hardly have any posts, and I’m not even sure how many people are actually reading what I’m writing. I take that back, I know at least one. Suzi over at Crap No One Tells You because she recently sent me an “Inspiring Blog Award.” This mama really tells it like it is–she keeps it real while making me laugh. And laugh, and laugh. So thank you, Suzi!

inspiring blog awardI’m still learning the ins and outs of the blogosphere–for instance I’ve learned how not to be a “bloghole” from Tara at You Know it Happens at Your House Too–but I have found enough encouraging, thoughtful, humorous, witty, snarky, truthful, and motivational content to inspire me to continue writing, not to mention to keep me busy reading for a lifetime. (And we all know how much I love reading!)

I am thankful to Suzi for a) finding me among the thousands of bloggers out there, b) actually reading what I have to say, and c) enjoying my writing enough to gift me with this award. What an honor among such an amazingly talented community of bloggers.

There are two rules to accepting the “Inspiring Blog Award”: I have to tell you 7 things about myself, and I have to pass this award onto 15 other bloggers. So, here goes.

About me:

  1. I have wanted to be a mommy since I was little. My mom still has a fill-in-the-blank school activity I completed in second grade that said, “When I grow up, I want to be ________.” I answered “mommy” and went on to share that I wanted 12 kids.
  2. I can confidently tell you that I will not be having 12 kids. We have 3 now, and I could see one more. But I think 4 would be my limit. Probably.
  3. My husband and I met in middle school. He had a crush on me before I knew who he was. Apparently he thought I had the right amount of junk in my trunk. (God I hope our families aren’t reading this one!)
  4. I enjoy reading and watching pretty much anything about vampires.
  5. I’m a toilet-paper-should-come-off-the-top-of-the-roll kinda gal. (NEVER the bottom!)
  6. Our family ends every day with a dance party. And I’m only slightly ashamed that our kids know that words to LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and “Champagne Showers.”
  7. I do not drink coffee. Instead, I’m addicted to diet soda. I know, I know — scientists have shown rats get brain tumors from the stuff, but I just can’t stop. Hey, there could be worse things to be addicted to. (And yes I did just end that sentence with a preposition.)

Now, the blogs with which I’m sharing the love–these are all blogs I enjoy reading; they make me laugh, they make me cringe, they make me raise an eyebrow, but most importantly, they make me think:

Funny is Family

Does This Match?

We are THAT Family

Fodder 4 Fathers

RealMomofNJ

i like beer and babies

You’re my favorite today

The Daddy Complex

Single Dad Laughing

Frugalista Blog

The Dude of the House

Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

Baby Sideburns

Insane in the Mom-Brain

Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with My Morning Quiet Time?

Some of these bloggers are moms, some are dads, some are newbies like me, and some are seasoned vets. If you have any spare time after reading all of my glorious blog posts (which you should, because as you know, there’s only a handful so far), please check them out and share the love.

Bloggers, if you would like to accept this award, just leave a comment here letting
me know that you received it. Then on your blog, tell us all 7 facts about yourself and spread the love to 15 bloggers of your choice.

Later gators,

Mackenzie