1. In Mandyland – I found this one through crafting, I think, but I love reading all that Mandy has to say. She is going through a divorce and I can relate from when I was in that newly separated stage, but she is doing it with a lot more grace than I did, I have to say. Not that I was terrible, Mandy is just doing so well. Also: awesome crafty stuff
2. Wonder Woman I’m Not – I believe I found Liz through Menu Planning Monday, but her blog is so much more than that. She is doing a lot of the same things I am doing with my blog–trying to figure out how to fit everything into a busy life, all the things that need doing PLUS the things we want to do. Very inspirational!
3. Dark Side of the Fridge – This is the blog that is finally motivating me to take the plunge into 101 Things in 1001 Days. I have seen this on other blogs, but ToyLady makes it look so doable. For instance, when the original 1001 days passed and she hadn’t done all of the things, she just added 500 more days. Oh hey, that’s right–it’s her project, she can do it however she wants. I can do that!
4. The Omnium Gathering – This is a new blog, but check out this list of topics–Rachelle definitely has the idea of a versatile blog down! Her writing is beautiful, too; I look forward to seeing her blog grow.
5. 2 Girls. 2 Cats. 1 Big apple. – I found this blog through crafting links, and Lissa definitely has some beautiful knitting to share; when I get crocheting down and move to add knitting to my crafty repertoire, I will be coming here for ideas and tips. But she also has adorable cats and interesting musings on life in general, which make for some great reading.
6. Shakespeare I Ain’t – I found Cyndy when I was writing about the WSJ article on dark themes in YA–she had a great alternative view of the controversy. I didn’t entirely agree with everything she said, but I appreciated seeing another viewpoint that brought up a very real problem with finding a book recommendation for a particular kid. I find all of her writing to be nuanced in this way, and I love reading it!
7. Razing Mayhem – Monique recently joined our writing team at Gaming Angels, where she is a wonderful addition to the team, and I love her personal blog too. She has some very cute kids and wonderful photography skills.
8. Girl in a Cape – Jessi is another great addition to our Gaming Angels team, and a fantastic writer. She writes for a couple of other sites, too, so this personal blog is just that–personal. I love this kind of blog, really, where interesting people talk about their lives. Jessi does it very well.
Okay, now for 7 things about me:
1. I have the two best kids on the planet. Sorry, other parents.
2. I also have a pretty great dog, except that she is a chewer. We met her by surprise at an event where Stray Rescue was sitting out in front of Whole Foods with some of the dogs available for adoption. I wasn’t looking for a dog, and I didn’t decide I wanted A dog that day; I fell in love with THIS dog. Having a dog is just as big a pain in the @$$ as I thought it would be, but I do love her, so I am glad to have her.
3. I have ADHD, and I take medication for it. This has literally changed my life–I was doing okay before I started taking the medication, but since I have started it (generic Adderall, in case you are wondering), my life has improved in many ways–I get more done and I am far less anxious. Coping skills are helpful, but sometimes medication is necessary.
4. I want to live a simple life, but I find it hard to do sometimes. Where do you draw a line? I love technology, and I couldn’t imagine doing without it, but what is too much? Also, how do you distinguish between things that are unnecessary and things that reduce your stress by taking a bit of the load off of your back?
5. I always wanted to grow up to be a writer, but sometime in my mid-20s, I just stopped writing very much. There were many reasons, but once you stop, inertia makes it hard to start again. I started back up recently thanks to a conversation with my kids. They asked what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was a kid. When I said “A writer,” without any hesitation, they said “But you can still do that.” Wow, they are smart kids, :).
6. I am tremendously proud of having bought my own house. That’s why I don’t know if I will ever be able to quit my day job and write full time; the mortgage is not cheap.
7. I am a feminist. This means two things to me–there shouldn’t be limits on what I can do because I am a woman, but also that traditionally female things are not inferior to traditionally male things. I definitely think there is a place for trailblazers in traditionally male pursuits like science and engineering, but I would like to see more value added to traditionally female pursuits. Like, painting portraits is art, because men have done it more, but quilting is “just” a craft. That’s just silly to me.
Versatile Blogger Award. The Rules:
2. Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
3. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.