Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hold on, I'm thinking... this may take a minute.

A few days ago I told you that my blogging buddy Pippajo gave me the

Pippajo and I have a few things in common such as our love of The Sims 2 (though I doubt seriously that either of us plays as much as we would like), blogging (of course!), we are both Dork Bloggers... and we have a mutual Dork crush on Conan O'Brien.

I am always flattered (and at times flabbergasted) when someone gives me an award because, well, quite frankly I don't see how I am any better than any other blogger out there. My schtick is nothing new to the blogging world and most of my material has been born of my "middle child" syndrome. :D

That being said, I have such a problem with accepting a compliment, that even know I am unable to accept this award without a bit of self deprecation. I have issues. BUT- I am flattered, and accept this award with gratitude. Thank you Pippajo!

Here are the rules for this award:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote

Let me first say that this was very hard, you may not know this about me but I find it difficult to make decisions. All of the blogs I read are thought provoking in one way or another, that's why I read them! There are so many to choose from, so many different styles, different types of blogs...

So without further ado, these are the top 5 blogs that make me not only think but also make me feel:

1. Holly is everything I would love to be as a mom, human and writer. Sure, she's probably not perfect but she is perfect to me. :D Holly's blog is so much more than that, and she is always writing something funny and thought provoking, and she inspires me in so many ways. Her writing flows, and is so gracious and eloquent- it doesn't matter what she writes about, it's always beautiful.*I also give this award to Holly for Thinking that I am worth the read, despite what she might find here at the circus. LOL!*

2. Just as Pippajo said on her blog, there is no rule against "tagging" the tagger... I have to say that the very first post I read on her blog was so heart wrenching and real, her post made me cry. But it also made me think very hard about what is important in life. Since then she has continued to astound me with her resilience of spirit, and the beauty and depth of her heart and soul.

3. Jenny has go to be hands down, one of the smartest people I blogging know. And one of the funniest! Jenny doesn't shy away from complex and hilarious issues such as knowing when you are a grown up, Government by the people, and which is worse: poor grammar or poor manners. *The last one is a tough for me, since I am guilty of both. ;)* Best of all, Jenny doesn't mind "poking the comfort zone with sharp, hot sticks". She isn't afraid to lay it on the line, and doesn't take guff for her beliefs. I totally dig that about Jenny.

4. Robin and I are like old buddies... The kind that don't get to talk as much as we'd like, but we do try to make the time when we can. :D Robin's is another writer of such great talent. She writes what she feels, and doesn't leave a thing to be desired. Robin is another blogger who can put anything into words and it sounds so elegant.. but truly heart felt and brutally honest.

5. Last but not least, Island Girl is again, one of those people who are the whole package if you ask me. Just as I said about Holly, though I'm sure she has her flaws like the rest of us, she is perfect to me. :D Island Girl always leaves me with a light heart, no matter what she blogs about... and one of my favorite things about her blog is that she asks for the reader's opinion, and genuinely wants to know. Aside from being the creator of the always informative, creative, and humorous Carnival of Family Life- Local Girl is always so thoughtful and giving, and yet she makes me ponder what is right and wrong with the world with her daily life posts.

All of these people are bright spots in the universe for me along with the other friends I've made, and to all of my blogging buddies... I'd list you all if I could!

On a side note, I won't be blogging for the next 2 days or so. Emma's 2nd birthday is tomorrow and her party is Saturday. The next 48 hours will be filled with what I like to call PPP or Pre-Party Panic. ;)

OK, yes I forgot... of course I will have to post pics of the little pooper tomorrow, from birth day to birthday!


kailani said...

*blushing* aww, shucks.

That was so sweet of you to say. I really appreciate the kind words and thoughts. I am truly honored.

I want to hear all about Emma's party. I can't believe she's 2 already! Baby Bug is right behind her. Hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration!

Holly said...

Blushing here too dear! What a sweet tribute to some great friends and writers. Like you I have a harder time accepting something at face value without denouncing my deserving factor, but this is truly wonderful. Nothing means more than kind words from good friends. I can't wait to hear how the party goes! Can you believe how fast the time goes?


Karianne said...

Happy Birthday to Em and to you too! Try not to panic too much, she'll love whatever you do. I'm going to check out your faves, how exciting!

crse said...

I heart Jenny Ryan! Aw Mert you are a great rockin' thinkin' blog!

crse said...

oh and i heart pippa too but that goes without saying....

Robin said...

MaryMerrrrrrrrrrrrrrt.......! I'm so glad I popped over here on my way to bed (early--I'm wiped OUT). This is precious punctuation to a full day (little to none of it spent blogging as evidence by my sad, little nothing of a post this morning, lol).

Thank you are such small words to express such BIG appreciation; you KNOW I'm a "words of encouragement" girl, so these go a loooooonnnnnggg way towards filling my tank. You characterized us well, and I'm glad you "get" me. You've DEFINITELY found your blogging stride and that's a lovely thing;).

Ooooo, and Emma was born on my....ummm...(shhhhh) 42nd birthday! COOL! Birthday hugs to her! I'm sure we'll get to see her cake and surprises soon :D.

Daddy Forever said...

Congrats! I have a hard time accepting awards too. My parents trained me to be humble.

Jenny Ryan said...

Aw, Mert, thanks so much! I'm so honored!! :)

Jenny Ryan said...

Yay! I finally got my post up. And I'm glad you can tag the tagger, because that is what I did for you :)