Versatile. Me? Really, now.


Here I sit, with 17 minutes–give or take a few– to write a post that deserves 17 hours. And 17 million “Thank you’s” to Jennifer Butler Basile, the talented blogger behind Chopping Potatoes. Somehow, she wandered onto my crazy little blog here, and found me deserving of  “The Versatile Blogger Award”.  

Wow. Just wow. THANK YOU, TIMES 17 MILLION!!!

I feel so honored that my writing caught the attention of Jennifer, and she felt it worthy enough to include “a calibama state of mind” as one of her 15 nominees. Only fifteen. The odds were not in my favor considering the number of phenomenal blogs/bloggers out there in the bloggosphere, and the fact I have only been ‘doing this writing thang’ seriously for 3 months. But anyway, I made the cut. Time to break out the bubbly 🙂

So. Here are the rules, folks:

If you find yourself nominated, then you’ve been awarded  The Versatile Blogger award. And, you need to pay it forward:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself

Here are my 7 things:

1. I am the youngest of 7. The First Six are all pretty much 18 months apart. Then I came along 12 years later. A serious WTF moment for my parents, right? Could explain #4, below.

2. I have a somewhat eidetic memory. Freakish, actually. By that, I mean I can remember sequences of numbers after only glancing at them, or names of people’s pets from years ago….BUT, if I leave one room and go into another for a specific reason, I can’t remember why I’m there once I get there. Go figure.

3. I hate shredded coconut. Especially when people dye it green and use it as grass on Easter cupcakes. The thought of it makes me gag.

4. My mother was an alcoholic. There is a post about it here .

5. I entered a local chili cook-off in 2004, and won 3rd place. My chili is kick-ass. Seriously.

6. Our family pets include 2 dogs and a bearded dragon. If you had asked me a year ago if I would be the caretaker for a reptile of any kind, I would have, without hesitation, said “Hell to the NO”. Proof that things change…and fast.

7. Occasionally, I work as a voice-over actor for films. I would like to do it a lot more 🙂

So that’s me, in a nutshell.

And my nominees are, in no particular order, as I really adore them all:

Single, Pregnant, and Fabulous?!


Nobody, Nowhere

The Bloggess

Off Duty Mom

Snarky in the Suburbs

A Life Less Scripted

Sweetness of Life & Motherhood

The Beverly Hills Mom

Momma Swears

My Cracked Pot

Blue Eyed Blog

All Good in the Mommyhood

Hot Mess Mom

Motherhood, WTF?

All of these bloggers are fandamntastic. Check them out. 

And thanks for checking me out 🙂 





Discovered this AMAZING BLOG 5 days ago, and have barely been able to pry myself away from it to perform the simplest of tasks in everyday life (think, sitting on the potty reading from an iPhone). It cried out to me through a FB share posted by one of my dearest friends from college on a day when I, myself, JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. Of course, nobody knew that I had worked little ole me into a tizzy, because….well…I…um…hide when that happens, and can only be lured out by those who know me best, when they realize they haven’t heard from me for a bit. Sometimes, even that doesn’t work. Anyway, I think the author of the blog and I just may have been twins separated at birth. We have a lot in common. Her posts are exactly what I feel, and want to say, pretty much verbatim. Of course, she is a much more gifted writer than I. But then again, who isn’t? A girl can dream though. The stories I’ve read so far on Momastery have inspired me to adopt this as my new mantra:

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  

Because at the end of the day, somebody has to renovate this fixer-upper I call life, huh? Might as well pick out the paint myself.

Shout out.

Gotta give a shout out to a fellow blogger….wait, who am I kidding? She’s the freaking queen of comedic suburbian rhetoric! I claim no right whatsoever to be included in the same bloggersphere (I know that’s not a word) as her royal highness of “tell it like it is land”, but I have serious blog envy and aspire to make my blog equally entertaining eventually.  I laugh on a daily basis reading her “fresh snark” and daily comments on her FB page. I don’t know her personally, but Dear God, how I wish I did!! So, without further adieu…..I present you with the gift that is sure to keep on giving:

                                      SNARKY IN THE SUBURBS 

                                      Enjoy, my friends, enjoy! 

Amazing girls everywhere….

The following affirmation comes straight from a FABULOUS website I was turned onto by a good friend. You’ll love it too, I’m sure! After all, who couldn’t use a little positive reinforcement each day???? To visit The Brave Girls’ Club, click here

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