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Where’s the Brady Bunch and John Denver when you need them?

Some of you know that I live in the fabulous Pacific Northwest. Yes, we wear Goretex, flannel and it rains a lot. It’s cloudy and drizzly 300 days out of the year. I kind of like it. I’m a lazy, homebody, so snuggling the dog and doing nothing with the excuse that the weather is crappy, is kind of ideal for me.

Despite this weird enjoyment of mine of the cold and gloom (I should move to some moor in Scotland) this brings me to my point. All of us, at some time or another, need sunshine. Even those penguin researchers down at the South Pole who only see like two minutes of daylight in the winter have to have some kind of artificial sun in their lives, I’m certain.

Apparently, I am sunshine too folks. Yes, I’m pure, liquid rays of golden Vitamin D. Or at least that’s what another blogger has told me-

You Know it Happens At Your House Too gave me the Sunshine Award. I’ve received this award before not long ago. And I like to acknowledge all awards. So I will give credit where credit is due and tell y’all to go over and read her blog and ‘like’ her Facebook page. She is one funny mama. She’s one good pimp too. She got me 30 new followers in just a day. Maybe she casts a spell or something, I don’t know. But I’m not complaining.

I was touched and well, all sunny inside when she sent my award over to me. It didn’t come in a Teleflora van or anything, it was just a message on my Facebook page.

And in the honor of the Sunshine Award I am going to list all things that are sunny and delightful.

Singers now just don’t sing of sunshine anymore! You wouldn’t hear L’il Wayne or Nicki Minaj rap about sunshine. You might hear Adele sing about it, but since she set fire to the rain, she’ll probably snuff out the sun, or deep freeze it or something.

So here is some sunshine for YOUR day. Put on your bell bottoms, fringed leather jacket and pooka shells, cuz these all hail from the 70s!

First up- John Denver. Classic John Denver. Sunshine on My Shoulder, Makes me Happy. It makes me happy too. On my back, on my arms and on my legs with SPF 500 smeared all over them. But nonetheless, it does make me happy.

Then, The Brady Bunch. It’s a Sunshine Day. Yes it is! It’s raining buckets but I’m going to have sunshine in my heart no matter what.

Please get me the cookie jar. Anyone? Anyone? It would go fabulously with the Cher Barbie I’m still waiting for.

Then, we’ve got some soul. Some R&B. This song has been done and redone over and over. But it’s good. And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know… oh sorry, just feeling the lyrics. This is probably one of those good break up songs. Like REM, Losing my Religion, without sunshine…

And the all time classic-

You are my Sunshine. Which always makes me think of French’s mustard. Darn them! This song is only sweet for the first verse. After that they sing about taking away the sunshine and how sad it all is and I just think of death and dying and start crying. So maybe I’ll just go back to singing The Brady Bunch.

Wishing you a Sunshine Day!

Make my day even sunnier and vote for me on the right- Circle of Moms award. Thank you kindly.

My own acceptance speech in perfect timing for this weekend.

I love awards and I love it when fellow bloggers of the WordPress community bestow awards on each other. It feels like in school when you get a candy gram or a special certificate from the principal. Once in high school I got the Perfect Attendance award as a Sophomore. I was even clueless enough to be at the pep assembly they were giving out the certificates of other achievements to accept my certificate in person. I didn’t realize what street cred this award would give me. How can anyone be so geeky as to get perfect attendance? Honestly, I just kept going to school each day because I was terrified of all the work I had to do if I missed any class. Second, it was one of the few years I didn’t come down with strep throat. Third, it all went downhill from there because my Junior and Senior years were spent heavily involved in thespians and forensics (that’s theater and speech and debate for you non vocab proficient people like myself) and we got to miss school a lot traveling to competitions.

So on to the awards:

The From Life Idle to Life Fantastic blogger gave me these awards- ALL FOUR- Holla bitches! (okay, that wasn’t necessary, I’m sorry.)

She is a sweet blogger who, despite her life being very different than mine; translation- I don’t think she drives a minivan or wears pajama jeans, but I could be wrong, she is a mom after all- she is supportive and witty and doesn’t even use swear words.

Qualifications of the awards are to accept, make a speech (see above boring diatribe of perfect attendance, the music would definitely have cut me off at the Oscars if I were to say all that), acknowledge blogger that gave you award and then answer questions about yourself. Pass on the award to 10 blogs you enjoy.

The Sunshine, Candle Lighter, and Liebster Awards State the following:

  • Act like a God among bloggers (write a post)
  • Give your Acceptance and Thank you speech  for the one whom blessed you with the honor. (See above)
  • Give the cream of your crop the award as well
  • Post awards on your blog if accepted

The Sparkly Ten Commandments are:

  • Give Thanks
  • Answer Ten Questions with Honesty
  • Pass it on to Ten Other Bloggers

I used to pretend Barbara Walters was interviewing me for her Post Oscar special. I would sit in my bathroom and practice, trying to get all choked up and cry for her like the other celebrities do. It was hard, because my life was so dang peachy. I didn’t have any good stories about sleeping on a bare mattress on the floor of our mobile home for years before my stardom, or how my blind mother drove me to auditions. I realize that is not only completely false but utterly preposterous. My mom is not blind!

So here goes: I will try to cry or get choked up at least once.

  1. Describe yourself in seven words:
    Fun, Beautiful, Charming, Organized, Brilliant…. wait… what? OH…. be HONEST… okay fine…. goofy, sensitive, volatile, picky, sloppy, devoted, empathetic.
  2. What keeps you up at night?
    Sometimes the neighbor’s dog. But mostly, I sleep through the night these days since the kids are old enough. I can tend to wallow in crazy obsessions from my over active imagination where I’ve concocted images of my kids in peril. Then my blood starts to run cold and I think of fuzzy kittens and rainbows and try to get myself to sleep counting unicorns….
  3. Whom would you like to be?
    Helen Mirren- I want to be British, saucy, and get away with anything.
  4.  What are you wearing now? My mom uniform- jeans and a thermal tea with socks, slippers and a sweater. I basically look like I walked off the pages of Cosmo, I know.
  5. What scares you?  Cancer scares the crap out of me.
  6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
    I love that I can pretty much say what I want and most people get it. It beats a journal for sure. I hate the possibility of trolls coming around to spoil the party. I also dislike when my husband rolls his eyes at some of my posts. But I guess you can’t blame him.
  7. What was the last website you looked at?
    Facebook. duh.
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
    To be better at cleaning my house. And Angry Birds. I suck at it. I can only make it past the first level on like 6 tries. It’s pathetic.
  9. Slankets, yes or no? If by Slanket you mean Snuggie, then yes. Guilty.
  10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.
    She didn’t know what a Slanket was and thought a Slanket was a slinky mixed with a blanket. Which is better than what I invented called a fornikanket which is a blanket for two while they fornicate. You know, for those chilly nights.

Now for the 10 blogs I would like to forward these awards on to and hope you check them out. They are funny, sweet or downright blunt and in-your-face fantastic, and some have few followers since they are so new, so I want you to go visit them and check them out.

The Teacher’s Pen

Barking in the Dark

Lady Goo Goo Gaga

The Sticky Egg

If I Were Brave

Raising my Rainbow

Piperism

Kvetch Mom

She’s a Maineiac

Motherhood WTF?

So to these 10 that I have awarded these blogging awards- follow through with the rules and be sure to acknowledge me in your acceptance speech. Cuz I’m a needy whore that needs to be fed with affirmation.

Enjoy!

Getting to know you… well, me really.

Getting to know all about you. Getting to know you like me.

Something like that. I remember seeing the King and I on the stage when I was 6 years old. We went downtown to Chicago and saw Yul Brenner in his best role ever. Bald and bare chested. But I was 6, I wasn’t paying attention to that. I liked Anna’s dress. Oh my goodness, how I wanted a hoop skirt with yards and yards of shiny silk to flow over it! I wanted to dance and waltz and sing. My blog byline is ‘Confessions of a Middle Aged Drama Queen’ for goodness sake!

Thank you to Heather Christena Schmidt over at the B(itch) Blog AND Hyperactive Inefficiency for both awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  You both are awesome and I love reading your works. Please visit their posts and enjoy them too.

This means a lot to me, because a) I like to be liked b) I am a Leo and need attention and c) I feel insecure about my blogging so I like it when other blogs reach a virtual hand out to me and pat me on the back.

So typically these chainletter types of blog awards have me disclose something about myself and then pay it forward by awarding other blogs with these awards. Like Duck, Duck Goose; or Heads Up Seven UP. You pick your friends and then they pick you.

So here’s 7 things you shouldn’t know about me but will now, followed by 15 blogs I’ve discovered to be interesting.

1) I have done the flying trapeze 5 times. I even did a stunt on it. This wasn’t in the circus, but still. I was sweating bullets and almost peed my pants. But I did it.

2) I love crap television. Scoff all you want- Kardashians, Jerseylicious, Real Housewives, Pregnant in Heels. It’s mind-numbingly awesome.

3) I’ve never done recreational drugs. Not one puff of pot. Can’t even handle Tylenol with Codeine. I’m so boring.

4) Saw my first opera at age 8. It was Carmen and I loved it.

5) Wanted desperately to be a jockey when I was ages 7 to 11. I think this was fueled by watching movies like The Black Stallion, International Velvet and episodes of Little House. I wanted to be around horses. I was already too tall though.

6) I love clipping my son’s toenails. It’s weird. But this list is supposed to be REVEALING.

7) I wish Branston Pickle was a condiment in America.

Now to name 15 blogs that are interesting to me – visit them.

I am bestowing the Versatile Blogger to you so please be sure to thank me in your acceptance speeches. You’re welcome:

Pickahling

Good Humored

Today in Heritage History

Blurt

Girl on the Contrary

The Mainland

Live Learn and Dream

Snoring Dog Studio

The Flight of Reason

The Witty and the Mundane

Absolutely Ravenous

PCC Advantage

Barking in the Dark

For Better Genius

I Can’t High Five