Monday, September 8, 2008

A Prize Winning Blog


I won a prize from my dear friend Jane in England who writes a great blog, I want to say it is hilarious, which it is, but it is also serious sometimes, and thought provoking. But mostly it is hilarious. And, clearly, Jane is extremely discriminating. ha ha ha

When I first read her post, granting this award to five blogs she thought were deserving, mine was listed first. I saw nothing but that big “Number One” next to my name and I was off like a rocket ship, gushing and blubbering and groveling in gratitude. A few hours later, when my vision had cleared, I noticed the disclaimer “…in no particular order…” ahead of her list.

Oh. Never mind.

I was pretty embarrassed and Jane had had a good giggle at my over-the-top reaction, but all’s well that ends well. ?!?! Whatever, I couldn't think of a way to end the paragraph.

Naturally, because this is my life, nothing is ever easy. There were rules associated with the award. Rules that took me five days to figure out.

So to start with, I will list the rules. Here they are:

1. Select 5 blogs that I believe deserve this award for their creativity, design, and interesting material or for contributing to the blogging community.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog .
3. Each recipient must then show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. The award-winner and the one who has given the prize has to show the origin of the award which is

Ok, they might seem simple to you, but I felt as though I went blind every time I read them. Hey, I never claimed to be a brain surgeon.

Then I had to pick five blogs. The hardest part. One, because there is really a lot of good stuff out there. Two, because I have not had the time to keep up with all the good stuff.

So here, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (so no one will embarrass themselves like I did; not that any of them would be likely to), are five blogs I think deserve recognition because of their unique talents:


Joe writes this eclectic blog, along with several others, that is remarkable for its humor, insight and crankiness. I love crankiness; it is my favorite emotional state because I think it uses up a lot of calories. Joe and I have a great deal in common, including a [probably unhealthy] love of toast. I was dismayed to see several things that I actually quite like on his list of things that piss him off, but we will save that discussion for another day.


This is Kate’s Life. And a rich one it is. Kate is a remarkable girl (sorry Kate, but when you’re younger than at least one of my children, you have to be a girl). She is very funny, extremely perceptive and sensitive and, best of all, also occasionally cranky. Are you sensing a theme here? Kate is also a physician, in her psychiatric residency. She already is a remarkable and empathetic practitioner. She is going to be one of the best.


For anyone who loves New York, this blog is a gift. I can’t walk these walks anymore, but I get to experience them vicariously through Teri’s site. She does the most incredible amount of research and her observations are spot on. I am always so grateful for the photos and the essays she posts. Talk about a Valentine to the City!!


When I first started my blog, the idea was to chronicle my loss of millions of pounds over the ensuing months. Well we know how that ended up. But Jessica, who was one of my first readers and commenters, has kept up her commitment. She is a sweet girl, generous with her praise, encouragement and friendship. She will always be special to me.


When you read Barb’s blog, you want to call her and have her come over IMMEDIATELY for a cup of coffee and commiseration. Everything that happens to Barb has happened to me at least once. Except for the being from Texas part. I am from the Bronx. But see, they both have ‘x’s in them!!! Her girls are precious and remind me of how much fun I had with mine until they grew up and became soul-sucking parasites (forget I said that, Barb, you are clearly a much better mother than I am, so no fears there). Barb is funny, smart and touching all at the same time. You will wish she lived next door.

So there you have it. Check out these great blogs and spread the word!!

…as I continue to gush “I can’t deny the fact that you like me!! Right now, you like me!!!”


Jane Turley said...

Oh Marie, you do make me laugh! Perhaps it would have been better if I hadn't numbered them!

Now I will have to check out these blogs you have recommended as I'm always looking for something good to read.

And stop gushing woman! The last time I gushed it was when my amniotic waters broke.

Marie said...

And that is why I lettered mine, so no one will make a fool of themselves like I did. lol Although I do believe that kind of dopiness is particularly unique to me. lol

Alright, no more gushing. We don't want to make anyone squeamish with water-breaking sagas. Although, I do have GREAT birth stories. We will have to compare someday. :) I think we should have a "Birth" blogging day.

Ok, maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. You have a great list. I love the old man yelling at cars one. My husband will like it, too.

Da Old Man said...

Oh, Marie, thank you so much. I appreciate it.

DK said...

I like you!!!!

And, I'm so touched. Thank you!!!

Yeah, you can call me a girl...;-)

Maddy said...

Newbie visiting from My Sandwich Generation.

We appear to have a great deal in common.


Barb Matijevich said...

Wait, wait, am I LAST on the list??? Oh, do I sound CRANKY? (I aim to please!)

Thank you so much for saying such nice things about me and mine. I know the girls are going to turn on me but it's my blog and I don't have to admit it.

I call Kate a girl, too. She's not even THIRTY yet. (Oh, do I sound CRANKY?) (Wait, maybe I just sound bitter. That's not as much fun.)

Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

*Accepting the award in person* I would like to thank Marie, my friends, my colleague, and my director, *ahem* bowing* :)
Marie, you're always great! Thanks for bringing humor to the crowd. Gosh know, we need to laugh sometimes when things are tough.

Marie said...

Danielle: Thanks, happy to see you here!!

Joe: You are so welcome!!! :) (P.S. we'll discuss that LIST of yours another time!)

Kate: You're welcome, girl! :)

Maddy: Hi! Welcome! I hope you'll be back and bring lots of similar adoring readers. lol Ok, you didn't say you adored me, but how could you not?!?! lol

Barb: Did you ever hear "last but not least"?!?! You five are so great I would never be able to put you in ANY kind of order. Except maybe alphabetical. HEY!! I should have thought of that!!! (smacking myself upside the head)

Jessica: You are also SO welcome. Truly, what would we do if we couldn't laugh?!?!