First, the lovely Down-to-Earth Mama passed on the "Brillante Weblog" award. I believe in presenting me with this award, she called me both "funny" and "interesting," and neither referred to my physical appearance. SCORE!
The rules for this one say to nominate seven blogs, so, in no particular order, here are my "Brillante" nominations. I chose them based on the fact that I haven't been reading many blogs since work started, but there are some blogs that I ALWAYS read, every time there's a new post.
Blog Chocolate - I adore Sandra with all my heart, and I've been reading her for about two straight years. I know reading her will make me feel something, whether it's joy, empathy, or empowerment. I consider her a true friend, even if we have still not met face-to-face.
Crummy Cupcake - Ever since we met as random roommates at BlogHer '08, I've been captivated by Erica's updates. I miss her hugs and her kindness, and can't wait to see her again someday soon.
Her Bad Mother - Yeah, I know, Catherine really has no need for more awards. For one thing, she already knows I love her. For another, about a thousand other readers also love her, so she doesn't need my weird award. But still, I read her without fail, and she's brilliant, so Brillante is perfect for her.
Sweetney - Much like Catherine, Tracey SO does not need me to trumpet her awesomeness. However, that doesn't make her awesomeness less important, so Brillante it up, bitch!
The Bloggess - Damn! Why do I keep awarding all these "popular" bloggers! (Ha! Get it? 'Cause there was all that drama before about using the word "popular" which actually means pretty much nothing? Remember?) Jenny actually makes me want to be more randomly hilarious in my daily life, which would be great for my friends, but probably bad for my career.
Prince Charming is Dead - I'll admit that I might just like reading Dead Charming because I know he's got a crush on me. (Flattery will get you everywhere, my friends.) Really, though, I think it's because I never really know what he'll throw at me as a reader, and I like the mental exercise that gives me.
Blog Nosh Magazine - Yeah, I'm probably not really supposed to pass on a blog award to an online magazine, but I NEVER miss a day of noshing. There is some straight-up AMAZING stuff over at Blog Nosh, and I'm always awed by how much I learn and grow from reading the daily posts.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! I also got a "Kick Ass Blogger" award from my Twitter friend iamdebra over at Reflecting. About the award:
Do you know any bloggers that kick ass? Maybe they’ve got incredible, original content. Or they’re overflowing with creativity. Is it someone that helps you become a better blogger? Or a bloggy friend you know you can count on? Or maybe it’s someone who simply inspires you to be a better person… or someone else who sends you to the floor, laughing your ass off.
Whatever the reason may be, I’m sure you know at least a couple of bloggers that kick ass. Well… why not tell ‘em so?Wow, I am so honored! Apparently, I kick ass - who knew? And who do I feel kicks ass? Hmm, let's see...
Jennster - Damn if this chick doesn't flat-out crack me up. Plus, when she gets pissed off, she gets PISSED OFF. And that's just fun and inspiring to watch.
kerrianne - Oh, the kick-ass-ness of Kerri Anne. Emotion and style and flair and fun and all the other awesome stuff that I look for in a kick-ass bloggy friend. Plus, we've got specters from our past in common.
jenandtonic - Yay Jen! We met because we are both big-footed ladies and we were shopping for shoes in the clearance section during the Macy's party at BlogHer. And ever since, I've found her completely enthralling.
Mom-101 - Liz kicks ass because when she finally met me (after two years of being internet stalked by me) the first words out of her mouth were, "Look how cute and tall you are!" Okay, so maybe that's not why she kicks ass, but she did say that, and she does kick ass.
Stay at Aum Mom - Mel kicks ass because I've yet to see a cuter pregnant redhead partying it up all night at Macy's and then buying me a drink at the Cheesecake Factory afterwards. I miss Cute Preggo! Although soon, she'll be Cute Post-Preggo, I guess.
Kick ass, ladies. Kick lots of ass with my blessing.
I kinda like knowing mundane details about bloggers. It makes them feel just that much more genuine to me - that much more real. Life can't be full of hilarious anecdotes and heartwrenching moments ALL THE TIME. If it were, I think most of us would just go insane. Instead, I think most of us - you rock stars can be excluded (ahem, The Bloggess) - live fairly quiet lives with a number of ordinary routines.
I thought I'd
5:30am - Alarm goes off.
6:15 - After repeatedly
6:16 - First prayer of the day. (This is usually a simple, "Jesus!" and is usually prompted by tripping over an electrical cord or stepping on something sharp. It's not my best prayer, I'll be honest.)
6:17 - Potty time!
6:18 - Brushing of teeth and washing of face. (Okay, normally I'll skip washing my face because I'm naturally
6:20 - Choose outfit for the day and dress.
6:22 - Change mind about outfit. Change outfit.
6:24 - Put on most make-up. (This includes my Bare Minerals foundation and blush, and a quick coat of Maybelline mascara.)
6:29 - Grab bags and keys to leave, give one last glance in the mirror to
6:30 - Change mind about outfit again. Change to third outfit of the day.
6:33 - Grab bags and keys. Leave the house.
6:34 - Go back in the house for forgotten coffee mug.
6:35 - Go back in the house for forgotten lunch.
6:36 - Begin driving and curse under breath for not having remembered to go back in the house for forgotten sunglasses.
6:41 - Arrive at Starbucks. Order triple grande nonfat white mocha. Finish makeup - concealer and powder - while waiting.
6:43 - Receive drink and remind the barista yet again that despite my request for nonfat milk, I do want whipped cream.
6:47 - Wait at red light.
6:49 - Grumble about length of red light while still waiting at red light.
6:53 - Commence daily battle with parking lot speed bumps.
6:55 - Emerge (mostly) victorious from battle and park.
6:56 - Walk into classroom and wonder why the heck it is so warm in there.
From there, it's any number of work tasks, including checking email, getting lessons organized and ready, writing homework assignments on the board, etc. At 7:25 we have staff devotions and prayer time - Christian school, remember? - and then homeroom begins at 8:00.
Fascinating? Not really, but now you know, and knowing is half the battle. (Anyone?)
In the next episode, a detailed look at my classroom and desk, with pictures and everything! I feel the suspense building already.
So, what does your morning routine look like?