The gashes on my hands and fingers (from opening the horrible plastic packaging on children's toys) have nearly healed so, I can type once again... I start this post after receiving my first ever "blog award"--nice way to end the year, eh? Still considering myself new to the blogosphere, I was thrilled--thrilled!--to get called out by Mark Salinas, fellow Minnesotan and blog daddy, as one of five fabulous blogs. Yeah!
Now, as the "Fabulous Blog Award" rules go, I have to pass the award on to five blogs I think are fabulous. My oh my, and this is hard because, as I mentioned I'm new to the blogosphere and have just begun to scratch the surface. There are many fabulous blogs, which many of my readers are already familiar, so I'm going to try to branch out a little and hit some you may not have clicked over to just yet. And so my "Fabulous Blog Awards" go to:
Mothers Who Write: My first shout out goes to my writing coach/editor/mentor/friend, Kate Hopper. Without her, I wouldn't be blogging. Without her, I wouldn't have a web presence. She prodded me to get online and so, here I am (I can be shamed into anything). But that's not why I've chosen her. I love reading her blog because she's a wonderful story teller. I am in awe of her writing and hope that by continuing to take her classes and reading her words I can become a better writer too. It's just a different kind of training for me.
Ironing it Out: This is Dimity McDowell's new blog after her stint blogging over at the Runner's World blog, "Marathon Moms." As a fellow freelance writer I've always enjoyed reading Dimity's work, which seems to pop out at me because of her name. I just love her name. Say it with me: Dimity McDowell. Now repeat three times. Such a lovely Scottish (or so I presume) lilt. Aside from having name envy, she is another outstanding writer, and even though we've never met, I feel a certain kinship with her because she is living my mama-writer-athlete balancing act.
Culinary Competitor: I've mentioned this website before, but it's worth highlighting again. I love visiting the intersection of triathlon and cooking that I find at Culinary Competitor. Their recipes are glorious and they speak my language (check this out from their latest post: "A zester, like the neglected and unshaven legs of a cyclist during the winter months, is smooth and seamless when stroked in one direction, but will cause irreparable damage to citrus peels, hard cheese and tender knuckles when stroked the other way..."). Fun and yum stuff.
Fitness for Mommies: I've recently started hitting up Rachel's blog and find a kindred spirit here, too. One of the main reasons I like her blog is her inclusion of her children and family fitness. One of the important aspects about my fitness that I've discovered since having kids is that it's not enough for me to be fit; I want my children to be fit, too. She gets that.
Mama Likes: Oh my goodness. When Mama Likes wrote a comment on one of my recent posts that included the story of her son asking her if the baby in her tummy farted after she belched, and then I repeated this story several times over to people, I knew I needed to read more. And so I did. And laughed out loud even more. I'll admit, I kinda sorta like potty humor. I know, I know, I'm 40 now. But the truth is I don't trust people who don't laugh at fart jokes. So, let me whet your appetite with this post about a Spin class.
Well, too bad I could only name five. I've left out a few good friends and some faithful blogs, but you know who you are. Enjoy the reads in between your workouts.