Saturday, August 30, 2008

Soon I shall sleep

I am worn out these days.

So very worn out.

I mentioned I have a two-year-old right? And a great new job that requires a longer commute and increased brainpower? And this blog. And this one. Did I mention my husband is on a new television series, working 14-hour days and is only home to sleep during the week?

Yeah, I'm worn out.

And, as lovely as you all have been, I'm sure readers have noticed that the quality of my writing here at DMD has slipped ever-so-slightly the last month or so.

And that bothers me, really bothers me.

Luckily I have a plan: I'm taking next week off to recharge my batteries and get my creative juices flowing again and while I'm gone I've arranged for some of the funniest, wittiest and most talented writers in the blogosphere to entertain you.

That's right, next week I'm handing the keys to my joint over to her and her and her. Also her. And, God help me, her.

It's going to be such fun, I'm a little sorry to miss it. But I do need to rest and I do need to let some ideas marinate before I come roaring back with the diva attitude you've come to expect.

Before I leave on my stay-cation I have some awards to acknowledge, some people to thank and some shout-outs to do. Let's get right to it:

This lovely Blog of Distinction award came my way via the effervescent JCK over at Motherscribe. I had the pleasure of spending some time with JCK at BlogHer last month and she really radiates the same intelligence and quiet confidence you'll find over at her site. Thanks JCK!

I'd like to pass this award along to Karen at One Day At A Time , (we are having drinks in September Karen I swear!), Jen at Juggling Life (she just seems so together, she deserves an award) and Jobthingy's Jungle (this blog is chock full of attitude, just how I like 'em!)

Next up we have this little beaut...

This award come from Angie over at Seven Clown Circus who has five (yes, five!) beautiful children and the most gorgeous red hair I have ever seen. Oh yeah, she's a great writer too - thanks Angie!

I'd like to pass this along to some whose beautiful photos always make my day - Corey at Living and Loving Every Minute of It.

It must be true folks! Great minds do think alike (and fools seldom differ, but anywhoo...) I received this brillante award from not one, not two, but FOUR of my favorite bloggy friends...

Many, many thanks to Shellie at Little But Loud, Zoom at Knitnut, Texasholly at June Cleaver Nirvana and April at It's All About Balance. Thank you all ladies! Since all four of you have honored me I think it's only fitting that I pass it along to four deserving bloggers - cheers to the outrageous Tranny Head at Law School Sucks and So Do Lawyers, the thought-provoking Vered at Mom Grind, the adorable Colleen at Mommy Always Wins and the Sarah Palin doppelganger Amy at Milk Breath and Margaritas!

My next fancy-schmancy award is from a fellow Ontario gal and new friend Mary Lynn at Riding In A Handbasket...

Thank you Mary Lynn - it's gonna look incredible on my mantle. I'd like to pass this award along to yet another good old Canadian gal - one of my favorite reads - Zoeyjane at Mommy is Moody.

My last award is from the fabulous C over at Random Thoughts and Musings from The Island - that lucky gal who lives in one of the most beautiful spots in all of Canada...thanks a lot!

Before I sign off I wanted to tell you about a really fabulous dinner party to which I was recently invited. It was all the brainchild of one of my lovely guest posters Auds at Barking Mad. In the spirit of promoting inclusiveness and friendship in the blogopshere she recently challenged some of us bloggers to issue "dinner" invites to 10 bloggers with whom they would love to share a meal.

I love Auds' idea. There are lots of people out there who you and I adore and everyone adores but, along with my favs, I wanted to welcome to our table some bloggers out there who may be new to you. Here all the folks with whom I'd love to break bread:

1. Laura at Walking the Lunatic Fringe - one of my first-ever readers, we have a ton in common and I know we'd get on like gangbusters
2. Christine at Flutter - she's brave and she's beautiful and her writing takes my breath away
3. Kittenpie at Life of Pie - I have met her and she's knows she's lovely,plus she's a librarian and I love to talk about books
4. Jen at Lords of the Manor - she always leaves such interesting and thoughtful comments, it's obvious she's one smart, opinionated cookie
5. Kristen at Mighty Morphin' Mama - she is an inspiration - writer, home schooler, mom of many - whew!
6. Shannon at Whiskey in My Sippy Cup - she's cool and fun and you know she's gonna get the party started!
7. Toostie Farklepants at Vintage Thirty - she's gorgeous and she's hilarious: her name alone is an icebreaker - it's Tootsie Farklepants for gawd's sake!
8. OHMommy from Classy Chaos - trust me my dinner parties are usually sorely in need of a touch of class...
9. Busy Dad from Tales From Dad Side - a touch of testosterone is always good and plus I've met him and he rawks.
10. Backpacking Dad - so Busy Dad doesn't get too overwhelmed by all that estrogen and also? He too rawks.

Just make sure you all bring lotsa wine 'kay?


See why I'm so freaking exhausted? I hope you enjoy a fabulous holiday weekend. I'll be putting up a new recipe soon and then leaving you in good hands until September 8th.

Enjoy my wonderful guest posters and try not to miss me too much...

Okay, miss me just a little.


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Wendy said...

Enjoy the break!

(and yes, we will miss you!)


Laura said...

Thank you!!!

Enjoy the break and get recharged...looking forward to your next post, till then, I will certainly enjoy the guest writers!

Vered said...

Thank you. I'm honored.

Enjoy your staycation. :)

Claremont First Ward said...

Can totally see why you are exhausted. Whew. Congrats on your awards!

Mary Lynn said...

You'll be missed, but I do understand the need for a break every now and then. Looking forward to having you back all nice 'n' refreshed.

MarĂ­a said...

Yes. God help you. *lololol*

April said...

I knew before I scrolled you must've been talking about Maria at IM :)
Congrats on your awards. You will be missed, but I'm looking forward to meeting some of your guest bloggers. They won't be the Diva, but Divas do require downtime, don't they? Just promise to come back!

~Swankymama said...

Congratulations to everyone!! Enjoy your time off. :o)

flutter said...

love you! thank you for this, and rest well my sweet girl

Aunt Becky said...

Have a lovely time off, my dear. Enjoy every second of it.

Vodka Mom said...

you are a wonderful writer, and great blogger. Isn't it funny how you feel guilty for taking time out for your REAL life? It's also so cool to me, that we all feel this connection with each other. I think all you people are cool, cool, cool.

congrats on your awards. A martini toast to you...

Jennifer @ Fruit of My Hands said...

Opinionated? LOL.

Have a nice break!

Zoeyjane said...

Enjoy your redivication!!! I suggest a bubble bath with some oatmeal and milk thrown in and a honey-sugar scrub. Yes?

Thanks so much for bloggy lurve, I'm looking forward to reading the guest posters cuz except for M, they're new to me!!!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Saw you over on Carissa's goodandcrazypeople. Love how many good blogs are mentioned on your site. I am only a month into this--seriously anyway--and this gives me lots of great blogs to check out.

Enjoy a great week off and I look forward to reading your posts when you are back.

Jason, as himself said...

Wow. That's a lot of awards!

And now I MUST go read Immoral Matriarch!

Have a great staycation. Recharge.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Thanks! So many well-deserved awards.

Rest! I know what you mean about exhaustion.

Kat said...

I hope you enjoy your stay-cation. Congrats on all your well deserved awards!!

caramama said...

Have a great break and rest up. You deserve it! I'll miss you and look forward to your return.

contemporary themes said...

Enjoy your stay-cation and REST well. You will be missed.

I'm heading back to school this week, and I can already feel the onset of exhaustion just anticipating it. But I love my kiddos, and we will have a fun year!

Karen MEG said...

Will miss you LOTS, dear Kelly, but my GAWD, no wonder you are so exhausted ;)!

Looking forward to the guest posts from some of my faves too.

Congrats on all your bling, and LOVE you for the bloggy award... drinks, of course, when we meet, will totally be on me. What is it with these guys and their work schedules anyway?!!! Crossing fingers for September. It WILL happen!

Hugs, and get some rest!

kittenpie said...

I would SO come to your dinner!
I hope you enjoy your days off and feel a bit refreshed. My own writing has totally fallen off this last month with all the busy, too, so I totally feel you on that one. Take care!

Unknown said...

Congrats on all the awards - much deserved.

Love the dinner party idea too and you have some great invitees!

OHmommy said...

Yay, what a dinner party!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Rest and recharge Kelly!
I love the dinner party idea, and you are right at the top of my list of desired dinner companions too. Thank you so much.
I hope you find some extra peace and energy, can't wait until you are back.

Janet said...

I'm exhausted these days, too. I hope it passes soon, for both of us.

Congratulations on the awards! Nice work.

Anna said...

Congrats on the awards! :)

~*Jobthingy*~ said...

aww.. im behind in your posts and just catching up now.

thank you for the award hun.

i hope you have a great stay-cation and altho you will be missed, i am sure with all the guest posts, we will be still always entertained.

JCK said...

Kelly, have a wonderful time...wherever you are going. We shall miss your blog of distinction. ;)

Bryan said...

you will be missed!!!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Aww....I'm adorable. :O) Thank you!

Enjoying the guest posts while you rest. Hope you "come back" refreshed!

Indy said...

It seems a lot of people have been feeling this way lately. Great idea to have guest writers and not go anywhere. Hope it helps.

Damselfly said...

Hope you're enjoying your time off. Recharge. And congrats on your awards!

Damselfly said...

Hope you're enjoying your time off. Recharge. And congrats on your awards!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Oy. I'm late to the party. Just so you know, that is to be expected. On the upside I brought jello shots!

Let's get hammered.