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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Holy Shit! I leave town for a few days and come back to an AWARD!

Can you believe this?

These wonderful ladies over at Nowhere, IL, not only added me, little ole' me, to their blogroll, but they gave me an award! I didn't even know they were readers, for Christ's sake. How cute are they?!

Now, since this is my first time getting this honor, I really don't want to screw it up, so here's how it works:

It's called the Arte Y Pico Award - so click on that link and check out the origin. Now, it is necessary for me to pass this award on to 5 bloggers who:

"...inspire others with their creativity and their talents, and for contributing to the blogging world in whatever medium."

Of course, I copied that directly from their blog, b/c who could say it better than that? The only problem that I can see is, 5?? Only 5?? Shit, now I have to choose from all the women who fit that description.

Here goes:

1. Derfwad Manor - this needs no explanation - Mrs. G inspires us to do insane things like post pictures of our ass on the internet, which I haven't done yet, but will.

2. Minnesota Matron - because she is in my 'neighborhood' and if you want a good laugh or be inspired to get off your ass, quit making excuses and finish that novel already, go read.

3. Barn-Raising - she is a fellow organic farmer, (well, her husband is, BUT she helps!) and unschooling mom, who is also following her dreams and finding time to make it happen in her hectic life with 2 adorable boys.

4. Lemon Basil - because I accidently came across her blog, made a comment about looking for a lemon basil bread recipe and within 3 days, she had made.one.up. and posted it! Now that is not only inspiring, but impressive and you should see her photography of my favorite things......vegetables and food! (and just because she has such a cute name, doesn't it sound like the author of a cookbook?? hint.hint:)

5. She's a Rebel, She's a Saint - she is fighting the fight of not only raising two daughters in this crazy world, making the hard decisions, dealing with a limited budget, like all of us, but she has managed to do the unthinkable of losing over 100 pounds, in the process. She inspires me to 'quit bitching' and just keep running.

Truly, there are at least 10 more women out there that I read on a regular basis that deserved this award and just because I can't bear to leave them out, I'm posting links to their blogs just in case you weren't inspired enough by the 5 Award Winners!

Thanks again to Nowhere, IL - what an honor - and now I have one more Daily Read to be inspired by! Thanks, ladies.

Now, go read these other inspiring blogs - truly, you will not be disappointed.

Bean Paste - not that she needs my help, she has such loyal readers, but you will laugh your ass off and be in awe of her photography skills, as I am.

Extra Ordinary - if you are looking to read the latest/greatest books and want a heads-up? She's your girl. Also, if you just want a look into a 20-somethings view on life, love and the environment - Erikka's inspiring.

Green Girl in Wisconsin - she's a fellow cheesehead - 'nuf said - but she also survives while living with 3 men - yes, 2 of them are small - but still....men!

Jen on the Edge - not only is she raising 2 adorable daughters, she writes on a couple of different blogs, manages to post at least once a day, if not twice and did I mention she and her hubby are building a new house? How, Jen? How?

Just Kat Stuff - she's adjusting to life in California as a transplant from Florida and most importantly, she has a son that will make 'chubby baby thighs', your new favorite snack.

Lovin', Laughin' & Livin' - Cece and I couldn't be any more opposite, she lives in the hood (as she calls it) in L.A. and I'm on a farm in Wisconsin, but I came across her blog and have been reading, laughing and loving her ever since.

Mom in Madison - also a fellow cheesehead and mom of two adorable little boys. She makes me want to give up this farming gig and move to Madison with all the cool things that city has to offer.

Sarcastic Mom - looking for someone who is 'keeping it real', seriously funny and an incredible photographer all while raising one of the cutest little turds on the internet? Check out Lotus!

So Not Cool - she claims she's not cool, but I disagree. She is raising 2 great kids, has a photography blog AND a video blog in addition to her regular blog - where do you find the time, Jodi? Her photography is amazing. Go buy some of her prints:)

Standing Still - Marti's is a new blog for me. She is an 'across the pond' neighbor, as in Minnesota. She is an amazing woman who makes pottery and jewelry and is a mother to the boy teen/child in her house. Did I happen to mention she rides a motorcycle?

Three Dog Blog - Laurie is also an inspiring woman from Minnesota (is it in the water over there?), who is an author and has 3 of the most adorable dogs you've ever seen.

Touch of Earth Farm - When you are talking inspiration? You're talking, Danielle. This woman not only is an organic farmer and CSA owner, she raises a myriad of animals, milks her own cow and in her spare time, makes her own cheese and butter! You have to read it to believe it.

Okay, so there were 12 more must-read blogs instead of 10, sue me.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Angie! This is my very first ever blog award! And I got it from you! Thank you so much. I feel so special! I can't wait to go pay it forward.

Madeline said...

Angie!! : ) Thank you. I am so honored. I also cant wait to check out all the blogs you linked, when I get the chance. I am so behind.

Kwach said...

Angie, you're most welcome. We've been reading your blog for quite a while, cooing over the lambs, oohing and ahhhing over your house and shuddering over the bees.

You're our inspiration. So far we've got grown kids and ducks. We're working our way up slowly.

: )

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh am I going to have dust bunnies NOW with all these new blogs to read!!!

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Aw, thanks for the shout out, lady. You are the sweetest. :-)

Country Girl said...


Minnesota Matron said...

The Matron blushes! Thanks, neighbor!!! The award and links will appear on her page today! And she thinks you heartily deserve it, too, btw. . . .

Keetha said...

I look forward to checking out these blogs - thanks for the heads up.

laurie said...

excellent blog choices! and i am thrilled with the honorable mention!

if you ever do post a picture of your butt, let me know. i'll let you know the truth.....

but i will never, ever, ever do the same. ever. i don't even like my husband to check out my ass... Mrs. G is a brave soul.

congratulations on your award!

Danielle said...

Awww, so I didn't make the top five, but Madeline did, which is the next best thing. ;)

Seriously, I'm honored at honorable mention and for the lovely words you spoke. Thank you.

Kat said...

Hey, thanks!! I love me some linky-lovin'. And I love you. And you deserve the award for running, doing yoga, raising kids, farming and blogging, among other things, all at the same time. How the hell do you DO that?!

so NOT cool said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you for the mention. I'm touched and honored.

That really made my morning ... or, what's left of it! ;)

so NOT cool said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you for the mention. I'm touched and honored.

That really made my morning ... or, what's left of it! ;)

so NOT cool said...
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Erikka said...

awww, thanks Angie. and thanks so much for guest blogging! everyone LOVED your post. maybe in your abundant free time (ha) you could write a women survival guide to marriage and life...