As I hunch over my laptop in faded black sweats, last year’s UGGS, and cockeyed reading glasses I haven’t had time to get repaired, I am bemused to announce that I have received the Stylish Blogger Award from my inspirational bloggeague TwoKidsandaFish. Considering that I launched Perils of Divorced Pauline not quite three weeks ago, and that I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Stylish Blogger Award, and that I am not looking even remotely stylish at the moment, this is a big surprise and a lovely honor.
A lovely honor that, by the way, carries with it some Blog Queen duties:
– Thank and link back to the person who passed on her crown. Thank you, TwoKidsandaFish!
– Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers, or less, it’s up to you. See below.
– Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award. I will indeed!
– Share seven things about yourself. Hmm, let’s see…
1. My favorite Merlot is Mad Housewife. My husband brought it home for me one day. Guess why?
2. Sometimes when I’m drinking Mad Housewife, I cleanse my palate with some Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups.
3. My hair is unruly and requires four different products to calm down.
4. I can do handstands, but only against the wall.
5. I have a pathological fear of earthworms, so I can’t garden. I can, however, buy potted plants.
6. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
7. Sunday heaven is coffee and the New York Times crossword puzzle.
But enough about me! It’s time to pass on my crown to the following five “writerly” bloggesses — chosen because they transport me with their elegant, thoughtful, gorgeous prose about difficult subjects: divorce, death, special needs children.
– A Non-Custodial Mother. Sophia Van Buren (not her real name) writes with exquisite grace about her unconventional transition from full-time to non-custodial motherhood. To read her is to love her.
– Irretrievably Broken. This divorced mom reflects on the disorientation that often follows the end of a marriage. Her honesty about her ambivalence is refreshing and poignant. She can also be found on Babble.com writing under the handle Divorced with Kids.
– todayfortalya.blogspot.com. Adina Gianelli’s blogs about the death of her infant daughter are moving, brutal, and compulsively readable.
– Touching the Trees. Jennifer McBride muses wisely on women’s transitions and personal growth.
Okay, ladies–enjoy your 15 minutes and pass it on!