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Dec 14

The Versatile Blogger Award

 The Versatile Blogger Award

Me when I found out I won the Versatile Blogger Award

Just in case you missed the sky-writer I hired to spread the word, last Friday I received the Versatile Blogger Award from the always-entertaining blog, Shoes on the Wrong Feet (which I’m proud to say I follow). The ironic thing about winning this award is that until recently I’d been a blogger on the higher education websites Careers & Classes and Yellow Brick Road since summer of 2010, and as such I received about as much attention for those blogs as a runny nose in a kindergarten classroom.

So after both higher ed blogs were politely “put on hold” (translation: “buh-bye”), I decided to start my own humorous blog (this one) about raising kids, a feat not unlike shoving a boulder uphill with your nose while your hands are tied behind your back. In short order my blog has caught on with a select group of like-minded and extremely intelligent people with handles like Mommy Needs a Pinot and My Adventures in Chaos. Who knew that writing about potty training songs and using my property tax notice as a baby wipe would get me noticed?

I couldn’t be prouder.

With Great Honor Comes Great Responsibility

The spirit of the Versatile Blogger Award is to not only become better known as a blogger, but to also give props to other bloggers that I find interesting. So to get the party started, here is what any recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award must do:

  • Share 7 random things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you

Seven random things about myself that could explain why I’ve never liked ice cream (oops, okay I guess that’s eight)

  1. When wearing long sleeves, I can’t stand to have a wet shirtsleeve touch my wrist. It’s just plain creepy, people. Trust me.
  2. This year I won the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest all the way up to the Division level. You can see my award winning speech entitled Mom Jeans on YouTube.
  3. I love haunted houses and scary movies, a trait my younger son inherited. So when I’m old and in a home I fully expect him to bring me the remastered edition of Halloween 362.
  4. Celia Rivenbark, a humor writer and columnist out of North Carolina, is one of my favorite authors. I rank her up there with David Sedaris and Dave Barry. If you love humorous writing check out her author page on Amazon.
  5. I’m a classically trained pianist. I started taking piano lessons when I was five and continued through college.
  6. I’ve been an improv comic in two different professional comedy troupes: The Faultline Players in San Diego and Off the Top Comedy in Park City.
  7. I used to speak French fluently, but now I only embarrass myself when I try to bumble my way through the language. However, I still understand it really well, so don’t think you can talk about me in French while I’m standing right there.

15 Bloggers on Which I Bestow the Versatile Blogger Award

And That’s How Biddie Sees It

What Little Things

Mommy Needs a Pinot

My Adventures in Chaos

Belfast Dad (Stuff for Dads)

Indulge – Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Boggleton Drive

Women Writers, Women Books

Smiling Mommy Blog

The Accidental Cootchie Mama

Ironic Mom

Daddily Ever After: Tales of Paternal Love and Humor

Girls Heart Books

Musings of a Daddy

Views From the Couch

All of you above bloggers can now can put this nifty little graphic on your own blogsites:

 The Versatile Blogger Award

You Like Me…You Really Like Me!

And finally a very heartfelt thank you to Shoes on the Wrong Feet for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, as I can tell from reading yours that you have your hands full with your own brood. Hopefully my “insightful” (i.e. “silly”) musings brighten your day.

And to the rest of you…if you are new to reading this blog, don’t be afraid to follow it. If you like funny stuff, stick around. I promise I’ll make you laugh—whether I mean to or not.

If you like Stacy’s writing be sure to buy her latest book of comedy riffs Confessions of a Band Geek Mom, available on Amazon.com. Makes a great holiday gift for anyone who loves to laugh at another person’s expense. (I mean, come on, don’t we all?)

Photo of Stacy Dymalski courtesy of Amy Chin. Thanks, Amy!

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  1. Stacy Dymalski

    Thanks for the shout-out on your blogsite!

  2. Dee Macaluso

    I’ve never had tears when I cry and my arm hair never stops growing, I have to cut it. Just practicing for when I have to list things about me because I won the “Versatile Blogger Award.”

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Start a blog, sister and I will be the FIRST ONE to follow you! You’ve got a lot to say and our writer’s group is getting tired of being the only ones who get to hear it. Unleash yourself on the world! (The world will love you.)

  3. m hilton

    Congrats, Stacy! When I grow up I want to be like you! Oh wait… your secret probably has something to do with NOT growing up, doesn’t it?

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      If I grow up I’ll have to eat my cauliflower and I hate cauliflower. So I’m going to stay right where I am. (Hey, bigger decisions in history have been made because of way dopier reasons.)

  4. Andra Watkins

    Thanks for including me in your list, Stacy. You definitely deserve this award!!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      As do you (deserve this award), Andra. I love your blog because it’s a serial that leaves you anticipating the next post. I meet with a writers group once a week and one of the women in our group is working on a romance novel and I want her to start reading your blog. I think what you’re doing is a great idea to test out a story line to see how it resonates with readers. Plus, it makes you WRITE OFTEN, which is the key to finishing a book. Keep going, I love reading your work! (And thanks for your kind words about my writing.) :-)

  5. Leanne Shirtliffe

    I was given an award by a comedian! Love that. You ARE funny. And some new ones to check out. Happy Day!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      OMG, any mom who calls her twins “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ is my kind of parent! I love your sense of humor, and can’t wait to share your blog with the women in my writing group, most of whom are also comedian moms (hmm…is that an oxymoron?). Also, your picture on your blog makes me laugh (that’s a compliment, btw), because your expression conveys how I feel ALL THE TIME! Keep the laughs coming. Lord knows we can use a good giggle now and then.

  6. shoes

    I very much enjoy your wit and humor – keep it coming! And I so get your issue with the wet shirtsleeve while wearing long sleeved shirts. I am glad to know I am not the only crazy (um, I mean sensory sensitive) one out there. :-)
    I can’t wait to check out your blog picks for the award.

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Thanks again, for bestowing me with this award. When I was in the thick of doing stand-up I always wanted to personally go into the audience and hug everyone who came out and laughed at my jokes, I was that appreciative. I feel the same way about the folks who read my blog. I know everyone is extremely busy, so to take the time to read my blog, comment on it, and give me an award…well, that’s just too cool!

  7. Enigma

    Thank you. Thank you very much. (Best Elvis impression). Daddy is honored to recognized by someone like you. I dig your writings also.

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      I love that you blog about being a dad. It’s refreshing to hear a point of view from someone I don’t have to pick up after.

  8. creatorofstuff

    How cool is THAT! Woo hoo!!!!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      I owe a lot to you! Your pictures of me are a big part of my blogs. I’m so lucky that we had that photo session together. That was so much fun. You are such an amazing photographer that no one can tell I’m really 106 years old and weigh 313 lbs. ;-)

  9. Mommy Needs A Pinot

    Thank you, thank you! Thrilled to be included in your list. Keep the hilarity coming!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Back at ya, sister! I’ve really been enjoying your blog. Keep it up. We funny moms must stick together. Otherwise the terrorists…er, I mean, the kids, WIN!

  10. billiejh

    May I just say how honored I am to be named to the Versatile Blogger Award. You so rock on your blog. I can’t imagine being in the same world with you let alone have an award as prestigious as this nominated by you. What can I say. You are one of the funniest people I know. I love reading your blog and I feel honored that you like to read what I write. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  11. Stacy Dymalski

    You’re welcome, welcome, welcome! I like reading your blog, too! Just keep writing so we can use each other for inspiration!

  12. snagglewordz

    Congratulations! I love the ‘reaction’ photo :)

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Thanks. Actually, that picture was taken right when I found out the award didn’t come with prize money. Either that or there was a bug in my salad. I can’t remember which.

      1. snagglewordz

        Hahaha, now it’s even funnier!

  13. Ryan Aldrich

    Wow, I’m… Speechless. Thanks so much! :-)

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Don’t stay too speechless…you have more great blogs to write!

  14. Jill Orschel

    Congrats Stacy!! I didn’t know you are a classically trained pianist. Thanks for brightening up our world!!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Yes, I am a classically trained pianist, but I didn’t say I was any good…unless you like the sound of a Chopin Prelude played to sound like a sad cat in heat. (Oh, wait, they all sound like that. Never mind.)

  15. Samantha Bangayan

    Wow! Stacy, thank you SOO much for passing the award on to me! =) What an honor to receive it from you!

    I’m so glad that your blog has become so successful! Isn’t it funny how closed doors always mean new opportunities? =) And I absolutely loved seeing your Mom’s Jeans clip — you are a natural public speaker. =)

    And wow! I’m afraid that I might lose my Spanish now! I’ve really got to keep practicing! =P

  16. Stacy Dymalski

    Thanks, Nathan, for the shout-out. I appreciate the support!

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