I would like to thank the Mom Blog Academy….

I have been so busy prepping for my backpacking trip this week that I did not even realize elections were going down. No, I’m not talking about good ol’ Barak or John, though if either of them wins I am moving back to Canada.

But don’t call me on that.

I am talking about the 2008 Bloggy Hoss Elections. Many of you were gracious enough to vote me as the winner of Most Athletic last year. Unbeknownst to me, I was recently nominated for Most Popular, which almost makes up for all those years of being an outcast in The Trauma We Call High School.

Anyway, I ran a poor campaign because the polls are now closed and I didn’t even know I was in the running. But I want to thank those disillusioned enlightened souls who submitted my name.

I am only remiss that I was not able to vote for some of my favorite mom blogs that include Temporary? Insanity, The Smiling Infidel, Mejojac’s Memos, My Ice Cream Diary, Mommy’s Martini, Scribbit and Loralee’s Looney Tunes (the latter two who will be my roommates at BlogHer next month). It would appear I am in very good company so thank you!

Another shocker is being named as one of startup powerhouse Sampa’s Top 10 Mommy Bloggers You Should Read. Even more shocking is being referred to as “refreshing.”

Well, at least they didn’t say I was “fresh.”


Remember a few weeks ago when I was stressed about how to top Jamie’s over-the-top Mother’s Day gift?

Well, I topped it, my friends.

And the fruits of this gift will keep on giving for years to come.

Well, giving me a pain in the neck, that is.

So come on over to Mile High Mamas and find out about the gift to top all gifts and tell me all about your Father’s Day!


My husband Jamie and I are generally not extravagant gift givers. Well, with the exception of the time he bought me a Honda Pilot for my birthday (though I think it should not have counted because we were already in the market for a car). Have you ever topped a gift like that? Yeah, me neither.

This year, I was at a loss regarding what to buy Jamie for Father’s Day. The man pulled all the stops for Mother’s Day: he took me to Jill’s restaurant in Boulder and surprised me at dinner by slipping me a room key for the gorgeous St. Julien Hotel and Spa. Oh, and did I mention our little getaway was without kids?

Because isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about: getting a break from those who made you a mother?

And so my quest began to give Jamie a comparable celebration. I queried my friends who gave me some great suggestions but nothing resonated with me. As I pondered his latest passions and interests, it came down to only one thing: pumpkins. The man is obsessed with growing big pumpkins (if you missed that big reveal, make sure to checkout Sordid Secrets and the Husbands Who Keep Them).

And then an idea came to mind–a big idea. But could we afford it? I casually mentioned to Jamie that I wanted to surprise him with a bit of an extravagance for Father’s Day and needed to know how much I could spend. Within moments–moments, people–he was crunching numbers at the computer. An hour later, he came forth with an extravagant number.

I’m just trying to figure out why that money didn’t surface for the spa weekend I wanted to take.

And his big surprise? I am taking my beloved husband to Boston to attend the Topsfield Fair in October. If you do not live in Pumpkin-Obsessed Mania, Topsfield is the Mecca of pumpkin geeks growers and just last year a new world record was set.

To say the man was excited is a bit of an understatement. The downside is I will have to feign excitement about big pumpkins and this will only worsen Jamie’s obsession.

The upside? We are staying at a B&B in Salem.

Without kids.

Sensing a pattern here? :-)

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