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Blogging It Old School


Video may have killed the radio star, but it's those damned folks selling their Blu Rays that's totally messing with my blogging mojo, DAMNIT! [source:]

Look, I've been at this for more than half a decade (you like that, sounds way longer than 6 years, right?) but, if you think mommybloggers have it bad, just wait.  Though, I long since ditched the term, made it a habit of adding links to my "parenting blog" and would much rather be called, "Her Royal Majesty" and "Supreme Blogging Goddess" or just "Elizabitch" -- whichever one works for you, I'm easy -- yes, I HAVE personally bore (bared?) witness to the destructive and dismissive nature of mean girls in the blogosphere (wanna see my scars?) but...DAYUM...rock, paper, scissors...says...SHOOT, it's time us old-timers take back the blogosphere.

Or, is it bad to use the term "blogosphere" anymore, either?  Yah?  Well, buckle up my friend, I'm getting all goose bumpily just thinking about how many people I've been able to annoy, lately, just because the wind's blowing a different direction, or deciding to add a "page break" on purpose, giving all 3 of my readers the choice, whether they want to  "click to read more..." or, not.

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Motherhood Should Come With a Set of Ear Plugs, Right?

YES, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY and I'd wear a dress, if only someone would tell me where the hell the rest of my body went, 'cause I seemed to have misplaced it, along with my reading glasses DAMNIT!

Holy crap, but I can't believe it's Wednesday...already?  I mean, wasn't it just Friday and weren't we all just thrilled about celebrating another 3-day weekend?

[shakes head and blows bangs out of eyes]

Except, those of us with sick kids at home...I mean...I guess my husband, Garth [not his real name] and I should be really happy we didn't have any plans for Memorial Day, right?

In fact, my 7-year-old was home yesterday (it WAS Tuesday, right?) and was kind enough to share the creeping crud with her mother (that would be me) because, here at This Full House of creeping crud and all things crusty, it's how we roll.


Aaaaand, I can't believe that tomorrow is my birthday (never mind, which one) or, that I have absolutely NOTHING planned.


Frankly, it's been one hell-of-a-year (for you too, huh?) and I'm hoping to feel at least a little better (okay, A LOT) and get-together with my twin brother (you know, SSG Kat, right?) this coming weekend.


Barring any latent attacks of the creeping crud, regardless that I'm celebrating yet ANOTHER anniversary, of my 29th birthday, or the fact that I do NOT look as old as I feel, right?

Lalalalalala, I can't hear you!

In the meantime, I've got a post up over at New Jersey Moms Blog on how I've lost my mind and plan to take over the world.  No, not really.  Just don't make any solid plans, for the next few days, okay?

Mind my mommy brain on the way out!

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Thank A Soldier

Glen with his Uncle Bud (a.k.a. my twin brother Sgt. Kat) during deployment ceremonies in Trenton, NJ in 2004. This photo captures a very bittersweet moment for our family.
For the other brothers, sons, daughters, sisters, wives, husbands, uncles, cousins and thousands of other soldiers who didn't make it home - THANK YOU!

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Mom Bloggers, Old School Blogging, Memes and Zombie Chickens

Yes, it's that time of year -- what, is it almost BlogHer...again? -- all snarkiness aside, mostly, there's already been lots of drama, filling up my Twitter stream, enough to choke a chicken.  Not that I ever would...choke a chicken, I mean...still, I think that this would be good time, as any, to bring back an old school blogging tradition.

The dreaded blog meme.

[pronounced "meem" like in the word "dream," for you young whippersnappers]

It's sort of like a chain letter, only, less annoying - especially, if it says something nice about, you know, somebody else - and I remember the days when the blog meme was just a really cool way to pass along some linky love.

You see, I'm late.  [eyes go wide]  NO!  Not that late!  [knocking on wood until knuckles bleed]  I mean, earlier this month, Lisa [a.k.a. Lisa Wants the Floor] said some really nice things about me.  Like, I made her stomach hurt (??) or, something like that and then she gave me something called the Zombie Chicken award!

[scratches head]

I think it's contagious.  Now I have to give it to someone else.  Well, because It's a rule:


"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."

See, I really don't have any choice in the matter, so here it goes:

  1. Busy Mom (  One word:  Trendsetter - she was a busy before it was cool - the mother of all bloggers, figuratively speaking, of course, because, she's not THAT old, really.
  2. Suburban Scrawl (  Two words:  Mommy Porn - this woman hooks me up with my fake celebrity boyfriends - go get you some.
  3. Mommy Needs Coffee ( Three words:  She Talks Funny - writes pretty gosh-darned good, too.
  4. The Bean Blog ( Four words:  She's Got Five Kids - and she's still lives to write about - 'nuf said.
  5. The Mommy Blog (  Five words:  Been Reading Her Long Time - she's smart and funny as hell...if there was a hell...and it was funny...I mean - you should be, too.

Thank you for all of your inspiration, for knowing that I am a dork, but liking me, anyway (I think) and in true Golden Girl fashion, thank you for being a friend.

Pass it along, or play along, if you wish.  My job is done, here.  Frankly, I don't need no wrath from no zombie chickens!

In Other News:  I admit it, my house stinks, how about yours?  Right.  But, help me win a room makeover and I'll love you, forever -- vote for us, here!

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Open House Blog Tour - 17th Showing


My husband, Garth (not his real name) and I love attending open houses - especially, if it's a home that we've admired, or know...what the heck is going on in there? 

Welcome to the Open House Blog Tour where everyone (and anyone) is free to come and leave links (PG-13, please) telling us about your individual blogging events, fundraisers, giveaways, book tours, contests, or if you have a burning blog post and just need a shout out, go for it!

I mean, who couldn't use a little linky love?  Make sure you leave a link in the Mr. Linky fields below along with a short description of the event.  Okay, I'll start:

Leave a comment, if you'd like -- trust me, I know how busy you are -- and, don't worry if you forget, it'll be here, every Thursday linked permanently in my archives here and on my review blog (two linkies for the price of one entry) so, if you happen to stop by, whenever, just go ahead and leave your link; I'm easy.

Feel free to share - here's the button and the code to use:


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Happy blog hunting!

In Other News:  I admit it, my house stinks, how about yours?  Right.  But, help me win a room makeover and I'll love you, forever -- vote for us, here!

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Sew, What's Love Frickin' Got to Do With It, Anyway?


My oldest daughter had this really great idea.  You see, she needed to come up with a sewing project for a benefit fashion show at the high school, "Barbie Through the Ages."

What -- I didn't pick the name -- but, it was going to count as a HUGE part of her final grade, so, you know, what was I supposed to do?

"What do you have to make?"

Because, I do NOT sew, or help "make" anything, if it means having to use something other than hot glue gun, let alone...mechanical...with running parts and a very sharp object, that puts holes in things, on purpose.

"I have to make a wedding dress."

Holy crap, that should be easy, right?

"Actually for the wedding party."

Oh, okay, still I'm guessing a "NO!" on the hot glue gun.

"How about if I sew a dress for Barbie's sister, Kelly?"

Um, okay.

"Yeah, and maybe even get my baby sister to model it, too, right?"


Like, most everything that comes (and goes) around in this house, it sounded good, at first...on paper...but, if I had a dollar for each time one of my kids came home with a school project, that I did NOT have to buy, sell, or help them with, the night before, while in a sugar-induced shock, then I'd be poor AND a diabetic, by now.

Oh, wait...

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Blogging About Teens, Tweens: Walking Contradictions in the Term Mom Bloggers Unite!

Go Go's Revisited

I can't believe that Hopey's 7, going on the Go Go's!

Last week, there was some backtalk at BlogHer on blogging about teens and, well, seeing as I happen to be raising 2 of them (teens, I mean) along with a couple of other kids, whose names and ages escape me at the moment, I thought...about DANGED time...because, it's not just me. 

My friends Jenn and Busy Mom were also speaking up and I, for one, am really sick (and tired) about how some folks (you know, the ones who think they know everything) believe moms with teenagers are just itching for good blog we, undoubtedly, have nothing to say, or worthwhile to add to this (or, any) conversation...about our DANGED kids!

Well, then, my friend Melisa, I hate to be the one tell you this, but you ARE a walking contradiction!

Excuse me, while my Joizey comes out, but are you tawkin' to me?  Of cawse you are.  I got staw-rees that would make even my gran-muthuh go all, like, you go girl!

[clears throat]

Becawse...[cough]...beeee-cause, I have always tried to be very careful about the stories I share (regardless of my children's ages) and mindful of whether (or, not) my words will hurt, or embarrass my family (or, the people reading our story) in any way.

Still.  I'm not perfect. There is always someone ready, willing and very able to prove me wrong and that someone is almost of my kids.

This is one of those stories.

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