Several weeks ago, I ran into another awesome blog, An American Housewife In London. Now, we all know that an endless stream of awesome blogs are to be found on the interwebz. Yet, this one really spoke to me.
By that, I mean the blogger said “hi” to me. And boy do I like a friendly blogger.
Her site is a blend of politics and parenting–not unlike the mix found at this little internet abode. She is a Texan living in London, which makes for lively cultural commentary. Her view from the U.K. is especially enjoyable for me, having lived in England for three years. As a southern American, I often found England cold, strange, and inconvenient.
Sometimes I really miss it.
Isn’t her blog name terribly clever as well?
Right now, life is particularly chaotic for The American Housewife In London, but she’s taking it in stride. AHLondon, I hope that things smooth out soon, in wonderful ways that you never envisioned.
AHLondon also introduced me to something new: a “Cherry On Top” award. She chose me as one of the recipients.
My First! Ever! Blogging! Award!
woooooo-hooooooooo! /jumps up and down, pumping fists in air triumphantly/
Wait a minute . . . what? This award involves homework? Gee, thanks:
Answer this question:
If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you, and what would it be?
Thank the person who gave you this award.
PICK 6 people/blogs and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have received this award.
Actually, I am very honored. Thank you very much for thinking I deserve the award, AH.
Now. Let’s run through my checklist for How To Handle Homework Assignments.
First, procrastinate for as long as possible before starting? Check. It’s been over a month.
Second, answer difficult questions as quickly as possible. So, my answer to ‘what would you change’ is: nothing. I would change nothing because I regret nothing. Also I’m afraid of the Butterfly Effect, or something like that.
Third, use the most time on the best part of the assignment, which is assigning it to others.
Here are the six I choose.
1) Karen Howes, who blogs at Eastern Right. She is thought-provoking and unflinching in her opinion. She adds lots of variation, so it’s always interesting. For example, did you know about Weird Al’s latest? Check it out.
My personal favorite from Karen is a post about repealing the 19th Amendment. That’s right, taking the vote away from women. Shocked? If it means fewer progressives in office, then I’m totally on board.
2) Keith DeHavelle, a.k.a. Level_Head. He’s cross-posting at both locations right now. I have no idea how Level Head stumbled on this humble site during the early days, but I’m so glad he did. A consummate gentleman, Keith DeHavelle single-handedly chased off my most tenacious troll. I have viewed him as a knight-in-shining armor ever since.
The guy is an encyclopedia of historical information, so you learn something new every time you visit his site. What’s more, he may qualify for the title “most interesting blogger in the world,” a la Dos Equis. Don’t believe me? Read the post about selling rattlesnakes.
3) Planet Moron blogger “J.” First of all, going by just one initial is mysterious and way cool. Second, the guy is hilarious. Not many writers make me laugh out loud, but he does so reliably.
J has an ingenious category called “our 21st century regulatory system.” I wish I had thought of it first. He digests considerable portions of mindless bureaucratic drivel, and as a public service, he morphs it into pure comedic win:
“Health and Human Services took a similar approach to heeding the President’s call that his departments reduce regulatory burdens:
‘While HHS’s systematic review of regulations will focus on the elimination of rules that are no longer justified or necessary, the review will also consider strengthening, complementing, or modernizing rules where necessary or appropriate—including, if relevant, undertaking new rule making.’
It’s like when you tell your husband to clean out the garage at the end of which he determines he needs a Jet Ski.”
4) Steve Dennis at America’s Watchtower. One of the first bloggers I started reading regularly, Stevie D. can be best described by one word: workhorse. His site is the place to go for all the latest goings on in Congress, the latest on the campaign trail, and everything political in New Hampshire.
5) Matt Ross and the rest at the Conservative Hideout. Mr. Matt is another serious workhorse. Not only does his posting diligence put me to shame, but he is also a frequent commenter on countless blogs. Frankly, a big reason why I don’t visit his site more often is the fact that I can’t keep up!
He has a ”Useful Idiot of the Month” poll that is always worth voting on.
6) Down to the last choice already. I could list a ton more good folks worthy of an award, but alas. I gotta get off my butt eventually. So the last site is Potluck. Since Potluck has several contributors, I get to kill a buncha birds with one stone (but in a good way, of course): PJMom, Quite Rightly, and Zilla of the Resistance, among others.
Check out this story from Potluck contributor Just A Conservative Girl: And You Are A Democrat Why? This smile-inducing post is about a real life conversation with a real life Democrat.
Whew. Homework assignment is now complete.
I’m gonna alter the deal, though. I have no expectation that these six awardees complete the assignment themselves. What can I say? I’m a softy, like your favorite high school art teacher.