Momma Fiddles With Gimp A Lot

Since I’m all crushing on my blog header right now, I thought I’d make a semi-matching button for the blog. I used my wordpress address for now, cause you know, blah blah blah, but maybe at some point if I get my url redirected and jazz I’ll change it. Either way, this one is here for now:

If you are a button user, feel free to add me to your sidebar!

auf Wiedersehen, Blog Roll

Mrs. Newlywed has just made the fabulous executive decision to nix her blog roll. Maybe some of you wouldn’t agree with this decision, but I can’t help eyeing my own blog roll in all it’s beastly form – knowing full well it’s out of date and out of control long. And then I think, “What does my blog roll mean?” I don’t use it to read any of your blogs – I have my Google RSS feed for that (never leave home without it). Do you guys actually check it? Does anybody care? I’m starting to think, maybe not. I’ve even got some of your buttons down at the bottom of my sidebar – are buttons the new blog roll? It’s certainly more fun!

So as Heidi Klum would say, As you know in fashion blogging, one day you’re in. And the next day, you’re out. Blog Roll? You’re out. I encourage you all to join me – we don’t need a blog roll to tell each other we love one another. Mrs. Newlywed has another great idea to replace her blog roll for good:

Instead I am going to try to do a much better job linking over to blogs when I see something interesting or funny or whatever. I am going to do a better job of pointing out new bloggers and bloggers who are just extraordinary.

Now who can argue with that?

No Kidding, John, You’re MORE Than Okay

Just read John’s latest blog post – you should, too, especially if you’ve never checked it out before. It’s always been a very interesting read – anyway this latest post is about celebrity gossip and Don Rickles, who according to John is the best in the industry when it comes to insulting someone with flair and true entertainment value, and living to tell about it. It’s a very interesting read that I think any of us bloggers who may occasionally make a snarky comment or two (who, me?) aught to keep in mind.

So go read his words on the subject, because per usual they are better than mine will be. And the next time I make a snarky comment about someone remind me to end with a wink and a smile for John.

Thursday Thunks: Pumpkin Pie, Natural Disasters & Ducks That “Moo” – Oh My?

This week we will answer some strange, off the wall questions, thought up by Berleen’s daughters demons (ages 12 & 14). Brought to you by Berleen, the color green and the number 147.

1. Do you like potatoes? What kind? Sure – just about anyway you’ll give them to me, except I’m not really a fan of french fries, just to be randomly difficult.
2. If you were dressed up in a fish costume and you went underwater and a shark saw you, what would you do? Swim like crazy and dry to get away, or maybe play dead? I’d probably die.
3. Does Jello make you happy? Jiggling it does, eating it, no not so much.
4. If you could have any animal, exotic, extinct or other type, what would it be? Um can I just have a puppy? Kay, thanks.
5. Would you fill up a pool with pudding and jump in? No, it’d be a waste of perfectly good pudding. With the state of the economy it probably wouldn’t be wise to waste food like that. You never know.
6. When you are feeling icky with the sickness feeling, what is your first choice for feel-better medicine? tea and chicken soup? I try natural stuff first.
7. Do you count with your fingers or in your head when it comes to mathematical equations? Um I count with a calculator whenever possible – otherwise both on my fingers and in my head and on paper probably. Or not at all?
8. Do you have any key chains on your keyring? How many? What kind? Just a DaVinci key chain that my husband bought me when we first started dating. I used to have more but it’s the only one that hasn’t broken.
9. What do you dunk your french fries in? ketchup – do people use anything else? I am not really a french fry person if you’ll recall.
10. When I say “Moo I’m a duck” do you think of a cow or a duck? A cow – does that say something strange about me?
11. If you had the chance, would you go to the very bottom of the ocean? No I am not a very good swimmer, that would just be asking for it.
12. Would you rather be spiderman or batman? Duh Batman. He’s the best.
13. Would you rather be in a hurricane or a tornado? Hurricane? I don’t know.

13 is bad luck… last question by me (Berleen)

14. Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you cheat and buy a premade one or do you make it from scratch? Heck, do you even make pumpkin pie at all? I love pumpkin pie – I don’t care if it’s homemade or from scratch, I’m eating it.

For more Thursday Thunkers head over to the Thursday Thunks blog.

momma changes her blog design a lot

If you are reading this from your Google Reader (which I applaud) you might consider popping over to my site for a minute to check out the new design (yes another one, I do realize there is something wrong with me), really just a new header with a snazzy new button to go with it. The button is possibly less snazzy than the header. And I suppose I’m mostly just hoping the header is snazzy because I made it, so please don’t be too harsh on me.

I love the concept. I got to thinking awhile back about what my blog means, what the name means and how I would picture that visually to come up with a header design that really resonated with my blog. I loved the header that my friend Amanda @ Funkepunkemonke made for me but I still felt that my blog image was incomplete, not quite right, not quite me. Pretty, but not me.

So what does mommablogsalot mean? I mean I think it’s pretty obvious. My old catch phrase was “changes thru the ages, she blogs through all the stages” which was cute. I pictured having a little evolution time line with my son as a little “monkey boy” evolving from one end of the header to another, but then thought, “I’ve only been blogging for about 6 months, not much evolution has happened yet.” Which is fine. Years from now maybe that header idea will be perfect. But not yet.

Then I thought about the simple idea that I blog a LOT. That a day can go by sometimes and I might find myself blogging in the morning, afternoon, evening or anytime in between. I pictured a blog header that was like a clock face with various images on any side of it that would happen then. Then I thought, “That would be an ugly cluttered mess.”

I tried to decide if my blog should have little cartoon people. A lot of your blogs do and I think they look so awesome but one blog I’m always loving is Daily Mish Mash which does not have a person in the header and I kind of admire that in a weird way. Her blog looks awesome and chic and so pretty without a lot of hooplah. It just is. Because her blog is just awesome. And fairly self explanatory. I think my blog is kind of similar in that it just is, and the advantage of not having people in the header is that I can’t draw people. I mean stick figures sure, but let’s not resort to that just yet, right?

So I decided to compromise with my ideas and play around in Gimp and the header above was my end result. Do you like it? Do you GET it? My husband helped with the moon because at one point I was trying to freehand that on the computer and I’ll freely admit it wasn’t pretty. I love my little catch phrase “definition” up there because well one, it’s true and two, I think it kind of explains and doesn’t explain at the same time. It just is. True. And I love the definition bit because I’m a lame-o English Major.

So what do you guys think? Is this good? Should I fork over my money to the professionals or even go back to Amanda’s design? I don’t want anyone to think it was that I didn’t appreciate or like the old header, I did, it’s just, you know you get this vision in your mind and you just need to try and show and explain that somehow. So I took a chance. I hope you like it. And me, or rather, my blog. No really, me. LIKE ME.

Okay, fishing for compliments = over. As you were.

Winning Awards Makes Me Go Squeee Awww, But Not Like a Donkey

This must be some kind of record. I just won another award! I know I make it sound like there was voting or something. But, no, really, Jean @ Working Momma 247 just awarded me with the Kreativ Blogger Award!

Getting the KBA is a pretty big deal from what I understand. It means you are so cool that you don’t need to spell properly anymore. You’re above that now. Yo ca leav of letter a th en o word an peopl wil stil understan yo. Oar evin speel theengs combpleatly wrung, cuz ur kool lyche thatt. It’s pretty great. But I promise not to use my powers for evil. In fact, I’ll try my hardest to ignore the fact that I have won said powers, and only whip them out when they are really truly needed (for whipping out situations). But before I go forgetting, there are a few of those pesky RULES to contend with.

According to the KBA Legislation, winners must:

  • Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you have posted your award.
  • Share 6 values that are important to you.
  1. freedom – of speech, freedom of press, freedom of choice in any regard such as the freedom to eat cheese and jelly sandwiches on saltine crackers. Whatever.
  2. the value of the American Dollar – my husband says this is very important. That if the value drops something terrible will happen. I don’t know what that is, but it’s kind of important to me that I don’t find out.
  3. honesty – don’t lie to me. If these pants make my butt look fat, tell me. If my butt couldn’t possibly look un-fat, tell me. Then duck.
  4. loyalty – be true to yourself and to me. Don’t tell me you’ll love me forever if you are planning to love Amy instead next week. Just tell me, “I love you for this week. I promise.” And then we’ll be golden.
  5. education and the ability to change ones mind and adapt to new information. Otherwise we’re stuck with a flat Earth and a flat God and a flat chest full of no treasure because nobody bothered to learn how to read a map.
  6. family and children – I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way… Show them all the beauty they possess inside…
  7. I have no idea if all of those things were values, but they are valuable to me, so that counts right?
  • Share 6 things you do not support.
  1. Dead baby jokes. They’re just wrong. They aren’t funny, why did you go there?
  2. Ignorance, hate, racism, shoulder pads. Some things just aren’t okay – maybe your grandma or grandpa did them, but that doesn’t mean they were right. Rise above it.
  3. This message. I do NOT support messages that tell mean vicious things about other people, even if they are true. Tell me about how much you rock and let me make up my own mind.
  4. Lies. Stop lying, stop bending the truth or blindly ignoring it. Tell me my butt looks big and that you want to take over the planet with your VP candidate of choice. Get it over with already!
  5. Naming your children Hippie Camelion Desertra Landace and other stupid names. And if you do give your child a stupid name, be prepared for them to hate you for it. But don’t worry, even if you name them “normal” names like Matthew, Michael, Paul and Josephine they’ll hate you anyway. If your kids don’t hate you at some point, you aren’t doing your job. Or so I heard on tv.
  6. The Anti-Nap Campaign my son has been picketing for. You can chant all you want, buddy, naptime is still happening whether you like it or not. Especially when you don’t like it.

Okay, now the fun part, not that the above spewing of nonsense wasn’t fun, let’s face it, I had a blast, but we all know that’s not why you’re here. You want to know if you’ve won the KBA – if you can spell like an A.H. (I just felt like you should know that AH is my acronym for my favorite swear word which is similar to the one you probably guessed it was, except H stands for Hat) today on your blog, too. Well if you see your name on the following list, congratulations, you’re an AH, I mean Super Awesome Kreativ Blogger Award-Winner Supreme:

  1. Fond of Snape: Just click through her blog for like a millisecond and you’ll understand. She probably already spells creative with a K and no e because she KNOWS. Home of “What is it Wednesday,” she’s blowing my mind on a fairly regular (weekly) basis.
  2. The Adventures of An American Mum Alien: Not content to be simply Wordless, this amazing mum added a twist to an old favorite here in bloggy world and now we have Wordless Wednesday With a Twist which is so much fun you kind of want to squee. And her photography is breathtakingly amazing that you’ll want to spend hours just flipping through her work and going, “awww…” which you’ll be able to do soon when she does the big reveal on her new photography website! Do it!
  3. Before I Forget: Speaking of photographs that will take your breath away, check out Kim’s blog. It’s some kind of amazing, kind of like her blog.
  4. Sgt and Mrs Hubs: Andrea is kind of like Super Woman to me – except without the horrible outfit. She has the world’s most gorgeous hair, adorable kids, another amazing brilliant photographer and she cooks, like homemade stuff, with a cute wee little one on her hip, the whole time while doing a podcast. You want to be her, basically. Just trust me on that.
  5. Funkepunkemonke: Another woman who can do it all. She designs her own clothes and will sell them to you, she’s also a graphic designer, another amazing whiz in the kitchen and her daughters are so beautiful and you know will be just as well rounded and perfect as her.
  6. Red Knows How: Ange, I know you’re like, “Huh, how am I here?” and that’s what I love about you (among other things). But I don’t know anyone who can juggle the crazy like you, do ten million things at once and still look amazing and raise such wonderful children. Who can decide one day to lop off her own hair and look like a hairdresser of the stars did it. You are wonder woman, lady, so grab your award, go buy yourself a cape (or you know, use an old blanket like all Super Moms do) and rock on.

I just want to say how HARD it was for me to compile this list – there are a few people I would have liked to add but either they already got the same damn gosh darned award, or else I already gave you an award last time and I didn’t want to cheat. Or something. Plus the legislation says, “no more than six bloggy buddies shall be awarded in one post.” Sorry.

Isn’t winning awards fun?