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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Really Got Me

Soon, 2011 will tick away into oblivion. This is the final entry of the year. Rather than write about my post-holiday recovery, like a journal entry of Lindsay Lohan in jail (if she even knows how to write), I chose to revisit the blog posts of this year that really got me. It's my little way of showing gratitude for the generous support in this blogging network. As Clarence pointed out to George Bailey via Mark Twain, "No man is a failure who has friends," so has my blogging journey proved this to me seven fold.

There were endless posts worth mentioning but these are a few, just a few, that were personally memorable to me. Ones that made me laugh above my blaring headphones causing the minions to check if I was having a seizure. Posts that forced me to grab a tissue before I reached for my beer. Thanks for making me look mental.

About sons and mothers - I love how Adrienne writes from the heart in such an honest, comforting voice. "Boldly Speaking About Love," from All These Things summed up the endless well of love and the stark reality of love a mom has for her son. Perhaps daughters get this too, but I wouldn't know because I don't have one and my mother's not the best example. I asked her to teach me how to select fish at the market once and her answer was, "Look at it."

Ever wonder if blog posts could be literature? The "The Odd Man Out" entry by According To Chip And Bobo is so perfect, it's sick. It's personal to women who have been pregnant. For men and women who haven't fallen into this category yet, it should be required reading. Quiz will follow. It's called life.

Being labelled as "funny" is a serious responsibility. Somehow, Bridget manages to pull it off every friggin' time. "Focusing On Chores" by Twinisms remains my favorite post among the countless hysterical ones that followed it. It's my favorite simply because it has all the right elements for a perfect blog entry: a conversation between a four-year old and his dad eavesdropped by a blogger.

Like many single moms, Maureen is courageous. Like, television sitcom courageous. I don't know how she does it. "A Day In The Life," by Tatterscoops recounts, well...a day in her life. A single mom - in conventional Jakarta. Not even Bonnie Franklin could've pulled that off.

I often wondered how my husband managed to walk all his married years, what with one foot constantly in his mouth. After reading "The Things Men Say That Live Forever," by Critters And Crayons, I realized that thinking before speaking is an impediment for most husbands.

I love posts about personal triumphs. I love posts about memorable days with Dad. Put them together like "Mini Triatholon" by Real Life Reslers and you've got a new Ben & Jerry flavor.

Pregnancy was one of the most astonishing experiences of my life. I took classes for the first one. The second one, however, was all based around what the first parasite wanted to do. In other words, I don't remember nothin'.  That's why I got a kick out of "Goodnight Moon," by And Lily Makes Three.

This post, "Learning The Hard Way," by Educated Abroad reminds me of that Faith No More song that goes, "it's always funny until someone gets hurt and then it's just hilarious." Real mature of me, right?

I really wrestled with two posts but settled on "For My Mom's Birthday, I Made Us Leave The Restaurant After We'd Already Ordered..." by Best Of Fates. If I treated my mom to the birthday adventure Megan planned, my picture would be plastered on the side of milk cartons advertising for missing people. Fortunately, Megan's mom is a good sport.

My husband once confessed to me that if we had a girl, he would be more conscientious about his appearance. Why a daughter would impact his effort to improve his image more than his nagging wife was a mystery to me until I read "I Finally Am Able To Convince Her To Wear Her School Uniform," by Grapes And Oranges.

It seems the site for Musings Of Mama Grace is currently going through some kind of metamorphosis. Although, I've mentioned her "Meditation" post as an inspiration, there is so much more. Once the site is navigational, I'll share my favorite post along with some others that really deserve the mention.

Hope you all get piss-ass drunk and regretfully amnesic entering 2012 - in other words, Happy New Year!

That's a lotta balls!


  1. Wow, Nami! I'm so honored to be listed in this list of awesome bloggers. One thing I'm so glad about for 2011 is finding your blog- really, you found mine and I found yours and haven't stopped reading it- Thanks so much- and I hope you have a good New Years Eve drunkfest! :)

  2. Awwww, I feel almost cool! And that NEVER happens. Thanks for the shout-out, and thanks for finding me on the great wide interweb. I'm glad to have found you too...'cause your life is waaay more interesting than mine.

  3. Yay! :) I actually brag about you to my real friends. "You know what, I actually have a friend in New York, one in Alaska, in Sydney, and so on..." Thanks Nami! 2011 was great for me, one reason is I've found friends here. Looking forward for another round of blogging on 2012!

    P.S. The boys for some reason look like girls to me in the picture. Cute adorable girls.. :)

  4. Crap, real, as in "in here".. Waaaaaaaaah! Sorry! You know what I mean Nami. Real nice Ava, *bangs head on the wall*... Stupid me.

    Can you edit it for me friend? Delete real, change to "to my friends here"? Thanks!

    And delete this comment afterwards? Thanks!!!

  5. @crittersandcrayons: So glad to have found your blog - the Heather Locklear post is truly a classic. Enjoy ringing in the New Year.

    @Michelle: You're way cool by me. And we'll have to thank Diplo Daddy for bringing us together. See you next year! Still love saying that.

    @grapesandoranges: Well, I'm glad SOMEBODY's happy to know me! Ha, ha. Seriously, I'm looking forward to 2012 with my new friends. No deleting - it's too cute.

  6. Aw, I'm so honored! And to think, it's all because I made my mom's birthday horrible!

  7. Thanks friend! I'm pretty excited to be labeled "funny." Previously I've only been labeled "funny looking."

  8. Aww, Nami... thank you so much for this! I feel a little honored that, out of all of the blogs you get around to, you remembered one that I wrote... that made my week! Happy New Year to you!!

  9. @Megan: Oh, I wouldn't say it was horrible. I think that's the ex-boyfriend department.

    @Twinisms: Perhaps I should've said hysterical. It's kind of hard to call someone "hysterical looking."

    @Booyah's Momma: Then that week's on me - Happy 2012 to you!

  10. Thank you so very much for mentioning me! How incredible kind of you.

    Yeah, I like that post too. By the way, we ended up having a real cast put on. I had to cut it off, two weeks after arriving in Kuwait.

    I just don’t understand why they didn’t put one on to begin with? The British NHS (National Healthcare System)’s a love/hate relationship at best.