Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm Having A Party!

I've mentioned the SITS girls before and all the cool things they do. They aren't the only cool chicks out there though. AllMediocre is another community site that I like a lot. They feature bloggers there in a number of different ways, some of which are pretty creative like the Lonely Blogosphere Guidepost Series.

They recently posted about a suggestion that one of the members Auds at Barking Mad had around celebrating the community and friendships that the blogosphere has created. She created the idea of having an online dinner party.

Sooooo, I'm going to host a dinner party here, and I get to invite ten bloggers. So come on over, and let me know what you're bringing so I can be sure to fill out the dinner with whatever's missing. Somehow, I think we'll be fine on alcohol and chocolate, but maybe I'm wrong!

So first of all, Anymommy from Is There Any Mommy Out There? needs to come. She's so involved in AllMediocre (she hosts the traveling series mentioned above), and she's a great writer on top of that. She has three small children, and I admire her for that. That and for her fortitude, particularly with regards to potty training. She also writes some of the most honest and raw posts I read, many of which make me cry -- in a good way, of course!

And Steph from Manic Mommy needs to come. She's the one who first got me thinking that I could actually do a blog myself. Plus, she has a great kitchen and three great kids who are older than my wee ones, which means I have a lot to learn from her. Besides, she'll eat chocolate off the floor. How can you not love that?

I can't forget to invite Dawn from Because I Said So! This was the first blog I really ever read, and for a long time, it was the only one (not so anymore!). Dawn is absolutely hilarious to the point that a publisher approached her and now she has a book coming out next August. Besides, anyone with six kids needs a night out, right?

Angela from Hello, Dahrlin' definitely needs to come. She's my inspiration to do the 100 pushup challenge -- and I'm halfway through! Plus, her cooking rocks. I want to make sure my guests are eating well. And oh yeah, she cracks me up.

Angie from Angie's Spot of course needs to come, too, and not just because she's Angela's best friend since forever. She's always such a good commenter on my site (even on posts I don't mean to post!), and she's got such a good attitude. I can so see her kids playing with my wee ones. And may I just say that Big A and Little A have rockin' hair? But no kids are invited to this dinner party!

I'd love it if Kellan from On The Upside were to join us, as well. Kellan is another entertaining writer, and actually she's an overachiever with two blogs, as she writes On the Flipside, as well, which is a great thought-provoking site that I don't frequent enough. She has sixteen year old twin girls, and she's the one teaching them to drive. And she has more kids, too (cute ones at that)! The best part is that no matter what the situation, she always finds the silver lining.

Karen from The Rocking Pony is another must-have. If you don't already know, Karen makes some of the coolest kids' shirts I've ever seen. Plus, she breeds puppies, so if you're lucky you'll see cute puppy pictures (awww!). She also has some pretty entertaining kid stories that will make you laugh and cry. All her kids will be in school for the first time this year (just like Manic!), so I have a feeling that she needs some support -- or a party, I'm not sure which yet.

Debbie from This is the Life AND Blog Around the World has to come, too, along with her alter ego Betty. Not only does she keep up two blogs (another overachiever), but they're hilarious. I'm still chuckling about the Webkinz that needed chocolate milk from ummm, well, Debbie. And if you haven't signed up for her Blog Around the World (especially if you're from Illinois -- we only have six signed up, and I want more than California's 14 last I checked), head on over there. This is another fun place to find new bloggers to check out.

Kathy from Mama's Losin' It, please join us, too! She runs a daycare out of her home, which alone provides plenty of stories. Seriously, a mom wanted her to use a washcloth throughout the day for diaper changes. The same washcloth all day long. Rinsed out throughout the day. And there's all sorts of other chaos she can share with us that will keep us rolling. And maybe feeling a little better about the chaos that's in our lives. Plus, I love her apron, and I hope she'll bring it.

Oh, and I can't believe that I almost missed Jaci from Ravings of a Mad Housewife. Her face alone shows her need for a nice glass of wine to share with us. And she's so level-headed. She was blogging too much so pulled the plug on her blog before realizing that was a mistake (and I'm so glad she did!). Instead, she put together a blogging constitution that I think we can all agree with. Yep, another woman who cracks me up. I think we're going to be doing a lot of laughing at our party.

I'm getting hungry just thinking about the dinner and all the fun we'll have. And trust me, limiting this to ten bloggers was hard for me, so please don't feel left out if I didn't include you in this list. By no means does this mean I don't love your blog. Trust me, I read wayyyy more than 10 on a daily basis. Oh, heck, it's an open invitation. Just show up and let me know what you're bringing!


Mama's Losin' It August 19, 2008 at 12:55 AM  


Am I the first one here!?! What the freak?? Come on folks, you're LATE.

And yes I've brought the apron...and the lemonbars...and the poopy wash cloth.

Let's do this.

Mabunny August 19, 2008 at 6:24 AM  

Woot, sounds like fun, I may pop in:))

anymommy August 19, 2008 at 11:07 PM  

With that guest list I will need to come early and stay late so that I can get to know all of these incredible women. I'm so excited to be invited! What should I bring?

Kellan August 19, 2008 at 11:24 PM  

Thanks so much for inviting me, Michelle - I am so sorry I am just showing up to this invite!! I am honored! I am soooo sorry I am sooooo late and I even brought a pitcher of Margaritas and homemade salsa and chips.

Take care and thanks, again - Kellan

Cookie August 20, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

So Many great bloggers! Hope I can crash the party ;)

Steph August 20, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

I make a mean sangria, can I join???

Michelle August 20, 2008 at 10:28 PM  

Mama's Losin' It - Alright, Kathy. Put the poopy washcloth away. We want to pretend like we're cool adults here, right? ;) The lemon bars sound delish! I love those things.

Mabunny - You know you're more than welcome! What goodies are you going to cook up?

Anymommy - I can't quite decide... any good appetizers or other favorites of yours? So glad you can make it!

Kellan - Oooo, you are a woman after my own heart! I love me some margaritas and salsa and chips (don't tell me the chips are also homemade!).

Cookie - You know you're welcome! It's definitely an open invite. Just make sure you have a good babysitter for your boys!

Steph - Most definitely! Sangria is always great! And like I said... totally open invite. The more the merrier!

Dawn August 21, 2008 at 12:14 AM  

I'm HERE! Of course, loser that I am, I'm 2 days late. Ugh. Sorry Michelle. Thanks for the invite though. Did you guys have fun?

Angela August 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM  

I think I may get the award for VERY LATEST to respond and I am SO sorry! I flagged this days ago and FULLY intended to respond. It's just been one of those days, weeks, MONTHS! Can I get a re-invite, LOL!?

(PS, guests who show up with food are always welcome, right? ;-)

Love and hugs!

Michelle August 22, 2008 at 5:12 PM  

Dawn - Let me clarify for you ... it's called "BUSY" not loser. Wrong word choice there. And hey, when it's a great party, people just keep coming by, right?

Angela - See Dawn above. You're just in time to keep her company as she arrives. And yes, you're always welcome, especially with food. Did you bring your salmon quesadillas?

Angie's Spot August 28, 2008 at 11:16 PM  

Ok, I know I tend to be fashionably late, but geez, this is bad for even me! I got so behind in reading over the last 2 weeks, that now I'm playing BIG TIME catch up. Excuses aside, I'm so delighted to have been invited! I'll bring my yummy southern style potato casserole and decadent Hershey chocolate cake with homemade icing. Mmm mmm tasty.

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