16 March, 2008

Sunday update

My Mom & Step-Dad are in town! Yesterday Kenny and I drove to Richmond for the Sacred Harp sing, which was sweet and small and fun. People were really nice. I ate too much of this weird cheese spread because...

I am now finished with Week 2 of the Couch Potato to 5k Challenge! Well, it's not a challenge, per se. Not against anyone else. But it is certainly a challenge to me. Anyway, I went for my run and then came home and showered, had a diminutive bowl of cereal, and went to the sing... about halfway into the first set I was starving. Like, light-headed, cranky desparation starving. I guess this is what it's like for people who have high metabolisms all the time? Your food just gets digested all the much faster, leaving you with nothing in your belly to carry you through...? So, to make up for the gnawing, growling absence of cereal, I overcompensated with the cheese spread. Hmph. I will get better at this, I'm sure...

So, Kim gave me a You Make My Day award! Here’s how the “You Make My Day” award works, as explained on mainlydrawing:

1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think/or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver
3. Display the "You make my Day Award" logo with a link to the post that I wrote [Optional]
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news

Obviously the hardest part is #1. There are so many beautiful, inventive, expressive, and funny blogs that I read. Most of them (brooklyntweed, flintknits, the brown berry chronicles) have already received this award from someone else, so I'm going to try to pick a few that maybe aren't as high-profile. At least, as far as I know it. And I'll make an effort to include non-knitting blogs.

1. Emilee Knits is a knit-blogger who has acheived that rare middle path: Not too word-heavy, not too photo-heavy, but just the right balance of both! Her writing is really honest and funny and smart. Yay, Emilee.

2. Small Utensils: well, how could I not? Chris has way more interesting hip media type things going on on that blog than I will ever fully understand, but he manages to still be personal enough to hold my interest.

3. Kelp!Knits is one of the first knitting blogs I ever stumbled upon. I don't remember how I found her, but the banner on her site made such an impression on me that whenever I would be playing around on the internets, looking for a blog to read, I would remember hers (this is before I knew how to work the feeds or subscribe to stuff) and go there. In 2007 she made so many things that I also would knit (and wear) in a heartbeat. The fabrics she picks to sew with also give me fits of jealous drooling.

4. And now for a food blog. Noodle Pie serves as not only an incredible street-food blogger (and now super professional writer for real publications, it seems), but also the tool we used when we lived in Saigon to map out new cheap and delicious street vendors we wanted to track down. Without his very user-friendly searching features, we wouldn't have known about half of the choices that made our days every day. I am longing for Vietnamese street food, now. I better go back and look at some of the pictures we took of the food we ate, just to feel better.

5. And finally, the smartest, most thoughtful UU blog I read, with the best links to other smart and thoughtful blogs that just take me on an endless journey deeper into the interwebs, getting smarter and more thoughtful with each drag of the mouse: Hafidha's blog, Never Say Never to Your Traveling Self. Honest, insightful, ponderous writings on all sorts of topics, but I especially appreciate her recent posts about anti-racist parenting, gender, and the kinds of things that I think most parents-to-be, especially multi-racial Unitarian parents-to-be, as well as maybe-someday-parents (me) like to think about. If only we could all be as eloquent and conscientious as Hafidha... and she's nice, too!

So I'll get to work commenting on these five's pages. Also, it's time to put some clothes on and do something productive, like breakfast. Ah, Sundays...


Chris said...

well, now you've gone and made MY day! i hope all's well and you had a nice visit from the parental units (last weekend, right?)!

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hafidha sofia said...

Aw, you are so sweet. I am going to check out your other recommends. I need to update my blog - it got all broked when I tried to post two weeks ago. Mysterious "upgrade" stuff. But now it should be all fixed.

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