I've been so very bad. Fer Shizzle.
I've quietly added a number of new blogs to my link list without any fanfare over the last 6 months or so, mostly because I was sick and dealing with family stuff, but really fabulously impressed with their blogs. To be honest, many of them found ME, but I wouldn't link with them if I thought they weren't worthwhile.
That said, I've been working my way through my DVRs and finally caught up with Bravo's A-List Awards, and had quite the giggle over them (for the most part I really love Kathy Griffin). I decided to give out my Blings under reality show names. You might not recognize the name of some of the Reality shows, because some of them didn't even last a season, but I did research damnit to make this fit. LOL
If you're not on the list, it doesn't mean I don't heart you just as much---but heck, I've got 100+ links on my sidebar to follow!
Hope you enjoy these Blingalicious blogs as much as I do!
Hands down, ntsc of The Art of the Pig is the Top Chef. The end. Whether he is posting with photos step-by-step on how to make homemade chicken sausage or how to cook the perfect pot-roast, I ALWAYS leave his blog inspired and hungry. Really hungry. Like looking at my Yorkshire terrier and envisioning a Yorkshire pudding superimposed on top of her hungry. Woof!
Currently he's posting on how to bone a turkey (not the xxx-rated kind of boning, mind you). Stop by and get inspired!Top Design
Both Phlegm Fatale of Fatale Abstraction and Anna from The Alternative Anna design some incredible jewelry. If you're looking for that perfect "one of a kind" creation for someone in your life, I highly recommend them! Plus their blogs are mighty entertaining too!
What Not To Wear
Big Pissy from the Southern Circle of Hell is a fashion icon. She finds the best deals and has the best fashion sense of anybody I know. I love reading the adventures of this true Southern Belle!
The "James Lipton Doesn't Hold a Candle" Bling award goes to RC of Strange Culture. If you're seriously into movies this is the place to go. RC's research and analysis of current and past movies is simply outstanding. He also has timely blog fests where he asks his readers to write about movies or characters who have affected them (like for Father's Day, etc) and links to them. Check him out especially before Oscar Night.
Just Bob is smart and sensitive. Plus he finds farts funny. Don't let him get away!
Tom is a very warm, hunky single dad with a great sense of humor and better yet, he bakes. Yes, that's not a typo! He is a pie-baker extraordinaire. If I wasn't happily married I'd see if he was into gardening and ask how much his hourly charge would be for trimming my--er--the bushes.
Who am I kidding? I really want the pie. Lots and lots of pie.
Pete lives across the pond in the U.K. and is an avid birder. If you're not really into birds, that's ok. He travels extensively and takes the most incredible photos of historic (some widely advertised, some not) sites. When I look at his pictures, it's almost like being there.
The Real Housewives....
Ok, I'm guilty. Vewy Vewy guilty. I sneered at Reality shows, but when I was sick I got hooked on the Real Housewives reruns (hey, the alternative was watching Bobby Brown pry prehistoric poop nuggets out of Whitney Houston's butt) . Whether it was the botoxed bleached blondes of Orange County, the brittle bitchy broads of New York City or the brassy boobyful beyotches from Atlanta, it was great therapy being able to throw a pillow at the tube and scream "you live in a fantasyland, you delusional b*tch!"
Kind of like Hubby does every time he sees Joe Biden on the small screen.
Anyhoo, I think I've MET many of the genuine REAL-to-life Housewives here in blogland. So they get the bling. I've divided some of them up into subcategories.
These ain't your regular mommy-blogs.
The Real Housewives: Flipping Out
Not only is my buddy Koolio a real housewife, but she is the author of the BEST rants evah! When I'm feeling down in the mouth, I can always count on her to tickle me with her way with words. It's like being served poetry with a dash of battery acid. Her take on people who call incessantly:
"Do I really need to explain why there's voicemail?! Leave a message and the person will get back to you when they can. Grow some patience, f*ck-ryingoutloud! Actually, I think I'm growing some in my garden, I'll be happy to share some with you! Oh wait, those are Impatiens. Nevermind."
The Real Housewives: The Girls Next Door
I would love, love LOVE it if any or all of these bloggers lived on MY block. Every day would be coffee klatch day!
Jennifer, the Redneck Romance Writer has a Monday feature called "Just sayin'" where she takes on everybody from the irony-impaired to Twitter. Gotta check her out!
MrsB at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom finds the best giveaways on the web! Plus she has one of the coolest blog names I've ever come across!
I simply adore Chris at Diet Coke Rocks. She's a hot mama and granny who is gracious enough to invite us into her home and life. I'd like to get a gander at the purple and black thing she hides in her bedside drawer sometime. LOL
The Frau and family moved kit and kaboodle to Germany for a couple of years to accomodate her husband's job. I'm really enjoying their forays in assimilating in West Family Adventures.
Kim at the Yellow Trash Diaries is a scream. You know those characters who have a tiny devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other who argue whenever the protagonist has a moral dilemma?
Kim would be the mini-satan in high heels. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. She puts into words my own reactions to many absurd situations. Compared to her I'm just a cowardly, cowardly custard. Maybe I could shrink her and carry her around in a Louis Vuitton bag like Paris Hilton's chihuaha.
My buddy Beth on the other hand, would be the angel on the other shoulder. She is a calm voice of reason in an otherwise scary and chaotic headspace (which would be my scary and chaotic headspace). Pop by and say hi to her at Books, etc.
Kevin Charnas and his spouse were a couple of (mostly) carefree California guys who've moved to the midwest to be closer to Kevin's aging parents. Reading about their cultural adjustment to the heartland is an adventure in itself!
Joanna's blog The Fifty Factor is absolutely delightful. One of my fave posts to date is one where she shares her discovery that the excellent customer service she was receiving at Restoration Hardware was due to the their mistaken assumption that she was actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond)! What a hoot!
The Real Housewives: If Women Ruled the World
This is the last section of what's becoming a very long post. If women ruled the world, my picks for the top jobs would go to Ellen at To the Max, Rootie at Because it Really is Personal, the Green Girl from Wisconsin, and Brenda at What's up Down South.
I think if these ladies were in charge, respectively everyone would be treated fairly, have something good to eat, a clean environment, and get a time-out or a warm hug when they need one.
Check them out and find out why.