Eek! It’s a Blogger Chain Letter

Last week, I got the dreaded blogger chain letter (did all of you just shudder? I did). While it complimented me as one of the senders favorite bloggers (a big compliment, I must add as she’s an amazing writer herself. You can check out her blog here) it also asked things of me as all good chain letters do. And, then (GULP), it asked me to pass it along.

It took my bloggy friend Lisa Allen, the amazing single mom behind Back to Allen,  a little while to figure out her answers, tag me and send it along. So, since I like a challenge (and a deadline) I decided I’d meet it head on.

First, I’d have to come up with ten things you don’t know about me which is quite a daunting task as I’ve been writing for five years and have bared my soul about everything from losing my religion, to sex and a whole lot of parenting mishaps in-between. Then, I’d need to choose six bloggers that I admire- not difficult because I admire so many.  But first, to find things you don’t know….

  1. Barbie was never my friend. I didn’t play with her, want to look like her or understand her attraction to Ken. He looked to plasticky for me.
  2. Chicken bones make me want to hurl (and my sister too so we must be scarred from childhood). And, I’ll only eat white meat. And the entire thought of bones makes me rethink my choice not to be a vegan.
  3. I starred in my 8th grade play as the villian. I wanted to play the fair maiden. I was stunned when I looked at the cast list and discovered that I was cast as a BOY. But, as I stood on the stage and sang, I decided it didn’t matter what gender I was. The limelight felt amazing.
  4. Driving in traffic makes me squeamish. A few years ago, in pouring rain, some dude in a truck shot out my car window. Since then, I drive like a granny. And, I’m cool with that.
  5. My journalism degrees cause me to edit myself on a continuous basis. The dangling preposition in the sentence above is taunting me right now. Since I’m probably OCD too, it’s killing me to leave it there.
  6. Yes, I talk fast. But, did you ever think that maybe I don’t slow down to see if you can hang with me?
  7. I know the words to almost every song from the 80’s and it’s continued into adulthood. Rosie has inherited this genetic mutation. Too bad this skill doesn’t translate to super powers while studying for tests, card counting in Vegas or mind reading..
  8. I often heard that “I’ve never met a stranger.” Well I have. Lots of them. I’ve just made more friends. When you meet me, you’ll know which category you fall into immediately due to my 5 minute assessment.
  9. I love baths but bathtub water not so much. I only soak a few minutes before thoughts of sitting in my germs float into my mind.
  10. I want to write a book (okay you already know that about me) but I can’t decide what I’d like to write about. I am stumped.

On to my bloggers. There are so many with varying styles- journalists, photographers, foodies, frugalists- how to choose? I decided to look toward my local bloggy buddies because there is so much talent here in the Heartland. They are in no particular order and they are all amazing.

Kate, momonthedge. We have history, much of it surrounding a certain newspaper and I have a great deal of respect for her. Kate is a former reporter that can actually use adjectives. I love her writing style and the fact that she’s not afraid to attack controversial topics. Worth a read.

Kelly, Kansas City Mamas. I’ve met a lot of frugal bloggers in my time and many of them are all about the deal and not about the reader. Kelly has a balance of both in her blog and she’s a savvy businesswoman to boot. She posts quality content and is not afraid to let her readers get to know her a bit. You always know when it’s wine o’clock in Kelly’s world.

Katie , Healthnut Foodie. A cookbook author turned blogger, Katie is bright and funny and food conscious. While she doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a food blogger, she keeps posting these amazing vegan recipes.

Jenn, Super Jenn. This blog does it all and it puts all of us to shame. Jenn can cook, craft, parent and she writes about it almost every day. Geez. I can only do one thing at a time. Damn her.

While there are a dozen more blogs from gals here in KC that deserve a shout out, I need to give a  yee-ha to a couple of my childhood friends who’ve taken the leap from the Midwest to the South. Yes, I realize I will be over six blogs but I am an over achiever so…

Robin, Robin’s Bite.  She’s healthy as hell but she still let’s a little Duncan Hines in her life. When I read Robin’s blog, I realize how much she helps people every single day. A registered dietitian, foodie and mom to a toddler, I am constantly wowed at how she can educate me about my crappy food choices and make me not feel guilty. She’s mastered her craft.

Stephanie, Just My Current Perspective. I found myself reunited with my childhood friend as her dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. I’ve been blessed to read about their family’s  journey via her blog. Most people don’t have the balls to talk about illness. Period. Stephanie has shared her devastating journey through all phases of grief with the world. She has my heart and I bow down to her courage, strength and ability to tell the truth.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to a woman I’ve never met but that I know well. She’s the bitch in my neighborhood who I’d like to be.

Snarky, Snarky in the Suburbs. If only I didn’t blog as myself. I’d be able to write about all the cool (and uncool) shit around me . I’d be able to mock you all. And, you’d never know. Oh well.

About debcb

All Deb wanted to do was work, until she had Rosie. For the past decade, she's juggled a full-time career, high-profile volunteer work and mommyhood.


  1. Thank you, Deb! I am humbled to be on your list. You are part of my inspiration for starting to blog and for that and for your friendship and support I am forever indebted to you.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Deb! I love your blog, too. Sorry I’ve been so busy lately that I seldom leave a comment, but I read it!

    You’re a peach!

  3. Go Knights, Go Knights! I’m so excited to be on your list! THank you. If I had a list, you’d be on mine, too. Love your frank and honest insight into parenting and life…xoxox Robin

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