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Monday, November 10, 2008

My Weekend with Mary Anne at The Stiletto Mom

On Saturday morning, I woke up, made coffee and selected one blog to read from "cover to cover" so to speak. Starting from the first post until the last post, I stalked this one blog for the entire weekend. I have to say that this is a really fun exercise and I think I will continue to do it again and again each week. I really had such a hard time choosing who I wanted to stalk.

Since I've decided to do this again, I choose Mary Anne's The Stiletto Mom. This is an obvious choice for me for several reasons. First, she is the first person who reached out to me on an email and told me a few things about commenting and getting more traffic/readers to my site. Second, she added me to her blogroll and I think this was the first person to do so. Third, her blogroll introduced me to some of my very favorite sites, like Steenky Bee and i am bossy. Finally, I entered her Oy Vey contest and actually won (see her Sept 22nd post) a $25 gift card, making this my "first paycheck" for the blog.

I have no idea how I found her in the first place, though. Maybe I just liked the name as I really adore shoes (that's one wall in my closet).

The big shocker: She started writing on on her blog on August 1st, which is exactly when I started. She seems so much more "in the know" than me with the blog world. And it's probably a good thing that I started this single blog stalking with someone relatively new as it actually takes a long time to read each post. I started reading with wine around noon on Saturday and when I was done reading, I had quite a nice little buzz going!

My Favorite Post(s): Okay, I narrowed it down to 4 posts:

1) Sept 2nd: Mary Ann observes a crazy family in a Sushi restaurant, where she hears the Dad say to the kids, "Here's the deal, if we go to a restaurant and you don't like it, STARVE". Very funny story unfolds....

2) Oct 14th: Mary Ann has potty training memories where she tells her son that "The Poo-Poo's have hands" and The Man (her hubby) can't believe this is what's she's telling her son. Brought back many PT memories of my own.

3) Oct 8th: Best Post Pictures! Mankinis in Cabo...need I say more. But my favorite part was how her friends were helping her to get the pictures discreetly (and there's some danger involved, too).

4) Sept 7th: This is the post that when I first read it, I laughed so hard and immediately added her blog to 'My Favorites' list: Mary Ann and The Man were having a difference of opinion about her trash can being left out in the open, so she decides to decorate the can with various themes. My favorite was the 'library look'.

Final Thoughts: I think it's amazing that Mary Anne can work full time have 2 children and write consistently on her blog at the same time. Kuddos on being the Super Mom. I like the way she constantly is upset with Google and the ads they have placed on her site. I totally agree with her about waiting for Christmas decorations going up everywhere before Halloween and Thanksgiving! This is a fun blog to read, so head on over there right now and find your own favorite posts!

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Blogger June said...

Don't you remember being the "super mom". At that time in your life, somehow you find time for "everything". It's only later when the time seems to be filled with "whatever". I too used to be the super mom - but now, I seem to fill my day with lots of other things. More power to the super moms, but I think it's ok to be different after this phase.

November 10, 2008 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Nice choice for stalking, I've recently been introduced to The Stiletto Mom (when Steenky and HeatherPride guest posted) and she cracks me up! I like the stalking idea...

November 10, 2008 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I used to write daily on my blog, but I just can't make myself do it these days.

Beth, is that REALLY a wall of you closet? Oh, my gosh ... the SHOES! (I'm envious!)

November 10, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa Eshelman said...

Beth, I am glad you have started your blog. It is a wonderful escape for me. I always thought you may have stalker tendencies.

November 11, 2008 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

I love Mary Anne.

You and I friend have a few things in common. I'm in Tempe, I like wine (probably more than I should) and I'm an empty-nester wanna be. When that last boy graduates from ASU I'll be "going to Disneyland!"

November 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

What a fun idea!!

November 11, 2008 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogging..., still learning what its all about. This helps.

November 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Jenni Jiggety said...

Reading a blog cover to cover is such a good idea!

November 12, 2008 at 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same comment...

November 13, 2008 at 9:12 AM  

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