Monday, August 27, 2012

Menopausal Blogoversary

     Today I'm celebrating my one year blogoversary. There have been a lot of changes around here since I stepped outside of my prehistoric bubble to learn how to turn on a computer.  I was once the clone of Donna Reed, the nurturing mother and wife catering to the needs of my family.  The laundry was always neatly folded into squares, meals were cooked from scratch, shelves were dust-free and the floors were spotless.  But deep inside, a small voice kept whispering, "Eat the cupcake, eat the---" no, not THAT voice!  It was the other voice that kept nagging at me about the unfinished book manuscript collecting fuzz balls under my bed.
     I continued to ignore the voice until I learned about blogging. I was equally fascinated and intimidated by the concept of exploiting my life in the blogosphere, where I could be either loved or ridiculed for my views.  But I figured, what the heck? What did I have to lose other than my dignity (that ship sailed LONG ago)!?
     With a glass of Chardonnay in one hand and my laptop in the other, I composed my first blog post, which was much easier to write after the third glass of vino (*see "First Menopausal Moment" 8/27/11).
     Starting a blog was one of the best decisions I have made, but not without some sacrifice.  My addiction to blogging has created setbacks in other areas of my Donna Reed lifestyle; changes that my family hasn't wholeheartedly embraced:

*  I seldom have time to run the vacuum cleaner these days---you could knit a sweater and matching scarf set with the amount of dog hair embedded in my carpets.

*  I discovered that the microwave is a mother's best friend.  I've learned to be creative when it comes to putting dinner together.  Each night it's a surprise smorgasbord of leftovers from the dark depths of my freezer, also known as No Man's Land.  Amazing what you can create with a lone hotdog, a sad-looking waffle and a bag of freezer burned peas.

*  A raging caffeine addiction.  Forget the coffee pot.  Just give me the whole damn bag of coffee and I'll chew on the grounds like it was granola.  My husband claims that caffeine overload has turned me into a whirling dervish (a.k.a. Tazmanian Devil).  It's all fun and games until I'm wide awake, sitting alone in the dark at 3:00 a.m. and wondering if I should join a nocturnal commune of bats.

*  Due to the aforementioned insomnia, my eyes are often puffy and ringed dark like my new cousin the raccoon.  If I keep this up much longer, the airlines are going to charge me double for the extra baggage I'm carrying under my eyes.  The pale pallor of my skin after a restless night doesn't help, either.  I'm thinking I should apply for a job as an extra on the set of The Walking Dead.

*  My husband thinks I have gone underground in the witness protection program because he never sees me.  The untouched stash of Butterfinger candy bars is evidence that I've been missing for a long time.

*  I stare at the computer screen so much now that I've upgraded my 1.5 readers to 2.5.  Just last week I enrolled my pet pug into a seeing eye dog class so he can navigate me from my refrigerator to my home office.  I just need to teach him how to post a blog with his front paws.

*  I'm always looking for new blog followers.  If my husband was more agreeable, I'd dress him up like a giant Cheeto and have him dance along Federal Highway with my website address plastered across his orange belly.

*  My nightmares have turned into blogmares, and they always have something to do with Teletubbies and Mothra.  Freud would have a field day with that one.

*  My family finally figured out that I haven't done laundry in months.  You can only get away with spritzing dirty clothes with Febreeze for so long.

*  Lack of exercise.  I used to power walk six miles a day.  Now I'd rather stay home, eat pancakes and become a blogger blob.

     Sacrifices?  Plenty.  The cost of a good blog post?  Priceless!

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  1. Congratulations and to many more!!! I am 9 months now into blogging and reading your post was like seeing me in everything that you were saying. And yes, it was worth it for me,too. It has been a creative outlet and an escape from routine for me. A hobby, if you will. I sure don't regret it! Keep blogging Menopausal Mother! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, Vickilicious! I totally agree with you--blogging is a great, creative outlet. Sure beats doing a load of laundry!

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    2. Sorry for this, but I did something stupid/clumsy. I was checking the happenings of my blog at my (not-so) smartphone(yes, I'm addicted) and instead of enlarging the view of the screen I accidentally removed your comment on "Vacation part 4" post and I didn't even finish reading your comment. So sorry, how do I get it back? Do you know?

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    3. Don't worry--I will check it out and re-post the comment for you! Trust me, I have done this a time or two myself!!

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  2. Happy blogoversary. I always say a clean house is the sign of a boring person, gotta make time to blog. Long may it continue.

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    1. This is great---I should put this on a plaque in my house as a warning to all who enter the mess! Blogging comes first!! :-)

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  3. Congratulations! How exciting. I've only been at it 10 weeks, hope I have enough words rattling around in my brain to last a year like you obviously have. As a blogoversay gift, I've joined you (GFC) as as follower! Wishing you many more years...

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    1. Thank you Karen! You have an excellent blog---I'll bet you will ALWAYS have something worthy to say, and I hope you will continue sharing your writing with us for a long, long time!

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  4. Congratulations, and happy celebrating. I hope you continue to blog for a few more years, so we can continue to have something worth reading...
    You are a wonderfully entertaining writer, and an inspirational person.
    But I have to say, if you really have uneaten Butterfingers stashed away in a forgotten cache, maybe you have let things go a little to far... I can understand forgetting about the husband and kids... And household responsibilities are easy to neglect... But how do you forget about a Butterfinger???

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Jon. You have always been incredibly supportive of my blog and I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of that!!
      As for the Butterfingers---you are right. I actually DO know where they are, but since my kids keep up with my blog, they might just figure out where that private stash of chocolate is hidden!

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  5. For a one-year blogiversary, you kicking Internet arse!

    Teletubby nightmares - you poor thing.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Tami!!! I feel pretty good about where I am today with the blogging, but I couldn't have done it without the support of others. As long as I can reach a lot of people and spread a little humor in their day, then I know I've done my job!! And I am loving every minute of it!!

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  6. LOL LMAO OMG that is hysterical I am loving this entry!! This one made me laugh so hard thank you I needed that wonderful laugh.

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    1. You are so very welcome, Rae. You made my day as well just by telling me this!

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  7. OMG, I laughed so hard, thank you, that is absolutely hilarious... sadly true in many cases... lol

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    1. Yes, I guess this is the norm with a lot of bloggers. We can help ourselves--we'd rather spend hours on the computer expressing our thoughts rather than taking care of trivial things like cooking and cleaning. But unless we have a little genie in a bottle to do it all for us, I guess we have to put down the lap top and get back to household duties sometime!!

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  8. Congratulations and Happy Blogversary!!! More laughs to come! I mean more posts that can make us all laugh to come. :-D

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    1. You bet! Thanks for always being there to read the posts, Joan!

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  9. Happy blogoversary !!! As a gift, I've wrote a story about your blog and it published on my blog, I hope you don't mind, it's called: Menopausal Mother › A Blog From the 'menopausal mama'.
    Congratulations and I wish the best from you, always.

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  10. Congratulations and a big hug from me for getting this far. Oh yes, I know what you mean at times. I'm blogging right now at 02.40am with the big bags under my eyes and tomorrow I will be falling asleep in the middle of the day, all in the name of blogging.

    Your sacrifices has been well worth it because I just love to read your posts, you give me a good laugh and brighten up my days, so tell your husband and children that you're doing this all for people like RPD, ha ha ha.

    Anyway, have a good glug of wine and keep blogging. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for these words of encouragement! It is because of wonderful readers like you that I am able to draw inspiration to continue to do this.. and just like you, usually at some ungodly hour. I too, will be sporting the raccoon look tomorrow!

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  11. Congratulations! Now if blogging could just cure hot flashes we'd have it made!

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    1. If it worked that well and if it could also be used as a diet aid, I would be the happiest blogger on the planet!

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  12. Congratulations and u sound just as bad as me lol I am addicted to my themed blogs and designing them that it's not even funny! I love your wit and the sisterhood we have in menopause. Much kudos and love xx

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    http://anewdaywithchrist.blogspot.com

    thanks for following mine menopausal mother and please don't be a stranger there! I definitely will continue to stop by yours as well. In fact we can share some cyber butterfingers lol

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    1. Brenda, we ARE together in this menopausal sisterhood! And by the way...when are you sending me my cyber Butterfinger? Lol!!

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  13. terrific post as always, and congrats on your one yr anniversary. I'm truly astounded at the number of followers you've racked up in such a short time! You mention an old post here, and wanted you to know about my new weekly Old-Posts Resurrection Blog Hop -- dig out those posts you worked so hard on from your archives and REpost them and then link up. Also, grab the code, to grow our audience. Would love to have you join! It's open now:

    http://www.awriterweavesatale.com/old-post-resurrection-hop/

    You can also grab my sidebar button to remind yourself to come back weekly!

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Sandra! I'm still a little slow at all this and need the teenager in the house to set me up for all the code grabbing and linking up. If I can get him away from his drum set long enough, I'll try to do it!

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  14. Very nice your blog.
    In the bottom of my blog, I have friends all members, thanks.
    Have a beautiful week

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    1. Thanks for the visit--I will check it out!

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  15. This is just too funny?? Why?? Because I see a lot of me in your post!! Congrats on your 1st Blogversary--and here's to many many more!!

    Cheers, Jenn

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    1. I think these symptoms of household neglect is something that all of us bloggers share----blogging coms first!

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  16. Congratulations! It is amazing how many follwers you have managed to get in this short a period. Your writing is brilliant and we look forward to many many more posts - even if they are at your families expense!

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    1. Thanks, Lanthie. I think my family is finally getting used to it--grudgingly!

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  17. CONGRATS AND I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOUR BLOG I FIND THAT BY THE TIME I READ ALL MY FAVS UN THE DASHBOARD AND COMMENT IT IS 3 AM AND I WONDER WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MY BRILLIANT BLOG POST IDEA?? YES I CAN SAY ADDICTED BUT I KNOW I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE AND LOVE EACH & EVERY FOLLOWER & FRIEND, HERE IS TO THE NEXT YEAR DANG GIRL THAT IS SOME SERIOUS #'S YOU HAVE ON THE FOLLOWERS WAY TO GO!!!

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    1. Thanks, Janice!!! I know exactly what you mean when you start reading other blogs---I always check in with other bloggers before I start writing--I get so caught up in it that suddenly it is after midnight and I haven't posted anything! Too bad I haven't been successful at training myself to exist on 2 hours of sleep!

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  18. Congrats! for the milestone. May many more years of entertaining posts come your readers' way.

    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Noir! I plan on doing this for a long, long time. Blogging keeps my sanity intact!

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  19. Hello :)

    Stopping by from the GFC blog hop today! Hope you are haveing a great week so far.

    Smooches from Germany,
    Anni // http://grapefruitprincess.blogspot.com

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    1. My week always starts off great if I can get a new post out....even if there is still a pile of dishes in my sink that I am trying my best to avoid!

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  20. Found you through the blog hop. LOVE your blog. I am coming back later to read more! I can so relate. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks, laura! And yes, please do stop by and read some of the older posts---I think you will get a chuckle or two out of them!

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  21. Congratulation!keep blogging you inspire us.

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    1. Very kind of you today, Rohit. Thank you!

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  22. Congratulations on this monumental occasion!! So glad I found your blog and became acquainted with you through it. ♥

    Kathy
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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I've always enjoyed reading your blog as well!

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  23. This is hilarious. Five years later I'm pretty much in the same state. Enjoy many more blogging years!

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    1. Thanks, Corinne! I'd hope to be blogging for many years--just not sure how well my house will fare...

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  24. You have an excellent talent for creative writing. I enjoyed this post so much.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, following, and leaving a comment. I am doing the same.

    For music go to http://www.mixpod.com/ I have never had a problem with them and many of my blogging friends use it.

    Beth

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    1. Thank you Beth for the visit and for joining my site! I will certainly look into that mix pod!

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  25. Congrats and Happy Blogoversary! Definitely love reading your blog. Hilarious listing of Donna Reed comparisons! Enjoyed reading and still have a little wine in a box to toast with, it's 10:30 am, oh why not! :)

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  26. Congratulations........ Keep up the great work and good luck to you... I love ur blog :)

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    1. Thanks, Vidhi! I always enjoy visiting your site as well!

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  27. loved the "chewing on coffee grounds" sounds like me! Wait til you have been doing it for nearly THREE years as I have!
    Happy Blog-o-versary!

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    1. Wow! Three years already! So exactly how much caffeine do you have to consume once you reach that point???

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  28. I love your idea for advertising your blog! My husband supports my blog...but not to that extent! Too funny...

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    1. I'm still working on him. Maybe he could dress up like a large panda bear to grab someone's attention?

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I appreciate the support!

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  30. Congrats and what a cute post to go along with your milestone. Keep at it!

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    1. I just had to write something to commemorate it---this past year of blogging has flown by and I have loved every minute of it!!

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  31. Excited to be your newest follower with GFC!
    xox
    Ash@ABpetite
    http://abpetite.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Ashlee--I am honored that you decided to follow my blog and I hope to keep you laughing with future blog posts!

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  32. What a wonderful splash you have made in the WORLDWIDE puddle of bloggers

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    1. Thanks--I love that metaphor! There are so many talented bloggers like yourself in that water, and I am thrilled to be a part of the community!

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  33. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BLOGAVERSARY! I almost peed my pants reading your post. Great one! Am lucky to have you as a blogger buddy and friend! What I want to know is, "How drunk you are after all the toasting!" ENJOY your day, and bask in its glory!

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    1. Aww, thanks Nell! You truly are a great blogger buddy and I appreciate all of your support! And well, the champagne--yes, I think it is time now to sleep it off and dream of my next blog post...or more Teletubbies!

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  34. wow!
    firstly congratulations for you finishing a successful year as blogger. your words are very nice.. and one day I will also be caught all these symptoms...
    I like the phrase blogmire...
    all the wishes.. for you in your blogging...

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    1. Hopefully you will be more organized with your blogging schedule than I am! Thanks for coming by to celebrate with me!

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    1. Thanks!! Keep coming back for more of my strange an twisted humor!!

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  36. Happy, Happy! One year and so much to show for it. LOVE "blogger blob." So sad, but true. Keep 'em coming anyway!

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    1. Now if only blogging burned calories....

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  37. Well said, MM. I have to say that all of those things are so true for me as well. And I'm looking for very gainful employment at the same time. :)

    I thought I could tame the blogging beast, but I've succumbed to it as well. Let's just hope that the Wall Street Journal or New York Times picks us up for outstanding "humor." hehehe

    We can dream, right??

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    1. Oh yes, and what a wonderful dream that is. Unfortunately, all I see is the Teletubbies and reruns from old horror movies in my head. Don't think the New York Times will be calling me anytime soon...

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  38. Wicked!!! Right now Erma Bombeck is spinning her grave, because there's a new girl in town and her name is Going Down In Flames, Erma! Although we call her Marcia for short. :) Spritzing the dirty laundry with FeBreeze is definitely something Erma would have tried to get away with if she'd had it when she was alive :)

    Congrats on the first year anniversary! The book contract can't be much far behind :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Nicole! Blogger friends like you are what keep me going. And hopefully Erma is smiling down on me. Now if only I could figure out a way to get a book contract somewhere....

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  39. huge congrats on the "blog-o-v." another very good read. keep 'em coming... slu

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    1. Thanks, Slu! I am always happy to see you here and I promise I'll keep 'em coming!

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  40. Congrats on the blogoversary! Love your sense of humor! Thanks for the follow. Happy to follow back :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristina! Glad you like the humor and grateful that you'd like to become a follower!

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  41. Oh my, I JUST discovered your blog - I am happy to be a new follower and would also like to invite you over to do the same! Now I know where to come to visit after a long day at work!!! Love it, Deb

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    1. I am so happy that you found me! I would love to follow you back--anything that has to do with cooking intrigues me!!

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  42. The more different are among them, in my point of view, Very well written and certainly a pleasure to get into a blog from Extraordinary life

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Thanks for the visit!

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  43. nice blog and post...
    all the wishes..

    and one more suggestion
    I typed the word to prove '
    Please prove you're not a robot' at least five times.. all are appeared as very strange.. If you disable those charectors to be appeared before posting a comment, that would be very useful to at least me people...

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    1. I had no idea that was popping up when people were trying to leave a comment! I always find those things to be a nuisance---I'll see if I can delete that feature. Thanks for letting me know!

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  44. What a fab blog, you really did make me laugh this morning. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am now a new follower of yours! Annie

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    1. Glad to bring a little cheer to you today, Annie! Thanks for the visit and the follow!

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  45. Congrats on making it to a year!!! Thank goodness you changed things around and made blogging priority otherwise we wouldn't have the pleasure of benefitting from your insanity! Ha Ha, thanks for finding me, I'm so glad you did!

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    1. That's a scary thought--people benefitting from my insanity! Yikes! Thanks Mary for joining my blog--I really enjoyed reading yours through the blog hop!

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  46. Dearest Marcia,

    Congrats with your 1st Blogger anniversary! You did well.
    You know how you can have better ranking too? Reply on the other person's blog instead of on your own. That way you will be building links. Now it's like stuffing your mail into your own mailbox, that is not getting anywhere.
    Good luck! If you want to find me, just click on my name, than on 'About' at the top of the page, scroll down and click the Blogger logo and you're IN.
    Are you on Google+ too?
    Hugs and many more great blogging.
    Mariette

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  47. Thanks Mariette. I'll take your ideas into consideration.

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  48. Love this:) i want a cheeto advertising husband. He'd prob call off the wedding if I asked him to do such things!

    Happy one year from your newest follower
    Xoxo
    Hallie:)

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    1. That is so funny! Thanks for stopping by and for becoming a follower!

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  49. Oh wow what a fun read! Made me laugh out loud. Not to loud though as not to wake the family. Happy Anniversary. Can't wait to see what next year brings!

    Cheers!

    Larisa

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    1. Glad I could make you laugh (shhh...but not too loud....) !!!

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  50. It should be required that we weigh-in when we start a blog and get on the scales quarterly after that. Blogging is the only activity I know that strengthens fingers (besides rock climbing.) Happy Anniversary.

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    1. My fingers should be very muscular by now if this is the case. The only thing that has resulted from this finger work-out is broken keys on my keyboard!

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  51. It took 11 tries to enter the gobbldey gook of a captcha. I don't understand why blogger makes it so onerous to comment. Do you really have that many trolls on bloggr posts? I'm just wondering?

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    1. God, I hope not but you are not the first to tell me about it--I just don't know how to get rid of it. Any suggestions???

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  52. If you can't be first, be 100th! Congrats on 1 year and one of the funniest and funnest blogs out there. Hope to be writing a comment on your 25th anniversary. I'm sure you will be over menopause and change your title to Hot Elderly Mother Chases Pool Boy. Well, maybe that is just a working title.....CONGRATS!

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    1. Even if you were comment 2000, I would still love and appreciate anything you have to say because you too, have the gift to make people laugh, my friend. Yes, lets hope I'm still blogging in 25 years. I just might go with one of those titles you suggested, something like "Hot Grannies In Heat" (did I really just say that?). I think you spiked my drink while I was watching the pool boy...

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  53. Happy Blog Anniversary!! I'm returning the favor :) I'm your newest follower and looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks Holly for the follow---much appreciated!

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  54. Happy Blogoversary and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am now your newest follower :) xxx

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  55. Happy Anniversary, thank you for stopping by I am your newest follower

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    1. Wow! I'm starting to feel like it's my birthday or something! Thanks for sharing the blog love! :-)

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  56. OMG! Happy Blogoversary! Your blog has grown so much is a year! Nearly 1000 GFCs! AWESOME!

    LOL at the blogmares! & your hubby thinking you've gone into Witness Protection! My hubby thinks im a Tasmanian devil sometimes... and it has nothing to do with caffeine! LOL Congrats on your one year!

    xoxo ♥ Shar
    http://sharmartinez.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Shar--you've always been there for me, rooting me on with each nice blog comment and I truly appreciate the support!

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  57. Happy Blogoversary! Glad I'm not the ony one who has turned from an avid exercise queen to a computer potato. Thanks for following my blog over at WicklessinSeattle.blogspot.com. Happy to say I'm your newest follower.

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    1. I LOVE that term of yours--"computer potato". Excellent!!! That sums up my life right now!

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  58. Yay that's exciting. Thanks for stopping on my blog and following, I'm following you right back! Have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks, Hubba. I'm really loving these blog hops--great to find so many new & interesting blogs out there!!

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  59. HAPPY BLOGGY BIRTHDAY!! I'm following back from the Weekend blog hop - I too am a "blogger blob" - this social digital age really has made the world smaller and friendlier.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  60. Happy Blogoversary! (week) :D I'm following you back from Daydreaming Realist

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  62. Happy anniversary!! Have a great weekend :)

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  63. Very nice post and interesting to read .... I love visiting this blog.

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  64. Whoo! Happy blogoversary!!! And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Following back :)

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  65. Congrats on the year bloggerversary! I'm dropping in from blog hop everyday. I hope ya have a great weekend!

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  66. Teletubies and Mothra....Strange combination, and very funny. Congratulations on the milestone

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    1. Thanks Brian! I've missed you---where ya been?? Busy blogging, right? Glad you stopped by!!!

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  67. Awsome blog post i love hearing from you!

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  68. Congratulations! I’ve been blogging (with a few different blogs) since 2004 and I clearly remember the fabulous feeling of marking that first blogoversary.

    The best part about blogging for me is meeting so many wonderful and thoroughly interesting people, like you, Menopausal Mama! The worst part is simply not having enough hours in the day to meet my writing and editing deadlines, do all the necessary “real life” stuff, and visit and comment on all of my favorite blogs. It’s amazing, isn’t it, how the hours fly by and you seem to accomplish only about a third of what you originally intended? At least it seems to be that way for me. :-o

    I wish you many more years of happy, successful blogging. It’s been my pleasure to get to know you and your wonderful blog!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Susan! Such kind words from an amazing, successful blogger! I know what you mean, though--never enough time to visit all the blogs, comment and write my own. I'm always amazed when I look at the clock and it's already past midnight---and I haven't accomplished nearly all that I needed to do!! The life of a blogger !

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  69. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Sorry I didn't get here until now – lots going on in Wiza World :) As always VERY entertaining and LOOK at all the comments you've received! What fun!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! I always love hearing from you and I am going to hop over and check out your blog! I know you always have a lot going on there!

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  70. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!! That is awesome, and if your posts are like this one ... I know I will get lost for hours reading them :D I'm your newest follower. Please feel free to check out and follow me at totally_rachel Can't wait to read more from you :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked what you read, Rachel! Grab a glass of wine--or a cup of coffee--and sit for awhile while you read--I promise to bring a smile to your face!!!

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  71. Congratulations!!!! I found your blog from the blog hop :)

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  72. Fun read! now you have a new follower in me! from the bloghop

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  73. Happy blogiversary! Thanks so much for stopping by Create.Craft.Love. Happy to follow you back! Love your posts - you are too funny! Can't wait to read more! Hugs!

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  74. Stopping by from the GFC blog hop, following you now.
    I hope you stop by.
    http://alderberryhill.blogspot.com

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  75. Happy Blogerversary. I'm not quite menopausal just yet, I'm 42, but I always said I couldn't wait till then because I'm always cold & I can't wait for hotflashes. I know hotflashes aren't much fun though. Thanks for following me. I'm following you now too.

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    1. Hot flashes might seem fine at first but wait until you are all dressed up for an evening out on the town and then a hot flash hits and your makeup melts down your face in public--not so much fun anymore. I'd rather be cold all the time! But if you are only 42, I think you might still have quite a bit of time left--enjoy it!!! And thanks for the follow! :-)

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  76. Happy 1 year! You are so close to 1,000 GFC followers too! How exciting!

    julie @ Naptime Review

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    1. Thanks, Julie! The blog hops have been great--I am really enjoying the opportunity to meet new bloggers and of course all the new followers! Blog hops are a great idea!

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  77. Newest follower from GFC hop!! Thanks for following me!!

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    1. Thanks--and you are welcome. The hop has been great!

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  78. I found your blog on the GFC hope! Thanks for following me. Your blog is hysterical, I can't wait to follow!

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  79. Hahaha well I was pleasantly surprised with this post when I returned to favor to say hello!! No need to do a highway dance. I'm a new follower! :)

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    1. Why, thanks, Shelley! Love the idea of a "highway dance." Loved your blog when I saw it and that's why I followed back!

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  80. Congrats on the One Year :) I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts!


    I"m your newest follower from the GFC blog hop
    Followme@ www.studentswife.com

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    1. Hey, that's awesome! Glad you found my site and enjoyed it--I'm hopping over to yours now to check things out!

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  81. Congrats, congrats. New follower from the GFC Blog Hop.

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  82. Congrats on your first year! And look how far you've come. That is so great! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following us. I'm officially your newest follower and I can already tell that your blog is going to be a fav. of mine. :) Yay for being blog friends!

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  83. Congratulations on 1 year! This is so funny! I love your blog already :)
    I am now following from the GFC blog hop!
    Myranda
    www.prettylivingpdx.com

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  84. Great blog! You are too funny!

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :) I am definitely following you back.

    Christina
    estelachristina.blogspot.com

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  85. Fantastic blog congratulation. I just started out a month ago.

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  86. So so funny! Happy anniversary! I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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    1. And I look forward to seeing you back here again! Thanks for the visit!

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  87. Holy Toledo you have gotten the comments on this post, but hey, you're such a funny gal! Happy Blogversary to you! I am so with you. I'm addicted to the who Blogosphere thingy, too. If only those darn fairies would do the housework for me, but you know how difficult it is to find good help and fairies certainly don't carry their weight. I think they are a bit over-rated, if you ask me. Anywho, what a blast it was to connect with you through GFC blog hop. It was great finding you had stopped by yesterday. As you can see, I'm running a day behind. But....that's because I've had rough start this week after the long weekend, you see? Now to make ALL my visits. I'm now following you. BTW, great blog you have here - so cutesy and definitely a whole lot of fun. =D

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    1. Cathy, I am so glad you stopped by because I absolutely adore your blog site when I found it on the GFC hop! And yeah, I'm with you on the cleaning fairies--they have been getting lazy lately! Thanks of following me and becoming my new bloggy friend!!

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  88. Oh my gosh, lady, you are positively hilarious! That line about the airlines charging you for extra baggage had me in stitches because I'm right there with you ... Though for an entirely different reason, as a relatively new mama. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Oh, I remember those zombie days of no sleep with a new little one in the house! You have my sympathy! Good news is it won't last for long, and soon you'll be back to fairly normal sleeping hours---although I am afraid that sleeping in on the weekends is definitely going to be a thing of the past! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you got a good belly laugh out of my blog!

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  89. Oh my goodness I laughed and loved it and am celebrating your beautiful blogiverssary right along with ya. Congrats to YOU.

    Aloha,
    I'm late, I'm late I know, but... I'm following ya now from the GFC hop. If you're up for a bit of a ride I'd love it if you'd join me at localsugarhawaii.com where we're riding the wave of life one teensy tinsy adventure at a time.

    xo,
    Nicole

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    1. Love your comment, Nicole, and love even more that you are having fun here celebrating this blogoversary with me! I'm walking over to your site right now with a big ol' glass of wine in my hand for a chat!!

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  90. Congrats for one year blogging. You have a great blog. I'm following you. Thanks for visiting m blog. I think I'm your 1000th follower:)

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  91. yay I'm the 1000 follower!Congrats!Thank you for following my blog!Happy to follow back!!

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  92. Congratulations!
    Missed you for the IWSG post on Wednesday.

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    1. So sorry, Alex! A million and one things going on here lately. I think I need reminders!!

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  93. A thousand followers and a blogoversary! You definitely deserve a proud-hubby-cheeto :D And thank you for following me :)

    PS- I loved this post! Your sense of humor is awesome, and I'm going to be coming back soon to get more of it from your older posts. :)

    -Shazia @ handmade-loveliness.blogspot.in

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    2. Awww thanks, Shazia!! And I will admit--I play around with the heart cursor, too, especially when I am staring at my blog site and trying to decide what I want to write about. Maybe it's somehow therapeutic??

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  94. Lovely. Inspiring. And sweet. Thanks for all of your sacrifices:)
    Kim

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I've visited your blog and found it equally inspiring--we share the same attitude when it comes to our family life, and I always enjoying reading blogs of like mind. Thanks for the visit!

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  95. Happy blog-iversary! And thanks for the laughs ...my vacuum has also gotten a little lonely since I started blogging :-) Thanks for following...happy to be following back!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! If we were smart bloggers we would hire a house maid to come in and give our vacuums a good workout...but who has the money for that these days???? Thanks for the follow!

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  96. Just joined you mid-hot flash - pre mood swing :)
    LOVE
    Found you on the blog hop!!!

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  97. ...duh AND Happy Blog-i-versary!!! Many more :)

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  98. Hi!

    I am stopping in from the GFC Hop on Tuesday. Happy Blogiversary!!

    I hope you are having an awesome Friday! :)

    -Alexis
    www.livingthewifestyle.com

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