Things I've Won in My Life

1975 I'm a Tumbling Nut T-shirt for holding a headstand in gym class. It featured a little cartoon metal nut, tumbling. (Get it? Get it?) It was my most prized possession until it was stolen several years later, right out of our car along with the rest of the contents of my camp trunk. Traumatic, to say the least.

1977 The pet guinea pig-naming contest in Mrs. Murphy's third grade class. Carter and Mondale were initially deemed the winning names, but upon further reflection, a re-vote was demanded and better monikers prevailed. Fuzzy Buzzy and Bootsy provided excellent companionship for the rest of the school year.

1982 Big jar of candy and assorted crap in a high school fundraising raffle.

1984 Hula hoop contest at 1950's-themed sockhop at the Westchester County Center. My friends and I went thinking it would be fun to dress up in polka-dotted skirts and do the twist. We never expected it was going to be a dance for old single people. Some of them were, like, thirty.

1997 The GLAAD media award for creating the first national tv commercial featuring a lesbian couple. There's something bizzaro about the cast of Spin City coming up to my table to meet me.

2006 $1500 from the Jeopardy slot machine at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. Rest assured I gave most of it back.

2006 The Crazy Hip Blog Mamas Member of the Week. It's not quite an I'm a Tumbling Nut T-shirt, but at least no crackhead with a slim jim can wrench this one away from me.

Seriously? Thanks to all who voted. It's nice to be acknowledged for something I really love doing anyway. And a special thanks to my cousin Ryan who tried to vote but was turned away for 1) not being a member of the ring 2) not having a blog 3) not having children.

As I mentioned here once before, this feels a little to me like the new girl in school being elected prom queen. But as long as you don't plan on dumping pig's blood over my head when I accept, I happily and humbly do so.

You can read my interview thingie for the CHBM here.


Blogger IzzyMom said...

I voted for you...like three weeks ago. Congrats!

4/9/06, 2:53 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Whoa, hey, congratulations! That's awesome. :)

4/9/06, 3:42 AM  
Anonymous dorf said...

Congratulations to my Mom of the Milleneum. And next time, I'm going to vote for your cousin Ryan.

4/9/06, 6:36 AM  
Anonymous dorf said...

I meant 'Milleneium' (I should have learned how to spell better or say "Mom of the Day," words I learned to spell in the first grade)

4/9/06, 6:40 AM  
Blogger Builder Mama said...

Congrats! And well deserved!

4/9/06, 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Christina, aka Kitty said...

Yipee! I thought you were going to end this with, 'but I won the biggest prize of all when my darling Thalia was born'. . .ack; I was afraid you were going all sappy on us! Glad to hear about this well-deserved distinction.

BTW, does anyone else dread that 'word verification' thingy at the end of these message postings? I keep typing them in wrong and it uses up way more brain cells than it should for me to identify these letters. . .

4/9/06, 8:09 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Hey, Congratulations! It's nice to be recognized. Well deserved.

4/9/06, 8:10 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Congratulations! Are you doing the Miss America/cry without tears/waving your hand in front of your face while clutching your tiara thing? Because I soo would have done that.
I can't wait to read your answers at CHBM.

4/9/06, 8:21 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Very deserved! When I grow up I want to write like you do! (and I want to cook like Rachael Rae and look like Heather Locklear). You see how grounded I am. Anyway - WAY TO GO!

4/9/06, 8:34 AM  
Blogger Mega Mom said...

Job well done Woman. I'd have felt jilted if it wasn't you!

Seriously, did you cry? Just a little? We love you, we REALLY love you!

4/9/06, 8:44 AM  
Blogger Wendy Boucher said...

Your site has "CELEBRITY" written all over it. What WILL you wear on the red carpet?


4/9/06, 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Leave it to you to make a fabulous post out of MOTW! No wonder you're the winner.

4/9/06, 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Chase said...

Congrats to you! Deserved, indeed.

4/9/06, 10:57 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Poor Carter and Mondale. Such earnest guinea pigs - only to be overthrown by those slutty GP names. Geesh.

And Hurrah! For you!

4/9/06, 12:01 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

hehe Congrats, totally well deserved!

4/9/06, 12:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

Congratulations! And what an excellent "acceptance" post!

4/9/06, 12:29 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Awesome, and well-deserved. Distinction in mom blogging beats distinction in naming guineau pigs, or gambling, any day.

And, gah, pig's blood? I think that (aside from all of the rampant adoration) we'd all be too scared that you, with your awesome mom super-powers, could get with the crazy supernatural pyrotechnics in the virtual gymnasium that is the parent blogosphere. So, no...

On second thought, maybe that'd be kinda cool...

4/9/06, 1:24 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Yeah, you had my vote!

Well deserved. You are one funny lady.

4/9/06, 2:07 PM  
Blogger MrsFortune said...

Yay for you!!! I have to admit, I did not vote for you this week (nor did I vote for anyone, I've been remisce) but I have voted for you several times in the past.

4/9/06, 2:13 PM  
Blogger cameo said...

Yoo-hoo for you! Congrats!

4/9/06, 3:37 PM  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I twentieth the above emotions. I wasn't even aware you could vote for MOTW. I don't know how I thought it happened - I might have supposed maybe a group of mothers sat around in a smoke-filled room with martinis and glamourous hairdos or something - thinking on it we might not be in Iraq if something like that had happened.

Well done you! Your blog and your writing are terrific and refreshing. May your celebrity freebie bag contain something to read, something to wear and something to drink. You rock. And Thalia rools the pre-pre-skool.

4/9/06, 3:46 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Thanks everyone. You've definitely brightened up a crappy Sunday spent at the office with your kindness.

Ew, did I just say that? I'm losing my edge. What I meant to say is, "George Bush sucks monkey balls."

4/9/06, 3:51 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Congratulations! I loved the list of things you've won. I myself haven't won much in my life; maybe a few arguments. I did win a few blue ribbons at the county fair, though. Oh, I did win a short story contest in high school. But probably only 3 people entered.

4/9/06, 3:55 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Congrats for a well-deserved win! I love the list of things you've won in life. Me? I won the math award in high school and I think I won $5 from a scratch-off lottery ticket once.

4/9/06, 4:27 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I also say congratulations! I have got to get over to that CrazyHipBlogMamas site and get to the voting.

I'd like to know more about the commercial you created. Did it run on a channel like Logo? What was the product? Just curious, because knowing you makes me Five Degrees of Kevin Bacon away from actual celebrities, right?

4/9/06, 4:50 PM  
Anonymous reluctant housewife said...


Well deserved!

4/9/06, 5:44 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Elizabeth: it was wayyyyy before Logo. It ran on network television and was for Mistic beverages (now a part of Snapple).Julie Bowen, who's now Matthew Fox's ex on Lost--she was our lead, so there's a little celeb gossip for you.

One of the nice things about being in advertising is that sometimes I can use it as a soapbox to promote my own values. And sometimes, I just have to write crap. That's how it goes.

4/9/06, 5:47 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Congrats. Couldn't have happened to a nicer blogger!

4/9/06, 5:57 PM  
Blogger Jozet said...

An award! An award!

Well, a big congratulations to you.

And I didn't know that this was something that one could vote for, but you would have gotten (got? getted?) my vote, fer sure.

Can't wait to read the interview!

4/9/06, 7:53 PM  
Blogger kfk said...

You deserve it, for sure! Congratulations!

4/9/06, 7:57 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

Congrats. Well deserved - I think you have the most well-written, witty blog on the net. But I think having the cast of Spin City introduce themselves to you because of your GLAAD is crazy-cool.

4/9/06, 7:59 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I've bene voting for you...for...like EVER! LOL

YAY!! You rock, chickie!!

4/9/06, 8:35 PM  
Blogger J's Mommy said...

congratulations. you totally deserve it! oh and hey, i won a basket of medicine once at a tricky tray ... maybe i'll be the next member of the week ....

4/10/06, 7:44 AM  
Blogger Carrcakes said...

This is weeks overdue. Congrats - you rock!

4/10/06, 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Crissy said...

If you haven't won mother of the year, don't worry, it's inevitable.

Congratulations! It's well deserved.

4/10/06, 10:02 AM  
Blogger something blue said...

You are a daily read MUST. Your words never cease to brighten my day.


4/10/06, 10:26 AM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

You sosososososososososososososop deserve this. Love!

4/10/06, 11:38 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations! This really is a great blog, you totally deserve to be MOTW :)

4/10/06, 11:49 AM  
Blogger Lola said...

Thank God you didn't lose by one vote. I would've had to start cracking some mommy skulls. Congrats!

4/10/06, 12:05 PM  
Blogger Binky said...

Finally! I voted for you a long time ago. Next thing you know, you'll be flown out to Amsterdam to accept the blogging world's highest honors. And I can say "she blogrolled me back when..."

4/10/06, 2:42 PM  
Blogger Antique Mommy said...

Congratulations Mom-101 - Blogging only a few months and already MOTW and always on the short list of Blog Top Sites. You are sumthin' girl!!

The only thing I EVER won was a pumkin in the 4th grade. I guess the teacher didn't want to leave it in the classroom all weekend -- or haul it home herself, so she drew names and I was the "lucky" one. Anyway, it was so big and I was so small it took me two hours to walk home with it (I lived about 1/2 mile away). Some prize. No prizes of any kind since.

4/10/06, 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Congrats on the award. You deserve it. Heading over to read the interview now...

And what a list of accomplishments over your lifetime -- my favorite is the Tumbling Nut t-shirt. You should try to recreate the design on Cafe Press, it'd certainly be a bestseller! ;-)

4/10/06, 9:31 PM  
Anonymous sweatpantsmom said...


(I've played that Jeopardy slot machine. I think $700 of that $1500 is mine.)

4/10/06, 10:07 PM  
Blogger Cityslicker Mom said...

congrats!! you go, mom! :)

4/10/06, 10:33 PM  
Blogger Andie D. said...

Whoo hoo! Congrats! And nice list of winnings. ;)

4/11/06, 12:31 AM  
Blogger zeldafitz said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! That is great news and YOU deserve it.

4/11/06, 11:50 AM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

Congrats!!! Love the visual of the tumbling nut, and would love to hear more about the GLAAD award too.

4/11/06, 3:14 PM  
Blogger Tater and Tot said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad their were no hanging chads!

4/13/06, 11:32 PM  

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