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The Thinking Blogger

The Thinking Blogger AwardThanks to Merry Jelinek for naming me as a thinking blogger! I feel smarter already.

Reminds me of the clever title, Brain, Child, the magazine for thinking moms.

Okay, so blogs that make me think. Hmmm…

Okay, got it:

  1. Confessions of a Perfectionist…in pursuit of satisfaction makes me think. It makes me think that it would be so great if the whole world could hop on this bandwagon. 🙂
  2. Dreaming About Water…Diabetes and Women makes me think. It makes me think about a disease I might not otherwise know about and that’s a good thing.
  3. Discussing Breast Cancer…while waiting for a cure makes me think. Ditto above.
  4. Mother-Daughter Book Club makes me think, “Oh my gosh, some day I can do this with my daughter. Cool!”
  5. Agnostic Mom…Raising a Healthy Family Without Religion is an interesting blog to think about and explore.

Okay, tag! You guys are it! Try not to take as long as I did. Let’s see…actually only one month on this one, not too bad!

Here’s the rules if any of these bloggers choose to accept their mission to share their thinking bloggers of choice:

*Should the bloggers choose to participate, please make sure to pass the rules on to the next Thinking Blogs you tag.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

This award was began by ilker yoldas at The Thinking Blog. I hope to follow the links to some more great bloggers out there who make us think.


Random Acts of Summer

By Christina Katz

  1. Put ten bucks in your pocket on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Go garage sale hoppin’! (Give the kids a buck each.)
  2. Visit a state park in your area that you’ve never been to before (just type “[Name-of-your-state] State Parks” into GOOGLE). Stop at the grocery store deli for sandwiches and drinks to bring along.
  3. Read. Profusely. In the shade. In a lawn chair or on a blanket. In a hammock, if you have one! Teach your kids how to do it. Maybe they’ll fall asleep.
  4. Visit Etsy. Spend hours surfing the handmade things you can buy for cheap. So much fun to search by color!
  5. If your home office is a mess or the laundry is piled up. Ignore it. You can deal with it later. Go play. 🙂
  6. Stockpile how-to writing books that suit what you need most in your career at this juncture. If you want to write for newspapers, don’t miss Sue Lick’s just released Freelancing for Newspapers. Blogroll her blog on the subject too. Maybe read them in August when it’s too dang hot to do anything else!
  7. Go out by yourself, find some water, and float. On an inner tube. On a lounger. Don’t forget the sunglasses, sunscreen, and maybe even People magazine.
  8. Go to Paris. I mean pretend to go at the theater while you catch a matinee of Ratatouille on a sweltering, white-hot day with kids in tow.
  9. No time for scrapbooking? Collect your digital photos and make a book that tells the story of the first half of your year. iPhoto 6 has amazing ones that start as cheap as $3.99 each!
  10. If you need something fun to watch on DVD, after the kids are in bed, try The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio. This is definitely an inspirational choice for writer mamas.
  11. How about a date night movie? You’ll both laugh (and possibly cry) if you can get a sitter and slip out to catch Knocked Up before it leaves theaters. I’m still quoting Paul Rudd and it’s been over a month since we saw it.

Happy summer, mamas!

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