Hey y'all, check it. I have added yet another new feature to this blog. Just because I am also an avid blog follower myself, I decided to let you in on the inner workings of my brain and what it likes. You should now see a list entitled "Necessities" in the right hand columnar area.
Allow me to introduce them.
COFFEE AND ZOMBIE MOVIES. I think that I stumbled across this one in another bloggers blogroll (which I have found to be a great way to find new readings). This woman is a ukelele loving, cartoon-drawing genius. Oh, and she is a Canadian. Go figure, right? ;)
GRILLED CHEESE SOCIAL. So I know that the whole "foodie" blog is a bit overplayed, but just let me have this one, OK? This is written by a gal living in NYC who has a fondness for unique cheese and the sandwich possibilities that they unleash. As a fellow fromage fiend with nowhere near the amount of available options as this author, I love to look. Mmmmm....
HARK, A VAGRANT! This is a purely comic blog. Wait, she does add short commentary beneath the comic posts, so maybe that is oversimplification. I feel that this young female comic artist is a kindred spirit with her random assortment of historical figures placed in new and exciting situations. I especially love her take on Nancy Drew. Oh, she is also Canadian. Hm.
HYPERBOLE AND A HALF. This one is famous, yo. Allie Brosh is hugely popular. This is a detail that can be gleaned not only by checking out her follower statistics, but by the fact that this gal is making a book. Oh, and she has been interviewed in a crap ton of venues. Her drawings may appear childish, but spend some time with them and you will start to appreciate the complexity. Keep in mind that she makes them all using the trackpad on her Macbook.
NO ORDINARY ROLLERCOASTER. Another Canadian, but this one is a dude. I sincerely wish that he didn't live all the way in Halifax, Nova Scotia, because I would seriously consider stalking him and forcing him to be my friend.
SIMPLY INSPIRED. I know this gal for reals, you guys. She is married to one of my childhood pals and she can do absolutely everything. I am not kidding. She is not only extremely well educated and intelligent, she can bake and create beautiful edibles, take breath-taking photographs and still has time to be a loving wife and mother to her husband and 3 year old son. Someday when she is famous I will be able to say that I knew it all along.
STEAM ME UP, KID. I am not sure how to explain this one. This Becky gal makes me laugh, cringe, cry and laugh again. I would love to get a glimpse of what goes on her brain, but I am a tiny bit afraid of what I would find. The gal has a way with words... and Photoshop. Not for the kiddies, though.
TEAM LUNDGREN TIMES. Yet another gal that I have met in real life. Sarah is a former college classmate who married another college classmate. She is a Texas gal, but she married a Minnesota boy and now they live here with their four children who are all 5 and under. You can imagine the hilarity that ensues in such a household, but she takes it all with such patience and love. We are at total opposite ends of the life plan spectrum, but her kids are pretty blessed to have her.
THE OATMEAL. This one is hard to explain. It is essentially a guy named Matt who calls himself "The Oatmeal" and creates web comics, blog entries, posters, guides and has now made a book. He is also pretty famous and has been interviewed quite a bit. Clever, snarky and sometimes a bit angry, his comics are beautiful in a way that mine could never be.
THREE LITTLE PEPPERS. Yet another former college acquaintance writing about her family. You might be questioning me a bit in my fascination with this, but Lucy has a knack for capturing the hilarious and oddball side of motherhood. She is another Southern transplant who married a MN boy - she is from Alabama. She brings a sweet yet sassy Southern zing to her writing style and the madcap shenanigans that her children create are priceless. Oh to be a fly on the wall for some of their adventures!
So that is all. It's a pretty broad mix from the "wholesome" family stuff to the kind of things only an adult would understand. Not porn, just not for the kiddies. Got it? If you get a chance, check them out. You may not like ALL of them, but if I can make you a new follower of at least one, my work here is done. Amen.