Super Star: Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People

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This is a really special Guest Star post. It also happens to be my 100th post!

So special, it’s been renamed Super Star (just for today).

Please say hello to one of my favorite people in the blogosphere, Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People. There are no adequate words in the English language to describe the gem of a person she is. I struggle with this introduction as I worry I won’t do her justice.

Because people? She isย special.

Perhaps pointing you to some of her posts will give you an idea of how much I admire and love her as a writer and blogger.

She wrote about the things she learned from one year of blogging.

She brings the funny in this post of how she nearly didn’t become a Mrs.

I listened to her read this at the Listen To Your Mother show,ย ‘The Reach of a Small Moment’ and teared up.

She also writes for Tiki Tiki Blog, been syndicated on BlogHer and has been nominated for BlogHer ’11 Voice of the Year. Because she is awesome like that.

Without further ado, Alexandra, take it away!

 

1. Why did you start blogging?

I began reading blogs about five years ago. I would leave comments, and the bloggers would ask me if I had my own blog. I always answered no–that I was too scared of having a blog. I feared the publicness of it all, and I feared looking silly. I feared people judging me as thinking I was someone who thought they had something to say.

I feared negative comments.

Enough bloggers encouraged me…and so one Winter morning, on a Sunday, with my husband and children next to me, I typed my first post, and hit Publish, to the sound of my my family clapping behind me.

My encouragers became my first followers. And I follow them to this day. They are amazing, supportive women.

I blog because of the encouragement of these kind women.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

I love having the space to write, first. Then, I came to love the connection with others. I love the friendships. I love knowing people I never would have known any other way.

I love how blogging saves my mental health.

I love how, at 1:00 a.m., you always have a friend.

Blogging has made me a happier, more satisfied, more appreciative person.

I love blogging. It is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for my life.

It has gifted me with opportunities that are incredible, incredible. It has been so wonderful to become a blogger, that I could write five pages on why I love blogging, and still have more to say.

I can’t imagine my life without it. It is so a part of what I’ve become, through it. I think we all need to stop, and think, and be grateful that a platform such as blogging exists.

We take this for granted, and really, how wonderful is the ability to blog?

Pretty great, isn’t it? It saves me every day.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

I have so many favorites. Why? Because each one offers something different. No one can be all things. I go here and there for a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

There are some incredibly talented, gifted, stupendous writers out there. Some that make me feel that I should pay them for the brilliance of their words. I can’t believe all this is out here for us, for free.

There are writers that leave you speechless, where you can’t even find the words to tell them, in those little square comment boxes, how much they’ve just enriched your thoughts.

Thank you, is all I can think to say sometimes. Just, Thank You.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?

No–because I think carefully before I publish. I wait a day before I hit publish. I write my posts at night, when everyone is asleep and I can truly concentrate in the quiet, then I type and type and type. I then go to bed, read the post the next morning, change it up a bit, and check the post again in the afternoon. I go on with my day, then, in the evening, when everyone is in bed, I finish it up. So, it’s a 24 hr process, but I wait. If something doesn’t feel right, I don’t publish it.

As Ernest Hemingway said, “write like you’re drunk, and edit like you’re sober.”

I think hard before I hit publish.

Your post is a reflection of you.

Even these questions here, I began them two days ago, and have edited them three times since.

5. You have three amazing children – what do you love most about being a Mom?

Awww…. thank you.

I love being a mom. I have wanted to be a mother since I was in kindergarten. It’s true.

I have mad crushes on my children, and when they walk into a room, my heart does skip a beat.

My children are my favorite people on the planet. They are the funniest people I know, and I adore them.

Every night, since they’ve been born, I say my prayer of thanks, for how lucky I am to have them.

This is my 16th year as a mother, and I still can’t believe how I have my dream, of my three boys.

I can’t even talk about them without crying. Pathetic, I know.

Get a life, woman, right?

But, seriously– my life began with them.

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?

The quiet night…when I only hear my thoughts.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I often fantasize about a villa on a white, sandy beach with clear, clear water, somewhere tropical. A villa complete with a chef and a cleaning staff: so I can finally just be with my children and not have to stop what we’re doing to clean, or make dinner. Just us, our family, being together.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Oh, food. I LOVE FOOD. I could eat spaghetti and meatballs with a salad and garlic bread, every day.

Every meal, actually.

9. Favorite season and why.

Spring and summer. Spring is so exciting, because everything comes back to life, and the new buds on the tips of the tree branches show a promise of what’s to come. It’s so hopeful.

And summer. Summer with my children always within arm’s reach.

Fall? No, thank you. So very depressing: reminds me of everything shutting down, the end of things. And winter? Oh, my goodness: winter. I need to make a run to WalMart and load up on the St John’s Wort in the winter.

The desolateness of winter: I just think of an old woman at the end of her life.

Yeah, can you tell I’m the life of a party? Iinvite me over sometime, I’ll show ya.

10. One word to describe you.

I hope my children say, “dedicated.”

I hope my children say I was dedicated to them.

11. You are constantly writing, guest posting frequently, and always showing your support to so many of us by visiting, commenting and tweeting our posts (phew!). How do you find the time to do all that and write on your own blog?

Thank you, so much, Alison. I’m so humbled to think that I’m seen that way.

But, who said anything about finding time?

The great myth: that we have the time to do all that others have the perception that we do.

My work is done in stabs and jabs, 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there.

Never a whole process: just sitting down and grabbing the keyboard while the potatoes are boiling, while the clothes are drying, while the kids are playing a Wii game.

There’s never enough time. Ever.

I once saw a hilarious post, where a reader asked the blogger, “how do you find the time to write such awesome posts every day on your blog?” The blogger answered the question with a Wordless Wednesday post: a picture of her toilets, that were black.

Hilarious.

12. You are such an amazing writer, syndicated on BlogHer and in the running for BlogHer Voice of the Year. Do you have any advice for us wannabe writers?

Wow. You’re really nice to me. Thank you.

Edit and re-edit and write and re-write. The writing is in the re-writing.

Don’t put anything out there until you’ve read it at least 4 separate times. Then read it one more time.

If it doesn’t make you laugh out loud, then it won’t make anyone else laugh out loud.

If it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, then it won’t bring them to someone else’s eyes, either.

Don’t publish something, just to publish something. Always have your words serve a purpose: to help, to entertain, to love, to inform, to comfort, to inspire.

No reader wants to be talked to, but every reader wants to feel they are a part of something.

Make your blog feel like a place where your readers will always be glad they stopped in. Everyone’s time is important and limited, and there are hundred and hundreds of blogs out there to visit — appreciate and value and be grateful of the time that someone spends on your blog.

I am always thankful that someone has decided to take their short amount of time, and visit my blog.

Always.

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Is that it? No more questions? Waaaah…I could’ve gone on forever. I am a wise old tree: SEND ME MORE QUESTIONS, Y’ALL!

Alison, it has been a real pleasure. Thank you for hosting me.

You are the very kind, supportive, genuine, encouraging blogger that you have spoken of.

Yes, you truly are.

Ask anyone who knows you.

XO

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I’m not sure I can go on about how lovely she is without tripping myself over with over-fawning. But do you blame me? If If you don’t already, you MUST follow her blog Good Day, Regular People, tweet with her and like her on Facebook.

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  • July 11, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    The Empress is amazing. She is truly one of the kindest bloggers out there and she is always paying it forward. Which is wonderful for us newbies. I heart her so much. I wish she lived closer to me so I could go to her house and bug her all the time.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Rach, you know you have a special corner in my heart, with your name on it.

      A little placemat and everything.

      I truly love you.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      I am ready to pack my Monkey, laptop and cellphone and move to where the Empress is too!

      • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

        How in the world did I forget my manners????

        Happy 100th post day, dear sweet lady.

        Many more to you, and thank you, hugely, for letting me be part of your memory here today.

        :low royal bow:
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        • July 12, 2011 Alison

          Thank you so much. Thank YOU for being here. I might have to ask you to do every 100th post milestone I hit ๐Ÿ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 Galit Breen

    *Sigh* You dear lady are dreamy!

    Beautifully done, as always.

    XO
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Galit, I remember the very first post of yours that I read.

      At TCJewfolk, about special times with your children.

      I remember thinking then, “this woman is after my soul.”
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

    Sweet, sweet Alison:

    Believe me, your intro?

    As delicious as red velvet cake.

    And, you know, I love cake.

    I loved your questions, I loved being interviewed, I loved being featured here on your very own special blog.

    Most of all, I have loved meeting you.

    You arrived on the bloggy scene, as a force to be reckoned with.

    In a very good way.

    I see great things in your bloggy future, because you make things happen.

    Thank you for always supporting my writing.

    I can’t tell you how much it means to me, to know you are my very own private cheerleader.

    When I see your avi pop out, I can’t help but smile.

    Thank you so very much, for today.

    All smiles here.

    xo
    Alexandra recently wrote…Sunday Best – Funny Papers HeroMy Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Having you here for the 100th post? A dream come true for a very newbie blogger. So thank you, you have truly made my day.

      And such kind words from you? If I never blog again, I can retire happy.

      I hope some day to be able to share cake with you.

      xoxo

      • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

        Alison, I am excited for you.

        I can’t even begin to imagine all you are going to stretch yourself and do with your blog.

        It’s going to be a huge year for you.

        Blogging is so wonderful.
        Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 11, 2011 Ann

    What a great interview! Great questions and thoughtful answers! Kudos to both of you! I am new to the blogging world – both reading and blogging (I hesitate to say writing, I cook & blog). I’m heading to her site right now! Thanks!
    Ann recently wrote…Call the Fire Department! My Chicken is on Fire!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Ann, just stopped at your blog.

      Who would’ve thought Plum and Prosciutto sandwiches??

      You don’t have ordinary recipes, that’s for sure.

      What a great find for me, I work for a caterer, and we are always looking for exciting recipes.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

      • July 11, 2011 Alison

        This is why blogging is wonderful – for two lovely people to meet and have something come out of that. Just YAY!

        • July 12, 2011 Ann

          Funny – I keep hearing the theme song from “Love is a Many Splendored Thing!”

          GDRP – I’m glad you liked the sandwiches. I enjoy trying new recipes. Fortunately, I’m married to a guy who will try ANYTHING! I appreciate you reading my blog!!

          Alison – You are too cool! You remind me of the tasty paste we used to eat in kindergarten that would hold all that craft paper together. Loved the paper, the glitter AND the paste!

          • July 12, 2011 Alison

            Haha! I’ve never been compared to food before, thank you!

  • July 11, 2011 Kim

    So many great points in this interview and it made me think a lot about blogging and why I blog, so thank you to both of you for sharing this with us! I think the point that stuck out the most for me was

    “Make your blog feel like a place where your readers will always be glad they stopped in. Everyoneโ€™s time is important and limited, and there are hundred and hundreds of blogs out there to visit โ€” appreciate and value and be grateful of the time that someone spends on your blog.”

    I often write what is in my heart or head, but it may not relate to the reader. And that is okay since I am writing for myself. But when I write I want to draw the reader in, so I can know what they are thinking and feeling about the same experience or topic. I think this point of making sure our blogs are places where readers are glad they stopped by b/c our time is precious helps me to see blogging as a community connection, not just an individual spinning out words just for the sake of writing.

    Thank you!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      This comment right here?

      I loved reading.

      A change of perspective is exciting, isn’t it?

      Light bulb moments.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 11, 2011 Elena

    Congrats on 100 posts! Fabulous guest star today. I love all the answers, but the ones to #2 have to be my favorite. Alexandra is such a great person to feature here on this series for sure!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Elena, I know about how much you work to help new bloggers not feel lost and alone.

      That struck me heart about you from the beginning.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elena!! She is fabulous with a capital F.

  • July 11, 2011 kim sisto robinson

    ~Great Interview! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the new colors and format.
    xxxx

    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Thank you, it was a lot of fun to do.

      Happy to meet you.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 11, 2011 MamaRobinJ

    Woot for 100 posts!

    As for The Empress, I don’t know that I can say anything more than has already been said about her. After having read this, I want to move in with her. I want to eat spaghetti and meatballs and and salad garlic bread with her. I want to go with her to that island and pretend I’m her family. I would love to sit in a quiet house and know she’s in another room doing what I’m doing – writing. (Except I don’t want her to know that I don’t edit as much as that.)

    It sounds facetious but I actually would love to spend a day in her company and see her mother. Because in her I see an absolutely wonderful example of how “mother” is a verb.

    Every once in a while she stops in at my blog and says the perfect thing at the perfect time and makes me feel like it’s okay to put all my *stuff* out there. Like I’m not the only one. And for that I will always be grateful.

    Great feature, Alison. Lovely questions.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      I love you, MamaRobin.

      Together, we can make it.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Robin! I love doing this series.

  • July 11, 2011 Kimberly

    Happy 100th post! And Alexandra? Oh my, I love her. She’s amazing. Truly.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Kim, it’s been wonderful getting to know you.

      That is one huge thing about blogging that I will never get over: meeting so many wonderful people that I never would have otherwise.

      Isn’t that great?
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!! She is amazing. And so are you. xo

  • July 11, 2011 dosweatthesmallstuff

    I wouldn’t want to miss this post for the world!

    To Alison: when the Empress Alexandra agrees to guest-post for you, trust me girl, you’re on the right track! And having started my blog around the same time as you, I must say that you’re one heck of a fast learner and great blogger! Look at what you’ve accomplished in such a short time (uh huh, I’ve been comparing your blog and mine, can’t you tell)! But truly and sincerely, as a friend, I’m so very proud of you. And girl, look at you, going all WordPress-y on me, while I’m still searching my way in Blogger of all places. LOL.

    To Alexandra: Simply from reading this post, I think all of us who’s known you, and the many more who will, would quickly realize that you’ve lived up to your reputation. Facing the same tasks that all of us mothers face each day, in addition to being a dedicated mother to your three children, you’ve managed to be a dedicated blogger as well. Throughout the years you remain as passionate about blogging as when you first started. And it shows. In the posts you write, in how you take the time to leave comments and motivate other blogs, in promoting newbie and struggling bloggers like me, and in how much you give back to the blogging community. You are a role-model to many bloggers here, you’ve inspired us in more ways than one, and I have a feeling you’ll remain a force to reckon with for many more years to come.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Oh, this lady right here?

      You all MUST follow.

      Smart, clever, funny, and a twisted bit of sense of humor.

      Someone I can imagine loving IRL.

      So happy to see you here!!
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      My dear friend, you’re such a kind, wonderful person and a talented writer. I’m so glad to have met you straight off the bat when I first started blogging. And it was through you that I was introduced to The Empress, so thank you.

  • July 11, 2011 Kir

    Ooooh how I love using both of you in one place at one time. Wow. Alexandra is such a force of nature, a true gift in the blotting world. She makes me proud to be a mom, woman and friend. I loved your words about the seasons of the year, just that comment made me tear up. Plus I just wrote at the Red Dress club today about how I. Write and re write ..agonized over my words. That comment really resonated with me. Great interview…love reading your words.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Sweet Kir:

      I think the very same of you.

      Just loving these golden days with our children that pass more quickly than others warn you they will.

      Mine are 16, 14, and 9.

      Now, when did that happen???
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kir. Alexandra is truly special ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • July 11, 2011 Lady Estrogen

    I love the quiet night too – the best time of the day for me!!

    Congrats on 100th, babe ๐Ÿ™‚
    You both are amazing women!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Meeting you has been a highlight for me, Lady E.

      You have got to be one of the most fun people to get into kahoots with on twitter.

      xo
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! You are pretty awesome yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • July 11, 2011 Jessica

    You really are, Alison, that supportive, genuine and encouraging blogger. You certainly have been to me! On my way over to Alexandra’s blog…

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! I’m sorry I haven’t been by lately, it’s been a little hectic over here. I’ll pop by shortly!

  • July 11, 2011 story

    What a wonderful gift, from not one but TWO incredibly generous and beautiful women. This post made me want to eat meatballs (it doesn’t take much, really), but mostly it made me want to write, something which I never seem to do enough of. Thank you both for the inspiration.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Hmmmm….what an intriquing post title…you know, I’m a sucker for a good title.

      Now I have to click over and meet you.

      Thanks for stopping.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  • July 11, 2011 brian

    and that is why she is royalty folks…smiles.

    ok so i need to edit and think before i post…that is what i have been missing…smiles.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      B, one day, I’ll have to do a post on the men of the internet.

      You are the few, the brave, the men who venture into mommy bloggyland.

      My husband admires you, Cheeseboy, Ed, John, Moooooog so many of you fearless men.

      Thank you, as always, for your kindness to me.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 11, 2011 Jaime {james and jax}

    Everybody loves Alexandra! Isn’t that a tv show? Oh, wait. Well it should be! I agree with what Robin (MamaRobinJ) said, that Alexandra is an awesome example of “mother” as a verb (only Robin said it so much more eloquently).

    I hope it’s OK that I’m quoting Alexandra’s advice for bloggers (answer to question #12) on my blog post today because I agree 110% with them and hope to always keep this advice in my heart while I write. Thank you both so much for sharing!

    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Wow.

      That comment sure made my day.

      What could be better than being told that one of your ideas sparked creativity in someone else.

      I LOVE THAT.

      Like I said, I love blogging.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jaime, for reading and for linking back to this. Alexandra is a blogging genius, and that is all.

  • July 11, 2011 Jennifer Probst

    Thanks so much for introducing us to a great blogger, Allison! Love discovering new blogs – only problem is having enough time in the day to visit everyone I love and garner inspiration from!!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Thank you, J.

      So nice to meet you.

      And my reader is set to explode, too, with all the trapped unread posts in there.

      Gotta get to them, but they’re all so good!
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome! If you have to read someone everyday, it has to be the Empress, no matter how many hundreds are in your reader. You won’t be sorry, promise ๐Ÿ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 FranceRants

    Two of my very favorite bloggers on one page…I can hardly stand it.

    Great interview!

    And I love the Hemingway quote!!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      It always thrills me to see you on my blog – you, my favorite weekly writer, you, who make my Monday what it is. And thank you, truly.

  • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

    Oh, FranceRants.

    How I look forward to this lady’s weekly rants.

    They are worth the wait.
    Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      She is truly something! I love her rants.

  • July 11, 2011 Suniverse

    Yay!

    This is amazing – two brilliant bloggers together – it’s like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on the internet.

    I can’t believe I haven’t known the Empress all my life, for as dedicated and wonderful as she is to me. XOXOXOXOXO

    And Alison? LOVE!
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    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      Suniverse, you say what I think and I LOVE YOU FOR THAT!!
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Aw, you’re just the sweetest! A little like Oreo cheesecake on the Internet (I just love Oreo cheesecake, swoon). Thank you so much, for your comment, for coming by.

  • July 11, 2011 Minka

    What a great way to return to the blogiverse after a family vacation where I actually followed through on my vow not to spend time at the computer nor sneakily reading and posting from my iphone! I got to find two of my favorite bloggers in one place. The two of you are so generous of spirit that it kind of shames me into wanting to be a better person/blogger/whatever… But alas, my part in all this blogging business is seemingly to express the anger and outrage both of you calm and wise women seem capable of handling with grace, while I vent like a lunatic into the blogiverse. So glad you are both out there as continuing inspirations, as well as good listeners, willing to share yourselves and your time. I, for one, am the better for it, as are countless others.

    • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

      You’re the ying to our yang, Minka.

      Hence the hot romance going on.

      xo
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      I’m just in awe that you managed to unplug the way you did! YOU are my inspiration! Thank you, for your very sweet comment.

  • July 11, 2011 Motpg

    ‘Dedicated’ Perfect word for you Alexandra, Plus talented and a lovely person too: )

    You have a friend indeed, Alison!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      I do, I do. I am so grateful. Thank you for stopping by.

  • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

    MOTPG: you are one of the first blogs I followed, and have stayed faithful to.

    Because you write like a dream, and you have no delusions of a perfect life.

    You tell the truth.

    I love that.
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  • July 12, 2011 Shell

    The Empress is one of the kindest and most supportive bloggers out there. And she has such an incredible blogging voice. Definitely a favorite.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Shell, you were and still are such a resource for me.

      I met many, many bloggers through you.

      Your site is a gathering place of some of the nicest bloggers I’ve met.

      I am grateful to your presence in the blogging world.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      She is pretty awesome!

  • July 12, 2011 Luisa

    Hey! I got here by accident and I loved it! Great blog; you rock!
    You officially have a Spanish reader (well, if didnโ€™t have one already, of course!)
    Will you come visit my blog too?

    http://mustbeliberating.blogspot.com/

    Big hug!

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      What serendipity, how lovely to see you here.

      Our paths have crossed before, things like this make me keep on loving blogging.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Hi Luisa, thank you for stumbling on my little piece of the blog universe. I will be by your blog!

  • July 12, 2011 Mrs. Jen B

    Not to be a total dorkface, but Alexandra’s one of my favoritest bloggers ever. One of the ones I look up to. Sincerely. One of those who I genuinely enjoy visiting and who’s comments on my blog thrill me. Much, much love.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Aww, JenB, you know I love my truffle girl.

      I was so happy when you were the one that won the truffles.

      I just wanted them to go to you.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      I am the total dorkface. But it’s okay, it’s the Empress, she is totally swoonworthy!

      She does leave the best comments, doesn’t she?

      • July 12, 2011 Elena

        I am adding myself to the dorkface crew! Love her comments…and her writing in her posts. Forget about it. Swoon.

  • July 12, 2011 Kristy

    Love her! Her answers above were so thoughtful and rich. Thanks for the awesome feature!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Hey, Kristy:

      You are one of the kindest, most sincere women out there.

      It makes me happy to see you here.

      xo
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kristy, for stopping by and taking the time time comment. xo

  • July 12, 2011 liz

    I love that you write in the peace and quiet of the night. I bet you look forward to that time, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The photo of you and Baby E is so stinkin’ sweet!

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Thank you.

      Isn’t my baby the awesome?

      Like he could burst from the awesome.

      How do you like his silly bandz collection?

      He is the envy of the neighborhood.
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  • July 12, 2011 Barbara

    Congrats on your 100th post! And congrats on such a fabulous interview!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      You there, with the baby fever,

      just to let you know:

      it never goes away.

      Even way after you drop your last egg.

      xo
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara! Alexandra certainly knows how to blow up a blog (in a good way) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • July 12, 2011 ed pilolla

    i hear my thoughts better late at night, too. well put. wonderful to know you.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Ed, how will I ever say thank you loud enough so that you hear what a support you have been to me.

      You’ll never know.

      Thank you, always.
      Alexandra recently wrote…Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • July 12, 2011 Kelly

    Two of my favorite ladies…all in one post…
    **Swoon**
    Alison- fabulous interview! Such great questions…and congrats on reaching 100 posts! I am sure we will celebrate 1000 soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alexandra- What can I say? I just adore you. I have never, ever read anything penned by you that has not been fabulous. Your talent knows no bounds and I am so glad our paths have crossed.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      You’re so kind, little Mott’s Mama.

      xo
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kelly, you’re so sweet! 1000 posts? That sounds like a long way off, I do hope I reach even the halfway point someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • July 12, 2011 colbymarshall

    Hi from over at your blog! How did you come up with the title for your blog?

    Love reading your thoughts, particularly about not posting just to post. Quality versus quantity, I say! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      I know.

      I know.

      I sound like such an old biddy english teacher. Wagging my finger.

      But, readers can tell when you just post to post to get traffic, or pageviews.

      They can tell.
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      • July 12, 2011 colbymarshall

        True true. Or to me, one of the posts I hate to read is the “I want to blog but don’t know what to say” post. I read some blogs that do this, and I’m always thinking, “What?”

  • July 12, 2011 Blue Cotton Memory

    Welcome to the Mom-with-at-least-3-Sons Club (No Girls Allowed – except for Moms). Your humor always hits home – and I so admire it – because I cannot do humor like you do. The more I read you, the bigger fan I become. I love your honesty and your heart!!!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      I have alalalalalallllllllllwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays loved you, Blue Cotton Memory.

      Each of your posts reads like a little novelette.

      I love them.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Yes, it is possible to be an even bigger fan of the Empress, just when you think you cannot possibly love her more. That’s what I er, love about her. Hehe.

  • July 12, 2011 KLZ

    Thanks for reminding me that time is perception. I need that reminder desperately sometimes.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      If we could really see each other’s truelives.

      NOTHING like the peaceful way our posts read.

      Right now, my dishwasher is broken, and I have dishes drying all over the counters.

      And the bathroom smells like a greyhound bus station b/c I didn’t get to cleaning last week Friday.

      And my hair is the biggest puffball you ever saw with today’s humidity.

      Blogs are all smoke and mirrors, aren’t they??

      xo
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  • July 12, 2011 Lori Dyan

    This was a great way to learn more about you, Alexandra. Just as you wanted to write more, I wanted to read more!

    xo
    L

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      Lori, I have found out things about you just this month, even though I’ve been reading you over a year.

      Oooh, that sounds kind of icky.

      All good, commendable, admirable things.

      You’re like a transformer, not the bad guys, though: you’re more than meets the eye.
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  • July 12, 2011 Jessica

    Happy 100th post and how awesome The Empress was the guest star for it. I love quiet time too. Always my favorite part of the day.
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! 100 seems like such a milestone. And it was perfect, the Empress being here. The best part? I didn’t even know the post was going to be the 100th until I hit 95, and realized that the timing was just right.

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      I know, I NEED quiet to write.

      I don’t know how some others do it.

      But I need the crickets going in the background.

      xo
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  • July 12, 2011 dusty earth mother

    You wait a day before you hit publish?? That is some serious restraint, Empress. You know I love you, woman, you are a shining star in the ‘sphere and I’m so glad everyone knows it.

    • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

      You and I, you know we’ve been planning a wedding a long time.

      This time, I want to get married in a short white dress.

      That first one I wore was so cumbersome…
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      She is indeed a shining star. Thank you for visiting Shari.

  • July 12, 2011 tracy

    Oh I love the Empress. So wonderful to see her here. xo
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      She is wonderful!

  • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

    You’re rockin’ the baby?

    I gotta see this.

    xo
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  • July 12, 2011 Melinda

    The Empress is just an amazing role model of how a mom should be. You can just hear the love when she’s speaks of her kids. She’s such a warm caring person – great interview!

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      She is everything you describe her to be, I do look up to her ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you, she made this a great interview.

  • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

    Thank you, Melinda.

    I get the same vibe from your blog.

    You are one of the funniest women I’ve come across on the internet.
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  • July 12, 2011 Kelley

    She truly is a superstar! I loved this post, Alexandra. You are a treasure!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      She is a superstar yes!

  • July 12, 2011 Alexandra

    Thank you, Kelley.

    I remember finding you after The Flying Chalupa rec’d you.

    She was right, I do think you have some of the most original, creative posts and themes.

    Never a boring day at your place.
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  • July 12, 2011 Kimberly

    “don’t publish something just to publish something”….brilliant.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alexandra

      Oh, Kim: no words for how much it means to me to know you.

      I have you in my heart, at all times.

      And each of your posts is a worthwhile post.

      Each and every one.
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  • July 12, 2011 John

    Long live the Empress!

    I truly find it funny that she was afraid to start up . . . but I guess some inner self-consciousness is just plain to-be-anticipated.

    I love food ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • July 13, 2011 Alexandra

      Hmmm…did you NOT know that I was very scared to start a blog?

      I posted on it, my very 1st and 2nd posts.

      GOOD TO SEE YOU!
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  • July 13, 2011 Missy

    She is stunning and amazing, isn’t she? I, like the entire blogosphere, love Alexandra. Thanks for featuring her!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, except for the part where I am now craving spaghetti something fierce. I see a carb-fest in my future.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alexandra

      Missy, it is you who is stunning and gorgeous.

      You have really been an enjoyable find for me, your honesty in your writing, your openness about wanting to connect with others.

      You are a genuine person, I love that.
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      No words can describe how amazing she is. Glad you enjoyed the interview!

  • July 13, 2011 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    Hi Alison! I’m a newbie blogger and just found your blog. Love it already, looking forward to read more of your posts!
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, look forward to getting to know you better.

  • July 13, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love all of her advice and insights. She is truly amazing!
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    • July 14, 2011 Alison

      She is indeed truly amazing.

  • July 13, 2011 Marla Guglberger

    great & helpful interview! i’m a new blogger and took to heart the advice Alexandra gave here about waiting 24hrs before posting. I love the quote, โ€œWrite like youโ€™re drunk, and edit like youโ€™re sober.โ€ That’s helpful. I’ll add it to my “simpatico quotations” on my blog, Ms. Freud Tackles Peace. Thanks for posting. I’m reading & subscribing…

    take care & be good enough, Marla
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      It is an amazing quote, and so true. Thank you for reading.

  • July 13, 2011 Tina

    Congrats on the 100th post!! And I love Alexandra! I agree with her, my favorite time of the day is when it’s quiet which means the boys are asleep ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Tina! Alexandra is so well-loved, I’m so glad she graced my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 14, 2011 Alexandra

      Tina, I love seeing your avatar pop up.

      You are one of the kindest, most down to earth people I’ve met since beginning blogging.

      You also have a very successful, visible, popular website, and are a tremendous wife, and dedicated mother.

      You are pretty much the whole package.

      Nice to see you here. Thank you!
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  • July 13, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    A fantastic interview – and you’re right, Alexandra is one amazing woman!

  • July 13, 2011 Grumpy Grateful Mom

    What a fun interview. Congratulations on 100th post Alison! By all your success, I assumed you had been around much longer!

    Spaghetti and meatballs–yum! I love your answer to the last question, “don’t publish something just to publish something.” Great advice for me and I’m definitely adopting your think about it for a day before publishing rule!
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    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, it was a great 100th post, I’m very fortunate. And I’m pleasantly surprised that you say I am successful – thank you.

  • July 14, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Wise choice, Alison. Someone I’d love to stumble upon in real life for sure.

    Empress, loved the insight on how your posts evolve. I like to let them simmer a bit, too. They’re always so much yummier that way.
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  • July 14, 2011 Charlotte

    “…write like youโ€™re drunk, and edit like youโ€™re sober…” <Seriously? I want this as a tattoo. Greatest quote ever!

    Also, that picture! Brought a huge smile to my face. Just too sweet for words (like our little Alexandra herself).

    I feel so truly blessed to have met the Empress via blogging. She truly is one of the reasons I continue with my blog, even when life gets me down or I think I don't have anything of interest to say. Her encouragement and support really do mean the world. Thanks for allowing her the chance to guest post here. Off to check out your space of the web now!
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for coming by Charlotte. It was my honor that the Empress agreed to visit me, she totally blew my blog up in a good way. She is pretty inspirational and awesome, isn’t she?

  • July 16, 2011 Kristin

    This is the post that officially put me over the edge and made me subscribe to GDR via e-mail. Because my Reader is getting more and more clogged and I always forget to check it, and I just don’t want to miss out on anymore Alexandra goodness.

    Alexandra, I LOVE your advice for writers because it’s exactly how I would’ve answered that question. “The writing is in the re-writing.” This is so true. To err is human, to edit divine. It’s all about the editing. I write my posts well in advance (and when I don’t, it backfires on me – like last night), and then I read, read, read, and edit, edit, edit. And I’m glad to know I’m not being totally narcissistic when I laugh (or cry) at my own work.

    Also, congrats on being named a BlogHer Voice of the Year!

    Awesome feature, Alison!
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    • July 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kristin!!! I love The Empress, and that is all.

  • July 18, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Yay Emp! She truly is a gem.

    But you know your secret desire is really to come to France. A beach on France!

    • July 18, 2011 Alison

      Yes, she truly is. Thank you for stopping by!

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