Guest Star: Sandra of Absolutely Narcissism

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I adore today’s Guest Star. She’s funny, sexy, modest (despite her blog name), a terrific writer and an awesome supportive blogger. Her blog is so huge, people clamor to be the first to comment. Yet she makes time to go around reading blogs, making awesome comments. She has a big heart, people. Sandra of Absolutely Narcissism is here today and I am so thrilled and honored.

If you haven’t read her blog, what? Where have you been? That’s alright, that’s what I am here for. To point you in the right direction.

She never fails to make me laugh, like in this post about her husband’s ‘mistress’.

I cracked up again at this one about her son and an emergency room incident.

And only Sandra can write a post about boob poppng out during yoga so darn funny.

She also vlogged!

I asked Sandra to guest post for me months ago and when she finally said yes, I was over the moon. And then she said, I want to write an ode to you!

Wait, what?

*Angels sing*

What a sweet, sweet thing to do.

Take it away, Sandra. *blush*


An Ode to Alison

One day appeared on my blog, a very sweet comment, not unlike many others, something along the lines of, “You are the funniest, most hysterical blogger in the universe! You are even BETTER than the Bloggess!”

…ok, that’s maybe a slight exaggeration…

…what? A girl can dream… or have delusions of grandeur…whatev…

No, the comment was friendly and supportive.

And the blogger who had left the comment was Alison.

I returned the comment by going to read this blogger’s latest post, and was rewarded by reading a witty, charming woman writing about a very relatable issue.

Boob biting.

No, no, fear not, this wasn’t a post describing Alison’s fetishes.

It was about Alison’s breastfed baby who had recently discovered the fine art of nibbling.

The post went on to thank all of those who had given her suggestions on how to deal with this common situation that breastfeeding mothers have to deal with all over the world.

What is most striking about Alison is not so much that she comments back consistently (and it’s almost scary how quickly she does! I suspect she’s Nosferatu, and doesn’t actually sleep. Ever.)

But it’s the fact that when I go on Twitter, there she is tweeting, retweeting, interacting, and encouraging.

Everywhere I go in the blogosphere, Alison has already been there, with her friendly words of encouragement and praise.

She is one of those people that you just know you would meet and IMMEDIATELY feel like you’ve known your entire life.

She’s positive, upbeat, kind, but most importantly she’s authentic.

So to Alison, I have this message: Don’t unplug ever again. You send us all into “Alison Withdrawal.”

Ok, and without further ado, here is the Q&A you’ve all been waiting for….

…what? You didn’t think this was going to be ALL about Alison, did you?

I have feelings too, ya know.

(I ask Sandra burning questions!)

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I’ve always loved to write. I’m a nursing student, and unfortunately, in my faculty, there is a lot of hands-on, and not very much opportunity to write creatively. Blogging fills that need. Plus I get to brag, like all the time, which is not unpleasant.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

In order to blog, you need blog fodder. You never know when inspiration is going to strike, and when you’re going to be hit smack in the middle of the face with that “I could totally blog about this!” thought. I love how blogging obliges me to observe the world around. Before I blogged, never would I have looked at some guy in the park, whipping out his ding dong to pee on a tree, and thought, “Where’s my camera? Where’s my camera?”

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

I’ve been asked this a lot and I always reply the same thing. I love Poppy at Funny or Snot. I have a ton more. A ton. But Poppy was my first bloggy friend, and she writes with such facility and humour, I can’t help but always be, not only in awe of her writing talent, but she’s left me laughing till I’ve cried, on more than one occasion.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?

Yes. A couple. In one in particular, I had written about a very boring lunch date I had had with my husband. I had meant for it to be funny, but it came out sounding like I needed marriage counselling. Instead of making people laugh, I was getting a lot of sympathy comments. I deleted it.

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

I love seeing life through the eyes of my children. Life is always funny when you’re a kid. Many of my posts are a result of one of them doing something completely inappropriate like mooning their grandmother, then saying to me, “Mom, you should blog about this.”

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

Nighttime. When the house is quiet and I no longer have anyone but myself to look after.

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

Anywhere with a beach. I am a sun worshipper, as my wrinkly hands will attest to.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Easypeasy! Chocolate!

9. Favorite season and why.

Summer. Sun. Surf. Wrinkly hands.

10.One word to describe you.


11. You are a hot Mama, as evidenced by some *ahem* revealing pictures on your blog. How do you get and maintain that figure?

I work out and eat a specific diet.

12. You are such a terrific writer, always bringing the funny and making us all laugh and love you. Any advice for us wannabe writers?

Just stay true to yourself and don’t try to be anybody else.


You must absolutely not miss out on Sandra’s wonderful blog! Follow her on Twitter and Facebook too!


*While Sandra entertains you here today, I’m over at Natalie’s place Mommy of a Monster and Twins, sharing my Mommy Moment at the Monster. Come say hi!*




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  • August 8, 2011 Sandra

    Alison, I am so honoured and flattered that you asked me to do this. I said it in my post and I’ll say it again: you are a special blogger, and a true friend. Thank you for having me!
    Sandra recently wrote…I may not always be hereMy Profile

    • August 8, 2011 Alison

      Sandra, you have no idea how happy you made me when you said you’ll do this! Thank you again. xoxo

  • August 8, 2011 Cheeseboy

    She sounds awesome. And boob biting is very relatable to me too. I love when blog inspiration hits too. I always think I am never going to think of anything else to write about and then BANG. It’s a great feeling.
    Cheeseboy recently wrote…The "Overcoming Procrastination" ClassMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      I’m intrigued – pray tell your story of boob biting! Also? Where you get your awesome blog ideas.

  • August 8, 2011 Hopes

    I just found Sandra’s blog last week, and I must admit…I do believe I’m in love! She is just so funny and I love that she write so vividly. I can actually see her story through her words!

    Great Guest Star Alison! Oh and she’s right you know, you are fabulous at responding to comments! You are amazing!
    Hopes recently wrote…The Humor of BoysMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Who isn’t in love with Sandra? 🙂 And thank you, your words mean a lot to me.

  • August 8, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Sandra is awesome. I just love how uninhibited she is. She’s a terrific writer and you’re right–she’s huge in bloggyland, but always takes the time to come around to my lil ole blog. Genuine, funny and sassy!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Life’s Lessons: Hot Enough to Fry an Egg EditionMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      It’s always a thrill for me when I see that Sandra has been around me blog!

  • August 8, 2011 Carri

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  • August 8, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Great feature, Alison!! I can always count on Sandra for a laugh 😉
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…Food FavoritesMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen! And yes, we can.

  • August 8, 2011 Kim

    Not only is this an awesome post by an awesome blogger, but what I love is the interaction we see between you two!! That is why I love blogging, to see how we communicate with each other, how are voices play off of one another and create a very cool dynamic! You two would be a great team to listen to as keynote speakers at a blog conference one day!
    Kim recently wrote…Ferocious Feeders of FoodMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim, for your kind and sweet words. Sandra makes it very easy for me to have a dialogue with her, she’s sweet, funny and open. As for being a speaker?? I write better than I talk, let’s leave it at that. 🙂

  • August 8, 2011 Kimberly

    I love Sandra! She’s huge in the blogosphere but always takes the time to visit everyone else. And her posts? Insanely funny! Love her!
    Kimberly recently wrote…Life LessonsMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly! How does she do it?

  • August 8, 2011 Ann

    FABULOUS! I laughed out loud to Sandra’s posts you highlighted! I love it! Thank you Alison for such a wonderful introduction….

    Sandra, you are right! Alison is amazingly genuine and supportive – I’m a fan! She is a Twitter Goddess, isn’t she?
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome Ann. EVERYONE needs to know the awesomeness that is Sandra.

      Haha, Twitter Goddess, that’s a new one! (thank you)

  • August 8, 2011 mom2kiddos

    She does have a HUGE heart and it resonates in the comments she leaves on blogs. That is a fitting tribute to you too Alison! Great to learn more about Sandra here.
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Lovely comment, Germaine, thank you.

  • August 8, 2011 XLMIC

    Sandra is super amazing. And it follows that YOU must be super amazing too 🙂
    XLMIC recently wrote…My husband left me…My Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      *blush* You are too kind! (but yes, Sandra IS amazing)

  • August 8, 2011 RoryBore

    just love her. she’s funny, but truth too..ya know. thanks for having her today.
    RoryBore recently wrote…Coffee Chat Sneak PeekMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for reading!

  • August 8, 2011 Bruna

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been following Sandra on Twitter but just not visited and read her blog. COULD. NOT. STOP. LAUGHING.

    Sandra, I’ve now subscribed and Alison, thank you for introducing me to such a funny gal. Love it!

    Great Ode to Alison. Ditto on everything she wrote because it’s all true.
    Bruna recently wrote…wacky but cool science experimentsMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      So glad you’re now following Sandra’s blog – she’s my regular dose of happy 🙂

  • August 8, 2011 Jessica

    Sandra is awesome. I do eat chocolate every single day. I’ve heard it’s good for my health.

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      You and me both!

  • August 8, 2011 Stasha

    Every time you feature a blogger I feel like I am sitting down with you ladies, gossiping. I believe a cuppa tea is in order.
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      I believe so too! And thank you Stasha, that’s a lovely thing to say.

  • August 8, 2011 Blond Duck

    Popped in from SITS! She sounds like a blast!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      She is! And thank you for stopping by.

  • August 8, 2011 Marina

    Wow, thanks for sharing her blog with us!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome!

  • August 8, 2011 Clarins

    I loved reading her blog, especially her posts like naked mother and few more. Commented and Subscribedas well 🙂

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you.

  • August 8, 2011 FranceRants

    I can totally relate to the answer of question #2!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Haha yes, me too!!

  • August 8, 2011 Lola

    LOVED this! Sandra is one of my favorites! She cracks me up with every post! I agree with everything Sandra has said about you, Alison! You are a rarity and a gem!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lola, thank you. The two of you are my happy places to go to (that sounds….wrong, hehe).

  • August 8, 2011 My Inner Chicks

    —I. Never. Read. Guest. Posts.
    They just bore me. They annoy me.
    But…I LOVE Sandra. This….I made the exception.
    If I were there, I’d kiss her because of her wit & brilliance & humour. And she’s kind of a bad girl. I like that in a blogger.
    Fab interview, Alison Xxx
    My Inner Chicks recently wrote…—Ask Me A Question & I Shall Answer. Maybe.My Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Kim, I’m glad you took the time to read this particular guest post. Sandra is THAT amazing.

      And thank you.

  • August 8, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Love Sandra.


    For all of the reasons you stated. Once again, solid choice, Alison!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • August 9, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    Blogging fodder is my favorite part – now, whenever I’m stuck somewhere in the middle of the night or accidentally exposing myself I always take a deep breath and go, well, this’ll make a fabulous post and suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, yes, you’re right! Thank goodness for blogging!

  • August 9, 2011 Missy

    Great post, Alison – I love your questions. And as far as Sandra’s Ode to you, I think she’s right – I don’t think you sleep!

    I found Sandra just recently. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock. I’m glad I found my way out.
    Missy recently wrote…Why Doing Something for YOU is Imperative to Mental HealthMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Missy, I’m glad you found Sandra, she IS awesome. And I sleep, in snatches 🙂

  • August 9, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    What a wonderful post!I loved learing more about her.
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!

  • August 9, 2011 Gina aka Slappy

    I love Sandra too (maybe even more than I love boxed wine …. I said MAYBE).
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      That IS possible, with Sandra.

  • August 9, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    she’s so funny! I lurk over at her page…good pick!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Holly!! (fellow lurker)

  • August 9, 2011 Dr. G

    Allison, as ever, thanks for bringing great women to your blog and to my attention!

    So nice to meet another MoFo (mother of four) and one who is indeed hot! Jumping over to your blog now…
    Dr. G recently wrote…What I learned From Teaching My Son to CookMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      The pleasure, is all mine. 🙂

  • August 9, 2011 Mama Track

    Great interview! I always love seeing more about great bloggers in this.

    And I think we all have posts we regret publishing!
    Mama Track recently wrote…Alone at the AirportMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Natalie! Yes, yes, we do, mine would be the first few posts I published. 🙂

  • August 9, 2011 Galit Breen

    What a great interview! Thanks for the intro! 🙂
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit, do hope you enjoy Sandra’s blog!

  • August 9, 2011 Kelley

    Oh! I loved this post! I really love Sandra, too. Like you, she is super supportive and lots of fun. We were going to share a bed at BlogHer, you know…but, it never came true for either of us. Wah.
    Kelley recently wrote…Today, We Salute YOU, Ms. Grocery-Store-Sample-Maker-And-Giver-Outer!!My Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      That is a right shame! Imagine the fun you two could have gotten up to!

  • August 9, 2011 Sweaty

    You know Alison, you’re like the Jay Leno and Larry King of the blogging world, you know that? And I’m so glad that you are! Anytime I want to be on top of things (current blog topics, superstar bloggers, new upcoming blogs, interesting writing prompts, and important news), I just need to drop by your blog and it’s like a one-stop for all! Love ya, girl!

    To Sandra, I’ve been a follower for quite a while, although I mostly lurk and stalk, being a shy and paranoid blogger that I am. But hell yes, you’re one hot mama, and I think it’s so true when you said that “passionate” describes you, because it’s clear in every post that you’ve written, in how you voice yourself, and in how you’ve inspired others.

    Thank you both, for making my blogging world a much better place, just by being in it!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      You do write the best comments and give the most awesome compliments!! I’m flattered you think that of me, you know I’m always happy to dig up info on anything you want to ask 🙂

      Thank you, for being a great friend.

  • August 9, 2011 Theresa

    Oh, I have only read her blog a couple of times. She sounds awesome, off to check her out!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      You’ll love Sandra!

  • August 9, 2011 Elena

    Great highlight! I swore I commented on this yesterday because I read it then. Anyways…she is one hot mama. I think I need to be following the diet she is doing for sure!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      She is smokin’ hot! Her diet? I’ll fail at day #2. No, scratch that, 2 hours into day #1.

  • August 9, 2011 Lady Estrogen

    Finally getting here – yeah!!

    Loved it – great Q&A from an amazing woman, mother and blogger.

    Fodder – this is my word of the week, I think. I’ve been accused (lovingly) of being nothing but that for my blog. So be it, I say.
    Lady Estrogen recently wrote…Blue M&Ms are Simply SuperiorMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      So be it!! You rock.

  • August 9, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I’ve never heard of Sandra (unless I already follow her on twitter, which is entirely possible). Off to check her blog out now.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Sweet Vanilla Toffee FlanMy Profile

    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      I’m glad I can be here to show the way 🙂

  • August 10, 2011 Leighann

    Love this post!!
    Great introduction to a new blogger!!

    AND I too love Alison!
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    • August 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leighann, love you too xo You will love Sandra!

  • August 10, 2011 Leigh Ann

    Thanks for introducing me to a new (to me) blogger, Alison! And Sandra, I agree. Alison is freaking everywhere around the internet! She is literally on every blog I read!
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…Knocked up with #VlogTalkMy Profile

    • August 10, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome, you’ll love Sandra!

  • August 10, 2011 Jessica

    Great feature, I’ve heard about Sandra but never met her so this was a great chance to do so. And I agree, Alison, you are the best and it is so nice to see you everywhere!
    Jessica recently wrote…The Hot SeatMy Profile

    • August 10, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jessica!

  • August 11, 2011 JennyBean

    Alison: ultra cool Q&A!

    Sandra: anyway I can get the figure without the workout and diet?! (I’m a slug who likes to eat.)
    JennyBean recently wrote…Fruit salads and fruit loopsMy Profile

    • August 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!! And Sandra will tell you nope hon, no shortcuts! 😉

  • August 11, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    This is one of the best posts I’ve ever read because it features two of my favorite bloggers. I agree that Alison must never sleep! She is the sweetest most supportive blogger I know. And Sandra? OMG, there are no words! Her posts are hysterical and I love how she’s not shy to put it all out there – like her boobs at yoga!
    Sarcasm Goddess recently wrote…The Husband’s "Other Woman"My Profile

    • August 11, 2011 Alison

      Sandra is my hero 🙂 And I do sleep! In snatches hehe

  • December 6, 2011 Aurora Workman

    Not only is this an awesome post by an awesome blogger, but what I love is the interaction we see between you two!! Posts. Blogging fodder is my favorite part – now, whenever I’m stuck somewhere in the middle of the night or accidentally exposing myself I always take a deep breath and go, well, this’ll make a fabulous post and suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad!
    Aurora Workman recently wrote…Cancer TipsMy Profile

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