Thursday Miscellany – Bigger, Longer and Uncut!

November 16, 2006

Edited, below*… and then again**! Cuz there’s always more to say!
1. So, there’s this Canadian Blog Awards thing going on, right? And, like, a whole bunch of the Canadian bloggers that I love are nominated. So, as it happens, am I.
Canadian Blog Awards
You see the problem, right? It’s not so much that I’m nominated against some of my favourite people (I have no problem voting for someone other than myself), but that they’re all nominated against each other. Who do I vote for? One can vote every day, so I could simply vote for different people in different categories, except that that really just undermines the whole exercise, if I’m just scattering votes around in a frenzy of desperate love. And if I’m not just going to parcel out my votes on some vague principle of amicable equity, how do I choose who to vote for? What does ‘best’ really mean, anyway, when applied to blogs? Funniest? Best pictures? Most tear-jerking? Most prolific? Most likely to buy me presents?

Head. Hurting.

Then there’s the whole problem of being nominated in two categories myself. There’s a reason why I’m a political theorist, and not a politician: I can’t do it, politics-on-the-ground. Hate it. LOATHE it. I simply cannot campaign for myself. Which is exactly what they expect you to do with these awards: ask people to vote for you. Ask people to vote for you EVERY DAY. Ask your friends, blog-neighbours and total strangers to go to the site, place some votes, and then come back and do it again every day until voting ends.

This makes me very uncomfortable. In part because, as I said above, there are so many other great bloggers that you should also be voting for, should you feel inclined to wander over to the voting area. And in part because I can’t really give you any good reason to vote for me (beyond appealing to your pity, that is. What if I were to end up the sorry blogger with ONE VOTE – my own, lodged on the one day that it occured to me to go vote for myself?) (I want no backtalk on this in comments, do you hear?) There is just so much wonderful, wonderful writing out there, and such variety, in our humble Canadian corner of the blogosphere, that it seems impossible, to me, that I could make any claim to being ‘best.’ Seriously. So, having no platform to campaign upon, I will simply abstain from campaigning.

(HBM has no formal affiliation with Mothers Against Canada And Awards That Give Her Bad Mother A Headache, aka MACAATGHBMAH, and does not approve this message.)

I will, however, encourage you to go and visit the site and tour the great Canadian blogs that they have listed there. Click around, check out the landscape, quaff some virtual maple syrup. You’ll like it, I promise. We’re good people, we Canadians. Check us out.*

2. Speaking of checking out Canada, why not visit the newly refurbished MommyBlogsToronto site? I warn you, though – it’s gonna make you want to move here.

3. Hey! Have I mentioned this week that WonderBaby turned one?!?!?

4. Oh, yeah, I did. But! Did you hear the one about how she came out of my hoo-hah?

5. If touring the Canadian blogosphere or reading sappy labour stories doesn’t appeal to you, you could always go turn yourself into a South Park character.

Blame WonderBaby.

(WonderBaby, as imagined by Her Bad Mother after two sleepless nights and three extra-strength Tylenol washed down with Sleepytime Tea.)

(Her Bad Mother, as imagined by Her Bad Mother after two sleepless nights and three extra-strength Tylenol washed down with Sleepytime Tea.)

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*If you do decide that voting is fun, you don’t have to be Canadian to participate. Hell, you don’t even need to know where Canada is! You can vote every day! You can vote while drunk! This is democracy AT ITS FINEST.

**Or, you could get drunk and write a nasty letter to the mother-hating anti-boob fascists at Delta. Or, if you are too drunk to write a coherent letter, just go sign this. It’s probably a better use of your political energies than the Canadian Blog Awards.

OK. You can now go back to making South Park caricatures of yourself…

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    { 34 comments }

    Mouse November 16, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    I absolutely had to check out the South Park thing, and boy is that fun. Trillian is now doing it for herself.

    Did you notice that they have an option of dark circles under one’s eyes? Definitely a must for my character!

    mothergoosemouse November 16, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    As if I didn’t already have enough ways in which to waste time…now I have to spend hours making up new South Park characters for me and all my friends…

    Blame Canada! Yeah, that’s it!

    krista November 16, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Oh, I get so warm and fuzzy visiting the mama blogs Toronto site. I wish I could have been more involved- but I have to just face I can only do so much…

    That’s wasn’t my point- my point was that I love the site, and it is so nice to see all of you toronto ladies posting!

    Makes me feel right at home.

    Her Bad Mother November 16, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    I did NOT notice the dark circles option, dammit. I did, however, notice the guns.

    (Note that if you do make a character, it’s a bit complicated to save it. Follow the site’s Help directions. The ones in English.)

    urban-urchin November 17, 2006 at 12:01 am

    The SP site is great! My character has the bags and crazy blue eyeshadow and bride of frankenstien hair. Pretty realistic if you ask me.

    sweatpantsmom November 17, 2006 at 1:01 am

    I’m going to have to set aside the bills, the dishes and the laundry since I will be busy tonight making SP characters of all my friends and sending it to them.

    (I would vote for you – or do you have to live in Canada? I don’t, but I can however find it on a map!)

    jen November 17, 2006 at 1:31 am

    you are crazy nutty sister. hoo hah.

    is this gig open to pretend canadians? does it count if i always say i am canadian when travelling?

    Gillian November 17, 2006 at 5:38 am

    No need to campaign. We love your baby, even when she is a blur running from hither to yon. You have the nifty basement, for sneaking cigaretttes and wine coolers. You make us feel at home and less alone. We would tell you if we screwed up or dyed our hair pink and it turned out PINK. You rock.

    Gillian

    Lisa b November 17, 2006 at 7:23 am

    After I vote for you I am going to make me some south park characters!

    kittenpie November 17, 2006 at 10:56 am

    I’m just the same – I simply can’t ask for votes, so instead I’m asking people to back my nomination. sunshine for Post Series, everyone!

    Tania Thompson November 17, 2006 at 11:41 am

    I’m spreading my votes around. Hopefully (not the right word) as the rounds progress, my choices will narrow. I’ll deal with that then.

    The South Park thing is AWESOME.

    Go Mama November 17, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Hey HBM,
    I want to move to Canada too!
    We’re making a mess of things down south here.
    -GoMama, Los Angeles

    nomotherearth November 17, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    I can’t resist making a South Park character now! Dammit – I should be working (I am so behind).

    You deserve the votes. Love your blog. Love. It. (And so does everyone else).

    something blue November 17, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    I chose my five favourite blogs in the categories where I love Everybody and I’m rotating voting. I’m showing up at my neighbour’s house to cast extra ballots. I don’t mind embarrassing myself because you guys are worth it!

    Now where do I campaign to get your SP characters added in to the show?

    k November 17, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    haha. nice. and I voted. even though I’m not canadian.

    just a wannabe on most days.

    Dana November 17, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Oh no! I already voted for Karen! But maybe I can vote again for you! I love you both! This is too hard!

    Mitzi Green November 17, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    my husband made south park characters for all of us a while back. i found mine grossly unflattering, but i have to say, his looks exactly like him, and he agrees. so does my son’s. i’m surrounded by dudes with big round heads.

    Melissa November 17, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    I am cracking up. Maybe what you should be taking is that Tylenol PM and then you’ll sleep….or just give it to WB…kidding, just kidding.

    I’ll go vote now. I’m glad I don’t have to be Canadian to vote, but I promise I do Know where Canada is.

    Her Bad Mother November 17, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    If any of you post your SP caricatures to your blogs, could you let me know?

    ali November 17, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    me me me !
    i can’t stop!

    Crunchy Carpets November 17, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    I am just going to sulk cos I am not nominated fer nutin….

    ;-P

    The site is great though…loads to browse through.

    CrankMama November 17, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Hey – What’s wrong with “boob fascists”??… Ohh.. you mean THAT kind of fascist.

    I saw you were nominated — congrats.

    I’m going to go take a look now
    Rachael

    Anonymous November 17, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    You know, DaniGirl got slammed for asking people to vote for her, but at least she was up front and honest about it. You don’t think your post is just a duplicitous way to ask for votes?

    You have hardly abstained from campaigning for votes. You’ve just framed yourself as someone who is above campaigning for votes – and thus more voteworthy in your lofty ideals.

    Her Bad Mother November 17, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    Anonymous – I don’t. You do clearly do, though.

    I wouldn’t waste my time trying to unpack the Machiavellian machinations behind this post. It’s a fucking blog award, fer chrissake.

    creative-type dad November 18, 2006 at 3:03 am

    What’s this? Your…Canadian?

    I would of never of guessed.

    kim November 18, 2006 at 3:27 am

    id vote in every category for who ever i wanted if i was you and i think i will too :)
    and its nice to be recognized by your peers
    i think you do a great blog

    pfftt anonymouse !

    Pattie November 18, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    I came by yesterday, but I didn’t have time to come back and comment! I must have spent an hour on that Southpark site. Very addicting.

    Anyway, I’ll be sure to hop on over and cast a vote or two. There are so many wonderfully talented Canadian Bloggers out there.

    Good Luck! :)

    Mom101 November 18, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    I have been entirely out of the blog loop this week – And missed her bday!!! OH MY GOD! UNFORGIVEABLE!!!

    I hope it was awesome.

    I’m going to vote for you – but I will not vote for best conservative blog because, well, yeah. That.

    Karen November 18, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    May HBM…I mean, the best blog win.

    My SP caricature was brutally honest a depiction of myself and not-so-flattering. And I was annoyed with my husband for not being able to make one that accurately represented him. He told me it wouldn’t work b/c he’s not “as round” as I am. The worst part is that he’s right.

    crazymumma November 19, 2006 at 11:15 am

    you are so funny, I have to go and get a cloth to wipe up the coffee off my keyboard now…..

    sunshine scribe November 20, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Anonymous … are you serious?!?

    I can list at least 7 bloggers who have mentioned the awards in their nominations on their blogs in 7 different ways. It is so not worth analyzing.

    HBM rocks and everyone knows it.

    Mimi November 21, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    OMG that Delta airlines thing is absolutely outrageous. Blanket be damned. The way the seats are squashed all together on planes these days, the Affronted Mama would’ve likely not had room to wedge a blanket between her baby’s head and the seatback in front of her. Who in the hell except the flight attendant could even SEE these people? How absurd! How humiliating! I’m totally appalled.

    dorothy December 8, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    I heard you withdrew? Say it’s not so.

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