Monday, December 31, 2007

For the final post of the year, I'm going to celebrate all the fabulous folks on my blogroll. I'm continually amazed by the cross-pollination of blogging, and how some lines run parallel while others are dramatically divergent. I like when the comment section on a blog is a running dialogue between the author and their readers. I like to respond to all my comments, but the last month has been kicking my tail to the degree that it's not always been possible. That said, when I jump in the fray over on other peoples' blog comments, things seem much like catching up around the watering hole, everyone shooting the breeze when news is light-hearted, or when more somber mood is called for, folks get mobilized and share pertinent information.

Blogging is a great forum and a great community. I know it's not a 100% positive experience for everyone, but I do think it's a great way to know and stay in touch with people all over the world whom we otherwise would never have met. I think of pre-web world and am awed by how less rich my life would be if I'd never met Holly or Kelly or chatted with Christina on the phone. A few people I'm very fond of have stopped blogging altogether and sometimes I've removed links of folks who stopped blogging for long periods, but I appreciate each and every one of you who've come to my blog, whether you've commented or not, and I've loved reading yours, as well.

Now, without further ado - here's my rundown of my blogroll as it is today, and a few reasons why I like these folks:

Adventures of Mauser Girl - Smart, incredibly talented, and a dog person *YAY DOGS!*
Atavist - Erudite rugged individualist (this is a description which might aptly be applied to many on this roll)
Ambulance Driver - A compassionate heart of gold wrapped in an enchilada of wit and pith
Attila the Mom - Wit to spare, and her own unique variety of badassery
Bad Tempered Zombie - Barbara's passion for music excels even my own. She's smart, funny, and whips up on people with her mad zombie skills
Better and Better (Matt G) - Smarter than the average bear but spends lots of time in the punalty box
Breda - Hot librarian who kicks ass for breakfast
Brown Valley Kingdom - Kevin went through a whole lot just to get here, and now he's raising a wonderful family in California. I'm proud he thought so highly of our country, and I'm proud to call him a fellow American.
Dalai Mama - have known her-- gosh, around 18 years? Brilliant, talented, and a dream of a little cook. Dazzling smile.
Damn! - mechuahua is the male me, if I'm flattering myself. He delights me.
DBA Dude - Impeccable taste in music. Intrepid man. Exceptional.
DirtCrashr - oozing style and working the mess out of a PanAm carryon bag. Suspect he has sand in his shoes all the time
Exile in Portales - A gentleman is Buck. Very respectful person.
Expert Witness - jpg - Ombudsman - all around go-to guy.
FatHairyBastard - is anything but. Is, in fact, teddy bear.
Fat In Indiana - hoosierboy is a good, funny guy
Flying Flo's Forum - Flo is a remarkable gal. In fact - I'll get to meet her new year's eve - can't wait!
Hammer - Unconventional person, clever and thoughtful.
Tickersoid - fell off the blogmap recently, and I wish him well. Welsh steel worker. Grit and wit in equal measure
Holly - a dear, dear friend, and I'm glad - I pity anyone unwise enough to earn a spot on her shit list. Her voice mail says "I'm sorry I missed you. I'll work on my aim." She's the big sister I never knew I needed.
Lin of If the Creek... - delights her readers with the vicarious thrill of her musings about her experience living off-the-grid in New Mexico - lots of great petroglyph images there, too. For all my shoe-obsession and good-time loving ways, I'm secretly envious and want to do the same. Don't you, sometimes?
John Shirley - Clever man, and true
LawDog - salt-of-the-earth
Life on earth - LJ is a fellow beadworker and a lovely artist, at that. Kind and gentle, incredibly sensitive soul
Lucrative Pain - Christina = effervescence
Meg - A fun, reflective New Zealand weaver
Mushy - man-of-the-world - has seen some things and will tell you about them
Myron - A career submarine guy - intrepid, gritty, insightful and someone with whom I hope I share common strands of DNA
Off task - Leazwell - educator and musician, Lovely person
PapaDeltaBravo - rapier wit
Roberta X - fabulous twin of Tam
Searching for Oz - Becky shares my passion for film, and I always love reading her reviews
Skywritings - I miss Scully's blog - she raised the bar, considerably
Sleeping Ugly - Zelda is such a fabulous bitch. Love her
Something to Say - One of my oldest and dearest friends, Kim is a graphic artist from Dallas who lives in Seattle now - her blog is just like she is -- beautiful and full of sweetness and light, but she's always tolerated me anyway.
SpeakerTweaker - More badassery, can really rock a bowling shirt
Squeaky Wheel - Heigh ho! Another vocalist - smart, talented and dangerous to know. The world needs more women like her
View From the Porch - Tam's my idea of what a woman should be. If I could be smarter and 10 inches taller, I'd be heading in the right direction
Xavier Thoughts - A good man to know™. His blog is often entertaining, but always educational

So, that about wraps it up, and trust me-- I could have gone on and on about every one of you. Thanks for the many hours I've enjoyed perusing your blogs, and I'm looking forward to more reading next year. I hope you all have a wonderful new year.


none said...

That is so sweet and thoughtful of you.

Now I'm going to have to live up to that reputation ;)

phlegmfatale said...

hammer - but you've already earned it!

Christina RN LMT said...

Thanks, Phlegmmy!

You're my first stop every day.

You rock!

breda said...

aw, Phlegmmy, I'm so honored...thank you. =)

And to show my appreciation, I have a tip for you...

China Glaze brand nailpolish, color "Ruby Pumps" - $2.99 on

Joe said...

Thanks for the kind words

The Atavist said...

You sure know the way to a man's heart! That is exactly the way I would wish to be portrayed and perceived by others, and I thank you for your kindness.

Happy New year!

Anonymous said...

Well holy moly tickle my {rymes with those 2}. Gritty, huh? Is that anything like curmudgeonly?

And I would be honored to share a few strands with you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are sweetness personified, tempered by a good degree of sass, of course!

How true what you say about blogging making life so much richer. So many smart, funny and insightful people out there. said...

Thank you my dear...Happy New Year!

Zelda said...

Thanks for the link. You are one fabulous bitch yourself. I don't mind admitting I borrow from you extensively in the real world to up my cool factor. It works too.

Liz said...


By the way, I just made Ina Garten's pan fried onion dip for tomorrow. OH. MAH. GAWD. It's, well, it's not better than sex, but it's better than most things. Excuse me, I feel like a bit of a lie down.

Anonymous said...

rapier wit


Carteach said...

Well Phlegm.... I just wanted to say you are on my list of must reads...

Good stuff... and on my 'human' list as well.

Scully sent me here, and her judgment is not to be questioned. At least, I wouldn't dare (g).

phlegmfatale said...

christina - takes one to know one
breda - thanks for the tip - went out and bought it & am wearing it now and lookin' fabulous!
hoosierboy - thanks for your blog!
atavist - well, you hit your mark, then!
myron - gritty in my book means you could go bear-hunting with a switch
barbara - Yes, true dat.
mushy - yw, & same back at ya!
zelda - my pleasure! you totally rock
liz - I can't wait to try it - you have impeccable taste, darling!
pdb - rapier. Not rapist. *hee*
who is - carteach - I'm so flattered and honored you take the time - reminds me - I've needed to link you for a while. Welcome to world!

Carteach said...

OHhh.... I'm going to be linked? Sounds kinda.... ahh....

Oh, never mind. I'm sure it will be fun no matter what!

I'm finding all kinds of lost family that are no relation at all. Nice world around here.... (g).


breda said...

phlegmmy - you found China Glaze in a store??? OMG, where??

phlegmfatale said...

carteach - yuppers. done been, dude. For, like, 2 hours. Wilkommen. BIenvenue.

breda - found it at Ulta cosmetics store. And it's purty!

Lin said...

Wow, pass around the blush powder. You remain my first and favorite stop because you're such a special soul full of life and good mischief.
I insist that you have a phenomenal New Year!

SoHoS said...

Happy New Year!

LBJ said...

Thanks girl. . for the hat tip. I finished the first chapter of the book, and it's been well received. You know where to go to read. .:-)

Have a wonderful new year. . . through you I've found a friend and made some. . .


DAMN said...

Thank you, my Blogger soulmate! Sorry I have been MIA in the blogger world. As soon as things settle down here... WATCH OUT! Again, thanks lady! Call me sometime.


NotClauswitz said...

You're a peach! Thanks and have an enjoyable and fantastic-footgear filled 2008. Buy 'em even if you can't afford 'em! :-)

phlegmfatale said...

lin - I hear and obey and at one day old, the year is off to a good start!

sohoS - thanks- and you too!

lin - Thanks honey - looking forward to the dust settling and getting a chance to read it. I treasure knowing you, and look forward to reading you in years to come!

mechuahua - YW! I'm glad you popped by - thought it may have been the mad holiday rush keeping you away, but I was going to start worrying about you! Cheers, m'dear!

dirtcrashr - Aw, shucks. Even if I can't afford 'em? I can see you're an enabler. I like that in a man! *hee*

Buck said...

Happy New Year, Phlegmmy, and thanks for the good words!

Kevin said...

Wow - sorry for the late commenting - I've been out and about and am just getting caught up. Thank you so much for the kind words, Phlemmy! Still waiting to hear back from L'emigre -- hopefully I'll get my citizenship sorted out before November, so I can do my bit to save the Republic...

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the shout out, Phlegm:) Someone else I read did a blog crush day and i thought about doing this type of thing for my blogroll as well, but then I felt a little overwhelmed by it. Now I'm thinking I want to do it and maybe just work on it a bit at a time.

FHB said...

Thanks for that. You do know me. You know I'm engorgedly enamored of you as well. Have a sweet and happy ’08, and I’ll see ya later.

Ambulance Driver said...

Thank you, Phlegmmy!

Bonnie said...

Awww - thanks! :-) If there were more women like us in the world, I have a feeling it'd be a more pleasant place!

phlegmfatale said...

buck - you're welcome, and thank you for your blog!

kevin - here's to you - we need all the help we can get!

becky - nothing wrong with breaking the task down into manageable chunks!

fhb - Really? Engorgedly? Well - you hadn't hitherto used that term, but I'll take that as a compliment! Best in '08 to you!

ambulance driver - thank YOU!

squeaky wheel - Indeed - more women with big voices who know how to use them, I think that's a win-win thing for us and the planet, in all modesty. *wink*

Bonnie said...

Modesty? What's that?

phlegmfatale said...

squeaky wheel - I read about modesty in a magazine once. I think I'm doing it right. What do you think?

Bonnie said...


1. the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
3. simplicity; moderation.

Hmmm...That's a tough call...

phlegmfatale said...

Well, it ain't braggin' if it's true, honey. Moderation in all things, especially moderation.