Monday, July 31, 2006

Let's Get It On

Metro Mama would like a word...

Okay, after looking at pictures of all those lucky ladies partying hard at BlogHer all weekend, I’m jonesing for more cocktails with the fabulous TO Mamas.

Anyone else?

Here are a few potential dates: Aug 25, 26, 31, Sept 1, or 2.

If you’re interested, send your votes for date and place (either specific venue or neighbourhood) to or comment here.

Yours thirstily,
Metro Mama

Um, YES. We must do this. Because, in addition to needing to get my love on with y'all and wanting to share BlogHer stories, I brought you all souvenirs from BlogHer. YES I DID.

So, yeah, let's get this figured out.


(And, any of you out there who have just found us? Don't be shy - we'd love to hear from you and meet you! Leave your URL or e-mail along with your comment...)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Get Yer Red-Hot TO Mamas Right Here!

We blogged us right 'round, baby, right 'round! (Like a record, baby, right 'round 'round 'round!)


No sooner had I suggested a cluster interview, the better to pimp y’all at BlogHer, than Jana steps up and offers to make it a round-robin for those who want to play wild. So it became, in part, a circle interview, and that… well, that’s just hot.

So, let me see if I can get this straight… Jana (SomethingBlue) did MamaTulip; MamaTulip did Kittenpie; Kittenpie did Sunshine Scribe; Sunshine Scribe did MetroMama; MetroMama did BubandPie; BubandPie did MotherBumper; MotherBumper did Scarbiedoll; Scarbie did PenelopeandBumblebee; Penelope did Jana.

Go that? Good.

In addition to all that circle action, UrbanMommy did herself, as did Krista and AC and Christy.

(Did I miss anybody oh god I hope not? If you’ve done the interview and posted it tell me – via comment here – and I’ll link you in ASAP.)

(Haven’t done it yet? What are you waiting for?)

So, if you’re visiting here for the first time, and would like to get know some TO (and area) mama bloggers, here’s your chance.

(NOTE: you'll notice, below, that there is very little mention of children. This is intentional - these women are all mothers, yes, and mama-bloggers, but they're first and foremost women. You can read all about their children and their experiences as mothers at their blogs. But first, get to know them as the class-act broads that they are.)

I recommend starting with SomethingBabyBlue, where you’ll meet the incomparable Jana (who you can learn more about chez Penelope) and where you’ll find an interview with the incomparably cool MamaTulip.

MamaTulip has very cool glasses. MamaTulip also writes heart-wrenchingly moving posts and gut-bustingly funny posts and curses as much as I do. You probably already read her blog, but if you don't, you should start now.

If you'd like her to read your blog, a good start would be to pretend that you're Holden Caulfield or John Lennon. Or, you could just ask her nicely.

While you're checking out her blog, read her interview of Kittenpie. Kittenpie is a super-cool, super-nice, super-gorgeous librarian - which makes her, I suppose, Super Librarian - and a wonderful blogger who consistently writes thoughtful and thought-provoking posts.

And, she has cats, but you are not to make any assumptions about librarians with cats because, um, cute much? Check her picture, right there on your left. Even the corner of her head is hip and cool and pretty.

(Oh, and she needs a blog motto, so visit her blog, churn up some ideas and share them with her.)

She interviewed Sunshine Scribe for this project, which you can read here. Sunshine Scribe, who does not like her blog name (even though everybody else loves it), is a sweet, smart lady who is very possibly the most soulful blogger around. She bares that beautiful soul and explores its corners and shares those explorations with us. She inspires.

And, she has gorgeous legs.

(And she, like Ms. Pie, wants a motto. Get busy, people.)

Sunshine, aka Sandra, interviewed MetroMama, who, she recently discovered (at our fantabulous TO Mama Blogger Ho-Down), went to her high school. MetroMama says it like it is and says it well - she's always sharp and to the point, whether she's talking up (or down) Toronto or reflecting on the issues of the day.

Yeah, she's tough, but she's funny and she's nice and she gardens.

And she likes Anna Karenina. And Buffy. And Spike. Spike.

And that, my friends, is taste.

MetroMama interviewed BubandPie. If you haven't read BubandPie yet, you are waaaay behind the bloggy times, people. Way behind. And missing out. Big time. 'Smart and funny' are overused in descriptions of bloggers, especially girl bloggers, but, um, if the shoe fits? She totally wears it.

Now, I may be biased, because she's all university-ish and teacher-y, like me (and because I've met her and I love her), but I can say with all objectivity that anyone who can spin an interview with references to Thomas the Tank Engine and Hitler and Mr. Darcy and C.S. Lewis is worthy of your time.

BubandPie interviewed MotherBumper, who is as charming on her blog as she is in real life (I know this for fact! We cruise parks together! Our babies play! Well, actually, they let out war hoots and lick each others' heads. But still!)

MotherBumper is funny and honest and really just kinda like that really sweet and smart friend that you had in high school who always made you laugh and who always laughed at all of your jokes and who was equally comfortable in the Band room or in the smoke pit.

And did I say smart? And funny? She says in her interview that she wishes that Laura Palmer had a blog. Case closed.

MotherBumper interviewed Scarbiedoll, whose blog, Martinis for Milk, was one of my own very first must-reads. Hers is another blog that you may already know very well, and if you do, you are to be commended for your fine taste in blog. She's a fantastic writer who pulls no punches and who can make you laugh and tear in up in one post. And if she does yank your heartstrings, she'll do it without an ounce of sentiment - she serves up feeling raw. Raw, like, tuna sashimi-raw, with an ice-cold vodka shot on the side. Hits you cold, goes down warm, invigorates.

And she curses. Like she means it.

That's good shit.

(And, damn. Bared the muffin top. Repeat after me: cojones.)

(But, um, hotness? Double damn.)

Scarbie interviewed PenelopeandBumblebee, whose blog I only discovered, like, last week or something ridiculous like that. Don't let this happen to you: go and get acquainted with her blog now. Better, go read Scarbie's interview with her, and linger over her witty answers to the Proust-gone-blog questions. Note that she provides the best answer, in the last century and a half or so of Proust questionnaire answers, to the singularly banal question: 'what are your favorite names?'

Yes, you immediately thought of your children's names. Or your spouse's name. I did. Not PaB.

Her names? Ben and Jerry.

The names that you and I and every other honest mother out there scream out in the night. Admit it. She's got us figured out.

(And, yes, PaB is a goat. A Capricorn goat, silly. Sticking her tongue out. At you.)

PaB interviewed Jana of SomethingBlue. 'Twas Jana decided that this whole interview thingie should be done round-robin style, and 'twas Jana who organized the round (the robin?) Jana tells charming stories over at her blog and oozes friendliness and wit and warmth all over the place and would probably be the first bloggy person that I would think of if I needed to rest my bloggy head upon someone's chest and sob my bloggy heart out. Because she's the sort of writer - and the sort of person - who just always makes you feel good.

And she wishes that she had the power to astrally project herself to BlogHer, and you should wish that too, if you're going, because you'd love to meet her.

You could also just visit her blog. You'll like it there. I promise.

UrbanMommy did her own interview, which is just like her, because a) she's an arts/culture/media type who prefers being behind the camera, and b) she's fiercely independent. But not so independent that she won't play - hard - and be the best friend around.

She's one of my very best friends, so, yes, I'm biased. But I also have good taste in people so you can take my word on her.

She's made it her mission, on her blog, to tell the truth about what it's really like raising a downtown baby. (So far - not easy.) Will she ever succumb to the lure of midtown? Uptown? Out-of-town? Will the cockroaches and crackheads ever chase her away? Or will she realize that raising a child can be a form of performance art, and best showcased in an arena of grit?

What she already knows (and you can take it from her, because she is an artist, bona fide) is this: the art of child can flourish wherever there's love. And there is love. Lots. Go check it.

And if you like art and artists, you must also check out the lovely Krista, who weaves a brilliant tapestry of words and images over at her blog, The Silent K. She writes, she knits, she takes wonderful photographs - she's a creative whirlwind.

And she will explain the proper pronunciation of Proust to you (that's Proost, FYI) by referring to the Gilmore Girls.

Yes, you would want to hang out with her. But failing that you can visit her blog and read her interview and feel enriched for having met her.

You'll also want to hang out with AC, whose blog title, CrazyMumma, sums up how most of us feel every single freakin' day. (Well, it's how I feel every freakin' day.) AC manages to be both intense and funny, and can spin an anecdote about her children into a gut-buster in under one screen-page.

And she had one of the very best answers to my favourite Proust-gone-blog question (what character of fiction do you most wish had a blog?): the White Witch of Narnia.

'Cause, you know, Aslan would just be too predictable.

Once you've visited AC, you need to go check out Christy. Christy found me, and MamaBlogsToronto, through one of the bestest blogger chicks ever, Izzy, and you know that anyone who hangs with Izzy has just got to be cool. Super cool.

Christy is, as her blog title affirms, A Yankee in Ontario, and writes about the experience of being an American in Canada and makes Americans and Canadians look better in the process.

And she takes awesome photographs.

And she has cool Crocs.

Read her. Because I said so.

And me? The ghostly presence behind the curtain of MamaBlogsToronto? You've probably read me here. You may have hung out in my Basement.

I'm that Bad Mother. You can read my BlogMe interviews here and here.

And when you're done all this reading, you really must do this interview yourself, regardless of whether you are a TO mama or a GTA mama or even a mama at all. Just do it.

Because I'd love to take you with me to BlogHer, and this is the next best thing.

Friday, July 21, 2006

In Search of Blog Times...

In advance of BlogHer, there's a sort of meme circulating. The idea - bloggers going to BlogHer interview themselves or each other, so that we can all get to know each other better before we meet face-to-face. It's called BlogMe, and it's open to anyone, and it's a great idea.


So I'd like to give it a little twist: because so few Toronto-area bloggers will be attending BlogHer, I thought that it would be cool if we could pull together a page of interviews so that I can properly introduce all of YOU while I'm at the conference, simply by referring folks to a meet-and-greet page that will link up to all of you. Which is to say, I'm tagging everyone on the blogroll at right (and any blogger mama in Southern Ontario who wishes to participate) and issuing the following guidelines:

1) Complete the interview: answer the questions below in a post sometime between now and next Thursday (I leave Friday before dawn).

2) Send me a link to the post (you can just put a comment here, if you like, or e-mail it).

3) Send me a photo (jpeg, please) of some piece of yourself. Arm, leg, ear, boobs, feet, face, whatever. Something to accompany your link and the little blurb that I'll do for each link (which will be one of your answers to the questions below.) This is not mandatory, but it will be really, really cool if most of you do it.

I'll be posting a full response from Devra from Parentopia later today, so you can check back to see how that goes. I'll do the group post (with the pics and blurbs and links) next Thursday and pimp it all weekend.

Got all of that? Good. Here is the interview (with apologies to Proust, from whom the latter half is directly borrowed, and the first half inspired):

Please answer the following if-Proust-blogged questions

What is the quality you most admire in a blogger?
What is your most marked blogging characteristic (or, how would you describe your blog)?
What is your greatest virtue as a blogger (what do you most like about your blog)?
What do you regard as the principle defect of your blog?
What character of fiction do you most wish had a blog?
What historical or real life person do you most wish had a blog?
What is your present state of blog (present state of mind as a blogger)?
What is your blog motto?

Then, select and answer the questions from the list below that you feel will most reveal the person behind the blogger, as many or as few as you like (from the original – abridged – Proust questionnaire)

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Who are your heroines in real life?
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
What historical figures do you most despise?
What is the quality you most admire in a man?
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
What is your favorite virtue?
Who or what would you have liked to be?
Where would you like to live?
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Who are your favorite poets?
Who are your favorite composers/musicians?
Who are your favorite painters?
Who are your heroes in real life?
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Last minute hook-up

Hey all...

Kittenpie and I (HBM) are meeting up tomorrow afternoon at Dufferin Grove Park. Anyone else who'd like to come hang out (and no, we don't need to have met before) is more than welcome - we'll be by the play area (SE corner of the park) after about 2:30...

To help you find us, this is me:

There won't be an ocean in the background, but you get the picture. Kittenpie, FYI, is a gorgeous chica with short dark hair and pretty eyes who does not look remotely like a librarian. She will be sans enfant. I, on the other hand, will have WonderBaby swinging from hair or hands or boob. You won't be able to miss us.

Hope to see you!

(And - do check out the Buttercup Birthday Announcement below!)

BIRTHDAY! (Buttercup Style!)

Hi! It's Strawberry here. You can find regular stories about me over here.

My little sister, Buttercup is zero but it's her birthday next.

Oh Oh, Pa Getti-O!

My mommy has not planned a party. She says it's too late to ask you all to come but I told her that six days is like forever.

I said, Yo mama, whip up a batch of something tasty, fill the cooler with Kool-Aid Jammers and let's have a picnic in the park!

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Sunday, July 16th
Drop by between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
At Christie Pits Park (Bloor and Christie)

There is a wade pool, playground, picnic tables, recreational swim at the Alex Duff Memorial Outdoor Pool and the Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball team will host the Brantford Red Sox starting at 2 PM (The game is free!)

Did I mention that there will be Blue's Clues birthday cake? Deee-Lish-Us!

Everyone is welcome but please let us know if you can make it so that there will be enough num nums. Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Getting It Together

The Great TO Mama Get-Together was, by all accounts, a wonderfully debauched success. Still need to catch up? Check these links for the reportage:

Sunshine Scribe
Something Blue
Martinis for Milk
Her Bad Mother

(Know of more reports? Post them in the comments and I'll link them in.)

So, now, TO mamas, what say you? Any ideas for future get-togethers?

As a start, I'll throw this out: would y'all be interested if I posted (or if anyone posted - remember, anyone who wants to can put up a relevant post here) announcements stating when some of us are heading out to a park or to Movies for Mommies or whatever? Like, say, Dufferin Grove playground/Farmer's Market next Thursday, 4-ish, come hang if you'd like - that kind of thing?

And beyond that... howzabout another Moms Gone Wild evening?

Post your thoughts and ideas in the comments... (and don't be shy if you weren't able to make it to the last get-together, or if you're new to this site - we want to see you next time!)

Monday, July 03, 2006

TO Bloggers Gone Wild!

Live! From Toronto!

Blogger Baby Cage Match!

WonderBaby prepares by meditating and munching on a sports biscuit. Cage Match is a mental game, dudes. Mental.

This one seems quiet. Not a physical threat.

Ah. The one they call 'Cakes.' Back away from my biscuit, Cakes. Or I'll take your cheese.

As Cage Match draws to a close, the Alpha Babies move to centre ring. To take on the duck.

Die, duck.

(A Cage Match Pop Quiz: What are the differences between the last two pictures? First person to answer correctly wins the houseboy services of David Hasselhoff.)

(Prize must be collected at head offices of Hasselhoff's German record label.)

(Also, you may be the winner of Euro Lotto. E-mail your banking information to WonderBaby now!)

Cage Match ended abruptly when Gap-clad orangutans burst into the room and took over the ring.

Not to be outdone, the moms set up their own ring and got dirty. (Gap clothes wash well. No cottons got hurt.)

We were pretty equally matched so we called it a draw and went out and got liquored up.

The orangutans got carded, and had to head back to the zoo. But they hooked up with rockin' monkeys and got loaded. So, a good time was had by all.

Now, aren't y'all sorry you missed that? That'll learn ya. Next time you're going to move heaven and earth to join us, right? RIGHT?