One of the hardest parts about being back to a full-time job is lack of Shiva-ness to my day. I still get up way too early for our hour-long morning walk. I still play tug with her while watching the news and inwardly planning my day. I still slip her a few Cheerios. But before I realise it, it’s time for Shiva to get to work on her Kong and for me to get to the office. Each morning, it is a real struggle to force myself out the door. I really miss her. It feels like I haven’t seen her for weeks, even if it has only been nine hours a day. Judging by her energy levels, I’d say she sleeps most of the time thus probably doesn’t notice my absence at all. We dog owners are so unappreciated.
In order to make sure she doesn’t forget me completely, I have been neglecting Internet-land. Which sucks because I like it here. It’s warm and pretty and no one makes fun of my shoes.
There is still a lot going on. I know, I’ve said it a trillion times already this week, but there is! It’s my sad excuse for not updating my Flickr page for decades. And for not getting even an eighth of my reading done. And for grasping every moment I can with my family instead of sharing the love with my fellow bloggers. And for not putting up a post on Wednesday. I hope over time things will settle. They have to at some point. Once I’m a few weeks in and am not nearly so exhausted every night. It’s either that or I am just going to have to learn to give up on sleep.
How do you all do it? Are you all cyborgs?
I’m not really kidding. Not only do so many of you put in forty hours or more a week at work, but you also blog with regularity and make time to respond to other people’s blogs. Some of you even have kids!! Some of you write two blogs! Some of you work seventy hours, blog every day, comment on 59,706 other blogs, raise children, train five dogs, foster puppies, volunteer 10 hours a week, and have championship ribbons in every dog competition ever invented.
Are you sure you have a pulse?
Because there is so much awesomeness to be found in the blogging community, I am taking it upon myself to give out a very special award. Tis the season for it, after all. There are thousands of you that are more than worthy but unlike you, I plan on sleeping tonight, so I am only going to name ten. If you are one of those out there working eighty hours a week while keeping up with ten blogs, consider this award yours to cherish.
Now to present the winners of the very first Shivie!
And the award goes to…
A Poodle and a Pit Bull – The author of this blog not only puts in long hours walking and training the dogs of New York, but takes the time to raise many terrific animals of her own in a small apartment, all the while keeping up with her own blog and supporting many others.
Sara Loves Dogs – A teacher by day, one can only imagine how hard that job is, Sara is also a wicked dog trainer and blogger. She also leaves some of the best comments out there.
Tales and Tails – Another hard-worker, the author of this blog writes in several spaces, all the while participating in many popular online groups. She raises four dogs with her husband and still finds the time to read and write every single day. I honestly don’t know how she does it.
Something Wagging This Way Comes – I am positive Pamela doesn’t ever sleep. Seriously. She writes two excellent blogs, raises a gorgeous golden retriever, reads pretty much every blog on the Internet, and holds a steady job. She’s a super-hero.
My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much – So busy, so active, so kind. Michelle is often on Twitter, lending support and raising awareness for many great causes. Another tireless leader of awesomeness.
Fido and Wino – Is there anything this blogger doesn’t do? She writes a hilarious blog and works constantly with her R.O.A.R. Squad to raise awareness for pet adoption, shares some of the best comments around, all while raising two fantastic dogs and blowing everyone away with her photography skills. Just amazing, really.
The Life of Eva the Sheltie – Another insanely prolific blogger who is kind enough to make time to cheer others on. One of the nicest, most considerate people I have ever met. And don’t get me started on her lovely dog…
Dog is God in Reverse – I am running out of adjectives to use. But I know the author of this blog often travels for work. How she does that while blogging and commenting every single day I will never know. Perhaps someone else with super-human energy?
Mayzie’s Dog Blog – Sweet, adorable, fun, and also extremely prolific. I just can’t fathom how she does it all.
Two Pitties in the City – Another teacher, author A. updates her blog all the time with new stories and photos. She has shared a lot of valuable advice and done awesome things to help promote the pit bull name. In short, a very deserving recipient of the tireless blogger award.
Congratulations to all! I hope you will share your secrets in the comments. Unless you have been sworn to secrecy by the Federation of Super-Heroes. If so, I will understand.