Toot! Toot! (Shameless Self-Promotion Alert)

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Last week…?  Not the most stellar.  [CUE THE VIOLINS]  My cat died unexpectedly on Sunday.  My Grandma Kirby passed away on Friday.  And, perhaps most traumatically of all, I went to pour myself a bowl of Chocolate Cheerios on Thursday, only to realize I had finished the box the night before.

What I learned during this time of mourning:  The only thing sadder than my week, is the sight of a grown woman licking the dust off the inside of a cereal bag.

Which is why I was particularly delighted to receive some much-needed good news on Friday:  Popular parenting site Babble.com has honored The Laughing Stork as one of its “Top 50 Mom Blogs” and, cooler yet, as one of the top-10 funniest of the group (#7, to be exact — not that I’m, um, keeping track or anything).  Here is the write-up:

This is not a mom blog — no. Candy Kirby’s The Laughing Stork is a humor site, a literally laugh-out-loud humor site that just happens to reference the funny side of parenting. A former writer for The Bold and the Beautiful (hey, we all get our start somewhere), Candy covers everything from pop culture to her own relationship with her husband. And if it has a parenting angle and she can make a joke about it, she will.

This isn’t a blog that tackles the serious issues, and that’s why we love it so much. And Candy loves her readers right back — so much, in fact, that she’ll respond to your email, right after she finishes microwaving her daughter’s Hungry Man dinner!.

Pretty nice, huh?  It is so heartening to be recognized, especially when I see The Laughing Stork listed amongst such fabulous and more established sites — hey, wait, back up a sec.  Did they smirkingly say, “Hey, we all get our start somewhere”?  Oooohhhh, burn!  No love for B&B.  I guess some people don’t see the literary genius in dialogue such as:

SALLY:  I don’t give a rat’s behind about becoming the next Picasso.  Truth is, there’s only one thing I really need, one thing I really want — Spectra Fashions… (HOLDS UP PAINT-SPLATTERED HANDS) … back in my dirty little hands, where it belongs!

Yeah, okay, maybe Babble does have a point.  (That dialogue was, indeed, lifted from one of my old scripts.  I kid you not.)

So please join me in raising a glass of bubbly — or something stronger, if you’re already having a week like I did — for a virtual toast to Babble.com for lifting my spirits with this honor, to you, my dear readers, who make it all worthwhile, to all of the other “Mom Blogs” on the list (as well as the many wonderful blogs that prefer to fly under the radar), to Mr. Candy, Miss Skye, Ms. Marcy and Mr. Matty (R.I.P.) for providing me with endless material and, above all else, to keeping extra boxes of Chocolate Cheerios in the pantry.

Cheers!

Fun challenge for the day:  Find a way to casually work “I don’t give a rat’s behind about becoming the next Picasso” into conversation!

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats who enjoy blanketing every inch of the house in kitty fur. For more of Candy's nonsense, check out her personal Twitter, The Laughing Stork's Twitter and The Laughing Stork's Facebook page.

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13 Comments

  1. Mette

    Nov 8, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Congrats!

    You’re my no. 1 mom blog!

  2. Mrs. Harrison Ford

    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Congratulations! You are one funny chick!

    And at the same time, sorry for your losses.

  3. Dali

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Congratulations! I look forward to your updates because no matter how craptastic my day is they always seem to make me laugh. ;o)

  4. Cowgirl in the Sand

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Yay! Congrats to you! I’m glad other people are recognizing your genius, even if you don’t give a rat’s behind about becoming the next Picasso.

  5. Kate

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    That’s awesome! I’m not surprised, though. I love your blog and I’m not even a mom! Congrats, honey. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmom. When it rains, huh? What a week you had. Much love from your fans. :)

  6. Maman A Droit

    Nov 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Decided to delurk to say congrats (I always feel like my comments aren’t funny enough to leave-they might drag down your overall funniness)! I read pretty much everyday even if I never comment!

  7. Maman A Droit

    Nov 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    PS I don’t give a rat’s ass about becoming the next Picasso-I just want a personalized reply from Candy Kirby!

    • Candy

      Nov 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      Ask and you shall receive, Maman! So glad you decided to de-lurk, even if just for a day. Thanks for all of your support.

      xoxo,
      Candy

      p.s. Never hesitate to speak your mind! Your comments can only enhance the site. Of this, I am certain.

  8. Deeva

    Nov 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Yay congrats! Don’t forget about us little people when you’re at the top!

    But no placement in the BEst Written category? I give a rat’s behind about becoming the next Picasso-you were ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Candy

    Nov 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Your support means a lot to me. And I am quite impressed with all the people rocking the Challenge of the Day. Well-done. Well-done, indeed.

    I don’t give a rat’s behind about becoming the next Picasso — I’m just thankful for such fun readers.

    xoxo,

    Candy

  10. Kiki

    Nov 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I’m slowly making my way through the Babble top mom blogs list which is why I’m so late to comment here. But I have to say, having read most of the other mom blogs that made it into the funniest category, yours is far and away THE funniest blog. Thanks!

  11. Taira

    Mar 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Wow! Congrats Candy!!!

    Sorry a little late, But you know what they say…I wont go there, I know you know what they say ;)

    Trying to play catch up on your blog now…your just pure comedy – I love your blog.

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