I lead a rich, adventurous life. In my head. My real-world life is pretty good, too, but let's face it: When you're a married mother of two living in the 'burbs, there's only so much excitement you can squeeze out buying a new Swiffer Duster, finding a good off-leash dog park and discovering that your children DO like vegetables.
This is when I turn to the blogs. They make me laugh, think, drool, and usually all of the above. It's like visiting interesting people and hearing their thoughts, only they are accessible to you 24/7 and they can't grab you if they're a little crazy.
Here is a partial list of some of my favorites. Aren't you glad you asked?
AlohaWorld. This is a fun place for anyone interested in Hawaii but especially so for us former Hawaii residents who now make our home elsewhere. My favorite feature on AlohaWorld is the Ohana Lanai message board, where I can connect with other "ex-pats" from all over the world and discuss our nostalgia for the foods, culture and people we left behind. They are an especially kind and supportive group of people with a wicked sense of humor, so there are a lot of fart jokes. You never saw THAT in Magnum PI, did you?
Project Rungay. Right now I don't have any (outwardly) gay friends, so this is where I go when I crave fashion tips and witty gossip. Tom and Lorenzo, or TLo, as they are collectively called, started this blog when they became entranced with the talented, ass-kicking Laura Bennett, a contestant from Season 2 of Project Runway. Things went wild from there and now TLo get invited to all the big fashion events. Thankfully, they bring their cameras and and keen observations and then they share.
The Consumerist. Which are the best and worst companies for customer service? Why do we hate Comcast? Now what has Wal-Mart done? I think you get the picture.
dlisted. Yes, I have a mean streak, and I take it out on celebrities and celebrity-wannabes. This blog is hilariously and crude. I guess that makes it hilariously crude. Hey, I don't write the stuff; I just read it. Might be NSFW, but it depends on your workplace.
Overheard in New York. I just discovered this and it's become one of my new favorites. Just goes to prove that New Yorkers are as stupid as the rest of us.
The Tasty Island. Pure. Food. Porn. From. Hawaii.
Snopes. The next time your Aunt Bethel sends you another Internet "warning" about gang members abducting children from parking lots or people who are drugged at bars and wake up missing key body parts, check it out at this urban legends Web site. A woman whom I barely know keeps forwarding me hysterical "warnings, " 99 percent of which is deemed false by Snopes researchers. For a while I kept sending this woman the URL for Snopes as a hint, but some people enjoy sending false info, so now I have the Delete key especially reserved for her.
BBC. Because after you've been updated on food, fashion and celebrity gossip, it's good to find out what else is happening in the world.