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Who wants to win a major award? Or, barring that, a box of awesome crap?

Happy Sunday, people of the football! 

It is a very special Sunday. What? Why is that, Amy? You ask.

Is it because it is Ken’s homecoming day, and he is safe-and-sound back at home in Germany? No. I mean, that is awesome (although I will miss having him only one hour time-zone-wise away.) Merka has been happy to have Ken here for the past few weeks, and now Ken gets to go home to Mrs. Ken and his happy dogs. And someday, maybe soon, there will be a new bon vivant post, who knows. But, no. Although those are all wonderful things, and WELCOME HOME, KEN!, that is not why this is a very special Sunday.

The answer is, because today kicks off LUCY’S FOOTBALL BLOGGIVERSARY WEEK!!!!

Whaaa? It’s been a YEAR? A year since this nonsense started? That’s crazysauce. That can’t be true? 

Oh, I assure you it is. 

A year ago next Sunday, on June 10, 2011, I published my very first post. Which was not very good at all and kind of not even all that funny or informative or interesting or worthwhile. I’m not even linking to it. It’s not like you can’t find it if you try. But I assure you it’s not worth your time. But! ANYWAY! I still published it. 

What? You want the origin story of the blog? Sheesh, it’s like you think this is a superhero comic or something, what the hell. OK. I love your faces, I’ll give it to you. I think I’ve told you a little, here and there and all around the square over the year, but I’ll put it all in one place. 

I was afraid of the internet for a very long time. No, no, not the internet, so much as social media. Because of the killers. And the strangers. But in 2010, I joined Facebook. Which you all hate with the fire of a thousand suns. I know. I know you do, my little marshmallow peeps. But everyone was always TALKING about it. I wanted to be in the know for once in my life! 

And once I was in the know, it was like a snowball of want. I wanted MORE of being in the know. MORE MORE MORE. 

So I got a smartphone. Then I could text! And check Facebook on my phone! And play Angry Birds, which I totally got rid of not long afterward because it was a., sucking up all my free time and my phone battery and b., making Angry Amy because THOSE EFFING SMUG PIGS! (I don’t have very good hand-eye coordination.Please try to control your shock and awe.) 

Stupid smug mocking pigs that just won’t die. Argh.

Then I realized I was not using my phone to its full potential. So I thought, huh. I will try out this Twitter thing that everyone’s always going on about. I asked on Facebook, “Hey, what do you all think about Twitter?” and, as always, most people ignored me. But a few were all, “TWITTER IS LE SUCK” and to them, I say, “YOU WERE DOING IT WRONG.” 

So I joined Twitter. And for a little while, it was like talking into a hole, because, no followers. But then, a few followers! People to talk to! Lovely people, some of which I still talk to, a year later, that’s like a record for me! And then, one of the famous people I follow (Joe Hill, sigh) tweeted about a book club. For geeks! I’m a geek. And I like books! So I joined. And I met so many amazing men and women. And things snowballed. Again. 

My people. Love, love, love.

Now, I’ve read a lot of blogs on and off over the years. But the three that I never missed (well, once I found them, of course – I mean, I didn’t know about them before I knew about them, don’t be absurd) were The Bloggess, Blogography, and Kevin Marshall’s America. I liked all three for different reasons, but all three were (are) well-written, funny, and intelligent. Even when I took internet breaks (I did that, back in the day – I’d forget it existed, because I didn’t have internet access at home) I’d make sure, when I did have access, to catch up on their blogs. 

One day I realized, huh. You know, I know I couldn’t write like they do? But I could write like I do. And my friends, who were often subjected to insanely-long rambling emails from me, were always telling me I should blog. And I had a small captive audience of Twitter followers who I thought might enjoy what I had to say. And if they didn’t – well, hell, I could always stop. Or I could just write for me, I suppose. I’d started a blog years before, but it was private. So kind of just a journal. (SIDE NOTE, I totally looked in on that the other day. There were about 10 entries – 5 or 6 were total baby-Lucy’s-Football entries, so that’s proof I was this before I was this, and the rest were kind of just sad? I apparently had a sad period I’ve forgotten about. Then I completely forgot I had it.) 

I also had no plan. None. Not even the germ of a plan. Not even a plan-lette. I know most people go into blogging with an idea in mind. Like, I think I will review books! I like to cook, let’s talk about my adventures in the kitchen! I LIKE TO CAPTION ANIMAL PHOTOS WITH FUNNY ALL-CAPS! Nope. I thought, let’s talk about shit. And see what happens. I guess that was kind of a plan. An ill-thought-out plan, but sort of a plan.  So it’s sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? Oh, crap, The Breakfast Club slipped in again. That keeps HAPPENING. Dammit.

Oh, swoon. Also, Judd Nelson was such a baby here! Look how young!

(And, side note, I totally did not go into this planning on blogging every day. But I realized, early on, if I didn’t, it would die a quick, forgotten death, like many of my other hobbies. Crochet. Beading. Scrapbooking. All of which I got TOTALLY JAZZED ABOUT ZOMG, bought all the paraphernalia for, then abandoned about three months in because I got bored as shit. Well, except crochet. I still pick that up now and then. And probably will again, someday. I’m really, really good at it. Like, if there were crochet Olympics? I’d win those. ALL THE GOLD FOR ME. I also did not plan the all-caps. Ooh, later in the week, I’ll tell you the story of the all-caps. Did I tell you this yet? I wonder if I did. I don’t think I did. I’ll tell you again anyway, my memory’s for shit.) 

Yeah, I could make these. I can make afghans. I CAN MAKE CLOTHES. I’m really the best at this. I’m not even kidding.

My Twitter people started to read it. Then a few more people started to read it. And then a few more. And then commenting started. Then I got more followers. People whose blogs I admired because they are WAY funnier than I am started reading and commenting. I switched from a shitty blogging platform to a better one where people could comment without wanting to beat their brains out against a metal partition. And dammit, was I having the best time? Just the best. I was looking forward to blogging every day. It was (and remains) the favorite part of my day. It hasn’t started to feel like work. I suppose, when it does, I’ll stop. But no end in sight yet. 

I made friends. Through Twitter and through blogging. Fellow bloggers, non-bloggers, all the people. Wonderful, funny, creative, supportive, fantastic people that I would never have known otherwise. 

And I seem to have made people laugh. This, to me, is the ultimate win, only because it’s what I like to do more than anything in the world. I mean, sure, I like to eat delicious food items and I like to snuggle Dumbcat and I like to sleep, but I really, really like to make people laugh. You know that high that runners say they get? Or I suppose people who regularly have sex get, not that I would know about that at all dammit? I get that from making people laugh. My endorphins are probably broken in that they don’t work how they’re supposed to, but that sure does make them kick up their little endorphin-feet. 

Endorphins aren’t as much fun as the name implies. I thought they’d look more like a dolphin.

(Not that a person can make people laugh every day. If I could do that, I suppose this would be a better blog. Or at least a more focused one. Sometimes I serious it up because I don’t feel laughy. And you seem to like those posts, too. Huh. You’re all very understanding. I like you a lot.) 

Somehow, through no fault of my own, I have built an amazing network of readers. I don’t know how this happened. I feel like the Pied Piper of Hamelin some days, but instead of leading you all to your watery death, I just don’t know what to DO with all of you. You’re all so wonderful! And I don’t deserve you! Not a single one of you! And look at you all with your little happy expectant faces and smiles and supportive comments and awesome ways! I’m a hell of a lucky woman. 

I promise I will not drown you. I don’t know how to play a pipe anyway.

SO, as it is BLOGGIVERSARY WEEK, I want to do SOMETHING to commemorate the one-year anniversary of awesomeness. I thought and thought and thought. If I were more prepared or more creative, I would come up with some sort of Easter Egg hunt or trivia game or a Where’s Waldo of my blog or SOMETHING that would not only be fun but it would get me more pageviews and potentially more readers, but listen, that seems like a hell of a lot of work and who has the time for something like that? I’ve got world domination to plan. Oh, wait, not world domination? Just a trip to New York? Shit, shit, you’re absolutely right, not world domination. 

So instead of something creative and awesome, I’m going to do this all easy and simple-like. 

Comment on this post and you can totally win a package, packaged up and mailed by me me and no one else but me, of anniversary goodies, as a thank you for helping me make this one of the absolute most joyous years of my entire life.

What’s in the package? I have no idea. I told you I’m not prepared. I’ve got a lot on my mind, yo. 

It’s my first anniversary and the traditional gift for such, according to some dumbass site I found online, is paper. So I’ll put something paper in there. Susie and I are going to The Strand when we’re in the City, so I’ll probably put in a book. The modern gift is supposed to be clocks. I don’t know that I’ll put a clock in there. A clock seems like a very stupid gift. Maybe I’ll draw you a damn clock, I don’t know what the hell. 

Here’s a clock. Now I don’t have to put one in there.

What else will be in there? YOU DON’T KNOW. (And neither do I because I haven’t purchased a single thing yet nor made a single solid plan.) Candy, probably. Some sort of goodies I’m picking up in New York with Susie. Something local to reflect where I live, maybe? A little stuffed Dumbcat? Something Lucy related? Something football related? A CD of wonderful music? A very special mini-post I write JUST FOR YOU? I DO NOT KNOW. It might even vary depending on who wins, to tell you the truth. So, it’s like a mystery box of wonder, really. Who doesn’t want a mystery box of wonder? Listen, ask BFF. He’ll tell you. I totally make the best surprise gift boxes. Ever. 

So. Let’s make some rules.

  1. Comment on this post. It only counts if you comment on this post, not any of the other posts this week. It has to be THIS POST. Or you’re not included in the prize drawing. And even if you comment 47 kabillion times, you only get one entry. We have to be fair about this. Also, I know I have a lot of lurkers, because I see my stats, but only a handful of you comment. Un-lurk, even if it’s just this one time. You could win a prize! And, who knows, you might like commenting so much that you come back and play with us regularly, wouldn’t that be great? Yes it would!
  2. Oh, as to what to comment on the post? Whatever. Say SOMETHING, or it’s kind of asshatty. I hate those people that you know just comment to win something. They’re all “hi gud blogg” and you’re like WHATEVER SLAPPY. Those people are like the starfuckers of blog giveaways. Although, yeah, I suppose those people probably will be entered into the drawing. But I won’t be all that gleeful if one of them win. I’m not asking you to write a damn comedic monologue, but the more fun it is to read, the more gleeful I’m going to be if you win, you know? Don’t you want to see me gleeful? Of course you do! IT’S MY BLOGGIVERSARY!
  3. Let’s see. You have until…um…Friday the 8th at midnight E.S.T. to comment. That’ll give me time to do the drawing and write you a pretty actual-anniversary-post for Sunday.
  4. Because I live alone and have no one to oversee the drawing except Dumbcat and he’s totally biased and therefore, if one of my favorite people/usual suspects wins and you’re all VOTER FRAUD! VOTER FRAUD! and that would make me sadface and totally ruin my anniversary and why do you have to be an asshole, anyway?, I will BREAK IN MY WEBCAM (ok, kind of again, I already used it a couple times to make sure I could) and videotape the entire drawing for you and put it in the post so you can see it all go down. I think the drawing will entail something really, really hi-tech like me assigning you all numbers based on the order in which you commented, cutting the numbers out, putting them in a colander, and then picking one, but YOU will get to SEE IT HAPPEN. Also, you’ll get to see my crazy eyes and unruly hair and messy kitchen table. Won’t that be fun? It’s like a little added anniversary bonus.
  5. No limits on where you live. It’s not going to be a huge package and I’ll mail it wherever. YES EVEN THE MOON. However, if you’re freaked out about me having your address, either enter and be prepared with an alternate address where I can’t come and chop you into little bits, or don’t enter at all. (SIDE NOTE: I won’t come and chop you into little bits. I don’t even have gas money to get to work half the time, and I’m really lazy. Axe-murder would EXHAUST me.)
  6. Wheaton’s Law applies. Don’t be a dick. I reserve the right, if you’re a dick, to assign you a number, then rip that number into little pieces and throw them in the river. What river? The Hudson, duh. Where the radioactive fish live.

    I’m not saying we have those three-eyed “Simpsons” fish, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

  7. I will announce the winner on Sunday the 10th. A week from today. On my actual bloggiversary. With a video! And much rejoicing! And beseech you to send me your contact info. (If you don’t send it in a timely fashion, I will have to re-draw, it’ll be a huge mess, so make sure you check back if you enter! Or I will start stalking you via the contact info you left to comment! IT WILL NOT BE PRETTY!) I may take a week or two to mail it out, because, well, I haven’t bought the stuff for it all yet and I want it to be awesome. But IT WILL BE MAILED OUT. And you’re not even allowed to complain, it’s a free box of awesomeness. 

I think that’s it. What am I missing? Comment, drawing, win something as-yet-undetermined but undeniably awesome. If I’m missing something or you have questions, ask. Email’s at the bottom of the blog, or in the comments, or on Twitter, or on Facebook. I’m all over, yo. I’ll be sending plenty of reminders over the next week for people to enter this, so it’s not like you will forget. ENTER! This is exciting and will be total fun times. 

Now, I also want to do a little spotlight dealio on my top 7 posts over the year. I thought that would be fun, and also an enlightening look into the minds of my readers, right? Totally. So, based on my stats (unfortunately, this is just based on the posts that have been clicked on – I can’t tell when someone clicks on the main blog itself, obviously, what post they’re reading), here is the year’s seventh most popular post.

This is likely the only back-to-school fashion article you’re going to read with unicorn sweaters in it 

So, what have we learned about what you like, based on this post? Other than the formatting’s all wonky because it was imported from Blogger and no matter what I do, I can’t fix it, and listen, I’m exhausted from trying, so I’m just going to stop? You can still read it. It’s just a little smooshed. 

Really awful back-to school fashion? Me making fun of children? How old I am that I don’t get what the kids are wearing these days? I don’t know. I like this post, though. Mostly because these clothes are TERRIBLE, yo. Those are some tight pants. Also, UNICORN SWEATERRRRR. 

Oh, shit, that totally reminds me, I promised Jim I would find junior-high photos of myself and post them here. Will do. Might take a while – I think they might be in the ALBUM OF SHAME at my parents’ house and I don’t go home again until August. But they’ll be here eventually. I was a very…um…interesting-looking child. Let’s just say that. Let’s leave it there. Also, BOWL CUT. 

So, anyway. It’s my bloggiversary week! Whoo-hoo! Don’t worry, the posts this week will not be all this obnoxious, they’ll be somewhat normal, I promise. Let the fun begin! Comment away!

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92 responses to “Who wants to win a major award? Or, barring that, a box of awesome crap?

  • Kristy Shriner Salisbury

    I’m so glad I found your blog (as well as IB). You guys make me smile and laugh on almost a daily basis. Happy one year anniversary!!!!!!

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  • Emily M.

    Ok, de-lurking to enter the drawing, but it won’t
    matter because I never win anything (sad face)…I love
    your blog, I think I’ve read almost every entry and you
    just got me so ka-cited about your anniversary!!!
    Congratulations!!

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    • lucysfootball

      Yay, de-lurking! I’m so glad! Welcome, and I hope you come back and play with us, the comments are so much fun! And thank you so much for reading! And maybe you’ll win? Everyone has the same chance! It’s totally possible!

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  • Kelly Naylor

    Congratulations on your bloggiversary!! Hey, did you know they’re having a parade (and messing with traffic on Lark Street, WOOT!) and a big party in Washington Park? Yeah, ok, so they’re doing doing it for Pride, but I’m going to pretend it’s also celebrating your bloggiversary! That means *I* can give *you* a present, but only if you non-stalkerly come visit the CPS table. Oh! Oh! It would be WAY funnier if you were stalkerly, though. Then the other CPS people will get to roll their eyes and say something like, “Oh, you must know Kelly the Alto.” (We also have Kelly the Soprano, but she isn’t me, even though she has red hair, too. It’s really too much awesome in one place, so I expect the universe to implode one of these days… probably at a CPS concert. At least we won’t have to worry about zombies.)

    Ah, you make me feel like paying attention to my word blog again! Except for the wee, tiny problem that usually I don’t feel all that inspired to write about anything until I’m really, really, really ticked off. I suppose I could write a whole series on the Drivers In New York’s Capital District. Hmmmm.

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! Sorry I didn’t make it over to Pride today. So, so much to do to get ready for NYC Tuesday. Lots of preparing. I sent a LOT of good thoughts! I hope it all went so well – I’m sure it did!

      And thank you for reading and commenting! I’m so glad you’re here!

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      • Kelly Naylor

        Oh, silly Amy! Next week, next week! On the actual 10th! Oh, my… I will just have to give you presents AND get Kori to sing in GERMAN for you. And a more special present than the present I WAS going to give you, or perhaps a more special present IN ADDITION to the present I will give you.

        I am sneaky. You never know what I will do… mostly because *I* never know what I will do.

        I am very happy to be here! I look forward to your blog every day. It’s like sunshine, even when we don’t have any… like right now. :-)

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        • lucysfootball

          Oh, I thought it was today! One of my friends is in charge of planning it and FBed a whole bunch of Pride photos. Did something go on today, Pride-related?

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          • Kelly Naylor

            Yes, all sorts of things all week. Tomorrow night will be Bowling. I am not allowed to bowl (my Denver chiropractor threatened to remove my arm if I didn’t stop bowling and messing up my bicipital tendon… and she’d KNOW), so I’m just going to be boring and go to the traditional after-concert potluck we have. But THINGS are happening all week! Albany is Prideful Festivities-Ville!

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            • lucysfootball

              Oh, yay! I didn’t realize! So the concert is Sunday? I will do research on the schedule.

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              • Kelly Naylor

                No, sadly, the concert already happened… we kicked off Pride Week (ahem, 10 days). It totally rocked; even the Spousal Unit said we did really well. Also, he loved the jazz riff in Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. I received many compliments on my hair, and also on my enthusiasm (because I SMILE, dag nabbit, and HAVE FUN!), and also on having all my music memorized (well, DUH). Many people came to the concert… they all looked like happy people when they left. Even the grouchy one. But having a concert on a Thursday is really weird; not any weirder than when we do our Fall/Winter concert out at the RPI Chapel + Cultural Center on a Wednesday, I suppose. But you haven’t missed the Albany Gay Men’s Concert! That is on the 16th, and some of the guys in CPS also sing in AGMC.

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  • Beth Johnson (@ladypembroke)

    You are one of the reasons I didn’t quit Twitter a year ago. I’m not sure that’s REALLY something to thank you for, but hey, I’m happy so fuck it. I’ve been bad about blog reading, tho, and I apologize. They are just too many awesome people I know, and since I cannot manage to keep up on all of them, I don’t keep up on ANY of them. (See? This way no one can feel singled out by my lack of attention. Which makes it even less attention… and I should just shut the hell up now.)

    In all seriousness, I wish I had half your ability to convey humour in my writing. Mine just comes out all serious and whiny, which isn’t how I think I am so… YOU ROCK. Shutting up now.

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    • lucysfootball

      I am? That’s – wow. That’s so nice. Thank you so much. And I’m so glad you’re still here. The GGBC really has been a blessing, hasn’t it? And it came along just as I needed it. Funny when things like that happen. It’s ordinary magic. My favorite kind.

      And, thank you. So much. That means a lot. Thank you for reading and for being here. So, so appreciated.

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  • CB

    Sigh. I wrote a really cool response and wordpress ate it.

    Now I’m back to being uncool and unfunny. But your blog rocks and I love you and my life would suck way more if I didn’t have you and the rest of the GGBC folxen in it. Gratz on the year!

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  • lahikmajoe

    Thanks for the welcome home. I enjoyed Merka, but it’s so good to be back in my own surroundings. With the ones I love and all my stuff.

    Bon vivanting amasses some serious stuff.

    I enjoyed reading about your come-to-Jesus blogging moment, and the process of feckbook and twitter and all of that. The web is a much better place with you on it.

    (heh heh…Ding Dong Joe pointed out that I said ‘on it’)

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    • lucysfootball

      Merka enjoyed you. Come back anytime. No, seriously. Only next time, how about east-coastier than last time? Just for a couple of days. I think I know a crazy-eyed-unruly-haired blogger who might explode from excitement if she got to meet you in person.

      I would imagine bon vivanting would get you all the things. How did Mrs. Ken like the gift(s)? Win? Lose? Eh?

      And, aw. Thank you. I can’t even imagine what life would be without you in it. The internet/Twitter/blogging brought me a lot of wonderful things this year. You’re right at the top of the list. What would I do without my bon vivant?

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  • Kris Rudin

    I think I found this blog via Geek Girls Book club. There was a thread about posting links to blogs (if we blogged) and you posted there. At least, to the best of my recollection, I thnk that’s hownit must’ve happened. Maybe I just stumbled upon it, in some sort of confluence of geeky like-mindedness? Whatever. Glad I found you! You make me laugh, daily (except when you make me cry, but it’s a good kind of crying, so don’t feel bad!). Anyway, happy one year anniversary!!

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  • elaine4queen

    congratumalations!

    and

    “hi gud blogg”

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  • sj

    SO EXCITING! It is just a week full of exciting awesomeness for you and Susie.

    I might be a wee bit jealous over all the awesome. Try to send some my way, yeah?

    I would be ever so grateful if you’d use this comment as an entry to your giveaway. I know the chances of actually winning are small (because who doesn’t want a box of awesome from Amy to show up in the mail?!), but I’m still holding my thumbs that IT’S ME!

    Congratulations for making it a year. I am so impressed that you’ve managed to consistently put out amazing content. Every day, I look forward to 11:45 am to see what was on Amy’s mind the night before.

    <3

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  • Aleks (@yeksovic)

    Congratulations! I’m so glad you decided to join facebook, because it ultimately led you here and gave me lots to laugh about (and cry sometimes). And I’m glad it makes you so happy and I hope it doesn’t start feeling like work anytime soon. Although I would understand if you slowed the pace and didn’t blog every day, because your pace is crazy! Sometimes I read your blog and think: okay, how exactly does she manage to work and live on the internet and read books and watch all her series and write her blog and go to the theatre and work at the theatre and go to the toilet (you do that probably, although you don’t blog about it as far as I know) and eat and sleep and do the dishes and the laundry and play with the cat and all the other things one does? The mention of insomnia explains some of it, but you still must have an extra-reservoir of energy that they forgot to provide me with. Don’t die of a stress-induced heart attack, please!

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, thank you! And thank you for reading and commenting!

      Don’t worry. I’m ok. I just pack a LOT into a day. Then I sleep, some, and do it all over again. I’m multi-tasky. :)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Ooh, that endorphin molecule you showed a picture of is one sexy carbohydrate! Hubba hubba!

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    • lucysfootball

      Ha! I don’t think I have any. I’m broken.

      THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, ANDREAS! This place would be sad and lonely without you. You make it sciency and awesome and amazing. I’m so glad I know you!

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      • Andreas Heinakroon

        Oh, stop it you! You’re making me all misty-eyed. And I’m at work, so my colleagues will start looking at me funny.

        I’m so glad to have found you too, and I will congratulate you on your blogiversary properly on Sunday.

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        • lucysfootball

          Don’t confuse your coworkers. Tell them it’s seasonal allergies. I had a weepy bit at work last week and that worked like a charm. They were all, “Damn, allergies *are* bad this season! I know!” and no one was the wiser.

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  • 35JupiterDrive

    You totally made me go look at my blog and see when I started it. And it turns out I have a two year anniversary coming up in July. And I’ve been spotty as hell about blogging and all over the map and I need to calm down and just blog as the excellent example you exemplify daily shows!

    Also, lucysfootball.com swag? ZOMG & squee!

    I can crochet almost anything myself. I am super good at it. Also I can do crewel work. But I can’t knit. No clue at all around that.

    And my mother had me in a bowl cut for awhile. As a child. She didn’t get input on hair cuts once I was old enough to say get that bowl the hell away from my head. I think they need to be outlawed because it’s not pixie-ish (which is sort of horrifying anyway), it just looks concerning. At least on me it did.

    Happy bloggyversary! I’m glad you started blogging. To quote you, “Gold star right at the top of your paper! Good job! Kisses!” because you totally deserve them.

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    • lucysfootball

      I can’t knit, either. One hook: easy. Two needles: TOO HARD.

      The bowl cut was terrible on me, too. And also on my brother. I think it might have been torture of some sort. Although my mom looks at those photos and always says, “Weren’t you two so cute?” YES. WE WERE. So why did you put us in those HAIRCUTS?

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re here! Thank you for helping make my year a happy one!

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  • interruptingmoo

    I don’t think clocks are a stupid gift. I love clocks, though. I have a pocket watch tattoo. Congrats on 1 year of bloggingness. I should really stop neglecting mY poor little blog to death.

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  • lynnettedobberpuhl

    Eff. My Blogaversary was nearly a month ago. Crap. i was SO excited about it then the Tour de Cure and the approach of end of the school year and the the threat of summer school came and ate my time and tore my focus into tiny shreds. Eff. But enough about me.

    Yay, you! Lucy’s Football has been a hell of a lot of fun and I am glad I found you when I did. The first post you wrote that I read was the one about the rules of blogging. I laughed so hard at that and then you had my whole heart. Well, not the whole thing, I still have family and a cat and friends I have actually met in person, so they have shares, too. But I am crazy about what you do. Have a great week and I hope I win your awesome crap, but I will be glad just to have more posts to look forward to.

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    • lucysfootball

      You’re not too late! You can celebrate it whenever you want. Who cares? It’s your blog. Celebrate a baker’s dozen of months. Or two dozen. It’s your celebration!

      Thank you for being here and for reading! I’m so glad you’re here! There will be more posts, at least for the foreseeable future, and won’t the drawing be exciting? I can’t even wait to see which of you wins!!!

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  • jbrown3079

    A whole year of blogging. Amazing. I don’t know how you do it and maintain this level of quality. But you do. And you find time to comment on other blogs as well. That is a very generous thing to do. Thanks for the encouragement you have given me.

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    • lucysfootball

      It’s a complete and total pleasure. I love reading everyone’s blogs and commenting. I’ve met so many wonderful people. You’re one of them. Thank you for helping to make the past year such an amazing one. And thank YOU for the encouragement and the laughs and the support and reading and everything else. You’re wonderful.

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  • jatplay

    happy anniversary – this blog is delightfully insane and I’m oddly addicted to reading it. If I win, please send me a picture of helper mule being ornery

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you for reading and commenting! Aw, I am TOTALLY delightfully insane! And I’m happy to be oddly addicting! If you win – it’s yours. You’ll have to wait until mid-August, though, because I don’t get to meet him until then!

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  • kmcmunn

    Did wordpress just eat the comment I made? Poo.
    Take my word for it, it was a snazzy comment.

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, I think it did! I’m sorry! Thank you for coming and reading and commenting, though!

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      • kmcmunn

        Oh well. I know it said something like- “wow, you’ve only been blogging for a year? I only found you a few months ago… I’m very impressed as you write as if you’ve been writing for much longer than that! Keep it up! I have learned to not eat/drink when reading your posts as I’m likely to either choke or snort liquid out my nose…”

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  • Heather

    Happy Blogoversary! I am very happy to have found you and your fantastic blog through Twitter. I haven’t been a regular reader for very long (relatively speaking), but Lucy’s Football is in my top ten (and I read like 120 blogs).

    I would like to thank YOU for blogging about the following subjects:

    1. Mean girls. I’m not brave enough (yet) to blog about my experiences, but reading your post reminded me that I’m not alone in the “I hated high school and everyone in it because of the mean girls” club. Thank you.

    2. Yogurt. After reading that post, it became obvious to me that either the scientists are lying about the results, or Eric’s yogurt is perpetually faulty in the “thick, luxurious hair” department. Maybe we’ll sue and get rich. We will owe our wealth to you. You rock.

    3. Every other thing you’ve blogged about that has given me the laugh of the day. I love to laugh.

    *Blogoversary virtual-hugs and confetti*

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you’re here! And, top 10? Wow! Thank you for that! *glows*

      I was petrified to blog about high school for months. I’m so glad I finally did. It was so freeing, and people’s response was amazing. I’ve never felt such support from people. I wish I’d done it sooner, honestly.

      And listen, I’ve been eating yogurt daily since I found a brand I love that’s really inexpensive and also sugar-free and my hair is STILL not luxurious. Dammit.

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  • ProfMomEsq

    Good Christ, Amy. 46 comments before I get here?? It already takes me an entire cup of coffee to get through your posts, and it’s too late for a second cup of coffee!!

    While I would love to win your prizes, I really WANT to comment, because (a) I do not wish ever to be the “starfucker” of comments, and if you ever uttered that word and my name in the same sentence, I would laugh for a minute (because, “starfucker”) before I started sobbing. And, (b) I CAN NOT WAIT for the junior high school pictures.

    And I love YOUR face, missy. I’m so glad I found you or you found me or someone found us and put us in the same tweet. Happy Anniversary. (I will be saying this to you seven more times.)

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    • lucysfootball

      Seven TIMES? That’s a lot, yo.

      I know, there are a lot of comments! People love to win. It’s very exciting!

      I have to find those photos. I think they’re at my parents’ house. I don’t see them here. But I’ll look again this weekend.

      Thank you for being here and thank you for commenting and thank you for reading!

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  • Kristen Armstrong (@krispix24)

    Happy bloggiversary!!! Your blog is often my bright spot in the work day – the little (or big) giggle that gets me through the rest of the day, so thank you! Also thank you for “douchecanoe”. Really there can never be enough thanks for that.

    I too hate the smug little pigs, but it doesn’t stop me from trying to eradicate them. There is a perverse satisfaction in it, even if it is my husband that does it for me.

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  • cpowers78

    I had to comment…who doesn’t like the chance to potentially win free stuff like paper!? Right, seriously congrats on a whole year of blogging. I need to get better at keeping up with mine…”sigh”. Go you! :)

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  • catpenfold

    I’ve been reading your blog for about five days now so I haven’t had much of a chance to interact — until NOW! Because I am going to win your box of surprise crap. Hooray. I already have printed out the picture of the clock. It’s great. It tells the correct time twice a day.
    Congratulations on a whole year of blogging. Don’t you feel lighter and more in touch with yourself? Blog’s are the needle to our boils. It feels so good to let it all out. Eeewww. But you get what I mean. So cathartic.
    Anyhoo, keep up the good work and I’ll get ready to WIN BIG!

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    • lucysfootball

      Yay! Hi and nice to see you here and I hope you comment often!

      I do feel more in touch with myself. It’s the best spur-of-the-moment decision that totally changed my life I’ve ever made.

      Thank you! I will PREPARE your BOX OF AWESOME! :)

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  • Bronwyn

    YAY!! awesome mystery box of awesome?? i want to win this! :D can i bribe Dumbcat with treats to put my number in there more than once? i can *totally* see Dumbcat colluding with me… just sayin… :D

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  • Jericha Senyak (@JerichaSenyak)

    I would have commented anyway. No, really. Because I wanted to tell you that if you can actually make all the afghans then you should probably make one for me. I would so buy an Amy Afghan. Especially if it had unicorns on it.

    Also, you are one of the very few and very special people who makes me understand why I actually bother getting on the internet. So, gudd blog and stuff.

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    • lucysfootball

      I haven’t made one in years, only because they take so long and that would take time away from blogging that I just don’t have anymore. Someday when I’m old and no longer blog, I suppose, I’ll pick it back up again. But if you still want blog posts, and if I still want time to read, no crocheting. It no longer fits in my day. Like so many things. Sigh.

      Thank you. That is so nice of you. I so wasn’t fishing for compliments in my comments on this post, but you guys have been so sweet. I’m going to look back on these when I need an ego boost. So, often, then.

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  • Elizabeth

    Happy bloggiversary!

    Your blog means so much to me. Through it, I have come to realize that it is okay to to be me. Sounds a wee bit corny, but it is true. When I started twittering, you were one of the first people I followed. Through you, I’ve met so many supportive and hilarious people.

    When I first started blogging, I didn’t know what I was doing (still kinda don’t). You encouraged me and kept me going. Your blog inspired me to write more. Thank you for brightening the days of so many people. You are ah-MAZE-ing.

    Congrats!

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, this made me have tears. Thank you so much. SO much.

      (Top secret info? I have no idea what I’m doing, either. I don’t know that any of us do. Don’t ever let that stop you. Just keep swimming, like Dory says.)

      Seriously. Tears. Thank you thank you thank you. You’re the best.

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  • blogginglily

    I got confused somewhere in the middle of the rules.

    First of all, happy bloggiversary.

    So back to my confusion. I went to Ichiban for lunch today and got chicken and shrimp hibachi with noodles instead of fried rice, and about three quarters of the way through I realized I was full, but it was really good so I finished it anyway.

    Then my wife got full and offered me hers, but I was TOTALLY bulletproof and said, “I would. I would eat everything you left on your plate and love it, but I’m full, and I have huge willpower, so I’m not going to do that.”

    But that is beside the point. The point is, I was SO full I thought I was going to have. . . “issues” on the drive home. And then I sat on the couch and opened up my laptop so that I could “work from home” and promptly fell asleep and now I’m all befuddled and groggy and I can’t focus on lots of words. Except, you know, if I’m writing them.

    So here’s your damn comment.

    hi gud blogg

    Then End.

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  • Mer

    I’m not sure if the sideways barbershop “connecting to WordPress.com” thing will actually work and you’ll know that this is Mer. Now I have identified myself, in the event of Ancient Desktop malfunction. I love you and your blog to pieces! I would comment more often, but there is always SO much that I want to say in repsonse to each and every post, that I get, well, daunted, or just downright lazy?
    Happy bloggiversary *MUAH*

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    • lucysfootball

      I didn’t know it was you, but I was able to fix it so now the WORLD knows! :)

      I’m so glad you commented, yay! Now YOU can be in the drawing, too!

      Thank you so much! I love knowing you read it. You’re one of my only read-world people that does, and that makes me so happy!

      *MUAH* back times a million!

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  • Samantha

    Yay! Happy 1 year! So I haven’t been reading your blog for super long but I totally thought you’d been blogging for more than one year. So congrats! :D Um. Don’t stop blogging. Yup. :)

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  • Laura O.

    I will always be a lurker, I can’t help myself. I read, I laugh, I get looked at strangely by my co-workers…. It’s my THING; you can’t take away my thing! Also, I have no ability to be funny on command at this moment. I could attempt, but I’d fail and then you’d just think I was one of those people who is trying WAY TOO HARD (yes, you would use the caps there). So this is my entry, and my congrats on your Bloggiversary :)

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  • michael

    Congratulations! I’ve desperately tried to resist the allure of the box of awesome randomness, but my willpower (never my strong suit, in any case) has failed me once again. Thanks for your blog. It’s made every day a little better and how many things can you say that about?

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    • lucysfootball

      Yay! I’m glad you commented! And, thank you! I’m telling my dad that the next time he says “why do you do that stupid blog, anyway?” I MAKE PEOPLE’S DAYS BETTER, DAD.

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  • Jill

    Congratulations on a whole year of awesomeness Amy! Your blog makes me happy every single day. I love hearing about your regular cast of characters: Dumbcat, your dad (SO funny), Ken, Andreas, Jim – it’s like watching a great sitcom. Or hanging out with super fun friends. :) Your blog is one of the few where the longer the posts are the better. I also admire your willingness to tackle unpleasant issues in your more serious posts – which you somehow still manage to make funny! At the risk of getting too sappy – thank you for deciding to blog and sharing your gift with us. (Sorry – it had to be said.) :)

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you commented! Hee, we’re totally a sitcom, I love that! :)

      And, thank you! That is so sweet, seriously. No apologies needed. I really appreciate that. Thank you so much.

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  • Britta

    Just found you’re blog and I’m swooned.
    Happy blog anniversary!

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  • BFF

    HAPPY BLOGGIVERSARY [nickname redacted because it is PRIVATE!–Amy]! I love you to death and miss you like crazy. You were not exaggerating when you said you send the best surprise gift boxes ever. They are amazing and exciting and wonderful and yummy and I would love nothing more than to get another one. :)

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    • lucysfootball

      I totally took out the nickname because IT IS A SECRET. Ha, interwebz! Also, see? My secret gift boxes are the best. This is coming from a man who’s gotten LOTS of them! It’s totally proof!

      I love you and miss YOU. How is it fair my BFF is all the way across the country? Grumble.

      You are on the list! And even if you don’t win, I totally have plans for your Christmas box this year. So you’ll get something, one way or the other. :)

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  • Danielle

    Hi there! I’ve been following you on Twitter for a while but didn’t realize I wasn’t following you on here yet (WTF, right?)

    Anyway, I’ve been reading some of your posts and I love the way you write; you’re too funny. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year!

    Your NYC trip this week sounds like it was a grand time. I’ve always wondered about meeting “internet people” as you call them. I think I’d like to meet a group of internet/blog friends at some mutual event (Like BEA or some book thing).

    Happy Bloggiversary!

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    • lucysfootball

      Hi! Thank you! :)

      It was such a great time. I’m amazed it all went off without a hitch and we had so much fun! I tend to get lost, or drop things, or something weird happens to me. This was smooth and easy and awesome. I’m so glad!

      You should definitely meet up with people. I can attest that it totally works out and they are NOT all killers like my dad says! :)

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      • Danielle

        Well it’s good to hear that you had a good time and a positive experience meeting “new” people…gives faith to those of us wondering about it!

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  • becomingcliche

    Wad up? Nyce blurg. Win me sumfin pritty.

    And happy bloggiversary! Imagine. A whole year of wonderful under your belt!

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