Here is a peek of part of my globe collection. These are in my bedroom. My neighbor Teresa always busts on me about having globes in my bedroom. It always ends up with some joke about Chris playing with my globes.
Every once in a while, I make the grave mistake of looking too closely at the globes. That's when I notice the dusty haze. I usually ignore it, but after a few years, it really starts to build up. Like sometimes, I totally think that my globes are the kind with the bumps - those topological ones. But then I'm like, "Those aren't mountains, dummy." They are all just plain old tin globes with an unholy amount of buildup.
In case you haven't figured it out, I am not all that obsessive about cleaning. In fact, I'm downright lazy. I like to take shortcuts whenever I can. I've found that the easiest way to clean the globes is to use the brush attachment on my handheld vacuum cleaner. It gets rid of the dust way faster than a rag and it doesn't blow the dust around everywhere.
Speaking of globes and maps, my son Finn's bedroom was one of the rooms featured on Ohdeedoh (which is the Child's section of Apartment Therapy), in a post titled Map Decor in 20 Inspiring Kid's Rooms. I am a huge fan of Apartment Therapy, so this was such a pleasant surprise. And, as you can tell in that blog post, I actually cleaned his room when I took those pictures. It must have been a lunar eclipse or something.
So, have you heard about the Country Living Magazine Blue Ribbon Bloggers Awards? You can submit your own blog, or nominate your favorite blogs in ten different categories. The best blog in each category is selected by a panel of judges.
Today, I reluctantly strapped on a set of vintage globes and nominated my own blog in the Collecting category. I know it's a long shot, considering that I'm a bit more, um, bawdy than most blogs about collecting.
In order to bring some relatively unknown bloggers into the spotlight, one of the submission requirements is that your blog has never been featured in a national print publication. So, after almost five years of blogging and wishing that a magazine would mention my blog, I guess I'm kind of glad that I've been overlooked.
Am I nuts for thinking that I could get picked? (It's okay, you can tell me the truth.) Have you submitted your blog or nominated any blogs for the awards?