Happy Birthday!

My blog turns two years old today. I've already steeled myself for the public tantrums, the repeated and incessant screaming of "No!" and the smearing of dirty diapers on the upholstery of my car.

I've learned a bit since that very first blog post. And if you don't mind, I will share a few of the most important things:

If you give a boy your blog address and he comes back to you, he's yours. If runs away screaming at the first mention of your cobwebbed ovaries, it was never meant to be. And he's a wuss.

Don't assume that what you're saying about people won't get back to them. Like karma is going to pass up that prime opportunity to kick you in the teeth.

If your stats are going down, it means you're being boring. Or you're just not posting enough. Or you could go with option #3) Everyone else's Internet is broken.

Don't blog about work. And if you do, make sure you're only blogging things you'd be okay with your present boss/potential employer reading. That's why I erased the posts about all the hot snogs I've been having under my desk with the UPS guy. Discretion, people. It's all about discretion.

People like being asked for their opinions. And their opinions are quite fun to read, especially when they coincide with my own.

Bloggers are great and amazingly generous. I can't believe how many friends I've made through this thing. Some of them I may never meet, and that's okay. Others are great fun to finally meet because you already know you're kindred spirits. And it's only a surprisingly small percentage who have turned out to be scary mouth-breathing stalkers. I can go with those odds.

So. I've thought about what I would like for my blog's birthday present. If there are people out there who read but have not yet commented, I would love to hear from you. Even if you just wanted to say where you're from and give us a fun fact about you that would be so great. (If you know me in real life or if we have mutual friends that would be fun to hear about too.) I look at my Sitemeter sometimes and see that there are people reading from Belfast and Canada and these places in England that I've never been. And I wonder who you are and how you ended up here and what you think about things.

No pressure, it would just make my blog's day.

pic from Martha Stewart


Kristeee said... [reply]

Happy Birthday! Time for those great, red japanese blossom plates from Mikasa? Nothing's too good for your blog!

TheMoncurs said... [reply]

Happy Blog Birthday!

I comment pretty rarely, but I'm a faithful reader. I'm from Mesa, AZ and I don't think I know you in real life, but every time you post pictures of yourself I think you look vaguely familiar. I have no idea how I ended up at your blog, but your writing cracks me up.

Jenny said... [reply]

At first I thought you were wishing me a belated birthday on the blog. Or a Happy Birthday to Ed and you liked him more than you liked me. Only this was not the case

Liz Johnson said... [reply]

My name is Liz, this is my third comment, and I'm an alcoholic.

Ok not really. But I grew up in Mexico City (ay yay yay yay). And I used to work with your junior prom date's wife. And I once jumped out of a plane.

kristen said... [reply]

Happy Birthday!! I think you ought to go out and celebrate! Can you believe your little blog is getting so big? May you enjoy many more years to come!

a longtime fan ;-)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I think that you are a fantastic and engaging writer. Keep up the blog it's fab!

Janssen said... [reply]

Happy Birthday! There should also be cake. With cream cheese frosting.

Tusk said... [reply]

Happy Blogday! Some good tips there..... I must remember not to breathe through my mouth though... :P

Lady Susan said... [reply]

O.k. I am one of those compulsive readers who never post. I currently hail from MD so....that should ring a bell on your site meter. How I came across your blog? Similar to the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon--a friend's SIL links you on her blog.

Happy Blog Birthday! I enjoy your blog (obviously) so keep on posting!

Alicia said... [reply]

Your blog almost makes me want to start my own, but your blog would put mine to shame. I love your blog and I think you are hilarious! I also found a link to your blog on a friend's blog. I live in "happy valley", worked at BYU library for many years (as a student), and I am about the same age as you. I have found that we have a few things in common. :) Keep up the blog, I love it!

Jess said... [reply]

Happy Blog Birthday!

Your blog is one of my all-time favorites. So right-thinking.

I've posted a couple of times, but it's been a while. You know me in real life as amyjane's friend Jessica!

amyjane said... [reply]

Um, I think we've met? Maybe? Oh, right, it was those years and years of common law marriage! Sorry I had to dump you for Sean, but people in Orem probably would have frowned upon our adopted children at school anyway. Or thrown rocks at them for having two mommies.
Anyway, Happy Blogday. Love it!

Joe & Jeri said... [reply]

I have never met you before, but I did meet your sister and friends last night at a cooking club and your blog was highly recommended. If you're half as funny as she is, this is a blog worth reading.
Happy Blogday!

Lindsay said... [reply]

Happy Birthday to pretty much the FUNNIEST blog on the planet!!

Seriously, I've never met you, and only comment occasionally, but ever since I discovered this little gem of a blog, I've been hooked! (I'd be the compulsive reader from Muncie, IN.) You're a great writer and storyteller and pretty much never fail to make me laugh out loud. ...Which sometimes gets me raised eyebrows when I read you while at work. But, whatever.

Angie said... [reply]

Happy Blog B-Day!

Hmm. I read lots of blogs but rarely comment. Then they might go to mine and see I am not nearly so funny.

I think I started reading your blog off of a link from the SnideBoard. And then I was jealous you went to merry olde England for library school. I did mine through the U of North Texas. Not NEARLY so exotic. Although I did usually attend classes in my pajamas . . .

abby said... [reply]

As one of the stalker people that met you through your blog, I must say you are the same in real life as you are in your blog. Thanks for writing such an engaging blog and for hooking up with me when you were in DC. I'm always happy to find other LDS library nerds. I love that we justified using your per diem at World Market. It was for food after all. :) I hope we can someday meet again.

Natalie said... [reply]

Happy Blogday!!!

I am a friend of daltongirl, and I comment when I think I have something clever to say. I check your blog regularly, and I think you are riotously funny.

The wedding invitation post was my favorite!

Here's to continued success and happiness.

cooldad said... [reply]

Goodness. Such praises, well deserved I might add. I just hope your ego can handle it. I believe we've met.

Eva said... [reply]

Happy Blogday!

I'm originally from Bulgaria and currently residing in Houston. I found your blog through clicking on the "next blog" link on blogger one day when I was bored and came across your post about your new room in England and its cute little decorations and I've been here ever since.

Jimmy said... [reply]

I really hope you don't mind me being a fan of your blog, because it's one that I look forward to reading as often as possible.

If you do mind, I'll just change my screen name :)

Seriously, I like your writing, I like your opinions, and the way you express them. You say things that need to be said, and do so without being a jerk. You get it done, and I'm done sucking up now.

Happy Blogbirthday!

C. said... [reply]

Hi! I don't blog very often, but we did know each other once upon a time when we both worked in a place called 'the closet.' We have a charming friend Cicada in common and you make me laugh as much as you ever did!

Claire said... [reply]

Happy 2nd anniversary to your great blog. I think I found you via Miss Hass, who's a friend of my eternal mate. Yours is at the top of my "must read list" most every day as you post often and are always quality (I hail from the SW US). As far as I can tell, I'm your younger sister's age, married w/ no kids yet, I don't have curly hair like you but I can identify with the pale skin thing.

I'm happy to be a blog friend, keep up the good work!

By the way, my whole maternal family and some additional 2nd cousins all live in Cache Valley (no incest that I know of, yet), most are cool but some are a little, um, interesting, and I'm always fearful they're the ones letting their kids run wild around your library. Honestly. I would not be surprised. And if you haven't yet, I think it's your obligation as a Mormon to attend the Martin Harris Pageant in Clarkston. If it's possible, it sucks even more than Manti or Hill Cumorah, but it's by the cemetery where my grandpa is buried, so at least you can say hi to him.

Holy crap, sorry this is so long.
Here's to five more blog years (at least)!

Since this is novel-esque already.....you don't really have/need to respond, but I sometimes wonder what your first name is. Surely not Nemesis, since it seems your sister's name is much more normal than that. Or maybe your parents hated you and your name IS Nemesis and I've just offended you like none other. If so, I apolgize profusely. Peace out.

Nerd Goddess said... [reply]

Happy Two Year-versary!

I found this blog through my sister, who thought you were hilarious, and I've been reading ever since. I post occasionally, and also live in Utah. (oh joy)

Anyway, may you have another great two years on this blog...

Katie said... [reply]

I'm a regular visitor, but I don't usually leave comments. Unless I am wondering what steamy BBC clip you are showing so that I can go rent it and watch the whole thing :)

Happy Birthday!

me+1 said... [reply]

Happy Bir-blog-day! Haven't the slightest idea how I found you but I'm so glad I did. Love your writing.

Tiffany said... [reply]

I went through the French program at UVSC with Streets of Belfast and I found your site through a link at her place. I wish she still updated, but I understand how busy things can get. However, I can read here and I can laugh and commiserate on a regular basis.

TannerJ5 said... [reply]

Birthdays!!Hooray!!!Yay for you.You are SOO funny you should start your own column in a newspaper.Seriously.

Lizardbreath McGee said... [reply]

Happy blogiversary! I found your blog by visiting the links on Lindsay's blog and. Well. I've been an addict ever since.

(Also, if I may pause a moment to give some thanks, seeing your success in the whole library field gave me the push I needed to get those applications out. And I'm going to school this fall. So thanks!)

Jessica in sunny Arizona said... [reply]

Blogs are funny things, you just start clicking on different links and don't exactly remember where you started....

I found your blog one day and saved it to my favorites 'cause it made me laugh out loud! You should seriously write a book! Love the blog--keep it up girl!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Just don't believe anything she says about her mother. She has permission to make stuff up when her ratings are down. I'm actually quite popular!! Just not as popular as her!

Sarah said... [reply]

Happy Birthday! If I was to give your blog a gift - it would be... what do you give a blog? A new keyboard. Yours is probably getting worn out. I think you have made so many things through this because unlike some, your blog is actually fun to read - even if you don't know you.

Edgy said... [reply]

Happy Belated Blogday.

You know me because we actually met. You know, that time when we should have broken into the back of the British Pastry shop and stolen the strawberry tarts. But we didn't. Something about you being a good and honorable person. :)

Kimberly Bluestocking: said... [reply]

Happy Blogiversary! I found your blog through my friend Lizardbreath. I always enjoy reading your voice. :)

pat said... [reply]

My daughter recommended I check you out...and librarians are absolutely irresistable!!! Pat funat46.blogspot.com

Holly, Trevor, Max, and Annika said... [reply]

As I was scrolling through comments I realized that the comment that will be above mine (Pat) is from my mother - too funny. I found your blog through a friend's and enjoy escaping my reality by occasionally reading yours. I live just out of Indianapolis and look forward to many laughs from your writing. I might even have to link to you now that I've come out of hiding. Thanks for the entertainment!

Anonymous said... [reply]

you're in my top five - and i definitely check every day for updates. keep blogging!

Anonymous said... [reply]

My name is Ed. I read your blog five days a week. I enjoy it. You are funny. I used to live in California, North Carolina, Florida and Alaska but I don't anymore.

becky said... [reply]

So you know me virtually. But I live for comments, too. So I don't want you throwing yourself off a bridge or something because of too few comments.

Anonymous said... [reply]

I met you when you were in Leicester. Reading your blog, i wish i got to know you better while you were here!!!

Laura said... [reply]

Hapy bday! Never met you, but I heart you anyway! So far I've skanked films, books, and other blogs from your excellent referrals, and I love reading your posts. Also, go read Shannon Hale's _Austenland_. I'm just sayin'.

Ahnteis said... [reply]

Happy Birthday Blog. I don't have a public blog, but you're welcome to look at my few photos on flickr. :)

I only check in once a week or so, but there's some interesting stuff. Some "too true", and some just plain entertaining. And sometimes both.

Now where do I find the cake and icecream?

Absent-minded Secretary said... [reply]

Happy Blogday! I've commented before, but it's been a while. I still really enjoy reading your blog. It's quite often a smile in the middle of my busy workday. Keep up the good writing!

scienceteachermommy said... [reply]


Nemesis, are you sure you aren't actually HALF of these people and these blogs are all just fronts so you look like you are the most popular bloggerette I know?

Happy birthday!

Anonymous said... [reply]

So as per your blog birthday wishes, I am leaving a comment. A co-worker of mine came across your blog one day and we became addicted! I look for updates everyday. I live in Provo and graduated a year ago.

I was sitting in RS today and we had the lesson on self-reliance. I couldn't help to think about your post about canning peaches! Fortunately our discussion focussed more on becoming socially and emotionally self-reliant.

Thanks for making me laugh!

Iggy Enigma said... [reply]

hi, i just barely started reading your blog. i live in DC. i'm 26, single, female, and LDS. so, you know, all my aunties and priesthood leaders don't know what to do about me. ;) and i love it when you write about church topics b/c "ain't it the truth."

i don't think we've ever met but i've learned to "never say never" in this wide world of mormons.

Carly said... [reply]

Happy B-Day! I've commented a little, but it makes me feel like a stalker, so I stalk in silence now. But yours is a blog I check everyday. You crack me up. Anyway, I've told you before, but I found your blog through my sister-in-law's sister-in-law (Stancliffs). She told me you were hilarious and I've been hooked ever since! Keep up the awesome bloggin'!

AmandaStretch said... [reply]

Happy 2 Year! I've been reading your blog for a couple months. I was blog surfing one day and you're linked on the site of a friend of friend. I'm actually a snarky, young, single, LDS, female librarian too, but I relocated to DC to work about a year ago. I'll be starting my MLIS program in the fall. I should have said hi a while go, but better late than never. So hi!

Amy said... [reply]

I have never commented, but I read every day! I love your brand of snarkiness! It's a nice bit of humor every morning as I start my work day! I am originally from northern California, but currently live 20 miles outside of DC. Thanks for all the laughs, and Happy Birthday, Voice of Reason!

Usually Happy said... [reply]

I remember that day at work when you secretly told me you started a blog to keep in touch with people while you were in England. Who knew you'd get so much attention with this thing. But I've told about 15 people about your blog and I know at least 4 of them are addicted to it now. Sometimes we have conversations where we say "Oh gosh, did you READ what Stephanie wrote today?!!" Then we talk about how funny you are.

alishka babushka said... [reply]

i too frequent quite frequently and I enjoy reading your blog. In fact I read Twilight and New Moon based on your suggestion from this blog. Thanks for having fun things to read!

Julie said... [reply]

Happy Birthday to you!

Well done on keeping it going for 2 years, looking forward to many more!

Keem said... [reply]

Happy blogoversary! I stumbled across your blog when I was starting my own. I wanted to name mine Voice of Reason, but when I googled and came up with yours, I knew that the world did not need more than one smart, snarky, young librarian run blog named VoR, esp. since yours was already so entertaining. You were immediately added to my Bloglines, so I prolly don't show up on your Sitemeter much. I'm from Urbana, IL, finishing my last semester of MLS schooling. Keep up the awesome writing!

erin said... [reply]

I'll be post number 53. And this is a good idea. Maybe I'll do this when my blog turns three in August. :)

I used to work with you at BYUIS. However I didn't know this was your blog until that one day we were both at eg's house and had a sudden realization that sent us both laughing. Ha ha. That was fun.

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