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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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Happy blogiversary to me.


This little blog of mine was born three years ago, on January 27th, 2004.

On January 26th, my sister said to me, “Why don’t you have a blog?” “Why don’t I?” I asked myself, and thus a(nother) blog came to be.

My husband said, “You should name it Finslippy.” “That’s an excellent idea,” I said, “and besides, it’s not like anyone who doesn’t know what Finslippy means would ever read it.”

A couple of years before, I had a dream in which I was asked to re-name dolphins. “Dolphin,” said the mysterious language people coming to me for advice, wasn’t evocative enough.

I thought for a minute. “Flipperpuppy?” I offered.

Too hard to say, they said.

“Finslippy, then,” I said, and they said, “Perfect.”

So there you are, all you people who’ve waited so long to know what the name means. It’s not as exciting as you had hoped for, I know.

I can’t even begin to say how much this blog has brought me: so much, and so much more than I ever could have expected. Thank you all for reading, and commenting, and being part of my life.

Reader Comments (100)

This is almost as good as finding out that the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything is 42. I'm sure the finslippys would agree.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLetterB
D'oh! And happy blogiversary. Many happy returns.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLetterB
And now I would like to know if it's pronounced "fin-slippy" (as in "those dolphins have some slippery fins!") or whether it's "fins-lippy." Having heard the explanation, I am leaning towards the former. But just knowing for sure would rock my world. Also, I would have one less thing to ponder at night, which would free me up a little to brainstorm solutions to some of the world's other problems. Thank you.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNothing But Bonfires
It's fin-slippy, NBB. You're welcome!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteralice
Oh! Oh! Oh! The meaning of Finslippy! I never expected to find that revelation this morning.

But...will this be like Maddy and David having sex on Moonlighting? With the mystery gone, will the suspense endure?

Seriously, though, thanks for writing a great blog. I enjoy reading it and find inspiration often.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Most excellent, Alice. Happy Blogiversary and thanks for writing so freaking well. I heart your writing so very much.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Rani
Ahh, my life is now complete.

Congrats on your blogiversary. :)
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJane
I am new to this blog (and more generally new to the world of blogging), but I am so impressed not only by the quality of your writing but also by the clarity you bring to so many issues. So thank you, and happy anniversary.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterslouching mom
Yay! Happy Blogoversary! You mean a lot to us too!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSparklieSunShine
No one in my office got why I was so excited, but I am. Happy Blogiversary!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
Well Congrats! (And I'm fully fascinated to finally learn where that one-of-a-kind name came from!)
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Happy Blogaversary!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBusy Mom
Oooh, and you swore you'd never tell too. Didn't you? Once? Or maybe that was my dream.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Wow, I have to come out of lurkdom now. ;) Happy Blogiversary, and thanks from me too for being so profound and yet so funny. You have helped me through more insane toddler moments than I can count!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
It's your blogiversary? What a cooincidence! Today is my unblogiversary!Just being silly, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY to you!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMonkee
I'm just not sure what to do with myself now that I can stop wondering what it means! ;)

Happy 3rd Blogiversary. What's the appropriate gift for 3 years? Is that paper? Clocks? Belly-button lint? Not sure.

Thank you for keeping us all entertained.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJ P
Ah, now I know what it is, and I know I like it.

January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSummer
I think William Safire should know about this.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Kennedy
Even finslippier!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise
"Thank you all for reading, and commenting, and being part of my life."

Thanks for inviting us in!Happy blogiversary!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternate
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your life w/ us.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkalisah
Now that I know what a Finslippy is I can finally quit reading your blog. Unless it's a cruel joke and tomorrow you'll be like, "Hahahaha...THAT'S not what it means!" Crap. See you tomorrow.Happy Blogiversary!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatieG
I realize that flipperpuppy may not be as good of a blog name as finslippy, but oh man is that a funny word. I can't say it without giggling. Should probably stop mumbling and giggling while at work now...
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercraige
Happy Blogiversary! And thanks for the explanation. A dream-inspired blog name - Awesome!
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLadyBug
I think you've made the day of women bloggers everywhere (oh, and you men too).
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOMSH

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