Sock It to Me Winter 2010

Yes, I'm alive. Even though my head is filled with Good Things to Blog About, since before Thanksgiving I've been able to post little more than pointless space-fillers which makes my readers think Well damn, THAT was a pointless space-filler.

Sorry 'bout that. 

It's been empty here lately mostly because the closer we got to the end of 2009, that's the more fixated I became on that blogoversary button over there —>. Like with most everyone, the end of any year always gives me pause to stop and reflect on where I've been and look ahead to where I'm going. The fact that my blogoversary is so closely timed with the rolling over into a new year lead me to really zone in on the progression of time on this blog from when I wrote my first post on January 26, 2008 up through today. I realized that though I'm heading into my third year of writing here, I've made very little forward progress:

January 2008 – writing about the beginning of my surrogacy journey with Mia and Urs.
Summer 2008 – writing about a chemical pregnancy and the end of my journey with Mia and Urs.
January 2009 – writing about the start of my surrogacy journey with Chance and Apollo.
Summer 2009 – writing about chemical pregnancies and the end of my journey with Chance and Apollo.
January 2010 – writing about the beginning of my surrogacy journey with Miss W and Mr. W.

Screw Groundhog Day. I have Groundhog Year.

And that, my friends, was a sucky thought to have as I bid adieu to 2009 (flipping it the bird on its way out the door) and even moreso now as I approach my blogoversary. I wish that I had something more to celebrate as I look back on 2009, but all 2009 makes me want (other than a mind-numbing, colossal-sized alcoholic beverage)is a hug. 

It's a damned good time to re-introduce Sock It to Me. If you missed out on the Sock It to Me fun last spring, now is your time to join in. The complete history of how I came up with Sock It to Me is here, but in short:

It's The Great Sock-It-to-Me Exchange. The warmth you feel from your
bloggy support is a warm and fuzzy pair of snuggly socks.
Take the support with you for a trip to the stirrups. Wear them when
you're chasing around your battle-won little person. Put them on when
you have something to celebrate or when you need a hug. Wear them as a
physical reminder of all the people inside your computer who you know
care for and are thinking of you.

If you want to participate, here's what to do:

  1. Sign up runs from now until Sunday, January 24. Click here to complete the information form, then add your name to the participant list below.
  2. I'll will send you the information for your "sock buddy" by Tuesday, January 26.
  3. You have until Saturday, February 13 to send the socks to your sock buddy.
  4. The week of February 22 is Sock It to Me Week. Post a picture of
    your socks (worn or not worn) with a link back to the blogger who sent
    them to you. The topic of the SITM posts will change each time.* For SITM Winter 2010, reflect on ways which the community supported you in 2009 (or if you're new to blogging, ways in which you needed support in 2009) and also look ahead to how you'll give and continue to receive support in 2010. SITM is a week for warm and fuzzies. Like ummm…the socks.
  5. During SITM, come back here to leave a link to your SITM post. This will be "home base," where we'll all be able to find each others' SITM posts.
  6. Optional – help promote the Sock-It-to-Me Exchange by posting
    about it now with a link to this post. Check back here in a day or so for the badge!

*In a poll, participants voted that it should be held twice a year. So,
from here on out I'll host a Winter SITM in January/February and a
Summer SITM in June/July.

Questions and Answers:

  • Can I participate if read blogs, but don't write one of my own?
    Sure you can! I'll post your SITM week entry to my blog for everyone to read.
  • Can I participate if I don't live in the US?
    Absolutely! The last SITM had 3 Canadian participants, 2 living in Japan, and 2 from Australia.

Ask any other questions in the comments or send me an email: SmartOneMoxieATgmailDOTcom.

The last SITM was an overwhelming success and I'm looking forward to hosting it again! I think we could all use the virtual hugs to help warm us up to the new year.


  1. on January 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Canada in the hiz-zouse!!! I’m so excited! Thanks for running this Moxie. You’re awesome!

  2. Suzy on January 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    YAY! I can’t wait to participate this year! Thanks for doing this! Wow, that’s a lot of !!!!!!

  3. GeekByMarriage on January 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm


  4. Beautiful Mess on January 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I love my socks from last time! I’m OH SO VERY EXCITED about this!
    Happy *early* blogoversary.

  5. Carrie Holmquist on January 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Super excited!
    1. It’s how I met Heather πŸ™‚
    2. Means you will have to be in contact with me for some part of the time πŸ˜‰
    3. I need some warm socks up here in this frigid place.

  6. Antropologa on January 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Yes, I want to do it, but can I email you my info instead of doing the form?

  7. Moxie on January 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Absolutely! πŸ™‚ I’ll be watching out for it!

  8. Pam on January 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I totally agree that 2009 total sucked donkey balls (as V would say). So, to get 2010 off to a better start, I’ve sent you something in an email. Enjoy. πŸ˜‰
    I’m thinking about SITM this time round…have to think about the actual socks. πŸ˜‰ I’ll let you know.

  9. MrsCaptain on January 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Yay ! Sock it to me is back. I am wearing my slipper socks I got from Sara ( time!

  10. Erica on January 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    So excited. I will be more creative this time around.

  11. calliope on January 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I think this time I am IN! I left you a note in your spreadsheet…there wasn’t a place to indicate sock size. I know most of ya’ll are “one sock fits all” but my feet are GIANT. people need warning and shit.

  12. Kristin on January 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Woohoooo…I’m in! And, let me know if you need help Thugette!

  13. Melissa on January 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    ooo I’m excited!!

  14. Bridget Kao on January 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I am totally in! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

  15. Half of a Duo, Raising a Duo on January 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    OK I am in to watch but not participate. Except wth? R you on with Miss W or what? That seems unclear.
    This is your year.
    You are a kickbutt writer. The blog is slammin’ and you have a ton of fans.
    Oh and the hottie makes most excellent Big Ones.
    You’ve got the ninjas too.
    This is your year. I pray 4 no more chemicals 4 u. But though we are all sub/infertile/barren (most of us connected) or surrogate-related… we are not defined by that.
    We are defined by our presence in others’ lives.
    Your 2009, you had a massive presence in mine and others’ lives.
    So, 2010 will just be better and better, in my book.
    BTW I can’t take a pic of my socks b/c they are boring hiking socks and Gap socks that are plain black. That’s it. Boring. So this one I will sit out.
    Waah. But it’s ok.
    Xpovia Polla yia tnv eyo. (Happy new year from me in Greeklish).
    hugs hun. filakia!!!!! (kisses in Greeklish)

  16. Jendeis on January 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Yay! I’m so excited!

  17. Jess on January 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    YAY For SITM 2010!

  18. JessPond on January 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I’m in, I’m in, I love socks!!

  19. mrs spock on January 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Oooo! Very excited for this!

  20. niobe on January 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Me! Me! Me!
    Uh, except I kind of have a sock phobia. Could ask for mittens/gloves instead?

  21. Soapchick on January 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’m excited for the sock exchange!!

  22. Alana-isms on January 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ooooh! I am super-duper excited to be part of the Sock love fest this time around as I was insanely jealous when reading my blog pal’s posts and seeing their pics of amazing socks last time. COUNT ME IN, PLEASE! πŸ™‚

  23. GeekByMarriage on January 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Yay! You’re in!!

  24. Katie on January 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Ohh how exciting! I can’t wait.

  25. Ali on January 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Awww bother I messed up my Mr Linky I was so excited !! Count me in this time pleeease πŸ™‚

  26. Betty M on January 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I’m in too.

  27. Mrs. Gamgee on January 11, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Woo hoo! I had just started getting into the ALI community last year when people started showing their SITM socks. I am so excited to be able to join in!

  28. Lynn on January 11, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for hosting this, Moxie! I love socks πŸ˜€

  29. kimbosue on January 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    YAY! New socks for a new year!
    P.S. Our blogoversaries are 2 days apart!

  30. Anla on January 12, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Yay New Year, New Changes, and Socks that rock!

  31. Fertility Chick on January 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    So excited to participate in this!

  32. Nic on January 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Cant wait! I was sad I missed it last time around!

  33. C h i r l e e n on January 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I was referred to your sock exchange and I’m so excited to participate!!!! Thank you for putting this all together!!!

  34. Liddy on January 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I am so excited to do this!

  35. Carolyne on January 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I’m in. I missed out last year for some unforesaken reason. Cheers!

  36. Carolyne on January 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I’m in. I missed out last year for some unforesaken reason. Cheers!

  37. C h i r l e e n on January 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I filled out the info form and left a comment but for some reason FORGOT to do the link back – so I just did that this morning (hope I’m not too late!) … I’m really excited about doing this!!!

  38. Daria on January 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Awww.. I missed the deadline. What a fabulous idea! I hope that all of the participants have a great time with their sock swap and I hope to get in there next year! =)

  39. Daria on January 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Yeay! I made it in! Thank you very much!

  40. Meggo on January 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    This looks like fun!!!!

  41. ALEH on January 24, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Looking forward to this. I just started my blog about PCOS.

  42. junebug on January 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Oh this is going to be fun. Thank you!

  43. Daria on February 2, 2010 at 12:35 am

    How can I email you? I haven’t received my Sock Buddy yet.. =( I want to make sure my info was right…

  44. kimbosue on February 2, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Where’s the new badge?

  45. Illanare on February 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I haven’t received my sock buddy yet – did I forget to leave my blog address or email?

  46. Anla on February 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I haven’t received my socks yet, Should I be worried? I also don’t know if my buddy got hers yet.

  47. kimbosue on February 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I didn’t get my socks yet either :0(

  48. mybumpyjourney on February 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Come on over to see me ROCK OUT WITH MY SOCKS OUT!

  49. Rebel on February 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hmm I haven’t gotten my socks yet either. I will keep watching for them though.