Miscellaney Mom, who has the most beautiful family portrait on her blog sidebar, tagged me for a neat wish list meme.
I am a slacker and I have been tagged for a couple of memes, but I’ve been busy with a big work deadline and a freelance project!
Here are the instructions: Post two wish lists: 5 material wishes and 5 spiritual or more meaningful wishes. Invite five other bloggers to play along.
I’d love to move to a slightly bigger house. Our house was built in 1968 and has one and a half baths. While that didn’t seem like a big deal eight years ago when we bought it, we are now a three-woman household and someone will eventually go ballistic when all three of us are vying for the bathroom. Then again I’m one of those goofy people who starts to emotionally travel down a path prematurely and I get all weepy thinking about leaving the house where we had our babies. OK, so maybe we’ll just add on?
I’d love a new, previously loved, car for myself and the hubby as we are both now in the 100,000 plus mile club. I’ve narrowed it down to the Chrysler Pacifica. I’ll count this as two wishes.
I’d love hardwood floors in our kitchen and den. With two small children and two dogs, one of whom is currently shedding like a mofo, and yes mofos do shed, the berber carpet in our den has seen better days.
I’d love a Dyson vacuum cleaner (this one is purple and for homes with animals…hurrah.) A pink one to be specific. A girl can dream dammit. Do they make a pink one? Or am I dreaming?
So now you know I want a bigger house, or at least one more bathroom, I’ll focus on some more spiritual things.
I really long to be a more patient mama. I typically have one last nerve standing, and one of the girls ends up stepping on it. Girls, those cheap pointy plastic dress heels hurt!
I would love for us to find a church home. We’re sporadic, at best, at attending church.
I’m trying my best to live each day with gratitude for the blessings I already have, and there are many, instead of thinking things like “I’d be happier if this would happen or if we could just do this.”
I want to be a better listener. I’m a talker by nature.
I want to relish all the little ordinary moments with my family. There are so many sweet things my girls do every day that are truly amazing and worthy of cherishing forever. I’m finding that it’s not the big events, but the little things, that make motherhood an incredible journey.
OK, here goes round two, meme two!
When did you start blogging?
What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
October 2005 was the fall Miss A turned 6 months old. I was working from home with her while Miss C went to daycare and as someone who was used to being in an office from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, I felt pretty isolated. I’ve always loved to write, and although I work in publishing, I’m primarily an editor. We had a family website that was fairly lame but I kept having this grand vision of what it could be. My husband reads a lot of news and political blogs and one day sent me the link to Dooce. I was amazed by her talent and I still read her to this day. Then I googled “mom blogs” and “working mom blogs” and found Nashville bloggers Busy Mom and Suburban Turmoil (although I didn’t realize that Lindsay was in Nashville at that time) and started clicking around their blogrolls and I found bloggers Debunot and Nancy and Anne and Mrs. Flinger and tons of great blogs. I’d have to say, though, that the blogger who really influenced the way I started blogging was Les (Mrs. Flinger.)
Are you trying to make money online, or are you just doing it for fun?
Definitely for fun. I mean, I just wrote about my dog’s spanking fetish. I’m very fortunate, however, to be part of the Real Girls Media beta ad network. I can’t quit my day job, but it is nice to be paid for writing about poop.
What three things do you love about being online?
The story telling aspect, whether it be through words, like the fabulous Mama Tulip, or words and photographs, like Pioneer Woman.
Being able to relate to so many parents and what makes them laugh, cry, and crave top shelf margaritas. (Hello, Margarita Buddy!)
What three things do you struggle with online?
Just how much to write about my girls as they get older.
Marketing my blog to increase readership, without being a total sellout. I’ve been doing more product reviews, but I hope by that by running them as a series that I won’t turn people away who dislike reviews and giveaways. I don’t want a separate review blog at this time.
I sometimes struggle with the TMI factor, and I don’t mean sex or anything vulgar. I mean there are some topics I won’t write about. I won’t write anything specific about my job. And I would never want to write anything that would embarrass my family, although I know my mother wishes I would quit writing about human feces.