Dawn tagged me with this lengthy meme and so here it is, thus filling my meme quota for the remainder of the year, perhaps even the decade. If this is just entirely too long to read, and I understand if it is, then scroll down to question 8 before moving along. That’s all you really need to know about me and this here blog.
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1. How long have you been blogging?
I started in July of 2005. Sean was around 18-months old and I needed a creative outlet that I could do in 15 minute increments, in between laundry and more laundry. We were in a church-search phase at the time and I went on-line to check service times at a church we were planning to visit and I saw one of those orange Blogger buttons on their site. I clicked on it and five minutes later I had a blog. Five minutes before that I had no idea what a blog was.
2. What are the good things blogging has brought to your life?
Friends! People I would have never met otherwise. Also some fun opportunities and a reason to sharpen my writing skills.
3. What would you consider the pitfalls?
Pitfalls can be managed. The good far outweighs the bad for me most of the time.
4. Tell us about your blog name. Ever think of changing it? If so, to what? Why?
I explain my blog name here, my first ever post. I never think of changing it, although people ask me that quite often which makes me wonder….
5. Knowing what you know now, was starting a blog a good thing for you? Why or why not?
Yes, I love writing and I love having people read what I write and I love the feedback. It’s also helped me record the little bits and pieces of my life with Sean that would otherwise be lost to the ages. If I stop writing today, I will have a substantial record of my motherhood up to this point for Sean that I hope he and his children will someday appreciate. If life takes a wrong turn for me and I’m not around into Sean’s adulthood, then I want him to be able to read about my life from my own hand and know me as the flawed but sincere human that I am separate from the sainted idealized view of me as his mother that he may have at this age.
6. How do you think blogging, bloggers, or the blogosphere has changed since you started?
There are a lot more people blogging these days. There also seems to be a lot more opportunities for all bloggers and blogging is seen more and more as a legitimate “voice” as is evidenced by the way the bloggers are affecting political opinion and how companies are courting the mommy blogging community.
8. Ultimately, what would you like your blog to accomplish for you or others?
I hope people who come to read Antique Mommy are edified in some way.
Who are you? Really?
1. Name something or a few things that bug you and expound. We want your unfettered opinion(s). Shouldn’t be blog related.
Not too much bugs me really. I have a low tolerance for bad manners, disrespect and snobbery but beyond that I’m kind of a go-along-get-along kind of gal. Not that I don’t complain about life’s minor annoyances and injustices because I do, as we all do.
2. Tell us about one of your best childhood memories.
My mom was really a lot of fun and was never bothered about messes or mistakes. She was good about playing with us and riding bikes with us and that kind of thing. There were a lot of kids in my neighborhood and the moms would all sit out on the front steps and drink tea and talk while the kids rode bikes in the street or turned cartwheels on the front lawn. It was a simple time, sweet and secure.
3. Describe your perfect day.
Coffee, some play time with my little boyfriend, some playtime with my big boyfriend and some alone time for me, finish up with a nice glass of Merlot and a hunk of sharp cheddar, early to bed with with my sweetie for some pillow talk and maybe a little Sig.
4. Do you have a hobby that you love?
Other than blogging? I love creating art, painting, design and photography. I love to cook, I love to give dinner parties. I love going to school – I look forward to getting back into school some day.
5. Tell us the best and the worst thing about being you.
Well, I’m just so darn pretty and smart that everyone hates me (snort). That covers both the best and the worst. Just kidding. Not everyone hates me. My mom sorta likes me. Sometimes.
6. What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? We want all the details.
Choose any post from this category – this one was a doozy and this one was bad too. One time Sean threw a fit in McDonalds and I carried him out under my arm, thrashing and wailing. When I got out to the parking lot, I discovered he had unsnapped my shirt and I had apparently flashed everyone in the drive-thru. My life is one long series of embarrassing events.
7. What blog related thing bugs you? Trolls, vile comment spam, meanies.
How old are you? 48
If so, homeschool, private, or public? Private
Favorite season? Any season where I can wear sandals.
Favorite pass time? Right now, photography and writing.
Favorite color? I’m an artist, I can’t possibly pick just one. Tangerine is a happy color that I wear a lot.
Favorite movie? Wizard of Oz
Favorite song? Hard to pick just one. Who can pick just one?
Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla ice cream, High quality dark chocolate uncontaminated with caramel, nuts, luscious nougat (whatever that is) or any other silliness.
Diet Coke, Sweet Tea or Evian? None of those. Unsweetened tea is good. I don’t eat or drink diet anything. Life is too short for that nonsense.
Steak, Chicken or Shrimp? Seafood is my favorite, but I’m not a picky eater, I’ll eat just about anything.
And now? I am officially sick of myself.
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I tag anyone who has never been tagged for a meme, is hard up for blog ideas or just wants to do it. Here are your marching orders:
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. link back to the person who tagged you
3. link back to this parent post
4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them
For the complete list of questions, or to see an example of how to do this meme properly, go visit Dawn. If you do the meme, come back here and leave a comment with a link so I can read all about you.