My occasionally snarky thoughts on everything from motherhood, politics, life and current events. Cocktails are sometimes mandatory. Bottoms up!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Okay, so according to the very nice man who wrote the “how to blog” posts—this is supposed to be my Howdy post. So Howdy! (I really need to tell him Thank You.)

The first thing that you have to know about me is that I am a Mother. This is why at 12:30 am when my youngest A (who is 7) came to me with “Mommy, I don’t feel good” I got her a glass of water and gave her a hug before sending her back to bed. Because 5 out of 6 times that this happens she is fine. Just thirsty or awakened from a dream but essentially fine. I was unaware that this was #6. Damn, just damn. So now I am sitting here sleep deprived and a little twitchy as I look forward to *another* day of Spring Break. I will be watching A’s sister K (who is 8) carefully today for any signs of this stomach bug. Of course, now I will be armed with the foresight that it is her #6 hopefully saving myself from having to use the carpet cleaner.

The “spring” we get with our “Spring Break” here in Wisconsin is imagined at best. Today we can expect a high of 38 degrees. Having lived all over the lower 48 I understand that there is all kinds of spring out there—I must admit that springtime in the south is very pleasant. Especially if you grew up in the north. You always feel like you are getting to open a present a little early. I wouldn’t trade the summers though.

I have been married for more than a decade to a man who is wonderful, while boneheaded at times. He is a great father, and he is largely responsible for us having lived in 8 states (11 cities) over the course of our marriage. He is very good at what he does for a living—there fore the higher ups were always wanting him to go “do it” in other places. He has recently changed companies and I am hoping that this will afford us a chance to stay here for a while. We have been in our current location for a little more that a year—and I love it here. That is why I am not all that hopeful that we will get to stay. I am an optimist but not stupid.

Okay, this seems like quite enough of a “howdy”. I am hoping to have fun with this blogging thing and write about things that are interesting to me. I have been an avid blog reader for several years—I started reading SMASH while he was serving during the Iraq war and loved having an “insiders” perspective on what was happening over there. My blogroll is a list of some of the blogs that I visit regularly I hope to be able to add more blogs to my blogroll over time. Hey, I am new at this and I am not sure just how to do much of anything! lol I was amazed that I was able to create a blogroll at all!

9-11 changed me fundamentally (as it did many people) and I lost my tolerance for the “blame America first” mentality that so many people seemed to have. 9-11 also prompted me to become an active student of politics and current events. I felt that the time had come to grow up and contribute—and be aware, really really aware of what the heck is going on! I consider myself a patriot and a compassionate conservative.

Now on to more and varied posting I hope. It’s a big world out there—I am just here to share my view of it.