Theme Thursday: Qapla’!

Theme ThursdayTheme Thursday is where it’s at.  Every week several very talented bloggers test out their mad skillz and write their take on a certain topic and then link their posts up at Something Clever 2.0.  In other words, for a good time, call Jenn.  She’ll hook you up with all these fabulous writers.

This week’s topic is all about what makes you proud. 

(Yeah, yeah.  I know it’s almost Friday and I’m just now posting this.  I had something I had to take care of, more explanation about that will come later.  So call me fashionably late…)

Qapla’ is the Klingon word for success, and me being the geek that I am, I had to work it into this post somehow.  Yes, I have some successes in my life, and those therefore are things that I’m very proud of!  The following is a comprehensive list…

IMG_1439My husband

Why am I proud of Evil Genius?  He took a negative situation and turned it into something positive.  After one factory closing and rumblings of trouble at the one he was hired at next, he decided enough was enough.  He went back to school to be a Mechanical Engineer.  Going to school when you have a family is not easy, but he made it work and graduated at the end of 2011.  The next month he started as an intern at a company that makes agricultural sprayers and was hired on full-time in no time flat.  And yes, he’s still there, being all kinds of evil and genius and all that whatnot…

My writing

I guess it all does sound kind of impressive.  I’ve been blogging for almost a year and have lots to show for it.  I’m not saying that all of my posts have been award winning, but I am quite prolific and manage to keep a pretty consistently high quality of posts.  I’ve rubbed elbows with The Bearded Iris and The Domestic Diva.  I’ve been featured on Aiming Low and was lucky enough to write for The Epistolarians.  While I may not exactly be rolling in the dough right now, perhaps on down the line something will happen.  Maybe I can make, oh I don’t know, five or six bucks?

IMG_1259My kids

While my kids may not be perfect by any means, I am proud of the people that they are becoming.  They both have definite personalities and each have their very own sense of humor.  They provide constant fodder for my writing, and that’s all good.  🙂

The work in progress

I can’t exactly say that I’m proud of me, but I’d like to think that I’m a work in progress.  Kind of like Windows, I’m working on a better me for tomorrow.  A successful tomorrow?  Could be.  I don’t know, it hasn’t been written yet.

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to follow the link at the top of this post to see what all of the other participants take pride in!

The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge-Blogging:The Why and the What

I’m participating in the Getting to Know the Blogger Challenge sponsored by A Little Unhinged.

10)  Why did you start blogging and what is your blog about?

Not quite like that, but I sure love this cartoon.

It was pretty simple.  I started blogging because my brain was full.  I started a blog as a way to put all of the stuff in my head down on paper.  With all of the crappy stuff that was going on job wise, I was really depressed and dealing with severe anxiety.  My out of control ADD didn’t help matters.  I felt like my life was out of control.  I was dealing with one child with lots of issues including behavior problems and my other who was extremely strong willed.  My husband had just been hired on full-time after graduating from engineering school the past December.  Here he was following his dreams and being successful at it, and I felt like I had no hope and no future because I had made school and career choices that didn’t work out.  I felt like my life was over while his was just beginning.  When I started writing it started out as a diary of whatever stuff was coming out of my addled brain.  When my husband started receiving his insurance benefits for his job, I went on anti-anxiety medication because I couldn’t face another day feeling like I was on the verge of a panic attack every minute of the day.  I wasn’t proud of this, but it had to be done so I could be functional.  I did it for my kids.

When this occurred, something happened.  A part of me that I knew existed but had been gone for so long came out, and I started writing humorous stuff.  As I gained more confidence, I started using social media and all of a sudden I had followers.  In total I have over 100 followers now, as opposed to just a handful when I started truly promoting my blog.  Considering I started it back in June, I think that’s not too shabby.

I blog about “STUFF”.  Mom stuff, ADD stuff, family stuff, Anxiety stuff, finding myself stuff, life stuff.  I hate to put myself into any sort of category, because I tend to be all over the place some weeks.  I just put down what is in my head.  I try to be funny, but sometimes I just have to be serious.  Just like life.

(It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t put that in there!  You should have seen that coming!)

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing The 15 Day Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up, Favorite Childhood Memories, School, Work, Life, Friends, Family

The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Family

I’m doing the 15 Day Getting To Know the Blogger Challenge through A Little Unhinged.  Today I’m talking all about my family!

8)  Tell us a bit about your family.

One of my Mom’s favorite quotes. She uses it often. It’s true.

I come from a military family of four:  a Dad, a Mom, myself, and my younger sister.  My Dad is where I got my red hair.  My wild sense of humor is a lovely combination of my parent’s personalities.  My Mom is the second youngest of six kids, and several of her siblings had multiple children.  We moved around a lot due to being military, but when we came home we had a LOT of family to see.  When we moved back to my parent’s hometown after my Dad’s retirement, I went from having no relatives around to being related to half the town.

In high school, when my sister or I met a guy we thought was cute, there was always the standard format we had to follow-make sure that we were not related to the boy in any way.  There was a chance that we would be.  Or if not, the joke was that Mom probably dated his dad in high school.

I went to school as far away as I possibly could when I went away to college.  Eventually I came back.  A few years later I met my husband.  At a bar (I know, you’re not supposed to meet people there, but I did).  After I did the check to find out we weren’t related, we started hanging out.  Eventually he proposed to me on a playground.  I said yes.

My husband is an Evil Genius.  He’s very smart in a math and science geek sort of way.  His brain never stops working.  He spends a lot of time trying to come up with cool stuff for work.  Sometimes it even spills over to home and we get cool stuff, which is extra fun.  Take our secret passage.  I’m fascinated by the old homes with secret passages all through them.  He combined this with the fact that we needed pantry space in our kitchen.  Therefore we have a set of shelves on wheels that is hinged to the wall in the kitchen, hiding the basement doorway.  Pull back on the shelf and presto!  Basement entryway.  There was also supposed to be a slide going down the basement stairs for when the tornado sirens go off, but that didn’t happen, and that’s a story for another time.  (For more on my terrible fear of tornadoes, keep following the challenge posts…)  He recently did the ultimate Evil Genius thing-he went back to school to finish his degree and somehow stayed sane.  He graduated this past December, and now works as a mechanical engineer.  It’s pretty cool, but he’s very tired.  What’s it like to live with an Evil Genius?  Living With An Evil Genius (Or Two).

The thing that has defined our family life for the past few years: The Evil Genius went back to school and got his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Showing off with the family here (that’s HIS Dad, by the way).

I talk a lot about my kids.  They’re at that age where they are still very cute, and say many funny things.  My son will be eight in January.  We call him the Professor because in some ways he is like a miniature adult.  Think Sheldon Cooper minus the germ phobia, then you have a good idea of what my son is like.  He is ADD.  Someday he may thank me for that.  Nah, probably not.  I must admit I don’t write as many posts about him.  It’s not that I don’t love him, the other one just provides WAY more blog fodder than he does.  The ADD leading the ADD:  Is There Hope for the Future?  My daughter, Princess Whatever We Are Calling Her That Day is four, and some days seems like a little tyrant.  Other days she is more like an angel with horns holding up her halo.  She loves her Mommy.  She loves me so much she doesn’t want to share me.  She’s very annoyed at the fact that I have this blog, because when I’m on here I’m not cuddling with her.  My best Princess Tantrum post to date- A Zamboni Shall Lead Them:  When Art Takes Over.  One I just love that involves both kids-When Art Meets Engineering.

This made me giggle. YES I turn them off!

I could go on and on and on about my family, but that would get very long.  I hope you’ll stick around and read more about them in the rest of my blog!  😉

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing The 15 Day Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up, Favorite Childhood Memories, School, Work, Life, Friends