Revealing Momma…

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

It’s officially the middle of April… do you know what that means? 

PARTY TIME! 

That’s right, it may be raining & muggy outside – my hair is afrolicious – but why not celebrate spring with a couple of virtual parties? Starting with the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party… I’m revealing a few random facts about me & my humble little blog to all of my readers: new & old. Do you have a blog? Link up!! 
  • I believe in embracing every moment, even the awful moments that require a little alcohol to uncover the comedy behind them.
  • My tagline: Sometimes, ya gotta put a little alcohol on it was inspired by an episode of Roseanne. I said it for years after seeing that episode. Once I had kids I realized it had a deeper meaning; when shit hits the fan, a little alcohol can and will numb the pain, stress & anxiety! 
  • I am a very stubborn passionate person. If I believe in something, it’s almost impossible to change my tune.
  • I love beer. Especially Michigan-made stout, porters & ales… oh my! 
  • I sing daily. I feel so alive and at peace with myself when I sing. Music is like air & water – I could not live without it.
  • I am a mediocre bass-guitarist and own 2 bass guitars; I wish I had time to actually play either one.
  • I also wish I was better at playing the piano, but I can plunk out notes when necessary. 
  • I love my 2 daughters more than life itself – the 60 hrs of labor and subsequent c-section with my oldest, Natalie and constant nausea/early contractions with my youngest, Sedona were worth it. No, really. 
  • I don’t believe I will have any more babies… which is equal parts depressing & relieving. 
  • I started this blog 2 years ago and can’t imagine my life without it. Writing provides me with a little dose of therapy + escape, which almost always = sanity. 
  • I dropped a gallon of milk in the check-out line at the grocery store and it exploded all over me while my young daughters ran in two different directions… screaming. Thank goodness I had beer on the conveyer-belt. 
  • If I could do it without dying of mercury poisoning or fear of falling deeper into debt, I’d eat oysters & sushi every day.
  • I nursed my oldest daughter Natalie for 2 months and had to stop because of thrush. I nursed my youngest daughter Sedona for nearly 2 years. She didn’t take a bottle until she was almost a year old, and I was surprisingly ok with that.
  • I *heart* yoga. Like my bass, I wish I had an extra hour in the day, &/or extra $$ in the bank so I could practice yoga on a regular basis in a studio. 
  • I was in a Clever Girls video last summer… with P!nk!  
  • I was born with fairly straight, blonde hair that got curly as I got older. 
  • I now have very curly hair that is naturally a mousy-light-brown. 
  • I have been dying my curly locks rocket-fire red for the last 2 years. I finally love my hair. 
  • I miss living in Tucson, AZ – especially the people, the mountains and the food.
  • I do love Grand Rapids, and feel that I am where I am meant to be right now. It’s a really fun place to raise my children.
  • I hate reality TV. I try to avoid it… but for some reason, I tend to get sucked into dancing stars and singing unknowns at some point during the season.
  • I do love fun sitcoms & soapy drama; I DVR shows like Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Parks & Rec, Modern Family, New Girl and Grey’s Anatomy so I can skip the commercials. 
  • I also DVR Days of Our Lives & Glee… so I can skip over the cheeseball moments (looking at you, John & Marlena!) If I end up watching a typical hour-long DVR’d episode like this, I can watch it in about 15 minutes. 
  • I can’t remember the last time I watched a musical without thinking about what role I could play… I wanted to be Eponine when I saw Les Mis as a Freshman in high school… and even before I saw Wicked, I became obsessed with nailing every one of Elphaba’s songs. 
  • I played the role of Kim in Bye Bye Birdie and met the hubs while playing the role of Louise in the musical Gypsy… while I was dating someone else. 
  • I am a loyal friend, but terrible at keeping in contact via phone. I love email, text & FB – all I can access from my iPhone and do one handed, with 2 screaming kids in the background. Not to mention start, stop & come back to it if I can.
  • I hate horror movies.
  • Since I became a Momma, I can’t stand watching anything (TV, movies, etc) where children are injured, killed, etc. 
  • However… The Hunger Games is among of my favorite books and movies! Go figure. 
  • I am the oldest of 4 girls and thought being a big sister was great preparation for motherhood: it wasn’t even in the same ballpark. I do love all of my sisters and feel grateful to have them in my life more & more as we get older.
  • I have 2 tattoos. I want more.
  • I’ll kick your ass at thumb wrestling. Yes, really. I’ve only lost twice. Challenge me, I dare ya.
  • We took our children to Disney World last month, and although it was more work than I had imagined, it was such an amazing trip, I blogged for a full week about it
  • My favorite seasons are fall & winter for many reasons: pretty leaves, crisp weather, yummy comfort food, cozy sweaters, football, fires, fun holidays, snow, skiing, sledding, sleigh-rides, pretty lights, etc, etc!!!
  • I grew up with parents who didn’t cook without using a microwave. 
  • I am a self-taught, pretty damn good cook, and I really enjoy it; cooking is like creating edible art. Very relaxing for me to do by myself at the end of a long day with the kiddos. Like hitting my personal reset button. Probably helps that I cook with a beer in hand. 
  • Once a month, sometimes more, sometimes less, I toast to Thirsty Thursday!! 
  • I am a green-environmentally-friendly-recycling-machine, but I draw the line at lighting. Florescent lighting is no one’s friend. 
  • I sing in a once/month Saturday church choir, which the hubs & I also use as a date-night. 
  • Once a year, I go to the opera with my cousin & Great-Aunt. This will be the first year we’re going without my Granni, as she is fighting through early stages of Alzheimer’s
  • My dad’s side of the family has a cottage on Lake Michigan that feels more like home than any home I’ve ever lived in. 
  • My biggest pet peeve? Gum chewing. Especially on TV, movies, stage, etc. If you are performing or in an interview or whatever… spit your gum out first. It’s not that hard. 
  • When I lived in Tucson, I worked for a music management company. We managed the band Cracker and I actually got to go bar hopping with David Lowery & Johnny Hickman. Felt very cool & yet awkwardly uncool all at once. 
  • I pee in the shower. #thereIsaidit
  • I’ve survived mono… twice. 
  • After surviving mono the first time, I lost 50 lbs in the following 8 months, and kept it mostly off.  Hey, Easter candy is a cruel mistress
  • My parents divorced last year… after nearly 35 years of marriage. 
  • I am an honest person and often question the motives of ass kissers. If you receive a compliment from me, it is genuinely from my heart. 
  • unfriended my mother on facebook… a decision that’s been validated countless times since. 
  • I feel so lucky to have married an incredible man who is an amazing father and most certainly my soul-mate. He shares my love of music & sense of humor, puts things in perspective when I’m overwhelmed, challenges me and loves me for the neurotic nut-case I can be – or maybe in spite of it. I can’t imagine life without the hubs. 
  • One of the greatest gifts a friend can do is stand up for me, no matter what. I hold those true friends who have in the past and will down the road in a special place in my heart.
  • I have a store where you can purchase all things beer & Momma related.
  • I am obsessed with love Pinterest.
  • I am a poor tweeter, but I’m getting better all the time. 
  • I am easier to connect with on facebook
  • And… the most shocking reveal EVAH: drumroll… I hate hangovers
Woohoo!! Now that I feel like I just walked through the halls of my high school naked, why not bring on another challenge? 


I’ll be hosting my very first Twitter party Thursday evening with a TON of prizes. All the info for Thursday’s Twitter Party can be found by following this handy-dandy link


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But wait, before you go… 


What’s the most revealing thing about YOU? 


CHEERS!

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16 Comments

  1. Posted April 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    What a fun light post! What would a party post be without a little beer, eh?

    Fabulous interlinking of your “best of” too.

    Happy #UBP12 !

    • Posted April 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely… every party goer should put a little alcohol on it. HA! Thanks for suggesting I join in on the fun!!

  2. Posted April 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Stopping by for the UBP ! Hope you’ll visit http://www.bargainfun.net sometime 🙂

    • Posted April 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’ll be back once the party’s over! Cheers!

  3. Michelle
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    One thing about me: I am addicted to facebook and anything internet related to the point I block out my entire family and it takes them seriously shouting my name to get me out of the internet abyss.

    Also, I absolutely love your blog and with some of your stories I feel like we could have been related in another life time LOL.

    • Posted April 16, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Michelle!! I hear you about getting sucked into the vast-array of internet vortexes. I try to unplug when I can… but some days, it’s impossible!

  4. Posted April 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Awesome post! Thanks for joining the party and making us laugh. Too funny about the thumb wrestling… I haven’t done that in years.

    Random thing about me… I never got around to acquiring a taste for beer… but pass over the martinis girl and I’ll chill with ya.

    • Posted April 16, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Susan!

      I do understand that beer is an acquired taste. I always have a few suggestions for friends who don’t like beer… Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is a yummy one to try right now. There are also some sour varieties that may suit your fancy. But if you just don’t like beer, martinis are just as easy to toast with!! So… CHEERS!

  5. Posted April 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, every single show you listed that you DVR…those are my favorite shows! Your blog looks amazing, yay for UBP12 and finding new blogs. I’m your newest follower via RSS now 🙂

    • Posted April 16, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Yay, Jessi!! Aren’t those TV shows fun? You obviously love intelligent humor, like me. 😉 Another show I love that I forgot to add? 2 Broke Girls… it fills my Sex & The City void. Thanks for stopping by & subscribing!

  6. Posted April 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! When I saw the name of yours, I was like oh, yes, here is my best friend that I never knew I had 😉 Awesome post, glad I got to know you a little better 🙂 I have subscribed, so I can read all about you every single day 😉 Oh, most revealing thing about me, (I am not a real blonde)
    xoxo
    Brit
    http://www.my-live-out-loud.com

    • Posted April 17, 2012 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      HA!! That’s what I love about parties like this… there’s so many awesome blogs out there, but it’s nearly impossible to find them without parties like this. Glad we could connect! Cheers to you!

  7. Posted April 20, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Roseann said a lot of great things on that show.
    Stopping by from the UBP to say hello.
    Have a great weekend!
    POSH

    • Posted April 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Roseanne is one of my favorites. Never tire of it. Thanks for stopping by! CHEERS!

  8. Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tried and tried, but I just cannot drink beer! Light, dark… it all tastes like pee to me. The only thing beer-ish that I like is framboise.

    Now vodka? Oh, that’s another story. 🙂

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      You crack me up, Starr!! I have some friends and a sister who feel the same way! If you like framboise, I highly recommend trying Blushing Monk from Founders, Dark Horse Raspberry Ale or DH Blueberry stout. I’ve thrown each of those at my non-beer-drinking friends with success. I also love Summer Shandy… which is made with lemonade. I actually enjoyed a concoction of Dark Horse Raspberry + Summer Shandy over the weekend that was very good.

      But… vodka + lemonade is yummy too!! 😀

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