Mama Kat over at Mama’s Losin’ It! hosts a writer’s workshop every Thursday. Being the aspiring writer yet busy mom that I am, I have finally gotten around to participating. I chose to write on the following prompt:
When I decided to get serious about my blog in March, I had no idea the social life that would follow. These days, the only parties I attend are blog parties. The only new friends I make are online. Don’t judge.
I used to be cool. Really. I went to bars and drank hard alcohol. Sometimes I walked home without my shoes on. But then I fell in love with the one, got married, inherited a stepson and birthed a daughter. With out drugs. Yikes.
Now, my idea of the perfect Saturday night is taking a hot bath.
I should probably mention that all of the above happened in less than 15 months. I never said I was boring.
If you are here from the D-Listed Party and you want to read more about me, go here. Or read the posts categorized under me. Or maybe you want to hear about my recent trials and tribulations with dairy. Or my rant about the recent BP oil spill. Or my love affair with coconuts that began when I was living in Thailand. But if you leave my blog before tomorrow, the one thing you must understand about me is that I am a human pacifier.
And I love. Love. Love. Being a mother.
I am honored to be recognized by Miel Abeille over at Bons Vivants with the Versatile Blogger Award. Her name is actually Melissa and she’s an optimist and a bibliophile. Her blog is pretty much guaranteed to put you in a better mood. Check it out.
According to the terms of the award, I have to tell you seven random things about myself. So…here’s another lesson in the life of Lucy. Don’t get too excited.
1. I currently have a headache because I am sleep-deprived.
2. I like to wear dresses.
3. When I was a small child, I would only wear “round and round” dresses. This meant that my dress had to balloon out when I twirled. I know. Luckily, my parents are extremely grounded and never called me “princess” or else I don’t know who I would be today. And I don’t think I’d like her.
4. I think that all of my round and round dresses came from thrift stores.
5. I studied French for 7 years and I wish I had never stopped.
6. I am terrified to be more than 100 feet away from my daughter.
7. I love Thai food. Yum.
And now I pass on the award to seven (cuz that’s my favorite number) new blogs I have recently discovered.
Happy Monday to everyone!
Kate over at Mommy Monologues gave me the Honest Scrap Award. Thanks, Kate :) Awards pretty much make my day.
My bloggy friend, Ericka, at alabaster cow is a good one. Brains, beauty and wit. Not to mention that she gave me the happy 101 award yesterday. Complete with cupcakes, sprinkles, and a pretty sunset. Thanks, Ericka!
2. list who gave the award to you and use a link to her/his blog (or hyperlink).
3. list 10 things that make you happy.
4. pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.
As not the most active blogger (wish I was, but I do have a very sweet newborn baby attached to my boob for most of the day), I didn’t know that we bloggers can *tag* one another, much like the now out-dated email surveys. Except those were pretty lame, asking questions like do you prefer coke or pepsi? But you learn something new every day and today I learned that my witty blogger friend, Ericka, has tagged me to complete a list of 10 things I love. And since I love LOVE, I jumped at the chance. Here they are in no particular order…
1. my loving family, including my brand new precious baby daughter, doting husband, freakin’ adorable stepson, wise mother, super-smart dad, favorite sister, favorite brother, beautiful cousins, crazy aunts, cool uncles… (so what if it’s a no-duh, I couldn’t possibly leave them out of the list)
2. my best girlfriends who are also my family (you know who you are)
3. herbal tea especially Herbal Philosophy teas ;)
4. yoga, which after years of practice, is finally teaching me how to quiet my busy mind.
5. the Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica, the most magical place on earth! OK, the beaches of Thailand are also pretty magical, but I never got to share them with the love of my life.
6. nursing my little one, especially when she stares up at me, rests her tiny hand on my chest, searches for the nipple with reckless abandon, gets milk-drunk and stretches in pure satisfaction post-feeding, and of course, smiles.
7. music. In particular, the energy of live music. Music that promotes peace.
8. my iPhone, making life so convenient (hello, it’s got a GPS and an iPod) and communication so easy. Almost daily, I snap pictures of my little one to send to my stressed-and-overworked-but-with-a-very-important job hubby via text or email. I can confidently say that this increases his quality of life ten-fold. Yes, Giovanna is really that cute.
9. Center for Spiritual Living, Reverend Kathianne Lewis is the shit and she makes sense of this crazy, crazy life in a language that I understand.
10. Trader Joe’s, their oh-so-affordable organics, and their lack of options (strange, I know, but my indecisiveness can turn a quick grocery trip into 3 hours). I love Whole Foods too, but my wallet doesn’t.
There it is! Now, I tag:
As I sign off, I will leave you with a quote about love from the beloved William Shakespeare:
“Doubt that the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move his aides, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.”
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
On July 18th, 2009, I married my sweetie, James Robinson. We had a small, charming wedding in my parents’ incredible waterfront yard. The whole thing was a bit of a blur, surreal at the time. I’m awaiting the professional photographer’s (dianarothery.com) pictures almost as intensely as a child awaits Christmas morning. I can’t wait to relive the day. A preview photo that she sent is posted below.
The planning and anticipation stages for the wedding were exciting, but also nerve-racking and stressful. Not surprising considering that we only had a two month engagement period. From the beginning, I thought it would be just enough time to plan a simple garden wedding, and it was. In retrospect, I wish I had stressed less, enjoyed more, and truly trusted my intuition that the day would be perfect. Not necessarily because everything went perfectly, but because I was about to marry the perfect man, at the perfect location, in the perfect weather (thank you to my angels), and before (almost all of) my favorite people. So, these are the words of advice I will give to any bride-to-be. Your big day is all about LOVE. On this day, nothing else really matters, including the flowers, food and any snafus that may arise.
Although it’s only been a few days, I can already see why married life can (and should) be so great. You’ve made the most sacred commitment to this person with whom you share the deepest of connections, and of whom you can’t seem to ever get enough. This person you love so much, you want to sleep next to them every night for the rest of your time on earth. The love and the warmth that surrounds this one promise is enough to light a fire, one that becomes the flame that exists between a happy husband and wife. Where do you think unity candles came from?
I wish you (yes, YOU) the same happiness that James and I have found. A happiness that comes simply by being together. If you have found it, I pray that we can and will hold onto it.
All my sentiments aside, I’d like to share the vows that I wrote and the promises that I made to my husband on our wedding day!
I, Lucy, come freely to this place, before my loved ones to join my life with yours, James. I take you, my best friend, to be my beloved husband, to have and to hold in my arms, through the laughter and the tears, for the rest of our blessed lives. I promise to always kiss you good morning and good night, hello and goodbye. I vow to support every dream you have, and I will always be your biggest fan. I pledge my greatest respect, loyalty, honesty, and my purest love. I readily commit the rest of my life to you; my heart, spirit, and soul forever intertwined with yours. With every year, I will love and cherish you more than the last. On these words, I give my most sincere vow.
I was taking a bath last night when I realized it was TIME to create my blog that I’ve been thinking about for far too long. No more procrastinating. I love to write. One of my dreams is to be a writer – from non-fiction and fiction to screenplays. I need to practice, write as much as possible…and I like to share my thoughts and experiences as I have them.
So here it is. Enjoy! This blog is intended for myself and for any other curious persons…just remember that curiosity killed the cat.