First blog: An introduction to me, an overview, and a start

I’ll begin with the answer to my own question, “Why blog?” I’m not naive enough to think that a ton of people are crazy interested in learning about my life. I even put it off because I didn’t want to be trendy, and I hate confrontational, angry so-called “debates” (they’re usually just a rant people!). The concept is also a little confusing. It’s like a diary, but one you let people read? Also, I was slightly terrified that my fellow speechies, English teacher sister, and other grammar know-it-alls would judge my writing. So, if that’s YOU please ignore my mistakes; I want this to be a fun creative outlet, not work. I have always loved to read; therefore, write, right? I dabbled with the idea of being a writer “when I grew up”. When my mother remarried a wonderful man, me being a punk kid who wasn’t quite ready for a step-dad, mentally wrote a book entitled, The Stepfather, where he slowly killed off myself and my five older siblings. I’m pretty sure I also wrote some horrible poems after a poetry unit in elementary and junior high school. However, being a sensible North Dakotan who was taught to go college and get a safe career, I quickly eliminated the option of becoming a writer. Recently, with so many of my friends quitting their 9-5s to be fitness coaches or stay at home moms via their multi-level marketing businesses, I thought “Hey, maybe I should blog to keep those skills in check so that one day I can sneak a novel in there!?” At the very least, it will satisfy my craving that began in 2013 when I decided I needed a hobby, craft, or new project. Topics for upcoming blogs, & defining introductory points include the following:

What did I end up choosing as a career? Not too far off but certainly more secure, I became a speech-language pathologist (SLP). It has its foundations in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Though not everyone shares the love of the word, I find that many of my colleagues have a shared fascination with language. More on speech therapy in a future blog though; SLP is its own topic entirely.

BabyI love animals, specifically cats. This too may be a separate blog in order for me to share with you all the members of my household. Therefore, crazy cat ladies, subscribe/follow!

I have a fitness addiction.

I’m currently preggo (first time mom). I’m going to try not to be one of those obsessed mommies who post six baby status updates a day (possibly with TMI) plus 10 pictures, but I’m also a realist, and this could definitely happen.

I’m Christian.

I’m married to a tall, dark, & handsome meathead wrestling coach/nerdy accountant. I too was surprised to discover he was like an onion, with layers. I think we have a great marriage though I most definitely do not pretend to have some crazy unattainable perfect life.

I have a large, close-knit crazy family. Everyone says that though (the craziness part) so maybe it will just be something relatable for everyone.

I love to read. All genres. I’ll post blog-book reviews and other times will see if I can tack on a blurb at the end of a post.

I’m a self proclaimed great cook and a so-so baker. I’ve been told I naturally eat pretty healthy, but I also love more than my fair share of naughties so there should be some great variety with that as well. I’m sure there’s more to cover, but I need to get this going.

Most recently completed book (1/10/14): Still Missing by: Chevy Stevens

A thriller/mystery that I had recommended to me by someone over a year ago when I took a Facebook poll on books to read. I checked it out from the Fargo Public Library-Main Branch. The story covered the adult-napping of the main character via snippets told to her psychologist as she tried to recover from her posttraumatic stress disorder. The story climaxed as the real mystery behind the protagonist’s year of hell is revealed.

I completely overdid the Mary Higgins Clark/mystery genre in high school. Therefore, I hadn’t read much of it in the past few years and greedily ate up this story. It was cliché in a few parts, and if this isn’t your genre then this book isn’t likely to convert you. It was a very easy read, with no hidden meanings or themes, just straight up fiction.

Latest new recipe tried (1/19/14): Chess Squares or Cream Cheese Blond Brownies

I found this as a pin on Pinterest which then led me to the recipe on Kevin {&} Amanda’s page. These are definitely on the naughty side of the spectrum, but I recently graduated into the second trimester without gaining any weight so I decided congratulatory treats were in order. Also, I’ve had this recipe pinned for a really long time without making it. Side rant: pins on Pinterest either have to be someday-doable inspiration or functional/usable, in my opinion!

They were deliciously rich. Blond Cheesecake BrownieI battled the sweetness a bit by pairing with a tangy strawberry. Bottom line: EASY! I’d for sure make them again, but will be difficult for my small household to finish, and they may have to go to work with my hubby.

P.S. I love side rants (mini-ones that is!).



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