*About Me–More Information Than You’ll Ever Want to Know*

I am a fortyish SAHM of four beautiful children; two boys, two girls; two blondes, two redheads.

I married my high school sweetheart.  We have been together since 8 days before my 17th birthday.

Hokie-blood through and through.  Orange and Maroon baby!

I studied Psychology in college, but I work in accounting.  Part time.  From home.

I have never lived anywhere other than Virginia.  Hubby and I settled here and I don’t know if we’ll ever leave.  I mean like live anywhere else.

On any given Saturday between late August and early January, you can find me glued to my tv watching the Hokies play–GO HOKIES!

I love to garden.  I could be weeding, trimming, planting, watering, cultivating…as long as I’m out there, I’m happy!

I also love to cook.  Although it has become such a must-do now that it isn’t quite the same as pre-kids.  Back then I would spend all day cooking a meal for my hubby and me to enjoy.

I like to make things from scratch.  I like homemade.  It just seems better.

My husband says “it’s really hard to be you, isn’t it?”  I tend to do things the hard way.  And I like to do everything myself.  I should really ease up.

I did not inherit my mother’s sense of style.  I don’t get it.  I got all the other stuff…

I have, however, inherited her way of mumbling to herself –though just loud enough for others to hear–when she is unhappy with something.  I also inherited the way my dad speaks angrily at the tv.

If I were a crayon I would be tangerine.  Isn’t orange just a happy color?!

I hover just below the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder threshhold where folding towels is concerned (among other things).

I am a dog lover.  I just can’t seem to understand the cat thing.

God blessed me with a high metabolism, though that seems to be wearing off a bit somehow.

I thoroughly enjoy wine, especially cabernet sauvignon.  I dig tannins.

I am living my dream life.  This is what I wanted.  I have everything I hoped for.  I just didn’t know it would be so challenging, and so profoundly beautiful.

Updated:  Looking for more? (You must surely have lost your mind…)  Try this:  100 Tidbits-o-me.


11 thoughts on “*About Me–More Information Than You’ll Ever Want to Know*

  1. I am with you on the living your dream, just didn’t know how challenging it would be part! So true:) Happy I found your blog through Shannon’s.

  2. Thanks for your comment on my 5MFSN post. After reading about you, I realized we live in the same state! I am in Richmond but love the western part of the state. I didn’t go to VT, but have spent a great deal of time there because I work for the Va. Dept of Agriculture. We do a lot of collaborative projects with Tech.

    It’s nice to meet you!

  3. Hi there,

    My name is Aaron Bateman and I am a copywriter with a Danish advertising agency called Advance. http://www.advance.dk

    One of our clients is a hearing aid manufacturer called ReSound and they are currently planning to enter the pediatrics market with some dedicated hearing instruments for children. My agency has been helping them with a communications strategy.

    We have managed to convince ReSound that the experiences of parents such as yourself can be extremely helpful to parents whose child has just been diagnosed with a hearing loss.

    To that end, ReSound want to produce a guide for parents that contains several testimonials from families like yours and we are now trying to gather some from families around the world.

    Do you think you would be willing to share your account in this guide? Something similar to what you recount here is exactly what we had in mind:


    I think this kind of first-hand, beautifully written and heartfelt account of your experiences is of more value to parents than the rather bland words I could come up with!

    Please do get in touch with me if you would like to discuss this further. I can happily send you more details via email.

    Many thanks!

    Aaron Bateman

  4. Hi there,

    My name is Aaron Bateman and I am a copywriter for a Danish advertising agency called Advance. http://www.advance.dk

    One of our clients is a hearing aid manufacturer called ReSound. They are currently introducing a range of hearing instruments for children (something they have not done before) and have asked us to handle the communication for the launch.

    We have proposed that ReSound write a guide for parents just getting to grips with the news that their child has a hearing impairment which features first-hand accounts from families like your own. We believe that parents can get more valuable insight from real accounts such as you recounted in this beautiful piece here: https://nosmallthing.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/what-they-are-missing/

    Would you be interested in discussing this further? We believe strongly that a guide featuring accounts such as yours would be a lot more meaningful and valuable to parents than anything I could write.

    Please do get in touch if you think this appeals and I would be happy to send you more details.

    Many thanks,

    Aaron Bateman

    1. I am honored that you would say such a nice thing to me. Thank you for that. Sometimes you wonder if it’s the right thing to do, to put your thoughts out there, and then you receive a comment like this, and you know it is the right thing.

  5. okay, okay, okay. shut the front door. Hokie blood?! Hello…born at Lewis Gale Hospital! Weaned on Gilley’s ice cream! Fireworks in front of Burress Hall! Ice skating on the duck pond! Forty-ish. High metabolism, or, it was. Maybe we WERE separated at birth!

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