As the day winds down and the children are fed, bathed and bedded I head downstairs with every intent of reconnecting with this blog and reviving it. I've been away too long. The exhaustion of the day, previously absent due to constant motion, sets in. Sleep calls and now that Waylon jumps on the bedtime bandwagon and sleeps 12+ hours (Am I jinxing it here? Now?) I take advantage of the fact that I will get more than three to four straight hours of sleep per night. Thus, The Blog stagnates. The Blog will still be here in the morning--always vigilant, awaiting meaningful content (hmmm...could be waiting a while for that). But for now? I sleep.
Because I seem to be creating content everywhere but here lately, I'm reusing my 25 things list from Facebook to make. Yep still hooked on the Facebook. Probably will be for a while...
1. I can never think of anything to write whenever I'm supposed to compile a list of random things about me.
2. Let's see... I'm a certified scuba diver.
3. I've only ever scuba-dived (dove?) once. In a lake. Which is lame.
4. I was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was 26. Which is also quite lame.
5. And, under the heading of "Even More Lame Things About Me," I had a temporary ileostomy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileostomy) for 6 weeks. You haven't lived until you've seen the inside of your intestine doing the job that God intended.
6. I've been cancer-free for 11 years. Which is so not-lame.
7. I'd like to become a yoga instructor one day. I assume that would involve me getting off the couch, though, and seeing how The Bachelor is on again it's going to take a while for me to check that goal off my list.
8. I wrote, directed and produced a five-part documentary about the San Antonio Symphony in the 90s.
9. I also starred in it although I use the term "starred" loosely. It aired on the local PBS station and three people actually saw it. Two of them were my parents.
10. I'm married to a man who is 18 years older than me. The age difference never seems weird except when my husband reminds me that he married his first wife when I was in my bassinet. Then, yeah, it seems kind of freaky.
11. When I told my parents I was dating a man who was 18 years older than me my mother said, "Colleen Marie! I told you to find a man who was LIKE your father, not a man who's the SAME AGE as your father!"
12. In my husband's defense, he's not the same age as my father. He's 11 years younger. So...oh, who am I kidding? Still kinda freaky.
13. I can't believe I'm only half-way done.
14. I have two lovely stepchildren. They refer to me as their "sister mom." I'm sure it's nothing to do with the fact that we are the same number of years apart that their father and I are.
15. My husband and I were married on a beach on the island of St. John, U.S.V.I. We kind of eloped. No family or friends joined us. It was romantic. Especially when some chick down the beach thought it would be funny to take her top off when we said our vows. Strangely enough, she was right. It was funny. And made for one heck of a wedding video. In a Girls Gone Wild kind of way.
16. My daughter's name comes from a Jimmy Buffett song.
17. My son's name started out as a joke between my husband and his friend, Barry, but then it grew on us.
18. Both my daughter and son have the same middle names as two of Jimmy Buffett's kids. This is merely a coincidence. Or maybe it was subconscious seeing as how I'm a Parrothead and all.
19. I've seen Jimmy Buffett in concert ten times. I haven't seen him since my children were born. See how having children can ruin your life?
20. I can't cook. My husband says when I enter a kitchen my eyes glaze over and my IQ drops 20 points just like when a man walks into a topless bar. Not that he would know, of course. I mean, he's a great cook.
21. I would rather load a dishwasher than unload it (I'm afraid we're going to scrape the barrel here to get to 25.).
22. This blog was nominated for a 2006 Weblog Award (http://2006.weblogawards.org/2006/12/best_parenting_blog.php). When the votes were counted I received like 1.75% of them. So I can speak from experience when I tell you that the people who say, "It's an honor just to be nominated!" are full of crap. Also? It was an honor just to be nominated.
23. Really? Only number 23???
24. The Tyra Banks show wanted me to appear for an episode on germaphobe moms. Of which, I am one. But I couldn't go. Doesn't she realize how many germs are on airplanes? (http://delaneydiaries.typepad.com/the_delaney_diaries/2008/03/no-thanks-ms-ba.html).
25. I'm a proud nursing mother and breastfeeding advocate. But even I got skeeved out when I saw nine- and ten-year-old children nursing on a recent episode of 20/20. I'm not sure breast is best when you're old enough to attend your first Sadie Hawkins dance.