About Me

“We’re a Red Vines Family”

But when I’m *not* berating the clearly inferior of the licorice whips, I dearly value my time alone or being outdoors with my doggies. I’m raising two beautiful girls who are 7 and 17. I’ve sacrificed, learned, and grown more in the last two years than I have in my four decades on this spinning earthen spaceball. This is something I’m extremely proud of, and I’m pleased as can be with my simple lot of Father, Teacher, Tutor, and Swim and Tennis Coach when time allows. These are all things dear to my heart along with the Leadership of young adults. I’ve figured out where I am supposed to be in this. End of demo.

I am a hardcore INFJ with a million interests and just as many quiet opinions, and, at this point in my life, can’t hear a word you say. It is what it is, which in this case means Take it or Leave it. I’m secure in my personal challenges and can support the struggles of others. I create comfort around myself wherever I can because it’s soothing to my soul and I can then be my best for others. Comfort. Simplicity. And, like the rest of us, I intend to feel safe and respected in my relationships with anyone I choose to keep close in my life because that’s exactly what I give back if someone has chosen me to be in theirs.

I like peace. I like positivity. I like quiet. I like ideas. I like friendship. I like acceptance. I like heart. I like kindness.

Offer solidarity and understanding before advice or judgment.

Other Things I Prefer:

Gene Kelly to Fred Astaire
West Coast Rap to East
Beatles to Rolling Stones
Temptations to Four Tops
Dogs to Cats
Newman to Redford
Godfather Two to One
Dean Martin to Frank Sinatra
Coke to Pepsi
Anything to Raising a Teenager
Tim Hortons to Starbucks
Alec Baldwin to All Other Baldwins

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Rescues Thor and Gabey

What makes me laugh? Dogs in suits with little stuffed arms. Chubby guys coming out of SportClips or Lady Janes.

Movies I saw three (or more!) times at the theater? Home Alone. Donnie Brasco. Scream. Cool Runnings. Three Men and a Baby (Long story on those last two). The Greatest Showman currently holds the record at six.

Guilty Pleasure? Downton Abbey. Oh, Barrow, why can’t you just be good!?

Self Conscious Of? My ears. Extremely. But also in a way that I don’t give a fuck.

Dealbreaker? Namecalling. There’s no coming back from that.

Secret? My mom tricked me into going to a Tom Jones concert in my 20’s and I loved every second of it. Shh.

Time Sucking Vampires Running, camping, basketball. Reading, writing and hanging with my little one. Who is currently Pokemonning big time.

“Interesting” Fact? Jason Robards stars in three of my all time favorite films. I’ve always felt he steals everything he does and I love him dearly. In college, I wrote a play specifically for him and sat on it far too long out of fear. It was a huge loss to me in many ways when he passed away.

Heroes? Neil Simon, Danny Elfman, Nelson Algren. And the guy who invented Crazy Bread.

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….This is my safe space. And I will provide the same.

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44 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Always full of depth. You’re a Blessing.

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  2. Love your page and look forward to reading your blog!

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    1. Hey there, thank you! Nice to meet you 😊

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  3. Just saw and read this and it’s fantastic. I steef’ed a few memes.

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    1. Oh! Haha, thank you! I *conveeeeniently* had these tucked away in my phone at the time I made this page. They seemed fitting!

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  4. Just saying hi! I know you’re going through a tough time right now and I’m sure that WordPress isn’t a big priority. You’ve been on my mind. Not in a creepy stalker way πŸ˜› I just wanted you to know that I hope each day is getting easier, that you’re an awesome person who is strong and resilient, and that this goofy, cheese loving, slightly weird lady is wishing you well and sending lots of hugs and positive thoughts your way.πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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    1. Hi there! Nice to see you here deep in the bowels of The About Me Basement!! Lolol. No of course!…no explanation needed, I appreciate you reaching out so much!! And also the very kind words (and always cheese!) πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ I hope you are doing well. I have not checked in on anyone in weeks! I hope to catch up soon!

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      1. I was trying to see if you had contact info. I didn’t want to keep spamming your last post.
        It’s so cool that I’ve found so many kindred spirits here on WordPress. It surprises me but it doesn’t. Synchronicity.
        Glad you’re doing okay. HSPs gotta pull back sometimes.πŸ’Œ
        Oh, and the second Godfather is *definitely* the best😜

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        1. Haha, laughing at the Godfather thing. It is! Far Superior!

          I’m ashamed to say this but after attempting to find the widget for Contact info and being unsuccessful (and having trashed the contact template not knowing I’d *never* get it back) I gave up. 😣

          Indeed we do!!! If you ever need to, I’m at sdc.700 at Yahoo. Thank you again!

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  5. I can’t believe I have never read your About Me page !! Having read lot of your other stuff, this is you to a T.
    BTW, I had a close look at your ears. They’re nice πŸ™‚ I think I forgot to say I loved your daughter’s poem. So original. And I still want to know what you REALLY had for breakfast….

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    1. Hah, thank you so much. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— As for the ears…I’m used to them now, they’ve grown on me lol!

      She worked really hard on it and kept it a secret until her performance!

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      1. It’s a masterpiece worthy of being framed πŸ™‚

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    2. you checked his ears…. that’s hilarious

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      1. I felt compelled ! He pointed me in that direction πŸ™‚

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        1. I suppose I kind of did! πŸ˜‚

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  6. Love this. Once, a guy I was dating back in the day gave me shit for not letting him touch my ears. I never explained why and now I know what to say if that ever happens again: I don’t give a fuck.
    lol

    This is a great page!! Will come back to it to help me overcome my negativity and depression when it hits. ❀

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    1. Looool, Yes! On top of everything else mine are uneven and weird and I’ve had to just get over *all* of it and ‘idgaf’ it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Oh, thank you! It’s so tucked away I often forget it’s here, but I figure this sums it up succinctly πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  7. Well, you’ve left off the ability to comment on certain posts lately, but I wanted to say that I can relate to so much. Especially “Flashes”. Right. There. With. You.

    I’m working on coming to terms with this part of things: “I am not ashamed for trying. Or for valuing you. Or wanting to fight for it. Something. Anything.”

    Feeling too much or more than you probably should can be brutal, but I’ll take that over the alternative. I’ll take the vulnerability any day over not caring about anyone.

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    1. Hey, it’s your page! You can do what you want πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you’ve reached that point, working through it to get there. Admirable perseverance. I’m fighting my own assumptions which can be just as bad or worse than having someone tell you straight up β€œyou’re too much.” Blah. BUT YES! There shouldn’t be shame for having emotions and expressing them.

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  8. Hey Sam, just wondering if you have changed your blog to a no comments one. There are two changes I’ve noticed just in the last week. I can’t open your posts in my Reader. Not a big deal. But more to the point, I am unable to comment on any of them now ? There just is no comments option open and I have tried everything I know to find one….

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    1. Hi there. No just the last two posts Ive turned comments off cause Im in a cranky mood, lol. But those should the only ones πŸ€” As far as the Reader thing, I’m not sure! I haven’t changed anything else at all!

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      1. That’s OK. You’re allowed cranky time πŸ™‚

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        1. I’m hoping if the sun EVER comes out again I’ll start feeling better πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I am thankful for you checking in!!

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          1. Just a concerned friend – hope you get to see the sun soon πŸ™‚

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  9. OK – I just read the trail of comments on this page. I understand now. *hugs*

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  10. This is a great about me page, and I’m glad I clicked over here just for the hell of it. Coming from an INTJ, that’s high praise. Thanks for posting all your positive vibes for us to soak up. I’ll ditto West Coast Rap and Alec Baldwin. Never been to a Tim Hortons – aren’t those in Canada? I love a mom who will trick a kid into going to Tom Jones. Love those quotes. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Thank you so much! And you’re very welcome πŸ€— You know…I always thought they were only in Canada because I used to see them there back in my casino days. Then they started popping up in different midwest regions as well 🍩🍩🍩 which makes my mornings a little better! It’s nice to meet you as well! 😊 And maybe I’ll update this a smidge while I’m here, lol.

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  11. Hi, Just letting you know I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. No pressure, just letting you know! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh! Thank you so much! I’ve been off here over holiday break but I will check it out. Thank you for thinking of me!

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      1. You’re welcome and no pressure! I know you’re busy with life. Just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your posts. They’re a great mixture of life, mixed with real life…if that makes sense.😊

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        1. Aww, no that makes perfect sense to me! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Thank you for appreciating the mishmosh of my brain. That’s how life is though you know, sometimes serious thoughts intrude on the goofiness. And life lessons often pop up when you don’t expect them to! Thank you, friend!

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  12. Another true INFJ here. There are so few of us. It is always a pleasure to connect with another.

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    1. I love that! Glad to meet you πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Indeed, it’s like finding someone who speaks your language when you’re in a foreign land!

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  13. So, there I was, brainstorming a first draft of a new post which includes a link to your post Chore Monkey. That’s when it dawns on me you could start wondering if I’m a cougar stalking it’s newest prey… Nay, nay, Brute! No worries, I can’t remember from week-to-week who’s where or with whom in the blogging community (and the secret sauce; I don’t really care). I so enjoy your refreshing candor about raising kids today and keeping a solid grasp of your self care at the same time. Though workin’ at this end of Niagara Falls is a undiscovered Howard Hughes, I do my best to just enjoy the writers/bloggers’ fellowship.
    It’s good to meet you!

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    1. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Haha, no not at all. I’m pretty evolved. I take friendship as friendship and I enjoy the community and mutual support here, too! Thank you for these nice compliments about my posts! I so wanted to add more of those lyrics on that day but it was a ‘less is definitely more’ situation, lol. Good to meet you as well!

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      1. I knew that πŸ˜‰. My humor doesn’t always land as expected ☺

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        1. Noo, I hear you! 😁 But there are honestly a lot of weirdos out there that make regular people hesitant to have regular conversations and I don’t ever want to come across as one of *them* either! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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          1. I understand, Sam. I suspect most of those you mention compose much of my inner circle πŸ˜‰ I seriously feel much better about life since I realized most people really don’t care how I feel… JK. Sort of. ☺

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            1. I have learned a lot about the human condition in the last few years. Most I can do is be someone I’d appreciate in my own life. It seems a simple enough rule to follow and a good standard to hold myself to πŸ€—

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