3 kids, a dog, and an RV

‘Tis the season for road trips — if time and money were out of the equation, what car-based adventure would you go on?

My dad worked for an oil company … one of the big ones.  He worked on the refining end of it, and we moved around a lot because we would go to wherever the refinery was being built, and those things are built all over the world.  We would stay in one place for about 18-24 months and then it was on to the next job.

Whenever I say that I moved around a lot growing up, people frequently respond with a question:  “Army brat?”  I reply, “No, oil brat.”   Other oil brats will understand.

When I was around 8, we lived in Edmonton.  We are not Canadian, but that’s where the job took us.  One of my very favorite memories as a kid was the year my parents rented an RV and we took a family road trip/vacation to Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, dog and all.  I don’t remember what we did, and my recollection of the parks themselves are vague, at best.  It’s been a LONG time since I was 8.  So why is this one of my favorite memories, when I don’t seem to have that many actual memories of it?

To be honest, I have no idea.

And yet, if I had the time and money for an epic road trip, that’s exactly what I would do with my own kids.  Well, not exactly.  We are near the Texas gulf coast, and Canada is a really long way away.

But I would rent an RV and load up the kids and the dog go see places like the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Carlsbad Caverns … and stupid stuff like the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, the Very Large Array in Socorro, NM, and Coffee Pot Rock in Sedona, AZ.

And maybe we might end up having the kind of vacation that, 40 years from now, my kids reflect upon fondly, even if they don’t remember exactly why.



Who I Am and Why I’m Here

OK, it’s time I got a bit ‘remedial.’

While trying to kick myself in the butt about this blog thingy, I found an old series called “Blogging 101” which, of course, I totally missed because I’m never here looking at what’s going on which is why I need to kick myself in the butt about this blog thingy.

This is where the ‘remedial’ comes in.  I’m going to try and go back and do the Blogging 101 series, even though it’s over and has been for quite some time.  I’m just going to do it on my own.  Whatever.  Because it certainly can’t hurt, and it just might help.

So …. first assignment:  Write and publish a ‘who I am and why I’m here’ post.

Here goes ….

I’m Susan.  I’m a mother to three smart, beautiful, poised, confident daughters who are completely awesome, most of the time.  I don’t currently work outside the home but will probably have to rejoin the workforce soon to make ends meet.  It would be great, though, if I could find something part-time, or that I could do from home, because I really love being home with my girls even though there are those moments when one or more of them is not completely awesome.

Why I’m here is a much more difficult question to answer.  I’ve never thought of myself as a writer.  A proofreader/editor, perhaps, but not a writer.  I’m great at finding errors and inconsistencies in the writing of others, but ask me to come up with original content and I will either laugh or have a panic attack.  Then I saw a story on the morning news recently about how many people write emails that are too long and they should be, like, 3-5 sentences only, or something like that.  And I realized that my emails are waaaaaaay longer than that.  I go on for paragraphs, and paragraphs.  I’m downright verbose.  So … I don’t know … maybe there is a repressed writer somewhere inside me after all.

Also, I’m really trying to get my life together.  To get the house clean and organized, to put a nice dinner on the table most nights, to take better care of my family and myself, and have some fun along the way.  I’m loving all the blogs out there that share recipes, crafts, DIY projects, organization tips and so many other things.  Do I really think I could have something to contribute to that area of the blogosphere?  Well, probably not, but maybe writing it all down will help keep me on task and if I manage to pass on some useful information while I’m at it, all the better.

So there will be posts about cooking and recipes, kids, DIY projects, crafts, cleaning and organizing and whatever else may be affecting my life at that moment.  But this is not a food blog, or a mommy blog, or a home handyman blog or a crafts blog or whatever.

So what is it?

No idea.  I guess I’ll find out.