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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

I started blogging because it seemed like the thing to do. And because I was inspired by my cool neighbor across the street, who is a great writer and friend.

But I'm discovering this whole entire world (apparently called the "blogosphere"?) that I didn't know existed. I mean, I knew people were writing blogs -- but I think I assumed it was mostly political junkies and sports fanatics and moms posting goofy pictures of their kids. Had no idea it was full of witty, clever, talented women writing about life and politics and motherhood and families and food and fashion and husbands and whatever else we might think of.

And now, here I am, joining in on the "Ultimate Blog Party" through 5 Minutes for Mom. I'm supposed to introduce myself, so here goes...

I'm a working-from-home-mom of two -- my son (called Junius here) is 3 1/2 and my daughter (called Pippi) just turned 1. Living in North Carolina with my husband -- we're just about the only two people who grew up Catholic in N.C. in the 70's who are still Catholic and living back in N.C., so it's lucky we found each other (although we're both pretty frustrated with the captial "C" Church these days). I'm a Tar Heel born (almost), bred and graduated twice, so these days we're watching a lot of basketball.

A "retired" high school English teacher, I've worked in public education advocacy and now do research consulting work for education organizations. Which is probably why blogging seemed like a good idea -- a chance to write something from my heart and head instead of from test and tracking data.

For the Blog Party, they're giving away lots of cool prizes... I'm hoping for the ergo baby carrier (#7 -- I found it to be the best way to wear a baby), a $50 gift certificate to Target (#19 -- who can't spend $50 at Target?!) or a $25 certificate to Shutterfly (#99 -- because I don't have any kind of baby book or photo album for my 1-year-old. oops.).

If anyone has actually wandered over from the UBP, welcome and thanks for reading! Hope that I can keep you entertained for a bit.


  1. Welcome to the party!! I love what you say in your about me--"blogging to write something other than facebook status updates"-- too funny!

  2. Nice to meet you! My daughter's 2 and I still haven't done her scrapbook or baby book yet so don't feel too guilty. :)

  3. Thanks for participating in the UPB....glad I found you! This is my first time participating in the event, and it's been a blast getting to visit all the other sites. Swing by my site, The IE Mommy, to view my UPB post. Thanks for the fun!

  4. Glad to read your article...came for the party!

  5. Visiting from UPB. Nice blog.

  6. Just blog hopping and thought I'd say hey (I know you get the hey cause you're from NC)! A lot of my family lives in Charlotte and I used to live there as well...I love it there sure beats Ohio!

    Welcome to the party!

  7. Thanks for the frugal date night suggestion of the co-op sitting program... unfortunately, we don't have a lot of connections with other young families in our area. We're working on building our young families age group at church, so hopefully that will bring more families with kids into our lives.

  8. Hi - stopping in for the party. Thanks for stopping by my place. Looking forward to reading more!

  9. Hi there! Thanks for coming by and saying hi! Isn't this blog party fun?

    It's so nice to meet you! I am excited to look around and get to know you better. Have a wonderful day!


  10. Look at you go, girl! I'm entirely too lazy to join the party. Every year it pops up, and every year it just passes by . . .

    I'm shameful.

  11. Marty -- not shameful at all. I just feel like a freshman trying to be cool at the senior's party ;)

  12. Hi, we don't live that far from each other. I'm in VA and like you, I got two cool but still very small kids. ;D

    Check out my party and fun giveaways at: when you get a chance.

    I enjoyed your blog! :D

  13. Seriously, Marty does not need to participate in the UBP2009 when she has Motherhood Uncensored tweeting about her. I'm just hoping to ride her coattails to fame. Of course, it's looking like I might soon be able to ride your coattails as well since you're drawing in so much traffic.

    PS- Loving that word of the day thing. Maybe an added benefit of reading blogs will be a stronger vocab than poo-poo and pee-pee.

    Keep up the good work.


  14. Hi there, nice to meet you! Stopping by from UBP. Have a great week!

  15. Hi! Party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

  16. Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

    I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.


    I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

  17. I am an educational advocate and consultant.

    I'm still blog hopping via the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet you.

  18. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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