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Who Are You? 
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:10 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2010 7:41 pm
AR is a little bit anonymous for me, so I wanted to let you into my life.  Feel free to share your story too!

My name is Rebecca
I'm 31 years old.
I have three kids, two dogs, and one husband--all boys
I have zero sanity.
I grew up in Astoria, Oregon and now live in the Godforsaken Arizona desert.
I hate it here.

When I was young I wanted to be a doctor until I realized I couldn't stand body fluids.
I can't grill a steak to save my soul; they're either raw or shoe leather.
I've never had a speeding ticket.
I buy Marie Callender's frozen pie crusts and tell people they're homemade.
I hate bananas, fois gras, and gin
I could live off of cheeseburgers and fries

When I grow up I want to go to the culinary institute.  I don't want to be a chef, I just want the skills.
I wish I could sew
My husband says I'm sarcastic; I call it witty.
I'm afraid of heights.
I start planning for the holidays as soon as they're over.
I'm a sucker for a bargain, even when I don't "need" it.
Horror films give me nightmares.
I miss my dad.
When I was in high school I got sick after a blood drive and threw up in the bushes.  All day long I heard stories about the girl that puked in the middle of the courtyard.  I said nothing.

So I think that's me in a nutshell.  Or a blogshell.  You pick.



 
Comments
Skoo 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:21 pm
I like this! Nice one. My name is Sasha I just turned 30, I'm originally from Canada but moved to San Diego for a man- because I didn’t want to wonder “What If?” I am obsessed with food, looking at it (food porn), making it, and of course eating it. I have no idea what to do with this obsession. I am a DJ- and a female, so that would make me somewhat of a rarity. I play all vinyl records and I guess I’m a bit of a snob about it to be truthful. Oh, and I’m addicted to AR!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:36 pm
Nice to meet you, Sasha! Did things work out with Mr. San Diego? I can certainly think of worse places to move for a man!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:36 pm
LOL! Loved your blog! Been using my story for blogging material! LOL!!!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:39 pm
Oh I love this. A little about me then. My Name is Lindsey. I live in Naperville (IL) I have lived here now for 2 1/2 years, having moved from Bakewell, Derbyshire, England. I would move home tomorrow given the chance. (Not that I don't like the US, but I miss home). Hubby keeps telling me to give it time, I will settle once ... happens, then when I still feel the same, he tells me once again to give it time, I will settle once... happens!!! I have a husband Chris, we have been together for 23 years. We have two gorgeous boys aged 20 (21 in Oct) and 15. We have no pets. I drive a little VW Beetle (so economic on fuel) and live in a new home just a few minutes walk from downtown. I love cooking, don't mind laundry but I HATE cleaning. I am a lady of leisure, spending my days cooking, shopping or out for lunch. My favorite colour is RED and I just adore Kenny Chesney (suffering from withdrawal Symptoms as he has not toured this year, usually manage to see him twice. I also think Renee Zellweger Must have been crazy to divorce him...). I love to read especially Jane Austin books, remind me so much of home... And lastly I am a self confessed FOODAHOLIC, I love live, eat and breath food. So AR is my bible...
 
Skoo 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:41 pm
Rebecca, yes! 7 1/2 years and counting! Nice to meet you too!
 
Skoo 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:43 pm
Hi Lindsey, nice to meet you! Every time someone goes to England I get them to pick up PG tips- the best!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:45 pm
Hello Skoo, good to meet you too ~ have you tried Yorkshire Tea. it is far nicer than PG Tips. You can occassionly find it at homegoods or TJ Maxx.
 
Skoo 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:45 pm
I'll look for it, thanks!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:48 pm
CatHill-always love hearing from you! Not quite sure what your comment means, but I LOVE hearing from you!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:50 pm
Lindsey, nice to meet you. How is Mr. Bingley working out for you? And what on Earth are PG tips?? I would love to move to another continent to see what life is like there. Hubs and I have dreams of moving to Italy and fishing for our dinner in the Mediterranean, but no idea if that will ever happen. I don't mind cleaning, but there's so much of it to be done with three little ones that I spend far too much time doing it. I love Kenny Chesney--until he takes of his hat.
 
NancyH 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:51 pm
Totally relate with you with the blood drive thing. I passed out while trying to get out of the chair and walking to the front : p Ha ha made me laugh. Great blog, thanks for sharing.
 
CF 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:52 pm
Hi Rebecca, my name is Christel. I grew up in Vancouver, WA and I now live across the river in Portland, Or. I'm am also 31. I'm married but no kids. My husband is from Ethiopia. I am scared of the dark. I hate water on my face. I can not stand spiders! I am very girly, my favorite color is pink. I grew up with two older brothers. I know how to build a wall from the studs to the sheet rock. I like to decorate. I hate laundry. I love watching movies and I love reading. Oh and I can't even watch the comercials for scary movies without getting nightmares!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:54 pm
Nancy-I tried it once more with the same result--I guess some people just aren't cut out to be donors. I am an organ donor though, so maybe that makes up for it a little. I don't mind giving my blood, but why do they want so much of it??
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:57 pm
Nice to meet you Christel. P-town is one of my favorite places in the world. It has a feeling that no other place I've ever been has. Formal, but low-key; granola yuppie kind of place. I heart Portland. My big fear is worms of any kind, earthworms to parasites. I got ringworm once and went into hysterics (and it's not even a real worm!) I wish I had time to read. Does your husband cook? I would love to try Ethiopian food; anything that can be eaten with the hands is a winner in my book!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:59 pm
One sentence just destroyed me.I miss my dad ,too. (4/22/10) I will never bake another cheesecake for him. Maybe I will never bake another cheesecake at all.I love pears,fringed stuff,weeping willows,and Buffy The Vampire Slayer reruns. I hate hot dogs,"reality" TV, wearing shoes,and the word "mauve".I will make any recipe with the word "flaming" in it.I drive a 64 Corvair with a Goldwater bumper sticker.My name is Suzanne and its nice to meet you, Rebecca.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 2:59 pm
Neat idea for a blog, Rebecca. I think it would be cool if everyone would post their own blog like this. The AR profiles really don't tell you much about a person. Btw, I'm glad I'm not the only wimp around- I didn't even get past the finger prick at the blood drive before I passed out. How's that for embarassing? :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:00 pm
Rebecca ~ PG Tips are tea bags. Sorry nothing too exciting. Just Love Kenny in his hat too with or without it makes no difference to me (Hope Hubby does not read this, kind of feel he won't be impressed ~ oops). Mr Bingley is perfect, love him just as much as Mr Darcy! Italy is beautiful we had the option of moving there or here to the US. US got the vote as Italy meant my baby going to boarding school + of course the lauguage difference, although I am a Studentessa de Italiano (Italian student)
 
Joan 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:02 pm
Yeah, I heard that rumor about the girl throwing up in the bushes...LOL. Actually, I love your blog...
 
CF 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:03 pm
I love living here! I love being close to the mountains, the beach, and the dessert at the same time. Also where else can you go to a wedding in your jeans?!? My hubby does not cook too much but him mom does! She is a very good cook. She has taught me a little bit but I need to learn more. Before my husband I had never had it, now it is a regular part of my diet! Good stuff!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:03 pm
Oh, and my name is Jennifer. I am nerdy- I enjoy puzzles of any sort, and literature is my passion. I also enjoy researching etymology and history. I have a house full of men/boys and long for more pink in my life.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:08 pm
Suzanne-4.18.09 for me. I have so many regrets, so many things left unsaid, so much grieving that I still won't let myself do. Horrifying to admit, I love 'reality' television and secretly DVR the real housewives so my husband doesn't know. You should bake that cheesecake. He'd like it. I made a giant lasagna for that very reason and had a bunch of people over to help eat it. I couldn't cry with a houseful of people.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:13 pm
Nice to meet you, Jennifer! I'm a closet nerd, too. I secretly did a happy dance when they started showing old episodes of the X-files on cable. Hubs and I watch one every night after the kids go to sleep. I love European history and have a small obsession with the Tudor family. Thanks for posting!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:14 pm
Hi, Rebecca! I am Shanon (duh!) and I live in Nashville, TN. and love it. I am getting married in Oct. I can give blood and don't (bad ME!) My favorite color is green. I can't stand 2 names for a 1st name (apologizing to all the Ann Marie's , Mary Pat's, etc.) I will be 41 in Sept. :( No kids and an 18 yr. old Kitty Cat!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:14 pm
LOL, thanks Joan. It's always nice to know that your private humiliation is really public. Well I guess it really is public now, isn't it??!
 
K-Dub 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:16 pm
Love this! My name is Kelly, I just turned 27 AND got engaged. I love to read. I'm addicted to gossip magazines and chapstick. I just found out about an older sister I never knew I had. I've been told I wear my heart on my sleeve. I love rap music and love to try and rap on my way home from work (sounds horrible). Cooking is my stress relief. I have a big butt and love to go dancing. I've never been stung by a bee. And I'm addicted to AR!!! :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:17 pm
So nice to "meet" everybody on a personal level, not that the foodie level isn't fun but it's nice to go deeper! My name is *gasp* Sarah and May IS my middle name ;). I'm 26 and live in the same area I've lived in all my life, given the choice I'll never leave. I have a husband who is also from this area too, although far more well traveled than I, 4 kids under the age of 5, my youngest are 2 year old triplets so I'm a little insane too. I'm a stay-at-home mom, I'm terrified of driving, I still don't have a license, I'm a hardcore gardener when I can find the time. I've lost about 60 pounds in the past 5 years (my pregnancies made it take far longer than it would have). I'm Pagan and proud and a little shy, I don't usually let people get close to the real me. :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:17 pm
Nice to meet you, Shanon! How do you like TN? We're desperately trying to get out of AZ, so Hubs is looking all over and we were thinking of TN as a possibility. Anywhere with trees and fresh air is great with me! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Did you figure out your menu yet?
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:22 pm
Kelly, I think we all know you a little better in the last 24 hours! I did not, however, know about the big butt or the rap music. We might be twins! I'm about the whitiest white girl in the world and look like a mormon housewife, but I love me some Eminem. Techno music too. And Korn. My husband thinks I'm insane. Congratulations on your engagement. I wish you and Tim (Tim, right?) a lifetime of happiness and a houseful of kids. And I hope you meet your sister. I lost my dad last year. I wouldn't mind sharing him if he was still around.
 
Alex 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:22 pm
Great blog, nice to know more about you! About me - I'm Alex(andra), I'll be 23 on Saturday. I've lived in the same house since the day I was born (I suppose more like since I was a week or two old, I lived in the hospital for awhile). I have a degree in History with a minor in Sociology (if I sometimes post super long comments, it may be because I spent years practicing the art of stretching a few thoughts into 10/15/25 page essays!) I currently work as an HR assistant for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, but I hope to be doing something more relevant to my education in the not-too-distant future. Je parle français... actually I write it much better than I speak it. I love to cook but I love to bake more, and I think brownies just might be my favourite food! But I have lots of favourite foods :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:26 pm
Sarah May, you're my idol. Three two year olds. Amazing. Congratulations on your weight loss! You'll have to give me your definition of the word "Pagan" because it has so many different meanings to different people. I was raised that a pagan is someone who is at one with the earth and has no true belief in a "god" of any type. Am I warm?
 
K-Dub 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:27 pm
Eminem is my favorite! I love how fast he rhymes and I try to keep up. Try being the operative word here. :) I'm feeling much better about the sister situation since blogging it and I have a feeling we will eventually meet. The thought of sharing my dad is getting much easier. I'm sorry to hear about your dad....almost losing mine put a lot in perspective for me. I think thats why it was so hard to share at first! Thank you for the congrats and you're right its Tim....I plan on filling that house with little ones as soon as we can! It was very nice to meet you. :)
 
K-Dub 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:28 pm
Happy early birthday Alex!!!! :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:29 pm
Nice to meet you too, Rebecca! What line of work is your hubby in? I really like TN. I am originally from KY. and it is very similar to "home" for me!!!! I am doing a buffet for the reception but don't know what will be on it! So many choices!!!!! Guess I need to blog and get some ideas!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:33 pm
Nice to meet you, Alex! I hope you have a wonderful 23rd birthday. I was just thinking about brownies today...You AR'ers are a bad influence!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:33 pm
My name is Susan, I am 48 and proud of it. I have a husband and two duaghters--15 and 18. I work at Juvenile Hall and it's the best job I have ever had!! I love to read, sew, cook, and lay out in the sun or go to the beach. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and can't imagine living anywhere else. I hate mayo and raw tomatoes and love cheese, sour cream and milk. I could live on dairy products. I have two chihuahuas and a black lab who thinks he's a chihuahua. I used to give blood all the time, but now I'm on high blood pressure medicine and paxil and they won't take me anymore. I have a tattoo of a witch on my hip that I got six months ago, and I love it. Want another one but they aren't cheap. My husband's mane is Dennis and my kids call me a hag, thus my name, DensHag.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:35 pm
Kelly, I just want to throw this in...My husband and I were together for 5 years before we got married. I was married for 4 years before that. I hardly ever used birth control. Nothing. The month after Hubs and I were married I got pregnant. Then I got pregnant again, and again after that. Now I'm pregnant again. On our 5th anniversary we'll be just about to deliver our 4th baby. Sometimes it just has to be the right time :)
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:38 pm
Shanon, He works in healthcare, so we're looking for a good hospital system. He's from Indiana originally, and I'm from Oregon, so we're both used to lots of greenery. There's none of that here! Let me know if I can help in any way with your plans. I love weddings! Remember there's no rules, just do what you love. I made our wedding cake, and it was carrot with cream cheese frosting. What can I say, it's our favorite!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:41 pm
DensHag- you crack me up! My husband calls me the Dragon Lady, so maybe I should get a tattoo of a dragon? I told him I wanted to get my tongue pierced last year; he freaked out and thought I was going through a mid-life crisis. I guess I'm too old for a tongue piercing. I love San Diego! How can anyone hate mayo? That's just crazy!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Okay, I think that's everyone so far. Now I have to go cook dinner. Whew, it's tough keeping up with all y'all!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:43 pm
Hi my name is Heather. I'm 34 and will be 35 in December. I'm a counselor but wanted to be a doctor and don't know why I didn't do it. Been married to hubby for 6 years but dated 10 years prior to that. No kids, only one dog and one cat. I love to read Jane Austen books as well. I'm obsessed with cooking, watching biographies, Law & Order, and I love some reality TV shows. I hate cherries, sweet potatoes, marshmallows and organ meats. I love fruit, fish, rice and desserts. I love to travel and wish I could do it more. Nice to meet everyone!
 
jennkl 
Aug. 19, 2010 3:53 pm
Hi Everyone! My name is Jennelle. I'm 25. I'll be married three years next month. We run a small "residential" farm with 50 laying hens, pigs, guniea hens, and an acre planted to veggies. No kids yet but we have two dogs that act like they're kids! I'm a medical assistant. You can find a book in my purse no matter where we are. I hate cleaning, laundry is the devil, but I love to cook and prefer to cook for more than just the two of us. I have 8 brothers and sisters that I unfortunately never see because they live far away from me:( That's me in a nutshell!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 5:12 pm
Oh my goodness this is so exciting. Its wonderful reading about you all...
 
Aug. 19, 2010 5:23 pm
My name is Kathleen...duh :) I live in Iowa and have all my life. I'm married (5 years in November) and have a two year old (Cinco de Mayo!). We have a dog and cat...a tiny kitchen with great counters! I love to cook, but rarely follow a recipe. I have an addition to bread baking and good wine!
 
Aug. 19, 2010 5:54 pm
Oooo, this is FUN! Well, my name is Christina (if you didn't know, lol), I am 31 years old and live in Pittsburgh (born and raised) with my husband of 7 years, Jim, and my 3 year old son, Gabe. I have a cat named Minx, but according to Gabe her name is 'kitty-kitty'. I am deathly afraid of maggots, worms, snakes, mice and slugs. My parents live on the street behind me, my sister lives across the street from them, my Grandma, Uncle and cousin live across the street from my sister and my dad's brother and wife live around the bend from them (we all like to stay close, lol). I am addicted to talking about, cooking and eating food. I cook for an army, even though there is just 3 of us here (I share a lot). I used to own my own baking/candy supply store for 8 years w/ my mom (up until 2 years ago), and since we closed, I have been a SAHM. I LOVE grocery shopping (I could stay there for hours), but hate putting the groceries away. My husband does ALL the laundry. I enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them. I just recently started 'couponing' and I LOVE it. I also like to walk, read (cookbooks), love horror and comedy films, and love watching hockey. Oh, and of course, I'm addicted to AR.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 6:22 pm
Rebecca, pretty close, divinity differs but for most Pagans it is many Gods and Goddesses that are personified in nature. DensHag, You go woman! I promise to always be proud of my age and willing to share it with anyone! Take full credit for those years you've lived and the wonderful experiences you've had.
 
Aug. 19, 2010 9:36 pm
Ok peeps, here we go....My name is Anne, I will be 53 next month. I'm a divorced mom of 4 of the greatest kids on the planet (next to all of yours of course), I live in Salem, Or., I was born in Morocco to a Moroccan mom and Irish American dad. My mom died when my oldest daughter "Rebekah" was 3 months old (5/18/86) and it's still hard some days. I used to give blood all the time but because of some health issues I have, I can't do it anymore and have been on the receiving end of blood transfusions so thanks to all of you donors. I'm a closet fan of Eminem and many other rap artists. Actually, I like all kinds of music. I have one son and 3 girls. When I turned 50, my kids thought it would be a good idea for me to get a tattoo, so I did. It's on my foot and it's a little Hebrew saying as a tribute to my mom. That way she's always with me :)I spoke French as my first language. I also dabble in Spanish and Italian. My brother is a chef in Switzerland. When I was 12 we moved to eastern Washington for my dad's job. The first day of school (7th grade) the bus pulled up in front of the school and I tripped and fell getting off. People talked about the new girl that fell off the bus all day long. I'll stop here because I'm sure you are bored by now :D
 
Aug. 19, 2010 10:25 pm
My name is Kelly, I will be 28 in November. I worked with aviation explosives in the military, I have been a homemaker since 2004 when I got out. I have been married for 6 years, we have a four year old daughter and a cat named Haylee. We only want one child. I am four classes from graduating with my bachelors degree (thank you Montgomery G.I. Bill) I love shopping at Target and the commissary, I like to read, walk, ride my bicycle. I enjoy watching all of the Real Housewives series and Flipping Out on Bravo, and I also love watching makeup videos on YouTube.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 1:16 am
What can I say? I'm a private person...really, truly, deeply. Once had two goldfish, named Nut & Honey; they took turns playing dead until one day they weren't playing anymore. Whichever one was not swimming would temporarily revive when gently nudged with the blunt end of a chopstick, but eventually, as I have alluded to, that didn't work anymore. Some time later my daughter had a hamster. We thought it was hibernating, because it had quit eating, and it was not moving, but it didn't stink or anything. This went on for weeks before we poked it with the eraser end of a pencil and declared it dead, too. We dug a very shallow grave, in case we were wrong. Needless to say, we have not allowed ourselves any pets above rodent status since then. Good grief! No WONDER I'm a private person! // Oh! Horror films give me nightmares, too. // I once cried in the canned tomatoes aisle of a Guam grocery store because I could read all the labels ...having lived two years in Japan at the time. // When I come to mainland USA, my first trip to a grocer has to be a dry run...no purchases... just to "take it all in", as it were. // I think BMI [body mass index] should take scoliosis [curvature of the spine] into account. // Wow, Rebecca, you drug it out of me. Nice blog.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:35 am
Hi everyone :) My name is Rachel, nice to meet y'all. I will be 29 tomorrow, but hate celebrating my birthday (can't really remember why, just that they were all pretty disappointing since i was about 16). I am Australian, wanted to travel, so I lived and worked in Japan, London and Italy, then came to Turkey about 21 months ago. Met a guy 3 weeks after I arrived (Turkish) and we married about a year later (last December). We do want kids but I am tired of people here asking 'when.' (soon). Stumbled on allrecipes a few months ago and more recently the RE and blogs. Love it!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 4:38 am
Hi everyone, My name is Heather and I'm a 36 year old mom of 3 (4 if you count my hubby)!!! I have been married for 14 years! WOW!!! I have a soon to be 12 year old tweener (HELP), a 3 year little diva(watch out Hannah Montana) and a 1 year year old little girl who thinks she rules the roost! We have a furry child , that's who's picture you see!! I love to cook but don't tell me I have to cook or I lose all interest! I love food, lay in bed and think of what to make tomorrow! I am so not a computer person, I played softball for 26 years(a catcher), I love to read crime novels, I hugged Jon Bon Jovi : ),(Thanks to my hubby) I long to go on a honeymoon,and I was born in the wrong generation, Should be a Hippie,hate liars, hate pea soup( sorry mom) and my biggest fear is dying before I see my children grow up!! But on a happy note "Live life to the fullest and PEACE,LOVE and HAPPINESS to ALL" (told ya , should be a hippie!!!! Great Blog!!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 4:38 am
Alright...tired of reading these posts yet? Not me! My name is Melissa and I grew up in the small town that the film "Erin Brockovich" was about...Hinkley, CA. I sometimes feel guilty that alot of my friends and family are suffering from horrible health issues and I appear to have gotten off scot-free. My childhood, however, was idyllic, growing up on a dairy farm but I was extremely shy and quite the bookworm and girly-girl. My mother made sure I was cultured by taking us into LA all the time to museums and the theater. I traveled Europe for two months when I was 17 and just KNEW I'd return to live someday. I was SO glad to leave SoCal behind when I sold all my worldy goods to come and live in Europe in 2008, tired of the heat, traffic, and silicone. Registered with an organic farming organization and worked on farms in different parts of Europe until I got to Ireland when I KNEW this was where I wanted to spend the rest of my days...now I'm happiest covered in cow and driving a Massey Ferguson (that's a tractor...just in case you weren't sure). I've surprised many, including myself. I loved reading about the rap-chicks and all these other secrets exposed on here...I'd love to say that I am most moved by Bach or Miles Davis but the truth is that sometimes 50 Cent has the ability to inspire as well as Madonna...in essence, I rock to ALL music. Unfortunately for my fat ...I just love rich foods and the duck liver pate' at the English Market in Cork is my new favorite, along with the Chocolate Guinness Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting that Nigella Lawson makes...sigh. Cooking and gardening became my therapy when my lame- office jobs and disappointing life in SoCal became too much. I'm happiest with a bottle of wine opened on the counter and the ingredients to my next creation sitting near to it at the ready. My new Irish boyfriend says I'm a "deadly cook" and we've both put on about 30 pounds since I moved in with him 8 months ago! It's all the roast duck and lamb confit cooked in goose fat I presume... I've never lived with a man (other than my father of course) and yes, boys are stinky but I love cleaning up after him...he leaves a trail where 'er he goeth...I'm sure I'll tire of it at some point. APPLE STRUDEL...I just watched my fave UK tv show and it was about your town...BAKEWELL...the Bakewell Tarts! Not calling you a tart Dahling...but the Hairy Bikers (cook show) traveled there.I'm definitely going to try the Yorkshire Tea now. I grew up reading James Herriot and I should be ashamed of myself for not trying it sooner! SARAH-MAY, my boyfriend is the proud parent of triplets as well... don't know how he and his wife did it at the time, I commend you all. 2 girls and a boy and they just turned 19. I adore them and wish they were mine...they are beautiful. I can't imagine how hard it is to parent a child, I do think it's important for you all to remember you're not alone and asking for help is a strength NOT a weakness. I'm 35 and since I was 10 years old I couldn't wait to be 80 and wise. So ageing is not an issue for me and I think the topic itself is so f-ing boring unless you're dispensing your own particular wisdom gained through the years. I couldn't wait to turn 30 and have had the best decade of my life...it keeps getting better as I understand myself and "life" more. I used to be stick-thin with no breasts and worry constantly about my weight. Then I put on 100 pounds (not as much as it sounds for a girl my height...6 feet tall) and finally was happy with my body...all boobs and hips and . Plus, I started getting more dates...lol. REBECCA, Astoria is one of my favorite places in the US...I can understand why you'd hate living in AZ. I suppose since I grew up in the desert it has always had a calming effect on me when I visit. It's a brutal and harsh environment but it transforms itself daily when the sun sets and the wind becomes a breeze. I empathize with you still...
 
Aug. 20, 2010 4:39 am
Mamma MIA that was long! Sorry!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 4:50 am
Hi Rebecca! My name's Laurrie and I'm married to Bob. He's my 4th husband. I just turned 41 last month. I work full time for a local publishing company doing advertising sales. I'm 3rd to the youngest out of 9 kids. My mom died in 1999 and my dad is still alive and just started his own logging company a few years back at the age of 70. My older brother was in a severe logging accident in October 1989 and had to have his leg amputated. We were both in the hospital together as I had broke my neck and back 2 weeks prior logging for the same company. He still works in the woods and he's my hero. I play guitar, keyboards and sing and I used to do this in a band. I have to get up at 4 am every morning to be to work at 6 am. In December, Bob and I will be married for 5 years. I've never had kids, I never really wanted to, so it worked out fine for me. I live in Longview, so you already know where that is...Astoria is just down the highway and it's one of my favorite towns to go and visit. I've climbed the Astoria Tower, but I'll never be able to again after my knee replacement and that's a shame...the view is beautiful! I'm trying to convince my husband that we need to move back up toward Forks when he finally gets home as that's where I'm originally from. I've fell to the side as far as cooking goes, but I hope to be able to get back into that soon, as soon as I can get a routine established or my husband gets home...one or the other. These blogs are fun and I'm glad you posted it...thanks, Rebecca!
 
debi2 
Aug. 20, 2010 5:37 am
Hi my name is Debbie and I live in Camden TN a small town where everyone know who you are and does not mind calling you to tell you what your kids have done...I was married for 30 years he left me for the 34 yr old...I lost my only brother ,mother and a husband all in 18 months. I know it would have been easier to put him in the grown too. I have two kids Matt (30) who we adopted and is mentially and Emily my birth child who is 28..she is a special ed teacher. I love to cook it's what I do when I am upset and need to forget what is really going on in my life. I have found that you can count your REAL friends on 1 hand and that they are priceless...I live with the "Cutest Boy in the world" ( not really at 57 none of us are really cute anymore lol. I have 2 dogs Katie a(boston Terrier) and Walter a Dashound they make me laugh. I have learn What you put up with is what you end up with. I like your post it been fun.
 
Ingrid 
Aug. 20, 2010 6:15 am
What a great idea for a blog! I've just finished reading ALL of the posts, and it's so nice to go a little deeper...past the screen name :) I'm Ingrid, 45 years young, married 20 years to the same prince. 3 wonderful children...2 girls 18 and 15, one boy 12. They are the focus of my life, and I'm just beginning to realize that once they are out of the house, I will be pretty lonely!! I'm looking to start a new hobby or interest. Any suggestions? We have one cat, 11 years young, and a border collie-lab mix, 7 years old. Both pets are gems! I have a german/european background, love to travel when I can afford it, love good movies, good books, and good food :) Thanks for the blog... Love it!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 6:15 am
Sorry Rebecca, was having one of those days!!! Here you go-I'm looking at 50, have 1DH and 1knowitall teen, I love my cats of which I have 5, have 10 gardens and love to cook for friends and family(maybe not them so much LOL)
 
Aug. 20, 2010 6:53 am
Hi Rebecca, I'm *tink*! I just turned vegetarian this year, thinking of doing the vegan thing. I lived for 10 years in Bullhead City Az, yeah, the desert SUCKS! Now I'm in Northern California where it's green and gorgeous. We have been making pizzas from scratch and grilling them outdoors, it all starts with my whole-wheat dough from my bread machine! I was told by my doc that I had "metabolic syndrome" (just a couple tweaks away from diabetes) and that scared me straight into a vegetarian-almost-vegan lifestyle. I've discovered yummy veggies that I never knew even existed! The Dr. Oz RealAge website has been a huge help, as well as the community here at AR. I dig the AR recipe search because you can specify WHICH yukky ingredients you DON'T want, like cheese or yogurts (BLEEECH!) At any given moment I would rather be at Disneyland (the ORIGINAL!) I hate cheese, yogurt, mayo, sour cream, dressings, gravies, and anything else that is goopy, slimey and runny and messes things up. Just got my son married in June....I'm ready for the grandma detail!!!!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:07 am
Okay, New Day, Here we go!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:08 am
Hi Rebecca and everyone else! My name is Barb, 43 years old and am married to my high school sweetheart. It will be 21 years next month. We have two amazing boys 12 and 11. I am a teacher and start back to school next week - my AR time will be limited! =( I am just discovering that I really enjoy cooking but HAVE to use a recipe. Since I love to eat so much I get up around 5:00 each morning to exercise. If I save it until the end of the day something comes up and I won't do it. Or I just talk myself out of it and say I'm too tired. I of course love spending time with my 3 favorite males, watching my boys grow into young men, reading, going to kids sporting events, and the usual running around that is my life right now. I am so blessed with my family except that my children don't have any grandparents which is pretty stinky. But we have all we need. Oh, and I do love watching mindless TV shows and scary movies. When hubby and I were first dating the only thing we could agree on were scary movies. Now (27 years later) we will STILL go to the movie theater as soon as a new "Saw" or "Friday the 13th" come out. Nice meeting everyone!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:09 am
Heather C.--Nice to meet you! Congrats on making it 16 years with one person-it's sad how often that doesn't happen, and you have much to be proud of. I also love to travel, but haven't even attempted since the kiddos were born. One day I'd like to take them to the Yucatan to see the Mayan ruins. Not for awhile, though! You seem to hate all the things I love...weird!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:11 am
Jennkl, Nice to meet you!-If I could have my way, I'd move my whole family to a farm. I know nothing about farming, and my husband laughed hysterically when I suggested it, but I think it's an amazing way to raise a family, and I love wide open places (and peace and quiet!) One day when I don't live in the desert where nothing has a fighting chance (at least at my hands) I will cultivate a green thumb. I can think of nothing more satisfying than eating out of my own garden. What a life you have; I admit I'm jealous!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:13 am
Kathleen, Nice to meet you! I love your blogs, and your daughter makes me long for a little girl-perhaps I'll get my wish with baby no. 4...Your pretzel bread makes me drool, and I don't like pretzels. I also have a weakness for homemade bread, and tend to stray away from recipes and use them more as a guideline. And you do have great counters!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:14 am
Just read every post and i gotta say I love this idea. Im a 35 year old mother of three beautiful girls. I am new to the site, but I am already hooked on it. I love to cook and really love to bake goodies to give away. Its very nice to "meet" all of ya'll!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:17 am
Great blog! My name is Pam, and I'm 45. I married at 40 and moved to Wisconsin from Alabama. I plan to move back in 5 years when my husband's son is out of high school. I love to cook and read cookbooks like they are novels but also like to read novels. I have about 500 cookbooks in my collection. I hate reality tv and country music. I love classic rock and movies that keep me on the edge of my seat. I work from home and love it. I have an 11-year-old chocolate lab and a great husband, and life is good. And I love college football...Roll Tide!!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:18 am
Christina, Nice to meet you! I'm right there with you on the maggots and worms, and I love how close you are with your family. My closest family member is about 1500 miles away, and I feel left out of loop a lot. How lucky you are! I grocery shop for recreation, and could wander around all day--it's the only place I can take all the kids without them running around and destroying the place. Your little boy is gorgeous--is that a colander on his head? Precious!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:25 am
Avon-Nice to meet you, Anne! Bored? Are you kidding me? I'm fascinated! I wish you had written more, in fact. I am sorry for the loss of your mother, especially at such a young age. I was 30 when my dad passed, and it's shocking, to say the least. I hope your health issues, whatever they may be, are resolved soon. How did you manage 4 children? I feel like I'm losing my mind most days and I haven't even "met" no. 4 yet! Do you cook Moroccan food? I would love to learn more ethnic recipes, but my family is not very adventurous. I can't wait to see the world; the only place outside of the US I've ever been is Nogales, and Tijuana once. I went to Michigan once and that's the farthest East I've ever been. Other than that one trip, Arizona is the only place I've ever been or lived that isn't on the west coast. I don't get around much!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:28 am
MySweetCreations-Nice to meet you, Kelly! You have beautiful photos, let me first say that. How exciting to have been in the military. I bet you've seen so many things. Congrats on your (almost) degree. I love Jeff Lewis! He has to play it up for the camera, no? I can't imagine anyone would work for him if he was that way all the time. But his work is spectacular. I don't know that I could live in a Jeff Lewis house but, oh wait, yeah, I totally could!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:33 am
Hezzy-tant-Cook, nice to meet you! Sounds like you need a cat; they like to be left alone. I have scoliosis, but never thought to blame my shortness on it. I think I'd be pretty dang short either way, but I'd love the extra inch or so. Of all the places I'd like to live, I think I'd be the most confused and out of place in Asia. It's so utilitarian and uncluttered-the opposite of me. My husband would LOVE it though. I hope you come shopping soon!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:37 am
Rachmaree-Nice to meet you, Rachel! Another world traveler; I'm so jealous. Happy Birthday! I'm sorry you don't like them; I have a love/hate relationship with mine. I can't wait to turn 40--it seems like such a great time in a woman's life, but I'm battling grays and crow's feet already at 31. Darn kids and Irish skin! Enjoy your husband while you can; the time is precious and you'll have very little of it once kids are introduced into your life. Savor the peace, the time to read books, the date nights, and tell people to mind their own business!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:43 am
Dragonfly22--Nice to meet you, Heather! We have a lot of Supermom's here on AR. I also would rather cook for love of it rather than necessity, but let's face it--it is a necessity! I've never been on a Honeymoon either, but someday we'll have a great one. Thanks for posting; it's so much fun to get a little peek into everyone's lives!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:48 am
IrishCattleWoman--Ahh, as an Irish girl who has never seen Ireland, I've been waiting to get to you! To pack it all in and take off, what guts you have! I'm what they call a Plastic Paddy; I call myself Irish but have never been anywhere near Ireland. One day I WILL go. I used to fantasize about moving there and starting a B & B; so many dreams I have and life just isn't long enough to do it all! Astoria is a lovely town; perhaps not so lovely for a teenager, but as an adult I see it's charm and I do miss it. I miss the ocean and the fresh air. There's no fresh air in the desert, regardless of what people say. It's all dust. I love that you've come to love your body; I have a battle of wills with mine. My love to eat overrides my desire to be a size 2 again; but how can I not love a body that has carried and birthed my four children? Thank you for your story. I am so glad that you've followed your heart!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 7:57 am
WitchyWoman-Nice to meet you, Laurrie! I miss you on here, can I just say that? I read all of your blogs and loved them, and loved your pictures of home just as much. I've been to the top of the Astor Column more times than I can count; I used to jog up from home and run the steps for exercise when I was a teen. I can't say I ever really enjoyed the view since I was always plastered to the wall at the top.... Most days I would give my right arm for Fultano's Pizza. I hope you get back into cooking, as you're so very good at it. Don't run into any vampires or werewolves if you head back up to Forks. I know, you're probably so sick of hearing that! Thanks for stopping by, I love hearing from you. All the best to you and Bob, and I hope you're both feeling better!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:06 am
debi2-Nice to meet you, Debbie! I have to say, of all the things I've read here, that one line really rocked my world "What you put up with is what you end up with" How profound! I am sorry for all of your losses, and I hope that cooking helps you to heal...it certainly does for me. There's something cathartic about creating something from your heart that goes right into your mouth. How perfect is that? I hope you find the happiness that you deserve; Thanks for your post!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:10 am
Ingrid, nice to meet you! My sister just sent her oldest off to high school, and she's already experiencing "empty nest". Congratulations on 20 years; that's amazing! It sounds as though you and I are kindred spirits; our lives revolve around our husbands and children. I also love to read, but sadly have not had the time to pick up anything but a cookbook since my oldest was born. I'm looking forward to the day I can pick it up again. Thank you for your post, it was great hearing from you!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:11 am
CatHill-10 gardens? I can't even keep my sad little tomatoes alive! How do you manage?
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:14 am
My name is Sandy, and I am Rebeccas sister. I only started coming on AR just to read her blogs, but have now found it to be very useful and get a ton of dinner ideas here! I never heard the story about her throwing up in the bushes after a blood drive until now, but I find it very funny! I also would have never had any idea that she bought frozen pie shells and called them her own (I thought I was the only one who did crazy things like that!) I find it hillarious that neither one of us can sew, as our mother paid the bills for alot of years working as a seamstress. She tried to teach me how to sew but every time I tried, needles would break and fly across the room, and it always resulted in my getting kicked out of the sewing room!!! I share the same wonderful memories as Rebecca, growing up in beautiful Astoria, and miss it like crazy. We (my 3 children and husband) live in Idaho, where I can be close to my Mommy...(I am not the most independant one in the family!) Our Dad passed away last year, and I miss him like crazy. I dont think I will ever leave Idaho (despite how much I miss Astoria) as we live in a home that belongs to our parents and there are so many things that remind me of him that I dont think that I could ever leave. I feel closer to him when I go out into the garage and see his handwriting on the breaker box! I know it sounds crazy,but hey, whatever gets you through the day right? As I mentioned before, I have 3 wonderful kids, and my oldest ( Dominik)started high school the other day! I thought I would have a nervous breakdown, but Mom and Son made it through the day just fine, and he actually loves it. We are very excited that he is a starter on the JV soccer team, as we are one big soccer family. My daughter Ashlyn is in 7th grade, and youngest, Mandalin is in 5th grade. I am very excited to tell you that I am going to see rebecca in October as I havent seen her in 10 long years and have never met her husband or 3 kids! I wish I could tell you more about myself, but quite frankly life consists of a daily routine of wake up, drink coffee, drink more coffee, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to whatever misc. sporting event I need to attend that day, go to bed, repeat tomorrow. I know it doesnt sound very exciting, but I love my life, have a very close relationship with my kids, and I wouldnt have it any other way!!!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:16 am
msntnkrbll-Nice to meet you, *tink*! I tried the vegetarian/vegan thing for awhile, and it just wasn't for me. I love the idea though; maybe someday I'll pick it up again (I bought all those cookbooks, after all!) What kind of bread machine do you use? I've always wanted a Zo, but can't justify spending the money on myself since we had kids. Besides, I like the feel of the dough in my hands. Congratulations on your son's marriage. I can't even imagine marrying off one of my kids yet; you must have had such feelings of pride! I really have admiration for anyone who eats so healthfully; it's always a tug of war between my brain and my tastebuds. I love those gloppy gravies! Thank you so much for your post. You make me want to eat better!
 
cookingismanly 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:16 am
Oh no, lol. I'm outnumbered. My name is Chad, I'm a stay at home Dad and 30 years old. I've raised 3 wonderful children thus far. My oldest is 10, a boy and loves to cook. My daughter is 6 and also loves to cook. My youngest son is 5 and won't come near my kitchen. My wife hates cooking, always has and probably always will. I have cooked since I was 4 or 5 with my mother and can't think of many things I enjoy more than cooking. Some people confuse cooking with being a girly thing to do, but that couldn't be any further from the truth. It's something anyone can enjoy. My wife hates cooking and has cooked a total of 3 meals in 12 years of being married and 16 years of being a couple. All three meals remind me why I'm the cook. I love this website, it gives me new ideas every day and I shop around my meals I pick out from here. It's nice to read all of your stories, as I've read the entire list. It' nice seeing how many other people enjoy cooking, I just wish more men would equally love a fun and rewarding hobby.
 
NancyH 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:18 am
Rebecca, you really do write the BEST blogs ever! How is they ALWAYS end up as one of the most popular? Don't know how you do it. You are so cool!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:23 am
jabberwokky-Nice to meet you, Barb! Congratulations on your 21 years and two beautiful children. I admire your will-power; I am up at 5 each day also, but not by choice. I am packing lunches, changing diapers and making bottles--trust me if it were up to me I'd still be in bed RIGHT NOW! Good luck with your new school year, and thank you so much for your post! Go mindless TV!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:23 am
@nancy I aggree, She DOES right wonderful blogs. They are educational and so entertaining!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:24 am
GeorgiaMom-Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little about yourself. Welcome to AR!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:25 am
Nice to meet everyone! I'm Shayla, 22 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I've never lived anywhere else. My grandpa on my dad's side was also born here, and never moved, so I have roots in this city. I live with my boyfriend Michael, whose boss is currently trying to transfer him to Toronto, so we are struggling with the decision of whether or not to move. Our relationship changed a lot (for the better!) when Michael told me he wouldn't move unless I wanted to move - so on the one hand I know we are going to be fine no matter where we are, but on the other now it seems like the decision to pick up and leave is entirely up to me. It's hard, because my entire extended family is in Calgary and we're very close, but I also really loved Toronto when I visited in the spring, and I would like a new experience in a new city, where I can "start over". I like to cook and I love to eat, but my boyfriend says I'm more into looking at recipes than I am into cooking. Though I am embarassed of that I have to admit he's probably right :) I am a student and have a part time job as an office assistant, which is totally slack, so in my down time I spend hours sitting at my desk looking at recipes. When I finish school in 2 years I will be a teacher (I hope!), which runs in my family and goes back to my great-grandmother. I was a student teacher last semester and loved bringing in baked goods for my kids.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:28 am
wisweetp-Nice to meet you, Pam! I also have a small cookbook addiction, but only about 1/4 of what you do in my collection. So looking forward to the beginning of college football season in our house as well. It's dark times around here come January when we know it'll be 9 long months until the next season. We're a family of Michigan fans--odd since not one of us is from Michigan. GO BLUE! Thanks for stopping by!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:35 am
Ahh, Dashman--Nice to meet you, Sandy! Bwahahahah! I can't wait for you to come and visit, too, we're all so excited! Next time you have to bring the kids; I'm already planning how I'm going to rearrange the kids so you can have a real bed to sleep in! I can't remember ever being thrown out of the sewing room, but I do remember finding a broken needle in a pair of pants after I tried to hem them. Mom must have spent a fortune on sewing machine needles. I wish I would have watched her cook more, too, but I wasn't ever too interested in learning when I was younger. The blood drive was either my junior or senior year; you were already gone. Not really something I wanted to shout from the rooftops at the time! Hey, when you're here can you teach me how to fry chicken? I've never even tried it! I'm glad you have pieces of Dad around you. Maybe if you're up to it, you can dig up some pictures before you come down. Love you!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:38 am
cookingismanly-Nice to meet you, Chad! You're my first guy poster; Good for you! My husband likes to cook as well, but he's too neat and tidy and goes crazy in my chaos so he stays away from the kitchen mostly. I have my boys in the kitchen with me daily, so I hope they love to cook when they're older as well. You are outnumbered, but I'm thrilled to see you. Thanks for posting!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:39 am
Michelle is the fried chicken Momma, but I can bring you her recipe! (I dont fry foods very often at all, and seldom even keep oil in my cupboards) I will definately look for some pics before I come (Check your messages on facebook about the trip) Cant wait to see you all!!!!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:40 am
Nancy-They're either really popular or no one responds at all. It's nothing to do with me, really, it's all about the topic. Have a great day today, and thanks for posting!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:45 am
PolkaDot-Nice to meet you, Shayla! You'll figure it out; just follow your heart. Remember, you can always go back home again, even if you do decide to make a fresh start someplace new. I had a lovely job like yours before I had kids--spent hours looking at recipes, most of which I have never and probably will never try. I drank coffee, filed my nails and looked pretty. I miss that job! Enjoy your free time and your wonderful boyfriend and let your heart guide you to whichever place you feel is best for you and your family. You can never go wrong by following your heart.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:46 am
I'm impressed that you're responding to each post personally Rebecca, I'd be overwhelmed, although I am enjoying reading everyone's little blurb :).
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:46 am
Whoo, and I'm all caught up! Off to take my kiddos to Costco. Have a great morning, everyone!
 
Jodi 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:47 am
Cool idea Rebecca! My name is Jodi (middle name Mae - thinking of changing my username to JodiMae because there's another Jodi - we'll see). Next Saturday will be 1 year in our new home, and next month will be 1 year married to my wonderful husband Steve. 2nd marriage for both of us, and we each had two boys before meeting, no kids together (I'm 46) so even though not all live with us me and the cat are the only females in the house - fun. I also miss my mom, March first of this year, still incredibly sad - was sudden and quick and shocking, she was my best friend. I work two jobs, first at an institutional pharmacy, medical records department, and the 2nd at a daycare which is tiring but they're all so precious! I love cooking, my husband tells my son he married me for my cooking - ya right. He got diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year and he was so heartbroken but he's good with it now that we we've found good recipes to keep him as happy - fortunately he wasn't a fan of baked goods, but he was a candy addict! I'm afraid of most bugs, not moths but still I don't want them near me. I love some reality tv, csi & ncis, and House! And AR :)
 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:51 am
Sarah, it is SO overwhelming, but everyone's comments are so personal that I can't not respond. That's okay, it works out all of my "chatty" so I don't have to talk my hubby's ear off when he gets home from work. I think he appreciates it!
 
Jodi 
Aug. 20, 2010 8:58 am
Oh ya I love Eminem too, but my favorite singer is Christina Aguilera
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:07 am
I wish I could get my girls into the kitchen more. I guess I didnt start early enough with them. They are at the ages where they are more into texting, facebook and hanging out with their friends. On occasion my youngest will ask if she can help, so maybe theres still hope!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:12 am
So sorry to hear about your mom Jodi. My mom is my best friend too.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:16 am
Hello there, Rebecca! I'm pretty private and don't come on the RE much anymore, but with my son back in school, I'll be popping in again. I live in Colorado and love football. I have 4 kids but only my 9 year old boy is still at home. I've been married (second time) for 11 years. I am terrified of spiders but don't mind snakes. I do love to cook, but not so much when I HAVE to. I've been in the Marines, have 4 older brothers and I lost my dad to cancer on March 13, 2006. I don't care for sweets. We have one fat cat named His Royal Pain Prince Richard Kiss Nibbles (my oldest daughter named him). I just call him cat. My favorite food is Mexican and I don't like milk (at all). I won't even eat a bowl of cereal because of the milk. My husband says I'm the toughest girl he's ever met (emotionally). I don't trust easily, but I'm very loyal to my friends and family. I wish I could sew, too. I'm a very good driver! Even my children compliment me on my driving skills! I have perfectly straight teeth and have never worn braces (lucky). I love TV and I love to laugh! Nice to "meet" you!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:19 am
Juliann here, nice to meet you all! I'm 27 years old and am one of the few Arizona natives left. But, I've been lots of places, including South Korea and Turkey. I too am known for my sarcasm - I mean wittiness:) And, I have never gotten a speeding ticket (although I've been pulled over a dozen times and somehow managed to get out off with nothing more than verbal warnings!) I've been a restaurant manager, real estate agent, and graphics designer and now I'm an unemployed mom of two of the coolest kids ever. Our first, a three year old boy who's obsessed with cars and trucks and who has been able to walk through a parking lot and name all the different makes and models, and an 18 month old girl who's smart as a whip and tough as nails. I refuse to buy cheetos because I swear it makes my kids hyperactive. I've never given blood, as I'm terrified of needles (but I had a huge tattoo of cherry blossoms on my ribs, go figure?) That's all I can think of now, yah! Nice to learn about everyone!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:21 am
Hmmm...and I'm obviously pretty bad at proofreading my stuff! Ha!
 
Jodi 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:43 am
Also I meant to add that I've lived in Massachusetts most of my life, a short while in New Hampshire when I was a baby, and 6 months in Orkney, Scotland at my cousins' house when I was 12, that was amazing! Sorry my 'story' is so chopped up :)
 
Aug. 20, 2010 9:56 am
hello everyone, it is sooo much fun, getting to know everyone on such a personal level.My name is Zainab. I a Srilankan Muslim. I've lived all my Life in Colombo. I am getting married in January & then will be moving to the UK, since my husband lives there. I am 21 years old, I love reading and baking is addictive. I dont mind doing Laundry but dislike cleaning. I am afraid of dogs but love cats and My favorite food is a dark chocolate brownie. I dislike crowds & try to avoid mixing with people too much unless i know the extremely well, and those that do will call me a chatterbox :D Nice meeting all of u. greta blog Rebecca. Thanx for the opportunity to get to know everyone a bit better. Also, BTW, I really like Apple Strudel! I've wanted to say that a long time :D
 
Aug. 20, 2010 10:03 am
Sorry about that. what I actually wanted to say is that i thik I have quite a bit in common with apple.strudel & I really like Citrus Punch!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 10:20 am
My name is Eleanor and I'm 32. I have been married for 11 years and we have a nine year old son. There will probably not be any more children and it annoys me when people say we should have more. We belong to two dogs : ). I am taking online classes part-time to get a degree in sociology. I am addicted to sugar and bread. I love to read; I am and always have been a nerd. I HATE mayonnaise, ranch dressing, and white milk. I am addicted to Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU. I will stop flipping channels if Roadhouse, Dirty Dancing or Payback are on television; even if I watched one of them the day before. In another life, I wanted to be an FBI agent. Then I realized you have to run. I DO NOT RUN, unless the house is on fire or my son is about to get hit by a car. I LOVE to cook for my family; my favorite things to cook are things that make them happy. It's nice to get to know everyone.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 10:26 am
Nice to meet all of you. I'm Suzie and live in San Francisco. My folks are both Italian immigrants and my Dad and Mom have a bakery here in SFO that's been in business for 45 years. I grew up making breads and italian pastries and specialized in breads and pastries at culinary school. I also trained in Rome after culinary school. I am a private chef to a few clients - mostly pro athletes and a few politico's here in San Francisco. My Mom passed a few years ago and my dad has retired from the bakery. I run the bakery now, and love it, but it keeps me on my toes. I like coming here to read about peoples tastes, opinions and attitudes about cooking in general.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 10:40 am
ChefSuzie is living my dream! I want to own a bakery so badly and pass it down to my kiddos! Bj's Ellie, I always tell my hubby, when I grow up I want to be in the FBI, or a professional driver:)
 
Dianne 
Aug. 20, 2010 10:51 am
Hi! My name is Dianne and I'm 35 years old. I have a degree in civil engineering and worked as an engineer for about 8 years and finally quit when I accepted the fact it wasn't the career for me. Now I work at a grocery store part-time and I'm enjoying my life a lot more. I have a wonderful hubby of 11 years (who's also a civil engineer) and 2 black pug dogs named Stanley and Maggie. We don't have any kids and aren't planning on having any. I love to read, bake and cook, surf AR, photography, and watching recorded trashy reality TV while drinking coffee and eating whatever baked goods I have in the kitchen!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:06 am
I love the honesty and the fact that everyone is so open and real on this site. Always comforting to know others are dealing with some of the same issues in our day to day lives.
 
Jodi 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:15 am
me too GeorgiaMom
 
Yoga 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:17 am
My turn. I am 42, Scorpio born on Halloween. I spend the whole month celebrating my birthday and have every screaming, grabbing decoration made inside and out. I have been an RN since I was 19 and take care of people with HIV/AIDS.( No angel comments please) I have 2 boys-8th grade and a senior who are amazing when they are not making me pull my hair out. My hubby (of 8 years)travels 2-3 weeks a month to South America and I spend my days looking for new things to cook for him when he comes home. I have 2 golden retriever twin puppies, Queen Elizabeth and Lord Robert Dudley (apple strudel you'll get that)who have just turned one. They are my good morning kisses and my good night snuggles. (I didn't really need the pillow anyway.)Everyone at Starbucks knows them as we have been going since they were 8 weeks old. I have just started yoga because I am feeling the need for exercise combined with meditation in my life. It also beats being alone all the time. I love love love to cook and have gotten so much better since I got my KA and new cook wear 3 years ago. Earned a food processor this past year. I cook for my neighbors when I get bored and pass it out...no I dont ask first. I just show up. I wish I could quit my job to cook full time, but I have college to pay for and I do like having electricity. I live north of Dallas and been around here since 1979. Originally from north of Chicago. I have a very dry sense of humor and a very deep heart for relationships. I try never to cook without a glass of chardonnay in my hand or a puppy at my feet. Cant stand people who are without substance and don't contribute to bettering society in some way. I am very opinionated about politics and newspaper headlines but never share it because the general theme in conversation is to "always be nice and have the opinion everyone else has". Blech! I love to jump in and help people. I love to talk my head off about food even though I know it tires out my friend. I am on here everyday getting your ideas and trying new things with my family. I wouldn't miss this for the world!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:17 am
Im sorry I didnt put my name. Im April.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:32 am
Wonderful idea! Hi Rebecca! My name is Dacia (day-see-au), I am a 35 years old and the mother to 2 boys (9 yr old and hubs) and one girl (our Golden who thinks she is a person). I live in a small town outside of Wichita, Kansas. I have lived in or around Wichita my entire life. I have traveled to roughly 25 states but never once thought about moving anywhere else until my husband and I took our first trip together to Colorado. I had been many times before but seeing it for the first time through his eyes was amazing! I can cook over an open flame. I HATE spiders and can't even stomp on them because they "crunch." I grab whatever aerosol is handy and stun them until someone comes to my rescue! Most people pronounce my name wrong and I'm so used to it I don't correct them. I love to cook for a group, especially my hubby's large family. I recently reunited with my hubby after an expensive two year "fight" LOL! I have a sister who is 7 years older than me. I miss my dad too... it will be two years next month. Still feels like yesterday. I am obsessed with any movie or book about the Vietnam war. My dad was a helicopter pilot in Nam. I love Marilyn Monroe. Breakfast at Tiffany's is my favorite movie. I like all types of music but LOVE 80's hair bands. I secretly enjoy listening to rap. I go to concerts all year. I try to relive my youth when I can. I buy things I don't "need" all the time. I have a sick obsession with Longaberger baskets. I want another baby. I watch cooking shows and reality TV all the time. I recently starting jogging. It's not pretty. I feel like the adult when I'm around my sister. I like to collect 70's kitchen gadgets. I have the daisy ice bucket that is identical to the one on the kitchen shelf in That 70's Show. My husband says I should have been born in the 60's because I am a flower child at heart. That's a few things about me... hope it isn't too long ;)
 
Aug. 20, 2010 11:35 am
Kathy, I too spend the whole month (of November) celebrating my birthday! I consider it my birth month celebration!
 
starryeyed3 
Aug. 20, 2010 12:22 pm
Hi everyone! My name is Jenna and im from Cincy, Oh. Lived here all my life. I am 26 years old, and i have an 18 month old girl who is my little cherub, whose attitude grows bigger daily. ( wonder where she gets that from) I am a licensed massage therapist but work full time for an ins company b/c of the economy it just wouldnt be lucrative enough to do massages ( though i would love to) I have two sisters, one is my identical twin and my very best friend. we have so much fun together and laugh the ENTIRE time. I live with my boyfriend and we have one dog, Marley ( named before the movie came out, after bob marley cuz i love him) i love camping and all outdoors stuff, love going to red river gorge.i love shopping, especially for clothes and shoes for my baby girl. I hate spiders. i wasnt afraid of snakes but just recently had a run in with one on Lake Cumberland and have since changed my opinion about them. My granny was italian and the best cook and my mom inherrited that from her, and i got it from my mom. i love to feed people! and i love a good laugh, and making people laugh. Boyfriend says i should be a standup comedian. i love all kinds of music and i scare entirely too easy! i get scared at previews for scary movies! oy vey! I love coming to this web site and reading the blogs and looking up recipes. great blog idea!
 
starryeyed3 
Aug. 20, 2010 12:26 pm
Oh yea and im familiar with Astoria only because of the goonies.. haha. love that movie!
 
Naan 
Aug. 20, 2010 12:28 pm
Hi Rebecca! I have really enjoyed your last couple blogs and this one is no exception. My name is Nancy and I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. I moved to Denver in 2001. At the age of 33 I decided to get a college degree; almost done! I met the man of my dreams two years ago at school and got married at age 35. No kids, and not sure I want them. Well, I do but I'm scared. I know that things get more complicated as you get older. I watched my sister give blood many years ago and vowed then and there I would find other ways to do my part. How's that for skittish! When I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist until I took biology in high school and failed it. I'm afraid to fly, I love my dog, and I hate Wal-mart. Rebecca, if I take nothing else from your blog, your comments about your Dad have showed me that I need to email mine asap and apologize for being hard on him when I was home earlier this summer. He did the best he could and I think he is a wonderful Dad and I intend to tell him so! Ok, I'm tearing up so I'm gonna dash. Nice to meet you!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 12:41 pm
Rebecca, what a lovely blog you have! Actually it's more than 10. Again I apologize for not being like Irishcattlewoman and really enjoying your blog to the fullest and sharing completely. I seem to be sidetracked by a brat of my own making. I'd love to really meet some of the ladies that have responded to your blog and shared. I'd love to meet you too, I'd hate to be in the desert myself. I enjoy it but as a visitor. Great Blog!!!
 
KarenB 
Aug. 20, 2010 1:20 pm
Hi, my name is Karen. I am 42 and live in Omaha, NE, but my heart is elsewhere. I love the northwest and someday hope to live there. I will have to wait until I am done with school. I am working on my master's degree right now. My sister in law wants my husband and I to move to Arizona, she keeps telling me that it is a dry heat. I told her that my oven is too, but I don't spend any time there either! :) Anyway, it is just my husband and I and 2 birds at my house. I love many types of music, but gravitate toward rock. I love to read. I love the color green. I love the smell of lilacs. I am terrified of spiders and snakes. I am a nurse who is learning to live with diabetes. I hope someday to travel to Ireland (an Irish lass myself) and Scotland. I love to read about and try new recipes. Thanks for the blog idea! It's been alot of fun reading about everyone!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 1:22 pm
Just call me late to the party, for starters!LOL My name is Cyndi, I'm a wife to my best friend, Ricky and a mother to one daughter. I'll be 40 next year. I haven't worked outside the home in, lets see....8 yrs! My little family is between a rock and a hard place right now but we'll make out fine. We always do. I've been lots of places but mostly a home body now. I prefer winter to summer and I love the rain as long as it's not enough to float away in! I am quick witted,too. That darn husband thinks I'm a smart @ss!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 1:35 pm
Rebecca, I use a Breadman bread machine. I shopped around, in town and online, but I just couldn't afford a new one! I finally found a nice, used machine on ebay. It cost me about $60, including the shipping. It didn't even have a manual, but I used the local library and found books to help me learn to use it. In two weeks I'm entering the County Fair with my newest, most favoriteist (!) bread, my Carrot/Ginger/Apricot/Oatmeal DreamBread! That's what I'm calling it, and I still get my hands in the dough when I use the dough cycle on the machine, it just does the hard part! (Or all it, as I please!) My County Fair bread has fresh, pureed carrots, crystallized ginger, dried apricots and I use Bobs Red Mill thick rolled oats with the King Arthur bread flour. NO dairy! I use orange juice for the milk and a flaxseed sub for the eggs...I let the machine make the dough and give it its 1st rise, then I take it out, knead a little and make a challah-like braid, then bake in the oven. Vegan Bread heaven!
 
Jena 
Aug. 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Whew, some really interesting people on here! My name is Jena (double duh). Born in California but raised in Iowa, have lived in Washington and Minnesota as well. Hubby and I just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversay. We have four kids, 2 girls, 2 boys, youngest is 17, oldest is 26 (ya, go ahead and do the math) :) and we have a 2 year old grandson. I love the water, miss the ocean, echo the statment "I could live off cheeseburgers/fries" from above; am constantly barefoot; collect Father Christmas items and leave them up year round; I love to look at the stars;and I have a pet peeve when people pop or smack their gum.
 
happywife&mama 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:01 pm
Hi Rebecca (and everyone else!) Nice to meet you all! My name is Alice and I live in Springfield, IL. I'm 32, and have 3 children (6 1/2, 5, 2) and am married to a wonderful man! We will celebrate our 8th anniversary in October! I'm afraid of heights, too! I love Jane Austen books. I am a birth doula, though I'm not attending births right now due to my small children. I homeschool my kids and really enjoy it, though it's not always easy. I'm already looking forward to Christmas, but I hate to hear Christmas music before Thanksgiving...should be outlawed in the stores! lol I was born in Germany when my Dad was in the army. I hate movies where the women are tougher or just as tough as the men. Come on...what happened to being femenine (that doesn't mean weak, of course)!? I love the female character on Lie To Me, but I can't think of her name right now. Well, my 2 year old son is needing my attention...so I need to go!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:09 pm
I'm going to try to continue to respond to everyone, but to be honest my house is a disaster and I don't know if I'll be able to keep up the pace. Rest assured, I read each and every comment, and I love hearing from all of you; I think it's great that you're all talking to each other as well, it's like one big sewing circle!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:15 pm
Jodi-Nice to meet you! I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mother, and I hope that you are doing well. It seems as though we have a couple of things in common, though at least you have the comfort of a female cat! Hubs is hoping for boy #4, and I would be thrilled with that also, but I do get a little wistful when I see little girl's dresses in the store. It would be so lovely to have someone who's toenails I could paint, or put ribbons in her hair. Perhaps! We also moved into a new home a year ago--much bigger for the kids to have more space, and as a byproduct, more space for me to clean. sigh. I found a wonderful diabetic cookbook if you're interested, it's called "The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook". I bought it during my last pregnancy when I was getting farther along and my glucose was starting to creep up. The recipes are delicious! Thank you so much for your honest, and your post!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:22 pm
Broncosfan-Nice to meet you! I don't like milk either, and won't drink a glass of it, but I do use it in cooking. Soy milk makes food taste wonky. I do really like almond milk though, and rice milk as well when I have that Oreo craving! I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father; so many here can empathize with you. I don't think most people are ever really prepared for it, even when it's not a surprise. Losing a parent is just incredibly hard. Colorado is also on our list of places to consider on Hub's job search. How do you like it? BTW, my husband also says I'm the toughest person he's ever met; but that only benefits him since our first few years were incredibly rocky and a less stubborn, "weaker" person probably wouldn't have stuck it out. Hooray for strong women!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:26 pm
Juliann, Nice to meet you! I didn't know there were any Arizona natives left! Everyone seems to be from someplace else. My boys love cars as well, but they spend an awful lot of time with mom, so they can't point out makes and models. My 3 year old CAN do the choreography to "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, and my 2 year old knows all the words to "Brick House". They make me laugh every day. You've done so much for your 27 years, it sounds like a break might be good for you. Enjoy it! Thank you for your post!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:28 pm
Cuppycake-Nice to meet you Zainab! I think apple.strudel is pretty neat, too, and I also like Citrus Punch though she's not around as much as she used to be....hmmm? What's up with that, Jennifer? Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and thank you so much for your comments!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:33 pm
Bj's Ellie-Nice to meet you, Eleanor! Is there any movie better than Dirty Dancing? I cried when Patrick Swayze died. "You can't win no matter what you do" as quoted by Baby, but it's true. If you only have one child, they won't stop asking when you'll have another. If you keep having them (as we have) people are always asking you when you're going to stop. Sheesh, people, mind your business! And I don't run either, unless I'm being chased by an ax murderer or one of my kids is in trouble. I'd like to one day run a marathon, but I think the chances of that are pretty near non-existent!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:37 pm
ChefSuzie-Nice to meet you, Suzie. You are truly one of the "foodies" not just a wannabe like me! Truthfully every time I see your name pop up on one of my blogs I get nervous because you tend to be a pretty straight shooter, and I don't know whether you're going to agree with me or hand me my head on a plate. :) You've had such an exciting life; I can't imagine putting my greatest passion to work for me, and honestly I don't know if I'd want to. The idea of cooking for a living somehow takes the joy of it for me. How do you find a balance?
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:40 pm
Dianne, nice to meet you! Before I stopped working I was employed at an engineering firm. I found it bo-ring, but I'm not a right brained kind of person. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself more now. Yay for trashy recorded reality tv! I saw my first (and last) episode of Jersey Shore a couple of weeks ago. Apparently I will draw the line somewhere. :) Thank you for your post!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:48 pm
Kathy-I'm a scorpio, too! We have "birth weeks" full of special meals and little fun things, but I love the idea of a whole month. How can I sign up for that? As I mentioned above, I am obsessed with the Tudor family, so I know what you're referring to as well. Sadly my only contribution to society would have to be my kids; I know they'll do something to set the world on fire someday, but it won't be me. I'm too much of a homebody. All I can do is be the best mom I can be and push them gently in the right direction. I have lots of opinions as well, but have learned over the years that just because I have them doesn't mean I'm going to share them with just anyone. I love my kitchenaid! Couldn't live without him, but am thinking of trading him in for the larger commercial one. I feel guilty about it, though. How is Texas? It's yet another state on our consideration list for Hub's job quest. Love love love the open spaces and low cost of living!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 2:56 pm
Daisy, nice to meet you. Wow, so many kindred spirits here! I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Mine was just over a year ago, and I still haven't truly mourned him. I love 80's hair bands, and still have a not-so-secret crush on Bret Michaels. I love Ratt. I love Cinderella. I LOVE Twisted Sister. I'm happy that you've ended your "fight" with your husband. I hope you get another baby. I have a longaberger basket sitting around here somewhere that's been getting shuffled around from drawer to drawer for years. You're welcome to it. It's a tiny little business card basket. Cute, but useless to me. Thank you so much for your post; I loved reading a little bit about you!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:01 pm
starryeyed3-Nice to meet you, Jenna! Three Little Birds has to be up there on my all time favorite song list. How can anyone not love Bob? I thought I loved camping until I went the last time and was miserable. I guess I've gotten soft in my old age. I've always been interested in massage therapy, but get skeeved out at the thought of some guy with a hairy back and back acne, or "bacne" as I like to call it. I'd have to quit immediately. I'm so shallow. What's it like to have a twin; do you really feel each others' pain? I'm so curious!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:06 pm
Nancy, nice to meet you! Congratulations on going back for your degree! That takes guts, and I'd love to do the same some day. How do you like Denver? I'm going to come right out and say this, and I'm not trying to butt in on your business, but whatever it was, just let it go. I thought there would be time to fix things, I thought there would be time to get to know each other better. One day there just wasn't any time anymore. I saw my father twice in the last 5 years of his life, and I'll never get a chance to fix it. My one saving grace is that even though we both hate talking on the phone, one day right before he passed I called him up on his birthday and talked his ear off for half an hour. We laughed and joked and had a great conversation. It was really the last time I ever spoke to him. Don't make the same mistakes I did; just accept your father for who he is and love him anyway. :) On another topic, I'm scared every time we have another baby. Life is so uncertain, but I don't want to have any more regrets. They might make me crazy, but I wouldn't change a thing about having all my little curtain climbers! I'm deathly afraid of pain, too, but once it's over you forget all about it. Thanks for your post!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:09 pm
CatHill-trust me, my only saving grace right now is that two of the three crazies are sleeping, and my oldest is beating the heck out of "mii" on wii. I'm always happy to hear from you, as short or as long as you want your posts to be. The desert is terrible! I want to be where you are. I want a garden, too.
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:13 pm
Nice to meet you, Karen. Follow your head, go to the Northwest! It's a wet cold, but it beats the dry heat any day. You want a simulation of Arizona? Turn on your hairdryer and point it in your face. Now you've experienced an Arizona summer. Congratulations on your master's degree; it sounds as though we want almost the exact things out of life. I'd love to move back to the PNW, but my husband isn't sure how he'd like all the rain. Green is my favorite color too, and if I could go anywhere, I'd move to downtown Seattle and walk to the Pike St. Market every day. Someday, I hope!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:17 pm
Cyndi, nice to meet you! Here's my favorite quote, by Johannes Von Goethe "Quick wit is always mistaken as sarcasm by the less intelligent". Tell hubby to stick that in his chaps. I hope your rock and hard place circumstances improve soon! I also prefer winter to summer, especially here. I miss PNW summers, though. I love the rain, and miss waking up to the sound pounding on the roof. Ahhh, to be anywhere but here... Thanks for posting!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:20 pm
Tink, good luck at the fair. I'm sure you'll rock it, your bread sounds delicious! I'll be over here, eating a cheeseburger probably, and cheering you on. One day when I win the lottery I'm going to invest in a Zo. I hear of them all the time, and I'm so curious...I got a Facebook post from King Arthur Flour that they used one to make an entire Thanksgiving dinner. Amazing!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:23 pm
Jena, nice to meet you! I also live in bare feet, though my feet are not happy about it. I could really use a pedicure...I miss the ocean and the rain, and real clam chowder from the coast. Where are you now? I think I actually probably smack my gum; I catch myself chewing it with my mouth open like a cow, thus I'm now a mint popper instead. Congratulations on your 26 years, WOW!
 
Aug. 20, 2010 3:29 pm
Happywife&mama-Nice to meet you, Alice! Homeschooling is to be commended; I don't think I'd have the patience. I wish I'd had a doula when my first baby was born. I was an idiot. I knew nothing, so my little buddy was my guinea pig. Thankfully he turned out alright! Do you mean like Terminator type movies? I'm not into that so much either, but I love a strong heroine (Think Scarlet O'Hara making a dress out of drapes) I think American women are by nature pretty tough, but I certainly like to be a girl, too. It's a tough line to walk sometimes, especially in a house full of boys!