The other day I got a wild hair up my ass. I was doing some sort of mundane mom task, like emptying the dishwasher, or sweeping up crushed cheese crackers, and I realized I sort of missed blogging. I missed having an outlet to share my thoughts and ideas and recipes that are actually easy, family crowd pleasers and don’t require dishes that need to soak for 4 days. I missed snapping pictures of my DIY stuff during the process of it, so I could teach another person how to do it too, verses having to knock back praise from impressed moms later, because in all honesty, it was just a little paint on cardboard and ANYONE can follow the directions. I missed the camaraderie that comes with being “a blogger”, and the fun campaigns I got to be a part of, and if I’m being 100% honest, I missed the free stuff and the cash too.
So I put it out there to the world and when you’re a mom, “the world” can be a lot of things, but in this instance I mean Facebook. So I says to Facebook, I says, “I’m thinking about firing up the ol’ blog again… Do people even read blogs anymore?” and it turns out, they do. And that a lot of my friends encouraged me to do it, so I’m going to because that’s how I make the important decisions in life, unofficial Facebook polls. Mom life, amirite?
Anyway, I knew I couldn’t just jump right back in and post a tutorial right off the bat, and have everyone wonder what the hell happened to the last 2 years of my life…
“Pages ripped out. Don’t remember doing that. It appears this is my first entry in two years.”
-Joel Barrish, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The last you heard from me, earlier this year, were 2 posts about LuLaRoe. Since those posts, little has slowed down. Everyday I am still getting messages of women leaving, high ups coming to me to share PROOF of the appalling information we all speculated about, early on.
I ran with it… I started saying “Yes!” to things my former self would have declined, and amazing things began to happen…
I was featured in an article by Bloomberg News. I really love my “over it” face in the picture below. And yes, since you all asked, that GORGEOUS brown and green “Dorito” Amelia is STILL available! What a GIANT nightmare this entire “journey” turned out to be.
I did TWO Podcasts. One for Sounds Like MLM but OK, where I share some of my story, and the other for a podcast competition where I was part of the pilot episode, and I’m happy to report that she WON! And “An Exciting Business Opportunity” WILL become a new MLM based podcast! I’ll find the time to write up a post about the Casting Call one, because that was SO FUN and my face is much less “I hate my life currently” and much more “Nanna nanna boo boo!”.
I went back to work at the salon, after the year I took off because of LuLaRoe. I came back with mixed feelings, because I really did feel so burned out after 17 years behind the chair, but after 5 minutes being in the salon with my coworkers and my clients, I felt renewed. And I learned how to say “No” to the things I didn’t want to, or couldn’t do, so I can manage my time more efficiently. That’s the biggest thing I had to learn. “NO.” It feels good to say!
I also joined the PTA. Which, albeit, it’s much less exciting than obsessively highlighting hair, being on podcasts, and having professional photoshoots with world class media outlets, it still takes up a HUGE portion of my free time. We just finished our school’s Fall Festival and I was the PTA liaison for the Haunted Trail. It was so much fun, and I love to get to know all the moms and kids in our small town. They are also excited for this blog to be resurrected!
We even found some use for those HORRIBLE “Grandpa Joe” Carlys I’ve had for 84 years. BNWT, worn once, by one wolf “grandmother”, for 3 hours. Make me an offer!
We killed it on Halloween in the candy department, making out like bandits. My 100% fool-proof, surefire way to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, besides packing an extra costume and making the rounds again (and let’s not even act like I haven’t done that at least once), is to have the most EPIC costume on the block. Two years ago Abbey went as David Bowie, as Ziggy Stardust and got more candy than a tiny human should be allowed. We had to bring an extra bag to dump the candy into because the bad was THAT heavy. This year, we aimed to please.
We’re NOT worthy. The entire night, people kept saying “Party On, Wayne! Party On, Garth!” and they would reply with whatever the person handing out candy was dressed as. My favorite was “Party On, Chicken!”.
We finished off our October with a trip to the Sherman Heights community center in downtown San Diego to see the ofrendas for Dia de los Muertos. My youngest is in a Spanish immersion program, so we get to do a lot of really cool, cultural activities with her class. Eating pan de muerto and drinking Mexican hot chocolate has become one of our favorite fall activities. Doesn’t hurt that daddy is part Mexican and Guatemalan, and the fire runs through her blood.
She was so inspired by the ofrendas at the cultural center, that she asked if we could make Papa one. I happily obliged. Do you know how hard it is to find fresh cut maravilla for Dia de los Muertos in San Diego!? I had to run to Home Depot and buy potted marigolds in a pinch! We even got fresh Pan de Muerto – or “Dead Bread” as Abbey calls it. It’s a slightly sweet, eggy bread that is baked and dusted with granulated sugar. So after a dinner of fresh tamales, we finished by dipping pan de muerto into our hot cocoa. I’m sure Papa enjoyed his candies, and bread and tequila.
And now here we are in November and it’s almost another year gone by. It seems to pass by faster now that I’m closer to death. Tick, tick, tick…
I know this post doesn’t even come close to filling you in on the last few years of missed connections, new recipes, easy DIY crap, and my must have items to obsess over, but I will just chalk it up to more stories, more humor, more pictures and more posts in the near future.
I think we can all live with that.