Who am I?
{My first post revisited.}

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I first started this blog after being snowed in with family for days and days back in December, unsure of where I was going with it. Maybe knowing where you're going with your blog is like knowing where you're going with your life - something that can only reveal itself in small increments along the way.

I have recently started venturing away from my blog's little picket fence and into the big world of other blogs out there and, I gotta tell you, there are some truly lovely blogs waiting for you to find them. I could go on and on, but I won't. (At least not today.) Well, maybe just for two seconds... Gabby at gabby, she wrote is call up your best friend and read aloud funny. I still laugh about the Sunday Funday post and the one where the waiter drops the fettuccine alfredo on that poor guy's head. I might be a bit like the Mel to her Jemaine and Bret on Flight of the Conchords. What can you do? Oh, and Meg over at The Wild and Wily Ways of a Brunette Bombshell is the insightful and touching gal I wish I had been at 23. (For the record, there are many, many other great blogs I'm just now finding, but will save gushing about those for another day.)

On my journey to find the fantastic blogs out there, I realized that I always jump to the very first post of every blog because this is where most bloggers write a little something about who they are and why they started their blog. I, on the other hand, just wrote about hanging myself with Christmas tinsel and needing a strong gin and tonic. (I don't even drink gin and tonics - call it creative license.) So, I've decided to start again.

Hi, my name is Kathleen. I love my middle name, Parker. Last month I turned 31. Today I noticed that many of the blogs I read are part of what is called Twenty Something Bloggers. I thought, "I should join that." {Very, very long pause.} Shit. Luckily, there is also a little thing called Thirty Something Bloggers.

I just finished graduate school and a year of being an intern therapist or, as I like to call it, a baby therapist to the chronically mentally ill. I don't always like to admit to people that I'm a baby therapist because it somehow implies that I think I have my shit together. (My mother must be cringing because I've used the sh*t word twice in this post already. My apologies, Mama. You raised me with a better vocabulary than that.) I guess I just believe in working toward having your sh*t together and in being the most happy and healthy person you can. Someday, I'll work as a therapist again and will have to make this blog private, but that day isn't here yet. (I don't think my future clients will want to read about my jello shot intake, penchant for tube tops or my overall shenanigans... or maybe they will, but that can lead nowhere good.)

What else? I moonlight as Mary Poppins. I'm well versed in pop-culture and should have pursued a career at Us Weekly. I've always fancied myself a bit of a writer and am over the moon that I have found a place to express this side of myself. I am in love with travel and once found myself as a young, naive girl living in Namibia and traveling throughout South Africa and Botswana. Best time of my life. I've had the same best friend since the last day of kindergarten when I had the identical haircut to Sam on Diff'rent Strokes. (You can check my best friend out here and what I can only assume was my mother's inspiration for my childhood hair here.) I'm getting ready to start a great adventure that will take me away from my beloved Seattle and will be the source, I'm sure, of much writing inspiration. I have a boyfriend who I have the biggest crush on and I sometimes have to pinch myself because I was somewhat unlucky in love prior to meeting him. I heart scary movies, swimming in the ocean and napping. I believe in kindness, sunshine, volunteer work, lip gloss, big hair and big love (not the show, but that's okay too). Oh, and I'm an auntie to two of the sweetest little boys you could ever hope to meet.

This last little tidbit brings me to my story of the evening. Gather around... When I went to pick up my nephew Max at school yesterday, his teacher told me about the incident on the playground. An older boy, a dreaded kindergartner, put a plastic bucket over my Max and trapped him in there for several minutes before anyone noticed. They apologised and Max mostly seemed fine. Auntie, however, did not. It turns out this is the third time this child has done something of the sort to my sensitive little man. I actually had to shut my horrified mouth to say, "But why?! Why would someone want to scare this lovable, short redhead?" I restrained myself from telling off my nephew's bully. It's not his fault, after all, that his parents raised him to be a meanie. (I say words like meanie.)

This is what you should know about me, perhaps the most important thing. Don't fu*k with my nephews. Oh, and trips to the cupcake shop make things better, for Max and for me.

It's so nice to meet you. I can't wait to hear more about you.


  1. Well nice to meet you!

    I'm Bon Don, and I too noticed that many of the blogs I read are part of Twenty Something Bloggers...and I'm 31, maybe because they are a little more honest & fun!?

    Great Blog!

  2. Awwwww, thanks for sharing about yourself. I've got one more year at 20 something, then I will be joining you! I love Gabby and Meg too:)

  3. I loved this post! (for many reasons)

    I love the name Parker. Very cute.

    Thank you so much for writing about me. I just love the blog world, I love how I would have never met so many great people if it weren't for blogging. I'm soooo glad you found my blog! You're my blog soulmate, I think.

    What's your great adventure? I'm dying to know! :)

    Your nephews are darling!

  4. haha! i love your revisited first post. it's excellent! and i completely understand how you feel about your nephew's bully. i have a little sister who is 10 years younger. when she was in elementary school, she was slightly chubby...just slightly (she's skinny now btw). some boy at school called her fat, and it took everything in my power to keep from driving to her school and scaring the crap out of that little bastard.

    also, i totally have that for like ever poster hanging over my bed just so ya know! :)

  5. I'm hooked! And I had a mini crisis when I realized I have less than a year to start a blog and join 20-something bloggers, but, like you, was quickly relieved upon learning about 30 something bloggers. I love big love too-both kinds. Watch out, I might turn into your Mel. kisses,

  6. What a lovely introduction. I just read about a dozen posts and I feel as if I know you, as if we're already fast friends :)

  7. Love your blog already!

    Thanks for following me :)

  8. Awww. I love that post! I can't remember what I first posted about but knowing me, i think I just jumped right into posting a bunch of images. Ha. Great blog...can't wait to come back :-)

  9. AWWW!! You are so wonderful! I am in love with your blog already.
    and Gabby is my twin sister, so you have great taste...plus Meg and Tanya and Aline...so many great girls I have met...such great support, including you now!! I'm so glad you're here!

    Thank you for you kind words about what I'm going through, it truly means a lot. xoxo

  10. Ok...and I'm trying to follow and I'm getting an error message but dont you worry your pretty head, I will keep tryin! :)

    p.s you have UNBEWEAVABLE hair missy.

  11. hey kathleen, thanks for stopping over at mgls<3 rad blog by the way, i feel like were old friend after reading this post!
    and those nephews...super cute:)

  12. Wow, thank you all soo much for the sweet comments. They really touched me and made me so happy!

  13. Love hearing all about you! Isn't the blogosphere amazing? I've met so many lovely people through this virtual world that constantly inspire. (Consider yourself added to that list!)

  14. Nice to meet you too. I too read a lot of blogs from Twenty Something Bloggers and I'm 33 - but maybe it is because I still feel like I'm 23? Although having a baby recently has significantly changed that in some ways. Anyway, I'm glad I found your blog and can't wait to read more.

  15. ok so first i read the amazing tribute to your mother. and then the amazing tribute to yourself and your own love story and then i wandered over her to this first post and i must say im hooked--hook line and sinker (is that the phrase, i usually get those phrases wrong). you write so wonderfully and honestly and with such insight. and then i started to think about my first post where is simply wrote i've just started a blog (i had no idea what i was doing). and now i kinda want to do a first post revisited. im gonna have to think about this and mull over it, but there might be one coming to you soon!!

  16. I checked out Miss Meg's recent blog post, which led me to yours. Thanks for this post, I had been thinking the same thing about where I want this blog to go. I'm still working on that, I realize, but after reading this I've a little more hope in my tiny blog.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts now! :) -- Stephanie B.

    *presses follow blog button*

  17. I absolutely love your blog and think you are an amazing writer. Such a wonderful way of expressing yourself....

  18. First posts are tough! I just made mine and no matter how many times I wrote it before posting...it never said what I wanted. Evolution is great though and the point about even writing a blog is to understand or process things. Living in Namibia must have been incredible! thanks for writing in such honesty, I'm so glad I found your blog!

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