Archive for February, 2009
I met my husband when I was 17, he was 21 and started dating just before my 18th birthday. We’ve been married for 9 years now. We have one son, he’s 8 1/2. He is our life!!! My one and only! He has a very serious side to him like his father, but when he’s not being so serious he’s the funniest kid ever! He makes me laugh so hard I cry! I LOVE my job. If you can even call it a job! I’m a nanny to a 5 month old and a 2 year old. I love being around kids, I love being a kid! So my job fits me pretty well! Watching kids learn and play is the single most beautiful important thing in the world!
Jason, my husband is a warehouse supervisor/inventory manager for an appliance company. He has worked his tail off since the day I met him, he is the most loyal, thoughtful man and I’m lucky to have him.
Okay so judging from Sue’s post on here I now have to say 10 random things about me, so here goes! Should be easy considering I’M completely random myself!
1. Worms totally freak me out!
2. I hate the feel of paper, you know the feeling of nails on a chalk board? Yea that’s what paper does for me! I have to be careful when reading a book.
3. I LOVE laffy taffy, actually I love most sweets!
4. I eat way too much cheese.(go ahead Joy, you can say it)
5. I drink WAAAAAAAY too much coffee.
6. I really wanted to be a supermodel. For real!
7. I love to sing on RockBand….I sound JUST like Gwen Stefani.
8. I have lived in more than 20 houses for sure!
9. I very rarely take my eyes off my son. Him leaving me is my worst fear!
10. I get a back rub from my husband at least every other night…don’t hate me! lol
So there ya have it! That’s me, I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t already!!
If I ever get in trouble with the law, I am a lucky man…I have met (3) lawyers the past year while blogging…Enola, Sharon, and Lawyerchik. I figure between the three of them, one of them will be able to bail me out Please give a big blogging welcome to Lawyerchik!!!! At this point, Lawyerchik, clears her throat, gets up from her chair, looks over to Enola, who gives her the thumbs up and begins….
(Deep breath) OK, here goes:
Hi! My name is “Lawyerchik” – at least, that’s my name on the Internet! As they say on TV, “the name has been changed to protect the innocent!”
When DM had his first “guest bloggers” series, I didn’t post anything, in large part because … I didn’t have anything to say that I thought would be worthwhile to put on someone else’s blog; when I blog, it’s because there is something immediate that I need to spill RIGHT. THEN. … which is sort of how I got into blogging in the first place, so that is probably a good way to start.
I’m a 40-something lawyer, single owner of a cocker spaniel, and the oldest of four children. I think of myself mostly as a TCK, which means “third-culture kid,” because my parents were missionaries in South America at one time. Technically, in my case, it should be “FCK” (or “fourth-culture kid”), but that borders on the obscene, so we’ll stop with three!
The different numbers refer to the different cultural experiences – the first culture is the home culture before leaving for the mission field. The second is the mission field itself, and the third is the culture back in the home culture – that is irrevocably different from the one that was left, even if it is exactly the same place. The reason I say “four” is because, before my parents went into full-time ministry, they had a relatively normal life. My parents both worked at Chrysler – my dad in an assembly plant, and my mom in the plant clinic as a nurse. My sister and I went to school, and my parents were just normal people in relatively a normal life. When my parents decided to go to the mission field, they didn’t exactly ask for our opinion or give us a chance to have any input into it; they just decided that they were going to uproot us and move across the world. My two brothers are younger, and their lives and mine were really pretty different, even though we all have the same parents.
My life as I knew it, ended twice: the first time, when my parents chose to go into full-time ministry, and the second, when they came home. The loss of that initial cultural identity is still difficult, even though it’s been over 30 years since we first left, and while I’ve come to terms with a lot of it, there is still an anger that just doesn’t go away. Anger at my parents, anger at people who used to be friends but who abandoned me because of things that were beyond my control, anger at people who (probably out of their own inadequacies) chose to mock me and my family because we were “different.” It’s a long list, and the grief that just comes out of nowhere sometimes surprises me…..
But, even though that is part of who I am, it’s isn’t the whole picture – so here is the rest: I have been a Christian since I was five years old, by which I mean that, when I was five years old, I realized that I was a sinner by my own nature and by the choices I made, and I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and to come into my heart and make me His child. And He did. The longer I know the Lord, the more I realize that His greatest work is with people – both the work He does in their lives and the work He does with them. That God doesn’t leave or give up on people, including (especially) me is one of the more amazing things in life. What God chooses to do in and with the lives of everyday people is (for me, anyway) the most compelling example of His existence and His grace! Hard-headed, stubborn, disobedient and sinful as we are, and perfect and holy as He is, He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him – to have the penalty for our sinful nature and choices taken by someone else so that His justice could be satisfied and at the same time, His love expressed to those who believe.
Not surprisingly, then, I practice law – in Michigan, where I was born and spent the first 10 years of my life. I love what I do about half the time; the other half, I wish I had chosen something less stressful! Being a lawyer isn’t nearly as glamorous as it is on TV – there is little courtroom drama (at least in my practice area), and the other lawyers are mostly married with children and scrambling to get their work done so that they can get home to their families, instead of carrying on dramatic subplots with their co-workers. It’s long days, long weeks and little vacation, but it’s also intellectually challenging and fun to work out solutions to problems that come up in the work itself. The personalities are …. another issue!! Let’s just say that it’s a good thing that most of what I do involves writing!
My parents live in Alabama, where they moved almost 6 years ago to be closer to their grandchildren. My brothers are both married, and (yes, God has a sense of humor!), they both have children – all girls!! I don’t see them as often as I wish I could, but I do see them a couple of times a year, which has worked out so far. In addition, I have made some remarkable friends through DM’s blog and through others’ blogs – I’ve met one of my blogging friends in real life – she and her family live in Michigan as well – and I wish I could meet more. The ones I have corresponded with have been amazing – and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.
I’m one of the ones who tends to not post a lot about my real life – not because there is anything untowardly weird in it, but because I am just cautious until I get to know people. Plus, with what I do, I don’t know that I want a lot of people (in my family or at work) to read about how I really feel about this or that!! Know what I mean?!?!? I just say that so that if you do stop by and wonder, that’s the reason. It’s one of the down sides of being single: you don’t have anyone to vent to, and sometimes, you just gotta vent!! Which is how I got into blogging in the first place, but that is perhaps a story for another day.
Anyway, DM and Mrs. DM have been fabulous hosts – they’re generous with their time, and they have way better stories than mine!! My posts are usually political stuff – either national politics or interoffice politics – and sometimes, other stuff (mostly whining) mixed in. Theirs are just like their home seems to be: comforting and homey, with a little Iowa charm thrown in for good measure!
So, thank you for the opportunity to chat and meet some new friends!
But we did the night before….
Sunday evening about 9:30 a vehicle pulled into our driveway. We weren’t expecting company, so when they knocked on the door, I had no idea who it might be. I opened the door to find our neighbors Jim, Tracy and their daughter Kim.
“What in the world are you guys doing out this time of night?” I asked.
I thought it might have something to do with the vandalism the night before at our neighbor Bert’s house.
Jim proceeded to tell us Wayne (another neighbor) had told him he’d been seeing a UFO the past 3 nights- then Jim said “I blew it off, figured he’s just seeing things.…well we just saw it too!!!!
I looked at Jim, Tracy and Kim, – they were dead serious. Now if Wayne had told me he’d seen a UFO, I would have just quietly chuckled to myself, but to have these three normal neighbors stopping by my house @ 9:30 in the evening announcing they too had just seen a UFO,..well, that perked my interest.
” I want to see it, “ I said- “Do you guys care if we go with you and see if we can still see it?”
I asked my wife if she wanted to go too- figured if I was kidnapped by aliens or if they sucked my brains out, I wanted her to be there too
So we all piled into their Blue Astrovan and headed West.
Sure enough, just as soon as we turned out on the road , I could see it. “It was a lot closer before- The thing seemed to turn colors and at one point was shaped more like a diamond.”
To be continued…
Late breaking news- Winston, Iowa’s favorite pig is expecting. I kid you not. What’s even more amazing, due to some recent breakthroughs in technology around here, I already have pictures of some of her litter.
Here they are:
Here’s what else I’ve learned:
It looks like there are 11 or 12 piglets in the litter. Winston said, just as soon as they are weaned (in about 2 weeks)- she would be ready to begin sending them out into the world into loving homes. Winston stressed to me,that she will part with these little ones on only one condition- the homes they go to must be loving homes. So if you are at all interested, you need to move fast. - drop me a comment, or an email, so you don’t miss out on the fun. I did some mental math today, and have a hunch the piglets in this litter won’t last .
Along with adopting the baby piglet, you will get a certificate stating these are genuine offspring of Winston- Iowa’s famous pig. The cost is very reasonable- $15.00 for the piglet, plus packaging and postage (another $4.95)
These baby pigs are highly intelligent, very quiet, clean, and love to snuggle (just like their mama) If you are interested, like I said, there will be 11 or 12 of them in this litter. They are aprox. 12 inches long and 8 inches tall. Drop me an e-mail and I can give you a mailing address, where you can send your check, money order or cash. The proceeds from this will go toward the “Winston” fund. We need to invest in some additional electric fencing, and a small hut for her this Summer, since we’re going to be moving her behind the barn in a larger pasture. She’s totally ripped up the yard where we kept her this past year.