Thursday, June 14, 2012

Can I blog?

If you ever want to know what your kids think of you, ask them to help you name your blog.  As if their propensity to do the opposite of everything y0u ask isn’t already a hint, just wait to see what they come up with for Mom’s blog name.
Gee, as if I wasn’t already insecure and unsure of whether I even  CAN blog.  Do I really have something to say …let me rephrase that, I’m never at a loss for something to say (a therapist once told me I could talk my way out of a paper bag)…but will I have enough to say on a regular basis to keep anyone but me interested?  It certainly seems, on a daily basis, as though I have absolutely nothing to say that keeps my kids’ interest.
Anyone who has friended me on FB, who rolls their eyes and/or groans aloud when I post yet another picture of something I’ve baked…or yet another story of how my kids are treating me to a slow and painful death…this may  NOT be the blog for you.  Before you go, you may rejoice in the fact that I now have another place for those pictures and stories so you can stop plotting how to secretly Unfriend me without my knowing.  You’re welcome.
But the truth of the matter is I bake to relieve stress. I also bake to save money on all the store bought snacks I was buying,  AND I use baking as a creative outlet.  My Mom was always asked to bring baked goods to family functions and I remember watching everyone “ooh” and “aah” over her creations.  That memory brings a smile to my face and maybe I could use a few “ooh”s and  “aah”s myself at this juncture.  I like thinking that I got the love of baking from my Mom.  It truly is rewarding when my kids’ friends walk in the house, head straight for the laundry room to drop their shoes, and then literally  STOP in the kitchen on their way to the basement to grab whatever I’ve baked to take down with them.  My greatest hope is that one of the things my kids will remember from their childhood is the effort I made in order to give them (and to welcome their friends with) home-made snacks.  But mostly, I bake to relieve stress, to relieve stress and oh yeah, to relieve stress.
I’m a blog newbie so you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t know the blog rules or blog laws or in general anything I’m supposed to be doing.  I’ll probably post a lot of pictures of kitchen creations.  My camera sucks so that should turn out interesting.  I’ll probably talk about my kids and what I’m doing to try to maintain my sanity with a son going into his Junior year in High school and another going into his Senior year.  I’ll let you know if and when I decide that losing my sanity would be preferable to fighting to maintain it. I may just post things that make me laugh (thank you in advance, Pinterest).  I’m trying to cry less and laugh more.  I’ll let you know how that works out.
Oh well, I guess I’m giving this blog thing a shot.  Believe me when I tell you that I know what therapy costs, so if nothing else maybe this’ll be cheap therapy.

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A few shout-outs: First to my older son, who answered “Do you think I can do this blog thing?” with “I think you can do anything you set your heart to.”  Not what I expected from my biggest critic.
To my younger son for overcoming my biggest hurdle for me, naming this blog.  Thanks.
To my Mom’s cousin Reisa, who I’ve actually never met.  She ordered me to blog and suggested I ask my kids to help me name my blog (more on that to come).  SHEESH, remind me to never take advice from you again! 
To Julie (if you don’t read another thing, read this woman’s blog), Kathy and Melinda, all of whom gave me that final push off of this particular cliff.  It’s yet to be seen whether I thank you or curse you on the way down!
Cross-posted on BlogHer


  1. As long as I cannot gain any weight, I am in. And if you find a way for ME to replace my therapist with my blog, do share. Congratulations on taking the first step!

    1. Thanks, Julie, I hope your husband doesn't mind if I'm out there saying that you were my first. BTW, blog therapy is in addition to not in place of...sorry to disappoint.

  2. Karen - You're off to a great start. I think you've answered the question [Can I blog?] affirmatively. Nice photo, too. Now, if you can get Mom online and guide her to your blog, you'll be achieving big things. I reserve my cooking time for main dishes; I'd love to do some baking. Carina has been making some amazing cakes from the cookbooks of Claudia Roden. Most have no butter; some no flour. And they are among the best cakes ever. She's a great writer, too. Congrats on launching yr blog. [I did finally get on facebook, but...]

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lee. It took a lot of people pushing me, but I decided to give it a try. I think I'm going to like this one-sided conversation thing.

  3. Ok, I found this comment section. As Lee, above, says, you are off to a great start. I look forward to enjoying this.......... a lot!

    1. Thanks for the support, Reisa, and for being my very first follower!

  4. ooh and ahh, I love your humor! Glad I found you through @clearlykristal My sons will be a year apart in school, too. Fun to get a glimpse at what life will look like!


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