I stumbled on an intriguingly named blog way back in April, and started reading. And reading. And I’m still reading. When Julie of mamamash writes, you can’t help but be sucked in. I have two favorite posts that I may have mentioned over and over again in various forums, but I can’t help it. They’re funny, engaging and so Julie. This one about her doing housework au naturel and this awesome one about her dad finding her ahem, goody drawer – made me laugh so hard I might have peed myself a little. And her Monday Meals? YUM. Oh and she has the cutest son EVAH.
She’s also a riot on Twitter and a good friend. If you haven’t met Julie, don’t waste any more time. Here she is!
1. When and why did you start blogging?
I began blogging on January 1st of this year with a photo gallery of the year before. For me, 2010 was the year of the baby, 2011 was the year of the blog. Transitioning to a SAHM can be very isolating and I worried that I would lose my ability to communicate in phrases that weren’t peppered in baby talk. Blogging has been a way to stay in touch with my creative self and the world around me.
2. What do you love most about blogging?
I love how much it expanded my world. I can say that I “know” people from many places on this earth. I’ve been fortunate to learn little bits about other cultures, to see myself both mirrored and contradicted in the thoughts of others and to find kindred spirits in many of my blogging pals.
3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?
This is probably everyone’s least favorite question, right? Because we read so many blogs during the week and feel attached to so many people, it’s like picking favorites with your kids or something. I will say the blogger who always makes me laugh and inspires me to push my own boundaries a bit is Iris over at The Bearded Iris. She’s manages to be bawdy and classy all at the same time, and I just don’t know how she does it. She’s the only person who can regularly make me blush with her writing.
4. Is there a post you regret publishing?
I’m not very controversial on my blog, and I try to keep my drama off the interwebs whenever possible, so no. I think sometimes there are posts I regret not publishing though. Sometimes I wish I just had the cajones to write one of those “What I really want to say” posts.
5. What do you love most about being a Mom?
I love being needed. I love that I have a purpose. Oh, and having an excuse to get out of doing things at the last minute. “Oh, can’t make it. The baby is sick.” Don’t lie. We all do it.
6. What’s your favorite time of the day?
The moment my husband walks in the door from work. We eat dinner, talk about our day, he bathes the toddler and then we all snuggle in the living room until it’s bedtime. It’s the most magical of the daily routines.
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
This is cheesy, but I would love to go back to Universal Studios. My husband and I went for our honeymoon, and it was one of the most fun times I can ever remember having. This time, I’d like to bring my entire family so I can watch my nephews light up at the awesome special effects.
8. What could you eat every single day?
My mom’s cooking. I never appreciated it growing up, and now I realize how much time she put into each meal and how gifted she really was in the kitchen.
9. Favorite season and why.
Autumn! The colors, the smells, the crisp air. The festivals, the food, the anticipation of the holidays.
10. One word to describe you.
11. You’re a bit of a chef, with your awesome Monday Meals – what’s your favorite ever dish to cook?
Anything that requires lots of chopping and sauteing. I’d probably say chicken and sausage gumbo. You have to layer the flavors in over time, and it feels like I’m creating art, not food. I love that first moment when the smell of what’s sizzling in the pan hits my nose. It’s better than any kind of meditation or medication. So calming.
12. What are your hopes and dreams for the next 12 months?
We’ve got some big changes on the horizon in my family, and I hope that we can get through them together with minimal stress. I hope that our relationship continues to grow stronger. I dream of a day when I’m able to drive down the road and see my family in less than an hour.