I’m Purposely Vague

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Today, yes, I am going to be purposely vague.

I’m going to be one of those people who tease you with, “I’ve got news! But I’m not going to tell you what it is!”

I will tell you what it is.

Just not yet.

I can tell you this.

I have three exciting things to tell you.

The first one is sort of huge.

No, I’m not pregnant.

Though it feels like I’m birthing. It’s THAT huge!

Which makes me very, very nervous.

I’ve been working on this thing, this big thing I am dying, DYING, to tell you about, for a while now.

I want to be able to share it with you by early November.

Okay, more like mid-November. I hope. I really, really hope I’ll be ready to tell you then.

Second piece of news – it’s also pretty awesome.

I’ve lost you, haven’t I?

Here, a photo of my boys to distract you for a minute. They’re around the same age here – aren’t they cute?

5 month old baby boys

Okay. Back to my meandering.

You’re pounding your forehead on the keyboard shouting, “Just tell us what it is, for Pete’s sake, woman!”

But I can’t. I’m BURSTING to tell you, which is why I’m writing this, but I can’t, until it happens.

Let’s just say I’ll be involved with a fairly awesome website. Let’s leave it at that for now, okay?

Third piece of news is going to involve cookies.

You’re not surprised, are you?

All this means, I may be asking you to go somewhere else to support me, check me out, that sort of thing. I know it’s a real pain to click here, click there, read yet another thing. I do know that.

But this time? These three big things? I really need your support.

I’ve never called for favors here. But these three big things are so big and so important to me, I’m writing a pre-begging begging post.

Stay tuned, November is going to be a huge month. It’s also going to kick my ass, but at least, it’d be worthwhile.

Thank you for bearing with me.

Admit it, you’re just really thinking about the cookie thing now, aren’t you? Also, what are YOU up to?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • October 24, 2012 Laura

    Nasty. I think you deserve a time out. Go eat some cookies and think about what you did.

    Sigh. Okay. I’ll click. But only if you PROMISE to tell us … when you can.
    Laura recently wrote…Fluffy FamilyMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Happy to eat cookies any time πŸ™‚
      Thank you in advance for your support Laura. I will tell. I want to. When I’m ready. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Maureen

    Hah! Talk about suspense, woman! Whatever it is I am stoked for you and can’t wait to read the big reveal (preferably while eating those said cookies!)
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I always have cookies nearby. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    You’re such a tease!!! Argh!!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Soon, soon!!!

  • October 24, 2012 Elaine A.

    I’m over here guessing. And how exciting. Cannot WAIT to know if I am right! πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I’m curious as to what your guess is! πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Masala Chica

    I can live without cookies. They go STRAIGHT to my thighs, girlfriend. But I am ALL about support. You know, a few years ago, I was a super active blogger. And the I just, you know. STOPPED. Life got really hard and I just couldn’t. But I always knew I would have the support of my bloggy friends who had been there with me when I started, who I had that bond with.

    This time, starting again, I have not asked for help. I want to do it on my own. But the thing with blogging is that it’s ALWAYS about community. And you can pre-beg. So we are prepared for when the begging really starts. And keep distracting us with pictures of the boys.

    Because THAT’S calorie free.

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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I’m always happy to oblige with pictures of my kids. And cookies, if you change your mind. πŸ™‚

      Yes, support! That’s what it’s about, isn’t it? I really don’t like begging, but in these particular circumstances, it comes a little with the territory. So beg, I shall.

  • October 24, 2012 Kristin



    I shall await your big, big news with anticipation. And also, secrets don’t make friends.

    Just saying… πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      They’re only temporary secrets. Promise. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Jessica

    YAAAAAY! So excited to throw support behind whatever it is you are doing (especially involving COOKIES). And yes, the pictures were an excellent distraction, they totally worked. xo
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Give you a couple of babies and cookies, and I’d have lulled you into oblivion πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Leslie

    Fingers crossed that the news is what I think it is. Congrats, and I can’t wait to find out!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Leslie! I’m wondering what you think it is! Heh.

  • October 24, 2012 Robin

    Meanie πŸ™‚
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Only a little. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Tonya

    You suck!

    Your boys are adorable, but you seriously suck.

    But, if I have to I’ll wait. But I don’t have to like it.
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Hah! You’re awesome. And the wait won’t be long, promise.

  • October 24, 2012 Julie

    I feel like I’m reading “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book!”


    Congrats! On, whatever it is.
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Heh. And thank you!

  • October 24, 2012 ilene

    By all means – call in some favors – that is what we are all here for. And we will grant them with love.

    OK – and damn! I want to know what’s up!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Ilene!

  • October 24, 2012 Courtney Kirkland

    You’re killing me. I have a tiny hunch what it might be (then again, I could be so far fetched that I’m not even in the same ballpark). Excited to see what’s in store for you!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Courtney! I’m curious to know what you think it is πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Erin

    Ok that’s just not nice, but good hype πŸ™‚
    The boys . . . oh my ADORABLE! I love soft spiky baby hair. It makes me just want to snuggle and rub my cheek up against it!
    On another note, well somewhat similar note . . . do you have any good cupcake recipes? I want to have a cupcake ‘bar’ for Baby M’s birthday (in December). I’m looking for 3 different types of cupcakes to make and serve. I tried a Snickers recipe over the weekend. They tasted good, but I couldn’t make them look as pretty as the picture. I did something to screw the icing up. It was super runny.
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Good hype – that’s what I’m hoping for!

      I’ll email you with some cupcake recipes!

  • October 24, 2012 Alexandra

    Last time you did this to me, I almost lost my mind.
    Let me guess: something big with the SITS girls.

    I’ll be it’s the SITS girls.

    Going to mull this over, then I’ll come back and forth all night as ideas come to me.

    And you know I will.

    So I won’t say good bye, I’ll just say Later Gator.

    But I’ll bet it’s SITS …
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      You’re sort of right for one of the three things. Don’t lose your mind, hold onto your panties, I’ll be telling you soon what it is!

  • October 24, 2012 Keely

    You’re going to be marvy. πŸ™‚
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Keely. I sure hope so. Especially with Project Cookie since I have such an awesome partner, ahem.

  • October 24, 2012 AnnMarie

    Uggghhh…you big tease! Mid November? The waiting is going to kill me. You better post more pics to distract (that totally worked) or send cookies. Can’t wait to find out and I’ll be supporting you in your new venture.
    AnnMarie recently wrote…10 Things to be Grateful ForMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      If I can all earlier than mid November, I most certainly will, I am bursting to tell!
      And thank you in advance for your support!

  • October 24, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Dear Alison Lee,
    Tell me Tell me Tell me Tell me Tell me Tell me

    Now now now now now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Hee!! I will, I will. In good time. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Lauren

    Can i live vicariously through you? Tell tell tell!!!

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I’ll tell you when I see you next. Promise.

  • October 24, 2012 Barbara

    Oh, the suspense! Can’t wait until you can finally share the big news, until then I will just say Congratulations!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Barbara!

  • You do know that I won’t be able to sleep until I know exactly what you are up to, don’t you. Good thing I’m used to sleepless nights by now…
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      You must be very tired by now πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 sarah

    Aaaaah. I want to know now!!!!! I’m so intrigued!

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      You will know!! I want to know all that’s happening with you too – stuff you’ve been alluding to, sneaky one. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Ginny Marie

    So exciting, even though I have no idea what IT is! And yes, the pictures of your boys did distract me. πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      It IS exciting, stay tuned!

  • October 24, 2012 Alma

    If your surprise has anything to do with the success of your lovely blog.. it is so much deserve. I wish all the best for you and your blog for this a place I can laugh cry and not feel that I am not crazy. All mommas can use a place like this.
    Thanks for the tease this morning on the other side of the globe.
    So excited for you and not knowing is fine with me.
    Alma recently wrote…A Redhead on a SegwayMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Alma! Really, thank you.

  • October 24, 2012 tracy

    I love you. With amazing news or without amazing news. And I will always love you for cookies. xo
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    • October 24, 2012 Brittany

      This is going to think I am replying to Tracy and well, Tracy, you know I love you but in this case the only way I can comment on Alison’s blog is to reply to someone else and I know you won;t mind getting a response. Just in case, hi! much love! xo.

      So Alison I cannot wait to hear the news and I am already wondering so many things. Tell us soon please! Congratulations!

      • October 28, 2012 Alison

        Sorry about this commenting fracas – it was a plugin! Hopefully fixed now! And thank you, I’ll be telling all VERY SOON. πŸ™‚

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I love you too my friend! Thank you for the support, always. xo

  • October 24, 2012 Nina

    That’s IT–I’m boarding an international plane right now to wrangle this news out of you. Inquiring minds want to know!
    Nina recently wrote…Confessions of a Lululemon LemmingMy Profile

    • October 24, 2012 molly

      It won’t let me comment for some reason either. So I’m replying to someone else. I can’t wait to hear all three pieces of your news!

      Also, did someone say COOKIES!!!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Heh. Patience. A virtue. Said someone. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 Leighann

    Sounds exciting Alison!!!!
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  • October 24, 2012 Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} Well, you are just a big tease. I suppose you feel better having put this out in the blogosphere, while the rest of us are now dying with anticipation!! Wait. That was your plan all along, wasn’t it?! Well played, Alison. Well played.

    Seriously, so happy for you and I don’t even know why! πŸ™‚
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Melinda. And yes, I’m a tease, hehe.

  • October 24, 2012 Leigh Ann

    Did someone say cookies???

    Dude, spill it!
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…Do you Oxford?My Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I will! I just need to move some pieces into place and all will be ready to be revealed. πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2012 MamaCassie

    Oooh! This sounds so very interesting! I can’t wait to hear your news…all three of them! Yes even the cookies!
    P.S. Your boys are just adorable…at any age!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Cassie!

  • October 25, 2012 KalleyC

    Okay, I’ll admit it, I heard cookies, and now I’m hungry. Can’t wait until November.
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Heh. Cookies FTW!

  • October 25, 2012 Kim at Mama Mzungu

    Where you going lady? Wherever it is, they’re lucky to have you! Looking forward to finding out…

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Ooh, Kim, I can’t say just yet! Soon!

  • October 25, 2012 Tracie

    Three things for you…

    1. I want cookies.
    2. I’ll support you where every you go.
    3. If I email you cute pictures, will you tell me the secret early?
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      1. Go eat a cookie. Now.
      2. Thank you SO MUCH.
      3. Maybe. Or a picture of baked goods. That works too. πŸ˜‰

  • October 25, 2012 Kim

    You have definitely piqued my curiousity! Whatever is happening, it sounds very exciting! Can’t wait to hear more about it! πŸ™‚
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      It is totally exciting!

  • October 25, 2012 The Dose of Reality

    You know it would be a lot easier to promise IF WE KNEW WHAT IT WAS!!!! πŸ˜‰

    Seriously though, it certainly sounds exciting and like congratulations are in order!!! Whoo Hoo! Can’t wait to follow you here, there, and everywhere! Whatever the happy news it is, I’m so very happy for you!! πŸ˜‰
    The Dose of Reality recently wrote…Halloween Is All About the CostumesMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for being so awesome!

  • October 25, 2012 lisacng

    You’re such a tease. Yes, your boys are cute! Hmmm….website, cookies….You’re going to be a character on Sesame Street. Replacing cookie monster ;).
    lisacng recently wrote…An evening at home {photos}My Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Points for creative guess!! But…. no. πŸ™‚

  • October 25, 2012 JanBierens

    I guess guessing won’t make you give away any clus, huh? I guess not. ‘Involved with a fairly awesome website’… I have no clue, but keep the suspense up a little longer. πŸ˜‰
    I guess you noticed I’m using the word guess often?
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Hehe, awesome. You used the word guess but didn’t actually guess. πŸ™‚

  • October 25, 2012 Janice

    This is torture, I tell ya! But you know that because we love you so much, we are willing to wait for your BIG news (x3). I’m ready to click when you are! πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Janice, you’re awesome!

  • October 25, 2012 vanita

    you know im here for u babe! just tell me where to click and dont be vague about it.

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      I know you will!

  • October 25, 2012 vanita

    darn it i do have cookies on the brain now
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Oh, go eat one. Or two. Heck, several. πŸ™‚

  • October 25, 2012 Jessica

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  • October 25, 2012 karen

    love the post….I thought you would give us more details at the end, LOL… great distraction with the cute boys.

    Sounds like an exciting month for you babe, can’t wait.
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      It’s going to be a kick ass month!

  • October 25, 2012 Amanda

    Great. Now all I can think about is diving into a box of Oreos. Both my curiosity and my sweet tooth will have to go unsatisfied for now. Booooo. πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Eh, Oreos are always good. πŸ˜‰

  • October 25, 2012 Melissa

    With or without cookies, I’m there. Congratulations!!

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Melissa!

  • October 25, 2012 thedoseofreality

    You big tease!! Now I am waiting with baited breath to hear ALL OF THIS AWESOME news!!!!-Ashley

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      It’s coming, soon!!

  • October 25, 2012 Lady Jennie

    grrr! You frustrating woman! πŸ˜‰
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Heh. You still like me, right?

  • October 26, 2012 Sue

    Just tell me, and I’m on it.

    Tell me, gosh darn it!

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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      DM me on Twitter πŸ˜‰

  • October 26, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Hahahaha…thanks for the teaser post. Can’t wait to hear your HUGE news!!! I’ll follow you anywhere, friend. Also? I could go for some cookies right now πŸ˜‰
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…TodayMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      You’re a sweetie, thank you, Jen. Also? Cookies!!

  • October 26, 2012 Elizabeth Kane

    This sounds exciting! Congrats for the things we will know about soon. πŸ™‚

  • October 26, 2012 Natalie

    Yum yum can’t wait to see what this cookie is all about!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Oh you’ll know sooner than others πŸ˜‰

  • October 27, 2012 Jamie

    Still waiting!!!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      It’s coming, hang on!

  • October 27, 2012 Nikky44

    Your babies are just adorable!!!
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  • October 27, 2012 Jolene

    HA! Love the suspense… can’t wait to hear what’s going on! Have a great weekend Alison!
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    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jolene!

  • October 27, 2012 Recreate and Decorate

    wow!!! you got me biting my nails!!!
    Congrats and can’t wait to find out!
    I have some pretty awesome things happening with my blog right now too! cha ching!!!
    Recreate and Decorate recently wrote…Pottery Barn recreationMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      That’s exciting, Wanda, can’t wait to hear what you’re up to!

  • October 28, 2012 Angie


    Excited for you and totally crushing on your cute sons! They’re same same but oh so different. Love genetics.

    Can’t wait to hear your news, sweetie! xxx
    Angie recently wrote…Bodies and The Saturday Share…on SundayMy Profile

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Angie!! I’m excited!

      Yes, same but not the same. πŸ™‚

  • October 28, 2012 Kim

    Hi there, just found your blog and am really enjoying it! Just wanted to say a quick hi!

    • October 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Kim!

  • October 29, 2012 Carolyn

    You’ve got me wondering….
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  • October 29, 2012 Sandra

    Oh Lordy, I’m so confused….
    Can you tweet me when the secret is out. I’ll be awake. I hate being out of the loop!

  • October 29, 2012 Sandra

    And a 113 comments….? Seriously? I’m totally going to write a post in which I withhold a secret, but the secret will be that I don’t really have a secret, but ya’ll will think I do, and leave 113 comments begging to know said secret. I’m a genius. Well, actually, you’re the genius.
    Sandra recently wrote…When sadness sets in…My Profile

    • October 29, 2012 Alison

      Well, half the comments are mine!! I’ll let you know soon. Along with everyone else. On Wednesday!

  • October 29, 2012 Katie

    all i saw in this post were cute babies and the word cookies. did you say something else? also? where’s mah damn cookie?
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    • October 29, 2012 Alison

      Sending you a virtual cookie!!

  • October 30, 2012 Galit Breen

    Already so very proud of, and excited for, you! xo
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    • October 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my beautiful friend!

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