Sunday, March 09, 2008

It's a Party

...and I'm your party girl.

5 minutes for Mom is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party. I've been reading about it on the blogosphere for the last little while. I can't believe that the time for dancing in the street is already here.

So come on in, pull up this chair as we've got some drinks ...

Some goodies...

A bar...

Well, in reality this is the bar...

So allow myself to introduce ... myself. I'm a mom of two great kidlets. L is 7 going on 15, my sweet firstborn who just delights us with his lovely attitude and his joyful presence when he's not hunkered down with his electronics. And then there's little diva G, who just turned 3. She was somewhat aptly named; with a deep little voice and an attitude, she can turn on the charm and be the sweetest little thing... as long as she wants to be. Finally there's the husband, who I've been with for about 20 years, 15 of them (this year) married. We've been through a lot together, and we're still laughing (not at each other, honestly) most of the time.

I was a fulltime work-out-of-home career woman until my daughter was born. Good fortune hit me in the head in the form of a great opportunity to stay at home for at least another year after the standard 1 year maternity leave. That was 3 years ago. I got the itch to do something in order to keep my feet wet in industry, and have been consulting part-time since about November 2007. My first gig came smack in the middle of NaBloPoMo 2007.

I've been blogging since 2005. I've always liked to write, and in my profession (healthcare/ pharmaceuticals/ scientific) there isn't too much room for artistic impression. When I became a mom of 2, I thought blogging might be the perfect vehicle to capture life's fun moments, the special milestones that I realize the older I get, the more I will forget. And at the same time explore that creative side of me. At least what's left of it.

I didn't start blogging in earnest until about mid-2007 when I began to "meet" other bloggers and enjoy their works. When I signed up for NaBlo I found so many interesting blogs. And continuing on that vein, I love to find new bloggers, new friends, and have been blog hopping (thanks to BusyDad) as my form of weekend partying for the last couple of months.

This is why am I SO HERE for this Ultimate Blog Party. Where else would I be? I am totally addicted, this is a tough addiction to shake.

I write about my kids, my husband (occasionally), my life (when it isn't such a yawn, and sometimes when it is), culture, fun stuff. I keep it fairly light, although I know life isn't always like that. It's my blog and I'll cry if I want to - but I don't want to, not too often anyway. I've been in a bit of a slump lately and meme'ing everything under the sun ... gratuitous shots of the kids always help in a crunch, and there have been a lot of them lately.

So thanks for stopping by if you're here from the Party. It's nice to meet you. And if you're a regular visitor, what took you so long?

Stay a while.

And I hope you'll be back.


Anonymous said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

Happy Partying!

C. K. said...

Girl - I'm so gonna join you on this Blog party.

Family Adventure said...

Awesome partying, Karen. :)

Happy Monday,


cltgrace said...

Hi hi hi! Kidlets...I like that. Welcome to the party! Now that you're here, let's get this party started! There are so many new folks to meet. What a pleasure indeed!

Peek in on us at GraceFULL Days & say hi before you go! Skip over the Vicks Caring Tributes & vote for my Gracie Cakes story as one of their finalists~ Thanks in advance.

GraceFULL blessings to you & yours~


Laura said...

That's a great intro. I've been reading for awhile but it is still so nice to get a background.

Ivan Girl said...

hey, welcome to the party and hope you're having a blast. Do call me Ivan Girl and I'm from Manila, Philippines.

Pleased to meet you! Will definitely visit you again.

Do stop by my blog and join me for the party... :)
UBP 2008

Have Fun!

jennwa said...

It is nice to meet you, sounds like you have a busy life with great kids.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and I will be back. Have a great Monday.

Stacey said...

Okay you simply MADE my morning with your fun comment (makeup, it's all about the makeup) so here I am! I think this is one of the funnest parties yetttt!

Energy is just flowing off your pages...I'm off now to bookmark you, I want to remember where to find the best bar in blogland! ;)

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

I'll be right over in,..oh, long does it take to get to Canada from Chicago??? I'll party with you in spirit, how's that? :O)

I can't afford to go to San Francisco for the Blogher Convention, but wouldn't it be awesome to meet everyone in person? It would be a blast!


suchsimplepleasures said...

hey...i'll have a glass of wine, please!! i don't care if i have to sit on the floor!! or stand, for that matter!!
you're too cool!!
i think i might have to join this soon as i get a nap!!

Anonymous said...

I will take the martini...... Seriously. It has been one of those days already.

HAve fun partying!

OHmommy said...

Dude. Your bar is awesome! LOVE that picture!!!

Amy Y said...

Nice to meet you too :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments ~ I appreciate your crossed fingers! :)

Haley-O said...

Whooooooo! PARTY!!!!!!!! Meet me at that FAB bar! I can't wait to hang out with you!

BeachMama said...

Love your bar ;). I decided to try the blog party this year too! Glad to see you are bar hopping around and may see you out there :)

forgetfulone said...

I'll be back to visit you! thanks for coming by my blog. I had to bring you a blue martini. I am so addicted to blogging now, too, whether anyone reads it or not. I like to write. Come visit me again any time.

jennyonthespot said...

Nice party girl... I'll take summa that first drink you're serving up. Fill it to the top. Thanks so much... I'll just go sit on that red stool at the bar... look around a little :)

Thanks for coming by and taking the time to drop a note...

Will be back again :)

Jenny 865-53oh9 said...

Loved reading your blog! Glad you stopped by my blog or I might not have found amongst all the others! Besides, Stacey and I like to driver bloggers crazy with our comments on their sites and I see she's bookmarking you!

Karina said...

I'm still making the rounds on this Ultimate Blog Party Scene, but I wanted to stop in and thank you for stopping by my party.

I hope you're enjoying your "blog-holiday". ;-)

Storm said...

Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

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