I’m not completely sure how I found my way here. I impulsively joined WordPress in late April 2017 and learned after the fact that this is more of a venue for actual writers, so I’m kind of an odd duck. I’m not a writer but a reader (hence all the book reviews), so I think I may have found my personal nirvana by landing in a place with an abundance of interesting reading material.
I’m disenchanted with the vapidity of television (haven’t watched since 2010 when I started reading more), and with social media and all the negativity, insincerity and vanity that goes along with it. I’m searching for something more authentic, and I’m already seeing a lot of that here in your posts. It’s a breath of fresh air, and I’m grateful for it. I’m learning a lot from you as well, so thank you for that.
I was raised in a small town in the Great Plains (my graduating class had 26 people and that high number was due to the fact they bused kids in from two neighboring towns). I’ve lived away from my hometown longer than I ever lived there, but those roots go deep, so my upbringing is still a huge part of who I am. My parents were born during the Great Depression; my dad was actually born in a cave house dug out of the prairie dirt. I was raised by people who could do just about anything, worked hard, and dealt with whatever came along without complaint. Mom finally retired at 80 years old and is still living independently in the same town Dad was born, raised, and buried.
I have been married for 20 years and have a blended family with 5 kids and an adorable grandson. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 19 years. My youngest is nearing 12, so in a blink of an eye that stage of my life will be over and I’ll have to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. 🙂 I volunteer several days a week at our local food bank and serve in a small capacity on its board, but I’m most often found driving my kids and their friends to various places (mainly nerd conventions and professional wrestling events). We live in a fishing village in the Pacific Northwest.
I generally read (or listen to) 10-20 books a month. I’ve logged over 1,000 “read” books since I started keeping track in 2010. My reading interests vary by mood. I read for fun and write reviews to help me remember the books, so I’m basically just talking to myself. I’m working on my efficiency, but I’m verbose in writing as well as in person, so bear with me as I make improvements.
I love seeing new places and am thankful whenever the occasion arises to see iconic or historic sites. With only limited opportunities to travel, however, I often have to live vicariously through other people’s stories.
These places are on my please, please, please, someday list:
Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands of Scotland