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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Why I blog and a Get-Out-of-the-House-Kid-Free Card


Yes, I double-dip.
And proud of it.


I couldn't resist this Top 3 Thursday question this week: What are your TOP THREE reasons for blogging?





 
 

3. It's much more fun than doing housework.

2. It stops me from exploding: Believe it or not, I actually TRY to be polite out in public. And not always say what I'm thinking because I don't want to hurt someone's feelings or even more that I don't want to look insane. It's not like you can walk up to a total stranger and pour your heart out. And yet, you can on your blog. It's like free therapy.


And the #1 and probably only completely serious answer of mine:
1. The friendships I've made.

Really. I can't believe the friends that I have made through blogging. I've definitely found "my tribe," along with my bloggysister and now even my irl BFF blogs.

I feel like I know you and that you know me.

That it will not be weird at all when I get to meet some of you soon. It will be just like seeing an old friend.

I want to especially thank those of you who were so supportive of my post about Bear yesterday.  And hope that you'll understand that I totally sucked at getting to all of your blogs yesterday because of his evaluation and some lab work I had to take him in for.

Do you know that aside from my BFF, I really didn't tell many people irl about what we have been going through with Bear? Because I really felt like they would judge. People I called friends. And I was worried about them judging.

And yet, I didn't hesitate to post about him here.

And pretty much beg you to read that post.

Because y'all are FABULOUS.

And, THAT is why I blog.

I will be posting about his evaluation soon.
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.


*****

And, Shhhhhhhhh! I have to share this secret with you. I wasn't going to double dip today, but I had to, so that I could share this really cool trick that I learned for getting out of the house kid-free and on time! Plus I wanted to show you the cool ice cream thing I made. Cool, ice cream? Yes, I love puns.



 How did I manage to get my time out without kids in tow this month?

Hubs is really good at trying to find that time for me, but he also works his ass off for us so that I can plop my ass in front of the computer and blog all day long stay home with our boys.

But, I really wanted to get out and see Dear John all by myself on a Sunday afternoon. You can read my review HERE.

Want to know my tip for making sure that you do actually get out to the movies when you want to?

FANDANGO!!!!

Yes, go ahead and buy your ticket ahead of time online.

And then you can say, "Oh, I already bought my ticket and so I have to be there for the 1:15 show or we eat that ticket."

It was my easiest exit from the house, ever.

Fandango, I you!


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50 Comments:

Blogger Nicole Orriëns said...

I love blogging too. It has kept me sane during 14 years of hair raising parenting.

I grabbed your button by the way!

I'm at http://www.momfever.blogspot.com

February 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's crazy....all my friends live in my computer too!!! Coincidence? I think not:)

I have made really good friends from blogging too...text with them, talk on the phone, email each other...I haven't met any in person yet but I know we will soon.

Oh, you are so right, blogging is like free therapy lol!!

Great idea about Fandango;)

Can't wait to see the next dance off! I would never ever do it myself but I enjoy being a spectator.

February 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger We live in a Zoo! said...

Free therapy is right!!!
Lol!
Nowhere else can one be so free with what they say or post. :D Glad you got to make it to the movie, love the Fandango idea!

February 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

It keeps me from exploding too. I don't have kids, but I have a feeling I will be very anti- motherbitch when I do, and I thank you for the correct name to refer to them as. I cried my way through your post yesterday. I hope everything turns out great for you and your sons.

February 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

That's an excellent way to guarantee getting out of the house! I'll be sure NOT to tell my husband about it.

All my friends live in my computer makes me laugh. I find myself wondering if I'm a bit crazy when I start talking to my face to face friends about my bloggy friends...

February 25, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger ShellSpann said...

I agree. Those are the exact same reasons I blog! :)

February 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Yes! These are also the reasons that I blog! Sorry I didn't have a chance to comment yesterday. I'm so happy to hear about Bear's progress, but it sucks that you feel judged by your irl friends. Blogging is such a great outlet. I do wish that the irl friends/family could find a way to be as supportive as our bloggy friends.

February 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Fandango IS a lifesaver! I am never on time for movies and my favorite part is always the previews. I like to know what is coming out even if I will never see most of them.

I know you said you don't like scary movies, but Shutter Island was really good. I read the book first so I wasn't as scared as I probably would have been otherwise. It's a good read!

February 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Don't you love fandango. I never go to a movie anymore without buying a ticket from there first. No lines!!

February 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger The Boob Nazi said...

If anyone judges you for your son being evaluated for autism, send them over to me, and I'll take care of them.

February 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Mommy Lisa said...

Why is it harder to tell friends things IRL?

February 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I love the bloggy friends I've made while blogging :) That's a reason why I blog too...

& kick those people in the butt...no one should ever judge you about that.

February 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

Heck ya its more fun than housework!!!

I definitely think since I started blogging I explode a little...just a little less!

It makes me sad about people judging you because I know exactly how that feels...I get it all the time and I've had to learn to just let them have their stupid opinions because unless you are living with the issue yourself you have no idea!

Fabulous idea about getting out of the house..genius just genius!

Jen♥

February 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

OH I MISS YOU! Finally back online after our mega move... How is Bear?

Can't wait to catch up.

Alex

February 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Grilled Cheese said...

There is something necessary about getting out of the house. I know this and I don't have children, so I think that's probably 10 times more true for moms who need a break.

I'm glad Fandango is there for you!

February 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

I feel the same way, I am comfortable to spill my guts to all of you, so therapeutic! It is so awesome finding good bloggy friends like you!

I need to remember the Fandango tip because so many times we planned to catch a movie and our plans end up going right out the window!

February 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Bloggy friends are the best! Glad you got to get some time to yourself.

February 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Alexis AKA MOM said...

You rock at double dipping good idea! I may have to do it one time but man that would be one heck of a long post, I don't have your commenting power like you have here.

Can't wait to see some more dancing ;)

Glad you got out I'm so jealous of a date night.

February 25, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

You little double dipper! I agree with blogging but it also drains me too so don't think it counts for my Theta Mom Thursday!

http://thepursuitofmommyness.com/

February 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Those are the same reasons I blog!! Thanks for being my bloggy friend!

February 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Nick, Ali and Kendall said...

I blog for...

* therapy

* a mommie time out

* to catch up with all my online friends.

* did I say a mommie time out? :)

Oh guess what! I finally changed my blog and I even have a button! I'm so excited for my little blog to grow! Thanks for following! you are so dang sweet! I just love you!

February 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Theta Mom said...

I blog for conversation - it keeps me sane!!!! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

February 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Confessions From A Working Mom said...

You did it! You made the "double dipping" picture we talked about. I LOVE IT!!! I might copy it :)

AMEN on your #2! That should have been on my list, too.

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

February 25, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

I totally double-dipped today too! You can't help it with all these great events going on in one day :) I adore the blogging community, the connections are priceless!

February 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Crazed Mama said...

So true...I love your bloggy reason's. Tell Bear how proud we all are of what a brave guy he was yesterday!

February 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger ModernMom said...

Blogging is the reason my house has gone to pot! Love this post!

February 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Twincerely,Olga said...

great reasons for blogging!!! Out to the movies?Great idea!!:)I really wan to see Dear John ,so I will have to go read ur review!!

February 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

these are some great and very similar reasons why i blog. and i would blog even more whack-a-do stuff if my parents were both dead.

give 'em time.

February 25, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Ms Bibi said...

Just the other day I was talking to my hubs how I imagine meeting lots of my bloggy friends one day and I think it would be like meeting an old friend.I put stuff on my blog that I wouldn't tell anybody else, yet I tell the whole world.
My blog really makes me be myself without worrying about judgment.

I am so sorry to hear about Bear. I was MIA for few days so I need to go over and read it.

February 25, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Much More Than Mommy said...

Man! I forgot about the Time Out thing! I would've double-dipped too! I love that you went to the movie by yourself, I think I would really like that. Especially since The Husband knows I like his types of movies too, so going to chick flicks happens less and less frequently!!!

February 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger April (Mama is on the Potty) said...

It is so hard to explain internet friends to people who don't "do" the internet (like my mother). I love all my nettie friends, sometimes more then IRL friends! lol

February 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger One Take On Life - Heather said...

Stopping over from Theta mom. Love your reasons as to why you blog, especially number 2!. I blog for much the same reasons, to keep sane.

February 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I totally agree with those reasons!! I haven't seen Dear John yet and am heading over to read your review.:)

February 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

I love that you feel like you can talk to "us" about Bear, and things that you think real world friends might judge you for. I couldn't agree more. Blogging is my outlet for talking about my son, where I don't feel anyone will hurt my feelings with "You shoulda: or "you coulda" or "I woulda". Keep writing; I love your blog!

February 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

The friendships are teh best...and the therapy...only I don't get that to much on my blog because of some folks who read it. :(

Good job with the movie tickets!

February 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Vivianne's Vista said...

Oh Shell! You have been through so much! I just read your post on Bear and I am really happy he is getting better. There is nothing like the pain of a parent worrying about the health of their child.

Thank goodness for blogging. I agree with you, it is therapeutic. (I hope I spelled that right) I wish you, Bear and the rest of your family the best.

February 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

I love love love that trick! I'm gonna have to try it sometime. I am sure that hubby will love it just as much, lol.

February 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

I got all distracted by the get-out-of-the-house trick and forgot to tell you that you have an award waiting for you over at my blog. Yay you!!

February 25, 2010 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger CRAZYMOM said...

I know what you mean about having to try to be nice irl but letting it all hang out here. ahhh... My only mistake is that everyone knows that I blog...and some of them read it so I can't really vent much about them! LOL take care. hugs to you and Bear. :)

February 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Vodka Logic said...

Ilove my computer friend. they don't show up unannounced and see my messy house

February 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Definitely need to invest in this Fandango. I have never used it before--but now? Ha! I totally am :)

Hope you're doing good tonite--I'm about to watch Survivor! Whoop!

xoxo

February 25, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love your reasons for blogging. I totally feel the same way. Isn't it amazing the amount of stuff you feel comfortable sharing online? It truly is like free therapy!

February 25, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Pennie said...

It IS nice to be able to be yourself in your blog, isn't it? That's a great reason!

February 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

I was trying to find a sitter so Hubby and I could see that movie but yes I think that's a great idea. I will go by myself and he can stay with the kids!

February 25, 2010 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger LMJ said...

Hubby and I wan to take our first trip without the baby, but I can't seem to have the courage to leave her.

and yes yes yes to the reasons why you blog!! They are mine as well!!

February 26, 2010 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

Getting out of the house kid free is so important sometimes, and hard to pull off!

Wish we had Fandango here.

February 26, 2010 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

I love blogging too and have made so many friends that way!

Good for you for getting out to the movies and taking some time for yourself!

February 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger G-Zell said...

I love blogging too and I think I am addicted.. I swear if I was paid for this I would be a billionaire LOL...

Happy Timeout Thursday!
grissell

February 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Mox said...

Si. I too love the free therapy and bloggy friends like you.

February 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

Oh you sneaky woman, you! Hahahaha.

I love blogging too. The relationships I have made are priceless for me.

February 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

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