It’s Friday. Time to link-up for Lets BEE Friends!
Let’s blog hop!
Here are the rules:
1. I ask that you follow my blog and ME on Twitter @beeswithhoney.com
2. Grab the button from the sidebar and include it in your post.
3. Link up your favourite post from the week. (no giveaways please)
4. Visit other bloggers who have linked up. Follow who you like.
5. Spread the honey by leaving them some sweet old ♥ comment love ♥ !
The linky can be found at the bottom of this post!
I bring to you today, yet another Canadian mom blogger who writes Cookie’s Chronicles. Her name is Sue and she’s a stay-at-home Mom to little preschooler Jack. She generally writes about the joys and struggles of parenting and home life, but you’ll also find the occasional wild attempt at writing, a few recipes and knitting patterns, opinion pieces and links to posts about books on her other blog, Cookie’s Book Club.
“I try to add a dose of humour to what I write, because, after all, life is pretty darned funny!”
I couldn’t agree with Sue more and so without further babbling by me, I present to you Sue! Otherwise known as … Cookie’s Mom.
Bruna, my fellow Canadian blogress, it’s a pleasure to be a guest on your blog! This place is super comfy and cozy. Thanks for inviting me!
1. What did you do before you became a Mom? Career? Work?
Hmm… a lot of things. I became a mom late in life. It took me a long time to meet my husband. (I met a lot of frogs on the way to my prince!) So, I had a long time to be ‘just me’ before having kids – I’m not sure if that was a blessing or a curse. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little family and love being a mom, but there are days when I remember wistfully how I could hop in my car and go anywhere to see anyone at anytime.
Back then I was a systems analyst (aka computer nerd). Quite a good career if you don’t mind being perpetually annoyed. (Computers! Arg!) I’ve had a lot of other jobs too: waitress, legal clerk, auto lease agent and telephone magazine sales rep – possibly the worst job ever (I lasted a week).
I used to indulge many more hobbies and I volunteered a lot more than I do now. Though these days I still find time to be a coordinator for my son’s soccer league. Yep. I’m a soccer mom! Minus the minivan (I have a sexy station wagon).
I wrote a post about this not too long ago: I used to get a lot more done, but none of it was as valuable as what I do now. Being a mom is by far the most challenging and the most rewarding job I have ever had.
2. When did you start blogging and how long have you been doing it?
I started blogging just this February so it hasn’t been long. But what an experience it has been already! I feel like life, in some ways, is accelerated through the blogging process. Writing of any kind has a trans-formative power. We see into ourselves a little bit more with each effort. We gain a new perspective on our world.
I am amazed by the number of little things, besides the writing, that are required to keep a blog humming along. Suddenly, I’m back in the computer world again (arg)! One of the really great side effects is meeting so many other great bloggers! The support of this community is fantastic and really necessary. I’m always telling moms that support from other moms is the best way to maintain our sanity, and bloggers are no different. LOVE this group of moms (and dads)!
3. How did you meet your husband? Tell us the story.
Okay. Here is where it gets a little weird. I’m not sure anyone else finds this story funny, but to my husband and I it’s hysterical. We met when we shared a cubicle wall at work. Apparently, those things are good for something. We became fast friends. If you read my post on sarcasm this past Tuesday, you know that my husband and I have… a special relationship. As work colleagues we began taunting and mocking each other and it hasn’t let up since.
We used to do all sorts of childish things to relieve the monotony of work. It started with the boys throwing paper balls over the wall at the girls. The girls collected all of these paper balls, connecting them together in secret and then one day we launched the world’s largest paper ball over the wall to the boys. Hysterical. Well… you probably had to be there… or under the age of 5.
Romantic, yes? Well, we think so, but we’re kind of nerdy. The silliness continued until one day, about a year later, he asked me on a proper date. The rest, as they say, is history.
4. What are 5 things you’d like to do this summer?
1. Hiking: We live in some of the most beautiful country around. There’s nothing like a bit of hard physical outdoor activity that culminates in a breathtaking mountain top view!
2. Biking: Yet another way we like to enjoy the warm weather while we have it. Our bikes take us to places we blow past in our vehicles. Walking or biking there’s so much to see in our city (in any city) that we can only see when we slow down.
3. BBQ, blended drink, patio fun!
4. Movies: Pirates! Cars 2! Popcorn. Sticky feet. Ahhh.
5. Sleep: Honk, Shooo, Zzzz
5. What is your favourite drink? Food?
Oooh. A drink and food question! I love food! Let’s see… My favourite drink is actually water. I know – lame – but it’s just so satisfying and I live in very dry city. I have a juicer that I am kind of in love with. After water and juice, perhaps rum… and then wine… and then beer (hmm, this is not making the best impression).
As for a favourite food, I’m going to go with lobster. It’s decadent yet surprisingly easy to prepare. Drown lobster in boiling water – sorry little fella! – and serve with melted butter. Drool.
6. Share with us a hobby or a passion of yours.
I have a few. I enjoy beading, gardening, playing guitar, hiking, biking, and knitting, but I think it’s safe to say that reading and writing are the things that I am most passionate about lately – other than my role as mom.
7. Do you have a favourite author? Favourite book? Give us a quick synopsis of the story.
I love Doris Lessing and Barbara Kingsolver. The best books I have read lately are by an independent author, Christopher Bunn. I recently interviewed Christopher and reviewed the first two books of the Tormay Trilogy at Cookie’s Book Club. These are fantasy books in which ancient dark forces return to Tormay. It’s a story of good versus evil, a dark and yet beautiful story. Christopher is an author to watch!
8. Name 5 things you’d like to do before you’re too old to do them.
Oh boy! I’m not typically a bucket-list kind of woman. I like to plan just a few years ahead. Life is short (I lost my parents quite young), so I don’t like to look too far into the future. I try to make the most of my days in simple ways. BUT having said that, I hope to travel more. Places I’d like to see while I still can are Scotland; Sydney, Australia; the Galapagos Islands; Tanzania, Africa, the home of our sponsor child; and maybe a few more of the Caribbean islands.
9. How do you see the world? Glass half empty or half full?
I love this question, and I love the late George Carlin’s answer best. If you have to ask this question then, as George put it, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be! Life is like that, isn’t it? We’re never quite satisfied. We take more than we need.
The way I see it, the glass is already full. Maybe Sheryl Crow said it best, “It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.” My cup runneth over. All I need to do to be happy is to appreciate what I already have. It’s about gratitude.
10. What new and exciting things do you have coming up on your blog?
Well, this is pretty exciting! Being featured by a fabulous fellow blogger? What beats that? I’ll continue to write about parenting and my other favourite things. I have an interview coming up with a mom of young twins. I’m looking forward to that one. And as always, I’ll continue to provide my reviews of books and interviews with the authors at Cookie’s Book Club.