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Saturday Shout-Out: Hoo Goes Where

I wanted to use my Saturday posts to highlight some great bloggers out there. This week’s feature blogger is wonderful and I hope you love her as much as I do. If you’d like me to highlight you, just send me an email:


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Saturday Shout-Out

~Your name: I answer to several, but you can call me Janie.

~Your blog’s name w/ link: Hoo Goes Where  http://hoogoeswhere.blogspot.com

~Type of blog it is: Life in general  (If you don’t fit in anywhere else, you’ll probably fit in here.)

~Tell us a little something about yourself: Foremost, I’m a mum, wife, and domestic engineer. Professionally, I am a physical therapist who went on to become a medical doctor and later specialized in pediatrics. I went on hiatus several months after I gave birth. I’ve recently gone back to work, albeit part-time. Part-time work arrangements are heaven sent!

~If you had only 1 wish, what would it be and why?Difficult to choose just one. Hmmm. I’d wish for my daughter and future children to grow up to be responsible and God-fearing members of the society.

~What’s your favorite thing about where you live and why? We live in the tropical city state of Singapore. Everything here works. We have a very effective and efficient government. I also love the cultural diversity that Singapore has to offer.

~What’s #1 on your ‘Bucket List’? Surprise! I don’t do bucket lists. I have long term and short term goals though.  Does this make me sound like a very serious person? I tell you, I am not.

~3 words to describe yourself would be…? Impressionable. Straightforward. Emotional.

~1 little known fact about you is…? I spend so much time on my hair. Wash, blow dry, iron. Only to tie it in a pony at the
last minute. There goes the effort!  Oh and I cry at the movies too!

~1 vice of yours is…? Salted potato chips and all sorts of junk food. Except chocolates. Nom. Nom.

~Why did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2008. My blog was a personal journal of sorts. Most of my old posts are still unpublished. Then motherhood happened. I began to take up blogging again in March of this year after we’d gone traveling abroad. I was feeling trapped and lonesome as a newly minted SAHM. And, there was this overwhelming need to reach out to fellow mums and interact with them. Blogging has done that for me.

~What’s your favorite thing about blogging? The sense of belongingness that it gives me. And the opportunity to cultivate friendships. I have recently gone on play dates with fellow mummies here. We all “met “ via twitter!

~What do you think makes for a successful blog? I am no blog guru. But I believe that being honest and true to your beliefs and values is essential. Just keep it real.

~3 words to describe your blog would be…? I don’t really have 3 words to describe my blog. How about I let you describe it for me? =)

~What’s 1 blog (besides yours) that you think everyone should check out? There are a lot of wonderful blogs out there. Since I am only allowed one, I’d like you all to check out Germaine’s Blog: http://kiddothings.blogspot.com/. She’s one of the few online friends who’s very encouraging and supportive. I hope to meet her in real life someday.

“I do not think you know…”

“I do not think that means what you think it means.”

Quick- where’s that quote from?

If you said ‘The Princess Bride’, you would be correct.

However…

If you said ‘Boystown’, that would also be the right answer.

There are many quotes from a multitude of movies that we repeat in our household on a daily basis”

“‘Ello.”  “Did you just say ‘hello’?”  “Nooooo- I said ‘ello’, but that’s close enough”

(That would be ‘Labrinth’ and yes, I had a crush on Jerreth.)

“Squirrel!”

(The film ‘Up’.  You need to see it and then periodically interject that word randomly into conversations.)

“Punch it, Chewy.”

(Ok, if you don’t get that one, you’re fired and I’m not going to even going to give you an answer.)

That first quote, though- the very first one I mentioned?  That one is probably used most frequently in our home.  I’m pretty sure that’s par for the course when you’ve got an 11 going on 30 year old.  You can’t help but laugh when they weave advanced words into a conversation without having a CLUE as to what they mean.

More than that, though, is that sometimes I find myself saying “I do not think you know what you think you know.”  Many a time, Camo has come to me, ready to lay it all on the line for something “Nick said that Eddie said that Conner said was the 100% true”- and “he should know, because his 2nd cousin on his dad’s side is an expert.”

In some ways, kids’ trusting nature is awe-inspiring.  They don’t need boxes of evidence to support why they believe what they believe, and it doesn’t even matter if their belief doesn’t make any sense whatsoever when they truly think about it:  “I can’t fit through the dog door, but Santa will make it through our heat vents since we don’t have a fireplace.”  Its even kind of cute.  The fact is, THEY KNOW its true.

Of course, in other ways, this refusal to acknowledge my 30 years of experience compared to his 11 years is utterly maddening:

“Sure, mom- I know you THINK you know what I’m talking about, but you’re old, so your brain is probably starting to fail you.”

“But, honey, I’ve been there & done that- trust me.”

“So, you SAY.”

“No, dear, its not just what I’m SAYING, its what I KNOW.”

“Times have changed, mom.”

“Yes, sweetie, love of my life, but gravity hasn’t, so trust me- there’s no way a bus could fly.”

Don’t ask where he heard it.  The fact is, someone younger and wiser was more “in the know” than me, and therefore, I was clueless.

I suppose, when it comes right down to it, I’d rather he trust me in the bigger sense.  I mean, as long as he listens to me about drugs and smoking being bad; hopping into bed before marriage is wrong; and college is the key to his future- that’s what matters, right?

Let’s just hope he doesn’t have his eyes set on aviation.

Saturday Shout-Out: mamawolfe!

I wanted to use my Saturday posts to highlight some great bloggers out there. This week’s feature blogger is wonderful and I hope you love her as much as I do. If you’d like me to highlight you, just send me an email:


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Saturday Shout-Out

~Your name: Jennifer

~Your blog’s name w/ link:  mamawolfe http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com

~Type of blog it is

    1. life, parenting, motherhood
~Tell us a little something about yourself: I’m a mom to two, teacher to 100+, and love to see the magic happen when people start to change they way they have always thought about something.

~If you had only 1 wish, what would it be and why? Wow- I guess that my family would have a long, healthy and happy life.

~What’s your favorite thing about where you live and why? The community support of children and education.  I live and teach in a college town, and people believe in and support our schools.  They like learning, they like thinking, and support the arts.

~What’s #1 on your ‘Bucket List’? I’d love to write a book.  I can’t say it’s number one-I just sort of find myself falling into things I would like to do before it all ends.

~3 words to describe yourself would be…? determined, stubborn, caring

~1 little known fact about you is…? I drove a bright yellow VW Thing for most of my 20s.

~1 vice of yours is…? coffee. I drink it every day, and feel no guilt.

~Why did you start blogging? I started blogging to tell stories!  I’ve always been an English teacher, but spent more time teaching other people to write than writing myself.

~What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Meeting new people who have interesting perspectives on what I’ve written. The bloggers I chat with have really interesting minds!

~What do you think makes for a successful blog? Definitely writing something that is important to you, and has a purpose.  If I feel strongly about a topic, it’s likely it will make for a more interesting post.

~3 words to describe your blog would be…? thoughtful, diverse, and personal

~What’s 1 blog (besides yours) that you think everyone should check out? The Big Green Bowl- it’s full of delicious baked goods that are simple to make but definitely delicious!

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