11 Random Facts About Amanda
1. Only my father calls me Amanda and has never ONCE uttered my nickname, Mandy.
2. I know exactly who I am, but I can't say I always love me. I often wish I was a softer human being.
3. Unlike 99% of the mommy population, I openly admit to the occasional toke, the occasional ciggie, and the daily dose of Wine-zac.
4. I grew up being told, frequently (by my parents), how smart, beautiful and talented I am. So yes, parents of the new millennium -- if you constantly praise your children, you will be creating a self-confident monster. Know your risk.
5. I have never once put a child in a "time-out chair" and I never will -- I don't believe in punitive discipline.
6. I write thank you notes but am not good about making my kids do so.
7. I drop the F-bomb at least 150 times a week, according to my calculations.
8. I named my firstborn child after a stranger who gave my car a jump start on the side of the highway in upstate NY simply because I told her "I'm going to name my firstborn child after you!" as she drove away, and I'm not even sure she heard me.
9. When I was 15, my boyfriend hung himself in his college dorm room. Two decades later, it still knocks the wind out of me to type those words.
10. I scored 730/800 on my math SATs. Then I failed calculus in college.
11. I am the world's absolute worst RSVP'er.
A Blog To Recommend...
I don't read a lot of blogs anymore....I actually don't read any blogs anymore. I was into the scene when my kids were young and it was my only outlet and connection to civilian life. Now I work, I write, and I have great friends -- so my connections are strong IRL. (that's "in real life" in blogspeak)
But here's one to catch...
kmc-movingrightalong.blogspot.com -- this is the blog of a friend of a friend who writes with such moxie and humor, but such honesty too. She writes about life as the mom of a child with brain tumors/neurofibromatosis, and this month she is writing the story of her life post-diagnosis in honor of NF/Brain Tumor Awareness month. It's hard to read but I am so thankful she is sharing.