Introducing Life, Upside-Down & Sideways

A few things about me:

I’m a middle-aged married mom of three and a recent college graduate.  I live in Brewer with my husband, who I met 13 years ago on a writing website.  My son is now an adult who graduated from college and ventured out on his own a couple of years ago.  We still have a full house with a 17 year-old daughter, a 12 year-old daughter with special needs, and a 10 year-old mini Dachshund/Chihuahua named Rosie.

I was 19 years-old when I had my first child and 31 when I had my third, so it feels as though I have always been a mother and here I am still changing diapers at almost 44.  Now that we are starting to get some services in place for my youngest, I feel like I’m able to start trying to find myself – an important phase I skipped in my twenties.  I feel like I’m 43 going on 26, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Some interests and topics I will probably write about:

  • Raising a child with special needs, specifically Ring chromosome 22 – This is the rare genetic disorder my younger daughter has.
  • Raising a teen, marriage, family etc.
  • Polyamory – This is not the same as polygamy and not associated with any religion.  It’s the idea of being able to love more than one romantic partner at a time and for some, possibly more than two adults cohabiting and sharing in the finances and the responsibilities of raising children.  In the current economy and with the current divorce rate, this is a viable and practical option for people which I support.  It just may be the next lifestyle to gain acceptance as it continues to get more and more mainstream exposure.
  • Anti-feminist movement – I prefer “Egalitarian” or pro-equality. Feminism might have had a time and place in this country but it has long past. I feel it has become an extremist movement to surpass equality and gain superiority over men.
  • Minimalist and frugal lifestyle – I’m not there yet but I’m trying not to spend money on things we don’t need.  Almost everything in my living room came from a yard sale, Goodwill or off the curb.
  • Personality types–I label myself an introvert, which I’ve been told I shouldn’t do.  But it’s part of who I am and I feel if extroverts can embrace their extroversion, why shouldn’t I embrace my introversion?  It’s not a negative thing to say you’re an introvert. I test as an INTP on the Myers-Briggs.
  • Local issues – Sometimes I comment on articles in the BDN.  Here, I can elaborate on things I feel strongly about.
  • Writing–Blog posts, fiction, poems
  • Reading–Commentary on articles, book reviews
  • Art–My latest artistic attempts have been made with oil pastels.
  • Get back in shape – Sitting on my butt doing homework and lectures at the computer over the last few years, plus sedentary office work and admittedly sedentary life at home lately, have really taken a toll on me and completely negated my past weight loss efforts.
  • Hike and walk – Some favorite spots in the area include the Bangor Forest, Chick Hill, Bald Mountain, and Fields Pond trails.
  • Kayaking – I’m not ready for the Kenduskeag race.  I usually paddle around Fields Pond or Pushaw Lake. I have kayaked parts of the Narraguagus, Union and Penobscot Rivers before, but it’s been a few years.
  • Rollerskating – Roller derby sounds really cool but like a HUGE financial and time commitment considering Sarah’s needs and hubby’s work schedule.
  • Live music – I love to go down to the Brewer or Bangor Waterfront or Downtown in the summer and listen to the concerts or sometimes just sit and listen from my back yard.  Unless it’s country music.

If you have questions you would like me to answer, challenges for me or suggestions of things you would like to see me write about, please contact me.  If you have comments, please make them.  Let’s start some discussions.

Laurie

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