Friday, July 21, 2006

We are heading out of town tonight to visit my in-laws in Omaha. I really like my in-laws. My mother in law is one of the nicest people I have ever met. A woman so perky and upbeat that when I first met her I had to ask my then boyfriend (now husband)"Is your mom for real?" He closed his eyes, shook his head and with a small smile said that, "yes, she is for real." Coming from a family that strongly believed in putting on a perfect happy face for the outside world and letting our delightful anxiety, depression and anger fester on the inside, I just couldn't believe that someone could be so genuinely cheerful and excited to be on the planet.
My stepfather in law is just as terrific. He is quiet and smart and so strong for the people he cares about. He helps to mellow and even out my mother in law's perky ecstatic energy. He loves cheesy jokes and makes a damn fine breakfast. So I'm looking forward to driving up to the Cornhusker State tonight and hanging out with the family. Relax at their log cabin, walk around the lake, sleep in and try to not roll my eyes when my mother in law gets excited and high pitched and I feel cynical and world weary standing next to her bright shining joy.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ok, so it' s now incredibly cool, hip and trendy "to the max" (unneccessary Britney air quotes) to have your own blog. I love reading the blogs of people with a funny point of view, something interesting to say or something helpful to share, but those are few and far between. So I'm just going to try this for awhile and see how much I hate how I come across for public consumption. With the millions of blogs out there though I don't consider this really public. I'm not dooce and I'm not trying to be, so friends and family are realistically the only folks to wander over to my url. But because the blogs I hate the most are the whiners, weepers, the desperate for attention drama addicts, and those who so want to be thought of as original, clever and funny, I'll give this a try as long as I can avoid those pratfalls. Of course by stating all of my dislikes and how I will try to avoid them I am trying to be clever and original and automatically falling into my own little trap. Is that ironic? So we will just avoid ironic and say that this blog is essentially doomed from the start......