Getting to know…ME!

4 Jan

My blog has been receiving tons of traffic lately (which I’m still blown away by), so here’s a little “25 things about me!” thing.  enjoy!

1. I hate getting my picture taken.  I think I look goofy in most pictures.  Just trust me when I say I’m much better looking in real life.

2. I’ve had psoriasis all my life.  I tend not to get worked up by that fact, except when I’m really itchy.

3. I have developed a warped sense of humor, thanks to life and stress.  It’s how I deal with things.

4. I hate mayonnaise.  So I moved to a country that puts it on everything.

5. I love glitter nail polish.  Love it.

6. I met my husband on the stage of our college’s theatre.  It explains our life and children.

7. I’ve been married 16 years.  I’ve been watching Blue’s Clues for 15 of those years.

8. I was born in the backseat of my grandfather’s Mercedes.  It’s one of my favorite things about me.

9. I once danced on stage with the band Train.

10.  My oldest had inherited my penchant for sarcasm.  And I’m proud of that.

11. I suck at all sports.  Badly.  3 1/2 years of P.E. in high school nearly did me in.

12. Four years of French never stuck.  But I have a freakish memory for inane details, like the outfit I wore when I met my husband.  Or conversations with friends from 20 years ago.  And phone numbers from my childhood.  Basically, as long as the memory isn’t in French, I’m good.

13. I love Gene Kelly.

14. My youngest and I love the band Great Big Sea – to the point I’ve taken her to three of their concerts.  Yes, they are that good live.

15. In everyday living, I deal with adhd, Asperger’s, epilepsy, developmental delays, cognitive impairments, apraxia, anxiety, sensory issues, and probably other things that I’m forgetting.

16. As a child, I couldn’t pronounce s, sh, ch, j, g, z, and r.  As an adult, I impress the hell out of speech therapists because I speak so clearly.  Get me tired, and my r’s are the first to go and people think I’m from New York.

17. I hate being cold indoors.

18. People think having kids is what made me crazy.  I let them think that.  Silly people.

19. I grew up in Chicago, have lived in various parts of the U.S. and am now living in Ireland…just a few miles from Bono…who I am not stalking…really…

20. I’m near sighted in one eye, far sighted in the other, and have astigmatism in both.  Even my eyes have to be weird.

21. I have a LOT of opinions that I don’t share, and random odd babble that I do.

22. I love the beach.  I’m just not that big on swimming, tanning or water sports.

23. There was a drug bust down the street from the church after our wedding rehearsal.

24. I taught myself how to sew, knit, and crochet.  Not in that order.

25.  I used to hate my name.  I’ve grown to appreciate it over the years.


31 Responses to “Getting to know…ME!”

  1. Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    LOL we were separated at birth! I found your blog through a friend who shared your “Retarded” post on Facebook. I, in turn, shared your “about” page with my dearest friend as her family is seriously contemplating the same! 😉 (not to mention we are talking about a 10 day vacay in Dublin this summer)! Just thought I would let you know there are other unique individuals out there! (but wouldn’t that make us all the same?! Lemmings, we are all just cattled lemmings! HAHAHA!)

  2. Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Oh, and I’m near sighted in one eye, far sighted in the other, and have astigmatism in both……sigh….

  3. Mara January 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Your wedding rehearsal story was awesome, in a scary kind of way. I think it’s great you took your kid to those concerts. I did it once with my oldest during our local Irish Fair 2 years ago and my mom is still shocked and brings it up…sigh.

  4. Sarah January 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Love this post!

  5. Heidi Kile January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I, too, found your blog from someone who shared your retarded post on Facebook. Excellent post by the way. I could completely relate to it… and the use of retarded is something I actually call people out for quite frequently. We have much in common:

    I love Gene Kelley.
    I love Great Big Sea. And Celtic Storm. I haven’t seen GBS live yet, but plan to. We *have* seen CS live (they put on a really fun show!), and hope to catch them again at Irish Fest in Milwaukee this summer.
    My daughter has Down syndrome.
    I’m Irish. (And German, but we don’t talk about that. LOL)
    I grew up in Wisconsin, spent 20 years moving around the country because my husband was a Marine. He retired this summer. And we are now seriously contemplating moving to Ireland.
    I fulfilled a dream of mine when I visited Ireland for a week in Feb 2011… which *REALLY* reinforced my dream of living there.

    I’m attempting to learn basic Gaeilge, which isn’t going so well. *snort*

    I’ve read your posts about your move (gleaned some good info), and I look forward to keeping up with your adventures through your blog.



    • phoebz4 January 5, 2012 at 5:15 am #

      You MUST see GBS live, it is so much fun, and the crowd is as great as the band. I am also a fan of Gaelic Storm (is that who you meant? Or am I missing out on a band?) – my husband bought me a CD of theirs partially b/c of the title – which was Herding Cats. LOL! It’s where I got my blog name from. Also check out Dust Rhinos – they’re a band out of Winnipeg that does Celtic rock.

      • Heidi January 5, 2012 at 9:47 am #

        Gah! I do that all the time, combine Celtic Thunder & Gaelic Storm and come up with Celtic Storm. Actually… I’ve now come up with a new band name… I’ll have to brush up on my penny whistle, have the hubby pull out his bodhran, get mom to dig out her accordion, and we can start touring as Celtic Storm. Brilliant!
        Dust Rhinos…. I’m off to youtube to check them out. 🙂

      • phoebz4 January 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

        if you need a band member, let me know. I’ll bring kilts! LOL!

  6. Janet January 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Love Gene Kelly, too.

  7. Julie Dinkins-Borkowski January 5, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    My daughter born with Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis is named Phoebe. It means “sparkle” and it fits perfectly. I think for you too! I will send you a pict on facebook. Thank you for your blog. It is very cool.

    • phoebz4 January 5, 2012 at 5:09 am #

      Great name choice! LOL! I’ve decided that anyone named Phoebe is required to be unique, and now try to get all my friends to name a girl Phoebe.

  8. Jools January 5, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I just found your blog 🙂 I love it, I think you sound really cool 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Renee Anne January 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I, too, found you from the “FB Post That Went Viral”……and you play with fiber which is just another reason to add your blog to my list. If you’re not on Ravelry, you should be (seriously, patterns galore and groups/forums for *everything* – what could be better?!).

    I’m also jealous that you’re in Ireland. A friend of my SIL’s lives there…somewhere in Kells, I think. And you understand snow because you’re from Chicago (a mere two hours southeast of me). Some of my friends just don’t understand snow…

    I need to stop.

    • phoebz4 January 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I get my best free patterns off Ravelry 🙂 And yes, snow. Oy. Our move here was held up by not one, but two blizzards! I’m fine being snow-free for a little bit 😉

  10. jenniferpaige213 January 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Its amazing when you make one post on your blog you never know where it may end up going or how it strikes a nerve with people. Obviously yours struck a nerve with lots of people has gone around like wildfire. I just found your blog via 2 people sharing it on facebook. I know you are getting tons of comments so I am going to jump on the bandwagon. I love your post about things about you! I live in the Chicago suburbs so I find it so cool you’ve made it out of Chicago to Ireland! I have a 5 year old daughter with apraxia but now may be dealing with hearling loss/issues and working on figuring out what else is going on with her. I had started a blog for her but was not very good at keeping up on it. My resolution this year is to keep up with her blog ( as well as a personal one.
    But thank you for posting and your blog going viral! It is important to keep speaking up for those children that can’t do it for themselves!

  11. Leah Marie Brown January 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    We could SO be friends. Seriously, I thought I’d wrote many of your 25 Things. I’m a blogger and professional writer with a penchant for the word penchant. I love the color pink and am strangely drawn to anything glittery. A bottle of pink glitter nail polish could hold me enraptured for hours.

    My mother and best friend are French. I’ve taken years of French lessons and even write novels set in France. Yet, despite having an unmatched memory, I can barely say more than, “Je voudrais commande une cafe au lait, s’il vous plait.” (Which is ridiculous since I do not drink coffee)

    LOVED your blog! Brava!

  12. luvmyludwig January 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    It’s nice to “meet” you. I found your blog via your post about the word “retarded” like a lot of people, but this list is what made me subscribe. I love your writing style, and I look forward to being emailed your new posts. PS. You have a beautiful family.

  13. Jessica January 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    We have a lot in common! I LOVED your Being Retarded post…and I shared it (while giving credit to you) and garnered a lot more readers too. I’m a new fan…keep up the amazing writing! Oh, and can I say I’m a bit jeal that you’re living in Europe. I’d love that.

  14. Jennifer January 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    A friend shared your “famous” blog on FB today…it brought me to your site where I read your 25 things…I too have had psoriasis all of my life (I’ve been on Humira for the last 5 years and it has truly changed my life), I have a child with Aspergers, and sarcasm is my 1st language…I enjoy your blog, and read the “retarded” one to my 2 girls who tend to use the word exactly as you mentioned…I think they finally understand why it is not okay.

  15. Rick McMullen January 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    A FB friend shared your Being Retarded post…I have a 20 year old daughter that has special needs…your blog made me smile and tear up and share it with the Book of Face…Thanks, I shall return often…

  16. maryct70 January 6, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I really just have to say that I love your blog. Can’t wait to read more – I confess to have fanatasized about getting my husband to up and move to Ireland – so I am a bit jealous.
    I also had a tough time with the letters R and S as a child – today, I still have to think about how to say words like “red” and “Roy” before I actually say them.
    5+ years of French here, but not sure if I could still count to 20.
    I love Great Big Sea too, and have seen them once or twice in Boston.
    I am impressed that you taught yourself to crochet and knit. I will NEVER accomplish that.
    It’s a great blog, keep writing!

    • phoebz4 January 6, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      I used the videos on to learn to knit. And still do use them when I forget what I’m doing! Thanks for stopping by fellow GBS’er! 😉

  17. Lisa Jane January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    You live in Ireland? Where?! I don’t know anyone, in Munster at least, who puts mayonaisse on anything! Oh and my brother is an Intellectual Disability nurse with the COPE foundation and ever since he started studying nursing I realised how much people use the word retarded and words like it. I’m 18 and I think my generation are the worst for it. Thanks for making the wider world aware of it too. Slainte 😀

  18. Mommaswan January 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Just stumbled upon your blog and so glad I did. I feel like you about the use of the word retarded (add also gay and lame) wish people would use them correctly. I have five kids one of whom has Coffin Lowry syndrome. A rare disorder that includes mental retardation. Like you, we convinced all our friends and family that we really are crazy by moving from Georgia to Sydney, Australia. They couldn’t believe we would leave behind all the great government benefits our son received for the unknown system of a foreign country. Turns out he’s been happier and healthier than ever since we moved. He loves to prove people wrong! Anyhow, I really enjoyed your list of requests from America. I too trade Cadbury’s for Hershey’s and beg family for marshmallows and graham crackers.

  19. TTLabonte January 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Just tripped onto your blog via a Facebook friend and I have to say, we could almost be twins! Well, we could but I only deal with Asberger’s from time to time (my nephew); love Great Big Sea (as does the rest of my family – or else!); have a really sarcastic sense of humour that my seven-year old seems to be growing into; love Bono (not to the point of stalking him but that’s because I live in Canada 🙂 ); good to know about Ireland and mayonaise – I hope to be visiting the Northern provinces in November, so will keep that in mind (allergic to eggs which can make life interesting!); in all, thank you for taking the time to share – I’m already looking forward to more!

  20. Victoria January 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    I am loving to get to know you… I am near sighted in one eye and far sighted in the other too. I hate to be cold indoors… and several other similarities. I work full time with children that have special needs and part time… although my husband may disagree… Writing and working on my Blog/Business. I have shared your “Being Retarded” post on my Personal FB page and Twitter Feed and invited everyone to… teach their children to understand WHY. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life with the world!

  21. Glen Yu January 8, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    For #1, I’m like that too. I’ve read from a comedian’s Twitter a while back that “photogenic” is just another word for “ugly in real life” LOL

    Anyway, I enjoyed your “Being Retarded” blog post and I must confess that I was one of those people who threw around that word without thinking about what it really meant. I’m resolving to change that. Thanks 🙂

  22. Shelly January 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    I’ve just discovered your blog (yes, thru THAT post like all the other new cats yer now herding) and after reading this post, I heart you even more. I’m in Chicago (do the suburbs count?) & my hubby & kids are currently living in the UK (long story for another time) so that kinda makes me wish to know you more (nope, not gonna be a stalker either). Will be following you on Twitter (again, NOT a stalker! LOL) and look forward to reading more on your blog! Best of wishes for 2012, hope you get that book written/finished/published.

  23. Amy Silverstein January 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I stumbled upon your blog after reading the link that was sent to me by a friend about using the word retarded. I teach middle school students with severe disabilities and was impressed with how eloquently you wrote on the issue. I absolutely loved your post and love your blog! I am a new blogger who also likes to find the humor and joy in being a parent ( an absolute must for healthy living!). I also have a daughter with special needs, she is 10 years old and has Asperger’s Syndrome. I would be honored if you decided to take a quick peek at my blog; I look forward to your blogs!

  24. trudyj65 January 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I love it when anyone who’s not from Newfoundland says they love Great Big Sea!!

    • phoebz4 January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Do know that when I say “love”, I really mean LOVE! They put on such a great show!

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