What am I doing here?

30 May

I mean, with this blog, what am I doing with it?

Well, originally, it was a way to keep people far away updated about our life.  As it is with many blogs.

Then it was also a way to keep my writing skills fresh, which meant sharing more stories.

Then I decided to add to it some music I like, mainly to have at least one reason a week to blog.  Because every song has a story it seems.

Then it morphed a bit when we moved to Ireland, and it became a way to keep people very very far away updated about life, and to explain life in a different country.

Then one day a few months ago, I posted about word usage, and suddenly I was thrust into the Special Needs Spotlight.  I became a big old petite young advocate, speaking for others.

And now?

Well, I’m still sort of doing all of that still.  But with a much larger audience.

When people ask me what I blog about, I usually say “Life.”.  Because I don’t see myself as someone who blogs about kids, or Ireland, or music, or writing, or special needs.  I blog about whatever is in my head.

And there’s a lot of stuff rolling about in my head.  None of it is organized, categorized, or labeled.  It’s just all there, waiting to be spilled out.

I’m not just a mommy blogger (I’m not even sure I qualify for that, as no child has called me “mommy” for years and half are taller than me.)  I’m not just an ex-pat blogger, or a writer blogger, or even just a special needs blogger.  I’m just a “this is my life” blogger, chock full of all things.

So that’s the deal.  You bear with my slightly ADD* ways and I promise not to get to distracted by squirrels.

I make no promises about shiny objects though.  I’m always distracted by shiny objects.



*please realize that we are, in fact, a household containing people with ADHD of various levels.  I do not make light of it, but I do joke irreverently about our realities.  It’s my coping skill.  Once upon a time, my therapist asked if I thought I was ADHD and my answer was “I don’t know if I am, or I’ve been living around it for so long that it’s rubbed off on me.”  She laughed and said the latter was possible.  


16 Responses to “What am I doing here?”

  1. LKD May 30, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    I’m glad I found your blog, you’ve become one of my favourites.

    Like you, I write about life. I don’t have a disability blog, or a travel blog, or an expat blog or a writing blog. What I have is a life with all those elements in in it. Plus wedding plans. And I write about all, hoping to make people laugh and feel. You are good at both of those.

    Keep going!


    • Karin May 30, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Lorna : How can I follow your blog?

      • LKD May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am #

        Hi Karin,

        There’s a subscription box on the top right of my page, click LKD to get there, put your email in the box and hit ‘sign me up!’ to get automatic updates of new posts!



  2. mrskelly5 May 30, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Phoebe, thanks for this post! I enjoy reading your blog so much! Like you, I have a daughter with special needs, a son who towers over me, I get distracted by sparkly things and have a blog. You inspire me by sharing your frequent musings and observations about life. Thank you!

  3. Kelly May 30, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Whatever it is you are doing here I am glad you are. I am always interested in whatever it is you put here. I am one of those who found you through the word usage post. I stuck around because you always entertain me with whatever you right. I too am distracted by sparkly objects and my darling youngest son has literally been distracted by a squirrel….at his psych appt no less. He was talking to his psych when in mid sentence he points out the window and said “Oh look at the squirrel.” needless to say there is really no doubt about his diagnosis.

  4. Penny Kuehlman-Diehl May 30, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I understand where you are coming from. As someone who found your blog after your writing on word usage, I can say that it is enjoyable and encouraging to read about your life and your adventures in a place I could only dream of living.

  5. MommaExpat May 30, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I love your ADD wit, growing up in a family of 4 I was part of the 50% that didn’t have it…… clearly some of it rubbed off on me too. There is this need for categorization that we have, mom blogger, expat blogger….. I can totally relate to those feelings. So I say I am a LIFE blogger.

  6. Karin May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Keep writing about it all. I love your blog. (ps this week I am in Ann Arbor to see my parents. Left dry Phoenix behind for humid Michigan. Thankfully it appears the humidity is going down.)

  7. bodi May 30, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    You already know how much I love you, so I’ll just let you know how much I adore being one of the people being kept in touch from “very very far away” … a few of my friends started reading your blog after I blogged about you, btw. That post continues to be the most-read post on my site (I know, I only have 30 posts so far anyhow, but still- over 450 pageviews compared to the next contender of …. not quite 80? Huge)

    For the record, because you know how much I *love* labels … I have never liked the term “Mommy Blogger”. It sounds so … dismissive, as though someone is patting the woman on the head and saying “You have a blog? Good for you, dear” ARGH.

    Incredibly insulting.

    As for shiny objeccts …

  8. bodi May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    and I mis-typed “objects”, but didn’t notice until after I’d hit “post” derrrr…

  9. Renee Anne May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Whatever you’re doing, just keep doing it. Or, if you’re Dory, just keep swimming.

    My blog is mostly about knitting….but throw in some cute photos of Little Man and explanations about his metabolic disorder and our latest hospital visits or my intense dislike of certain things or how I hate packing…..well, I guess my blog is 90% knitting, 10% everything else. And I’m okay with that.

  10. redmitten May 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    why does our world want to fit us into predetermined categories? our tastes in books, music, movies, beaches, rocks, trees are as varied as the shiny objects that coax us to run away with them for a little bit. your posts are outside any box we are often asked to check as our preferred category. and i thank you for that!

    and beyond that, your blog is further evidence our children are just as varied and splendid.


  11. Life's Unexpected Blessings May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I love your blog it is one of my fav’s! I enjoy that you are real and blog about everything/anything.

  12. Karen June 1, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Your blog is so perfect! I have all this stuff bouncing around in my head and there it is on your blog! You say it so well! I have temporarily given up on my blog. This phase of my life is not appropriate for sharing so I write and shred! Shredding can be very therapeutic.

  13. lalx11 June 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    my sister has a doctorate in special education. When she explained once in a ‘caf’ to a kindly Brit what the mass of paperwork was in aid of; he nodded earnestly, asserting that ‘Aye, in ma youth I was known to be a touch ACDC’

    • phoebz4 June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      we were all a touch AC/DC in our misspent early 80’s youths…LOL!

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