I’m a homeschooling mother of two daughters, ages 14 and 11. But I’m not a born-again Christian, nor am I a pagan, nor a vegan who grinds her own gluten-free grain. I drink coffee, and lots of it. I put white refined sugar in my coffee, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m happily married to a satellite engineer who moonlights as a heavy metal bass player and amateur DJ. I was raised by crazy people, but then I got some therapy in college, so I’m okay now. Mostly.

When I’m not homeschooling my daughters or driving them back and forth to the many activities they’re involved in, I write poetry. I’ve been published in a smattering of poetry journals and anthologies that you’ve probably never heard of. I’ve also published a chapbook of poems (that you also have probably never heard of) and have served as a poet laureate in Bucks County, PA.

I started this blog a long time ago, in February of 2007 because we’d just moved from Colorado back across the country to Pennsylvania somewhat unexpectedly to be close to our ailing and crazy family members. Not long after we’d moved back, we remembered why we’d moved to Colorado in the first place. Because our families are so damn crazy. But we were sort of stuck in Pennsylvania and RegularDad’s job turned out to be a really good career move, so we decided to try to stick it out instead of heading west again.

That first winter back, we lived in a tiny rented farmhouse with well water that smelled like sulfur and no dishwasher and giant spiders in the creepy basement and some animal that lived in the attic ceiling and would scrabble up and down the walls and freak me utterly out (always when RegularDad had to work the night shift, of course)  and the weather was so cold that all the windows froze over and we couldn’t even see out them at all. So, there I was, stuck in that little house with a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old and a car with expired tags and out-of-state plates so I couldn’t really even GO anywhere. I found myself in desperate need of some sort of outlet, or I’d end up smoking again.

(I used to be a big smoker. Seriously. I loved smoking, except for when I was pregnant or nursing. Never thought I’d quit for good. But I did. Seven months later, we moved across the country. Because we like a stress-free lifestyle.)

So, I started this blog. And I managed to stay off the cigarettes. Which is good. Smoking is expensive. Blogging is free. I’m saving a goddam fortune here. Also, when I blog, people don’t give me nasty looks and tell me I smell like a dirty ashtray. So, I’ve got that going for me. Which is  nice.

After living in Pennsylvania for almost eight years, and meeting the most wonderful, life-long friends, and having an amazing homeschooling adventure, RegularDad’s company decided that they didn’t really like having satellite ops in Pennsylvania after all, so they closed up the shop and relocated almost everything and everyone to… (you guessed it!)… Colorado! So we packed everything up and moved back west again, and once again I found myself adrift (and it’s just so strange, feeling adrift in a place that’s also so damned familiar).  I promised a few of my friends that I would blog my way through it, even though I’d sort of drifted away from blogging for a few years. So I dusted off my camera, and wandered back in to these old pages to see what happens next.

Stick around, if you like. See what happens with me.

20 Responses to “About RegularMom”


  1. 1 Iain June 5, 2007 at 1:49 am

    🙂
    just added your blog to my surfer page I like your attitude
    Cheers
    iain

  2. 2 RegularMom June 11, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Iain,

    I just realized I never responded to your comment. Just wanted to say hello, and thanks for reading, and that I enjoy your blog very much. I’m not quite ready to comment at your blog, but I do like to read your stuff.

    🙂

    — RM

  3. 3 Iain June 12, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Hi RM
    thanks for the kind words and, as we say Downunder, about commenting at my blog “No worries”. But feel free to drop me an email if there is something that you want to say about any of my posts(my email link is on my blog).

  4. 4 debd June 19, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Oh, I just LOVED this! Thanks for such a great laugh. I’m definitely adding you to my Bloglines roundup. I’m a homeschool mom who is a Christian – but not a Protestant nor a Fundy. But, I do get lots of silly questions from my Protestant friends.

    I’ve been trying for more than 20 years to convince dh move away from family…so I think you’re crazy for moving back home.

    Satellite engineer – hmmm, my hubby is one of those too – more in the software end – internet over the satellite. And he used to play bass in a few bands.

  5. 5 RegularMom June 19, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Hey debd,

    You’re welcome. 🙂

    As for proximity of the family, consider this: when you live far away from the family, ALL of your vacations will involve going to see the family, because you’ll feel obligated. Now that we live closer, we can vacation pretty much wherever we want, and all alone. Just us. It’s nice.

    Also, I used to have to have my mother visit and LIVE IN MY HOUSE for at least 5 days straight. Can anyone say NIGHTMARE? Now, I have her over for dinner maybe once a month. Or less. And then…she LEAVES! After only a couple of hours. It’s nicer that way.

    So you see, there are some benefits to living closer. Anyway, welcome to my blog. Come visit whenever you like. 🙂

    – RM

  6. 6 Shawna August 21, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    A new picture! A new picture! Love it! 🙂

  7. 7 RegularMom August 21, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Yep. Isn’t it nice not to have to look at my nostril anymore? 🙂

  8. 8 ~L~ October 29, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    I think I love you. Commonalities: recently moved thousands of miles across country. Fun! Not! Coffee– God made this for me. I am not a vegan who grinds her own wheat, although I do bat around a crunch card with some of my friends. We keep losing it for sins such as me using Splenda in my gallons of coffee.

    RYC: The link to the study is in the piece, so you can do whatever you want!
    A link to me would be flattering, but unnecessary. I am really REALLY
    pleased with that piece, aren’t you? Good news!

  9. 9 RegularMom October 29, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    L,

    I think I love you too. From the moment I saw your blog title, I just knew. In fact, the very first thing I thought when I saw your blog title was: “Man, TELL me about it.” (For those of you who are wondering, L’s blog title is: “Osgiliath Is Overrun.”)

    I look forward to many coffee-filled moments perusing your blog.

  10. 10 Heather January 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Hey stumbled across your blog from MomIsTeaching. Lovin reading it! It’s so refreshing to find others out there for a meeting of the um… minds.

    Looking forward to keeping up with your postings.

    ~Heather
    The Redneck Princess

  11. 11 RegularMom January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Heather!

    Glad to see you here. Love your nickname, too!

  12. 12 Ladybug March 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I think I want to be you when I grow up.

  13. 13 RegularMom March 18, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks, Ladybug. I want to be me when I grow up too. 😉

  14. 14 Marilyn August 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Regular Mom,

    I was visiting Blog Nosh reading a piece by a friend and happened to notice your post because of the homeschooling label. I could not help but smile as I read because I could so relate to all the questions and pressures and excess contact/activities you are facing as a homeschool mother.

    My adventure as a homeschool mom started in the early 1980’s when it was something that hardly anyone had heard of. In fact, for the first 4 years I didn’t have to worry about group activities because there WERE no groups to join! ha It has been a full ten years now since my last child graduated (yes….I taught them from kindergarten through 12th grade) and I am still glad….and so are they…..that we homeschooled. All three of my kids earned a full 2-year scholastic scholarship to our local community college and each of them shines in their chosen field. Don’t ever let anyone try to tell you that homeschooled children are missing out on education. And certainly not on socialization! Most homeschoolers are able to interact with any age group, whether a lot younger, the same age, or a lot older than they are.

    I hope these will be great years of bonding for you and your children. They just grow up so very fast!

    Only one other thing…..I guess you could say that I am one of those ‘born-again fundamentalist’ people you mentioned. Could not tell if you have issues with Christians in general or if it was just a passing comment. Whatever, I’m glad that it’s not just the ‘crazy fundamentalists’ anymore that are homeschooling! 🙂

    A Homeschool Mom Emeritis…..Marilyn

  15. 15 RegularMom August 13, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Marilyn, I bow down before your greatness. Seriously. I am constantly in awe of people who homeschooled prior to this current “explosion” of the homeschooling movement. There is so much support these days, compared to earlier years.

    And I’m always glad to hear of people who homeschooled K-12 and say that it worked great and their kids are doing great. It keeps me going.

    As for the fundamentalist part, the answer is twofold:

    1. No, I don’t take offense to born again christians in general. I’ve found that there are various levels of fundamentalist. And I’m friends with a good number of fundys — the kind that will actually be friends with me, that is. There are, of course, a great many fundys who hate more than they love. It’s sad, but true. I take offense to them, because honestly? I can’t imagine God would approve of that for them. For anyone. To hate more than you love. To define yourself in terms of the wrongness of others. To blatantly assume to know the mind of God, to know the opinion of God, and to pass judgement upon others for that assumption. These are the things I take offense at.

    And 2: I put that in my “about” blurb also because I like to poke fun at the fact that most people assume (wrongly) that all homeschoolers are crazy fundamentalists. I poke fun at this because it’s what I, myself, used to think about homeschoolers before I actually researched it on my own and found out how wrong I was.

    I hope this answers your questions. And many thanks for reading and coming to visit.

    – RM 🙂

  16. 16 Donna W September 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Wow, your in-laws are so much like my own dear departed in-laws, it’s amazing.

    I’ve read you for a long time. I probably found you through Doc, but it’s been so long, I don’t remember.

    We don’t have a lot in common (except the part about Law-and-Order reruns), but I always enjoy what you have to say.

    I just wanted to get out of the “lurk” mode and say hello.

  17. 17 RegularMom September 18, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Donna,

    Thanks for coming out of lurking. And thanks for reading. 🙂

  18. 18 Natalie August 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I think I’m renting your old rental. Seriously. Only we are in Virginia.

    I just about died reading this. Great writing!


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