I have a confession to make, when I picked this month's guest judge for the Write-Away Contest--I was being a little sneaky. I've been visiting Jeana's blog Days to Come for months now and have wanted to meet her because anyone who is so darn funny and entertaining needs to be my Official Best Friend so I asked her if she'd consider judging the contest. Being the nice person she is, she agreed and I was cheering because I got to do a fun interview.
Only thing is, it didn't go quite as planned (does it ever?) We scheduled a time to talk but sure enough we were interrupted by everything from soup boiling over to an overflowing toilet--neither of which is a pretty thing--and finally had to admit defeat. However, in the brief amount of time I was able to discern a few odd coincidences in our lives:
1) We both have four kids, two boys and two girls each. Okay that may not be that unusual until you factor in that BOTH sets of kids are incredibly cute and funny. What are the odds?
2) We're both married to our husbands. And we like them--a lot.
3) Jeana's last name even happens to be a family name for us too, one we used as a middle name for our kids.
4) Her town in Texas? Well I've been there--or at least to the airport but it still counts.
5) Both our husbands are (how to say this tactfully?) shorter than their wives. Being six foot tall and married to an under-six-foot man myself I'm always ready to high-five anyone taller than her husband. Now the question is: does she still wear heels? I confess I didn't during the first half of my fifteen married years but I finally gave up the complex and decided that I'd rather wear heels, thank you. Since Andrew was okay with me regardless of height I've been viewing the world from 6'2" ever since.
6) We both had careers as underwear models. Okay here I'm totally lying but the story she tells is so great I'd do anything to have a story like that to blog about.
And here are a few things about Jeana that are totally different from me:
* She's written a book. No lie this time, a real book or at least many chapters of one. It hasn't been published but even having a physical manuscript that one could pull out at parties is something. Something I wish I had.
* She homeschools her four children. This, too, impresses me because I've always felt that was something beyond me. I've been very happy to send my children off to school with a wave, a kiss and a lunch and I have to admire someone so organized who could pull that off well.
* She has other blogs. I've always been amazed at anyone who could maintain more than one blog or writing project. All my extra time goes into this blog (and any other little writing I might do on the side) so I can't imagine having other blogs to keep, clean and orderly and dust-free. She has a public blog on homeschooling plus two other private blogs. Impressive, very impressive.
* She has a healthy attitude about blogging. While I tend to be a little crazed at times about maintaining, writing, keeping up with comments and visiting other blogs (and I haven't been doing so well in that department lately, maybe I need to "up my meds"--kidding) Jeana says she isn't one to force herself to post every day.
"When I've had too much and I need to back off a little bit I just don't write," she says factually. She doesn't repost or take official breaks, just blogs when she feels she has something to say. Maybe that's why her blog is so entertaining and fun to read, because she has something to say and she says it well.
Join me May 1st for next month's Write-Away Contest topic and guest judge.
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