Friday, November 30, 2007

Someone I'd Like You to Meet: Lucy from An Ordinary Mom

Lucy at An Ordinary MomIf you haven't yet moseyed over to Lucy's place at An Ordinary Mom you've been missing out--she's one of those women that makes me grateful that I got into blogging because she's generous and fun and so . . . so . . . ordinary. And I mean that in the best of ways.

What I mean is that Lucy is a real mom with normal struggles and honest posts that help you feel that you're not the only one who's battled a screaming two year-old, cleaned up after a sick child or even (gasp) yelled at your children.

When I asked her what one thing she most hoped her blog conveyed--what she hoped her readers took away from her posts--she thought for a moment before saying, "That I'm human. That I still yell at my kids sometimes and can still have bad days."

I think that's an important point and I understand what she means. With my own posts I like to write about the good things and the successes, I try not to be negative or critical (though I don't always succeed--check out yesterday's post for proof) so it's easy to get the impression that it's all perfection and rainbows over here. Some days just are burned pancakes, cranky kids, flat tires and snappish words--you can't avoid that, it's life.

But something else Lucy said also made me say, "Me too." I asked her if she had any goals for the coming year--being the time of review and resolutions as 2007 draws to an end--and she said, "Just to be a better person. You know, spend more time with the kids, be more service-oriented, be more optimistic, more happy. Every year I say that I want to be three things: wise, happy and humble."

As a little background, Lucy has been happily married for about ten years and has two children: Keri and Cory. The daughter of a former UCLA academic, Lucy graduated in biology to work as a high school teacher before becoming a full-time mother. She met her husband while at college and he is finally nearing the end of earning his PhD in biochemical engineering (so you just can imagine the discussions at their family get-togethers!) They probably clone sheep for family fun.

Lucy started blogging about a year ago and we chuckled about the curse of the One-Year Mark. Something about hitting that one-year milestone gives bloggers burnout--I saw it all over when I was starting Scribbit a year ago and I didn't understand it but a year later I sure do. Lucy said, "I have two kinds of friends: those who blog and those who don't. Those who don't blog don't get it and they think it's weird but if they start up their own blog then they're hooked and they go through that initial period of infatuation--spend hours reading blogs and participating in the community--it's like Christmas every day."

Christmas every day is right, that's the perfect analogy for the Blogging Crush but after a year you get down to whether you really want to keep at it and if you do then you push through and go on and get better. I hope Lucy is blogging for years to come--and that she moves to Alaska.

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19 comments:

An Ordinary Mom said...

I am impressed you put together such a cohesive interview :) !! Thanks!

Heffalump said...

Ah...Lucy is a nice person, I knew that before you told me so!

John & Laura said...

I LOVE Lucy, too!

Simply Stork said...

wonderful post...I'm headed over there right now

~simply~

Cecily R said...

I love ordinary. I'll definately check her out!

Mary Alice said...

Thanks for the introduction to a lovely person...I really like her goals-
"Every year I say that I want to be three things: wise, happy and humble." -
Perfect New Years Resolutions.

Melissa Markham said...

It is always nice to be introduced to a new blogger! Thanks!

jubilee said...

Thanks for the introduction.

Summer said...

I've been wondering what Lucy looks like.

Hey, I have something or you on my blog. :)

Lara said...

Thanks for the link...always love to find a new blog.

And, you're right, the blogging thing is kind of like Christmas every day. I love being able to read about so many other women who are going through all the same stuff I do. Makes it a little easier.

Liza's Eyeview said...

I agree - I love Ordinary Mom blog too :) - just starting to "meet" Lucy - thanks for the post :)

Lisa Milton said...

Another blogger to love - my reader just might burst.

Thanks for the introduction.

Lucy van Pelt said...

Lucy at An Ordinary Mom is one of my favorite bloggers -- and favorite people for that matter. Thanks for the great post!

Cocoa said...

Great interview! I've enjoyed reading her blogs for quite a while now too.

Robin said...

What a lovely portrait. I think I found Lucy through your blog, and although my blog READING has been extremely limited (I'm passed two years now, so that part seems to get even more difficult), I can tell she has an inviting vibe.

Just like you :).

Robin @ PENSIEVE

Babystepper said...

I could use some ordinary friends. Too many crazy supermoms around.

jennwa said...

That is such a nice post. She sounds great. I checked out her blog and I love her header. It is the best.

Catherine said...

This is fantastic! Thanks for the wonderful introduction. I'm getting close to my TWO year mark, which I can't believe.

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

hi michelle,
great interview. i have liked L for awhile now, too.

and i so know what you mean about the stages of blogging. either you don't do it and people will look at you like you are a freak if you talk about it. that rush when you first start. and that i still like this and i am more picky now.

hope your weekend is beautiful michelle. take care, kathleen :)