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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blog Hop '09 Where all the Cool Bloggers Go!

Hello Fellow Blog Hoppers! My name is Angela McCoy. I am a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom to four boys with special needs.

Mom's Fortress of Solitude is an outlet for me to connect with other moms and to write about experiences in life, both positive and negative. Inspiration and encouragement are my ultimate goals in blogging.

Humor is my main coping mechanism in dealing with life's adversities. I am a quick-witted, 'no holds barred', 'tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. I say, "Bring it on! Laughter is free, and I am on a very strict budget!"

But wait . . . there's more!

ABCs of ME

Join the party! Cherish the sarcasm!

A - Age: 37 going on dead

B - Bed size: not big enough, but apparently suited for a queen. I'm assuming that queen didn't have a cover-hogging, freight train-sounding husband, dogs who only sleep on Mom's side of the bed, or two small kids running into her room in the middle of the night because

is out to get them!

C - Chore you hate: How about I just list all the ones I don't hate? That would be a whole lot easier.

D - Dogs' names:

E - Essential start to your day item:

Need I say more?!?

F - Favorite color: um . . . green?

G - Gold or Silver: Silence is golden. Duct tape is Silver! I like 'em both! Muuuuah ha ha ha!

H – Height: 5'3 I know, I know. I don't have very far to fall, and I can get to the better places faster.

I - Instruments you play: from the clarinet in high school to the beat of an off-balanced washing machine drum. I'm really good at the latter. ;o)

J - Job title: CEO of The Department of Domestic Engineering, Midwest Region (aka housewife in Chicago)

K - Kid(s): four boys, ages 16, 14, and 7 year old twins, and a step-daughter age 18

L - Living arrangements: Navy housing . . . gotta love it!

M - Mom's name: Dianne aka The Screamin' Mimi

N – Nicknames: Mom? Where's my ________ ? Finder of all thin gs lost and easily found by me.

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Almost 8 months straight with my 14 year old son, when he was a baby, plus countless other times in the last 14 years.

P - Pet Peeve: The words, 'Pet Peeve' really annoy me for some reason . I prefer phrases like, 'What annoys the Hell outta you?' or 'What really chaps your a$*?'

I wonder if one can have pet peeves spayed or neutered?

Q - Quote from a movie:

"Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with a seat missing, but it hurts." ~ Naked Gun 2 1/2

R - Right or left handed: I write left-handed, bat right-handed, and type ambidextrously. ;o) So, I guess I'm a South Paw, but at least I'm in my right mind (I think).

S - Siblings: One brother and one half-sister (that just sounds so odd, but at least I got the talking half.)

T - Time you wake up: It's too freakin' early: 30

U- Underwear: Well, it ain't no stinkin' string. I can tell ya that much.

V - Vegetable you dislike: any one of them that's not covered in chocolate

W - Ways you run late: I'm a very punctual person; always planning to be at least 15 minutes early so I have time to congratulate all the losers. I WIN!

That said, I always allow 20 minutes just before leaving the house to account for everything my kids and husband need me to do at the very last minute.

"Sign this permission slip, Mom. I need it now!"
"Before you go to your appointment, could you run to the store and get me some dip?"
"Mom, I need $5.00 for a book fine."

If only they could inherit my time management skills!

X - X-rays: Oh yah . . . we've had a lot of those!

Technician: "Is there any possibility you could be pregnant, Ma'am?"
Me: "There's no way in Hell I'm pregnant! Hubby was neutered after the twins, so now he just lays around the house and get fat." That always throws them off guard. lol
Technician (confused and insulted by my statement): "Ok, so would you wear this lead apron anyway . . . just in case?

Why do they bother asking, if they're just going to make you wear it anyway? Why don't they just throw it over you at the door, as your walking in?

Y - Yummy food you make: I'm famous for my Tex-Mex cuisine.

Z - Zoo animals: Is this supposed to be a list of all the animals I can name, or my favorites?
Ok, well . . . here goes:
Robert, Brandon, Koby, Kaleb and Alex
Watch them as they interact in their natural habitat.


Kathryn Whiteley July 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM  

So glad I found your blog. Very enjoyable. :)

Missus Wookie July 24, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

Your list of zoo animals sounds familiar - although the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Oh - and I'd love a latte too :)

Popping over from the blog hop.

Frugal Femina July 24, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

Since my blog is Frugal Femina, I love your "laughter is free" quote. :-)

Thanks for a few good laughs to start the day! ;-)

Diane July 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

i liked your A-Z! i'm stopping in from the blog hop! hope you have a great weekend!

Mel July 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

Love that you go through life laughing and using humor to survive. Sounds very similiar to me! I hope you are enjoying the Blog Hop.

Shan July 24, 2009 at 7:17 PM  

What a great "Get to Know you!" You sound like you are one busy, amazing mom! Happy Blog Hop!

Unknown July 24, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

Oh my goodness, you should have a warning up on top... Please make sure your bladder is empty before reading any further... or something like that!
Stopping in from the Blog Hop and wanted to say hi!! Hope you have a great (dry) weekend!

Jen July 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

Great post to get to know you! I stopped in from BlogHop! My husband wants to make his own fortress of solitude, and he probably needs it more than I do. Glad to meet you!

Muthering Heights July 25, 2009 at 11:00 PM  

I found you through the Blog Hop...cute post!

Angela @ Nine More Months July 25, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

LOL at the list of Zoo Animals! I'm stopping by from the blog hop, it was nice to "meet" you!

Stacie July 26, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

ROFL tasting pee. Reminds me of what Dakota did as a baby peeing in my face.. LOL You crack me up! Hope you are having a great weekend.

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever July 26, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

You do have a good sense of humor, haha! Blog hopping is so much fun. :-)

Emily July 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

Thanks for coming by! This has been fun! ;)

MrsAshley July 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

I am hop-ing over to you from BlogHop'09, I am #311. I was busy this weekend so I'm a little behind. It is so nice to meet you! I love your blog, I'll have to stop back again sometime.

Be sure to Hop on over to my place and check out my 30+ giveaways (with a new one added daily) and to spread the BlogHop'09 Love!


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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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