However, since I didn't remember it until this weekend, I suppose I can't be too upset that none of you did either. Anyhow, I thought since this is such a momentous occasion (even though I'm two weeks late) I would write a little something about it.
Two years ago, on June 13th I started this blog. I had been reading some other people's blogs for awhile and I wanted to create one of my own. A place where family and friends could come and get caught up on our lives and where I could post my thoughts on what was going on in the world.
So, I jumped in with both feet and purchased a site. (Did you know you can get here by entering http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.com/? Really, try it... I'll wait...) I picked the name because hamiltonfamily and many other variations of the sort were already taken. Then I started thinking about the Family Circus cartoon and how we always seemed to take the long way to get anywhere and sometimes our life seemed very much like a circus and so the name was born. However, shortly after I purchased the domain name I realized that I had NO idea how to make a website and no money to do so.
That is when I stumbled upon blogger. It was free and it pretty much set up your site for you. All you had to do was type in your posts. Now that I could handle. The first order of business was coming up with a tag line. This was our first one....
Lots of people say their house is a zoo. We prefer to refer to our
household as a circus. In a zoo, the animals are in cages, and there is a
semblance of order. At a circus, everyone runs free. There are
always about 3 things happening at once and every once in a while an elephant
breaks loose into the crowd and reeks havoc on several people. That is our
(When I read that again, I sort of miss it. I may have to bring that tag line back!!) So anyhow, the website was born. I started it with one of those lame posts that you find in the beginning of most sites. Hey this is me... welcome to my website. It was followed by some equally lame posts about nothing at all.
Finally I decided to suck it up and actually write about my life. It went badly. VERY BADLY!! The post was long and drawn out and really not all that interesting to read (not unlike what I've got going on now...). Looking back at my posts from those early months I see quite a few of them which are kind of painful. (And quite a few of them that seemed like I just posted them yesterday... where has the time gone.)
Eventually I did have at least one good post, one that still makes me kind of chuckle. (Hey one out of 100 isn't bad!!) No wonder I only had about 5 readers. At Christmas time that year I sent out our website in our Christmas letter. I was convinced that I would see a huge jump in readership and that everyone I knew would be reading what I wrote. It made me really nervous at first and I started really censoring what I wrote.
Then.... no one came. No really. No one!! I asked my mom about it and she told me that people really aren't all that interested in reading what is going on in their families lives. The once a year Christmas letter is enough for them. (And her too, as she was also not reading) So, I stopped censoring what I wrote and just turned this into my own personal space.
Do you know who one of my most loyal readers is now? My mom. Hi mom!! Oh, and I think my dad too. Or at least he told my aunt about the website. Told her if she wanted to know what was going on with Jake and I she could just come here. After all I post it all for the world to see. (I'm not sure if that is a compliment or a slam but I will take it as a compliment. Hi Dad!!)
Oh, speaking of readers... remember that one time when Heather came to visit? I still think about that. I think that may have been the highlight of my blogging career. Pretty sad huh? Two years of writing and I reached my peak within the first six months. Is that sort of like marriage?? After that it's all sort of down hill?
Anyhow, so that is it, the grand story of how this website got started. Since then it has been a series of dry times and times when I post twice a day for weeks. I have put up the most intimate details of my life and loved almost every minute of it.
So now, in honor of this wonderful event I am going to post some little known facts about myself. This list might get long and it might ramble (which you're used to from me) and it might share a bit too much for some of you (mom...shield your eyes) but hey... that's who I am right? I just put it all out here for the world to see.
I think about this website pretty much non-stop
If I could make a career out of it I would, but hey... I'm not Heather remember?
I write posts in my head in the shower
While I'm lying in bed at night
While I'm watching TV
Pretty much everywhere
Only about half of what I write in my head makes it here
Mostly because I forget about it before I get here
No really, since I had my son my memory is terrible
It's either mom-niesia or a serious lack of brain cells from the sleep deprivation
This morning I was getting ready to leave and I couldn't find my keys
I finally gave up looking and just grabbed my spare set
I was in the car and getting ready to put the car in reverse before I realized where they were
I had left them and my cell phone on the back porch when I had let the dogs out this morning
Until that moment I had forgotten completely that I had even let the dogs out
I'm telling you sleep deprivation is a killer
What I write on this blog is pretty much the extent of my life
Over all, I have one of the most boring lives I can imagine
Well, except for the crap that Jake has put me through
I have never smoked a cigarette
I have never done ANY illegal drugs
I have never been drunk (buzzed once or twice but that is it)
Right now I do not drink
And not just because I'm breastfeeding
Because I really am that boring and that much of a control freak
I don't like how it makes me feel and how it makes your inhibitions go down
I like being in control too much to give that up for a mildly good buzzed feeling
On the boring front, if I am ever kidnapped by aliens you can probably judge the exact date and time by the condition of my house
I have a routine that I follow every morning
I get up
I feed the cats and every other day I clean their litterbox
I feed the dogs and take them outside to their pen
Sometimes I mix those three up a bit just to step outside of my box!!
Then I get in the shower
If Zack is up I change him
Then I feed him
If he's not up yet I wash bottles first
And make myself lunch
Bologna sandwich and chips
Pretty much every day
I always SAY that I'm going to do both of those things in the evenings to save myself time
It never happens
I am too busy with the rest of my boring routine
Mondays I clean the bathroom and wash laundry
Tuesdays it's the kitchen and dishes
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the rest of the house
If my kitchen looks like it has been hit by a tornado it is probably Tuesday morning
If the cupboards are open I was taken against my will, call 911 immediately
I have a strange quirk about the cupboards
It drives me CRAZY if they are left open
I can not leave the house until they are all closed
Other strange quirks I have
The doors in our house are ALWAYS locked now
They didn't used to be
Even when we weren't home
Now it is the first thing I do when I walk in the door
Not because I'm worried about someone coming to get me
I worry about Zack
I have irrational fears that someone will come and take him
I check on him two or three times a night
And ALWAYS before I go to bed
Or if I get up in the middle of the night for something
That way if someone steals him I will be able to tell the police how long he's been gone
Except that all the windows and doors in my house are locked
So someone would REALLY have to want to get to him
I also worry that he will stop breathing in his sleep
I was told this would go away once he was older
It hasn't yet
I worry about him a lot
I wouldn't stop to help someone on the side of the road if he was with me
I am afraid another car will come up and hit the back of my car with him in it
Speaking of irrational car fears
I wouldn't stop to help anyone who was in an accident
I have this fear that they would be faking it and as soon as I get out of my car they will pull a knife or a gun on me
I'm not sure I would stop even if they were hit by another car
They could be a stunt man
Working with another person
Trying to kidnap me
This morning I saw a dog walking along the side of the road
I was going to stop to see if it had a collar
But then I was stricken with panic about someone hitting my car with Zack in it
So I decided to come back after I had dropped him off at daycare
Then I promptly forgot about it until just now
I told you my memory is shit!!
Speaking of all things Zack
(Mom... this is where you will want to divert your eyes...)
I had never seen a porn until I was pregnant with Zack
I found once of Jake's and I popped it in to see what all the fuss was about
It was mildly amusing
I did NOT watch the whole thing
I then proceeded to throw out all the additional porns I found in the house (he got a bunch free when they did a flooring job at the lumber yard)
I thought I had them all
Until Jess and Shane came over to help me clean my house
And they kept finding them everywhere
Including in my movie rack
(I think Shane or Matt put them there.... I think I would have noticed if they had been there before that... I think....)
That was really the only thing that embarrassed me...
Them finding his porn
Other than that, I am pretty much an open book
And since I've started pumping I have no modesty either
I have pumped in front of almost every woman that is close to me
I just sort of whip them out and go about my business
A month ago even the exterminator saw my boobs
I think he was more embarrassed than me
I was pumping in the living room because I thought he was leaving
He came back to leave me a ticket
When he walked onto my back porch there is a giant window there and he saw right into my living room
He just left the ticket in the door and hightailed it out of there
Next time maybe he will be on time so I'm not running late
Then I can wait until he is fully out of the driveway before I start pumping
Speaking of that window
I have no peep hole in my house
If someone comes to the door and I want to see who they are I have to go around to that window to see them
That window is at the bottom of my stairs
If you want your own peep show stand outside my back door in the mornings
If anyone knocks and I'm in the shower I have to throw on clothes and then go around and look.
I can't just sneak upstairs like most people can
So, I think that's all the random facts for one day.
Happy blog-o-versary to me,
Happy blog-o-versary to me,
Happy blog-o-versary dear Heather,
Happy blog-o-bersary to me!!