Life with Ladybug: A few things about the mama

By Shannon, Ladybug’s mom

Erin, who writes the adoption blog “Waiting for Shlomo” on Motherlode, issued a challenge of sorts to some of us other blogger types. Here are my replies to the two memes that she answered in last Friday’s post:

Four jobs I have held:

Florist delivery (me too, Erin!)

Floral designer

Mortgage Company (hated, hated it)

Reporter for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Fayetteville)

Four movies I could watch over and over:

Gone with the Wind (although it’s a large time investment)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Pretty in Pink

Phantom of the Opera

Four places I have lived:

Conway, Ark.

A tour bus that traveled across the U.S.

Maumelle, Ark.

Fayetteville, Ark.

Four TV shows I like (but never have time to watch):

The Bachelor(ette)

Desperate Housewives



Four places I would rather be (you’ll notice a beach theme):

Bermuda (pink sandy beaches!)

Bahamas (honeymoon memories)

Jamaica (but a different resort – see letter “U” answer below)

The Florida Keys

A, B, C, D, E, F …

A – Age: 30-something

B – Band I’m listening to right now: My taste in music is all over the map and it’s hard to name just one.

C – Career future: Novelist

D – Dad’s initials: JLD

E – Easiest person to talk to: My husband is a fabulous sounding board

F – Favorite song: It’s too difficult to choose.

G – Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Bears are cute, worms are not

H – Hometown: Central Arkansas

I – Instruments: My voice is my only instrument. Not learning to play an instrument is a big regret.

J – Job: Freelance writer/public relations and Website owner

K – Kids: A 6-year-old daughter with none on the horizon

L – Longest car ride ever: The drive back from Florida in the middle of the night with my daughter and niece alternately waking up and crying to get out of their car seats. You know, because they would sleep if we drove through the night.

M – Mom’s first name: Kathy

N – Number of jobs I’ve had: 17 since in high school

0 – Hey Erin, where’s O?

P – Phobias: Snakes (yeah I know, original) and falling off cliffs

Q — Quote: Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom

R – Reason to smile: It’s my husband’s birthday today! Plus, our vacation starts today in the City of Brotherly Love to visit my husband’s family. (I actually like my in-laws and they love my daughter so much it’s hard not to smile.)

S – Song you sang last: I sang “Edelweiss” to my niece who was visiting.

T – Time you wake up: Between 7:30 and 8 unless there is absolutely nothing on the agenda (in which case my night owl daughter would gladly sleep until 9:30 a.m. or longer).

U – Unknown fact about me: My husband and I once stayed at a nude beach resort in Jamaica (in all fairness, we were not told in advance we were booked on that “side” of the beach and I found the whole thing creepy. Let’s just say the beach view was a little marred).

V – Vegetable you hate: Lima beans

W – Worst habit: Chewing my fingernails and stress eating

X – X-rays you’ve had: Surprisingly, I’ve never had one

Y – Yummy foods: Chocolate cake, rocky road ice cream, anything my mother cooks (let’s just say there is a liberal use of grease) and pizza with everything, except anchovies

Z – Zodiac sign: Leo