Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SITS Day

We’ve got visitors today! I get to be saucy. I can’t say that in my head without visualizing Jim Carey. And if Jim Carey and his flexible face freak you out, sorry about that.
If you do not know Heather and Tiffany’s blog, The Secret is in the Sauce (cute widget in the side bar) head on over there and check it out. It is a great group of ladies supporting each other’s blogs, providing lots of comment love, and there’s always fun contests going on. Their Spring Fling is coming up on March 10th. You don’t want to miss that. They will be giving away prizes every hour and everyone is invited via Mr. Linky to add a contest into the mix.

For today’s post, I thought I’d do a recap of my first year blogging.

I am a 10th grade English teacher on Oahu, a mother of two teens (daughter is 19 and a college sophomore at UH/ son is 16 and a dynamic force in the home). I am originally from Los Angeles and married a local boy I met while attending UH. I have lived in Hawaii for 27 years. At the end of this month I will make my three year anniversary of being a breast cancer survivor. My blogging tends to go all over the place, but I mostly write about family, teaching, surviving cancer, living life with reflection and joy (finding balance), and memoir.

I began blogging at the urging of my sister. It started as just a way to find my way back to writing but has turned into so much more. For now, it is my creative outlet as well as a network of friends. I’ve met some amazing people on the internet. If you have time, check out some of the links on my blogroll.

I also like to take photos and on Fridays try to post a photo tour (Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta) that provides a slice of what it is like to live in such a beautiful paradise. Here’s a sampling:

Waikiki

Snorkeling and Underwater Shots

Winter Break on the North Shore

A Day at the Beach with My Daughter

Thanksgiving Camping

Sacred Places (A walking path)

I’ve recently joined the Spin Cycle, hosted by Sprite’s Keeper. She dishes out a topic weekly and we all find a way to serve it up. I find writing online the writer’s group I never managed to join in the face to face world. Some spins that I wrote include

Change

Love

Songs

Guilt

Sometimes I share stories from the classroom. Those of you with cute little ones that would like a preview of them as teens can check one of these posts out:

Kindergarteners, Just 10 Years Later

Asyhpinctersayswhat?

Define “It”

My all time favorite post is this one. It has a lot of swearing in it that could not be taken out due to I did not want to. So it could not be a featured post, but if you like the strategic use of expletives, check it out and I hope you enjoy it. It was a moment where I really learned to get over myself, especially choosing to write about it.

Thank-you so much for stopping by!
Pseudo

157 comments:

Lisa said...

i am enjoying getting to know you and fascinated with the writers group xx

The Rambler said...

YEAHHH!!!!

I was saucy a while back and LOVED it. And met some fantastic ladies!!

Congrats from one local girl to another :)

Elle's Mom said...

Oh, I love Oahu. Haven't been there in so long. Can't wait to take my baby girl there one day. Congrats to being a cancer survivor. You are my hero! I look forward to reading through your blog and learning more about you!

Congrats on your SITS feature!

mo.stoneskin said...

Well done for completing the year, I love coming here, keep it up!

Megan said...

Congrats on being Featured!! I'll have to go back through and read your posts. They sound like fun reads! =D

TuTu's Bliss said...

I love your posts..the nipplage post was hysterical and so open. I loved it. Thank you. Enjoy your SITS day. I am so happy they sent me your way.

If you get a chance I would love to hear your two cents on schools here. Hubby and I have been considering private school for our little. We've been on Oahu for a few years but I haven't lived here long enough to be confident in our decision either way. Hugs, Jen

Carebear said...

Oops, guess I should have started here instead of the featured posts! You answered a lot of my questions here. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I will be sticking around for awhile to read more. And I'm following. And I will likely add you to my favorite websites list on the sidebar of my own blog! Congrats on being SITS Featured Blogger. I'm off to thank them for introducing us!

Tranquility said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!

only a movie said...

You are gonna get a ton of comments, my friend.

Have some fun today. I'm so glad you are in my bloggy world. :-D
E

Beth said...

I LOVE reading your blog. And it has been nice to meet you, too. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy SITS day! I'm so gla dyou got featured!

Sig said...

COngrats on being saucy! Looking forward to reading your blog.

michelle said...

congrats, its your day!!!

I am heading "into" your blog now...can't wait!!!

m:)
http://blogginstyle.blogspot.com

jewelstreet said...

I love doing Photo Phiesta too! I thought I had seen you around.

Congrats on the SITS feature today!

Wendy said...

Congrats on being the featured Blog on SITS!!

You have a busy life!
Can't wait to read all about it!

Kristin said...

It is my first visit and love your blog. Congrats on your saucy day. Enjoy the spot light. Off to read some more.

Becky said...

Happy SITs day! I'm off to read...

PoppingBubbles said...

Happy SITS Day! I am going to read a few of your old posts now!

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

Visiting from SITs and looking forward to spending some time around your blog!

lizspin said...

I've seen your comments around and always meant to visit.

Nice to meet you officially!

Veggie Mom said...

Hey there, Pseudo! And congrats for your 15 minutes of fame...or you moment in the sun...whatever, you're the writer-what would you call being the SITS Featured Blogger? I follow your work through my friend Melissa B. You certainly are AWESOME! I think you've dropped by my place before...please come to see me again some time soon, and enjoy your day!

Mommy Mac said...

I love to write too. I literally can feel my mood lighten and when I am done, it feels as if my brain has run 5 miles of "mental pavement."

Nice to have found you.

I am a former teacher....oh, the stories one can tell!

Hawaii, nice. Very nice. Very , very nice. The fact that you can use the word, tropical as an adjective to describe your environment is cuh-razy!

Tennessee = not so tropical.

More like mildly dull. But pretty at times.

.mac :)

Amy said...

Wow what a great story. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your three years. My mother in law is maybe six years or more now. I will have to stop by again to read all of your links you have. Have a great SITS day.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Congrats on being Saucy - Happy SITS Day! This is my first time here, and I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy my visit... ;) Off to read your other posts! :)

Jan said...

Pseudo, I stop by every day, whether I comment or not.

I love your writing and your stories. I'm pretty darn fond of you, as well. LOL

Dina said...

congrats on your sits day..i will have to check out asphinctersayswhat because we always say that around here!

nothingfancy1 said...

Great recap post. I love reading about your family and your adventures! And although I don't always comment, I am reading!

BTW...I didn't realize that you are a cancer survivor. My husband is also a cancer survivor - going on 21 years now!

Jingle said...

Congrats on your SITS feature today!

Melissa B. said...

Well, kiss my grits! Felicidades, Pseudo!! What does it feel like to be a SITS Featured Blogger, anywho? Dropping by to offer many happy returns. Enjoy your day in the SITS Spotlight!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Great blog!! Congrats on your feature!!! Sending SITS love your way! :D

Rachael said...

ahhh, hawaii. we went to hawaii when i was in high school and i have always wanted to go back. the second year we were there, i almost tried to stay and nearly did. i can't wait to read more!

happy SITS feature day!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I and loving your blog, you are a talented and humorous. Congrats on being features through SITS!

Michele said...

I like a good curse word as well as the next person. Use as many as you feel like.

LORI said...

I'M GLAD I FOUND YOU ON SITS--NOW I'M OFF TO READ YOUR BLOG!

Sandy Toes said...

Came over from SITS...enjoy your day.
sandy toe

Songbirdtiff said...

Congratulations!

*jean* said...

visiting today from SITS and thank you for giving me a good giggle with your writing. your photos are gorgeous and your spirit courageous!

Jill said...

Good morning Pseudo!
Great to meet you and your blog!!!

feather k said...

congrats on your SITS day!!!

Gaspegirl said...

Visiting from SITS! Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Make it a great day!

Phoenix's Mom said...

Happy SITS day! You have a great blog, I can't wait to read more!
Angela

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

Angie Marion said...

Hi! I'm new to SITS so I decided to stop by and say hi!

Cindy said...

Congrats on your day SITSta!

Janna Bee said...

Yay for you! I love what Heather and Tiffany do because it introduces me to great bloggers, such as yourself!

Jen said...

Congrats on being a featured blog!! I am a fellow teacher so I'll definitely be back to read more!!

smiles4u said...

Congrats on your special day being featured. I gladly found you a long time ago and have always enjoyed reading what you have to say and your writings. You already know that I think your an incredible woman but I'll just say it again since it's good to be reminded. I love that you make me think, make me laugh, make me smile and make me cry.

Meg said...

Happy FB day!

Noah's Mommy said...

a super huge congratulations...you are so amazing...inspirational...and I so enjoy reading you....not to mention totally jealous you are in the warm weather.....

Christina Lee said...

Happy SITS day! I totally relate to you!I am a former teacher/ now freelance writer (a shopping column for a local paper)and couldnt be happier for my writing outlet-and my other creative outlet- my jewelry business-I am off to look around more on your blog!!!

Dawn said...

Happy SITS day!! Thanks for the pictures-brings back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in Hawaii-we'd love to go back some day.

Beth said...

Off to read the post with the swearing in it! And browse around a bit!

Porters said...

Congrats! Happy SITS Day!

Alicia said...

Congrats on being featured today! Also congratulations on your upcoming 3 year anniversary! That is awesome!

angi_b72 said...

Congrats fellow SITS-ta!! I love your blog!!

McEwens said...

Holy Cow girl! 55 comments!!

Congrats on your blogversary!

Mama Dawg said...

Yay! Happy SITS day!

Wifey said...

Congrats on your SITS Day! Looking forward to reading more...

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Jonny's Mommy said...

Congrats on being the featured blogger. I'll be checking out more of your blog. It seems really interesting. I'm sorry I've missed your spins. I'm going to go back and read them.

Love the photos and terribly jealous of where you live!

Michaela said...

Congrats to your big SITS day!!

thistle said...

OMGoodness....now that is a lot of comments, I may have to start calling you Vodkamom Part Deux...

Lovely recap, congrats on being the SITS featured blogger, well-deserved!

Cristin said...

Happy SITS day pseudo!! Enjoy your day in the sun! Oh yeah.. every day is sunny cause you suck and live in freakin Hawaii.

;)

Roxane said...

Happy SITS day! I'm off to read more :)

Erin @ Furry Murray said...

Congrats on your big day! Enjoyed your "all time favorite post" and the pics are beautiful.

Marrdy said...

Congrats on your SITS day. We have some of the same blogging friends!!

RebeccaMom said...

congrat on being featured and have a great day!

daisigirl said...

Fun blog! Nice to meet you! I would love to be Oahu right about now! :0)

Kathy B! said...

You are very saucy, lady! And hilarious. I've just begun my journey through your blog and I'm having so much fun : )

deconstructing jen said...

Congratulations! I can't imagine a more deserving person to have all this attention. Your blog is just fantastic. I'm sad I've been missing it so much lately. Enjoy all the attention today - it is so much fun. :D

Amy said...

Happy SITS day!!!

Katie said...

Congrats FB! Cute blog! :)

Barely Domestic Mama said...

Congrats on being the FB over at SITS. I'm off to read your posts.

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

congrats on the feature!!! :) such a cute blog!

Star Forbis said...

Congrats on being featured today. Enjoy your day.

Call Me Cate said...

Congrats. Looks like a fun blog!

Seeryus Mama said...

It's great to know you better! Thanks for sharing!

hotpants4979 said...

Happy SITS Day!

Mammatalk said...

Enjoy your day! You deserve it. I have seen you out and about in the blogosphere. So sorry it has taken so long to stop by! :-)

RamblingMother said...

Good morning! congrats on your SITS day.

capperson said...

Stopping in from SITS to day hi!!

Alison said...

HI! Congrats on being featured today on SITS!! Enjoyed reading through your blog and look forward to reading more in the future! Enjoy the SITS love today!!

San said...

Congrats on your very saucy blog! :)

Erin Crista said...

Happy SITS day!!!

Rachel Ann said...

Congrats on being a SAUCY SITSa!!!

Teaching in Hawaii...how is that? I am just finishing my student teaching this month and am looking for a history teaching position! Hawaii sounds doable :)!

Ann said...

I loved the Jim Carey pic and wasn't freaked out at all. Teaching is Hawaii sounds great... lucky you!

mommy4life said...

congrats on your sits day. I took a look around and you are a fabulous writer!

coco-ono said...

congrats, Im gonna go look around yoru blog now!

shortmama said...

Congrats!! I have enjoyed reading up on your posts. Enjoy your day

The Royal Family said...

congrats! Do you ever see Lost being filmed???????

Sweet Home Amy said...

Congrats on the SITS feature!! I love your photos, they are amazing. I was in Oahu last summer for work, and spent time on North Shore...I had an amazing sandwich at this local place called Ted's Bakery!

I am hoping to get back out there soon...it's so beautiful and serene!

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

I am loving your blog!! Congrats on surviving breast cancer. Living in hawaii must be so great. I'm in Colorado and I miss the beach so much (used to live in San Diego!)

I'll be back for sure!! Congrats on being a Featured Blogger today!!

Sassypants Wifey said...

Long time lurker but delurking to say Happy SITS day! Love your blog!

Brittany said...

Wow... you are a great writer! I love a gal that can put a sentence together! :)

I am enjoying reading your posts.

Happy SITS day!!!

DESJ and Company said...

happy sits day!

Sprite's Keeper said...

Oy, yesterday, it was Boondock Ramblings, today, it's you! I don't think I can close the door on the comments section, there's too many people here! Congrats on your feature. Very well deserved!

A Rendez-Vous with Style said...

Congrats on your day in the spotlight! I'm heading over to take a look at some of your other posts.
I love that you still appreciate the beauty that surrounds you on the island... so many don't.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!!!! I enjoyed your blog tremendously!!!

Lynette said...

WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT, WOOT!

I AM SO HAPPY THAT I AM SHOUTING!

Your the FB for SITS and it could not go to a better blogger. Super fantastic!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on being a Saucy girl!

I take pictures too and post them on both of my blogs. I love your pictures......especially the beach ones. :)

Lora said...

Happy SITS day! I am a teacher too, taught middle school for 4 years and after a 2 year absence am trying to get back in, so that probably makes me certifiable. I'm off to read your stories!

Christine said...

congrats on being saucey! Have a great day!

Jen said...

Congrats on your SITS day. I am off to look around some more.

Just say Julie said...

You are most definately a saucy blog! It's fun to find another teacher, and I know I've checked in occasionally throughout the year, I need to go back to some of those posts. Congrats and enjoy your day!

melissa said...

congrats, you saucy thing you!

April said...

Congrats on being the FB for SITS today!!!

Arlette said...

Congratulation ....Enjoy your day and relax
come visit me one day..

Shanda said...

What beauty you wake up to each day!

Congrats on being featured!! Feel the SITSterly love!!

Sturgmom said...

CONGRATS on your SITS day! You have a wonderful blog!

jennifer said...

Hooray for you! Congratulations!

Tara said...

Yes, Jim Freaks me out...but congrats anyways! can't wait to read up your blog! ♥

Suzi said...

Congratulations on your big bloggy day! Don't mind me, I am going to snoop around and check things out. Have a great Saucy Day!

Katie said...

Happy SITS Day! I love that you live in Hawaii, its so beautiful! And CONGRATS on being a cancer survivor. That is awesome!

Fiauna said...

Happy saucy day! Congrats!

Laura said...

Congrats on being featured! I hope you enjoy your fun day!

Michelle said...

Aloha! You have no idea how much I'd kill to be in Hawaii!! Congrats on being today's FB! Put on those dancing shoes!! Off to snoop around some more, have a great day!

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

I love the line I could of taken the curse words out but didnt want to. bwhahahaha :)

Love your blog!

Jessica G. said...

Happy SITS Day!

KC Mom said...

Lookey here...it's your turn to be sauced! Enjoy the love and thanks for visiting my blog this week when it was my turn. You are a great writer.

Brooke said...

i started blogging for the same reason. my job requires no creativity and i'm a theater geek at heart!

enjoy your spotlight! :)

Sharlene said...

Happy SITS day from a fellow Hawaiian (well sorta. I was born there and my family lived there a long time but left when I was little. Jerks)!

Who am I? said...

Congrats on blog of the day! I think it's great that your share your stories and thoughts with all of us - you are an inspiration!

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Christina said...

Hurray for being SAUCY!! What a nice blog, and I also loved your favorite post! Good for you!

Brenda Jean said...

Congrats on being saucy! That was such a cool post for SITS day. I'll come back tonight so I can visit all the cool links you gave us. I think I need to add you to my blog roll too:)

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Rosie said...

congrats on being featured! love your blog

Jenn Calling Home said...

Greetings from over at SITS. I first read your post about living on the beach at Malibu, but could not leave a comment for some reason. I enjoyed it so much and it made me totally homesick for my hometown of Santa Barbara. I'm a beach girl at heart, but live in a land-locked state. All the best to you!

Valerie said...

You have a great blog. I was stopping by to wish you a happy SITS day! Now let me go snoop around.

Summer said...

Happy SITS day!!! I am loving your blog and was so glad you were featured!

Lindsey said...

Happy SITS day! I am going to enjoy reading more of your blog and what it is like to live in Hawaii!

Chandy said...

Congrats on being featured today! Your blog is great! Happy SITS day!

bj said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DAY!
I love your blog!!
xo bj

shaunna said...

oh me oh my, can you be any more popular? :-)

congratulations... well done and well deserved.

Parenthood For Me said...

Hi just stopping by. I am new to SITS. My brother in law and cousin live in Lahaina. We visited there last year but didn't leave Maui. Beautiful.
I want to introduce my non profit, Parenthood for Me.org. Our mission is to provide financial and emotional support to those starting families through adoption or medical intervention. Please visit our website and blog and pass the link on. Thank you for your support. I look forward to reading your blog
Sincerely,
Erica Schlaefer

rightonmom said...

Great blog; inspiring, funny, very cool.

Congrats on Sits...

andy said...

Fabulous. I am right giggly excited to read the post with the expletives. Power to the potty mouth...sigh, I think that is why I will never have my day in the sun. (I'm weeping a little right now)

AP said...

love your blog!! and will certainly be back!!
intersted in the spin cycle, been looking for a "blog" challenge to get me thinking

Jane said...

Nice to meet you! Envy your island living from here in MN, but not your job! Teaching is the toughest gig in the world.

bernthis said...

You know I think you are fantastic but hey, it never hurts to hear it too many times.

Jill said...

I heard you are a terrific writer!
Just stopping by from SITS... Congrats on getting featured! :)

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Congratulations on being featured at SITS! You must be going crazy with comments! Woo hoo! Hubby and I are headed to Hawaii in a couple of weeks for our anniversary and are SOOOO excited!

Jean Stockdale said...

Congrats on your SITS honor. Blessings.

Shelley said...

Sorry I'm a day late. Love your blog. Hope your SITS day was saucy enough for you. Congratulations on being featured.

Blue Castle said...

Congratulations on your SITS day! Jim Carey has one of the funniest faces. :)

Casey said...

Holy comments! Congrats on being featured, it's well-deserved!

janis said...

congrats for being featured! :)

Sass said...

Congrats to you!

What a big day!!!

I can't wait to go do some more in-depth perusing of your site. It looks awesome!

Rhea said...

Congrats on being SAUCY! You totally deserve it! Awesome comment love.

starrlife said...

I love to catch up with you! Glad you get to be saucy- if this is what it means to be saucy it might be more than I can deal with!