Adventures in Imperfection · Life is a Highway

Detours, Hookers and Rockstars (Life is a Highway Vol. 3)

Hey friend!

Today’s post provides not only a catchy title (to be explained), but something way less serious than you’ve seen here recently and a fun continuation of the Life is a Highway series. Grab some snacks, put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. It won’t take long–it’s just a little detour.



A funny thing happened on the way to my next post.

I had surgery last Friday.

Who knew that pain meds and anesthesia would make it soooo difficult to string coherent sentences together? On second thought–that’s just my nature. I was off the oxy by Saturday, but still don’t trust my foggy brain to start dolling out poignant lessons while traveling life’s highway.

No worries, though. I’m fine, off from work (YAY!!) for a month and this falls right into another beautiful metaphor about unplanned turns, closed roads and new paths. Often times the trip is more scenic and fun than if you’d stayed on the main highway.


It’s with that notion in mind that I’m sending you on a few different roads while my pavement is being repaired. There are some places for you to visit in order to see other talented writer’s who blog on WordPress.

You will totally enjoy journeying through some fun back roads, playgrounds and obstacle courses. There are too many friends to include the first time around, so I’ll make it a habit to send you to new places in future posts–each with a theme in mind. Today’s detour is all about humor and here’s a handful from some of the funniest of my nearest and dearest.

Surgery is safer when patients come with instructions ~~Written by Ned Hickson at Ned’s Blog and one of three articles he’s had Freshly Pressed.

Thank goodness I read this very helpful article prior to surgery–I’m sure it saved my life (or, at least a body part or two). While you’re visiting Ned, be sure to stop and linger–he’ll have you doubled over with laughter, leaving with an aching belly and providing morphine on your way out.

When confetti gets in your eyes ~~Written by Nadia at What Would Nadia Do?

I’d recommend to not be eating or drinking anything when you read Nadia’s post. I laughed so hard the first time that my eyeballs spewed out of my nostrils (thus the need for surgery).

File of Awkward: My Vanishing Coworker:  ~Written by Aussa Lorens at Hacker.Ninja.Hooker.Spy This woman’s true life is stranger (and funnier) than fiction and I’m completely envious of her red hair. I told Aussa that she needs to come with a warning label…it takes me days to recover after I read one of her stories.


Gotchya! There are no hookers here. What did you think? This is a mostly family site! That said, I have learned the importance of a good title (Butt Cheeks and Elbows) and wasn’t afraid to stretch the truth a bit to get a little more traffic through my detoured route.

Fortunately, I have something better than high heel boots and shorts skirts to peddle. Meet Mr. Hook at  You’ve Been Hooked. Not only is this gentleman funny and talented, he’s selfless and supportive of other bloggers in this WP space. Take one look at his page and you’ll “be hooked” yourself as his sexy stories read like the really great graphic novels and his interviews are enchanting.

Here’s the cool kicker! He interviewed me in the article: 5×5 With The Hook: MamaMickTerry.  Even though I may have paid an undisclosed bribery amount, he made me seem way more interesting (and sexy) than I could have ever imagined. It’s silly, fun and there’s some stuff in there you probably didn’t know about me–even my hubby was a bit surprised. Take a peek if you haven’t already OR, better yet….look at some of my favorite stories he keeps on his site:

Which brings me to the final of three bullets:

3) Rock star

Since I’ve been hooked, surely that elevates me to Rock star status, right? I’m sitting in the same space as Aussa , Ned and Deanna…that MUST mean I’m ready for the penthouse and Dom Perignon? Oh yeah, something about bed rest for 4 weeks that might keep me off the stage. Oh well, a girl can dream.


Since this little detour means a stop to the gardening and running and boxing that I love so much, I also need to see how I feel before tackling my next post on Hometowns–we might be detoured for another week. My poor hubby will have to tie me to the bed to keep me down, so send your well wishes to him–his recovery will be way worse than mine.


40 thoughts on “Detours, Hookers and Rockstars (Life is a Highway Vol. 3)

  1. “Even though I may have paid an undisclosed bribery amount, he made me seem way more interesting (and sexy) than I could have ever imagined.”
    Get out of here! You’re fascinating AND desirable, baby!
    Now get some rest, ya crazy broad!


  2. So glad to see a post from you, I knew something was up, because I usually hear from you, plus read your posts. Im sorry to hear you needed surgery though, I will be praying for a quick recovery for you. Sending hugs as well, and by the way, I would kill to have a body like yours, you’re beautiful.


    1. Hey sweetie! You are so kind to notice my absence. I’m not used to being “down,” so I hope to get some normalcy back this week, getting caught up on reading (you always have something cool on your site!) and I should be back to normal in no time. Hope you and your sweet boys are enjoying your garden πŸ™‚


      1. Yeah loving the garden, and I am growing strawberries for the first time, yay. Well I am glad you’re back, I missed reading your posts and sweet comments.


  3. Don’t be coy; I’m sure this isn’t the first time your husband has thought of tying you down to the bed, but that’s really none of our business. In the meantime, rest, recover and be well, Rockstar πŸ˜‰


  4. No hookers… other than this one right here πŸ˜‰ And a reference to you being tied to the bed?! My goodness, Michelle this is getting positively PG13 up in here!

    Thanks for the shoutout! And enjoy your time away from work– I am BEYOND envious.


  5. Thank you for this…I will definitely check them all out as I wait for more from you.
    Certainly glad you were able to harness the energy to post and let us know you were ok…REST! read, take it easy, write, watch crap tv and you’ll be up and running and gardening in no time.
    If I lived close by I’d bring you dinner, but it’s really just as well, I can’t cook and you need healthier food than take-out!


    1. You are just the kindest person ever!
      I’ve already had my share of crap TV, but seem to really be enjoying it.
      And yes, you will enjoy those writers. You have such a great sense of humor…I know they will each speak to you in different ways. I hardly ever miss a post from any of them! I have more favorites, but will spill those as I go πŸ™‚
      Have a great week, Michele…I’m eager to get caught up on your songs!!


      1. You are so kind to check. Doing better everyday and I’m so fortunate to have two really great nurses (my hubby and son).
        I hope you have a great week….I’m eager to get all caught up on my reading!! I think you have a few more songs for the 25 days?


  6. Glad you’re going to be OK Michelle. I don’t doubt that you’ll keep your husband busy for a few weeks (taking care of you, that is). Get well soon!


    1. Hi Paul!
      Yep, everything will be just fine. Except for the feeling that I’ve been ran over by a truck, all is well!
      Thank you for checking in and for the kind well wishes!


    1. Hey Karen,
      Love your new Gravatar picture! Thanks for stopping by and providing the well wishes. All is going well. DO enjoy the bloggers–all three make me laugh. I also love their diverse nature. They write from a humorous perspective (85-90%?) most of the time, so when they get serious–it kind of shakes me in my shoes. Hope you are having a great week!


  7. Love your good attitude about your detour…and the new bloggers to check out. Stay down and recover good; your garden can wait a little bit (the weeds won’t mind).


    1. Hi Char,
      So true about the weeds…they are enjoying their vacation πŸ™‚
      DO enjoy those bloggers–I discovered them when I first came to WP and have been hooked ever since. I love their funny stuff and am blown away when they get serious, too. Hope you are having a great week, Char!


  8. Hope the healing goes well Michelle, and whatever you do, find a healing space that is distracting ie: out in the garden (hubby can put a hammock up around it somewhere πŸ™‚ ) or else the boredom can make you a bit antsy, moody, unhealed and just plain distressed. Plus the man will love you so much when you begin to give instructions on which weeds should be pulled and what area to dig in, how to water each plant…oh, and how to speak to them with loving kindness and encourage their growth πŸ™‚
    Hope all goes well my friend, looking forward to those words of magic back here as you get better. Good energy coming over. Mark


    1. Hi Mark!
      Thank you for an early morning smile and chuckle. Hubby has been more than patient, but he may draw the line when I ask him to start talking to my plants πŸ™‚ Fortunately, I’ve been able to do a little bit of gardening (talking to the plants!) in short bursts and am not too antsy….yet!
      I hope that you are having a fantastic and peaceful week as well. Take care! Michelle


  9. I’m happy to hear that you’re okay after surgery, my friend… Hope you recover well. I hear M&Ms and ice cream work wonders. And thank you so much for the shout out! xxx


    1. Hi Nadia,
      Yes…ice cream and M&Ms–great choice! The licorice and Reece’s have been a good start as well. Can you believe that I used to be a dietitian?!?!? Apparently, chocolate is the missing food group!
      No problem on the call out–more people need to know about you lovely friend πŸ™‚ xo


  10. We met on The Hook!!! I will always remember that. I nominated you for president. I still believe you should be.

    I’m dying to ask about your surgery….but that would be tasteless. (see what I did there?), I’ll just wish you a speedy recovery. I hope you have good nurses (i.e. the hubs). Enjoy the recovery time. I wish I could bring you soup or cookies. Go ahead and let your husband tie you to the bed. It’s fun. πŸ˜‰ (sorry, I had to go there. You know I’m the smutster.)


    1. Awww…Beth, you make me smile so big!
      I’m gonna drop you an e-mail this week and give you the surgery scoop as well as ask you about a guest post favor. I have an idea I wanna run past you. There’s been no bed tying yet, but I DO have 3.5 more weeks at home!!! Xo


  11. lots of well wishes to you my dear friend mamma-mick –
    and fun post –
    I will bookmark this and try and check out those blogs – at first thought when I read blog suggestions were being presented – well my mind instantly thought I would not even want to check out any – have so many to try and get to already – y know —
    but the way your worded things – well I am checking out each one!!
    Fo’ Sho’ !!
    (and isn’t it funny when we think we do not need one more “new” blog to visit – someone sends us to something we did not even know we needed – like recently Deb sent me to the “lady of the cakes” blog – whew – I needed her blog and did not know it – )

    anyhoo – this post goes into a blog save folder for that summer day when I can peruse and read….
    I wish I could send you some chix soup – but here is a blog hug instead ❀ πŸ™‚ ❀
    peace out my sista!


    1. Awwww…thanks for my bloggy hug!
      I know EXACTLY what you mean by having so many great writers to read and how can any more be added to the list???
      Isn’t it crazy to get overwhelmed by a hobby that we love? But, you know it, too…it happens! That said, we can both promise to live our real lives first, write because we love it and read without guilt. Deal? Deal!!
      xo Yvette….always love hearing from you πŸ™‚


      1. well I hope I did not come across as overwhelmed – (and so please do not project that on me – ha!) – because I have boundaries in place – which is why I stopped blogging the postaday – not just a time thing – but did not feel natural – also, I have found a little bit of a “system” for staying in touch with the blogs I currently follow – well somewhat!!

        – but my point was just that when I see a list of blogs to check out – I usually do NOT even want to check them out because I am still trying to explore the ones I am following – if that makes sense…. and on one art blog – when they posted 4 new blogs – I commented and they told me again “to be sure to check them out…” and then I told him (or her) that I just started following their blog and would like to get to know theirs a bit first –


    1. Thank you, dear Cindi!
      I’m so sorry that I haven’t visited your space very much lately. I thoroughly enjoy your photos and hope that you are having a wonderful summer(?) in Norway. xo


  12. Echoing your comment on my blog… how DID we just find each other? We party with all the same people and I think you, even in invalid recovery mode, promise all kinds of good times ahead! Heal fast. πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Jennie!
      We DO party with the same people πŸ™‚ It was one of those things…I kept seeing your name and comments and thinking, “I need to check her out” and then finally, this morning, I found a note from Deanna about your latest. The title, and ultimately YOU, spoke to me! So glad that our paths finally crossed!


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