Who am I?

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Hi! I’m Michelle Terry and I am so humbled and thrilled that you checked in on the chaos.

Mama of two, wife of one. Looking for entertaining ways to broadcast my imperfections with the intent that yours won’t seem so bad.

When I’m not wrangling kids, I’m putting ducks in rows and herding cats.

At best, I’m in my own little world and I’m okay with that–they know me there!

At less-than-best, I’m just a mom/wife/friend/daughter trying to figure it all out and stay laughing while I do.

Please feel free to share your own imperfections, struggles and humor in the comments below or drop me a note on my contact page. Click on the hotlinks to see what’s been written so far and please follow to see what’s on the horizon. This blog is written by me, but it’s for you.

If you are new to this blog, feel free to come back and check weekly or select the option to follow via e-mail so that you don’t miss anything. The fact that you are taking the time to read this means the world to me. I know you have a busy real life and will never intend to take anyone who reads my nonsense for granted. I’m grateful that you are here!

Hope to see you soon.

Mama Mick

Photo credit to my son Dane. Immediately after he snapped the pic with my iPhone (yes, we are fancy!), the sheriff stopped to see why we were loitering on the railroad tracks. Ooopsies!

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163 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Wonderful picture, Michelle. Shelby did a wonderful job on it.

    How old are your wee-ones?

    Wife of one. Might want to keep it that way. It would be a lot of working picking up after more than one husband. 🙂

    What are your dreams? Why did you start this blog?

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    1. Hello Vozey!
      Thank you so much for your post. Excellent advice on keeping with just one husband…training this one has taken almost 23 years. Shelby and I had a fun adventure in getting these pictures–I took hers and she took mine. It was obivous that neither one of us was comfortable from out behind the lens.
      My little ones aren’t so wee, but they are fabulous: Tanna is 19 and Dane is 13–loves of my life.
      I’ve wanted to be a writer since I could pick up a pen and put sentences together. The reality (and lack of true talent) led me down more clinical paths in the healthcare industry and have been lingering there for over 25 years.
      But you know how it is….these words (and the innate urge to share) can only stay below the surface for so long. After 30 years of suppression, my right brain is emerging and having fun with talented people like you!
      Now, it’s YOUR turn! I can’t wait to read your latest post. What are your dreams? How long have you been doing this and why did you start?
      I’m so glad our paths have crossed 🙂

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      1. I love to meet people who have a high capacity for conversation, like me. I’m young still, I guess, turn 27 next month. I still have wee-ones, 3 and 1. I think I summed up a lot on by Home page and About page, but I can be more specific.

        One, I think that your believing you have a lack of true talent will hold you back. I’ve learned to believe in myself and my writing. Grammar is not writing, though I do decent at it.

        I believe if your writing entertains someone, anyone, you are a good writer. Alternatively, I believe if your writing makes someone think, makes them feel something, or just can’t be forgotten, you are a great writer.

        I’m a programmer by profession. I’ve done some light writing through my life, but I’ve never considered it for a profession. About a year ago I got back into reading (something I had quit doing through college and high school). I picked up Tolkien. Halfway through the Lord of the Rings I had a life changing though. Could I write a book?

        300 pages later, I’m halfway through a book. I quit for about 6 months in the middle because I got sidetracked and felt I was in the wrong thinking to be writing anyway. Now, I’m back for good. My dream is simple, really, to work from home. Programming might get me there, along with a barrage of other arts and creative skills I have, but I believe writing is what will get me there.

        I’m a humble writer. I enjoy learning and improving as a writer. I critique and learn from what most people would consider garbage. I gave full critiques to writers that have suggested that I make my sentences into run-ons to improve my story. While I don’t heed such advice, I always retain a respectful attitude to other writers. I suggested to the author sources to improve grammar and told him things that I thought could have been better.

        So, I’ve been at this for about 6-8 months total. I wrote 200 pages in my novel in the past three months. I’m serious about writing and I believe one day I’m going to be read all over the world. But, I don’t let such aspirations interfere with the fact that I write primarily for my own entertain, expression, and joy.

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    1. Love you, too Jerry! I hope you enjoy more of what is to come. In fact, take a peek at the KC Chief’s article for fun and have your special wife read “Celebrating Imperfection “…maybe it’ll save her a few years of imperfection heart ache 🙂 love you all!
      Michelle
      Ps: I still do pen to paper…have a journal and camera with me at all times!

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  2. Hi Michelle! I never got a chance to reply to your comment on community pool. Its great to know you through your writings. Our imperfections make us unique and it is important to embrace them 😀

    I wanted to study English literature as a child and had a passion for writing short stories and poetry. With an amazing turn of events, I ended up being a scientist instead. I wanted a forum to vent my thoughts and realized that blogging could be a way of expressing as well giving myself much needed break at times. Indeed it is uncommon that people inclined towards science pursue interests controlled by the right-side of the brain 😉 However I firmly believe that science is just another form of art. Just as in art, it demands creativity to solve questions. Through blogging, i hope to revive my writing skills 🙂

    Cheers
    Deepti

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    1. Hello Deepti,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I absolutely LOVE your perspective on science and art. I worked in a hospital for 10 years and have been a disease management consultant for another 12…somedays it feels like the humor and creativity just get sucked out through the “clinical straws” in this big ole healthcare milkshake. Reading your words may help me take another look at the left-brain world I’ve been living in for so long. I look forward to following your blog.
      Thanks again!
      Michelle

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    1. Thank you new friend! I DO try to keep my site positive, friendly and engaging…it gives me joy and am blessed by all of the talented people I’ve met. Thank you for the like and the follow 🙂

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  3. Hey Michelle, what a fun blog you have here!
    Love your banter about ‘wife of one’ and training him for 23 years! 🙂
    And the story about getting busted for loitering along the tracks cracked me up. Reminds me of some hilarious road trips my daughter and I have been on….

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    1. Hello back at you! What a fun and positive comment to wake up to. Thank you so much!
      I’m hopping over on your site later today…hope to find some fun stories about you and your daughter. Thanks again for stopping 🙂

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      1. I rarely write about my kids…I think I’m still in over-protective mode sometimes! 🙂
        Last June they all took hubby and I on a long weekend to the beach and I wrote about it June 23rd and included some pix.
        I should write about a couple of our silly girl road-trips. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      2. I totally get that protective mode. I wrote more about mine when I started cuz I didn’t think anyone would read my stuff anyway. I’ve changed my tune a little, but sometimes I just have to! Mmmmm….beach weekend…sounds divine!

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    1. Awww…thanks! That means a lot. I’ve only been doing this since October and have a LOT to learn. My favorite part is meeting talented folks like you. Truly!
      Thanks for stopping by Mama…I’m gonna carve out some time later today and read about your three little ones (I’m a sucker for boys!).
      xo

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      1. Hey sweet thang, I’m back and answering the questions you asked me over at my place:
        I’ve been writing for about five years (although only blogging for about 9 months). I finished my novel about a year ago (took me 2 years to write it, I worked on it on/off). Over the summer I gave it to 5 Beta readers, then worked on edits based on their feedback. In October I handed it over to a professional editor. After getting it back (hacked to pieces) I took a break and didn’t start on revisions until the first of the year, but have been working pretty hard on them since. Of course, blogging takes up half my week, so it’s been a difficult balancing act! I hope to publish by the end of summer, but that’s a loose estimation. I’m super new at everything so it seems to always take longer than I think. 🙂

        I have another novel written (finished prior to the one I’m working on now) that I’ll most likely work on after the current one is put to bed and published.

        How about you? working on any big projects?

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      2. That is so fantastic! I can’t imagine having the focus it would take to write one novel…much less TWO!
        I’m very dedicated to my full time job which requires a completely opposite set of skills than writing. The two complement each other, but the balance is difficult because of the mental energy required for each.
        It’s so awesome that you pick up the edited novel and started working on it again…I just know the finished product will be fantastic.
        Can I preorder?!?!

        I have no real big projects. I guest blog for a kind friend I met through WP and then write articles for another website…just things to stay in practice. I love the thought of writing a book…I just have no idea what I would write about!!
        Thanks for taking the time to answer all of my questions. I’ve been largely off the grid this week and looking forward to getting some dedicated writing time very soon!

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  4. G’day Michelle, I’ve seen you around the place and decided to wander on over finally, what the hell took me so long I don’t know! Looking forward to poking around a bit, see you in the comments. Respect REDdog

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    1. Hello new friend!
      I’ve seen your name around these parts, too! Thank you for stopping by and I promise to run by your place, too. Shall I bring something to eat? I like to bake chocolate chip cookies when I come visit 🙂

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    1. Awww….you are one of the sweetest people I know. Seriously, thinking about you today gave me a big smile.
      I’ve been away from the computer all day, but I will look at it tonight and get caught up on my reading, too! Xo

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    1. Hey cutie!
      I will definitely check it out. You are always so kind and generous and I feel bad that I always end up not participating. I WILL this time because you mean a lot to me and your kindness is so appreciated. It might take me a bit, but I’ll be sure to check it out, okay? I hope you had a fantastic weekend.
      xo michelle

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      1. No hon the last thing I want is for you to feel bad about anything, but every time I get nominated for something i just think so much of you that you have to be on the list of nominees. I was starting to wonder if you were okay cause I haven’t seen any posts from you in a while. And this award definitely stood out as one for you, you are absolutely an inspiration and the very picture of what a good woman is, I feel lucky just to have met you.

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  5. Shoot me an email if you’re interested in guest authoring. =) This comment may land in your spam if I include my email address – which is on my sidebar. Just tap any title to open up the side.

    Diana

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  6. Just started blogging….. I was looking to read through some blogs for a reference on how to create an interesting blog….. This blog is well presented….. Great work…..

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I just hopped over to your page and it seems that you are off to a very good start.
      THank you so much for stopping by!
      If I may ask (I’m still new, too) how did you find my page? I’ve had a lot of new visitors and am always curious to hear where they come from.

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      1. Ahhh! I should have known about the Freshly Pressed part. I actually feel really guilty about that! Nicole Marie (from words and other things) is actually the talented soul who wrote that piece. She was a guest writer for a series I did and her beautiful poem was immediately pegged to be Freshly Pressed. I have yet to earn that honor, but I can honestly say that I’m lucky to know many blogger buddies who are. Thank you again for stopping in and commenting…I love meeting new friends!

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    1. Hi Ann!
      I am so embarrassed as I’ve been meaning to stop and comment as well. As it is, I just probably look like a stalker 🙂
      That said, I have loved everything I’ve read of you and am so happy to have crossed paths via The Hook. You rock!!

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    1. Oh Ann! You are SO kind! I’m feeling undeserving tonight as I’ve not blogged or really written anything in a couple of weeks. I’m on a bit of a break, but will try to do your nomination justice when I come back.
      How are you feeling? Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!! Woo! Hoo! You must not have been given the durned 6 week abstinence that I was. Lucky you!
      Anyhoo…been thinking of you and sending you happy healthy vibes. Thank you again for your kind nomination. You’re a gem. xo

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      1. Six week abstinence? Whoops. Nope…I asked the Doc when we booked the date whether I could have sex 10 days later without incident. She didn’t bat an eyelash.

        So yeah, I’m very excited about tomorrow. Thanks for your glee on my behalf!

        You are totally deserving. Gosh, if we were measured only on our latest post…well…the world would be a harsh place indeed.

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  7. Hi there, Mama Mick! It is great to meet you!! I LOVE your picture, and so wish I could rock the skirt like you are apparently. That ship has sailed for me, I think – haha! Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog and for your follow – having taken a brief look around yours, I am truly humbled that you took the time. I look forward to returning the favour and hearing your lively voice often! xx Mother Hen

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    1. Oh my goodness, HELLO!!
      I was so thrilled to see your smiling face come across my screen this morning.
      I loved hanging out in your space, too and really look forward to reading more and getting to know you.
      Thank YOU for the visit and the follow…this is truly the best part about writing in this space. The WP community rocks. Have a great Friday, Mother Hen 🙂

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    1. Hey Sarah!
      Just left you a note on your site. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Ned was one of the first kind bloggers I met last year at this time…and he’s still one of my very favorites. So glad our paths crossed today!
      Michelle

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  8. Hi Michelle, there’s seems to be a rippling effect here. I was just over at Sarah’s blog (Moderate Mama) and decided to stop by! I didn’t need to read further . . . the “introvert with a side of social” hooked me right in.

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    1. Yay! How awesome to meet someone who understands the social introvert 🙂
      Thank you so much for stopping by…what a great day to met both you and Sarah. You’ll be seeing more of me 😉

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  9. Hello…

    I was recently ‘told off’ by a blogger (not a follower I might add), who said my style of ‘welcome’ note was very much against blogging etiquette. Hmm, well I hope not to cause offence, but as you volunteered to become a follower of Uncle Spike’s Adventures, I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you, and that I appreciate your ‘follow’ as there are so many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our farm in Turkey. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process. That’s not me trying to be pushy or ‘spamming’, but just want you to know what I’m all about.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…
    UNCLE SPIKE

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    1. Hey there!
      I am absolutely thrilled to hear from you. Your photos captured my eye and I’m always happy to make friends with a talented person.
      Blogging etiquette? How can it be bad manners to say hello? I’m always so thrilled when someone takes the time to look at my stuff and comment. Thank you so much for that.
      In fact, I’m sorry to be responding to this so late. It went to my spam folder (?) and I didn’t see it until I went into my e-mail.
      Anyhoo…I look forward to seeing more. AND, you are welcome to stop by here any time. I actually manage this main blog (MamaMick) and then two others as well–one for photography and the other for fiction.
      I look forward to getting to know you better. Thanks again Uncle Spike!!
      Michelle

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    1. Thank you, kind sir!
      This next month will be a little short on content (I’m working on my first novel!), but I hope to provide some fun reading from my guest posters. Stay tuned and thank you again for taking the time to stop by and say hello.
      Michelle

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  10. Merry Christmas! I just found your blog today, and admire your positive and ambitious mission statement. The world certainly would be a much calmer and happier place if we all could laugh at our own imperfections and encourage others not to worry about theirs! 🙂

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    1. Hey Meg!
      So nice to meet you!
      I hopped over to your site and can already see what an insightful and positive person you are. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I look forward to getting to know you better.
      Michelle

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    1. Hey! Thank you friend!
      I hopped over to see you earlier this week and found a facebook page. I’ll have to try again as my blogger name could have been theoldgirlgoesrunning 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by–I’m glad our paths have crossed!
      Michelle

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