Get to know me – a 4×11 snapshot

It’s been a while since I did one of these and a number of new people have stopped by since then, so when my friend April posted this challenge on a FB board she runs, I knew I had to snag it and complete it! Here’s a fun way to get to know me better. And, please, feel free to take it, fill it out and link your list in the comments section!

- 4 names people like to call you other than your real name 

  • Mom
  • Rie
  • Rossiter (a former boss used to call me that–not sure he could remember my actual name. At first, it irritated me, but I eventually got used to it.
  • Red. This is NOT a currently used name. It was last used on my wedding day when the husband of one of my teachers loved talking about my red hair. I don’t let anyone else but this person call me that. EVER. :)

- 4 jobs you’ve had

  • Full time reporter
  • Teacher (primary 7-12)
  • Legal Secretary
  • Freelance writer

- 4 movies you’ve seen more than once

  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • A Christmas Story–a must see at least once a year
  • Toy Story (one of my all time faves)
  • The Sound of Music

- 4 books you’d recommend

  • Jodi Picoult: “My Sister’s Keeper” (most of her books are great)
  • “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World” (of course!)
  • Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games” – I didn’t think I would like it, but was pleasantly surprised. Book 1 is the best of the trilogy, though.
  • Choose from “Bitter is the New Black” “Such a Pretty Fat”, “Bright Lights, Big Ass” and “Jeneration X” by Jen Lancaster.  All of them hilarious, all of them real. You may not like who she was at the beginning of “Bitter” but it’s fantastic to see reality come up and smack her in the face.

- 4 places you’ve lived

  • Yonkers, NY
  • Wells, VT
  • Liberty Twp, OH
  • Auburn, ME

- 4 places you’ve visited

  • Walt Disney World
  • The Bahamas
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Philadephia, PA

- 4 places you’d rather be right now

  • Walt Disney World
  • Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Quebec, CA
  • New York City

- 4 things you don’t eat

  • Seafood
  • Any type of nuts (including peanut butter)
  • Liver
  • really spicy foods (but I am getting better)

- 4 of your favorite foods

  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Burgers
  • French Onion Soup

- 4 TV shows you watch

  • Once Upon a Time (catching up on Netflix, on second half of season 2 only–NO SPOILERS PLEASE!)
  • The West Wing
  • Local News
  • NFL Football

- 4 things you’re always saying

  • “Oh, Hell No!”
  • “I hate stupid people”
  • “Seriously?”
  • “No!” “Don’t Bite!” “Leave It!” –in any order at almost any time. We have a new puppy in the house.So


***** I stole this from April (, who borrowed it from Rachel (…/4-x-11-or-another-get…) who stole it from Michelle over at Mich Mash (

Weekly Photo Challenge – New

Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Every Friday, I participate in The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge. Click the link to get all the details on how to participate!

This week’s theme is New–with the start of the new year, it seems appropriate.

I’m starting off 2015 with a new puppy. I know in the challenge it specifically said that something like this was “low key”, but for a 40-something mama who’s NEVER had a dog before, bringing a puppy into the home is anything BUT low key! It’s a whole new world for someone who grew up allergic to dogs and even a little afraid of them, at times.

Anyway, here’s Winston, my new puppy. He’s about 13 wks old and his saving grace is how adorable he is with all the chewing/biting he’s doing now :)

My new Puppy Winston- Daily Post Photo Challenge Friday #1

My new Puppy Winston- Daily Post Photo Challenge Friday #1

My final thoughts for 2014

Quick–did you see it? If you blink you might have missed it. The year is almost officially over and I honestly have no damn clue where the twelve months decided to go. And, as 2015 comes screaming towards us, I feel like I should have some words of wisdom–some final thoughts for 2014.

Honestly, my brain is like JELL-O right now, so trying to pass of anything as wisdom would be insane and irresponsible.

Instead, I’ll use this time to get you caught up on what’s happened while I was gone the past few weeks and fill you in on what’s in focus for 2015.

So, what’s been going on here? I offer a brief rundown:

  • DD16 has settled nicely into her new job at the local coffee shop (an actual local shop, not the Big S). She is loving having her own money and I can’t lie, I’m liking not having to give her as much as we used to do.
  • DD12 lived her dream of dancing Clara in her dance studio’s production of The Nutcracker. I do plan on sharing that experience in early 2015 with lots of pictures. It’s worth the wait.
  • Christmas came and went. For yet another year, I ended up waiting until the last minute to get wrapping/shopping done, causing more stress than wanted or necessary. It always takes away from my holiday and I am determined to get it right for 2015. I want to fully enjoy the holidays and not play catch up.
  • The biggest development: we got a puppy! No, we didn’t get him for the girls. They’d been asking for years and I always said No way in Hell. I’m allergic to them and I knew they wouldn’t take care of him regularly. So, Jon and I actually got him for us after I had my own grinch like-transformation from never wanting a dog to suddenly thinking having a puppy would be a great idea. I don’t drink or do illicit drugs, so I can’t blame that for this altered state of mind. Maybe it’s my version of a mid-life crisis–but doesn’t that usually involve getting a sportscar or plastic surgery? Instead, I decide to get a furry version of having a new baby. Seems logical–and a lot less painful and expensive. Although, my babies didn’t piss all over the floor or bite me repeatedly, so…maybe the pain assessment isn’t that accurate. All that being said, our Winston is the most adorable toy poodle in the world and he had my heart from the second I saw him. He’s as hypoallergenic as a dog can be and after the first few days of sneezing, my symptoms have mostly gone away.

I’m looking forward to what 2015 brings. A gaze into my crystal ball and see:

1. Lots more writing from me including this blog,a possible draft of a first book, a few more freelance clients and being more social both online and off.

2. Expanding my Disney writing by launching Enjoying the Magic, a site dedicated to all things Walt Disney World. More on that to come in the next week or two! It’s exciting stuff!

3. Focusing on a better me: mentally, spiritually and physically. This will be the hardest part for me because I need to dedicate time for myself, which doesn’t feel right to me when there are so many other things to do.

4. Spending more time with friends and making new ones. I’l save the details about that in a future post.

I’m not focusing on specific goals just yet. I want to take a couple of days to work that out, because I want to set challenging but attainable milestones with a clear path. Big dreams are fine, as long as I take baby steps.

What do you see for yourself in 2015? I’d love to see your hopes and dreams for the upcoming calendar year/ Let me know in the comments or drop me an email at

May 2015 bring better days than 2014 offered! See you next year!