Tuesdays With Ale: Time

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The other day I was on the subway reading on my Kindle “My Struggle: Book 1” by Karl Ove Knausgaard. I was reading about the birth of his daughter Vanja . When I cam across the following sentence , There has never been so much future in my life as at that time, never so much joy I choked up and just wanted to cry. No, I wanted to sob. I kept myself together because I was on the subway and did not want to be that crazy woman you sit next to during rush hour. The author stuck a deep chord within me. This was how I felt with the birth of my son Ale. I remember his birth as the happiest moment of my life. I felt nothing but joy within every fiber of my being. I could then feel the future. I felt that I could see my family’s future 5, 10, 40 years from now within this little being. It was like time suddenly made sense. Everything clicked into place. Then suddenly I understood how precious time is. My quest has since to preserve the present so that I and hopefully Ale would be able to look back and remember the details of our days together.

My obsession with time in the last year has been so strong that I began this blog, and began journaling obsessively. I’m turning into a scrapbook, mommy blog loving, art journal freak. In my free time you can find me scoping the isles of craft stores looking for washi tape and gesso, pouring over blogs here on WordPress catching up on the mommy blogs I love and pinning images of scrapbook and journal pages on Pinterest. This sudden burst of the desire to create something each day here on the blog or a drawing within my journal pages stems directly from the birth of Ale. I know it sounds crazy and far fetched but its the truth. The joy that Ale brings is immense and I need to do something with the energy that it produces. To bottle it. I savor my moments with him by writing and  journaling and subsequently sharing with my family and on the internet with this blog.

My little son who was a baby is now a toddler and is growing so fast. So fast that I wish I could press the pause button for just an hour. I can not even remember what he looked like a year ago. I swear when he wakes up from his naps he is a bit taller, and says and does new things. I see his baby photos and I wonder who that tiny person was. It does not look like my son. My son is the tall skinny boy with tossled curls who talks and dances, and sings, and runs, and jumps and laughs. Oh does he laugh! Not that baby frozen forever by the click of my iphone in a rocker. I will say the same thing a year from now. Ale will be doing even more and my heart will grow even more for him. I want him to grow. I want to see what kind of man that he becomes but I want to hold and remember each moment of each phase. Time is against me. So I take my photos, write this blog, and create a journal page.

Its Tuesday, my day off from work. My day with Ale. This is the best day. I want it to go on forever. There has never been so much future in my life… never so much joy.

Thank you Ale. Thank you.

 

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I Won! I Won!

A few weeks ago Journey2dfuture did her first giveaway. The prize was Gourmesso coffee. What mama does not need a little more coffee? So I entered and won! Whoo! Hoo! Happy Dance!

My package of two samples from Gourmesso arrived on Monday. I asked to try tarrazu forte- strong coffee to get me ready and out the door. The other soffio cioccolato- coffee with chocolate! This would be for an afternoon coffee after the playground when it’s really mama who needs a nap but must keep going.

Here are my unboxing photos.
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The coffee is beautifully packaged and smells heavenly. But, wait! They are capsules, only compatible with the Nespresso machine. I don’t have that super expensive coffee machine. No fear. I am a resourceful mama. The foil top will come off and I will pour the luscious smelling coffee into my trusty stove top espresso maker.
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Cheers!

Thank you Journey2dfuture! — be sure to stop by her blog!

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Hi Fellow Bloggers!

In my quest to expand my mommy blogging audience just joined Bloglovin.

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Staycation

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I’ve been quiet this week in the blogosphere. I’ve been on a week’s staycation at home.

Originally I planned to blog daily and catch up on other blogs. That did not happen. During my week off Ale and I saw our friends and family whom we have not seen in a long time. The time with my loved ones was a much needed as the summer flew by way too fast this year. Tomorrow I’m back to work and our usual routines.

So I’m still here! I have missed my fellow bloggers but I’ll be back later this week.

Happy End of Summer!

How Social Is Your Blog?

High five to the other undercover bloggers out there like me! Yes, you read that right I am an undercover mommy blogger. Meaning- only a handful of people know that I blog about being a mommy to Ale. I choose to go undercover as I wanted to build an audience of people who don’t know me at all and are truly attracted to what I write here at WordPress.

I began blogging in March and my blog is slowing increasing its audience. I’m so happy and having a lot of fun. Often, however, I think I should be doing more to promote my blog.

Follow me!!
Twitter- @runningafterale

Recently I have been thinking of adding a Facebook page or a Google+ page. Then I think of the additional work that it may require. But… this may be a lot of fun and it could increase blog traffic. Just yesterday the WordPress Daily Post published a post on how and why a blogger should create a Facebook fan page- Should Your Blog Be on Facebook?: The Nuts and Bolts of Fan Pages  Many great tips and info was offers but I would like to hear from you- my fellow readers.

Have you linked your blog to other social media platforms? What has been your experience?

Are you also an undercover mommy/daddy blogger?

Do you have any tips to share regarding promoting your blog?

Thanks everyone!

Liebster Award X 2!!!!

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During the weekend I was nominated twice for the Liebster Award by Nannypology and Moving Mommy. I am more than flattered that other people like what I post and want to recommend others to check out my blog. So please also have a look at Nannypology and Moving Mommy!!

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers to encourage them to continue their work.  What is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Below I’m nominating 11 other fantastic bloggers who should have a million followers because they are just so amazing, fun and informative. I can not tell how how much I have learned from other follow bloggers since I started blogging this year.

To the nominees: You must write 11 facts about yourself and then answer 11 questions that follow. When you are done nominate 11 other blogs and have them follow the same rules- 11 facts, 11 questions and 11 new blogs with less than 200 followers.

11 Nominees in no particular order.

1- Mama Gets Real

2- Not A Typical Mom

3- Crew & Lu

4- A Game of Diapers

5-Monkey & Squish

6- Adventure of Yasmin B.

7- 21 Century Mom 

8- Rookie Mom Adventures

9 – Julie Mom On Wheels

10- The Corner of My Imagination

11- Military Bride

Here are the 11 questions:

1- Where is your next vacation going to be?
2- What are you having for dinner tonight?
3- What is your favorite time of year?
4- If you could quit your job right now because you just won the lottery what would you tell your boss?
5- Why did you start blogging?
6- What is your favorite color?
7- How many bothers and sisters do you have?
8- What is your favorite movie?
9- Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
10- Do you have a green thumb?
11- PC or Mac?

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11 Facts About Me

1- I am an undercover blogger! Only my husband and my immediate family know that I have this blog. I am very reluctant to advertise that I have this blog. Next week, however, I will “come out” and let some of my closest friends know.

2- I’m into baking again. The next thing I want to try to make is a chocolate molten cake.

3- I guess my favorite color is green as I have been unintentionally buying many green things. The other day when I went outside with Ale, he was wearing a green jacket, gray and green sneakers, in a green stroller. It was raining so I had my green umbrella up and a green backpack.

4- I would love to have a cat.

5- I am an expert at getting a seat on a crowded subway train.

6- I forgot my keys in Ale’s lunch bag this morning. Very frustrating as I walked home then had to go back to the daycare. I tried to avoid Ale, be he saw me and wanted to leave with me and started crying. I felt horrible.

7- I love cheese.

8- I have a glass of wine every night.

9- I also love anything pickled! Bring on the olives, beets, and kimchi!

10- I am horrible at parallel parking.

11- I am terrified of flying, but love to look out the plane window and see the land underneath. Its beautiful and it looks like a huge map in an atlas. Over water I’m more nervous.

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Since I was nominated by two bloggers for the sake of time I will just answer the first six questions by Nannypology and Moving Mommy. This week I am pressed for time but I really want to get this post out.

1- What musical artist are you listening to these days?
I was a huge audiophile up until Ale was born. I always had music playing and was looking for new music. With work being so loud and crazy and Ale running around I am so happy to be at home with silence! However, I want to change that ASAP as I want Ale to be exposed to music.

2- What is the most embarrassing moment you have had online? (Come on, you can tell us! I just gave you an AWARD)…
I wish I could say something interesting so far I have not had one. Its bound to happen at some point.

3- If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?
On a day like today a cat. I yearn for a day that I can just lounge around, have food given to me and a nice person comes by to scratch my belly everyone in a while.

4- If you could get paid to do anything in the world (and make a very comfortable living), what would you choose to do?
I would be a midwife with just a handful of clients. Birthing babies is amazing but the malpractice insurance is too high.

5 – What do you say when your (or someone else’s) kid asks you why the sky is blue?
If the child is young I would say– because it is! If the child is older I’d say lets go look it up. —- I guess I should look it up now so I have a proper answer ready!!

6- What would you rather die from: being eaten slowly by a 50 foot anaconda? or, getting your head ripped off by a great white shark? Explain.
Head ripped off by shark. I don’t want to suffer inside the belly of an anaconda. Yuck!

7 – Favorite Food?
It depends on the day, my mood. However, it is hard for me to turn down a piece of homemade pound cake.

8- What game/competition show would you most like to be on? Why? And do you think you would win?
Cash Cab. This looks like fun! Hop in a cab, the fun lights come on and you answer trivia questions and win money by the time you get to your destination. I have a lot of useless info in my head so I might win.

9- If $$ were no object, where would you travel on your next vacation?
India!

10- If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Pasta- so may types and ways to cook it.

11- How do you like your eggs?
Hard Boiled. I love egg salad sandwiches.

12- Would you rather be forced to make spelling errors, or grammatical errors on a daily basis? Explain.
Spelling errors! I am already a terrible speller. Bless the person who invented spell check! If my grammar was off as well, no one would not have a clue as to what I said or wrote.

 

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