Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Please play along

So I found this fun idea on Boo Mama's blog. The idea is this: Write two blurbs for your alumni newsletter, updating your life. The first version is the perky, show-off kind that everyone writes (and the one that everyone hates). The second should be the darker, more real side of honest. Here's mine:

Version One:

Christie married Josh over 13 years ago. She worked as a Medical Practice Manager for several prestigious medical firms before making the tough choice to leave her career behind and become a mother. Christie and Josh now have three beautiful children that are a constant source of joy and enlightenment. Josh has recently made a career change which provides him the opportunity to expand his firm nationally. Christie selflessly devotes hours of volunteer work to local community and church organizations. Her dedication to the arts is incomparable. Christie is an avid athlete and an extremely dedicated runner. Christie and Josh now make their home in Missouri, where they are already well-established within society circles.

Okay. Version Two:

Christie married Josh over 13 years ago, although sometimes it feels like much longer. She spent her "career" as a peon being bossed around by mean, snotty doctors for slave wages, while Josh attended undergraduate and graduate school. Christie's meager salary barely covered their living expenses during this time. She was miserable and counted the seconds until she was able to quit and stay home to have babies. Christie and Josh have three beautiful children that are a constant source of joy (and energy, and annoyance, and expenses, and umpteen trips to the doctor's office for strep throat and/or ear infections). Christie is thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, but is now proudly counting the minutes until they will all be in school (10,080, to be precise) as she has not had a day to herself since she can't remember when.

Josh spends his days traveling to hospitals around the country, staying at five-star hotels, and eating in only the finest restaurants.

Christie tries extremely hard to not punish him for this.

Christie also finds her precious free minutes sapped up by play dates, church, school volunteering, and cub scouts. She is an avid reader of US Weekly and People, and thinks of Britney and Lindsay's rehab stints as actual news. She will watch pretty much any movie just to keep herself entertained. She fancies herself a runner, but recently gave up training for her big race due to heat, laziness, and pancake predilection.

Christie is maniacally redecorating every room in her house. She has recently relocated to Missouri and is constantly on the prowl for any new friends she can sink her claws into. She scours blogs, and loves finding new ones to read. In short: She's a bit of a geek.

19 comments:

Bridget said...

Oh, that is so funny! I love the Christmas card quality of the first, vs. the real life honesty of the second. I love reading your posts!! I love your honest self-deprecating humor. Especially coming from someone who really has a lot to brag about.

Kimberly and Devon said...

I loved reading this. I love the way you are able humorize your life and share it will all of us internets. I am totally up for the challenge!

Marty: said...

It's my 40th reunion next week, and I decided not to go. It's too scary! But I did write a thing about me for the website, and I know it sounds like version one. I couldn't bring myself to tell it like it is! But I'll tell you on my blog!

dancin queen said...

What? Britney and Lindsay aren't real news?

girlymama said...

HILARIOUS!
I love the part about husband staying in 5-star hotels while you try not to punish him for it.

I knwo exactly how that goes! Its hard to feel sorry when Husband says something like, "Man, I had to go out for steak again! I'm so tired of restaurants." While I am eating grilled cheese for the second night in a row ;-)

Amber said...

"Christie tries very hard not to punish him for this."

Best line in the bio. :-)

Stacie said...

"Christie tries extremely hard to not punish him for this."

LOVE this. So very very true. And when they complain about the business travel don't you just want to smack them?

I'm so tickled as to how this meme has taken off. Sure, I spend my time with my daughter hiding her head under my robe playing peeka-boo, but I made me a meme!

RobynandJoe said...

That is so funny....maybe I'll try one. I just don't know if I can make the good sound AS GOOD, or the bad as FUNNY. You are so talented with your words!

Amber said...

P.S. I can't remember where exactly you are in Missouri but some of my favorite bloggers from BlogHer are from St. Louis.

Midwestern Mommy http://www.midwesternmommy.com/ is having a blogging get together next Friday. If you're around, I would HIGHLY recommend it; these gals are dolls. Just tell 'em Amber sent you. :-)

DanandCindy said...

I'll second the geek part.

Holly said...

This was hilarious! I have never sent an alumni update because I would probably feel the pressure to lie, or at least embellish--like most everyone else I guess!
There IS something uplifting about People magazine though. :)

Kelly said...

this was cute and fun to read. btw, if you were at all interested in that cake, MAKE IT! it really was pretty easy. just realize, which i didn't, that the filling needs to chill over-night... or, at least make it in the morning, and let chill all day before you finish it up. the filling is like a custard so it needs to set up. but it was soooo good. everyone loved. jeff said it was possibly the best thing i've ever made.

Annie said...

Love this so much! I love both versions of Christie.

also wanted to continue adding a little international flavor to your sitemeter :).

BooMama said...

"Josh spends his days traveling to hospitals around the country, staying at five-star hotels, and eating in only the finest restaurants.

Christie tries extremely hard to not punish him for this."

CRACKED me up.

And girl. What are we going to do about Britney? :-)

Thanks for letting me know about this - and thanks for your sweet comment, too.

mama jo said...

the 2nd part was so funny and all too real...unfortunately the first part is all too real...because i've read them many times...you captured them both, perfectly...and marty, you need to go to your reunion...think of all the fun blogs you can write,.

Mique said...

I have been lurking for awhile but just had to jump in and say something here- that post was hilarious! And can completely relate to both. I think I might copy this and do it on my blog (hope that's ok :)

Gramafolly said...

It's always a good idea to believe the first one...we all know the second one too well and would probably do away with ourselves if we didn't have some sort of fantasy of how we live.

Weston & Jennie said...

You don't know me, but I just happened upon your site from Diane's. I love this blog! I probably like it so much because there are several similarities. I have two small children and feel like I am always running ragged. I like you sense of humor.

Michelle said...

Funniest thing i've read. Great idea. I'll have to put a little something together on my blog.