Ok. Here goes. After much encouragement from my loving (and intelligent) husband, I am making the leap into the blogosphere. He feels that I have something to say that others might actually want to hear. Possibly his attempt to divert my opinions away from him and out into the void, I realize, but being a “glass is half full” type of girl, I choose to see his encouragement as a reflection of his undying belief in me. And as he will be my first, and possibly only, follower, his belief in me is valued as second only to my own in myself!
So, who am I? I am a wife, mother and stepmother, and “retired” lawyer. My supportive husband, Scott, is also a lawyer (though not, oft to his regret, retired). We have four children; three boys, aged 21, 19 and 12, and a daughter, aged 8. Ours is a blended family, with the two older boys from Scott’s first marriage, and the other two a product of ours. The older two boys are in college, the twelve-year-old in Seventh Grade and the 8-year-old in Third Grade. Rounding out our family are a bulldog, a beagle and two guinea pigs.
I grew up in a very small town in western Michigan, the fifth of six children and the only girl. We moved to California when I was 12, then to Atlanta, Georgia, then back to Fresno, California, where I graduated from high school. I got my undergraduate degree in English from SMU in Dallas, through whom I spent my senior year abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. I got my JD at University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. I then practiced business law, and then family law, for 16 years in San Jose (that’s right, I was a Divorce Lawyer!), until Scott and I concluded that an early retirement was in order so that I could stay home with our younger kids. And here I remain!
So, what do I have to say? Well, I seem to have endless interest in a variety of areas. I love fashion and popular culture. I am an avid reader with a deep interest in history. At any given time you might find copies of Vogue, Vanity Fair and People Magazine on my night table along with a volume on the English Civil War and the migration to the Americas. I am very interested in the arts and arts education in our public schools. I adore traveling and exploring, both near and far, though I don’t get a chance to do either as much as I would like. I have always had an interest in sports (as reflected by my long-term status as a San Jose Sharks season ticket holder) but have married into a family for whom sports are nearly a religion, and I myself have become a convert. Our family was especially enraptured by the Second Coming of the San Francisco Giants in 2010. I also love live theater of almost any description, and I have worked hard to share this with the men in my family, mostly to no avail. Luckily, my daughter came along and I have someone who will gladly see Wicked over and over with me.
A note about the name “the Mommy Lama”. This is not intended to be a reflection of what I see as my great and profound wisdom on par with the Dali Lama– in fact, far from it. I am a question raiser more than a question answerer. This name is, instead, a reference to a nickname from my law firm days when another associate dubbed me “the Sally Lama” for some reason. So there you go.