Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mommy's Fabulous Find Friday-Robynn From Robynn's Ravings!

It is time once again for Mommy's Fabulous Find Friday. I am continuing to feature YOU, my wonderful blog readers. I have been having a great time browsing blogs and asking questions, getting to know you and your writing a little better. I am so excited to get a chance, at some point, to feature every one of you!

This week's fabulous follower is the lovely and talented

I first found Robynn during The Ultimate Blog Party 2009 and I have been hooked ever since! She has an amazing sense of humor that keeps me cracking up and yet balances it with a more serious side that is always eloquently expressed. Just the quality of her writing is stunning-that's why I am one of her followers!

Let's get to know my bloggy friend a little more, shall we?

So Robynn, tell us about yourself...

I thank you so much for your kindness in featuring me! I hope I don't bore everyone to death. Life IS crazy right now with having just graduated my daughter after 13 years of homeschooling. I'm a little behind on my blog but I'll try to do justice to your questions and not cause everyone to lapse into comas.

Let's see, I am married and have served 23 years of this life sentence. My cellmate and I get along pretty well most days. We put up with each other which qualifies both of us to receive some sort of massive humanitarian award. We have been blessed with two children, one of whom is now an 18-year-old adult and done with high school! That blows my mind. My son is 14 and we all love to laugh and give each other a hard time. It's The Comedy Store around here at some point every day. We have two dogs, JoJo and Minky, and one cat who belongs to my daughter only. She loathes the rest of us.

I am SO not in a coma~I can't imagine a boring day with you! Tell me, on top of spending time with your family, what do you do career wise?

Homeschooling and writing after many years working for Corporate America.

Wow...Corporate America is hard, but homeschooling and writing? Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Do you have any hobbies? [Do you even have time for hobbies?]

Reading by flashlight in bed so my cellmate doesn't stab me with a sharpened plastic spoon from the dining hall.

Sounds like fun! Hee hee...any other fun facts you'd like to share about yourself? Come on, I'm sure there are lots!

I love shaved legs - mine, not my husband's, I started shooting firearms at four and still love it today, I am most content in the bosom of my family, I can't write without a dog laying on at least one foot, and I love to speak in front of a crowd and would like to try acting.

You seem like you'd be great at acting-especially in comedy! Any other hidden talents? Hobbies? Medical Oddities?

I spent 10 years playing guitar in different bands and singing lead vocals. I still sing for fun and occasionally work with an informal singing group - The Boms (Bunch of Moms) and am considering posting one of our performances on my blog. I love Allison Krause and the kids and I just worked out one of her songs yesterday and nailed down the three part harmonies for something we're doing next month. Both my kids play piano and my daughter also plays guitar.

I AM a medical oddity. I have something called Porhyria that few doctors know much about and it has caused me some damage. I have to avoid most medicines as I can't process them due to a missing blood factor. But I find talking about my health to be among the most BORING and TEDIOUS of subjects. It slows me down on some days and stops me on others but I like to blast ahead in between those times. However, when I melt down it's worse than the global warming effect. I cry and carry on and then get over myself.

With all of that on your plate, I'm so glad that you can still carve out time to write. Speaking of, where we can find your writing?

Most of it appears on my blog - Robynn's Ravings. I am working on a few books but have to quit blogging to do them justice and I can't seem to embrace that concept.

You'll definitely have to tell us when you end up publishing! The blog world would miss you terribly, but I'm sure everyone agrees we'd love to hear more from you-your writing is fantastic! What inspires you to write?

I think everyone is entitled to my opinion. And I have so many of them it seems wasteful not to share.

I'm so glad you share with us! Would you like to also share with us your favorite blog posts so far?

I loved writing about our encounter with a bear while camping - "A Bear Market" in three parts - it starts here.

My battle on the front lines of the weight wars was addressed through an article I wrote for a competition. It's called, "Cinderella Is Overrated" (oh! and I won which didn't hurt my feelings.)

A post about my ongoing technology nightmares concerning my blasted bluetooth device was very cleansing for my liver and spleen. It's called "Toothaches and Technology".

And if you like reading about how to make your next medical procedure gangs of fun, go here: "Let The Games Begin!"

Great posts! I love your writing style and humor-that's why I read your blog regularly! Of course, it also makes me curious-what writers (and/or bloggers) do you read regularly?

If you visit my sidebar you'll see them. I really do visit these people regularly and feel disconnected if I don't. Some of them have become true friends. My life is richer for them and I feel that has been the biggest blessing I have received through blogging. I only hang out with the best. Please check them out!

Absolutely! As far as your own blog goes, what are your future plans for your writing/blog?

I want to give people something worth coming for. If I can make them think, or laugh, or reflect, or say, "ME TOO!" then I feel I'm not wasting their time. There is much to see and read out here and when someone is willing to give you a portion of their limited time, that's huge to me. I want to grow the blog through followers so I have a presence in the market. I feel it will help when I hawk my articles or books. Publishers do look for what you've already done. Having more people say they want to keep coming back, by following, causes publishers to believe you are readable and marketable.

Oh, I have no doubt that anyone who reads your blog would know for a fact that you are marketable!

And now, for something completely different.......

Your significant other is going to buy you flowers-would you like dozen roses or a bouquet of wildflowers?

Oh, this is a tough one. I WANT the roses but know what they cost. And since I do the budget for our household, I wouldn't want them to come from a florist. I would immediately see the $60 price tag. Now Costco for $15.00? I could get over that. But wildflowers are free - if you're already driving by.......but if you have to DRIVE to go get them, then there is the cost of the can see that my practical economics is a true nemesis. What I REALLY LONG FOR is romance without budgetary insider information!!

Finish this sentence: When I was 5 I wanted to grow up to be a(n) _____________.

Nurse - then I found out people threw up and that was out.

Best mythical creature-Unicorn or Loch Ness Monster?

Nessie because we are STILL looking for her! That fascinates me.

What famous figure (current or historical) do you most admire and why?

Obviously Christ would come to mind first because he is current AND historical. He is my reason and my hope. I am also greatly moved by anyone - famous or not - who willingly, and with a heart of grace and love, gives of themselves everyday, going forth and facing hard things, and yet does it with humility. I heard someone say once, and I love this, "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less." I want to be that and I love those who are.

You ask incredible questions and seem to have a promising future as a Talk Show host - please replace Jimmy Fallon - hurry. Thank you for this great opportunity and I think my verbose and lengthy answers may QUALIFY for a book so, there you have it. My latest novel....coming to a Dollar Store near you!

Hey Robynn, if you were selling a book I'd buy it! Especially for a dollar-then I could even buy copies for friends! I would also be happy to replace Jimmy Fallon. I may have had a celeb-u-crush on him when I was 14, but I figure I've grown up to be at as least as funny as he is and I'm up at 2 am with The Bean why not make a tidy paycheck. Hee hee.

To Robynn, Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview! And, of course, thank you for following my blog.

To everyone else, I sincerely hope you get a chance to visit Robynn and read more of what this hilarious lady has to say!

[Remember, if you want a chance to be my featured follower on Mommy's Fabulous Find Friday all you have to do is be a follower! If you choose to subscribe in a reader or bookmark my page, you'll have to make sure to leave a comment so that I can include you in the drawing. Thanks everyone!]


Robynn's Ravings said...

I'm so excited!!! Thank you for letting me know and THANK YOU x 10 for all your work in creating this interview and featuring my blog. You are so generous. I hope all my friends from my blog come over and follow YOU! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Wonderful interview! Popped in from SITS!

LadyFi said...

Robynn sent me here! I'm afraid she would end up piercing me with her husband's plastic fork if I didn't come...

Glad I did as I learnt even more oddities about this great lady!

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Daryl said...

Over from Robynn's to read the interview .. good stuff but then I expected no less, your subject is a fascinating accomplished woman!

Cedar ... said...

What a great interview with Robynn!

Fruitcake Sandy said...

"Mommy" I'm so happy to find your blog, I am a deranged ... no, no, noooo, I mean devoted fan of Miss Robynn and most especially consider myself a friend as well. I LOVED your 'interview' spent time to read more of your posts .. Thank you both for a very entertaining post.


Holy Cow! super cute interview Hahaha Leaving some Friday bloggy love from SITS

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing about yourself Robynn -those are some fun facts and you have a wonderful blog :)

JamericanSpice said...

Is it easier when the kids are grown? (um can you tell why I'm asking. lol?)

And reading by flashlight is ubber's like camping at home. Like do you put a sheet over you? lol

I want to learn to handle a gun. The husband promises to teach me and take me with him to his range. I hope to go soon.

Oooh I love music. I haven't learned an instrument though and think I'll do this soon or teach myself. However I want my kids to learn one or two instruments.

You are one cool woman. I enjoyed your interview. It was real.

Can't wait to promote your book/s!

Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm so glad that you chose to interview Robynn. I got hooked when I read her Blue Tooth post, and now, I can't imagine my life without her!

I'm looking forward to your next Fabulous Find Friday!

Muthering Heights said...

I'm going to take this opportunity to say that I love your new look!

I do miss the cupcakes though...

Jenny said...

Great interview! Robynn, you are hilarious! I'm off to check out your blog.

MrsM said...

Robynn's Ravings-No, thank YOU for doing the interview! I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to get to know you better :)

The Blonde Duck-Thanks for stopping by again.

LadyFi-Hee hee...I'm glad you came. As I'm sure you already know, Robynn's a neat lady.

Daryl-I whole heartedly agree! Thanks for stopping by :)

Cedar-Thank you. She did most of the work. And thank you for visiting as well.

Fruitcake Sandy-I also read Robynn. A lot. In a totally healthy way of course. Thanks for reading my blog too!

AB Home Interiors-Thank you for stopping by again!

Angela & JamericanSpice-I think those comments are mostly to Robynn, so I'll be sure to let her know that they're here :)

Neas Nuttiness-Me too! Thank you, right? I certainly hope to see you back next Friday (or any day in between!).

Muthering Heights-Thank you! I don't think I gave it enough of an're the only one who has noticed! The cupcakes will be back next Spring at the very least. I loved them too!

Jenny-Thanks. I just wanted to do Robynn justice. I hope you enjoyed her blog!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview! Off to check out your fab find! Thanks for dropping by my blog on my FB day over at SITS! Have an AWESOME weekend!

P.S. I'm following you now!

Future Mama said...

Cute interview!I think it's funny she wanted to be a nurse until she realized people threw up and she may have to clean it up, haha! I hate puke too!

MrsM said...

Confessionsofacountrygirl-Thank you for following :) I look forward to getting to know you better!

FutureMama-Hubby HATES puke too. Just the thought of someone else throwing up makes him throw up. He was miserable during my pregnancies!