About Me!

I am the Mommy of an 11-year old budding musician, singer, dancer, writer, baby rock star, spelling genius, swim team, violinist socialite.  Oh yeah, I’m B’s Mommy.  Wait, I should probably define myself by some of MY own characteristics.  However, I think my biggest trait is that I’m a super Mommy to B.  I’m her personal assistant, her confidante, her disciplinarian (and I’m pretty strict), her workout buddy, her cuddle buddy, and still “Mom-Mom”.  (And I’m hopelessly enamored of her, if you hadn’t noticed).  She’s the coolest and most amazing little person I know.  Actually, the most amazing person I know.  And it’s a cliche, but I’ve learned more from her than she will ever learn from me.

I’m a full-time research scientist working in the field of immunology.  When I was a single-mommy, I also taught Chemistry part-time at the local state university and free-lanced for a local paper in addition to my science.  I’ve nearly completed my Masters Degree in teaching, to compliment my Bachelors in Biology/Chemistry, but won’t finish it, because I’d have to quit my awesome full-time job in order to student teach and finish the degree up. (Update, I took a teaching job in a local high-school teaching Chemistry and Physics and can’t wait to be done with it and go back to the above-mentioned fabulous job-note to self:  always trust your instincts). (Additional note to self:  can’t wait to be doing real science again!).

I married a wonderful man in January of 2008, and I’m still adjusting to that.  It’s hard to actually decrease your independence and when you are married to someone who loves to nurture and take care of you, you have to let the guard down a little.

I’m a full-time Step-Mom to a 8- year old little boy, who I’m learning more about all the time!  We’ve learned how much alike we really are, over the last 3+ years and he seems very happy to have us around.

I love our house and working on our house and just being there in general.  I can’t wait to start working in my gardens once the rest of the snow is gone.  I love fine wine, anything athletic (especially running, rollerblading, snowboarding, swimming, biking…).  I love, love, love boating with my husband-especially on our kid-free weekends.  It’s like a fabulous weekend date where we re-connect.  Sometimes I get to blend two of my faves and we paddle to shore from our boat and do a trail run while out on the lake!  I’m a girly girl about some things, like my Chanel No. 5, and my lip gloss and my Louis Vuitton, but can get down and dirty hiking the Adirondack 46.  (Yeah, we live in NY).  I’m rather OCD, ok, very OCD, but I’ve always been that way and to me it’s just normal.  I’m pretty ADD, but I’ve always been that too, and really work around it and compensate for it.  I know my limits.

I’m a voracious reader.  It’s built into every day.  My husband calls me Curious George and that’s true.  I want to know everything!  I get up half an hour early each morning so I have time to read during my breakfast.

Organ donation is a cause dear to our hearts, since my husband donated a lung lobe to his best friend in 1999.  We are Catholics (although I also study Buddhist theology and find much comfort in the teachings), raising Christian children and live in a wonderful neighborhood with great families around us.

It’s a charmed life.  It really is.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 10:15:14

    I’m just trying to locate where this is on my page to see if I need to move it!

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  2. modernsinglemomma
    May 04, 2008 @ 03:05:40

    Hi Shannon!
    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog …I’m in Hawaii right now and the pic you have on your header looks exactly like where I am at =)
    So glad to “meet you”!

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  3. Dr. Paul
    May 13, 2008 @ 01:55:33

    Shannon, thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I’m always thrilled to find people out there having meaningful discussions about parenting and life as a parent – it can be thankless at times, but is the most important job in the world!

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  4. QTMama
    May 30, 2008 @ 13:46:37

    I’m digging the blog Shannon! Had to come by, of course!

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  5. Mimi
    Jun 13, 2008 @ 15:36:22

    I’m enjoying our back and forth visits here on each other’s blogs. Hey, we have to do something with all of this, right?! So, we blog!

    Reply

  6. evanbabes
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 02:09:22

    Your job must be wonderful. At one point my 7 year old daughter wanted to be a scientist too. You have a nice blog.

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  7. Tricia
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 17:08:10

    Hey – I LOVE your blog! You just left me a comment on mine – I’m Irishsamom. (Tricia) aka Mom, Mommy, MOMMY! It’s refreshing to see how your way of writing and mine seem to be linked. I am also happy to see someone come through the other side of single parenting. I am seperated for almost two years now and struggle sometimes with the “overwhelmingness” of being alone after thirteen years of marriage. But, in some respects, I think I’ve rediscovered myself and my passions. (OK, it’s taking some time…). And it would appear that you have one of those fine, sensitive beautiful girls in your world too – my daughter is definitely one of a kind. I hope that you don’t mind if I add you to my blog list and stay in touch! Nice to “meet” you – you follow quite a few of the same blogs as I do! 🙂 Have a great weekend! Tricia 🙂

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    • Shannon
      Apr 27, 2009 @ 13:22:14

      I added you to my blogroll! We have lots in common and I’m a avid follower of Nate and Tricia and Gwyneth’s story too. I’ll keep checking, your site is beautiful!

      Reply

  8. stepmomof3
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 09:07:02

    Hi Shannon, it’s Lisa over from “The Stepmother’s Secret.” Thanks for your words of encouragement and praise. I’m going to love reading your blog here. Let’s keep in touch!

    Reply

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