A Little Back Story

I am a writer, poet, and single mother of three. I am a high school English teacher; hence, I don’t blog as much as I used to and desperately want to. I was a Girl Scout for 8 years, a Girl Scout leader for 2, and now a Cub Scout leader for 9. I have taught every age group from 4 to freshman in college.

I am a feminist, an environmentalist, a liberal, and a liberal Catholic.  I grew up in a dual-religious, dual senses-of-humor, and  dual-political household, which gave me a healthy open-mind.  While I inherited my father’s sense of humor, I inherited my mother’s lack of tact.  I am an avid reader and talker, so I don’t plan on running out of things to say.  And I do contradict myself at times.  I am also one of the world’s worst spellers, so please have mercy if I forget to spell check.

I was born and raised in Arizona.  So, yes, I do know how to ride a horse and shoot a gun.  No, we didn’t own a horse, and my father was a cop, not a hunter.   I have a strong dislike for snakes, spiders, scorpions, and cactus.  I hate cactus so much.  I moved to Southern California for college and met my ex before I could escape.  The weather’s nice, and they have Disneyland, but the culture was slowly killing me.  After a whirlwind of discussing, planning, packing, we moved to Arizona, where we are close to the most favorite people in my boys ‘ world, their beloved Papi, Grandma, and Uncles.  I’ve been separated since November 2010 and officially divorced since June 2014. I’m having a real hard time inserting a joke here. I’m a high school English teacher, and I love my job but would love to work for more than pennies. Due to the last two facts, joke aside, I live with parents with shared custody of my boys.

Important Facts: I have seen every Simpsons’ episode.  I have my degree in Creative Writing (which may explain why I didn’t have a bustling career before I became a stay at home mom).  I have too many favorite books to count.  I can read palms.  I’m completely curious about everything.  I enjoy creating whether it’s a craft or a new dish.  I have met only a few desserts I didn’t like.  I am a night person forced to be a morning person.

The other characters:

Tornado E: He’s 14 now. He loves video games and drawing. He plays the drums.  Not quite the daredevil he used to be, he insists on doing everything right the first time and never asking questions or help.  He’s too smart for his own good, has a natural sense of comedic timing, and loves to read and create.  His head is filled with stories and plans.  He’s a numbers guy and loves science.  He’s a talker like his Mommy and has the energy to fuel a small city.

Tornado S:  He’s 12.  He loves Star Wars, Sith Lords, villains, pirates, and dragons.   While he might like villains, he has a gentle heart and never stops smiling.  He loves to do slap-stick comedy and is currently working on his sarcasm. Like his older brother, he tends to know way too much.  He’s lovably odd, doing things that of-course-he-did-that-because-he’s-Tornado-S. He’s great at math and loves science.  He too is a talker like his Mommy.

Tornado A:  He’s 9 going on 16.  He truly believes he can do everything his brothers can do.  He loves Star Wars, swords, Legos, video games, proving his brothers wrong.  He has a collection of babies (small stuffed animals) and a big huge teddy bear named Bobby. He loves them all as a dad. He likes math and science. Spelling and reading come easy to him.  He’s frighteningly smart, like way-way too smart, like I-want-to-cry too smart.  This one might have me undone. Like his brothers, he’s a talker too.


27 Responses to “A Little Back Story”

  1. 6crowley9 Says:

    Hey Faemom, I think you commented my blog a week or so ago and just to let you know (if it was you) I have quite a few more posts since you last left a comment.

    On a different point I was interested to read about you on your page as you mentioned you grew up in a dual-religious and dual-political household and I would be interested to find out what they both were.

    Also you said you are a liberal Catholic and you can read palms it always facinatesd me to find out about the different beliefs of liberal theists and I wondered if you could tell me any other interesting beliefs you have that might differ from the orthodox ‘typical’ Roman Catholic?



  2. faemom Says:

    Well, it was me, and you do have some interesting posts. I found it amusing that Goth led you too Witchcraft. I found Witchcraft by following the books of fortune reading, learning what I wasn’t suppose to know. I plan on continuing to read your blog.

    As for my dual up-bringing, my mom’s a Democrat, and my dad’s a Republican. No surprises there. They lean close to the middle, but I do remember a few political arguments when I was younger. Of course, my mom is disappointed that none of us kids registered Democrat. Both my brothers are registered Republican, and I registered Independent. As for the religions, my mom is Roman Catholic, and my dad is Nazarene. I think they are pretty liberal compared to the rest of their religions. They are both pro-choice, anti-converting, and feel that most people are going to heaven.

    As for me, as a liberal Catholic, I’m defiantly closer to the Mother than is probably safe for a Catholic, believing that we don’t know what form God is. (My best friend thought God was a big, black woman that called him “honey child.”) I am pro-choice. I do believe women should be priests, and that there should be real thought and discussion to see if priests can marry. (Right now I think the work load is too much for a married priest with a family; if this opened up for more priests and lighten the duties, then yes, find love and marry.) I believe that Hell is really a place that the soul creates in the agony of realizing the horrors that soul inflicted on other people. I tend to believe the Mary had other children, that Jesus was probably married with kids, that there are several roads to God. Finally I don’t think any one has the right to refuse to give you Eucharist (the communion bread after it was blessed) because of your political beliefs or your married status. Oh, yes, I do believe magick. What else are miracles and answered prayers? Call it what you will, but we are magickal beings.

    Now I guess I should duck and cover for anything coming my way.
    Merry Met, Crowley.

  3. outside voice Says:

    I like how you put “I have seen every Simpson episode” under important facts. Awesome! 🙂

  4. faemom Says:

    Well, it is an important fact. My college best friend and I quoted different Simosins episodes for the entire four hour road trip we were on. I think our other friend was ready to throw herself out the window.

  5. GoodEnoughWoman Says:

    Hi, Faemom! I’m going to spend more time poking around your blog since Outside Voice talks about you so much.

    Speaking of football, what is you husband’s team? My husband is a Broncos man.

  6. faemom Says:

    Thank you. Outside Voice rocks my world. My husband is a fan of the 49ers and . . . um . . . er . . . Chargers. I know there was recent bad blood between the teams, and he is more for the Chargers now that he owns season tickets. How fanatical is your husband?

  7. GoodEnoughWoman Says:

    I would say that he is more committed than fanatical. He has learned to shake his bad mood (after a loss) fairly quickly. But I am grateful that he doesn’t feel the need to watch ALL football games. Although we’re thinking of getting cable, so that might all change. For the worse.

  8. faemom Says:

    Cable doesn’t have the block of football games that satalite does, so you may be safe. But they do have the NFL network, which was made only to ruin marriages like mine. Honestly who cares about a Superbowl game in 1981? My husband is getting worse thanks to the tickets; he is not allowed to cross the line of face-painiting/dressing in costume and/or going to away games.

  9. megan Says:

    Good reading over here! I found you through a comment on a blog who commented on a blog who commented on a blog that I check regularly. Keep it up!

  10. faemom Says:

    Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

  11. w Says:

    Hi, I just came across your blog in a ramdom search. Interesting to hear a view with someone with two boys compared to my two girls.

    Your blog is pretty intertaining…

    “to many favorite books to count, only met a few desserts you don’t like, palm reader and curious about everything” we have a few things in common. ok I don’t read palms but I wish someone would read mine.

  12. faemom Says:

    W, I’m glad to meet you. I hope I can keep you amused 🙂

  13. naptimewriting Says:

    Responding to a gutsy post over at another blog in which you bared your soul today. Heart aches for you. Take a deep breath and know we’re with you.

  14. Eric Richardville Says:

    You have a wonderful blog. I love the message and spirit that you bring, simply wonderful.

  15. faemom Says:

    naptime~ Thanks. That means a lot.
    Eric~ Thanks.

  16. Christina Baglivi Tinglof Says:

    Found your blog on a random search, too. Like your style. We have much in common, except I moved to CA, met my man, and stayed! (But I miss East Coast pizza.)

  17. faemom Says:

    Thank you. I hear East Coast pizza is amazing.

  18. rubytwoshoes Says:

    I have followed some links to this here blog and enjoyed myself a wry smile. I feel particularly bonded to you (not in a weird, over familiar way. honestly) over this single comment:
    I have my degree in Creative Writing (which may explain why I didn’t have a bustling career before I became a stay at home mom)…..
    I too have a new baby post non bustling career as a result of artistic degree. i actually find it kinda weird, like I never really found my label pre ‘mum’.
    I am also new to the blooging world, both the reading of and the writing. i am going to link to yr blog from mine, which is rubytwoshoes.wordpress.com

  19. imthemama Says:

    I am very much enjoying reading your words. Your little one sounds an awful lot like mine. The joys of parenting boys!

  20. mclainmommy Says:

    Love the tone of your writing!! I am a mother of four awesome kids – 2 boys and 2 girls (ages 5, 3, 2, and 2 months)…so I can relate to your life! I also have a deep love of writing, although my degrees are in Education. Looking forward to reading more on your blog. 🙂

  21. theworldaccordingtomax Says:

    Hi Fae! Always glad to find another mom whose tongue is firmly planted in her cheek and can find the funny in motherhood. I keep my sanity dealing with a wild and crazy Sensory Seeker (she has Sensory Processing Disorder) by focusing more on the funny things in her unique view of the world instead of the bad days. Come by and share a giggle or two! http://theworldaccordingtomax.wordpress.com/

  22. ReadersHeaven Says:

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  23. linzfrentrop Says:

    Hi! I forgot how I found your blog, I was browsing tags, I think yours was under “family”. Anyway, your posts are so entertaining! I have 3 boys too. Mine are 9, 5, and 3. Thanks for being so honest in your storytelling…I appreciate it when mommy-bloggers aren’t all sappy about parenting. Its the hardest yet most rewarding job of all time, and I like to read stories about the journey! I’ll be linking to your site so I can come back often!

  24. pamelazimmer Says:

    Hi, I really love your blog, especially the way you write out the conversations you have with your “tornadoes!” 🙂 I’d like to give you the Liebster Blog Award. I hope you accept. Click here to learn more… http://pamelazimmer.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/thank-you-cutecoconut-for-the-liebster-blog-award/
    Looking forward to more from you! 🙂

  25. Mama's Boys Says:

    I love your stories! I am also a mom of boys and just started a blog about them at http://momofboys322.wordpress.com. I call my two Boy Wonder M and Boy Wonder E! Thanks for sharing!

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