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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

To Dispel Any Rumors....

...that I have it all together, I should probably let you in on the truth about me.  I can come across as a goody-goody, although I much prefer the term "recovering perfectionist".  I really am working on it.  Allow me to give you some proof:

  • There are about 5 spit-up stains on my living room rug, but am I doing anything about it?  No, because no one is coming over any time soon.  
  • My son peed in his bed, and I let him sleep in it the following night because it had dried.  
  • The birthday presents that I buy are usually the cheapest at the parties.  
  • I drink alcohol while I'm breastfeeding (a glass of wine here and there).
  • I know that lentils give Isaac gas, but I eat them anyway because they're good.
  • I yell at my kids.
  • I yell at my husband.
  • Michael and I fight several times a week.
  • I have an unhealthy fear of home invasions, so I leave the alarm on all day long and I plan out in my head what I would do several times a day if it were to happen.
  • I break wind in front of my husband and kids.
  • I cuss.
  • I hide my inbox under my bed when company comes over because it's a hot mess of crap and it clutters up my countertop.  
  • Laundry sits on my table for days on end, until Michael can't take it anymore.
  • I watch too much TV.
  • I'm decisive rash.
  • Oh, and maybe I overreact just a tad a lot to criticism.  
I never really thought I'd have to convince people of that.  That even sounds braggadocio (wow, what a snooty word choice), but if you really knew me, you'd know that I'm just happy to have come a long way.  

I grew up a white trash kid on the Southside of San Antonio.  Then we moved to the country and lived out many stereotypes that I'd like to forget.  And that's why I'm a recovering perfectionist.  I want to get as far away from my upbringing as possible because it sucked and it was embarrassing.  

So if I come across as judgmental or like I'm bragging, would you just please try and believe the best about me?  (That's not supposed to sound as desperate and needy as it does.)  I'm not trying to rub anything in anyone's face.  I'm just really happy that my life doesn't suck anymore.  I'm thrilled to have a man in my life that doesn't call me worthless everyday.  I'm thrilled that I don't have to say 5 Hail Mary's when I'm checking out at the grocery store, hoping that I don't have to put anything back.  I'm happy that I have a house that I'm proud to have people visit that doesn't smell of smoke and cat piss.  

I'm proud of my life, but you don't have to see that as an indictment on your life.  Just be happy for this little white trash girl from the Southside of San Antonio.  She overcame a lot of odds.

Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Gosh, Annie, I love how unpretentious you are. And I love that you're going to continue the blog. It's so REFRESHING!!!

  2. I laughed out loud at your list. :-) Thanks for sharing <3

  3. Thanks, y'all. :) It's nice to get positive feedback after putting myself out there. Haha.

  4. after reading this list, we're kinda twins. except i only have one kid so maybe there are like three stains on my rug from spit up instead of your 5. but whatev. we'll catch up. for sure.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, y'all! Meredith, you're just about cute as a button! Great blog! Joann, I'm headed to yours now!

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following along!!! I love this post - your honesty is AWESOME!!! Its so funny how things we write can suddenly be turned into something they were never intended to be. Can't wait to follow along with your blog:)

  7. Now THAT was a blog post, my dear!:)

  8. I love this! I'm here from Sarah's blog...and I live in Arlington, too! Great post. :)

    My husband and I were talking last night about how one of our friends always replies to my positive comments about him with a negative comment about her husband. We were wondering if maybe she didn't understand that it isn't that I think my husband is perfect, it's that I try to share the best of him with our friends. It's sort of a hard balance sometimes. (My point is, I can relate a little to what you're saying!)

  9. It would seem that we're kindred spirits! I am so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't have it all together. I haven't read back to see who was being critical and all that (but I will because one of my faults is that I'm horribly nosey), but can I just say one thing? (I'm not actually asking permission, but just trying to be polite. ;)) It is OKAY to be happy, content, proud (in a way that's not, you know, prideful), confident, strong, and all that. It is OKAY. In fact, it's great! My life is pretty darn great right now, too, and I make no apologies for it. Heck, I paid my dues!

    Hugs and blessings,

  10. Thanks Sarah, Megan, and Tyler! For the record, I really do screw up a lot and don't take people's feelings into consideration. I think that's a big weakness of mine. I'm working on empathy. :( It doesn't come naturally to me.

    Megan, you look VERY familiar. I'm trying to place you. Let me read up on your blog some, and it will come to me.

  11. I just visited your blog and I am so glad I did. I now have it bookmarked.

  12. My public blog is pretty...slow (like I haven't posted on it since January). I can invite you to our "real" blog, if you'd like, though. I went to MHS and FBC. I played soccer, I was in band, etc. :)

  13. I love it! And I can totally agree relate with almost all of your imperfections :)

    Especially the home invasion one...our house was broken into once and I will NEVER live the same again. I live in fear constantly. It SUCKS!

    Anyway- I'm definitely gonna become a follower- love your sassy attitude!

  14. I love it and I'm happy for you!! :)

  15. I wish I had gotten to know you better at Harbor. Reading your blog, you seem to be a lot of fun and my kind of person! I enjoyed reading this piece and learning more about you... but it was almost like reading my own life story (without that breastfeeding part tho... LOL!).

  16. I'm so mad that all of the rest of my comments got deleted! Thanks for nothing, Blogger! (Blogger was down for a day or two and deleted a bunch of stuff.) Well, anyway, I read them all, and I just wanted to say thanks for the kind words! I'm really blessed.

  17. I'm sad about the comments, too! But I'm happy to have found your blog!

  18. I loved this post!!! You are refreshingly honest. :) We share some of the same things on that list. ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Haha. Don't worry about the cussing part. I'm sure I out-cuss you, with me being in the army and all. :) I drop the f bomb a lot!

  21. P/S: The anonymous writer above is Esther, btw. :)

  22. From one white trash sister to another, loved your post!!!! Kathy

  23. Love this! Love your blog! I can totally relate...breastfeeding, white trash, three boys, and all! You seem like such a fun person! :)

  24. I think we are related. Or maybe the same person?! Geez, you sound like me. Down to the smoke and cat piss-smelling house growing up. (Serious.) What a great post!!

  25. Great post. I am coming over from Thrifty Decor Chick.

  26. Thanks for the honesty...but I never would have thought of you as white trash...of course we all have our own definition of what that means...but your honesty is really appreciated and makes me want to know the happy Annie .... more...I love you sweetie..Aunt Diane

  27. I came over to your blog from a comment you posted on Jacy's blog with a link to this post. Gosh, I LOVED it! It made me want to be your friend even though I haven't read much else of your blog. It's just so nice that other women, as beautiful and put-together and incredible like you, are REAL! For me, I haven't washed my hair in 3 days. I am working on not being so skeptical and paranoid about people in my life. I get impatient and frustrated when I feel people are overtly ignorant or dense. And I rarely wash my bed sheets. Very rarely.

    Thank you, and I look forward to being your friend.

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