“No, it’s not right for my idiom!”

I’ve come to a conclusion about myself and this blog.

I think I’m boring.

I don’t have a thing. When I say thing, I mean that I’ve got nothing very different in my life to be writing about. I’m not battling infertility. I don’t have twins. I don’t live in New York City and have an incredibly cute diva-in-training daughter. I’m not stuck between two countries. And my kids are too young to ask questions of or be involved in organized sports.

In short, I got nothing, people.

I am oh-so-very normal. I have a stable marriage with a good guy (who does nearly everything I tell him to, ha ha), two easily conceived, healthy and developmentally on track children (one of each, even!), and though I continually have to remind myself that I am a lonely red dot in a very blue area, I continue on quite normally. Sure, I get in the occasional fights with UPS, Target, or the doctor’s office over bad billing, but who doesn’t?

Now, I’m not stopping the blog or anything. No one panic – everything’s staying put. I’m just trying to think of new ways to make my blog stand out among all the other blogs out there. Here are a few ideas that I’ve come up with:

Have contests. For instance, if you haven’t noticed, the last few blog posts have movie quotes for titles. I’ll do one more tomorrow, and then you can all email me at deannascorner-dot-blog-at-gmail-dot-com (replacing the dots and at with the appropriate symbols) with the movie title for each quote. You will have until Monday morning. The person who gets them all correct will win some kind of prize (I haven’t decided what yet, and it could be lame – you’ve been warned). If more than one person has all the right answers, I’ll make the Munchkin draw names out of a hat. So, there’s one idea in motion.

Go back to work. Because there’s nothing like lousy co-workers to make for good blog fodder. And to top it off, then I’d get to talk about daycare issues, because the kids need someone to watch them during the day!

Pick up a new hobby and start spreading the gospel about it. As if I haven’t already dedicated myself to rubber stamps and all of the many things that go with that, I could find something new and different to try. I could learn to make my own flies for fly-fishing. I could learn to repair guns. I could spend all my time on eBay dealing in exotic woods (hey, that would make my Dad happy). I could register myself on Wikipedia and dedicate my spare time to cleaning up all the Star Wars entries. I could learn to change the oil in my own car. I could start day-trading. With all the spare time I have to work with while the kids nap, the possibilities are endless!

Put the kids out to work. My kids are cute. I think it’s time to make that cuteness work for us. It’s time to sign these children up for modeling! Can you just imagine all the great stories I’ll get from dealing with stage parents? Or, better yet, I should start entering the Munchkin in beauty pageants! Her talent? Wrestling might be good. Hmm. They don’t consider being potty-trained a talent, do they?

Start collecting something. I’ve been watching too much “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS. I should start hunting for that elusive jackpot of an antique. Or just amass a big collection of – something – and let it take over my house. Then I let the video cameras in to record the insanity for television.

Become a polygamist. I think I’d like to be a “senior” wife and let someone else deal with the Webmaster’s snoring for a change. It might not be such a bad deal. (Now I’ll get to see the Google searches for this! Ha!)

As you can see, there are many things that I could do to spice up the blog and make it really stand out. But when I can’t even decide what to do with my hair (to cut or not to cut, that is STILL the question), the likelihood of me shaking up the status quo around here is pretty close to zero. Besides, diapers still have to get changed. Dishes have to get washed. Laundry has to get done, and there is no laundry fairy. Just me.

But, as you can see, I’m open to suggestions. Let me know if you’ve got any. In the meantime, I’ll be creating the cards for my first stamp camp and keeping the Munchkin from clobbering Baby Boy over the head with her baseball bat.

7 Responses to ““No, it’s not right for my idiom!””

  1. Erin
    June 1st, 2006 06:40

    I think we all believe that our lives are ‘boring’. We all have laundry, dishes, diapers, etc. Some of us get to have sweet little baby coos (you!), some of us get to experience the joy of our children develop on track (most of us!), some of us deal with the challenges of children, be it conceiving them or helping them grow.

    Although I don’t know you very well, I believe that you are probably a very witty, caring, smart, strong woman. Your children are obviously wonderful too! You are a good mommy. A good wife. And, I think I can forgive you for being a ‘red dot’ 😉 LOL

    Normal life makes for the best posts. Keep up the good work!

  2. Busy Mom
    June 1st, 2006 07:26

    With very few exceptions, I don’t think anyone’s life is all that exciting. That’s why we read each other’s blogs to make sure we’re not missing anything!

  3. Handy Girl
    June 1st, 2006 14:51

    So how boring does that make my life when looking forward to reading your blog is often the highlight of my day?

    If you REALLY want to add a little excitement to your life, you could always encourage the Webmaster to follow through with his threat to tear down the house and rebuild it bigger. Think of all the stories you could post about the wonderous workings and sheer model of efficiency of the County Plans Review Department. And then there are all the subcontractors that are only available to do your project because everyone else refused to hire them. You could provide us with YEARS of entertainment! 🙂

    By the way, I have figured out all three of the movie titles so far (but I had to cheat a little bit to get two of them).

  4. Mormondaddy
    June 1st, 2006 17:26

    A blog doesn’t need a gimmick. Good, interesting writing works just fine! You seem to do that well enough!

    Besides, your blog should be for you! If you are happy to be writing, the rest of us will be happy to be reading!

    Keep up the good work Deanna!

  5. MetroDad
    June 1st, 2006 21:24

    Hey! Normalcy is a GOOD thing, Deanna! Besides, I enjoy reading your blog. However, I do have ONE caveat. You turn this site into a knitting blog? We’re breaking up!

  6. DozeyMagz
    June 2nd, 2006 02:39

    The most interesting and wonderful blogs are about normal, everyday lives. They’re the blogs that we keep coming back to because when we are feeling bogged down with all the daily stuff – laundry, washing dishes,making dinner changing nappies etc, these blogs remind us that all these things are precious and can be funny and that there’s someone on the other side of the world doing the same stuff, having the same frustrations and tearing their hair out – maybe even at the same time! Blogging seems to make us see all this normality in a slightly different way, and we can magically turn those mundane things into something funny and special.
    I think your blog is just great as it is! Thanks for sharing your not-so-boring life with us all!

  7. L.
    June 4th, 2006 09:13

    I love it how you rank “go back to work” right up there on the same list of interesting possibilities as “become a polygamist.”

    I never noticed you were boing, but… perhaps that says just as much about me as it does about you.

    Just keep it coming!