Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet the Blogger: Elaina

Shelle Edit: So Elaina was the winner of the contest we had about a month and a half ago.  Her prize was to be spot lighted here on the Real World!  I'm sure she was super excited! hehe.  Anyway, I wanted to say Elaina is one of the most well spoken bloggers I have come across.  She has very specific views on about everything and you can tell has educated herself to defend her position.  I love her comments here and am so glad we have the opportunity to point people to her blog.  Read a bit about her and then hop over to her site!  I don't think you'll regret it.


Name: Elaina

Age: 24

Kids #, age, sex: Abigail is almost 3, and Holton (a boy, if it wasn’t obvious) is 1

Maritial status: Married

1. How many years in your current relationship: 6.5 years, and our 5th wedding anniversary is next month

2. Have you ever been divorced?: Nope

3. What do you do for work: I'm a SAHM, so I pretty much sit around and eat bons bons, and let my kids watch lots of TV and jump on their beds.

4. Education: I'm taking part-time classes this fall, and starting full-time in the spring(guess the bon bon days will be over!). I hope to have my BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) within 2 years

5. Blogs you contribute to: pretty much just this one, and my own.

main blog: Monologue - the title is inspired by a Margaret Millar quote: "Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses."

6. Religion: Agnostic

7. Political affiliation: (republican, democrat, libertarian): If pressed on a candidate, I'm likely to vote Democrat.

8. Basic philosophical leaning: (liberal, conservative, confused): Pretty moderate, actually. I'm socially liberal but fiscally conservative.

9. What is your motto in life?: I have two: "Live and let live", and "Be who you want your children to become"

10. Who has had the most influence in your life?: I would love to write something inspirational here, but I think I'm pretty much self-made. I'm far more likely to turn inward in times of crisis than I am to reach out.

11. Why did you start Blogging? (100 words or less): I actually started blogging early this year, after a visit with some family. I realized how different I am from them all, and I started to wonder why. I've used my blog to explore myself, I guess. Now, I’m so happy that I did, because I’ve learned so much about myself, and I’ve made a few really good friends in the blogosphere that I never would have known otherwise.

*What is the most favorite post you have written on any blog you contribute to?: This one, about why I miss being a Christian: , and this one, about growing up in an unhappy home:

12. Tell us in 100 words about your current relationship: I’ve written a little about it here, but I’m an Army Spouse of 4 years. My husband and I met right after I graduated high school, and we got married the following November. We had a miscarriage in our first year of marriage, and have two children; we don’t plan to have any more. We’ve done one 15 month deployment, and in almost 5 years of marriage, we’ve spent 27 months apart. Still, we make it work, and aside from a few rough patches here and there, we’re pretty happy. He’s a good guy, and I think we’re lucky to have one another.

13. BONUS or OPTIONAL: Tell us something we need to know about you that we haven't covered above. 50 words or less: I grew up in an emotionally abusive home, and ran away from home at 16, with my 4 year old brother. We moved into my aunt’s house, and it was, hands down, the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish I still had that kind of strength, but I think I’ve lost it.


Purple Cow said...

She seems really interesting...I especially espouse her motto "Be who you want your children to become." Bravo to her! I'm off to check out her site!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I try to live that everyday. Sometimes I fall short, but like Ms. O'Hara says, tomorrow's another day!

Vodka Logic said...

I like your reason for blogging I can so relate to being different.

Gucci Mama said...

Um, I'm confused. Shouldn't the answer to "Who has had the most influence in your life?" have been, ah, GUCCI MAMA? Sheesh!

Love me some Elaina. You are the fabulous, baby. I'm SO glad we've gotten to know each other these past few months!

wendy said...

Always nice to know the inside things about the people who participate on this blog.

It is those inside things.....that make us who we are and thereby inspire the comments we leave on all the different topics.

always good to learn from each other.

Anonymous said...

Vodka: Thank you, and I love your name...and vodka :)

GM: Didn't you see my bon bon comment? That was allllll for you! And you know I love me some Gucci. In fact, sometimes I think you're my best friend, and you orchestrated this whole "pretend to be a blogger in California" thing as a prank :)

Wendy: I agree, it's always good to learn, and a little perspective about why people say and do the things they say and do goes along way!

Gucci Mama said...

I figured those bon bons were for me! How I WISH we lived closer!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Elaina is pretty awesome! I love that you and Gucci Mama are such good friends and yet disagree on a lot! That's what makes the internet world so freaking cool.

Anonymous said...

If we agreed on everything, it'd be really boring. What would we talk about, aside from how awesome we are? Then again, that might provide enough conversation topic to last for a while...

Adan said...

"I ran away from home with my 4 year old brother." Thanks takes balls and courage! I applaud you. Glad you have made a life that was positive and you broke the cycle.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, TQ. It seemed to give my mother the strength to follow suit; she is now divorced and happily living in Virginia. In fact, I'm sitting on her couch right now, watching Sesame Street with my kids.

DCHY said...

Kudos for standing up and doing the right thing. Nice to meet you, Elaina. :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it was "the right thing" if you look at it in black and white terms, but if was definitely the right thing for me, and as much as it hurt my mother at the time, I don't regret it; I still think it's the best thing I've ever done for myself.

Nice to meet you too!

nitebyrd said...

Hello, Elaina! You sound like you're still a very strong person.

Gucci Mama said...

I think it would take us YEARS to exhaust the topic of how awesome we are. Seriously.