I hold many titles such as mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, but I am known best as Lisa. I am a registered dental hygienist, and I’ve been in dentistry for 20 year. Teeth are my favorite, and anything that has to do with teeth. When I was in school I had a book open to a picture of a normal tongue, my husband almost threw up at the site. It’s all very fascinating to me though.
I was certified a few years ago to apply permanent make-up. This is basically a tattoo. I have left my mark on many of my friends and family. My only tattoos are my eyeliner (I should have done it years earlier, it’s great!), my lipstick (I don’t look dead when I wake up now) and my eyebrows (just filling in the areas that are thin.
I grew up in a small town that is not so small anymore. My parents could always find out what I was doing as they grew up there too and now I am in their shoes! It drives my kids nuts that I know things and they can not figure out how. I see someone I know or went to school with almost everywhere I go. That doesn’t happen in big cities and I have no desire to move to one. In fact I don’t want to move period. All my siblings move A LOT! I have been married 20 years and in that time we have lived in two houses. My sisters have lived in more homes than I can count. I can’t do it. I like things to stay the same. Not to mention we fixed our house up and I like how we have it.
I used to be a neat freak but not so much anymore. I would make my bed just so and if anyone sat on it I would know. My sister would sit on it just to wrinkle it and make me mad. I am organized but it doesn’t look that way. I have piles, but I know exactly what is in each pile. My family laughs at me because I don’t throw many things away. I usually think I’ll need it again someday. My husband says I am saving a scrap of paper in the off-chance my great great grandchild may one day want it. I’m not that bad!
I love researching genealogy and I often think due to the research side of it that maybe I would be a good private detective. I have become pretty good at finding living people through really old records. I’ve found cousins I never knew existed and actually got to know them from half way across the country. I love the challenge of it all and the history I find along the way.
I’m a chronic over volunteerer. I don’t say no to anything. Therefore, I was a PTA officer for years, including president, currently I’m the Cubmaster for the pack my youngest son is in, previously I was his den leader, and an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout troop my oldest son is in. I am finally learning to say “NO” and am in the process of cutting back to what is more essential and/or beneficial to the kids, my husband and myself.
My role as a wife changed a few years ago to one of somewhat of a caregiver for my husband. He has chronic migraines and is in chronic pain. This has changed our family dynamics some. It’s a role I never expected and most people don’t face until they are much older. He is not totally dependent on me. There are many things now that he just can’t do though. I take care of prescriptions’ appointments, what meds he has taken or checking on how they are doing for him, advocating for him at the doctor’s office.
In the midst of all my other duties, volunteering and family life I went back to school. Currently I have two Associates degrees and recently completed my Bachelors. I’ve recently started on my Masters now. I don’t know if I love school or I’m just a glutton for punishment.
My family growing up was sarcastic and full of dry humor. If you don’t get dry humor you are missing out! It is hard to take if you don’t understand it though. I love it! I’m married to a man who has a very dry sense of humor and I think it’s great. My wit is sarcastic as well. My dad trained me well! This is me in a nut shell; I am kind of nutty at times. I take no responsibility for that and blame that all on my parents! (see the sarcasm in that?)
I hope you enjoy my blog. I pray it encourages you, helps you to see you are not alone, if your situation is similar to mine, and makes you laugh and sometimes makes you cry (we all need a good cry every now and then). Please share it with anyone you know that could benefit from it.