I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
Today, I'm remembering my Dad. It was three years ago today that he died. Right now, it's all sadness - even the happy memories make me cry. I'm thinking of my family, and I'm thinking of others who have lost loved ones.
Ok - so the Steelers are in the Super Bowl again. I come from a long line of Steelers fans - often made to defend themselves in not so friendly territory. My family has lived in several different places - even overseas - and always maintained a loyalty to the Steelers. Oddly, I married a Steelers fan too - and am, now, raising Steelers fans. I am not a huge football fan, but I am told that, as a baby, watched endless games on my Dad's lap. My poor Dad died a week after the Steelers won the Super Bowl three years ago. He had pancreatic cancer and was suffering. I'm so glad he got to see them win, but I wish he wasn't so sick watching the game. In his memory and with that enthusiastic spirit he had, I am watching the game, having people over, making "football-friendly" food - have all my kids decked out in Steelers gear - even have on the Steelers shirt my Mom and Dad gave me for Christmas three years ago - I'm sure so I could wear it while I watched the game. I watched alone three years ago - with a pretty heavy heart. This year, I'm going to be surrounded by family, and I'm going to be happy. I loved my Dad so much, and I miss him. Go Steelers!