Tagline: I’m a fill-in the blank aged, married mother of two that lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania…home of “The Office” TV show, Pierogies, Summer Bazaars, Potholes, Joe Snedeker and the “heyna or no?”
This is the about me section. This is where I get to talk about myself a little bit without feeling guilty for being vain. Hey, you were the one that clicked on this section, not me! I was born on December 31st 1980 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. I know what you are thinking, “Wow, a new years eve baby.” or perhaps “Wow, I bet your parents were happy to have you before the new year for the tax credit.” Yeah, I get that a lot. I was actually born at 1:50 in the afternoon. My parents weren’t even close to getting all the goodies and fame of having the first baby of the year of 1981.
For the first part of my childhood I grew up in Wilkes-Barre. I lived in Wilkes-Barre up until I started second grade. I attended kindergarten through the beginning of second grade at the Lee Park Elementary School, part of the Hanover Area School District. The second part of my childhood occured in Blakeslee. Blakeslee? Yes, Blakeslee. That is over 40 minutes away from Wilkes-Barre. Right about now you are probably wondering why my family uprooted us and moved to Blakeslee. Well, young Jedi, allow me to respond. My dad received a job offer in Quakertown which is close to Allentown (for those of you not familiar with Pennsylvania). The drive from Wilkes-Barre to Quakertown was too far so we needed to move closer to there. I guess Blakeslee was somewhere half way in between Quakertown and Wilkes-Barre, which was where my Mom still worked. Pay close attention to this detail as it comes into play later.
At any rate, I lived in Blakeslee from 2nd grade up until I graduated. I graduated from the Pocono Mountain School District and Monroe County Area Vocational Technical School in June of 1999. After that I moved in with my Grandmother (back in Wilkes-Barre) so I could take a job to get health insurance being that I was kicked off of my parents health insurance when I was 19. After about 3 months of a total slave labor job at Liberty Business Information I had my fill and started to look elsewhere for a different job. I looked no further than my own ISP at the time. Epix Internet Services was looking for Technical Support Reps so I applied and eventually got a job there…it took 4 months. Thanks to Epix, I was able to buy my first house and first car.
Remember the part I said about “pay close attention to this detail”? Yeah. My Dad eventually lost his job in Quakertown and after a bout of unemployment he got another job in Wilkes-Barre. So now both of my parents work in Wilkes-Barre, but live in Blakeslee and commute over 40 minutes back and forth daily. *Shakes head*
Moving from one school district to another may not seem that horrific, but when you are only 7 years old and have tons of friends and then move to another school district and have none it is traumatizing. This may seem ridiculous, but I had tons of friends when I was in Lee Park Elementary and had rarely ridden a school bus with anyone older than me. Moving to Pocono Mountain made me have to start over friend wise and I had to ride a bus with much older kids who usually picked on me. It took a while to recover from that. I eventually established my own friend base and things got back to normal in Michelle world, until 6th grade. That was the last year me and my friends would be together. To understand the next part, I have to explain a little about how Pocono Mountain runs. When I went there…there were 4 elementary schools: TEC – Tobyhanna Elementary Center BEC – Barrett Elementary Center PEC – Pocono Elementary Center CEC – Coolbaugh Elementary Center I went to TEC…what school you went to depended on what township you lived in. In 7th grade we were going to start at a new school — the very scarey Intermediate School. All of the the 4 elementary centers were going to be there. Since there were so many kids, the chances of you being in the same class with your friends was slim to none. You were lucky if people you even knew from your school were in the same class as you. Needless to say there were different cliques of friends. I didn’t really fit in anywhere. This would be the case throughout most of High School, which is why I came to hate going to Pocono Mountain. In ninth grade I was presented with the opportunity to go to Vo-Tech. I don’t know what made me interested in going so much, I really can’t remember for sure. However, I think it may have had something to do with a Christmas present that changed my life forever: A computer More specifically” A Packard Bell, with Windows 3.11 and a 500 MB hard drive and 4, count’em 4 megs of RAM. This thing SCREAMED! I noticed that Vo-Tech had a program for “Computer Technology”. I knew it seemed like a long shot, but I applied to go to Vo-Tech, much to my mother’s dismay. She tried to talk me into the nursing program. I am highly squeemish at the sight of blood and needles so that was out of the question. I was accepted as the second choice from Pocono Mountain, and they only picked 5 people for my shop. That isn’t too bad considering I only had one disciplinary problem throughout my entire school life. I completed my 3 years of schooling and graduated from both Vo-Tech and Pocono Mtn with high honors. I graduated 37 out of 636 at Pocono Mountain and was inducted to the national honor society. I was accepted into the Leadership Wilkes-Barre in 2010. My class project was a baseball field revitalization which worked out very successfully after putting on a comedy show to raise funds. I graduated from the program in June of 2010. Soon after, I decided to go back to school. I started attending LCCC for Computer Information Systems. As of October of 2011, I am half way through receiving the credits needed to get my Associates Degree and just received an invitation to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the college.
Round and round I go, where I’ll stop nobody knows. I’m like Little Lilly (download Little Lilly by Widespread Panic)
I was married on June 9th, 2004 to the hubs whom I met at epix. Soon after (more like around the same time) I got pregnant with my first baby. she was born on December 1st 2004 at 4:52pm weighing in at 9lbs 3oz. (Normal birth…no C-Section, they had no idea that she was that big). We named her Gabrielle (it rhymes with Michelle!) Paige Davies after much debate about her middle name. I liked Lynn, but Rich liked Paige for some reason. I let him have Paige. He originally wanted her first name to be Jade. I was not willing to compromise on that. Twenty months to the day later, on August 1st 2006, I gave birth to my son, Owen William. As of this revision, Gabrielle is 6 years old and Owen is 5 years old. Gabrielle is now a second grader and Owen just started Kindergarten. I have “flood” babies. When I was pregnant with Gabby, hurricane Ivan struck and nearly flooded the entire Wyoming Valley. When I was pregnant with Owen (and days away from my due date) the flood of 2006 occurred. Wilkes-Barre was spared from much of the flooding this time around. Owen and Gabby are complete polar opposites in every sense of the word. It keeps things interesting and I wouldn’t have them any other way.
I wrote this little blurb about myself a long time ago and I think it still holds true:
“Life. Life? I must say it is an interesting concept. I among many other humans do not understand it. It just doesn’t add up. As I sit in my misery I ponder if I’m the only one. I’m guessing no. In my opinion life is a two way street. You and only you make the decision as to what path to take. If you take the wrong road you’re in for a ride that’s quite bumpy. Life could also be a rollercoaster with its ups and downs. And when you least expect it, it throws you for loops and around corners at a lightning fast speed that leaves your head spinning. And for all the times I thought I figured it out – it found some twisted way to throw me. Maybe you don’t get the meaning until you’re about to die or perhaps already dead. If this is true I guess I’m in for a long wait for I am still young and immature in a sense, but then again, aren’t we all? Life, I guess could also be a trip. For example, we are born, fall in love and die. And some how in between it all try to live our hopes/dreams and have a good time doing it all. I forlorn the thought of the day that I die. I’m not aware of the future, I have a pretty good representation of the past (well according to my history teachers’ accounts anyway) and life can only go upwared from down here, right?!? Well only the future holds these answers. So when I go to sleep I some how hope it will all go away, but it never does. No matter what I’m feeling I always can seem to grin and bear it. As I awake from my little daydream I think about all my accomplishments in my life so far and smile.”
Soundtrack of my Life:
1. December by Collective Soul
2. Legend of a Cowgirl by Imani Cuppola
3. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
4. Little Lilly by Widespread Panic
5. El Scorcho by Weezer
6. Super Freak by Rick James (bitch)
7. Mood Swing by Luscious Jackson
8. Everything Falls Apart by Dogs Eye View
9. Creep by Radiohead
10. Criminal by Fiona Apple
Pet Peeves: not using your turn signal, when people talk over me, PEDESTRIANS, hanging curtains, people that pretend to listen meanwhile their eyes glaze over, the non computer literate, Dave Matthews Band, kids blaring their “systems” at 11pm past my house driving 150mph, people that chew gum and do not properly dispose of it, potholes, wilkes-barre freaks, people who whistle, excessive pen clickers, etc, etc, I will maybe add more onto this section later if I feel up to it.
Fave Music: Weezer, Ben Folds Five (well just Ben Folds now), Sublime, 311, NIN, Orgy, Garbage, The Clash, Letters to Cleo, Atom & His Package, Blink 182, Bush, Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, Smashing Pumpkins, Sinkhole(yes I know they broke up), Cake, The Cure, Daft Punk, Everclear, Mazzy Star, The Cardigans, Bic Runga, Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Lisa Loeb, Fiona Apple, Republica, Foo Fighters, Guster, Beck, Beastie Boys, Blur, Gorillaz, Matthew Good Band, Radiohead, Dynamite Hack, Fuel, u2, Sleepytime Trio, Lit, Luscious Jackson, Sarge, Sleater Kinney, No Doubt, The Overdrives, Poe, Live, The Mamas and the Papas, Nirvana, Devo, Natalie Imbruglia, Our Lady of Peace, Screeching Weasel, The Gorillaz, Lifehouse, Moby, REM, Sarah McLachlan, Semisonic, Widespread Panic, REO Speedwagon, STP, Fuel, Adele, Busta Rhymes, Kate Nash, Kate Earl, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Vertical Horizon, Billy Joel, Duffy, Regina Spector, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Weston *phew I think I got em all*
Hobbies: computing, blogging, social media, cursing, analyzing everything to the umpteenth degree, listening to music, reading, rollerblading & ice skating (which I almost NEVER get to do anymore), gardening, texting/talking on the phone, shopping, racing ppl on the Cross Valley, singing, dancing (even though I can’t), hanging out with my nutball family, POWER!, river watching, weather watching, killing people, oh you know all the fun things in life. I was kidding about the killing part. etc, etc. I can’t think of anything good.
The end….or is it? Dedicated to my dead Venus Fly Trap, Sparky. Let’s have a moment of silence for Sparky.
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