About Me

Hi. I’m Emily and welcome to My Pajama Days.

I hate introductions because I’m not really sure how to define myself.

There are the obvious things, like being a wife, mother, daughter and sister. But then there are the not so obvious things, like I play the oboe, I’m addicted to salt & vinegar chips, I like to sing in the shower, I like yoga & running, I am a dog person, I am gluten intolerant and I can’t put hot and cold food on the same plate. Actually, I don’t like any of the food on my plate touching, with maybe the exception of casseroles. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

I am passionate about helping women to see themselves as strong, independent, smart and beautiful people no matter what their religion, cultural background, lifestyle or social standing. We are all imperfect. We are all important.

Perhaps I have trouble defining myself because it changes all the time. How do you sum up a life that includes divorce, single parenting, depression, a second marriage, a blended family, raising a teenage daughter and a pre-teen daughter, homeschooling, supporting my kids in swimming and gymnastics, and a whole lot more?

I don’t think you can with one introduction.

Which is why I write.

About everything.

One flannel pant leg at a time.

21 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday, Emily! And what a wonderful introductory post to your blog! In what you’ve shared here you have helped me to understand something I struggle with, the thing about not having expectations. I’ve always laughed at that, thinking “well of course we have”. But I see what you are saying and how they tie us down and keep us unhappy, we miss out on the good! Your story at the end was heart-melting. I loved this post, and I’m glad you’ve shared it with us!

  2. You poured a lot of energy into your post about Martha Randolph Carr’s book, “Wired.” You are a gifted writer whose description was in-depth, but easily read. Thank you. I added your website to my Google reader so I don’t miss future posts.

  3. I play the oboe, too! I majored in music and taught music for a few years before leaving to raise a family. Now I have 4 kids, and I write a small blog, and still play with a community orchestra. Not that you asked, lol! I just thought it was a funny coincidence- when I saw “musician” I thought you were going to say piano or guitar… My jaw dropped when I saw “oboe!”

  4. I really enjoyed reading your blog.people don’t often see mother’s fell proud of their kids. It’s nice to see that you care about your’s. Your blog would set examples to other women who are also moms.

  5. Wanted to let you know that I think your blog is a great and enjoy reading your articles.
    I also wanted to invite you to ping and tweet your blog for free with my website BlogBuzzer.com

    Craig Thompson

  6. I admire your strength and desire to motivate and empower women. I am not a wife or mother, but I admire those who are for the many hats they have to wear. Great Blog!!!

  7. Very cool. You know, I started as a music major as well (classical guitar) and ended up majoring in English and French. It was a great choice for me, but being in the business world I haven’t really used either degree. =)

  8. “I am passionate about helping women see themselves as strong, independent, smart and beautiful no matter what their religion, cultural background, lifestyle or social standing. We are all imperfect. We are all important.”

    Beautifully put. You and I share the same goal and YES, we are ALL beautiful…or how I like to say, Perfectly Imperfected.

  9. Hi! I can totally relate with you! Like you, I also have 2 girls and had an unhealthy first marriage. Anyway, I will include you in my blogroll. Kudos!

      1. We are from opposite sides of the world yet I can totally relate to everything that you have gone through and in some way the more I read your blog, the more I find comfort in knowing that my mommy turmoils are not exclusive to me. Thank you!

      2. Us moms have to stick together! We are a community that needs to support one another and encourage one another.

  10. Emily,
    Just an old oboe friend saying hi! It looks like you made a great life for yourself and have a wonderful family! Congrats on your achievements! I found your blog after seeing your name on Rita Linard’s fb friends’ list. I viewed your page and saw your blog. Very interesting posts! I’m glad you’re still playing oboe! Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa (Barr) Koeck

  11. Emily, I love that you have linked to Wendy Barker. Did you know my mother (who teaches with her and is a good friend of hers) also writes poetry, and finds her to be one of her inspirations to start writing poetry?

    Also, I used to spend many hours of my childhood playing Playmobil with Wendy Barker’s son, David. I love her poetry. I’m going to make another one of her poems my Poem of the Day.

    1. I had no idea that your mom taught with Dr. Barker. She was one of my professors for a couple of classes. I loved going to her poetry readings. Believe it or not, I actually took a computer presentation class with her too! What a small world. Oh – and so was Dr. Sellers. I had her as well and loved her class. She introduced me to Richard Russo – love his books.

  12. Em, just wanted to let you know that I stopped in and read every post – I couldn’t stop. I went to an event once to see an artist/author I love and she signed my book “We read to know we are not alone”. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with the world. Your candid and heartfelt blog helps me know that I am not alone.

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