Hello. I’m Shelly, a moderately ambitious wife and mother of one. Who am I kidding? I am a full-time mom, wife, and working girl…and once again a full-time college student. Welcome to my world!
This blog follows my journey through life, of being a mom and a wife, while sharing with you my passion for creativity of the arts and food. I do not have a “niche.” But hey, variety is the spice of life, right? At least the first 100 blog names I thought of were already taken, so Behind Blue Eyes here we are (Did you notice, I really do have blue eyes). With all that being said, you all are at the mercy of my whims!
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.” – Sylvia Plath.
Who am I really? I am just a small town girl trying to make it in the big bad city; I’m really a country girl at heart. I like coffee with my cream and sugar…actually no sugar, just a whole lot of creamer…preferably peppermint mocha. I can’t keep my hair the same color for more than about three months and I don’t watch scary movies; EVER.
I am a striving perfectionist, I have a hard time sitting down for more than 5 minutes, and I write how I speak, so please forgive me now for adding ‘s’ to the end of my words and prepositions to the end of my sentences; that’s the Michigander coming out of me. I say “yet” a lot.
Aaron Lewis said it best, “I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know. I am a middle child who grew up in Bad Axe, MI. I know what you’re thinking…did you really just say Bad Axe? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! If you’d like, you can discover more about Bad Axe, MI here.
After high school, I decided I needed to broaden my horizons. If you decided to discover more about Bad Axe you realized why. I enlisted in the Navy and spent the next 3 ½ years on board a big tin can, the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). My world was turned upside down. I experienced things I never have before. I traveled the world (visiting Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Canada). I experienced many firsts in my life: first time ever eating sushi, first Starbucks which later became an addiction, first trip to Mexico…first time getting kicked out of Mexico…that’s a story for a whole different day.
While in the Navy, I incidentally met and fell in love with a city slicker from Chicago. Now I live in the Chicago suburbs. I continued serving in the Navy for 2 more years and was stationed at Naval Hospital Corps School at Naval Station Great Lakes. Thank you my husband for moving me back to the Midwest 😐
My unhappiness with serving in the Navy made me move on with my life…no, I just lied (sorry about that). I still work for the Navy, but as a civilian. I am literally doing the exact same job I did in the Navy…so I apologize now if Navy jargon spews out of my mouth on occasion. Life is better; I can come home every night, I do not have to sleep in rack city, I do not have to wear my hair in a tight bun everyday and can even wear turquoise nail polish if I want to. You do not realize how important all the little things are in life until they are taken away from you.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Columbia College of Missouri. I have not utilized my accounting skills professionally yet, but maybe one day I will get on that…that dreadful CPA exam I keep putting off… or maybe just the fact, to be honest, I do not really want to spend the rest of my life crunching numbers so those accounting skills will never really come to full use.
My days start at 5 am. I wake up, get ready for work, work an eight-hour shift, pick my daughter up from day care, run errands/grocery shop/etc., come home and feed Sophie, cook dinner and wait for my husband to get home so we can eat dinner, give my daughter a bath, read her a book, put her to bed and then around 9 pm I can finally sit down and put my feet up. Somewhere in between I’ll do laundry, clean the house, etc. Did that make your head spin? It does mine.
Here’s my husband Steve, whom I secretly call My Chef Boyardee; he doesn’t know it so shhh don’t tell him! He really is a chef though.
I had him convinced for the first 2-3 years of our marriage that the only thing I knew how to cook was Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or Macaroni and Cheese. Life was good; I never had to cook dinner! EVER!& Then one day I made the mistake of actually cooking. The rest is history; I actually enjoy cooking though.
This was my first baby, our former cat named Snickers. She’s extremely weird and used to ninja attack me! I swear, out of nowhere, she would jump out and karate chop my leg. We had to give her away though because my daughter is severely allergic. I am happy to say she went to a great home; thank you Holly!