So here I sit, about to embark on this new and frightful journey of blogging. I have had far too many friends for far too long encourage me to do this. It's taken me a couple of years to finally muster up the courage to sit down and give it a go....so here it is....you have to start somewhere, right?
My most important disclaimer is that I am not a writer. No, really. That has been my biggest fear about starting a blog. I don't want to look like an idiot and I want to be interesting. Something funny now and then would be great too. My vocabulary isn't the strongest and thank goodness for spellcheck! Although poor grammar is a pet peeve of mine, I know that I am often in violation of many rules myself. Whew, I feel better already! I just want to be up front with you from the beginning. If you don't have any expectations about my blog posts, then you won't be disappointed...sounds like a perfect plan to me!
So, I suppose you're wondering about the Earthmuffin thing. Most people do. That is the affectionate nickname my husband gave me back before he was my husband. I guess you could say I have an "earthy" side. By earthy, I don't mean filthy like Pig Pen, but more like a lover of Mother Earth. My old school friends tease me about being a tree-hugger. Something I'm not ashamed to be. As I've gotten older I've become more accustomed to the finer things in life, but my heart is still in the right place and I hope that my choices in life reflect that.
Earthmuffin came to life though thanks to Gmail. When I was trying to set up my first Gmail account many many years ago (that's right kids, I remember when Google didn't exist!) it was nearly impossible to find a user name that wasn't already taken. After a lengthy string of fruitless attempts at coming up with something worthwhile, my husband said "What about Earthmuffin"? Hmmm, ok. At this point I was game for just about anything. If you can believe it, Earthmuffin was taken, so I added the year of my birth and voila! People continue to laugh when I share my email address with them.
When one of my dear friends was persistently encouraging me to start a blog my biggest question was...but what do I call it? You guessed it...Earthmuffin was her answer. So, here I am. I hope that if you stumble upon this blog you find something worth your time and decide to stay a while. If nothing else it will allow myself and my friends to cross "get Alyssa to start a blog" off of our to do lists. You have no idea how relieved I am to get this first post out of the way.