About

BrookieAn exhausted full-time working mom of boy/girl toddler twins, I enjoy writing about life in the family lane.  Yes, sometimes I feel like the only rest I get is the naps I take at red lights. 

In addition to spending time with my husband, family and friends, I love to travel, scrapbook, take photographs and research my genealogy.  Baseball is my sport of choice.  You’ll find me at Scottish festivals, historical events and children’s activities with the twins, their cousins and friends, and my godson and goddaughter.

With a degree in mass communication and psychology, writing has always been a part of my life.  Currently I work in emergency management and do some freelance writing, copyediting and proofreading (yes, you’ll find mistakes in my blog because it’s always harder to proofread yourself). 

Prior to this position I was the Director of Tourism and Public Relations for a Virginia county where I increased tourism traffic by 14% and increased income from meals and lodging taxes by three percent.  I spearheaded three new festivals while there and won a Bronze Pinnacle Award in 2001 for the logo I designed for one of these festivals.

Likewise, I was the Director of Training for a small computer consulting firm where I developed an end-user training program from scratch and built a client base up to 90 within six months.  I’ve also owned and operated a wedding consultant business.

I’ve also worked for non profits and private companies writing and designing newsletters, brochures, presentations and other publications.  And of course, I worked on both sides of the press as a copyeditor and freelance reporter and in media relations.

 About this Blog:

I borrowed the nap of this blog from RAMOM bumper sticker that said:  I have twins, I nap at red lights.

The photo in my banner is from Turkey Run State Park located in west central Indiana.  My husband and I took the photo on one of our last trips home to see family and the twins first (I was pregnant with them) hiking trip there.

16 Responses to About

  1. Patrick says:

    Great blog! I Love it and your content, just added you to Google Reader! I noticed something on your site and hope you can help. I use Digg also, but I don’t know how to add a “Digg This” tag and counter to each blog post, do you think you can help out? I found on Digg where to get the HTML code, but I don’t know where to put it so that each one has it (I just realized I could add the tag in the HTML editor when I make the post). Keep up the great writing!

  2. vacelts says:

    Patrick,

    Thanks for your comments. I checked out your site. Pretty cool. I’m going to add you to my blog roll.

    Here is the link to the directions for the digg counter:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/how-do-i-digg/

    I’m not sure, but I’m guessing that wordpress actually did something in the background because this seems way to easy.

    You might also check out:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/ThirdParties

    I’ve never actually used any of these, but they are worth a shot if the one I used doesn’t work.

  3. philip day says:

    I love your site!

    We have a mentoring training and orientation coming up for our mentoring program, MentorMatch. May we publicize it on your ste? It’s in the Richmond, Va area.

  4. mikejmu says:

    Hello,

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  5. Melanie says:

    As a mother of four, including 3year old boy/girl twins…I feel your pain (and joy) sister! People ask me how I can possibly work, I say, “I do it for the break!” Keep venting, it makes us feel we aren’t alone out here! 🙂

  6. Michelle Crowther says:

    Hi there,

    I am working on a documentary about Dirty Dancing, we are celebrating everything to do with the film in conjunction with the twenty year anniversary!

    I read your blog on Dirty Dancing and would be really interested in talking to you. Could you email me your contact details?

    Thanks
    Michelle Crowther
    Blink Television

  7. tball says:

    I came upon you top 5 shows and started looking at your blog – I love that there is someone else interested in TV shows like me. I’ll be definetly putting you in my blogroll!

  8. Michelle says:

    would like email for confidential questions

  9. Peter says:

    Nice blog. I have been reading your American Idol posts. Since, you are a fan, I wanted to let you know about my forum at http://www.idolfanforum.com/ . It is a new forum and I need members. It would be great if you could join and post some of your reviews.

  10. JEFF ADAMS says:

    This is a great tag line. We had twins 22+ years ago. A truly exhausting proposition — unless you have lots of help from lots of family living very close by! (We had neither.) Moreover it’s hard to hire at top rates even babysitters for short periods of time — because 1 + 1 = about 3+. That is, the people who can handle one baby or toddler alone are not really competent or safe to handle twins. And I was willing and available to get up (fairly easily) in the middle of the night to feed one or the other with a bottle. (But, obviously, I was not equipped for breast feeding!) I am appreciative of what people go through every time I see someone with a twins stroller. It really got much easier about age 4.

  11. vacelts says:

    Jeff, thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear that it’ll get easier after four. Our family doesn’t live in town either. But both are moms are just a couple hours aways so they can come by on weekends.

    You are right. Childcare is outrageous when your children come in pairs.

  12. Sensue says:

    Thank you for all of the wonderful information that you’ve posted on your blog. As a person who’s newly moved to Richmond, VA, your blog is very informative. So, thank you. I really think you’ve covered every topic I could imagine, which is amazing. Even the movie/tv show reviews are great.

    I would really love to email you with a few questions, if you wouldn’t mind…I tried to find a ‘contact’ area, but I couldn’t find one.

    Have a wonderful day.
    It’s so nice to find this blog.

  13. Nicole says:

    I am a mother of toddler boy/girl twins as well. I feel you!

  14. I was looking for the Twins Yard Sale and I happened upon this blog. When do you have time to blog? 🙂

    I’m a dad of one and I still doze at red lights!

    Very interesting reading.

    Rog

  15. vacelts says:

    Roger,

    Here’s the information for the Yard sale — http://ramom.org/yardsale.html

    I blog when my kids are in their Romp N Roll class and when they sleep!

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