Monday, September 01, 2008

Blog Trip ~~ Day One!!

On the first day of the trip, I'm going to give you a brief run down about myself. I'm also going to tell you alittle bit about where I live.

Okay so, I'm Charlene, my husband Rich and I have been married for 16 years. We have six beautiful children ranging in age from 3 to 15. I am mostly a stay at home mom and have been for more than 14 years. I have worked part time jobs here and there, mostly for the spending money. We usually call my money "diaper money". Let's see, through the years I have been an inventory specialist, a toy store clerk (that was a nice discount for Christmas), a freelance writer for a local newspaper, and my current part time job is a certified nursing assistant (or what we generally refer to ourselves as professional butt wipers).

I'm a pretty boring person, I like to hang out at home. I like to watch movies, listen to music, bug my husband, play with my kids and read. I love to read. I will read anything from books to newspapers. I don't have much time to read, what with being a wife and mother. But when there is a quiet moment, like say in the bathroom then I will - yeah right, no sense in deluding myself, there is never any quiet bathroom moments because someone is always barging in or banging on the door. I think kids have mom-dar (they can seek us out like missiles).

My husband is currently home too. He got hurt while working as a corrections officer. He actually got stabbed several times (he only told me about the getting hurt part, not the stabbing part). That day was actually the first day he ever put on the kevlar vest. Thank God he did, or I'd be a widow. We get on each others nerves quite a bit, but we love each other.

We live in a very small town in southwestern Pennsylvania. You know that county in the corner that borders West Virginia? Yep, that's us. Our biggest boast is that we have two stoplights. If you look in the phone book, you would find over a dozen churches, bars, and beauty shops. Our biggest claim to fame would be the Coal Show Festival. Yes, we celebrate coal. We live in a coal area. Coal mining is how alot of folks make a living, so we have parades and car shows. Heck, we even have coal queens.

And a trailer of the movie that was made.

I know that seems so cheesy, but its really a way of life here. The whole summer feels like its built around the coal show. Our high school band practices for hours on end. People come from all over to line our little town's streets. It's pretty awesome.

I'm mostly going to talk about my small town, but on occasion I might include the whole county. It may be a rural area that most people have never heard of, but it's pretty nice place to live, at least I think. We have a college, a water park, a small airport (that reportingly once had Harrison Ford land on briefly), a hospital and several other great places to see. Not to mention the scenary is beautiful too.

Come back and visit with me tomorrow!
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