Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's De-Lurk Day!

Fact: I don't personally know all the people who comment on this blog.

Fact: I don't personally know all the people who follow this blog.

Fact: People visit this blog from such far-off places as
Chahar Mahall va Bakhtiari (Iran), New South Wales (Australia), Maharashtra (India), and Waukesha (Wisconsin). I don't personally know anyone who lives in these places.

So I'm declaring today to be official De-Lurk Day on My Adventures in Tucson!

Do you read this blog on a regular basis, or is today your first visit? How did you find this blog? Did you search for "politically correct term for eye boogers" and end up here? Did you click through from a friend of a friend of a friend's blog? Did I sit next to you in fifth grade, or live next door to you in college, or go to church with you in Syria? Or do I see you every day and not even know that you are reading this?? Now is your chance to come clean and tell me that you're reading this blog.

Even if you've never commented before, drop a note to tell us a little about yourself, and how you got here, if you want. Sometimes I feel like you think everyone knows everyone on here, and you don't want to intrude on our party. The truth is that there are a great deal of you who I don't know, and some of you who I "know" only as a blog friend - and only because someone had the guts to de-lurk and comment.

Feel free to comment even if you're a regular here on My Adventures in Tucson, so that we can all get to know each other a little better.



Sharalea said...

My name is Shara, and I follow your blog.

My sis-in-law Jen J is a friend of yours, it is through her that I originally noticed your blog...and later realized that we both lived in the FLSR at the same time (but I was in my own bubble de espanola that I don't remember meeting).

I live in Kentucky but will soon be re-locating to add another Wisconson-reader to your fan club.

I enjoy reading your reviews, insights, cultural experiences, and mother-adventures.

I especially have appreciated your commentaries on birth and have read almost all of the books you mentioned on the subject in preparation for my son's birth last June.

Thanks for creating and maintaining such alluring blogs!

AmandaStretch said...

Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm a high school friend of the Heisses. You've probably seen me on their blog, and on Voice of Reason (which I found through your blog - thanks!), and a handful of others. I don't know what drew me into your blog, but I know I've enjoyed reading. Thanks!

Danielle and the Boys said...

I check out your blog sometimes. I know a lot of the people you grew up with...Martha, Mikael, Jennifer, etc. Maybe we were in the same stake growing up?? Anyway, i love all your fun stories!

The Ensign's said...

I'm a blogstalker and I've been stalking your blog for quite some time now!!!! hehehehe =)

JackJen said...

My name is Jen, and I lurk on your blog because I think you're AWESOME. Also, we've known each other for almost 10 years. Also, for some reason, I volunteered to go on a blind date with some guy and you were on the same date. And I don't know, exactly, how that happened. And I don't know if I've forgiven you for it. =)

Also, you're the only nike model I know.

Also, you were the only person who could pronounce my name on the first try.

Also, you gave me life-saving advice on our relocation options 2 years ago.

Also, you spent the summer 4 hours from me and I was a terrible friend and never made it up there.

I'm sure I'll think of more later. =)

Lisa Lou said...

My name is Lisa and I lurk blogs. Chris and Anna Lewis are my brother and sister-in-law and I've heard about you and your husband when they tell Jordan stories. I think my favorite part of your blog are the flash back Fridays - especially the embarassing ones. What is it about other peoples embarassing moments that are so great? :)

Jennifer said...

My name is Jennifer and we went to preschool together. And high school together. And college together. :)
And apparently we had the same pediatrician. I don't always comment, but I always enjoy what you have to say and I always admire at how well written it is. Thanks for frequently providing excellent reading material here on your blog!

Liz Johnson said...

Hi, my name is Liz, and I'm an alcoholic.

Also, I lived next door to you.

Also, I not-so-secretly wish that I would've made more of an effort to get to know you, and I sometimes dream of the awesome conversations we could have if we were next door neighbors.

Also, I make grammatical errors all the time and I realize this makes you cringe. I'm sorry.

Also, I like the way you think and I almost always agree with your opinions.

Also, I'm starting to sound like a psychopath.

trishtator said...

Hi, my name is Trish. I lived next door to you once.

I love your Flashback Friday, because it appears your life is much more interesting than most of the world's bloggers.

I have you on my Google Reader, because I'm lazy like that.

Thanks for the good reads, Bridget. You rock like that.

JackJen said...

oooooooooooh. Liz is TOTALLY right. Whenever I blog, and I write something that may-or-may-not be exactly, grammatically right...well, all I can think about is the wrath of your judgment. (Like, right now, I'm thinking "Oh man....are there TWO e's in judgment?")

Not that you're a hellfire and brimstone kind of girl....


JackJen said...

ALSO (this is the last one, I promise), this ENTIRE post was SOOOOOOOOOO worth getting trish out of the woodwork.


Amber said...

Ok, I fess up! This is Amber Wells, formerly Amber Thompson. We went to high school together, and were loosely connected through friends. I don't know how I found your blog-probably through a mutual friend from high school.

I live in NYC right now but am moving back to Portland, OR at the beginning of March.

Anyway, I enjoy reading your entries and find your reviews on books, movies and other topics intellectually stimulating. In fact, it was from reading your blog that I became more interested in natural birth and more specifically using a mid-wife and a birthing center.

So, there you have it. I have been too shy to show myself, but couldn't resist with your open invitation. Thanks for writing such and interesting and thought-provoking blog!

Jill said...

Even though I just saw you an hour ago, I still read your blog.

JosephJ said...

Okay fine. I read too.

I live in Boston. I only barely knew you 10 years ago because you were so busy as a student. So I spent more time with the likes of Jen, Liz, and Trish. Jen gets here Jack from me, and I'm "familiar with" Sharalea.

I appreciate the depth of your observations about what others may see as routine, and the clever story-telling without relying upon heavy sarcasm.

Jerry said...

Hi Bridget! I heard about your blog from my best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend who heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night! Just kidding. I'm Katie from Jordan, and I think I'm funny.

Amanda said...

Like Jill, I also saw you an hour ago, yet here I am.

Lindsay said...

I don't remember how I first came upon your blog - probably from Sharon or Janae. I have only known you for a couple of years, but I think your posts are wonderful and always very interesting. I'm a fan!

binrobert said...
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binrobert said...

Hi, I'm Steve.

I feel like I should come out in support of your blog, lest Jeremy be vindicated in his assessment that this is a strictly "girlie" blog,

I know you through your husband, Jeremy, who has been my roommate on two occasions (if you count Madinat Al-Shabaab in Syria). I was also with you and Jeremy during your year-long stay in Damascus.

I've been following your blog basically forever. I've even followed each of the different flavors of "myadventuresin". I read your blog not so much to keep up on what you and your family are doing, but because I like your writing style and think you have a lot of interesting things to say. I've definitely marked some books for future reading based on your blog. Keep up the great work!

PS The other comments made me paranoid about my grammar, so I deleted my comment the first time I posted it. You're not really a grammar-nazi, are you? Say it's not true! I mean, you do edit the dictionary and all, but that tells us nothing about punctuation and agreement.

Fromagette said...

My name is Sarah, your freshman and sophmore roommate, though why you put up with me so long is beyond me. Oh, and I believe I can claim to be the one who introduced you to Harry Potter.

Why do I read your blog? Well, I think everyone else has already said why. You're a great writer and you write about things that are interesting to me. That, and I like to keep up with how your family is doing.

Yara Maaz said...

Hey there,

My name is Yara. I don't particularly remember how I found your blog, but I'm pretty sure google had something to do with it.

Presently, I reside in Houston Texas. But during the time you were in Syria, I was there too! Yeah, I get very excited about that. I lived in Jaramana form 2005-2007 and a lot of the things you noticed and discussed in your Syria blog had me nodding enthusiastically.

So, in short, you do not know me, but when I find someone as talented and intellectually stimulating as you, I tend to hold on to them!

Stephanie said...

Hi! My name is Stephanie. I moved to Tucson in August and I entered the search "Tucson Blog" in Google. I have been reading about your adventures since then.

Karen said...

My name is Karen, and I started following your blog when you were on study abroad in Jordan with my son, Andrew Heiss, and his wife, Nancy. As you know, Nancy is quite the blogger--every time I check their blog, I check yours, too. I guess it's the "commonality" of having lived in the Middle East (like my family) that drew me to your blog. Plus, it's just so interesting! And I grew up in Phoenix!

justin and jess said...

I am Jessica. I have commented before and Love your blog. I am married to Justin who is Jeremy's cousin. So basically we are cousin in laws I think.

Lilianne said...

Hi my name is Lilianne and I am a Bridget blog addict. Love the blog, Bridget. Seriously. Love it. When I discovered it (I think it was because you had your address on your gmail account) I couldn't stop reading for hours. Now, it's the first blog I check every. single. day.

I find your insights refreshing and well written - thought out, hilarious, full of wit and sarcasm...everything that makes good and entertaining (may I add) reading.

I, too, share the fear of grammatical errors, lest Bridget may never return to read future posts of mine. I'm trying to be like Bridget. What's so wrong with that?

Phew. Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest. And I'd also like to publicly thank Bridget for giving me my own name on the side bar - instead of having me listed as "my sister-in-law's cousin." I appreciate it. :-)

EmmySue said...

I have to admit I blog-stalk you and have for awhile. We have so much in common and both are on countdown to freedom from Tucson. Thanks for entertaining those of us who have never even left the country... and can't spell.

Lark said...

Hi Bridget! Its me! Lark! Once upon a time I lived in Tucson, where I met you in the old ghetto, but wonderfully historical fort lowell building!
I follow your blog and read every single one of your posts (whether I comment or not!).
You are a great writer and I love reading your blog!
And how about another exclamation point!!!

Craig said...

Hi, I'm Craig, and I'm Bridget's dad. She gets all her smarts from me. :-)
I love reading a real live "It's a wonderful life."

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Although I had been aware of your existence for some months, we finally met face to face at St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho back in 1981. Who would have thought we would have a blond haired/blue eyed person in our family? The gift for writing was not a big surprise as you have a journalist & some aspiring writers in your ancestry (but your talent surpasses all).

Your writing skills have been a hallmark of your life since you were quite young. I enjoy your blog immensely & know that you have the potential to publish a book based on your experiences, insights, and opinions. Keep up the great writing!

Nancy said...

How interesting. Really, these comments are wonderfully entertaining.

I've known you for a few years now. We met in Jordan. Technically I suppose we met in Austria in a zombie-like condition and then furthered our friendship in Jordan.

I was just starting to blog and would wonder in amazement at how you kept up with it so well. I'd check your blog everyday.

I still do (when I have internet).

Laura said...

Hi Bridget. It's me Laura from Jordan. I came upon your blog when I started mine after Lily was born. I clicked on your user name and it took me to your blog.

I love reading your blogs and hearing how you are doing.

Ashley said...

I am Ashley and I follow your blog because I did my laundry at your place when we were in Jordan. I fell in love with Miriam and love the way you write. I also like to have something to read when my fourth graders are driving me crazy.

Todd&Cass said...

My name is Cassie and I follow your blog almost daily! LOVE IT!!

You know me from when I lived in the Tundra and you use to humor me by playing tennis with me!

Also you let me borrow your piano music all the time, and since then I have purchased most of those books because I enjoyed them so much! You also taught me how to play spoons in the snow, a memory I still remember whenever it snows.

Mostly you put up with my somewhat unpopular backwards views on life and love to hold meaningful discussions on them!

Natchel said...

I live a few blocks away from you, I teach your daughter Sunbeams while my husband teaches her how to say "Go Cardinals!", you were at my baby shower, I am now in Book Club with you, and I'm trying to finagle my way into the same mothers clubs as you. Give up? It's me! Rachel!

I also love reading your blog. You travel to amazing locations, are amazingly well read, listen to awesome music and I find myself living vicariously through you. I say that in hopefully the most non-creepy way possible! Every post I read, I say to myself, "That is EXACTLY what I feel/think/love/hate! Why can't I express it like that?! Bridget is the much cooler, more literate version of myself! Gah! I have to read more!"

Whew! Now that that is out of the way, I can get back to inconspicuously stalking your blog. Thanks Bridget! :)

Britney said...

Hi, Bridget. I've been following your blog for a little over a year now, the same time I made my debut as a blogger.

I can't remember if we were in the same kindergarten class or 1st grade class, but I think I met you in Oregon around age 6. I do know for sure that we were classmates in Mrs. Mishler's 6th grade portable.

I'd like to think that we would have become great friends had my family not moved to Ohio in '95. I think that's why I've tried to make an effort to stay in touch.

Based on the comments, I think it's unanimous: "My Adventures in Tuscon" is a must read. Thanks for declaring it De-Lurk Day!

Bridget said...

First of all, these are the comments I will be reading whenever I have a bad day. Thank you so much for being willing to de-lurk yourselves.

Second of all, I swear I am not a grammar nazi. At least not to my friends, and not in casual writing. So please don't cower in fear of my wrath.

I am so glad to have my curiosity satisfied about who, exactly, is reading this stuff! I highly recommend De-Lurk Day. We'll have to do it again next year.

Jeremy Palmer said...

Who is this Bridget person?

Steven said...

Hi, I'm Steven and I grew up in your house. You may remember me from such adventures as "Alaska 1996" or "East Coast Road Trip 1998".

I follow regularly.

jane said...

I'm Jane and I'm pretty sure I found your blog by googling "hijab style" or something like that.. it was a post on hijab from My Adventures in Syria. I'm Canadian, (Ontario) a family medicine resident, and a convert to Islam. Randomly, I also happened to spend a month in Tucson a couple of years ago, so I had a few adventures in Tucson myself.. which primarily consisted of getting lost!

I enjoy your posts and perspectives. Keep writing!

karina said...

I'm Karina. My husband, Spencer reads this blog too. We both know you and Jeremy (sort of, anyway). We lead parallel lives with you guys (and even kind of look alike - the neighbors in Jordan were confused that you lost your child and acquired a different husband...)

Anna said...

Hey, this is Anna from Jordan and I read your blog every day, and I liken it to my everyday life. It's why I have read Imperial Life in the Emerald City, The Hunger Games, and why I now have the John Adams series on hold in the library.

Mikael said...

HI Bridget! I was a member of the "Krusty Creek Club", do you remember me? The club totalled 3 members, you, Julee and .... ME! We would meet by the "krusty creek" and skip down the streets arm in arm seeing (to the tune of mister gadget) "da da da da the krusty creek club, da da da dada DOO DOO!" over and over again. Ya, those were good times.

HAHA!!!!!!!!!! I always wonders if I have anyone that reads my blog. I think I will do a "role call" one day on mine. Or not. Because I fear that if I knew who read I would not write the things I do :)


Jeremy Palmer said...

Oh, that Bridget. Well, you might remember me from...

1) Editing almost every paper I have written in the past 7 years.

2) Editing my MA dissertation.

3) Sleeping in late because I am such an early morning person that I love nothing more than to get up with crying and fussing children and therefore I never ask you to get up I just volunteer for it all the time.

4) Traveling around the world.

5) The time I made you cry from fright because of some fake bugs I put under the bathroom rug.

6) The time I actually caught a moonbeam in my hand and gave it to you.

7) A few other interesting adventures and happenings.

8) The time I made dinner.

9) The time I made a joke.

dave said...

Hi Bridget,

I'm the brother of the comedian immediately above.

sarah said...

I'm Sarah, your sister-in-law who is grammatically challenged that sometimes doesn't comment for fear of writing something incorrectly. :) i agree with Rachel, I wish i could express my veiws and thoughts on life as well as you! I love reading your blog because you can make even the simplest activities entertaining and amusing. I also agree with your mom that you should write a book.

Julie said...

I'm Julie, and I think your blog is great. I used to live with you in college, and I think I was the one who used to make noise (not on purpose) when you were trying to sleep. I'm sorry about that. Having two kids has taught me a lot about the value of a good night's sleep!

I love reading about your adventures and I think you're a great writer and friend. As long as everyone else is admitting it, I also fear that you'll notice all my grammatical errors when you read my blog. I'm sure they're there, but I appreciate you reading and commenting anyway. :)

Eevi said...

I totally read your blog for few months before officially meeting you but you already know that. And I think Troy told Jeremy "my wife really likes your wife's blog". I love that you appreciate Finnish chocolate the way it should be appreciated.

If we could all have such a wide variety of readers for our blogs as you do:)

Kristen said...

Crap. I'm like the last person on earth to announce myself. I've been out of town and am finally catching up.

You introduced me to the world of blogging, which I greatly appreciate. I'm glad we can bond over the interweb now.

We played together as little kids, then went to school together, and I'm glad you got to skip a grade to catch up with the rest of us.

Thanks for such a fun blog, I even recommend it to friends who don't know you. I want to have a de-lurking day, but the sparsity of comments compared to this would be too humiliating. Maybe next year, eh?

Susanne said...

It's cute how many people fear inferior to Bridget because of her superb writing skills. I can so relate! You are very talented!

My Syrian friend wanted to teach me about Ramadan in his city so he googled something about Ramadan in Damascus and found your blog last summer. He LOVED it because you were so positive about his culture. And, of course, I loved reading and learning from an American point of view. I just got hooked on Bridget's blogs after that. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us!

christi and clifton said...

This is Christi-you know me right? :) Emmy told me to read your blog when I was deciding whether to start my own or not because it was awesome...and it is! You do express things so well and have such a great writing style. You also have great stories to flashback to! Keep up the good work!

Kristi said...

Hi! My name is Kristi. I am your brother Steven's friend. I went to see Twilight with you. If you ever wish to find me, just go home. I think I'm pretty much at your parents' house all the time. I started reading your blog when Steven went to visit you in Jordan, Summer of 2007.

Matthew said...

Hi! You and Jeremy visited with us in Beirut (Sterling came along too). We had a mutual friend (Becky) living with us and you guys stopped by during a break from your lives in Syria. I've enjoyed reading your exploits, but I kind of faded into the background a bit because I thought it might be a bit odd to still be following your blog(s) after all this time. What can I say? You're an interesting person who writes well. =)

Bridget said...

Matthew, I think I blog-stalked you first, so you are well within your rights to still be reading along, especially given our shared experiences in the ME. If you still had a blog, I would still be reading it.

Aimee said...

Hi! Sorry, it has taken so long to de-lurk myself. Does it count that I comment from time to time?

I found your blog through a friend's, when I was on self-induced bed rest after the birth of my baby. (I only get to do that with the first, right?) I read your Syrian adventures pretty much from start to finish over the course of a few days and began reading your Tucson adventures. Having a blog, I try to post comments on all blogs I read because I like reading comments on mine.

I have known about you since we were very young through Jennifer, and we even attended birthday parties together for her. I was always interested in you because Jenn always spoke so highly of you. Then we had the opportunity to go to high school together.

You are a great writer and you have a wonderfully interesting perspective, and I love hearing about books you are reading or movies you have seen. However, my favorite posts deal with stories, whether they are flashbacks, mothering, traveling, birthing or somewhere in between.

I can attest to the fact that you spew no wrath in regards to comments. Also, you are gracious and kind in your responses even when dealing with my sometimes flawed arguments, opinions or beliefs.

Liz Johnson said...

Ummm... can I copy this? I'm going to. I hope that's ok. :)


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