You may sense a theme coming on with my September Thursday 13s... there are a whole lotta family birthdays this month! And, in honor of my mama's 5-0, I present to you: 13 fabulous things about my mother.
1. Her laugh is as big as the world.
Yes, really. My mom has the loudest laugh in the universe, at times cackle-y, but most of the time full of joy. If I close my eyes and think really hard, I can hear her all the way in Cactus Land.
2. The woman can cook.
She may choose not to, but she's a damn good cook when she feels like. Things I love: spaghetti sauce, potato salad, Thanksgiving everything, and most recently, BBQ chicken drumsticks.
|And she looks good doing it. This was Thanksgiving Day, 2008 I think.|
3. Dedicated might be her middle name.
Some times you could also say "stubborn," but when she gets a project or idea in her head, get out of the way. Case in point: wedding fleurs. My GOODNESS, she was amazing at sewing fleurs and dreaming up bouquet prototypes... thousands of 'em.
|She and Emily sewed 1,000 wedding fleurs! Marm designed the bouquets and wreaths, too.|
4. She's beauteous.
You want to know where I get my looks? Look no further!
5. Have I mentioned her creativity?
She recently took up photography and has blossomed into a beautiful shutterbug. Her best subjects are my sister's pugbeasts, but she captures flowers and bugs and everything else, too!
|Pugs only swim at the Poffenberger house. Photo by Ann Poffenberger, my mom!|
6. Your hairs are her canvas.
With more than 30 years under her belt, my lovely mother is an amazing (textbook definition here!) artiste when it comes to hairdressing. As a result, I have not seen my natural color since I was 13. I think she likes doing color best but I know one of her favorite things is to chop off long hair. She keeps trying to come at mine with the sheers. (One of these days maman!)
|At the salon on wedding day!|
7. Hairs are also big business.
Not only is she a talented cosmetologist, my mum is a successful business woman having owned and operated the most award-winning salon in Sacramento for the last 15ish years with her lovely business partner(s). (I'm fuzzy on the dates!) If you're in the area, get thee to Hoshall's Salon & Spa in Carmichael!
|I have no idea.|
8. She's a lean, mean, texting machine.
The advent of easy-to-use phone technologies means I must have unlimited text messaging because she texts. All. The. Time. And I love it. Really. ;)
|With Sadie, the horse dog.|
9. And a loving stalker-mommy.
A normal week means playing phone tag with my mama at least a few times. If she's not calling me every other day, I wonder what's going on in the universe. Calls increase during commute times, especially now that her new car has blue tooth and she can TELL it to call me. Weirdness.
|In Central Park on Mother's Day, 2009|
10. There is no better shoe date.
We *might* enable each other's shoe obsessions, but I will not be ashamed. Most of the time, our size-10 tootsies can't find a damn thing and we mostly end up gabbing anyway.
|Love, love, love.|
11. She's a Cookie Monster.
Her cookies are too sacred to be wrapped up in a simple ode-to-cooking. Chocolate-oatmeal delights, peanut butter blossoms, caramel/chocolate/coconut EVERYTHING bars... I could go on. I'm trying to decide whether she makes cookies better than she does hair. Hmm. It's close. ;)
|Marm & Tim at Harris Ranch. They just survived their first flight with me and T!|
12. Silent Night is her song.
Marm might be even more tone deaf than me, but if my childhood memories serve, she can kick ASS at Silent Night. I don't know why, but Brenda and I would ask her to sing it to us all year long. Every time I hear it, I think of my mama.
|Christmas morning, 2009|
13. Single moms rock.
When I think about how my mom was my age with two little kids, single and struggling to make ends meet, I think about the strength and perseverance of moms. I wouldn't be where I am today without her sacrifices. Thank you Marm!
|Visiting the McClellan Chapel with us, October 2009.|
Happy (early) birthday mom! Love you!
Labels: birthdays, Marm, Thursday 13