Juxtaposition

I have been hesitant to subject the unsuspecting world wide web to the random, personal, potentially polarizing, often hilarious and sometimes utterly embarrassing thoughts and events that make up this little existence of mine. But, here I am, against my insecure self’s better judgement, following the urging of some folks I respect most in this world. After all, if “Sharknado” can actually gain a time slot on cable TV…what I have to say is going to sound like the work of a GENIUS!

Wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend…all these titles I cherish. Hunter-Fisher-Outdoorsman Extraordinaire (or HFOE from now on) and I have been married four years. We have one adorable, precocious daughter, Chuckles, who lights up our world. I am a stay-at-home, sometimes work-at-home mama who is really great at starting the laundry, but a little slow on the uptake when it comes to folding. I enjoy cooking, reading, crafting and creating…all things which have taken a backseat to raising this nugget who, in all her charming, shrieking glory, can be a handful at times! Before my mama years I was a working actor in Hollyweird. I miss the camera sometimes, but most days I just miss the amazing catering! HFOE is a key grip and works on set daily. Sometimes he brings home a coveted Styrofoam box full of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles or Off The Shelf Catering and I am like a little kid at Christmas. The fat girl inside me dies a little with joy!

Jesus is my main man. I can’t bring myself to say He’s my “homeboy” because even though I earned my street cred by living on the gangsta side of Van Nuys for 2 years, I don’t feel street ENOUGH to call anyone “homeboy,” especially the King of Kings! Street or not, I feel pretty certain Christ has a sense of humor and I can’t wait to be in His presence one day!

I decided to start this blog about a year ago. My daughter was 3 months old and I was noticing that my parenting choices were surprising to many of the people in my life. I couldn’t figure out why until I started to really evaluate the way different groups of people are presented in the media. Liberals are hippies and conservatives are hard-nosed jerks. I am neither. Was it so hard to imagine someone who ate organically, co-slept and refused vaccines could also believe in fiscal and social conservatism? I assumed that everyone made the decisions that were best for their family and children based on the limited or expansive knowledge they happened to have on any given subject. I didn’t realize that I was supposed to be choosing whether I cloth diapered or breastfed based on the way I view politics or religion. I figured there were more “crunchy conservatives” out there than were acknowledged by society, so here is my way of reaching out. Come, all you crazy kids! Join the party and know you aren’t alone.

And for all of you “silky liberals,” welcome! To answer a few of your questions right off the bat…no, I don’t loooove doing diaper laundry, but it works for my family. Yes, I do ACTUALLY believe that it’s a baby from the moment the swimmer hits the target. I do feel whole-heartedly that the chicken-pox vaccine is deadlier to my daughter than the 5 unloaded guns in our house. Most importantly, I respect you if your opinion differs from mine. After all, our opinions are simply reflections of the accumulation of our life experiences.

Thanks for coming by! Do stop again, Cara, The Crunchy Conservative

Me, Chuckles and Hfoe in Dublin, Ireland, March 2013

Comments

  1. For real!!! I love it all!!! I can’t wait to see what you say next. Love You sister!

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