Since I am finding myself totally addicted to reading blogs, especially mommy blogs, whilst I should be working, I might as well post what I'm thinking before my mommy brain forgets it. Since when did the term "mommy blogger" become an insult? And why do some people seem to think that we "mommy bloggers" are the first to criticize each other? I don't see that at all. I love the community of moms who blog that I have joined, I only wish I had more time to read all their posts and comment and stay in touch better. I find these moms to be so supportive and encouraging, almost to the point of being nauseously close to a mutual love society sometimes. There's nothing I hate more than a pretty/smart/funny (fill in the blank) mom saying something self-depricating and getting a torrent of cheerleading in return. I'm sure I do it occasionally to, fishing for compliments, but it makes me want to barf. But back to my main point; just because we blog about our kids a lot, doesn't mean they are the center of our universes and our complete identity. It doesn't mean we don't have intelligent opinions about politics and music and books, etc. Yes, being a parent does consume a large part of our time and provide excellent fodder for amusing stories. Am I a mom first and foremost? Not necessarily. I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a Christian, an engineer, a punk rock girl, a gym rat, etc. In church I have learned that my identity should be "child of God" and that should be enough to fulfill me. Our pastor talked about the pieces of God's identity yesterday in church. But I refuse to be looked down upon because I am a mommy blogger. Get it? Good.