This is Me.

I am stubborn, crazy, a cleaning Nazi, thoughtful, entertaining and sleepless. I love the people in my life. I feel like sometimes God likes to keep me honest by testing my patience. That includes you, Florida drivers. I am trying to figure out if and how to bypass certain societal requirements that come with age and defy everything we know about “age appropriateness.” I never want to feel old or tired because society tells me that’s what I should feel at a certain age. I don’t want my life to get stale. I never want to look back at my college years (although those were epic) and say “those were the best days of my life.”  The best is yet to come.

Wikipedia defines a spork as a “hybrid form of cutlery taking the form of a spoon-like shallow scoop with three or four fork tines.” Caught in various turning forks (pun intended) in the road of my life, I can’t help but wonder how many other people choose to shovel away from predictable terrain. It can be hard making decisions you feel like you know are right, but are different from the norm.

Now in my late twenties, I’m realizing there is a stigma to getting older. Whether it’s pressure from society or that biological clock – it’s there. Doesn’t life move fast enough? Why do we feel pressured to get married, repopulate by thirty and create a life that is “just perfect” enough to hate?

I, for one, DO not. In fact, I love my life. I waited six years before I married the love of my life, I don’t really plan on having children (at least now) and I’m trying to find a way to not go to work and not be homeless. Then again, I guess I’m not your typical girl. I didn’t know what my wedding dress would look like when I was fresh out of the womb. I told the saleswoman to “quit showing me cupcake crap.” (Sorry, Mom)

These encounters and growing pains, in my every day life, are what I hope to share here. And laugh at, wholeheartedly, aloud along the way. It took me a long time, but I’ve come to realize that it’s OK to be different, imperfect, flawed. These flaws are what help me laugh my way through life.

So, I’m attempting to live my life like a spork. I’m gunna get my soup and eat my cake, too. Why not?


Perks Being Me


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Captain Obvious
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 23:36:04

    Love your whole blog. Keep it up this is great. Awesome feel, entertaining look, random and entertaining writings. I’m shooting for what you’ve accomplished.


    • Perks Being Me
      Mar 12, 2011 @ 23:48:45

      Thank you so much! I seriously have toyed around with putting me sarcasm, writing and life out there for a while. And thanks for making my comment nice and not “I hate you.” Please do add me! I’ve added you as well. Looks like I found a friend with the same sense of humor.


  2. Captain Obvious
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 23:39:58

    Mind if I put you on my blog role?


  3. Captain Obvious
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 23:53:34

    I love it! A kindred soul! lol. I’m still toying with themes for my blog… I like yours but may be a little too girly for my taste (considering I’m a guy). And how did you add multiple menus below your header? Ive only been able to add one extra page to the homepage.


  4. Invisible Mikey
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 03:09:14

    Six years is indeed a long time to consider marriage when you are young. I also think taking time to consider having children (or not) is wise. I wish more people did that, but biological imperatives are awfully strong so I accept that most don’t. I’m looking forward to reading your work in future.


    • Perks Being Me
      Mar 13, 2011 @ 04:12:53

      Thanks for the positive, kind comments! It’s hard sometimes feeling like we all need to do something because that’s what “comes next.” I’d rather bring a child into the world, knowing all along I wanted one, and not be ready, than bring one into the world and think I never wanted this. I look forward to reading more of your work as well! Cheers!


  5. Dad
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 03:52:29

    Love you sweetie. I have enjoyed having you in my life. I honestly can not imagine my life without you in it. I am so very proud of you, and I need you to believe that I will go to the ends of the universe for you.



    • Perks Being Me
      Mar 13, 2011 @ 04:14:41

      Love you more than anything, Dad. You’re the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I am just now discovering what freedom truly means. Your sacrifices for this country don’t go unnoticed. Love you.


  6. lifewith4cats
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 18:53:54

    Hi sporks. Congrats on your new blog. I like the way your going with it. It always bugs me when others come at me uninvited to offer doom and gloom predictions about life and aging. I say, “pooh pooh on them.”

    meanwhile my inner child is doing a funny dance with her fingers in her ears.


    • Perks Being Me
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 22:42:32

      I laughed out loud when I read your comment. I think the same thing when someone is total Debbie Downer. My min starts racing and picture hilarious things.
      I’m glad to be in the blogging world 🙂


  7. Tatum
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 15:56:42

    Leslie we are more alike then I realized! Girl I just started planning my wedding at the end of February meaning we just decided on a date, this June! I never dreamed of my dress, or had colors picked out, I didn’t always want this or that etc. I purchased one wedding book lol.

    I’m enjoying your blog!


    • Perks Being Me
      Mar 17, 2011 @ 19:15:27

      “Sadie” – I am so glad you like the blog 🙂 It’s just me talking out loud so hopefully people can get inside my crazy head for a minute…I feel bad for them!

      I am not a super girlie girl and so some of the wedding plannig stuff, I really didn’t care about. I don’t like cake so I’m pretty sure, I crushed the bakery owners heart when I told her I wanted “whatever the majority of people wanted” and tried like 2 bites of something. It’s crazy people spend thousands of dollars on something that hardly any one eats!

      I guess I’ll get to try that frozen leftover topper this June on our 1 year hahaha 🙂

      I can’t wait to talk to you more about your wedding planning. I miss you and email me soon and if you find any great places for me to “advertise” – please email those too!


  8. Redneckprincess
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 01:52:58

    I cannot believe it took me so long to get my butt over here, but I am glad I finally did 🙂 You already make me smile, only read two posts!!! I will be back…


    • Perks Being Me
      Apr 06, 2011 @ 02:35:54

      Aww thanks! I am heading to yours again although I must admit – I was mildly stalking you through Devasting the Obvious. I think we have similar outlooks on life and people lol. Thanks SOO much for making me feel good. I just love to write and talk and it makes me happy that it can make someone else smile. But thank you for making me smile, too. Yay…hahaha!


  9. Dave Bradshaw
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 18:58:24

    Well, well, well Phillips… sorry old habbit… Perkins. I have read every post today, instead of entering ads of course. Unless someone here is reading this, then I read it at lunch. But I enjoy the blog. My blog died quicker than it began… but I think I am going to start one on my own, not with a friend. I’ll let you know. I know I am very important and you NEED to be informed of what I am thinking… but then again who wouldnt. So keep up the witty writing, I’ll have to come out swinging to challenge you for best blog.

    ps. come back to ohio. that is all.


    • Perks Being Me
      Apr 21, 2011 @ 19:30:53

      You found me! Thanks for reading it. Game on, friend and fellow blogger. I challenge you to a blogging duel!
      I will win because I always win. And that is all. And unless the Buckeyes will carry me around the streets of the Short North on their shoulders, I’m probably never dealing with the cold there again. Sorry. Miss you bunches.


  10. mykitchenchaos
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:46:07

    Great stuff! Glad you let me know about your blog. I’ll be subscribing!
    and feel free to add your thoughts to the Chaos!


  11. Anonymous Betty
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 14:44:45

    Sporks in the road are what make life more interesting! Looking forward to reading more!


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