~ About Me (read this first!)
The quick and dirty:
I’m in my 40’s. I’m a huge geek. Mostly computers. I’m happily married to a huge geek. A few years back, we decided to reproduce. In January of 2003, my darling daughter joined our happy geek household and turned everything upside-down, forever.
This is a good thing.
But for most of the past 4+ years since then, I haven’t found the time to write about it. Sure, a few entries in a personal blog here or there – emails to family and friends – the odd chat with another sympathetic mom. But nothing formalized. Nothing public.
I thought it was about time to change that.
It’s hard to be an “older” Mom – even if you’re one of the many celebrities out there doing it these days. There’s nothing like finding yourself talking to a woman you believe is the Mom of the child your child is playing with on the playground and thinking “wow! We have so much in common! At last a Mom I can relate to!” only to have her turn to the child and say “Come on Suzy! Grandma’s got to get you home – Mommy will be waiting!” All the while realizing that she’s somewhere within a few years of your age.
It’s hard to be a Geek Mom – because when other Moms sit down around the edge of the playground or the occasional Moms-night-out Table, they want to talk about normal June Cleaveresque, Suburban Mom things. They’re not so much into the latest technology news, or what MMORPG you’re presently obsessed by. They don’t care that you just scored a deal on the hottest bleeding-edge must-have gadget. The issues of when to address the need to customize your firewall so that your child can’t accidentally access inappropriate content and the pros & cons of running your own DNS server to accomodate for that is far from their minds. Merely stating that your child had a domain name before she had a birth certificate comes across as loony behavior that can cause them to pick up and move to the other side of the park bench.
The only place I can find aging geek Moms with any regularity is here on the Internet.
So be it. I’ll write it… and if you’ve found me and read this far? Maybe you’ll stick around and play.
I won’t promise that it will all be ‘geekish’ posts, or ‘oldish’ posts. After all, I face the same issues anyone else trying to raise a little girl in America in the first part of the 21st Century does… but I do promise that it will be all through the eyes of this GeekMommy.
And so, let’s get on with this, shall we?