Thursday, April 5, 2012


Hello.  My name is Susan Brooke.  Welcome to my blog.

For my first post of this new project, I figured I would provide a little bit of an introduction of both myself and what my plans are for this site.  For starters, I am a graduate student.  I’m working full time and going to school part time in order to earn my M.S. in Information Technology.  If you think this sounds boring, you are very right.  It is also incredibly stressful and expensive, but mostly boring.  I have my B.A. in English with a specialization in Medieval Literature and a minor in Creative Writing.  My, how my aspirations have changed since those days early days.

But that’s just the boring academic side of me (which I can’t wait to be done with).  I’m also an enthusiastic but woefully inexperienced gardener, a cook with a track record of things coming out edible 50% of the time, a knitter who can only make rectangles, a Pagan, and a part-time witchy woman.  I also have a fun group of friends who run the gamut of almost normal to lovably odd and who never leave me with a lack of stories to tell.

And if my friends and list of activities don’t provide me with enough humor to share, my family and in-laws will more than make up for it.  Because, in addition to the work, school, and social life, I’m also getting married this year, which means that myself and my Deist/agnostic fire fighter fiancé are going to have to balance my devoutly Roman Catholic and Seventh Day Adventists relatives with his Catholic parents and Evangelical and Fundamentalist relatives, and somehow squeeze in all his cursing, spitting, hard drinking fire house buddies to boot.  If nothing else, it should be fun to watch.

So why a blog?  Well, my life is hectic, crazy, full of unusual situations, and I wanted a place to record it.  I wanted to share both the goings on in my mundane life as well as my spiritual one and share the things I learn, whether they be cooking, gardening, or witchy.  And frankly, I wanted some place to talk about what happens when headstrong Pagans and fundamentalist Christians end up firmly stuck in one another’s lives, and the good and bad parts being not just a Fire Fighter’s girl but being one with unusual interests.

I think that sums it up in a nutshell.  I hope you enjoy my blog.