Monday, June 14, 2010


Maybe I do my best writing in bed.

Maybe I read too much 'serious' literature when I should be writing.

Maybe I read too many mysteries, urban fantasies, and thrillers when I should be reading more serious literature.

Maybe I love the smell of puppy breath and crayola crayons and fresh rain on hot pavement.

Maybe I love punk rock AND classical. And pop. And blues. And...

Maybe I'm a literary and musical omnivore.

Maybe I never iron my clothes. Maybe I never will.

Maybe I think it's weird that some people iron their jeans. (Why??)

Maybe I hate socks.

Maybe I am high heels or flip flops or barefoot and rarely anything in between.

(these are the shoes from my avatar, on top of the books)

Maybe I wish I was prettier, skinnier, smarter, nicer, more patient.

Maybe I don't shave my legs or blow-out my hair and do my make-up every single day.

Maybe I love briny ocean air and sand.

Maybe I eat Cocoa Puffs for breakfast every morning.

Maybe coffee with an obscene amount of sugar and half & half makes me happy and functioning. Maybe I love SB's carmel frappes.

Maybe I love big cities and country farms.

Maybe I'm girlie and love Jane Austen, poetry, period/romantic movies, babies, the color pink, sparkly things, animals.

Maybe I can be moved to tears by a commercial. (SPCA/Sarah McLachlan anyone?)

Maybe I'm girlie and love violent action movies, crass, raunchy humor, NFL, science fiction, driving fast cars, fast boats, playing sports, fishing, killing zombies, and other badass things I wont mention here.

Maybe I like to sing What Do Tigers Dream Of in the shower.

Maybe I can shuck an oyster and suck it down faster than any man I've ever met.

Maybe I love spicy food and margaritas.

Maybe I know every line to every Gilmore Girls episode. 

Maybe a Movie By Kirk is genius.

Maybe I've been legally on my own since I was 15.

Maybe I come from a background of Broken People.

Maybe I am secretly proud to know they couldn't Break me.

Maybe I know I am strong and decent and loving in spite of my childhood.

Maybe I turned out successful and have a loving, healthy marriage.

Maybe I am shallow enough to love spending money on pretty things.

Maybe I spend a LOT of money on books...and shoes...and music...and flowers...and traveling.

Maybe I only stay in nice hotels and like pool boys to bring me $15 dollar drinks.

Maybe I donate a lot of money.

Maybe I love digging in the soil and playing with plants and flowers; watching things grow.

Maybe afterwards I get manicures.

Maybe I'm super social and will talk to anyone, and maybe I'm also comfortable being by myself.

Maybe I am beyond blessed and so very grateful that I know what real love is.

Maybe I am beyond blessed that my daughter is healthy, happy, gorgeous and smart.

Maybe watching my daughter dance en pointe gives me goosebumps.

Maybe my husband is the funniest, smartest, hottest man I've ever known.

Maybe, just maybe, somehow I'll learn how to be worthy of my blessings.

Maybe I'm shocked to have checked in here this morning and found I have gone past 300 followers/wolves in our wolf pack! 

Maybe I feel like celebrating.

Maybe I'll have to have another CONTEST.

(Should I?)

How was your weekend frolicking, my fellow wolves?



Neurotic Workaholic said...

You should have another contest! And I love your list of maybes. Reading it made me want to grab my journal and write down my own list of maybes...

Lorenzo said...

May be that's a milestone worth celebrating. Congrats

Christi Goddard said...

I was going to copy/paste the ones I could relate to, but then my comment would be almost as big as your blog post. :-)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I love your Maybe list! I feel like I know you better -- and realize how well I've "known" you up 'til now.

I watched The Hangover again this weekend. I love that freaking movie! It gets more hilarious each time.

Congrats on surpassing 300 followers! Whoot!!

((hugs)) Nicole

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! This wolfette loves your new look blog! Wooooooooo!

Maybe you're just fab and fantastic! :-)

Take care

Lola Sharp said...

Maybe blogger formatted this badly.

Maybe Blogger hates me.

Jen said...

Holy crap that was a ton of maybe's.... and I FRICKIN LOVED IT!

Way to go on 300 followers!!! Your awesomeness is just to awesome... thsoe wonderful peeps can't help but follow you! I would know, since I'm one of um!

Maybe you reminded me of Hermione Granger in HP 6 when describing interesting scents she liked!

j.leigh.bailey said...

I love this list! Congrats on your 300 + followers.

Like Workaholic above said, now I want to make my own Maybe list!

Happy Monday!

Mason Canyon said...

Congrats on passing 300 followers, way to go! Love your maybes and the shoes (oh my). If only I could wear something like that and not break my neck. LOL.

Thoughts in Progress

Alissa said...

I love all your maybes. And I am pretty sure that anyone who irons their jeans is in need of psychological help.

Lola Sharp said...

Alissa, maybe I agree. ;)

If you guys do a Maybe List and post it, let me know...I don't want to miss it!

Maybe I love you guys. :)

Christine Danek said...

This is great. There are a lot of maybes that relate to me as well.
I agree with alissa anyone who irons their jeans should possibly look into some help. :) Oh and that SPCA commercial...starting to tear up here. Congrats and celebrate!

Lydia Kang said...

Great post! I love all the possibilities in it...
Congrats on making it to 300 followers!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Maybe you should!
And I hate socks, too. Not as much as I hate pantyhose, but close.

Patti said...

Just goes to show that we can be many different things. Loved it.

Melissa said...

I adore this post. We can all be so many different things and I think most everyone is a study in contrasts.

You should have another contest. I like contests.

YAY for not letting Broken People break you. It's nice to know that a person can come from such a dark place and find such happiness. That stuff like that isn't just in stories.

You're already worthy of your blessings.

Jon Paul said...

Maybe the hokey-pokey really is what it's all about...

Congrats on your followership. This wolf is looking forward to the display of your contestinal fortitude that I'm sure is in the works! ;)

Piedmont Writer said...

There is no maybe about it, I LOVE the smell of puppy breath.

Palindrome said...

LOL, I love you! That's why I'm not surprised that you are over 300 followers now. ;)

This is a fantastic post. I need to make my own list for myself.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I love this list, and congrats on on 300 followers. LOL the ironing of jeans has baffled the world over. I don't get it either??? I love those shoes. Also glad to hear those broken people haven't broken your spirit :) Yes, have a contest I love contests! And congrats on winning Shannon's Swag (envy) =D

Anonymous said...

Theres no maybes about it? This was fantastic and beautifully honest!
Doesn't a varied and occasionally disorganised mind come up with the best, maybe ideas sometimes?!

Summer said...

I think you're amazing, and no maybe about it. Those shoes are killer!

I watched The Hangover again this weekend.

And then I had a weird morning...but more about that later...

Falen said...

yay congrats!

And now i want to eat oysters

Crystal Cook said...

That SPCA commercial totally makes me cry! And I love sparkly, babies, animals too (seperately, not one sparkly baby animal, but that would be cool too!)

You're just awesome, way to go to get to 300!!!

Vicki Rocho said...

I could go on and on about the things we've got in common (not everything, just enough to keep it interesting).

I'll limit it to the ironing. I put a note on facebook awhile back about ironing jeans and was shocked to discover people I really know do this! WHY?

Of course, I'm from the school of thought that if the wrinkles don't come out after a few minutes in the dryer, I didn't want to wear it anyway. hahaha.

JEM said...

This only confirms my belief that we are virtual best friends.

My teary-eyed commercial: the Hallmark commercial where the Down Syndrome brother moves out on his own for the first time. Gets me EVERY. TIME.

I vote contest!

Eric W. Trant said...

Maybe I had to pause The Hangover during the wolfpack scene so I could breathe.

Maybe my wife thought I was a flipping goon at the time.

Maybe you should have a Blood Brother contest.

- Eric

KarenG said...

Great list! And congrats on hitting 300 followers! woo hoo! Maybe you're an awesome kick butt blogger!

Southpaw said...

Those were some pretty great maybe's.

Heather said...

That was great. Maybe it's eerie how much we are alike!

Simon C. Larter said...

Maybe you're human and contradictory like the rest of us.

Maybe that's the cool part about being human.

Maybe this is too much profundity for Monday morning.

Maybe I should have gone for snarky with this comment.

Maybe I can't be arsed changing it now.

Maybe I liked this post.

I think I did.

Saumya said...

First of all, congrats!!!!!!!! Second, I think we might be twins. I aligned with SO many of your maybes :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh, I love this. Congrats on all your followers.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 300+ followers! :)

LR said...

Aww I loved this. I write best in bed too!
Feel free to recommend any awesome thrillers to me because I'm supposed to be reading those and, but, I keep picking up my literary novels instead.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I hate those Sarah McLachlan animal commercials. They make me feel so bad. D:

300 followers. Wow. I cannot imagine. Congrats!

Jeff King said...

Great legs and wonderful shoes.

thx for sharing.

Fran said...

That's a great list. I love a bit of tentativeness. Is that a word? Tentativity? Tentativation? Tentativability? *Sigh*

Portia said...

Did I blink and your blog got a new look? I love it. And I love contests too :-)

Watery Tart said...

This was BEAUTIFUL Lola, brought both laughter and tears--I don't know how many of your maybes are true, but I suspect quite a lot. We have gray area on which we disagree (I am ALWAYS BAREFOOT) but we have an awful lot in common, so GO, you strong, fabulous gal! The pains make us strong and the contradictions make us interesting.

Lola Sharp said...

Hart/Tart---They're all true.

Bluestocking said...

"Maybe I read too many mysteries, urban fantasies, and thrillers when I should be reading more serious literature."

Uh... that's totally me. But once I push past the fluff and get 40 pages or so into the serious stuff, I'm usually set...

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

MAYBE you should have another contest =) no, not maybe. Yes, definitly!

Lola Sharp said...

Portia--Yes. The Design Blogger forced me to do so or it wouldn't let me add a new gadget.
I kinda had fun pretending to be techie.
I'm not sure this is what I'll stay with.

Fran-- I like all those options. ;) I'm all for poetic license(ry?)!

Jeff--Thank you.

Amanda--I know. mangled puppy faces and sad songs equals a sad Lola calling with her credit card number.

LR--Thank God I'm not alone!! I wonder how many of us like to write in bed?

As for thrillers, LR, I like: Lehane, LeCarre, Connelly, Lisa Gardner, old (real) Grisham (not his 'co-writers)...sometimes Baldacci.
I also do love me some Steph Plum series by Janet Evanovich (for fun...clearly not a thriller, more of a comic mystery-ish. but fast, funny reading). And Robert Parker is fast and easy. (RIP)
For urban fun, I'm recently in love with Vicki Pettersson's Zodiac Series.

But mostly I love literary fiction. It's my true love.

Lola Sharp said...

Erica--THANKS!! I love winning a book and swag! :)

Kathryn-- see below. :)

Heather--Maybe it is eerie, but I like that we're alike!

JEM--Confirmation complete. You know I adore you.

Eric--Maybe I know the rooftop scene by heart. Maybe I've quoted it here on this blog too many times to be sane. Maybe I've even posted the clip on here. Maybe you are my blood brother, from another mother. DEFINITELY, I'm glad you and your kids are home safe. :)

Simon--Maybe your comment made me smile.

EVERYONE--MAYBE I think you are all so yummy, so delightful and delicious that I feel honored every single time one of you comments here. THANK YOU.


Let me think about it. You know it needs to be epic and funny and themed and a bit crazy.


DL Hammons said...

Maybe I really enjoy calling you friend! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Maybe you found a way to write a sweet, unique post.

Love those shoes.

We could all improve. Recognizing what we should do better and what we obsess about that we shouldn't is half the battle.

Jemi Fraser said...

No maybes about it - you rock! I loved this!

This line 'literary and musical omnivore' so describes me as well :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Super post! I love Gilmore Girls! Glad I'm not along. :0)

Tracy said...

Maybe I love this post! :o)

Missed Periods said...

Maybe those shoes are rad!

Kazzy said...

I like your list here! ANd those shoes are killer!

Jai Joshi said...

Definitely Maybe.


Clara said...

I think you should!
Loved the maybes! If you maybe decide to run a contest, then I´ll maybe run for it lol Ok, no, I´ll definetly run for it. =D

Janet Johnson said...

Congratulations on surpassing 300! So awesome.

Maybe you are one cool chica! Love the list. :)

Zoe C. Courtman said...

I loved this post so much. Thanks for sharing!!

Jared Larson said...

People iron their jeans? Serious? Maybe I use the dryer instead. But maybe they don't have a dryer and that's why they iron them? Maybe.

Elliot Grace said...

...maybe the minds behind The Hangover should send you a check for touting their work with the honor of a samurai:)

...I think maybe this is the best post you've ever written.

...maybe I'm's definitely the best post you've ever written.

...maybe you'd believe me if I mentioned that my 14 year old can play "What do Tigers Dream of" on his guitar. (chip off the old block)

...maybe no one's been more deserving of 300 followers:)

B. Miller said...

Maybe I love your blog... ok, there is no maybe.

YES, another contest please ma'am!

My weekend was awesome. Roller derby, friends from out of town, swimming, writing... I wore my horns. This week is the Midsummer Night's Dream party at a friend's house...

Anonymous said...

Maybe I like your new look for the blog, maybe it makes me feel less stressed...maybe I identify with everything you wrote (except for the high heels), but I'll never tell. xx

Kelly said...

Wow! Congrats on 300+ followers!
Maybe that's pretty darn cool!

T. Anne said...

Maybe I'll tell you. Oh OK I will, my weekend was spectacular followed by an even more fantastic Monday. In fact SO fantastic I'll never look at Mondays quite the same again. I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you. No really, it's that big. =)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Yes yes yes! Contest contest!!! So happy for your 300 bloggie friends because they're all following a super blogger. And those heels are killer by the way. You should wear them when we go out for spicy food and margaritas.

Oh. I forgot to mention. We should go out for spicy food and margaritas some time ;)

Corinne said...

I love your list... so many things I might do/be/etc... as well ;)
(thanks for stopping by today.... I think I'll stick around here a little while as well!)

Susan Fields said...

I love your list. Maybe you're awesome and that's why you have over 300 followers (I'm so glad I'm one of them!)

Melissa said...

Lola I just wanted to let you know there's an award for you on my blog.

High Heeled Life said...

Congrats!!! I love your blog and visit often... keep writing.. HHL

Lola Sharp said...

Y'all are sublime.

THANK YOU for always leaving such wonderful comments and being in my life.

Every comment is a gift. Thank you.
I read them all, even if I don't always have time to respond individually.

I also read all of your blogs, even if I don't always have time to comment. (I even read/lurk your posts from my iphone when I'm out and about).

Love you guys!

Talli Roland said...

AH! Love this post, Lola! I've been slightly behind in my blog commenting this week, so I've only seen it now.

Yes, have another contest. Yes, yes YEEEEEESSSSS!

TechnoBabe said...

You are a very interesting woman. This list is only a glimpse of you but it is fun.

Natalie said...

Shaving your legs is WAY overrated. :) And I loved the bit about being a literary omnivore (great visual!). I like many different kinds of books too.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My mother-in-law irons everything. Including underwear!!!!

I DON'T iron my husband's underwear. Actually, he's lucky when I iron his shirts. ;)

I cry at commericals, too. Sad, huh? Glad I'm not the only one. :D

Tessa Conte said...

There's an award for you on my blog... ; )

Lola Sharp said...

Stina--WHAT???? Your MIL irons underwear?!! OMG. That takes the cake. I have heard everything now. Everything.


It may take me a while to recover from this new development.

roxy said...

This post made me happy. Maybe I should read it again . . . . :) Thanks Lola, you-special-cool-alpha-girl-who-always-does-something-awesome-on-her-blog woman. P.S. I think I have an iron. Somewhere.

roxy said...

This post made me happy. Maybe I should read it again . . . . :) Thanks Lola, you-special-cool-alpha-girl-who-always-does-something-awesome-on-her-blog woman. P.S. I think I have an iron. Somewhere.

Slamdunk said...

Ha, your maybe list got me thinking about how many contradictions I have in my life--I think I am more vanilla though.

Terresa said...

Love Those Shoes! (just catching up on my blog reading now...)

Happy weekend, Lola!

Lola Sharp said...

Thanks guys.

I know I haven't been around much lately, I'm trying to get ready to leave for vacation.

May your pen be mighty

May your pen be mighty

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