Chicken Fried Vogue

For 15 years and most of her adult life, Bubblez lived in the suburbs of a major metropolitan city. She enjoyed taking her children to museums, parks, and dates at Starbucks. Then Bubblez moved to the country and her En Vogue attitude got chicken fried. Her yard is a park where the neighbor's rooster won't stop crowing, Starbucks is almost an hour away, and her large collection of fancy shoes is worthless. But, living in the acres of green has presented more opportunities for living "green" as Bubblez travels the path toward self-sufficiency (and bitches ((and prays)) along the way).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vogue Escape

Looking For My Escape
Chicken Fried Vogue

Bubblez, are you going to do this week's Blogger Idol challenge? Do you want to do it with me? I mean you know, not IT, but it? Looks down and shuffles feet.....

Absolutely. All about it. Glad you asked. Have you thought of how to approach it? Oh my gosh, there are these gorgeous shoes in this catalog that are totally distracting me. Ugh...bad pretty.
Shakes head.

Ok, let's see. Ways to approach this assignment?

We could be in a life raft surrounded by sharks and vying for who is the most interesting, because the other person in our boat is a hot, Latin, shirtless man, and he is STAYING, but, we only have food and water for two, and those sharks are getting restless.

Your blog is usually pretty serious, though. Would he be the soft-hearted type?

What I write about in my blog is just one aspect of me, and we need fun. Do you have my number so we can talk?

I get no reception here in the hole that is Country Song, or else I would, although, I'm a bit stumped on what questions to ask.

Well, you know, ask me things that make me look skinny and taller. I want to be taller in print.

So, if you were going to be an animal, you would be a giraffe?

A unicorn is over-rated isn't it? Yes. I would go with a giraffe, all long legs and a natural tan. What animal would you be?

I don't know what animal I would be, although, if I were a color, I'd be gunmetal because it keeps changing, and it's hard to define, and is, therefore, intriguing and beautiful.. and gets fondled by the menz.

I like the way you think. What made you decide to write your thoughts in a blog?

All day long, I have these goofy thoughts run through my head, or silly little things are happening around me, especially since I moved away from the city, and I want to share them with someone, but I am alone with the kids most of the time. Like money that burns a hole in your pocket, my thoughts burn holes in my head. I have to let them out. I originally started my blog for weight loss accountability, but that didn't last long. Since the platform was already in place, I decided to use it for head spew.

I have always assumed that you write for healing, is that true?

I started writing because I had kept my story of abuse in for so long. I was the secret keeper, and I did not want to carry that weight. I am not defined by someone else's sickness and I refuse to be marked by the stigma. Then, I start getting feedback. I never thought about how my story would affect others. I am on BlogHer now, and many pages and groups have picked me up, which makes me feel like I am helping people.

I've always believed that God can turn horrors into blessings. I'm certain that your stories are helping others, and that is such a very, very good thing, and I'm glad it keeps you going.

I've also had a great number of people say that it helps them understand others who have gone through similar circumstances, but if you set aside the reasons, it is still a good story. I mean, there is a lot in there; trial and retrial, and so much everyday life stuff, too. It is about taking responsibility for my life. 

Now, tell me how you write, doll. How do you decide your topics? Do you have a structure to your writing? Do you pick a subject and then figure it all out? How do you create?

I say, I don't get topics. Topics get me. I am constantly struck by the world around me. I'm amazed by the humor or tenderness in the everyday things that others overlook. I write a lot about the juxtaposition between life in Suburbia and here. A simple trip to buy groceries can provide enough fuel for three blogs. When I'm the only person who seems to notice the weirdness of the world, I want to share. I do a lot of my writing on my phone. I need to get it all down while the thoughts are fresh, before I lose momentum. Then, I go back later and redraft it so it looks nice.

I write nonstop. I am always thinking of something. It helps that it is my life, so I know what goes where and the direction we are going. I know what the story is about and what I want to convey. I just have to sit down and start writing, and it will pour out.

Do you work on your blog everyday?

No. I have to be in the right mood. Also, I'm pretty busy. I will be writing soon about homeschooling because I've had questions about that, and there is so much to say, but school is one of things I'm busy with. Even if I want to be writing, I can't always be doing that.

Yes, you do have to be in the right mindset. My hours are mostly my own because my children have grown, unless I have my Grandbaby, then, all bets are off.

Would you say our blogs have anything in common?

Well, we aren't really Mommy blogs are we? We are both writing about the things we are experiencing and the changes that have come to us.

That's a great way of putting it, Chele. That's exactly what we're doing. 

I've really enjoyed working on this project with you. Let's push Mr. Hottie out of the raft and paddle to shore, ok? I want to order those shoes. 

Get his wallet first and then feed the fishes! We have shoes to buy! 

You are a joy to work with and I really appreciate you.


  1. Love Love Love! You clever little minx! <3 Wonderful.

  2. My favorite. By far! It flowed, and I didn't get confused about who was talking. Very nicely done.

  3. I like that money in the pocket money in the pocket simile. I get that. I enjoyed reading this.

  4. Oh dear lord; too much wine tonight. I have repeated myself above.

  5. Thanks for the picture of the hot shirtless dude too!

    1. Why write about porn when you can just watch it? Lol

  6. I think you did a really nice job with this. There was a good mix of serious and funny, which is a great way to really get to know people.

    I also like that you tied in writing since that's what Blogger Idol is all about. Very nice job.

    1. Funny thing is, this is pretty much just a transcript of our actual conversation. We were writing back and forth in chat trying to decide what to do, and then noticed that it was already done.

      Thank you so much for your feedback. :)