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May 27, 2011

Parent Club Profiles | Sharon DeVellis

Name please.
Sharon. Or mummy. Sometimes honey. Also, Hey You! There was this one time I accidentally cut someone off and they yelled a name at me but I couldn’t really hear it because his window was closed. I’ll answer to all of them except whatever the window yeller said.

Your Website?
I have two! I’m Editor of and have a blog there called The Inside Scoop which has nothing to do with hysterectomies at all and another blog called Speed Skating Mom. That one’s simpler to figure out.
What's your specialty? (work-wise - you're probably pretty special at a lot of things)
If you asked my kids, they would say I specialize in being the meanest mom in the world but you can’t ask them because they’re both in a time out for not cleaning their rooms, so I would say writing. And editing. I’m really good at editing other people’s work. Mine? Not so much. There’s probably a typo in my answers somewhere. I blame it on my keyboard, the keys tend to stick because of all the salsa I’ve dripped on it. For awhile I couldn’t type Z’s which didn’t really affect me until I tried to write an article on Vajazzaling which *raises eyebrows and shakes head* you don’t even want to know. Whatever you do don’t google it. No, seriously, don’t do it.

Alright…don’t say I didn’t warn you.
What's your shameless plug? (books, blogs, bling, etc.)
I’m not even sure why you would think my hair isn’t real.
Best thing about your work:
I get to work from home and eat nachos and salsa. Plus every afternoon I have a dance party in my living room. I used to drink coffee but found this to be a much more effective way of perking myself up when I was hitting the mid-afternoon slump. I don’t understand why corporate environments frown on dance parties. I bet employee productivity would go up 700% if they were allowed to bust a move for a few minutes every day.

Also the potential for viral videos.

Parent or not a parent?
I didn’t know I got a choice. Was there some return policy I’m unaware of?
Share a typical Tuesday (really we want to hear how you "do it all")
My husband’s day off is Tuesday so I’m going to choose Wednesday because Tuesday is when I lay around in a robe all day while he feeds me peeled grapes. It’s also the day I take hallucinogens.
Typical Day: I want you to close your eyes and picture a hamster running on a wheel. Running, running, running, running but never actually getting anywhere. That’s pretty much it, only also add kids needing to be fed, school volunteering and rushing to do laundry when I realize there is no clean underwear for anyone.

And for the record, I never “do it all” – I prioritize and have learned to let go of the stuff that doesn’t really matter. If you ever come over to my house, don’t look at my baseboards.

Do you blog? (include your blog address)
Do you tweet?
Link to a post/portfolio/recipe piece you think shows your most supreme skills:
Seriously….I don’t think I have something that shows my supreme skills. I’m always working on improving my writing and I could go back and re-write everything I’ve ever written. If I ever hit a place where I think I’m supreme, I’ll stop trying so I’ll just stay at this place where I feel I suck and work my ass off to be better every day.
Wallflower or social butterfly?
Okay….Imma gonna break the news here. I’m a butterfly who’s ridiculously awkward in social situations. Like last week I was at this tweet-up and I walked over to someone, hugged him and told him how good it was to see him again, then continued to talk to him for the next 5 or 10 minutes until I finally realized he wasn’t the person I thought he was.

True story. This is why I drink.
Name 3 people you would like to meet-in-person from Twitter (add why so we can follow them too)

This is difficult because I’ve already met so many awesome people that I tweet with but I’d have to say:

@ApoloOhno: This is purely professional. My meeting him would have to do with learning tips and skills for speed skating and nothing to do with touching his rock hard thighs.

@eatingarainbow – Kia is funny, vibrant and is trying to teach people how to get their kids eat more fruits and vegetables. Plus she DMs me all the time telling me how great I am. Although she hasn’t been lately. You should follow her anyway.

@JNReynolds – Technically I’ve ‘met’ her in real life due to my ability to wear someone down until they finally say “OKAY! I’ll meet with you. Just please stop with the emails.” But I’d like to chat with her more – she’s brilliant, strong (I mean mentally – I haven’t challenged her to a wrestling match….yet) and funny.
Also, she never actually said for me to stop emailing her. She’s way too polite for that.

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At May 29, 2011 at 1:41 p.m. , Blogger Diana - Teacher Mom said...

Oh, Sharon! I need more people like you in my life. Cause they say humour is the best medicine.


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