Welcome to My Bumpy Ride.......

Before you all read on, I guess it is best to introduce myself to you and let you know a bit about myself. I am Susan, and first and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful young man. Though he is grown, he will always be that three year old little boy, that asked all those questions and expected answers to them all. Though I will tell you much about myself in this blog there is no one or nothing that is as important to me as him, even if I don't discuss him much, because he kina likes to remain private.

For years I was actively trying to find myself, but that was a big waste of time, since by doing so I was not living. All my life I have always known that I was "different", but was unable to know why that was. I first thought that perhaps it was because I was adopted, but that was not the case. Turns out, I am bipolar and pretty much have been all my life. This was explained to me about nine years ago when I had a major melt down. I tend to be more on the depressive side, but have on occasion been quite manic. My last episode was early thru mid 2008, with full blown depression. For five months, I bearly left my house, let alone my bed. Why am I telling you this? I just want it out in the open and let you understand that I discuss my illness from time to time.

Present day, I am currently a full time student, studying social work. At the end of 2011 I was approached by a mentor of mine, who mentioned a new program that was going to launch here in Rhode Island. This new program called the Peer Wellness Coaching, was something that I had always wished would become a reality and to add even more excitement was the fact that this mentor was inviting me to train for a position as one of the Peer Wellness Coaches.

So currently (spring 2012) I am part of the three phases of training and should be employed by the fall of 2012. What is even more excellent about this program is that they are aware of my education goals and are willing to work with me on maintaining those goals.

Also you might hear me mention NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), because I am actively involved with them. I am a facilitator and state trainer for the NAMI Connection groups (peer run support group) here in Rhode Island, and I also help teach high school and college students about mental illness through NAMI RI's Inside Mental Illness program.

So with all that being said...I hope you read on to my daily activities and thoughts and such.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Centus ~ Auntie Edith’s Words

PROMPT:  "Words can be puzzling..."  
WORD COUNT -  Not to exceed 104  (including the prompt)
PICTURES - Any Additional 

My submission…

“Bye, Bye Auntie Edith!” the young girl yelled toward the old Volkswagen as it rolled away. She then turned to her mother behind her and asked. “Auntie Edith was your auntie too when you were a little girl?”

“Yes, Honey.  Auntie Edith is Grannie’s sister.” Her mother placed a hand on the little girl’s shoulder and slowly guided her toward the house.

“Mommy, are you sure she is Grannie’s sister, really?”

With a smile on her face the mother responded, “Oh yes, they are sisters.”

“I don’t think they went to the same school, because Auntie Edith’s words can be puzzling.  What is gnarly?”


  1. Susan, GREAT take on the prompt! This one kind of threw me, and I don't usually read others' offerings first, but I'm glad I read yours. Now I had better write my own.

  2. great take on the prompt. the prompt fits so well in the story.

    hope you have a great day.

  3. Cool aunt! And I love the pic, too.


  4. lol. i didn't expect that. great job!

  5. Love this story! My husband had that yellow VW, and growing up in the 60's in California...everything was gnarly! Great take on the prompt!

  6. that goes so well with the photo! Love it!!

  7. Aha, a cool auntie!!! I love your story, Susan. Keep up the great work! Mine is here
    Have you an AWESOME WEEKEND!

  8. Who doesn't want a cool aunt like her!
    ~Naila Moon


  9. Oh this photo just rocks! I enjoyed your cute story too! Gnarly and all!

  10. Great story, love the picture too.

  11. This made me laugh so hard!

    Tonight my Grandlittles and I were dancing and rapping to 'Airplanes'.

    When we finished our third round, the middle one said, "Are you sure you're a Grandma? You don't act like our other Grandma's. Oh. Wait! Yeah. You have gray hair."


    Thanks for sharing this cute writing.