Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

How to find Eastern Women for Union


Asiatic brides are becoming more and more popular. They love their men and are lovely, womanly, and devoted. They also have good manners and intelligence https://womenasian.org/cambodian-women/. Several people long to wed an Eastern woman.

They enjoy receiving admiration. They put in a lot of effort to support their communities and provide for themselves. They quizexpo.com are well-educated and have promising futures.

They are forgiving.

Many men have an attraction to Eastern women because they find them to be very attractive. Nevertheless, this passion is frequently misguided and can result in hazardous circumstances. Be mindful of your desires and consider why you want an Asian partner.

Brides ordered by Asian mail order are devoted to their communities and loyal. They’re furthermore intelligent and well-educated. They put in a lot of effort to support themselves, and despite their delicate nature, they are not defenseless. They are quick on their feet and used to doing everyone completely.

In contrast to Western female, they are not naive. In addition to being attractive, they are well-mannered and possess strong family values. They have a strong community arrangement, but they also prefer to concentrate on their professions. They are highly educated and well-versed in numerous languages.

They are devoted.

Eastern women are quite devoted and possess strong family values. They care deeply about their people, but they also have aspirations for their profession and personal growth. They anticipate that their men will be understanding and encouraging. Instead of clues and hazy suggestions, they prefer direct discussions and talks.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that not all Eastern ladies are created equal, making stereotypes unthinkable. For instance, despite being just as self-employed as different women, some Asian female are fetishized for their appearance and docile dynamics.

It’s best to constantly communicate with an Eastern female via chat and video enquiries if you’re considering getting married to her. You will have the chance to find out more about her and comprehend her traditions as a result. Additionally, it will assist you in assessing her suitability.

They have education.

Eastern women are used to working hard in school and receiving top results. They are also aware that their family’s hobbies are what matter most. As a result, they are willing to give up their occupations to improve the lives of their loved ones.

Because of certain preconceptions, a lot of people harbor unfairness against Asiatic girls. They believe that Asians only want to turn housewives and are faithful and subservient. But this is not the case. Asian females are well-educated and possess unique aspirations.

Additionally, they are devoted and obedient ladies. They dislike cheating on their spouses and are typically prepared to start a family once they find the right partner. They are searching for a lover who does give them love and safety.

They’re intelligent.

Eastern females are intelligent and prepared to wed a gentleman who will allow them to experience society’s journeys together. They even make excellent brides, and their innate paternal impulses make sure they are equipped to handle home duties. Whether you’re interested in dating an Asian lady or just want to know more about them, there are plenty of ways to meet one.

Be cautious when interacting with Asian girls online. Do n’t mention sex in the opening messages, and resist the urge to send her money or electronic devices. You might fall victim to a blackmail system where she threatens to expose compromising images or recordings of your conversations with her. Many of these requests are schemes. If this happens, obstruct her right away.

They’re lovely.

Asian women are incredibly attractive, and they are eager to wed attractive guys. They do, however, want to be treated with love and respect. By showering her with remarks and donations, you can win her heart. Make sure to call, ask how she’s doing, and send her typical communications to express your love.

Additionally, steer clear of preconceptions. Contrary to popular belief, Asian women are not dutiful and subservient. They desire the freedom to voice their opinions and become self-reliant.

They wo n’t leave their country just because the living conditions are poor, but they’re not afraid to stand up for themselves. They esteem their home and are nationalistic and devoted. They put their careers first and take good care of their homes.

Locating a Puerto Rico dating page


Puerto Rican females love passion. They’re often playful in mattress and love to kiss with their partners. They are also quite friendly and emotive. By using a specialized dating site, several men can make real links with Puerto Rican women.

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The site has a different users foundation that includes both tunes and married individuals. The website has a high success rate among matched people, and many of its individuals have had positive experiences. Its user-friendly layout and client-centered approach make it a strong frontrunner in the world of online dating. People can make the most of their romantic experience thanks to the site’s extensive list of attributes and credit-based system. In improvement, it offers a wide variety of amenities for beginners.


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Customers appreciate the straightforwardness of this website, which is simple to use and offers top-notch customer service. When you decide to subscribe, you can choose from several credit plans that allow unlimited communication. The site’s free trial period is long enough to determine whether the blog is right for you. These attributes are fantastic for hectic songs looking to strike up a discussion with prospective dates.


Colombialady is a website for men and women who are serious about finding true love. It features an effective communication system that includes e-mail, skype, and a Camshare video- talk service. Additionally, it gives users the ability to view profiles and pictures of potential games.

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An online dating service called Match2 offers Puerto Rican singles the chance to join with one another. It offers a variety of features to assist users in finding the ideal suit, including first-class messaging options and a true collection of Puerto Rico women. Additionally, the website offers excellent customer service that is accessible 24 hours a day.

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New Venture


Looky at me! Selling stuff on Etsy! People who don’t even know me have bought stuff so I feel all official now. Check me out (if you like pottery…if you don’t then it wouldn’t interest you)! I even have a new domain name with thoughts of a muddy type bloggy thingy. Haven’t decided what to do with it yet but it is mine for another 6 months while I think about it.


How do you work this thing?


I get requests from time to time that I dust off my old soap box here. More often, folks just tell me that they miss it rather than asking me to revive it. I think many of us got out of the habit of reading blogs around the same time we got out of the habit of writing them. I said more than once that Facebook killed blogging in my circle. Well that and Google Reader folding. (Wasn’t that the name of the blog reader we all used?) And then the one I migrated to folded too. From time to time, I check in on some friends who continue to blog but most often I see what the old gang is up to via Facebook. I miss the community we built when we all blogged. It got me through some rough times with adoption and some isolating times with infants. I also miss the cheap therapy. I read old posts and think damn I used to be witty and have all sorts of things to say. I no longer feel like I have much to share – until I go comment on someone else’s post on facebook then I ramble on and on and on. But Cass tagged me on a taking stock post and I thought what the hell. Why not? So here we go, I’ll see if I can remember how this blogging thing works. (Hey! I remembered how to link a post! Woohoo!)

Cooking: I’m not very adventurous with my cooking these days. I don’t try a lot of new recipes and fall back on the tried and true. But I’ve enjoyed cooking with fresh veggies from our tiny garden and our CSA this summer. Last night, I used some of the last of our summer tomatoes for spaghetti sauce. There are probably just enough left for a batch of salsa.

Drinking: I bought myself a Nespresso machine with milk frother last year. I LOVE it. It makes morning happy. My keurig services my husband and children (hot water for instant oatmeal) but I rarely touch it these days (other than to refill the water because apparently no one else is capable.) Other than my morning double shot latte, I mostly drink water. Although, I have discovered in my old(er) age that I really appreciate a good rum. This is my current favorite when I can find it.

Reading: I just finished a not so great book for a book club. Prior to that, I read The Hand That Feeds – I recommend that one. †My mom sent me a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated (which ironically isn’t particularly illustrated – no shiny photos). Despite my apathetic cooking, it is a cool cooking magazine. They talk through all of the testing of the recipe and the WHY for different ingredients. I appreciate how thoughtful it is and I have a couple of recipes I want to try.

Making: Pottery. Specifically Christmas ornaments today. Anyone who has been in contact with me the past couple of years is aware of my new obsession with pottery. I have a wheel and baby kiln at home. I’m getting really close to opening an Etsy shop. It is all very exciting. Making pottery feels like a super power. I take dirt and turn it into pretty things! I’m constantly learning.

Watching: I’m watching in amazement as my girls grow into people. I started this little blog before they existed. And now Sabrina is 10. Tessa is 8. And they have lives outside of us and are full of attitude and opinions and sass. Some days I am just gobsmacked by how fast it all seems to be going. And then I think a little more about it and I remember how long the days were when they were little. It was hard. I wasn’t a great mom to toddlers. But we all made it through and now I like the people they are becoming.

Lunching: Friends are harder to keep touch with expiration of my Mom’s Club membership. People are busy with school activities and part time jobs – older relationships sometimes fall down on the priority list as new ones are made. It is just life. And despite my introverted tendencies, I need people who make it (read: me) a priority. I have a little group who keep 1 date clear every month and we have a 3 cocktail lunch. It is delightful. We eat, drink, and are merry. I cherish that monthly date. It matters. Girlfriends are good for the soul.

Loving: My husband. Still. More. I don’t know how that is possible but he continues to be even more amazing. He supports my pottery obsession. He is unfazed by my complete lack of ability to say what comes next for me. There is a big question mark looming out there for my future. And he is okay with that as long as I am. He continues to be an amazing father and husband. And he has found his passion in his current job.

Dipping: For the first time since moving here, I’ve started dipping my toe into local politics. We moved here when Sabrina was less than a year old and then I got pregnant with Tessa and life just kind of took over. I just finally feel able to look up and see what is happening around me. And unfortunately, it was a school board gone mad. (You might have heard about us on the national news. The crazy folks who wanted to remove all mention of Islam from our social studies/history books because our 99% white, Christian teachers were obviously indoctrinating our children to become Muslims? Sigh. Yes. That’s us.) We live in this vanilla suburb because of the schools and there was no way we could let the crazy take over. A lot of parents agreed so grass roots style we got some sane folks elected to our school board this year. We still have a couple of questionable members but they are out numbered by reasonable people. I’ve also got a yard sign for a lovely woman running for our state house. (Perhaps you heard about the TN lawmaker whose office was moved to a separate building because he couldn’t stop harassing all of the women at the state house? Also us.)

Wishing: We have built a great life here in Tennessee. But I wish we were closer to home. I wish we were closer to family. I wish we were closer to my BFF who has had some rough patches and I’m too far away to support her with anything other than ridiculously silly phone conversations. Our life here is great and we have great friends but I do miss home and those connections. (And it is SO conservative here that it makes me a bit crazy.)

Dreaming: Steve and I dream of being able to travel together. We both traveled before we met but started down the kid path pretty soon after getting together (that happens when you don’t find The One until you are in †your 30s) so we never had a chance to do that together. We have a laundry list of place we want to go. Someday.

Laughing: I find it hilarious to think what my 20 year old self would think of my 44 year old self. I was passionate about changing the world, my date book ruled my life – the fuller the better, never wanted kids or a husband, suburban life sounded so DULL. I’m a stay at home mom in the suburbs of Nashville. My life is dull. But that is okay. I told Steve after years of change and upheaval, I wanted some boring. Now I have it. I prefer to think of it as roots. I want my girls to have roots. I need to feel settled. A series of small choices all led me here. To this place. To this life. And it looks nothing like I planned or envisioned. But it is perfectly imperfect for me. For us.

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Simple Tomato Soup


This is not my recipe. But every time I make it, I have to double check the recipe because I’m convinced I’m forgetting something. It is so simple and so good. Even Sabrina drools over it and that child isn’t a big fan of anything that involves tomatoes. And that is almost all there is to this soup! Use the good tomatoes. I usually do 3 cans rather than 2 – leftovers. And there is enough butter and onion to carry 3 cans. I do add an extra couple dollops of 1/2 and 1/2. And I top it with a little swirl of basil flavored olive oil. I sometimes add in some fresh basil when I’m pureeing the soup but I’ve found the oil adds just enough without adding the leaves. So whatever your preference is. I know not everyone has basil olive oil on their counter. (I might have a slight addiction to a store around here that sells flavored olive oils and vinegars. Makes salad dressing oh so fun. My current favorite is the roasted red pepper blackberry vinegar. Yum! Also a little basil oil and a little lemon or orange flavored oil drizzled over a piece of fish before broiling adds a really bright flavor.) Okay, enough. I don’t have to yammer on. I’m really only doing this post so that *I* can find it when I need it. The blog, where it originated, was down the last couple of time I tried to check it. But to give credit where credit is due, this recipe comes from Laura’s Best Recipes.†Her recipe and directions follow: (I will add 1 more thing – you all remember that I have trouble shutting up – I like a few curls of parm or asiago on top too)

Creamy San Marzano Tomato Soup

  • 1 stick of organic, unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • Sea salt
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of certified San Marzano whole, peeled tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (plus more if desired)
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle

In a large soup pot, melt the butter on low heat. Add the thin slices of onions and coat with the butter. Season generously with sea salt. Make sure the heat is at its lowest setting, cover and allow onions to cook for about 30 minutes until soft and translucent.† Use that low heat so the onions donít brown. You want them soft and sweet.

Add San Marzanos and their juices to the onions. Increase the heat just a touch to allow the mixture to simmer. Cover and allow to cook for 30 minutes.

Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor (I used my Vitamix) and blend in batches.† Slowly pour a portion of the cream into each batch until youíve reached a desired creaminess.† Taste as you blend and season with sea salt and pepper.

Serve very hot.

The tomatoes I use (because they are what I can find)


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Brownlee Family-171

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Proof of Life


Well look at me. I’m writing on my blog. It was a long winter and spring here. Anyone who knows me in person or on Facebook has seen various updates on my health. I had surgery in February and again in May. That was fun. And a great reminder from both my doctors and my body that 40 takes a lot longer to recover than 20. But I’m finally nearing normal again. I would say I’m at 85% and will get back to 100% once I get my butt in gear and do some exercise to rebuild my stamina.

So, what else…school ended. And is about to start again. Summer vacation was the annual beach trip and a couple of days in Asheville. I spent the first part of summer resting and recovering so it has been a pretty quiet one. The girls have been amazingly patient. No recipes – I haven’t been loving food much the last few months. No pottery to show off – I had to quit my class after the last surgery. I don’t have a lot to say – really thought I’d drop a photo and run. Getting ready to send Sabrina to the 3rd grade and Tessa (my baby turned 6 yesterday *sob*) to kindergarten. As most moms, I’m wondering where the time has gone. Here is my little fam in Asheville a few weeks ago.



I’m hoping to stop back in soon with actual words but no promises.

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Mayday! Mayday!


Three weeks. I only have 3 weeks left until summer vacation begins for the girls. Yikes! While I look forward to turning off the alarm clock and not packing lunches, we have entered an era of bickering that makes me fear 2 1/2 months of togetherness. Everything seems to become an argument these days. The girls will argue about exactly what shade of green the grass is. I’m hoping that this summer is better than last year weather-wise so that I can distract them with the pool more often.

Tessa is currently OBSESSED with horses. She got to ride a pony at a birthday party and was in heaven.



Easter egg coloring is serious business



Nothing says Easter like a nerf dart gun






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Glaze covers many sins


I got my pieces back from my first pottery class last night. I’m taking beginner pottery again (along with 3 other women from my last class). My pots are a little misshapen and wonky but I have to say the glaze makes them look much cuter than when they were just bisque fired. My main problem is that I haven’t got the whole pulling up the walls action. If you look, all of my pots/mugs/things are about the same height no matter how much clay I started with. My goal for remedial beginner pottery is to figure that piece out. But I have to say I like most of my little pieces. These are all of them but 1 raspberry colored bowl my mother in law chose as her favorite.






Steve made fun of the mug. It is pretty shallow and weighs a ton because of all of the clay in the bottom that didn’t get pulled up. I’m determined to figure this out and hope to have a little more variety of shape and size to show off after this round of classes.


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Spring preview


Time keeps marching forward at a much faster pace than seems possible. The girls continue to get bigger despite my best efforts to keep them my babies. †Sabrina is 7 1/2. Tessa is 5 1/2. Tessa outgrew both her bike helmet and her bike over this never ending winter. Sabrina continues to thwart all efforts to teach her to ride her bike without training wheels while at the same time starting to outgrow the bike she refuses to ride. Spring break is this week. Only 2 months of the school year remain. Then I will have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener. And I will have to figure out what the next chapter of my life holds. No pressure.

For now, let’s focus on some photographic evidence that this winter might end at some point. We had a little taste of spring last weekend and took advantage of it by playing outside.















I’ll have a post later this week or next weekend to show off the first round of my finished pottery pieces. Warning: there will be many disclaimers about how hard it is because many of them are ugly and misshapen. But I love them anyway.

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