Pretend to be Nice

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Buddy Blogging

Hi, this is Andrea. I am the other half of Pretend To Be Nice. My buddy Michelle and I are starting a blog because we are so full of ourselves and want to share the wealth of Sarcasm and Commando Parenting we crack ourselves up with. I don’t know about Michelle, but I need this because I miss her terribly!

My husband, two daughters and I moved from Grapevine, Texas, U.S.A to Costa-don’t-be-jealous-Rica. The idea to do this was  great but as I have since learned, I wasn’t ready yet. Andreas (that’s right, my husbands name is almost the same as mine) and I came to visit, fell in love with this small  country and its people, and then began making plans to eventually retire early and move here. That was back when my step sons were young and thought it was cool to visit us here. Tickets were cheap then. It only takes four hours to get here from Dallas Ft.Worth. Oh, won’t it be fun! Our friend will visit all the time!

I was teaching when I met Michelle, all pregnant with her third child. She was the mean math teacher next door.  Our 8th grade classrooms were like night and day. Mine had tie-dye curtains on the windows and bean bags in the library corner. The walls were covered with poetic and inspirational quotes. I had no children of my own so I lavished comfort on my students. That Ms. Kevil next door, had no time for that. On her wall there was clock.

I don’t know how or when I fell in love Michelle. Was it the way she could bend an eyebrow and I would know how she felt about what she was hearing at a faculty meeting? Or how she entertained us at lunch with stories of how she tricked her 3 year old into thinking he got to eat candy bars and donuts when they were really granola bars and Lender’s bagels? Or was it the time I missed the story about the third nipple because I was at a professional development class and she obligingly repeated it for me in unabashed detail and volume, in the team room, much to the chagrin of the only male teacher present?

I left teaching when we picked up our first daughter adopted in Colombia. I thought I would be going back, but then we adopted our second daughter, affectionately referred to as “the handful”. Andreas and I gave ourselves one more year in the Texas, to give Laura time to get to know my family and lose her ability to speak Spanish. Then, with the help of Michelle and her amazing powers of organization and complete disregard for other peoples treasures if it looks like trash to her, we packed and moved to Costa Rica.

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Michelle, proud of her empanandas.

 

Living in paradise has been great although not exactly what I expected. I miss my friends, especially my best bud, Michelle. Creating this blog together has been a blast. We are seeing how different we are from each other and using those strengths to our advantage. We are a great pair of bloggers, each taking charge of what area needs are attention. Look out Blogosphere, here comes Pretend To Be Nice!

 

 

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8 comments on “Buddy Blogging

  1. valerieremymilora
    April 2, 2014

    You two sound like quite the pair indeed and I look forward to sharing in your adventures through this blog. My 16 year old will be going to Costa Rica next year with her senior class for about 10 days, How I wish I could join her! Awaiting the next installment on your blog 🙂

  2. Andy Lockhart
    April 3, 2014

    Wonderful story, sounds like you are having a blast in “paradise”, we ourselves have 2 adopted Russian boys (teenagers)! Thanks for sharing.

    • andreazjensen
      April 4, 2014

      Thanks for sharing about your boys, Andy. I am always interested in hearing adoption stories.

  3. andreazjensen
    April 3, 2014

    Thanks for your comment, Valerie. I hope your daughter enjoys her trip to CR!

  4. Bonnie C
    April 4, 2014

    Andrea, I cracked up at how you described Michelle “helping” you pack for your move. Please tell lots more funny Michelle stories soon. And I’d like to see pics please of your home in paradise. 🙂

  5. Kevil
    April 4, 2014

    I was helping! 😉 Andrea is just like Leah, she totally forgot she even owned something (because it was in the back of her cabinet) and when asked what it was – all of a sudden it was her most favorite utensil…

  6. Happy Creature
    April 15, 2014

    so jealous… here in Michigan we broke the snow fall record – today- yup April 15th – fresh snow! I like your blog and look forward to more!

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