Every Four Years… Leap Around the Blogosphere with me

Every four years, I get a special day. Sometimes, it’s a weekend, sometimes it’s just for a night. But since February 29, 1996 – I look forward to leap year.

That’s the day I married my husband. He’s the kind of man who has to be patient, very forgiving, and have a HUGE sense of humor in order to make this marriage work the last 16 years (4 if you only count in leap years).

So to say that Leap Day is an important day to me is an understatement. It really is one of my favorite days of the year (besides my children’s birth days and my sister’s… that’s April 1st. Oh the fun I have on that day!)

So in celebration of the awesomeness that is Leap Day I’m participating with Jessica from Found the Marbles to participate in a Blog Hop (get it? Hop. Leap Day?!) And you’re welcome to join us with your own post! (Just fill in the linky at the bottom of this post.)



1. My childhood nickname was “Nickeroo” “Nikki Nider” (I couldn’t say my S’s when I was little) or “Snickerdoodle” All of these given to me by my grandparents on my dad’s side. There are days that I miss them both so much that even thinking about my nicknames brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. I can still hear my grandfather yelling “It’s Ol’ Nickeroooo” as I would walk up  the driveway to his workshop. He said it up until the day he died.

2. If you want to spoil me rotten, buy me Pens. Pencils. Paper. Lots of it. I love little 5×7 notebooks and colorful pens that I can carry with me everywhere I go. I put them in my knitting bag, purse, car. There is never a place where I don’t have pens and paper. It’s the writer in me. Some call it a sickness or an addiction. I call it a “writer’s must-have.” Second that, I’d gladly take chocolate. You know what? Just buy me chocolate and pens and paper and we’ll call it a day.

3. The television character I most identify with is Roseanne. Somewhere in my mind I got the idea that my life would be a little loud and chaotic like hers was and I think I’m right. We’re so off kilter at home and people probably think that we’re extremely dysfunctional but anyone raising a family in 2012, knows that dysfunctional is the new functional.

4. If I had a whole day to go shopping and money to spend, I would go to…  I think the better question is where would I not go? I’d start at Black Locust Farms (my local yarn shop) and pick up some of they yummy hand painted yarns I’ve been admiring lately, then I’d probably travel north to my other favorite yarn shop, Smith’s Knitshop. They carry Debbie Bliss yarns and have a great variety of needles for when I decide that I just don’t have enough. I’d probably head back closer to home and visit Maurice’s – one of my favorite clothing shops. I’d likely pay a visit to the Wooster Book Company to get my read on and if I didn’t find anything I liked there, I’d go back up north to Oberlin College and visit their bookstore. They have a great variety of writing books and Moleskein notebooks. Assuming that I’m tired and I need a break, I’ll go home for more shopping for my Nook and then some pretties on etsy.

5. The most wild and crazy thing I have ever done (that I can admit to publicly) is there may have been this one time when I was about 13, a friend of mine and I snuck out of her apartment and went with some boys to a development that was was building new houses and decided to “tour” some of the empty homes that were still being built. That may have happened. I can’t be sure.

6. The one thing on my bucket list that I am most eager to do is travel to Ireland. I’m part Irish (don’t ask me which part), I just know that my great great grandfather on my mother’s side was Irish. It would explain things like my freckles, my love for all things potato and cabbage (but maybe not together), and the red that I keep trying to put back in my hair. Plus, hello?? Drink in an Irish pub? Yes. Please and thank you. Then there’s that whole Leap Year movie thing that I fell in love with but that’s just a bonus.

7. My family will always be loyal to Lipton Iced Tea mix. I kid you not – with the exception of Shorty, whenever I make a pitcher of tea, it’s gone in under an hour.

8. If I could spend a day with a celebrity I would choose Oprah. I had dreams of being on the Oprah Winfrey show. I think spending the day with her would be the perfect opportunity to ask her why she never called. I’d be all David Letterman-like. No, honestly, I think she’s a very intelligent woman who made the right moves for herself both personally and professionally. I was probably the only teenager skipping the end of the school day so I could go home and catch part of her show before I went to work.

9. In my opinion, the best invention in the history of the world is the phone. Don’t laugh. Even in the world we live in, all fast paced and internetish, there is still nothing like being able to pick up the phone to call my BFF when I need to cry or rant and hearing her voice on the other end of the phone. Sometimes Facebooking a gripe or a Cheer doesn’t have the same feel as being able to sigh heavily or giggle with someone. There no replacement for the sound of someone’s voice when you need it most.

10. When life hands me lemons, I make long island iced tea. There is nothing like a slice of lemon to go with my tea.

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About Nichole Smith

Nichole Smith has written 763 post in this blog.

Founder of Chaos in the Country and (original) The Guilty Parent blog, Nichole is a professional writer, blogger, social media strategist, and collector of yarn, books, and pretty paper.


  1. I hadn’t thought about it until now, but Oprah probably killed a lot of dreams when she decided not to renew her show!

  2. Very funny! Did you ever get to go see the Oprah Show? I did once. Hilary Clinton was celebrating her 50th birthday so we all got to have a slice of this massive cake, and of course, deal with the Secret Service. Oprah gave her the coolest gift of a HUGE basket, like coffee table size, of all leather bound books signed by the authors of her book club. Whoa. I still wear the sweatshirt I bought :-) Oh, and I used to do PR for Wittenberg University, so I know Oberlin College well! College bookstores are great little spots.
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  3. Congratulations on 16 years of marriage! I was lucky enough to go to Ireland and I really enjoyed it. However, I wasn’t there long enough, so I hope to go back someday.
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  4. What a fun leap idea!

    Congrats on your anniversary. I bet that’s saved your husband a bundle. LOL
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