It is my pleasure to introduce you to another amazing mom blogger on Mom Plugged In. Today we are visiting with Mishelle Lane also known as Secret Agent Mama. Mishelle is an amazing photographer and a very creative mom blogger. You're going to love her.
I've become a loyal
stalker fan of Secret Agent Mama because her warmth and humor make her photos come alive. When I look at her photos, I feel like I am there with Mishelle and I'm in on the moment.
1. Tell us about yourself.
There are many ways that I can describe myself; wife, mother, daughter, friend, photographer, blogger/writer, music enthusiast, coffee snob, short order cook, taxi service, etc, etc, etc.. When it all boils down, though, I am who I am. I don't make any excuses for my imperfections, choices, or life style. I try to find humor and the silver-lining in everything, and while I can be geeky and neurotic I can am completely compassionate and generous. Those last two are the qualities that I want to instill in my children the most: compassion for others and having a generous heart. I believe that with the mastery of those virtues, [you] can excel in life, in ways you can't even imagine.
2. What's your favorite gadget?
My favorite gadget, by far, is my camera. It's a Canon Rebel XTi and I got it in February of 2008.
I've always been a photography buff, but this camera really exploded that for me. It allows me to be good at what I do, all the while getting better! Not a day goes by that I don't take pick it up and take a picture of something. That's how much I love it. It's also very user friendly and I've been able to explore the bells and whistles without having to beat my head into the wall.
Another favorite is my recent "friend", my iPod Touch. I love it! I can listen to music (which I love, love, love,) check Twitter, Facebook and Gmail from anywhere in the house, and I can take it with me (to use the maps, calendar, notebook, everything at my fingertips.) I just love it!
3. What's your favorite TV show?
My favorite show, currently, is Dexter. It airs on Showtime and the main character is played by Michael C. Hall, whom I grew to love as David on HBO's Six Feet Under (which is my ALL TIME favorite show.) He's sexy, intriguing, complex, and there's a little of everything on that show! It's a must watch for me and my husband. Other faves include:
- Heroes - which I watch with my three older kids.
- LOST - which I am still totally "lost" watching.
- Grey's Anatomy - for the hospital drama, music and McDreamy.
- Californication - for David Duchovny. I was a die hard X-Filer--so sue me.
- True Blood - for my requisite vampire fix.
Here's a picture of my children and our dogs...who think they are children!
4. What music do you listen to when you have “me time”?
Music is an integral part of our lives. We seriously listen to music in this house! We listen to the radio, CDs, and we each have iPods. The kids have iPod Shuffles, my husband has an iPod Nano, and I have my handy dandy iPod Touch! Lately, though, I have been totally turned on to this site that is a lot like Twitter, but with music. It actually mainstreams into my Twitter account so that all my friends can see what music I am listening to. Someone even created a hashtag for me...#jamminwithmishi. The site is Blip.fm
My favorite artists/musicians, though, are: Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Live, Nirvana, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, U2, Elvis, and John Mayer.
In the picture below, no one has listened to this radio for quite awhile. But I still thought it was cool.
5. What song do you love to sing on top of your lungs when you are alone in the car or shower?
What's Up by Four Non Blondes or One Week by the Bare Naked Ladies!
6. What is your family's favorite entertainment activity?
We love to take long country drives and explore different parts of where we live. But, we also love to put a good movie, nosh on some popcorn and drink Jones sodas!
The photo above shows our shadows, taking a family walk.
7. Favorite board game or video game?
My favorite board game is definitely Trivial Pursuit. As far as video games it would have to be Mario Kart Wii.
Here is another picture of my kids, minus one. They make me want to pull my hair out some days but I love them so much.
8. What is your favorite karaoke song?
Don't Tell Me by Madonna.
The picture below is my husband Michael and little Davey. I love pictures of my children with their papa.
9. Who would play you in a movie about your life? What's the plot?
I've thought about this in the past, even devoting a blog post to it. I thought maybe Angelina Jolie, but she'd have to plump up a little. I think, however, that Ashley Judd would be a much better choice. Such a classic beauty, you know!
The plot would be about my upbringing as the only daughter to immigrant parents from Macedonian (Former Yugoslavia Republic) and the love story that has brought me to where I am today. There would be a great soundtrack to it, for sure!
As you can see from the photo below, there's always something going on around our house, even at dinnertime. Any movie about my life would have to have lots of action!
Big thanks to Mishelle, aka Secret Agent Mama, for letting us have a peek into her life and sharing some of her favorite entertainment picks. If you want to check out her work, you can find Mishelle on the websites below:
Next week's Mom Plugged In will feature Mom Advice, a money saving mama with a heart of gold!