About brickhousechick

 

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Why am I a Brick House Chick?  Because I am mighty mighty and I’m letting it all hang out.  And, they tell me I am a strong woman.  Brick House strong.  Nothing can destroy me.  The big bad wolf has tried, many times but he has not been able to blow me down.   I usually end up knocking him down with a little wave of my index finger and some swearing – in Spanish, because it’s more satisfying.

I live with two chronic illnesses that try to define me.  Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.  I did not invite them to live with me, they just barged right in and made themselves at home.  They are badasses, for sure, but I put up a good fight.  Except when I’m exhausted, which is often.  My biggest weapon is humor.  This weapon protects me on a daily basis even when nothing seems to be funny.  Oh, and wine.  Wine is my friend.  She cares about me and makes me feel better.  I love her.

Besides eating and wine, I love dancing.  It’s in my bones and soul.  RA and Fibro are good at turning off my music and making me sit down but I usually ignore them even though I pay for it afterwards.  It is worth every joint pain and swelling to get lost in the music and dance.

I bet you too are a Brick House.  Many of us are.  Stick around here with me and we’ll dance together and build an even bigger brick structure.  I was thinking, a Brick Hotel.

I may not be a 24,36,24 but I am stacked, that’s a fact and I ain’t holding nothing back.

 The Commodores’, Brick House. Click the link below & dance along!

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98 thoughts on “About brickhousechick

  1. Years ago, when us goofy guys would see a chick like you (because of your mental attitude and, well, joy de vivre), we’d say she was built like a brick chick house. Or something along those lines.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Foxy-O and congratulations on your nomination. 🙂 I am glad the timing of it was good in that it made your bad day much better. Isn’t it amazing how a kind gesture from another person can truly make a difference? It was interesting reading your answers to all the questions. A back up singer? Very cool! I prefer not doing the nominating process (mostly because I’m lazy) but I will tell you three words that describe me. 1. Positive 2. Calm 3. Kind — Thanks again! 🙂

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  2. Hi Maria, just had to come over here from Jill’s blog and read all ‘about’ you. Brick house just happens to be one of my favourite disco songs, how can anyone sit down when that is playing? I still have my original LP from the 70s of The Commodores, classic, oh the memories! Disco queen! Also, funnily enough I love wine (and bubbly, which our lovely Jill will attest to!) and I just love the way you take your humour with you through life to face off against your trials.
    It’s so great to meet you, love your blog and so glad that Jill posted her prize blog today 🙂

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    1. So nice to see you here, Sherri! I love that song so much that friends and family started calling me brickhouse and so it stuck! I added the chick part because, well I wanted to. I have some real bad days but overall, I try to find the humor in it all and refuse to sit around and mope. Glad you love the song and the bubbly! As to Jill, how can we not all love her. Such sweetness and talent. I was thrilled that she won the contest and had a blast putting together her package. Heading over to your place now. 🙂

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      1. Love it! It’s so great to meet someone who loves Brick House as much as me! Love your humour and your verve.
        Jill was so thrilled to receive your package!
        Thanks so much Maria 🙂

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  3. You are a brickhouse in deed Maria! Nothing sexier than a woman who embraces her age & is confident in who she is. I’ll have to keep hold of Inion. I’ve said it from day one. “My old soul” Inion has an infatuation with older women who are confident & sexy embracing their age. Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, but her favorite is Emma Thompson. And she’s the same with men. Bruce Willis & Gary Oldman her go-to’s. lol. I tell ya, she’ll be idolizing you Sweety!! 😉

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  4. Oye Señora Brickhousechick,

    Been a while but I just wanted to drop by to say hola again and catch up, pues charlar tantito contigo. Que onda? The snow has finally caught up with us in southeastern Washington state (go Hawks! btw) after a really dry winter.

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  5. After reading all these comments, I see you’re in Mass! I grew up there- right on I-95 (Rt. 128), a hop, skip and jump from Boston. But, I was a mariner who lived for a time in Maine, then on various ships, and finally settled down with my sweetie in Northwest Washington state. Being Mom these days to my challenging and amazing boy.

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  6. It’s not that bad.. i defininately can’t drink or eat as much…. but you get used to following your bodies urges… it knows best after all.. I’ll enjoy catching up on your journey now and again…. Barbara

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  7. …Thank You for the fun and entertainment.. I hope you do not mind but could not resist referring ur blog to a friend on facebook with the comment that I would not be surprised if you actually undertook the Cuba to Florida swim.:)

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  8. Hi Maria! I am slowly writing a post thanking you and everyone for the Susie Strong posts. I wondered if you knew anything about the MyWANAs? It is a group of writers headed up by Kristen Lamb.

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    1. By the way, I will never be able to properly thank you for how you organized everyone. You are responsible for my miracle! My post will be a feeble attempt to thank you and others!

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    2. Hi Susie!! So nice to hear from you!! I hope your recovery is going well and that you have your family by your side to help you along! I don’t know anything about the MyWANAs, sorry. And, PE-LEASE, don’t you worry about thanking me one bit! When we hadn’t heard from you in a while I really began to worry, since you are always so present and up for a party. As soon as you told us the news and the surgery was coming up, I wanted to let you know that we were all WITH you that day. Everyone else was awesome for agreeing. Take good care and I can’t wait to see you back soon. 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much! It has been the coolest and most humbling experience of my life!

        You should definitely hook up with the MyWANA gang and follow Kristen Lamb’s blog. There is a site where anyone can join and take classes too. I have met a lot of amazing people through taking classes with Kristen. We actually met up in real life right before my surgery!
        I am going to include a shout out and links to MyWANA and Kristen in my post. I am still kind of wonky so it is taking forever to write! 🙂

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  9. I haven’t followed your blog for long, but I love reading it. I hope those that follow my blog will give yours a visit. I included you in my Best Moment Award, but if you don’t accept awards, that’s okay. If you do, the info is on my page. Keep up the super work!

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  10. Fifty Seven point Five!! Let me tell you about the fifties. They keep going faster and faster, and, if you’re lucky and healthy and have people to love, they are great. This year I am going to learn to stand up from a backbend! Seriously. You are doing a good thing to stop and acknowledge, and share your fears and celebrate. Life is precious and nothing like 50 to remind you of that. Best wishes.

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  11. Yes, I’m in… see you on Friday…

    Thank you, chick… I was trying to think of somehow to throw Susie a party… You have done it. Of course I’ll participate. She puts on a tough front… but it has to be devastating to her psyche, and of course fear of the unknown. There are going to be a lot of Prayers swirling their way to Colorado this Friday.

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  12. I think Oscar Wilde said it best (this statement is pretty much tautological)—-Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.”

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  13. If I concentrate really hard, I can remember turning 50. I refused to be upset like I was when I turned 40 (I hid from friends for days that year). Nope, I decided to throw a huge girl party and invited all my girlfriends to come and celebrate with me…I figured that just living and surviving half a century was quite the cause for celebration! Best birthday ever. I figure looking down at grass (even if it is trampled or brown) is bound to be better than looking up at a perfectly manicured cemetery lawn. Enjoy life!

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    1. “Downward slope to 50”, I love that! I live in little ‘ol Amherst, MA, home to famous poets and great educational institutions! Also known for banning the high school’s presentation of West Side Story years ago. Home to the Eric Carle Museum and the best cider donuts in the world. Where are you???

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      1. I live in Auburn, but I went to Smith and love Western, MA. If I had a choice I’d live there. Years ago, I actually applied for a position in the theatre department at Hampshire because of the Eric Carle Museum. I didn’t get past the phone interview. (Boo!) I was just in Northampton last weekend after a dance competition (for my daughter) in West Springfield. (Oh, and by downward slope I mean I turned 45 this year but . . . )

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        1. Oh, I thought you were past 50 and coming back down, which would be a fabulous idea. That’s wonderful that you went to Smith and lived in the area. Too bad about that job @ Hampshire – don’t give up on settling back in Western MA, it truly an eclectic place. Hope we can meet sometime. 🙂

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  14. Hey Brickhousechick. Watching your countdown with interest from the other side of the pond, and with a couple of years still to go before I start my own … red wine and The Commodores is an excellent survival strategy, though, so I have a feeling you’ll get through this OK!

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  15. Dear Ms. Brickhousechick,
    I too am also almost 50, and am feeling great about it. I recently was nominated for the Inspiring Blogger award, and I wanted to nominate you. I have fibromyalgia, and I understand that you have rheumatoid arthritis. I know how hard it is to be upbeat and happy when dealing with a chronic illness, but you do it beautifully! Thanks for being so inspirational while you are dealing with that.
    Kim Carlisle
    http://www.kimcarlisle.com

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    1. Oh my goodness, Kim. I was looking through your blog and enjoying it very much before I saw this message! You can add fibromyalgia to my list as well! 😦 It looks like you too have learned how to cope and try to make the best out of life. That’s all we can do, right? Beats being down and depressed all the time. Thank you so much for the nomination, I appreciate it greatly! 🙂 Maria aka brickhousechick

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      1. I’m sorry to hear that you have fibro, but you’re right….I refuse to let it get me down. I still get dressed, make-up on, and wear high heels! 🙂 You’re more than welcome for the nomination. I am inspired by people like you who have a chronic illness, and yet have an upbeat and positive outlook on life. To many times people complain about having an illness, and it really doesn’t do a bit of good. It doesn’t cure them, or help them feel better at all. So I get up and put on a smile (like you), and take care of business!

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