Tori Taff

I live in the South, in a tiny magical village called Bell Buckle, with my husband of so many years you wouldn’t even freaking believe it, and our two ridiculously enchanting daughters. Also two tiny, hairy things that appear to be dogs of some sort. Only noisier.

I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of mom/person, which is a nice way of saying that reading my blog is going to leave you feeling all warm and superior inside.

100 Things About Me

  1. I don’t want to read 100 things about anybody. Even me. And I’m interesting.
  2. I’m the youngest of six kids. We have a good gene pool. Daddy lived to be 95, and Mom died at 96. I miss them every dang day.
  3. I have lived in the South all of my life.
  4. Most Southern accents are not lilting or musical or sound anything like “Gone with the Wind.” More like “Talledega Nights.”
  5. My faith is at the core of who I am.
  6. But some Christians make me really nervous. And angry.
  7. I also make some Christians really nervous. Probably not angry, but maybe.
  8. I have been a freelance writer all of my adult life.
  9. I took bellydancing lessons in my 20’s and then again in my 40’s.
  10. Bellydancing is probably not a promising career path for me.
  11. I have been married for 38 years, which is hard for me to say with a straight face.
  12. I got married reeeeeeeeally young. OK, 20. Do the math.
  13. My husband is a Grammy Award winning gospel singer.
  14. My husband did not have a happy childhood.
  15. He’s doing really well now, thanks for asking.
  16. I had kids kinda late, at 36 and 40, and I’d probably do it the same way again.
  17. I thought that if you waited fifteen years before starting a family, you would be pregnant in about, oh, 15 minutes.
  18. I was wrong.
  19. It took two IUIs to get pregnant with my first child, Madi Rose.
  20. It took 11 IUIs to get pregnant with my youngest, Charlotte.
  21. I had a miscarriage in between.
  22. Out of all the kids in the world, we lucked out and got the best two. Sorry. I’m sure yours are just fine.
  23. Parenting is humbling and scary and more fun than I ever imagined, most of the time.
  24. We are big fans of 12 step programs around here. But we’re not like, all Scientology/Kabbalah-y about it.
  25. All four of us are right-brain people.
  26. Would it have killed God to give at least one of us the Accountant/Math Gene?
  27. I don’t know what I would do without the women in my life.
  28. I have two small yappy dogs, and (since our recent move to Bell Buckle) three porch cats. I am highly allergic to all of the above.
  29. My Christian friends are surprised at how liberal I am.
  30. My liberal friends are surprised at how Christian I am.
  31. None of my friends are surprised at my language anymore.
  32. I have traveled all over the world.
  33. I absolutely love to travel, and will go ANYWHERE. Try me.
  34. We lived for 21 years in the oh-so-hippest part of Nashville. (Hillsboro Village)
  35. We moved to the ritzy suburbs (Brentwood) for six years, and then to a hundred year old Victorian farmhouse smack in the middle of a tiny town of about 400-something astonishingly eclectic people.
  36. I have fallen in love with this town so hard.
  37. I have a tiny, tasteful tattoo. On my toe.
  38. I can put my fist in my mouth and pop my hip out of joint.
  39. People don’t really want to see that as much as you’d think.
  40. Some of my best friends are twenty years older than I am. And twenty years younger, too.
  41. I watch a lot of reality TV.
  42. I am not proud of that.
  43. I never once raised my hand when a teacher asked, “Who wants to be the room mother?”
  44. There are few things in life I enjoy more than a really fabulous hotel.
  45. Sometimes I worry about money a lot.
  46. We have had some wonderful times and some absolutely horrific times in our marriage.
  47. Russ and I have worn out several perfectly good therapists over the years.
  48. We really love each other.
  49. I live in a perpetual state of guilt about not blogging more often.
  50. I’m a little bit sick of me right now.