ROUND THREE, and a bit about me!!!

Ever wonder what Mother Streusel looks like? Or what her real name is? Well, let me tell you all my secrets…

My name is Karyn Linnell. Right now I am 33 years old.  I am short…just five-foot-two. I’m not thin, and I’m not fat. I have a wonderful husband named John who is nice to me all the time. I have a spunky and extremely sweet girl who is ten months old, but is small, so she looks younger. And she loves books! She gets really excited when I read to her. Buh! Buh! That’s her way of saying book.

My daughter and me at the beach. She loves the swings. (Not sure who that lady is in the background.)

My daughter and me at the beach. She loves the swings. If you look carefully you can see a tiny bit of my husband’s thumb on the edge of this picture. (Not sure who that lady is sitting in the background.)

I used to be a makeup artist, so while most of the time I look pretty good, if I try hard and use all my special makeup tricks and take a picture that is just right, I look pretty darn good. I try not to be too into looks though. Wasting too much time on appearances leads to a very dull life. And I believe that everyone is beautiful anyway. For me, makeup is mostly like an art project where a face is the canvas.

Me with a lot of makeup!

Me with a lot of makeup! This took forever! There is pretty much no way I would do this everyday!

I live in Southern California, in Orange County. I was born down here, but right after I turned 14, we moved to Northern California…way, way, way up there in the mountains. I was up there for a long time, and just moved back down south last year. I missed the ocean a lot. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, and sometimes I got made fun of. I was sensitive, so it hurt my feelings a lot. We were poor, so I wore a lot of hand-me-downs, and I never wore makeup. I was pretty insecure and never had a boyfriend until I met my husband. (I was twenty-eight when we started dating, but that is another story.) Now things are pretty good. I have more friends, am a LOT less insecure, and generally love my life.

On the trail at Burney Falls. This was about an hour from where I lived in Northern California.

Me without a lot of makeup on the trail at Burney Falls. This was was taken a couple years ago about an hour from where I lived in Northern California.

Me without a lot of makeup! This was taken a couple years ago at Burney Falls.

More Burney Falls. Such a beautiful place!

I’m an introvert, which means that most of what is going on with me is inside my head. I never stop thinking. I love playing with words and brainstorming new ideas. I like writing and drawing because it helps me get some of my ideas out so that I can share them with others.

I think kids are awesome. I care a lot about people in general and want to help make the world a happy place for them. I think laughing is extremely important.

I haven’t been posting many of my regular poems lately because I have been spending so much time writing poems for a contest. I made it to round three. If you would like to see what I’ve written for round three, you can click here or on the picture below. If you like my poem, please vote for me!!! (I would really like to win.) Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to leave comments below and you can always email me at karyn@motherstreusel.com.

 

 

(And yes, that is another picture of me with a lot of makeup…and good lighting.)

Want to read some of my favorite poems? Here are a couple:

My Cat Does Tricks

My Cat Does Tricks

The Scorpion

The Scorpion

The Taster

The Taster

Dickens' Chickens

Dickens’ Chickens

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12 thoughts on “ROUND THREE, and a bit about me!!!

  1. It was nice getting to know more about yourself. 🙂 Perhaps your post would encourage my other poet-illustrator friend who is 28 and still single.

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