Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The Inmates - Foghorn & The Professor
Okay, it's a snarky question from my husband, The Vulcan, but not necessarily a completely unreasonable one.  I am, after all, a stay-at-home mother to two kids, both of whom just went back to school.  I have approximately six hours between the time the youngest gets on the bus and the oldest gets home.  With a block of free time like that, one would expect that my house is immaculately clean, I have a healthy home cooked dinner planned, and I'm more cheerful than June Cleaver on uppers.  Instead there's probably a basket of clean but wrinkled laundry in the bedroom, the dining room table's surface hasn't been seen in two months, and I'm on intimate terms with the local pizzeria.

While I resent my husband asking why, under those circumstances, I'm wasting time writing a blog, I can kinda understand the question.  What exactly is my purpose in being here?

I want to say because this is a "misery-loves-company" blog.  My motto is, "If you don't have something nice to say, come sit by me."  I regularly dream of driving away, alone, with a teardrop Airstream trailer attached to the back of my car and I know for a fact that I'm not alone.
The Warden
My blog is dedicated to those women, whether they work or not, who have mouthy kids, dust on the end table, and a burning desire to run away with Denzel Washington...or Hugh Jackman...or both.  I want women with out-of-control children to feel better because they know they're not the only ones (or maybe feel great relief knowing at least their kids aren't that bad).  I want ladies to feel like less of a failure because they ordered Chinese food last night when I've served hot dogs three nights running.  And I want to spread the word that no one ever died from contact with dog slobber!

If your life is a chaotic whirl, you can probably relate to me.  If you have a sparkling clean house, perfectly coiffed hair, and kids well mannered enough to meet the Pope on short notice, then you'll think I'm a mess.  And that's okay, too.  If I serve you by making you feel superior, that's not such a bad thing either.  I've been known to watch the occasional really bad reality show just because it makes me feel so much better about my own life.

I can't promise you the solutions to cat vomit stains in the down comforter, kleptomaniac children, or erasing $30,000 worth of credit card debt.  I can only give you a little glimpse into my life with all its warts and scars, its fun times and its adventures.  I even occasionally throw in a recipe or a knitting pattern or a favorite book.  I don't aim to shine a light on the world's troubles and I don't pretend that in the big scope of things my problems matter one single bit.  I just hope to give someone a few minutes of amusement during the day.

As for my husband, next time he asks the question of why I'm blogging, I think I'll say with a puffed-out chest, "Because I'm serving women worldwide."  Naw...I think I'll just say, "I have to have someplace to publicly skewer you."

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Anonymous said...

And you skewer him so well.

Kathie said...

LOL, yes you do skewer him pretty good! AND tell him that I need my fix, or I get jittery and mean to my kids (just ask them) ;-) .

Anonymous said...

You're also doing a great service to all of us poor military moms whose husbands are deployed and have no one to talk to late at night... lol

You have a great writing style. I feel like I'm relaxing with a kindred spirit at the end of the day. :)

Kesha Brown said...

Skewing the hubby - funny!

I share your motto of "If you don't have something nice to say, come sit by me." LOL

Glad to have visited your blog via #commenthour.


Sarah said...

I think Moms connecting through blogging is a great support network that has real value. Husbands just don't get it. And your right, we all need a place to vent!
Sarah @ made in usa challenge

Oursweetlifetogether said...

Can I just say I heart you big time. You are me to a tee I am kinda a Wish for Jeff Gordon NASCAR dude but it is all the same. Lol my difference is kids are grown and grankiddos are my craze. Add aging parental same kinda normal. Keep on keeping I heart you blog. #commenthour