Parents, do you suffer from this awkward problem too?

This is how phone calls happen in my house now.Me: Hey, kiddo, Mommy needs to make a quick phone call so don’t interrupt, K?Kiddo: Uh…yup. Ok, Mom.Me: Ok, here I go…making my phone call…so…don’t interrupt…remember that…K?Kiddo: not listening(74 seconds later)Me: dialing…...more

Separating from your spouse? Say hello to Mr. Panic Attack

Other kids had imaginary friends growing up, I had panic attacks. I think I had my first panic attack when I was four. I remember a big one when I was seven, visiting Opryland. I began hyperventilating during a stage show medley of country classics and had to be taken to their medical center. (But really, was it a panic attack or a way to get the hell out of Opryland?...more

When School Asks You to Donate a Kidney, I Mean, Volunteer for the PTA

I have just returned home from our school’s first “PTA” meeting. I am feeling a bit mortified, really, at the way I behaved. I may have offended some people, and this was my first time meeting all the “middle school” parents. It's just that, having been told when someone asked me to become the “sixth grade class coordinator” that it was a “really easy, low key job,” I actually found myself gasping (audibly) for extra air so I wouldn't pass out in my kid's cafeteria when we got to item small “j,” under Roman Numeral X (ten), capital letter “Y,” regular number “8,” of the outline. ...more
OrganizingMaven Hello and thanks so much for reading! I loved your input.  I am definitely ...more

Headaches Can Be a Real Pain in the Neck

I have a headache. A very bad headache. The kind of head-splitting ache that makes you want to reach into your eyeballs and pull out your brain. Throbbing, pulsing, pounding – check, check, check. The one thing it’s not is gone. For 48 hours, some form of this mind-numbing pain has rattled my being. For 48 hours, I have popped Advil, stuck my head over a pot of steaming salt water and worn cold face masks. Nothing has worked....more

How Do You Remember People's Names?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I am the worst at remembering people's faces. Just today I introduced myself to someone I already met. I've been like this my whole life, so I know it's nothing serious, like memory loss. How do I avoid these embarassing situations?Signed,Face OffCredit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr Creative Commons...more
I like the, "I'm sorry, what's your name?" trick. They'll usually say their first name and get ...more

26.2 Running Away From Fine Lines and Wrinkles

It’s hard to believe I willingly put myself in a situation that resulted in this much pain, but I did.  ...more

What's in Your Purse?

Let's play a game! It's called:...more

When Life Gets Crazy, I Post-It

Hold on. Let me find a pen. I have one here somewhere. Somewhere. Somewhere. Oh, here. Now, what did you say? I want to write that down.  And so begins my daily search for a writing implement and a scrap of paper....more

True confessions of a germaphobe.


Why I'm Not Fine with "Fine"

Mumble, mumble, mumble. It seems that’s all people hear when I talk to them. No need to choose my words carefully for my words are just sounds to those around me.Case in point: I went to a store the other day to make a return. I opened the door, stepped inside and was greeted with, “Welcome to the store. How are you?” by a lovely young salesclerk.I smiled (hoping a big grin would make up for my post-workout smell), “I’m fine. Than…” I started to say but was interrupted by her next comment, “I’m doing great!”...more