Barb Natividad

I'm from Chicago where I live with my husband and 4 cats. I've become pretty good at improvising off the script when it comes to life. I'm a stay-at-home cat mom, avid reader, wannabe Bond Girl, and horrible at crafts.

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
I would totally do it if it worked on my cats.more

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The Last Day!!! Living Off Script: Friday Fragments, November 23-30 -- fragments of my week that ...more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
I took my first husband's name, but got tired of people expecting me to be white when they met ...more

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Day 29 on Living Off Script: B is for Blogging -- can't believe I've made it this far on ...more

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Day 28 on Living Off Script: Writing Difficulties & Mental Illness -- I think my ...more

BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit"

In just three weeks Peter Jackson will be bringing Middle-Earth back to the big screen with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I am sure I am not the only one excited about this! Going to the theatre to see The Lord of the Rings movies are some of my happiest memories. I even risked being late for a history exam in order to see the media screening of The Fellowship of the Ring....more
I'm in! Never read it and I may be a bit behind because I'm about halfway through my current ...more

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Day 27 on Living Off Script: The New Girl -- my intro to the psych ...more

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Day 26 on Living Off Script: 10 Pics From My ...more

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Day 25 on Living Off Script: Wreath 2012 http://www.livingoffscript.com/2012/11/wreath-2012.htmlmore

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Day 24 on Living Off Script: Meal-Fed Kitties Or, Putting Cats on a ...more