Meredith Dodgen

When I was 9, a family with a little boy my age moved in across the street. A few months later he sent me a "check yes or no" note at recess. I checked yes. By the time we were 10, he had told me he was going to marry me one day. And guess what. That shit actually happened. Guess what else. Our parents still live across the street from each other. True story.

 

That's where the "Girl Next Door" part of my pen name comes from. Well, that, and the fact that I was a TOTAL goody-goody. Snoozefest. Then I went off to college (cue drinking), got married, and birthed some babies (cue swearing). Don't judge. Because I'm real classy about it.

 

Charming (that's the name that little boy from across the street goes by in this here corner of the internet) and I have two kids. You can read about them here. We've moved around the country a little. We're Texans born and raised (howdy!), then a few years ago we packed up and moved to Utah, and now we live in California. But, not the Hollywood part. And not the cool, hippie save-the-earth part. We live in the part where all the fruit and nuts grow (and I mean that in the literal sense). It's super glamorous.

 

I love my kids. Crazy hard. Like more than I ever thought possible. Sometimes I write about that.

 

Even though I'd throw myself in front of a train for them, there are times that those kids I love so freakin' much get on my last damn nerve. Sometimes I write about that.

 

We're animal people. We've got two dogs, a fish, and a guinea pig. They're part of the family. And just like any true family member does, they annoy the shit out of me regularly. Not real often, but sometimes, I write about that.

 

I don't do a whole lot of lovey dovey ooey gooey on my blog, but I do believe in soul mates and I know that I found mine in Charming. I love him and he loves me and we remind each other of that every single day. But we also keep it real 'round here. We fight and we yell and sometimes we cuss each other out real good. Sometimes I even write about that.

 

Judging by the frequency of which I say it, I guess "shit" is my favorite word. It can be used in so many different contexts! It's an amazing gift to the English language, really. Sometimes (a lot) I use it in my posts. You've been warned.

 

If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, I invite you to stick around. I post often, and since everything I write is pretty much a literary masterpiece, I guarantee you'll be better off having read it.

 

Oh, and did I mention that I'm a master of sarcasm and smartassery?

 

 

Dropping F-Bombs on My Blog... Just to Fit My Blog Name

I've been having a bit of "blog name remorse" as of late. When I first thought of my blog name -- The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears -- I was all, "Look how clever and original I am!" and now I'm more like, "Blech." ...more
@RealMomofNJ Exactly! I picked mine literally on the spur of the moment. It kind of just came to ...more

Dropping F-Bombs on My Blog... Just to Fit My Blog Name

I've been having a bit of "blog name remorse" as of late. When I first thought of my blog name -- The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears -- I was all, "Look how clever and original I am!" and now I'm more like, "Blech." ...more
P.S. I love how you ended that comment!more

Dropping F-Bombs on My Blog... Just to Fit My Blog Name

I've been having a bit of "blog name remorse" as of late. When I first thought of my blog name -- The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears -- I was all, "Look how clever and original I am!" and now I'm more like, "Blech." ...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com I actually don't mind reading swear words in blogs (obviously), but I do ...more

Dropping F-Bombs on My Blog... Just to Fit My Blog Name

I've been having a bit of "blog name remorse" as of late. When I first thought of my blog name -- The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears -- I was all, "Look how clever and original I am!" and now I'm more like, "Blech." ...more
@Crissi L I read a lot of blogs that have the word "Mom" in them that really don't concentrate ...more

Dropping F-Bombs on My Blog... Just to Fit My Blog Name

I've been having a bit of "blog name remorse" as of late. When I first thought of my blog name -- The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears -- I was all, "Look how clever and original I am!" and now I'm more like, "Blech." ...more
@alienbody Thank you! I had no idea how much choosing a blog name was going to affect me. It was ...more

Heartbreak: When Your Kids Would Rather Spend Time with Friends

If you are still in the very-young-children stage, you may find this story a little hard to relate to. I was once in your shoes and it was hard to believe that this day would ever come. But it did. And it will for you, too. It wasn't that long ago that I was complaining about never having any "me" time. I always had at least one kid in tow, turning the simplest of errands into a grueling test of patience. Diaper bags and car seats and strollers and Goldfish snacks were necessities just to make a "quick run" to the grocery store. ...more
@Denise Oh! I forgot that I still get to look forward to technology snubs, too! Yea!more

Heartbreak: When Your Kids Would Rather Spend Time with Friends

If you are still in the very-young-children stage, you may find this story a little hard to relate to. I was once in your shoes and it was hard to believe that this day would ever come. But it did. And it will for you, too. It wasn't that long ago that I was complaining about never having any "me" time. I always had at least one kid in tow, turning the simplest of errands into a grueling test of patience. Diaper bags and car seats and strollers and Goldfish snacks were necessities just to make a "quick run" to the grocery store. ...more
@lofgrenb You will. But, it's really hard to find balance when they are that young and SO ...more

Heartbreak: When Your Kids Would Rather Spend Time with Friends

If you are still in the very-young-children stage, you may find this story a little hard to relate to. I was once in your shoes and it was hard to believe that this day would ever come. But it did. And it will for you, too. It wasn't that long ago that I was complaining about never having any "me" time. I always had at least one kid in tow, turning the simplest of errands into a grueling test of patience. Diaper bags and car seats and strollers and Goldfish snacks were necessities just to make a "quick run" to the grocery store. ...more
@ItsAllRelative Oh, my youngest is still cashes in on the "I want to be with you" routine at ...more

Heartbreak: When Your Kids Would Rather Spend Time with Friends

If you are still in the very-young-children stage, you may find this story a little hard to relate to. I was once in your shoes and it was hard to believe that this day would ever come. But it did. And it will for you, too. It wasn't that long ago that I was complaining about never having any "me" time. I always had at least one kid in tow, turning the simplest of errands into a grueling test of patience. Diaper bags and car seats and strollers and Goldfish snacks were necessities just to make a "quick run" to the grocery store. ...more
@Denise Oh, I can't imagine going through this 6 times! Do you at least become a little immune ...more

The Awkward Blogger

I began blogging in June 2012. As I started my blog, Mommy, For Real, I simultaneously read several books and numerous articles about blogging, particularly those featuring “mommy bloggers.” Over and over it was made clear that the way to have a successful readership was by putting yourself out there and interacting with other bloggers. Taking a deep breath, I began to do just that. ...more
Exactly! I am only a few months newer to blogging than you and I feel like you are leaps and ...more