Tabatha Muntzinger

I never know what to say in these things.

I'm 29, born in Northern Illinois, raised in Southwest Ohio. I'm married and have two kids under four years of age, five cats, and a Chihuahua.  I'm Type 2 Bipolar and Type 2 Diabetic, amongst other things.  I can be bribed with shoes and/or handbags and/or sunglasses.  Or, honestly, Starbucks will get you pretty far.  I have a degree in Sociology, and I love it just enough to (maybe) get another in it.  My favorite color is purple, and has been since I was four.  And no, I don't think it's shameful to be my age and still have a favorite color.  I'm learning how to do this stay-at-home-mom thing without losing my mind, which is difficult when it's already half gone.  I'm also always talking about getting in shape, but I rarely get there.  I'm pretty sure I'm destined for great and wonderful things, though I'm not entirely sure I'll ever get out of Ohio on a permanent basis.

I'm unabashedly honest, often to a fault, I speak my mind, and I take no prisoners.  I'm also a sensitive bleeding heart that cries at almost every emotion other than joy.  

I'm much better when people just ask me questions about myself. 

Doing My Holiday Shopping at the Stores of Some of My Favorite Bloggers

One of my favorite parts of holiday shopping is buying gifts from the the online stores of some of my favorite bloggers. Here are some of my favorites: ...more
Denise Thanks!more

Doing My Holiday Shopping at the Stores of Some of My Favorite Bloggers

One of my favorite parts of holiday shopping is buying gifts from the the online stores of some of my favorite bloggers. Here are some of my favorites: ...more
I have an Etsy shop of random vintage posters and upcycled home decor: ...more

Stop With Your Memes: I'm The One Who Cares

I'm going to start this with a vent: I can't stand those "No one cares" memes.  You know, the ones that say "No one cares what you did at the gym today" or "No one cares about what you made for dinner."  Kids, pets, food, workouts ... everyone seems to have something they don't want to see people posting about....more
This made me kind of teary because I often feel like I'm just throwing stuff out into the social ...more

10 Things I Learned at BlogHer '13

I got back home late Saturday night after three whirlwind days in Chicago where I saw none of the city, other than the fabulous view outside my hotel window, but did have a front row seat to dozens of amazing and inspiring speakers at BlogHer13. Herewith, a report of what I now know: ...more
I love #10. I feel like that's a life lesson right there. Choose intimidation or ...more

Embracing Autism: The Story of a Boy Through the Years

Once upon a time... ...into the world, a bouncing, baby boy arrived. He was a chunk of cute at 9 lbs., 12 oz. His Apgar scores were perfect. He was the perfect picture of a healthy baby. And then... ...then the developmental milestones began to lag....more
My son is in the process of being diagnosed with a Autism Spectrum Disorder (he's four) and I ...more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
My mom helped me dye my hair purple (the first time) when I was a teen. She was much more of a ...more

Considering What Unites Us

While I read Alex George's A Good American I thought a lot about what it means to belong -- to a church, a town, a country, a family. Frederick didn't belong to Jette's social strata, so they had to leave their homeland in order to be together. When they reach America, they do not end up in the town they intended to settle in, but they put down roots there....more
I've had, in the last five years or so, a great deal of friendships come and go despite some of ...more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
"Your Hand In Mine" by Explosions in the Sky makes me misty every time, in a good way. Also ...more

Is Your Life an Opera?

In Alex George's A Good American music is important to the lives of the characters and is integral to the plot. Jette and Frederick meet when he serenades her in a park. They find help in New Orleans from someone that Frederick met through music. This same man will come back into their lives and greatly impact their future. Frederick and Jette's sons and grandsons are all singers....more
My husband and I always joke that we'd make a great sitcom/documentary show, because we have ...more

Gastronomic Mosaics & Culinary Road Maps

Food quickly becomes important to the story in Alex George's A Good American. Before the Meisenheimers ever open the restaurant, Jette finds herself homesick. She turns to the meals she ate in her homeland for comfort. She didn't have recipes passed down from her mother or even a cookbook to turn to. Through a process of trial and error, she made her way through the food in memories until they existed on her table. ...more
I've actually been writing a blog post about this in my head for about a year, about the comfort ...more