Eating Disorder Awareness Week: What You Don't Know About Me

I started long after I knew better, past the age when my decisions could be chalked up to that invincible feeling that fades away as we get older. Already a mother, I should have been setting a good example and following the very rules I was setting for my own child. I was embarrassed by my weakness. Life was too much. Single parenting and autism and a whirlwind of experience I couldn’t seem to grasp left me feeling undeserving of the most basic necessities and looking for something I might actually be able to control. ...more
You are so very skilled at tackling difficult topics with grace. It is so disappointing that ... more

15 Disney Characters You Will Work With at Some Point

Before I lived the high life as a mother of two kids, I had an actual paying job outside of my home. I got up (begrudgingly), took a shower (I know, right!), put on presentable clothes (this is almost comical), dried my hair (holy shit did I have it good!) and left my house … in the morning!...more
Hilarious! I think I follow Prince Naveen on Twitter. more

A Blogging Mission Statement Will Keep You Focused

There are five hundred forty-seven different reasons why people blog. I have determined my goals, and I actively try not forget them. I consider myself a writer, rather than a blogger. The website I created was intended to establish my online presence. The essays, lists and tutorials I post on my blogs are like my resume. ...more
I love this. As a fan, I can see your goals in your work. You told Kathy in the comments that ... more

A Mother's Perspective on Richard Sherman's Post-Game Interview

Mothers, let me ask some questions. If someone was trash-talking your boy, what advice would you give him? Ignore it? Walk away? Tell an adult? Stand up for yourself? If someone mistreats, verbally or physically, your children, how do you tell them to handle it? Image: © Tony Overman/MCT/ ...more
Richard Sherman works his ass off, and is proud of his accomplishments. He gave an interview ... more

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
AbsoluteMommy I think that's hilarious. You obviously enjoy your elf, and he enjoys you based on ... more

It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas Already!

In six short days, a war is going to break out in my otherwise (somewhat) peaceful household. November 1 starts the annual “War of the Christmas Music.” ...more
I have a job in retail, so I get my fill of holiday music at work. Sounds like you need to get a ... more

Why I Like Being a Small Blog

I haven't been posting a whole lot. But that's okay. I can do that. We don't like to but sometimes we just can't help comparing ourselves to those blogs that earn money, have thousands of page views per day, get a ga-zillion comments or boatloads of free stuff. That is all well and good, but it comes at a price that some of us little blogs don't have to pay. I realize that "small" or "large" when referring to blogs is subjective, but I think we have a general idea of what category our own blog fits into. Here are some reasons that I really like being a little blog. ...more
Posting daily takes great discipline, but also is easier to do if the habit is created. Having ... 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
I hated my blog name for quite some time. Now I wouldn't say I like it, but it doesn't bother me ... more

Adult Children of Mom Bloggers Support Group

“And there were only thirty-two comments. I mean, did she not love me enough to promote my post further? My sister’s post? The one I mentioned last week? About the diaper accident? One-hundred-seventy-four. And it was picked up by the Huffington Post. Was my lisp not good enough? Was I not good enough?” ...more
This post made me uncomfortable in the best way. It was funny, and touching, and scary. So great! more

They Are the Best of Kids; They Are the Worst of Kids

There are some things that set me off. I lose my temper and I say mean things. Last night in the car with both kids, L screamed. She has a scream worthy of a slasher film, and it pierces my skull. She screams when she's happy, when she's mad, or just for fun, like in the car last night. I yelled at her to stop (yes, I see the correlation), and told her that screaming and yelling in the car can distract the driver, who could get in an accident, and we could all die. That's right. I told my my three-year-old that her screaming could actually kill us....more
@JennaHatfield YES! Find a reasonable volume level!   The traits I find most annoying are the ... more