Granny lust

Urban dictionary defines “granny lust” as… wait… urban dictionary doesn’t have an entry for granny lust....more

Humanity at the grocery store

I kind of love the grocery store....more

A tattoo at 40

So I’ve been planning my next tattoo, a hummingbird and flowers on my shoulder, in honor of the hummingbird that flew into my house this past spring and taught me about getting myself out of depression....more

"That mom"

Hi, my name is Pam, and I am “that mom.” Let me back up a little....more

Too old for blue hair?

I have a big birthday coming up....more

The bikini experiment, two years later

Since the bikini experiment of summer 2011, I have only worn bikinis to swim....more

DIY: Custom wall stickers

Who are these characters? You've never seen them before, right? Yeah, tell me about it ....more

Lines and curves

Two years ago, I put photos on the internet of my plus size bod in a bikini....more

Why I don’t have a food blog

I love to cook, and every so often, I toy with the idea of starting a food blog....more

“Mom, what’s lesbi?”

In honor of today’s joyful, love-affirming SCOTUS decisions, let me tell you a little story of something that happened a few months ago.  I’ll preface the story by saying that I let my kids watch youtube videos on their ipads.  And the occasional Gangnam Style or Baby Monkey sing-along aside, 99% of the videos they watch are Mario and Kirby play-alongs.  Basically, adolescent or adult guys, playing video games, and talking while they play.  I monitored it for a while, because I have learned that any Mario-related video on youtube is one click away from excessive profanity (which I don’t really care about that much, because let’s be honest, it’s probably no worse than what they hear from me), but also no more than three clicks away from Mario-related porn.  Yes, people make Mario porn.  Yes, really.  So… I monitored their youtube consumption, but as you can imagine, listening to hours on end of adolescent (or protracted adolescent) boys playing video games while you’re trying to work, read, or play Candy Crush can get old real fast.  So imagine my joy when they settled on one favorite gamer.  This guy is a celebrity in our house.  Half of the phrases that come out of my son’s mouth can be traced back to his new online friend.  And I’ve listened to enough of this guy’s videos to know that he’s pretty reasonable.  So I let them watch his videos in their room without me listening, or with headphones.  Blissful silence. That brings us to the story.  One fine evening, as I settled down to watch TV with my hubs, our children nestled snug in their beds, visions of Mario play-alongs glowing in front of their heads, my son comes out and asks, “Mom, what’s lesbi?” “You mean lesbian?”“Yeah, lesbian.” “Where did you hear that?” Youtube, obvi.  So no big, I tell him that that’s what you call a woman who loves and wants to marry another woman.  And that a man who loves and wants to marry another man is called gay.  We never talk about marriage in our house without the option of either/any gender as a partner, so it’s not new information for them.  We’ve even already talked with them about how some people think a man can only marry a woman and a woman can only marry a man, and how ridiculous that is.  Then he asks me, “Can I say lesbi at school?” Shit.  He knows that our home rules are more lax than school rules.  I don’t let them say stupid or hate at home, but most other words… eh… I’d rather teach them that part of being allowed to say “grown-up words” is being grown-up enough to know when NOT to say them.  So lesbi… home-only word or OK-everywhere word?  It’s a hard question. It’s a hard question???  No!!  WTF!  No, that should not be a hard question.  And yet, I hesitated.  While Marylandis a blue state, the area where we live is kind of purple.  It’s pretty darn socially conservative around here.  Can he say lesbi at school?  I don’t actually know.  I don’t know if the teachers would tell him not to say it.  I don’t know if the other parents would be angry if their kids learned the word lesbian from my kid.  Are you effing kidding me?  Am I really having to think about this? ...more