The SAHMnambulist

Emily Guy Birken is a freelance writer, a stay-at-home-mom, and a recovering English teacher. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana with her mechanical engineer husband and toddler son. Her musings on life and parenting can be found at The SAHMnambulist. She also blogs about the funny side of money at Live Like a Mensch.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (When I) Bomb

A Treatise on Perfectionism My dear friend Erika wrote on Independence Day that she would be declaring independence from a bad habit that was not serving her or her family well. She asked us what we would each declare independence from, and I responded that I was letting go of perfection this year because I was tired of being paralyzed by perfectionism. Another friend asked me how I was ...more

So Effing What?

At about this time last year, I went through a marathon X-Files viewing, revisiting the greatest alien-themed love story ever told (and realizing that Fox Mulder is kind of a dick, sadly). Though I'd never seen it during the original airing, I was delighted to be introduced to the mediocre-yet-hilarious (and very very 90s-rific) episode Syzygy. It's the story of two 17-year-old girls, who for ...more

13 Minutes to Midnight on September 13

2016 (And no, I don't know why he is sleeping on the floor) 2015 2014 2013 ...more

August 31 at 6:17 am

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Gillian Anderson as Bond Is Just Like Heaven

Earlier this week, fans jumped on the idea of casting Gillian Anderson as the next Bond. Whether she would be Jane Bond, Dana Bond (my personal suggestion as a nice hat tip to the series that made her a star), or James Bond, since the only reason James is a masculine name is because we have decided it is so, I have never been so excited about a pop culture rumor in my life. Just considering Ms ...more

The Structure of Insomnia

There are four acts to a sleepless night. During Act I, you still feel a sense of calm and optimism. Sure, you have not been able to fall asleep in your first 10, 20, 45, 90 minutes of lying in bed, staring at your ceiling fan as it squeaks through its endless air-stirring repetitions ....more

Passover, Prince, and Immortality

By Scott Penner (Flickr: Prince) via Wikimedia Commons We lost another immortal yesterday. Another icon of my MTV childhood gone far too soon. He joins Bowie in making 2016 a damn hard year for music ....more

Opus and the Great Green Room

LO and BB tend to cycle through favorite books. For a long while, LO requested Katy and the Big Snow every night. Some weeks, it's The Cat in the Hat ....more

August 31 and September 13

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Picture Day

Yesterday was picture day at the boys' school. I have long since given up on trying to dress the children up for their school pictures, as you can see from LO's terrible 2013 photo shoot. (To be fair, I gave birth that day, but still) ....more