Today we are meeting Laura from Dramatic Momologue. If you enjoy reading parenting stories now and again, you’ll adore Laura’s blog, as she writes about two of the cutest and funniest kids in the world. So far some of my favorite posts have been about her young son’s “preciouses,” which can be pinecones, balloons, candy filled candy canes, or a pool toy. They have certainly brought a smile to my face, and if you click the “preciouses” link, you can read all about them.
Now that you know all about preciouses, read on for Laura’s answers to my questions for the week.
First and foremost, tell us how you got into blogging and share a link to your first post.
Like everyone else, the blog was initially supposed to be “for me.” I was simultaneously pregnant while still somewhat reeling from a miscarriage. I guess particularly after the loss, I wanted to document everything. Subsequently, I found so much comfort, joy, and just unabashed pleasure “meeting” and interacting with other bloggers. Their experiences were always helpful in that “I’m not alone” way. My first posts were not nearly as funny or interesting. I published a whole handful on the first day, but here are the links to the first post, as well as the one talking about losing my first pregnancy. I think I really found my stride, though, after I had my kids. Kids are a riot, man. You really have to live it to get it.
What are three of your biggest pet peeves?
a. The first is easy: People who don’t respect others’ time. I become incensed when people are chronically late or just outright blow off an engagement. It’s like a neon oversized middle finger or a marquis which reads “Your time is way less important than whatever it is that I’m doing. Go fuck yourself.” Sorry. That one kills me.
b. My neighbor’s Chihuahuas. She has 3 of the bastards. They bark. All the time. All hours of the day and night. If my kids try to play in the back yard, these things scream at them. If I try to do any work back there, they scream at me. I tried to get my husband’s uncle to come over with his current hawk (he’s into falconry).
c. This presidential election. I don’t think this requires any further comment.
What is the grossest thing you’ve had to do as a parent?
Grossest thing as a parent? Ha! Like most of us, I’ve caught hot vomit or poop straight from the source in my hands. I’ve been peed on. But the grossest thing that’s happened in my household fortunately was not on my watch. When Will had the early shift with Stella one day, she ate cat puke. That may be even grosser than boogers and snot. I just hate boogers and snot as a rule.
If CBS were to do a reality TV show based on your day-to-day life, what would it be called? Would there be any scandals? 😉
It would be like Seinfeld: a show about nothing, but without the witty repartee or Kramer. Oh, and without the clean residence. The closest thing to scandal would be if I stayed awake past 10:00 PM. Hell, who am I kidding? 9:30 PM. My office is a bust – a row of gray cubicles full of groundwater reports. Maybe call it Once Upon a Grime? Or Last Mom Standing? Wow. That sucks. Sorry.
What’s something your kids do that drives you crazy that you hope their future kids will do to them as payback?
Kid revenge/karma (laughs evilly to self). This one is so very easy and is a two-fold plan. First, I hope their children wake before the sun is even considering rising for YEARS in a row. Second, I hope their children are so very very loud. I hope their children are loud enough that they feel it in their teeth.
Who are you currently blog stalking? (Provide links and a summary if you don’t mind.)
a. Well, yours, of course.
b. I love Cookie over at I Have An Opinion I’d Like To Share. She is funny. She is critical (in a good way). She is self-deprecating in the most wonderful way possible. I wish she lived next door to me.
c. Merbear74 over at Knocked Over By A Feather is like a good mix tape. She writes about a lot of different things. There’s something for everyone.
d. Eric/Stomperdad over at All In A Dad’s Work is a recent discovery. I think I saw him here first? I’m enjoying him immensely. I always enjoy hearing a dude’s perspective on this nutty journey called parenthood.
e. Another new-to-me blog is Ben’s Bitter Blog. Imagine George Constanza in blog form. It’s a hoot. It’s angry. It’s often rather scattered. Can I get a Vandelay?
Thanks again to Laura for participating in this!
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