"Cookies and Klonopin," and Other Failed Names.
Updated: Feb 7
I hate ice breaker games. Writing an intro post feels like a long ice breaker game. But I can do hard things.
In trying to decide what to call this space, I was forced to truly examine not just how I would describe myself but also how I was going to use this blog...and how to narrow both of those extensive lists to, for lack of a better term, a tagline. It got realllll navel gazey up in here. Here are some of the ones that didn't make the cut...
"Cookies and Klonopin"...I want this blog to focus on self-care, mental health, taking care of yourself to take care of others. Whatever that looks like for you. For me, it looks like prescriptions, friends I can jaw at when needed, and snacks. But that isn't all this blog is about. Also, I didn't want to get sued by the pharm folks.
"Working Moms and Other Cryptids"...I'm a stepmom to two wonderful, beautiful children. Seriously. I love them. Work-life balance is basically a mirage for mothers and I hope to share how I attempt to make things easier on myself and my family. Trying to be good enough for everyone, everywhere. But that isn't all this blog is about.
"Please take this Chardonnay back"...While I have said this more times than I can count...I'm a pretty strict Sauv Blanc snob. I'm also on day 17 of a self-imposed dry spell. I've resorted to non-alcoholic wine. Send reinforcements. So, wine/sobriety isn't all this blog is about.
"Everything You Never Hoped to Know"...My husband has cancer and (after himself), I'm his primary caregiver. We've learned some tips and tricks, rules of engagement, pitfalls, best practices. We've also learned that everything gets hard and can really (really) suck. And there is nothing you can do about that. They literally make t shirts about it. But there are things to make it easier while it continues to suck. Again, this blog is about more than that.
So, after a few days of FaceTime conferences and various text chains...I nixed all of the above, and any other wonderful suggestions made by wonderful friends. All for the love of POPCORN FOR SUPPER.
Because ultimately, this blog is a lifestyle blog for my life:
Things I do when I don't know what else to do.
How I try to make my life easier.
Ways I take care of myself.
Ways I take care of others.
Things I have learned to stop beating myself up over.
I'll be posting recipes for a week of meal preps with varying dietary needs/restrictions, podcasts and books that I love, self-care content, other-care content, probably drop in some reflective post-church Sunday musings. And, inevitably, pics of my kids' lunches.
Longer story made longer...I'm pumped to finally be here and doing this...whether I end up screaming into the void or speaking calmly and rationally with a reasonable contingency of like-minded (and like-hearted) individuals.
There. Hard thing done. And we didn't even have to play two truths and a lie.