When you work in the blogging, writing industry your days can be quiet and sometimes lonely, especially if I’m not answering my questions. So over the years I have come to build working relationships with other writers/humorists at first to learn from them, but now some of these people are my e-BFFs.
In fact, last year when Jen from People I Want to Punch in the Throat published the book, “I Just Want to Pee Alone,” the 35 co-writers formed a group on Facebook where we could discuss the book and everything that went along with the process.
I can honestly say, these women have become some of my favorite people I have never met in my life. How weird is that sentence? They make me laugh more every day than any group I’ve ever met…except for you gals. (You know who you are)
So when many of these women were asked to be in the second book, I was thrilled to have another year full of crazy laughs, spitting diet coke on my keyboard, and yes, on a rare occasion…the group pee.
Since I am a sharing type of person, I thought I would introduce you to some of these wacky gals in the form of an interview. I hope you love them as much as I do – and if you do, go buy our second book, “I Just Want to BE Alone.” (this time we are attacking sharing the men in our lives)
**WARNING: do not drink hot beverages, but be sure to relieve your bladder when reading past this point.
Q: How did you come up with the name of your blog?
▪ I needed a blog name that was not only funny but also gave me leeway with representing the truth. Hence, “Ironic Mom” was born. “Moronic Mom” was a close second. — Leanne Shirtliffe, Ironic Mom
▪ I’d like to say I named my blog “Hollow Tree Ventures” for some well-thought-out, intelligent reason, but really it’s because I didn’t know what a blog was at the time. — Robyn, Hollow Tree Ventures
▪ I didn’t. The Hubs did. I said I wanted to start a blog and I was going to call it something like Jen’s Musings or Just Jen and the Hubs said those were terrible names. He said, “You’re always saying you want to punch so and so in the throat. That should be name of your blog and then you can rant about anything you want.” – Jen – People I Want to Punch in the Throat
Q: What is your biggest daily accomplishment?
▪ Brushing my teeth before noon. No, I’m not kidding. –Stephanie, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion
▪ Keeping track of the milk cap, avoidance of stepping on Legos and getting to the mailbox before the Hubby does all tie for number one. -Christine, Keeper of The Fruit Loops
▪ Managing to not crack open the bottle before wine o’clock….in some timezone. – Lynn, The Nomad Mom Diary
▪ If I have the foresight to put something in the crockpot in the morning, I giggle spontaneously at how smart and organized I am for the rest of the day. That didn’t happen today. -Bethany Meyer, I Love Them the Most When They’re Sleeping
Q: When was the last time you cried?
▪ When my son bit my butt 3 days ago. – Deva Dalporto, My LifeSuckers
▪ A few days ago, when my toddler told me she really, really, REALLY loves me. I got all misty, then she asked me what “I love you” means. — Robyn, HollowTreeVentures.com
▪ At “The Lego Movie.” Shut up, you don’t know my life. – Nicole Leigh Shaw, Ninja Mom Blog
▪ I spilled milk the other day. Ellen, Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms
▪ Angry mother bears do not cry. Next question? – Magnolia Ripkin
Q: What’s the best gift you’ve given? Received?
▪ Does birth control count as a gift? — Leanne Shirtliffe, IronicMom.com
▪ The best gift I ever got was earrings from my husband – because they were the super cheap ones, proving that he listened when I said I’d smother him in his sleep if he spent a bunch of money. — Robyn, HollowTreeVentures.com
▪ I’m not sure about the best gift I have given, but every year at Christmas instead of getting our kids a gift, my sister in law has them all over for a movie night/campout/sleepover. And that is pretty amazing for me…I mean, them. Katie- Somewhat Sane Mom
Q: What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
▪ What’s this you speak of? Alone in the car??? – Deva Dalporto, MyLifeSuckers
▪ I finish arguments with more witty comebacks than I did in real life. – Rebecca Frugalista Blog
▪ NOT IN THIS ORDER: Gotta get to work, gotta grab groceries, gotta be at the school by 3, gotta get to the laundromat, gotta mail the bills, gotta go, gotta go…NEED COFFEEEE. – Andrea C., The Underachievers Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess
▪ Generally I think about what I need to do, bills I have to pay, blog ideas, and then I snap out of it and think, “WHY THE HELL AM I STILL LISTENING TO THIS TAYLOR SWIFT CD????” -Katie, Somewhat Sane Mom
▪ I revisit conversations I’ve had and craft better responses. -Amy Flory, Funny Is Family
Q: Which character from Friends would you do and why?
▪ I don’t remember the 1990s. — Leanne Shirtliffe, IronicMom.com
▪ Joey. He’s hot and he’d be too dumb to notice my stretch marks. – Deva Dalporto, MyLifeSuckers
▪ Chandler, because I always go for the nerdy ones who do some job no one else can explain. – Lynn, The Nomad Mom Diary
▪ Mike Crapbag. You know, Phoebe’s boyfriend played by Paul Rudd. – Amy Flory, FunnyIsFamily.com
Q: What three things can’t you live without?
▪ Advil, my laptop, a bathtub — Michelle Newman, You’re my favorite today.
▪ The show Nashville (shut up), my t shirt material pajamas from Nordstrom and Carmex. Because chapped lips should be illegal. Christine, Keeper of The Fruit Loops
▪ Every fricken pair of heels I own, my electronics and my wine box… yes it is a box, piss off. – Magnolia Ripkin
▪ Sweat pants, diet soda and Bengay-Kristen, Life On Peanut Layne
Q: What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever lost?
▪ My sanity. — Leanne Shirtliffe, IronicMom.com
▪ My virginity. – Deva Dalporto, My LifeSuckers
▪ My tonsils. Though, I think it’s fair to say my mother lost them.- Nicole Leigh Shaw, NinjaMomBlog.com
▪ My big, spectacular breasts. Thanks, kids! – Kim Bongiorno, Let Me Start By Saying
▪ My ability to hold my bladder while jumping on a trampoline. –Rebecca, Frugalista Blog
▪ My dignity – when delivering my children. Andrea C. DG
▪ My verbal filter. I’m working on that one. -Abby, Abby Has Issues
Q: Who/What scares you?
▪ Professional adults who use words like “cray cray” and “adorbs” in conversation, people with clipboards, unemployment, sneezing while driving and the thought of an avocado, asparagus or hummus shortage. Also death and toast when it pops up, no matter how prepared that I think I am (for the toast, not for death.) –Abby Heugel, Abby Has Issues
▪ Toilets that flush backwards, Zack Galfiinakis’ beard, and a tampon I’ve left in too long. TMI? Christine, Keeper of the Fruit Loops
▪ Kardashians – Michelle, You’re my favorite today.
▪ Canned mushrooms. (I just screamed and hid under my desk after writing that) – Kim Bongiorno, Let Me Start By Saying
Q: What was the last good deed you did?
▪ I offered to pay for a woman’s prescription Not because I’m a good person, but because she was holding up the line because her card kept getting declined and I needed to get home. – Deva Dalporto, My LifeSuckers
▪ I refrained from killing the cat when he threw up on the stairs this morning – again. — Robyn, HollowTreeVentures.com
▪ Poured myself a glass of wine. – Michelle, You’re my favorite today.
▪ I’m watching a friend’s kid right now. Kind of. – Amy Flory, FunnyIsFamily.com
Q: What do you think of Garden Gnomes?
▪ Overrated if you have a garden. Underrated if you don’t. — Leanne Shirtliffe, IronicMom.com
▪ Why? What have you heard? –Ellen Williams, Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms
▪ Hilarious, mostly because my mom hates them so naturally I give her one for every gift-giving occasion and she feels obligated to put them in her yard. Joke’s on me, though – she lives next door now. — Robyn, HollowTreeVentures.com
▪ It’s seems unfair that they have a more exotic travel plan than I do. – Nicole Leigh Shaw, NinjaMomBlog.com
▪ I like them only when they are paired with little fountains of cherubs peeing. Rebecca Frugailsta Blog
▪ I don’t. Andrea C., DG
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