More Popular Than Making Everyone Feel Better About Their Housekeeping Skills

I’ve been a bit busy this week. And by “busy” I mean “the same as every week but I’d like to use it as an excuse for the following photograph.”

This is just one room of many that I've learned to ignore.

Of course, I can’t just blame my kids.

What? I couldn't find the remote.

I stopped taking photos at this point because I think your imagination will go easier on me.

When I’m not avoiding housework like the plague, I’m getting more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.

My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

  • YSaC, Vol. 1251: It’s a hatchet job.: From You Suck at Craigslist, an actual Craigslist ad titled: Stitches tonight – need a wound closed. Seriously. (funny and weird)
  • Did GM Pop the Facebook Bubble?: From BlogHer, General Motors announces it’s pulling all $10 million in Facebook advertising because the company didn’t see an increase in sales. (interesting)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study: From the CDC, an amazing study shows that children who suffer from chronic trauma and stress (abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction) die 20 years before their counterparts among other terrible consequences. The study holds for social and economic situations. (amazing)
  • Crushing Stigmas, Smashing Stereotypes, Remembering with Courage: From Aaron Polson, a husband shares his wife’s experience with postpartum depression and psychosis and her subsequent suicide. (important and brave)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “More Popular Than Making Everyone Feel Better About Their Housekeeping Skills”

    1. HAHAHA. That’s the big gold “3” balloon we got my daughter for her birthday party in April. Those suckers last a long time. Also, popping them is traumatic for the kids since THEY STILL FLOAT MAMA.

  1. This is a fantastic photograph! I feel relieved to know I am not the only one with this kind of problem. I checked out the ACE study and while I found it sad I wasn’t too surprised. From personal experience it sounds about right. Aaron Polson’s article was pretty amazing to read too. My father committed suicide about eight years ago. I think Polson’s commitment to talking about his wife’s struggle with depression and her suicide is really courageous and important. Thank you for spotlighting his writing otherwise I wouldn’t have had the privilege of reading it.

  2. What? If you have kids, you must accept this as normal. I always suspect child abuse when a family has kids AND a spotless living room. The good news is that it gets better when they turn 25. Ever notice that Senior Folks have spotless houses? I think years of frustrated neatness are unleashed as so as the door hits the kids in the butt.

  3. This is the new normal in my house. In fact, whenever I come home to a clean house, I freak out. I’ve become quite content with disarray and won’t have it any other way.

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