About Alex

Why yes, my first headshot is of me in my pajamas.

My name is Alex. You may also know me as Alexandra, Big Al, and the Alex Iwashyna formally known as Alex Nelson. I write Late Enough, which is named for the Mary Oliver poem, The Journey.

Late Enough is a humor blog, except when it’s serious. I blog about my life intermixed with important ramblings on my husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, my kids outsmarting me, and dancing like everyone is watching. I also have a soft spot for culture, politics, religion and our right to disagree. Along with my muse of a husband, two young kids, four cats, one puppy, I have a readership that gives me hope for humanity.

I am also a freelance writer, poet, consultant for individuals and companies looking to blog or improve their social media skills. I taught The Art of Blogging the Visual Arts Center, created a moms’ support group for the nonprofit, Commonwealth Parenting, spoken to local pregnancy groups on the realities of motherhood as well as various social media groups on my experiences as a blogger. For details of my experiences in writing, speaking and consulting please click here.

Here are more nitty-gritty details:

The rest of the family is much cooler than me.

  • Scott has been my husband since 2003. He’s a pediatrician and all-around goofy, soccer-loving, blog-inspiring, hilarious man.
  • E has been my son since 2006. He’s the oldest, sweetest and all-around energetic, sports-loving, math-solving, hilarious boy.
  • N has been my daughter since 2009. She’s the youngest, sassiest, and all-around easy-going, princess-loving, dinosaur-roaring, hilarious girl.
  • My four cats: Loki, Juno, Huckle and Nugget Hamburger
  • My one dog: Lars, the rescue dog from Texas

We are a Yankee couple who bred Southern children and secretly love living in Richmond, Virginia not only for the blog material nosy Southerners give me.

My path to Stay at Home Mom and Writer (yes, they are capitalized to sound important) was convoluted:

  • Received my B.A. in Political Philosophy from Brown University in 2000
  • Received my Medical Degree from the University of Virginia in 2006
  • Realized I want to stay home with my kids in 2006
  • Remembered that I love to write in 2007

Oh and my journey also included a conversion: from an atheist/deist/agnostic Republican to a God-loving/Christian-y Liberal. Fairly inconvenient when I’m trying to fit into the twitter-verse, blogosphere and outside-ville. (That last phrase isn’t catchy AT ALL. Totally explains why Americans are in front of a screen more than a tree. Tree sounds totally boring. And itchy.)

So here we are. Writing. Blogging. Parenting. Plus, I have a book of essays that are DYING for me to write. I’ll just have to make the time. Sleep is overrated anyway.

Find all the ways to contact me here or just email me now alex{at}lateenough{dot}com.

Oh and my daughter gave me an updated headshot. Fantastic, right?

I’m adorable.

37 thoughts to “About Alex”

  1. oops, i meant to write more….you know, so you don’t think I’m some weird blog stalking lesbian. I’m not.
    I’m so glad I found your blog. I relate on a lot of levels and yer funny.

  2. Stumbled across your blog a few days ago and have come back a couple of times since then (added you to my blog roll, too). Love your cute honesty and non-apologetic personality. Keep it coming!

  3. I can’t believe you were a republican.

    I’m also not a lesbian.

    I love that anyone that googles “republican” and “lesbian” will end up here. actually, it’s kid of scary.

    PS added you to blog roll too

    1. Hey there !
      I like you too, and I am a lesbian, but not a Replublican !!!
      I like reading anything that i can make sense of..and i sure can understand you !

  4. Found you thru Twitter. Like you I’ve got a BA in Philosophy. Got a Ph.D. in Zoology, and now I’m writing blogs and raising kids. I also do a bit of on-line marketing, but am not too good at it yet. Still love to learn…and laugh…and will eventually write.
    Thanks for the fun blog posts. I’ll be back.

  5. For the record: I’d be okay if you were lesbian.

    In fact, I would be psyched that you like my blog just as much as I am psyched that you like my blog. (that sentence makes sense. yes it does)

    ps. oh and I also wouldn’t think you were hitting on me. or i think everyone is hitting on me. so either way, no need to explain anymore.

  6. Thank you for finding time to post your hilarious pictures and stories.
    I also have a son who was born in 2006 and then a girl two years later and can’t imagine how you’re doing it. I’m still exhausted by them but so glad to have found your posts which made me laugh out loud so hard I started coughing! Congrats on getting picked up by Mamapedia yesterday, which is how I found you.
    P.S. Your mess dated my mess and they had a party at my house. Let me know when you find those cleaning robots, we need ’em here, too!

  7. LOVE your blog. I am not a republican or a lesbian, but I have considered being the latter. I would love to read a blog on your conversion. I am also a God-loving/slightly Christian liberal…that’s what parenting, homeschooling and grad school will do to a girl.

    I found you through Kate Hall so it’s not surprising that you’re indubitably and irreverently fabulous. Thanks for the laughs!

  8. You are my hero. I am not a lesbian either but you are my hero.

    Your blog is awesome, your sarcasm is awesome, and I can’t wait to read through your posts today, despite the fact I need to get through piles of work so my boss doesn’t fire me.

    So I’m off to read through your posts!!

  9. i’m definitely NOT a republican and i have been known to swing both ways. i am very embracing of the california/blue state i live in. and i’m quite fond of over-use of the lower caps. how does that make you feel? i generally find UPPER case letters to be offensive and stray away from them unless i’m trying to be serious &/or professional – which rarely happens.

    i’m also a stay-at-home mom but am now having to look for work again. other peeps kiddos are far less appealing than my own. i guess i’m just as drained in the attention providing department as you.

    keep it up, mamasita.

  10. I love how gut-wrenchingly honest you can be about motherhood and all things woman & human. I know things happen the way they’re supposed to and for a reason and all that jazz…but I wish I’d had someone like you in my life when my kids were young. I took it too seriously – tried way too hard…perhaps we all do at times, though. I hope women that come to your site find comfort, knowing that they’re not the only ones struggling to hold it down. I’m glad to know you now. I was actually just talking to someone (ok, a lot of someones – I rarely share a profound concept with just ONE person) the other day about the whole feminist / working woman thing before I even read your blog! (insert oohs and ahhs of amazement here)

  11. Hilarious. Now I know why my daughter’s pediatrician almost made me cry about my smoking during T’s first doctor visit.

    Ciao – j.

  12. I found you by Googling Republican Lesbians. That sounds dirty. And that’s not true. The Google part – the dirty part is true.

    You commented on my blog forever ago, which means I MUST have come by for a visit at one point, but now I’m thoroughly confused because how are you not on my blogroll? You’re 4 kinds of awesome.

    I definitely like you in a clean, democratic heterosexual way. (Not that there’s anything wrong with dirty republican lesbians!)

  13. I find it amazingly unbelievable that I’ve never before read your About Me page… it’s AWESOME. as are you.

    and in keeping with the theme of the majority of the commenters:

    I am not a lesbian (although some of my best friends are) I am mostly Republican (don’t throw rocks – please!) and I definitely like you.

  14. I really don’t like to like things other people tell me to like. So, when I saw a link to you on Nicole Unice’s blog, even though I like her, I was like: oh, great. Another blog I need to like. But I really do! Sigh. Other people are always right.

  15. Apparently you are a carbon copy of my wife. We too are Yankees living in the world of grits and vinegar barbecue. And she is also a SAHM trying to figure out how the hell to homeschool our off the charts IQ son. I hide under my desk at work and pray for leftover bagels.

    Love your blog.

  16. Hey Alex,
    I found your blog…how? On Twitter. I write, tweet, etc. for @ecobags and do marketing for BUT my passion, which I will be focusing on beginning after May, is bullying prevention. I work with teachers, in schools, to change school cultures from unresponsive/ignoring/confused (bystandering) to proactive, responsive and clear (ally) behaviors. I live in CT (yup, a Yankee) and we have laws for our laws around bullying…with mixed results in schools.

    I’m interested in finding out what an ad costs on your blog. I’d love to put my shingle out for my work with bullying prevention through (possibly the WORST program name, ever), pronounced OL-WAY-US. Also, I’d encourage you to hop over to and join the ecobags affiliate program where you earn bucks every time someone purchases from a link from your site. Pretty cool and free to you.

    Get back to me. More coffee is needed.

  17. Oh disappointing…. to be enjoying my introduction to, and like a brick, you say that you’ve converted from right to left? I can’t see how conversion could ever go in that direction, unless one spontaneously develops a fondness for political correctness and a distaste for liberty & honesty. (not to mention, have you noticed the liberals aren’t so fond of your new found Christianity? Well, of course I can know liberals and discuss things with them; however, there’s little they believe that I wish to believe and little they say that can be believed; Sorry we lost you to the dark side.

  18. I’m enjoying reading your blog. I especially love that you are in Richmond, and I am picturing/imagining in my head the different places about which you write. I too live, but also grew up in Richmond. My son and daughter are about the same ages as your children respectively. I wanted to tell you that I cried when I read your post: Yellow Bow. I feel very strongly about giving children the opportunities to enjoy being themselves and not putting limitations on them.

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