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I survived my Listen To Your Mother performance! And, some other stuff happened this week, too.


Yup, you heard me correctly - I got up on stage and read one of my word thingies that I wrote, and I was barely even nervous, possibly thanks to the bottle of wine some of us took swigs from in the green room.

First I got dressed up (oops, sorry, I meant "dressed up" - you know I don't wear clothes that aren't at least 400% spandex) at the hotel, after the nice hotel folks loaded us up on water and energy bars (they seemed to be suffering under the delusion that my husband was in town to run in a marathon later that weekend). I'm not sure what they thought I was there for, but I can say with certainty that they didn't mistake me for a runner.

You can tell I wasn't nervous at all in this photo by the natural way I'm smiling and staring off into the distance, as if maybe I'd like to curl up in the fetal position, preferably on the soil of a distant country, and become invisible.

Then I headed over to the beautiful Indiana Historical Society, which was in no way intimidating. Ahem. You'll be happy to hear that the view from the podium into the empty auditorium did not make me throw up in my mouth a little; the thought of 600 eyeballs staring at me while any one of a zillion things could go wrong, leaving me to slink back to my seat on stage and continue to be scrutinized and possibly ridiculed for the rest of the show, not to mention the rest of my life once the YouTube video is released, didn't even cross my mind.

Or maybe it did. Briefly.


But everything went great, the other ladies in the show were amazing, and we had a fabulous time, as you can tell in these photos that show our wonderful directors trying to get us to pay attention while we goof off and generally act like giddy fourth graders.


You can see the whole thing when they compile all the shows into a YouTube extravaganza, but that might not happen until fall (?!?), so until then, please feel free to use your imagination. And of course, thanks to you all for your words of support and encouragement, which really did help cut down on the nerves. MUAH!

Okay, what else?

As if I needed to cheer up after all that, I shared my top 5 mood-boosting tips over on P&G Everyday, based on my years of experience being crazy trying to perk up when I'm stressed out, overwhelmed, depressed, or otherwise feeling like a crabbypants.

In another fit of perkiness (with a side of snark), I wrote a list of reasons my kids laugh, paired with photo evidence. Spoiler alert: POOP! (Wait, come back! The poop isn't in the pictures.)

On CraftFail, I learned that some people try to make meatloaf appetizing by turning it into dessert, and I shared a tutorial for a really useful way to ruin a pair of gloves.

Finding the Funny was here again (first Wednesday of every month!) and we had 298 great posts linked up! I'm not going to even begin to pretend I've had time to read them all, but you should click over and check them out! Here are some that've made me laugh so far...

I Like Beer And Babies categorizes our annoyance levels with her Mommy Tolerance Threshold Scale.

Abby Has Issues helps a sister out by writing Martha Stewart's online dating profile for her.

Ellen from Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms shares some important (and frighteningly hilarious) info from her days as an OB/GYN resident on In The Powder Room.

If you aren't on this list, PLEASE don't be offended. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. Including me! I just need a few more lifetimes to get through that list... You can help me out by letting me know in the comments - what were your favorite posts?

I hope you enjoyed yourself while you were here - and I hope you come back! Please share inappropriate giggles with me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, or subscribe via email so you don't miss a thing!


17 comments:

  1. My all-time favorite posts are AS THE DOLLHOUSE TURNS!!

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    1. Woot! Thanks, fishducky - I can always count on you, can't I? :)

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  2. My all-time favorite posts are AS THE DOLLHOUSE TURNS!!

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  3. ~snicker~ there's a tiny touch of 'oh I may just make a break for it in a moment' around your eyes, but you look beautiful and you womanned up - I'm totally sure that you were hilarious and awesome. Congratulations on being recognized for your inherent awesomeness :)

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    1. Heehee - thanks! It's tough to hide the evidence of an internal fight-versus-flight struggle, but I did end up sticking around for the whole thing, so I call it a win - even if I did look terrified. ;)

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  4. You are terribly adorable, and don't look old enough to have birthed babies.

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    1. Wow, thank you! Do you accept Paypal...?

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  5. Can't wait to see the LTYM. My mom is going this Friday. Why will it take them so long to put the video up? Are you allowed to talk about the content? So glad it went well. And yes, you looked relaxed. Love that part of IN. Near Bloomington and Indiana University. Gorgeous!!

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    1. I wish we could've extended the trip down to Bloomington! We both went to IU and I reeeaaaaally miss it there. And the food - oh man, I miss the food!

      Your mom is going to the NW Indiana LTYM? That should be a great show! Nicole from Ninja Mom and Kerry from HouseTalkN are in it - I'd love to be there. I guess I'll have to wait for YouTube, too. :/ no idea what takes so long, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait :)

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  6. You look so zen, if "Zen" means thinking omgomgomgomgomgomgomg over and over again while dealing with dry mouth syndrome.
    At least you're adorable, so you've got that going for you.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    1. Aww shucks, thank you! Just think how I'd look if I hadn't worn black, so in addition to the look of concern on my face everyone could've also seen the ample rings of stress sweat developing under my arms. So, it could've been worse. ;)

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  7. That sure is a fancy-pants red velvet-y seated theater. Bravo!

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    1. No doubt - I was definitely not feeling worthy of the velvet seats. Of course, it wasn't much better when actual bodies were blocking my view of the velvet! ;)

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  8. Aww, you look so pretty. That's a great picture! I would have been totally freaking out too. Like on the verge of peeing my pants on that stage.

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    1. That's funny - a bunch of us went into panic mode and suddenly wanted to dash to the restroom for one last emergency pee before we went on stage! Alas, no time, so I'm sort of surprised no one DID pee their pants. ;)

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  9. Congrats on LTYM! Next year you can look forward to going back as an audience member and enjoying the show without feeling the need to vomit! I highly recommend it. ;)

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm seriously considering auditioning again, except next time I might wear pants that actually fit so I'm not tugging them out of my rear all night. ;)

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