Y’all, I am at the ugly end of frazzled this week. I had to fly back to Memphis to bury another grandparent, which is never fun. I wanted this week’s she-ro to reflect that, or to be a family member, or to be a healer but it was all too heavy. I found myself turning to some favorite blogs for late night distraction and then it hit me! Laughter is healing! Children are healing! Funny, laughing, cute kids can raise the spirit as well as a hug in a pinch. This week there are two she-ros: Marija Thomas aka Mrs. Nipper Knapp aka Nerd Mom and Lisa Page Rosenberg aka Smacksy aka Bob’s Mom.
Marija’s blog, My Mom’s a Nerd, is best described as the blog of a woman who, though feeling frazzled and discombobulated at times, is pretty much living the good life. That is if you consider “the good life” to be full of love, laughter, poop, babies, music and gardening. Right, well, poop is negotiable but that’s the thing, she puts it all out there and does it in a way which helps the reader see that it is part of the good life. She also happens to be super cute and posts about crafting and design – I’ve found tons of project inspiration from her! She “sells stuff on TV” pretty regularly and has a pink man cave. I mean, really! I want a pink man cave!
Lest you feel alienated by babies and domesticity make note, she’s also studied Santeria under Communism in Cuba and pierced her nose with a safety pin in a hotel room in London. Marija may be all pink and frilly, but she’s got great stories to go with it. I’m telling you, go read them, you won’t be sorry. A little box of surprises and fun, that one.
Smacksy speaks for itself. “Because family is funny” graces the masthead. Lisa has a little boy named Bob who is funny and way too smart and really does say the darnedest things. (Have I dated myself with that reference?) He also might be a 90-year-old trapped in a little body – you’ll have to check it out to get that reference.
She’s also a writer, a wife and a very cool lady. (That’s hearsay. I’ve never met her but we have loads of amazing people in common and they all say so. I believe them.)
What I love about these blogs is the honesty. Life isn’t always pretty. Things don’t always go according to plan. It can be messy and sad and difficult and unfair but it is always, without a doubt, funny. So thank you ladies for putting yourselves, your lives and your kids out onto the internet and putting a smile on my face in a dark room in Memphis, Tennessee at 3 in the morning!