The Seriousness of Stick Families

There is an all-out assault on the family in America, today. Wars are daily being waged on the streets of this great nation. Literal streets. As in, the road that we drive on with cars. And our families are the casualties of this war. Our stick families, that is. Our small, white outline, sticky, window clinging, stick figure families.

You’ve seen them. You may even carry them on the back of the minivan you grew up swearing you’d never buy (but, DID buy because they’re so dang practical). There’s a stick figure window cling family for everyone! Even those (crotchety) people that hate your stick figure family.

Turns out there are people out there that have some strong feelings about your stick figure family. In fact, your stick figure family is so offensive to them, they’ve located, PURCHASED, and placed their own anti-stick family on their own vehicles to…uh…upset you? I don’t know. Prove they’re cooler than you? Establish some kind of social dominance over you? I really do not know. Before we get into the “why’s”, let’s examine their hostility through pictures and sarcasm.

So, here’s the average happy and peaceful stick figure family, just minding their own business, strolling down Main Street along the rear window of their Honda Odyssey.

Harmless, happy, and about to be eaten by zombies.

Harmless, happy, and about to be eaten by zombies.

And then comes along a loud-mouthed F150, most likely with those “really cool” dog testicles dangling from the trailer hitch in the back, with their own window sticker. Because they’re cool and they can.

Where'd you get a T Rex, bro?

Where’d you get a T Rex, bro?

Like, why u mad, Pick Up Truck? Why is Mrs. Honda Odyssey’s stick family making you so salty? Do you hate sticks? Families? The color white? WHAT IS IT?!

And then there are Walking Dead fans that just can’t pass up an opportunity to Zombify anything.

You guys were obviously not prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.

You guys were obviously not prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.

This guy. He’s driving around with zero chill. “Listen. Three things I can’t stand: 1) Obama. 2) Nickleback haters. 3) Stick Figure Families. That order.”

You need Jesus, man.

You need Jesus, man.

I took to social media just this past week to address the stick figure family crisis in America and to point out the hypocrisy of hating on window stickers by USING WINDOW STICKERS.

#thinkaboutit #themoreyouknow

#thinkaboutit #themoreyouknow

So, why do the haters hate so hard? We may never know. My best guess is that they just hate families. Or stickers. Maybe they have stickerphobia. Pittakionophobia. It’s a thing. I don’t see how placing angry stickers is going to help you heal from your phobia. But, I’m no doctor, so…

If you are a “My dachshund ate your stick figure family” kind of guy/gal, let us know! Answer the age old riddle: how much sticker hate could a hater hate if a sticker hater could stick their own sticker? And WHY?!

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The Car Rider Line: A Hard-hitting Tell-All

First, I’d like to apologize for being a unpredictable blogger. A new follower informed me just last night that it’s been months since my last post. It would be wonderful if I promised to be more faithful in my posting. So wonderful. But, like, I can’t. I will say that I will try to do better. Definitely better than one post every three months. (Insert iPhone embarrassed emoji face)

Now that that’s over…

Monkey recently started school and I recently started a new routine of analyzing the different types of people in the car rider line at drop off and pick up. I must say I’ve come a long way over the last year with my anxieties, gaining ground and celebrating victories every day. Very proud of that. Yet, while I’m overcoming little by little every day, I thought it best to avoid testing myself and potentially relapsing into an anxiety-ridden oblivion with the terror that is the public school bus. I’m just not there yet, Jesus. So, I drive Monkey to and from school. While it is occasionally inconvenient, it is always a glorious reminder of the strange birds out there in the real word and how much I love to watch and try to understand them.

I’m clearly not the only parent unwilling to let my baby chicken(s) out from under my wing only to be consumed by the hungry viper that is that big, yellow vehicle of destruction, for there are many cars in this car rider line. Many. So many that the line wraps from the front of the building and through a snake-like pattern through one parking lot and out onto the main road. And, in this long and winding baby chicken retreival line, there are several types of mother (and father!) hens. They are as follows:

  1. The All-Nighters. I swear these people live here. Like, in the parking lot. The first week of school, I was determined to be first in line (loser) so I left my house in order to be there FORTY-FIVE MINUTES EARLY. School was 45 minutes from dismissal and there were already 12 cars in line. TWELVE. Like, what time did you guys get here?! Did you camp out overnight? Is there money in being first? What did you do? Drop your kid off this morning and then circle around, put the car in park and take an eight hour nap? I CAN’T COMPETE WITH YOU. “Hey, guys. Loved our breakfast meeting this morning but school ends in five hours. Gotta hit that car rider line!” My presence is not in that high demand but even I have things to do that prevent me from living in the parking lot.

    I woke up like this. (In the school parking lot, I mean. Because I live here.)

    I woke up like this. (In the school parking lot, I mean. Because I live here.)

  2. The Premier Members of the “I Don’t Get It” Club.There is a clear, distinct and very well known pattern to the car rider line. The snake pattern I mentioned above. Everyone knows. Children, animals and inanimate objects even know. Yet, there are at least three cars, every single day, that get wild and try to go against the flow of the car rider line. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? The line is so well established that I take my foot off the gas, my hands off the wheel and shut my eyes because my car drives itself into position. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. And, no. That is not a question. That is a statement because no one is above the pattern. Figure it out or GET ON THE BUS.
  3. Team No F**cks. These people know and they don’t care. They are, as the current terminology goes, fresh out of f**cks to give. They have been out for some time, now. Most of us keep the line to the right lane of travel. Just standard auto operating decency. These guys, usually in some kind of massive vehicle, don’t even know where they are in relation the road. They have no observed traffic rules. Team NF members sit right the freak in the middle of the road and don’t move until they’re ready. Sometimes somebody leaves the line or the line inches forward for no other reason than the drivers ahead just decided to scoot forward an inch or two. Most of us play along and move the negligible amount forward. But, these guys are like, “Nope. Don’t even look at me. And if you honk, you will meet Jesus before the horn finishes.”
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  5. The Bloggers and Snark Sharks. These are my people. We’re texting our friends about the I Don’t Get It Club and Team NF members. We will also probably not have any friends at school after this. (Insert iPhone shame emoji face)
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Happy, Calm, Focused (aka My Middle Names)

If I had the mental capacity to make coherent sentences come out of my mouth and the desire to wear something other than leggings and old maternity shirts, I might apply for a job outside of our home. And, if I applied for a job outside of our home, and had to describe myself in three words on my job application, I’d probably choose “happy, calm and focused.”

Hahahahahaha. Jk Jk.

Hahahahahaha. Jk Jk.

Okay. So, maybe not. But, that’s why I was so glad when my girl Kathy asked me to try out a bottle of Happy, Calm, Focused; a super sweet supplement with vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help energy, mood, focus and so much more!

Alright. First things first I’m the realest, let’s get the cons out of the way. I’m a bad-news-first kind of person.

Bad News 1: Kathy sent me a 90 count bottle and I was instructed to take three capsules once a day. That means one $40 bottle lasts for 30 days. Now, that’s every so slightly rich for my blood. Especially if I’m planning on taking this for more than one month. But, then if I’m all happy and calm and focused for a solid month, am I really going to let $40 stop me from being happy, calm and focused for another month?! (I mean, yeah, probably.)

Bad News 2: The capsules themselves are intended for small elephants or large cows, I’m pretty sure. I gagged many a morning trying to get these suckers down. I never barfed so I guess that’s a win?

And that’s all I have for bad news! That’s a good sign, right?!

Good News 1: There are no jittery, sleepy, headachey feelings associated with this supplement. No gas, either. Something we can all be thankful for.

Good News 2: It’s about to get really real up in here. I started my month long HCF journey on antidepressants and using food as a way to cope with anxiety. I am now completely med-free and have developed several more healthy and helpful ways to cope with anxiety. Also, my anxiety is at an all time low! Now, I’ve had a lot of personal breakthrough during this time and, while I can’t completely and without doubt attribute that to HCF, it’s enough to make me want to continue trying the supplement (even if it is $40 a month).

So, overall, I give HCF a thumbs up. And, if you can weasel an Amazon gift card from someone, I’d give HCF two thumbs up. Check it out on Amazon for more details!

Is This a Paper Cut or Am I Dying?

One thing I love in this world is tattling on myself so, please, excuse me while I shake my tattle tail for a minute or twelve.

I am, what they call, a hypochondriac; a person who is abnormally anxious about their health. Or, as Mayo Clinic (one of my bffs) puts it, one who suffers from hypochondria has an “obsession with the idea of having a serious but undiagnosed medical condition.”

Yes, Jesus. I gots all of the undiagnosed medical conditions. Every last one.



I had outrageous and ungodly heartburn two weeks ago and got my affairs in order. I was coming home, Jesus. After Googling, Web MD-ing, Mayo Clinic-ing and rando hippie health blog-ing, it was determined (by me and my Internet Search Bar Doctorate degree) that I was on my way to the heavens above via cardiac arrest. My heart was done with this world and going to seize it’s way right through the Pearly Gates. I called my mom, my husband, Oprah, Tom Cruise. Everybody. I had to say goodbye. My time on the earth had come to and end. After I alerted the media and prepared my eulogy (to be read by William Shatner to the music of Eye of the Tiger, fyi), I realized I was, in fact, not having a heart attack but wicked heartburn courtesy of some Louisiana hot sauce. Yeah. But it COULD have been a heart attack.

My husband, every time I announce my latest ailment.

My husband, every time I announce my latest ailment.

In addition to the numerous heart attacks, I’ve had about 875 brain aneurysms. In fact, every time I have a headache with a noticeable point of origin, it’s a bulging blood vessel in my brain waiting for the most inopportune time to strike. Strike me right the freak down to my grave. My OB showed me a trick to relieve pulsating pain in my head by pressing on my temples a certain way. That usually works. But, when it doesn’t, it’s an aneurysm. I just know it.

Twenty-nine years of life have brought me not only heart attacks and aneurysms but hernias, diastasis recti, ulcers, stomach cancer, glaucoma and 5,000 other eye conditions, arthritis, Lupus, blood clotting disorders, cervical cancer, elephantitis, Mad Cow Disease, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, dysentery, malaria, smallpox, male pattern baldness, the bubonic plague (we had fleas for a while; you NEVER know!), Stay Puff Marshmallow Man disease (I had to invent something to diagnose myself with that time), ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, Amy Poehler, Kohler, lint roller. All of that. All. Of. The. Diseases. Both known and yet unknown. All.

Me, pregnant with our first. Couldn't have been the pizza. Had to be a diagnosable disease.

Me, pregnant with our first. Couldn’t have been the pizza. Had to be a diagnosable disease.

But, they say this is a condition all it’s own. The preoccupation with disease and self-diagnosis. It’s hypochondria. And I am a walking case study.

And I feel like the Internet gets me because I Google my symptoms and Dr. Google’s all, “Well, it could be a popcorn kernel stuck between two teeth OR you have mouth cancer and you’ll be dead by morning.” Google’s like, “Let’s be practical, but, let’s also be irrational and monger some fear!” You know. Just like me. Practical and insane all at the same time.

So, at the moment, I am professionally diagnosed with nothing. For now. But, wherever there are symptoms, there also shall I be making mountains out of molehills and turning canker sores into cancer.

In conclusion, I need a tranquilizer.

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I Like Bold Leggings and I Cannot Lie

If you were a citizen of the Internet a few months ago (coulda been longer-I don’t know-I have no concept of time), you, no doubt, saw the world abuzz over one woman’s decision to put an end to her wild legging-wearing days. The blog post itself was whatever but it had the Internet like…


I respect Girlfriend’s right to not wear leggings. I care not with what she clothes herself and it’s funny to me that the earth shed a tear over her rather tame post. However, mama likey the leggings. Listen. I get what you’re saying No-Leggings-Girl (NLG, as I call her). But, yeah. I’m on that leggings game like ev-er-y-day.

No mom on the corner got swagger like us.

No mom on the corner got swagger like us.

(Before things get cray, I get that people were miffed that NLG made it sound like women are responsible for men’s self control. We’re not and that’s gross but I also don’t think that’s what she meant. I don’t know. At least, I hope not.)


As I was saying, I like leggings. Mmm. Love, actually.

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Okay. I only wear leggings these days. Yes. This is my life. I wear ridiculously patterned leggings with crazy leopard shoes and long, flowy shirts. I am dressed and ready to roll into my southern Florida assisted living home at a moment’s notice.

Being the peach that she is, my friend Mary sent me my newest pair of bold skin paint  leggings in addition to a sweet oversized tunic and floral skirt from her LuLaRoe collection.

My grandma keeps asking me if they're painted on. I keep telling her they're tats. Full leg tats.

My grandma keeps asking me if they’re painted on. I keep telling her they’re tats. Full leg tats.

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Me and these leggings are basically bff because they don’t play favorites with the rollercoaster of widths contained on my legs. It is patient with my generous thighs and the gentle hug of an old friend to my baby flamingo ankles. Why I have these traffic-cone-turned-upside-down legs is a mystery to me but LuLaRoe is here and isn’t asking any questions. She accepts me the way the good Lord made me.

Try not to be distracted by my sassy Latina midriff and take a little peek at my leggins.

Try not to be distracted by my sassy Latina midriff and take a little peek at my leggings.

The oversized tunic is a medium so don’t go crazy when you order from LR. When I say “oversized”, I am, for once in the history of this blog and my time on this earth, not exaggerating. And that angel sweetie little skirt has a wide folding waist band so you can control the length to some degree. When I get a real waist again, I will be wearing this skirt much more often. All three pieces are also mind-boggingly soft and will make your other leggings (if you haven’t sworn them off) feel like sandpaper.

So, if you’re like me and love patterns and colors tattooed to your legs, contact m’lady Mary on her Facebook page and see what she has in store! I bet even No-Leggings-Girl would break her leggings fast for Mary. *wink wink*

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Lawn Gnomes and Cycling Parrots

What. The. Fresh cut grass.

So, I’m driving down the road and come to this house I’ve passed plenty of times. These people either run a home daycare or have 1,000 children of their own because they have a whole metal swing set museum in their front yard. Not beautiful, in my opinion, but also, not my house. In other words, you do you.


I pass by today expecting to see nothing more than the usual rusted metal extravaganza, and, what do I see, but a wind sock thing. Of a parrot. On a bike. Wearing a sombrero.

I have a few questions, if I may.

1) What.

2) WHAT. No, seriously. What?!

3) Where does one even purchase such an item? I don’t go to Walmart very often but I have not been seeing some sombrero-wearing bike-pedaling parrot windmill thingy.

4) And who thought of this? I wish I could have been at that round table.

“Okay. Listen up, people. Our vinyl windmill sales are down. We need something new. Something fresh. Something NOW. Who’s got it? Brian? Let’s see what you’ve got there. A Mexican parrot on a bike?! GENIUS! Pack your bags, Brian. You’re moving to the 12th floor!”

5) Then, you, homeowner. Upon gazing over your playground graveyard, what made you go with the parrot? Obviously, the deepest landscaping places of your heart were unsettled, still, and you longed for that ONE decorative lawn ornament to bring it all together. Why this particular piece? Why not a gnome? Or one of those glass ball things that people have (seriously, wth even are those)? Or the wooden cutout that looks like an old ladies big round hind parts digging in the garden? Shoot. I would have even gone fake deer or oak tree face over the parrot.

A PARROT. On a bicycle. Wearing a sombrero.



But, hey. Different yard strokes for different yard folks. Parrot Guy may drive by our house and be like, “Why would they keep their yard so naked? So without? So unadorned?!” We’re more of the “grass and plants” yard type and not so much the “every trinket under the sun” kind, but, that’s just us. Not asking anyone to change who they are.

We used to be the “giant mud pit surrounded by dandelions” kind of folk but we’ve come a long way. Who knows. Maybe one day we’ll have our own Mexican parrot on a bike. My husband’s Mexican so we could call it “getting in touch with our heritage”. You know. Because I’ve heard bike riding parrots are big over there.

Anyway, I hope the parrot playground people are at peace when they swing on their rusted sets and the parrot’s little windmill bike wheels flap in that warm summer breeze. I also hope they have up to date tetanus shots.

*Should anyone be interested in their own cycling parrot, here’s the link I found. And, if you buy one, I need pictures of it in your yard IMMEDIATELY.

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The Eight Types of Facebook Friends

Listen. We all fit into one (or eight) of the categories. Acceptance is the first step.

1) The Proud Mom

“My five week old little Princess Rainbowsparkle just walked across the room! Trust me. I’d MUCH rather have her meet her milestones at the significantly slower rate of her peers but she’s a go-getter just like her mommy! #oneproudmama #princessrainbowsparkle #fiveweeksold #advanced #harvardherewecome”

Be serious. If you’re a mom (or dad or aunt or grandma or creepy distant relative), you’ve posted a baby brag or 12 at one point or another. I have! (Although, I stopped having things to brag about after Monkey learned how to walk. #underachievers #teamnomilestones) But, let’s get even more serious. Before you post that picture of your four month old squatting on/falling into the potty, ask yourself a few questions;

  1. “Is anyone going to see this picture on their news feed and say, ‘Yes! YES! I am so glad he/she/it/they posted this picture! I needed this!”
  2. “Would I post a picture of myself taking a big ol’ steamy dump on Facebook?”

No? Well, okay, then.

2) He Who Must Not Name Names

“Some people just don’t know the meaning of friendship. You know who you are and you know what you did and, from now on, Imma do me. #notimeforhaters #shakeitoff”

#what #vaguebookingatitsfinest

Let’s talk about this one. What’s the goal, here? What’s your end game? Obviously, you want the “you know who you are” person to see your nameless rant so that they may be virtually cut (hopefully not actually cut. No cutting.), right? Or is it to get everyone fishing for more details while pretending to offer condolences? Because, honesty time. As soon as I see a vague Facebook post, it could be about literal, actual nothing, I get a deep and burning pain in the social media file in my brain until I have all the details. I NEED ANSWERS, YOU FACEBOOK VOLDEMORT.

3) Facebook Vigilante

Oh, thank the good Lord above for sending us the Facebook Vigilantes of the world! Saving humanity one offensive Facebook debate at a time! Count on these social media super heroes every time there is a controversial bill being proposed, racial tension, national tragedy, large weather system or breaking celebrity news. On slow news days, you may even see them get down and dirty over things all you common non-vigilante drones would consider “not important” or “certainly not something to get worked up over” or “stupid”. But, that’s on you! Because justice doesn’t rest! Especially not on Facebook! Would you ask Batman to let the Joker Glasgow-smile everyone willy nilly? Would you accept Spider Man simply working hard at the Daily Bugle while the Lizard goes ham on the people of NYC? Would you allow Superman to stop…uh…superman-ing? Nope. NOPE. Let these powerhouses serve the people with their (often bitter) rants without judgment (and annoyance) from you!

Sorry. Can't talk right now. Busy superman-ing.

Sorry. Can’t talk right now. Busy superman-ing.

4) The No Show

Why are you even on Facebook, bro? You don’t post anything. You don’t comment on anything. You don’t respond to anything. I sent you an invite like, 30 years ago and, look at that, no response! Now, I’m gonna have to pick up my phone and email you the invitation because Lord knows I’m not even trying to actually call you (or anyone, ever). And, let me tell you, that better garner a response because, if it doesn’t, I gotsta haul my act all the way over to the mailbox to physically MAIL you an invitation. That’s like, paper, pens, envelopes, stamps, FINDING YOUR ADDRESS. No. You know what? Nevermind. You’re not invited.

Disclaimer: My husband is a serial No Show. He sucks at social media real bad. The only reason he gets invited to things is because he lives with a social media addict. And the only reason he still has Facebook is because he can’t figure out how to delete it.

5) The Sales(wo)man


But, also, #cantstop #wontstop.

Errbody selling something. If this bothers you, you may just need to move the freak on in your social media journey. I say this not as one with a home business but as one that just knows this is life, bro. This is where we are right now. If the seller is a good friend, give their posts a like or two here and there. If the seller is a “friend” you haven’t seen or spoken to in 15 years and they post about their business more than E!Online posts about Kimye, maybe just hide them from your feed. No harm, no foul.

But, to the sellers, maybe just try to be a real human some. It’d probably be in your best interest to keep some friends, right? Don’t walk on virtual eggshells but don’t post like you’re in a race to see who can be hidden from the most news feeds, K?

6) Great Grandma NoTact

You post a mild picture of a tame night out with your friends. Anticipated comments range from “How cute!” to “Aw, so fun!” Great Uncle Todd hops on your pic and says, “Pretty. Great Aunt Linda and I have divorced and she won’t be there for Christmas this year. Love you.”

Wth, Todd.

Why are you telling me this on Facebook and why specifically on this picture? No, really. I want to know your train of thought as you saw me and my girls at the Olive Garden and how that led to a Linda-less Christmas. Tell me. Also, sorry about Linda.

Great picture. Had to put Old Yeller down yesterday. I'm real sad.

Great picture. Had to put Old Yeller down yesterday. I’m real sad.

7) The Parenting Encyclopedia of Rightness

Before you post that news article on carseats, babywearing, vaccines, breastfeeding, formula feeding, sleeping arrangements, sleeping habits, toddler feeding, ANYTHING, think for a minute. When you got the undeniable itch to post this, did you have a certain person in mind? If you did, just tell them. And did you feel indignant when you read it? If so, DELETE. RUN. COME BACK WHEN YOU CALM DOWN. Are there people you care about that may have their feelings hurt by your posting? If you think there may be, talk to them first.

And if the link you’re about to link is a blog post, NO. (Unless it’s funny, of course.)

8) The Quiz Lover

“I got Ariel in the ‘Which Disney Princess Would Be Your Evil Twin’s Foster Child in a Disney/Real Life Bizarro World Mash Up’ Quiz! Who is yours?!”

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for a good Buzzfeed quiz. Well, and a bad one, too. Okay. I’ll take literally any internet quiz. Well, maybe not any. I’ve seen some real mind bombs out there and I’m not interested, sir. But, if we’re being real, I’ve taken the Which Inanimate Object Are You quiz. Yeah. (Hanger, btw.)

But, some of y’all are running up on Facebook posting every result from every quiz in Christendom. Is there a prize for posting your results that I’m missing out on? Do you get Farmville points or something? Do people still play Farmville? I don’t know. I hid all the Farmville people. #itsnotyou #itsfarmville




So, who are YOU?! Post your results for Farmville points!


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