Friday, August 9, 2013

About Green Boogers and Oatmeal

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wonder why they let me keep my kids.

In 2005, I started a triathlon blog where I attempted to exorcise my demons of being a terrible swimmer and runner. I blogged about races. I picked internet fights with fellow racers about the color of their bikes. I believe at one point in a race, I actually tried to trip a guy in a red shirt because I'm not a fan of The University of Utah. In short, I met a lot of wonderful friends along the way.

In 2009, I stopped writing that blog because I'd gotten pregnant and felt the need to grow up. So, I created The Parent's Hood  - now Green Boogers and Oatmeal after my children informed me that they like green boogers (not the red ones, those are gwoss) and oatmeal, so can we have that for dinner tonight? pwease? - and documented the pregnancy and subsequent OMG WE HAVE A BABY AND IT SUCKS part of my life. It was a way to cope. And it turns out, I didn't need to actually grow up at all. Just had to stop cussing and hey, I'm supposed to do that with kids anyway, so it's a two-fer benefit.

Writing was my outlet when I was on maternity leave and seriously... with a first-born who cries ALL THE TIME? Paid maternity leave is a horrible benefit for us with extreme first-world problems. You all probably wouldn't understand because it's all about me. So the outlet was totally needed.

Now with two children and a full-time job, it's still a way to cope. And it's a way for me to document our crazy life... and I hope that one day, my girls will be able to look back on it and say:

"You know... I know we had to have her committed because she started talking back to the voices in her head, but there might be something that explains Mom's craziness in here."

Until then, I intend to enjoy the ride. And I hope you will, too.