Mayhem Monday

Welcome to another edition of:

Random Thoughts I Have to Get Out or My Head Will Implode

Blog names. Sometimes I wish I could change mine. I started out as ‘miraclemama’ then realized I needed something less ‘mama-ish’.   Now every time I see my blog title, I think of the movie Flashdance.

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If only I could go back in time…

Blog Names I Should Have Picked:

More Than Mommy, Less Than Reasonable

Warm Fuzzies and Cold Beer

Mommy’s Mumblings, Murmurs, Madness and Mayhem

Java Jolts and Sugar Highs

Dimpled Cheeks and Thunder Thighs

The Very Edge of Sanity–If I Got Any Closer You’d Hear Me Scream, Then The Scream Would Slowly Fade Away to a Sad Whimper in the Distance Because I Fell into a Big Black Void Never to Return, and You’d Feel Bad Because It Was You Who Pushed Me Over

Where’s the Remote? (Seriously, Have You Seen It?)

Downeast Shore: Starring D-Woww and her husband, The Predicament

The View from the Couch

Remotely Serious and Relatively Sane

Somewhat Awake, Almost Lucid, and Completely Delirious

Halfway to Crazy Town, Two-Thirds of the Way to Smugville and All the Way to Idon’tgiveacrap City

The Big Butt Theory

2 Broke Parents

Out of the Mouths of My Adorable Little Tax Deductions

What’s the Poop?

She’s a Mainly Mild-Mannered Moron

Up All Night, Walking Death All Day

Hot Flashes, Gray Patches and Other Tales from the Dark Side of Middle-Age

Sh*t My Inner Voices Say

(Some of you have already stolen some of the good blog names out there, so I was forced to modify a few to fit my life. If you think you recognize yours here, it’s not pure coincidence but completely intentional…)

Life in the Tired-as-Hell Lane

The Great Darlasby

Darla’s Thoughts Inexactly, Inaccurately and Otherwise Completely Made Up

Mostly the Stupidest Ideas You’ve Ever Come Across

Completely Obstructed View: Jeez! Could You Please Sit Down So I Can See the TV? You Make a Better Door than a Window, Buddy!

Life is a Bowl of Disgusting Bran Cereal My Doctor Insists I Eat Because I am Older than Dirt Now

Snoring Husband Living Room

The Daily Drag

The H is Silent (it really is, Kim–you know my last name!)

The Ironic Woman

Darly-o-leg’s Rumblings

The Monstrous Pile of Dirty Laundry in Your Closet

The Complicated Life of an Exasperated Man’s Wife


And now…A Few Gems from the Hellions (Attention: Susan, from Coming East, or Peg-o-Leg, you are both more than welcome to them, just bring them back well-fed)

Sometimes, my kids like to see if I’m really listening:

Every day, I pick my son up from school and on the drive home, I ask him, “How was school?” and he always answers with, “Good” and lots of crushing silence.

I asked him yesterday, and he answered, “Devastating.”

Naturally, I responded with, “Oh, that’s nice.”

It’s incredible how quickly a child’s perspective changes and how fast their memory fades:

My 5 year old daughter and I watched as a 4 year old in her preschool class had a major meltdown in front of the school. The girl kicked and screamed and fell to the ground crying as her mother struggled to calm her. My daughter’s eyes got real wide as she said, “Wow! Did you see that, Mom? Now that’s just rude!” She refused to believe me when I informed her that, once upon a time, she used to do the same thing.   About a week ago.

Being a parent isn’t for the thin-skinned:

*My son sat down next to me on the couch, gently poked my stomach and said, “Hey! I thought you weren’t having any more babies!”

*I told my son how, when I was his age, I was doing chores around the house and my parents never even had to ask me. He scoffed and said, “Yeah! Right! When you were my age you were, like, 47 years old, so how could you even remember that?”


And I leave you with a question I pondered this week.

Q: How do you know you’re getting old?

A: When you throw your shoulder out doing laundry. (Apparently, yanking those wet clothes out of the washer is dangerous. Consider yourself warned.)

A: When you quickly turn your head to tell your son to stop jumping on the couch and you suddenly realize you can’t turn your neck in either direction for days afterward without debilitating pain.

A: When you go sledding down a little hill and pray every second of the way you don’t end up in traction.

A: When your daughter asks you how old you are, then yells, “But I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count that high!”

A: When you take a sip of wine over the holidays and realize that was one sip too many.

A: When 7 pm rolls around and you can’t keep your eyes open so you start to get ready for bed and the first thing you do is look for your slippers only to realize you’re already wearing them. And your flannel pajamas. And your bathrobe. And you’re sitting in a rocking chair. Doing a crossword puzzle. Wearing glasses. And watching Wheel of Fortune. Cursing and yelling out the phrases to your cat, Mr. Jingles.

63 thoughts on “Mayhem Monday

  1. silverlining09

    Love the “More Than Mommy, Less Than Reasonable” and “Mommy’s Mumblings, Murmurs, Madness and Mayhem.”

    More power in your blogging!

    1. Thanks, BRC. It took awhile to grow on me, but I’m stuck with it now.

      And I have to admit to feeling old now because it’s pretty obvious to everyone else around me that I have succumbed when I wear slippers all day long.

  2. Ha! Darla you are simply awesome!
    Thank god i have n’t stolen any of your blog names! 🙂 But i am considering about one of your blog name “Warm Fuzzies and Cold Beer” to copy. What say?
    May be i am the first thief, who is confessing before he is going to steal something. And one more thing- i have one more answer to the question, “How do you know you’re getting old?” Which is- when you find WordPress more interesting than Facebook. Even my friend give me this reason to prove that i am old. 🙂
    Thanks Darla for all the laughs! Keep writing, keep smiling and always help us smiling just the way you always does.

  3. I’m with Brown Road Chronicles. “She’s a Maineiac” is possibly one of the best names evah!

    And I think that you start being old when you try to figure out all the things that “don’t count” towards being old.

  4. I’m laughing so hard it’s difficult to formulate a response right now. But if I don’t reply now, I’ll probably forget I read this and then forget to reply (sieve for a brain these days).

    Loved the name Downeast Shores … etc. And your comment about sledding possibly putting you into traction is me to a T. I am woefully sad to admit that having had 2 very stiff glasses of mimosas on Christmas Eve day (poured by my much younger SIL) left me with quite the headache yesterday. Guess I can’t drink anymore either.

    Fortunately, my son loves to hug on my big squishy body, and for that I am eternally thankful.

    Thanks for the great laughs!

    1. Two glasses of mimosas, Sue?! that would surely put me over the edge of no return. I can get a mild hangover from half a glass of wine now. So sad. (sigh)

      And you are welcome for the laughs. Nothing makes me happier than when I read someone laughed at my ‘oldness’.

  5. I love your blog name because it immediately struck me that you were an ’80s gal after my own heart. My blog name looks like childhood relieved at a glance. Relieved reminds of antacid.

    I laughed through this post, particularly the new blog names.

  6. I always recognize you the minute I see She’s a Maineiac. But if you do ever try to change it go with Warm Fuzzies and Cold Beer. ,I like Adrindam, love it.

    Now why the heck did you go and put that last part in? Crap, I am going to have to throw away my oars now. My river of denial has officially sprung a permanent leak.

    1. Oh, no, don’t throw away those oars on my account! Just put on your slippers, wrap you bathrobe around you tightly and turn up the volume of the TV because you can’t hear Pat Sajak. It’ll all be just fine, I swear… floatin’ down that ol’ river of denial!

  7. I want this: Sh*t My Inner Voices Say. You know I deserve it.
    Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious, Darla. I heart your kids, too.
    And the PJs, slippers, rocking chair … all of that is me today. PJs all day, thank you.

    1. You know the minute I typed out Sh*t My Inner Voices Say I thought of you, Lenore! Not that I think you’re crazy (even though you have conversations with yourself in public and wear PJs all day….Okay, I do that too…sigh)

  8. I also like your name. I think “She’s a Maniac” is most original.

    This is hysterical. I haven’t laughed so much since… heck I don’t know. A long time! Thank you man.
    I’m sitting next to my Mr F who’s reading a serious book. Well trying to read a serious book – because your stories about your kids are so funny that I couldn’t help laughing out loud, and every time he asked me to please be quiet and I tried really I tried, but one cannot be quiet when reading a sentence like:

    “My son sat down next to me on the couch, gently poked my stomach and said, “Hey! I thought you weren’t having any more babies!”

    heh heh.

    1. Rosie, your comment really made my day. To know that you were bothering Mr. F and preventing him from reading a serious book is my goal when I write this blog. Fits of laughter are always a good thing. My kids keep me laughing all the time. Helps that they aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.

  9. Snoring Dog Studio

    It’s not the title that matters – it’s all the amazing, witty, hilarious, insightful stuff that follows that I come to read. You tell the best stories about your family and your role in it. And the confession about your almost ready for bed attire? How I can relate! I love it here!

  10. I love your title as is, but all your alternatives are hilarious. And I would have loved, LOVED having your kids on Christmas morning – bet it was a ton of fun around your house with all the noise, merriment and fuzzy-slipper wearing.

    You should definitely arrange a play-date with GG’s kids – you and Paul would hit blogging gold with the combined cute comments of your kids!

    1. Oh–there was merriment to be had on Christmas day, Peg. So much merriment overload at around 5:30 am. But I make sure to enjoy every last crazy hectic second of it because I know how fast time flies.

      A play date with GG’s kids? Genius! Can it be in Bali?

  11. I have to admit, I also think of Flashdance every time. I’ve trained myself, however, to visualize the cool breakdancing from the movie, instead of welding or splashy water.

    There are a lot of great names there! You could always have subtitles – switch up the banner occasionally? “She’s A Maineiac: Up All Night, Walking Death All Day”

    Hm. And if you don’t, maybe I will…

    1. See, you’ve trained yourself to look past the Flashdance thing and I go and ruin it with one welder pic. –sorry!

      I LOVE your banner idea. Holy crapoli, that is good. The possibilities are endless.

      She’s a Maineiac Happy Hour: Cold Beer Served Here ($3/drink, 2 Drink Minimum, Warm Fuzzies Free)

  12. I love that when you were your sons age you were 47 years old (and nobody can remember back that far!)

    I’ll agree with Byronic Man, and suggest, when you want a little action and variety, just switch up your blogs by-line. “She’s a Maineiac: Not Fat. Not Pregnant Either.”

    1. And y’know when my son said that to me, he had such an evil grin on his face. He knew he was getting under my skin with the ‘old age’ jokes, that clever clever boy!

      I love Not Fat. Not Pregnant Either!! haha!

  13. I’m voting for the Ironic Woman. You could even have a theme song that plays when you click on the blog. I’m going off into space a little here, but isn’t that the idea? Happy New Year to you!

  14. Deborah the Closet Monster

    All of this made me giggle, except that the “dirty laundry” bit hits a little too close to home. There’s a reason my vlog only showed about two feet of wall from our closet, which is still nearing on the least cluttered place in our house. 😉

    Also, I wish I’d paid closer attention when naming my Facebook page. I went to change it to include my actual name, only to get an error message that this can only be accomplished with very new pages. D’oh!

    1. Deb, all of my closets look like Toys R Us exploded in there. I have to admit, when I want to tidy up the house super fast, I just chuck everything in the closet and quickly close the door before the avalanche of junk can push it back open.

      I wanted to change my URL from ‘miraclemama’ to ‘she’samaineiac’ but then I am afraid I’d vanish from the internet and no one would ever be able to find my blog again!

  15. What clever alternatives.
    You may wish for another name, but I’m always glad when I see it pop up around the blogosphere. I know some fun reading will follow.

    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! I hope you and your family are enjoying this long vacation week? It’s only Wednesday and my kids are already bored outta their skulls. Doesn’t help that we have no snow anymore, so no sledding!

      1. D-Woww, I am DYING. You are freaking hysterical! And I don’t mean literally — or maybe I do, after reading your potential “sanity”-inspired blog title!

        The things your children said, and your reactions to them (“Oh, that’s nice.” “About a week ago.”) had me laughing out loud. You have the best attitude.

        Our Christmas break started off with the kids missing their last day of preschool because my son burst into my room at 4:30 am, woke me up with this loud, disgusting cough, and then vomited all over me.

        I’ll probably post about it — once I can bring my reactionary dry-heaves under control.

      2. Oh, that is the worst when your kids are sick, especially a stomach bug. Not a great way to spend the vacation, Melissa. I certainly hope the poor little guy feels better today. We’ve all been pretty illness-free this week (knock on wood) After my daughter’s pneumonia, I have had enough of this winter already.

  16. I think your name is hysterical and when I’m in a hurry SAM types out very easily. I think your name fits perfectly and would only be a problem if you moved…but then, it still wouldn’t be a problem because I bet your heart is in Maine.

  17. This is amazing. I thought I had a knack for titles, but I bow down to you, Miracle Mama/She’s a Maineiac! (And, for what it’s worth, which I think is 11,000 peanut butter cups and 17 bottles of vodka, I really like your blog name!)

    “My Adorable Little Tax Deductions” and the last paragraph almost made me spit out my drink. (Don’t worry. I didn’t. I mean, c’mon. It’s champagne. Liquid gold*.)

    *Imitation. It’s all I can afford.

      1. Yeah, but no PB trees? Nothing says lovin’ like the trees.

        I’m creeping around trying to dispel the Monday, Monday feeling that this Thursday has somehow acquired. Blah, blah, blah. Aren’t you thrilled I’m coming around to share the blah, kind of like the Cat in the Hat when he tried to clean the pink ring off the tub and just ended up spreading it to momma’s new dress, and the walls, and the whole, wintery world?

      2. Spread away, Peg! Or read my newest post about self-inflicted torture. It’s a great light-hearted read!

        I am still looking forward to finding those heart-shaped PB cups. You’d think they would already be on the shelves by now? Or maybe they were back in October and are already moving on to the Easter egg PB?

  18. singleworkingmomswm

    OMG, OMG, OMG! I needed this! Today. I needed to read this. I had the day from hell with my child. And, I’m on my vacation. I want to go back to work. Really. I think work IS vacation. So, I completely relate to the comment from your little girl about the tantruming schoolmate. My daughter has made the same exact comments to me, whilst watching another peer completely lose it in public. “Did you see that mommy? Wow. They really threw a fit!” As if she had never, ever done so herself. Love it! And, the rest-well-priceless. You are correct-no thin skin allowed, or else. Thanks for allowing me to hit the pillow with a smile tonight instead of the disgusted scowl I had on earlier as I contemplated where my child came from. 😉

  19. Darla, I am always sad when it takes me so long to read your posts… I LOVED this one. It was perfect. I leave the tab open for days until I have time and finally I got to finish. I was stuck in the middle when a million other things happened.

    I would never be able to choose from all those hundreds of blog name ideas. It is better when there is a big story behind your name and when it takes a whole post to explain why you chose it and if you were or weren’t in your right mind when you did 🙂 Nice job! Hope the New Years went well.

    1. I had loads of fun writing this one. Coming up with all those blog names…some of them I seriously wish I had thought of before I went with She’s a Maineiac. Glad you enjoyed it! I had a wonderful New Years because I had no expectations, just went with the flow. I hope yours was good, too.

  20. pattisj

    I think you could make money selling blog titles. I struggled to come up with the “perfect” title, and you spewed out a bazillion in a matter of minutes! I am truly fond of your title.

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