Is it possible for me to sit here and barf up some words really fast, just let a bunch of shit gush right out of my brain and onto my keyboard, without obsessing over every word and totally ruining it?

No. It’s not. I’ve already edited the above sentence three times. (Eight if you count the time I came back through for a proof read and couldn’t stop picking at it. FINE, 12. 12 times. Okay. I’m done now.)

Anyway, I have no idea how it happened, but I spent the last hour or so getting sucked into the vortex of my own blog. I was like, “DAMN, I used to be funny. I should write some shit.” Then I was like, “No one gives a fuck, Kristen. Seriously, no one gives a fuck.”

But maybe you do. Either way, I gotta write something. So…wanna know what I’ve been up to?

Writing a novel. For two damn years. I don’t like to talk about it too much because

  1. That would mean I would have to talk about it.
  2. I don’t want to get everyone all pumped and then have the book totally suck and everyone be like “damn, she talked a lot of shit about this lame-ass book.” *UNLIKE / UNSUBSCRIBE / LEAVE SCATHING AND UNNECESSARILY CRUEL REVIEWS EVERYSINGLEPLACE*
  3. I’m scared you’ll see how much it means to me.
  4. It would be awful to discover that something that means so much to me means absolutely nothing to anyone else.
  5. Fuck, now I’m crying.

I went on vacation last week. Who doesn’t need a vacation, right? Everyone needs a freaking vacation now and then. I’ve been working part-time from home as a social media manager since last June and haven’t had a day off since I started. Not even weekends. It’s a damn good job, though, and I can–and often do–perform it in my pajamas. On a shiny new Macbook Pro.

WUT.

And that damn novel. I’m tired, man. Like everyone else. We’re all tired, I know. Anyway, I took this vacation, for six days. And you guys know I have anxiety, right? <<< I’m supposed to hyperlink something here to one of my anxiety articles so you can go get up to speed on my stupid anxiety. But I’m not gonna because I’m a rebel like that.

You know what I’m most anxious about?

Looking stupid.

I know I’m supposed to be scared that my house will burn down or that my kids will get hurt (I know, I’m terrible. You should play Cards Against Humanity with me. I’m the worst.) but really I’m most scared of looking stupid. I’m obviously a very evolved human being.

The interesting and laughably ironic thing about being absolutely petrified of looking stupid is that ANXIETY LOBS OFF LIKE 53 IQ POINTS. In other words, being afraid of looking stupid MAKES YOU LOOK FUCKING STUPID.

So whenever I take a break–even a tiny one–from my usual don’t-stop-get-it-get-it routine, I get this feeling like I’m going to drop ALL THE BALLS. I can’t handle the stress, man. I know this. I know I am a person who cannot take her hands off the balls. Because what if I drop one and end up looking stupid?

So we get back into town and I’m like “GET ON IT, KRISTEN. GET BACK ON ALL THE SHIT. DON’T SCREW THIS UP. YOU’VE GOT ONE LIFE TO LIVE (isn’t that a soap opera?) AND YOU DON’T WANT TO WASTE IT LYING AROUND RECUPERATING FROM YOUR VACATION.”

But I took a day off. Took Monday off, aren’t I so damn smart, giving myself time to regroup like that? Tuesday was great, back into the swing. All the balls, in my hands. So squishy and malleable. I am the ball squisher. Squish squish.

But yesterday I got the kids to school late because … I dunno. One of the balls was kind of slippery? No clue. But I was all, “DON’T SWEAT IT, KRISTEN, IT WAS ONE LITTLE MISTAKE. YOU’VE GOT THIS. YOU’RE A FUCKING BEAST. NOW GO EDIT YOUR BOOK AND WORK AND COOK ORGANIC FOOD WITH HERBS YOU GREW IN YOUR GARDEN AND DO LAUNDRY AND KEEP YOUR HOUSE TIDY AND TEACH VIOLIN. OH, AND CLEAN THE DOG SHIT IN THE BONUS ROOM, BECAUSE IT RAINED, AND YOU KNOW HOW THAT LITTLE ASSHOLE ALWAYS SHITS IN THE BONUS ROOM WHEN IT RAINS.” I had it together, guys. I was dancing in the shower. Wait, no I wasn’t. I actually forgot to take a shower. (More on that in a minute. Seriously, I won’t forget–I’m trying not to edit here.)

And last night I was working on my book. Last edit before final read-throughs and formatting. Heavy shit, y’all, but can I just tell you what editing looks like? Can I tell you, please? For 30 damn minutes, I was hung up on a word. Not a paragraph. Not a sentence. A SINGLE. WORD. For sex. Do you know how many words there are to describe the in-and-out motion of a penis in relation to a vagina? Okay maybe there are a lot, but…I mean, words that aren’t cheesy, cliche, clinical, or cringingly pornographic? I’m not writing erotica, okay? (Maybe some other time.) But there are a few sexy parts in my book that need some explicit description, and Wednesday night proved to be a real stumper, guys. A real mother-flipping stumper. I had to message my friend Mary about words for a penis going in and out of a vagina. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the word had to make it clear that he was hitting her “spot.” I’m not writing that word here, okay, screw you, I’ve said enough. So we came up with

pressed

pulled

pushed

eased

slid

drove

Is this making you horny? Me neither. And I think there were several more, but guys, there just aren’t that many of these words.

THIRTY. MINUTES. ON ONE WORD. So dumb.

And tonight I spent about 15 minutes researching whether “underwear” is singular or plural. Conclusion: It’s a non-count word but is generally written in singular form. So for my whole life I’ve been saying “My underwear ARE on the floor” — PLURAL — (and who wants to analyze what it means that THAT is the first example phrase that popped into my head? Anyone? Bueller?), when I should have been saying “My underwear IS on the floor.” — SINGULAR.

All this time I’ve been talking about my underwear wrong, sounding like a damn moron.

Did I mention I took my kids to school late this morning? Again? Well I did. After that big long conversation about the penis in and out of the vagina I completely forgot to set my alarm. Actually, that’s not really so surprising now that I think about it.

But it sucked bringing my kids to school 30 minutes late. It sucked being THAT mom. I hadn’t brushed my hair or put my contacts in, and my clothes were hanging on me all sorts of lopsided, though I did at least remember to slip on a bra really fast, for which the front office staff at my kids’ school will be eternally grateful whether they are aware of it or not. My kids ate bananas and granola bars in the car on the way there. That’s not the worst breakfast ever, is it? Well and my son took his ADHD meds by pulling apart the pill capsule and emptying it into a tupperware and then mashing his banana into the puddle of little balls so he could eat them. Yeah and we know he’s not supposed to chew those so please don’t message me about it. And yes, I already checked with the doc if it was okay to break open the pill capsule. It’s the BALLS that are slow-release, not the pill capsule. The BALLS. What kind of operation do you think I’m running here, anyway?

Some people are so fucking judgmental.

As you have probably already inferred, by lunchtime today I was feeling like a pretty major idiot. That’s when my husband asked me, “So how’d the meeting with the tax guy go?”

Oh, you mean the meeting I didn’t go to? Totally forgot. Had it in my phone. Had a reminder set. Still forgot.

I cried a little this afternoon, about what a dumbass I am. Still hadn’t showered, and was crying just as much for how ridiculous it is to smell like I smelled–think over-ripe banana, coconut oil, and ordinary body odor–as about anything else. I mean, the shower is RIGHT THERE. JUST USE IT, KRISTEN.

Four days, people. Four days without a shower. (It’s cool, calm your tits, I finally took one. Don’t call … I dunno, the Ghostbusters or whoever.)

So I’m clean now. But I still feel just … really anxious. Like there’s a bee hive in my chest, like a whole swarm of them will come shooting out of my mouth, all insistent and angry and totally out of my control.

And I’ll look stupid. It’s the worst, looking stupid. The very worst.

You wanna hear the synopsis to my book? Here it is:

***

When memories of her traumatic past suddenly reemerge, Hazel’s well-meaning husband Oren gives her his blessing to find release by indulging in her most forbidden fantasy: an affair with Claire, her beautiful, brilliant, and very uninhibited new friend.

***

Y’all gonna stick around?

 

Beyond the Break

Author

When Kristen Mae isn’t running absurdly long distances, washing poop out of her dog’s butt-hair, or taming her two booger-machines, she’s tossing her expensive master’s of music performance degree out the window by feverishly attacking her “writing career.” Kristen is the voice of Abandoning Pretense, where she tells the whole, uncensored truth about marriage, parenthood, and life. In addition to her blog, Mae shares hilarious and heart-warming tidbits of her life on her Facebook page, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest, and is also a regular contributor at ScaryMommy.com, Bluntmoms.com, Mamapedia.com and Mamalode.com.

18 Comments

  1. I cried on Easter b/c I couldn’t find a shirt that looked nice with the pants that I bought b/c my DH liked them. And before that on Thursday or Friday, just b/c I was convinced I sucked at everything.

    Basically your line about crying about feeling dumb, I can totally relate. So just adding my voice to say you aren’t alone, and you’re doing good 🙂

  2. Good Lord, girl, get over here (come through the imaginary tunnel) and let your new adopted “Encore Mother” give you a damn hug! You’re doing fine! Your blog is awesome…trust me, I know because I’m too damned old and judgmental to follow and waste time on something that sucks! I’m fairly positive that your book will be amazing, too. So get your ass in there and finish that sucker. By the way, “eased” is a nice choice…and yer kids are going to be fine! They’re resilient and bouncy that way. I know…I spent 30 years teaching other people’s kids. Used to tell them, “If you’re not bleedin’, pukin’, or have a fever of 110, sit down – we have work to do! Teacher’s do not usually judge – We get it. So relax and let dem bees out!

  3. I’m in. Totally stuck. Your honesty is second only to your hilarity and I’m with you on the bee hive in the chest thing. Totally. I am reading your book so please finish it ASAP. Xx

  4. Sam Myers-Hayes Reply

    Oh my old friend, you should get in contact with me when/if you feel it appropriate. You both are still loved, my first real friends.

  5. I have never known you to look stupid. Your awesome.
    Your also pretty good at Cards Against Humanity. Not as good as me of course but still good at the game!

  6. Your humor is epic! You’re real and don’t sugar coat life, which makes reading your blog as addictive as crack (not that I would know lol)! Keep writing mama because you have a talent….it’s no easy task to be a comedian when spitting out words for all to read. Can’t wait to read your book….but please finish it before I become old, forgetful and piss myself several times a day!!

  7. Love it. I have slippery balls too. Drop them at least a dozen times a day. 😉

  8. D'Niche Felix-Francois Reply

    I LOVE your honesty. In this social media world, there is so much stress to be/look/act perfect. We all know we are not (well we are “perfect in our own ways) but you know what I mean.
    Plus, taking care of little people is hard!
    OMG!
    Oh and I only have part time parenting of my nephew, and sometimes I just sit on the tub edge….hiding in the bathroom – the only place he won’t bug me, if I shut the door)
    *sigh*
    Plus bananas and granola are healthy – so points there still :).
    I look forward to reading all that you write.
    Also, by my thinking if those balls have not broken yet, they are pretty hardy, so next time one falls, just pick ’em back up, dust it off and continue.

  9. Sharon Hudson Reply

    Love your style….you make me FEEL like I’m not the only one in the world, suffering with anxiety, and the damned second-guessing that goes with it! I don’t know HOW many times I write, rewrite, delete, delete one letter….whatever.
    Thank you for putting pieces of yourself in your writing. I really, really appreciate what you are sharing!!!!!

  10. I stumbled across your writings today and I’m so deep into the rabbit hole. I’m having a shit day and your writing made me full on laugh and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

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