About

Such an existential page, don’t you think?

About…about…it just invites you to ponder the big picture, to ask the big questions.

And in response to this, I’m going to talk about scrubbing toilets.

I’m a working mom. A working wife. A working friend. A working…well…I work.

And like most working women, I also want a beautiful, clean, elegantly decorated home with candles that will light themselves as I  walk through the foyer, kids that are scrubbed clean and wearing immaculately pressed clothing, pets that are well-behaved and cuddle without shedding. I want to serve gourmet meals prepared in a kitchen that is the envy of the biggest geek-chef on the Food Network. (No offense, Alton, love ya’, baby.) I want a garden that bursts with fresh flowers in every hue, offers me choice fruits and fresh herbs, and never sees the blight of a pest or drooping petal.

Sadly, I am not delusional nor do I take the necessary hallucinogenics to experience this dream state.

Instead, I procrastinate many of the things I should do, work like crazy to squeeze in the things I must do, occasionally find the time/energy/cat-hair-free space to do the things I want to do that satisfy my inner house-proud Domestic Diva  who in reality pats herself on the back for finding matching shoes.

And lest people think I mock, I love Martha. Her aesthetic is different than mine, but if I lived in a converted farmhouse in Maine, I’d probably go for the classic country motif myself. The woman has taste – there is not a bandana-wearing ceramic goose within a hundred miles of her. My feeling about Martha is that this is a woman who turned home-cooked, hand-made, quality ingredients, fine food and gracious entertaining into an empire, and my God that’s brilliant!

I, on the other hand, am trying to figure out how to launch a home-based business without breaking any county, state or federal laws or having my house condemned.

And I am doing it with the love of my family, the support of my friends, the yowling of my cats, while trying to keep my home in a way that makes me comfortable, where my kids can (semi-reliably) find food, where I am happy to host my friends, and where my amazing husband and I can collapse on a couch at the end of the day with a glass of wine.

So this blog is mostly about me being able to share my two biggest creative loves – writing and futzing around with my home – so I have an outlet for both while the rest of the world gets what it needs from me. I hope it is funny, I hope it speaks to the exhausted, never-feels-like-she-does-enough, modern-day-identity-crisis, wants-perfection-but-is-almost-too-tired-to -care  Martha Stewart in all of us.

And in pursuit of these goals are the Martha Points.

Let’s count.

44 Responses to About

  1. I just stumbled across your blog. Cool idea!

  2. Oh!!! Another Martha Fan!!!! This is great stuff!!! Here’s my Martha Blog (just an entry…not a whole site….LOL!!)

    http://sparklingbytheway.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/i-love-martha/

    Ok, now I’m going to start at the beginning of your blog!!

  3. I’m really glad you were featured; I’ve been looking through your posts and they are fantastic. Great idea for a blog!

  4. Amen. We can all go home and read our blog lists.

  5. T. Faye

    Hi There!

    I’m about to make my foray into the world of blogging and came across yours during one of my research sessions. Totally refreshing!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    T. Faye

  6. Love it! Where do I subscribe to email notifications?

  7. Judith Pinon-Menendez

    Love your blog. Had a great time reading it to darling husband.

  8. Fabulous name!!!! I thought I was the only one trying to martha-my-home and everything else in my life. I’ve quit keeping track because it’s just to hard to keep up!! Now I laugh when I do something un-martha like putting using paper towels as napkins or putting the sour cream container directly on the table when I have guests. Love it!!!

    • Lori O

      I do the paper towel thing!! All the time!

      And I think there’s in fact a largish group of us out there! I’ve thrown out the idea of a club, complete with monogramed capes and secret decoder rings.

  9. Kat

    This is quite a lovely page. I shall read-on, perhaps when time permits 🙂 I have 4 yr-old and 21-month old who consumes my time dearly.

    Katz~

    • Oh my, yes those would definitely be of the “time-comsuming” variety of kidlet!

      So please, read at a leisurely pace!

      And welcome!

  10. I have this “pets that are well-behaved and cuddle without shedding.” Well, pet, singular. She’s the best. Her likeness is even on my business card.

    Do I get Martha Points for her? 🙂

  11. Fabulous name!!!! I thought I was the only one trying to martha-my-home and everything else in my life. I’ve quit keeping track because it’s just to hard to keep up!! Now I laugh when I do something un-martha like putting using paper towels as napkins or putting the sour cream container directly on the table when I have guests. Love it!!!
    +1

  12. I chose you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 Please head over to http://www.lightscameralife.com to claim it. I think that definitely should get you some points, no?

  13. Pop

    So glad I found your blog, Lori!

    “I, on the other hand, am trying to figure out how to launch a home-based business without breaking any county, state or federal laws or having my house condemned.”

    I, on the other hand, am trying to figure out how to be a dad without destroying my home or losing my mind. So far so good. Or that’s just the hallucinogenics talking.

    • I am glad you found me too!

      I am typically lost. It’s really good that occasionally someone stumbles here and finds me.

      I’d be in Albuquerque by now, otherwise.

      And you seem to be in pretty firm possession of your mind at the moment. But yes, it could be the pretty pink pills.

      But I won’t tell anyone.

  14. I want perfection too – I can totally relate. And bravo for starting your own business! Holy shit. That’s some scary stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

    • It is scary. And slow slow slow slow.

      I’m not so good at slow.

      I’m a fairly instant gratification sort of person.

      And it turns out I don’t get my way anywhere near as often as I’d like.

  15. I love this description of your blog – you were reccommended by Common Sense, Dancing and I am so glad to have “met” you! It all started with your awesome Freshly Pressed button, great idea! I look forward to lurking around for a while.

    – Emily

  16. I absolutely adore your About page. I personally don’t think Martha is human, but I do think she pretty much rocks for creating an empire, too. Thanks so much for being my very first comment on my very first guest post. It made my day.

  17. Well, someone posted a link to your ABOUT page and here I am reading about you. Nice introduction!

    want to come back to read more

    Thanks
    Eileen

  18. Becky

    Found you through a series of events and wrong clicks that I could replicate if my life depended on it. Think you are 1. incredibly funny and 2. possibly slightly off your rocker. These are both good things, hope you’re complimented : ) Will be stopping back by soon to read some of the older stuff and get caught up

  19. Pingback: Happy Halloween from June Cleaver « Slightly Off-Balance

  20. Pingback: The Biggest Day for Mom’s EVER « Slightly Off-Balance

  21. Ok, I’m in! We want all the same things. Except the gourmet meal bit. I want them, but I want someone else to make them and serve them, and then clean. I know. I’m needy like that.

  22. Hi! Just read the recap of Napa in January and just had to see the woman that was in pursuit of Martha. I used to live one mile from her in CT!!! I’ve been a big fan of hers forever. I learned how to do a LOT of stuff from watching her show (years ago.) I can totally relate to your quest to build your own Martha empire. Good luck!

  23. Stumbled across you while visiting Anna Lefler…girl, you are a hoot. And can I ever related to the working-mom-dream-home-desiring-drawing-smilies-in-the-dust life! I have added you to my favorites, rock on. 🙂

  24. Just found you on a comment on the Bloggess…your blogs is hilarious!! I will be back 🙂

  25. and that was supposed to be blog…gah…

  26. Pingback: Speechless | She Suggests

  27. Great blog! Thanks for bringing “hilarity” to another working woman striving for excellence, so to speak.

    JoAnn ; }

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s