If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Good Clean Fun: Kelley's Breakroom

Are you ready to have a good time?!
My Good Clean Fun Blogger of the Week Kelley's Breakroom is ready to give it to you! And that's why I love her so much. She's offbeat and hysterically funny! You never know quite what to expect when you visit Kelley's blog -- and I mean that in a good way! She tackles a variety of topics, but always with her signature, quirky flair. Read on and you'll see what I mean!

Wow! I feel so clean just being in here. It smells like Bath & Body Works with all of these bubbles and bars of soap everywhere. Please, please watch your step when you go to leave this site. It is slippery in here! A reader just before you fell down and bruised her dang hip. I told her to watch out, but she insisted on waltzing around the blog like a nincompoop inside a ballroom and before you knew it – BAM!! I am sure she will return because how could a person resist coming back over to Melinda’s blog time and time again? It is full of fun and uplifting information…and bubbles!
Keep in mind that you can also come to this blog for one additional reason- a bath. From now on, if I don’t have a time for a bath (and really, who does?), I am just going to click over to Melinda’s blog and read it for a while. When I’m done, I will feel like I have just taken a bath without having to deal with the hassle of turning on the water, adjusting the temperature, finding a towel, getting my waterproof microphone, situating the shower mat, placing my made-for-the-bathtub crayons/markers in an easy-to-reach spot, etc. I may still SMELL like the inside of an aardvark’s hot mouth when he first wakes up, but I will FEEL refreshed and ready for my day. That’s all I need! My shampoo can take a hike!
Are you still here? Yay! You see…if you were to hop on over to my blog’s neck-o’-the-woods, that kind of nonsense is what you’d find. The kind of nonsense that involves me taking a simple topic and turning it into a random story or song. So, if you are still reading, perhaps we are a good match! Melinda suggested that I tell you all a bit about my blog, so here's the scoop: I began writing "Kelley's Break Room" in January 2010 and had intentions of being a “mommy blogger”. I was going to write about my two sons so that family could keep up-to-date on their little lives and any interested and/or paid readers could follow along, too. That gradually changed as I realized those weren't my children but my neighbors kids**, I was running out of funds and I began finding other topics that I wanted to bring up, such as people invading your personal space, my gym anxiety, my horrid hearing loss, my milk addiction, elevators, unexpected guests, carpool lanes and overlooked birthday party venues. Along with random topics, I began to introduce some fun monthly features all up in the Break Room, including an interactive game called "Captcha Balderdash" that I first saw on Striking Keys (come over and play on Monday!!), renditions of a VERY popular beer commercial that I now call "Underappreciated Ladies of Industry" (featured so far have been "Ms. Salad Bar Stocker Lady" and "Ms. Wal-Mart Greeter & Receipt Highlighter") and alternate lyrics to popular songs. So far I have totally destroyed songs by Katy Perry("The Di Giorno Girls") and Kings of Leon ("Steak on Fire"). How's that for a blog summary?
So, I do hope after you have finished taking your bath here at Melinda's (mmmmm, you smell good!), you will come visit me! I have a vending machine full of Coke, TONS of quarters and a lone orange chair just waiting for you to sit in it.
**I do have two handsome, sweet, funny sons. I love them with all of my heart even though I don't write about them specifically on my silly blog.**

Now go visit Kelley's blog and show her some comment love!



  1. She sounds like a lot of fun! Off to check her out!

  2. Wow, I feel cleansed already! I love taking baths, especially in the winter when it's all cold and chilly outside. I'll snuggle in my bathtub, light my candles, pour in the bubbles, turn on the jets and just relax with my favorite book. Now I see all I really need is my computer and your blog!

    Kelley's great, excellent choice for a guest blogger!

  3. I already take my breaks over at Kelley's place. She's a hoot with quite an imagination.

  4. Kelley recently found me on Twitter and I hopped on over to her blog. I lurked and laughed out loud to her posts. I'll definitely be going back. Great choice for Good Clean Fun. Thanks Melinda! :)

  5. I have no idea how I found it (I think she may have found me first, which is the most flattering thing ever) but I have been a Kelley devotee for a loong time now and I have to tell y'all I have never LOL'ed (literally) so much as when readin anything that comes out of that girl's head. (As she says, she ain't raht.)

  6. I didn't realize this was an equivalent activity to showering. No wonder I get such dry skin. Turns out I'm overdoing it.

  7. Hi Bubbly Bathtime Lady! Nice to meetcha! I've been stalking...err, I mean FOLLOWING, Kelley and she's awesome so thought I'd drop by here! Nice, cleansing atmosphere...love the bubbles! ;)

  8. She does sound fun! Thanks for introducing us to another interesting person.

  9. A fun interview, I'm gonna' check her out!

  10. Kelley is hilarious, as is her gym anxiety! She sent me over and since there is a bathing woman in your header, I've decided this is a pretty good blog.

  11. I love Kelly. I always feel like I"m with one of the cool girls when I'm over at her place!

  12. Kelley is an awesome, spunky woman. Is there really such a thing as a waterproof microphone? You picked a great blog guest, and your blog looks great too.


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