What happens when you put a bunch of smart, funny, and damn sexy women together?
Awesomeness. That’s what happens. And laughs, maybe a few snorts … and a little bit of pee. What? We’re all moms. We can’t help it. Shush!
When I heard about Scary Mommy’s Surviving the Holidays book, I knew it would be fantastic. Mostly because Jill Smokler is the shiznit but also because part of the proceeds of the sale of the e-book will benefit Scary Mommy Nation and the Thanksgiving Project. Then I saw the book’s contributors and I knew it would be absofrickinglutely hilarious. I mean, three of my very favorites are in this book: Christine Burke from Keeper of the Fruit Loops, Amanda Mushro from Questionable Choices in Parenting, and the always foxy Kathryn Leehane from Foxy Wine Pocket.
superfan stalker enthusiastic and supportive friend that I am, I messaged them and said “You SEXY bitches!!! I’d like to do an interview for your new book. Would you be interested?” Their answers varied from “count me in” to “let me know if you need boob pics.” Knowing that they were as excited about this interview as I was, I wrote up some questions …
We all met IRL (in real life) for the first time at BlogU last June. On a scale of Super Pumped to I Literally Peed My Pants With Excitement, how did you feel about getting to meet other bloggers (like me, for example … ahem) that you had only known online up until that point?
Christine: Actually, I was I HAVE TO PEE SO BADLY BECAUSE I JUST DROVE THREE HOURS TO BE HERE AND HOLY SWEET MOTHER PLEASE LET SOMEONE PICK ME TO BE ON THEIR BLOG KICKBALL TEAM excited. I was excited to meet everyone but nervous that my awesomeness wouldn’t translate in real life. PFFT. Kidding. I was nervous that the OTHER bloggers’ awesomeness wouldn’t translate and I’d spend the weekend in my room lonely and eating ding dongs. Thank The Maker that wasn’t the case!
Amanda: Well the problem is that I tend to pee myself doing things like laughing, sneezing, or running up the stairs so I can’t equate my excitement to peeing my pants because that happens often around here. However, getting a chance to meet my blogger pals in real life felt the same as me seeing my first New Kids on the Block concert when I was 10 and then again when I was 30. It was that good. Also, I would have made an amazing Mrs. Joey McIntyre.
Kathryn: If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I was worse than a kid in the weeks before Christmas–except I was like that for a few months. “HOW MANY MORE DAYS UNTIL BLOGU? HOW MANY MORE DAYS? HOW MANY MORE DAYS?!” And then I made a paper chain to count down the days. So, yeah, I may have been a little excited.
I’m a huge fan of yours and love following your blogs. You make me laugh out loud and you know how to hit me right in the feels. Whether you’re telling us about your tramp stamp, your first brazilian wax, or the pressures of raising a girl, you always get me. Basically, I love you and I hang on your every word. Your turn.
Christine: You have pretty hair, nice teeth and your hashtags are marvelous. I fell in love with you, er, your blog, when I followed the Blogger Idol contest last year. I’m not bitter AT ALL that I wasn’t chosen for the contest. Not one bit. NOT. AT. ALL. So not bitter that I played along with the contest as if I was a contestant and wrote blogs on the weekly topics. But, I digress. I always voted for you because you were my favorite (and Dried On Milk, too….she’s my homie). You had me at “junk punch”. And “#SelfiesThatEmbarrassYourTeen”. And your ability to use the F word like a comma. You complete me.
Kathryn: I love you because you’re real. You make me laugh and cry and think. And you’re not afraid to tell it like it is. Or take a ridiculous duck-faced selfie to embarass your teens. And can we talk about how awesome you look in red satin and rhinestones? Perfection.
- You have fabulous hair
- I appreciate anyone that can use the F-word as a verb, noun, adjective, and adverb
- Your writing makes me laugh, makes me think, and always makes me want more
- Once my kids are teens, I’m gonna need some HELP and you are going to be my go-to-gal. For real!
This amazing book that features pieces by each of you is about the holidays. Knowing that my birthday is October 22nd, what’s your favorite
day of the year to celebrate me holiday and why?
Amanda: Mother’s Day because I earned that shit and I’ve got the stretch marks and bags under my eyes to prove it.
Christine: Arbor Day. No presents, no cooking, no expectations. It’s all about the trees. And you don’t have to decorate them with lights that may or may not blink depending on where in the holy Hello Kitty that stupid red tinged bulb wound up. PS: your birthday present is me.
Kathryn: Thanksgiving, without a doubt. I get to sit around with people that I adore (and some other people too), eat delicious food, and drink too much wine. (And then drink some more wine.) All of this while being thankful for loved ones, food, and wine. I mean, really, what’s not to love about this holiday? We even sing Thanksgiving carols to celebrate this fabulous holiday. If you’re not careful, I’ll sing one for you.
Every holiday gathering is really about the food and drinks, amiright?! What’s your favorite holiday food? Even more importantly, what’s your beverage of choice for a family gathering?
Kathryn: Everything I make includes a fabulous pork product, whether is a bacon-wrapped turkey, pancetta-ground-pork-and-sausage pasta sauce (It’s called “Porked Three Ways Sauce. I named it myself.), salads with meat sprinkles (bacon, pancetta, or prosciutto will do), or even pie with a bacon-bourbon-caramel sauce. I am a firm believer that you can not overdo the magical deliciousness of the pig. And Oregon Pinot Noirs go perfectly with everything.
Christine: Wait, there’s food at holiday gatherings? I jest, I jest. Being an Irish Catholic, my first love is and always will be mashed potatoes. Homemade or from a box, this gal right here loves her a side (read: four cups) of taters slathered with butter and gravy. I make 10 lbs of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and approximately 2.5 lbs make it to the table. As for my beverage of choice, I like to keep a steady buzz of riesling going and the day drinking on Thanksgiving starts at about noon. Okay. Not really noon. 10:30 am.
Amanda: My mom cooks for every single holiday and it’s pretty fantastic. While she is elbow deep in making a turkey and stuffing, I’m in charge of the cocktails. So I try to be really festive like making a Pumpkin Pie-tini for Thanksgiving or a Christ Has Risen Gin and Tonic for Easter. I should probably work on a more creative name for that one.
Finally, on a serious note, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays is a pretty special book because a portion of every sale will benefit Scary Mommy Nation’s Thanksgiving Project helping to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families who wouldn’t be able to otherwise afford it. What does it mean to you to be a part of such a generous mission that helps families enjoy a special holiday?
Christine: I joked above about Arbor Day, but, in all seriousness, Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday. No other holiday brings people together JUST for the food. People show up at Christmas to get gifts from a fat man in red, kids eagerly await the Rodent of Unusual Size bearing Reese’s eggs on Easter and you shove hot dogs in your mouth during fireworks in July. Thanksgiving is the only holiday circling around family and the simple task of sitting down to break bread together. Families CONNECT at Thanksgiving over turkey and stuffing and I was astonished to find out just how many families struggle to do so not only on Thanksgiving but every day of their lives. Being a part of this book makes me feel like I’m extending my table to fit those I wish I could help personally. Since I can’t make mashed potatoes in the quantity I’d like to share, this book is the next best thing.
Kathryn: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is such a wonderful time to share a meal and be grateful for all of our blessings. It absolutely breaks my heart that so many families struggle to put a special Thanksgiving meal on the table (and all throughout the year). So I’m truly honored to be a part of this project. 100% of all authors’ proceeds are going to help feed families on Thanksgiving. Businesses and individuals are donating cash (we need more donations!). And all of the folks who buy the book will help the cause–and enjoy a hilarious read. It’s winning all the way around.
Amanda: There is always a moment during Thanksgiving where I look around the table at my family and think about how blessed I am to be surrounded by the people I love and adore (even if they drive me INSANE). But for so many families, these types of celebrations just can’t happen because life isn’t always easy and it can be a struggle to put food on the table. As a mother, my heart goes out to any mom that finds herself in this position, but there is a way to help. Not only will this book be hysterical (have you seen the lineup of writers?) but so many families will be helped since a portion of the proceeds from the book with help fund the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project. It’s a total win/win– you get a great book full of funny stories to enjoy with your Turkey leg and some wine and a Mom will be able to feed her family. Do good things and get this book!
And now you know why they’re three of my favorites: they’re funny, smart, sexy, and just good people.