Snap, Crackle, Whine!

Valentine Brkich May 6, 2016

So today’s episode of The Joys of Parenthood is brought to you by that old childhood favorite — the Rice Krispies treat. You see, there was a single-wrapped treat left over in the Easter candy bag, and The Animal wanted it for his snack at school. Apparently, though, Boogieface already had it earmarked for her lunch. Or so she…

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Take Your Kid Nowhere Day

Valentine Brkich April 28, 2016

So they tell me today is “Take Your Kid to Work Day.” This actually worked out well, since my kids didn’t have school today. (Actually, I think that may be the reason they didn’t have school today.) Anywho… Considering that my so called “place of work” is also my “place of sleep”, “place of watch Netflix in my…

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The Little Things

Valentine Brkich April 25, 2016

Do you suffer from anxiety? Do you worry about the mountain of things you have on your to-do list and how you’re ever going to find the time to get it all done? Sure. We all do. With today’s hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to worry yourself sick about all the little things that seem to fill…

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Bigfoot…On My iPhone…Makes Me Happy!

Valentine Brkich April 21, 2016

So I’ve been listening to a lot of Bigfoot podcasts lately. Betcha never heard anyone say that before. My favorite one is SasWhat: A Podcast about Bigfoot. I like it because it has a good mixture of both the serious and not-so-serious sides of Bigfoot. That and I like the cricket sound effects that play in the…

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Imagine That

Valentine Brkich April 19, 2016

Imagine if the creators of “The Simpsons” decided to do away with the show’s villain, Mr. Burns, and replace him with a brand-new, more villainous villain. Imagine that the creators decided to have a contest to see who could come up with this evil new villain and then be the writer for that villain on the show. Now…

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This is the Hat

Valentine Brkich April 15, 2016

This is it. This is the hat. Deal with it. I bought this hat because I’m sick of applying sunblock every time I want to go for a walk upstreet when it’s a super-sunny day like today. And I really don’t care what you think of it. It keeps me in the shade, which is where…

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Free-Writing Fun

Valentine Brkich April 12, 2016

Today I did something I waaaay don’t do enough: get out of the house! I was invited to conduct a writing workshop with a group of students at Deer Lakes Middle School, somewhere out by Saxonburg…or Mars…or Gibsonia or something? I’m not really sure. But I took old back roads the whole way, it was sunny…

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Let’s Try Something New

Valentine Brkich April 11, 2016

I’ve decided that I really don’t write enough on here. I mean to. I plan to. But then nothing for weeks at a time. The problem is, I don’t always have something to write about. Sorta like right now. I usually like to wait until something noteworthy happens, like when The Animal destroys one of our kitchen…

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The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop 2016 – Welcome to No Man’s Land

Valentine Brkich April 2, 2016

Saturday is always a bittersweet day at Erma. By this time everyone’s gotten into their groove and you’ve already made a ton of new friends. But it’s also the final day of the conference, which means it will be another two years until you feel this inspired and energized again. That, and soon I’ll have to…

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The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop – Let The Sessions Begin!

Valentine Brkich April 1, 2016

The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop may have officially kicked off last night, but today it was all about getting down and dirty with the conference sessions, which is really the reason why we’re all here. That, and the wine. So here again are my highlights from the day that was: It all started with the Continental breakfast, where my…

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