what not to say… to a tall person

I’m tall. Well, not freakishly tall. But 5’8″ is somewhat tall for a woman. (Two inches more and I could’ve gotten a scholarship.) You can imagine how tall I am when I wear heels. And my height didn’t come suddenly from a growth spurt in high school. I was the tallest one in my kindergarten class. I was taller than my mom by middle school. I’ve always been taller than most of my peers.

And while many people (read: short people) think being tall is a great advantage (sometimes it’s useful), it also comes with more than its share of annoying comments. Like . . .

“What’s the weather like up there?” Yeah, that ceased to be funny after the first time we heard it. Honestly. We get it. We’re so tall, we’re in a different atmosphere. Ha. Ha. (more…)

what not to say… to a writer

It’s the first Thursday of September. So that means it’s time for another round of “What Not to Say!”

Today we’re talking about writers. We’re a funny breed, a quirky bunch of artist-types. We may vary a lot, but there are some things that unite us, specifically things we’d rather not hear you say.

“Have you heard anything yet from that agent/editor/other important person?” We’re glad you care about us and our writing careers. We are. But see, if we’re waiting for big, important, life-changing news, we’re trying our hardest to be patient and not lose our minds. (It’s incredibly hard.) Every time you ask, you remind us we haven’t heard anything yet. Or you force us to tell you that it was a no. Believe me, when we’ve got good news to share, you won’t have to ask. (The only exception to this is if you’re a writer too. But tread carefully.) (more…)

What not to say… to a SAHM, pt. 2

On Thursday, we got started on the topic of what not to say to stay-at-home moms. And today, Jennifer’s gonna bring it home for us.

5. Don’t you want adult conversation?
I find that I’m in a minority here, because my answer to this question is NO. Yes, I like adult conversation and I have that pretty consistently throughout my day with my husband, mom, siblings, friends, etc. Even if it’s only in an email version. But I like my kids. I like being with them, hanging out with them, and talking to them. They are funny. I’m not dying for adult conversation because my kids are excellent conversationalists. I don’t know if I’m lucky, or if by interacting with them, I’ve encouraged them to become this way.

6. How do you do it?
This is a money question. I get this question allllllllll the time. (more…)