Motherhood Mondays - A (kindle) Book review

11:15 AM

So, before kids I was a voracious reader, especially when I would commute to work on Bart. I could go thru 3 books during my work week and pick up 2 more on the weekend. It was great. Now? I'm lucky if I can finish a magazine from 3 months ago. In fact, I have stacks of unopened magazines from months ago and three that just came in. What? I get deals on subscriptions and some were free, so sue me.

Anyway, sometimes I forget that I have a kindle since we use the poor thing mostly to appease my toddler on long road trips in the car. Which it works perfectly for, but I forget that its mine and hello! I can read books and magazines all night long. You know? Instead of sleeping, like most normal people because that is the only time I am able to do anything of luxury. When no one needs me, or is calling (yelling) for me or is just up in my biz annoying the crap out of me. From work to home, it's sort of the same thing- the demands. But anyway, it is very different with my family of course. I can't get fired if I decide I've had enough. Sorry, what was I saying? Oh yeah reading, at night, or really early morning- it's the best ever. I know some moms wake up way early to get some time to themselves. I am not one of those moms. I am not a morning person, at all. Yes, I know. The irony (of parenthood) isn't lost on me.

Soo...(I wrote the above on my phone in the car, while we were on our way to a birthday party, the first of two that day - Saturday) where was I? Oh yes, anyway I'll just get to the point..I received a free kindle book to review - I Just Want to Pee Alone - I didn't even have to crack the "book" open to know that this was going to be a good read, the title of the book alone had me because yes, I do - just sometimes would like to be able to pee alone. and with the door closed. and without any interruptions or people asking for me and or looking for me and then inevitably, barging in on me. all this, before I even get to pee (on that note, have you read this? she is hilarious too) So, anyhoo. this book is HILARIOUS. I started reading it in the middle of the night, hence my above long intro..and I seriously almost woke up Raima when I read it and continued to read it until like 2 am. I had to hold back my laughter and ended up snorting, it was not pretty. The book, is a collection of essays by mom bloggers about life and kids and yes, parenting and all it's trials and tribulations but in a funny, sarcastic and often times crass voice - which I love. While yes, I did receive this book for free in order to review it, my opinion still is this - GET IT, READ IT! and commiserate and laugh out loud. I'll help you wipe the tears ;) If you don't want to take my word for it, read the other reviews. I will definitely continue to follow those bloggers.

In other news.. I got to hang out with one of my good friends who graciously let me photograph her. My idea was to really pamper her but I didn't get that chance (we talked instead - so giving her my utmost attention could be considered pampering, right? Maybe  just a little?). We got to hang out though and talk, with no interruptions! which was needed since it had been so long since we last hung out. 

Isn't she just lovely? Funny how, when I asked her if I could photograph her, she said sure but "warned" me that she wasn't very photogenic. Um, with what I had at the end of the session and as the images above clearly indicates - I don't think her statement is true.

Funny us mothers. We are so used to photographing our children, our families and others but never ourselves (did anyone read that huffpost article?). We make, I make - a lot of excuses for the very fear of - I don't know, not looking pretty? I don't think it's that (not entirely anyway). It's also hard for us to take a compliment, we brush it off and try to believe it's not true but we want to believe it's true too. I think we are so used to being the care takers that when we do something for ourselves, like get our picture taken, professionally or not, it's as if we feel that doing so is a little bit selfish, but you know what? that's ok! We should be, and can be selfish - or rather be thinking of ourselves, and taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of others better. We can only do so if we have taken care of ourselves and love ourselves too. If we are happy, they are happy. It all starts with you, as a person, an individual, as a mother, as a wife, a sister, a daughter - you are beautiful. It's kind of something I want to offer - a pampering session. I know I know, not another one of those boudoir sessions! But you know the premise behind those are great. I may not want to do the full on boudoir but I do want to offer a session where you do get pampered and come away feeling more confident about yourself. I also want to give women the tools to recreate the looks at the session for their everyday life. Like you know, when you get your hair done at the salon and always wish you could recreate it at home easily? so you look that good, everyday? I want to do that, offer that. And you can, because the tool you need, is you.

Anyway, ok, off to play with my kiddo, after I work on some more edits. How was everyone's weekend?

disclosure: I did receive a free kindle edition of the book, I Just Want to Pee Alone, but my review and opinion is an honest one and is my own. Some of the links in this review are amazon affiliate links, it does not cost you a thing nor does it change your pricing but I do earn a percentage if my recommendation leads to a purchase. Thank you.

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  1. I used to read a lot too, but since having Kale, my reading is pretty limited to parenting books and blogs. I've been reading the same fiction book for the past three months!

    The pics of your friend are beautiful!


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