Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Is Something REALLY Better than Nothing? I Don't Know. You Be the Judge.

I know I haven't posted for awhile again, but I DID add to my "About Us" page. That counts for something, right? Since I know those of you who are "seasoned" readers have no reason to go read about us, I'm pasting what I wrote below (Thereby killing the proverbial two birds with one stone...Wait? What birds? I guess in this scenario, it'd be more like a killing a bird and a walrus, but you get the idea):

You might have noticed that the unofficial motto for this page is: "Where sh*t happens and your life is not boredom." I stumbled across the outfit that has become the logo for this page when I was a poor, sleep-deprived, and desperate not-yet-Ph.D in the throes of my dissertation research, lost in the tiny back alleys of Tokyo. We'd just packed up our seven-week old daughter (yes, that's right, she was less than 2 months at the time) and crazy, quirky 3 year-old son and moved them around the world from small-town Indiana to one of the largest cities on Earth. And I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Dazed from lack of sleep and one too many all-nighters spent trying to pin down that ever-elusive first dissertation chapter, I found this cheap, yellow, infant-sized body suit, and it ended up being the perfect articulation of what it's like for me to be a mom.

Some folks have given me a hard time for having a curse word placed so prominently on my homepage, and I've considered removing it more than once. Thing is: that picture and those words kind of embody everything this blog's about. Life is messy. Things happen that we don't expect. Plenty of bad English and Japanese phrases are thrown around. And we keep going. If it weren't for the sh*t, I'd have nothing to write about.


Never fear, there's still plenty of sh*t to share. I just hope I can get enough sleep to actually be able to write about it.


Ken said...

I think the outfit is awesome, I know it happened LOTS when my sons were young. Metaphorically as well as physically! :)

Denise said...

I love the outfit, too!