Not long ago, I hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, I’m back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. It’s funny, because, growing up I never dreamed of becoming a mother. When my friends talked about what they would name their children, I shared my goals of being the next Oprah Winfrey. I went on to study journalism at Michigan State University, and after graduation, I broadcasted the news throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to HARPO studios, I bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands to work at a television station. I landed five days before a category five hurricane hit!
My grandmothers had a natural remedy for everything under the sun. My paternal grandmother planted peppermint on the side of her house–which still springs up almost a decade after her death. She mixed mint into tea and infused it in water. The menthol helped treat colds caught by her children and grandchildren.
When I was pregnant, I never forgot to take my medicine. Each morning, I gulped down a large glass of water, a prenatal pill, an Iron supplement and a dose of Vitamin D to combat a slight deficiency. No one told me to do this. The little person growing inside me was like the sticky notes on my desk at work or the papers posted on the refrigerator by magnets from recent vacation destinations reminding me of deadlines, projects and appointments. Then I had my daughter, and the focus on my health transferred to her health. I scheduled visits to the pediatricians, kept track of medical records and held back tears when she received immunizations.
Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody is coming to Pittsburgh, and Diary of a First Time Mom wants to send two lucky ladies–or men–to the show. The curtain rises at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. this Thursday, September 19, 2013.
The story follows the writer and main character, E.B. Janet, as she sends her husband and children away to partake in a weekend of writing. Setting her sites on a tale of erotica, she enlists a bottle of chardonnay as her coauthor for the weekend. Her fantasy builds around the relationship of a young innocent girl, Tasha Wood, and a handsome man that she finds herself involved with, Hugh Hansen. Producer Michael Mills promises “a laugh-filled evening that captures all of the escapist fun and absurdity of the novel, bringing the characters to light with creative and fun musical numbers.”
The show is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which has also provided the tickets for this giveaway.
As millions of children head back to school, millions of moms are figuring out what to do with their children’s hair. Usually, I slick Caitlynn’s hair back into an Afro puff and drop her off at my parents’ house, When she goes to her toddler program, I put a bit more effort into styling. She’s at an age where she’s starting to fight me when I do her hair. So it’s important that I learn quick and easy hairstyles, which minimize the hair battles erupting in our living room each morning. At times, I wash and part her hair into four sections while she takes a bath and pays more attention to her squirt toys than she does my tugging and twisting.