I have a lot of “wish I had thought of” stuff. Inventions and TV shows and clever names for businesses. There are then categories of awesome that I know even if I spent all the time in the world with unlimited resources and a bevy of helpers I couldn’t pull it off. That’s the caliber of cool humor writer Wendi Aaron brings to the world. Much of it is stored on her site. Or, you can wander over to Twitter where she rules as part of the genius behind Paul Ryan Gosling, a pithy parody she runs with her fellow roustabouts at The Mouthy Housewives.
Her wit spans politics, parenting, the politics of parenting, and the patriarchy (and other non-P words, though her writing about maxi pads is top notch). Usually I write these intros myself but, even here, I think Wendi does a bang up job all on her own. As she says, “I’m a humor writer, which means I’m really, really rich, and my children have five round-the-clock nannies. (OK, only one part of that sentence is true—can you guess which part?)” Now that her kids are all school age, so she can “write when they’re not here, and nobody’s asking me for snacks.” But before that she wrote in those precious in between moments “when they were in preschool or taking naps, but back then most of my writing was A) 100 words or less and B) About how I was really, really tired.” As a fellow writer (though without the heaps of humor) and current toddler mom I am eyeing those words with hope and a tad of jealousy.
Here’s what (else) Wendi had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
A positive thing about being a mom is that I’m never at a loss for material. Humor writers and kids are a match made in Heaven. That said, there are a lot of things I don’t feel comfortable writing about because it might be too personal, or it would embarrass my kids or their friends. (Although now that they’re tween boys, it’s really tempting because OMG, the dialogue.)
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
My friends/clients definitely know I have kids, but I never lead with it because it’s not my number one attribute. And I’m the bad mom who has one or two pictures of her kids on her phone, and they’re probably from Halloween five years ago.
We know a SpitfireMom like Wendi has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I used to go to a Bootcamp-style exercise class at 5:30 a.m. and to save time, I’d sleep in my work-out clothes. But fun fact: when you sleep in a sports bra, you will have nightmares about being locked up in prison. So this is not so much a tip as a “don’t do this.”
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
How can I order a half-caf, skim, Vente, cinnamon dolce latte with light foam without sounding like a pretentious asshole?
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Wendi says:
Laugh. Often and especially when you don’t feel like it. What may not seem funny to you now will be later. For example, I think the fact that I didn’t sleep for 16 months straight is now super hilarious. (OK, maybe not.)
This motherhood thing is hard some days. Having a good laugh, maybe one that makes you spit some coffee or wine out as you chortle, is something we all deserve. Wendi, thank you for making the SpitfireMom Society all the richer in sass, smarts, and guffawing.
Julie & Heidi
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