A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

Sometimes the Internet surprises me…

The Internet is a crazy place.

Sometimes it breaks your heart. And sometimes it surprises you with a reaction you could never have anticipated.

That was certainly the case last week when I shared this haunting family secret.

And it’s happening again today in response to a potentially controversial article I wrote about the infamous Oscars night tweet by The Onion. (If you have a problem with colorful language, you might want to skip that one. Then again, if you have a problem with colorful language, what the fuck are you doing HERE?)

In related news, I’ve been spending a lot more time lately at my other online home, In The Powder Room. As you may know, I am the Editor-in-Chief there, which means I oversee all the Internet content. We have some truly talented writers on staff and I am blown away every week by the pieces I have the privilege to edit, schedule, and publish. I had no idea when I started this blog four years ago that I would enjoy editing so much, but that opportunity has really been a gift in so many ways.

fangirl2Anyhoooo, just wanted you to know that even though I haven’t been publishing as many things here lately, my Cheez-It flavored fingerprints are all over the daily content there, including new weekly features like Fangirl Friday (ERMAHGERD! That’s me with author Robin O’Bryant over there!), The Five, and Awesome Moments In The Powder Room (with a title like that, you just know I’m the giggling 12-year-old-boy-brain behind it.)

So if you are missing me (and thank YOU if you are!), a great way to keep in touch is to follow In The Powder Room on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. I’ve pretty much got my DNA in every nook and cranny over there. (Ew, sorry for that visual.)

Air kiss…it’s cold and flu season don’tcha know,



  1. Teri

    Too late, I’m already stalking, I mean following you AND ITPR on Twitter and FB. I’m ON Pinterest but I’m too lazy to do anything there.

  2. Kristin @ What She Said

    I somehow missed your article last week, but I just read it, commented, and wanted to say that I was truly blown away by it. And you already know how I feel about the brouhaha over that Onion tweet. ::eye roll::

    You’re doing amazing things over at In the Powder Room and I am both proud and honored to a contributing writer there. (Speaking of which, I have another piece to pitch you, but need to get my husband’s approval first – so, you KNOW it’s a juicy one.) 😉

    • The Bearded Iris

      Ooooh, I can hardly wait! You know how much I love your writing, Kristin. I feel so lucky any time I get to publish your words at ITPR. Thank you for choosing us as a vehicle for your work and thank you for the kind words about my role there.

      And yeah, I didn’t do a very good job pointing people toward that family secret post. I think I was scared of hurting my family by talking about it. But after getting to see it up for a few days and seeing the wonderfully supportive reaction it got, I knew I needed to just suck it up and take full ownership. Thanks for the support! Off to read your comment…

  3. lisa thomson

    Yes, I have missed you! But I’ll be sure to check out the Powder Room more often b/c it is such a great site!

  4. Jenni Chiu @ MommyNaniBooboo

    Confession: You’re kinda making me want to go visit In the Powder Room more frequently…

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thanks Jenni! See you over there! 🙂

  5. Menopausal Mother

    I’ve been keeping up with your awesomeness through email subscription and Twitter and Facebook, so I will be happy to check you out at In The Powder room as well. Cheez-It fingerprints and all.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thank you MM! So nice to “meet” you during the COM whore-fest. 🙂

      • Menopausal Mother

        Brutal is what I’d call that contest Lol! NEVER again! Frankly, I think YOU should have been #1 in that thing. There were some awesome bloggers in it but I still think you steal the show! XOXO

        • The Bearded Iris

          Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say. Yeah, that thing is the kind of “hazing” experience every blogger needs to endure one time to understand the seedy underbelly of it, which is why I didn’t campaign harder for it this year. After about the first week, I decided I didn’t want any part of it and stopped promoting it, partly for my own sanity and partly to make room for some newer bloggers who totally deserve the spotlight (like you!) Congrats on living through it and making the Top 25 – you totally earned that mofo. It is nice to have that button on your side bar and I hope it opens some doors for you! XO

  6. JD Bailey @ Honest Mom

    Love you, Leslie. Will read you anywhere and everywhere, as always. *air kisses back at ya*

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