A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

A vacation, an award, vajazzled vulvae, and BlogHer ’13

This summer is disappearing faster than my finger nails during The Walking Dead. (Shhh…don’t tell me what happens, I’m only halfway through season 2!)

Lots of exciting things are happening around here:

1.) We took a little family vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It was a quick one and sadly, I didn’t have time to visit any friends while I was there, I was working the whole time, and it rained most days, but other than that, it was nice to see my mom and stepdad and eat my weight in Thrasher’s Fries, Grotto’s Pizza, Fractured Prune Doughnuts, and Snarky’s Italian Water Ice.

2.) I received the very exciting news that I was named a BlogHer Humor Voice of the Year for my Diary of a Sexually Maturing Leopard Gecko post, thanks to my friend Kerry of HouseTalkN who loved the story of Batman’s prolapsed hemipenis enough to nominate it for consideration. This is my second year to be named a Humor Voice of the Year by the kind folks at BlogHer and it is such a special honor to me because there were over 2600 posts submitted and read by a committee of my blogging peers. Only 3% of nominees were chosen for this award, so I feel beyond humbled to be listed among such a select group of writers. Thank you, BlogHer. I am truly grateful. To see the full list of BlogHer VOTY ’13 honorees, click here.

3.) I’m getting ready to go to the BlogHer ’13 conference in Chicago at the end of the month. My brilliant friend Suniverse and I are going to be co-presenting a session about Blogging and Anonymity Friday July 26th at 3:15 PM, so mark your calendars if you’re going to be there and that topic interests you or you just want to snarf down a homemade Vajazzled Vulva. (What?! It’s a cookie, perv!)

4.) And speaking of blogging conferences, I’m In The Powder Room today sharing Seven Simple Tips to Survive BlogHer ’13. Spoiler alert: don’t be an a-hole.

Seven Simple Tips to Survive BlogHer '13 by Leslie Marinelli In The Powder Room




  1. deborah quinn

    I am bitter beyond belief (and alliterative, apparently) that I’m missing Blogher. And it’s in Chicago where I practically grew up and my mother practically lives (okay, a suburb outside the city but whatEVer)…all because some stupid college friends chose that weekend, of all the weekends in the year, to get re-married. Can you believe it? Like they totally didn’t even consult me. Feh. Marriage. Blogher has way better swag, plus you & Suni Verse in one room making people laugh. Swag & laughter is a win-win.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Oh the BlogHer swag IS to die for, that is true. And chilling with my girl Suni will surely be the highlight for me. We will miss you terribly! Had so much fun talking to you last year at the Mouthy Housewives party. Loved getting to put a face/voice to the name I had been reading on Just Write! Damn college friends getting remarried. What is WRONG with them not consulting you first?

  2. Kim- One Classy Motha

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations!!! You totally deserve it!

    You should have gone on a few Funland rides and barfed up all those calories. Yes, Rehoboth is my beach too!

    Have a great time at BlogHer…and don’t bring home too many dildos, save some for everyone else.

    P.S. – Did you hear Richard Gere was at the Cultured Pearl last week? And I was all like “Nah, I don’t feel like the Cultured Pearl tonight”. Damn it, me!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Shut to the up! I was actually eating dinner at The Cultured Pearl when I got the text message from Kerry about the VOTY award on July 1st!! Cue the Twilight Zone theme song! Actually, I’m glad that wasn’t the same night Richard Gere was there. He’s always stealing my thunder, that bitch. 😉

      • Kim- One Classy Motha

        THAT IS FREAKY! Bitch might be stealing your thunder, but I wish he was stealing my panties!

        • The Bearded Iris

          Oh honey. Bless your heart! The only way he’s looking in your direction is if you’re dressed like a gerbil. I’m just saying.

          • Kim- One Classy Motha

            I don’t believe it for one second! Gerbils will say anything, they’re such attention whores. …but just in case, where can I rent a costume in July?

  3. Menopausal Mother

    I was so happy to hear that you had won. I knew you’d rock the contest—you are by far one of THE best, my dear. LOVE your blog but I’m ridiculously sad that I am unable to attend BlogHer this year. It would have been such a hoot. Have fun and get chocolate wasted for me, ya hear? XO

    • The Bearded Iris

      DAMMIT! I was so looking forward to meeting you Marcia. I promise to get chocolate-wasted for you at least twice. Thank you for the kind words and all the wonderful support. So glad we found each other earlier this year. I have met some of the most amazing bloggers through that stupid COM circle of hell. 🙂

  4. Jane

    Have fun! I love conferences- all the free stuff!!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Yay! Last year I got a pink stuffy uterus at the Change the Cycle booth! True story.

  5. Crystal Green

    Congrats on the award from BlogHer. I’m one of your newest followers, so I have to go back and read the article (and I’m glad you shared it.) I’m hoping beyond hope that I can go to the BlogHer conference in 2014. (Or another live blogging conference.) I have my eyes on BlogHer and SITS. I’d love to see more pictures from BlogHer. 🙂

    • The Bearded Iris

      Hi Crystal! Welcome and thank you! Nice to meet you. Oh I hope you can make it to BlogHer ’14 — it really is such an incredible experience, but I would HIGHLY recommend you start smaller for your first blogging conference like SITS or Type A first. I’ve been to 4 different conferences, and the smaller ones are less stressful to cut your teeth on. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  6. kirby carespodi

    Okay–you are going to have to give me the skinny–I bailed on BlogHer (in my fave city in the universe…well, maybe in the US) to go to Haven, where I am beginning to feel a serious disconnect with the other bloggers. But what’s a non-mommy blogger to do? Do they have a blog conference for old bloggers? Maybe in Pensacola? Anyhoo–I expect you to give me the low-down on BlogHer and let me know which is the better “fit” for me. And no…don’t go there.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Oh Kirby! Hi! Listen, BlogHer is definitely NOT just for “mommy bloggers” (thanks be to God). I did not buy another ticket to Haven this year even though it’s in my town because I felt very out of place there last year, so I know exactly what you mean though. Are you still in WS? There are so many other great conferences: Blissdom, Type A, Mom 2.0…some of those are aimed at parenting bloggers. Let me ask around and get some other recommendations for you. If you had to categorize yourself, how would you do it? Also, check out my friends at Generation Fabulous. That might be a great place for you to connect with some other mid-life bloggers. Oooh, I know. I need to introduce you to my friends Anne and Mary Anne. They are both really funny just like you! More soon.

  7. lisa thomson

    Congratulations, Leslie! I look forward to hearing all about the BlogHer conference upon your return 🙂

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thanks Lisa! Will do. 🙂

  8. Sarah B.

    Delaware! My homeland – I love Rehoboth Beach. You seriously made me homesick with Thrasher’s French fries. Extra vinegar. Yummy.

    P.S. Next time you go there, go to Nicola’s Pizza and get a Nicaboli. It will blow your mind. My mouth is watering thinking about it. In the summer, there can be long waits though.

    P.S.S. Have fun at BlogHer! Maybe when it comes closer than Chicago.

  9. BadSandy

    “Vejazzaled Vulva.” Best thing ever.

    I like you, I really like you.

    Will be at Blog Her.


  10. Tamara Woods

    Congrats on the win! I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to go to any blogging conferences. I don’t think there’s any on the island. :/ Oh well. Next year I’ll be on the mainland for June and July. Maybe I can find something then? Have fun!

  11. Lisa Newlin

    Your diary post from Batman is what made me first fall in love with you, so I’m glad you got the VOTY. Our love affair has only blossomed from there.

    That rhymed. Consider it my love poem to you.

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