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Laughter is much less costly than say- a divorce or a lobotomy. Duh.  Well, I just finished reading fellow blogger, Stacey Gustafson’s book: Are You Kidding Me?  My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives and I’m calling my lobotomy surgeon immediately.  This series of anecdotes will resonate with any woman, especially those who are still nurturing- and by that I mean barely surviving- teenagers.  Stacey shines a light on everyday situations and finds humor in them such as in her piece, The Rewrapper in which she hones her best Academy-award winning acceptance speeches when faced with stupid  questionable gifts from her loved ones.  We can all relate…not that I don’t love the duct tape I get in my Christmas stocking, sweetie. I do. Really.(not)

One of the last essays in the book, Letter from Mom, depicts what many of us really want on special, family-centered holidays: To have someone else do all the work and to be left the the heck alone.  I wrote a similar piece so obviously, we are both slaves brilliant and just because hers is in a published book and mine isn’t is no big deal so quit bringing it up!!

Click here to read or re-read (apologies to my faithful blog followers) the piece I wrote on Thanksgiving:  https://onehotflashinmama.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/happy-thankshgiving-hic/

Speaking of special holidays, Stacey Gustafson’s book would make a perfect Christmas gift for a middle-aged friend who is at this moment perched on a ledge, hanging by her fingernails.  Buy the book:  http://www.amazon.com/Kidding-Extremely-Bathroom-Calamities-Relatives/dp/1937303314/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415710699&sr=1-1&keywords=are+you+kidding+me


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