Monday, April 12, 2010
Just Let Me Lie Down: Book Review & Giveaway!
Kristin van Ogtrop knows she's lucky--fulfilling career, great husband, three healthy kids, and, depending on the hamster count, an impressive roster of pets. She also knows she is tired. Always. Using stories and insights from her own life, she provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Anyone who has left a meeting to race to the Halloween parade immediately understands van Ogtrop's definition of "Kill the messenger" as "The action you must take in order to forget about the office for a time--that is, to remove your Blackberry/Treo/iPhone/whatever from your person and store it as far away as your neurotic self will allow.
About The Author:
Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple magazine and has held positions at Glamour, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Premiere. She lives outside New York City with her family.
This book was hilarious! van Ogtrop has written an alphabetical book containing terms that all moms will relate to, whether you work outside the home, or stay at home! This is an easy to ready book, that can be read a little at a time or in one sitting. I think my husband thought I was nuts because I was laughing so hard while reading this book. I related to many of the terms, including:
1. Search & Rescue - the mission you must take before any sporting event, when your child (son) is required to be at the field"five minutes ago" and is in a panic because he and his father have turned the house upside down and the equipment is nowhere to be found...but you as mom, can go to the back of the car and find it with all the other missing sports equipment, although nobody else knows this to be the case.
2. Just A Second - the eternity between when a child says he'll do something you've asked and when he actually gets around to doing it.
3. Child Abuse (harmless): When you are talking to a childless person who's irritating you, you start telling stories about your child to get rid of them. This does not always work, but when it does it's a marvel.
4. Caller ID Malfunction: When you have dialed a number and cannot remember whom it belongs to, but the phone is ringing and it feels to late to hang up, in case someone has gotten out of a chair to answer your call.
The author explains most terms with little stories from her own experiences and it is so easy to relate to her. Although my children are still small, and thus I have not hit the teen years and all that comes with it, I could think back at what my mom must have thought with four of us girls around! Being a mom is the best gift you can be given, but it's also the hardest job I have ever had! Thank you to the author for putting together such a great book that helps women see humor in sometimes hard and trying times.
These are just four of many terms that will have you roaring and sharing with your friends and family!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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***Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***