The Backstory

My name is Liz. (That’s just enough anonymity to allow me to write freely, but not quite so much that a resourceful googler couldn’t out me in about thirteen seconds.)I’m a writer hailing from the justly maligned world of advertising. I've created some of the commercials you love, and some that I will go to the grave denying any part in. I’ve also written a book. And some short films (sort of). And a painfully bad pregnancy journal with entries like, I just love you already my little girl, and your daddy loves you too and you will be the most-loved girl ever in the world. Because we love you.

I am one of those beyatches who managed to get pregnant on the very first try at 36, when my ovaries had no business being so cooperative. I am grateful, if still a bit shocked.

My partner in clumsy but devoted parenting is Nate, a lapsed Mormon, a lapsed but resurgent comedy writer, a fellow raging-ranting liberal, and the best stay-at-home dad one income can buy. You can read more about us here. We bicker a lot. And we’re totally fun. Hire us for your next party.

When we had Thalia in July of 2005—what can I say—turns out we got the best one. Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m sure your child is just wonderful too. Hey, even second best is still in the 99th percentile.

Now if only I knew what I was doing.

Updated: Cut to August 2008, Thalia is 3 going on can I borrow the car keys, her sister Sage is 15 months. Oh yes indeed, why I did spawn again! I'm a partner in this here very fine website and contributed to a most excellent book about parenting and have written a whole bunch of parenting columns and essays (and am particularly proud of this one) and continue to hold on tight and muddle through one day at a time.

So does this mean I know what I'm doing now?

Nope. Not really. Not really at all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the book you've written? I'm intrigued!

You've got a good comic instinct...

2/28/06, 10:50 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Two Lizs. You're in advertising and I'm in PR. Wanna trade? I bet no one would even notice, since we have the same name and all.

3/24/06, 1:22 PM  
Blogger nancy@lightonance.com said...

Yes, name of your book?

8/30/06, 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lapsed Mormon? Where have I been all this time that I did not know this term - oh yes, Africa. Here we simply expire :) "I am not a Mormon anymore", was always a rather tedious sentence that lifted superior and all-knowing eyebrows. Lapsed, yes, such a gentle term... feels rather like I'm floating gently away on a cloud than purchasing a one way ticket to 'hell'.

10/6/06, 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As countless many others undoubtedly have mentioned, your brilliant and hilarious blog is a favorite daily read for me. I totally appreciate a lapse in mormonism. I have been riding that fence for a while now, being married to the so labeled "non-member" Just the term makes me cringe. And we wonder why so many people are not happy to see the suits at the door. I may or may not merge back in to the LDS fast lane, I seriously love my lattes. But I digress. Just wanted to drop a slightly less than quick hello and say thanks for the great read. Us mini-bloggers with 7 or less readers (all blood relatives) look up to you impressive, accomplished types. Drop on by my page sometime... if perhaps you are stuck in an airport or stalled elevator. My posts are not particularly funny or intelligent, but they are long. Take care!

3/19/07, 12:06 AM  
Blogger shauna said...

You're my kind of mommy. I love your blog!

4/24/07, 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found your blog, and even though I'm not a liberal, and we aren't the same age, I think we might have been twins in another life. Your funnier too. (All libs are, damn it.)

7/10/07, 12:56 PM  
Blogger Sus said...

PS. I love that you and Nate bicker. Would you guys like to come to dinner in Bloomington, Indiana sometime? We're fun too.

3/3/08, 6:01 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I am a New York Times bestselling author working on a new book about mother-daughter relationships and thought you might want to contribute. Please visit my page for details about submitting stories for Mom's Little Angel.

Gregory E. Lang
Author of “Daddy’s Little Girl,” “Why a Daughter Needs a Dad,” “Why a Daughter Needs a Mom” and more.

3/20/08, 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liz!

This is the first time I visit your blog. Wow! Fresh like a morning breeze! Great inspiration.

4/10/08, 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first vistit to your blog, Absolutely love it, I will be bookmarking...Thanks for a great read!

LittleHandsBoutique.com....Coming Soon!

4/30/08, 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read your blog through my blogger "Confessions of a metroMAMA" and I love it, will add it to my daily read.

7/9/08, 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhh I so sympathize.....
Big Boobs unite --- no no....that would be dangerous.
People don't understand when I say that my face will never hit the ground if I trip and fall, or that I own the first 1/3 of the alphabet. They gasp when they find out how much I have to pay for a bra or that I almost have to take out a mortgage to get one. Pshawww I say to your little itty bitty titties.......I have HQQTERS...but dammit....I am too old to be a hooters girl.
Anyway, loved your blog....

7/24/08, 3:40 PM  
Blogger Victoriasurf said...

Hi Liz,

I love your blog, your writing style is fantastic!

I came accross your blog via a friend of mine who has been my mentor in starting a writing career. Thank you so much for the inspiration you have given me, I hope that some day soon I will write as well as you do.


12/12/08, 9:20 PM  
Blogger This Was Me said...

I recently stummbled across your blog...and I have to say I LOVE IT! I love the fact I am not the only who at times have doubts about being or doing the mommy thing right...and you are just plain hilarious...

12/22/08, 8:39 AM  
Blogger raquel said...


Do you sell links on your blog, Mom-101? If you do I would be interested in purchasing a few links for a fair price. Please email me back with your reply. Thank you for your time.


2/5/09, 7:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, I'm Heather and a stay at home mommy with a 9mo old daughter. I stumbled upon your blog while googling for other mommies who feel frazzled by the joys of parenthood! Great blog! I love your style, makes me smile! I will definately have to read new posts during viewings of Baby Einstein or after fights to get Kaylie to nap! If you ever get time, check out my blog! Keep up the good work!

4/20/09, 10:39 AM  
Blogger Aspen Real Life said...

Visited you from Twitter.

Enjoy your humor and your writing!

8/24/09, 1:43 PM  
Blogger Flower Power Mom said...


Hi Liz:
I've been checking out your site for a while--I love your posts and your straight-from-the-hip humor.
I'm a midlife mom who had both kids in her forties. It's a brave new world (as you've already got a handle on starting from 36)for women who actually had a whole other life first! I think we all need medicinal laughs just to get through the day.
BTW, my daughter Lizzie (not real name) is 2 months younger than your first.
Momhood and encroaching menopause have taken over my life--I'm now launching a site for over 40 moms at http://www.flowerpowermom.com.
I'd really welcome a visit from you and value your opinion (and any advice you might have) on my venture into the unknown world of blogging! (Psst! You're in my links section--I hope you don't mind. :-)

9/14/09, 1:55 PM  
Anonymous LoveFeast Table said...

You're funny, girl...glad I found your blog...I figured if PW followed you on Twitter, well...that was good enough for me. I am new to blogging, have a husband and four kids....I am just finally getting my house clean after 18 years of marriage...it may, happen...soon, this week. I don't know what I'm doing parenting either...the oldest is 15, I um, hope I figure it out soon! At the very least, I try to encourage them to follow their passions and to dream big..I love that you and your husband are funny. So are we. You'd like us..Chris Ann (Wife, Mother, Blogger, Creative Visionary!!)

11/23/09, 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! It's hilarious.

12/10/09, 11:56 AM  
Blogger Baby Sweetness said...

Ok, where is your follow me button!?!? I'm ready for my next addiction now please.

1/6/10, 11:49 AM  
Blogger Ann Imig said...

I just read this and am flabbergasted. I knew you were Jewish--as am I-- from a brief exchange over a comment I left on your prepping for BlogHer10 post.

BUT NOW? I learn you are married to a lapsed mormon.



MY SISTER IS EVEN MARRIED TO A LAPSED MORMON (Okay, so she was living in Salt Lake at the time, not such a shocker)


I'm done capping out now...

9/26/10, 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Good to meet a fellow writer--though you've obviously had better fortune publishing than I!

3/31/11, 10:18 PM  
Blogger Poker Chick said...

Love your bio! Just found you - I am an advertising chick myself (gasp: account girl!) from NY and enjoy meeting kindred moms. I will add you to my feed and enjoy the reads!

6/12/11, 10:26 PM  

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