Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Seeing as Rarely Wrong Radio is on hold, for an undetermined amount of time, and taking into account the rather large backlog of formspring and emailed questions, I have decided it's time to bring back weekly installments of Ask Erin!

For the uninitiated, ask me...anything at all, and I will do my best to answer. Years of mistake making have qualified me to advise you. I promise to either answer your question, here, for all to see (your anonymity in tact, of course) or privately.

So, ask away. Inspire me. You can do so via the formspring box on your right or via email,

A list

A list of books that have been given or lent to me, or that I may have even purchased, but I have never read.


Julie and Julia

The Lovely Bones

The Mermaid Chair

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Fight Club


Eat, Pray, Love

Jane Eyre

They remain at the bottom of my very large TO READ pile. Am I unfairly prejudiced against their mainstream appeal? Probably not, but I don't know if I will ever read them. Do you have piles like this? I am an avid reader, but for some reason, I never feel like reading any of the aforementioned texts.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You are.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - a.a. milne


It's sometimes hard to feel that way. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

If you have nothing nice to say....

Don't say anything at all. The Improv Everywhere video below is a perfect example of how kind words make everyone feel better, instantly.

I am going to make a conscious effort to avoid speaking negatively. Life is too short to waste time channeling negativity. It's a sad way to live.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cutie Patootie

I know, I know, you may have already seen this. But, I can't stop. I have been known to watch some questionable television from time to time. Occasionally, I catch an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras.

So, for those who have missed the trashy train wreck that is that show- Eden Wood is one of the creepy pageant children featured, and she has a song, called "Cutie Patootie."

Here is Eden singing the song on "The Talk."

And, here is the slowed down version.....

Can't stop.

Wait, there's more.....Eden talking about hairspray, slowed and slurrrrrrrred...

I feel slightly guilty from the amount of pleasure derived from this. Why is it so good?

they call me cutie, cutie patootie. rockin' out the pageant stage, shakin' my bootie.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Songs

It's Saturday. Listen to some and old.



I've listened to Nicki Minaj's Save Me several times the past couple days and it was truly resonating with me. It had me thinking about how much I have had to un-learn in the past 10 years.

As those of you who know me, or those of you have read this blog regularly, may know, I spent my first 25 years looking to disconnect. This proved to be fairly self-destructive.

Maybe I was looking for someone or something to save me, and when it stopped working, that silvery wash of giving up would begin to work its way through me. I discovered that I gave up in all sorts of ways, sometimes imperceptibly. I gave up on people, relationships, career paths, love, myself, and in some instances, life itself.

Becoming a mother forced most of that out of me, and I am forever grateful for that miracle.

But, sometimes, I find that traces of that urge remain. Not in any concrete or truly destructive way, but rather, I sense drops of it, and I feel myself pulling away from whatever it is that stirs uncertainty. Truthfully, it's sort of painful, both to feel the need to disconnect, and also, to stop myself from doing so.

Un-learning. That's the journey right now. And how fortunate am I to have the luxury to do so? Extremely fortunate. (Admittedly, it doesn't always feel like good fortune to the selfish child inside.)