House Rules

This blog aims to be a humorous look at anything—through the eyes of a parent.

All of the characters in this blog are based on real people, which is why I’ve changed all of their names. Back when I started in journalism I decided I would never name my loved ones: Not because I plan on saying anything terrible about them but because this career choice wasn’t their idea and I think it’s best to leave them out of it to the extent I can. But basically our cast includes me, Summer; the husband, Mr. Embee; and the daughter, Sally.

My name is changed as well because my daughter will be embarrassed by enough things I do and she doesn’t need future boyfriends (or girlfriends, whatever) digging this up. If you know me, my choice of pen name will be pretty obvious and somewhat lame. For everyone else, this should provide at least a small hurdle in figuring out who my family members are.

My business card says I’m an editor, and though I know a few editors who are perfect, I’m not one of them. I will do my best to write succinctly and with correct grammar but most of what I know about English I learned in high school German class. Bear with me. And special thanks to my in-home editor, Mr. Embee. He has to read all my posts and tell me they’re good, even if they’re not. And then I keep asking “Really? I don’t know. Really? No, it’s not. It is? Really?”

Make comments. Nice or not nice. I have thick skin and a generous layer of padding. I’ll be fine.

Tell your friends. That way maybe you won’t be the only one reading this.

If you publish books, newspapers or magazines and would like to pay me to do something like this . . . I like you. Let’s have lunch.

On March 15, 2010–which is my new favorite day–Mom-Colored Glasses was featured on the WordPress.com homepage, and subsequently Tweeted about a couple of times. The blog had 2,138 visitors that day alone–a massive record that made me feel I deserved a cookie. Diet foiled again! It was my completely surprising fifteen minutes of fame (thank goodness I shaved) and I want to say thanks to everyone who checked out my writing. Especially those of you who have been reading since Day 1.

On April 29, 2010–my NEW new favorite day–Mom-Colored Glasses was featured on the WordPress.com homepage again, getting a whopping 7,249 views in 24 hours, 13 Tweets, and more than 100 comments. A good number of them were pretty cranky, too, which is always awesome.

— Summer Embee

8 responses to “House Rules

  1. Love your blog!! I just started my own and have been reading everything I can find for ideas, inspiration, mostly laughs. I try and find the humor in everything. When I stop laughing, I know I’m in trouble!! Can’t wait to see what you write next.

  2. Nice. Very nice. I’ll be back, with my wife. She’ll like it, too. Hope you find broader exposure.

  3. Your blog is very nice. I really like the way you put your daily life into words.

  4. I don’t have kids yet, but love your blog! It makes me think that when I become a mom I can actually, maybe, hopefully do it, with humor. Best of luck in the blogosphere and beyond!

  5. This was absolutely great and spot on! I posted it to my FB and on my blog here. I will be following!

  6. Fabulous blog! I, too, am an editor whose knowledge of the English language and its rules came mostly from high school German class. But I don’t tell my clients that.

    Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

  7. And now you’re featured again! Kudos 🙂

    I will pass this along to my mom. All of us kids are grown and moved out, but I bet she still feels like she’s raising three 6 year-olds at times (love you Mom!).

  8. Debra Colby-Conklin

    I went in and looked at some of your photo archives, you are an amazing photographer! Thank you for sharing your album with us. And congrats on being featured twice.

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