Greetings People of Earth


Um, hi?

I’m Pearl*.  I have this new blog.  I’ve had blogs before, but it’s been a while and I’ve missed it.

I am that most magical of creatures, a fat 40-ish wife and mom and pro-nerd.  Surely this is a voice that is not heard often enough, right?

Look, I’m really insecure about this.  I just got back from BlogHer, which was so intent on telling me that my voice matters that I walked away thinking there’s no way my voice matters.  That’s my brain, basically.

I’m going to write about me me me, my family, crafts, collecting weird vintage shit and almost burning down my house with the sheer force of my Christmas spirit (and way too many lights feeding off one outlet, but let’s agree to call it Christmas spirit and not an inability to do math).  I will introduce the concepts of Social Calories, Kitschgasms, and Thrift Karma, as well as the practice of wearing stupid shit on your head as a way to overcome social anxiety.  Some of this will make sense.


*I’m not really Pearl, except here.  My husband has declared himself Doobie, and my 7-year-old son is Crow.

17 thoughts on “Greetings People of Earth

  1. Hi Pearl*, I’m Platypus*…this is good. I had a million questions/ideas after BlogHer, and I am so glad you put this up! Looking forward to learn how to love Christmas from you. Because I kind of hate Christmas…*avoids darts*

  2. All my love to you, Pearl, and to Doobie and Snark. I have missed your brilliant insights.

    I was listening to an NPR story this morning. People danced in delight at a LA-area Macy’s because an Eid al Fitr-themed sales display showed that the store understood it had a Muslim segment worth reaching out to. People who felt completely invisible in mainstream commerce were excited to be acknowledged — enough to dance in a department store.

    I wonder if “the world” will ever discover the hidden gold segment of intelligent, middle-aged, not appearance-obsessed women who are trying to live thoughtfully and constructively and keep the world generally on the rails. Important voices, whether the world is listening or not. You keep writing, and I’ll keep laughing and dancing.

  3. Sherry G.

    I am very happy to see you blogging again. Your voice is very close to my heart, not only because of the (too short) time getting to know you IRL, but because I too am a “fat 40-ish wife and mom and pro-nerd.” Bring on the snark, the weird, and whatever else you throw our way.

  4. Susan

    Glad you are back. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed for years, and periodically as I clean out things would think maybe I should delete it. But I always kept it, hoping you would start posting again. It is fun to see big boy Crow and hear how he is doing!

  5. Ruthie

    I’ve had your URL in my reader for a long time, because I so enjoyed your past blogs. I was delighted when new posts popped up today, and am really looking forward to reading more about Crow – he sounds wonderful!

  6. Highgate

    Dear Pearl,

    I was so happy to see you are writing again. I have enjoyed your past blogs, and am looking forward to enjoying your wonderful style of writing here.

  7. Jackie

    OMG – welcome back ‘Pearl’, you’ve been missed, along with the tales of ‘Doobie’ and Crow’. ‘Crow’ has grown so much, since your last blog!! 😀

  8. Betty

    {{{Happy Dance!}}} You’re here! You’re back! I’ve often wondered about you since “Going S***” closed up shop. I totally missed the whole BlogHer thing, apparently. Finding this has totally made my day! Look, I’m SMILING on a MONDAY!

  9. Mindy Cass

    So happy you are back! I told someone a while back when you stopped blogging that I felt as if I had lost a friend. Happy to see how much Crow has grown and how happy he looks. I love kitsch !

  10. SarahL

    Dear Pearl*, so glad you have made it safe and sound through the years intervening since you last blogged! Hooray! Like others, I’ve kept you in my feed with hopes you would someday start posting again. I also second the request for more Christmas kitsch, and also more intelligent words from a generally non-conforming mama with brains. To say “Welcome Back” isn’t quite right, because it’s not like you “went away”, but thanks for re-entering the blogosphere.

  11. ReginaB

    Pearl, I’m so glad to see you back! Crow is adorable. Now I’ve got some wonderful reading ahead of me. I third (or whatever) the request for Christmas kitsch.

  12. Angela Tan

    Hi I was doing a Google search on Disney Cars and a comment came up from your blog. I hope you don’t mind but I read it and was wondering if you have another blog I can follow?

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