Entries by Amanda Waggener

New Month’s Resolution

I’m easily annoyed. It’s the truth. I have more annoyances now than when I was younger. I think lots of it has to do with the older I get, the more people I know.  I have social media. Before having it I didn’t really know much, outside of my circle of good friends, about who was getting married, […]

Peace On Earth

I have a lovely friendsin. I’m sorry if you don’t. They are good to have. The term came to be because she and I are friends, but also happen to be married to men who are 1st cousins…so that makes us friendsins. She is a special lady with a special little boy named Maddox. She […]


My husband use to travel a lot. This meant I was often the solo adult in charge of keeping the children alive. My safety never crossed my mind whenever he was home. I’m not sure what I thought he’d do if anyone tried to break in, but I’m certain he would have taken care of […]

Mutually Human

Raise your hand if you remember watching Roots. Or Selma. Or Straight Out Of Compton. Keep your hand raised if you are a white person who felt some shame and even a little bit of guilt as you left the theater for what racist white people did in those films. Yeah, me too. I wanted […]

Boys Are Gross

Last weekend I took my son, my nephew and a friend to our church youth group leader’s apartment. They had plans to go get pizza then head to a local elementary school to use their gym for a game of dodge ball. On the way there the topic of career aspirations came up when I […]


Dear Teenage Daughter Of Mine, I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve decided that we can’t be friends. It’s not me. It’s you. You help me understand why some animals eat their young. When you were born you were exceptionally adorable, far surpassing the adorableness of the other babies born that day. I’m […]

Walk This Way

My dad is my guy. After I grew up, got married and had a couple kids, my dad was still my guy. He was my go-to for most anything. Something breaks, he’s who I’d call. He could fix anything. Before I got a car with navigation and would get lost he would be my 1st […]

Gangster Rap Wisdom

Last weekend was my birthday. I did what any middle-aged, mom of 2, yoga pant wearing woman does. I went to a Fall Out Boy concert with Wiz Khalifa as the opening act and Hoodie Allen as the opening act for the opening act. So to set the scene, I’m with my son. It’s his […]

Freak In The Sheets

My mother tells a story of when I was about 5 years old. She heard a noise in the middle of the night. She got out of bed to go investigate and noticed I wasn’t in my bedroom. She then walked into the kitchen and found me pushing a baby doll stroller back and forth […]

Spinny Chairs

I have never been a fan of American Idol. I watched the first couple seasons way back when Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were judges, but stopped watching because I couldn’t stand how mean they were to the contestants. I agreed with them many times, but I would have found a less abrasive […]