I’m a writer, very part time teacher, full time mother of five (ages 17 to 9). After fifteen glorious years of west coast living, my husband and I headed east… to New York. My first book, about a trophy wife who has to teach middle school English when her husband disappears with all their money, came out last year, and my next one is hopefully coming out in 2021.
As for the title of this blog, I made no secret of the fact that when my two sons were younger, bodily fluids and functions weighed heavily on my mind as a parent. If you want the actual story…
We were in the middle of a basement renovation. In the rubble of the remodel, I searched for some posters that had hung on the wall of the TV room. I asked the boys if they’d seen one in particular. One of the boys, and now I don’t remember which one (but maybe I do), said, “Oh, it’s in the corner we pee in.”
“You know, the corner we pee in when we’re watching TV and don’t want to get up and go to the bathroom.” (The bathroom was maybe 20 feet away, and from it you were able to crane your neck and still see the TV.) Unable to tear themselves away from the box, it seems that my little boys took to taking leaks in the corner to the left of the TV. And this wasn’t just any corner. In this corner lay all the wires from the TV and various other electronic items. They were peeing on a tangled mess of wires. Oh, and the carpet that lay underneath. Needless to say, we did a thorough disinfection of the area, but once in a while I was certain that I could still get a whiff…
And that’s the story. Thanks for coming… leave a comment on your way out. (If you want me, I’ll be washing my hands or unloading the dishwasher until all this is over.)
43 responses to “About”
Lea I had no idea you were a writer. This is hilarious. And great birth control. 🙂
am loving the blog. was introduced to it today by the lovely hanna. fyi.. my husband also did the pee in the corner thing as a boy. he had the loft room in his family home. the en suite bathroom wasn’t sufficient as it meant going out onto the landing area. corner much nearer. add ‘bogey factory’ to that as well. (a charming shelf by his bed, the underside of which resembled pebble dashing) i married him because…?
Welcome! So nice to meet you!!!!
I love your blog, so funny.
I’m glad Milo and Fiona are in class this year.
Best blog title ever.
fantastic – so funny about the peeing and can’t believe what a great writer you are! ilana
I read your Valentine’s article on parentmap the other day, but didn’t notice a link to your blog, until this recent article on Disneyland. I am now officially subscribed. Thank you. I love your writing style. So refreshing, so true, so funny. Looking forward to reading your stories … Leila
Thank you so very much!
Okay…I laughed outloud when you discovered the peeing corner! Out of the mouths of babes, right?! I love your blog and will revisit for sure!!
I think you might like my story about parenting my twice-exceptional son.
Nice to meet you!!! Am checking out your blog now…
I don’t know if you participate but..I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Bligger Award! You can find the details on my latest post! I find your stories inspiring! 😉
Wow! Thank you dear! I will check that out now….
This is soooo funny! I don’t know you but as of now- I am a follower 🙂 (Mother of one, very active, 20mo old boy)
Thank you, and welcome!
This is AWESOME. My son is only 5 months old but I cannot WAIT for these kinds of stories to start rolling in once he gets a bit older. What a perfect story to go with your perfect blog name! 🙂
Only five months? You have time… but not much! Thanks for posting!
congrats on the award – much deserved! ilana kahn
I don’t know if you know this BUT we’re blog soulmates. (Books & Bowel Movements & This is the Corner We Pee In). : ) YAY!
Yes!!! Please tell me you’re in Seattle so we can have lunch!!!
Thank you for liking my post and completely sucking me back to your spot in blogosphere with the greatest blog title ever. You had me at that title.
My pleasure. Visit whenever you like. I do love reading your posts — and when I worry about how my little miscreants will turn out, I think hey SHE came from a large family and she turned out just FINE. 🙂
Laughing! Because me turning out “FINE” is relative!!!!! I kid I kid! Thank you. 🙂
Dig this completely. A friend of mine posted it on her FB page and now I will read you regularly. Many thanks and can RELATE. (mother of 3, oldest is 7, living in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem)
Welcome! If you can completely relate you must regularly contemplate throwing yourself off one of those Jerusalem hilltops. No?
Hilarious blog! And I lived in sunny Seattle myself for a time…
Thanks for reading and commenting! and congrats on getting out of Seattle in one piece…
Oh my lord. We have several pee-soaked rugs, but no special corner that the kids pee in. In our old house we had a little play house tucked built under the landing of the steps, where our potty-training son always went to poop. I guess we had a corner to poop in? Love the title of your blog. Glad I found it!
You most certainly had a corner to poop in! Thanks for reading!
Thanks. Welcome ;0
Your blog is great and so funny! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I just started not too long ago and I’m wondering if I can keep it up. I see that you write a lot, and work, and have 5 kids. Maybe my twins and I can make it work! Thanks again.
Thank you Linda! Give yourself a goal to start — twice a week, or something like that. If you look at all of parenting as blog opportunity (or most of it, anyway), you will find that it starts to write itself! I’m going to read yours now!
Now that i know the premise behind your blog title, it makes it all the more funny. I don’t have boys per-se i have two girls that at time act like boys.
I wish i had started writing all of these things that my kids do 6 years ago when my oldest was born. The material for a decent blog is still there of course, I just have to dig back into the recesses of my mind and find it. The reason why i started reading your blog is to see how others do it, and its very comical, I must say !
I’ve just nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. Please check out the details at http://shelbur10.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-weekend-of-the-liebster/ Whether or not you choose to participate, please know that you are appreciated! (here’s hoping that link works…not my strong suit.)
Thank you so much!
This cracked me up. When we were kids, my brother used to pee in a cardboard box in his closet because he was afraid to walk across the hall to the bathroom. It took my mom quite a while to figure out where the smell was coming from.
My boys peed in their sister’s underwear drawer. Not because they were scared, but because they didn’t have to lift a seat or flush.
I followed the link to your blog from Kveller. Love your sense of humor and must say that I am happily surprised to find that there is another Jewish mother of a Fiona (she is the youngest of my four kids). I’m glad I found the blog and look forward to reading more.
Thank you so much!
I nominated your blog for a Liebster Award 🙂 Click here to see what’s involved: http://blueribbonwife.com/2014/04/29/liebster-award/ Don’t feel obligated to do what’s entailed but thought you might think it was fun!
Lea, I just read your blog from a few years ago about how you loved to make unwieldy, bulky costumes for Halloween and I thought it was hilarious! My question is, what is the most unwieldy, over the top costume you ever wore?
I was a television! I climbed into an enormous cardboard box and wore a hat with sky high tin foil antenna on my head! I think I even had a shell ashtray which I’m pretty sure dates me… Thanks for reading!!!
Oh, the one where you had to walk with your head tilted? Ha, classic. I’ve never worn anything like that but my cousin was a birthday present once and her little arms could barely reach each other, so getting candy was quite a chore. Plus, the fact she had to walk with her arms extended made them sore the next day!