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It Sucked and then I Cried

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For several years now I’ve read a blog called Dooce.com, written by a mommy-blogger named Heather Armstrong.  I can’t recall exactly how many years I’ve been reading, but I know that when I started reading it I was still blogging about producing porn here on this blog.  I remember this, because I attempted to purchase advertising on Heather’s blog and was promptly turned down.  Since finding Jesus (who was hiding under the bed) I’ve not attempted to advertise on Heather’s blog again.  Mostly because I no longer possess much of that stuff we call “money” and therefore cannot afford such luxuries as advertising.

But I still read it.

If you’re a stick in the mud, you might not appreciate Heather’s irreverent humor. I dig it. She’s hilarious. And besides her witty blog posts, her website also contains daily photos where one might find a sweet photo of her daughter Leta, perhaps witness some random object resting comfortably on her dog’s head, or even the latest mascara she purchased at Sephora.  Yes, I find myself clicking on such photos as Mascara. Why?  Because often times there’s an amusing caption below it.  I love to laugh, Heather’s site delivers numerous reasons to do so,  so I return to it.  Daily.

Heather’s book “It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita” humorously chronicles Heather’s experiences becoming a first time mother. She holds nothing back, even when discussing how postpartum depression led to a short stay in a mental institution, and proves even such things as stays in the loony bin can be presented humorously.  And should you decide to read it, be prepared to learn more than you ever wanted to know about poop.

This past Wednesday, facing a long drive of 250 miles (each way) in order to attend the nearest book signing, I emailed Heather’s husband Jon to make sure the schedule hadn’t changed. He was kind enough to let me know that the previous evening’s signing in Portland was so well attended that several people had to be turned away, so if I wanted to insure a seat I’d likely want to show up early. I did so… 2 hours early in fact. I passed the time reading the first several chapters of the book and talking to the ladies who began to arrive not long after I did. For the longest time I was the only man in the waiting audience. In fact, I think I was probably the only single man period. If you look hard enough you might see another male or two in the crowd, but I’m certain they were drug to the event by a wife or girlfriend:

Listening to Heather Speak

Heather is just as funny in person as she is on her blog, or in her book:

Heather Armstrong Reading Her Book

If you listen closely, you might hear a mangling of English words. On this particular evening I witnessed Heather pronounce the word “crayon” the same way you or I would say the word “crown”. Apparently, a BYU degree in English does not come with a requirement to lose the southern drawl.  Which is fortunate, because it makes listening to Heather even more entertaining.  🙂

I was 4th in line to have my own copy signed:

Signing "It Sucked and then I Cried"

I’ve now read the majority of the book (a handful of pages remain before I’ve finished it). It’s very entertaining and very funny.  I particularly think mothers would enjoy and identify with it, but men shouldn’t be afraid to pick up a copy as well (and gentlemen, should you need to explain your purchase to someone just say you have a friend who needs to be scared out of impregnating his wife, and the purchase is a gift for HIM 😉 ).

Click the photo to be taken to the Amazon.com site selling Heather’s Book:


“It Sucked and Then I Cried:
How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita”

PS: It Sucked and Then I Cried has already made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Congrats to Heather for that!

12 thoughts on “It Sucked and then I Cried

  1. Hopefully the title isn’t indicative of reader opinions.

  2. Hopefully the title isn’t indicative of reader opinions.

  3. DP,

    You never cease to amaze me. I just appreciate you so much more through each of your blog entries as I continue to learn something new about you every time.

    MT

  4. DP,

    You never cease to amaze me. I just appreciate you so much more through each of your blog entries as I continue to learn something new about you every time.

    MT

  5. MT,

    That was a very sweet comment. Thank you! 🙂

  6. MT,

    That was a very sweet comment. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Heather is VERY funny, Donny. I can see why you enjoy her blog….!

  8. Heather is VERY funny, Donny. I can see why you enjoy her blog….!

  9. i dont have much time to write…and also my language skills are not that good..though i will try to express my feelings…if i remain till next month i will write more….now comming to my point…i think much about who is the real culprit behined porn…coz i want to put him in a chamber of 1000…infinity degree centegrade where nither he can die nor he can live…all of them who are involved in pornography…i might tolerate u in my thoughts coz u quit the industry and u are amending wt u have done…though i still hear the voice of that innocent girl who was rapped by 5 people to death…those 5 person who couldnt control themselves coz thay continuely watched porn and wch soaked their minds..and finding no one thay caught an innocent girl and rapped her to death…how her parents felt …how she felt…i accuse those person less…but porn more…though all were hanged after admitting….not only the single story…but there are millions,,and porn make millions with sexually soaked minds….looking for innocent girls to fullfill their lust.i know governments dont take action against pornograpic industry coz thay genrate billions(thugh on cost of million rapes..millions distroyed livs),but thay dont care because thay only need money…and i know these are big wigs wch dont come on the scene.. ,,but we will…crush them from the earth and all those as well,who support porn.it is difficult but not impossible.comming to ur website…i have seen the first one ever against porn…thank u so much….i also want to make one,wch make people aware of hazards of porn…i request all of you to make one..so that when some one from our youth search for porn..instead of getting that he get the link…which make him crystal clear that the porn is distructive for him and we have to remember that we have to give time to it,equal to the hard work the beasts are doing to spread the pornography in the world..if i remain alive till next month i will write more…

  10. i dont have much time to write…and also my language skills are not that good..though i will try to express my feelings…if i remain till next month i will write more….now comming to my point…i think much about who is the real culprit behined porn…coz i want to put him in a chamber of 1000…infinity degree centegrade where nither he can die nor he can live…all of them who are involved in pornography…i might tolerate u in my thoughts coz u quit the industry and u are amending wt u have done…though i still hear the voice of that innocent girl who was rapped by 5 people to death…those 5 person who couldnt control themselves coz thay continuely watched porn and wch soaked their minds..and finding no one thay caught an innocent girl and rapped her to death…how her parents felt …how she felt…i accuse those person less…but porn more…though all were hanged after admitting….not only the single story…but there are millions,,and porn make millions with sexually soaked minds….looking for innocent girls to fullfill their lust.i know governments dont take action against pornograpic industry coz thay genrate billions(thugh on cost of million rapes..millions distroyed livs),but thay dont care because thay only need money…and i know these are big wigs wch dont come on the scene.. ,,but we will…crush them from the earth and all those as well,who support porn.it is difficult but not impossible.comming to ur website…i have seen the first one ever against porn…thank u so much….i also want to make one,wch make people aware of hazards of porn…i request all of you to make one..so that when some one from our youth search for porn..instead of getting that he get the link…which make him crystal clear that the porn is distructive for him and we have to remember that we have to give time to it,equal to the hard work the beasts are doing to spread the pornography in the world..if i remain alive till next month i will write more…

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