Mommy Wants Vodka

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Surely, Mr. Editor, There Must Have Been A Mistake


I’ve been in the paper before: one time I got busted shoplifting (shut UP! I was 14 and it was HAIR PICKS)(SHUT UP), I was typically on the honor roll because I am a complete over achiever, but for fear of a vicious ex-boyfriend, I didn’t even put my wedding announcement in there.

I didn’t really want a rehash of the last scene of The Graduate–this time with police and guns and restraining orders! Oh My!–on My Big Day.

So imagine my surprise when I get a shout out in an article about my friend Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, from The New York Times. Certainly you should all take to the editor with your spears and torches to tell nay, to SCREAM to them that I am highly unworthy of such an honor.

Because, obviously.

46 Comments to

“Surely, Mr. Editor, There Must Have Been A Mistake”

  1. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:35 am Badass Geek Says:

    Pfft. Not worthy? You most certainly are worthy, my friend.

    Congrats on the shout out, dude!

  2. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:35 am The Modern Woman Says:

    Congratulations. The accolades are rolling in of late, and I say you lap them up darling, lap them up. No mistake Mr Editor, this girl is literary genius and liberates mothers the world around with her honesty and wit.

  3. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:39 am Mrs. Spit Says:


    The rest of us think you are worth it. Even when you forget there are people without feet.

    An honest congrats. It’s spectacularly well deserved. . .

  4. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:47 am Venti Vixen Says:

    Congrats on the shout out! You are totally awesome!

  5. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:53 am mumma boo Says:

    Oh go on – you are definitely worth it! Congrats, dude!

  6. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:30 am lydee Says:

    good stuff. and congrats on the shout out!

  7. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:31 am Ginger Magnolia Says:

    You’re the awesomest, and you are very deserving!

    Why did you need hair picks? Did you have a ‘fro? (hee hee Aunt Becky with a ‘fro!)

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  9. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:46 am Caroline Says:

    Great article.

  10. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:50 am Kristin Says:

    You are definitely worthy. You ROCK!

  11. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:54 am Marinka Says:

    I’m surprised the days that you’re not in The New York Times. The crime blotter section.

    (btw, I’ve started leaving the “xo” to show that I’m kidding. Clever, right?)

  12. On August 15th, 2009 at 12:16 pm TheBeerLady Says:

    Have to agree with Pete in AZ in this one. I guess it was just too much fun to mention the blog name’s to bother actually reading it, you know.

    Too bad there wasn’t someone on their article to point out that “mommy wants vodka” does not mean the same thing as “mommy sucks down mass quantities of vodka all day long while leaving the crotch parasites to fend for themselves.” Which, admittedly, would be way too long a name to fit on a URL, but would be pretty cool.

    Does anyone else think that Crotch Parasites would be a cool name for a rock band?

  13. On August 15th, 2009 at 11:22 am Pete In Az Says:


    The editors at that rag obviosly didn’t bother to come over and take a look at this site before their cute little smear job.

    The implication that you promote boozing it up here is Waay off the mark.

    Apparently… Since they’re from “The City” they’re experts (YeaRiight).

    Screw ‘um (naa… they probably aren’t that good looking). Hell with them, I think you are one of the cool kids on the block.

    You obviosly love your kids and you are trying very hard to do right for them. You just have an “interesting” web address.

    Shallow people suck.

  14. On August 15th, 2009 at 11:30 am Mimi Says:

    That is so beyond awesome. You deserve it, my friend! Tonight, the vodka (and vicodin) are on me!

  15. On August 15th, 2009 at 12:22 pm birdpress Says:

    I also think it may have been misleading about your blog. And this is coming from a recovering alcoholic who hasn’t lost her sense of humor. 😉

  16. On August 15th, 2009 at 12:43 pm Beautiful Mess Says:

    Misleading, yes but you got a shout out in the Times! I think those that read your blog, get it. The shout out and you.

    Congrats, love! You’re an amazing writer and I love reading!

  17. On August 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm Jenn @ Juggling Life Says:

    I knew I was right to be verklempt when Mommy Wants Vodka commented on my blog.

  18. On August 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm Priss Says:

    Um… I never got caught for shoplifting. Like, ever. And I used to snag quite a bit.

    Of course, I wonder how badly a store wants to nab a kid for shoplifting much needed cold medicine so she could breathe through her nose. (node, whudeber)

    Congra Rats.

  19. On August 15th, 2009 at 12:55 pm amy d Says:

    Dude! You totally rock! That is amazing!!

  20. On August 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm Nitza Says:

    I had to raise an eyebrow at the overall tone of the article, but I thought this:
    “Blog titles like Mommywantsvodka have become a euphemism for mothers just wanting a break.”
    …was actually fine. Because who wouldn’t want a break. (Or vodka, really, ha ha).
    It makes me insane that they link a woman who got totally bombed – on multiple substances – and then went SPEEDING ON THE HIGHWAY – to women that say kids make them feel like drinking. Because I’m a teacher, and let me tell you, kids make ME feel like drinking. But even if I had a blog called “Teacher Needs a Drink,” it wouldn’t mean that I drink at school (ha, how could I hold my tongue then??! I can barely do it sober!), and it CERTAINLY wouldn’t mean that I would get drunk, get stoned, and go speeding on the highway and kill four kids & four adults.
    Things like that make me want to punch journalists 😛

  21. On August 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm Nitza Says:

    Oh, and I forgot – I think the shout-out part that actually referenced you was awesome. And the NYT, nice! Congrats 🙂

  22. On August 15th, 2009 at 1:24 pm DG at Diaryofamadbathroom Says:

    Congratulations! It doesn’t get any better than the NY Times!

  23. On August 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm Nel Says:

    Woooooot woooooot!!!!

  24. On August 15th, 2009 at 2:13 pm Rebecca Says:

    That is so completely awesome. Reading The New York Times is far different than reading our local paper. I think the St. Louis Post-Dispatch needs new editors because if they had a quality staff, they would obviously ask you and Stefanie to be writers for at least three or four days per week. Tell me again, why do I subscribe….oh yeah, my husband wants the sports section for his lunch break at work.

  25. On August 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm Vinomom Says:

    I read the entire article and really liked it, but yeah, it is a bit misleading when it comes to your blog in particular. And I also totally didn’t get the reference to the woman who was going the wrong way down the HW and killed her family. It didn’t belong in there. Pretty cool to be in the NYT, right? Right!

    Also I am going to have to go check out your friend, because I really felt like I AM her (or the pre-sober her) from the description in the article. I love my Handle (vinomom) and I like what it conveys, I really do. I don’t just talk about drinking, I think it’s just the two biggest struggles in my life. Parenting and Wine and trying to find the balance.

    Great job!

  26. On August 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm Allie Bear Says:

    How cool is that! Way to go.

  27. On August 15th, 2009 at 5:37 pm Kelly Says:

    That is so cool, and you ARE worthy!!!! You’re pee-my-pants funny! Congrats!

  28. On August 15th, 2009 at 5:41 pm Shannon Says:

    You Rock!!

    Vodka Rocks!!

    Nuff Said!!

  29. On August 15th, 2009 at 5:51 pm Karen Says:

    That is REALLY freaking cool.

  30. On August 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm Antropologa Says:

    OMIGOD Becky! You’re famous! A NYTimes mention! It wasn’t altogether on target, but hey, fact-checking is hard.

  31. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:07 pm Tawnia Says:

    Congrats on the mention. You are a great writer, and oh sooo funny. You deserve all the praise and recognition you get!

  32. On August 15th, 2009 at 9:12 pm Jenn Says:

    You are full of awesomeness. Because, obviously.

  33. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:25 pm Sunny Says:

    Super cool, congratulations!! Having a drink to celebrate? 😉

  34. On August 15th, 2009 at 10:54 pm Lori in Denver Says:

    Maybe the real question is: Is the NYT worthy of MWV?

  35. On August 15th, 2009 at 11:23 pm GingerB Says:

    I had three vodka tonics last night on my first date night in about ten months. How can I be this tired? It cannot be the vodka . . . must be the baby. Celebratory vicodin is more my style today.

  36. On August 16th, 2009 at 2:12 am gonnastalkya Says:


    I think the New York Times can suck it.

    You don’t need a ‘shout out’ in a national magazine. You KNOW that you are awesome, that your kids are the shit, and that your husband is the bomb diggity.

    ‘Nuff said.


  37. On August 16th, 2009 at 2:16 am Wishing4One Says:

    I was like “yeahh whooooo” when I read their reference to your blog. I agree misleading, but those of us, your obedient followers, know that you are not a drunk mama, ok well most of the time youre not. You so deserve that shout out girl! I actually posted the whole thing on my blog yesterday.

  38. On August 16th, 2009 at 7:07 pm lauren Says:

    You have to be a member on the site to see the page, beesh. But congrats on the shout-out. I’ve never been in the paper. EVER.

  39. On August 16th, 2009 at 9:02 pm Lola Says:

    Cool!! Forgive me if I think it’s cooler to be in the paper for getting busted stealing hair picks, but it is to me 😉

  40. On August 16th, 2009 at 8:50 pm motel manager Says:

    I just read the paper after returning home late after a weekend away, and let me tell you I felt that I’d had a brush with greatness when I saw you mentioned there. In my internal monologue, I was like, “Yo, I already read that blog!” and felt superior.


  41. On August 17th, 2009 at 6:12 am SciFi Dad Says:

    See, I’m torn, because the reference implies you’re part of the problem with mommyblogging, and honestly, well, my mother always said if I don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. 😉

  42. On August 17th, 2009 at 8:44 am SCY Says:

    Whoa! You’re totally FAMOUS! Congrats!


  43. On August 17th, 2009 at 9:57 am Mrs Soup Says:

    Hurray!! I can now say “I stalked her when….”.

  44. On August 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm sharon Says:

    u’re so totally my hero – NYT can suck it!

  45. On August 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am Kendra Says:

    Congratulations, and you deserve all the attention in the world!

    I don’t know, maybe I misunderstood the article, but I thought the comment was flattering to you, that your blog is an example of people referring to alcohol as a metaphor for needing a break, that alcohol is becoming more part of our vocabulary. Not “here’s another drunkie on the internet.” But I don’t know. Either way, congratulations on the press! I hope more people come over to see what all the fuss is about!

  46. On August 14th, 2010 at 7:51 am Elaine Says:

    Great post there. Really cool..

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