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Thought process behind 6 word memoir

One of the prompts for this week’s Writer’s Workshop was 1). Last week you chose a 6 word memoir to share…this week elaborate. Tell us the story or thought process behind the sentence you wrote.

I wrote six six word memoirs because I can’t pick just six words to describe anything, especially myself. And I have too many moments that I want to capture and remember and describe. Which all takes words. Lots and lots of words.

But this one seemed to resonate with others: I overaccessorize with stress and exhaustion. I can actually sum up the thought process behind that one in six words: Two kids, I work, Firefighter husband

To say that some days I feel spread a little thin is an understatement.

My kids are 4 and 1. One of them can’t do much for herself yet and the other one can but doesn’t want to because he is envious of his baby sister. The baby is teething so she is up 2 to 3 times a night and the toddler is going through a phase where he just.won’t.go.to.sleep. I don’t sleep well and therefore am operating on minimal sleep. So I wear my exhaustion like an extra sweater only it’s not hip to do so.

My husband has been working a lot lately (96 straight hours on, 48 off then it starts over again) which leaves the daily chores to me. You don’t realize how many little things you do each day until you are doing all of them. Feeding everyone, cleaning everyone and the house (toy pickup is practically a full time job on it’s own, watering the garden, taking the trash cans out, picking up dog poop (ok, I do my best to not do this much to my hubby’s chagrin), washing, drying, folding and putting away laundry (and good lord the amount of laundry in this house is astounding), school food (deciding what to pack the baby for her 3 meals a day is daunting), school drops offs and pick ups. I know I’m forgetting something but trust me it is a long list of To Dos.

I don’t want to discuss work too much here but I manage a team of 12 people. So that should explain the stress. And my team is now global so with the time differences I’ve had early and late meetings which contribute to the exhaustion and stress.

It’s fairly plain to see why I think I overaccessorize with stress and exhaustion. The worst is the when you leave the house thinking you look like hot stuff and then catch a glimpse of yourself in a window reflection and realize that you left the house wearing your stress and exhaustion like an extra sweater and instead of h0t stuff you just look like stuff and you look exactly how you feel.

Now I am not (really) complaining. And I know there are women out there who do all this and more and women who don’t have any help at all, or are single parents and women who have even more kids. The fact is, we all live busy and hectic lives. And we sometimes need a break.

But until I figure out how to beat it, I’m going to join it and just incorporate my stress and exhaustion into my wardrobe. And maybe wear a little extra mascara and lipstick too while I’m at it.

A couple of you suggested I overaccessorize with stress and exhaustion should be on a tee-shirt so I created one. There are a couple options (including a tank top) and you can get your own here:


Enjoy and for those of you that can relate, hang in there!

This post was written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.



  1. I loved…I wear my exhaustion lime an extra sweater…traffic post!
    Chris..just popped in from Mama Kat to say hi

  2. I meant terrific post..darned self correctors!

  3. Oh man, do I do that same accessorizing. I really should figure out how to give it up for something a little more fashionable.

    • Gingerbreadmama says:

      If you figure out how, let me know. Maybe we need a reality show for that, instead of shedding your closet of out of date items, they can shed us of the baggage & emotion we wear around.

  4. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    You sure have your hands full. I love how you described wearing stress and tension. It is so true.

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