I was at a work event a while ago. Like with many industry events, it’s all business during the day, and at night everyone loosens up and parties a little and some of the best networking is done when people are a bit less buttoned up. I think this is probably true of people in most industries, except maybe.. I don’t know.. accountants? I would say librarians, but my BFF is a director at a library and she knows how to get low, so…

(For the record, I get the biggest kick out of meeting a serious-faced suited-up exec during the day and then seeing him again at night swaying to reggae music with the scent of eau de cannabis wafting around his head.)

I exited the dance floor and weaved through the crowds to hit the ladies’ room. I put my handbag on the counter and opened it up to powder my nose (we call it that, but I don’t ever actually powder my nose), when one woman my age spots me, runs over to me, leans her face up, points to her cheeks and goes, “Can you do me, too?”

Total stranger.

And I was like OF COURSE! So I stood there and swirled some blush on to a brush and applied it to her cheeks. She looked in the mirror, smiled, and goes “Oooh thank you so much. I get so flushed and pale when I’m out on the dance floor!” and then she squeezed my arm and ran off.

Ladies' Room Bonding

(the best blush in the world)

I know that people might think this interaction is weird but I looooooved this!! 1) It was obvious that this evening I did not look like a sociopath, because you don’t approach sociopaths and ask them to touch your face, and 2) I liked that something about me was welcoming enough (I had smiled at her first) that she felt comfortable enough to ask me to stand closer than strangers stand and apply makeup. 3) Yes, it’s completely possible that she was hammered and wasn’t thinking straight, but I’m not even going to assume this is an option. Let me live my dreams.

Idk, I’m into it. Really into it.

I think girls/women have these unspoken rules – I mean helping one another out certainly applies to guys, too… but for example:

1) If a stranger approaches you in the bathroom and asks if you have a tampon… if you have a tampon, you hand it over.
2) If another mom’s diaper bag stash has been depleted, you hand over a diaper and at least five wipes.
3) If you’re standing with someone who’s at least a little bit of an acquaintance, and her tag is sticking out of the back of her shirt, you tell her. Or, if – like me – you forget that most people have boundaries about human contact, you tuck it in for her and watch her give you a look of suspicion and concern.

And if you spot me in a ladies’ room, I’ll totally do your makeup. And put your hair in a fishtail braid if you ask. :D :D :D

And then maybe you could give me a hug?

TOO MUCH! Too soon! I know. Sorry.

PS. Facebook has been killing us all softly with its new algorithms. Last night, a bunch of us signed up for Snapchat (read that convo here, then here). If you add me, I’ll notify you via Snapchat every time a new post is up – via a photo of a kitten or my pants… that I’m wearing. My username is roociambriello. Sup.


These Things Are Not Easy

April 21, 2014
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Turn the clock back to seven months ago, and I’m sitting outside in Antigua, drink Diet Cokes with Jamie, taking a break in between trips into a village in Guatemala where kids run around barefoot and moms cook dinner in a pot on an open fire. I had read about Jamie’s trip to Cambodia a […]

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This is How I Feel, Volume 51

April 18, 2014
This is How I Feel, Volume 51

If you’re new here (hello!), This is How I Feel happens on Fridays, reflecting my deep, deep love of GIFs and dumb captions. ___________________________________ When I’m checking out a website’s new redesign. ___________________________________ When I’m out dancing with friends and someone says “I don’t know how to do the Wobble.” ___________________________________ When someone unlikes my […]

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Reading Material and Some Big Stuff

April 17, 2014

Each week, I compile a small collection of stuff I wrote, read, tried, watched, tasted, fell asleep on ( last two are mostly a joke). If you’ve been following the news this week, you’ve seen that airlines have featured heavily for various reasons. A video of one flight attendant went viral, and I wrote about […]

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Mom, I Got You a Hand Vac

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A Well-Oiled Machine (Maybe Someday)

April 15, 2014

I am not turning into Captain Von Trapp, but I’m a little bit turning into Captain Von Trapp. Not that I’m blowing a whistle and expecting my kids to come, but I’ve realized that a few things really help our household run a little bit more smoothly, especially at the times of the day that […]

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The Parenting/Relationship/Happiness Correlation Survey Results

April 14, 2014
The Parenting/Relationship/Happiness Correlation Survey

Last fall I wrote a post called The Parenting/Relationship/Happiness Correlation, mostly discussing.. well.. the correlation between parenting, relational health, and personal happiness. I took some really interesting (and outrageous) quotes and stats about how parents feel. Some of you were shocked, some of you totally understood, and many of you wanted to keep the conversation […]

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This is How I Feel, Volume 50

April 11, 2014
This is How I Feel, Volume 50

50. Fifty! Craaaaazyyyyy. It all started with this post. I did a follow up a little while later, then turned it into a monthly feature. We’ve been doing it once a week for awhile now, and after every single week I go “That’s it. I’ve run out of GIFs and I’ve run out of captions. […]

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Minnie’s Birth Story

April 9, 2014

Thirty minutes after midnight, my third daughter turned two years old. If the words ‘birth’ and ‘story’ make you feel wildly uncomfortable, I kindly suggest that you check out another post. Like yesterday’s cartoon! Or Friday’s TIHIF. This post is a little graphic, and I’m a little bit nudey in the video. My tank top […]

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PSA: It Might Just Be Cranky Resting Face

April 8, 2014
Cranky Resting Face

At the conference in Orlando last month, I approached a friend who was standing inside a room, and she looked mad. I walked up to her and was like, “Hey, what’s wrong?” She told me nothing was wrong, and I gave her a look and I’m all “No really, are you okay?” because we’re friends […]

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