Coming Up For Air

posted by Momo Fali on July 23, 2012

I am somewhere buried in a spreadsheet (or three) (okay, five), having brief breakdowns and not cleaning my house. If not for my mom, I doubt my kids would still be getting fed.

I, however, am a stress eater so I have been sustaining myself on bags of chips and cereal straight from the box. It’s not unusual, lately, for me to work well into the morning hours then sleep a few, only to get up and do it again. It’s like I’m a medical resident, only without the stethoscope.

This is my busy time. Like, walk-around-saying-there-aren’t-enough-hours-in-the-day-and-REALLY-MEANING-IT busy. Like, I’ve-seriously-considered-a-catheter busy.

Why would anyone beat themselves up like this? I do it because I love my job. I love what I do, with whom I do it and for whom I do it. I am passionate about what the internet can do for people. I know a lot of people scratch their heads and wonder why I work so much, but I scratch my head and wonder how they work at jobs they hate.

So, if you’ve emailed me, called me, or knocked on my door, there’s a reason why I haven’t answered. In a couple of weeks, things will calm down a little bit.

Until then, pass the chips.


  • Marci

    Oh boy can I relate to this….

    Chips do it for me, too. But not the salty kind. I’m more of an “eat-the-chocolate-chips-right-out-of-the-bag” kinda gal.

    I awoke at 4 a.m. (well, earlier but I insisted on remaining in bed) and here I am. I’ve been on multiple deadlines and trying to get organized for the incredibly exciting BlogHer conference and realizing I need more hours in the day, too.

    No kids to feed (they’re basically adults, and I think they’re managing nutrition on their own) but oh how I relate to this post…especially the part about loving what you do.

    I’d say “hang in there, Momo,” but you’ll be just fine!

    Meet ya soon,

  • Caroline

    Oh boy do I know how you feel just about now. Pre conference is CRAZY. Sending you love ’round the clock….

    • Momo Fali

      Thanks, Caroline! I know you know the madness!

  • Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things)

    I <3 you! And I am right there with you. It's amazing to love what you do and I am so happy that I get to see you in just a few days! Somewhere. Somehow, I need a squeeze!

    • Momo Fali

      Absolutely! Anything for my old BlogHer roomie!

  • Patty

    You inspire me.

    I love what I do so I can relate. (Maybe you love your job a tab bit more than I love mine but if I did what you did…heck I would too!)Sometimes that crazy busy times at work can give you his feeling of accomplishment as you put out the fires. I know you will be awesome at the conference and proud of yourself when you reflect on all you got done.

    Go Momo! Love you!

    • Momo Fali

      I love you too, Patty. I sure will miss you this year.

  • Liz

    *places bag of baked chips on table, wipes down counter tops, reloads fridge and quietly closes the door*

    • Momo Fali

      What? I thought you were going to do the laundry!

      • ascapecodturns

        I’ve got the laundry. I am really good at folding fitted sheets! (for real!)

        • Arnebya

          Wait, wait, wait. I’ll stock the fridge, wipe the counters, feed the kids, vaccuum, feed each of you chips, and every damn thing else if it means I can get Ascapecodturns to fold the fitted sheets!

      • Melisa

        haha! I’ll drag her back to do your laundry as long as you’ll share your chips with me. (I guess I’ll help fold.)

        • Melisa

          OOH great minds, Sue: I guess it’s a laundry party at Momo’s!

          • Momo Fali

            Someone needs to vacuum!

  • alaina

    The important question – Doritos or Lays?

  • Kristen

    I will do the laundry!!! xo!

  • Christina

    I hear ya. I told my husband last night that this seems to be what tax season is for accountants. I looked at one of my spreadsheets last night and nearly cried at how fast things are building up.

    (And I know I owe you a spreadsheet, too, although I don’t think you’ve missed it the past two weeks.)

    But I LOVE the work and the people I work with and for, which makes it all bearable and pushes me to work more than I probably should. So I apologize to my husband for not really being present and promise I’ll do better in a month or so.

    Hang in there, it’ll calm down soon. I hope.

  • Rhea

    *tossing a bag of chips from Texas*

  • meleah rebeccah

    you’re amazing. that is all.

  • Poppy

    Good luck with the rest of that work!

  • Arnebya

    Working at a job I have grown to hate with people I have grown to dislike and distrust is nothing more than a “gotta do” for me. I love that you love what you do, with and for whom you do it. I covet that. I promise myself I will have that one day.

    Also, I have plenty of chips! (Ssssh I hide some on top of the fridge for me when the kids inevitably finish the 27 bags I bought 3 days ago).

  • Canadian Dad

    I hope someday I can be as busy as you, doing something I love to do like you are.

  • Kathy

    Thank you for your comment on my blog and for the great advice about going to BlogHer conference (that you shared last year, but still holds true).

    Hang in there during this craziness. I appreciate that you love your job and why/how that makes it all worth it. Can’t wait to meet you too!

    As for the chips, I will pass you assorted flavors of Pop Chips, one of my favorite snack foods, along with those thin Nature Valley Granola Bars with the thin layer of dark chocolate on them. If you eat some Pop Chips first and then a chocolate granola bar, you can get your sweet -n- salty fix. Not that I have thought much about this or anything…

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