Two Guys and Two Books

Now and again, I get sent a book on parenting that actually makes me laugh out loud. It’s not that common because, let’s face it, it’s all been done at this point and then some. But…recently, two books have come out (very different from each other) that I must recommend.
First off is Pacify Me written by my friend Chris Mancini who also has a blog called Daddy Needs Some Alone Time

It’s an edgy, hi-larious, relatable book that would make a great gift for a dad to be. Also, I wrote the foreword because I’m a really good person. And smart. Shit, this wasn’t supposed to be about me. Back to Chris. He’s seriously funny and this is sort of like Sippy Cups but for guys so you can see why I would personally love it. Chris and I have a very similar sense of humor. We also had the same editor (we love him). Chris and I are planning to do some promotional stuff together if I can get off my lazy ass to help work on it. Books don’t promote themselves you know?

Wow, that’s a big image – so big you can almost see my quote on the front of the book. Like I said, I get sent a lot of books and I get sort of jaded but when this one came in the mail I found myself laughing out loud. It’s very dry, ironic, snarky without being mean, silly and actually sort of helpful. It kind of reminds me of the Preppy Handbook but for parents. The guy who wrote it, Dale Hrabi, is very cool and was trying to hook me up with a gig helping to write those top hundred lists in the back of Radar Magazine when it suddenly went out of business. So now, Dale is unemployed. I feel like you should buy his book just out of sheer pity if nothing else.
Now, if you can’t buy the books, you are still in luck because you read this blog. I will give a copy of each book to three lucky winners of my contest. Please leave your most guilty pleasure in the comments today and at this time tomorrow I will stop the contest and have Dale and Chris pick their top three comments. I will tell you who wins tomorrow.

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on June 1, 2009 8:16 pmUncategorized54 comments  


  1. Julie said,

    Platinum Weddings.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Amber said,

    Celebrity gossip websites.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Sunny said,

    Romance novels. Only vampires, sea captains, Greek Gods, and other alpha males need apply. Recent reads: “Captain of All Pleasures” by K. Cole and “Fantasy Lover” by S. Kenyon.

    Nothing like some serious “throbbing” and “heaving” to forget about cleaning the most recent diaper blow-out.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  4. SmartAssMom said,

    I don’t have the common sense to feel guilty about them, but I imagine I should –
    VH1 Reality Shows, such as but not limited to:
    Real Chance of Love
    For Love of Money
    Daisy of Love
    Rock of Love 1,2 and 3
    Charm School

    | June 1, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  5. Jennifer said,

    Brie. chocolate. tobacco.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  6. Heather said,

    Popping a really big zit. Seriously.

    Pick me!!!

    | June 1, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  7. Becky said,


    And going into the pantry 85 million times a day for chocolate while pretending I'm doing something legitimate like organizing or planning dinner or making a shopping list.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  8. SBC said,

    Current guilty pleasure is a big fat Coke. I’m pregnant (hence the guilt part) and craving Coke (hence the pleasure part).

    | June 1, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  9. Rebecca said,

    Singing really loudly along to the children's CD's in the car.

    Going down the slide with my youngest child.

    Watching cartoons, even after the kids have gone down for nap.

    Taking naps when the kids nap.

    Spending hours playing on the internet while the kids nap.

    | June 1, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  10. Olivia's mommy said,

    popping big, juicy zits, watching I Love Money on VH1, eating chocolate after my daughter goes to bed so I don't have to share it with her..

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  11. Anonymous said,

    Sharing an ice cream cone with my dog and telling him (and onlookers)I really bought it for him when both he and I know the truth.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  12. divamommy said,

    Shampooing my carpet, because the carpet cleaner is so loud I can not hear my children…and reading the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" books, and Dove chocolate ice cream.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:29 am

  13. Eliz said,

    I watch the bachelor(ette) and eat Nestle Quick chocolate milk powder mixed with a little milk to make a chocolatey paste. YUM. Can't wait to see Jillian and her men tonight!!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  14. Marinka said,


    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:00 am

  15. Tabatha said,

    Wine. Throughout my pregnancy. And full fat dairy with full sugar desserts, diabetes be damned.

    Also shoes. Impossibly tall and ridiculously expensive shoes. Also while pregnant.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:01 am

  16. Amanda said,

    I go to the bathroom just for the alone time. Sometimes I pretend I have an upset stomach just to get the extra time and to excuse the fact that I am taking a magazine. May my husband and kids never catch on….

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:02 am

  17. Kristen said,

    I'm with Amanda. I look forward to my alone time so much so that I fake a "stomach problem"!

    But my guiltiest pleasure…

    I really get "excited" about cleaning and organizing. I love to go through things and throw away. We're closing in on the end of our school year and I'm having a great time helping other teachers clean and throw away. I LOVE IT!!!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:07 am

  18. Tracy said,

    Okay, I feel REALLY guilty about this in light of recent posts, but I'd have to say a bloody mary at 4pm. Close enough to daddy coming home and it's also a vegetable serving.

    That and OK magazine.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  19. merlotmom said,

    Getting out of having sex.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:45 am

  20. Leslie said,

    All things Tori Spelling! Even that cheesy video she and her husband made, I sing that song in the shower.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:47 am

  21. Kristine said,

    Well I just ate a pint of Hagen Daz all by myself. And yup, I'm feeling guilty. But it was so good!

    I also get great pleasure out of popping a nice, big juicy zit.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:52 am

  22. Kim said,

    PB&J Leftovers.

    Peeing alone.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:57 am

  23. Angie said,

    Big semi-soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles. They make me happy. My husband found the "perfect" cookie at Kroger, but it only came in a 12 pack. I ate all 12 in 2 days. (I did give 1 each to both of my kids!)

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:07 am

  24. mommyBloom said,

    Peanut butter and syrup. Corn syrup works best. Mix together until thin and sweet. I could eat it all day long.

    And they say high-fructose corn syrup causes brain damage. Oh, wait…

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:11 am

  25. Abbybabs said,

    Teen Titan fan fiction.

    Man, I can’t believe I’m admitting this. I especially dig the fics that have a cute romantic story between Beast Boy and Raven.

    If you don’t know what the Teen Titans are, it’s a pre-teen DC Comics series that has been turned in to a cartoon.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:18 am

  26. kellyro said,

    –vc andrews books – incest is best!
    –eating the salt at the bottom of the pretzel bag
    –doctors/dentist visits, because i get to go alone without the kids
    –alone time with the “personal massager”
    –old episodes of friends even though i have seen them all a million times
    driving thru dairy queen before the grocery store. then blaming the “long lines” for my absense

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:26 am

  27. Gwendolyn Peregrine said,

    It’s either:

    A) Trashy reality TV, a la Rock of Love, Girls Next Door, and America’s Next Top Model. I figure, if I want to learn something, I’ll read a book. If I’m watching TV, I might as well watch the juiciest, trashiest show that’s on.

    B) Whipping up homemade chocolate frosting and schmearing it on a big old bagel, to eat standing up in the kitchen before anyone else sees me!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  28. Jill VT said,

    Er, here I am leaving a comment about booze just to be a pain in the arse, but here it is: margaritas, salsa and guacamole. Inhaled through a straw simultaneously if possible.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:59 am

  29. Kelsey said,

    Teen television dramas or reality TV. Actually I should probably just say television in general. I would get soooo much more sleep if I could just quit the tv.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:02 am

  30. Raquel said,

    currently, scouring the grocery store magazine racks for new info on Jon and Kate plus Eight scandal and watching seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD while my baby boy sleeps (because I never catch on to “in” things on time).

    pick me!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:18 am

  31. Matt, Melanie, Logan & Finley said,

    Watching the train wreck that is “The Real Housewives of” other bitches with far greater problems than I (who to date, what designer labels to pay cash for, or which party to attend) and, leaving my husband snoring in his armchair so that I can have a few hours of silence in my ginormous California king size bed all by myself.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:30 am

  32. Beth said,

    Singing Barry Manilow full volume in my car with my toddler… with the windows down :o)

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:32 am

  33. margalit said,

    Scratching. Do I really need to be more explicit?

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:34 am

  34. kristaly said,

    Letting my new step-mother take the kids on Wednesday so she can “get to know them,”–leaving me with an entire afternoon by myself–even though I secretly think she might be trying to kill my father.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 3:53 am

  35. Kari said,

    Asking my daughter to read me a story, while I just lay here and close my eyes so I can “listen” better…

    | June 2, 2009 @ 4:12 am

  36. Candice said,

    Cookies and milk. Every night.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 7:30 am

  37. jennieb said,

    Listening to NKOTB or watching paternity test on Maury 🙂

    | June 2, 2009 @ 11:27 am

  38. Becky aka StinkyLemsky said,

    Oh man, where do I begin? Tori & Dean, The Real Housewives (New York in case you were wondering. Okay okay, New Jersey too). And, dear lord forgive me for admitting it…. America's Next Top Model.

    And… Jon & Kate plus 8.

    I completely understand if you want to block my ip address after that!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  39. Emmalane said,

    Big Macs, in all their fattening glory.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  40. Emily said,

    Reading parenting books.

    I’m not a parent. But, when I do finally get knocked up…I’m gonna know what the eff is going on!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  41. Body by Twins said,

    Having a maid…really just someone to help clean every other week. But I feel guilty because I am a complete mess and she has to deal with it.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

  42. Surcie said,

    Reading your hilarious and oh-so-relatable blog while eating Ruffles potato chips dunked in Lay’s french onion dip–which I’m washing down with a can of rootbeer. Some call it junk food. Today, I’m calling it breakfast.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  43. surcie said,

    PS: Man, I hate the word “zit.” Pimple is so much better.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

  44. tlr said,

    Telling my hubby I go to therapy every week but I really drive around alone & maybe stop and get a Wendy's Frosty or just park and take a nap – best free therapy you can get.
    Or waiting for my hubby to go up to bed first when the bed needs sheets put on it.
    Pretending I don't hear my son yell, "Please wipe me" so my hubby can do it. Same with daughter's poopy diapers.
    Hah-maybe my hubby needs therapy!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

  45. Miss Behavin said,

    My biggest guilty pleasure, huh?

    Coors Light and karaoke. I even have pictures to prove it!

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  46. Kristin said,

    Eating an entire bag of fritos while reading http://www.gofugyourself.com. This is particularly enjoyable while at work.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

  47. Monica said,

    Nancy Grace – ssshhh NOBODY knows.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  48. Summer said,

    Guilty pleasure…you mean we get to have pleasures as a parent? What the? I never got that memo.

    Okay, if I had to choose….reality tv. Because when my life seems hellish and awful, all I have to do is flip on some juicy reality television, and all my problems fade away.

    Nothing in my life could be as bad as theirs.

    I can’t say I feel guilty for that. But it does bring me much pleasure.

    Just don’t tell my husband and kids, they think I have no pleasures. It’s the victim card I like to pull.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  49. MomOnTheEdge said,

    TV . . . Sadly, not my shows, but PBSkids shows. I love being able to let my kids sit in front of the TV and have some quiet me time. [I’m such a bad mom! :o( ]

    | June 2, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  50. Geri said,

    A glass of wine (red, white — it doesn’t matter) EVERY night as I rock with my daughter before her bed time.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  51. Am I doing okay? said,

    Reality TV on MTV. It’s a different breed. And it takes balls to admit you watch it if you’re over 35.

    | June 2, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  52. GingerB said,

    Blogging, certainly. Where does the time go?!?

    | June 2, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  53. Lisa said,

    Claiming to have cramps to get a break from my kids. Except I never feel guilty…

    | June 2, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  54. YourInsomniaCure said,

    Thanks for the tips. These symptoms to watch out for in children are really helpful. My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea a year or two ago and I have heard that it often runs in families. I am a little bit concerned that our children might have it as well. Now I know more about what to look for Child Sleep Solution

    | June 5, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

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