Author Archives: Mrs Odie

About Mrs Odie

Like you, only funnier.

Houseguests and Fish

All you have to say to another mother and wife is “I have the in-laws this weekend,” and all is understood. In conversation with a friend and colleague, I found out how lucky I am that my mother-in-law doesn’t live … Continue reading

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Game of the Walking Good Wife

Not every TV show has to be Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. I’m sure it’s exhilarating to watch it trend on Twitter and fill the blogosphere with reactions to the latest shocking death. “The Rains of Castamere” episode … Continue reading

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Check Engine

A yellow light illuminated on the control panel of my car. It read “Service Engine Soon.” Some car designer didn’t pay attention to his English teacher’s lesson on ambiguity. I tell my students to embrace ambiguity. They all want fast … Continue reading

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I Love Kelle Hampton!

April 1, 2014 From her pigeon-toed, open-mouthed selfies to her Poppa, I cannot get enough of Kelle Hampton. Christmas has passed, but her book Bloom, Finding Beauty in the Unexpected would make a terrific Easter gift. Especially if you gave … Continue reading

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Sent Mail

I hate email. I wonder if teachers despised telephones when they first became ubiquitous. I once sent email sporadically to save paper for inter-office memoranda. Though the expression “Didn’t you get the memo?” is alive and well, the memo itself … Continue reading

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Dancing with the Stereotypes

Danica McKellar described her Maxim pictures as “little girl sexy.” It was March 19th on Access Hollywood while promoting her upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. My blood was already boiling because host Billy Bush called Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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And indeed there will be time.

It’s spring break, bitches. Yesterday I saw a wonderful play written by a woman who worked with my father in television when I was a kid. I’ll call her Evelyn. I haven’t seen Evelyn in almost 30 years. Embarrassed and … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri

Whenever I haven’t posted in a while, which is every other post lately, I put tremendous pressure on myself to write. I have about twelve drafts at this point from “Failure of a Working Mother” to “Fuck Kelle Hampton.” But … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Speech at the Imaginary Parent Conference I have in my head

Parent conferences are a part of being a teacher. As a teacher, I am stern and strict. I have anxiety, and specific procedures for student movement in the classroom are essential for maintaining my sanity. If I have a panic … Continue reading

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My End of Vacation Panic Attack

In my professional life, I’ve been chastised by colleagues and higher-ups for taking things too personally. For example, I get to the end of a set of essays and complain to a fellow teacher, “I’m insulted that they think I’m … Continue reading

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