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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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A brief, bewildering tour of where I spend most of my day.

Why hello! I've had too much coffee, and I've taken pictures of my workspace! Come along with me, won't you?


This is what my office looks like in the morning. Look how sunny! You'll notice there's no computer. That's because I compose my thoughts in a linen-bound journal, which I then read into a recording device, and send the digital voice files to a transcription service in Uruguay.


Actually the computer's just downstairs, and I'm too lazy to get it, so I was writing in my journal instead. I tend to write on whatever's handy. A journal, the side of a building, my son's forehead. Whatever.


Here you see the doodles I doodled at some point, I can't remember when. Doodling is essential to my thought process. I drew, as you can see, a heart, because love is very important to me. Then I drew the symbol for eternity, because I often ponder the big questions. Then there's a star and a star-like shape, and I don't have a reason for those. I like to practice the alphabet, because sometimes I forget what comes after what. The "catapult" note is about this deadly, enormous catapult that I'm designing… but I've said too much. Then there's a space for… for what? Who can say! You see how inspiring that is?


And here are the toys I play with, when I crave inspiration. Sometimes I like to take a break and go on a space mission. Or a "mission dans l'espace." It all depends. On what? Je ne sais quoi.


Here is my exercise ball. I have been known to use this for some forms of exercise. Usually I just leave it in that rattan basket, so I can pretend I am a bird, sitting on an enormous, bouncy egg. This amuses me.


This is my chalkboard easel, upon which I scribble angry notes to my inner critic. Here, as you can see, I have scrawled NONONO. This is because my inner critic told me to write something more worthwhile than this rambling mass of lies. Another day I might write POOP, or just draw a space man. I find this technique quite valuable, until my inner critic mocks my penmanship, and I cry.


Here is my cat. She likes to sit on this chair and stare at my back while I work. This keeps me awake, because if I nod off who knows what she'll do. She really cares about me, that cat.


In the adjoining bedroom is Charlie, who as you can see is lounging across our pillows. He does not care about my Art at all. All he cares about is himself. Himself, and his damned sleep.


Now he is pleading me with his eyes to go away, and leave him in peace. And so I shall.

The tour of my office is now finished. You are very welcome.

Reader Comments (68)

I am unfortunately going through a divorce right now so I currently do not even have an office right working with a laptop on the couch with my feet on my kids toys and clothes.
October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPooMaster
I had very funny, clever things to say to you about your office and how much you made me laugh and wow, this was great.

And 52 people wrote it all before I got here. Gosh, you're popular. And they are stealing my thoughts!
October 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergreenduckiesgirl
Oh, thank you for the laugh! I deflated my large bouncy egg (I didn't have a nice basket to keep it in-lol) and a bandito made off with the plug. I'm really not sure deflating it has improved matters since now I'm not exercising with it AND am wondering if I should just throw it away or if the plug will appear again at some point...
October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa
Your home actually looks very inviting -- almost as charming as your writing!
October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervictoria
Well that was a lovely tour, thank you very much. I especially like your egg. And chalkboard!
October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKirsetin
Quote: "Here is my exercise ball. I have been known to use this for some forms of exercise. Usually I just leave it in that rattan basket, so I can pretend I am a bird, sitting on an enormous, bouncy egg. This amuses me."

Oh my God. I just choked on my sandwich here at my desk and then proceeded to giggle. Very professional. Good thing it's lunchtime and I can surf if I want to.
October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAEMom
brilliant. i love this. you never fail to make me laugh, which gives me away at work every time.

and i, too, have a portly black cat who is prone to the stare of death.
October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralexis
I'm interested in the psychological implications of the second half of the alphabet written much smaller than the first half... Clearly it's a mark of genius.

I love the photos of Charlie. I had to deflate my exercise ball because my dog would work himself into a lather herding it up and down the hallway. And he's a bulldog, so not sure where the annoying herding tendencies/high prey drive came from.
October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
The tour was the best! I "discovered" it today (10/17/08) and wonder how I missed it?What a world you work in! Honestly, I thought it was all good stuff and I hope you'll 'take us around' again sometime and not necessarily in your workspace. I am a long time reader of your blogness. Thanks.
October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
I was so absolutely thrilled to see another office that SO closely resembles mine! My studio (being an illustrator) is full of my mess plus a plethora of trinkets that have migrated mysteriously to the MOST fun place to play drawing table....a launching pad for Spiderman and Buzz Lightyear, a hideout from a brother, and all under the FORBIDDEN fruit, mommy's art supplies! Thank you for your post, it made me smile all day.~Beth
October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Hannon Fuller
Hey! I have that same gym ball!!! I use it as a wind direction informer. Whichever way the wind blows, the ball moves a few inches with it. Some amazing physics, I'm telling ya.... I never knew how useful it'd be when I first got one!
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Pumpkin
I LOVE your cat. He/she/it is beautiful. I had a black cat who was named Mr. Black and intend to get another black cat once I no longer live in an apartment.
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlindsay
My, what pretty penmanship you have!
October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Wow, thanks for the office tour. I think my favorite part was seeing your dog and cat. They're gorgeous; I miss having animals. Good idea keeping the exercise ball in there - maybe if I had one, I'd actually DO some exercise.
October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary
You really ought to send the Charlie pics into
October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTamara ModernGear TV
Great post and a good good laugh! Thanks for that! :-)

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
She was expecting it as a problem. She had the nipples clearlyvisible through ghetto sex her, and.
December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterghetto

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