"Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom" by Kristin Von Ogtrop
Credit: Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company
  • Try a new recipe that you may not be experienced enough to pull off
  • Clean out the garage
  • Plant perennials
  • Finally order slipcovers for the wing chairs that have been bothering you for 5 years
  • Buy a new dog bed
  • Follow a weight-training regimen
  • Visit old friends
  • Or you could write a book. Maybe it is possible to write a book and do lots of other things at the same time. But as it turns out, if you are me, you cannot plant perennials or try difficult new recipes or any of the above if you are writing a book. Which is how I spent my non-working, non-mothering, non-sleeping hours for much of 2009.

I suppose “write a book” would be on my bucket list, if I thought in those terms. Regardless, I may have to start a bucket list and put “write a book” at the top, just so I have one thing I can already cross off. Is that cheating?

For those of you who might be interested, the book is called Just Let Me Lie Down. It is a dictionary-cum-memoir (bear with me), basically a moment of therapy for all lunatics like me. (The subtitle is “necessary terms for the half-insane working mom.”) It was published by Little, Brown in April 2010.

I had a complete ball writing it, even if I became unbearable to live with as I approached my deadline. But now it’s finished! And I hope at least one or two of you read it, if only to make up for the enormous toll it took on my perennial garden.