About Marj Hatzell

Marj Hatzell climbed Mount Everest, explored the Amazon and swam across the English Channel. Not really, but she's the mother of two kids with special needs so SAME THING. She prefers dogs over people, which means she has STELLAR social skills. Marj isn't a writer but she plays one on tv. Marj also goes to eleven. You can find her at her non-paying day job, the wildly unsuccessful blog The Domestic Goddess, on Twitter, and on Facebook. She also has a not-so-new and definitely-not-successful-and-ignored blog at The Crazy Dog Lady and Facebook page no one visits.

Traditions, TRADITIONS!

In all its glory: The Barbie clock.

Ah, traditions. Those time-honored events our families take part in so we can remember holidays with our family. Some of them are recalled fondly and some we’d like to forget. However you feel about them, you have to admit you almost look forward to taking part in celebrations, right? In my family we’ve always done [...]

Everything You Need to Know in Life you Can Learn from Dogs

Me? ME? Certainly not. It was the...dog.

I’m a dog person. Scratch that, I’m the Crazy Dog Lady. I’ve often maintained I like dogs more than people. WHAT? It’s true. I have good reasons for this, naturally. You can learn everything you need to know in life from dogs. Like how to act like decent human beings. Don’t believe me? I’ve prepared [...]

Arachnophobia

See those beady little eyes staring at me? Watching my every move? I always feel like, Somebody's watching meeeee...

I’ll admit it. I’m not exactly a huge fan of spiders. You see, dear neighbors, that’s not the latest dance crazy I’m doing on the porch every morning when I’m taking the kids to the bus stop. That’s me getting trapped in a gigantic spider web and getting the HEEBY JEEBIES and attempting to get [...]

The Best News Source

You can find all the TOTALLY ACCURATE information in the world!  Right on The Internets!

I’ve mentioned before I live in a bubble. Part of that living-in-isolation-not-getting-out-much thing is I also don’t watch a whole heckuva lot of television, either. We no longer get a newspaper delivered (which is good, because INK ON MY HANDS! GAH!). I occasionally read online news but unless someone makes a big stink about things [...]

I Admit it, I Live in a Bubble

My only link to the outside world from here in this bubble.

I’ll admit it, I live in a bubble. The nice, safe, sheltered place where I’m insulated from the outside world. My circumstances mean I don’t get out much, I rarely watch television, and I don’t have much time to goof off on the internet these days. I’ve never seen Seinfeld. Or Friends. I’ve never watched [...]

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Now THAT'S a birthday cake!

I have a large family. Large family means tons of birthdays. Specifically speaking, the fall months are super busy (Valentine’s Day plus nine months.) But the month with tons o’ birthdays? DECEMBER. We’re Irish. Count back nine months. I’ll wait. (It’s March 17th—aka St. Patrick’s Day— for those of you not good at math). So. Birthdays. [...]

Laughing at Farts, and Other Ways to Stay Young at Heart

Just trying to have some fun.

I’ll admit it.I’m actually twelve. See, I snicker at things young’uns find funny. For example? 69. If I see the number 69 come up on a gas pump, a register receipt, a notification count, an email count… doesn’t matter. I snicker. Because I’m SO MATURE like that. I also snicker when I hear euphemisms for genitalia and [...]

The Season of Giving

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Now that the holiday season is upon us (I KNOW, RIGHT?) I’ve got a few things to mention: Firstly, if you waited in line for hours last week in order to get a “doorbuster” at midnight when you should have been sleeping off the tryptophan hangover, I have a little secret to share: There’s this [...]

My Name is Mud

And this is after she was hosed off. I ruined all of her hard work!

I love living in the Mid-Atlantic states. There’s something about experiencing all four seasons that brings peace to my inner soul. Warmer and more arid climates are nice to visit but I decided long ago that my skin and hair (and psyche) do best right here, smack dab in the middle of the East Coast. [...]

Desperately Seeking Replacement Behaviors

Squirrel! I had to delete this one because I spent a wee bit too much time playing it. While things boiled over on the stove and my kid peed down the stairs. Distraction or addiction?  Maybe both.

There’s this concept in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) which states that you can’t get rid of a behavior until you find the function of the behavior and then replace it with something more, shall we say, desirable. When you want to quit a bad habit you can’t just quit cold turkey. Smart people on the [...]

I Like Big Words and I Cannot Lie

This is why you need to pay attention in spelling class, kids.

I’ll admit it: I like words. I’m not a writer (shhh, don’t tell the Aiming Low boss) and I don’t have any sort of degree in writing. I like spewing word vomit on occasion, however. I do keep a blog but I doubt it’s readable by writers’ standards. But I like words. Several people in [...]

We are Family

See?  We've always been happy and sooooo close.

Come on, sing it with me! We are family!  All my brothers, sisters and me! I have to tell you, I have an awesome family. I’m lucky, I know. I have six siblings and we all have each others’ backs. And that’s an amazing feeling. It’s good to know when stuff really sucks in your [...]