Dec 15 2014
Hanukkah is upon us! It’s here! Not with as much pomp and circumstance as last year, mind you, when it fell ON THANKSGIVING–oh my gosh that was so awesome, turkeys and latkes and candles were all the rage. Stores had painted windows with turkeys holding Hanukkiyahs; it was awesome!
Now, it’s just a normal mid-December Hanukkah and that’s fine, too. Hanukkah being upon us means the annual conversation with my sons (who are 6 and 9) to review the basics. We don’t just review Hanukkah–oh no. That would be banal. We review Hanukkah, Christmas, and wherever the twain shall meet. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 11 2014
A couple of months ago, Mayim wrote here about a new book by “The Big Bang Theory” writer, Eric Kaplan, called “Does Santa Exist?” She writes, “I highly recommend this book for you or as a gift to anyone you know who is searching.”
So here comes the good news… we’ve got three copies of the book to give away to three lucky readers, courtesy of Dutton Penguin. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below. We’ll choose three random winners next Tuesday, December 16th. Good luck, and happy reading!
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Dec 8 2014
The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness, and feelings of good for all man and womankind, right? Of course.
The holidays also seem to be a time when I hear more and more women than I can count talk about their fear, insecurity, and anxiety about their bodies going into the holidays: fear of gaining weight, insecurity about how they already weigh more than they’d like to, anxiety about the expectations surrounding food at this time of year…
In my typical scrooge fashion, I would like to call attention to the absurdity of our national obsession with gorging ourselves on food for holidays. I’m all for festive food traditions, but it is unclear to me why we have this notion of eating so much that you feel so full and so sick after the meal. We have thousands of hungry children in this country who don’t even get three meals a day–and we have this strange tradition of eating way more than we need to. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 2 2014
I had two weeks off from filming “The Big Bang Theory” for Thanksgiving. Some of those two weeks were spent baking for Thanksgiving. Most were spent being a regular overwhelmed mom.
Here are my Top 3 Things I Acknowledge Are Wrong and my Top 3 Things I Know Are Right:
1. Yelling is Wrong
Apparently, I yell. I don’t scream, and I hope to not get to that point. It’s more of a raising of the voice, which sometimes gets loud and maybe scary. OK, if we are being totally honest, I think it is sometimes scary. I know it is. It doesn’t happen often, although my sons would tell you it happens all. the. time. What I have come to believe (with the help of programs like Quality Parenting) is that I always–100%, 1000%, 100000000%–yell or raise my voice or shout at my kids because I don’t have the patience to deal with whatever my kids need. I really believe that. No one can make me yell. I lose my patience; I haven’t slept well in days; I am not taking care of myself; I lose it because I don’t have it in me to not lose it. They are usually hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. They want attention. They need more of me than I believe I can give. No yelling needs to be my new goal every single day, one day at a time. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 26 2014
Thanksgiving is here. Again. It comes every year, doesn’t it…
Here are the Top 5 Things Happening for Thanksgiving as far as I am concerned:
1. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 21 2014
Yesterday was a busy day for Mayim Bialik. First she hit up the ladies on “The View” to talk about landing a role in “Beaches,” how to practice attachment parenting once your kids are no longer babies, and the recent “Shamy” developments on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Highlights include Mayim cracking a joke about breastfeeding her 6-year-old, doing an expert imitation of a bobble head, and Rosie O’Donnell declaring her love for Kveller. Watch the clip below: Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 20 2014
OK God, I get it. I get that you’re in charge. You’re just in charge of it all, aren’t you? In charge, all-knowing, always there.
You were there when Mike and I announced our separation right here on Kveller. You were there when my get was signed and Mike handed it to me in my open hands. You were there when my car accident happened and when my hand was so hurt, and you watched over me during my surgery in the ER. You were there when I woke up and asked for my children, and you were there when I had surgery again this summer. You were there when my ex brought my kids to see me for the first time after surgery, and you were there with us in shul this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: me and my ex and our kids, davening (praying) together. You were there for all of it.
You’re in charge. You give. And apparently you take away, too. But even your taking is giving; this much I have learned to be true in these past two years.
Here’s one I want to give back to You, though: plunging the toilet. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 17 2014
So, I’m going to be a LEGO.
I never thought I’d ever utter those words. Like, at all.
With the announcement that there will soon be a “The Big Bang Theory” LEGO set, it seems my children will get to taunt and torture me not only in real life, but in miniature now.
I resisted telling them that I was going to be a LEGO for a good week after the news surfaced, because it just was too darn surreal. I didn’t expect to be this “famous” ever. I started acting again after I had my second child, with a 3-year-old tagging along to auditions; I was teaching for several years after getting my PhD; I did not expect to be a full-time working actress, much less one who ended up nominated for Emmy and SAG awards and turned into a LEGO, for Pete’s sake. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 10 2014
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF THE BIG BANG THEORY, DO NOT READ THIS POST.
Last week on “TBBT,” all of our characters went to a prom we held on the guys’ apartment rooftop. We all got dressed up and it was a very fun episode to film. In this episode, Sheldon tells Amy he loves her. Big deal. Super big deal.
Here are my Top 7 behind-the-scenes tidbits about filming this very monumental episode.
7. Not Ready
Truth be told, I wasn’t ready for this. I mean, as an actor, I have to be ready for anything the writers throw at me. We all do. It’s kind of in our job description. But as Mayim, the person playing Amy, it threw me for a loop. I never know the arc of the plot for my character or our show, and I don’t know what the writers have planned for us for this year or for the course of the show. I had literally no idea this was coming, especially this early in the 8th season. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 3 2014
I have written here before about why we love LEGOLAND California over any other amusement park, but I wanted to restate it. Because we just went to celebrate Firstborn’s 9th birthday with two buddies of his, and it was honestly the best birthday time ever.
(Full disclosure: I’m not getting paid to say any of this. I paid for this trip like every other haggard parent who kept trying to decide the whole time if the trip was worth it. Conclusion: yeah. Totally.) Read the rest of this entry →