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Mar 18 2014

Mayim Bialik: That Time I Taught Girls About Science and Did Press Interviews While Fasting

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As I wrote about last week, Purim was this past weekend. Yeah, I was feeling pretty grumpy about being a divorced mom who also happens to be a working mom, and I was pretty bummed out that I missed my sons’ homeschool Purim carnival and baking hamantaschen because of my hand and other such Purim festivities.

Now that the weekend has passed, you know what? I’m still pretty grumpy. But I am also feeling a bit better about the whole thing, I promise. Seeing my sons for Purim was great. The wedding we went to went great, despite First Born getting ketchup all over his shirt and tie before the wedding. Here’s me cleaning it off. Why am I laughing about it when I could have been annoyed and upset? A) Because it’s no big deal. B) The Mai Thai I’d had helped. (Sorry! It’s just true!)

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The work I did in New York with De Vry University went really well. I was working with them for the second year in a row on National HerWorld Month activities and initiatives to encourage high school girls to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. The programs specifically focus on giving girls hands-on experience and allowing them to meet women with successful STEM careers in order to foster mentorship relationships, such as the one I had when I was 15, which ultimately led to my pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience. It was a wonderful couple of days with De Vry University and if you are curious about what I did or for more information, feel free to visit the website. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 13 2014

Mayim Bialik: Missing My Sons’ Purim Carnival & Other Downsides to Being a Working, Single Mom

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Last year, I was recently divorced when Purim fell. Purim, for those of you not in the know, is a spring holiday commemorating the near destruction and redemption of the Jewish community in Iran some 2000 years ago. For the record, it’s the Book of Esther, God’s name is curiously never mentioned in the entire Megillah that recounts it, and the hero of the story is actually a heroine named Esther. She’s awesome. Anyway.

Last year, amidst the still-clearing rubble of the mess and chaos that is divorce (even one that is managed extremely maturely and lovingly as my ex and I strive to do), my kids assumed that we would do a family costume like we always did. At that time they were 4 and 7. So we did a family costume in the middle of a divorce. We went as the cast of Tintin, with both of my boys as Tintin, my ex as the drunk Captain and me as Snowy the Dog, of course. Here’s me as Snowy in case you missed it last year. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: What I Told My Inner Child Before Going on The Howard Stern Show

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1. It’s Important To Try Scary Things

Sometimes we don’t want to do things because they have a lot of uncertainty attached to them. We don’t know how they will turn out and that feels yucky inside. Scary. Dangerous. But it’s OK. You are strong and you can handle it. I promise you can.

2. Words Can’t Kill You

Howard can’t hurt you with his words. No one can hurt you with their words in a way you can’t recover from. Of course words have power. But they can’t cut you like a knife. They can’t give you a boo boo on your head. You will be OK.

3. It’s Good To Show People You’re You

It’s important to protect a lot about you. You’re modest. You are socially conservative. But you also are a rebel. You’re very liberal. You have big ideas and you know how to talk about them. Howard wants you to come on his show because he’s curious about you. It’s OK to show him who you are. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 27 2013

How Family Purim Went Down for the Almost-Divorced Mayim Bialik

By at 12:00 pm

mayim bialik and son in purim costumesI wonder when parenting/my life will stop feeling like something to survive, but for today I can say with confidence and a smile on my face that we survived Purim.

As I described last week, despite the fact that we are in the middle of a divorce, our sons designed a family-themed Purim costume as they have in years past. The exact character designations changed slightly in the past week and here’s how it shook down: Fred, who is 4 and Miles, who is 7, went as everyone’s favorite French vintage comic book hero Tintin. Mike (my almost ex) went as Captain Haddock, like the fish. I still went as Snowy the Dog. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 22 2013

Double Tendinitis, Purim Chaos & More from Mayim

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mayim bialik tendinitis I have so many posts that I want to write. I’m going to write a post about the Super Bowl promo that the cast of The Big Bang Theory did. (I wore a football uniform that did not involve a football skirt since they don’t exist.) I’m going to write a post about where I’m at in this divorce mess. I also am going to write a post about what it’s like having a fancy assistant.

For now, however, I’m not going to write those posts because I continue to have tendinitis and now it’s in both hands. So Fancy Assistant Brandon is typing while I dictate and while he’s a very good typist and pleasant to be around, it’s really a major bummer to not be able to use my hands.   Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 19 2013

Doing the Whole Family Purim Costume Thing in the Midst of a Divorce

By at 11:29 am

mayim bialik baking hamantaschen purim 2013Purim is next Saturday night/Sunday. I’m getting divorced. Let me tell you what I’ve learned this Purim season: kids don’t give a good gosh darn if you’re getting divorced; they want you to show up for Purim in a family-themed costume.

Two years ago, we were all superheroes. I was Wonder Woman (tznius-style, complete with denim skirt past the knee rather than bathing suit), the elder son was Superman, the younger son was Batman, and the almost-ex was Robin. We were adorable.

Last year, we were cowboys. Also adorable.  Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 8 2012

Book Tour Day #3–Jane Pratt and Spanx

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Mayim Bialik on book tour

Photo by Christina House for The Los Angeles Times

Day 3 of the Book Tour was another 6 am to 6 pm whirlwind. VH1, and 5 back-to-back interviews with Sirius radio people including the awesome Jane Pratt were the highlights.

It seems people love the book and we already went back for a second printing. The book was #2 in parenting on Amazon on Tuesday and I feel like my job is somewhat “done” in many respects! Today is the final day and I go home tomorrow with my husband and boys back to our normal crazy life, some book signings in LA, and back to The Big Bang Theory next Wednesday.

Highlights from yesterday:

1. Heels. The 4 1/2″ heels are taking their toll. My feet look like I have been walking around the streets of Manhattan barefoot in a snowstorm.

2. Spanx. I couldn’t figure out why my inner thighs felt like I had bruises on them. It’s the SPANX digging into my legs. Who said being seamless was painless?

3. Autographs. At each appearance I have made, I have been greeted by a few people waiting for me when I get out of the car asking for autographs and pictures. I am fascinated by all of these nice quiet people and think someone needs to make a documentary detailing where they are from, how they get these photos, and what they do with the photos they take with all of the celebrities they encounter.

4. TheMoms.com moderated my Barnes and Noble talk and also hosted a 30 person blogger conference yesterday at my publisher’s office. When I originally heard about them, I was worried they were anti-attachment parenting people out to get me…We have had some really neat conversations on and off camera and I am so impressed by what three women with different parenting philosophies and open minds can accomplish. We have broken down a lot of the judgmentalness and cattiness women are expected to have in discussing controversial differences in parenting, and it’s been a real enlightening experience for us all.

5. Purim and fasting. The New York leg of the book tour coincided with Purim, and I did not eat or drink anything all day yesterday for Ta’anit Esther. I was a little low energy, a tad cranky by 2 pm, and sort of flying high by 3 pm. I did suck on a lozenge for 30 seconds twice when my voice was no longer coming out of my mouth (I am just getting over a cold and laryngitis), but I was really happy that although being on this tour changed the way I would have typically celebrated Purim, I was able, once again, to use fasting as a concrete reminder of the power of the mind the body. We attended schul as a family in Manhattan and my boys dressed up both as Spiderman and Fred was freaked out by the noise and all the people but sat nicely on my husband’s lap, and Miles loved seeing the Purim spiel and screaming “Boo Haman!!” over and over during the Megillah reading.

6. Maccabeats. I may or may not have gone to Washington Heights to hang out with some of the Maccabeats. We may or may not have had some amazing discussions about the purpose of creation, the deeper meaning of Purim, and the unbelievable presence of God in our everyday lives.

I may be exhausted this morning, but the human mind and body can handle a lot. And the presence of Something bigger than me reveals Itself in myriad small and grand ways.

Chag Sameach, and may we all find what is hidden to be revealed for us today and all year.

Catch up on what you missed on Day 1 and Day 2 of the crazy Beyond the Sling tour.

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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