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Or maybe more like FYIs. Whatever. Here goes.

Q: What's with the name Spawnocalypse--do you hate your kids?
A: No way. Most days, Gunnar (2) and Annalie (1) are the only people I can stand. At least they have a reason to be narcissistic and manipulative, and they usually make me laugh in the process--more than I can say for a lot of adults. The name signifies that parenthood brought the end of the world as I knew it, which has been in a lot of ways wonderful and some ways not so much.

Q: Your header is awesome. Who did it?
A: My good friend John Boveri created the Spawnocalypse header and a number of other odds and ends, like the custom favicon some of you (Firefox users) can see. To see more of Bo's artistic talent, check out his Web page.

Q: You look so youthful and cute in your profile pic. What magician photographer shot it?
A: That uncharacteristically flattering photo is courtesy of another longtime friend, Jason Cronin. He also took the great shots of the kids in the sidebar. Admire more of Jay's work on his photography site.

Q: However do you find the time to write such hilariously witty posts 5-7 times per week?
A: Coffee. A love of writing. A love of yakking about my kids. Shitty housekeeping. And coffee.

Q: What's with the occasional eating disorder posts? I thought this was a parenting blog.
A: I suffered from bulimia in varying degrees from the age of 13 to 26. Although I now consider myself healthy, eating disorder recovery, like any addiction, is not a chapter you can close and be done with. At times, I reflect on where I've been and where I am and what it means to me as a mom and to my kids. If it's not something you want to read about, be sure to visit the day after an ED post because I take special care to make those riotously funny.

Q: How do I make sure I don't miss a post--hysterical or not?
A: Why, I thought you'd never ask. The easiest way is probably to enter your email address in the blank in the top left corner. After you sign up, you will get an email asking you to verify the address--you must click through this email to complete the subscription process. Alternatively, you can get RSS feed by clicking the orange square at the end of the URL. Or become a follower through Google (where it says "Join this site") or Networked Blogs on Facebook. There is also a Spawnocalypse Group on Facebook; though, aside from the occasional email from me, it just kind of sits there. So, as if all this weren't shameless enough, I created an FB fan page, too.

Q: Where do I send you fan mail in the meantime?
A: Send feedback (good or bad) and correspondence by email to deb[at]spawnocalypse[dot]com. I'd love to hear from you and will make every effort to respond promptly.

Q: I have a hard time waiting 24-72 hours for a new post. What've you got to hold me over?
A: Observe my adventures and musings in real time by following @noreturnmom on Twitter.

Q: Do you do reviews and/or give away free stuff?
A: At the moment, not really. But an additional forum for that kind of thing is in the works. If you have a pitch you'd like considered, feel free to send it to deb[at]spawnocalypse[dot]com.

Q: So, is this thing all there is for today's post? I knew all this stuff already.
A: Yep, this is it tonight. Pretend you're reading it three months ago when you wondered if I was really referring to my children as Spawn in the context of the Apocalypse.

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