My Life in Numbers

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Linking up with Greta of GFunkified who recently did a cool post called “My Life in Numbers.” Her linky is still open, so do yours and go share it at her place!

3 — the number of children I have

2 –the number of times I’ve given birth

1–the number of sets of twins I have

1–the number of tattoos I have

the tattoo is not red. it was red in pic b/c it was brand new. swearsies.

3– the number of hernia surgeries I’ve had

18–the number of years since I graduated high school




2–the number of major projects that I’m working on now: The Gay Dad Project & Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City.







Listen To Your Mother shirt, woohoo!


3–the number of cities I’ve lived in: New Orleans, Jackson, MS, and Fairway, KS.

3,4870–the number of blog posts that stay in my head and never see the publish button

6.975 –the age, in years, of my twins

10.975–the number of years I’ve been married

1–the number of gay dads I have

2–the number of other gay people in our family

2–the number of girls I’ve kissed. But I hate cherry chapstick.

8,539–the number of times I’ve listened to my girls’ singing Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen songs

22–the number of books on my nightstand waiting to be devoured

1–the number of minivans I drive. Which also has my daughter’s name carved into the sliding door.

20–the approximate number of things I read or see on the news each day that want to make me cry. Or do make me cry.

4–the average number of times I go to the grocery store each week.

8–the number of hours of sleep I require each night.

2–the number of turtles whose lives I’ve saved. Both were trying to cross River Road in New Orleans. Both were very large. One peed on me.

25–the average number of minutes it takes to get all 3 kids ready to go somewhere

1–the number of diaper bags I will invariably forget once we arrive.

8,541–the approximate number of things my Jewish mother worries about.

2–the number of mental health professionals I see in order to keep my shit together.

54–the number of times my children have asked me this week why Santa can’t come to our house.

2–the number of times this week I’ve had to wipe my dog’s ass.

4–the number of times this week I’ve actually felt one daughter’s toothbrush to make sure it’s wet and count the globs of toothpaste in her sink to make sure she’s really brushing.

9–the number of loads of laundry I’ve done this week

1–the number of loads my children “helped” to put away.

3–the number of minutes until my computer battery dies.



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  • Greta Funk

    My blood pressure always starts to rise when my computer battery starts to die. They go fast, don’t they? And why can’t kids just brush their teeth without so much prompting?? And why do dogs need so much care all the time?!

    I’m so glad you linked up! I love learning things about people through their numbers…..there’s SO much information there!

    • Erin Margolin


      I loved doing this prompt and need to go back to it to see who else has linked up since! I can’t believe I’m this far behind in my commenting. AHHHHHH!!! PS when are you coming to KC? xo

  • Sili, CEM

    I’m taking a finance class right now. Your post just gave me PTSD. Where did you start?! I wanna do it but don’t know what number to go with. Maybe my current grade as I fall behind… ;-) Awesome post!

    • Erin Margolin


      You crack me up, girl! How is all your stuff going? I’m sending you wine. YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT! xoxoxoxo

  • From Tracie

    I love this idea, and I’m totally going to steal it.

    8 hours of sleep? I can’t even remember the last time I slept for 8 hours, but it was probably when I was sick. I’m lucky to get in 4.

  • Alison

    Love this! Am thinking about doing this post too.
    Hah, the dog ass wiping cracked me up.

    • Erin Margolin


      DId you end up doing a numbers post like this? If so, send me a link!!! I’m SO behind on replies. Sorry! xoxoxo

  • Kerstin Auer

    Love it! I had so much fun writing mine.
    What a great idea Greta had!
    I have one tattoo as well, on my upper back – yours looks like it is in a spot where it really hurts…
    My kids just did a spoof of the Carly Rae Jepsen song for their Youtube channel – I can relate to the pain ;)

    • Erin Margolin


      My tattoo did hurt, but a bloggy friend just got one on the top of her foot—THAT takes the cake as far as pain goes. I could never do that. I have lots of excess skin on my hips, LOL!

  • Outlaw mama

    Just when I think you couldn’t be cooler, boom. You are.

    • Erin Margolin

      Outlaw mama,

      Um, could you please tell me how I’m cool? It might help me. really.

  • Jayme

    I love this! This would be a great post to do. I will have to do one too. Now I need to go read Greta’s!

    • Erin Margolin


      I suck and my replies are so belated sometimes I think I shouldn’t bother. I need to promise myself no new posts until I finish replying to past ones! How was your weekend? xoxox

  • Susi

    Love this list. It’s such a cool way to look at life! Like your tattoo. :) Tell your girls Hanukkah Harry is just as cool as Santa!!!!!

    • Erin Margolin


      Hanukkah Harry? Then I’ve been getting it wrong all these years? I thought it was the Haunkkah FAIRY. snort.

  • Robbie K

    Love this list. I can’t wait to do one of my own.

    • Erin Margolin


      DId you do a numbers post? If so, send me a linky so I can read it!! xoxox

  • Kimberly M

    I love learing about you xo
    Ps. I’ve had 3 surgeries and I can’t even count how many other procedures I’ve had done on my back. It’s nothing to be proud of.

    • Erin Margolin


      SUrgeries are my specialty. I’ve had some I don’t even like to talk about on my blog. Ugh. No fun. I’m so sorry about your back. But I’m glad you’ve been doing better recently. LOVE YOU!

  • Robin @ Farewell Stranger

    Awesome :) And love the computer battery one – ha!

    • Erin Margolin

      Thanks, Mama Robin! How’s that sweet baby doing? I can’t believe how late my replies are on this post. I suck.

  • Mama Pants

    “20–the approximate number of things I read or see on the news each day that want to make me cry. Or do make me cry.” I’m right there with you, mama.
    PS: LOVE the Gay Dad Project! I didn’t know about your other project! Off to check it out :)

  • Elaine A.

    My Catholic mother worries about that many things too. What is UP with that anyway?? ;-P

    Great Numbers, my friend!!

    • Erin Margolin

      Thanks, Elaine! I liked yours, too. And still thinking about your fashionista post from the weekend—you’re so talented. I’m just a fashion flunker!

  • Kristen

    Cherry chapstick is gross! If less girls wore it, the more they’d get kissed. ;-) As for dog bum wiping…I did it 4 times this week. Our dog swiped a piece of pizza off of the coffee table when my husband stepped away for a minute. She was in misery but I’m sure if given another chance she would do it all over again.

    • Erin Margolin


      It’s so true. Dogs do the damndest things and they forget how miserable they are afterwards. So we have to keep dealing with it. Ugh!!! Sorry for the late reply!

  • Terri Sonoda

    I do this! I make lists of number of times I do things. It’s way different than your list, and not nearly as meaningful, but there it is. I just can’t stop. Thanks for sharing your list. I love hearing about your life. You have your shit together, even if you don’t feel that way sometimes. Awesome!

    • Erin Margolin


      I SO DO NOT HAVE MY SHIT TOGETHER! You should do a numbers post if you haven’t already—if you did, send me a linky??? xoxoxo

  • Ally

    That news thing – I’ve had to make my self stop reading and watching so much because I get so emotional or upset about what I hear and read. ugh.
    BUT it made me happy that you saved the turtles, even if one did pee on you :)

    • Erin Margolin


      I am a sucker for any animal in distress. It makes my life really hard sometimes. I can’t just walk away…. ;-( Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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