Breaking Bad

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

I heard the smash way before I saw the victim of the smashing.

"What was that?" I yelled into the kitchen.

"Nothing," said my husband.

"It sounds like something," I yelled back.

"No, it's nothing," he insisted.

Having determined that "nothing" is generally what people say when it is actually something, but they don't want you to think it ...Read more

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Humor / Tracy Beckerman /



All Hail the Panini

Every once in a while, I discover some new dish that I fall in love with, and then I order it whenever I go out to eat.

For example, there was a point in time when I was really into ...Read more

Breaking the Bank

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

I'd always had a good relationship with my bank machine. I gave it checks; it gave me money; it seemed like everyone got something out of the arrangement. But one day I stopped off to make my weekly deposit, slid my checks in as usual and waited. Instead of the usual clicking noise, I heard something that sounded suspiciously like paper being....Read more

An Insect Tale for the Ages

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

I couldn't help but notice the giant bug thing when it appeared out of nowhere and jumped up into my face.

"AAAAHHHH!" I screamed, like any normal person would do when a giant bug thing jumps into her face.

"Bowie," I said to the dog beside me once I recovered from the shock. "Get the giant bug thing!"

My faithful dog, my protector, my ...Read more

Mother Knows Best

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

As I was perusing the card aisle a week before Mother's Day, I noticed that the store had already started replacing the Mother's Day cards with Father's Day cards, and I realized I'd better start thinking about what to get my mother this year before my only remaining option was a stuffed teddy bear left over from Valentine's Day. When I was ...Read more

Shaking in My Shoes

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

When I found the boots, it was love at first footwear.

They were a unicorn, or in this case, a shoenicorn. The designer only made one pair in each size and after each pair was sold, that was it. Gone. Dunzo. No-shoe-nus, no-more-nus.

I quickly snapped them up but realized I was going to have to treasure and protect these shoes because once ...Read more

Call Me, Maybe

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

"Hello?" I said, picking up the phone from an unknown caller.

"We're calling about your car's extended warranty," said the robotic female voice on the other end of the phone.

"STOP CALLING ME!" I shouted to the bot who clearly couldn't hear me and didn't care. I hit "end," but wished I still had an old-fashioned phone so I could slam the ...Read more

The Round Knife Rolley Thing

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

"Have you seen the round knife rolley thing?" asked my husband, moving his arm back and forth in a slicing motion.

"The what?" I asked, half paying attention while I perused the internet on my laptop.

"The round knife rolley thing," he said. "You know, for slicing pizza."

"You mean the pizza wheel?" I asked.

"Yeah, that."

"It's in the ...Read more

Egg on My Face

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

I had to roast an egg. I wondered: How hard could it be? I've made hard- and soft-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs and omelets. They all came out perfectly every time. People loved my eggs. They devoured my eggs. If there were an egg kingdom, I would be the queen of eggs.

But I had never roasted an egg.

No one ever actually eats a ...Read more

What's in Your Pocket?

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

"Is that a new jacket?" my husband asked me as I put my jacket on to leave.

"Yes!" I exclaimed excitedly.

"Did you need a new jacket?" he said.

"No," I said honestly. "But I had to buy this one."


"Because..." (I paused dramatically). "It has 12 pockets!"

I waited for him to respond with appropriate enthusiasm, but he just stared ...Read more

Pop Goes the Sleepwalker

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

One morning I got up and found popcorn in my bed.

Since I never eat anything in bed and since I knew I did not have any popcorn before I went to bed, I had no idea why my bed looked like the floor of a movie theater cineplex.

"Did you have popcorn in bed last night?" I asked my husband.

He gave me that look he always gives me when I ...Read more

Eye See You

Humor / Tracy Beckerman /

"Honey, have you seen my eyeglasses?" yelled my husband from another room. I sighed. This was not the first time he had lost his glasses, and I knew from past experience that the hunt could take a few minutes or a few days, depending on the blendability of the glasses-to-background ratio.

"Where do you last remember seeing them?" I asked him.

...Read more



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