Alice In Leopardland

Another guest post from my commiserator/friend, Alice

Living with my stepfather is not the easiest thing in the world, any 60 something thrice divorced man who has been living alone for over ten years is bound to get set in his ways. He also seems to not fully understand that I’m no longer 12. So comments like “it’s too cold out for you to be wearing that” or “that isn’t enough to eat for dinner” or my personal favorite “do you remember to put gas in your car?” occur pretty frequently and make me want to scream. Yes yes yes, I know, they come from a place of love; but when you’ve been independent and taking care of yourself, mostly succesfully, for quite awhile they can wear on you.

But that tendency has a flip side which manifests itself in things like making me coffee every morning, even though I have to be up at 6am. So, while moving in with him when I’m about to turn 30 was never part of my plan I’m thankful that he puts up with me. I’m trying to keep this both short and sweet so I will save the details of us living in a house he recently inherited and is still decorated with massive amounts of fake flowers and leopard prints and he won’t let me throw anything out for another time.



  1. All I can say is free rent. Not sure if it’s much constellation.

  2. alice murphy says:

    I got in trouble on Friday for not calling to say I’d be home late. For the record he was not picking me up from anywhere and was out himself. But my 11:30 text was sent too late. Note, he did not call me to inquire as to my whereabouts.


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