Who does she think she is? And what's with the funny name?
This is Me! Tandemonimom
Welcome to my Wizzley all about ... ME!
I'm Tandemonimom, more familiarly known as Carma. I live in the desert southwest region of these United States of America. I've been married over 25 years to my sweetie and we have four lovely children - oldest and youngest are girls, two boys in the middle.
I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education but I never taught professionally. After a few years as an office manager and freelancing as a proofreader and editor, I got my dream job working as a production editor in a publishing house.
Ten years into my marriage, our first bundle of joy came along. I already knew I would be homeschooling, and so it has been. None of my four children has ever set foot in a school building. (Well, a couple of times, to visit their aunt who is a teacher.)
I am a voracious reader, and like many readers, I love to write. I began writing online when my first two children were very small. (Who remembers Themestream?) I currently have several blogs (see below) and I write articles on Squidoo and now also here on Wizzley. With the advent of print-on-demand, I also was able to realize my dream of designing funny t-shirts! Cafepress and Zazzle are wonderful outlets for my quirky side!
Tandemonimom Blogs & Stuff
Too many places to write, too little time.
LOL Teez Blog
Awarding a t-shirt of the day for obscure holidays is my specialty! There are also links to my own t-shirt shops.
Life, learning, and the pursuit of education. Here I blog about homeschooling and family matters.
8 Thumbs Up Blog
My four children (and sometimes me, too) write brief reviews of movies, books, games, and whatever takes their fancy. Four kids = eight thumbs.
Tandemonimom on Squidoo
Not exactly a blog, but a place where I write articles: I am a Giant Squid on Squidoo with over 200 lenses. A few are on smaller accounts; most are on this, my main account.
Tandemonimom on Facebook
I have several fan pages on Facebook.
See my newest t-shirt creations, plus the t-shirt of the day for today's obscure holiday!
The Facebook page for my Winging It blog and for other mostly homeschool related stuff.
1,000,001 Homeschool Quotes
Collecting a million and one quotes about homeschooling, with your help!
8 Thumbs Up
The Facebook page for my kids' review blog (4 kids = 8 thumbs).
Just me! I post things that interest me as well as my newly published blog posts, Squidoo lenses, Wizzley pages, and new tee shirts!
Funny t-shirts are fun! And yes, these are all my original designs!
So, yeah, kind of quirky sense of humor! The funny t-shirts at right are all my own original designs (and yes, they are copyrighted!). I have several Zazzle storefronts categorizing all of my funny shirt designs.
Sometimes I don't even know where the ideas come from, but I assure you they do all come from me! Other times, though, I can tell you exactly where they come from. See the "Goatee Powers Activate!" shirt? My 12-year-old son was a pirate in a homeschool production of Peter Pan, and we drew on a goatee for his character. One of his friends started calling him "Goatee Man" to tease him. One day we walked into play practice, and his friend called, "Hey, Goatee Man!" and my son responded with a very Power Ranger-like cry, "Goatee powers, ACTIVATE!" I knew instantly I had to put that onto a shirt. This shirt is in my shop This'n'That, where most of my randomly quirky designs end up.
The idea for the "My Inner Child" series of shirts came to me as I was driving. I really don't know the genesis for the idea, but one literally just popped into my head and it snowballed from there. I have over two dozen "My Inner Child" designs, from "My inner child says it's snacktime!" to "Beware of inner child" and everything in between. They are some of my very favorite designs!
As for "Oh no! I forgot to socialize the kids!" - well, anyone who homeschools can tell you where that one came from! The one question that every homeschool parent has had to answer multiple times, guaranteed, is "what about socialization?" And I can tell you, the temptation to answer it sassy is overwhelming sometimes! This is the first of a series of funny homeschooling socialization t-shirts.
All designs copyright © tandemonimom. All rights reserved.
My Book Review Pages
These pages link to all of my book reviews on Wizzley.
What About the Funny Name?
Which one? "Carma" is kind of funny too, ya know ...
I came up with Tandemonimom many years ago when I was trying to think of a name that would be completely unique and always available to me (I have no interest in trying to remember which of 27 different handles to use on a particular website) that would also be descriptive of me. At the time I was beginning to become active with posting online, I was tandem nursing my two first children (an infant son and my two-year-old daughter). Mothering is pandemonium in general, of course, and with tandem nursing and being a new mom, I was able to put those three words together and come up with: Me, Tandemonimom. Since I subsequently had two more children who also tandem nursed, the name suited for many years, and now that I am no longer nursing anyone (after twelve long years nonstop!), it's just who I am online.
As for Carma, all I can say is yes, I was born in 1965; but no, my parents were not flower children. It was suggested to them (they were thinking of Carmen) and they liked it; at the time they didn't even know karma was a word, much less its meaning. Anyway, I prefer to think of the more obscure Hebrew meaning of carma (which my parents also did not know!) when I assign meaning to my name: a garden. But really, it's just me.
Photo: Me, age 16