I just finished Tina Fey’s Bossypants at the recommendation of a friend, who said I remind him of her in some ways. Flattered, I knew I had to read it immediately and find every possible correlation in our lives. Henceforth, here are 15 ways I am just like Tina Fey.
- We are married to a man named Jeff from Pennsylvania. (I do not believe it is the same one.)
- Both of our first names have four letters. (Our husband, Jeff, pointed this out.)
- We are producers. (Except in my field it’s called an editor.)
- We have each published a book.
- We both gave birth to female babies during the years 2005-2007.
- We are between 9-11 years younger than our husband. (I’m just assuming at this point it’s the same guy.)
- We share similar philosophies and experiences when it comes to cruising. (Except mine didn’t involve a fire and evacuation.)
- We share similar philosophies and experiences when it comes to breastfeeding.
- We both have facial scars. (Everyone asks about hers. No one asks about mine. No, it’s okay, really. You don’t have to ask next time you see me. I’ll just write a blog post about it. It’ll be fine.)
- We have experienced gender prejudice in the workplace.
- We have both agonized and tortured ourselves over whether or not to have a second child.
- We like to tell jokes. (She gets paid to do it. I get advised in private to think twice before I tweet.)
- We wear glasses and sometimes contacts.
Okay, so some of this is a stretch, and we really don’t have that much in common.
But the appeal of women like Tina Fey, Ree Drummond and other strong women in the media that I look up to is that they’re transparent with their life experiences, and their struggles are universal. Women like me can relate with them — even if our lives are drastically different. (i.e. If I could ever produce a body of work for public consumption, and consequently a girl writes a blog post on the 10 ways she’s just like me, I’ll know I’ve succeeded.)
The point of all this is that Tina Fey has a great book (as long as you don’t mind some of the most creative forms of cursing I’ve seen this side of “The Sopranos”) and that you should go buy it or borrow it immediately — right after you buy my book, of course, which has significantly fewer cuss words (and is $3 cheaper).
At the release of her book last month it was announced that Tina is pregnant with their second child. This is clearly the work of genius of two levels:
- First it’s marketing gold. You simply cannot buy publicity like that. Ask Lindsay Lohan.
- Secondly, on a personal level, the news and birth of your second child will never match the level of excitement that comes with your first. It’s like a second marriage – “Oh, they’re trying this kid thing again. Let’s see if they can get this one right.” So she’s a genius for being able to muster interest on a national scale for the biological function of her uterus.
And since I’m clearly trying to pattern my life after hers, I will now immediately run out and get pregnant as well and try to time the news to coincide with the release of my upcoming e-book. The news is sure to make The Drudge Report, don’t you think?