Cast Spotlight: Co-Director, Stephanie Jankowski

by stephaniejankowski on April 25, 2015

English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, Stephanie Jankowski loves words, hates math, and has a knack for finding the funny in everyday life. A mother of three, Stephanie subscribes to the mantra, “life is too short–laugh!” She began her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, in 2011 shortly after her feisty daughter was born, and that is not a coincidence. When Crazy Meets Exhaustion is a site for parents, teachers, and anyone who loves to laugh.Jankowski_PopSugar

Nominated as one of VoiceBok’s Hilariously Funny Bloggers to Look Out for in 2014, published in the humor anthologies I Just Want to Be Alone, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The BIGGER Book of Parenting Tweets, Stephanie is also a freelance writer for the educational website We Are Teachers. She was “famous” for six seconds when her piece “I Put My Husband First” went viral on The Huffington Post. Her parents still think she caught the flu from the Internet.


Q: Who IS Stephanie?

A: She’s a friggin’ mess most days. I work from home, which means the house is a mess; I have terrible time management skills since birthing three humans, so our calendar is a mess. My roots need done, I haven’t bought new mascara in almost a year, and I keep forgetting clothes in the washing machine. But I’m a happy mess with a grateful heart and a crazy, beautiful family, so what’s a little dust in the grand scheme of things?


Q: What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?

A: My son and daughter are 22-months apart, so they bathed together for quite some time. Once, my daughter was, uh, intrigued by my son’s penis and decided to pull on it, because why wouldn’t she? Before I knew it, “Don’t pull on your brother’s peeper!” flew out of my mouth. Peeper? Really? Ugh.


Q: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?

A: I’ve written my children’s birth stories in excruciating detail and they continue to be my favorites for obvious reasons. Other than those, I’m pretty fond of something I recently wrote after a string of horrific parenting fails: Today, I’m Drowning in Parenthood. It’s raw and honest, so a lot of people hated it. It’s raw and honest, so a lot of people loved it. Go figure.


Q: When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just “mom”?

A: Wait, my mom is her own person and not just mine and my brother’s Mother? I don’t believe you!


Q: What do you wish most for your children?

A: “Most” implies I can only choose one wish, but I’m going to ignore you and say: good health, happy hearts, and attitudes of gratitude. Yes, I really am that cheesy.


Q: What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

A: It’s such a beautiful place! Green spaces, towering skylines, bridges and water ways–we’ve got the best of everything in the ‘burgh. And while I realize almost every gal who commented on Pittsburgh mentioned the people, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the friendly faces around every corner. We’re diverse in so many ways, and there’s a sense of respect and acceptance at the heart of our great city, and I just love that.


You’ll find Stephanie turning expletives into compliments during her inaugural Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh performance. In the meantime, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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