Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.
I did not watch the Oscars last night. I don't think it makes me a better human being or any such nonsense, but I thought I would share why I didn't watch.
Truth be told, I forgot they were even…on, so maybe the more appropriate title of this post is, "Why The Oscars Aren't On My Radar." The reason I forgot is that I was in Northern California visiting my (technically ex-) mother-in-law. I am with my Little Man, and First Born is with his dad at home. Since the divorce, we haven't had… >> Read More
Editor's note: Mayim Bialik posted this statement to her social media profiles on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and has given us expressed permission to run it on Kveller on her behalf.
I would like to…dispel the rumors about my stance on vaccines. I am not anti-vaccine. My children are vaccinated. There has been so much hysteria and anger about this issue, and I hope this clears things up as far as my part. >> Read More
Get ready to get mad at me.
You know that Similac Formula commercial everyone is raving about? The one that I got in my inbox as, "OMG this commercial will make you cry?" The one showing we are…all in a mommy war about who's a better mom and if we all just band together and stop judging, we can literally save lives as well as our fragile social structure? Here it is so you can see what I'm talking about. Random factoid: I was at that park with my kids the day… >> Read More
1. Mom stuff
I had a normal mom day until minutes before I started hair and make-up. Well, maybe you would have guessed that about me if you read my stuff here, but it was super duper normal down to…the laundry I had to do and the walk I took with my boys (including my older son making me eat wildflowers). My sons are always the highlight of my day, and on awards show days, that's still true. 2. Prepping My house is under construction so I got ready at my publicist's house. I… >> Read More
Karin Brooke's post on Kveller about losing her daughter to religious fundamentalism struck a chord with me for a few reasons.
First, I am technically a baal teshuvah--a person who took on…Jewish observance later in life. I struggled a lot in college regarding how to introduce my parents (especially my mother, who was raised Orthodox but chose not to be as an adult) to my newfound faith and observance. It was hard. It pains me that Karin's daughter and she did not find ways to connect… >> Read More
I grew up in a public school that had enough Jewish kids that I felt represented. I went to Hebrew school twice a week and had a chavurah (fellowship) through my Reform synagogue with kids my age.…A portion of my family was Orthodox. I was surrounded by Jews. I always felt like there were a lot of Jews in the US and the world based on my childhood experience. I was wrong. We are less than 2% of the US population, and 0.2% of the world population. Last week in Paris,… >> Read More
With the New Year upon us, I thought I would put down some random New Year’s-related thoughts. Some are resolution-type things, some are observations from the last year, and some are…general hopes I have as a human being on this planet. Cell Phone Moderation As I shared here on Kveller before, I have been keeping my cell phone usage in check when I’m with my kids and would like to continue doing that. I have been pretty good and I don’t know that they notice,… >> Read More
It's the week of Christmas, which means pretty much everything in this country has shut down. I guess it's that way for most of the (Christian) Western world, which leaves the rest of us…typically standing around twiddling our thumbs. This year, however, it's still Hanukkah! Yay! I am taking off for a proper vacation this week while my ex takes his boys to his folks', but here's a send off for this week featuring the photos of my Hanukkah. Here's me on the first night in my Hasidic… >> Read More
It's as if God gave me the best birthday gift ever: The movie "Exodus" came out on my birthday last week. It featured Christian Bale--yeah, the guy who once played Batman--as Moses, the greatest…prophet ever known in Jewish history. Sounds like it is destined to be amazing, right? Well, there were some amazing things about it, and there were some not so amazing things about it. Here are some of my top highlights of each kind. Amazing: Actors "Exodus" features a slew of incredible actors such as John… >> Read More
Hanukkah is upon us! It's here! Not with as much pomp and circumstance as last year, mind you, when it fell ON THANKSGIVING--oh my gosh that was so awesome, turkeys and latkes and candles were all…the rage. Stores had painted windows with turkeys holding Hanukkiyahs; it was awesome! Now, it's just a normal mid-December Hanukkah and that's fine, too. Hanukkah being upon us means the annual conversation with my sons (who are 6 and 9) to review the basics. We don't just review Hanukkah--oh no. That would be banal. We… >> Read More
The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness, and feelings of good for all man and womankind, right? Of course.
The holidays also seem to be a time when I hear more and more women than I can count…talk about their fear, insecurity, and anxiety about their bodies going into the holidays: fear of gaining weight, insecurity about how they already weigh more than they'd like to, anxiety about the expectations surrounding food at this time of year... In my typical scrooge fashion, I would like to call attention to the absurdity of… >> Read More
I had two weeks off from filming "The Big Bang Theory" for Thanksgiving. Some of those two weeks were spent baking for Thanksgiving. Most were spent being a regular overwhelmed mom.
Here are my…Top 3 Things I Acknowledge Are Wrong and my Top 3 Things I Know Are Right: WRONG 1. Yelling is Wrong Apparently, I yell. I don't scream, and I hope to not get to that point. It's more of a raising of the voice, which sometimes gets loud and maybe scary. OK, if we are… >> Read More
Thanksgiving is here. Again. It comes every year, doesn't it...
Here are the Top 5 Things Happening for Thanksgiving as far as I am concerned:
1. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
I have…already eaten way too many. The recipe is from my cookbook. I may have made them twice in one week. I share them with lots of people, and yes, I indulge. Because they are very fluffy and they are delicate and lovely. And made with 100% pure pumpkin. And chocolate chips. 2. Windy I love… >> Read More
OK God, I get it. I get that you're in charge. You're just in charge of it all, aren't you? In charge, all-knowing, always there.
You were there when Mike and I announced our separation…right here on Kveller. You were there when my get was signed and Mike handed it to me in my open hands. You were there when my car accident happened and when my hand was so hurt, and you watched over me during my surgery in the ER. You were there when I woke up and… >> Read More
So, I'm going to be a LEGO.
I never thought I'd ever utter those words. Like, at all.
With the announcement that there will soon be a "The Big Bang Theory" LEGO set, it seems my children will get…to taunt and torture me not only in real life, but in miniature now. I resisted telling them that I was going to be a LEGO for a good week after the news surfaced, because it just was too darn surreal. I didn't expect to be this "famous" ever. I started acting again after I… >> Read More
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN LAST WEEK'S EPISODE OF THE BIG BANG THEORY, DO NOT READ THIS POST.
Last week on "TBBT," all of our characters went to a prom we held on the guys' apartment…rooftop. We all got dressed up and it was a very fun episode to film. In this episode, Sheldon tells Amy he loves her. Big deal. Super big deal. Here are my Top 7 behind-the-scenes tidbits about filming this very monumental episode. 7. Not Ready Truth be told, I wasn't ready for this. I mean,… >> Read More
I have written here before about why we love LEGOLAND California over any other amusement park, but I wanted to restate it. Because we just went to celebrate Firstborn's 9th birthday with two…buddies of his, and it was honestly the best birthday time ever. Why? (Full disclosure: I'm not getting paid to say any of this. I paid for this trip like every other haggard parent who kept trying to decide the whole time if the trip was worth it. Conclusion: yeah. Totally.) 1. LEGOLAND Hotel Yes, it's… >> Read More
My boys turned 6 and 9 in the past few months. They seem really really big to me lately. Firstborn is mainly getting taller in his neck, ankles, and wrists, because clothing fits everywhere but…those places. He looks more and more like me, not just because he has my eye color and hair and skin coloring in general, but he just looks so much like I did as a kid. (The fact that I was female didn't make it into God's memo until I was about 16; before then,… >> Read More
Chag Sameach to all of you who have celebrated the fall harvest festival of Sukkot and Simchat Torah—now we are all done with holidays for the fall!
I wanted to give you my “Top 3 Things…Happening Now” regarding Sukkot, autumn, and what's new in "The Big Bang Theory" world I live in. DISCLAIMER: I WILL NOT SPOIL ANYTHING ABOUT “THE BIG BANG THEORY” HERE. DON'T START POSTING ALL OVER THE WEB THAT MAYIM IS A SPOILER. BECAUSE I'M NOT. 1. We celebrated my older son's 9th birthday in the sukkah… >> Read More
So everyone asks me about what it's like to work on "The Big Bang Theory." What's Sheldon like? What's Penny like? Do you all get along?
Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, is awesome. I have written…here about how much I adore that man. Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, is a super skilled, seasoned performer who always dresses cool and just is the epitome of cool. Her jewelry is always cool. Even in workout clothes she looks amazing and cool. We do all get along. There are a lot of laughs when we have… >> Read More
Now that the New Year is over, let's talk about the "gap year" because it's been on my mind. The gap year? Yes. The gap year.
Not what you were expecting after Yom Kippur, I know. But take a…listen. What's a gap year, you say? Well, a gap year is the time between when a teenager finishes high school and starts college. Gap year consciousness and gap year programs are becoming increasingly popular in the US. In fact, Harvard actually recommends a gap year to all incoming students, Princeton has an entire gap year department, and… >> Read More
I have written here on Kveller many times about the importance of stopping once a week to recharge one's batteries. I have written generally about spending more face-to-face time with your kids…when you're not working, and specifically about the lessons of the Jewish Sabbath in setting aside a day of the week free of the trappings of technology. The "traditional" (Orthodox) Sabbath involves refraining from any of the 39 melachot or creative labors which were used to build the great Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years… >> Read More
"The Big Bang Theory" films about three episodes per month, and we get off a week in between episodes. These hiatus weeks tend to be busy, as I use that week to catch up on everything I can't do…during the weeks I am filming. Thus, I generally spend hiatus weeks wearing pajamas and cooking and cleaning (I clean my own toilets and everything), going to doctor's appointments, and hanging out with my kids, trying to not feel like an out-of-touch mama because I am a working mama. This past hiatus I went to… >> Read More
Rosh Hashanah starts this week on Wednesday night. Happy New Year!
Here's how my preparations are coming along.
I baked round-ish challahs. My hand hurts, but everything came out lovely.
…I scraped the counters with a metal spatula. Because I am a real normal mom (despite me being on “The Big Bang Theory”), I did not realize that I went out for dinner with my kids after all of my baking in a t-shirt stained with everything I had just baked. I literally spent an… >> Read More
Oh wow. Between my Ariana Grande post saying that it's hard to explain naked women on billboards to children (which apparently means I am a horrible person who hates attractive women, according to…every 11-year-old girl on Twitter who now hates me) and the "Frozen" nonsense I brought upon myself by (GASP!) writing a post about not liking the movie (which apparently is not allowed), it's been a big week for little me! Since I have now had my Scroogedness confirmed by every popular media outlet in the… >> Read More