Hey! Welcome to my blog; my name’s Briana, aka MomDad. I’m a middle-class, middle-aged mom living in SE Portland, Oregon with my husband, two teenage girls, a couple cats and a giant puppy. And my mother-in-law. And my adopted aunt. I work full-time, run a soapmaking business, and am building out a prototype sustainable intentional community. It’s a little crazy here.
I’ve had a “successful” career in tech and I’m pretty thoroughly burned out. The world has lost its bloody mind, and I’m not at all sure humanity will survive to see the next century. Regardless, we gotta try – I don’t really have a “flight” response, so fight it is. Climate change is priority above everything else (because if we don’t fix that, then really, what’s the point), with our global fall to fascism and a dystopian reality a close second. Pretty sure the two are inexorably linked.
I also live with chronic illness – I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hypermobility type), a genetic collagen disorder. There’s no cure, just… changes in diet and lifestyle, essentially. Along with it comes things like chronic fatigue, weird allergies and sensitivities to all sorts of stuff, joints constantly dislocating, etcetera. Narcolepsy is also a thing I deal with, as well as ADHD and general neurodivergence… Thus the blog name – a play on executive dysfunction, because I’m an executive, but also dysfunctional! Get it?? Hah!
Anyway. I’m working on dealing with the overwhelming grief of reality right now, and transmuting some of my complex emotions into action – both locally and on a larger scale. There are also a lot of life-hacking things I’ve learned over the years to help force myself into a reasonable level of functioning, even when I’m exhausted and depressed and struggling with brain fog or complete overwhelm. I also think a lot in general; apologies in advance. It’s my goal to write about all of this stuff here – climate change, AIP and allergen-free cooking, productivity hacks, sustainable living, you name it. Oh yeah, and cute pictures of the puppers and kitties.
… I live life out loud. I leap and yell, “catch me!” – without knowing that someone will be there to do so. I’ve just always been that way. I’m still alive, and I’ve learned a ton along the way, so I guess it must be alright! I believe that we have the ability to influence reality (whatever that is), and that by focusing our time and energy and resources we can move mountains.