Aggressively positive, yet after many years of self-discovery, she still has much to hide and nowhere left to hide it. Lizzie has achieved success and satisfaction in life—despite herself. Unfortunately, she still succumbs to her inner fifth-grade voice.
Bear and Boo
Bear is Lizzie’s dog. Bear and Lizzie love each other unconditionally. Which is a good thing, considering the mischief Bear can get into, especially when Lizzie wants to take a relaxing bath. Boo is an innocent bystander at all times and a good listener.
Drew is Lizzie’s significant other. Drew is patient with Lizzie’s quirks and obsessions. Lizzie is patient with Drew’s being a guy.
Ann is Lizzie’s colleague and friend. Ann is happily married, runs a happy household, and maintains a successful career. Lizzie leans on Ann for her ready-to-listen ear. Lizzie is secretly sure that Ann is hiding some dysfunction that she just hasn’t discovered yet.
Another of Lizzie’s work friends, Deenie has an office life further harried by her kids’ school’s bureaucracy, not to mention it’s steamrolling her into volunteering for every activity. Despite the crunch, Deenie is an enthusiastic supporter of the spirit of Christmas, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.
Rochelle is the poetic, enthusiastic manager in Lizzie’s office. Her bane is the Legal Department, which discourages her efforts to make the sessions she leads interesting and enjoyable.
Laura is Lizzie’s cousin. Like sisters, Lizzie and Laura are slightly competitive, sometimes dramatic, and frequently irrational. Together they obsess about things that don’t really matter. Recently divorced, Laura has two annoyingly intelligent teenage girls and is shamelessly passionate about everything.
Kim is Lizzie’s sister-in-law. She is organized, a perfectionist, and an overachiever; and she’s a devoted wife and mother. All of which totally stresses her out. Still, if anyone can accomplish it all, it would probably be Kim. And despite that, Lizzie doesn’t resent her at all.
Allison is Lizzie’s longtime friend and loves to tell Lizzie what she thinks. And she is almost always right. Allison has an impressively patient husband and an unhealthy fear of her children becoming independent adults.
Lizzie’s therapist tries to peel the layers of Lizzie’s life like an onion, exposing the fresh, healthy core. Unfortunately, an onion is still an onion, and onions stink. So, the onion metaphor is apt in more ways than one.
Barbara (Lizzie’s Mom)
Barbara, who remains only a voice over the phone, is Lizzie’s mother. Retired after years of “working her fingers to the bone,” Barb now takes the time to demonstrate her love and support and to provide relentlessly annoying commentary on Lizzie’s life. Barb is also one of the reasons Lizzie sees a therapist.
Mo is Lizzie’s musical friend. Mo has written countless songs, all a variation on one theme: boyfriends suck and life, in general, isn’t much better.