The top knot bun trend: Ladies, please don't do this to yourselves

The top knot bun trend: Ladies, please don't do this to yourselves
There is a disturbing new women’s hairstyle trend developing. Perhaps you’ve noticed it as well. The bun directly on top of the head.  Directly on top. Not leaning toward the back. Not off to one side. Right. On. Top. The so-called top knot bun. What makes this trend so disturbing is that, from what I’ve... Read more »

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS
Back in college, I worked with a guy who always wore a smile on his face and had an uncanny ability to talk backwards. (Really. Like complete sentences.)  Phil Yastrow, or “Smilin’ Phil,” as we used to call him, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, in a perfect example of how sometimes bad things... Read more »

My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely

My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely
My television won’t show me my programs. Or rather, I can’t make it show me. Do you see this? ^^^ In the photo up there? This mess of remote controls? I’m sorry, but nothing in our modern world, where something as simple as turning on a television and making a program you want to watch... Read more »
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SELF Magazine Tutu Bashing: You should be ashamed of yourSELF

SELF Magazine Tutu Bashing: You should be ashamed of yourSELF
Have you heard the story yet? A runner, Monika Allen, gets an email from SELF Magazine about a month ago, asking if they can use her photograph, which shows Ms. Allen running the LA Marathon in a tutu. Specifically, a Wonder Woman tutu. Rock ON, Monika Allen! Monika tells ABC News in San Diego, she... Read more »

Hi, my name is Kim and I’m a Facebook-a-holic.

Hi, my name is Kim and I’m a Facebook-a-holic.
Hi, my name is Kim and I’m a Facebook-a-holic. Hi Kim. (<<<That would be your line.) In defending my love and addiction to Facebook as part of tonight’s ChicagoNow Blog-a-Palooza challenge (“Write a post passionately defending your guilty pleasure.”) I’m reminded of that old line, the one that goes, I’m not an alcoholic. Alcoholics go... Read more »

Bunnies: This is a Test

Bunnies: This is a Test
Bunnies are so cute! They are soft and cuddly and they have those adorable, long floppy ears and those cute tiny  little bunny noses. Who doesn’t love a bunny? They’re vegetarian. They don’t make noise. Bunnies are just really, really sweet. I love bunnies. That’s right. This is animal testing at its worst. And what... Read more »
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Norwegian Air Should Give You a Scare

Norwegian Air Should Give You a Scare
Norwegian Air International. Sounds like a great brand name, doesn’t it? Sounds nice. Safe. Very Nordic. But Norwegian Air International is not going to be based in Norway. I know! It has applied for an Irish Air Operator’s Permit. But not to worry, because Norwegian Air International has no intention of ever flying a plane... Read more »

Bikram Yoga: I Love It

Bikram Yoga: I Love It
The twelve-year anniversary of my very first Bikram Yoga class is this Friday, Valentine’s Day, and so, to honor this practice that has been part of my life ever since, I’m writing my very own Valentine to Bikram Yoga. Before I begin, I want to say it’s no secret Bikram Yoga and its creator, Bikram... Read more »

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, I’ve got football on the brain. Which could explain why I’ve begun to think of myself as the quarterback of our family. In fact, I think most moms out there are the resident quarterbacks, relentless calling the plays that get their husbands and children through the multitude of appointments... Read more »
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Do you know what I.C.E. stands for?

Do you know what I.C.E. stands for?
Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t. ICE or I.C.E. stands for In Case of Emergency.  And following the designation “ICE” should be the phone number of the person you want paramedics or emergency personnel to contact if you’re incapacitated and cannot tell them yourself. If you already know about ICE, well that’s fantastic. You... Read more »