Archive for August 2012

My wife left me

My wife left me
My wife left me. Well, actually, she wasn’t my wife. And, actually, we helped her leave. I’m talking about my babysitter, my nanny, my Girl Friday, my mother’s helper, my when-I’m-on-the-road, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. My stand-in chauffeur, chaperone and referee. My sitter, we’ll call her “Hanna,” did so much for me, she was... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: Something Called Snooki Had a Baby.

It is almost a certainty that the world is soon to end.  It began on Sunday morning with the much heralded words “Snooki gave birth”, ugh… I wish I could make the old “what the heck is a snooki “ joke but I unfortunately know who she is.  She is one of the “stars” of... Read more »

My weed is taller than your weed

My weed is taller than your weed
My weed is taller than your weed. At least I think so. (For your sake, I hope so!)  Not that I’m proud of this or anything, but I have a seven-foot tall weed in my backyard. Seven feet tall! I wish I could say, “I don’t know how it escaped my notice,” but I know... Read more »
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Friends don't let friends walk around with dust on their butt

Friends don't let friends walk around with dust on their butt
Friends don’t let friends walk around with dust on their butts. So what does that say about a couple of my “friends,” we’ll call them “Mike” and “Dean,” who let me walk around all last Wednesday night looking like that ∧∧∧∧∧ ? I know! It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d been walking... Read more »

Guest Poster, Patrick O'Hara: Social media is my distraction.

As if I need more distractions, I find that having Facebook and Twitter open on my computer turns what should only takes a few minutes into an hour.  I begin writing then oh wait, I thought of a funny status.  Oh my friend just got a new puppy, like.   I have a new follower on... Read more »

A City Mom is in the "Loop"!

Once a month I’m going to be blogging over at that awesome website for Chicago parents, Families in the Loop. Since it’s a site built mostly for parents of young children, my blog there, Mountains into Molehills, will be taking a look back at all my child-rearing worries, stress-outs and screw-ups (and there are many)... Read more »
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The Chicago Air and Water Show is better at my house

The Chicago Air and Water Show is better at my house
One of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the Friday practice day for the air and water show. The air show is performed, pretty much as it will be on Saturday and Sunday, but without the crowds and traffic or the radio play by play. Although yesterday, one wise guy was playing the theme... Read more »

No gift necessary, just send cash. Thoughtfulness not required!

No gift necessary, just send cash. Thoughtfulness not required!
Reading the paper the other day I stumbled upon an article in the USA Today: The Digital Traveler, about a website called “Wanderable” that lets couples register for their honeymoon. They can sign-up for a cruise or plane tickets or a couples massage and the best part is that you can pay for it! With... Read more »

Losing my interest in sports.

I am prepared to relinquish my man card, honestly, the idea of a man card is silly anyway so if after this post you want mine, well here you go.  I used to be a big sports fan, but lately I feel my interest in sports waning.   I find it hard to root for athletes... Read more »
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When life's a zoo, it makes a trip to the zoo worth fighting for

When life's a zoo, it makes a trip to the zoo worth fighting for
Last Friday was the first (and only) day of what we like to call “Mommy Summer Camp,” when the kids and I go off to do something fun. Granted, it’s hard with three teenagers to come up with something we can all agree upon as “fun,” but I was astonished at how hard I had... Read more »